Delafield, Siri KM
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Jan. 5, 1927 - Mar. 23, 2013
Siri KM Delafield, a long term resident of One Watergate died peacefully on March 23, 2013 in the care of the attentive staff of the Inn at Sarasota Bay Club. Mrs. Delafield was 86 years old. Her husband, Eugene L. Delafield, preceded her in death on April 4, 2001. The Delafields moved to Sarasota in 1990 after successful careers in New York City. Mr. and Mrs. Delafield were members of the Church of the Palms.
Siri KM Delafield, nee Persson, the daughter of Norstmo Eric Persson and Ida Anderson, was born in Sweden and had a lifelong zest for travel. Siri was one of a select few education graduates in Europe to win a scholarship for further early education study in Chicago. Siri subsequently traveled to India where she started an early education program for expatriate families living in India. After the school was established she returned to the United States and settled in New York City. She was recruited by the United Nations International School to participate in the formation of their early education program. She was a second grade teacher at the United Nations school for 30 years, nurturing and mentoring many students throughout their formative years.
Eugene L. Delafield was a descendant of John Delafield, the American patriarch of generations of Delafield's well-known in New York in law, commerce, the army, medicine, and finance, who came to the United States in 1783, one of the first Englishmen to emigrate to the new country after the Revolutionary War. He brought with him the first copy of the provisional peace treaty between Great Britain and the United States, and it was the first text of the treaty to reach Congress. Eugene was a successful rare book collector and investor.
Siri and Eugene are survived by many friends and relatives of the Delafield Family Association, especially their dear cousins, Phyllis and Robert Delafield Spurgeon of Lakewood Ranch; and several friends and relatives in Sweden, including their dear niece, Anna Norstmo of Luxembourg.
Siri Delafield's memorial service will be held in the Chapel at the Church of the Palms on June 22nd at 2:00 PM. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Eugene and Siri Delafield Scholarship Fund established at the American Scandinavian Foundation, 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017.
Published in Herald Tribune from June 15 to June 16, 2013