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Dorothy P. Stephan

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Dorothy P. Stephan Obituary
Stephan, Dorothy P. Dorothy P. Stephan, 98, of Madison passed away peacefully on April 15, 2012 at Watrous Nursing Center. She was the beloved wife and soul mate of the late Austin F. Stephan for 71 years. Born in Middletown to the late Frank and Ida (Lull) Parmelee on February 21, 1914 and graduated from Middletown High School. Thereafter, she was employed by the telephone company. She was a Madison resident since 1977 and prior lived in New Haven (Westville area) where she and her husband raised their family. She was a member of the Westville United Methodist Church, sang in the choir, lifetime member of the Westville Garden Club, was a volunteer at the West Haven Veteran's Hospital and was a member of the Women's League of Madison. She loved to entertain, to dance, to garden (taking pride in her roses!), to travel, but above all her great joy and love was her family and friends. She also took special delight in her grandsons and great grandchildren. She leaves a son, Austin F. Stephan, Jr. and his wife Carolyn of Guilford, a daughter, Priscilla S. Bish and her husband Alan of Essex, five grandsons, Craig Stephan and his wife Lauren of Madbury, NH, Todd Stephan and his wife Heather of Burlington, NC, Brett Stephan of Branford, Randall Bish and his wife of Jami of Saco, ME and David Bish of San Diego, CA. She is also survived by three great grandchildren, Isabelle, Carter and Sage and a niece, Orriel Razee of Hamden. She was predeceased by her brother, Lewis Parmelee, her sister, Irene Parmelee, her sister-in-law, Jeanette Razee and her brother-in-law, Charles Razee. She will be deeply missed by her family and by those whose lives she touched. The family is forever grateful to the loving care given to Dorothy by the entire staff at Watrous Nursing Center of Madison. A private burial took place in the family plot at Beaverdale Memorial Park. Arrangements are with the Hawley Lincoln Memorial, 1315 Boston Post Rd., Guilford.

Published in The New Haven Register on Apr. 25, 2012
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