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Mystic - Ann (Postemsky) Rafferty, of Mystic and Chaplin, died peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Mystic Manor, where she had been a resident since 2005.

Ann was born in Colchester, on June 13, 1919, the fourth of eight children born to Adam and Mary (Jaworski) Postemsky.

Ann graduated from Windham High School in 1935, and Willimantic State Teacher's College in 1939. She was employed as a grammar school teacher for several years in Coventry and then as a naval aircraft inspector with Pratt & Whitney. She enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in August of 1943 and served in Manhattan Beach, N.Y. She was honorably discharged in July 1945 and subsequently received the Connecticut Wartime Veteran Service and Victory World War II medals for her service during the war.

Ann married Brae Rafferty, M.D., on Aug. 22, 1944. They resided in Lebanon and later Chaplin, where they restored the Orin Witter House, qualifying it to be on the National Register of Historic Places.

She received a master of science degree from Willimantic State College in 1963. Ann spent many years employed as a social worker at Norwich State Hospital. In retirement, she enjoyed gardening and the passing seasons around her beloved home in Chaplin.

Ann was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters; along with her husband, Francis Brae; and daughter, Madge.

She is survived by son, Frank Patrick Rafferty of Guilford, Vt.; son and daughter-in-law, Brae and Elizabeth Rafferty and granddaughter, Ashley Elizabeth Rafferty of Mystic; as well as sisters, Viola Cordner of North Carolina and Helen Kutchera of California.

Ann's family would like to thank the staff of Visiting Angels Homecare and Hospice Southeastern Connecticut for their care of Ann. The family especially wishes to thank the staff of Mystic Manor for their many years of dedicated caregiving and were always sensitive to her needs.

A graveside service of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at Russ Cemetery, Tower Hill Road, Chaplin. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Chaplin Public Library, 130 Chaplin St., Chaplin CT 06235.

Arrangements are being made through Potter Funeral Home of Willimantic.

For online memorial guestbook, please visit www.potterfuneralhome.com

Published in The Day on Dec. 5, 2009
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