Mystic - Elizabeth (Osterloh) Todd passed away Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.
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She resided in the Mystic area for over 50 years, most of which on River Road and more recently at StoneRidge. Elizabeth was born March 9, 1915. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa. where she was the lead soprano for the Pittsburgh Opera. In the late 1940's she moved to New York City to study voice, where she met and married Willis H. Todd. She was a long standing member and past president of the Mystic Garden Club and was known as "the orchid lady." Elizabeth taught voice lessons in Mystic, directed the choir at FUMC Mystic, and was a vocal advocate for the preservation of nature and indigenous animals in her area. She was also instrumental in having River Road designated as a scenic road.
She is survived by her nieces and nephew, Lynne Osterloh of Neptune Beach, Fla., Jackie Osterloh of Dublin, Calif., and Judy and Robert Osterloh of Los Osos, Calif. She is also survived by her step-daughter, Judith Schmid-Bielenberg (Viktor) of Laudon, Tenn.; her sister-in-law, Joyce Osterloh of Wexford, Pa.; niece, Lucy Stephany of Manassas, Va.; nephews, Stanley and Robert (Molly) Stephany; and great-nephews, Oliver, Eliott, and Max Stephany of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Elizabeth's family will greet friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl St., historic downtown Mystic. A private burial will precede the visitation.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, the Mystic Seaport, or FUMC of Mystic.
For directions or to send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.dinotofuneral.com
Published in The Day on Feb. 17, 2013