Groton - Muriel B. Treff, a long-time resident of Mumford Cove, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, while in hospice at The Elms, an assisted-living facility in Westerly. She had battled multiple illnesses for several years.
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She was born Muriel Bridget Carter in Astoria, N.Y.C. in 1928. Active throughout childhood, she was an avid swimmer, which landed her a job as a synchronized swimmer in the Billy Rose Aquacade for the 1939 Worlds Fair. After high school, she earned certification as a registered nurse, and worked at St. John's Hospital in Brooklyn. It was during this period that she met her husband of 61 years, Ernest Treff.
Together they created a family. Changing jobs and home between the New York metro area and upstate N.Y., they moved six times before settling in Mystic in 1966. Thanks to her, the Treff household always opened its door to guests. Friends of Muriel's children were regular visitors, many seeking her calming advice in times of stress.
Mothering an active brood of four boys and one girl, Muriel developed an adventurous spirit. Though she started late, Muriel became an expert snow skier, continuing the sport well into her 70's. She also proved a capable sailor on weeks-long sailing cruises. Midway through her 60's, Muriel flew to New Zealand to backpack with her youngest son. In the years following, she could also be seen roller blading with her grandchildren.
In addition to family, Muriel was active in her church, St Mary's. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels, and after surviving breast cancer, signed on to the American Cancer Society program, Reach to Recovery. The Color Me Beautiful program also captured her interest, so Muriel opened a color consultation office in Mystic.
In addition to her husband, Ernest; she is survived by daughter, Elizabeth Schmitt; sons, David, Arthur, Peter and Thomas, and their spouses, Audrey Shelto, Jesse Bell-Treff and Karen Cordato; as well as nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl St., Mystic. A solemn Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at St. Mary's atop Fort Hill in Groton, with a gathering at The Mystic Boathouse, 8 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, following the service.
Published in The Day on Dec. 20, 2012