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Patricia A. Moukawsher

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Groton - Patricia A. Moukawsher, 89, of 70 Tyler Ave., Groton, died peacefully on Thursday morning, May 3, 2012, in the company of family at Fairview, the Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut. She was the widow of Attorney Joseph E. Moukawsher of Groton.

Born Patricia A. Moukawsher on Valentine's Day in 1923 in Watertown, Mass., she was the daughter of Edward E. O'Connell and E. Gladys O'Connell. Her father ran a prosperous real estate and insurance agency but lost everything in the Great Depression. After much difficulty he moved his family to Manomet in Plymouth, Mass. where he established a successful wholesale/retail lobster business. Mrs. Moukawsher graduated from Plymouth High School and joined the WAVES during World War II, proudly serving as a lab technician at the San Diego Naval Hospital. She met her husband of 57 years while working in Boston. They were married in 1949.

The Moukawshers settled in Groton where they raised six children at their home on Eastern Point. Mrs. Moukawsher was active for many years in community affairs as a volunteer for Catholic Charities, the Child & Family Services Agency, and the American Red Cross. She served for several terms on the board of the Groton Public Library as a member and its chairman. In those capacities she was a leading advocate for the construction of the town's current library on Newtown Road.

Mrs. Moukawsher enjoyed gardening and flowers in particular. By her side when she passed away was a spray of her favorite purple lilacs. She was dedicated to the arts. She filled her home with classical music and took advantage of the Groton library's painting-loan program to place a revolving series of paintings on an easel near her front door. She loved cruising with her family on their boat and was especially devoted to Shenecossett Beach Club where she could be found most summer days sitting near the waterline, chatting with friends or, white bathing cap firmly in place, swimming in Long Island Sound.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Philip and Edward; and one son, the late Commander E. James Moukawsher of the U.S. Coast Guard.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary K. Morse, her husband Charles, and their children, Erika and Geoffrey; son, State Representative Edward E. "Ted" Moukawsher; daughter in-law, Lisa Moukawsher, her daughters Meredith Moukawsher and Melissa Haldorsen and great granddaughter, Molly Haldorsen; son, Paul J. , Patrick J. , his wife Joanne, and their son, Nicholas, and former state representative, Thomas G. Moukawsher, along with his wife, Groton town clerk, Betsy Moukawsher and their son, Alex, daughters, Jackie Baudro and Katie Kamradt and their son Ted, his wife Whitney, and great-granddaughter Madison.

Visiting hours will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. today, May 5, 2012, at the Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St., New London. Her Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. today, May 5, at the St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church, 69 Groton Long Point Road, Groton. Her burial will be in the St. Mary Cemetery, Jefferson Ave., New London.

The family would especially like to thank the staff at Fairview for caring for her with great warmth and skill.

Donations in her memory may be directed to Fairview, 235 Lestertown Road, Groton, CT 06340. http://www.oddfellowsct.com/giving_opportunities.htm.

Please visit www.byles.com for her family's online registry.
Published in The Day from May 4 to May 5, 2012
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