Margaret G. "Teddy" Welte

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Ledyard - Margaret G. "Teddy" Welte, 86, of Gales Ferry, passed away May 21, 2014, at her residence with her family close by.

She was born in Detroit, Mich., on Sept. 1, 1927, the daughter of George and Margaret (Trench) Goodsir.

Teddy graduated from Olivet College, Olivet, Mich., in 1949, earning a bachelor of arts degree in English literature. There she met her husband of 65 years, William D. Welte. Teddy taught school in Groton, for a few years prior to having her family. In the early 70s, she operated Gales Ferry Nursery School at the Community Center. In the late 70s, she completed an associate's degree in Christian education from Hartford Seminary and the Connecticut Conference, United Church of Christ and was director of Christian education at Groton Congregational Church for 30 years. After retiring, she was asked to continue her Christian education work at Colchester Federated and Second Congregational Church, New London. Teddy was also an active member of the Women's Fellowship at both Groton and New London churches and was a longtime volunteer at the Mystic Seaport G. W. Blunt White Library. She was an avid knitter and played the recorder. Other interests included weaving and spinning.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her sister, Isobel Sauselle and family; two sons, William "Sandy" H. Welte and George A. Welte; three daughters, Elisabeth "Lisa" W. Herzig, Margaret Anne "Anne" W. Ransom, and Lesley W. Sollima; 10 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 30, at Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St., New London. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, at Groton Congregational Church, 162 Monument St., Groton; a reception follows.

Donations in Margaret's memory may be directed to Groton Congregational Church or Babies Heart Run (

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Byles Memorial Home - New London
99 Huntington St  New London, CT 06320
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Published in The Day on May 25, 2014