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Louise D. Welch

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WELCH, Louise D. Louise D. Welch died peacefully at home on Sunday, (October 1, 2006) with her family at her side, following a courageous battle with cancer. Louise was 86. Louise was born on December 16, 1919 in Manchester, NH. Louise was a resident of Clinton since the early 1950's. After raising her family she retired from the International Division of Chesebrough Ponds and later spent several years at the Clinton Country Club as the Office Manager. Louise was active in the town of Clinton being a member of the Water Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals. Louise was also a Justice of Peace for 35 years and married 150 couples. Louise developed a passion for painting later in life and was a member of the Clinton Art Society. Louise regularly displayed her artwork at the annual Clinton Art Show. Louise studied oil painting under Michelle L'Heureux and studied watercolors under Stan Carver. Her paintings of "Waterside Lane Bridge" and "Old Harbor" graced the covers of the July 2001 – June 2002 Town of Clinton Annual Report. Her oil and watercolor paintings of Clinton, family residences and her favorite places were treasured by family and friends alike. Louise is survived by her brother George Brown, brother Robert Brown and wife Peggy, brother Richard Brown and wife Carol, brother Fredrick Brown and wife Virginia, brother Joseph Brown and wife Carol; and sister-in-law Regina Olszewski and husband Joseph. Louise is also survived by her eldest daughter Diane Shepard and husband Bion of Clinton; son Thomas Welch and wife Jane of Clinton, son David Welch and wife JoAnn of Westbrook, son Stephen Welch and wife Elaine of Madison; daughter Paula Welch and partner Mitzi Eilts of Clinton; son Ted Welch and wife Laura of Westbrook and youngest son Jack Welch and wife Nancy of Clinton. Louise leaves behind 19 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Louise was preceded in death by husband Thomas; son James, and three sisters, Kay Gartland, Paula Howe and Alice Balawejder. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 5, at St. Mary's Church of the Visitation, 54 Grove Street, Clinton. Entombment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery with her husband Thomas. Relatives and friends are welcome at the Swan Funeral Home, 80 East Main Street in Clinton on Wednesday, October 4, from 4 - 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Louise D. Welch Memorial Prize of the Clinton Art Society c/o Peoples Bank, Madison, CT. The family would like to thank Middlesex Hospice as well as Dr. Robert Levy and all of the staff of the Connecticut Oncology Group in Middletown and Essex for their help, support and compassion.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Oct. 3, 2006
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