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Elizabeth Jarvis


1965 - 2014
JARVIS, ELIZABETH S. Elizabeth S. Jarvis, 48, died Feb. 1, 2014, at Hartford Hospital after a long and courageous struggle against cancer. Lisa was born on Feb. 18, 1965, to Penfield and Anne Bayha Jarvis in Hartford. She attended Renbrook and Choate Rosemary Hall. As an avid rower, she was captain of women’s crew, and she was honored with the prestigious Choate School Seal award. Upon graduation she spent one year traveling around the world. She earned a BA degree in Economics from Yale University, class of 1988, where she continued her athletic career as a four year member of the Yale women’s golf team. Lisa then joined the family business and served as a Vice-President and a Director of Penco Corporation, the parent of Jarvis Products Corporation where she was the General Manager of the Machine Tool division. She developed and promoted live tooling for CNC machine tools, as well as the company’s historic machines and tools. An energetic and active sportswoman, Lisa continued to play golf competitively at club tournaments and she enjoyed snow skiing, water skiing and fishing. Her cooking was legendary, especially her gourmet French dishes. She will be also remembered for her love of Connecticut’s natural beauty through her tireless landscaping inspirations at the shore in Old Saybrook, at the farm in Portland and at her home in West Hartford. She loved her cats. She is survived by her father Penfield Jarvis and his wife Teresa; her brother Jonathan Jarvis and his wife Kelly and their children, Blaine, Catherine, Will, Reed and William; her stepsister and stepbrother Tracy (Ethan) Mann and Wade (Jillian) Finney and their families. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Lisa was preceded in death by her mother Anne and her grandparents. Her father would like to thank everyone at Dana Farber in Boston and at Hartford Hospital Cancer Centers for their support in Lisa’s care. Funeral services will be Feb. 8, 2014, at 10:30 am at Trinity Episcopal Church in Portland, CT. Visitation is Feb. 7, 2014, from 4:30-6:30 pm at the Portland Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland. Memorials should be directed to the Lisa Jarvis Boathouse Fund in care of Choate Rosemary Hall, 333 Christian Lane, Wallingford, CT 06492. Donations will go towards the initiative to establish a boathouse in Middletown so future Choate oarsmen and women can row daily on the Connecticut River as she had and loved during her Choate rowing years.
Published in middletownpress on Feb. 5, 2014
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