Iva Alexander Arpin
1939 - 2020
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Iva Alexander Arpin 1939 - 2020
Norwich - Iva Alexander Arpin peacefully departed this life on February 20, 2020, surrounded by her family.
She was born January 4, 1939, in New London, CT to William and Gladys Alexander. Iva received Christ as her Savior when she was a teen. She was joined in holy matrimony with Alphage Joseph Arpin Jr. for 50 years. To this union 3 children were born. She was primarily an at home mom, with a 10-year period as a rural postal carrier. Iva loved working with young people and spent 16 years as a Girl Scout leader with CT Trails Council.
She painted, was an expert seamstress, an amazing gardener and rescued all kinds of animals.
She was an accomplished family history researcher for the last 40 years and had the opportunity to work on several archaeological projects with State Archaeologist Nick Ballentoni. Iva was a member of the Faith Trumbull D.A.R. Chapter in Norwich for 14 years. During that time, she led the Gen. Ebenezer Huntington Society Children of the American Revolution, during which time her granddaughter Caitlin served as C.A.R. State President. Together, they created the Gen. Ebenezer Huntington C.A.R. museum located in the Perkins Rockwell House at 42 Rockwell St Norwich. It is the only C.A.R. museum outside of Washington DC.
While leading the C.A.R., her time included 10 years of colonial re-enacting with the children, one of her happiest accomplishments.
Iva served as a volunteer family researcher at the Family History Center in Groton, CT for 22 years. She was a member of the Thomas Stanton Society, the Voluntown Historical Society, the CT Gravestone Network, the McIntosh Clan Society, the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington DC. Her final project, a book entitled Voluntown's Grand Army of the Republic is in publication. She was especially grateful to Linda Johnson and William Boylan for their assistance in editing her book. Iva's work on the restoration of the large G.A.R. drum will be on display in Voluntown for the Tercentennial in 2021.
She was preceded in death by her husband Alphage and leaves behind her children and their spouses, Phyllis and Kirk Nelson, Barry and Anna Arpin, Melanie and Morrie Feick, 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces and friends. She and "Feige" counted being Memere and Pepere the best role of their lives. Their grandchildren agree wholeheartedly.
Please join her family for a memorial service on Saturday, April 4, at 11 a.m. at the Norwich Christian & Missionary Alliance Church at 35 Wawecus Hill Rd. Refreshments will follow.

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Published in Norwich Bulletin from Mar. 6 to Mar. 8, 2020.
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March 1, 2021
Iva, I think of you often wishing that we could continue catching up on the 60 + years we didn't see each other.
I miss the smile I saw when we thought of some of the stuff that went on with your brothers, especially Donnie and the stuff he and I pulled. You may be gone from our sight, but not from our memories.
Barton Tanner
April 28, 2020
Phyllis, Barry, and Melanie, I so miss hearing "Hey there, how's it going?" Iva's frequent greeting by phone. I've waited to write hoping to find adequate words but they seem insufficient to do justice to your Mom. She was one of a kind. To our family she was so many things: neighbor, historian, detective, gardener, constitutionalist, mentor, dear friend, and surely family. We miss her greatly so it's hard to imagine your sense of loss. Please know that your Mom and all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Kinnie Family
March 23, 2020
I knew Iva almost all of her 81 years but had lost track of her for 64 of those years since we were in school. We just recently got back to telling what has been happening in our lives since. We talked often on the telephone and on Facebook. I was shocked and saddened to find out she passed when I called to talk to her. I wish that we could have had more time to talk of old times. Iva you will be missed, but I know exactly where you are, sitting at the right hand of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Barton Tanner
March 17, 2020
I am stunned & saddened to learn of the passing of a long time friend. Little did we know the last time I visited it would be the last. It's been a long run & I will miss you dearly. You were truly one of a kind.
Bryon Niemann
March 14, 2020
Iva was very helpful with my family
search and she was a pleasure to
work with in my search. She will
very much be missed by all who
knew her.
All of my sympathy to her family !
Richard Russ
Richard Russ
March 12, 2020
I cannot find adequate words to describe her. Iva was a rare bird, indeed. A woman of many talents; she was strong willed, a diligent patriot, kind to all creatures, sharp witted and occasionally sharp-tongued!

While her loss touched many, her life touched many more. She is an inspiration and will always hold a place in my heart.

I love you and miss you, Iva.
William Boylan
March 11, 2020
I am going to miss talking to Iva and the blueberry bread she use to for me'
john durham sr
March 7, 2020
Dear Phyllis, Barry, Melanie and families We wish to express our sympathy and may your good memories be a source of comfort to you.
In sympathy,
Tina and Lynn.
Tina and Lynn Lessard
March 6, 2020
I send my sincere condolences during this very difficult time. May you all find comfort 1 Thessalonins 4:14.
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