Elizabeth (Whalen) Dwan(1923 - 2013)

LITCHFIELD >> Elizabeth Whalen Dwan, wife of the late William H. Dwan, Jr., died on May 8, 2013, surrounded by her family at her home in Litchfield. Betty was born Nov. 16, 1923 in Hartford, to Frank Hurley and Esther Bunn and raised by her parents John and Winifred Whalen.
Betty grew up in Torrington and lived in Litchfield for the past 64 years. She received her registered nursing degree at St. Francis School of Nursing in Hartford. She served as a Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corp in Manila, The Philippines during World War II. She served for 14 months in the United States and in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre in the nuero-psychiatric hospital in Manila. Betty started her career as a charge nurse at St. Francis Hospital in the Pediatric Ward. As she raised her family she worked as a nurse at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Adams House, Rose Haven and she taught nursing at Oliver Wolcott Technical School. She was very involved in volunteer and civic organizations including the Girl Scouts and Boys Scouts as a troop leader, the League of Women Voters, the Daughters of Isabella, the PTA in the Litchfield Schools, the Litchfield High School Scholarship Committee, The Stephen Ministry – Guatemala, the Housing and Water Supply Studies for the Town of Litchfield, The Lourdes Shrine and The Susan B. Anthony Project where she served on the Board of Directors. She was a devoted parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Church and was a Eucharistic Minister. She received the Archdiocesan Medal of Appreciation from the Hartford Archdiocese for her service to the church. She loved to travel and enjoyed trips to The Vatican, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Jerusalem, France, Russia, The Middle East, and all over the USA including Alaska and Hawaii. She had visited every continent except Africa.
Betty leaves two sons, William H. Dwan, III and his wife Louise, their children Kathryn and her partner Steven Dowell, and Kevin and his wife Taryn; John Dwan and his wife Jamie, and their daughters Rachel Thomas and her husband Matthew and Hannah Richard and her husband Chad; three daughters, Margaret Dwan her partner Robert Bombardieri, and her daughter Shelby Stockno and her partner Jon Rondeau; Patricia and her husband Salvatore D'Andrea; Mary and her husband David Sweeney and their sons Benjamin and his wife Melissa and Nicholas and his partner Karena Fei. She also leaves two great-granddaughters, Ashlyn and Teagan Dwan. Elizabeth was predeceased by her beloved son George Dwan.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 49 South Street, Litchfield. Burial will be private. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 10, at Rowe Funeral Home, 283 Torrington Road, Litchfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations "In Memory of Betty Dwan" may be made to Litchfield Community Services Fund, P.O. Box 819, Litchfield, CT 06759.
To send an online condolence to the family, kindly visit www.rowefuneralhome.net.

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Rowe Funeral Home
283 Torrington Road Litchfield, CT 06759
Published in The Register Citizen on May 9, 2013