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Catherine E. Koonce

Catherine E. Koonce Obituary
Waterford - Catherine E. Cabral Koonce, 98, of Waterford, formerly of Niantic, passed away July 15, 2010, at the Greentree Manor in Waterford.

She was born on June 5, 1912, in New London, the daughter of Antone M. and Isabel Mayo Cabral.

Mrs. Koonce was married in New London on Feb. 9, 1929, to her late husband, James Leo Koonce. He passed away on Mar. 20, 1975.

She was a very active member of the Niantic Baptist Church.

Her other memberships included the Fidelity Chapter-Order of the Eastern Star and Jessamine Court # 6, of which both she had been a Past Matron of; member of the Chatham Court in Deep River, member and Past Royal Grand Matron of the Order of Amaranth, and a member and Past Queen- Daughters of the Nile.

Mrs. Koonce is survived by two daughters, Patricia A. Dziomba of Norwich and Joan E. Koonce of Niantic; a son, James L. Koonce, Jr. of Holiday, Fla.; her sister, Mina Viveiros of Groton; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She had also been predeceased by her daughter, Catherine E. Hummer; seven brothers, William, Arthur, Lawrence, Frank, Andrew, Joseph Anthony Cabral; and a granddaughter, Kathryn Jayne Hummer.

A celebration of her life will be held in September at the Niantic Baptist Church on a date and time to announced. Her burial in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in New London was held privately for the family. Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St., New London is assisting the family with her arrangements.

Published in The Day on July 27, 2010
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