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Mildred Emiliya Palm

Mildred Emiliya Palm Obituary
New London - Mildred Emiliya Palm, 90, of Admiral Drive, died with her family by her side at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010. Mildred was the widow of Fred W. Palm. Both were long time residents of Groton before his death in 1983.

Mildred and Fred were married in Brooklyn and moved to Connecticut in 1939. Fred worked at Electric Boat and Sup-Ships. Mildred had jobs with the Groton Board of Education, Greg's Department Store, and The Day newspaper, but her major job was taking care of her husband and children. She was an excellent cook. Even when she couldn't stand up to cook by herself, she "supervised" the aides, making sure the seasonings were just right. Mildred also grew amazingly large African violets, was an avid Yankees fan, and loved talking on the telephone, especially to her beloved sister-in-law, Virginia Facas. We will miss hearing her say, "What's new Gin?"

Mildred was the youngest of 12 children born to Nicholas Hawaka and Florence Busczniewicz. Only six of their children survived to be adults and all predeceased her, Joseph Hawaka, DiMitri Hawaka, Sergi Hawaka, Anna Sumple, and Martha Mosley. Her father was a Pennsylvania coal miner, and their life was very poor and traumatic. Little did Mildred know what was in store for her. She became quite the celebrity when she won the New Jersey State Lottery. At the time, it was the largest jackpot in the country. No one told her, however, that half her winnings would go to taxes! Still, the winnings enabled her to travel, visit family and friends, donate to churches here and in Pennsylvania, and in general, gave her a comfortable retirement.

Mildred is survived by three children, Carole Palm Forster of Tulsa, Okla., Joy Palm Hewitt of Waterford and her husband, Peter, and Frederick W. Palm of Groton and his wife, Barbara. Grandma Palm also leaves five granddaughters, Nichole C. Dyer of Tulsa and her husband, Whit, Hillary A. Zylick of Tulsa, Gillian P. Freeman of Amherst, Mass., and her husband, Patrick, Leigh C. Kobrinski of Washington, D.C. and her husband, John, and Lesley A. Palm of Groton. She has a grandson, Wentworth Earl Miller of Los Angeles, Calif.

Mildred was fortunate to have dedicated and loving personal aides. The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to Anabal Murallo, Anne Mazzotta, Toni Boss, Elle Toth, Carrie Boyer, and Karen Latham. Their skill and perseverance allowed us to keep mom in her home until the very end.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m today Sunday, Aug. 9, 2010, at Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St., New London. A church service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, 2010, at St. Ann Melkite Catolic Church, 41 Cross Road, Waterford,with the Rt. Rev. Archmandrite Edward G. Kakady presiding.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to St. Ann Melkite Chuch Building Fund.

Published in The Day from Aug. 7 to Aug. 8, 2010
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