DAVIS, Andrea Carlson
Davis, (Frances) Andrea Carlson, 65, died peacefully on Thursday, (July 26, 2007) surrounded by friends and family. Andrea was born on April 16, 1942, in Bridgeport to Frances (Schenck) Carlson of Farmington and the late Einar William Carlson. She was raised in Washington, CT and graduated from Washington High School. She received a B.A. from the University of Connecticut and an M.A. in English from Western Connecticut State University. As an elementary school teacher for various area schools, she had a quiet, but profound influence on generations of children. She was tremendously liked and respected by the residents of New Hartford for excellent work as their assistant tax collector. She believed heartily in public service and served her community in many ways over the years, most recently as a member of the Harwinton Zoning Commission, Harwinton Democratic Town Committee, and the State of Connecticut Veterinary Board. Andrea was a selfless, giving person who always did what she believed was right and always put everyone before herself. She was a priceless friend, devoted daughter and, most of all, a remarkable mother. She valued education and was extremely proud of her daughter, an attorney and her son, an architect. She enjoyed vegetable gardening, writing funny poetry, horseback riding and good books. She was a passionate animal lover and rescued various cats, dogs and horses throughout her life. She was a truly kind and giving person who nurtured everyone around her. Her greatest love and passion was her family. She is survived by her mother, Frances Carlson of Farmington; her children, Sandra Davis of Harwinton and Jason Davis of Farmington, who will always miss her immensely; her son-in-law, Scott Ragaglia and his children, Kyle and Katelyn, all of Harwinton; her brother and sister-in-law, William and Dorrie Carlson of Pittsburgh, PA; and her niece, Jennifer Andrea Carlson of Pittsburgh, PA. She cherished her dear friends, Kathleen Northover, Dale Olofson, Claudia Reed, Cynthia Lamarre, Joan Swiderski and Elaine Sherwin, all of whom survive her. Her family would like to thank all of those who aided her in her time of need and gave her a chance at life. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Friends may call on Sunday, July 29, at Montano-Shea Funeral Home, 5 Steele Road, New Hartford, from 3-5 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Connecticut Humane Society. Visit an online guestbook at www.montano-shea.com.
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Published by Hartford Courant on Jul. 28, 2007.