Andrea Carlson Davis
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

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Published by Hartford Courant on Jul. 28, 2007.
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I am very saddened to learn of Andy's death last summer. She had been on my mind the past few days. I was thankful I still had her telephone number, since we hadn't spoken for about ten years. Thanks to Scott for returning the message. I know how hard it is to convey this type of news.

I was a dorm mate of Andy's at UCONN. She was the glue that kept the group together after we left college. She had us to her mom's house for lunch the summer of Freshman year. She had three of us up to her home for a get together in the early 1990's and coordinated a group get together at The Publick House in Sturbridge, MA a few years later.

I know the heart ache you bear, having lost my oldest son at age 26 to cancer in 1989. I extend my sympathies to you all and will keep Andy and you in my prayers.
Nancy Moore
April 27, 2008

Sorry to hear the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Chris Thomas
July 31, 2007
I just returned from vacation and learned of your mom's passing. My thoughts are with you and your family. I hope memories of the time you spent with each other sustain you through this time.

Paula Schwartz
Paula Schwartz
July 30, 2007
Sandy and Scott:

We are so sad to learn of your mom's passing. You and your family have our deepest sympathies.
Dan & Carol Schwartz
July 30, 2007
Sandy and Jason, we were so, so sorry to hear about your mom. Our thoughts are with you.
Nicole & Brian Baummer
July 29, 2007
Sorry to hear about your mom. No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Paul and Cathy Rajchel
July 29, 2007
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