Dawn Hochsprung
Hochsprung, Dawn
Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47, of Woodbury, CT, passed Friday, December 14, 2012 as the result of the tragic events that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.
Beloved daughter, mother, wife, grandmother and friend, Dawn was a dedicated teacher who inspired her students to reach their fullest potential by instilling in them the importance of life-long learning. A fierce leader and educational activist, Dawn was admired by her colleagues, students and parents, particularly for her caring and nurturing nature. She often referred to her students as her "children" and wanted school to be a positive place and a safe haven.
A graduate of Naugatuck High School Class of 1983, Dawn discovered the power of knowledge which led her to pursue a career in education. Dawn received her bachelor's degree in special education from Central Connecticut State University and her master's degree education from Southern Connecticut State University. She was currently enrolled at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY pursuing her Ph.D. - a testament to her own personal mission to continue learning and lead by example.
Above all, Dawn was extremely devoted to her family. There was nothing in the world she wouldn't do to ensure that her family was happy and safe. She often credited her mother, Cheryl (Gee Gee) Lafferty for instilling in her the importance of family and never taking them for granted.
Dawn is survived by her husband George Hochsprung, her mother Cheryl Lafferty, two daughters, Cristina Lafferty Hassinger and Erica Lafferty, a brother Daniel Lafferty, three grandsons, a granddaughter, three step daughters, Anne Priest, Amy Lawton and Beth Ewaskiewicz, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Her father, William Lafferty, had passed in 2004. Calling hours will be held Wednesday, December 19 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Woodbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere, 2 School Street. Burial will be private. To place an online condolence, please visit www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com.

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Published by Danbury News Times & Connecticut Post on Dec. 17, 2012.
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She was born on the anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie in Bosnia and Herzegovina!
May 17, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Sad Person
April 1, 2021
With love to all of you on Valentine’s Day and every day.
May God continue to watch over you
as you watch over those precious
Frances C. Uva
February 14, 2021
You are always in our thoughts and prayers.
Nicholas Abbagliato
February 13, 2021
I am so sorry for what happened to you Dawn. Rest in peace. You were an amazing person.
Aundrea Smith
February 12, 2021
Hello So I just read about the Sandy Hook Massacre and Dawn was such a hero I wished she never died... I wished none of them died Dawn was only in her 40's she told everyone about what was happening her last words were "SHOOTER! STAY PUT!" I'll do my project for all of them... R.I.P
October 29, 2020
I never met Dawn but she did everything for the students at her school RIP Dawn
Skylar storm
February 25, 2020
god is with you all the time
January 15, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
January 15, 2020
Hard to believe it's been seven years since you left this earth...
I am sure you are always looking over your children.
Alex L
December 3, 2019
To Dawns family,
Im so sorry for the loss of your mother who had served as principal at Sandy Hook Elementary. She was a hero the school needed in the wake of devastating crime.

I send a heartfelt thank you to Dawn for saving many childrens lives on December 14, 2012. The shooting surely left a hole in my heart. Adagio For Strings comes to mind when I see photos of your mom.

Alex Lai
May 24, 2019
A quote of hers was in a book of quotations I share with my fourth graders each morning. Please know that her words continue to touch the lives of students...
Sarah Hanson
February 27, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
James Lenh
November 15, 2018
Enough is Enough! No more!
We must do what is good and will protect our future, it takes great sacrifice. Rest in Peace Dawn.
Li Ho
February 26, 2018
Sweet Principal she is
January 9, 2018
December 6, 2017
Valenda Newell
June 20, 2017
Dawn may you remain in gods loving arms forever.
May 1, 2017
love jimmy
March 25, 2016
December 18, 2015
God bless you and your educators for helping to save as many children and teachers as possible. Will always keep you and your families in my prayers.
A Pierce
December 14, 2015
You will never be forgotten. God bless you and your family. Sincerely, Frances C. Uva
Frances C. Uva
December 14, 2015
December 13, 2015
happy thanksgiving
November 25, 2015
I pray for all that families that lost their loved ones!! I'm sorry this happened to you guys! My best wishes for you guys!
November 20, 2015
a candle for dawn
August 6, 2015
Thinking of you, your fellow teachers and your little ones. May God continue to bless all of you. Sincerely, Frances C. Uva
Frances C. Uva
July 1, 2015
Happy belated birthday Dawn.
June 30, 2015
dawn happy valentines day
February 12, 2015
Thoughts and prayers of healing for Dawn's family and friends - RIP
Karen D
December 13, 2014
Rest in Peace
Scott Chamberland
December 12, 2014
Dear Dawn and Hochsprung Family, With love and prayers to all of you, Frances C. Uva
Frances C. Uva
December 12, 2014
two years dawn be thinking of twenty six this sunday love jimmy
December 10, 2014
Dear Dawn and Family, In thanksgiving for all that she meant to her school children and staff. God bless you. Sincerely, Frances C. Uva
Frances C. Uva
November 26, 2014
Thinking of you and your family at this time. Your are truly an angel.
November 24, 2014
happy thanksgiving ,jimmy
November 21, 2014
love your play ground dawn ,i know you would be very proud, as we all are proud of you, love jimmy
October 8, 2014
I believe in signs from above. The other night at "The Rock of Angels" one fiber optic white light appeared to be much brighter than the other five. Logically, it probably was just the way I had parked or..........
June 29, 2014
June 28, 2014
Dear Hochsprung Family, Remembering all of you today and especially Dawn. She will never be forgotten. Sincerely, Frances C. Uva
Frances C. Uva
June 28, 2014
Remembering your birthday tomorrow. I envision you having so much fun with loved ones and with the children you loved. May God grant peace to your family during this time.
June 27, 2014
marcia clement
May 2, 2014
love jimmy
April 18, 2014
Dear Dawn and Hochsprung Family, Remembering all of your teachers and students on this very special day. Please know that a countless number of us all over the world share your sadness. Sincerely, Frances C. Uva
Frances C. Uva
April 14, 2014
Dear Dawn and Hochsprung Family, Remembering you in a special way on the fourteenth of this month. Sincerely, Frances C. Uva
Frances C. Uva
March 14, 2014
February 27, 2014
Dear Dawn and the Hochsprung family, With great respect for all you are continuing to do in Heaven with all of those brave teachers and equally brave children. How lucky they are to have you with them. Sincerely, Frances C.Uva
Frances C Uva
February 13, 2014
bella b
January 29, 2014
Let There Be Peace On Earth!!

The World Misses Your Passion , and Your Advocacy for Kids More Than You Know!!!
January 4, 2014
Bella B
January 1, 2014
Bella B
December 25, 2013
December 15, 2013
For God is not unrighteous so as to forget your work and the love you showed for his name by ministering and continuing to minister to the holy ones (Hebrews 6:10). Dawn will never be forgotten for all the work she did for her community and especially those sweat little ones in her care. May God continue to strengthen your family in these times hard to deal with, especially without a beloved one such as Dawn.
December 14, 2013
May god continue to bless Dawn and her family. Its hard to believe that a year has passed since that tragic day. The courage and bravery that Dawn showed in trying to protect her children and her school that day will never be forgotten. Continue to guide and watch over those little angels who went up to heaven with you that day Dawn because its what you were born to do. God bless Dawn and her family for all eternity.
Adam K.
December 14, 2013
bella b
December 14, 2013
The world still mourns you Dawn. Thank you for all you have done. May your family be comforted each and every day.
karen imbimbo
December 14, 2013
Remembering wonderful Dawn and keeping her and the Hochsprung family in my heart and in my prayers today and every day. Love always wins.
Mary Kinsley
December 14, 2013
dear Dawn
I did not know you, I wish I did you have become the caption in my my signature " Life is not what about you do but what you inspire others to do." Well done good and faithful servant! I love you and w and know your family is missing you. I am missing your presence and influence as well. Thank you for touching my life! Love and peace on your first anniversary in heaven.
Marie Blessington
December 13, 2013
Dear Dawn and Hochsprung Family, It is hard to believe that one year has passed. Our world will never be the same without you in it. May God continue to console all of your family members and the countless number of us who pray for you every single day. You will always be my hero. Sincerely, Frances C. Uva
Frances C. Uva
December 13, 2013
Rest in Peace
Scott Chamberland
December 13, 2013
God bless you and your family. Our hearts are with you and all the families.
D See
December 13, 2013
my prayers are with dawns family on the 14th.god bless you all.
bella b
December 11, 2013
To the family. There is hope in God's word, the same hope I have (John %:28,29)of seeing my dead love ones again. FWJ Jr.
December 10, 2013
Dear Hochsprung Family and Dawn, Remembering you on Thanksgiving and giving thanks for your generous spirit. You will always be my Hero. Sincerely, Frances C. Uva
Frances C. Uva
November 28, 2013
Thinking of you and your family every day especially at this time of year. May you find peace this holiday season. We as a nation are still deeply affected by what happened. We will never forget.
The Chermansky Family
Cumberland, Indiana
November 27, 2013
happy thanksgiving in heaven dawn.to the hochsprung family and frinds.may our father in heaven bring you comfort this holiday season.may he be with you all on the 14th 1year mark since dawn a hero who became an angel.god bless you all.
bella b
November 26, 2013
It can be so hard to face the first year without Dawn , but God can give you all the strength you need to carry you through. He is aware of your pain and whatever you are going through emotionally. .. let him help you he knows what you need. (Jeremiah 29:12) . . .And YOU will certainly call me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to YOU. . .
November 25, 2013
Dear Dawn and Family, Remembering you in a special way on your 10 month anniversary in Heaven. God bless all of you. Sincerely, Frances C. Uva
Frances C. Uva
October 14, 2013
Dear Hochsprung Family, A day does not go by that I do not think of Dawn. How fortunate all of us are to have someone like her in our lives. Sincerely, Frances C. Uva
Frances C. Uva
October 3, 2013
bella b
October 1, 2013
: “Who really can be saved?” 26?Looking them in the face, Jesus said to them: “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
So have faith God can make you strong in this time of tragedy
September 29, 2013
I miss you :'(
July 3, 2013
Happy Birthday Heavenly Angel Dawn! Wishing you a big birthday celebration with all your students lovingly surrounding you. May your family find solace being one of the firsts without you. Prayers their way.
Mrs. Robert
June 28, 2013
Thinking of you on your birthday and wishing you a super heavenly celebration.
B. V.
June 28, 2013
Thinking of you today. Happy Birthday.
June 28, 2013
wishing you a happy birthday today dawn,i will be thinking of you today ,love jimmy
james havens
June 28, 2013
June 15, 2013
We will never forget
June 14, 2013
June 14, 2013
Dear Dawn and Family, 6 months ago you were called by name to Heaven. You are truly my Hero. God bless all of you. Sincerely, Frances C. Uva
Frances C. Uva
June 14, 2013
Six months and you are still remembered for the sacrifice, courage and strength you showed that day. Those moments will last a lifetime for us on earth and show us the true Hero you are. Wish I had the power to change life events. Prayers to your family that their grief is helped by all the loving memories you left. Take care of all the littlest Angels now.
Mrs. Robert
June 13, 2013
Thank For Saving Them ~Fishy
April 17, 2013
Dear Dawn and your dear Family, May God bless all of you on Dawn's 4 month anniversary in Heaven. Please know you and the other teachers and children will never be forgotten. So many of us remember you in prayer every single day. Sincerely, Frances C. Uva
Frances C . Uva
April 14, 2013
April 5, 2013
Dear Dawn and Family, Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. May God continue to bless you, your little ones and the brave teachers who are next to you in Heaven. You are respected and admired more than words could possibly express. Sincerely, Frances C. Uva
Frances C. Uva
March 30, 2013
we'll miss you
q tip
March 21, 2013
Dear Dawn's Family, Dawn continues to amaze me by her selfless actions that December morning in Newtown, CT. I will forever remember all of you in my daily prayers. Sincerely, Frances C. Uva
Frances C. Uva
March 13, 2013
March 13, 2013
My DEAREST Mrs. Hochsprung, you ARE AND SHALL EVER BE MY HERO! If I am EVER in your situation, I TRULY HOPE that I respond as you did on December 14, 2012. You BRAVELY RAN TOWARD thsher in a COURAGEOUS attempt to sae your BELOVED students and staff! You are now a Guardian Angel to ALL the precious babies called Home that day along with your fellow colleagues who are ALSO Guardian Angels! You are a CONSUMMATE EDUCATOR in ALL TRUE SESNSES of the WORDS! May God continue comforting ALL your family and friends until they join you in Heaven one day! I SHALL NEVER FOREGET YOU!

With deepest sympathy NOW AND FOREVER,
Lisa Swanzy
March 9, 2013
dawn i have made a rock cairn,and i put a rock on it as a memorial to you,love jimmy
james havens
March 8, 2013
Dear Dawn and Family, You are, and will always be, our fearless Guardian Angel. The world remembers you with love and great respect this Valentine's Day. Sincerely, Frances C. Uva
Frances C. Uva
February 14, 2013
Love to Dawn's family and friends.
February 10, 2013
Dawn, you are a hero. The world has praised you and is forever grateful for your actions. Please continue to watch over everyone while you're in heaven, RIP.
February 8, 2013
Dawn, What an amazing person to put your life ahead of everyone in the school. What a hero you were. Keep those children safely under your angel wings. To the family, stand proud that you had such an amazing person in your life. Not many would have had the strength she did. I think of you all every day and pray you can get through this. May God keep you safe and strong.
Marc Cormier
February 1, 2013
I will pray every day for your family's loss of Dawn. God bless you as you grieve this significant loss. He will put you in perfect peace eventually. I will pray in the meantime.
Ellen Robinson
January 30, 2013
I have thought of the Hochsprung family often. I know a family could not be prouder of a family member with such strong compassion for children I know it must have been a pleasure to know her.
Jeanne Gillis
January 28, 2013
Dear Family of Dawn,
It has been nearly two months since your tragic loss. How are you doing? My prayer is that you continue to heal; let yourself grief by talking to family and friends. Talking about your feelings to a “true companion” who will listen pathetically can bring a relief. (Proverbs 17:17) Writing your feelings or your memories of dear Dawn can be soothing to the soul. We all grieve differently – at our on pace and in our own way. May you continue to find comfort from those with kindred spirit as we await God's wonderful promises for tomorrow!
Kathleen H.
January 26, 2013
This world was blessed to have Dawn.
Prayers for the family.
Page Desantis
January 25, 2013
To the Hochsprung Family I am sorry for your loss.
Candice Gager
January 25, 2013
very sorry over this. what a brave woman she was.i hope newtown gives her a medal she was a hero jimmy havens
james havens
January 16, 2013
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