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Annette L. (Marino) Murphy

July 25, 1936 January 26, 2018
Annette L. (Marino) Murphy
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Annette (Marino) Murphy lost her battle to cancer, and entered into eternal rest peacefully at St. Joseph’s Living Center on the evening of January 26, 2018, in Windham, CT with family by her side.
Born in Middletown, CT on July 25, 1936, daughter of Frank and Mary Marino.
She attended Middletown public schools, following graduation she attended Willimantic Teacher’s College where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education in June of 1957. She received her Master’s degree in Education in May of 1974 from The University of Connecticut.
She married Ronald P. Murphy, the love of her life, on August 10, 1957. Annette and Ron were communicants of St. Joseph’s Church where they practiced their faith for almost 50 years.
She taught second grade at Vinton School in Mansfield for five years. She later taught in St. Mary’s/St. Joseph’s School from 1971-1975 reading, grades 6-8. She became a reading consultant at Coventry Grammer School, a position she held for 21 years. She was a member of the CEA and NEA during her teaching career. She was Teacher of the Year in Coventry 1986-1987.
She was a long time active member of St. Joseph’s Church where she dedicated most of her time such as the Corpus Christi Bereavement Committee. Her commitment to early literacy was evident as was her work with the “Books for Dreams Program”. She belonged to numerous organizations which include: Windham/Tolland Association of Retired Teachers, the Norwich Council of Catholic Women (NCCW), St. Joseph’s Women’s Club, Catholic Charities, Lector at St. Joseph’s Church, Delta Kappa Gamma -Theta Chapter, where she was president, the Windham Hospital Auxiliary, and co-chaired the “Books for Babies Program” at Windham Hospital through Theta Chapter.
Annette was a selfless, giving person who cared more for the well being of others. She enjoyed many camping experiences, including a cross country trip in 1971, and many summers spent on Lake George and Wales, MA with family and friends including her trip to Greece, Italy, and Ireland.
She leaves behind her sons Patrick (of Coventry) and Gay Touma, Michael and Ivy of Maryville, TN, her two grandchildren Nicole and Kyle Murphy and three great grandchildren-Avery, Chloe, and Collier. She also leaves her sister Alfia and predeceased husband Carmello Zimmitti and their children Adele Rosa (Carmelo), Marian Carillo (Oscar), Salvatore Zimmitti and Frank Zimmitti (Carrie) and their children. She also leaves two aunts in Middletown-Josephine D’Antonio and Eleanor Mazzotta.
The family wishes to thank the St. Joseph’s Living Center for the compassionate care provided during her time of need.
Her family will receive relatives and friends Friday, 2/2/2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Bacon Funeral Home, 71 Prospect St. Willimantic. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, 2/3/18, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, Jackson St. Willimantic. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Club Rd. Windham.
She will be dearly missed by all of her supportive family, friends, and colleagues who knew and loved her.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Joseph’s Church 99 Jackson St. Willimantic, CT 06226, Books for Babies – Windham Hospital, Windham No Freeze Shelter on 75 Bridge St. Willimantic, CT 06226
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