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Grangers remembers Muriel Ann Klemola

By Hartford Courant (6/23/11)

  JUNE 25, 2011 --

Muriel Ann (Mimi) Klemola, 72, of the Elliot section of Pomfret, CT, died Saturday at the Matulaitis Nursing Home. She was the widow of Allan M. Klemola who died in 1992. She was born Dec. 18, 1938 in Hartford, daughter of the late Norton and Viola (Dingwell) Warner and grew up in Gilead, CT. She and Allan had made their home in Pomfret since 1958, and she had worked as a cook at the Pomfret Community School for over 15 years. Mimi was a member of the Abington Congregational Church, where she was a Sunday School superintendent and a teacher, and a member of its Women's Guild. She was a lifelong member of the Wolf Den Grange and Quinebaug Pomona, and received her Golden Sheaf Award for 50 years of membership.

Mimi was a cat lover, and enjoyed trips to Cape Cod and doing puzzles. In her youth, she was a member of an accordion band and was a Rainbow Girl. She was active with the Girl Scout Troop #5133 in Pomfret, serving as a leader for several years.

Mimi leaves her daughter and son-in-law Kimberly and Vincent Mele of Torrington; her son and daughter-in-law Richard and Cindy (Knight) Klemola of Pomfret; two brothers, Charles Warner of Stuart, FL. and Robert Warner of Gilead; three grandsons: James and Jeffery Mele and Andrew Klemola; two uncles and three aunts; nine nieces and nephews; and 13 great -nieces and -nephews. She was predeceased by a sister Carol Houghton, late of Andover. 

Calling hours are Friday from 4-6 p.m. at the Smith and Walker Funeral Home, 148 Grove St., Putnam. The funeral service will be this Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Abington Congregational Church, 542 Hampton Rd., Abington section of Pomfret, with burial to follow at the Abington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Wolf Den Grange, 772 Hampton Rd. or the Pomfret Ambulance Service, 67 Hampton Rd., both in Pomfret Center, CT 06259. To share a memory with her family, "Light a Candle" at  www.smithandwalkerfh.com

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