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In Memoriam
Stafford Grange remembers Kathleen Phelps

By Journal Inquirer (3/14/12) via Legacy.com

  MARCH 15, 2012 --

Kathleen M. Phelps, 70, of Staffordville, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Manchester Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Stafford Springs, daughter of the late Clyde and Ann (Petz) Phelps. Kathy was a graduate of Stafford High School, Central Connecticut State University, and received her master's degree and sixth year from the University of Connecticut. She worked as a reading consultant in Manchester for the majority of her career. She was a member of the Stafford Library Board and was an incorporator, Stafford Fire Department No. 1 Ladies Auxiliary, the Stafford Women's Club, Stafford Grange No. 1, and was a volunteer at St. Edward School. She enjoyed traveling, photography, dining out, scrapbooking, outings with her Stafford High 59ers group, playing cards, watching the Red Sox and UConn women, and most of all a "good nap." Kathy also enjoyed organizing Halloween parties at the firehouse for the Staffordville children, and Easter egg hunts for her family and friends. She also supported several foster children through Save the Children for the past 28 years.

Kathy is survived by her two sisters, Diane Fiore, and her husband, Michael, of Staffordville and Valerie Gagnon, and her husband, Richard, of Staffordville; nephews, Brett Fiore of Staffordville, Ross Gagnon, and his wife, Megan, of Fairfield, and U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Travis Gagnon of Corpus Christi, Texas; niece, Lauren Gagnon of Staffordville; and many close friends.

Her funeral will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012, with a procession forming by 9 a.m. at Introvigne Funeral Home Inc., 51 E. Main St., Stafford Springs, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Edward Church, High Street, Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery, Stafford Springs. Calling hours are on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank all of the dedicated staffs of Home Instead Agency of Tolland, DaVita Kidney Center of Vernon, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Manchester Memorial Hospital.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ann Phelps Fund, Citizens' Scholarship Foundation of Stafford, c/o Rose Roszczewski, P.O. Box 25, Stafford Springs, CT 06076.

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