Obituary: Elaine Blanche Purdy

Elaine Blanche Purdy
Elaine Blanche Purdy

WATERBURY — Elaine Blanche Purdy, 84, passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital with her family by her side.

Elaine was born on Nov. 19, 1929 in Waterbury a daughter of the late Ray Purdy and Exzilda (Blanchard) Purdy. Elaine graduated from Catholic High and received a scholarship to Notre Dame College on Staten Island and then coming back to New Britain Teachers College to finish her education. She taught overseas in Japan and England and also lived and taught in Oxnard, Calif. She moved back home to the Waterbury area and was a Waterbury school teacher for many years. She traveled extensively throughout her life. She loved sports and was an excellent golfer and played tennis, softball and skiing. She also enjoyed playing bridge and scrabble with her friends. She loved all of her family and friends and spending time with them was very important to her.

She is survived by her two sisters, Jane C. Fowler and Donna Marlak of Prospect; her nieces and nephews, Susan Fowler and her husband, Victor Stanwick of Staten Island, Thomas Fowler and his girlfriend, Joy Marty of Nevada, Jan DeCavage and her boyfriend,Stan Popowski of Prospect, Mark Fowler of New Hampshire, William Fowler of Prospect and his wife, Andra, David Marlak of Prospect, Tanya Sage and her husband, Rick of Prospect. She will also be missed by her grandnieces and grandnephews, Tony Marlak, Sara Marlak, Jacquelyn O’Keefe, Rachel DeCavage, Suzanne Sebastian, Ryan Fowler, Brett Fowler, Devin Fowler, also, her great-grandniece, Alaina O’Keefe and her great-grandnephews, Anthony Jr. and Cayden.

The funeral will be held on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church, 4 Union City Road, Prospect. Calling hours will be at the church preceding the mass at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery. There are no calling hours, and the Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home, 26 Waterbury Road, Route 69, Prospect has been entrusted with her services.

Memorial contributions may be made to either: C.A.R.E at or Save the Children at

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