Obituary: Shirley H. (Needham) Chmielnicki

Shirley H. (Needham) Chmielnicki
Shirley H. (Needham) Chmielnicki

WATERBURY — Shirley H. (Needham) Chmielnicki, 86, widow of Peter P. Chmielnicki, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Highlands Health Care Center in Cheshire surrounded by her family.

She was born in Naugatuck, on Dec. 6, 1928, daughter of the late Howard and Mildred (Hard) Needham. She was a longtime Waterbury resident. She was an avid collector of Betty Boop memorabilia. Shirley enjoyed playing bingo and watching the cooking channel.

Shirley is survived by her son, Peter H. Chmielnicki of Meriden; three daughters, MaryAnn Lanzara of Oakville, Karen Chmielnicki of Meriden, and Patricia Pagano of Watertown; and several nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Highland Health Care Center for the care and compassion given to Shirley during her stay.

Her funeral will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. from the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald-Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main St., Naugatuck, to St. Hedwig Church, 32 Golden Hill St., Naugatuck, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Highlands Health Care Center, 745 Highland Ave., Cheshire, CT 06410.

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