|Birth: ||Apr. 15, 1922|
New Haven County
|Death: ||Feb. 13, 2011|
New Haven County
SOUTHBURY — Mary (Farrell) Banziger died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at her home in Southbury after a period of declining health. She was the widow of Robert E. Banziger, who died in 1992.
Mrs. Banziger was born in Waterbury on April 15, 1922, the daughter of the late Daniel J. and Mary (Bowes) Farrell. She was a 1939 graduate of Waterbury Catholic High School and received a B.S. in education from Central Connecticut State University in 1943.
Mrs. Banziger was an elementary school teacher with a career that spanned 40 years. She began teaching in Middlebury at the Mary I. Johnson School in 1943 and later moved to the Waterbury public school system with assignments at Russell, Driggs, Bunker Hill and Bucks Hill schools, retiring in 1983. She took a sabbatical from full-time teaching while she raised her four sons. During this period, she often volunteered as a substitute teacher in Waterbury's parochial school system. Her most gratifying professional assignment occurred in the twilight of her career, when she developed and implemented the Basic Skills program at Bucks Hill School to help under-performing students advance to peer levels in reading and mathematics.
Mrs. Banziger was also active in church and community activities. Together with her husband, she helped to organize the fundraising efforts for the construction and development of Blessed Sacrament School and Holy Cross High School in Waterbury. In 1988, she was awarded the Marian Medal for her service to the Church on Cape Cod, in the Diocese of Fall River, Mass. She was a longtime member of the Ladies Guild at Blessed Sacrament Parish, the Waterbury Garden Club and the Country Club of Waterbury. Mrs. Banziger was a daily communicant for most of her retirement, and served as eucharistic minister and as a catechism instructor at Holy Redeemer Church in Chatham, Mass., and at Sacred Heart Church in Southbury.
Mrs. Banziger is survived by three sons, Robert F. Banziger of Dunwoody, Ga., Peter J. Banziger of Wilton and Richard D. Banziger of New York City, N.Y., and Chatham, Mass. She is predeceased by one son, Thomas E. Banziger, who died in 1991.
Friends may call at the Murphy Funeral Home, 115 Willow St., Waterbury, on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 910 Main St. South, Southbury, on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Friends are asked to assemble at the church, and a reception will follow the Mass in the Parish Center. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Watertown at the convenience of the family. Visit www.murphyfuneralhomect.com for more information or to send an online condolence.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Development Fund of Holy Cross High School, 587 Oronoke Road, Waterbury 06708; or Blessed Sacrament School, 386 Robinwood Road, Waterbury 06708; or to a charity of one's choice.
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Created by: Michael Ryley Bradbury
Record added: Feb 14, 2011
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