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Catherine Marie Dunham
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Birth: unknown
College Point
Queens County
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 6, 2011
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA

NAUGATUCK Ms. Catherine Marie Dunham, 62, passed away at her home on Sunday evening, Feb. 6, 2011.

Cathy was born in College Point, Long Island, N.Y., a daughter of the late Earen and Catherine (Seuffet) Dunham, and was a Naugatuck resident more than 60 years. She was educated in the local school system, and was a retired preschool teacher at Buttons and Bows Daycare, where she had worked for many years.

She was an active member of St. Francis Parish, where she worked as the cook at the rectory for more than 20 years. She volunteered at the parish fair, ran the Appalachian Project for many years, and started the first Catholic summer Bible camp in the area and chaired it for more than 10 years. She loved children and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, and was a published author, having written many poems, several of which have been published.

She leaves her children, a son, Joseph M. Retkowski and his wife, Jackie, of Naugatuck; two daughters, Tammy Marie Markey-Beloin, and Sandra Lee Retkowski and her companion, David Smallwood, all of Naugatuck; two brothers, Kenneth Dunham of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and David Dunham of Reston, Va.; three sisters, Francine Carey of Bristol, and Helen Gerrity and Marie Bonnville, both of Naugatuck; and five grandchildren, Jayson, Matthew and Travis Markey, and Chyna and Davinity Smallwood. She was predeceased by an infant son, and her sister, Susan Goodrich.

Her funeral will be held 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, from the Alderson Funeral Home of Naugatuck, 201 Meadow St., and proceed to St. Francis of Assisi Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Children of the Light Foundation, c/o Rev. Robert Kwiatkowski, St. Teresa of Avila Church, 494 Main St., South, Woodbury 06798.

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Saint James Cemetery
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA
Created by: Michael Ryley Bradbury
Record added: Feb 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65378321
Catherine Marie Dunham
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