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Obituary: Dora Crowe, 93, of New Britain

She managed the New Britain Memorial Hospital Thrift Shop on Arch Street for over 30 years and took great pride in being able to help those in need.

Photo Credit: Legacy.com
Photo Credit: Legacy.com
The family of Dora (Serafine) Crowe announces their dearly-loved mother passed into the next life on Wednesday, (May 21, 2014). A second generation Italian immigrant and lifelong resident of New Britain, she was born on September 20, 1920.

She managed the New Britain Memorial Hospital Thrift Shop on Arch Street for over 30 years (1968-1998) and took great pride in being able to help those in need. She welcomed every customer with warmth and kindness regardless of their background or hardship. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Britain Hospital for Special Care, which was one of her proudest accomplishments.

Over Dora's 92 years, she faced life's storms with unwavering dignity and grace, always with family as her focus. "Where there's welcome, there's room" was the motto she lived by, and she taught this to her family as well, both in her home and in her heart. Dora always had a cup of coffee or a dinner to share, and nothing delighted her more than having her family members surprise her with an unexpected visit.

Dora is predeceased by her loving husband Melvin, who she met in New Britain shortly after his arrival in Connecticut in 1940 from rural Alabama. Both had already known difficult times, having been deeply impacted by the Great Depression. Falling in love just as WWII started, they married during the darkest war years on October 8, 1944.

Dora was devoted to her children, Kevin Crowe of Carson City, NV; and Donna and Peter Connerton, of Southington, CT; her granddaughters, Melissa Connerton, of Brooklyn, NY; and Meg Connerton and her husband, Jon Pineo, of Cambridge, MA. Dora is predeceased by her loving brother Fred Serafine and is survived by her sister, Mary Gobar and her husband Fran, who were at her side in good times and in bad; her sister Lee Rudnick, and her sister-in-law, Barbara Serafine.

She had many very special nephews and nieces who she loved and who loved her in return. The family would like to thank the exceptional staff of the Jerome Home in New Britain for their compassion, care and friendship. It is truly a special place.

A celebration of Dora's life will be held Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Ann Church, 101 North St., New Britain. Committal service and final resting place will be in St. Mary Cemetery, 1141 Stanley St., New Britain. Relatives and friends may call at the Paul A. Shaker/Farmingdale Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Ave., New Britain, Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. Directions to funeral home - I-84 East or West - Exit 37 (Fienemann Rd) right off exit, one mile down on right.

To extend condolences to the Crowe family or to share a memory of Dora, please visit our website @shakerfuneralhome.com 

This obituary was published on Legacy.com and in the Hartford Courant on May 24.

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