Dorothy Agnes Smullen

December 16, 1929 ~ December 19, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Dorothy Smullen Obituary

Dorothy Smullen of Preston, CT passed away December 19, 2023 at the age of 94, surrounded by her family. She was born in Taftville, CT, the second youngest of nine children of the late Joseph and Alice (Heibel) Waldron. She attended St. Mary’s School and graduated Norwich Free Academy in 1947.  Her secretarial career began at the King Seeley Thermos and was a bookkeeper at Mr Big Int’l, the Liberty Store, and finally retiring as a secretary with the CT Dept of Health in 1993.

She was married to Donald Smullen of Preston for over 50 years until his death in 2011. As a parishioner of St Catherine Church, Preston, she served many ministries and the Ladies Guild. In total devotion to her children, she became a teacher’s aide in Preston City School. Mostly likely every child to a great grandchild enjoyed the comfort of her lap. While in the arms of her husband was a seasoned dancer, and is infamous for her cross-stitch cards, and a champion of jigsaw puzzles.

We can’t find the words that describe her kind effect on everyone who knew her. She was a giving person and anyone who visited or cared for her these past three years heard an unending voice of thanks.

Dorothy leaves behind her six children, Pamela Plasse (Andrew), Harry Smullen (Julie), Susan Miller (Ken), Jill Poirier (Tofie), Nancy Smullen (companion Alan Greene), and Donald Smullen (Lisa), 14+ grandchildren, 18+ great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild plus, her sister Mary Gianacopolos (Apple Valley, CA) and best friend Joan Sherwood (Oakdale CT), numerous nieces and nephews who adored her.  She was predeceased by all her Waldron brothers, John, Martin, Harold, and Francis and her sisters: Alice Palmer, Anne Cramer, Helen (Racicot) Driscoll plus two grandchildren Christopher Smullen and Kenneth Miller II. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Catherine’s Church, (c/o 34 North Main St, Jewett City, 06351) or Center for Hospice Care, HHC at Home, 227 Durham St, Norwich 06360.

She requested no calling hours, but a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, Dec 28, at 11:30 am at St Catherine’s Church, 243 Route 164, Preston CT meeting directly at church. Burial following at Preston City Cemetery, Route 165, Preston.  The Gagne Piechowski Funeral Home, Jewett City, CT has been entrusted with arrangements.  For online condolences please go to www.gagnefuneralhome. com

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Mass of Christian Burial
December 28, 2023

11:30 AM
St. Catherine of Sienna Church (Preston)
241 CT-164
Preston, CT 06365


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