March 28, 1914 – May 14, 2012
Pomfret Center – Estelle Novack Konesni, 98, of Wrights Crossing Rd., passed away on May 14, 2012 at Mutualitis Home in Putnam. She was the loving wife of the late Erwin Konesni, who predeceased her in 1970. Born in Sterling, CT, she was the daughter of the late William and Josephine (Listkoski) Novack, the second child of immigrant parents.
She graduated from Plainfield High in 1931 and continued her education at Eastern Connecticut State University, graduating in 1934. Estelle was a devoted wife, mother, dedicated teacher and avid advocate of education for over 35 years. She began her teaching career in a one room school in Canterbury, CT and then went on to teach in Pomfret and Sterling, CT. She spent the last 25 years of active teaching in Putnam Elementary School retiring in 1979. During her retirement she did extensive traveling throughout the continental United States: the Panama Canal, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Carribean.
Estelle was an active member of the Pomfret Senior Citizens, the Quinebaug Valley Seniors, the Windham County Association of Retired Teachers, St. Joseph Parish in Dayville, CT, the Day Kimball Hospital Arthritis Group and founder of the Day Kimball Hospital Widows group.
In addition to her love for teaching and all children, her greatest pride and joy was with her children and grandchildren. Mrs. Konesni is survived by her children; William (Judith) Konesni of Pomfret, John (Connie) Kone of Marietta, GA, Alfred (Meredith) Konesni of Putnam, and JoAnne (Andrew) Mitchell of Bloomfield, CT; her loving daughter in law Edith Ostby Konesni of Appleton, ME; numerous grand and great grandchildren; her special children who held an endearing place in her heart Muriel (Donald) Surprenant, Patricia (Victor) Bedard, and Richard Morrison. She also leaves her dear friend, Jill Relehan. She is predeceased by her son Andrew Erwin Konesni in 2006.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Estelle’s family from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam. A gathering will begin at 9:00 am on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am in St. Joseph’s Church, 350 Hartford Pike Dayville, CT 06241. Burial will follow in South Cemetery, Pomfret, CT. Memorial donations may be made to Putnam Elementary School Library Fund, 126 Church St. Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.