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Marsha J. Wilenski, 61

The Hamden resident was an art teacher and talented artist herself. Her funeral is Thursday.

Marsha J. Wilenski, 61, of Hamden died October 6, 2012, in Wallingford..

She was the loving mother of Elizabeth Strucaly-Dudley and son in law Robert of Wallingford, sister of Roberta Connolly (Roger) of Hamden and Dorothy Gesino (Jack Paul) of Hamden.

She is also survived by her companion, Ken Sherrick of Middletown, his daughter, Alison Went (David), their children, Ethan and Molly, Ken's son Mark Sherrick (Katie) and their daughter Lily.

Marsha was born in New Haven on May 17, 1951, the daughter of the late Teddy C. and Harriet Kort Wilenski. Prior to her retirement in 2008, she was an art teacher at Berlin High School.

Marsha was a talented artist who loved knitting and even during her illness knitted hats for the homeless and afghans for the sick. She fought a courageous battle against cancer, always optimistic and brave.

Marsha believed the impact someone has on the world is not measured by what they leave behind but rather by the lives they touched and left an impression on.

Her funeral will leave from Sisk Brothers Funeral Home, 3105 Whitney Ave., Hamden, Thursday at 9:30 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Burial will be in Centerville Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 4 - 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Marsha J. Wilenski Art Scholarship, C/O Berlin High School, 139 Patterson Way, Berlin, CT. 06037. www.siskbrothers.com

Peter Kupfer October 09, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I haven't seen Martha in almost 50 years but I remember her fondly from Sleeping Giant Jr. High School. In fact I think we even went steady -- for about two weeks :). What I remember most was her bright smile, her gentle demeanor, and her generous spirit. My condolences to her family. -- Peter Kupfer (formerly Cooper)

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