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Marguerite Elaine (Hilliard) Henrici

LAKEVILLE — Marguerite Elaine (Hilliard) Henrici, known as Elaine, died peacefully on Aug. 5, 2010. A longtime resident of Hamden, Conn., she was the loving and devoted wife for 58 years of John F. Henrici, who predeceased her, and a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Sept. 15, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Helen and Samuel Hilliard.

A lifelong and cherished homemaker, Elaine served as president and was a longtime active member of the Mt. Carmel Women’s Club, as well as a member of its book club and cancer committee. She and her husband hosted a foreign exchange student from Japan, Toshihito Uehira, in 1968-69. Until recently, Elaine was an active member of the Mt. Carmel Congregational Church in Hamden.

She leaves behind five children, Elaine McKay of Oaxaca, Mexico, Paul and his wife, Carol, of Lakeville, Kenneth and his wife, Meryl, of North Haven, Conn., Phyllis of Los Angeles, and Craig, former mayor of Hamden, and his wife, Lauren. Her eldest son, Jack, died last year. She also leaves 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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