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Marian F. Whiting

May 30, 1929 ~ December 26, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Marian Whiting Tribute

Marian Sackett Whiting of Southbury, formerly a longtime resident of Bethany, died peacefully on December 26, 2023, at the age of 94. Born in New Haven on May 30, 1929, Marian grew up believing that the Memorial Day Parades and picnics were in honor of her birthday. She was one of the nine children born to the late Charles Sackett, Sr and Florence Riley Sackett in New Haven, Connecticut.

She was predeceased by the greatest love of her life, her husband, Leonard C. Whiting, Jr. Theirs was a fairy tale romance with Leonard announcing to her parents that he would marry their daughter even before their first date. Family was everything to Marian. Left to treasure her memory are her daughters, Darcey DiMenna (Daniel) of Texas and Brenda Beard (Geoffrey) of Connecticut, and the grandchildren, who called her Nani, Jeffery Surprise (Sarah) and Gayle DiMenna-Maus (William) both of Texas, Leonard Beard (Valerie) of Connecticut, Laura Conte (Chad) of New Hampshire, Andrew Beard (Brooke) of Massachusetts and Rebecca Beard of Pennsylvania. As well as 10 great grandchildren all of whom brought her the greatest joy by calling her Great Nani.

Marian is also survived by her sister, Betty LaCroix, her brother-in-law Joseph Massini and her sisters-in-law Ann Sackett and Barbara Whiting.  Also, to remember her are over 40 nieces and nephews who lovingly called her Aunt Mare.

Growing up in Woodbridge, Marian worked as a clerk for Yale University prior to her marriage. After raising her two daughters, she taught bowling to children with special needs and volunteered her time at Partnership in Hamden helping the senior residents to make crafts. Marian excelled at arts and crafts, and many benefited from her talent. From handmade dresses to quilts, dolls and doll clothing, beaded Christmas ornaments and knitting there was no limit to her interests and talent. During her last years, despite having lost most of her vision, she continued to knit squares that were combined to make crazy blankets for her 10 great grandchildren.

Her philosophy for life was kindness, always reminding us that if you can't say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. While we were often embarrassed as children by her chatting with strangers in the grocery store, we find ourselves doing the same thing. It never hurts to be nice to people. She welcomed everyone to her home and was a great listener, imparting her wisdom and humor when you needed it.

A service to celebrate this charming, loving woman will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2023, at 11:00 AM at the Middlebury Congregational Church located at 1242 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, CT.  Time for visiting with the family will follow the service in the church meeting hall.

The service will be live streamed for those unable to attend: https://www.youtube.com/c/middleburycongreagationalchurch

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Marian’s name to the Southbury Food Bank, 88 Main St S, Southbury, CT 06488 www.Southbury Food Bank.org

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Celebration of Life
January 13, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Middlebury Congregational Church
1242 Whittemore Road
Middlebury, CT 06762


Southbury Food Bank
88 Main St. South, Southbury CT 06488
Tel: 1-203-721-0377


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