Lena Desmond

Obituary of Lena Desmond

Lena (Wandelear) Desmond 103, of East Haven passed away peacefully at home on June 26, 2021. She was born July 17, 1917 in Medford, MA to William and Florence (DeBie) Wandelear. Lena is survived by her loving and devoted daughter, Florence (Desmond) Driskell of East Haven along with her grandchildren who she adored, Kathy Coleman, Lisa Dennis, Roberta Szeluga (Charles) and Roy Driskell. Lena is also survived by her twelve great grandchildren, numerous great-great grandchildren and a daughter-in-law, Donna (Moreland) Desmond of East Haven. Lena is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Ralph Desmond Sr. (1996), son, Ralph Desmond Jr. (2017), grandson, Harold Horn, son-in-laws, Harold R. Horn Jr. and Preston Driskell and her siblings, Mary Peterson, Joseph Wandelear, Louis Wandelear, Matilda “Tillie” Pellegrino, Mena Midgley and Frank Wandelear. Lena spent her career as a skilled clock maker in New Haven, CT for over 30 years. While she enjoyed her work, her favorite hobbies were painting, crocheting, ceramics, and being a seamstress for her family. Lena loved her family more than anything else, and her nurturing qualities brightly shined in her every action. Lena was always outspoken and lively, bringing that extra “zest” to everyone’s day. Her life was full of love, laughter, and joy that she in turn brought to others through her fiery spirit. Family will receive friends from 11 A.M. until the time of service at 1 P.M. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 in the Clancy-Palumbo Funeral Home (Clancy Funeral Home), 43 Kirkham Ave., East Haven with burial to follow at East Lawn Cemetery, East Haven. Donations may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford CT 06405 or Smilow Cancer Center, 35 Park Street, New Haven CT 06511 in memory of Lena Desmond.
Wednesday
30
June

Calling Hours

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Clancy-Palumbo Funeral Home
43 Kirkham Ave.
East Haven , Connecticut, United States
Wednesday
30
June

Funeral Service

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Clancy-Palumbo Funeral Home
43 Kirkham Ave.
East Haven , Connecticut, United States
Wednesday
30
June

Burial

1:30 pm - 1:40 pm
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
East Lawn Cemetery
River Street
East Haven , Connecticut, United States
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