Mary H. Lecko, a longtime resident of Terryville, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday January 16, 2021. Born in 1920 in Watertown to the Hickcox-Atwood families, Mary was known for her tranquil manner, constant reading, swimming and volunteer spirit. Graduating from Middlebury College during WWII, she continued her studies in the first ever certificate group of Columbia University’s Occupational Therapy program. During her early years, she worked with returning vets with traumatic brain injuries, paralysis and PTSD, at different facilities, notably Valley Forge Army Hospital and Fairfield State Hospial.
After her marriage in 1949 to local builder, Konstanty (Connie) Lecko, Mary moved to Terryville, dedicating her life to their four children (Chris, John, Paul and Pegs) and to her volunteer work at the Terryville Congregational Church, the Terryville Public Library and other town committees such as the League of Women Voters. She was the first woman Deacon and Treasurer at the church. Mary worked as the Children’s Librarian for 7 years and then volunteered for decades, gaining recognition by the State of Connecticut for her contributions, which included helping to convert the card catalogue to the online system.
Mary is predeceased by her husband Connie, her parents Elizabeth A. and Frank B. Hickcox, and by all of her siblings, most of her in-laws and her best friend, Ann Foote. She is survived by her children and their spouses, her five grand and three great- grandchildren, and several generations of nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Jet Thorne, caregiver extraordinaire, Dr. S. Rahman, the Bristol Home Care and Hospice Agency teams and former caregivers Ruth Nawasreh and Irma Aliaj. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Terryville Public Library or the Terryville Congregational Church in her name. Scott Funeral Home 169 Main St. Terryville is assisting the family with arrangements. www.scottfuneralhomeinc.com