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Sarah (Brink) Pfaefflin
November 4, 1922 ~ January 18, 2024 (age 101) 101 Years Old
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Our sweet mother, Sarah Pfaefflin, 101, passed away at home in Thomaston, CT, on Jan. 18, 2024. She was born Nov. 4, 1922, to William S. and Martha (Whear) Brink of Holt District, Terryville. She was the widow of the late Thomas Pfaefflin to whom she was happily married for almost 63 years.
She attended the Holt School and was a graduate of Terryville High School. Her first job was as a secretary at the New Departure Division of General Motors in Bristol.
She enjoyed dancing, swimming, sewing, gardening and spending time with her family. She especially enjoyed visits from her grandchildren. She also enjoyed baking. She began to bake pies at the age of 14, and as part of a large family baked two pies every Saturday to provide the dessert for Sunday dinners. She also enjoyed braiding rugs and made a large one for her living room that is still in use after fifty years.
She was a past lecturer of the Plymouth Grange; a Past Matron of Electa Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and for many years was an officer of Olivet Chapter, O.E.S., Bristol. She was a Past President of the Thomaston Ladies Choral Club and a singing member for fifty years. She served as a director for the Thomaston Public Library for ten years, becoming Chairman of the Board for the last three of those years. It was during her term as Chairman that she was instrumental in involving Board members in the Library's annual Book, Bake, and Tag Sale; a tradition that has continued.
She was a Director of the Thomaston Visiting Nurse Association from 1997 until the Association dissolved in 2011. For many years she assisted at the vision screening clinics for preschool children and assisted the flu clinics sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association. She worked at local bloodmobile visits for about 50 years. A member of the Thomaston senior council, she was vice president of the group for five years.
She was an Historian for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, of Waterbury for many years. She taught Seminary for about 10 years and was a member of the church choir.
After being a stay-at-home Mom for many years, she worked several part time jobs before following her passion for writing. After honing her skills for a semester at Post College, she became a freelance writer mainly for the Thomaston Express and the Waterbury Republican. In December 2009, most of her stories were published in a book entitled, "Faces and Places of Thomaston...and More".
She is survived by her loving children, Donald A. and (Regina) Pfaefflin of Butler, TN; Cathy and (Arlen) Rasmussen of Rupert, ID; and Alan Pfaefflin of Thomaston. Fourteen grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents, four brothers, William (Edith), Alfred (Grave), Eugene (Cynith), and Theodore (Dorothy) Brink; and two sisters, Ethel and (Ernest) Hein Florence Brink, and one great grandson.
She leaves several nieces and nephews. She also leaves one longtime friend, Hilda Wherle.
A Service will be held 11 AM, Saturday, January 27, 2024, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 100 Williamson Dr. Waterbury. Family and friends may visit at the Scott Funeral Home, 169 Main St, Terryville on Friday, January 26, from 6-8 PM. www.scottfuneralhomeinc.com
The family would like to thank Accent Care Hospice for all their care before passing, also Brenda Lewis for going above and beyond in caring for her every morning, and for Sarah’s son, Alan's patience and care as her main caregiver the past 2 years.