Dorothy M. Creeden
October 4, 1932 – December 18, 2020
Dorothy M. Creeden, 88, of The Lodge at Rocky Hill, CT passed peacefully on December 18, 2020 at Hartford Hospital. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Richard (Dick) Creeden.
Born October 4, 1932, in Newburyport, Massachusetts alongside her twin, Doris, Dorothy was a child of the Great Depression contended with the passing of her own mother at the age of five.
Dorothy was also predeceased by her three brothers, John Dumont, Frank Dumont, and Paul Dumont. She is survived by five sisters, Evelyn Jamrog, Doris Dumont, Annette Simmons, Louise Mason, and Michelle Racioppi.
She is also survived by her three daughters Deb Creeden of Wethersfield, CT and her partner Steve Schoenfeld of Thomaston, CT, Catherine and David Walsh of Cromwell, CT, and Teresa and David Olio of Hebron, CT. Dorothy also leaves five beloved grandchildren, Lauren Cuevas, Cassidy Olio, David Olio III, Kerry Walsh, and Dylan Walsh. Dorothy is also survived by Lauren’s father, Fred Cuevas of Rocky Hill, CT.
Her early life in Newburyport was simple and hard. She was educated in French parochial schools while taking on many of the duties to help care for her siblings at 85 Water Street, alongside the Merrimack River. During her life’s journey, she lived in Houston, Texas, and Chicago, but she lived for forty years with Dick in East Hartford, Connecticut.
After raising her three daughters, Dorothy was employed at Aetna Life for 15 years until her retirement. She was a member of the Democratic Women’s Club, a Girl Scout Leader, and an active member of the Blessed Sacrament Church. As a modern woman living in the mid-twentieth century, she worked professionally, raised a family, contributed to her community, and pursued her love for the world. Dorothy was deeply connected to Newburyport and East Hartford communities. Her door was always open for friends.
Dorothy’s intelligence and sense of curiosity empowered her as a strong-willed women of her day, despite that the women of her day were not generally encouraged to aspire. In fact, she read widely and announced her opinions. She reveled in the novels of Tolstoy, Hugo, and Elliot, as they resonated with her sense of art and humanity.
She and Dick travelled widely to Russia, France, Egypt, to name a few, and her long-standing family dinners, with the world’s map on the kitchen wall, were festive discussions about politics, important discussions of the day, but mostly celebrating the joy of family. Overall, Dorothy’s clear-eyed empathy for others in the world was only second to her spiritual connection with others and the earth. She taught her family all to be strong in their convictions for what is right for everyone and everything in the world.
Funeral arrangements for the family are being handled by the BJ Callahan Funeral Home 318 Burnside Ave. East Hartford, CT. 06108. There will be no services at this time. A celebration of her life for family and friends will be held at a later date. Online condolences can be made at www.callahanfuneral.com . Donations in Dorothy’s name can be made online to FoodShare.org
- Teresa M Olio, Daughter
- Debra M Creeden, Daughter
- Catherine A Walsh, Daughter
- Richard A. Creeden, Husband (deceased)
- Food Share
Dorothy M. Creeden
Sharon (Meski) Van Niel
December 27, 2020
I’m sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother, she truly was a remarkable woman. Having grown up next door to your family in East Hartford, your family was very kind towards us. She was also my sponsor when I was confirmed. I have always remembered the map of the world on the wall of your home. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family .
Dori & Tim Garcia
December 23, 2020
Deb, Catherine and Teresa and their families,
We had the good fortune of being with your Mom at several family events. She was always so jovial, friendly and generous. She will be missed by many. Dori & Tim Garcia