Doris Rosa Conway
May 21, 1940 – May 7, 2020
Doris Rosa (Wied) Conway, longtime resident of Marlborough, CT, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, May 7, 2020. She courageously battled several cancers since the age of 55, most recently oral cancer. Doris was born in Wangen, Germany on May 21, 1940 to Erwin and Rosa Wied. She married and came to America in 1966. She will be deeply missed by her daughters, Dorothea Blomquist, Laura (Darren) Lessard, Gloria (Michael) Wilkinson and Linda (Ryan) Romanowski. Doris instilled her work ethic and resilience in her daughters. She loved being a grandmother and “Oma” to her seven grandchildren, Christie (Chris) Berlin and Tyler (Kara) Blomquist, Owen Tardif, Caitlynn and Ethan Lessard, and Luke and Lillian Romanowski. She was fortunate to be a great grandmother to Chase, Oaklyn and Palmer Blomquist. She will be missed by her family and friends near and far. In Germany, her sister, Ursula, nephews Martin, Klaus, Tomas and Bernhardt. She was predeceased by her newborn daughter, Elizabeth Olszewski, former husbands George J. Olszewski Jr. and James T. Conway as well as her brother, Dieter Wied.
Doris learned to sew during her teenage years. She worked as a talented seamstress throughout her lifetime. She also had a long career in manufacturing beginning at Salamander Shoes in Germany. After coming to America, she worked at Colts Firearms where she met her lifelong friend, Betty Varni. She drove special needs children to/from school while her daughters were growing up. She later became employed at Reliable Electric Motors in Hartford, Marlborough Healthcare Center and Intelligent Motion Systems, both in Marlborough.
Doris loved gardening and planted gardens not only where she lived but also where she worked, attended church and at the Marlborough Post Office. The numerous gardens on the grounds of the Florence S. Lord Senior Housing Center serve as a beautiful living legacy to her “green thumb”. Doris lived her life to the fullest and was always ready for an adventure. In addition to gardening, she enjoyed traveling, tag sales, camping, fishing, dancing and sunbathing at the beach. She was a caring person always willing to help someone in need. Doris was a member of the Colt’s Girls Club, First Spiritualist Church of Willimantic, The Red Hat Society, The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge and the American Legion. Her presence will be missed by those who knew her.
Donations can be made to Florence S. Lord Senior Housing Center, 155 South Main Street, #1, Marlborough, CT 06447. Checks can be made payable to FLS with a note for Residence Fund in memory of Doris. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 11:00 at the Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury, CT.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Doris Rosa Conway
May 11, 2020
Doris was a strong and independent woman.... She had the greenest thumb, and could make anything grow in her garden. She was a good friend to my Father, Richard Carmel, and I will never forget that, or her!!! She fought and long and hard battle and never felt sorry for herself. I hope she is dancing and having fun up in heaven.
You will surely be missed Doris... Rest in peace...
Tina & Stephen
May 10, 2020
Me and my grandma had lots of memories together we watched tv together and cooked together and sewed and crotchets together and gardening together. I remember when I was younger, in the morning I would go to wake her up, her chest barely moved so I couldn’t tell if she was breathing or not, and I was so happy and relieved when she still was
May 10, 2020
She was my grandma so we had many memories together, and she has taught me so many things like sewing and crocheting, she was German and moved here from Germany when she was in her twenties so she knows how to cook a lot of German food and I loved when she taught me