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Zelda Lessne

December 6, 1934November 8, 2019

Zelda (Orfinger) Lessne, 84, a longtime Glastonbury resident, passed away peacefully on November 8, 2019. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, daughter of the late Louis and Mollie (Rabinowitz) Orfinger. She was the former Registrar of Voters for the Town of Glastonbury for 13 years after retiring from the Connecticut Department of Higher Education. Since 1981 she has been a member and was currently chair of the Glastonbury Housing Authority and was instrumental in the development of the Herbert T. Clarke House and the recent redevelopment of the Center Village and Knox Lane Senior Housing Complexes. She was a member of Kol Haverim in Glastonbury, and a 25 year member of the Glastonbury Federated Woman’s Club. “Zee” was a well-known fixture in the Glastonbury community, teaching Mah Jongg for 25 years at the Community Center and knitting/crocheting at the Herbert T. Clarke House. Since 1970 she was a member of the Glastonbury Democratic Town Committee, serving as their first woman chair from 1991-1994 and receiving the Glastonbury Democrat of the Year in 1994 and the Manchester Democratic Town Committee “Honoring Friends” award in 2018. She was also a member of the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee representing the 4th State Senate District. Zelda is survived by her sons Scott Lessne of Potomac, Maryland and Eric Lessne of West Hartford; their wives, Deborah Lessne and Sharon Lessne; five grandchildren: Jaime, Irina, Alec, Sarah, and Jacob; one great-grandchild, Brycen; and her brother, Ronald Orfinger and his wife Pat of Long Island, New York. Donations in her memory should be made to the Herbert T. Clarke House, 45 Canione Rd., Glastonbury, CT 06033. Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 11AM, at the Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury, CT 06033. All are invited to gather at the funeral home from 10AM-11AM for a time of visitation. Burial will follow in Green Cemetery, 117 Hubbard St., Glastonbury, CT. For more information or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.glastonburyfuneral.com


  • Louis Orfinger, Father (deceased)
  • Mollie (Rabinowitz) Orfinger, Mother (deceased)
  • Ronald and Pat Orfinger, Brother
  • Scott and Deborah Lessne, Son
  • Eric and Sharon Lassne, Son
  • Zelda is survived by five grandchildren: Jaime, Irina, Alec, Sarah, and Jacob; as well as one great-grandchild, Brycen.


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 12, 2019


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Shay Balaji

November 18, 2019

I always remember Zelda's smile and caring nature since the time I know her during her stay and visits to Glastonbury Healthcare. She will be missed. Our sympathies and prayers are with the Lessne family during this hour of loss. May her soul Rest In Peace

Gloria Levitt

November 12, 2019

Zelda and me about 1944

Gloria Levitt

November 12, 2019

I always called her "my little cousin".
( I was 3 inches taller and only 5'2"!)
We grew up together on Hooper Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Our families lived in the same apartment building. Our mother's were sisters and very close.
Since I didn't have a sister, de facto, Zelda became mine.

I was always very proud of Zelda's accomplishments. She was
always forward looking and outgoing and had a great attitude.
Always giving and sharing and full of love. And she was very
smart and knew how to get important things done. Quick with a hug and a smile, you loved being with her.
At a later age, we lived States apart but met every year for a mini vacation in Rockport, MA, where we would room together and have big "talks" about out lives and families. I flew in from NJ and Zel took the Peter Pan bus from Hartford. My daughter, Jeri, who lives in MA, would take us around to restaurants and various destinations and to the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine where we saw a wonderful play each year.
We missed doing that the past 2 years when Zel had unfortunate accidents and injured her shoulders. She
bore these falls with a will to heal and she did!
I will always keep her positive attitude as a guide to dealing
with what comes next. My heart if full of love for her.
Her 2 sons were blessed to have her as their Mom!

Mary Preisner

November 11, 2019

I first met Zelda shortly after I married my husband, Peter Preisner. She delighted in telling me how she had purchased Peter's 1st Glastonbury home, as I moved into his second one. Throughout the years whenever we attended a function or woman's club meeting, she always mentioned that connection, and enjoyed sharing the stories of changes made in the house she and Peter "shared".
The Historian of the Federated Woman's Club of Glastonbury, will prepare and present a resolution to the family honoring Zelda's years of membership in the club and her service to the community.
Personally, I pray for peace for Zelda and her family and those who knew her.

Lynn Bricker

November 11, 2019

Dear Eric,
I have not known you long, but one thing for sure , you deeply loved your Mom. I am so sorry for your loss Eric. Lifting you and your family up in Prayer to receive God's Comfort and Peace.
Lynn at Western

Janet Johnson

November 10, 2019

Zelda-kind and caring always. A beautiful lady I will never forget. Rest In Peace. Love, Janet

Sheenu Srinivasan

November 10, 2019

Zelda was a close friend as we worked together as members of the Democratic Town Committee before and during elections as well as special events. She was a tireless worker and an inspiration to younger members. She played a major role at the Herbert Clarke House which I visited during the times I ran for the Council and the legislature and was always grateful for her enthusiastic support. We in the Democratic party as well as the large number of people she knew and helped will miss her.
May her soul rest in peace.

Lisa Matteson

November 10, 2019

Eric and Scott, Thanks so much for sharing "Ma" with me! My love for her is very deep and I'm taking this quite hard to believe. I'll never here Zeldeens beautiful voice again. ALL MY LOVE! Lisa The picture I've attached is the last one we took together. I know she has a boo boo in it but it was the last time we had a picture together.

Francine & Ed Jowdy

November 9, 2019

How lucky I am to have been able to call Zelda one of my most significant and dearest family friends. It wasn’t long before my day would be incomplete without one of us reaching out to the other. Zelda showed me what growing older with grace and compassion looks like. To Zelda’s family, thank you for sharing your Mom, Grandmother with me & my husband Ed. I love her. Rest In Peace my dearest friend.
Francine & Ed

Marcia Moody Wrang

November 9, 2019

Goodbye my friend
It was time for you to go
Your friendship was a blessing
And I will miss you so.

All my love,