OBITUARY

Cecile Fiederlein

October 21, 1932December 25, 2020
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Cecile (Guerrette) Fiederlein, 88, beloved wife of the late Deacon Frank H. Fiederlein died peacefully at the Jerome Home in New Britain on Friday, December 25, 2020. She was born in Quebec, Canada on October 21, 1932. She was the daughter of the late George & Edwidge Guerrette. She is survived by two daughters, Laurre-Ann Dauphin and her husband, John, and Nancy Arena and her much loved grandchildren: Sean and his wife Holly Dauphin, Lisa and her husband Brody Pickman, Ryan Dauphin, Carolyn and James Arena, and three great grandchildren: Lucca, Mason, and Wrenley Pickman.

She is survived by one sister, Yvonne (Guerrette) Sirois of Madawaska, Maine. She graduated from Van Buren High School in Maine in 1950. She moved to Hartford, CT soon after graduation and was married on May 5, 1952. She graduate from Central CT State College, now CCSU, in 1960 with degrees in Social Studies, French, and History for grades 7th through 12th. She was most grateful for the education that CCSC provided. Later on, she continued her education with four Masters Degrees and a CAG. She taught at Newington High School for 32 years. It was a great journey full of wonderful experiences teaching Sociology, French, and the UCONN Cooperative Program to students. Every day was a new adventure for her and Newington High School was an exceptional career.

She wanted to thank all of the caring colleges who shared their knowledge and capabilities with her and who became forever friends with her and Frank for life. She loved her career in teaching.

She and Frank took many students to France each year for many years to study in France for 6 weeks at a time. They also traveled to Germany to visit relatives and visited many other countries in Europe. They especially enjoyed camping cross-country in the summers in the United States with their daughters.

Cecile’s family is most grateful and wishes to thank the entire staff at the Jerome Home for all their care and compassion especially during the pandemic during her stay at the home.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 9AM at New Britain Memorial – Donald D. Sagarino Funeral Home, 444 Farmington Avenue, New Britain, CT. Mass of Christian celebration is scheduled 11AM at Sacred Heart Church, 48 Cottage Street, East Berlin, CT 06023. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in New Britain. To leave an online condolence please visit www.newbritainsagarino.com

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the House of Bread, in care of St. Patrick / St. Anthony Church, 285 Church St., Hartford, CT 06103

Services

  • Calling Hours

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020

  • Burial

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020

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Cori-Lynn Webber

January 1, 2021

I am one of the lucky students from Newington High that made a trip to France with Mrs. F. She was a wonder. Seeing France through her eyes opened up my love of travel, especially to Europe. She was always my favorite teacher and a wonderful friend. I still tell stories of the first time I went to France with her group. When she passed, my much younger brother called me to tell me, he was very emotional. He was also her student and her friend. She fostered love and friendship with her students that has lasted my lifetime. I am so very sorry for your loss. People are not gone forever when they live in the memories of so many.

Sr. Mary Daly

December 31, 2020

I met Ceil at St Joseph College. She became a delightful friend.

Beth Byron-Piggush

December 30, 2020

Cecile was just on my mind the other day....seriously. I remember she and Frank showing me the dahlias in the back yard (I think I remember buckets, it was 2006 or 2007?) Bless her. Miss our first JustFaith group. What a wonderful, a little sassy, and a dear friend she was when we knew each other, although brief.

Joanne and Paul Listro

December 30, 2020

Ceil certainly made the world a better place. Our condolences on her passing.

Karen Pagliaro

December 29, 2020

To Mrs. Fiederlein's family, I had the good fortune of being in your mom's French class as a Junior at NHS. She soon became one of my favorite teachers! I still think of the wonderful memories I have of our visit to Paris. Then as a Senior I was in her UConn Cooperative class. She made learning fun, exciting and so welcoming. After graduating from college as a nurse, I was lucky to see your mom when we were shopping, often at the grocery store. Then I did not see her again until 3 years ago. I brought my dog to Arbor Rose for pet therapy. I looked into the dining room and saw her. The joy I felt at seeing her again was immeasurable. I immediately went to her, we hugged, of course I started to cry as did the staff that surrounded us. They even took our picture. The next visit I brought my yearbook so we could look through it together. When she moved to Jerome Home, Ryder and I would go to visit her there. Your mom was an amazing woman, a woman that I admired for her zest and smile. I will miss her with all of my heart. Though I became a nurse, teaching patients and now fellow staff members has been part of my role. I believe that your mom continues to influence me and showed me the path to enjoy this gift. My condolences to you all. I will treasure your mom in my heart always. Au revoir Madame Fiederlein. Au revoir.

Beth Ann Loveland Sennett

December 29, 2020

To the family of Cecile Fiederlein,

My memories of Mrs. Fiederlein are still quite clear. My brother Gregg and I spoke of her this evening after reading her obituary in the Hartford Courant today. She made a wonderful and unforgettably positive impression on us. We both benefited from numerous years of French studies with Mrs. Fiederlein, who was truly an amazing teacher. Owing to her magnanimous personality, her skill in instruction, her intelligence, and her ability to connect us to deeper truths and the highest moral values as human beings, we became better people through our studies under her tutelage. While a high school senior, I took an independent study in French literature with Mrs. Fiederlein, which I will never forget, as I read Voltaire and Hugo, among other great French writers. Her skills were not limited to French language instruction; rather, whether intentional or not, she used that as a platform to expose her students to culture, philosophy, and the humanities. Her gift was in making connections – with people and with universal truths. We are so grateful for having crossed paths with this very kind, loving, and gifted individual, some 50 years on . . . !

In deepest sympathy,
Beth Ann Loveland Sennett, Ed.D.

KRIS Keehner Nasinnyk

December 29, 2020

Mrs. Fiederlein was one great French teacher. I took her UCONN class as a senior at NHS. I also went to France with her, Mr. F and her daughter with the Foreign Study League. Such a memorable experience. And such a kind and delightful soul was Mr. F as well.
I worked at NBGH for 15 years and met up with Mrs. F again while she was a pastoral minister. A blessing to reconnect after so many years!
My condolences to the family, but please know she made an impact on so many students- me in particular.
Sincerely- Kris Keehner Nasinnyk

Laura Marchese

December 29, 2020

Cecile was a very special lady and a dedicated teacher. I still remember our special lunches and learning about her teaching French at Newington High School. She was very proud of her family and all her travels. I am very grateful to Cecile for establishing a scholarship at CCSU! She will always be in my heart.

Laurie Zuckerman-Miner

December 29, 2020

Mrs. Fiederlein was my favorite teacher in Newington. I have fond memories of her and the trip I took with her and the Foreign Study League to Europe in the summer of 1971. It was the best 6 weeks.

My deepest sympathy to Nancy, Laurie and family! Mrs. Fiederlein was a wonderful person and teacher, and her life touched many.

Madeleine Fournier

December 29, 2020

I was sorry to hear of Mrs. Fiederlein’s passing. She was my French teacher at Newington High. It was my favorite class that year. Our intended trip to France for spring break was cancelled due to the ice storm before Christmas that year. But she inspired me so much that I made the trip years later with my Mom. She was a great teacher and lovely person. I am sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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