Louise R. Preissler
July 24, 1951 – June 11, 2018
Louise Claire Richards Preissler (1951 - 2018) Louise Richards Preissler of East Lyme, Connecticut passed away unexpectedly at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, CT on June 11, 2018. Louise was born to Thomas and Diana Richards on July 24, 1951 in East Orange, New Jersey. She grew up in Chatham Township, NJ and graduated from Chatham Township High School in 1969. She graduated from Tufts University in 1973 with a B.S. in Psychology and held an M.A. in Education from Bridgewater State University. Louise, who deeply cherished her family, leaves behind her beloved husband of 44 years, Donald Preissler, three daughters, Linnaea Adams, Katherine Preissler, and Margaret Preissler, son-in-law Michael Adams, grandchildren Wesley and Malcolm Adams, sisters Carol Cline and Janet Molstad, mother Diana Richards, brother-in-law Edward Preissler, nieces Amanda Khu, Kristen Molstad, and Natalie Cline, nephews Thomas Cline, and Hamilton Khu, and great-niece Ophelia Rose Cline. Louise was a writer and educator who spent decades working with young people to foster a life-long love of writing, the natural world, and the arts. Before moving to Connecticut in 2006, she worked as a Curriculum Developer for Mass Audubon for many years, helping to shape the curriculum standards for environmental education in Massachusetts and train science teachers across the region. In her retirement, Louise enjoyed volunteering as a Docent at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, CT. Louise’s smile and infectious laugh brightened any space she entered. All who knew her will remember her profound kindness, which could be seen in her easy ability to make friends, care for others, and foster community. She held especially dear the friends she made over the years in Mattapoisett, MA, Sudbury, MA, and East Lyme, CT. Wherever she lived, she dedicated countless hours in service of her chosen communities, volunteering on committees, leading social groups, and being a generous neighbor to all. She loved to bring people together through shared meals, games, and other social occasions. Her enthusiasm for life was unbounded. Louise deeply treasured the natural world and could often be found in the outdoors. She loved to walk along the boardwalk in Niantic and swim at Pleasant Lake in New Hampshire, where she had been spending summers her whole life. She loved to travel with Don to see new places, especially those that had opportunities for bird-watching and snorkeling. She loved literature and was a non-stop reader. Louise cultivated lush gardens which attract hordes of butterflies and birds, and which have been providing comfort to her family since her passing. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you honor Louise’s memory with a donation to either the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, CT or The Pleasant Lake Protective Association in New London, NH.