OBITUARY

Mary D. Broga

December 31, 1932December 6, 2018

Mary Dawn Broga Age 85, Long time resident of Niantic, CT. passed away on Dec. 6, 2018 at Bridebrook Healthcare surrounded by her family.

Mary was born on Dec. 31st 1932 in New London, CT. to Harold and Marion Cornet.

She was predeceased by six sisters, Irene, Anna, Lorraine, Marion, Gwendolyn and Pearl and one brother Harold.

She was raised on Roxbury Rd. in Niantic and went to Niantic Center School and Chapman Technical High School.

Mary met Bob, her future soulmate, on a visit to the farm where he lived and worked.

They dated and were engaged until he was called to service in the Army, and were then married July 30, 1950. Mary and Bob moved to Georgia, until he was shipped overseas. Mary returned to Niantic and resided with her in-laws until her husband was released from service in 1952. They became lifelong residents of Niantic, building their own home and raising their family.

She worked at the Niantic Theater as a cashier, at the East Lyme Jr. High as a cafeteria worker, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in the records department, as well as a bartender at many establishments.

She was a volunteer in both the Niantic Fire Department and East Lyme Police Department Women’s Auxiliaries. She managed the Niantic Motor Lodge in East Lyme and helped her husband run the Niantic Fuel Company.

In 1987 Mary and Bob and their son Bob established Broga & Son Fuel Co. Inc. which they owned and operated. During this time she also worked at the Michaels arts and crafts store in Waterford.

Mary was an avid Red Sox Fan. She loved animals, crafts, gardening and bowling.

She was a giving person to her town and community by her involvement in Care and Share, The East Lyme Senior Center, and as a chairwoman for the East Lyme Commission On Aging.

Always putting others needs before her own, she lived her life always giving, bringing the family together for the most memorable holidays and family events. She was not only a wonderful mother to her own children, but a mother to many.

She is survived by her son, Robert Paul Broga of Niantic, CT., her daughter Carolyn and her husband Frank Dykes of Middletown Springs, VT, her daughter Brenda and her husband Donald MacRae of New London, CT. and her niece Anne Viens of Waterford, CT. She enjoyed her four grandchildren, Coralee Tumielewicz, Thomas W. Barnes III, Tracy Anne Arner, and Robert Paul Broga Jr. and her great-grandchildren Kaylee Ann Merolla, Samuel Merolla, Jamie Dean Arner, Lucien Merolla Jr., Madelynn Renee Barnes and her nieces and nephews.

Mary was, and will always be, the heart of our family. She is reunited with the love of her life at last. She will be dearly missed by all.

Love you Mom, you will be in our hearts forever, until we are together again.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Flanders Baptist and Community Church. Please share a memory of Mary.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 15, 2018
REMEMBERING

Mary D. Broga

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Barb Johnson Low

February 5, 2019

Dear Carolyn and the Broga Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I now nobody needs to tell you how wonderful your mom was, but I can tell you that I thought so too - from the first day I met her as our Brownie Scout leader at Niantic Center her kind smile and sweet demeanor came through. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.

Anonymous Anonymous

February 5, 2019

First, to the Broga family, I was unable to attend Mary's service, but all of you were in my thoughts and prayers. Mary had the biggest heart in such a small lady. Mary did so many kind things for many people that she never brought attention to, a true angle. Over thirty years ago my daughter Cindy was very ill and when able to return to East Lyme High she transported Cindy for months so I could return to work. She was an angel to me and my family. She will be remembered always. She is now with Bob and love to them both.

Diane Wadsworth Castagna

February 5, 2019

My Heartfelt Sympathy To The Broga Family Both Mary and Bob were such a fixture in Niantic all of my years growing up in town with our families living and sharing the same wonderful community ~ Always laughter around them both ~ Mary was such a sweet woman that ran a tight ship ~ Always able to stop in their office to have a few laughs when paying my oil bill ~ I also remember them both when I was a child and Bob would deliver oil to my parents home on Lovers Lane (The Wadsworth Family) May you both RIP ❤

Raeann Cochran

February 5, 2019

Carol and Frank, We are so sorry to hear about your mother. We are thinking of you and sending hugs your way.

With love,

Larry Jr, Raeann, Jessica and Kathy

Christopher Barrett

February 5, 2019

Mary, and Bob were folks of a generation almost gone now. Ones that lived with respect for others, and kindness towards their fellow man. The last few years were not the easiest. Wishing the family sympathy just seems like the right thing to do. The fact is I can not think about Mary without thinking of Bob! They were a pair, like bookends, they needed to be together to function well. I will miss both of them. They were kind, caring, real folks. God speed Broga family. Continue to spread the love they left behind.

Lisa Adams

February 5, 2019

She (and Bob) were THE sweetest, kind, fun loving people on this earth. She always called me her angel, now she's an angel and together again with her Bob. RIP my sweet friend.

Teresa Barnhouser

February 5, 2019

May you rest in peace now Mary. Together with Bob again. I will never forget that little birdie chirping down those aisles at Michaels. Can still here you coming!

Frances Corey

February 5, 2019

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Joann Shugrue

December 11, 2018

Bobby and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We will always remember what great neighbors Mary and Bob were. May she rest in peace.
Tom and Joann Shugrue
New Hampshire

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Working at the Sheridans Restaurant

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Working at the Sheridans Restaurant

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Wedding 1950

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Family 1953

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Mom's parents and siblings

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Girls bowling league Real Pearls 1960-1961