Church & Allen Funeral Service

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Catherine Niering

December 10, 1928November 16, 2019

Catherine Niering Dec.10,1928-November 16, 2019 Gales Ferry Niering- Catherine Niering 90, of Gales Ferry died Saturday Nov. 16, at her home. She was the widow of the late Dr. William A. Niering. She was born Dec. 10. 1928 in Cowen, Tennesee and grew up in Brooklyn NY. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Hunter College in 1950. She was employed as a social worker in New London when she met “her sweetie” William, who would later became a professor of Botany and Human Ecology at Conn College. They married June 25, 1955 at the Conn College Arboretum. They began their married life on Gallow’s Lane in New London and had 2 sons, William and Hugh. The family moved to Gales Ferry in 1963, where they raised their family and many beloved dachshunds over their years. Catherine was an avid reader, builder of jigsaw puzzles, and was a master of all types of needle arts. She was also a master on the of the English language, and she helped her husband type and edit his several books and numerous publications. Catherine and William were frequent travelers, packing up the children and dogs in the station wagon for these trips. Catherine had a great passion for classical music and the comic strip Peanuts. After losing her husband, William, Catherine was able to find contentment in the little things in life again, her garden, her “doggies”, birding, countless antiquing trips, and her family. Her lifelong passion was High Tea twice a day and she was a collector at heart. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her son Hugh. She is survived by her son William, and daughter in law, Kerry “the daughter she never had”. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday Nov. 25, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry 10 Chapman Ln, Gales Ferry, CT 06335. Burial will be private immediately following the service.. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in her name may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society 169 Old Colchester Road Quaker Hill, CT 06375. Please visit www.churchandallen.com to leave an online tribute or condolence.


  • Funeral Service Monday, November 25, 2019


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Robert Johnson

November 20, 2019

Bill so sorry for your loss. Bob Johnson