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Church & Allen Funeral Service

136 Sachem Street, Norwich, CT

OBITUARY

Justine M. Miller

December 9, 1944May 5, 2020

Justine Maria (Perry) Miller, 75, of Norwich, passed away on May 5, 2020. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend; she brought light and love to every place that she entered.

Justine was born in Norwich on December 9th, 1944, the daughter of Joseph Anthony Perry, Sr. and Frances Iona (Vera) Perry. She grew up on the west side of Norwich and enjoyed a childhood filled with the antics associated with being the sister of three brothers. She graduated from Norwich Free Academy in 1962. After high school, she entered a life of service, first as a registered nurse and then a state police officer. She earned a nursing degree from St. John’s University in Queens, New York in 1964 and worked as a nurse at the Norwich State Hospital, before joining her husband, Glenn Miller, who was stationed in Northern England and then Las Vegas, NV in the Air Force from 1967 to 1970. In 1971, she trained as a State Police woman or SPW, one of the first women and women of color to do so in Connecticut. A trailblazer who broke down barriers of gender and race, she was an excellent detective who worked undercover for a time, investigating, among many other things, organized crime. When she left the State Police in the mid-1980s, she was told that “If you were a male, you’d be one of the top 10 investigators in the state.” Her response was, “Well, I’m not a male, so what am I?” She then joined the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office as a chief investigator in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, from which she retired in the early 1990s. After that time, she became a private detective, working with her former state police partner and then running her own firm, Miller Investigations. After she stopped working completely, she dedicated herself to her family and community.

Justine’s later life was filled with the incredible joy she took in being with her family and friends. She traveled to Europe, the Caribbean, Alaska, and Central America with her husband, brother and sister-in-law. She was a proud and dedicated enrolled-member of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation, serving as Treasurer for the Elders group. She was also active with the NFA Alumni Association, especially the Class of 1962. She attended the Madry Temple Church in New London and particularly loved the music on Sundays. An avid photographer, family historian, scrapbooker, craft-maker, reader, and fan of UCONN women’s basketball, Justine offered everyone that she met a cup of Earl Grey tea and an open heart.

Justine was married to her high school sweetheart, her beloved husband, Glenn Miller, in 1967. They shared 46 years of love, laughter, and companionship until Glenn passed in 2013. Their daughter, Monica, of New York City, will miss them both beyond what words can express. Justine is also survived by her loving son-in-law Carl Wennerlind, and two doting grandchildren, Langston and Selma Wennerlind. Known by her handle, GMo, to them, Langston and Selma were her greatest joy as she took enormous pleasure from watching them grow and sharing in their laughter. She leaves her brothers and sisters in-law, her dearest friends for decades, Joseph and Sharron Perry, Peter and Barbra Perry, and Eloise Perry, wife of her much-missed brother, Tom Perry, who predeceased her. The extended Perry family of nieces, nephews and cousins will also miss Aunt Justine and her big hugs immensely.

Given the situation with Covid-19, a celebration of Justine’s life will take place in the future, Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to the charity of your choice in order to extend her spirit as the most loving, caring, and generous person that many of us knew. Notes of condolence and remembrance can be sent to her daughter at moniquamiller@gmail.com or 601 W. 113th St. 9A, New York, NY 10025.

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Gwen Sebastian-Hill

May 10, 2020

Dear Perry and Miller Families,
So many wonderful tribal memories of Justine’s dedication, humor and generosity. She will surely be missed!! May the Creator wrap her in his arms.
With love and prayers,
Gwen Sebastian-Hill

Katherine Sebastian Dring

May 10, 2020

Dear Monica and family of
Justine Miller.
We extend our deep sympathy to you. We are so grateful for the life of Justine. She was a kind ,loving, and generous person.
We will always remember her dedication to serve others and love life.
We will keep her spirt well in our circle
. Cowammanush We love you.
Chief Hockeo Roy Sebastian
and Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation

Clayton Ford

May 9, 2020

I was so saddened of hearing of Justine passing I had a close relationship with her Brother Joseph we played ball together in the St Peter and Paul league also class mates N.F.A class of 1960 I worked with Her Brother Tommy At Thermos bottle co. Justine so graciously accepted my invitation to attend my Senior Prom. To Both Families You Have My Heartfelt Condolences and Sympathy and Prayers. 🙏🙏🙏

Jack and Faye Madry

May 9, 2020

We were so very blessed to know Justine. Her smile was infectious and her spirit beautiful. It was a joy seeing her with Eloise and Sharon. Justine was a lovely soul and will be missed by family and friends.

Carol Kiley

May 9, 2020

I extend my sympathy on behalf on my father (deceased) TFC Ken Green who had the privilege of working with TFC Miller. She could roll with the punches!

Bonnie jean Canova

May 8, 2020

Justine was a wonderful person, so full of love for her family. We went to school together, from Elizabeth St. To Stanton to NFA class of 62 . Justine had such a hard time loosing the love of her life, Glenn,our class would get together at Caddy Shack Justine was finally getting out to join us, We were so happy to see her. RIP Justine you will always be in my thoughts and prayers.Bonnie Jean Canova

Fran Leta

May 8, 2020

Dear Miller Family,
We shall always remember Justine with love and admiration. Any time we had the pleasure of talking with her, we came away knowing we had been in the presence of a caring and amazing human being! You all have our deepest condolences.

Sadly,

Fran and Lou

Linda Adelman

May 8, 2020

Justine and I met when only 13 years old in our freshman year at NFA. Over the years we realized just how much we had in common, December birthdays (so youngest in our class), love of hymns and music, solid work ethic and family. We both are early risers so would meet for breakfast often. And then when Monica married a Swede she joked we were related with my Swedish heritage. She was so caring and insisted I wear her "special" gloves for the arthritis that bothers us both- which I do. Photos of Monicas wedding, the grandkids through the years, and sorrow of losing Glen and her brother were all shared times that I cherish to memory. A great friend I shall miss terribly.

Gilda Butler

May 8, 2020

My condolences to the entire Family of Ms Justine. OMG. I loved this lady in our church at Madry Temple. She gave me so much love every Sunday and made me feel special. I can not believe I wont c her again sitting in back of me with her other two family members who I call the 3 muscateer’s. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet her. What a wonderful women. She definitely will b missed. Loved u Ms. Justine. 💕 😢🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

Roberta DelGado-Vincent

May 8, 2020

Perry and Miller Families:
The DelGado Family sends our Heartfelt Condolences to Justine's Family. What a Beautiful and Loving woman God has taken home. You will embraced, not only by your Family, but my Brother Anthony (Joey) and Sister Delores (Waffy). Until we meet again!!!

FROM THE FAMILY

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