Marian G. Crandall

August 21, 1920April 29, 2021

Marian Gabrielle Crandall, fondly known as “Gail” to her family and friends, passed away peacefully on April 29th at her long-time residence in Norwich, Connecticut. Gail was born on August 21, 1920 to the late Peter and Frances (Krajewski) Brostek. She was one of seven children (Helen, Geraldine, Sally, Estelle, Adam and Edward) and all of her siblings preceded her in death. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She married the love of her life, Kenneth J. Crandall on July 1, 1939. Kenneth was a master diver for the United States Navy; he and Gail traveled all over the continent living in California, Florida, Washington, Michigan, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Virginia, Oregon and Panama. Their adventures led to life-long friendships across the globe. Happily married for 50 years, Gail lost her love to cancer in 1989. Gail was an impressive, active and healthy 100 year old. For those who were lucky enough to be on her handwritten letter list, Gail was always the first to send a card or letter, never forgetting a birthday or anniversary. Impeccably dressed and coiffed, Gail took great pride in her appearance. She was fiercely independent, still had her driver’s license (and used it), and lived in her home without aid or help until the day of her unexpected death. Though we will miss the last of these Brostek family siblings, we are happy to know she is reunited, with her husband and all those that passed before her, in heaven. Funeral will be held Friday, May 7, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Norwich. Burial to follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, May 7, 2021


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Keith Signore

May 9, 2021

"Let me know a week in advance before we go out anywhere." Aunt Gail always needed time to make sure she looked and felt up to dine out, go to the casino, go shopping or any other outing. She would say, "You know I'm 100 now. Things take me alot more time to do!" Ok, Aunt Gail. Sometimes she would reschedule and call to say, "not this time, I have too much to do." Ok, Aunt Gail.
Going out, she was the star of the show. The center of attention. And she made no secret of it. She did it her way. The spunk and at times brutal honesty in her opinions of any topic were hilarious! I burst out into laughter incessantly when in her presence. Even though we disagreed occasionally, it was very short lived.
Your lilac trees bloomed early for you this year! The 100th and last Springtime of your life is now and forever in heaven with your love. Rest in peace, "Gabby".(Uncle Ken's nickname for her). My aunt, my godmother, my friend, I shall miss you all the days of my life. Rest in peace. Ok, Aunt Gail?

Mary Crozier

May 8, 2021

Aunt Gail, we loved getting all your cards and letters. Your beautiful penmanship and creative writing skills were always a joyful read at our home. I wish I had known about all your travels around the world as I would have loved to hear more about your experiences. My memories of you will include your incredible sense of style and your fierce independence. What an amazing life you had! And now I know you are happy and reunited with the love of your life. Farewell, Aunt Gail. May we all live to a healthy age of 100!

Peter Brostek

May 8, 2021

My dear Aunt Gail, I will miss our many phone conversations which were so very comical at times. I will also miss the cards and thinking of you notes that we sent to each other. May you rest in eternal peace. I will miss you terribly. Love, Peter