February 10, 1918 – August 24, 2020
Daphne was born on February 10, 1918 to Ray and Helen Jewett Harding of Lyme Connecticut. She grew up on the family farm on Bill Hill Rd., attended a one-room schoolhouse and graduated from Pratt High School in Essex, CT. After high school she went to work at Sage Allen Department store in Hartford. In 1943 she joined the Marines where she said that she “fought the Battle of Market Street” in San Francisco where she was stationed. Her job was in the paymaster dept. Right after World War II she met her future husband, Gerald O. Dahlke, at a New Years Eve party in Carmel, CA. They were married outside at the Harding family farm, the service being interrupted by a thunderstorm.
For a time they lived in Appleton, Wisconsin and then moved to Wethersfield, CT, where they raised their three children. After Diane, Chip and Tom were grown, Daphne and Jerry went to live in Lyme, CT, just down the road from Ashlawn Farm, where Daphne spent her childhood.
The last years of her life were lived at the Stoneridge Senior Living Community in Mystic, CT. On August 24, Daphne died peacefully at the Avalon Health Care Center in Stoneridge. Her death occurred on what would have been her husband’s 100th birthday.
Daphne was devoted to her family. She was known as an excellent cook and for her lovely gardens. The family always had pets. Daphne was especially attached to her corgi, Sam.
She was predeceased by her parents, siblings , her husband Jerry, son Glenn “Chip” Dahlke, Tom’s wife, Cynthia Mackensie and Diane’s husband, Dale Denno. Her survivors are daughter, Diane Dahlke, son Tom Dahlke, seven grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff of Avalon Health Center at Stoneridge for their good and loving care.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
September 8, 2020
My condolences to Daphne's family. I knew Daphne when she was at Avalon. She was a remarkable woman and I enjoyed my chats with her, helping to get her coffee, and sitting with her at some meals, and talking about her family, her Corgi, her love of horses, and her wonderful 102 years of wisdom. She was a blessing to my life during the brief months I was able to spend time with her. I will miss her but know she is now in Heaven with her beloved husband.