Swan Funeral Home

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Constance Ayars

August 2, 1950December 22, 2019

On Sunday, December 22, 2019, Constance Ayars (nee Zeiger), passed away at the age of 69. Constance was born on August 2, 1950 in Brooklyn, NY to Rose Baffa Zeiger and Edward Zeiger and grew up in Tenafly, NJ. She then obtained a degree in fine arts at Skidmore College. After college, Constance lived in Los Angeles, CA where she worked as a graphic designer and obtained a graduate degree at UCLA. She then made a career change and pursued a law degree, graduating from Yale Law. Upon completion of her J.D., Constance moved to New York City, joined Cravath, Swaine & Moore where she practiced as a corporate attorney for 25 years, and lived in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Constance always stayed connected to art. She had an extensive private collection, and especially enjoyed collecting the art of her favorite artist and dear friend, Mark Beard. After retiring from law, Constance moved to Old Lyme, CT and returned to practicing her first love, art. She primarily painted in watercolor and completed over 800 pieces, sometimes painting a new work each day, up until her death. Her artwork has shown work at the Cooley Gallery and the Lyme Art Association and Essex Art Association. Her final exhibit, “A Few of My Favorite Things”, was on display at Chelsea Frames in Manhattan. She is survived by her beloved friend since birth, Maureen Previti, and Maureen’s family (husband Frank, son Robert, and daughters Christina and Regina).


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Kurt Rosell

January 25, 2020

That photo is from my wedding. Jill and I were privileged to have her attend. I mourn her passing. She and I were fast friends. I have been losing a few special women, including my wife, and it is difficult. I regret that I will be unable to attend her service. Please know that I will be there in spirit and will pray for her soul in God's heaven.

John Karpel

January 2, 2020

Rest in Peace Connie. You were one of a kind. It was my pleasure to care for your many gardens. I am happy that we met and had the laughs that we did.

Anne Guenther

December 27, 2019

We will miss our smart, witty and talented neighbor and friend. RIP Connie.
Love, Anne, John and Dan

Ron and Roz Mazzacane and Cama

December 26, 2019

We have known Connie (Zeiger then) since her collegiate days at Yale living in our Academy on Wooster Square building. Our friendship built and we shared many phases of our lives together, moving parents and then her back to Connecticut and creating her lovely nest in Lyme. Her spirit will live on in her creations, her daily FB quips will clearly be absent. We honor her place in our lives and will miss her friendship.
Godspeed Connie Ayars.
With sadness, Ron and Roz

Jeffrey Cooley

December 26, 2019

I'll miss Connie...she was always on top of face book posts and always encouraging. She was a devoted and talented artist. It is very sad to think of her gone.