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Lorraine Fredrickson

July 20, 1929November 17, 2021

Lorraine Bouton Fredrickson, 92, of Old Saybrook, beloved wife of the late Peter John Fredrickson for 59 years, passed away on November 17, 2021 at Middlesex Memorial Hospital, following a sudden illness.

Born Freda Lorraine Bouton, Lorraine was the daughter of the late Freda (Watts) Bouton and George M. Bouton. She was born on July 20, 1929 at South Nassau Community Hospital, Rockville Centre, New York and later moved to Madison, New Jersey. She learned to sail during her years on Long Island, and it was she who taught Peter to sail, which they enjoyed together for many years. She excelled in mathematics and sciences in high school, earned a B.S in Zoology at Duke University in 1951, and married Peter soon after graduating. She worked for a time at Bell Laboratories studying insects that damaged telephone poles. She and Peter moved many times during his time in the Navy. They settled in Old Saybrook, where Lorraine was an active member of the Old Saybrook Congregational Church since 1955, working in nearly every volunteer position at one time or another, continuing until the pandemic began. She volunteered over the years in many organizations, including activities her children were involved in, making bandages for cancer patients, giving rides to medical appointments through Friends In Service Here, acting as a docent for the Old Saybrook Historical Society, and volunteering at the Estuary Thrift Shop. She is remembered by her children for her quiet, wise, thoughtful manner and her amazing memory.

She was predeceased by her sister Lois Merry. She is survived by her son, Bill Fredrickson and wife, Irena, of Westbrook, CT; by her daughter, Peggy Eckman and her husband, Mark, of Cincinnati, Ohio and by her grandchildren Peter (Abby) Fredrickson, Scott (Kaylee) Fredrickson, Lisa Fredrickson, Laura Eckman, Nate (Chelsea) Eckman, and great-grandchildren Grace and Gus Fredrickson.

Services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Church of Christ in Old Saybrook (Congregational) or to a charity of the donor's choice in memory of Lorraine B. Fredrickson.


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Vivian & James Chaplin

November 28, 2021

Bill, Peggy and famlies. Jim and I send our deepest sympathy to you in the passing of a wonderful friend. We shared many happy times together as next door neighbors for many years. Jim & Vivian (Mittelhauser) Chaplin, Deltona FL.