Elizabeth "Libby" Voegele, 89, died March 1, 2010, at Harborside Glen Hill in Danbury.

Mrs. Voegele was born July 23, 1921, in Stamford, to Beatrice (Magee) and Leonard Brady.

She lived her entire life in Danbury and was active for many years in local and civic affairs.

Upon graduating from Danbury High School in 1939, Mrs. Voegele attended the Tufts University School of Public Health and earned a certificate in dental hygiene.

Mrs. Voegele practiced with Dr. G. Stanley Duryea before her marriage to Steven Zaleta in 1944.

She was involved in social and charitable activities, including the March of Dimes and Junior League, until she and her husband assumed ownership of the Hartwell-Brady Company after the death of her father in 1956.

Together they expanded the business from a men's retail clothing establishment to include ladies sportswear. They operated it jointly until her husband's death in 1963 at the age of 43.

Mrs. Voegele worked with her sister-in-law, Vera (Zaleta) Kolwicz, until 1984. They were known for personal service and maintained a loyal clientele in the Danbury area.

Mrs. Voegele was proud of her Irish heritage and provided Irish coffee for customers on St. Patrick's Day.

For many years she wrote a folksy column, "Hartwell Brady Lady," in The News-Times.

Mrs. Voegle was outgoing and convivial and enjoyed entertaining.

During her 30 years in the retail business, Mrs. Voegele served as chairwoman of the retail division of the Danbury Chamber of Commerce and was a longtime member of the Danbury Parking Authority.

She was a founding member and supporter of the Stanley L. Richter Association for the Arts.

Mrs. Voegele married her former high school classmate, Richard P. Voegele, on May 28, 1985. She was his first wife.

At that time, Mr. Voegele had recently retired as vice president of United Illuminating. The couple traveled extensively throughout the U.S. before his illness and death in 1991.

Mrs. Voegele is survived by four children, Steven Zaleta, and his wife, Jane McMahon, and Thomas Brady Zaleta, and his wife, Linda, all of Roxbury, Laura Zaleta Mastropolo, and her husband, Paul, of Bristol, and John Leonard Zaleta, of Norwalk; five grandchildren, Sara Zaleta, of Chapel Hill, N.C., Matthew Zalet, of Flagstaff, Ariz., Lia Mastropolo, of Philadelphia, Anna Mastropolo, of Bristol, and Diana Zaleta, of Danbury. She was predeceased by an infant daughter, Jane Ellen; a brother, Thomas Brady, who was killed in the Battle of the Bulge; and a sister, Beatrice Bieluczyk.

The Green Funeral Home of Danbury was in charge of arrangements.