Mary Totten, 75, was a fan of aviation
Mary Cora Totten, 75, died Dec. 1, 2009, at her home in Cornwall Bridge. She was the widow of Richard G. Totten Sr., whom she married in Carmel, N.Y., in 1953.
Mrs. Totten was born Dec. 9, 1933, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., daughter of the late Lester and Celia Storms.
She attended schools in Poughkeepsie and Brewster, N.Y., and graduated from Brewster High School.
Mrs. Totten and her husband, who died in 1997, moved to New Milford in 1960, to Kent in 1991 and to Cornwall Bridge later.
She was employed by Reader's Digest in Pleasantville, N.Y., and Kimberly-Clark, Arrowhead and Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation in New Milford.
Mrs. Totten was an avid John Wayne fan and memorabilia collector who was devoted to the Dodger baseball club from its days in Brooklyn.
She enjoyed all kinds of aviation. Besides passenger jets, she flew in a biplane, helicopter, ski plane, sailplane and her favorite, a hot air balloon, and had gone parasailing.
An active Christian, Mrs. Totten was associated with Baptist churches in the region for most of her life.
Mrs. Totten is survived by a son, Richard G. Totten Jr., and his wife, Nancy, of Kent; four daughters, Kimberly Forbes, and her husband, Robert, of New Milford, Melanie Fleet, and her husband, Willie, of Kent, Leslie Anderson, and her husband, Bill, of Naugatuck, and Stacie Totten, and her significant other, Bryan Hagley, of Warren; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Fred Storms, of Deland, Fla.: five sisters, Deborah Walsh, of Deland, Patricia Sevcik, of Ft. Pierce, Fla., Virginia Bishop, of Holmes, N.Y., Rosemary Jones, of Danbury, and Sharon Dean, of New Milford; and an aunt, Anne Purdy, of Pleasant Valley, N.Y. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Florence Palomo, and a brother, Charles Storms.
The Colonial Funeral Home of New Milford was in charge of arrangements.