Helene Pennington, 88, had a passion for art
Helene Marjorie (Hogan) Pennington, 88, of Warren, died May 26, 2013, at home from natural causes. She was the wife of Harold Pennington.
She was born April 5, 1925, in Long Island City, N.Y., the only child of Bernard F. Hogan and Sarah E. Hogan. She spent her childhood in Garden City, L.I., and attended the Cathedral School of St. Mary's. She attended Wellesley College and graduated with a bachelor's of arts in political science in 1947.
She married Harold Nov. 3, 1951, and they remained married for 62 years. After the birth of their first child, Douglas Bernard Pennington, on Nov. 9, 1952, they moved to Chappaqua, N.Y. Three more children were born: Caroline, Charles and Jamie. The family then moved to Mt. Kisco, N.Y. In 1971, the family moved to Warren, where she lived out the rest of her life.
She devoted her life to raising her children. She enjoyed gardening, tennis, horseback riding, skiing and traveling. She had a passion for art as a sculptress and painter.
She was involved in the Washington Art Association and volunteered for many organizations over the years, including St. John's Episcopal Church in New Milford, Girl Scouts, Volunteer for Literacy, the VNA thrift store and the Leukemia Society.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Douglas B. Pennington, of Northfield, Vt., Caroline E.Valle, of McCall, Idaho, Harold J. Pennington, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; a daughter-in-law, Mary Dieter, of Yardley, Penn.; nine grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Charles R. Pennington, of Yardley, who died Aug. 30, 2009.
Calling hours will be held June 2 from 2 to 5 p.m., with a service immediately following, at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St. in New Milford. Burial will take place June 3 at 11 a.m. at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien.
Memorials may be made to the Washington Art Association, P.O. Box 173, Washington, CT 06794, or to the Institute For American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT 06793.