Mildred O. Weeks, 99; Retired Legal Secretary, Greenwich Resident
A memorial service is planned.
Mildred O. Weeks, of Greenwich, passed away on June 1, 2014 after being critically injured in a fall following a concert of sacred music in Greenwich the previous evening.
She received treatment at the critical care unit of Stamford Hospital where she was lovingly attended by immediate family, a lay minister and her pastor at the time of her passing.
Mildred was born Dec. 31, 1914 to Jasper F. and Florence S. Odell in the Bronx. Her father served as a New York City firefighter. Along with her parents and older brother and sister, Mildred moved to rural Bayport, Long Island in 1917.
One of her lifelong childhood memories was of neighbors running out of theirs homes upon hearing the non-stop scream of a train whistle to signal the end of World War I.
As a child, Mildred studied piano and ballet. She was captain of Islip High School's championship basketball team when she graduated on June 22, 1931 at age 16. Upon graduation from business school, she celebrated with another young lady in her class, by taking a cruise to Cuba. Returning to Long Island during the depths of the Great Depression, Mildred considered herself fortunate to be hired by a local attorney at a salary of $15.00 for a 5-and-a-half-day work week. After relocating to Rye Brook in 1957, she was employed as a legal secretary in Greenwich, first for the firm of Hirschberg, Pettengill & Strong and then at Ivey, Barnum & O'Mara. In the '60s, she also taught a Greenwich Adult Continuing Education typing class. Later, at Cummings & Lockwood, she used her extensive paralegal skills to manage the Real Estate Department at the Stamford Office until her retirement in 1984.
Mildred was raised in Islip and loved swimming at Long Island's fine beaches. In the 1940s she and her husband took overnight yacht trips throughout the region. In the 1960s, she was an outstanding team bowler at Pickwick Lanes and played tennis into her 70s. Mildred had a passion for music and regularly attended choral and instrumental concerts, in particular those of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra. At home, she took great pleasure in entertaining friends and playing the piano if pressed. She especially appreciated the music at her beloved First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich where, in retirement, she volunteered as a music librarian. She actively participated in women's programs and delighted in the fellowship at church each Sunday until the last.
Mildred enjoyed traveling throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, the British Isles, Central and South America and for her 90th birthday, cruised the Caribbean. For many years, she was an active member of the Greenwich Travel Club. She enjoyed participating in the G.R.E.A.T.S. and appreciated the enrichment of Greenwich Senior Center programs.
As recently as last summer, Mildred could be seen enjoying rides on the Island Beach ferry. She was a devoted bridge player who always showed a competitive spirit and continued to enjoy the game well into her 90's along with her caregiver, Mia Fahey. Until the end of her life, Mildred was an avid Scrabble and Dominos player and worked crossword puzzles daily. Her keen sense of humor and enthusiasm for life were contagious.
Mildred is survived by her daughter Marilyn and son-in-law Theodore Jurkops of Lancaster, VA and daughter Nancy and son-in-law Michael Finlay of Greenwich. She is also survived by her two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at the Anderson Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, One West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich at a later date. Interment will follow at her family's plot on Long Island.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to First Presbyterian Church, Greenwich or the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra.
Arrangements are by Castiglione Funeral Home, 134 Hamilton Ave., Greenwich.