Published 12:06 pm, Friday, November 20, 2009
BETTY COOPER LUNDQUIST
Betty Cooper Lundquist, 93, née Harriet Elizabeth Cooper, died Nov. 17, 2009, in Rhinebeck, N.Y.
She was born in Valencia, Pa., on June 6, 1916, to Charles Champlain Cooper and Sarah Bedinger Cooper, social workers who earned their master's degrees in the late 19th century. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., where she lived with her family at Kingsley House, a well-known settlement house where her parents served as directors for many years.
She and the three brothers she adored -- Benjamin, Wade (her twin) and Jonathan -- spent their school years in Pittsburgh and their summers at the settlement house camp in Valencia.
Lundquist attended Antioch College in Ohio and the renowned Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she studied sculpture and photography. During the early 1940s, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked as a photographer for the Farm Security Administration. There, she met Oliver Lincoln Lundquist, a naval officer who worked for the visual presentations division of the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. They married in 1944 and had three children, Jill, Timothy Wade and Eric Cooper Lundquist.
She and Oliver raised their family in Westport, and later New York City. During the years her children were growing up, Lundquist was a social and political activist, working tirelessly for causes of peace and justice, including civil rights and nuclear disarmament. She was a founding member of Women Strike for Peace, and represented that organization at the Geneva Conference in 1961.
In the mid 1960s, she returned to school and earned a graduate degree in social work. Educated in family therapy at the Ackerman Family Institute in New York City, she worked as a family therapist in private practice and at the Jacobi Medical Center at Albert Einstein Medical School in the Bronx. She retired in 1991.
Lundquist was predeceased by her three brothers and her granddaughter, Abigail Lundquist Botstein.
She is survived by her three children, Jill, Tim and Eric; five grandchildren, Sarah Lundquist Botstein, Benjamin Wade Lundquist, Adam Lundquist-Baz, Tessa Stratton Lundquist and Molly Elizabeth Lundquist-Baz; her son-in-law, Douglas Carlos Baz; daughter-in-law, Kristen Hultgren Lundquist; grandson-in-law, Bryan Lee Doerries; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Lundquist will be buried in a private ceremony at the Red Church cemetery in Tivoli, N.Y. A memorial service will be held on Dec. 20 at 11:30 a.m., at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home in Rhinebeck N.Y.
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ANN ALLEN SCHAEFER
Ann Allen Schaefer, 90, died Nov. 16, 2009, at Sunrise Assisted Living of Wilton, where she had resided for the past year.
She was married to John H. (Jack) Schaefer on April 11, 1942, and they lived together in the Greens Farms of Westport area for 53 years, until his death on Nov. 18, 1995.
Schaefer first worked for Vought Sikorsky Aircraft in Bridgeport. After her children were grown, she worked for Trendex, Inc., and Schaefer's Sporting Goods, both in Westport.
She was a life-long communicant of Westport's Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and was active in the Women's Auxiliary and later in the Altar Guild.
In her earlier years, Schaefer's hobbies included crocheting, rug hooking, vegetable gardening, reading mysteries and playing solitaire. In her 80s, she learned how to use a computer and e-mail relatives and friends. For many years, she was a faithful walker at Sherwood Island State Park.
She was a descendent of some of the earliest settlers of southern Fairfield County, whose numerous members ranged from ship captains and large landowners, to farmers and fishermen. Many served their country as soldiers, including her great-great grandfather, William Allen, in the Revolutionary War, and her grandfather, Charles Wilson Allen, in the Civil War. The Allens were related to many other old Fairfield County clans, especially the Mills, Batterson and Baker families.
Schaefer is survived by her son, Jeffrey John Schaefer and his wife, Susan Mahn Schaefer of Westport; her daughter, Jane Ann Schaefer Johngren and her husband, Peter M. Johngren of Hartwick, N.Y.; her grandchildren, Emily Ruth Johngren Ward and her husband, Robert Ward of Homer, Ark., Michael Peter Johngren and his wife, Jeanne Muller Johngren of Princeton, N.J., and Rebecca Lee Schaefer and her fiancé, Nathaniel Kohl of Westport; and her great-granddaughter, Maia Wood Johngren of Princeton, N.J.
She is also survived by her niece, Mary Allen Gordon, and her nephew, Philip Blanchfield Allen, both of Vermont; several grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and special cousins Elizabeth Allen Godfrey and Helen Betts.
Schaefer's life will be celebrated at a memorial service to be held at Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at a later date. The Harding Funeral Home of Westport is assisting the family with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 55 Myrtle Ave., Westport; or to the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Services, 50 Jesup Road, Westport.