Ethyl C. (Masheck) Comerford, 92, died on January 7, 2013 at the Fairview Nursing Home in Groton, CT, where she had lived since April 2012. Since 2005, she lived with her daughter, Rosemary Reid in Old Lyme CT. Born January 14, 1920 in Astoria, New York to Joseph Masheck and Rose (Cermak) Masheck, she attended Bryant High School and got her A.B. degree in 1940 from what was then known as St. Joseph’s College for Women in Brooklyn, New York. Following graduation she became a secretary at Universal Pictures, then an executive secretary at Kimberly Clark Corporation.
On September 8, 1956, she married Peter Comerford at St. Francis Church in Astoria, New York. They lived in Flushing, New York until Peter’s retirement. In 1965, after Peter retired, the couple moved to Sag Harbor with their two young children, Peter J. and Rosemary. Mrs. Comerford soon began a second career as an elementary school teacher in Most Holy Trinity School in East Hampton, and worked toward a master’s degree in elementary education, focusing on reading, at Southampton College.
She was active in Sag Harbor Counsel of the Columbiettes, as well as the Ladies’ Village Improvement Society, and was an active communicant at St. Andrew’s Parish, where she became the Director of Religious Education after her retirement from teaching in 1985.
A gifted writer, she was an occasional columnist for both the Sag Harbor Express (for which she wrote about life in the hamlet of Noyac, where she lived) and the East Hampton Star (where she wrote the school news column about Most Holy Trinity).
After moving to Old Lyme, she became a communicant at Christ the King Parish, where she often participated in the morning prayer group. She kept active with cooking, crocheting, swimming and spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by her son, Peter J. of Portsmouth, R.I., his wife Diane and twin daughters Mary Rose and Caryn Leigh; her daughter, Rosemary Reid, of Old Lyme, CT., her husband Paul and children Daniel and Katie. She was predeceased by her husband of forty years, Peter, her brother Joseph Masheck, and five grandchildren, Patrick, Margaret, Brian, William and David Reid.
Funeral services were held at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme, CT. followed by interment at St. Andrew’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Fairview, the Odd Fellows Home, 235 Lestertown Road #1, Groton, CT., 06340