In Memory of




Obituary for June Dennett (Schroder)

June Schroder Dennett, aged 97, got her wings on April 7, 2022.

June was born in Stonington in 1925, the first child of Charles B. and Marie C. Schroder. She spent her childhood in Mystic attending Broadway School, the West Mystic School, Mystic Academy and Robert E. Fitch High School where she graduated third in her class and received a scholarship to attend the University of Connecticut. Two special memories from those years were walking from the Academy to a friend’s home unknowingly during the eye of the hurricane of 1938 and rowing a dingy from West Mystic to Mystic Island to attend a school function. After two years at college, she returned home and worked for local Mystic publications and the Westerly Sun as well as Carl Cutler when he was Director of the Mystic Seaport. She also worked at Electric Boat during the war wiring submarines and kept the unique hardhat she was issued.

She married Edward Dennett in 1952 and in short order gave birth to three sons in four years. During her married life, she enjoyed boating and road trips all over Connecticut and the United States. Later in life she got her wish to visit the United Kingdom when she and her sister Louise traveled to Ireland.
June was a voracious reader and lifelong learner who would often recommend, lend or buy you a book about history or nature etc. She crocheted, drew/painted and enjoyed genealogy and visiting local museums. She also penned her share of letters to the town hall with “suggestions” for paving, potholes and other ideas. She had a smile that could light up a room and a loud, wonderful laugh that might turn heads. She liked lighthouses and enjoyed crepes and ice cream and drives to Watch Hill and Weekapaug.
She mourned the loss of personal interaction but tried her best to counter it and encourage others to do the same. June persevered through life’s challenges, some of which were mighty, but ultimately was a strong, independent woman who lived in her own home until the end and drove until her health declined in the past year. She appreciated the value of a car with a powerful engine for those occasions when youngsters thought they were going to breeze by the older lady.

She was predeceased by her husband Edward, son Charles, grandson Charles; as well as brothers, Wilfred and Charles and sisters, Louise Brayne and Kay Watson. To mourn her loss and cherish her memory are her son Edward (wife Kathleen Dickson), son Thomas (partner Heather Bowley), granddaughter Sara, grandsons Erik and Stephen and great grandsons Luke, Bryce and Kayden as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins including Lynn Schroder and Marylou Prescott Panciera.
In honor of June, donate to or volunteer at your local library and always make the effort to interact directly and kindly with your loved ones as well as acquaintances and strangers. And listen for the spring peepers.

As June desired, services will be for immediate family only.

Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, Westerly, is in care of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit