Esther Windom Woodruff


Teacher at Edna C. Stevens

Esther (Windom) Woodruff, 84, of Berlin, devoted wife of the late Willis Woodruff for 40 years, died at home on July 28, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Lyon, France, Esther grew up in Winter Park, Florida, and had resided in Berlin since 1955. She was a graduate of Rollins College in Florida, and Central Connecticut State University. A teacher at the Edna C. Stevens School in Cromwell for 30 years, she was a member of several professional organizations and in 1987 was named Cromwell's Teacher of the Year, and retired in 1997.

Because of her summertime hobby of raising monarch butterflies, her former pupils remember Mrs. Woodruff as the "Butterfly Lady." Esther was a longtime member of the Berlin Congregational Church, and also a member of First Church Congregational in New Britain, where she was active in the music program in both churches.

Surviving are four sons and two daughters-in-law, Paul Woodruff of Vernon, John Woodruff of San Ramon, California, Steven and Sandra Woodruff of Franklin, Tennessee, and Thomas and Kathryn Woodruff of North Haven, ten grandchildren, Kyle, Valerie, Nathan, David, Ryan, Benjamin, Seth, Charles, William (Samantha) and Anna, a brother, William Windom, two sisters-in-law, Parvine Windom and Anne Windom, and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Towne and Warren Windom.

Her family would like to thank the caring professionals at Hartford Health Care Hospice.

A memorial service will be held September 2, 2017, at 11 am at the Berlin Congregational Church, 878 Worthington Ridge, Berlin. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army, Divisional Headquarters, 33 Homestead Avenue, Hartford, CT 06112. Porter's Funeral Service in Kensington is assisting her family.

The Hartford Courant - Aug. 10, 2017