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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Constance R. Ongley, 85

Constance R. (Danneberg) Ongley of Wilton, a former employee of the Westport school system, died March 23 at home. She was 85.

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Connie and George Ongley.  Contributed photo

She grew up in Sturgis, Mich. and graduated from Western Michigan University. She earned a doctorate in education from Columbia University and worked in the Westport school system for many years as a psychologist and administrator.

She advocated for generations of special education students, helping them get the services they needed.

She was the center of her family’s orbit.

She is survived by George Ongley, her husband of 65-plus years; children Steven (Laurie) Ongley Sr. ;Lisa (Peter) Gardner, Loren (Guy III) Neill; son­-in-law Bill Todd­Brown; grandchildren Kathe Todd­Brown (Dan Cicio), Jesica Todd­ Brown (Nils Bell), Margaret (Max) King, Steven Ongley Jr., Jennifer Ongley, Kate (Graham) Burt, Thomas Gardner (Ashley Ball), James (Meghan) Gardner, Guy Neill IV, and Geoffrey Neill; and great­-grandchildren Eleanor Gardner, Freyja Todd­ Bell, and Juliet King. She was predeceased by her daughter Lois Ongley.

Family and friends will gather on Saturday, April 2 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the family home, 191 Linden Tree Road, Wilton, to remember her.

Those wishing to make a memorial donation may contribute to their favorite charity.

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Posted 03/29/16 at 01:17 PM  Permalink



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