Marian Sackett

FatherCharles Lawrence Sackett (1894-1971)
MotherFlorence Riley (c 1903-)
Marian (Sackett) Whiting
(Src: Voices, obituary)
Marian Sackett, daughter of Charles Lawrence Sackett and Florence Riley, was born in New Haven, New Haven County, ConnecticutG, on 30 May 1929.1 She died aged 94 in Southbury, New Haven CountyG, on 26 December 2023.1 She married in Woodbridge, New Haven CountyG, on 20 August 1949, Leonard C Whiting Jr, son of Leonard C Whiting and Rhoda Andrews.2 Leonard was born in New HavenG on 14 January 1927.3,4 He died aged 66 on 21 October 1993 and was buried at Milford Side Cemetery, WoodbridgeG.3,4,5
     In 1930 Marian was living in East Haven, New Haven CountyG, in the household of her parents Charles and Florence, and was recorded in the census as Marion Sackett, aged ten months and born in Connecticut.6
     In 1940 she was living in Woodbridge, New Haven CountyG, in the household of her parents Charles and Florence, and was recorded as Marian Sackett, aged ten.7
Leonard C Whiting Jr (1927–1993), Milford Side Cemetery, Woodbridge, Connecticut
(Src: Find a Grave, SageAlum)

Marian Sackett Whiting
Southbury — Marian Sackett Whiting of Southbury, formerly a longtime resident of Bethany, died peacefully on December 26, 2023, at the age of 94.
     Born on May 30, 1929, in New Haven, Marian grew up believing that the Memorial Day parades and picnics were in honor of her birthday. She was one of the nine children born to the late Charles Sackett, Sr., and Florence Riley Sackett in New Haven.
     She was predeceased by the greatest love of her life, her husband, Leonard C. Whiting, Jr. Theirs was a fairy tale romance with Leonard announcing to her parents that he would marry their daughter even before their first date.
     Family was everything to Marian. Left to treasure her memory are her daughters, Darcey DiMenna (Daniel) of Texas and Brenda Beard (Geoffrey) of Connecticut, and the grandchildren, who called her Nani, Jeffery Surprise (Sarah) and Gayle DiMenna-Maus (William), both of Texas, Leonard Beard (Valerie) of Connecticut, Laura Conte (Chad) of New Hampshire, Andrew Beard (Brooke) of Massachusetts and Rebecca Beard of Pennsylvania, as well as 10 great-grandchildren, all of whom brought her the greatest joy by calling her Great Nani.
     Marian is also survived by her sister, Betty LaCroix; her brother-in-law, Joseph Massini, and her sisters-in-law, Ann Sackett and Barbara Whiting. Also to remember her are more than 40 nieces and nephews who lovingly called her Aunt Mare.
     Growing up in Woodbridge, Marian worked as a clerk for Yale University prior to her marriage.
     After raising her two daughters, she taught bowling to children with special needs and volunteered her time at Partnership in Hamden helping the senior residents to make crafts.
     Marian excelled at arts and crafts and many benefited from her talent. From handmade dresses to quilts, dolls and doll clothing, beaded Christmas ornaments and knitting, there was no limit to her interests and talent. During her last years, despite having lost most of her vision, she continued to knit squares that were combined to make crazy blankets for her 10 great-grandchildren.
     Her philosophy for life was kindness, always reminding us that if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. “While we were often embarrassed as children by her chatting with strangers in the grocery store, we find ourselves doing the same thing.” It never hurts to be nice to people.
     She welcomed everyone to her home and was a great listener, imparting her wisdom and humor when someone needed it.
     A service to celebrate this charming, loving woman will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 13, at the Middlebury Congregational Church, 1242 Whittemore Rd., Middlebury. Time for visiting with the family will follow the service in the church meeting hall.
     The service will be live-streamed for those unable to attend:
     In lieu of flowers, donations are sought in Marian’s name to the Southbury Food Bank, 88 Main St. South, Southbury 06488;
     To leave a message of remembrance, visit

Voices, Southbury, Connecticut, 10 Jan 2024

 Notes & Citations

  1. Obituary.
  2. "Connecticut Marriage Records, 1897-1968" (Ancestry transcript), "20 Aug 1949, Woodbridge, Connecticut, Leonard Whitting Jr and Marian Sachett."
  3. "U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936–2007" (Ancestry transcript), "Leonard Clarke Whiting Jr, b. New Haven, Connecticut, 14 Jan 1927, d. 21 Oct 1993, father Leonard C Whiting, mother Rogda Andrew. Feb 1943 listed as Leonard Clarke Whiting Jr; 04 Nov 1993 listed as Leonard C Whiting."
  4. "Social Security Death Index" (Ancestry transcript), "Leonard C. Whiting, b. 14 Jan 1927, d. 21 Oct 1993, SSN 041-20-4406 issued CT, residence 06524, Bethany, New Haven, Connecticut."
  5. Find a Grave.
  6. 1930 United States Federal Census, Roll 272, p. 12B, Enumeration District 132, image 1014.0, FHL microfilm 2340007
    East Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
    Sackett, Charles, head, home rented $30 pm, 36, m. at 29, b. CT, father b. CT, mother b. CT, millwright, toy factory
    Sackett, Florence, wife, 27, m. at 20, b. CT, father b. NY, mother b. CT
    Sackett, Barbara, dau, 3 1/12, b. CT, father b. CT, mother b. CT
    Sackett, Minerva J, dau, 1 11/12, b. CT, father b. CT, mother b. CT
    Sackett, Marion, dau, 10/12, b. CT, father b. CT, mother b. CT
    Riley, Minerva, sister-in-law, 17, b. CT, father b. NY, mother b. CT, mother's helper.
  7. 1940 United States Federal Census, Roll m-t0627-00522, p 8B, ED 5-299
    Woodbridge, New Haven County, Connecticut
    Sackett, Charles, head, 46, caretaker, b. CT, home owned, $10000
    Sackett, Florence, wife, 36, b. CT
    Sackett, Barbara, daughter, 13, b. CT
    Sackett, Jean, daughter, 12, b. CT
    Sackett, Marian, daughter, 10, b. CT
    Sackett, Patricia, daughter, 9, b. CT
    Sackett, Charles, son, 7, b. CT
    Sackett, Hobert, son, 6, b. CT
    Sackett, Katherine N, daughter, 5, b. CT
    Sackett, Richard, son, 3, b. CT
    Sackett, Elizabeth, daughter, 1, b. CT
    Reilly, John, brother-in-law, 23, b. CT.
Sackett line7th great-granddaughter of John Sackett of New Haven
ChartsLine 4 (American)
Last Edited11 Jan 2024

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