Tony and Norma Chmielewski both served the town for years, and when Norma died this summer, Tony passed about a week later.
To honor their service, the Parks and Recreation Commission want to plant a memorial.
"The consensus of the Commission is to have a tree with a plaque
planted somewhere within the parks system," the commission stated. "[They] were both affiliated with the Trumbull School
system for over 45 years and Tony a member of the Park Commission since January, 1992."
Recently-appointed commission member Lee DeFusco said he was honored to fill Chmielewski's seat and has known him for more than 40 years. The commission added that it was "saddened" at their passing.
They both died in June, according to the Abriola
Parkview Funeral Home. They were married for nearly 60 years.
Anthony Chmielewski was a U.S. Navy Veteran and a lifelong Trumbull resident.
According to the funeral home, he was the maintenance supervisor for the Trumbull Public Schools for 32
years before his retirement. He was a Master Carpenter and in his
retirement "enjoyed building and carpentry work."
He was a member of the
Trumbull High School Building Committee, The Trumbull Parks and
Recreation Commission, the Christ the King Building Commission where he
was a dedicated parishioner. He was also a former volunteer of the Long
Hill Fire Department and member of the VFW Post 141 of Trumbull.
Norma Chmielewski was the secretary for
Trumbull's first Superintendent of Schools. Over 32 years, she was also secretary to the Easton/Redding Superintendent
of Schools and eventually returned to Trumbull and worked until her
retirement from Madison Middle School, according to the funeral home.