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Honoring Trumbull's Chmielewskis

Tony and Norma Chmielewski (Credit: Abriola.com)
Tony and Norma Chmielewski (Credit: Abriola.com)
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.
Lydia Gach-Dunn September 30, 2013 at 08:42 AM
The Chmielewskis will be missed as great contributors to our community and as my families neighbors for over 40 years... But never forgotten. Thank you parks and rec for honoring their memory in this way.
MaryAnn September 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Nice tribute to do to two folks who devoted their energy and time to the town.
Claudia Marie Kurzyna September 30, 2013 at 04:35 PM
My mother also worked as a secretary with Norma at Madison. This is a fitting tribute to two individuals who did a lot for the Town of Trumbull.

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