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Edith C. (Cushnie) Weighart
August 31, 1931 ~ November 9, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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Edith C. Weighart, 92, of Southbury, died Thursday, November 9, 2023. She lived most of her life in Bethel, Danbury, and Brookfield, and she was predeceased by her husband, Fred Weighart, in 2003.
She was born in White Plains, New York on August 31, 1931, daughter of Peter and Edith Cushnie, immigrants from Aberdeen, Scotland. After growing up and graduating from high school in Dumont, New Jersey, she moved with her family to Bethel. In 1952, she graduated from Danbury State Teachers College, which eventually evolved into what is now known as Western Connecticut State University.
For the next several years, she was a diligent and beloved schoolteacher at many area schools, most notably the historic one-room Plumtrees School in Bethel. Built in 1867, the school did not have indoor plumbing until 1957.
After marrying, she devoted herself to being a supportive wife, loving mother, and a thoughtful aunt as well becoming a very active member of the Congregational Church in Brookfield. Her husband founded Gordon Engineering in 1970 and often acknowledged that he would never have become a successful entrepreneur without her wholehearted willingness to spurn vacations, possessions, and dining out. She relished the challenge of living on a frugal budget.
A skilled creator of quilts, cross-stitch, and countless other crafts, she was an enthusiastic contributor to her church’s fair each October. A lifelong learner who loved watching documentaries, she was also an avid reader who treasured the novels of Anthony Trollope and Patrick O’Brien, reading some of them as many as nine times. She preferred the company of a few people or a crossword puzzle with a cup of tea rather than big events. She especially loved babies and children, possessing an uncanny knack for connecting with them while helping them learn and grow.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased in 2016 by her brother, Peter Cushnie Jr. of Bridgewater. She is survived by her son Steve and daughter-in-law Edyta of Roxbury; her son Scott and daughter-in-law Eleanor Boynton of Brookline, Massachusetts; her granddaughter Victoria and grandson Alexander of Roxbury; her granddaughter Hannah of Cambridge, Massachusetts; her grandson Tim of Brookline, Massachusetts and several nieces and nephews across the country.
There will be no calling hours. A celebration of her life will be held at the Congregational Church of Brookfield, located at the intersection of Routes 25 and 133, on Sunday, December 10 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Edith Weighart may be made to: The Connecticut Junior Republic, Goshen Road, P.O. Box 161, Litchfield, CT 06759; or to the Congregational Church of Brookfield, in care of the Book of Remembrance.
Hull Funeral Service, Danbury is handling arrangements. To leave an online condolence, please visit hullfuneralservice.com.