Obituary: Natalie B. Walkley, age 94, of Milford

Natalie B. Walkley, age 94, of Milford, peacefully entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford.

Born on December 13, 1919 in Bloomfield, NJ, the youngest of 12 children of the late Thomas and Catherine Brennan, Natalie was raised by her aunt and uncle, the late Marie and John Monahan in Bridgeport, CT.

She was a graduate of Central High School and Katherine Gibbs College, after which she was employed by the Southern New England Telephone Company until she married the love of her life, Donald Walkley, whom she met during World War II while corresponding with him during his service overseas with the Marine Corps.

Natalie was a long-time member of St. Mary Church in Milford, and was actively involved in their Ladies’ Guild and the school PTA for many years. She was an avid fan of the UConn women’s basketball team.

In addition to her devoted husband Donald of nearly 68 years, Natalie is survived by four sons, Donald (Michele) Walkley of Jupiter, FL, David (Clare) Walkley of Manhattan Beach, CA, John (Nancy) Walkley of Trumbull, Timothy (Susan) Walkley of Milford, and one daughter Ann (Paul) Rockwell of Milford, 11 grandchildren Kelly (Daniel) Chesson, Kristen (Frank) Terry, Katie Walkley, Shawn (Amanda) Walkley, Andrew Walkley, Timothy (Melissa) Walkley, Alison Walkley, Emily Walkley, Benjamin Walkley, Kevin Rockwell, and Brian Rockwell, nine great-grandchildren, Ava, Mackenzie, Molly, Niamh, Jacob, Lynnie, Nico, Tyler and Charlotte, a sister-in-law Angela Brennan, and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her two sisters Margaret and Marian, her nine brothers Cyril, Ignatius, James, Harold, Stephen, George, Thomas, John and Alcemian, and her goddaughter Elizabeth Linck.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 25th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 70 Gulf Street, Milford, CT 06460 with burial to follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Milford. Friends and family may call on Friday, October 24th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460.

Memorial contributions may be made to Connecticut Hospice Inc., 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.

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