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Anne Thomas Conklin

EAGLE LAKE Anne Thomas Conklin, 90, longtime summer resident of Eagle Lake, NY, died Nov. 11 during an extended stay at the home of her youngest daughter in Vermont. A resident of the New Haven, CT, area for many years, she was widow of George W. Conklin. The Conklin family has summered at Eagle Lake for five generations. Born in Boston and raised in New York City, Mrs. Conklin was educated at Chapin School in Manhattan, at Eversholme in Rovenzanno, Italy, and at Bennington College. She studied sculpture under Heinze Warneke in New York. She was the daughter of the late John H. Thomas, senior vice president of International Mercantile Marine, later United States Lines, of Mattapany, St. Marys County, Maryland, and the late Margaret Hale Thomas of Brookline, Massachusetts. In 1940, Anne Thomas and a good friend opened The Foster Place, one of the earliest ski lodges in Stowe, VT at a time when there was just one single-chair lift on the mountain. An originator of Art on the Green in New Haven, CT, she was a sculptress who worked primarily in metal and was known for creating lively animal figures. Her work was widely exhibited throughout New England. Long active in Creative Arts of New Haven, she was a member of the Paint and Clay Club and the New Haven Lawn Club. She formerly served on the boards of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and the Peabody Museum where she volunteered regularly. She volunteered weekly at the soup kitchen of Christ Church for years. Anne Conklin loved life. She was entranced by her family, skiing, travel, nature, politics, people and art. Her conversation was a joy to join. She spoke vividly, with humor, in a voice of distinctive tone, using uncommonly descriptive words and phrases. She loved animals and twice showed her Irish water spaniel, Becky, at the Westminster Kennel Club show in Madison Square Garden. She spent many summers at the familys Adirondack camp in Eagle Lake, NY. She leaves her loving daughters Margaret Anne Holly Fitzgerald and husband, Gerald, of South Dartmouth, MA and Iola Schmidlapp Mimi Benedict and husband, Skip Hoblin, of Huntington, VT. She is survived also by four grandchildren: Liza Benedict Sharp and husband, Andrew, of Beverly, MA, Megan Hale FitzGerald and husband, Jonathan Pogash, of Brooklyn, NY, Jared Benedict and wife, Corin, of Orford, NH and Aiden Elizabeth Fitzgerald of South Dartmouth and fiancee, Charlie Barmonde, of Little Compton, RI. She is survived as well by Brad Benedict of Hyde Part, VT, friend and former son-in-law. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, at Whitney Center, 200 Leederhill Drive, Hamden, CT at 3 p.m. Arrangements are by Perkins-Parker Funeral Home, Waterbury, VT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Moses Ludington Hospital, 1019 Wicker St. Ticonderoga, NY 12883 or to Hospice, c/o Visiting Nurse Association, 110 Prim Rd., Colchester, VT 05446.

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