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Constance Rita Daniels, 82, of Bethel, CT passed away peacefully on August 31, 2019 at Bethel Healthcare. Connie was born on June 7, 1937 in the Bronx, NY to the late Rita (Turner) and Frank Daniels. She went to White Plains public schools and was a longtime Bethel resident in her early and later life, having also lived in Stamford, CT, Elmsford, White Plains and Hartsdale, NY.
Connie is survived by her ex-husband, Frank Musser (wife, Gail) and their three children, Denise Musser, Janine Scolpino (husband, David) and Frank Musser (wife, Barbara). She also leaves behind nine grandchildren: Justin, Alec & Madysen Byrnes; Derek & Danielle Scolpino (wife, Jessica), Lauren & Christopher Greeney, and Frank & Aiden Musser. Connie will also be missed by her two sisters, Joan (husband, Jerry) Stroud and Alicia (husband, Dan) Smith. Connie is preceded in death by her parents and four other siblings, Frank Daniels, Kenneth Daniels, Ralph Daniels and Francine (Daniels) Ryer.
It was at County Trust Bank in White Plains in 1956 that Connie landed both her first full-time job and a husband and despite loving her early financial career, many companies in those days didn’t keep pregnant women on staff and Connie soon became a mom. After giving birth to Frankie (also known as “The Prince” most of his life), Connie took on subsequent temporary office roles at Union Carbide and General Foods before moving to Stamford, Connecticut where she then became a full-time stay-at-home Mom. Making the move to Bethel with two more little ones in tow still somehow gave Connie ample opportunity to make the best homemade, Pinterest quality, Halloween costumes on Saxon Road. Her creative talents didn’t end there as her two daughters were always wearing matching custom-made clothes that Connie either sewed, knitted or crocheted. And even if she always got their names mixed up, “Danine and Jenise” could be spotted across any crowded playground in their Constance originals! Her artistic talent as a painter and a poet were quite impressive, the extent to which was never fully appreciated until cleaning out her apartment when she went into long-term care. As her children grew, she was employed by the Bethel Board of Education as a teacher’s aide in the early 70’s and later as an office assistant at Western Connecticut College in the late 70’s. Her love for books and words made her the queen of crossword puzzles and a personal thesaurus for everyone in the senior center. For a few years, she returned back to her childhood home in Hartsdale and worked in office administration for Loral in NY before retiring and moving back to Bethel.
She volunteered in her younger days in the children’s ward at St. Agnes Hospital and was a Sunday School instructor at Bethel Methodist Church, an art instructor for children, a collector for March of Dimes as well as a Girl Scout Leader. Connie’s family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the many wonderful people at Bethel Healthcare and Regional Hospice as well as her numerous long-time home health aides and visiting nurse, Kathy Moran. A private memorial service to honor and celebrate Connie’s life will be held at a later date with much appreciation to Danbury Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services.