Ellen L. Zempsky

   Ellen L. Zempsky passed away peacefully at age 87.  Born in Brooklyn, NY she grew up on Long Island in Rockville Center.  She lived her entire married life in a wooded house in Woodbridge, CT.  A maverick for her time she graduated from NYU and received a Master’s degree in Library Science from Columbia University.  Ellen enjoyed library positions in many settings; early on at the Brooklyn Public Library and later on at the Western New England Psychoanalytic Society and the Connecticut Hospital Association. Ellen was a lover of art museums, travel, shopping, books and of course the library.  After retiring she volunteered for several years as a docent at the Yale University Art Gallery.   She traveled around the world with her husband Burt who passed away in 2018. They were very devoted to each other.  They especially loved the winters they spent in a small apartment in Nice, France enjoying the sites and relaxed dinners together. She will be sadly missed by her children Dina and Bill and their spouses Andy and Janna as well as grandchildren Leah, Sam, Noah, Eli and Kyle.

A service will be held at Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Road, Hamden CT,  Wednesday March 6, 2019 at 11:30 am. The interment will be in the Eastside Cemetery, 157 Pease Rd., Woodbridge, CT. Donations in Ellen’s memory can be made to the Division of Pain and Palliative Medicine at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center or to the charity of choice.

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    03.06.19 at 9:52 am

    Many happy thoughts of my Kindergarten BFF from Wilson School in Rockville Centre! I moved away in 3 third grade…and then…
    Ellen recognized me in the Dressing Room at Loehman’s !!!!! proves we both SHOPPED!
    It was 30 years ago! Isn’t that wild???? We reconnected!
    May you Rest in Peace! Much love to your family!