- March 18, 1929 - May 19, 2010
- Branford, Connecticut
of Jean's Passing
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“Dear Jay and Family, I am sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Sincerely, Nancy
1 of 7 | Posted by: Nancy Petrowski - Branford, CT
“Dear Jay and Family - We are sorry to learn of the passing of your mother. In learning about her life in the newspaper I was very impressed with...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Joe Cogguillo III - Branford, CT
“To the Bodner family our sincerest sympathy and our thoughts and prayers are with you, Barbara & Gary Colianna
3 of 7 | Posted by: Barbara Colianna - East Haven, CT
“Joe, Paul & Jay, I was so sorry to hear about Jean. I miss those days long ago sitting by the pool. Last year Joe showed us the photos diving off...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Chuck Cohen - Marina Del Rey, CA
“We will never forget the wonderful Thanksgiving dinners and other holiday parties. You always made us feel so welcome. You will be missed.
5 of 7 | Posted by: Lisa, Chris, and Zach Jagodzinski - PA
“Our love and friendship will be remembered forever.
6 of 7 | Posted by: Irene Kozlowski - Southington, CT
7 of 7 | Posted by: Jay Bodner - Branford, CT
In New Haven May 19, 2010, Jean Christine Fritsch Bodner, wife of Dr. Joseph A. Bodner, Jr. of 130 Brushy Plain Rd., Branford. Mother of Dr. Paul G. (Debra) Bodner, and Joseph A. (Maria) Bodner, III, of Branford. Grandmother of USCGA Cadet 2nd Class Christopher, Meglin, Jonathan, Alexa and Jake. Sister of Walter Fritsch of East Haven and Maryam Fritsch of Wallingford. She was born in New Haven March 18, 1929, daughter of the late Walter and Pearl MacNaughton Fritsch, grew up in Westville, and graduated from New Haven Commercial High School in 1948. She was a secretary at Malleable Iron Fittings Company (MIF). Jean met her husband–to-be at the first Branford Recreation Department fencing class taught by Joseph in 1952. In 1958, she became one of the first female sport skin and scuba diving instructors in the country, teaching at Quonset Point Naval Air Station (RI), U. S. Naval Air Station (Argentia, Newfoundland), the U. S. Naval Academy (Annapolis) and U. S. Submarine Base, New London. She was a Red Cross swimming and water safety instructor and instructor trainer. Jean became certified by the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) in 1962 with swim buddy Buster Crabbe, Olympic gold medalist. She trained in commercial art at the Institute of Commercial Art in Westport. Her passions included photography, playing folk guitar and sailing her sloop in Chesapeake Bay. She enjoyed her flower garden, composed poetry and flew a Cessna 150. She was a U. S. Navy wife and mother managing hearth and home. Always resourceful and creative, in 1972 Jean supervised the design and construction of her home when Captain Joe was deployed overseas with the Third Dental Company, Third Marine Division. Through the years until her death she has steadily improved the adjacent gardens and landscape. With husband Joe in 1975 she helped train and certify the first Branford police scuba search and recovery team. Most important to Jean, first and foremost throughout her life, was her children, grandchildren and making a happy and comfortable place where they could live and grow or visit. She will be missed greatly by us. Her funeral will leave the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 504 Main St., Branford Tuesday morning at 9:30, for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary Church at 10:00. Burial will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 5 – 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, PO Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492.