Lena Louise Sandora
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Lena Louise Sandora
  • January 16, 1917 - November 17, 2017
  • Old Lyme, Connecticut

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It is with great sadness that the family of Lena Louise Sandora of Old Lyme announces her passing on November 17, 2017 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, CT at the age of 100.

Lena was born January 16, 1917, in Union City, New Jersey, the daughter of the late John and Louisa Malchiodi of Montville, CT. She was raised in Montville and graduated from The Williams Memorial Institute (WMI) in 1935. She married the late Manuel Sandora of Groton, CT on September 3, 1945 in San Francisco, CA where they remained for the first 8 years of their marriage. In 1953 Lena and Manuel returned to their Connecticut shoreline roots, settling in Old Lyme for the rest of their lives.

Lena was employed as a bookkeeper at Machnik Brothers Inc. in Old Lyme for 25 years, retiring in 1983. Upon her retirement, with her love of children, Lena decided to babysit for a few local families which she continued to do well into her 80's. She was a nature lover, enjoyed travelling, cooking, daily walks, knitting, puzzles, and most of all spending time with family and friends. Lena's quiet grace and unfailing kindness were remarkable and left an indelible imprint upon those of us who had the opportunity to know her well.

Lena is survived by her beloved daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Daniel Reed of Old Lyme, with whom she made her home, a sister, Ann Malchiodi of Old Saybrook, and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her husband of 38 years, Manuel Sandora, five sisters, Mary Lombardi, Rose Randy, Julia Martin, Marguerite Roy and three brothers, Louis, Alfred and Tony.

Calling hours will be from 5 - 7 PM on Wednesday, November 29 at the Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Lane, in Old Lyme. Immediately following calling hours, at 7 PM, you are invited to a one hour memorial service to celebrate Lena's life. Interment will be on Thursday morning, November 30, at 10 AM at the Duck River Cemetery in Old Lyme.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to either the Old Lyme Ambulance Service or to the Center for Hospice Care Southeast Connecticut. Special thanks to Lena's loving friend and long time caretaker, Lynn, for her devotion and constant care that has made such a difference in the quality of Lena's life over the past three years. Also thanks to the dedicated care, professionalism, and hard work of the Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley.