Elinor Delay

Elinor Andora Delay

Wednesday, June 17th, 1925 - Friday, December 6th, 2019
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Elinor Delay

Elinor A. Delay, 94, passed away on Friday, December 6, 2019. She was born on June 17, 1925 in Torrington, CT, the daughter of the late Olaf and Kirsten (Flaa) Hestad. She was the wife of the late Henry J. Delay, Jr., who passed away in 2017. They were married for 66 years. After retiring, they spent their winters in Melbourne, FL.

Elinor was a secretary at Lewis S. Mills High School for 30 years. She was a past member of the Harwinton Woman’s Club and the Harwinton Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Harwinton Congregational Church and was a nurse’s aid at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital during WWII. She loved counted cross stitching, knitting, reading and was well known for her delicious homemade apple pies. She never turned down an invitation to go out to lunch or shopping.

Elinor is survived by a brother, Einar Hestad of Kennesaw, GA; a son, Henry (Jay) J. Delay lll; a daughter, Cynthia Fredsall and her husband John, all of Harwinton; five grandchildren, Henry (Jason) J. Delay, lV and his wife Tracie; Patrick Delay and his wife Kerry, all of Mount Pleasant, SC; Andrea Cawthorne and her husband Richard of Winchester, MA; Kirsten Piechota and her husband Matthew of Burlington; and Angela Bronn and her husband Eric of Harwinton; and eleven great grandchildren: Ella, Brady, Ethan, Eli, Adam, Emmerson, Reese, Rowan, Molly, Logan, and Jackson. She was predeceased by her brother Arthur Hestad and sisters Solveig Gerrard and Ethel Handlewich.

There will be a celebration of Elinor’s life at the Fairview Farm Golf Course in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Harwinton Volunteer Fire Department, 158 Burlington Rd., Harwinton, CT.
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  • Celebration of Life

    Fairview Farm Golf Course
    300 Hill Road
    Harwinton, CT 06791
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    At a date and time to be announced in the Spring of 2020.


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roberta covelli

Posted at 09:46am
Sorry for your loss, Mrs Delay was a great lady. Fondly, Roberta Silano Covelli.

Michele Cyr

Posted at 06:05pm
My thoughts and prayers are with you. It was a pleasure to take care of your mom . Always had a smile on her face . She will be missed . Michele from Visting nurse northwest

Pam Poitras

Posted at 10:33am
Cindy, Jay and families. Our condolences with the passing of your mom. Such a lovely lady, and she lived a long wonderful life. May she enjoy her new life in Heaven with her husband Henry.
Pam & Ray Poitras

Dave Lascko

Posted at 07:34am
My condolences to you all. Mrs Delay was one of a kind ,they broke the mold after she was created.We all have such fond memories as we talked about her at our LSM class of 70 reunion at Fairview in 2010.She knew us all by name and we never forgot her. Till we meet again God Bless you Elinor.

Joan Kirchner

Posted at 07:09am
Cindy, Jay, and families. I am sorry to learn of your mom's passing. I remember her 'greeting' those coming to the BBQ and pancake breakfast. She lived a good life and is with Henry now. May she rest in peace.

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