Arthur Soderlind, 88, of the Masonic Healthcare Center, Hartford, Conn., passed away peacefully in his 88th year on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at the MidState Medical Center in Meriden, Conn.
He was born August 15, 1920 in Brooklyn, a son of the late Arthur Julius and Beda Soderlind of Margaretville.
He received his B.A. and M.A. from the New York State College for Teachers in Albany and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.
He was a longtime resident of Simsbury, Conn. and later of Farmington, Conn.
Arthur was the Social Studies Consultant for the Connecticut Department of Education for 25 years retiring in 1986.
He spent time in India on a Fulbright Grant. He was a veteran of World War II and was a Sgt-T5 for the United States Army 800th Engineers Forestry Company serving in Italy and North Africa. He was a member of the Margaretville Masonic Lodge #389. He was a past member of the Board of the New England Synod of the Lutheran Church of America. He had also been a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hartford, Conn. for 48 years.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy (Neumann) of Wallingford, Conn. and by three daughters, Sheryl (Tony) Nikolassy of Norwood, Mass., Linda (Paul) Turner of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and Deborah (Rod) Shaffer of Fairport. Also surviving is a sister, Eugenia (Nelson) Gray of New Kingston and by his stepmother, Marjorie Soderlind of Roxbury. He has four loving grandchildren, Matthew, Diane, David and Bethany.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of the Masonic ACU and Ramage 5 for their excellent care and support.
A Memorial Service after cremation will be held on Thursday, April 2 at 1 p.m. in the Masonic Healthcare Center Chapel, 22 Masonic Avenue, Wallingford, Conn.
Memorial gifts in Arthur’s memory may be made to the Masonic Healthcare Center or Emanuel Lutheran Church, 311 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, Conn. 06106.
The B.C. Bailey Funeral Home of Wallingford, Conn. has been entrusted with arrangements.
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