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Marie F. Lenox

April 24, 1933 ~ December 9, 2021 (age 88)

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Marie Felicia Lenox of Torrington, CT, died at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport on December 9, 2021 with her son Peter at her side. She was 88 years old. Mrs. Lenox was born in New York City, NY and had spent the last 22 years as a resident of Torrington, CT.

 

The daughter of a medical doctor, she had been a registered nurse for decades, having graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Grace Hospital School of Nursing of Detroit, Michigan in 1955. She practiced nursing at various Detroit area hospitals before relocating to New Jersey to assist in the firm of brother doctors Eugene and Victor Parsonnet. While there, she married her husband, Mr. Francis William Lenox of Colonia, New Jersey, on May 4, 1963 at Sacred Heart Church in Bloomfield, New Jersey. They had four children, all of whom are surviving: Timothy Lenox -57, of Torrington, CT, Richard Lenox- 56, of Trumbull, CT, Susan Lenox- 51, of Landgrove, VT, and Peter Lenox- 46, of Torrington, CT.

 

Before her life as a registered nurse, she was an accomplished musician, having studied music performance professionally, beginning with piano studies at the Detroit Conservatory of Music. She continued with studies in organ performance with Dr. E. Richard Wissmueller, a pupil of the legendary Parisian organist Marcel Dupré, Organiste Titulaire of the world-renowned Grand Orgues of l’Église Saint-Sulpice in Paris. While Dr. Wissmueller’s pupil, she became friends with the French-born American composer René-Louis Becker, who had coached her on the proper performance of his own organ works.

 

Her life as a concert organist took second place to her family once she married; however, her love for music never wavered, as she offered her great talent to her husband and children at home both in an exposure to the fine art of classical music and to performance on her Mason & Hamlin Parlor Grand piano. 

 

In her later years, she was able to once again offer her musical talents in various ways. She was Music Teacher at Saint Michael the Archangel School in Bridgeport until its closure. She had also been substitute organist at the family parish of Saint Michael the Archangel Church in Bridgeport. Having revived her life of organ performance as a member of the Greater Bridgeport Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, she had worked as Organist and Music Director in several area churches: Christ Episcopal Church in East Norwalk, Christ Episcopal Church in Easton, St. Jude Roman Catholic Church in Derby, Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Fairfield, St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Torrington, and The Cathedral Parish in Bridgeport – where she had played for cathedral liturgies and pontifical masses at Saint Augustine’s Cathedral Church. She also was an active substitute organist in the area, where she assisted churches when organists were not available – such as for the dedication of the new St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Bethel.

 

Funeral arrangements in care of the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Rd. Trumbull, CT. Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral services which will be held on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. A Solemn High Requiem Mass will be offered by her son, the Very Rev. Peter Lenox at 9:30am at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 310 Pulaski St. Bridgeport, CT, followed by burial at St. Gertrude Cemetery, 53 Inman Avenue, Colonia, NJ. 

 

Condolences and memorial contributions may be sent to her home at 55 Yale Avenue, Torrington, CT 06790.

 
For more information or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.mullinsfh.com 

 

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