Obituary: Bessie Layton Sinish, 94

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Bessie Layton Sinish, 94, died peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 at Duncaster Lifecare Retirement Community, Bloomfield, CT where she had been a resident since 2007.

A life-long learner with an optimistic zest for living, Bessie was devoted to her family, friends and nature’s beauty. Ever the teacher, she helped many appreciate the wonders of nature through her words and pictures. 

Bessie was born May 28, 1918 to Dr. and Mrs. Roy W. Layton, was a graduate of Melrose MA high school and a graduate of Wheelock College, Boston, MA. In 1968, she was certified to teach dyslexic children by Massachusetts General Hospital.

Bessie was married for 62 years to the late Dr. Kenneth Sinish, with whom she found a true kindred spirit. They raised their three sons while living in Melrose, Lynnfield and Longmeadow, MA.

Bessie was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood for 62 years and served as State President of the Massachusetts Chapter in 1972-73.

When her husband retired from his OB-GYN practice in 1978, they moved to Hendersonville, NC where they found delight in botany, hiking and nature photography.

An avid hiker, Bessie climbed 40 of the mountains over 6,000 ft. in the southern Appalachian range.

She is survived by her three sons: Jonathan and his wife Fran of Stratford, CT; David and his wife Carrie of Collinsville, CT; Peter of Myrtle Beach, NC; five grandchildren: Andrew, Colin, Jennifer, Dustin, Rebecca and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in the Meeting Room at Duncaster, in Bloomfield, CT on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. with a reception to follow. There will be no calling hours. The Carmon Community Funeral Homes are in charge of arrangements at www.carmonfuneralhome.com with remembrance photographs posted on the day of the service.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund, c/o Peggy Lorence, Chapter D President, 2 Chambord Park, Bloomfield, CT 06002.


Ernie Hutchins December 12, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Jonathan, my condolences for your loss. Your mother helped your father "set my broken arm" at the old home office on Summer Street in Lynnfield when I was 9 years old. Ernie Hutchins
Jon Sinish December 13, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Thank you Ernie. We certainly have lots of fond memories of growing up in Lynnfield Center! Jon Sinish
Diane Sexton February 03, 2013 at 09:57 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. Diane Duncan Sexton.


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