Corinne Elizabeth (Straka) "Connie" Warder, 91, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in the company of her daughter, Bernadette. She was born in New York City to Frank and Maria Straka, who emigrated from Budapest, Hungary, via Ellis Island.
She was the youngest of six children, all of whom predeceased her. She graduated from Plattsburg State Teachers' College in 1943 and received her master's degree from the University of Maryland in 1967.
On June 11, 1942, she married Bernard "Bunny" Alexander Warder, who predeceases her.
Corinne Elizabeth (Straka) 'Connie' Warder
She taught home economics for 34 years, primarily in southern Maryland, at Lackey and Oxon Hill high schools. She was active in the Women's Democratic Club, Toastmistresses International, Business and Professional Women's Foundation, the VFW Auxiliary and the DAV Auxiliary.
Following the death of her husband, she became active in Widowed Persons' Service. When she moved to Lehigh Acres in 1980, she became Florida's first state coordinator for Widowed Persons Service. She was also active in the Retired Teachers' Association, NARFE and several other local organizations.
She enjoyed gardening, cooking, flower arranging, theater and reading. In recent years, her physical limitations necessitated that she give up much of her volunteer work. However, she remained acutely aware of and interested in current events, particularly politics and local happenings. She was fortunate to live in her own home, even in advancing years.
In large part this was made possible by the steady gift of time and friendship from two dear friends, Mary Akers and Ann Dunn, both of Lehigh.
She is survived by her daughters, Diana M. Anderson and Bernadette L. Linebarger; sons-in-law, David A. Anderson and Philip V. Linebarger; grandchildren, K. David Anderson, Jessica (Andre) H. Barnes, Luke V. Linebarger, Matthew B. Anderson and Dylan W. Linebarger; great-grandchildren, Kyle A. Anderson, Elliott C. Barnes and Shelby C. Anderson; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held Oct. 19, 2012, at Arehart-Echols Funeral Home in LaPlata, Md. Interment followed at St. Charles Cemetery in Indian Head, Md.
In lieu of flowers, and in memory of her beloved pet, Babe Ruth, contributions can be made to the Florida Dachshund Rescue, Maria Lachney, Treasurer, 4115 Ione Court, Auburndale, FL 33823.