MERIDEN - Sarah A. Zemke, 87, of 109 Catherine Drive, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006 at Hartford Hospital. She was the wife of the late Joseph J. Zemke. Born in Meriden on Jan. 10, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Lentine Savage Arnold. She attended Paier College of Art and had worked in the Meriden school system. She was a very active member of Center Congregational Church and enjoyed painting and arts and crafts. She is survived by a daughter, Kathleen Ann Ryan of New Sharon, ME; two sons and their wives, Joel and Donna R. Zemke and Peter J. and Bonnie Zemke, all of Meriden; eight grandchildren, Laura Bogert of Pompano Beach, FL, Natalie Zemke of Guilford, Jennifer Zemke of Meriden, Rebecca Miller of Spokane, WA, George Moore of Waterford, CT, William Ryan of Waterville, ME, Rachel Ryan of Waterford, CT and Sarah Ryan of New Sharon, ME; and a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Bogert of Pompano Beach, FL. She was predeceased by a brother, Frederick "Bud" Arnold. The funeral will be held Monday, Jan. 23, at 10 am at the Hubbard Chapel in Walnut Grove Cemetery. The Rev. George H. True will officiate. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Beecher and Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden.

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  1. Sally was a beloved person on Clam Island, from the time we first met her 26 years ago. She was our strongest direct link to the island’s past. We enjoyed her sharing of photographs, stories and history; her artistic talent; and most of all, how she truly loved what is our mutual favorite place in the world. Our thoughts are with the family she leaves, which, like us, will not forget her. Interestingly, she and our Peter had a lively exchange of letters in the last two weeks, and her words to him were cheerful and lucid. Fondly, and thinking of Sally and Joe, Kay Hill and Mitch Morse

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