MERIDEN - Selina ''Salley'' Kuhn Renn, 83, formerly of Empire Ave., died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at Coccomo Memorial Health Care Center. She was the wife of Reinhardt Renn and the late Ernest B. Kuhn. She was born in Hartford, Nov. 21, 1917, a daughter of the late Thomas and Elizabeth Williams Chapman. Salley enjoyed a lifelong service to others in a variety of capacities, from having a daycare center in her home, which always included one or more developmentally challenged children, to being the initial motivating force in awakening her late husband Ernest's interest and participation in their ultimately long and dedicated service to the mentally and physically challenged community through Kuhn Employment Opportunities, Inc.,she had also served on the board of directors. Salley was a longtime member of the Meriden Grange and was a member of the Center Congregational Church for many years, where she served in various capacities and sang in the choir. She was also a longtime member of the Meriden Turner Society where she sang in the ladies' choir, participating in many of their group prize-singing competitions. Salley also worked for the Home Health Care Services in Meriden, performing in-home care services for clients who were unable to provide for themselves. Her last few years were spent as a resident of Coccomo Memorial Health Care Center, where she received the most compassionate and utmost professional care available. Her care of, and lifetime selfless service to others will always be remembered and the loss is shared by her family, friends and the community at large. Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Ernest Kuhn and his wife, Lupe and granddaughter, Helene Danielle (Dani) Kuhn, all of Washington state; son-in-law, Robert and family of Texas; daughters-in-law, Ellenore and family of New York, Olivette and family of Milford, CT and Elaine and husband, Jim and daughters of New Britain, CT, who so lovingly accepted Salley as ''Grandma''; one brother, Edwin Chapman and his wife, Norma of Leesburg, FL; seven sisters, Phyllis Carew of Cromwell, CT, Joyce Gesualdi and her husband, Frank of Wethersfield, CT, Virginia Pearson of Tavares, FL, Jeannine Pitkin of Daytona Beach, FL, Patricia Peete and her husband, Edward of Summerfield, FL, Beverly Dillon and her husband, Edward of Wethersfield, CT; and Hope Varricchio and husband, Anthony of Cromwell, CT. She also leaves three sisters-in-law, Isabelle (Rusty) Chapman of Leesburg, FL, Margret Chapman of Colchester, CT and Alice Chapman of No. Carolina; one brother-in-law, Donald Basso and a host of nieces and nephews. She also leaves the Baro family, who had a special place in her heart: Pat and husband Steve, Agnes, Nancy and husband Jim, Helene and husband Don, Roberta and Robert She was pre- deceased by four brothers, Thomas Chapman, James Chapman, Donald Chapman and Bernard Chapman and a sister, Blossom Basso. Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at 2 p.m. at the Beecher and Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. The Rev. George H. True will officiate. Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the service. The family request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Salley's memory to the Kuhn Employment Opportunities, Inc., 165 Pratt St., Meriden, CT 06450.

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  1. Sincere condolances to my Aunt Salley\’s family. She was an incredibly fine woman who always put others first.I recall many fond memories of the times my family and I spent in her company. Else Brosen Metcalfe and family.

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