1984 Honoree


Nina Kelley is this year’s recipient of the Memorial Award.

A resident of Harwinton since 1940, Mrs. Kelley, 92, has been involved intensively in community affairs. She currently makes her home on Whetstone Road with her son Arthur J. Kelley Jr.

Having served as its chairman for 12 years, Mrs. Kelley introduced and organized the Harwinton Visiting Nurse Association. She is now a life member of the organization.

Mr’s Kelley also helped organize the Harwinton Volunteer Ambulance Association. She served as fund-raising chairman for the first two years.

An elementary school teacher for many years, Mrs. Kelley was born in Boston and attended New Haven Normal School. She taught in many communities including Torrington, Waterbury, Thomaston, Seymour and Falls Village.

A school board member for 12 years, Mrs. Kelley served as chairman for two of those years.

Mrs. Kelley conducted the town’s first kindergarten in her home for about 15 years until a kindergarten was made part of the school system. “Many of the people in town are my children.” Mrs. Kelley said.

She was an officer on the town, state and federal level of the Americal Legion Auxiliary, working through the American Legion Auxiliary in Thomaston. She served as unit president, district president and member of the National Executive Committee.

During World War II, Mrs. Kelley the chief observer for aircraft in the community, organizing groups throughout the area.

She helped publish a newspaper sent to servicemen from the area every six weeks and collected items for Christmas boxes for servicemen.

The widow of Arthur J. Kelley, Mrs. Kelley has two children, he son with whom she makes her home and Mrs. Howard (Lorraine) Fenn of Darien. She has four grandchildren – Penny Kirchofer of Harwinton, Howard J. Fenn Jr. of Norwalk, Betsey Nina Fenn of Darien and Kelley Carter of Boston. Kevin and Gregory Kirchofer and Jeffrey Koehler are her great-grandchildren.

For Photos

Harwinton Historical Society Scrapbook
Register-Citizen Newspaper