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Nancy Ellen Starr

April 21, 1951 — December 14, 2022


Nancy Ellen Starr


Nancy Ellen Starr, age 71, of Cheshire entered into rest on Wednesday. December 14, 2022 at Autumn Lake Healthcare in Cromwell.  She was the devoted wife of William P. “Bill” Starr for over 50 years.  Nancy was born on April 21, 1951 in Kew Gardens, Queens, NY, daughter of the late Edward D. and Margaret M. (Treloar) Tobin.

Nancy was known for her humorous nature and bright bubbly personality, her infectious laughter and joking around was a common occurrence that brought a smile to everyone in her presence. She worked as a teacher’s aide for the Cheshire Public Schools for over 30 years, and was a tap and ballet instructor, orchestrating several recitals at the Brooklyn Dance School. Although extremely comical, she had a strong faith in God and was a kind, empathetic and genuine soul.  Nancy sought out moments of joy, known for impromptu dinners with family, and her love of music and dancing and old movies.  Nancy and Bill enjoyed spending time at their cabin up in Vermont, canoeing and bird watching, especially cardinals.

She is the beloved mother of Margaret Reilly and her husband, Thomas of Waterbury; and is survived by her dear friend, Rose Reilly of Hamden; her sisters-in-law, Suzanne Musco of Norwich and Virginia St. Hilaire of Dunellen, NJ; her brother-in-law, Richard M. Starr and his wife, Joan of Chevy Chase, MD; and her cherished niece and nephew. 

Services for Nancy will be private and at the convenience of her family.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter, 200 Executive Boulevard, Southington, CT 06489-1058.  The Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire has been entrusted with her care. To leave condolences for her family or to share a story of Nancy, please visit

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