Constance Bigelow (Whitney) "Connie" Lehto

  • Born: May 2, 1929
  • Died: April 24, 2018
  • Location: Maynard, Massachusetts

Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home

42 Concord Street
Maynard, MA 01754

Tel. (978) 897-7343

Tribute & Message From The Family


Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother,Great Grandmother and Sister

Constance "Connie" Bigelow (Whitney) Lehto, age 88 of Maynard, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 with her family by her side. She was the loving wife of Milton "Milla" Lehto for over 67 years.

Born in Concord, Massachusetts on May 2, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Edith May (Carr) and Alton Phelps Whitney. She was a graduate of Maynard High School, class of 1947, and went on to study at the University of Massachusetts and receive her Master's degree in Education. She taught elementary school in Stow for more than 25 years, retiring in 1989.

Connie was a lifelong resident of Maynard, but spent the past 60 summers on Nantucket, which she considered heaven on earth. She was well-known on the island for her successful golf ball resale business and, up until a few years ago, she could be seen riding her moped to pick blueberries, hunting for errant golf balls and dredging for scallops in her waders. She was an avid golfer, but in earlier years also enjoyed tennis, camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, and basketball. She excelled at dominoes and showed no mercy. Her love of travel led her to Egypt, Alaska, and England, which she enjoyed with gusto.

In addition to her husband, Connie is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Stephanie and William Susetka, Kristin and Robert Herrick, Suzanne and John Morgan, a son-in-law Kenneth Viafore, her sister Carole and her husband, George Hardy, nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a wonderful caregiver, Emily MacKenzie. She was predeceased by her daughter, Karin Viafore, and sister, Virginia Whitney.

Connie will be remembered for her strength of character and tenacious Yankee spirit.

Family and friends are invited to honor and remember Connie on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, 42 Concord Street, Maynard. Her funeral service will follow at 4:00 p.m. at the conclusion of the visitation. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lyme Disease Association, Inc., P.O. Box 1438, Jackson, New jersey 08527 or
Lymediseaseassociation.org


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Sorry for your loss Suzanne, hope you're well.

Posted by Kevin Higgins - Santa Barbara, CA   August 09, 2018

So sorry to hear of Connie's passing, I just saw this. Will always remember her and the rest of the May are crew for all the fun times in Groton. My condolences.

Posted by Diane Arnt - Waltham, MA   May 13, 2018

Offering my deepest condolences during this difficult time.
May the words of Jesus in John 6:40 bring hope and comfort to the family during this time of grief.
Lucy

Posted by A friend   May 03, 2018

My second grade teacher at Center School in Stow, circa 1964-1965. Undoubtedly touched 100's of children's lives in some of their most formative years.

Posted by Karl Drechsler - Wilton, ME - Student   May 02, 2018

I have spent the last several days remembering all my wonderful memories of Connie. She was truly a great lady and will be missed by all, but I know she is watching over everyone and will make sure you all stay in line. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love Karen Byron

Posted by Karen Byron - Dover, NH   April 30, 2018

I have spent the last several days remembering all my wonderful memories of Connie. She was truly a great lady!! I know she is watching over everyone and will make sure everyone stays in line. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love Karen Byron

Posted by A friend   April 30, 2018

May God Bless Connie and her wonderful family.
I truly enjoyed my time with her.
love always Emily MacKenzie

Posted by Emily MacKenzie - Maynard, MA - Friend   April 29, 2018

I was very sad to hear of Connie"s death. She was a wonderful person and will always be remembered with fondness!

Posted by Alison Erway-Brewer - Casa Grande, AZ - family   April 29, 2018

I'm sorry she is no longer here. Keep imagining the joy you'll feel when you see her again. John 6:39

Posted by Connie - FL   April 29, 2018

Mom, you have been my inspiration and role model throughout my life. I will miss you but know that you are with me every step of every day. I love you. Steph

Posted by Stephanie Susetka - Palm Coast, FL - Daughter   April 28, 2018


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