Garland Conn

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Daily Press
March 27, 2005


Garland January Conn died Thursday night, March 24, 2005, peacefully in her sleep at home, four days after her 97th birthday.

A native of Suffolk, Va., she spent most of her life in Newport News. After graduating from Westhampton College in Richmond, she married Julius Conn and began a 24 year career at Newport News High School teaching History, General Science and finally becoming a Guidance Counselor. Garland was the first married woman to be hired by the Newport News school system, and she and “Julie” were the first husband and wife to work in the same school. She was President of the Newport News High School Education Association, a member of the National, State, and Local Education Associations, President of the Council of Jewish Women, and a member of Hadassah, ORT, Rodef Sholom Temple and the Temple Sisterhood.

Garland will be remembered for her many accomplishments and her commitment to education and hard work. She will be missed for her wit, her wisdom, her compassion, and her deep love and devotion to her family and many close friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Harry and Annie January, her brothers, Helvin, Herbert, and Carlton January, her sister, Maris January, her husband of 54 years, Julius Conn, and her son, Julius Conn, Jr., M.D., of Chicago, Ill.

She is survived by her son, Harry S. Conn, D.D.S., and his wife, Ruby, of Williamsburg, Va.; her daughter-in-law, Anne Conn of Chicago, Ill.; her grandchildren, Susan Italo and her husband, Ed, of Ojai, Calif., Patricia Morgan and her husband, Todd, of London, England, Martin Conn and his wife, Heather, of Richmond, Va., Eric Conn of Washington, D.C.; her great-grandchildren, Andrew and Marcus Italo, Jake, Brett and Wesley Morgan, and Celia and Julius Conn; her sisters-in-law, Dobbye Conn and Jean January; and many nieces, nephews, and dear, dear friends.

A special thanks goes to Mrs. Conn’s caregivers, Kathleen Speight, Elizabeth Jefferson, Syntheria Stanley, Linda Hicks, and Edna Edwards who made it possible for her to live at home with comfort and dignity.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at Rodef Sholom Temple by Rabbi Gilah Dror. Burial will follow at Rosenbaum Memorial Park.

Arrangements are being made by Peninsula Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rodef Sholom Temple, 318 Whealton Road, Hampton, VA 23666 or a favorite charity.

After the funeral, family and friends will gather at the home of Harry and Ruby Conn, 137 Randolph’s Green, Williamsburg. Services will be held there Sunday at 6 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m.

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