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Audrey F Borenstein

October 7, 1930 ~ November 19, 2021 (age 91)


Audrey F. Borenstein, 91, of Heritage Village in Southbury CT, passed away peacefully on Friday November 19, with her loving children Jeffrey and Shari by her side.

Audrey is survived by her loving husband Walter of Heritage Village in Southbury.  She was born on October 7, 1930, to Robert C. and Rose Farrell, in Chicago IL.  She received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Social Sciences at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign, and a doctorate in Sociology from Louisiana State University in 1958.

Audrey was a professor of Anthropology and Sociology at LSU, Cornell College in Mount Vernon IA, and the State University of New York at New Paltz, and retired from teaching in 1986.  Audrey continued her lifelong commitment to and passion for literature through scholarly and creative writing, and has published several books of non-fiction and numerous collections of stories, essays and poetry.  She co-founded the Life Writing Connection and is a member of Poets and Writers.

Audrey married her beloved husband Walter in 1953, and they raised a family while living in Baton Rouge LA, Mount Vernon IA, and then New Paltz NY, before settling in Southbury.  In addition to her husband Walter, she is survived by her son Jeffrey and his wife Mary of West Roxbury, MA, her daughter Shari Giacoma and her husband Carl of Bethel CT, and four grandchildren, Janie and her husband Marc Hagopian, Alexander Giacoma, Benjamin Borenstein and Ariel Giacoma.  She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Kevin and Sarah Hagopian.  She is also survived by her brother James L. Farrell of Severna Park MD, her sister Corinne Haschke of Lakewood CO, and her sister Dolores Gatchel of Peru IL.  She was predeceased by her brother Robert J. Farrell.

In addition to her passion for writing and teaching, Audrey was incredibly devoted to her family, and cherished her role as a mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She enjoyed literature, arts and music, and cultivated many lifelong friendships with whom she shared decades of correspondence.  She relished hosting and preparing meals for guests, with many wonderful dinners and gatherings for family and friends that created lasting memories.

Audrey will be laid to rest at a private graveside burial in New Paltz, New York.

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Burial - Private

New Paltz Rural Cemetery
81 Plains Rd
New Paltz, NY 12561

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