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Molly Anita Doersch



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Molly Anita Doersch, 72, of Sandy Hook, passed away in Danbury Hospital on January 13, 2022, with her family members at her side. Molly was the wife of Ken Doersch. She was born on July 22, 1949, a daughter of Gordon Russell Shuck and Olive Mae Anderson Shuck. Molly previously lived in California, Ohio, New York, Washington, and Montana. She was a graduate of Winthrop, Washington High School, class of 1968. She then moved to Butte, Montana and later to Suffern, N.Y. In Suffern, she worked at Geigy Pharmaceuticals where she met her future husband, Ken Doersch. Ken and Molly were married on April 10, 1971, in Suffern. They made their home in Nyack, N.Y., later moving to Highland Mills, N.Y., and in 1985 they settled in Sandy Hook.

Molly raised three wonderful children, Lisa Renee Shortlidge (Joel) of Derry, New Hampshire; Craig Russell Doersch (Anne) of Sandy Hook; and Julianne Werner (Tommy) of Tallahassee, Florida. She was blessed with seven grandchildren, Sofia, Olivia, William Henry, David, Emaline, Luke, and Taryn. After moving to Sandy Hook, Molly worked at Taunton Press and later on at the Inn at Newtown. She enjoyed gardening, swimming, quilting, sewing, and knitting ,especially for her children and grandchildren.

She is also survived by her brother, Gordon Shuck (Vickie) of Glendive, Montana, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in October 2021 by her younger brother, John Andrew Shuck (Beverly).

Friends may call at the Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown on Monday, January 24, from 4 to 7 pm. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, January 25, at 10 am at the Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Road, Sandy Hook.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the International Rett Syndrome Association (for her granddaughter Taryn), rettsyndrome.org, or Jett Foundation for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (for her grandson David), jettfoundation.org.

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  1. hodgey@2022--- says:

    To Ken and Family of Molly,
    There are no words…..I can still hear Molly’s laugh before her and Ken got married. We’d be sitting out in the back room of Ken’s parents house as I was best friends with Ken’s sister Cheryl, we’d be talking and laughing. Molly had a contagious laugh. We all loved Molly from the beginning!! My family and I will miss her! Molly you’re with your parents and brother and just know we can all use another Angel in our Life!
    Love, Carol (Lewis) Hodges and Family

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