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Betty Tolli, 95, Former Stamford Teacher

Funeral services were held Tuesday for longtime Stamford resident Betty Tolli. A dedicated educator, Tolli died Jan. 29 at Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Regional Medical Center. She was 95 years old.

Tolli was born Jan. 15, 1916, in Bridgeport. She graduated from New Britain Teacher’s College in 1938. She taught elementary school for three decades. Most of that time – 26 years – was spent in the Stamford school district. Her professional memberships included the Connecticut Education Association, National Education Association and Stamford Education Association.

Tolli also was an active part of the Stamford community as a supporter of and volunteer for local initiatives. She was a member of the Stamford Historical Society and volunteered her time at the organization’s Library Research Center. She also was a valued presence at the annual Senior Health Fair in Stamford, and volunteered for the Leukemia Society. She served as president of the AARP Stamford Branch. Tolli also was involved in her church, the Springdale Methodist Church. Her husband, Charles Tolli, also was an educator, having taught in Stamford schools for more than 35 years. They were married for 50 years before his death.

Surviving are two daughters, Betty St. John of Pinehurst, N.C., and Joan Signore of Boiling Springs, Pa.; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many other friends and relatives.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to either the Stamford Historical Society, High Ridge Road, Stamford, CT 06903 or Ferguson Library’s Weed Memorial Branch, 1 Public Library Plaza, Stamford, CT 06904.

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