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Grace Veenus, 85, Formerly Of Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. – Grace B. Veenis of Guilford, Conn., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 2. She was 85.

Veenis was a former longtime employee at the Staples High School library.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., she founded a school library in Pittsburgh and earned a bachelor's degree in business and a master's degree in language arts. She was a lifelong gardener and church parishioner. She loved meeting friends for games of serious bridge and light-hearted banter, her family said.

Veenis is survived by two daughters, Linda Veenis and Kathleen (Hank) Kudlinski, of Guilford and two grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Alva (Fred) Beal, of Satellite Beach, Fla. and Guilford and a sister-in-law, Clara Bowen, of Pittsburgh. She was predeceased by a brother, James Bowen.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Congregational Church in Guilford. Guilford Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Salvation Army, Southern New England Division, 855 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.

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