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Mary Elisabeth Ehrler

Born: Sun., Oct. 24, 1943
Died: Fri., Jun. 19, 2020


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Jun. 22, 2020
Location: Celentano Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Tue., Jun. 23, 2020
Location: Celentano Funeral Home

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Mary Elisabeth (Coutts) (Mallinson) Ehrler passed away gracefully surrounded by love on Friday June 19, 2020. Mary was born in New Haven, CT on October 24th, 1943 to the late John E. and Edith P. Coutts. She was married to the love of her life, the late George W. Ehrler, Deputy Chief, New Haven Fire Department.
She was educated in the New Haven school system and then earned an associate degree in Police Science & Administration and then a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from University of New Haven. She was employed by the New Haven Police Department as one of the first Traffic Safety Assistants in 1968. She became the first female Police Officer hired for patrol on July 1, 1974 in the town of Woodbridge.  She retired after 25 years of service on September 4, 1999.  Upon retirement she went to work for the Amity Regional School District #5 as a Security Officer, or as she liked to say, she was Mom to 1600 students.
She was a member of many organizations during her life, New Haven Police Assoc. of CT, Ct Assoc. of Woman Police, Bethany Wanderers, Bethany CERT, Bethany Cemetery Committee, St Andrew’s Society of CT, MADD, and Woodbridge District Animal Control.  Hers was a life of service.
She was the loving mother of Donna (Donald) Shea, Keith (Sheila) Mallinson of Bethany, Brian (Kelly) Mallinson of Rutland, VT. Beloved Gramma to Lisa (Bugsy) Lockwood, Donald Shea, Robert (Annice) Mallinson, Jonathan (Holly Matthews) Shea, Ryan (Alissa Grey) Shea, Jacqui and Dominique (Thomas Grimshaw) Luca. Cherished Great Gramma to seven whom she loved with all her heart. She is also survived by her sister, Ellen Coutts Waff (William) of NC and several nieces and nephews.
Her family would like to extend a note of thanks to her doctor, Uyen To, whose care for their Mom was second to none.
Donations in her memory can be made to:
-The St. Andrew’s Society of CT - PO Box 1195, Litchfield, CT 06759-1195
-Bethany Volunteer FD, Ambulance Corps. - 765 Amity Rd, Bethany, CT 06524

Friends and family are invited to pay their respects at the Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St., New Haven on Monday June 22nd from 4-7 PM. A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday at 10 AM, also at the Celentano Funeral Home, followed by an interment at Eastside Cemetery in Woodbridge. Masks and Social Distancing are required.

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Dorothy McCrum
   Posted Sat June 20, 2020
I miss you Sister Mary. My heart is heavy, knowing that our plans are not to be. Rest in Peace. Hope you are enjoying George's company. I love you.

Jamie and family
   Posted Sat June 20, 2020
We are so sorry for the loss of your mom Brian. Thinking of you, Kelly and your families. We love you, hugs. 💜 Jamie, Trevor, Alyssa and Madison

Ginnie Schoen
   Posted Sat June 20, 2020

Medium Dish Garden was sent by .

With deepest sympathy and much love, Ginnie, Ed & Brianna Schoen

Alexander Luciani
   Posted Sat June 20, 2020

Blooming Blues was sent by Allie .

She will be greatly missed. All our love and prayers, Allie, Connie & boys

Allen Mushin
   Posted Sun June 21, 2020
R.I.P. ...a friend from Orange CERT. Our paths crossed many times, Mary was a wonderful person.

Tom DeMatteo
   Posted Mon June 22, 2020
My deepest sympathies & condolences to Mary's family & relatives.

I had the honor of knowing her through work at the Police Department, where she served as my Field Training Officer. She sincerely cared for, and was very knowledgeable of, the Town and its residents. Mary was gracious enough to share this with me. It helped me appreciate the town and it ultimately made my job easier.

She will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Mary-Ellen Faroni
   Posted Mon June 22, 2020
My sincere condolences to Mary’s family. I enjoyed working with her at Amity High School. She taught me a lot about genealogy and was always fixing my knitting mistakes. Mary was a wonderful person and she made the world a better place. Rest In Peace.

Christopher Hickerson
   Posted Thu June 25, 2020
Rest in Peace Mary you were always a kind and caring soul to many.

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