Doris Ann Brunschwig Peake
Doris Ann Brunschwig Peake resident of Essex, CT died January 20, 2022 at the age of 87. She is survived by her 3 children, Pierre Joseph Brunschwig (wife Polly), Joseph Friend Brunschwig (wife Suzanne), and Anna Keturah (Turie) Norman. Her oldest son Jean Edgar Brunschwig (widow Jodi) is deceased. She has 5 grandchildren.
Doris was born in 1934 in Atwood, Illinois. She was raised on her parents farm, Ruth and Ralph Cordts, until she left for Southern Illinois College. She did her junior year at Pembroke woman’s college of Brown University, Providence, RI where she met her first husband and father of her 4 children, Frederick Samuel Brunschwig.
She and Fred first lived in Champaign, IL and then moved to Vashon Island, WA where she raised her family with Fred for 8 years and then moved to Old Saybrook, CT. After her first husband’s death she moved to Essex,CT where she met her second husband, Cameron H. Peake.
Doris was known for her laughter and generous spirit, good friends and strong family ties. She worked as a substitute teacher in the Old Saybrook school system for many years and a store clerk at the “Silk Worm” in Essex where she dressed women and made them look beautiful.
Her memorial will be held on Saturday August 13, 2022 in Old Saybrook at the First Church of Christ in Old Saybrook (Congregational) at 11 am. On 366 Main Street, Old Saybrook 06475. It will be catered afterwards.
Charitable donations can be sent in her name to NRDC.
Essex Connecticut will truly miss Doris Peake. She would frequently walk downtown with her dog and greet everyone with a smile and very often a funny story to share. She told many stories of the farm she grew up on in Atwood Illinois. She loved to garden , had great dinner parties, and we often we go out to dinner at the local restaurants. She was my best friend and I will miss her very much. Elizabeth Herbst