Britt was born May 18, 1917, in Vetlanda Municipality, Jönköping, Sweden, as Ester Brita Adolfson where she lived with her mother and father, Ester Emilia Adolfsson and Albin Adolfsson. Britt also lived with her grandfather Karl Johan Jonsson in Sweden for several years. She came to the United States when she was 19 years old. She lived and worked in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she met her husband, Harry Wohlers, and had her first daughter, Lenore.
Mr. Wohlers died in 1946. Britt remarried in 1949 and had two daughters, Diane and Debbie. Her second husband died in 1972. Britt worked hard as a single mom to provide for her daughters. She worked as a chef for several successful restaurants in Connecticut during her career in the restaurant business. Britt was most proud of her hard work to become a U.S. citizen in 1965.
Britt retired in 1980, enjoying her grandchildren John, Jeff, Erica and Elisha. She loved working in her flower garden and took ceramic classes with her friends at Reynolds Ridge in Bethel, Conn. She lived in Bethel for 50 years.
Known for her spunk and drive, Britt never lost a card game! Britt was a great cook and specialized in Swedish meatballs, stuffed clams, fried chicken and creamed onions, to name a few. She loved dressing up for Halloween and decorating for the holidays, as well as shopping and dining in good restaurants. She loved music such as rock and roll, gospel, and old-time bands. Britt was a member of the Lutheran Church.
Britt will be missed by her daughters, Lee Hirsch and her husband Jay Hirsch of Tucson, Ariz., Diane P. Lent of Clarkesville and Deborah J. Powell and Shad Greer of San Pedro, Calif. Grandchildren include John and his wife Dulcey Zeneski of Phoenix, Ariz., Jeffery and his wife Naloah Zeneski of Mt. Washington, Ky., Erica Lent and Elisha Lent of Cobb County; great-grandchildren include Taylor Zeneski, Zach, Eli and Luke Zeneski. She was predeceased by her brother, Sivert Adolfson (2010).
There will be a memorial gathering at a later time. Our family is so very grateful for all the love and support that we have seen and felt surrounding us through our mother’s passing. She will be missed.
Donations in the memory of Mrs. Powell may be sent to Community Food Bank, P.O. Box 26727, Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85726-6727, or contact Karen Galliazzo, 520-387-4916.
Arrangements will be made by the Hudgel’s Swan Funeral Home in Tucson, Ariz.
The Northeast Georgian
December 2, 2011