In Loving Memory of Edna M. Miller

July 09, 1923
Bridgeport, CT
January 01, 2020
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Sunday, 2-7 p.m.

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

January 05, 2020


St. Thomas Aquinas Church

Mass of Christian Burial

1719 Post Road,
CT 06824

Monday, January 6, 2020. 10:30 a.m.


St. Thomas Cemetery

Mill Plain Road,
CT 06824

January 06, 2020

Family Gathering


Mercy learning Center

637 Park Avenue,
CT 06604

St. Thomas Aquinas Church

1719 Post Road,
CT 06824

Edna M. Miller

Edna M. Miller, age 96, of Fairfield, beloved wife of the late Robert J. Miller, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family in the early hours of January 1, 2020. Born in Bridgeport, the daughter of the late Joseph and Edna (Davis) Waters, she had been a Fairfield resident for 70 years. A graduate of The Academy of Our Lady of Mercy Lauralton Hall, she received her teaching degree from Danbury State Teachers College and a Masters and Sixth Year Certificate from the University of Bridgeport. Edna taught at Long Hill School in Trumbull for two years prior to her marriage to Bob and raising her 7 children. She returned to teaching in 1968 for the City of Bridgeport as a remedial reading teacher for numerous schools, and was proud to have had a positive impact on many students over her career. Following her retirement, Edna’s love for education would continue when she became one of the first volunteer teachers at Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport, teaching into her 90’s. She was honored by Mercy Learning Center in 2007 as the recipient of the Key Philanthropic Contributors Award and the Educational Leadership Award. Edna was a devout Roman Catholic and an active 69-year member and daily communicant at St. Thomas Aquinas Church where she was currently a Trustee, a member of the Ladies Guild and an active volunteer for many church activities over the years. Edna served on the Fairfield Catholic School Board for many years. She was a devoted supporter of her alma mater, Lauralton Hall and was very proud to have educated her five daughters and delighted to see five of her granddaughters graduate. She was honored by Lauralton Hall by being in the first group of recipients of the Mother Mary Augustine Claven Award in 1980. She enjoyed volunteering as a “cuddler” for the Bridgeport Hospital Newborn ICU where she would often bake her famous cookies for the dedicated staff and parents. While an active volunteer, Edna’s greatest joy was spending time with her loving family and dancing with the love of her life, Bob. She will be dearly missed by her seven loving children, Johanne E. Hagan and her husband, Michael of Fairfield, Robert J. Miller, Jr. and his wife Elise of Bangor, ME, Patricia A. Miller, Capt., USN (ret.) of New Bern, NC, Katherine M. Chimini and her husband Robert of Stratford, Jane M. Laufer and her husband, Dan of Seymour, TN, Laura M. Casale and her husband, Timothy of Fairfield and Richard J. Miller and his wife Betsy Browne Miller of Fairfield; fourteen grandchildren, Jennifer, Rob, Matthew, Matt, Sarah, Christopher, Kara, Jaime, Michael, Sarah, Melissa, Shannon, Rose and Sean; a sister-in-law, Emma Tomas of Trumbull, 17 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, January 6, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Fairfield. Interment will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery, Fairfield. Friends may greet the family Sunday from 2-7 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Edna may be made to Mercy Learning Center, 637 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604 or St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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  1. Thinking of you all at this time. Sending deepest condolences and prayers to the entire family. Bless you all. Always, Angie and family

  2. Edna was a remarkable woman, who raised a beautiful family and led an extraordinary life of faith and service to her community. My love and condolences are with the entire Miller family.

  3. I am sending my sincerest sympathy to the Miller Family. Mrs. Miller was a wonderful, beautiful person who truly made our world a better place. I will always remember her beautiful smile. May God and good memories always bring you comfort.

  4. The kindest, sweetest, classiest woman I have ever known. She always had a smile and always made me feel special whenever I had the pleasure of being in her presence. I will miss her. My deepest sympathy to the family.

  5. I’m so so sorry for your loss, Dick. I know just by photos that you loved your mom deeply and were a wonderful son to her. She was blessed to have you and you were obviously blessed to have her as well. You will always be together in spirit. That will never change. Sending light and love to you during this difficult time.
    Nicole Commercio

  6. Dick, Trish, and to all the Millers… Prayers, love, and light to guide and give you all strength in this very difficult time. She was a wonderful person. Our deepest condolences.

  7. Our loving condolences go out to the Miller family on the loss of their beloved mother, Edna. She was a role model for all who knew her, and raised her children to be strong, compassionate, faithful, and fun-loving people. How fortunate we all were to know and enjoy her these many years.

  8. My deepest sympathies on the passing of your beautiful mother. Though she’s no longer with you physically, she’ll always be a huge part of your life.

  9. I’m very sad to hear about the passing of your mom Jane. I have always admired your strength and outlook on life. I wish that I had gotten to know you better. Thinking of you.

  10. Words can never capture the depth of my sorrow at your passing, Mom. The only solace I feel is the absolute certainty that you are with Dad and you are dancing for all eternity.

  11. Dick, Laura and the Miller family. My deepest sympathy to your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  12. What a life well lived and a beautiful legacy. May she Rest In Peace. Prayers for comfort, strength, and peace.

    Love, Rachel and Randall

  13. KATHY: My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your Mom. I have fond memories of the great times our folks had together at Saint Joe’s parent events. You are fortunate to have had her with you for so long. My the peace of the Lord be with you and your loving memories be a comfort,

  14. Johanne and family, keep those wonderful memories of your mom in your hearts and she will be with you always.

  15. What a wonderful life she lived! My sympathy to all. She gave all of you a tremendous example of love, unselfishness, and giving to follow. Bless her.

  16. To the Miller Family,
    Our Sympathy at the loss of your mother. I remember her first as part of the Mother’s Circle, where the Mothers would meet at different houses, pray, laugh and eat [I think in that order!]. She was my St Thomas classmate Kathy’s Mom. Through the years, I’ve gotten to know her and most of the Miller family and I admired her cheerfulness, faith and voluntarism so much.
    Debby DeRose and Alvin Prusoff

  17. Sending warm condolences to the entire Miller family. Your mother was a true Lauralton Lady in every sense of the term. I feel so blessed to have known her. Her light will shine forever in all of you.

  18. My condolences to the Miller Family and friends on the loss of your mother and grandmother. May you all celebrate the wonderful life she had.
    Patricia Walsh Colonnese Venice, Florida

  19. Dear Miller Family, Edna was an extraordinary person. She was such a strong, compassionate presence in our neighborhood (and beyond). She will live on in the hearts of the Kohouts and so many others who are grateful to have had her impact their lives. Know that you are in Rick’s and my prayers at this time.

    love, Barbara K. Pacelli

  20. Ron & I are extremely saddened to hear the loss of your mom, Edna. She was a wonderful person and a loving friend to all. She was full of spunk, quick-witted, and she always looked wonderfully dressed throughout the day. I will remember her always, especially the time when she is packing for a Cruise. I specifically remember Trish (Patty) sitting on a suitcase to zip it up. Definitely a site to remember. Edna had packed up to 21 outfits for a 7-day cruise. She always believed in looking the very best at all times. We will miss you Edna, may you dance with angels and sing with the birds. Thank you for your friendship, may you rest in peace!

  21. Blessings, peace and prayer to all of your family. Edna’s life sounded full of love and achievements. She will leave all of you with wonderful memories and I am sure will be watching down on each one of you. Wishing you comfort in knowing that her life was so complete and she was loved by so many…

  22. My deepest condolences to the Miller family during this time of sorrow. May God hold you in His loving arms and give you peace.

  23. My deepest sympathy to the immediate and extended Miller family on the passing of the family matriarch. I had the honor and pleasure of knowing Edna through her daughter Trish. What a beautiful grand lady who is now dancing in heaven.

  24. I am so sorry for all of your loss. This world has lost a true angel. I remember her even as a child her being the most kind and loving women that I had ever met. She was welcomed with open arms by my mom, Marilyn McQuade, her dear friend. God Bless you all.
    Mary J. Varga

  25. My deepest sympathies to the entire Miller family, Edna’s children and grandchildren. What a beautiful tribute you have written, and such a legacy to a wonderful lady, and of a life well lived! May all of her love that continues to surround you, as well as your many memories, bring you comfort at this time. Sending continued prayers.

  26. Jane, I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. I had the pleasure of seeing your mom, only a few times over the years, but you instantly saw the glow , felt the kindness, care and love. What an amazing person, and obviously she passed all those qualities to you! God Bless her soul! Sending you peace and love and hugs. Love Mary and Sean.

  27. I can say I was a happy recipient of Mrs Miller’s famous cookies as a childhood neighbor. Ludlowe Rd will not be the same without her. We were all blessed to have known her. Prayers and loving thoughts to the Miller children of whom I have many fond memories.

  28. So very sorry for your loss. Sincerest sympathy to all the Miller Family. She was a beautiful woman both inside and out. Her faith radiated from her face and in all she did throughout her life.
    May God bless you all and know for sure she is at peace in the loving arms of our Lord. Amen

  29. It is because of love we grieve, and because of love we are comforted during a time of loss. Edna showed love to all and will be greatly missed, but that love will be with each and every family member and friend now and always. She was full of spunk and lived life to the fullest. Always ready for an adventure, she has embarked on the greatest adventure of all. May the memories bring a smile, comfort, and at times, outright laughter and joy.

  30. So very sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire Miller family.

    Rob Tadduni and Sandra DeChello

  31. Kathy:
    Your mom was such an inspiring woman. And we see her in you in so many ways. A nice gift.
    All our best to you and your entire family at this difficult time. She lived a long, full life but as has been said by others, it is always too soon.
    Don and Wendy

  32. We were neighbours of the Miller family when we lived on Ludlowe Road in the 1970s and again in the early 2000s. An abiding memory from that second period was Edna, at the young age of 80, doing her morning laps around the park, energetic and impeccably turned out. We’ve kept in touch ever since, her Christmas cards always cheerful and only this year was there a slight wobble in her beautiful handwriting. She was a remarkable lady. We send our deepest sympathy to the Miller family on the loss of a very special mother.

  33. Dick, We are sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing, but are so touched by her support of her alma mater and her caring ways through Mercy Learning and work in the NICU. All our love to you and Betsy

  34. A life well lived, family well loved. My relationship with Mrs. Miller began at the Mercy Learning Center where we served on the board together. Our friendship developed as we learned we each graduated from Lauralton. I loved serving with Edna. She was a wonderful role model and inspiration. God Bless each of you.
    Marlene Lawler

  35. Dear Richard and family, I loved your Mom dearly and will always remember our treasured times at the Citadel. She was special. Love and prayers, Phyllis

  36. I am so sorry to hear of Edna’s passing. she was a wonderful person always love seeing her.
    My deepest condolence

  37. I’m deeply saddened at the passing of Mrs Miller. She and my late Mom, Ann Bellew, were very good friends. Eternal rest grant unto her OLord.