Alice  Dynia
Alice Dynia

February 19, 1923 - February 15, 2018
Born in New Haven
Resided in New Haven, Connecticut
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Alice Dynia of New Haven passed away peacefully at Connecticut Hospice February 15, 2018 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Alice was born February 19, 1923, a daughter of the late John and Stephania Padzinski Grabowski. She attended local schools in New Haven and married her sweetheart, Andrew Dynia, on October 1, 1945. At the time of her death, they had been married for 72 years.
Alice was an accomplished athlete. Her career as a catcher in fast-pitch softball spanned almost 20 years, from 1939 through 1956. As a member of the Connecticut Yankee Girls, her teams won city championships in 1938, 39 and 40. She also played for Winchester Riflettes teams which were New Haven Industrial City champions, as well as The Beachheads of East Haven squads that captured several city and state championships. Alice was a member of the Raybestos Brakettes in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, where she performed in numerous state and regional tournaments. In 1950, both she and her husband Andy (a pitcher with the Columbus Auto Body Bears) participated in the fast-pitch softball world series, the first married couple to do so in the same year. A long standing family joke is the fact that Alice travelled to San Antonio, TX for hers, while husband Andy’s took place in Stratford, CT. She and Andy were inducted into the Connecticut A.S.A. Hall of Fame in 1986. Alice was also a top-flight basketball player. With the St. Stanislaus teams from New Haven, she won City and Polish National Championships in 1939, 40 and 41. She also played on and coached the Winchester Riflettes to YMCA Industrial Girls’ titles in 1944 and 45. She was inducted into the New Haven Tip-Off Club Hall of Fame in 1978.
As part of the war effort, Alice was employed at Winchester Rifles as a factory worker. She later did part-time work as a night-time food services worker at the Brewery Street Post Office, but her primary focus was her husband and children. She was also an active member of Polish Falcons Nest 81 in New Haven.
Alice is survived by her loving husband Andrew of New Haven, her daughter, Patricia Godlewski, of Virginia Beach, VA, her son Robert Dynia and his wife Patricia Nellis Dynia, of Durham, her grandchildren, Lauren Dynia Morello, Samantha Sawyer and her husband Lee Sawyer, and David Michnowicz. She also leaves behind her precious great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Theodore Morello, Sadie, Natalie and Raina Sawyer, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and nine siblings, Alice was predeceased by her beloved son-in-law, Rear Admiral John (Jack) Godlewski, whose military career she was extremely proud of.
The family will forever be grateful for the constant, loving attention provided to Alice by her at home caregivers, Bonnie Stefanski and Maria Petru. We also wish to thank the staff at Connecticut Hospice for the compassionate care they provided Alice in her last days of life.
Visiting hours will be Monday from 5 to 8pm in the LUPINSKI FUNERAL HOME, INC., 821 State Street, New Haven. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday morning at 10 in St. Stanislaus Church. Burial will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Stanislaus Church, 9 Eld Street, New Haven, CT 06511.

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Lupinski Funeral Home, Inc.
821 State Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Monday, February 19, 2018
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
St. Stanislaus Church
9 Eld Street
New Haven, CT United States 06511
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
10:00 AM
St. Lawrence Cemetery
280 Derby Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
11:00 AM


St. Stanislaus Church
9 Eld Street
New Haven, CT 06511