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Ann Delafield Hottelet, 97

Ann Delafield Hottelet of Wilton died peacefully in her sleep, the morning of January 24, 2013 at the age of 97, survived by her husband Richard C. (“Dick”) Hottelet.  She and Dick were residents of Wilton for nearly 70 years.

Ann was born in London, England. Her father, Frederick Herman Delafield, was an officer in the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment and her mother, Margery Wyndham Smith Delafield, a well-known pianist. She and Dick met in 1938 at a party given in Berlin by a mutual friend.

At that time, Ann was working with Frank Foley at the British embassy and Dick was a Berlin reporter for the United Press news agency. Dick reports that their initial meeting was “followed by many long walks in Tiergarten, Berlin’s great central park.”

The couple’s courtship was interrupted when World War II broke out in 1939. Ann was transferred to offices in Spain and Dick was brought home to work for United Press in New York and Washington, D.C. and later for the Office of War Information.

The couple was reunited in 1941 when Ann crossed the Atlantic in an anti-submarine convoy to land at Halifax, Nova Scotia. They were married in January 1942 at Washington, D.C. and not long afterward moved to Wilton. They first resided in the former Schenck estate house near the present Wilton Library and soon purchased the Chestnut Hill house they called home ever after.

Ann outlived their two children, Richard and Antonia, but is survived by their four grandchildren: Maria Hottelet Foley; Richard Peter Hottelet; Henry Richard Hottelet; and Caleb Hottelet. Ann was loved for her excellent cooking. She is still loved and admired for her independent and spirited approach to life; she played tennis with her girlfriends into her 70’s, loved modern art, had her own sense of fashion and design, cultivated a lovely flower garden as part of the Wilton Garden Club, encouraged us to vote, believed in a woman’s right to choose, mowed about an acre of lawn each week into her 80’s and loved Scrabble, Latin, and exploring the origin of words.

Ann was active in many organizations. In Wilton she was instrumental in organizing a Girl Scout troop and leading it to participate in the Town’s annual Memorial Day Parade.

Ann received national recognition for her artistry at needlepoint and served as a member of the national board of The Embroiderers’ Guild of America.

Interment will be private.

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