Obituary: Cecie Munkenbeck, 96

Cecie Munkenbeck died peacefully on Aug. 17, 2016, at Stamford Hospital at the age of 96.

She was born in New Orleans, La., and attended Noroton Convent of the Sacred Heart in Darien, Conn. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Sophie Newcomb College at Tulane University where she also studied towards a master’s in English. She served as Queen of Proteus Ball in the 1941 Mardi Gras Carnival.

Visiting a cousin who was dating a Brigadier in Vermont, she met Alfred H. Munkenbeck, Jr. of Brooklyn, N.Y., while he was training for his role in World War II. They corresponded through the war and were married shortly after his return from Europe. She worked in New York City as a researcher for Fortune magazine while seeing her husband through law school. After a few years in Brooklyn Heights, they moved to Riverside, Conn., and raised their family there until 1960 when they were relocated to Geneva, Switzerland.

They returned to Old Greenwich in 1963, where they lived until moving to the Edgehill Community in Stamford in 2003. The couple enjoyed a second home on Sanibel Island, Fla., for 20 years. She pursued her love for the natural world and writing by publishing a whimsical children's book of poetry featuring the native birds of Sanibel Island.

She is survived by her five children, Alfred Munkenbeck III of London, England; Peter Munkenbeck of Cambridge, Mass., Celina Munkenbeck Kersh of Mamaroneck, N.Y.; Anne Munkenbeck of Wilton, Conn.; Mary Munkenbeck Bennett of Darien; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The wake will be at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 31 Arch Street, Greenwich, on Monday, Aug. 22, from 5 to 8. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 10, at Saint Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside. There will be a private interment followed by a repast. Online condolences may be made by visiting