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Woodbury Pays Respect to Dawn Hochsprung [PHOTO GALLERY]

The Connecticut community and beyond came to Woodbury on Wednesday, Dec. 19, to honor and protect a beloved woman and her family.

 

First, the motorcycle riders came, assembling on the North Green in Woodbury. They came from Connecticut and beyond: Waterbury, Norwalk, New York, Massachusetts, to provide support to the Connecticut community.

Then the Woodbury Lions Club set up tables with donuts from Dottie's Diner, coffee and hot chocolate, in the parking lot of Woodbury Saw & Mower.

Slowly, the mourners gathered to say good-bye to Dawn Hochsprung, who died bravely protecting the school she loved on Friday, Dec. 14.

The mourners held onto the complimentary snacks and warm drinks as the air cooled and the wind picked up.

"Nobody stands alone in America," said Kevin Barry of Woodbury Saw & Mower.

He said New Morning Market was coming with tea and coffee later and as the afternoon wore on, pizzas were brought to the people standing in line, waiting to pay their respects to Hochsprung at Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home.

Luminarias were carefully placed on the lawn in front of Munson-Lovetere, spelling out the word "Hope."

The line of people to attend Hochsprung's services wound all the way past Mitchell Elementary School and down a side street, past a memorial for the children and adults of Sandy Hook Elementary.

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Me December 20, 2012 at 02:57 PM
We got to the line at 5:30 and didn't get in to pay our respects until 9 and there was a long line behind us. I would like to say thank you to the Hochsprung family who on a day filled with unimaginable emotion stayed well past the calling hours to accommodate everyone in line although it would have been completely understood if they wanted to leave. I would also like to thank all of the stores who donated refreshments and the volunteers who handed them out. The weather was definitely at the freezing point and the hot beverages and food became instant hand warmers and warmed our insides. Dawn would be happy to know that the line was filled with love and laughter as everyone shared heartfelt stories and experiences that they had with her. Many people waited over 3 and a half hours in bitter cold to pay their respects and I'm sure everyone would have waited much longer. She is missed.
joe_m December 20, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Over 4 hrs waiting in line. It was cold and windy and warming to know how much Dawn was loved and respected.
TerriAnn Albrecht December 20, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Dawn was loved--What an amazing person and teacher...
Jaimie Cura (Editor) December 27, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Just found out that the local business who brought pizza was San Remo in Woodbury. If anyone else knows of a local business who helped out and wants to give them a shout-out, feel free to do so in the comments section.

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