Edith “Honeygirl” Nichisti, 81, of East Hampton, CT, wife of Gary Nichisti Sr., passed away at Hartford Hospital on Saturday, June 26, 2021. Edith was born in New Britain, CT on September 5, 1939, and was the daughter of the late Edith Marie (Heidorn) Kowalski and Frederick Henry Kowalski. Dubbed Honeygirl at a very young age by her Mom, many people didn’t even know her real name. Nieces and nephews referred to her as Aunt Honeygirl rather than Aunt Edith. She grew up in New Britain, CT, where she met the love of her life, Gary Nichisti Sr. They were married in 1957 and had two children. Soon after having children, Honeygirl and Gary bought a cottage on the Salmon River where they spent weekends and vacations and made life long friends. They loved the cottage and the area so much that in 1976 they moved to East Hampton. Prior to retirement, Honeygirl worked for Macristy Industries in New Britain for many years. Honeygirl’s greatest joy in life was her family. She ensured that the annual family reunion was held each October, no matter how busy life got. She instilled long lasting traditions, such as holiday dinners, coloring Easter eggs with her grandchildren, which later in life extended to her great grandchildren and making enormous batches of Christmas cookies each year. She loved the cottage and boating on the Connecticut and Salmon rivers, and the experience of raising her children there. Other loves included traveling, chocolate (plain Hershey’s bars), Baileys and coffee (decaf of course), the Food Network, the East Haddam Senior Center and its members, vibrant and bold colors, puzzles, card games and casinos. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 64 years, Gary Nichisti Sr., her daughter Darlene Dubowsky and her husband Alan Dubowsky of East Hampton, her son Gary Nichisti Jr. and his wife Leslie Nichisti of Portland, her sister Dorothy Sparmer and her husband Robert Sparmer of Plainville, her brother Frederick Kowalski and his wife Lucille Kowalski of Waterbury, her uncle George Heidorn of Cromwell, her grandson Scott Guinazu and his fiancée Andrea Adam of East Hampton, her granddaughter Lisa Varni and her husband Michael Varni of Moodus, her grandson Jason Dubowsky of Berlin, and her great grandchildren, of whom she was most proud, Olivia Varni and Logan Varni, both of Moodus and Kolton Dubowsky and Braxton Dubowsky, both of Berlin and numerous nieces and nephews, including great nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Spencer Funeral Home 112 Main St. East Hampton on Thursday July 1st from 9:30AM until 12:30 PM. A Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home at 12:30 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Haddam Neck Volunteer Fire Department 50 rock Landing Rd. Haddam, CT 06424. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfyuneralhomeinc.com.
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