Diantha "Dee" (Holbrook) Dower

  • Born: September 21, 1929
  • Died: May 19, 2020
  • Location: Brooklyn, Connecticut

Cremation Society of Connecticut

807 Bloomfield Ave.
P.O. Box 6
Windsor, CT 06095

Tel. 888-909-2728

Tribute & Message From The Family


Diantha "Dee" (Holbrook) Dower, 90, of Brooklyn, CT died in her sleep at Pierce Memorial Home on May 19, 2020. She was born in Hartford, CT on September 21, 1929, daughter of the late Marjorie Pike and George Treat Holbrook.

Dee graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1947, and Westbrook College, Maine with a degree in Art. She had a lifelong appreciation of and talent for art and could quickly whip up a caricature or drawing. Living close to New York City in New Jersey, she often visited its many museums and instilled in her children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews her love of museums and art. She also loved music including musicals (best seen live) and operas (good for cleaning the house).

Dee enjoyed singing in choirs both at church and then at The Pierce Home. Dee worked devotedly as a teacher for over 50 years, a job that she excelled at and truly enjoyed doing until retiring. She is fondly remembered at Woodstock Academy by staff and generations of students, who she enjoyed seeing in the years following their graduations.

She was predeceased by her husband, Phillip Dower. She is survived by her three children, four grandchildren and three great-Grandchildren. Son, Rick Disch, of Brunswick, ME. Daughter Sarah Robinson (Gabe), their children Rob Robinson (Brittany), grandchildren, Lincoln and Baron; Sabra Mitchell (Jacques) and their son, Jacques Jr. , Daughter, Maggie Domas and her children George and Charlie (Ariel). She is also survived by her sister, Tammy Harris (John) and their children Douglas "Deke" Harris (Angie), Miranda Bergmeier (Tyler) and daughter, Lilly, and Geordie Harris (Deshea) and children, Lucas and Ruby. Dee is also survived by her brother George "Zeb" (Janet) and their children; Matthew, Elizabeth and her children Gregory and Lauren, Johannah and her children Paulo and Sam. Dee remained close with her late husband's nieces and nephews; Ceila, Nat, Jack, Gail, Andy, Beth, Barb, Herbie, and their families.

Her family would like to thank the staff of Pierce Memorial Home, who became an extended family during her years with them.

There will be a memorial service at the convenience of the family. Cremation Society of Connecticut has care of the arrangements.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I just learned of Dees passing during my final week of a 32-year career at The Woodstock Academy. Dee was such a wonderful source of support for me at the school for many years. I trusted her implicitly with my students. She and Phillip so graciously took me into their home after I had a surgery and nurses me back to health. Over the years, I met many of her family members and always considered her so fortunate to have such a strong support system and loving individuals all around her. In recent years, we had lost touch, but that does not diminish the immense love and respect I have for her.

Posted by Jamie Shaw (formerly Swift) - Friend   June 06, 2020

had the pleasure of knowing and working with Dee at Woodstock Academy. She was loved by all, a very talented and adventurous person. She will be sorely missed by all, my condolences to the family.

Posted by Kathy Morin - Coworker   May 30, 2020

I knew Dee for many years while I was teaching at Woodstock Academy. I would always request her as my substitute teacher If I was able in advance. She loved the students and my bio classes were in good hands with her. My wish for anyone as dear as her would be to pass peacefully. She was a special treasurer to all who knew her. Rest In Peace Dee.
Terry Becker

Posted by Terry Becker - Friend   May 30, 2020