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“Rest in peace and the best best to your cat casmo. ”
1 of 25 | Posted by: Elizabeth Rodriguez caregiver

“To the family and friends of Elizabeth Pfriem, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I send my sincere condolences. It was an honor to work for you...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Maria Wolf

“Please accept my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Elizabeth. It was an honor to work for her. She was a special lady and will...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Aunt Betty, You were my role model, my beloved Aunt and Godmother and best friend. I will love you and remember you always. Till we meet...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Patricia Cotter Crespi

“It's very hard to say goodbye to a wonderful person like Mrs. Elizabeth Pfriem. to her family and friends.<br />I am very sorry for your...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: jenny kusiak - New Britain, CT

“My deepest condolences to the family of Mrs. Elizabeth Pfriem. I am deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. My heart...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Grace Urbanski

“May you rest in peace dear lady, thanks for your work and dedication to the community. ”
7 of 25 | Posted by: Stacey Morgan - Bridgeport, CT

“The family find peace and God at this time of need this woman was so significantly known and I am so proud to have been part of this family I feel...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Rose Gring (zukowski) - Richland, PA

“It was a great honor to provide our services to Elizabeth Pfriem. She is an amazing inspiration for all of us. Sending deepest condolences to the...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Team at Euro-American Connections & Homecare

“I want to send my condolences to all the relatives of Mrs Elizabeth M. Pfriem. I will forever remember with gratitude her lovely personality and...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Maggie Malgorzata Wojtysko

“Dear Leslie, My sincere condolences to you and your family. ”
11 of 25 | Posted by: Susan Sperry - Superior Township, MI

“Dear Family of Elizabeth Pfriem -- We have lost a great gift to the Bridgeport community. In addition to her support of RYASAP through the best and...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Robert Francis

“IN MEMORY OF Elizabeth M. Pfriem The Sacred Heart University community mourns the loss of Elizabeth M. Pfriem, a longtime friend, who always quietly...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: Sacred Heart University - CT

“To the family of Elizabeth Pfriem,I am very sorry for your loss, she was a very kind, giving and loving person. To her longtime friend and my sister,...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: Nancey Morgan - Oxford, CT

“Amy Crespi-My sincere condolences to you and your family. ”
15 of 25 | Posted by: Karen Brown - West Haven, CT

“For 8 years I was co-chairperson along with Pat Oburchay of the Thanksgiving Day Feast at United Congregational Church. Ms. Pfriem was never to busy...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“My Dearest Elizabeth,It so very hard to say the words for someone who has helped so many including me. You were a angel then, and surely a angel now....Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: Debbi Fiore - North Port, FL

“My Dearest Elizabeth,It so very hard to say the words for someone who has helped so many including me. You were a angel then, and surely a angel now....Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Debbi Fiore - North Port, FL

“The most generous and caring lady in the WORLD!!! Our Dear Friend will be greatly missed. ”
19 of 25 | Posted by: Earl & Darlene Shook - Brookfield, CT

“Family of Mrs. Pfriem, We in the Bridgeport Area are most grateful to Mrs. Pfriem for her generosity. She will long be remembered and missed. We...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Elaine B - Bridgeport, CT

“A tip of the Top Hat on a life well lived and served. ”
21 of 25 | Posted by: Tom Kelly - Bridgeport, CT

“Offering our sympathies at this time. ”
22 of 25 | Posted by: The Staff of Lesko-Polke Funeral Home - CT

“Dear Family of Elizabeth Pfriem, Please accept our sincere condolences. Ms Pfriem has been a incredibly generous supporter of the Fairfield Christmas...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Colleen Murphy

“Loving memories of an extraordinary woman. ”
24 of 25 | Posted by: Ed & Cathy Cotter

“A wonderful human being and a great loss for the community. Simone and I had the priveledge of knowing and serving her and late husband John for many...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Morgan OBRIEN - St.Petersburg, FL


Elizabeth Marie Pfriem, devoted wife of the late John Pfriem, retired President and CEO of the Bridgeport Post and Telegram, and local philanthropist, passed away peacefully in her Southport home on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Elizabeth will be remembered by her family including nieces and nephews, Linda Hultgren of Ansonia, Frank Coterwas of Nottingham, PA, Frances Towne of Derby, Patricia Crespi of Rotondo West, FL, Edward Cotter, Jr. of Venice, FL, and their families; step-daughter, Leslie Pfriem, and her daughter Rachael, of Kansas City, MO; cousin and dear friend, Rosemarie Adams, and her family, of West Hartford. In addition to her beloved husband John, Elizabeth was predeceased by her parents, Teofil and Marie Golembeski Coterwas, two brothers, Frank Coterwas, Edward Cotter and niece, Pamela Cotter. Her memory will also be embraced by her longtime friends including Earl and Darlene Shook, Debbie Fiore, Thomas Hughes, and Krystyna Kozlowski, as well as, her primary physician and friend, Dr. Adrian Dafcik and his wife Lynn, and her home caregivers, Grace Urbanski, Jenny Kusiak, and Maggie Wojtysko. Her family is most thankful for the kindness and comfort each provided to Elizabeth. Born and raised in Scranton, PA, Elizabeth moved to Bridgeport at the end of World War II. She worked for the Bridgeport Post, where she met her late husband John. After their marriage, they resided in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport before settling in Southport. As a couple, John and Elizabeth enjoyed sailing on Long Island Sound, dancing, and attending musical events, and were especially fond of Greater Bridgeport Symphony concerts at the Klein Memorial and Fairfield University. She loved Bridgeport, and was honored to serve as the city's first woman Barnum Festival Ringmaster. Truly a woman for others, she generously supported many community minded organizations with her time and talent. She found great joy reading to young Bridgeport school students, serving on local Not for Profit Boards, and helping to raise funds essential for expanding local healthcare. Elizabeth actively dedicated herself to making this community a better place for all to live. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11 AM in the United Congregational Church, 877 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. Her entombment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. All other services will be private. Memorial contributions may be directed to: The Elizabeth M. Pfriem Foundation c/o: Anthony V. Montalto- Trustee, 800 Westchester Avenue (suite N-641), Ryebrook, NY 10573. For travel directions, or to sign her online guest register, please visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com