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Woodbury, Connecticut

Vera T. Elsenboss Memorial Scholarship

Established June 27, 2003

By Mary Tyrrell (Daughter)

Vera T. Elsenboss, registered pharmacist and long time owner of Canfield Corner Pharmacy, was born December 4, 1917 in New York City. She had been a resident of Woodbury since 1950 when she bought a 122-year-old Victorian building on Canfield Corner. Living on the second floor, she opened a pharmacy where she was the pharmacist until 1986. Her daughter, Mary Tyrrell bought the pharmacy, after her mother had carefully taught her the business. Canfield Corner Pharmacy remains the oldest Connecticut pharmacy still in its original building.

She volunteered many hours of community service in Woodbury, and was the recipient of the 1999 Dr. Bernard Rosenberg Award from the Woodbury Planning Commission, which is given each year to an individual who has done exemplary volunteer work. Her gift of example taught the importance of volunteer work and commitment to the community, not only to her own family, but to anyone around her. Her daughter, Mary remembered, “She was an inspiration and became a mother to anyone who walked in our doors. She always put the town’s interest ahead of her own.”

Vera served on the Woodbury Zoning Commission on and off for more than 30 years. Her love of history and rustic Woodbury fueled her passion for the Zoning Commission. She once said, “You have to care about the town to serve on the Commission”, and she certainly did, said her daughter.

She also served on the Democratic Town Committee, Woodbury Parent Teachers Association and Woodbury Junior Rifle Club. She ran for first selectman in the 1980s and led the Old Woodbury Historical Society as president from 1989 to 1997.

She was a member of Trumbull-Porter chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Connecticut Society of Genealogy. As dual member in Pomperaug and Naugatuck Chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star, she was past worthy matron and grand representative in Massachusetts. She further volunteered her time with the American Heart Society and the American Cancer Society.

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