Roslyn (Swirsky) Dresner ’55 (NUR)
Roslyn (Swirsky) Dresner ’55 (NUR), 84, of Newington, Conn, died on April 1, 2017. Born in New Haven, she was the daughter of the late Mix and Esther (Himmelstein) Swirsky. For nearly 60 years, she was the beloved wife of Alfred J. Dresner. She was the adored mother of Debra and Mara. An honors graduate of the UConn School of Nursing, she worked as a registered nurse in both Mass. and Conn., concluding her career at The Hospital of Central Conn., New Britain General. She was very active in Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, serving in many capacities, most notably as President of the CT Valley Branch.
Laura Scarpa ’02 (NUR)
Laura Scarpa ’02 (NUR) is a proud Honors scholar and UConn alumnae. She played on the Women’s club ice hockey team and was also on the Inaugural Division I Women’s Ice Hockey team.
2 years ago, the Women’s Ice Hockey team honored Scarpa at the Alumni game, allowing her to drop the puck as the recipient of the “Friends of Mel” grant for breast cancer survivors. At that time she still held the record for most assists in a game. In 2014 Scarpa was diagnosed with Stage IIIb Triple Negative Invasive breast cancer and underwent treatment of chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. Her activity in sports and well as her grit from the nursing profession definitely helped her along this journey.
At this time she is thriving in her profession, currently working as the Practice Manager for New England Plastic Surgery Center in Waterford, Conn. for a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, and fellow UConn alumnus, Dr. John C. Lee ’97 (CLAS), ’01 MD. The majority of the practice is for breast reconstruction related to breast cancer.
Carol Milardo Floriani ’68 (NUR)
Carol Milardo Floriani ’68 (NUR) is currently “retired” in Easley, S.C. but continues to work as a hospice nurse visiting patients in their homes upstate. Previously she was a nursing educator and a manager of hospices and home health services in California. She is ever grateful to Dean Widmer and Jo Henderson for her great UConn education.
Sherrie Stratton Willows ’63 (NUR)
Sherrie Stratton Willows ’63 (NUR), of Manchester, Wash., passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Sherrie began her professional career as a registered Nurse and worked in hospitals and clinics before opening her massage business “The Healing Touch” in Friday Harbor in 1974. She is remembered fondly as an adventurer, a lover of music and theatre, and a mentor. She is survived by her three children, three siblings, and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Captain Angela M. Martinelli ’85 MSN
Captain Angela M. Martinelli ’85 MSN recently retired from 30 years of service (active and reserve) in the US Air Force, Army, and Public Health Service. She is currently clinical professor at Sacred Heart University in the College of Nursing in Fairfield, Conn.