Geraldine Marshall, 85, longtime English teacher at Darien High School, enjoyed painting, art museums

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Geraldine “Gerry” Marshall, 85, died peacefully on February 11, 2022 at her Sunrise Senior Living residence in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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Geraldine Marshall, 85, died Feb. 11.

Her full and colorful life and the legacy of a teacher, artist and independent spirit will always be remembered by her family and close friends.

The daughter of Louise and Sidney N. Zampiella, Gerry was born in New Haven on August 6, 1936. Gerry and her older brother Richard were raised by parents in nearby Hamden.

Gerry graduated from New Haven State Teacher’s College (now Southern Connecticut State University) and earned a master’s degree from Harvard University.

In 1964, Gerry began teaching AP English at Darien High School, a career that would last more than 30 years. Her commitment to educating her students would be a hallmark of her tenure.

A successful artist of life figures and a painter on canvas on the big screen, Gerry, in retirement, actively followed her passions and continued her voracious reading. She found artistic inspiration through regular visits to art museums in New York, and has traveled Europe several times to explore the art, history and culture of Italy and France.

Gerry was very intelligent, shrewd, well-read, and very articulate. Logical and quick, she made no effort to express her opinion on any topic or individual. You always knew where Gerry stood for a question.

Died from her mother in 1984 and father in 2009, Gerry is greatly missed by her brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Helen Zampiello of Washington, Connecticut; her nephew Geoffrey Zampiello, his wife Amanda and their daughters Emma and Morgan of Westport; and her granddaughter, Sidney Nicole Zampiello of Salt Lake City. Others close to Gerry who mourn the loss but cherish the memory of her include her dear friend and caregiver David Miles of Westport; longtime friends Tom and Susan Zawacki of Fairfield; and many former colleagues and students at Darien High School.

A special website with more information and photos of Gerry’s life journey is online at

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