GLASTONBURY, CT – Anna-Leah “Topi” Garrison, 59, of Glastonbury, peacefully passed away surrounded by her caring family on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at her home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Topeka, Kansas on March 19, 1958 she had resided in Colchester for several years prior to moving to Glastonbury over eight years ago.
Anna-Leah was a beloved daughter of Carole (Masquat) Garrison of East Hartford and the late Edward J. Garrison, a retired Deputy Fire Marshall of East Hartford. She was a graduate of George J. Penney High School in East Hartford, Class of 1976.
A dedicated hard worker, Anna-Leah was employed by Coca-Cola Bottling Company of East Hartford since 1988 and was a long-time member of the Teamsters Local 1035 in South Windsor. She also worked at the Comcast/Xfinity Theater in Hartford for over thirteen years.
Proud of her Native American heritage, Anna-Leah was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and she still continued to participate at “Pow Wows” with her family.
In her free time, she enjoyed going to the beach and spending time with her family.
In addition to her mother Carole of East Hartford, Anna-Leah is survived by a son, Storm Garrison a Hare Krishna devotee of Glastonbury; a sister, Megan R. Garrison of East Hartford; two brothers, Edward R. Garrison of East Hartford, Blake E. Garrison and his wife, Audria, of Hoyt, KS; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many dear friends.
Besides her father, she was predeceased by a son, TyCody Dzikiewicz of Colchester.
A memorial service celebrating Anna-Leah’s life will be Saturday (March 17, 2018) at 1 pm at the D’ESOPO-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home chapel on Saturday (March 17th) from 10 am – 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Anna-Leah’s name may be made to the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center, 80 Seymour Street, P.O. Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06102. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit www.desopo.com.
– Courtesy of The Hartford Courant on Mar. 4, 2018