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Ann Teal Bradley, 89, War Veteran, Of New Canaan

Ann Teal Bradley appeared on the cover of Life magazine in 1941.
Ann Teal Bradley appeared on the cover of Life magazine in 1941. Photo Credit: contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Ann Teal Bradley, of New Canaan, died Feb. 20. She was 89.

Bradley was born June 29, 1923, in Chicago, Ill. She was the daughter of John J. and Isabelle O’Sullivan Teal. After her family moved to the Belle Haven neighborhood of Greenwich in her childhood, Bradley graduated from the Greenwich Academy and Smith College.

As a model in college her photograph was selected for the cover of Life magazine entitled “College Girl’s Pigtails” for the Sept. 8, 1941, issue. Upon graduation from Smith College she served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. She held the rank of ensign and served as a communications decoder in Naval Operations at the War Department in Washington, D.C. She moved to New Canaan in 1951. She was an avid artist, oil painter and served on the board of directors of the Silvermine Guild of Artists.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles.

Bradley is survived by her daughters, Ann B. Sigurdsson (Stefan) of New Canaan, Abigail B. Ledbetter (Scott) of Sea Island, Ga.; and sons, Charles W. Bradley Jr. (Mercedes) of Coconut Grove, Fla., and John A. Bradley (Patricia) of New Canaan; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Teal Garland of Hancock, N.H., and four nephews and five nieces. She was predeceased by her brother, John. J. Teal.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Feb. 23, at St. Aloysius Church in New Canaan, followed by internment in the Putnam Cemetery, Greenwich, with full military honors.

Donations in Bradley's name may be made to: Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, 238 Jewett Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06606.

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