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In Memorium

In Memoriam of Connie Beresin
YWCA Delaware Executive Director, 1983 - 1992

Connie Beresin, who died in March of this year, was an artist, journaling devotee, secretary, case worker, community organizer and planner, social services administrator, fund raiser, public policy advocate, wife, mother, grandmother and caregiver, according to an article on her life in the Mad Poets magazine. She served as Executive Director of YWCA Delaware from 1983 to 1992. Retiring in 2006 after 30 years in non-profit social services, she moved to a retirement community with her husband Carl and focused on poetry and watercolor painting.

“My focus on women to help them identify their strengths and future goals, to determine the best ways to work and to change their circumstances in positive ways was important to me,” Connie said in an interview for her retirement community newsletter.

“A significant achievement during Connie’s tenure as CEO of the YWCA Delaware was the establishment of our Home Life Management Center,” says Sonia Sloan. “The Center was Marian Hinson’s vision, but Connie encouraged and supported her in order to make it happen. She was a well-liked and respected leader who was open to new ideas.”

Connie is credited with changing the focus of the YW to social service and making the organization a visible presence in the community as a powerful advocate for women.

Eva Verplanck adds, “Connie saved the YWCA Delaware during a period of crisis and left us to become president of Women’s Way in Philadelphia and ended her career as the chief development officer for the Jewish Employment and Vocational services.”

She is survived by her four children and 13 grandchildren.