Obituary: Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47, of Woodbury

Mrs. Hochsprung was principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.


Born: June 28, 1965 Died: December 14, 2012 Services:  Graveside services will be private.

Visitation:  Calling hours will be held Wednesday, December 19 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Woodbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere, 2 School Street.


Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47, of Woodbury, CT, passed Friday, December 14, 2012 as the result of the tragic events that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

Beloved daughter, mother, wife, grandmother and friend, Dawn was a dedicated teacher who inspired her students to reach their fullest potential by instilling in them the importance of life-long learning. A fierce leader and educational activist, Dawn was admired by her colleagues, students and parents, particularly for her caring and nurturing nature. She often referred to her students as her “children” and wanted school to be a positive place and a safe haven.

A graduate of Naugatuck High School Class of 1983, Dawn discovered the power of knowledge which led her to pursue a career in education. Dawn received her bachelor’s degree in special education from Central Connecticut State University and her master’s degree education from Southern Connecticut State University. She was currently enrolled at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY pursuing her Ph.D. – a testament to her own personal mission to continue learning and lead by example.

Above all, Dawn was extremely devoted to her family. There was nothing in the world she wouldn’t do to ensure that her family was happy and safe. She often credited her mother, Cheryl (Gee Gee) Lafferty for instilling in her the importance of family and never taking them for granted.

Dawn is survived by her husband George Hochsprung, her mother Cheryl Lafferty, two daughters, Cristina Lafferty Hassinger and Erica Lafferty, a brother Daniel Lafferty, three grandsons, a granddaughter, three step daughters, Anne Priest, Amy Lawton and Beth Ewaskiewicz, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Her father, William Lafferty, had passed in 2004.


Cemetery: Cemetery Not Applicable Location: Munson-Lovetere Woodbury (Map)
Dee December 22, 2012 at 12:58 AM
I am a mother of ten children and I am deeply saddened by the loss of such dedicated and committed woman who was solid, wise, courageous, and very brave. To put herself in the line of danger without thinking twice reflects the character of who Dawn truly was a compassionate. A heroine who how precious life is! What an honor to know that all those who were in her life was touched by an awesome leader in every way and this is evident in her demonstration of love as well as her staff who willingly gave up their lives to save those precious lives! Pra ise God. For angels for Dawn was definately a special one!
Patricia Loveday December 24, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Godspeed.. To Dawns family, I am so very sorry. Hugs to your family. Your Dawn was a Guardian Angel on earth to the children and her Staff. Now we know she is an Angel in Heaven. My Sympathies for your loss . with
Randi fisher December 27, 2012 at 10:15 PM
To Dawns family; How my heart is breaking for all of you. I have been following the news reports as most of the world has, and wish there was something I could do to ease your pain. The only thing that has helped me when I have experienced the loss of a loved one is knowing that God truly cares for us. Notice what Psalms 34:17,18 says, "They cried out, and Jehovah himself heard, and out of all their distresses he deliver them. Jehovah is near to those broken at heart, and those who are crushed in spirit he saves." I hope and pray that these words bring as much comfort to you as they have me. Sincerely, R. Fisher
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TERESA PETERSEN January 14, 2013 at 08:43 PM
not a good idea to post a PHONE NUMBER on here. too many weirdo's out in the world.


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