Putnam, CT – Dawn Bardis Kenahan, a long- time resident of Putnam, CT passed away on July 4, 2017, surrounded by her family. Born in Walpole NH, she was the eldest daughter of James Michael and Catherine (Hall) Bardis. She grew up in Keene, NH. Following graduation from Keene HS, she studied cosmetology in Boston and worked in that field for several years in Keene. In 1956, she moved to Woodstock, CT with her young family to become part owner of the Healy Insurance Agency in North Woodstock.
In Woodstock, she acquired her passion for antiques. Dawn most enjoyed restoring her colonial home on Dugg Hill Road and its surrounding gardens. She was a lifetime member of the Nashoba Valley Guild of the Historical Society of Early American Decorating (HSEAD). She later moved to Putnam CT where she taught lessons in early American decorating from her home for many years. She acquired her Real Estate license and worked for many years for Poulin Realty in Putnam CT.
She is survived by her two daughters Kathleen Herbert and her husband Stephen of North Grosvenordale, CT, Christine Currier and her husband Doug of Sherman, ME; three grandchildren Nichole Cross and her husband Robert of Oxford, MA, Zave Miller and his partner Dee Rozo of Dayville, CT, and Audrey Anderson of Hartford; two sisters Lilla Alice Gadapee of Franklin, VA and Rebecca Newman of Keene, NH and a brother Windsor Bardis of Buena Vista, VA. Services will be private for family only. www.smithandwalkerfh.com