Ina passed away peacefully at the age of 81 at Hospice in Smilow Hospital on Oct. 6. She was born on Jan. 22, 1939, in New Haven. She was the daughter of the late William and Ida Christine (Ericson) Ashworth.
She is survived by her loving husband Richard E. Montelius; stepdaughter Ellyn and husband Gary Lane, their two daughters, Ashley and Megan; and stepson Michael and wife Liane Montelius, and their two children, Lukas and Ava. She is also survived by brothers-in-law Erik Buck and Darby (Terry) Connors; many nieces; a nephew; great-nieces and great-nephews, and many other family members and friends. She was predeceased by sisters Verna Ashworth Buck, Katherine Olson, first husband Sheldon Blosjo, and son Mark Blosjo.
Ina graduated from Branford High School in 1957. She attended Middlesex Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and received an RN license in 1960. She worked as a nurse for many years, was an office nurse/nurse manager for Dr. Feola in Branford, and retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Connecticut after 18 years of service.
Ina enjoyed singing from an early age. She performed with several church choirs through the years and choruses from Deep River to Wilton, most notably the New Haven Chorale and Music on the Hill. Her most unforgettable performance was at Carnegie Hall, New York City with the Cappella Cantorum chorus out of Deep River. She was a lifetime member of Tabor Lutheran Church in Branford, serving on several committees and the choir through the years. She was also a choir member at Norfield Congregational Church, Weston.
Donations in her memory can be made to Tabor Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, Branford, or Music on the Hill, Wilton. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family with a memorial service in the spring. Shoreline Cremation (888-429-5484) is in charge of arrangements.