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Smith, Kevin William

Kevin William Smith, 56, of Farmington, loving son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on July 1st, 2020.
Kevin loved spending time with his family, especially when playing cards. Kevin was an outdoorsman; his passions included fishing, golfing and cheering on his beloved Red Sox. He enjoyed his outings with his mom to the grocery store, numerous golf practice rounds with his dad, and spending time with his dear nieces and nephews. Kevin was a friend to all, and showed kindness to everyone. His favorite annual trip to Hawk’s Nest Beach combined all of his loves-being outdoors, playing cards with family, fishing and golfing.
Kevin is survived by his loving parents, Bill and Anita Smith of Farmington; his sisters Gail Baker and her husband Ray of Simsbury and their children Megan, Kelsey and Brett Baker; Karen Smith and her husband Gene Duarte of Avon and their children Drew, Haley and Brooke Duarte; his aunt and uncle Debbie and Phil Tierney; his special cousins Glenn, Scott, Joy, Rick, Michael, Lynn, Donna and Ron and friends who will miss him dearly. He was predeceased by three cousins Cheryl, Ken and Gary. He was also godfather to Ryan, Brooke and Pria.
Prior to his retirement due to a work related injury, Kevin was a manager at Freihofers, Paul Arpin and Gilmore Furniture.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (July 5) from 5:00-7:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday (July 6) at 10:30am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington followed by burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. All are kindly asked to meet directly at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.

Rivera, Carlos Alexis

Carlos Alexis Rivera was born on May 20th, 1992 to his mother Becky Carrion and father Carlos Rivera at Saint Francis Hospital; an amazing son who made people laugh and brought smiles to face’s with his sense of humor. A man that would bend over backwards to help those in need and mom’s personal little mechanic. Always surrounded by his friends and protectors who have become a part of the family and loved by many; especially his mom to her he was the perfect little baby boy. Life would seem short to many but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeded the quantity of time in which one lives.
He has left behind 3 brothers Christopher Rivera, William Dejesus, Elijah Rivera and 4 sisters Jennifer Rivera, Katherine Rivera, Dayanara Dejesus, and Alexandra Rivera, as well as two grandmothers Elsie Carrion and Juane Rivera, one grandfather Pedro Carrion, a nephew Francisco Rivera and his girlfriend of 9 years Brittney Roldan. I love you Bebo, always know that and I will see you again when my time comes. I guess God needed you first… until we meet again, I love you.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Friday, July 3, 2020 from 4:00-8:00pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Paws for Purple Hearts, 10201 Old Redwood Highway, Penngrove, CA 94951.

Bednarek, Alexander J.

Alexander J. Bednarek, 95, of Farmington, beloved husband of the late Evelyn F. (Barnes) Bednarek, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, June 29th, 2020. Born April 20th, 1925 in New Britain, he was the son of the late Joseph and Katherine Bednarek.

Alexander admirably and heroically served this nation during World War II in the United States Army Air Corps and obtained the rank of Sergeant and bravely and honorably served in the 3rd Emergency Rescue Squadron which operated in the Pacific theater rescuing downed pilots from certain death. He was a MOS waist gunner on a B-17 where he provided for the protection of the aircraft from enemy attacks directed at the mid-section of the aircraft, serving in 5 campaigns and achieving a Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry in action. Alexander received numerous medals and recognitions for his service including the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, and the Connecticut Wartime Service Medal. Prior to retiring, Alexander was a Project Manager with Combustion Engineering. He was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington and for his service to the church, he was awarded the St. Joseph Medal by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair.

He is survived by his son, James L. Bednarek and his wife Shirley C. Bednarek of Farmington, his grandson, Alex Bednarek of Farmington, and his granddaughter, Olivia Bednarek of Farmington.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 10:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington followed by burial with full military honors in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Cyr, Roland A. “Randy”

Roland A. Cyr “Randy”, 51, of Burlington passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was born in Hartford CT on July 31, 1968, beloved son of Roland J. and Patricia (Dunne) Cyr. He is survived by his sister Jeannette Cyr Soulier and her husband Michael and their daughter Hali Soulier all of Burlington, his fiancée Marsha Oakes of Thomaston, Aunt Alice Smith of Farmington, Uncle Marty and his wife Barbara Cyr of Shelton, Aunt Joanne Cyr Callaghan of Plainville, Uncle Joseph and his wife Linda Cyr of New Hampshire, Aunt Donna and her husband Bob Agan of Granby, Aunt Roberta Bordanaro of Granby, Uncle Jack and his wife Sandra Dunne of West Granby, Uncle Richard Dunne of Windsor Locks, and too many cousins and friends to list. Funeral service and burial will be held privately for the family, a public memorial service will be held at a date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Randy’s name to the American Liver Foundation, 1062 Barnes Road, Suite 207 Wallingford, CT 06492 Tel: 203-234-2022.

Bezrutczyk, Marcia Milligan

Marcia Milligan Bezrutczyk, of Avon, CT peacefully departed a world she had so beautifully enriched on Friday, June 5, 2020. In the days leading up to her passing her entire family gathered to comfort her, and family members were at her bedside to hold her hand and wish her farewell.

Marcia was born March 27, 1952 in Hartford, CT to her late parents, Andrew and Mary Jane (McLean) Milligan. In addition to her parents, Marcia was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Bezrutczyk, and her brothers Thomas and David Milligan. Marcia is survived by her brother Rod and wife Barbara, sister Susan Szymaszek and husband Peter, brother Jamie and wife Donna, brother Donald and wife MaryAnn, sister Laurie O’Brien and husband Steve, brother Mark, numerous nieces and nephews, and her stepmother Madeline (Lawlor) Milligan. As those who survive Marcia wave goodbye, we are comforted to know that those who preceded her will wave her into eternal rest, which she so deserves.

From the very beginning, as the oldest sister in a family of nine children, Marcia (“Mash”, “Pixie”), was always there, supporting her mother in raising her siblings, who will never forget the devotion, love and sacrifice she provided to ensure the best upbringing possible. Marcia made friends instantly and easily. She especially cherished friendships made in Florida where she lived with Richard, and at her favorite social haunt, Plan B in Simsbury, after returning home to Connecticut to be with her family in 2015. Throughout her journey, life presented Marcia with no shortage of health issues to combat, but they were no match for her fierce determination and courage. She met all challenges head on, with a resolve and independence that amazed everyone. She will forever be an inspiration of strength, fortitude and grit to her family, friends, and all who were fortunate to know her.

Per wishes of Marcia and her family, services will be private. Memorial donations in Marcia’s memory may be made to The American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.

Have a safe trip Pix my Luv,

Live ‘til your heart sings.

Absent in depth the rapture of

Gods’ many wondrous things.

(Mom, 1974)

Wells, Marcia M.

Marcia Wells, 77, passed away peacefully at St. Francis Hospital on June 20, 2020.
She was born on April 22, 1943 in Derby, CT, daughter of the late Margaret (Kinsella) and Christopher J. McCormack, MD.
Marcia was a graduate of Elizabeth Seton College, Yonkers NY. She lived in Connecticut for most of her life and spent the past twenty years in Avon.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Duggan Dale, and her husband Jonathan of Wheaton IL, and their children Mathew and Benjamin, of whom Marcia was most proud; her son T. Patrick Duggan and his partner Mary Helen Rowell of Brooklyn NY; her sister Margaret Urban and her husband Stephen of West Hartford; and her brother Christopher McCormack of West Hartford.
The family would like to thank all of Marcia’s friends who provided unconditional love, prayers, and support throughout her life, and especially during her four year battle with pancreatic cancer. The family would also like to thank Dr. James Flaherty, Dr. Alessia Donadio, Dr. Joseph Colasanto and Dr. Anthony Zaldonis whose excellent, kind, and compassionate care was most appreciated. Thank you to all the nurses, aides, secretaries, and parking valets who made her frequent appointments as comfortable and safe as possible.
Donations can be made in Marcia’s memory to Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center at St. Francis Hospital, 94 Woodland St. Hartford CT 06105 or The Ron Foley Foundation, 1000 Farmington Ave., Suite 108A, West Hartford, CT 06107

Conran, Patricia M.

Patricia M. Conran, 90, of Hartford, passed away peacefully at her home Monday, June 22, 2020. Born March 23, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Marcella Marley. She won a New York City wide singing contest in her late teens. She graduated from Fordham University and got an advanced degree from the Fordham School of Social Service.
Patricia married Edward V. Conran in 1958 and accompanied him for several Army assignments. She worked in several related fields of Social Work, from the elderly, the native Alaskan families to the mentally challenged citizens in Connecticut. Patricia was an active member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph for over 40 years, serving in many leadership rolls including Pro-Life, Eucharistic Ministry, and Funeral Ministry. She also served as President of St. Agnes Guild for over two years.
Patricia leaves her beloved husband, Edward, to whom she was married for 62 grand and glorious years, and two sons who were a joy in her life, Gregory and his wife, Marina, and Christopher and his wife, Robin, three grandchildren of whom she was enormously proud, Catarina, Andrew and Caelan, her older brother, Gene and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one brother.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Friday, June 26, 2020 from 8:30-9:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 9:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford at 10:00am. Private family burial will take place at Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Family Institute of Connecticut, 77 Buckingham Street, Hartford, CT 06106.

Polgroszek, Frank E.

Frank E. Polgroszek, 80, of Farmington and Naples, FL, beloved husband of Cecelia (Micari) Polgroszek, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020. Born July 8th, 1939 in New Britain, he was the son of the late Frank and Bertha (Koziol) Polgroszek. Frank was a graduate of New Britain High School, received his BA from the University of Connecticut and received his MA in Public Administration from the University of Hartford. He was a United States Army veteran. Prior to retiring, Frank was employed as a Quality Control Supervisor Department of Income Maintenance for the State of Connecticut for 33 years. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, golfing and gardening.
Besides his wife, he is survived by cousins and many dear friends.
There are no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 10:30am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington. Those wishing to attend are kindly asked to meet directly at church. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215 or the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, New York 10016.

Strong, Alice Hein

Alice Hein Strong, 94, of Farmington, widow of Roscoe “Jim” C. Strong, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 11. Born June 27, 1925, in Farmington, CT, daughter of the late Adolf and Augusta (Weber) Hein. Prior to retiring, Alice was the manager of Bristol Ten Pin.
Alice is survived by her four children; Joan Strong Spielman of Burlington, Betty Strong Armington and her husband Charles of Terryville, John E. Strong and his wife Bonnie of Murrells Inlet, SC, and James W. Strong of Torrington, seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brothers Emil, Leo, Harold, and Ernie Hein, and her sisters Martha (Hein) Brenner and Edna (Hein) Wacker.
Private family services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Alice’s name to the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department, 76 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032 and/or the Farmington Senior Center, 321 New Britain Ave, Unionville, CT 06085.

Spirito, Amy Capodiferro

Amy Capodiferro Spirito, 108, of Farmington, widow of Peter P. Spirito died peacefully on June 12th at Cherry Brook Health Care Center in Canton. Amy was born in Farmington, March 25th, 1912 the daughter of the late Paul and Maria Antonia (Carroccia) Capodiferro.

She retired from Aetna Life Insurance Company, was a long time communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington and was a member of the Historical Society of Farmington.

Amy was the energetic, positive-minded, lover of life whom always had cookies, brownies, or Jell-o on the ready in case she was blessed with a spontaneous visit from her many family and friends. She adored children and lived for visits with her many great-grandchildren. She was not one to sit idle, she’d much prefer maintaining her beloved home at 13 Hobart Street, cleaning windows, ridding herself of unneeded clutter, or picking up sticks out on the lawn. She loved to walk in and around the village of Farmington, to the store, or the Main Street branch of the former Farmington Savings Bank, where everyone knew her name. She often reminded us that the secret to longevity was “enjoying everything in moderation”. She was an amazing woman and her life lessons will influence many for another 108 years at least.

Amy is survived by her daughter Carolyn Kieffer of Canton, and her daughter-in-law Mari V. Spirito of California. She leaves her grandchildren Joseph P. Spirito Jr. (Kim) and Tamara Warren (John) both of California, Lisa Kulig (Martin) of Massachusetts, Lori Hoyt of Falls Village and Joseph F. Frenette III of Farmington, her great-grandchildren, Scott, Sean, Allison, Jackson, Amanda, Brianna, Christopher, Joseph IV, Maya, and Sofia. She was recently predeceased by her beloved son Dr. Joseph P. Spirito of California. She was also predeceased by her brother Vincent Capodiferro and her sister Mary Capodiferro Lostocco both of Farmington.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday, June 19th from 5-8 pm. A private family mass will be held. A Celebration of Life in honor of Amy and her son, the late Dr. Joseph Spirito will be held in the Fall of 2020. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Amy’s name to the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032.

Tierney, Geraldine K.

Geraldine K. Tierney, 88, of Farmington, widow of William J. Tierney, passed away on June 1, 2020.
Gerry was born in Torrington on June 6, 1931, the daughter of the late Joseph J. Kess and Mary M. Kess. She had a career as an executive secretary at Travelers Insurance Company until her retirement. Over the years Gerry and Bill enjoyed their travels throughout Europe. A favorite vacation destination was Hawaii. Gerry’s monthly bus trips to New York City always brought happy memories. Gerry is survived by her sisters, Evelyn K. Quinn of West Hartford and Cecilia K. Coughlan of Avon, and many nieces and nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her brother Francis J. Kess and his wife Mary Rita and her sister Aldea K. Mathews.
A private family funeral service was held with a Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea followed by a burial at St. Mary Cemetery, Avon.

Hanigan, Charles T.

Charles T. Hanigan, 56, of Enfield, passed away unexpectedly Monday, May 18th, 2020. Born December 12th, 1963 in Hartford, he was the son of Doris McMahon Hanigan of Unionville and the late Charles E. Hanigan.
Besides his mother, Chuck is survived by his sister, Maureen Bauer and her husband Steve, his brother, John Hanigan and his wife Mary Beth and his niece, Tess Hanigan.
Friends may call at the home of Doris Hanigan on Saturday, June 20, 2020 after 4:00pm.

Hill, Sherry Ann (Bengston)

Sherry Ann (Bengston)Hill, 49, of Bristol, beloved wife of 23 years to Robert Hill, lost her courageous battle with cancer on Monday, June 8, 2020. Born March 24, 1971 in Cleveland, OH, daughter of the late Barbara Shaffer-Bengston, Sherry, “the middle child” had an abundant personality and amazing strength stuffed into her small frame.
Sherry graduated from Lewis S. Mills High School, Class of 1989 and continued her education at Porter and Chester Institute. She began her career as a CNA moving to medical assistant and ultimately her career path led her to medical billing. Sherry was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 165 where she made friends quickly and enjoyed Bingo. She had a green thumb and found peace in gardening and tending to her flower bed. Sherry also enjoyed scrapbooking and had a gift for crafting. She did her best to leave things better than she found them. She’d feed you, weed your garden, give a ride, and be a friend or caregiver if needed, all for a Dunkin Donuts coffee. Above all else, Sherry treasured her family.
Besides her husband, Sherry is survived by her daughter, Bethany Goodrich, her son, Zachary Hill, her sister, Aneysa Bengston, her brother, Scott Bengston, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and countless cousins and friends that became family. She is predeceased by her grandparents, Francis and Aneysa Bristol.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, on Saturday (June 13) from 11:00am -1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carole and Ray Neag Cancer Center, c/o the UCONN Foundation, 10 Talcott Notch Road, Suite 100, Farmington, CT 06032 or to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 165, 1253 Wolcott Road, Wolcott, CT 06716.

Marcuson, Paul Vilhelm

Paul Vilhelm Marcuson (a.k.a. Dad, Pop, Poppy) died peacefully at home on June 3rd, with his loving family by his side. Just as he lived his life, he departed gently, without fanfare or complaint. Though his family will miss the heck out of him, there is great joy in knowing that he is finally reunited with the love of his life, Midgie, whom he has missed terribly for the past 10 years.
Paul was born on June 8, 1927 in Boston, MA, and was raised in West Hartford, CT by his parents, Arvid and Anna Marcuson, along with his sister Lillian (Rekas) and brother Everett. He graduated from Hall High in 1945, where he captained the soccer team to an enviable mark – unbeaten, untied and unscored on. After graduation, he entered the Army Air Corp, serving with the 20th Air Force on Guam. He had aspirations to fly planes for a living, but following his honorable discharge from service, his father convinced him to pursue a business education and join him at the helm of the family business, Viking Baking Company. Paul entered the University of Pennsylvania in 1948, where he became a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and was elected to the exclusive Friars Senior Honor Society. He ended his tenure at Penn in 1951, again leading his soccer team to a winning season as their captain (he often commented on their defeat of archrival Princeton that year).
Paul was a consummate bachelor when he was coerced into a blind date with a young widow with three small children, Marjorie Hill Flynn. They had their first date in March of 1953, and were married on June 20th of the same year. He later told his children that he knew she was the gal for him that very first night, and theirs was a marriage for all others to envy. They moved their instant family of five (including Daniel Flynn (Judy), John Flynn (Roz) and Mary Margaret (Jim Marra) into the home they built on Webster Hill Boulevard. Within 7 years, they had added 4 more kiddos to the brood including Elizabeth (Mitchell Burns), Paul (Debbie), Kate (Craig Betancourt) and Carrie (Ernie Kent). Their niece Melinda (Barry Zitin) was a constant presence on “Web Hill” and has forever been known as “Number 8”. Their home was a place of joy and frequent gatherings, and the door was always open. They were pseudo-parents to many, and in later years, they were Gram and Pop to their grandchildren, and far too many others to mention – you know who you are.
Pop had an amazing work ethic, which he instilled in his children, and he eventually took the helm at Viking when his father retired. He realized his dream of becoming a pilot when at 50, he earned his private license. He flew his Beechcraft Bonanza out of Brainard field and even coaxed his flying phobic wife into the co-pilot seat. When he “retired” in 1983, he went on to earn his commercial license and flew charters out of Harford. He “retired” from his flying career in 1993, after several years as a corporate pilot for Tishman industries, flying Citation jets based out of Midway in Chicago. He spent the next 16 years with his Midgie, traveling a bit, visiting with their huge brood, and grabbing dinner with many great friends at Rockledge, Apricots or “the Fern”. He continued to work until his 90th year, sharing responsibilities for shipping and receiving at Utility Power Supply Company where he was beloved by all, especially his buddies Christopher (grandson), Ed and Bill ( two of his many honorary children). When Midgie died in 2009, the kids never imagined he would carry on for nearly 11 more years. But he did. He continued to share laughter and many stories of his youthful antics with his 20+ grandchildren (Robyn, Erin, Colleen, Michael F, Adrienne, Soren, Gordon, Sara, Arden, Bridget, Terri, Chris, Greg, Jenny, Carly, Meggie, Calvin, Mike K, Keith, and Jeffrey – plus Abigail and Brita), 25 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren!
Lastly, his family especially wants to acknowledge Pop’s best buddy, Jack Sullivan. Jack knows where all the Marcuson skeletons are buried, from Web Hill to Point ‘o’ Woods and Fort Lauderdale. He has been his travel mate, golf and dining partner, confidante, and spiritual advisor. Without Jack, we are pretty sure Dad would not have survived the loss of his beautiful wife and we would not have had an additional 10+ years of laughter, love, and great memories.
While a fitting sendoff is not possible at this time, Pop wanted his last few dollars spent on a proper celebration of life, with lots of laughter, good food and drink, music, and dancing, which will come just as soon as possible: we’ll do you proud, Dad!

Walczyk, Elizabeth (Betty) Frey

Betty died on April 20th, 2020 at the age of 96. She was the last living child of J. Henry Frey and Julia Wanatowicz Frey of Farmington, CT. She was predeceased by her parents, her six siblings and her husband Lucian Walczyk. When Betty was in first grade at Center School in Farmington, now known as Noah Wallace, her teacher called the roll and asked if Elizabeth Frey was present. Betty stood up and announced her name was “Betty. She had never heard the name Elizabeth until that day. Her preferred name remained “Betty” for the rest of her life. A child of the great depression, she grew up in Farmington living in the house her father built and working on the family farm; taking care of the cows, chickens, ducks, pigs and large vegetable garden with her brothers and sisters. The only food they bought was grain for the animals, coffee, tea, salt, pepper, flour and sugar; everything else came from their farm. She learned to preserve food for the winter by home canning, pickling, drying and making juices, jams and jellies. For the rest of her life she remained a passionate gardener of flowers, vegetables, and fruit. She spent many happy hours preserving the produce she grew. She graduated from Farmington High School in 1942 where she was an outstanding basketball player and the team captain. To earn extra money, she worked cleaning houses in town and provided companionship for Mrs. Caroline Garmany whose husband provided seed money for the Hartford Foundation For Public Giving. Her first job after graduation was working with her sister Marie in the office at the New Britain Machine Company. After a trip to the hospital to have her tonsils removed, she discovered the US Army nursing program to provide trained registered nurses to join the troops in the field during WWII. She entered that program in 1944 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. As a freshman nurse she worked in the emergency room during the 1944 Hartford Circus Fire caring for burn victims, many of whom were dying. This experience left a lasting impression and strengthened her determination to be an outstanding nurse. She graduated as a registered nurse in April 1947. Since the war was over, she took a job at Norwich State Hospital to reimburse the government for her education. Her next-door neighbor in Farmington, Mary Vona, arranged a blind date for herself and Betty. That date led to each of them marrying the men they met on the date. Betty married Lucian Walczyk of New Britain, CT on September 11th, 1948. They bought their first house in Kensington, CT where they had their three children, Barbara in 1949, Thomas in 1951 and John in 1954. When Betty’s father died Betty and Lucian were offered the chance to buy his house and the family farm, which they did in 1957. When she returned to her childhood home in Farmington, Betty became an enthusiastic member of the Ladies Guild of St. Patrick Church. The Ladies Guild did all the interior maintenance of the church; vacuuming, dusting, ironing altar clothes and priest’s garments, washing vases, cleaning candle wax and decorating with flowers from their gardens. The Guild also held various events in the church basement such as fairs, potluck dinners and numerous card parties that were very popular. Betty especially enjoyed these social activities, but decorating the church with her garden flowers was one of her favorite things to do. In 1974 she and Lucian visited their relatives in Poland. The Communist government insisted that tourists use a state-run agency to tour the country even if they were visiting family members. Betty was frustrated when the agency conducted tours in Polish since she didn’t speak the language. Lucian hired an English-speaking taxi driver to follow the tour bus and explain in English what they were viewing so that Betty could understand and appreciate the tour. When they returned to Connecticut, she enrolled in a class at Central Connecticut State College to learn Polish. She also worked as a Red Cross volunteer at blood drives and did some private duty nursing at the request of her local doctor. In 1978 she decided to work fulltime and got a job at Mercyknoll in West Hartford as the night supervisor nurse. Mercyknoll, an institution owned by the Sisters of Mercy, was a nursing home for retired nuns of their order. Betty spent many productive years happily working with the nuns, some of whom would call her at home in Farmington on her days off to chat. In 1977 Lucian and Betty bought a summer cottage in West Gardiner, Maine, with a small beach on the Cobbosseecontee stream. Lucian enjoyed fishing and boating on the stream while Betty spent her days developing multiple flower and a vegetable garden on the property. The beaver population was prolific in the area and the beavers would cut down white birch trees around the cottage to build houses and dams. To save her trees from destruction Betty spent many hours winding chicken wire around the base of her trees’ trunks to prevent beaver damage. She also became very well known to the animal control office, requesting them, every summer, to remove the beavers. Her children and grandchildren enjoyed summer days swimming, fishing, boating and visiting Manie attractions during their vacation time. When Betty retired from Meryknoll she and Lucian were able to do limited traveling to England, Italy, and Yugoslavia as well as Florida in the USA. They also did a great deal of vegetable gardening; canning and freezing produce for use in the winter. Lucian died in July 2001 and was buried in Riverside Cemetary in Farmington. Widowed, Betty remained in her home visited by her children and grandchildren, until July 2015 when her daughter, due to her own illness, was unable to continue caring for her. She entered Cherry Brook Healthcare Center in Canton, CT as a permanent resident.
At Cherry Brook she was cared for with devotion and kindness by her nurses, Anne Monroe, Cam Nguyen, and Stephanie Sioravanti and many aides. She died of Covid-19 on April 20th, 2020. She was buried next to her husband Lucian, in a special ceremony arranged by Frank Ahern of the Ahern Funeral Home in Unionville on May 1st. Monsignor Thomas J. Barry pastor of St. Patrick Church, blessed the grave and conducted the internment prayers. The ceremony was attended by Barbara Walczyk, Thomas and his wife Maximina Walczyk, John Walczyk and his ex-wife Mary Ann Walczyk, Joel and Christine Miller and their daughter Mina, Ingrid Walczyk and her daughters Abigail and Zoe Kulas, Stephen Walczyk, Michelle Walczyk and her fiancé Jonathan Moore, John T. Walczyk and his sister Susanne Walczyk, Julio Susaya and Betty’s nephew Hank Frey and his wife Jean.
A Requiem mass will be scheduled at a future date. Memorial contributions in Betty’s name can be made to the St. Patrick Church building fund at: St. Patrick Church, 110 Main Street, Box 523, Farmington, CT 06034-0523 or the Farmington Historical Society at: Farmington Historical Society, PO Box 1645, Farmington, CT 06034.