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McGuire, Anita Bellini

Our Mother, Nana, Great-Nana, Sister and Aunt, Anita Bellini McGuire, formerly of North Providence, RI and late of Unionville, CT, peacefully passed away at St. Mary Home, West Hartford, CT on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.
Anita was born on Holy Saturday, April 3, 1920, to Angelo and Pauline (D’Agostino) Bellini. She was married to the late Edward J. McGuire for 57 years until his death in 1998. Anita is survived by her daughter Eileen DelSignore (Edward 2016) of Bolton, CT, her son Edward J. McGuire (Karen) of Franklin, MA, her daughter Loren Gelber (Dr. Joel) of Avon, CT, and her brother Vasili Bellini (Josephine) of Montpelier, VT. Nana leaves behind 9 cherished grandchildren- Christine DelSignore and Jon Mitchum, Christopher (Sharon) DelSignore, Carolynn DelSignore, Charles (Lara) DelSignore, Jason (Sandy) McGuire, Bethany (Jeff) Haughey, Aaron Gelber, Ariel Gelber, and Noah Gelber. Also surviving are her 14 precious great-grandchildren, Stephen, Benjamen, Grace, Katherine, Nicholas, Sarah, Charles Jr., Chase, Jack, Dylan, Julia, Nicholas, Michael and Macie and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Anita was predeceased by her sister Ilia Maria Stacy of Norwich, VT and her brother-in-law Leland J. Stacy Jr., of Norwich, VT.
A 1941 graduate of the Butler Hospital School for Nurses in Providence, RI, she enjoyed a long nursing career at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket, RI and at St. Joseph Hospital-Fatima Unit, North Providence, RI. She was a former parishioner of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, North Providence, RI, and a member of the Blackstone Valley Historical Society, Lincoln, RI. After her retirement and the passing of our Dad, she moved to Unionville, CT. There she became a parishioner of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church and the Tunxis Senior Center.
Our talented Mom was an excellent cook, baker (Best Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER) and artist. She shared her beautiful voice joining the choirs of both churches. Her favorite activities included reading, crossword puzzles, Word Jumble, vacationing at Sagamore Beach, MA and painting. Our homes are filled with many beautiful pictures in both oil and watercolor, and tole painted furnishings.
We sincerely appreciate the loving care and attention she received at St. Mary Home and thank the devoted nurses, aides and staff of Baggot Street unit for the friendship, kindness and respect shown to our Mom.
Relatives and friends may join family members for Anita’s funeral service on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 10:00 A.M., at St. Mary Home Chapel, 2021 Albany Avenue, West Hartford, CT. Burial will follow at the RI Veterans Cemetery, Exeter, RI. In lieu of flowers, Anita asked that any memorial donations be made to charities of your choice.

Hughes, Ruth S.

Ruth S. Hughes, 95, of Farmington, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 5th, 2020. Born September 25th, 1924, she was the daughter of the late William C. and Cora (Scandrol) Sellemann. Ruth was a longtime resident of Farmington Woods where she served as Past President of the Women’s Club and was a member of the Greater Hartford Zeta Tau Alpha Alumnae. Funeral services and burial will be private.

Lawler, Thomas Joseph

Thomas Joseph Lawler, beloved husband of Angela (Puzzo) Lawler passed away January 3, 2020. The son of the late E. Joseph Lawler and Mary Noonan Lawler was born in New Haven. Raised in Hartford, he attended St. Joseph’s Cathedral Grammar School and graduated from Hartford Public High winning awards in swimming and dancing (Ray Bolger style). He enlisted in the United States Navy and served four years in the US Naval Air Force as an electronics technician. Upon discharge he earned a BA degree in economics from the University of Connecticut and began his thirty year career at the Hartford National Bank (currently American Bank and Trust in Torrington, CT). He retired as Senior Vice President of the region and served the community as chairman of United Way, School Board of Education, School Building Committee, and coach of Varsity Alumni Boys Basketball- his favorite. A fisherman and golfer, he enjoyed all sports. A UConn fan, he also cheered for the Yankees, Giants, and his Grandchildren, always attending their games and performances. Gardening was a special passion. His plot at The Meadows in Farmington thrived. A talented Chef, his skills were greatly appreciated by family and brought him joy. Tom’s Irish spirit and ready sense of humor brought joy to all.

Thomas is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Angela. Also his cherished daughters, Ana Lawler-Gersten, Sharon Lawler, Patricia Lawler-Hardy and grandchildren, Grace and fiancé Joshua, Levi, Samuel, Thomas, Luke and great-grandson Declan.  He is also survived by, brother Larry and wife Pat Lawler, sister Kathleen and husband Mark Bourke, special cousin Bill and his wife Marcia Lawler and many beloved Noonan and Lawler cousins. Also mourning his passing, the Puzzo and Snetro families of who Tom was patriarch.

The family expresses our appreciation of the many caregivers, neighbors, and program friends who gave him loving care throughout his illness.

Friends may call at the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Rt.4. Unionville on Tuesday January 7th from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Funeral procession from the Ahern Funeral Home will be Tuesday at 10:30 am. followed by the Funeral Liturgy at 11:00 am in the Church of Saint Patrick, 110 Main St Farmington, CT. Burial will follow at St Mary Cemetery, New Britain.
In lieu of flowers please make a charitable contribution in Tom’s memory to a charity of your choice.

Scheidel, Paul F., Sr.

Paul F. Scheidel Sr., 71, of Torrington, beloved husband of Dorothy (Molon) Scheidel passed away peacefully at his home Friday, December 27, 2019. Born in Hartford, November 22, 1948 son of the late Francis W. “Nip” and Mildred (Hackbarth) Scheidel. Prior to retiring, Paul was an Auto Technician in the Farmington Valley for over 40 years. He was a long time communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Collinsville where he had served as an altar boy in his youth. He was a life member of the Burlington Men’s Club. Paul was a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War serving as a L/Cpl with the United States Marine Corps. He was the proud recipient of the Purple Heart for wounds received in action, the Vietnam Campaign Medal w/ device, the Vietnam Service Medal with w/olc and the Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon.
Besides his wife, he leaves his son Paul F. Scheidel Jr. of Torrington, his sister Lorraine S. Ulen and her husband Donald of Clearwater, Florida, his brother Peter F. Scheidel of Sandy Creek, NY and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Paul was predeceased by his two brothers, George J. Scheidel III, and Patrick F. Scheidel.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday, January 2nd from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday, January 3rd at 9:00 am followed by the Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00 am. Burial with full Marine Corps honors will be at Center Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Scholarship Fund at the Burlington Men’s Club, 44 Covey Road, Burlington, CT 06013.   

Bombara, Pamela Carson

Pamela Carson Bombara of Avon, Connecticut, inseparable wife of James R. Bombara, passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019. Pam was born to Ellen (Graney) Carson and John Joseph Carson II on October 31, 1941 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. At the end of World War II, Pam and her family moved to Lovely Street, Unionville, Connecticut where she was raised with her three loving siblings, Patricia Carson Sussman (and husband Peter) of Berkeley, California, John Joseph Carson III of West Hartford, Connecticut, and Martin Graney Carson of Fiddler’s Elbow, New York. Pam and her family tragically lost their wonderful father, after he succumbed to the stress of rebuilding his machine parts business, Carson Metal Products, in Unionville following the 1955 flood.
Pam graduated from Farmington High School in 1959. She later received her bachelors of arts degree and teaching certificate from Central Connecticut State College and her masters of library science from Southern Connecticut State College. She obtained her degrees while raising her beloved sons, Michael Paul, Thomas Grove and John Carson. Pam and Jim first raised Michael, Tom and Jay on Keyes Street in Unionville, then, beginning in 1969, on Huckleberry Hill in Avon in an old farmhouse with a large barn, both of which have been continually restored and improved by her talented husband. On Huckleberry Hill, Pam and Jim have been blessed with having the same caring neighbors, Carol and Russell Doeg, for more than 50 years.
Pam worked faithfully and joyfully, as a student teacher in the Farmington school system, as a nursery school teacher, including at Garmany Hall at Winding Trails, as a volunteer at Huckleberry Hill School in Avon, and then settled into her true professional calling as a librarian for thirty years for the Farmington Village Green and Library Association. During which time, she served in various roles, including, children’s librarian and director of the West End Library in Unionville, director of the Village (Barney) Library, and head reference librarian at the Main Library.
In addition to her husband, her three children, her son-in-law, Bruno Alejandro Arce Cerda, her daughter-in-law, Lynn Milan and her daughter-in-law, Allison Reilly-Bombara, Pam enjoyed nothing more than the company and achievements of her grandchildren, Carson, Caleb, Charlotte, Thomas and Melissa and her nieces and nephews, Cathy Bombara Ford, Chris Bombara, Deborah Olsen, Katherine Sussman Cheng, Stephanie Sussman Kuehn, Mandy Carson Armstrong, Becca Carson Brockway, John Carson, Cory Carson and Chris Carson and all of her nieces’ and nephews’ wonderful children. Pam enjoyed spending winter time at her home in Naples, Florida, as well as summer time with her extended family on Cape Cod at Wellfleet. She was an avid yoga practitioner. Other than with her family, her favorite way to spend time was voraciously reading or, for more than 25 years, watching her UConn Women’s basketball team succeed with joy, love and hard work.
Early in life, Pam found a lifetime friend in Donna Carson (and husband Feng Zhou) who remained Pam’s unwavering sister and fierce advocate. Pam also made a lifetime of friends at the Farmington Library, which is where she met her lifelong friend Tinker Murphy. Pam deservedly put her unyielding trust in Doctor Stacey Nerenstone and her caring team who rewarded her with many additional years of quality living. Pam’s family wishes to thank all of her many friends, colleagues, care workers and acquaintances who shared her journey and continue to share our journey.
Family and friends may call on Monday, December 30 from 4 to 7 pm at Ahern Funeral Home 111 Main Street Rt 4 Unionville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, December 31 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Unionville, Connecticut. Please everyone meet directly in Church. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Huckleberry Hill Road, Avon, Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Farmington Village Green and Library Association, c/o the Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington, Connecticut or the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center c/o Hartford Hospital-Philanthropy, 80 Seymour Street, P.O. Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06102-5037.

Wagner, Janet (Yuhas)

Janet (Yuhas) Wagner (70) of Newington, beloved wife of Jess E. Wagner Jr. passed away peacefully at her home Monday December 23rd. Born in Hartford CT March 13, 1949 daughter of the late Steven J. and Paula (Lawrence) Yuhas.
Janet entered the Benedictine order at Immaculata Monastery, (Nebraska) ’67 – ’69, and became a Benedictine lay oblate to the same monastery in ’97. She received her BS and MBA through the University of Hartford and worked as an Underwriter/Analyst and Communications Director for Commercial Lines at Travelers in addition to consulting work in the insurance industry in Iowa and England.
She loved her faith passionately, which she exhibited through her oil and watercolor paintings. She was especially proud of her ability to “write” icons. She was an avid skier, and recreational pilot, but her greatest joy was traveling with her husband Jess and their pets via boat or motor home.
Besides her husband she is survived by her sister Theresa L. Antonini; she was predeceased by her brother Anthony D. Lawrence and brother-in-law Wayne R. Antonini.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday January 2nd 2020 at 11:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church (Annunciation Parish) 26 Willard Ave, Newington, CT 06111
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Our Companions Animal Sanctuary, 46 Floeting Rd, Ashford, CT 06278

Sullivan, Kathleen (O’Neill)

Kathleen O’Neill Sullivan, 75, died peacefully on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at home surrounded by her loving family. Kathleen was born in, Cahersculliben, County Kerry, Ireland, February 29, 1944 to John and Margaret O’Neill. She moved to the U.S. at the age of 16 where she worked at Saint Francis Hospital. As a young girl in America, she learned to work hard and to take on all opportunities with determination. She went on to meet and marry the love of her life, Jeremiah J. Sullivan on June 25, 1966 spending fifty years together. Most of all she loved her family and instilled in her children strong values that have served them well. She will be dearly missed and forever in their hearts. Kathleen especially loved here role as Nana to Katelyn, Patrick, Kayla, and Liam. She had a vivacious personality and always made them laugh. We ask if you would like to honor Kathleen’s memory, take a close friend or relative out for coffee, lunch, or dinner and SMILE, she will be there. Family and friends were Kathleen’s passion and delight. She had two other passions; caring for children and Asylum Hill Congregational Church. For many years Kathleen worked at AHCC as housekeeper where she formed many friendships over the years. She always seemed to look out after others, known to many children at AHCC as the donut lady, and would put others before herself. It suited her servant heart. She was all about doing what’s right and doing what’s good. Predeceased by her father, John O’Neill; mother, Margaret (Cavanaugh) O’Neill; 3 brothers, Michael, Tom, and Jack; and 3 sisters, Maureen, Mairead, and Philomena. Survived by her adoring children and grandchildren, Ann Marie Sullivan and Katelyn of West Hartford, Patrick and Ada Sullivan and Patrick, Kayla, and Liam of Rocky Hill, Margaret and Tracy Roane of Hartford, and Jeremiah J. Sullivan Jr. of West Hartford. Kathleen is lovingly remembered by her siblings Eileen Lavelle of Cape Cod, MA; Patrick O’Neill of England; Bridget Keane of Holyoke, MA; Hannah O’Toole of Springfield, MA; Noreen Scanlon of Ireland; Eugene O’Neill of East Granby, CT; and Liam O’Neill of Ireland. She is fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and many good lifelong friends. Kathleen’s life has ended, but her legacy of wisdom, integrity, and courage will go on forever! A celebration of life service will be held at 10:00am, Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave, Hartford, CT. It was with stories of Hartford students that Kathleen and Jerry found their passion for helping those in need. Kathleen always thought that being kind and helping others was important. So, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to Hands of Hartford – MANNA and Neighborhood Service 55 Bartholomew Ave. Hartford, CT. 06106 (860-706-1505). The family of Kathleen wishes to extend their sincere thanks to her doctors; Giove, Katigbak, and Gaurdino that so diligently and tenderly cared for her. In addition, a special thanks to the McLean Hospice staff that added tenderness and grace to her final days.

Fairbrother, Richard J., DMD

Richard J. Fairbrother, DMD, of West Hartford, CT, passed away unexpectedly on December 19, 2019.
He was born in Providence, RI on January 17, 1952. He was the son of the late Ann F. and John H. Fairbrother. He was a graduate of Northwest Catholic High School, where he was a scholar athlete. He was inducted into the Northwest Catholic High School Hall of Fame in 2005. He earned his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. At Wesleyan, he graduated with highest honors and served as Captain of the Men’s Varsity Basketball Team. In 1974, Richard was named a NCAA Academic All American.
He then received his DMD from the University of CT School of Dentistry. He was a member of the CT State Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Association of Oral Systemic Health.
Richard was devoted to his family, friends, his patients, and the community. All knew him as kind, generous and humble. His laugh was contagious and his work ethic was unparalleled. Richard continued his love of basketball by playing for the East Hartford Explorers and in numerous leagues, even during his professional life. He was an accomplished tennis player, participating in USTA tournaments, leagues and was a long standing member of the Hartford Tennis Club. Richard was also a member of The New York Athletic Club.
Richard leaves his beloved wife, Virginia (Curry), his sister Karen Fairbrother of MA, his brother John Fairbrother and his wife Zeta of NV. He also leaves his brother-in-law David Curry, his sister-in-law Kathleen Curry and many beloved cousins and friends.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, CT on Sunday, December 22, 2019, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of St. Timothy, 1116 North Main St., West Hartford, CT on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 10:00 am. All are kindly asked to meet directly at church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the memory of Dr. Richard Fairbrother to Northwest Catholic High School, 29 Wampanoag Dr., West Hartford, CT 06117 or the Church of St. Timothy.

Gignac, Barbara Ann (Stockman)

Barbara Ann (Stockman) Gignac of East Hartford, CT died peacefully at Saint Francis Hospital on Sunday, December 15, 2019. She is the only child of the late Walter and Frances Stockman and the decades-long widow of Walter J. (Buck) Gignac. She is a lifelong resident of East Hartford where she treasured family and enjoyed friends, work colleagues at Maguire Group in New Britain, CT; ceramics, reading mysteries, crossword puzzles and community activities. After her husband died, she was a member and former President of Parents Without Partners.
She is survived by her four children: Susan Gignac of Hartford, CT; Stephen (and Carol) Gignac of Bristol, CT; Peter (and Celia) Gignac of Middleburg, FL with her only granddaughter, Kayla Gignac; and Mary (Gignac) with her husband Robert Marquis of Vernon, CT.
Family and friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Avenue in Hartford, CT on Friday, December 20, 2019 from 4-7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for her eternal rest at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph on Farmington Avenue in Hartford, CT at 10 am on Saturday, December 21, 2019 in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. We are grateful for the kind and longstanding care given to our mother by the staff at Riverside Health Center in East Hartford, CT. Donations may be made to Riverside Health Center or the charity of your choice.

Deckelman, Paul F., Jr.

Paul F. Deckelman, Jr., 37, of Hartford, passed away Thursday, December 12th, 2019. Paul will be remembered for his work ethic, his sense of humor and his compelling personality. He is survived by his father, Paul F. Deckelman, Sr., and his partner Raimie Weber, his mother, Patricia Shannon, his son, Aiden, his brother, Mark Deckelman, his sister, Brooke Matuszczak and her husband Rafal and many loving extended family members.
At this time of great difficulty, the family wishes to remember and celebrate him privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army, which was a great support to Paul, 855 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT 06105, Attn: Donations.

Harvey, Kenneth G.

Kenneth G. Harvey, 90, longtime resident Farmington, CT, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at UCONN’s John Dempsey Hospital on December 13, 2019.
Ken was born in 1929, in Hartford, CT, son of George and Ann (Buettner) Harvey. He attended William H. Hall High School in West Hartford where he excelled in football and was named to the All Capital District Conference team. After graduation, he volunteered and served three years in the Connecticut Air National Guard.
Upon returning from the service, Ken began working for the Southern New England Telephone Company. His career at SNET spanned 34 years. He retired in 1988, as a foreman with the business installation team in Hartford.
He was the devoted husband of Irene (Connors) Harvey. They lived and raised their family in Farmington for 64 of their 66 years of marriage. Ken and Irene loved their annual trips to Fort Lauderdale and cheering on their beloved New York Yankees.
Ken is survived by his devoted wife Irene and their three children, Janet Heintz and her husband Guy of Rockport, MA, Brian Harvey and his wife Jeanie of Unionville, CT and Nancy McGuinness and her husband Tim of Marlborough, CT; his five grandchildren, Samantha Harvey Porter and her husband Paul, Betsy Harvey, Jack Harvey, Erin McGuinness and Tara McGuinness, nephew Rick Menzel and niece Susan (Menzel) Johnson and their families. Ken also leaves his Stovall nephews and niece, Casey, Chris, Bruce and Katherine (Jordan) and their families whom he helped raise with Irene after their parents Walter “Smokey” and Mary (Connors) Stovall passed. He was pre-deceased by his infant sister Marlene, his sister Dorothy Menzel, her husband Paul, and his nephew Jeff Menzel.
Relatives and friends are invited to a funeral mass celebrating Ken’s life on December 18, 2019. It will be held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church at 145 Main Street, Unionville, CT, at 10 AM followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church at 145 Main St. Unionville, 06085

Donaldson, Lee Arthur

Lee Arthur Donaldson (66) of Unionville passed away suddenly but peacefully at home on December 7, 2019, after an arduous battle with kidney disease. He was born on January, 27, 1953 in Bridgeport, CT to Arthur and Sylvia (Skorvz) Donaldson. He graduated from Milford High School in 1971. He married his wife Deborah Lee (Blodgett) in 1974. They had been married for almost 45 years. He leaves behind two daughters, Michelle Lee (John) McKenney of Bristol, CT and Tammy Lee Whitney of Cape Canaveral, FL.. He taught his daughters many life lessons that they will always cherish. His son-in-law John was like the son he never had. They shared many common interests including playing the drums. Lee loved his grandchildren, Riley James Lee McKenney, Aiden John Lee McKenney, Austin Corey Whitney, and Alaska Rose Whitney very much. He was proud of his grandchildren’s many accomplishments. He is also survived by his sister Judy (Donaldson) Bennett, sister-in-law Tanya (Blodgett) Veillette, brother-in-laws Herbert Blogett Jr., Paul (Cathy) Blodgett, several nephews and a niece. He will be dearly missed by his best buddy and faithful companion, Charlie. Lee attended Porter and Chester Institute and the University of New Haven. He had a successful career in the construction industry as a Senior Project Manager. His career led him to leave Milford in 1985 and relocate to Unionville, CT to be closer to his employer, Konover Construction. He most recently worked for O&G industries, and previous to that, Riverview Realty and Development (R2D). Lee was a skilled project manager and always gave his employer 110%. He was well respected in his industry and leaves behind a legacy of many well crafted buildings and schools including the Unionville Stop and Shop and Miss Porter’s Admissions buildings here in town. When he was not working, Lee enjoyed many hobbies. He was an avid Cowboys fan and over the years has built a massive collection of Cowboys memorabilia which he proudly displayed for all to enjoy. He loved listening to music (everything from the Beatles to Green Day), playing the drums, and building car models. He was a true artist when it came to building models. There are few craftsmen who could build a model with the level of detail and precision as he. Lee was a car enthusiast and enjoyed going for rides in his 1996 Camaro. It was his prized possession, and he maintained it meticulously, often spending hours detailing his car on the weekend. He has joked over the years that if he could not be buried in his Camaro then it was to be donated to the Smithsonian Museum since it was the last year that this particular model/body style was made. Lee also enjoyed tailgating and was a Uconn Football season ticket holder for over a decade. Like a true fan, he supported the team win or lose. He enjoyed bringing his grandsons to the game. Lee also loved cooking and entertaining for his family. He made an amazing marinara and a prime rib that was out of this world! Lee had a kind and giving spirit He often committed random acts of kindness such as paying for someone’s groceries or gas. In the past, he has even purchased teddy bears at local hospitals and gifted them to the maternity ward requesting that they be given to the next babies born into the world. When he decided to give up playing his drums he gifted them to the Farmington High School music program so that they would continue to be enjoyed. In honor of Lee’s giving spirit and since Lee spent most of his career building schools, if you are moved to honor Lee’s memory, the family requests that donations be made to the Farmington High School building project. Donations can be sent to the Farmington Board of Education, 1 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT 06032 or the National Kidney Foundation 3000 Whitney Ave #121, Hamden, CT 06518

Hemphill, Vera (Pyle)

Vera (Pyle) Hemphill, 91, of Unionville, beloved widow of Gerald W. Hemphill, Sr., to whom she was married to for 68 ½ years, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 4th, 2019. Born October 16th, 1928 in Pensacola, FL, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Ida Lee (Norred) Pyle. Along with her husband, Vera was the Co-Owner of Wee One Restaurant in Farmington. Vera was a longtime member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Farmington and was active in the Farmington Valley Women’s Club. She dedicated many hours as a volunteer at UCONN Hospital where she made hats for the cancer center and pajamas for the premie and loved playing Mexican Train with her group of friends.
Vera is survived by her two children, Jo Ann E. Smeltz and her husband William of Springfield, MA, her son, Gerald W. Hemphill, Jr., and his wife Roberta of Bristol, nine grandchildren, Sabrina Smeltz, Kelley Givani, Jillyan Pierce, Sarah Smeltz, Jennifer Schwecherl Hemphill, Jeremy Hemphill, Lauren Valuckas, John B. Valuckas, and Sharon Woinski, eleven great-grandchildren, Phillip, Evan, Julian, Junior, Harlow, Katherine, Scarlett, Jordyn, Logan, Makenzie and Lindsley and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Diane H. Valuckas and her brother, Harry Pyle.
Funeral services and burial will be held in the spring.

Messick, David Wilson

David Wilson Messick, 63, of Burlington, passed away peacefully November 30th, 2019 at Bristol Hospital after a lifelong illness. Born June 19th, 1956 in Cromwell to the late Harold W. and Thelma (Noren) Messick. Dave is survived by his brother, Bryan and his wife Dorothy (Pilon) Messick of Bristol, his sister, Deborah J. Golden of Sarasota, FL, two nephews, Tucker Pesce, Taylor and Ashley Golden. Dave spent 59 years in Burlington where he met many friends and was well liked by all. He will be dearly missed.
Burial will be private at the convenience of the family with no calling hours, as requested. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Atrophy Association or the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

Bradley, David Reed

David Reed Bradley, 69, of Avon, CT, passed away peacefully on November 30th at home with his wife by his side. Born January 19, 1950, David was the son of Florence Reed Bradley, formerly of Glastonbury, CT, and the late Clifton E. Bradley.
David graduated from Glastonbury High School in 1967 and from Brown University in 1971 with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics. At Brown, David was very active in the musical theatre program and made many close, lifelong friends, who traveled the world with him. He was also a member of the Rhode Island National Guard. Following his graduation from Brown, David entered the actuarial program at The Hartford, where he rose to Executive Vice President during his 29 year tenure. He was a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
David was a passionate musician. He began music lessons from his grandmother at age 3, organ lessons at age 11, ballet school accompanist at age 14, followed by a lifetime as an organist in area churches. He was an interim and substitute organist and a 40-year member of Asylum Hill Congregational Church and served on many committees, including chairing the Stewardship Committee.
David formed the Worthington Trio with his wife, Kathleen (cellist) and Dr. Lisa Kugelman (violinist). In addition to being a phenomenal musician, he loved sports, including golf, tennis and squash. He was an avid fan of the UConn Women’s Basketball Team. He enjoyed spending many summers at Cape Cod with his family.
David is survived by his wife of eight years, Kathleen Schiano; his son James Stedman Bradley of New York, NY; his daughter Eleanor Grace Bradley Healy, her husband Michael, and their son William Wells Stedman Healy, of Weston, CT; and Kathleen’s son Christopher Schiano of Simsbury, CT. In addition to his mother, David is also survived by his sister Janet Bradley and her husband Douglas McNally, of Windsor, MA; and his aunt Carrie Mobsby of Glastonbury, CT. The Bradley Family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many family, friends and neighbors, who were so kind to David; and most especially to Seth Koranteng of Visiting Angels, who skillfully and lovingly cared for David in the past few months.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 6th at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, with a reception to follow.
On Saturday, December 7th, family and friends are invited to gather at Avon Congregational Church, 6 West Main Street in Avon, CT, at 11:00 a.m. Burial with a graveside service will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the David Bradley Music Fund at Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville, CT 06085. Please share a memory or note of sympathy at