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Cascione, Maria

Maria Cascione of Farmington, CT passed away peacefully on February 19, 2021, just two days before her 92nd birthday. Maria was born in Altamura, Italy to Francesco Piccininni and Teresa Ciccimarra. She was one of twelve siblings and was the oldest daughter in her family. She was raised on a farm and worked very hard each day to care for her brothers and sisters.
Maria married Pasquale Cascione in 1946 and emigrated to the United States in 1955 with their two children, Rosa and Michael. They settled in the Bronx, NY where Maria worked as a seamstress. She was known as “Maria Magica” because of her ability to make and alter any type of clothing.
After the death of her husband in 1980, Maria moved to Connecticut to live with her daughter, her daughter’s husband, Alex, and her granddaughter, Elyse.
Maria loved her family. She never missed a chance to visit them and called them frequently just to say hello. She loved to laugh and dance and cook delicious Italian food to share with those she loved. In the summer, she was outside in the garden growing vegetables and flowers and keeping everything beautiful.
She traveled to Italy frequently to visit family and loved spending time on her brother’s vineyard. There, she would help pick grapes and figs and make vino cotto to bring home for Christmas.
Wherever she went, Maria made friends easily. Whether at a store or on her daily walks, she struck up conversations with everyone.
Loving, generous, selfless, full of energy, and full of life, Maria will be dearly missed. She is survived by her daughter Rosa and her husband Alex, her son Michael and his wife Gerrie, her loving grandchildren Cathy, Elaine, Christine, and Elyse, great-grandchildren Harrison and Oliver, as well as brothers and sisters Lucia, Anna, Joe, Gino, Ninetta, and Rina. She is pre-deceased by her husband Pasquale and siblings Filippo, Nicola, Chiara, Carlo, and Bartolo.
Friends may call The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Feb. 27) from 9:30-10:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:30am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington.

Dugan, Priscilla Woodward

Priscilla Woodward Dugan, 92, formerly of Fayette, Maine, died peacefully on February 14, 2021 at Seabury Retirement Community in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Born November 22, 1928 in Rumford, Maine, she was the daughter of Dorr H. Woodward and Rowena (Pollard) Woodward, and the wife of the late Michael H. Dugan.
Following graduation from Stephens High School in Rumford, Maine, she attended Nasson College in Springvale, Maine, where she received a Medical Secretarial diploma in 1948. She worked as a medical secretary at the Veterans Administration Center in Togus, Maine after graduating from Nasson.
After doing her student teaching at Skowhegan High School, she received a BS degree in Business Education from Husson College in Bangor, Maine in 1956. After graduation from Husson she taught Business Education at Eliot High School in Maine.
As her family responsibilities evolved, Priscilla shifted to work in the home but remained involved in her community by participating in volunteer activities including church, hospital and nursing home volunteer work, and various school programs. She also enjoyed substitute teaching. During the early 1960’s Priscilla volunteered at St. Luke’s Church in Bridgeport, Connecticut tutoring inner city youth in typing and secretarial skills for career advancement.
Priscilla was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Deane M. Woodward and Hildreth B. Woodward, sister Helene W. Kimball, her first husband William W. Ingraham and The Rev. Michael H. Dugan, her husband for over 40 years.
She invested herself in many arts and crafts, including knitting, sewing, needlepoint, hooking rugs, brass rubbing, painting and gourmet cooking. She and Mike worked together in their gardens with flowers and vegetables, and she spent many hours canning and freezing vegetables and making pickles and jams.
Priscilla’s greatest joy was creating and sharing experiences with her family, especially at the family vacation home on Lovejoy Pond in Fayette, Maine where she and Mike eventually retired.
She is survived by her 3 children: The Rev. Jeffrey S. Dugan and his wife Elizabeth of Bloomfield, Connecticut; Barbara Helene Dugan and her husband Dr. Steven C. Henricks of Stratham, New Hampshire and Peter M. Dugan of Greenland, New Hampshire. She has five grandchildren: Matthew Scott Dugan, Martha Claire Witinok, Christopher Sands Dugan, William Stewart Dugan and Emma Rachel Henricks. She has five great-grandchildren: Declan, Kayla, Liam, Aria and Callan.
Priscilla’s family would like to express their profound gratitude to Seabury Retirement Community in Bloomfield, Connecticut for the excellent care she received throughout the eight years she was there.
There are no calling hours. A private graveside service will occur at the family cemetery in Dresden, Maine in the summer of 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 249, Wilton, ME 04938; The Pine Tree Society, 149 Front Street, Bath, ME 04530; or the Seabury Charitable Foundation, 200 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002.

Wolf III, Guy W.

Guy W. Wolf III, loving husband of Pamela Morrison-Wolf and father/step-father of seven, died on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at the age of 77.
Guy was born on July 7, 1943 in Albany, Oregon to Guy W. Wolf, Jr. and Myrtle (Behrends) Wolf. He was raised in California. After high school, Guy was accepted into the Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy. He always cherished the experiences he had sailing around the world by the time he was 20 years old. In 1965, he married Grayce Cerino and they had three daughters: twins Nancy and Sandra, followed by Janice. The girls have fond memories of spending time with their Dad, taking Sunday drives, playing games and sharing his passion for music.
In 1968, Guy entered the law school at the University of Connecticut. He cited the impact of President John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” as he entered a life of public service. Given his passion for justice, he was the first president of the prosecutors’ union and the chief negotiator for their contracts.
In 1992, he married Pamela Morrison and acquired four more children: Christopher Gladis, Michael Gladis, Paul Gladis and Chion Wolf. As with his three daughters, Guy was a great supporter of all their sports, drama, and music activities. He retired from the Division of Criminal Justice in 2000. He retained his public service in retirement, serving on Farmington’s Town Planning and Zoning Commission, Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commission, and Land Acquisition Commission, as well as the Democratic Town Committee. In retirement, Guy and Pamela indulged their love of travel with trips to Spain, Ireland, Japan, Italy, Germany, and Poland.
Guy was pre-deceased by his parents and by his brother Charles. He is mourned by his family: wife Pamela Morrison-Wolf, children Nancy and Kenneth Creasy with Kenny and Emily; Sandra and Tom McKenna with Ryan and Shannon; Janice Wolf and Adam Lehman with Ian and Rachel; Chris Gladis and Naoki Higuchi; Michael Gladis and Beth Behrs; Paul Gladis and Vanesa Perez-Sauquillo with Arwen, Aidan, and Willow; and Chion Wolf and Emily Petersen; and by his brother John and Barbara Wolf..
The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to Mary Beth Barry, APRN cardiology at UCONN/John Dempsey Hospital. Her compassion and competence contributed greatly to his survival of congestive heart failure for so many years. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Gift Processing Center, P. O. Box 78851, Phoenix, Arizona 85062-8851 or to House of Bread, 1453 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06120.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, February 19 at 10 o’clock at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, 265 Church Street, Hartford, CT 06103. Attendance is limited to 100 people. Everyone must be masked and practice safe social distancing. For the live stream Mass, go to home page www.SPSACT.org and click on “LINKS TO ALL LIVE-STREAM MASSES/SERVICES/FUNERALS” and on the next page choose one of three options of StreamSpot, FaceBook or YouTube.

Stergos, Chris Peter

Chris Peter Stergos, 79, of Farmington, CT died peacefully at home on February 12, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was born to the late Panagiotis and Iphigenia (Sitera) Stergelis on December 7, 1941 in Plomari, Mytilene, Greece. Chris graduated from Hartford Public High School, Hartford, CT and studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Hartford.
Chris was predeceased by his loving wife of many years, Beverly (Ford) Stergos. He will forever be remembered by his children, Melissa Caouette and Joanne Stergos, both of Farmington and his son Peter Stergos and his wife Tsambika Stergos of Burlington; he was Papou to six precious grandchildren Hunter (21), Anastasia (21), Cody (19), Christos (16), Savvas (16) and Isabella (11); his sister Ioanna Stergos of Plomari, Greece. He is survived by many special nieces, nephews, and godchildren. Chris is also survived by Chrisanthy Psaras of Newington who was a special part of his life. They loved to spend time traveling, watching Greek movies, going out to dinner, and working on special projects together.
Chris came to America on the SS Saturnia arriving in Ellis Island on November 24, 1955. Chris developed his strong work ethic as a young man working many hours at the Mark Twain Diner while in high school. He then worked heavy construction while attending classes at the University of Hartford, but his desire was to become a real estate broker. He eventually obtained his real estate license and started his own business. For over 45 years, with the help of his wife, Chris built Stergos Realty into a successful real estate business. For many of those years he was known as the ‘go to guy’ for the purchase or sale of any Greek owned restaurant. He took pride in working alongside his son and being able to pass on his dealmaking skills, knowledge, and integrity. Chris was known for his honesty and was trusted in the marketplace.
In his spare time, Chris took pride acting as general contractor on any and all construction related projects for his family and friends. He found great pleasure in cruising the globe with his late wife, Beverly. Chris loved hosting large gatherings in the family home. He enjoyed cooking, entertaining and eating well, whether it involved roasting lamb on the spit, grilling octopus or making his famous baked stuffed shrimp. Chris enjoyed many years with great friends at the Greek Club in Hartford, going to the casino and playing cards. He looked forward to his daily drive ‘downtown’, making his rounds at the former Parcel 8 plaza, the post office and George’s Pizza.
Chris was so very proud of his children and grandchildren putting them first in everything he did. His youngest granddaughter, Isabella, affectionately known to her papou as Koukli, was privileged to be able to spend every day of the last few months with him. She gave him a bell (which he used frequently) so he could reach her whenever he needed anything. Isabella enjoyed making his morning coffee and spending time listening to him reminisce about his childhood. Chris will be fondly remembered by those whose lives he has touched over the years. His passing has left a deep void in the hearts of his children and grandchildren.
A private service is being held for the family. A memorial service in celebration of Chris’ life will be held when it is safe and comfortable for all. In lieu of flowers, please pay it forward with a random act of generosity in Chris’ memory.

Irving, Cynthia (Pratt)

Cynthia “Cindy” or “Cinny” Pratt Irving on February 9, 2021, left this physical world a much better place and is now loving, knitting, reading, caregiving, cooking, and laughing elsewhere. The love Cindy carried in her heart was always reflected in the twinkle in her gorgeous blue-grey eyes.

Cindy: A world-class chef. An avid reader. A humanitarian. A life long nurse. A lover. A fantastic knitter and creator. A lobster connoisseur. A brilliant communicator. A confidant. A best friend. A Mimi. A mother. A daughter. A wife.

Cinny’s recipe for life included all of the above mixed with vibrancy, empathy, generosity and so much love and adoration of her family.

Cynthia was born on July 5th, 1946 in New Britain, Connecticut to a third-generation Bristol area family. She spent much of her early life in Canton and was a graduate of Canton High School. Cindy became an LPN nurse and continued throughout her career compassionately caring for others.

Cindy is missed, loved, and survived by her beloved husband Edward James Irving, her son Christopher Irving (wife Pollyanna Forster) of Vail, Colorado, daughter Lisa Latko (husband Jason Latko) and grandsons Ian Latko and Cole Latko of Bristol, Connecticut. Also, by her dearest sisters Diane Gregory and Patricia Carney (Harry Carney).

Please honor Cynthia Irving by donating in her memory at Hartford Health Care Hospice https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/502445

Celebrations of Cynthia’s exemplary life will be held when it is safe and timely for all.
Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com

Bauer, Eleanor (Benoit)

Eleanor (Benoit) Bauer, 91, of Birchwood Drive, Bristol, beloved widow of the late Alfred D. Bauer Sr., passed away peacefully on Monday, February 8, 2021 at her home. Born in Collinsville on June 8, 1929, daughter of Adelard and Anne (Hoffman) Benoit. Eleanor resided in the Unionville and Avon area most of her life. Alongside her husband, she helped run the The Bauer Print in Unionville until her husband’s passing in 2000. Eleanor was a devoted and active grandmother to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. You would often find Eleanor outdoors attending to her lawn and garden. Eleanor and Alfred enjoyed several weekend trips to Atlantic City.
She is survived by her four children Alfred D. Bauer Jr., Frederick A. and wife, Darlene P. Bauer and Ann S. and her husband, Francis Silver, all of Unionville and Eleanor L. and husband, Richard Madara of East Hartland, Connecticut. Grandchildren, Kimberly, Josh and Paola Bauer, Travis and Kristen Bauer, Valerie and Tzvetan Nikolov, Francis, Alfred and Becca Silver and Richard, David and Lauren Madara, and eight great-grandchildren.
Eleanor is survived by 6 brothers and sisters, Carole Bopp, Janice Colapietro, Pat Barillaro, Richard Benoit, John and Patsy Benoit, George and Debbie Benoit, several nieces and nephews. Eleanor is predeceased by 10 siblings.
The family is especially thankful for Fonda Boqwana of Companions and Homemakers who made her final days comfortable and peaceful. Funeral Services and Burial will be private. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice. Funeral Arrangements will be private and held in the spring

Daugherty, Glen Allen

Glen Allen Daugherty passed away on February 3, 2021 at Brookdale Senior Living in West Hartford, CT after a long battle with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). He was 75 years old. Glen was born on June 8, 1945 in Pasadena, CA to James and Jeanette (Martin) Daugherty. He and his older brother James Hoyt Daugherty were fond of football and were active in the Boy Scouts of America. Glen graduated from Temple City High School in 1963 where he was recognized for his achievements as a football player. Following his service in the United States Army, he married Elizabeth Marie (Britton) Daugherty of Manchester, CT on October 18, 1969. In 1977 they relocated to West Hartford, CT, where they lived together for 43 years.
Glen received a Master of Social Work degree from Central Connecticut State University. He spent 30 years as a social worker for the State of Connecticut, working to protect disadvantaged children and victims of abuse. He was a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts for many years, ultimately earning the Silver Beaver Award which recognizes “Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within a council.” He volunteered with many other organizations and coached Pee-Wee football. Glen was also well-known for his love of dogs. Nothing made him happier than to go for long strolls with his canine companions.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elizabeth “Betty” Daugherty, and by their sons Patrick and Bryan. Their youngest son, Glen Ryan “G.R.” Daugherty, passed away in 2011. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family is especially grateful to Betty’s sister Patricia and her husband Richard Bragdon, lifelong friends of Glen and Betty, who went to great lengths to take care of them as Glen’s health declined over the past year. Thanks also go to Janette Maxey and her husband Zeke McDaniel for being such loyal friends to Glen over the years.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held at East Cemetery in Manchester, CT on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice.

Glynn, Carol (Topolski)

Carol (Topolski) Glynn of Farmington, CT passed peacefully on February 3, 2021. In 1964 Carol married her best friend and soul mate, Richard Glynn. Together they celebrated over 56 wonderful years of marriage. Their togetherness and care for one another defines the words “True Love”.

Carol was born in Hartford, CT to her late parents, Louis & Helen Toploski of West Hartford in 1942. Carol graduated from Conard High School of West Hartford and continued her studies at Mount Ida College in MA graduating as a medical technologist. For over 28 years Carol was employed by the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, CT, retiring in 2007.

In our hearts you’ll always be there, with love from Carol’s daughter Terri Santa Maria & John Santa Maria of West Hartford and Carol’s son Ricky Glynn of Farmington. From heaven Carol will look upon her beloved granddaughters -Victoria Santa Maria, Laura Glynn & Samantha Glynn.

Remembered every day by her sister Elizabeth Richton & Arthur Richton of Longmeadow, MA and her Friend & Sister-in-law, Alice Steere of Simsbury, CT. Carol will be missed dearly by her loving nieces, nephews, relatives, and a host of long-time friends.

Carol also leaves behind her “fur buddies”, Mandy and Hunter. Carol and her husband Richard shared their home with many pets during their 56 year marriage. Her dog Murphy, Carol’s buddy passed only months prior to Carol.

Carol took pride in everything she did. She enjoyed cooking family dinners especially during the holidays. Whenever you entered Carol and Richard’s home you always felt a sense of welcoming and warmth. Every area of their home is special as Carol’s essence is in every room, a home she shared with her husband Richard, the love of her life. Carol had a talent of knitting and crocheting. Whenever a family member asked for a sweater (her Irish knit sweaters were beautiful), hat, scarf, anything created with knitting needles or crochet hooks, Carol’s creations were a piece of art.

Both Carol and Richard loved to travel together. Their family vacation trips to Cape Cod were first experienced with their children during the summer. As a family they spent days at the beach, would go clamming, collecting shells, bicycling, and loved visiting all the shops around the different towns on the Cape. Carol and Richard later would visit the Cape together for many years staying at the same home with their dogs. In the Fall they would vacation in Kennebunkport, ME, another place where their dogs were welcomed. Special vacation trips Carol and Richard enjoyed together were their visits to Bermuda, Hawaii, and took many cruises on different cruise lines.

Richard and his children will receive family and friends on Monday, February 15th at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Route 4, Unionville, CT from 6 – 8 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated the following day, Tuesday, February 16th at 10:00 a.m., in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main Street, Unionville, CT. Those wishing to honor Carol’s life can make a donation in her name to one of the following: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38501/or phone in your donation in Carol Glynn’s name to 800.822.6344. Because of Carol’s love of animals you may make a donation in Carol’s name to The Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

Lawhorn, Marguerite Jeanne (Besneatte)

Marguerite Jeanne (Besneatte) Lawhorn, born March 30, 1930 in Detroit, MI, left us on February 4, 2021.

Marguerite lived a life of grace and beauty and brought loving compassion and care to everyone in her life.

As her children, we were so lucky to have been raised by this brave and courageous woman. She was fierce in her love for us and gave each of us the gift of her unwavering support and love every day of our lives. She made our every success and happiness in life possible by believing in us with all her heart.

Marguerite touched so many lives in her nearly 91 years … many of our friends growing up called her mom or Maggie and often asked if she would adopt them. Her grandchildren were so much a part of her life as they came into the world, and with each, she shared so much of herself and her time.

We are each all the richer for being part of her life. And each of us will celebrate and honor her every day by following the path she set us on.

She is treasured and mourned by her children: Kenneth Lawhorn (Mary Lawhorn) of Barkhamsted; Elizabeth Shattuck (the late Colman Shattuck) of West Tisbury, MA; Jonelle Lawhorn (William Deming) of Avon; and Eric Lawhorn (Carla Gionfriddo) of Bloomfield.

And by her grandchildren: Ashley Shattuck (Matt), Samuel Shattuck (Jenn), Christopher Lawhorn (Lauren), Benjamin Hobbs (Elizabeth), and Madeleine Hobbs (Ian); and her great-grandson, Brooks Shattuck. She also leaves her niece, Sandy Sullivan of Barneveld , NY, with whom she shared a special closeness throughout her life. And of course by her many granddogs and grandcats.

Marguerite was predeceased by her parents, Harvey and Beulah Besneatte, her five brothers and sisters (Richard, Shirley, Harvey, Robert, and Kathleen), and her son-in-law, Colman Shattuck.

The family would like to give a special, heartfelt thank you to Eric and Carla, who provided a warm and loving home for her in the last years of her life and gave her such loving care throughout. It meant so much to Mom and to her other children to know she was in a place that made her so happy.

We would also like to express our gratitude to Martha Taylor, who was so kind and loving in her care for Marguerite.

We thank as well the hospice staff at McLean Home for their compassionate care and support.

In a letter that she left for her children, she reminded us of a poem that always gave her comfort, “Death is Nothing at All” by Henry Scott-Holland.

Reading this poem has been of comfort to us as well, and we will always be looking for Mom in “the next room”’.

In lieu of flowers, we would ask that you find some way to take in the beauty of the world around us, as Marguerite always did – take a walk in the woods on a snowy day, take heart in the blooming of snow drops, sit silently through a breaking dawn, arrange flowers on your kitchen table, or whatever brings you joy – and then find your own way to reflect that beauty back into the world in honor of her.

Services will be private at the request of the family. A celebration of Marguerite’s life will be held at a later date. We welcome your thoughts and stories about Marguerite.

Bucy, Beverly Ann (Criswell)

Beverly Ann (Criswell) Bucy, 87, of Farmington, formerly of Colebrook, widow of her beloved husband Douglas R. Bucy, died February 6, 2021 at home with her family by her side. Bev was born March 19, 1933 in Greencastle, Indiana, daughter of the late Kenneth and Mary Ella (McCurry) Criswell.
Bev is survived by her four daughters and sons-in-law, Laura and Eric Hesterberg, Rebecca and Michael Nolan, Pamela and Thomas Ragonese, and Kim and Kenneth Gutkowski. She also leaves nine grandchildren, Elizabeth and Matthew Hesterberg, Michael and Jessica Nolan, Benjamin and Kathryn Ragonese, and Alex (Felicia), Ian and Ella Gutkowski, two great-grandchildren, Jaylee and Luke, her sister, Betty Lou Utz and her brother, Jon J. Criswell.
Bev was a multi-talented woman known for her knitting, craftsmanship, calligraphy, and needlework. She comes from a long line of artists and was proud of her American ancestral roots dating back to the 1600’s. She was a private lady who loved her daughters deeply, who was passionate about politics and her cherished dog, Sophie.
Her life ended after a struggle with cancer which she could not have managed without the love and guidance of her caregiver, Marion Rochester, to whom her daughters will be forever grateful.
Funeral Services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Beverly’s name to stjude.org/donations or colonialwilliamsburg.org.

Golba, Doris (Durante)

Doris (Durante) Golba, 91, of Farmington, beloved wife of Julian J. Golba, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center.
She was born in Hartford, daughter of the late Americo and Maria (Nicolai) Durante and attended Hartford schools graduating, from Bulkeley High School. Doris was a hard worker all of her life beginning at the age of 16 when she would pick tobacco in Windsor during the summers. She attended night school at Hillyer College and became a bookkeeper, working in accounting departments of several businesses, most recently Ciba-Geigy. Doris enjoyed traveling with her husband and children, reading, and visiting her grandchildren. She had a love for animals that she passed down to her children. She was a devout parishioner of the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville.
Besides her husband, Doris is survived by her son, Daniel Golba and his wife Anne-Marie of Rockfall; her daughter, Claudia Cosgrove and her husband Patrick of Ashford; grandchildren, Zane, Zachary and Sabrina Cosgrove, as well several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters, Jean Salvatore and Irene Doiron.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (Feb. 9) from 9:30-10:00am followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 10:00am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 16 Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085.

Anderson, Arnold C.

Arnold (Arnie, Mel, Art, Leonard, pick one) Carlton Anderson, was the quintessential New Englander who always gave freely of his time, talents and treasure. Before he met Betty, he was a true adventurer.; riding his motorcycle cross country, pitching a tent on the side of the road each night, stopping to soak in the scenery along the way.
Once Betty and the boys became his life, he shifted into dad mode and never looked back. Building the house that our family grew up in, his mechanical aptitude had his boys in awe. Arnold was always the kind of man that if he didn’t know how to do something, he had the ability and determination to simply look at it and figure it out.
While he accumulated a huge number of tools, he was always the first to loan anything to anyone who needed it. Loaned tools always came with all the free advice you could use and often times included a helping hand. He instilled his work ethic and willingness to help others in all three sons and grandchildren. Arnold lived in Unionville for the last 52 years, driving his signature red van and truck everywhere, always with Tom Safcak by his side. He was known and loved by many and amazed everyone that knew him with his uncanny recollection of people, places and history of the Farmington Valley.
Arnold’s booming voice was unmistakable to all that had ever met him. From the every Sunday family dinners, to the annual Easter egg hunts, to New Year’s Eves, Arnold never missed an opportunity to celebrate a holiday, a grandchild’s birthday or their many accomplishments. He was always eager to inquire about any of the grandchildren’s T-ball games, wresting or cross country meets or school activities so as to be able to boast of them with the guys around coffee the next morning.
Arnold loved to help the kids with their projects. Whether it was the Pinewood Derby, Soap Box Derby, sandboxes, swing sets, his niece’s dollhouses, or most recently, his grandson’s “project” car, his pride of workmanship always shone through regardless of size or scope of the job.
To say that they don’t make em like Arnie anymore is truly an understatement. Over the many years Arnold worked, he touched the lives of countless people we now call friends; he is missed dearly by all.
He is survived by his wife, Betty (Anderson) Anderson, his three sons, Blaine Anderson, Colby Anderson and Todd Anderson, his three grandchildren, Blaine Anderson, Jr., Courtney Anderson and Seth Anderson, his brother, David Anderson, his sister, Barbara Gilbert and his daughters-in-law, Bonney Hubbard Anderson and Heidi Daly Anderson. He was predeceased by his sister, Lynn Holtz.
Donations in Arnold’s name may be made to Services For the Elderly Inc. 321 New Britain Ave Farmington CT 06085  (860) 673-1441

Hunter, Russell

Russell Hunter was born June 20, 1924 in West Hartford and died peacefully on February 2, 2021 (Insurance age 97). He attended Kingswood School and graduated from Avon Old Farms and the University of Connecticut in 1947. He was captain of the 1945 UConn football team and co-captain of the 1946 track team. President of the University of Connecticut Alumni Association in 1951-2. He volunteered and served during WWII in Company I of the 87th Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Ski Troops). He had a one-man real estate office in Farmington for fifty years before retiring. During the last twenty years of his working years he specialized in appraising and was a (MAI) Member of the Appraisal Institute. In 1965 he was President of the Hartford Real Estate board. He was involved in many phases of the Appraisal Institute, including President of the Connecticut Chapter, and served on the National Governing Council and for many years on their Professional Standards and International Relations Committees. For over ten years, he represented the Appraisal Institute as the Chief Delegate at meetings of the Pan Pacific Congress of Appraisers, Valuers and Counselors in the Pacific Rim. In 2001 he was appointed a Commissioner of the Connecticut Real Estate Appraisal Commission representing the Fifth Congressional District. In 1950-55 he was the Boy Scout leader for Troop 68 in Farmington. He was a 45-year member, past president (1958) and more recently an honorary member of the Farmington Exchange Club. In l955 he was president of the Farmington Red Cross chapter. When the Flood of 1955 occurred, he became the Disaster Chairman. For his months of work then he was awarded the first Order of Old Farms given to a non-student from Avon Old Farms, and in 1957 he was chosen as the Outstanding Young Man of the Farmington Valley by the Farmington Valley Junior Chamber of Commerce. He helped found the Farmington Foundation and for over forty years served as its secretary and chairman of the student college Loan Committee. He was a member of the Republican Town Committee for more than twenty-five years and for over forty years a member of the 20th Century (1892) Club. For many years he volunteered at the UConn Health Center. He was an active golfer, both at The Country Club of Farmington where he was a member for 80 years and at the Great Chebeague Golf Club in Maine where he served as former President. He spent almost every summer on Chebeague Island. He and his wife traveled extensively in Europe, the Pacific, and numerous trips to Bermuda. Predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Catharina J. A. Hunter, he is survived by three children, R. Bruce Hunter (wife Catherine Hunter) of Farmington CT, David D. Hunter (wife Tanja) of Forest Grove, OR, and Johanna M. Hunter (husband David Potter) of Concord, MA, eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, a brother J. Samuel Hunter of Woodstock Valley, CT and a sister Polly Ann Memhard of Ridgefield, CT. He was predeceased by a brother David and a sister Peggy. Russ and Cathy were known to travel across the state of CT seeking out their favorite lunch spots. In the past three years, many of his family and friends were happy to accompany Russ to those special restaurants. Russ was a skilled storyteller, a true “gentleman”, a big UConn Men’s and Women’s basketball fan, and loved gathering the extended Hunter family together at Thanksgiving. Russ so appreciated how blessed he was with his many family and friends where he could share his experiences and memories right up to his last day. He self-published 2 books “It Just Happened Again, Dear” and “Wow – 90 Years Went By Fast” offering small vignettes of a life well lived. The family pictures him now sitting on his porch on Chebeague Island watching the view go by with Cathy by his side. Due to the current ‘Covid’ pandemic, a celebration of his life will be held in June 2022 at the Country Club of Farmington for friends and family to share their stories of Russ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Recompense Fund a charity (address: P.O. Box 42, Chebeague Island, ME 04017) which supports local non-profit organizations on Chebeague Island.

O’Connor, Rev. John F.

Reverend John F. O’Connor, August 29, 1949 – January 30, 2021. If you are reading this obituary, then you know I have died and hopefully have joined Jesus in Heaven!

I had a good life blessed with a loving but dysfunctional family like many of you. We had tough financial times growing up, but we got through them and have many happy memories to offset the painful times. Life got better as we children grew older, and ultimately my parents, Eleanor (also called Midge and Moosie) and John Jr. (Jack to many), provided us with the most important thing at the end of their lives: their love.

Reggie, Dawn, Robert, Gerald, and Marylou are my siblings who predeceased me. Each of their deaths brought much sorrow, but also relief that their dying finally brought them peace and a trip to Heaven for sure.

Dolores, Helen, and Susan are my remaining sisters. I have many nieces and nephews: Tina, Julie, Jennifer, and Dawnajean, just to name a few who have been an important part of my life. Grandnieces and grandnephews: Connor, Gillian, Emma, and Abby, who I love and pray will make this a better world and remain faithful to their beliefs no matter what higher power or God they profess faith in.

I lived my priesthood formally for ten years and then took it in a new direction that I have followed for many years, always with the goal of demonstrating my faith in Jesus through the life I lived. I hope I have made a difference in people’s lives in a positive way. Do not let any institutional church stand in the way of your faith! I stumbled many times and faced many demons. Without my faith in Jesus and his forgiveness and grace, I would not have survived as long as I did.

I also would not have been able to live out my faith without the love, forgiveness, and support of my family and so many dear friends. I have a “good problem” in thanking those who have been in my life and career. I have so many there wouldn’t be enough room to list them all! Lifelong friends to name a few: Mike and Quincey, Linda G., Mary H., Scott, John, Raymond, Pamela, Tina G., Carol, Linda B., Audrey, and Chris G. My co-workers from DMHAS, CT Valley Hospital, and Bank of America (Phoenix/Hartford). The Franciscans and community of St. Patrick/Anthony Church, All Saints Church in Phoenix, and the people I served with in the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Diocese of Erie. A special thanks to Dr. Rawad Elias and his team at Hartford Cancer Institute for their kindness and support to me through this journey. My Facebook friends, my Christmas card friends… see what I mean, I am stopping now!

I thank all of you who have been by my side and have helped mold me into the person I am. I love you, but more importantly God loves you and I hope you know what a gift you are to Him and me.

I was blessed with four wonderful companions: my boy Boxers, Beaujolais St. John and Louis Jadot, and my two little girl Boston Terriers, Gabby (who is with the boys waiting for me) and Isabella who I leave behind only to see her again when she crosses the Rainbow Bridge and joins us.

I say goodbye for now until we meet again. I hope all of you can help make this a better country and world. Fight for equality for all humans. Fight against racism, bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, and all forms of discrimination. Take on the fight to save our world from the disasters we have created by destroying our precious Earth. Fight for the rule of law and the democratic principles our country was founded on. Be a unifier, not a divider. Love one another, keep a good sense of humor, and don’t take yourselves too seriously.

Hugs and love,
Father O’Connor (a/k/a JFOC III, Gardener, and Rip.)

A note from John’s niece Tina:
I would especially like to thank Julie, David, Mike, Quincey, and Carol for taking time out of their lives to get my uncle to his endless appointments, as well as do his wash and his shopping. But more than that, you gave my uncle the ability to stay in his home during this long illness and spend time with his beloved dog Isabella. I know he is so grateful to all of you for giving him that opportunity.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday (May 22) at 10:00am in St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, 285 Church St., Hartford, CT.

Demski, Ronald Arthur

Ronald Arthur Demski, 76, of Avon, husband of Faye (Mabb) Demski, passed away at his home on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. He was born on October 22, 1944 in Hartford, CT. He was the son of the late Theodore A. and Dorothy (Fuller) Demski of Collinsville, CT. After high school, Ronald served in the United States Army Reserve. Upon returning from training, he worked for the Highway Department for the Town of Avon and served as an Auxiliary Police Officer for the Town of Canton. He joined Northeast Utilities in 1970 retiring after 30 years as a Lead Lineman. Ronald had the distinction of being awarded the Edison Electric Institute Award for Resuscitation while working for Northeast Utilities.

Ronald had many hobbies including hunting (he was given a certificate from the DEP for the largest deer taken during archery season in 1975), fishing, building and flying radio-controlled airplanes. His biggest hobby and true passion was the love of his classic cars, whether it be working on them or attending car shows. He had the gift of gab and could chat with anyone anywhere.

Besides his wife, Ronald is survived by his son, Brian Demski of Collinsville, his daughter, Marlene MacBain and her husband John of Collinsville, his two grandchildren, Alexander and Christopher MacBain, his two great-grandchildren, John and Joshua and a very special nephew, Ray.

A Memorial Service will be planned in the future. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ronald’s name may be made to a local food bank of their choice or to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.