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Spinelli, Linda (Spirito)

Linda (Spirito) Spinelli, 60, of Farmington, beloved wife of John J. Spinelli for 32 years, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 28, 2020. Born in Hartford, September 15, 1959, she was the daughter of the late Frank J. and Dorothy (Peak) Spirito, Sr. Besides her husband, Linda is survived by her children, Shaina Spinelli (Craig Hitchcock), Christopher Spinelli and Brendin Spinelli (Brittney Wright). Along with being a loving mother and wife, she was a remarkable grandmother to Harlee Sage Hitchcock and Marilyn Sage Hitchcock whom she lived for. She also leaves her four brothers and her in-laws, James and Donna Spinelli.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Apr. 5) from 3:00-5:00pm. Funeral Services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 45 Ash Street, East Hartford, CT 06108.

McPhee, Sean A.

Sean A. “Chubbs” McPhee, 29, of Bristol, passed away unexpectedly on March 26, 2020. Sean was born in Bristol hospital, on September 26, 1990 to G. Steve McPhee and his late Mother, Joyce M. (Allyn) McPhee.
Growing up, Sean was always a happy-go-lucky kid with a big smile on his face. Ever since playing with matchbox cars with his brother Dan as a child, Sean loved all things automotive. After attending Bristol Central High School, he took his interests with tinkering with cars and made a career of it as a mechanic. Sean was undoubtedly a man who loved the outdoors and life’s simple pleasures such as fishing with his father, playing basketball with his brothers and friends, or simply just exploring in the comfort of nature.
In addition to his Father, Sean is also survived by, his Brothers, Steve McPhee (Katy Valerio) of Bristol, Christopher Schenkel of Waterbury, Daniel Schenkel (Lindsey L. Ransom) of Torrington, and his Sister, Melissa Schenkel of Waterbury, his Paternal Grandfather George B. McPhee of Bristol, his beloved Aunt Judith Allyn of Burlington, and his Uncles, Daniel P. (Pamela) McPhee of New Hartford, Michael A. (Jeannine) McPhee of Terryville, and James P. (Cheryl) McPhee of Bristol, and many Great Aunts and Uncles and Cousins.
In addition to family, he is survived by his Girlfriend Nicole Teardo, and their Son, Aaron D. McPhee.
Sean is predeceased by his Maternal Grandparents, Duane E. Allyn, and Irene A. (Lomnicky) Allyn and his Paternal Grandmother, Orla M. (Wessels) McPhee.
Graveside funeral services will be held Friday April 3rd 2020 at 11:00 am in St. Mary Cemetery Huckleberry Hill Road Avon.

Sonneborn, Jay Alden Sr.

Jay Alden Sonneborn Sr., 80, of Farmington, passed away on March 23, 2020 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Born July 24, 1939 to Fred and Myrtle Sonneborn in Chicago, Illinois, he was a graduate of Culver Military Academy in Indiana and Beloit College in Wisconsin. After a year of post-graduate studies he began a three-year commitment to the United States Army. His army career began in the Army Security Agency and then he was assigned to the Fort Sill Artillery School as a commissioned officer. Upon his honorable discharge in 1966 he embarked on a career in banking in the State of Connecticut spanning 35 years as a commercial loan officer. His work experience included Connecticut Bank and Trust, Colonial Bank, Centerbank and Farmington Savings Bank. Post retirement he worked at Parsons Paint and Hardware in Unionville.
He is a former member of the Connecticut Urban Land Institute, former Chairman of the research advisory committee of the UConn Center for Real Estate and was a member of the State of Connecticut Special Contaminated Properties Remediation Insurance Fund. For 18 years he served as a hearing officer for the Town of Farmington and was a coach of the Avon Old Farms School Rifle Team.
Jay Sonneborn, Sr., was a prominent member of the Connecticut and United States smallbore rifle competitive community. Jay had many local and regional championships to his credit but his performance on the national level was truly impressive. Jay earned the Distinguished Smallbore Prone Rifle Award in 1982, a year after shooting a perfect 1600 in competition, a feat equivalent to a baseball pitcher throwing a no-hitter. He later shot a 3200, a no-hitter in baseball parlance, the only Connecticut marksman to ever have done so.
He was a member of the 1994 US National Championship Any Sight Team. Individually he won the US National Intermediate Senior Championship in 2001 and followed that with three US National Senior Metallic Sight Championships. Jay represented the US in international competition as a member of the US Dewar Trophy Team as a rifleman and the team’s coach, and captain. In recognition of both his skill as a rifleman and contributions to the sport, he was inducted into the Connecticut Shooters’ Hall of Fame in 2006.
He contributed greatly to shooting’s future as a junior team coach and was generous in sharing his insight and knowledge with any who might be interested in learning more about the sport and its history.
He was most proud of his family and loved sharing in all their accomplishments. He leaves his wife of 56 years, Nancy Redman Sonneborn, daughters Kristin Adams of Simsbury, Sarah Noyes and husband Christopher of New York, his sister Caroline Andrus of Illinois, cousin Jacqueline Ludlum of California, eight grandchildren, Christopher, Kassandra, Kaitlin, Karli, Kody, Konner, Samuel and Jake, and a great-granddaughter Madison. He was predeceased by his son, Jay A. Sonneborn, Jr., in 2018.
Due to the current isolation precautions regarding the Coronavirus, there will be no services or calling hours at this time. The family would like to have a celebration of Jay’s life at a later date, to be determined. The family would like to thank the entire staff of the Avon Heath Center for their kind and compassionate care and Compassus Hospice for their most recent guidance and support.
Donations in Jay’s name may be made to The Parkinson’s Center of Connecticut, 102 Pitkin Street, East Hartford, CT 06108.

Gaupp, PhD., Larry A.

Larry A Gaupp, PhD of Burlington, Ct. partner of Gretel Cote, died unexpectedly March 17, 2020 at the age of 75. Larry was born in Egg Harbor City, NJ on November 6, 1944 to Edwin G. Gaupp and Jeanette O. Gaupp (nee Thoms). He was raised in a German farming community and from an early age worked on his grandparents’ commercial flower farm. The efforts and success of his extended family on the farm influenced his personality a great deal. He was an industrious and devoted man, fully committing himself to his family, profession, and beliefs, initially to the Moravian church as a child and Buddhism in his adulthood.
Larry attended Indiana University where he chose a career in psychology. He earned his PhD at Penn State during the Vietnam War and completed his internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He was then commissioned into the US Army, serving his tour of duty in South Korea. He returned to the US in 1974, joining the psychology staff at Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio. In 1985 Larry became Chief of Psychology at the Newington Veterans Administration hospital in Connecticut, where he served until his retirement in 2013. Upon retirement, Larry committed more than 42 years to the veterans of our country. He enjoyed his career, particularly when training his beloved interns who he mentored in his unique way. In retirement Larry had more time to enjoy his other passions as a superb cook, fine wine connoisseur, talented artist, and antique afficionado. He was a lover of beautiful things, creating a home and gardens that became his sanctuary. He will be deeply missed. He leaves behind many who enjoyed his stories, lively debates, intellect, and wonderful spirit, including his partner of 29 years, Gretel Cote, his son Dr. Abraham Gaupp and his wife Dr. Christina Gaupp, and grandchildren, William, Thomas, and Henry of Winnetka, Ill., and his daughter Anna-Emily Gaupp, and grandchildren Grover and Mazzy of West Hartford. He also leaves behind a sister, Janet Stengel and brother-in-law Peter of Indianapolis, nephew Ben (Keri), and niece Chelsea (Rob). He also leaves behind his very special dog Strudel and two granddogs, Percy and Glow. His parents and brother Edwin predeceased Larry.
Due to the unprecedented travel restrictions currently in place, a Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a date and time to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr. Wallingford, CT 06492 and, more importantly, please perform an act of kindness to those around you.

Gagnon, Bernard T.

Bernard T. Gagnon of Unionville, husband of Carol M. (Firnhaber) Gagnon, died peacefully on March 21, 2020, at the age of 95. Born in Unionville CT on Dec 28, 1924 son of the late Joseph and Bridget (Rourke) Gagnon he was a lifelong resident of Unionville.
During WWII he served with the US Army from 1943-1946, in Germany with the 83rd division of the 331st Infantry. He received the Bronze Star and, for wounds received in action in 1945, he was awarded the Purple Heart.
Bernard married Carol Mabel Firnhaber on August 4, 1956 in Avon, CT. and was a long time employee of State of Connecticut, retiring in 1985.
He is survived by his loving wife Carol, his brother James, his children and grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by brothers Robert, John and Donald, and his sisters Mary and Margaret.
Bernard’s family would like to thank the caregivers at the Marlborough Connecticut Health and Rehabilitation Center and Constellation Hospice Care.
A private graveside service with military honors was held at Saint Mary Cemetery, Avon CT
Donations in memory of Bernard can be made to the Disabled American Veterans organization, www.dav.org.

Minshew, Danalynn Phaneuf

Danalynn Phaneuf Minshew passed away unexpectedly on March 15, 2020 at the age of 57. She was the daughter of the late Lt. Col William “Bill” Phaneuf (Retired USAF and Ohio Air National Guard) and Donna Phaneuf of The Villages, FL. Danalynn was born on September 3rd, 1962 at Hamilton Air Force Base, CA. She was a Gulf War Veteran and spent 22 years in the United States Air Force and served in the Ohio Air National Guard. Danalynn was honorably discharged on January 15th 1995. She went on to become a Clinical Office Assistant and Surgical Coordinator at UCONN’s Orthopedic office in Farmington, CT. After retiring, she resided in Martinsburg WV until she moved back to Farmington, CT. Danalynn leaves behind her mother, Donna Phaneuf of The Villages, FL, her brother and sister- in- law, Mark and Susan Phaneuf of Berryville, VA, her sons Jeremy Lehner, of Farmington CT, Morgan and Shawn Minshew, of Las Vegas NV, her grandsons Logan Lehner, Tyson Lehner, both of Farmington, CT, soon to arrive granddaughter of Las Vegas, NV and a niece and two nephews, Zachary, Kayla and Luke Phaneuf all of Berryville, VA. Friends may call at the Ahern Funeral Home 111 Main Street Unionville, on Tuesday (March 24) from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. A prayer service will be held at 7:30pm in the funeral home. Burial will be held in the future at Arlington National Cemetery with full Air Force honors. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516

Coleman, Kaitlyn Emma

Kaitlyn Emma Coleman, of Farmington, born February 23, 2004, passed on March 15, 2020 at the much too young age of 16. Lovingly known as Katie, Baby Girl, TT Emma, Kitty, Katie Bob, and BoBatie, Kaitlyn “showed up” with her colorful hair, wry sense of humor, dark eyes twinkling and brilliant smile.
Growing up, Katie was a determined child with a lot of spunk, who grew into a fearless teen. She had an intuitive nature and could always sub in for GPS when needed. When she wasn’t being mischievous, she was her mother’s extra appendage and clung to her “B” for comfort, never outgrowing the desire to have her face peppered with kisses.
From a young age, Kaitlyn enjoyed camping with her family, visiting her great-grandmother’s lake cottage in Maine, and dancing in the rain, all while barefoot if she could. She also enjoyed spending time at the Farmington River and cooking at home. A sophomore in high school, Katie loved listening to music, reading, doing hair and makeup, and being with her family and friends.
Katie dreamed of someday getting married at the end of the dock on her favorite lake and traveling the country. Where she saw beauty in the world, her loved ones will continue to see her, and her memory will live on in all their hearts.
She is survived by her parents Melissa and Jeff Coleman of Farmington, her best friend and sister Ashley, her little brother Caleb, grandparents Steve and Nancy Masse of Avon, grandmother Sherri Wells of Farmington, grandparents Steven Coleman of Hallendale Beach, FL, and Regina Coleman of East Hartford, great-grandmother Olida Masse of Unionville, aunt Heather Bourgoin of New Britain, aunt Julie Randino of Vernon, aunt Jennifer Riley of East Hartford, and many, many extended family members and friends who will miss her dearly.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (March 20) from 2:30-5:30pm. The funeral will be held privately with immediate family only. With the Coronavirus, the family understands any apprehension in attending calling hours. We welcome anyone who feels they need to visit for closure but completely understand if you cannot attend.
Kaitlyn battled illness with very few answers the last years of her life, but she is no longer in pain. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you hold your children close. Donations may be made to the American Federation of Suicide Prevention via afsp.org/take-action/give-a-gift/.

Farmington Public Schools sends our deepest condolences to the Coleman and Masse families. Unfortunately, due to the restrictions brought on by COVID-19, school personnel are unable to attend this afternoon’s service. Please know, we are here to support all students and families affected by this loss. If you would like to schedule an appointment for counseling or mental health support, please reach out to FPS Social Worker, Ms. Katie Carntnick. In the event of a mental health emergency, please call 211 or 911. Ms. Cartnick will be checking her email throughout the weekend and beyond. Please contact: CartnickK@fpsct.org

 

Smith, Cecile

Cecile “Cile” Smith of Hartford, CT, died Friday, March 6 at the age of 93. She was born in Rumford, ME and was a graduate of Stephens High School, Class of 1945. Worked at the Oxford Paper Company in Maine, and in 1949, joined the U.S. Navy WAVES and became a Ship to Shore Radio Operator. In 1952, she and her husband moved to Harford, CT. She worked for the U.S. Envelope Company and was Acting Shop Steward for the Union. She later went to work at Aetna Life & Casualty where she retired after 35 years of service as a Pensions Analyst. She was a past president of the Aetna Women’s Club and served on the Board of Directors for eight years. She was a member of The Aetna 39ers and served as Vice President of Membership for many years. She was a Life Member of the International Training in Communications (ITC) Organization and a four-time President of the Gavel ITC Club and was active at all levels of the organization. A member of AARP Chapter 167, a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, a big supporter of the Red Cross Blood Program, and a Charter Member of the National WWII Museum in Washington DC. She volunteered at the Right Place, reading to preschoolers, and at the Light & Peace Program at Trinity. A devoted Red Sox fan, she attended “Opening Day” at Fenway Park for 53 consecutive years and attended as many games as possible. She was very active on the Board of Directors of the Laurelhart Condominium Association, where she lived, having served as President and Treasurer for many years.
She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years. She was also predeceased by a brother and sister of Rumford, ME. She is survived by two nephews, a niece, several great nieces & nephews, and many dear friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave., New York, NY, 10065, or the Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA, 02284-9168, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Rains, Frances M.

Frances Marjorie Murphy Rains, 98, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. She was born on December 4, 1921 in East Hartford, CT to the late Lawrence and Louise Murphy. She is predeceased by her brother, David Murphy, sister Mary Reynolds, grandson Derek Miller, and granddaughter Brittany Miller. Wife of the late Harry B. Nelson by first marriage, and the late Baxter S. Rains, Sr. by second marriage. She is the beloved mother of Jean Louise Miller (James), and Joan Sinclair Brown. She is the grandmother of James G Miller II (Suzanne), Andrew Samuel Brown, and Meagan Sinclair Moskowitz (Michael).
Frances graduated from Laurelton Hall (CT) and Good Council College (Pace Univ) NY. Her first job was during WW II in Schenectady, NY at General Electric. She then went on to attend Flight School, and became a “stewardess” with Eastern Airlines. After marrying and starting a family in Atlanta, she moved to West Hartford, CT and became a teacher in the primary grades for 22 years. After retiring, she moved to Englewood, FL and enjoyed her new husband, new home, and their many new friends, playing golf, bridge, entertaining, and exploring south Florida. Frances was a gracious lady who was fun loving and took great joy in being with family and friends. She was so loved, and will be greatly missed. The family would like to thank Visiting Angels for their assistance with Frances’s care in the past year, especially Elizabeth. They would like to thank Constellation Hospice care, especially Elena and Nicole for their help in understanding Frances’s final journey. They would also like to thank Jerome Home and their staff for the love, care and dignity they gave to Frances in her last days.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday March, 18 from 6:00-8:00 pm followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 8:00 pm. Burial will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 200 Executive Boulevard, Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489.

Suiter, Esther C.

Esther C. Suiter, 83, of Farmington, widow of Donald P. Suiter, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 11th, 2020. Born August 15th, 1936 in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late James and Maude (Cooley) Connery. Prior to retiring, she was employed by the Firemans Fund Insurance Company.
Esther is survived by her four children, Kathy Shapiro and her husband Mark of Burlington, Donald P. Suiter, Jr. and his wife Lisa, of Farmington, Gail Suiter and her partner MaryAnne of Bristol and Janice Lawrence and her husband Jay of Glastonbury, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by eight brothers and sisters.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday, March 15th, 2020 from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral services and burial will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter, 200 Executive Boulevard, Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489.

Buxton, Cecil “Buck”

Cecil “Buck” Buxton, 75, of Unionville, beloved husband of Donna Morocco, died unexpectedly Sunday March 8th. Born February 22nd, 1945 in Waterbury, son of the late Cecil A. and Dorothea (Burns) Buxton, he was a graduate of Lewis S. Mills High School in Burlington, Class of 1963 and the school of hard knocks. He served proudly as a U.S. Marine in the 2nd battalion 9th Marines in Vietnam and participated in two of the bloodiest battles of this War. The 1968 Battle of Khe Sanh was the longest, deadliest and most controversial of the Vietnam War, pitting the U.S. Marines and their allies against the North Vietnamese Army. Buck spent a total of 54 days in this battle. And the battle at Dong Ha, which for 3 days in April and May of 1968, a beleaguered battalion of 652 Marines fought what was arguably the most tenacious and significant battle of the Vietnam War.
Buck spent many years with his wife Donna taking many memorable trips to places like Puerto Rico, Las Vegas, California, Pennsylvania, Texas, Aruba and of course many delightful trips to Maine to visit his daughter and her family. He immensely enjoyed many winters in Myrtle Beach, SC and was even more delighted when his daughter and her children could join him for some extremely lively visits. His grandchildren loved him deeply and even deeper than their love for “Grampa Buck” was their love for teasing Grampa Buck. His grandson Gage found great pleasure often hiding Grampa Bucks remote control which would always send Buck into quite an animated tizzy. He enjoyed great friends at his clubs The American Legion and VFW in Plainville and the Knights of Columbus in Unionville. He was named bartender of the year in 1996 at the Knights of Columbus in Unionville and he had a strong affinity for a cold Coors Light.
Besides his wife, Buck is survived by his beloved daughter, Sarah B. Berry and her husband Jason of Newry, ME, his three grandchildren, Gage Buxton Berry, Jordan Berry and Payton Berry, his two sisters, Cathy Buxton of Collinsville and Mary-Ann Schwarzmann of Farmington, his beloved Neicey WeeSees, Katie Garcia and Debbie Norton and Nephews Curt MacDonald and Rock-n-roll star Chad MacDonald.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Mar. 13) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Mar.14) at 9:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, Collinsville at 10:00am. Burial with full Marine Corps Honors will be in Calvary Cemetery, Collinsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Sheldon, Timothy E.

Timothy E. Sheldon of Unionville, CT, passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the age of 56.
Timothy was born to parents Rudie and Freda (Shangraw) Sheldon on December 4, 1963 in Hartford, CT. He grew up as the only son in a family that included four sisters and attended Farmington High School.
He was an avid fan of the UConn Huskies Women’s basketball team, the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Bruins, the New York Giants, and Nascar. He loved Tuti, his dog and Bear, his cat. They will miss his presence in the house.
Timmy leaves the love of his life of over twenty years, Kimmerle A. Graf, his sisters, Peggy L. Sheldon, Sandra J. AmEnde, two nephews Michael and Steven AmEnde, Donna M. Krist and her husband Bob, three nieces Melanie Krist, Ashley Krist and Annie Krist and Julie Fitzpatrick and her husband Montgomery. He is preceded in death by his father, Rudie R. Sheldon.
Thank you to Dr. Flaherty from Saint Francis Hospital, the UConn Health Center Staff: Dr. Pickett, Cardiologist; Dr. Hegde, Oncologist; and the ICU team who went above and beyond with him.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Mar. 15) from 2:00-4:00pm (casual attire preferred). In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the NEAG Cancer Center at the UConn Health Center.

Griffin, John William Jr.

March 11, 1972-March 5, 2020 John William Griffin Jr. of West Hartford, CT died at home with family and close friends after an extended yet valiant battle with cancer on March 5, 2020. John was born in Washington, DC to Carolyn Johnson Griffin and the late John William Griffin. He grew up in Alexandria, VA, and graduated from Episcopal High School (Alexandria) and Wesleyan University with a degree in Modern European History in 1994. In both high school and college he played varsity football and lacrosse, and he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. After college he worked in New York City at Chemical Bank, Bear Stearns, Lazard Freres, Credit Suisse First Boston (also in London), UBS Securities, and Numerix, handling the post-bankruptcy of the estate of Lehman Brothers Holdings. He moved to Hartford ten years ago to work for the Hartford Investment Management Co. in Risk Management. He was a featured speaker at many financial conferences during that time. John is survived by his mother, and three sisters, Jennifer Griffin (Greg Myre), Caitlin Penny (Carlos Penny) and Cassie Gordon Grant (Conrad Gordon Grant), his beloved nieces and nephews, Annalise, Amelia and Luke Myre, and Lachlan Gordon Grant, and cousins. His many friends in Hartford, New York City and Virginia will always remember his wry wit, outsized personality, and his kind and gentle soul. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in memory of John’s name to The Prevent Cancer Foundation www.PreventCancer.org.

Glancy, Kathleen “Kathy”

Kathleen “Kathy” Glancy, 72, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 26 at McLean Home in Simsbury, where she had resided for the last 46 years.
Born in Bridgeport on January 24, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Leonard Glancy and Anne Shanley Glancy. Faced with having cerebral palsy and intellectual limitations, she met all of her challenges with a positive attitude, sense of humor, and a strong faith in God. She completed high school in Trumbull through a special education form designed to meet her physical needs. After moving to McLean Home in 1973, she began seeking opportunities for volunteer work and training. She spent eight years in FAVARH’s sheltered workshop program. She left that program when she found an opportunity to volunteer for the YMCA Latch Key Program at Latimer Lane School in Simsbury. She enjoyed working with the children and particularly talking to them about living with a disability. She also volunteered at the Simsbury Library. She walked three miles a day, whether it was to St. Mary’s Church or her other volunteer activities. When the distance was too far, she arranged for transportation for herself through Dial A Ride. In the summers, she volunteered at the town’s Recreation Department summer camp program. In 1996, she was awarded the Simsbury Hometown Hero award recognizing her contributions to the community. At that time, she said she wanted to give something back in appreciation for the people and organizations who provided help to her. It was very important for her to “make a life of my own”. When she “retired” from these volunteer programs, she spent time closer to home, enjoying the opportunity to work in the McLean Garden. She found this very peaceful, a time for reflection and prayer.
She loved watching sports and rooting for her favorite teams, including the Red Sox, the New York Giants, and UCONN basketball, both the men’s and the women’s teams. Her incredible memory and enthusiasm for their games allowed for many discussions with family, staff, and other residents with great attention to detail.
For her 60th birthday, she wanted to wake up in Disney World. This was truly a trip of a lifetime and she would often look through the photos and scrapbook from this special celebration.
The importance of family was at Kathy’s core, as she was always asking how everyone was doing and enjoyed updating the McLean staff and other residents and families on their accomplishments. She delighted in family visits and phone calls from family members.
Kathy handled recent health issues honestly and valiantly. She was very grateful for all the medical care she received.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the compassionate and loving care she received from the McLean Home. Special thanks are extended to the staff, fellow residents and family members on the Chapel Crossing unit and the Therapeutic Recreation Department.
Kathy is survived by her sister Karen Glancy Rabuse and her husband Jack Rabuse of Tolland, MA, her sister Eileen Glancy and her partner Jim Machado of Farmington, CT, her nephew Brian Rabuse and his wife Dr. Amy Campion of Dalton, MA, her niece Lisa Rabuse and her partner Chris Brocar of Canton, CT, and her nephew Matt Rabuse and his wife Meghan Rabuse of Orange, CT; her nephew Jeremy Stein of Farmington, CT, her uncle Alfred Shanley of Guilford, CT, her aunt Norma MacDaniel of Bridgeport, CT, and her aunt Pat Shanley of Milford. She is also survived by many cousins.
A time of remembrance will be held on Saturday, March 14, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at The Ahern Funeral Home in Unionville, CT, with a short prayer service at 5:00 led by her cousin, Rev. James Shanley. Donations may be made to the McLean Home, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070. Funeral mass and burial will take place at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Goralski, Veronica P. “Ronnie”

Veronica P. “Ronnie” Goralski, 91, of Burlington, widow of Joseph Goralski, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 3rd at her home. Born April 24th, 1928 in Farmington, she was the daughter of the late Vernon and Elizabeth (Cremins) Priest. Ronnie was a waitress at the Ole Towne Grille Restaurant in Unionville for many years and a communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Collinsville.
Ronnie is survived by her two daughters, Teresa Walsh and her husband Michael of New Hartford and Ellen Wilson and her husband LeRoy of Alpine, CA, two beloved grandchildren, Joseph Walsh and Kelly Walsh, in-law Rosemary DeSouza and nieces, nephews and dear friends. She was predeceased by her son, Vernon Goralski, and her sisters, Mary Rita Priest, Sr. Cecilia Downing and Ethel Dulli.
Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tunxis Hose Co. #1, P.O. Box 215, Unionville, CT 06085.