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Williams, Teresa Jean

Teresa Jean Williams, 51, of Unionville, passed away after a long battle on the morning of September 22, 2020. Terry was the last of seven children born to the late Rose and Whitman Winot on November 22, 1968. She was the beloved wife of Preston Williams and mother of recent University of Virginia graduate Emily and Farmington High School junior Jackson. Terry was a graduate of Simsbury High School, Class of 1986 and the University of Connecticut Business School, Class of 1990 with a degree in Finance.
Terry worked a variety of business administration roles for Advest, several banks, and finally a local financial investment firm. She was known for her organization, grit, infectious personality that was admired by her co-workers.
Terry was still very close to her childhood friends John McKay, Chris Haas, Chris Keiller, Laurie Homokay, and Joel Szulc as well as countless other friends she made during her Simsbury, UConn, and Farmington days. Being her friend was being part of a permanent group. She always kept up on current events that related to her friends, their kids and what was going on in their lives. She was especially close to her UConn friends Heather Tweeddale, Lisa Trager and the late Ela Glynn.
Terry loved music. Whether it was classic rock, show tunes, or whatever was on the radio, she always had music on at work, in the car, while cooking, and every day in her life. Some of her favorite memories growing up were with the Simsbury Summer Theater for Youth and attending concerts with her late brother Steven as well as quizzing her kids on classic rock trivia and rocking out to Hamilton.
Having a big family meant someone had to take charge, and Terry did just that. She organized Thanksgiving meals, planned the family get-togethers and made birthdays, Christmas, and every occasion feel special and personal. Just like any mom would. Her children Emily and Jackson were the lights of her life. Terry was heavily involved with the organizations that her children were involved in. Whether it was Friends of Music, Boy Scout Troop 170, Friends of Farmington Crew, Union School PTO, The Dance Connection or other interests, Terry was the first one to volunteer, the last one to leave, and the one who made the biggest impression on the room. Terry loved not only her kids, but all of the other kids and frequently took them under her wing like they were her own.
Terry is survived by her loving husband Preston and her two children Emily and Jackson. Mourning her are her siblings and her families: sister Sandy and her husband George McCormick; sister Lynne and her husband Bernie Erickson; sister Judy Cole and children Will, Nathan, Danny, and Greg; brother Bob Winot, his wife Kathy Pelletier, and children Matt and Jeff Winot; and brother Tom, his wife Charlene Winot and children Chelsea and Lindsey. She also leaves her in-laws Dan and Elane Williams who she always loved visiting on Cape Cod getting her favorite non-fat espresso shake while sitting on Nauset Beach. She is predeceased by her parents Whitman and Rose Winot and her loving brother Steven.
Extra thanks to all of the exceptional nurses and doctors at both UConn and Hartford Hospital ICU and Step Down Unit for their service and compassionate care.
Visitation for friends and family will be held outside of The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Sept. 25) from 5:00-8:00pm. Graveside Funeral Services will be held Saturday (Sept. 26) at 12:00pm in Riverside Cemetery, Garden St., Farmington. A larger celebration of Terry’s life will be planned when COVID-19 restrictions are eased. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Farmington Friends of Music https://tinyurl.com/FOM-donation or Friends of Farmington Crew, friendsoffarmingtoncrew@gmail.com.

Fialkievicz, Sr., Joseph Paul

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joseph Paul Fialkievicz, Sr., who died on September 12, 2020. Born on January 31, 1943 along with his twin brother John to the late John Richard and Mary Rose (Dlubac) Fialkievicz, he lived in the Unionville/Canton area all his life. He was a graduate of Farmington High School, Class of 1961 and attended UConn. As a youngster, he worked for his Uncle Julius which led him to eventually start his own business T & J Electric with his older brother Tom. Later they were joined in business by his brother John who owned an electrical control panel business, Task Control Inc.

He was an avid golfer all his life and played at Farmington Woods for nearly 40 years. Joseph enjoyed the Boston Red Sox, UConn Basketball and hosting large family dinners especially at Easter and Thanksgiving. He loved traveling to visit friends and explore new places. He was proud of the home and the gardens he and Sharon created. He loved Unionville and his home which was in the family since his grandfather bought it in 1935.

Besides Sharon, his wife of 42 years, Joseph leaves behind his sons Joe Jr (Donna) of Collinsville, Mike (Leslie) of Columbia and Ross of Unionville; his grandchildren, Amanda, Matthew and Benjamin; great grandchildren Elliana, Desmond and Dominick; his brothers John Falk (Karen) of Harwinton and Walter Lajczak of Hartford, many cousins, nieces and nephews, his golfing buddies and his Wednesday “Lunch at Cugino’s” group. He was predeceased by his brother Thomas.

Out of care and concern for the safety of family and friends, the calling hours have been CANCELLED and the funeral and burial will be PRIVATE for the family. Donations in his memory may be made to Foodshare, 450 Woodland Ave., Bloomfield, CT 06002.

Driggs, Walter Reed

Walter Reed Driggs passed away on Saturday September 12, 2020 at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT after a severe fall. Born on Nov. 4, 1937 to Dorothy (Reed) and Amos Driggs, he lived all of his life in Collinsville. He graduated from Canton High School in 1955 and Munson Academy in Massachusetts in 1956. In 1958 he married Linda McKay (1938-2016). Walter worked for many years as a mechanic at Daniel’s Cadillac in Hartford and later for the Travelers Insurance Company as a Claims Adjuster. He was a Freemason and Past Master of Village Lodge #29 in Canton. Walt was a friend of Bill W. for 35 years. He collected and repaired antique gas engines, enjoyed woodworking, furniture repair, reading, smoking a good pipe and playing card games like set-back and double solitaire with his family. He was an active member of the backstage crew for numerous Canton Benefit productions. Walt and the family enjoyed many happy times at a cabin he built in northern Vermont known for its outhouse featuring a Dutch door with a beautiful view of the Dog River Valley. He also enjoyed watching sunrise and sunset from beaches on Cape Cod and Madison, CT. He is survived by: Susan (Driggs) Ewing and husband Rick, of Everett, WA, and their daughters Rachael, Olivia, and Eileen; Jennifer Driggs and Tom Reardon, of Avon, CT, and her son Wesley; and Nancy (Driggs) Green and husband Bill, of Burlington, CT, and their children Fredrick and Maggie. He will also be missed by his feline companion, Mrs. Claus. For the last few years Walter enjoyed the conversation and food at Granby South Congregational Church’s Wednesday night community dinner. If you are looking for a way to honor his memory, may we suggest a donation in his name to: Waste Not, Want Not Community Kitchen, P.O. Box 606, Granby, CT 06035. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Joiner, Ernest Gene

Ernest Gene Joiner of Hartford passed away suddenly Saturday, August 29th, 2020 at the age of 57. Ernest was born on October 6, 1963 to the late Dorothy Joiner. He leaves to mourn his brothers; Joseph Henry (Diana) Joiner of East Hartford, and Joseph Willie Joiner of Hartford, and his sister Johnnie Mae Joiner of Hartford, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and a very special friend Ms. Janet Glover.
Memorial Service will be held Friday, September 25th from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Immanuel Congregational Church, 10 Woodland St., Hartford, CT.

Burns, James F.

James F. Burns, 88, of Farmington, beloved husband of Kathleen V. (Dolan) Burns, passed away peacefully Thursday, September 10th at his home. Born April 26th, 1932 in Jersey City, NJ, he was the son of the late James T. and Augusta (Stubenrauch) Burns. Jim was a United States Navy veteran, serving from 1952 to 1956. Prior to retiring, he was a Surety Underwriter at Continental Insurance Company and later at the Travelers Insurance Company. Jim was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington, a member of the West Hartford Squires and the American Legion Post 96.

Besides his wife, Jim is survived by his two children, James M. Burns of Cambridge, MA and Kathleen P. Sawyer of Franklin, MA, his brother, Robert L. Burns and his wife Helen of Bloomington, IN, his sister, Loretta J. Beale and her husband Carl of Stanhope, NJ, his sister-in-law, Maureen A. Dolan, of Seaford, NY, his five grandchildren, Kevin Sawyer, Brian Sawyer, Erin Burns and her husband Michael Desmarais, Sean Burns and Caroline Burns, his great-grandson, James Michael Desmarais, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Sept. 13) from 3:00-6:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (Sept. 14) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington at 10:00am. Burial with full military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 111 Founders Plaza, 2nd Floor, East Hartford, CT 06108.

Hoffman, Donald Paul

Donald Paul Hoffman, of Farmington, Connecticut, passed away at the age of 87 on August 29, 2020 at Saint Francis Hospital. In his last days, he was surrounded by loved ones, comforted and peaceful.
Born on September 30, 1932 in Mansfield, Ohio, he spent his youth playing and studying and working on a paper route and in a bowling alley to help support his family during the Great Depression. He served in the military in his youth, stationed in Washington, D.C. and supported key military functions. Later, with the help of a scholarship from the Lutheran Church, he attended Wittenberg University where he excelled in his studies.
After graduation, he moved to West Hartford to work in the insurance industry. It was there that he met his wife, Carolyn Peterson, through a friend from Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hartford. The two married, moved to Farmington and had a beautiful daughter, Lisa Lederer.
Don had always had a passion for the stock market and later parlayed his hobby into his life’s profession. With the support of his wife, he left the insurance industry to study to become a stockbroker. After passing his exams, he went on to great success. For more than four decades, Don used his gift for investment analysis to secure the financial futures of countless clients and his family. He loved his profession and continued to work for the Royal Bank of Canada until his passing.
An avid golfer, Don was an active member of the Farmington Country Club for most of his adult life. Highlights of his time on the links included spending time with his dear friend Mike Pariano, his partner in the Francis C. Wilson Tournament for 24 years and with him when he achieved a “hole in one” of 130 yards on the fourth hole.
Don is survived by his daughter Lisa Carolyn (Hoffman) Lederer, nephews Jason, Jeffrey and Jon Hoffman and grandnephew and nieces. He was predeceased by his loving wife Carolyn and brother Ronald.
Services will be held Friday, September 4th at 9:30 AM at The Ahern Funeral Home in Unionville: 111 Main St | Unionville, CT 06085. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Masonicare Hospice or Wittenberg University in his honor.

DeBeatham, Terrence Lloyd

Celebrating the Life and Honoring the Legacy of Rev. Terrence L. DeBeatham

The world lost a bright light on Thursday, August 13, 2020, when Terrence Lloyd DeBeatham, of Port Charlotte, FL received his eternal reward.
Born on June 30, 1930, Terrence was the sixth of seven children born to Frederick and Bernita (Tracey) DeBeatham of Brownstown, St. Ann, in Jamaica, W.I.
Affectionally known as “Bill”, Terrence was instilled with the value of hard work and perseverance. He would often assist his father with farming as a young man in his native Jamaica. He earned a coveted position at the Half Moon Resort, where his pleasant demeanor, keen eye for detail, quiet leadership and hard work kept him in high demand. These character traits eventually brought him to the United States, where he settled in Hartford, CT, and would be his home for over 30 years. He was a long-standing dedicated employee of Northeast Utilities (now Eversource) until his retirement in 1995.
A man of deep conviction, Terrence’s faith was a core part of his existence. He gave his heart to the Lord at an early age and was devoted to God and his church family.
As a founding member of the first Caribbean Church of God in Southern New England, Terrence DeBeatham served in almost every capacity from “the pulpit to the pew.” He served as Trustee, Council Member, Men’s Fellowship, Fundraising, Service Leader, and Sunday School Teacher – a role that he continued until shortly before his passing. He enjoyed greeting visitors, and would often do special offertory appeals during service, frequently gratefully acknowledging just how much God had taken care of him, noting that “You can’t beat God’s giving, no matter how hard you try.” This was often followed by a song brought up from the recesses of his memory, delivered in a sonorous bass.
Long a proponent of education, Terrence consistently demanded excellence. Never satisfied with complacency, he pushed his children to do their best in all things. He beamed with pride as he witnessed his children’s graduation from college and medical school. He served as a member of the Peter C. Barrett Scholarship committee since its inception, working tirelessly, well before any of his children could have benefitted. He loved to encourage youth to pursue education, often reminding them that “an education is something that no man can take from you,” and would frequently reach into his pockets to give them something to help them pursue their goals.
Terrence was able to fuse his love of his church family with his interests in education on the church’s Scholarship Committee’s annual bus trip to Canada. Here again, he shined, recruiting participants, helping to schedule the trip, and leading the group. On those annual trips, he enjoyed venturing out and exploring Yonge Street and, without fail, always seemed to gather a following. Everyone seemed to want to be where he was. Upon return to the US border, he delighted in reporting to the Customs Agent “Nothing to Declare,” knowing full well that both buses were laden with Caribbean delicacies being transported back to the States. He enjoyed walking up and down the aisle on the way home, often leading the group in song.
Terrence just had a way with people – a capacity to connect with anyone, irrespective of station. He was compassionate, cared for others, often reaching out to share his resources in order to help even a complete stranger. He unofficially adopted many as part of his tribe and cared for each and every one of them just as deeply as he did for his own family. Countless people have special and fond memories of the things that “Uncle Bill” said and did. His love for others was genuine and authentic.
A raconteur of no comparison, he lived to tell a good story, recount history, or share a joke.
He had a laugh that could fill a room, and a twinkle in his eye that made everyone feel special.
Terrence always had a special level of wisdom, that only seemed to improve with age. As the patriarch of the DeBeatham family, he would always have time to talk, share advice, negotiate or help resolve conflicts. His unparalleled capacity for compassion enabled him to reach many.
There was little else Terrence loved more than his family. He looked after his family, and, when the time came, helped them establish their own lives here.
In 1976, Terrence married the love of his life Sonia Thomas, and they were inseparable for nearly 44 years until his passing. She made his family complete, with Melinda, Terry and the additions of Wayne and Loraine. In retirement, they enjoyed getting their senior coffees and breakfast sandwiches while watching the world go by.
Rarely fussy, Terrence was always content. He derived joy from the things that mattered most – time spent with family, phone calls, and a well-prepared meal. In his retirement, nothing pleased him more than spending his golden years with the love of his life, being a short ride from his sisters, gardening in the fertile Florida soil, and sitting on the lanai, feeding and watching the birds. He would declare, “I have been blessed by God.”
Terrence was predeceased by his parents, and siblings Wilfred, Gwenola, Ruby, Melrose, and Allan. Left to cherish his memory and honor his legacy: Sonia, his loving wife of nearly 44 years; daughter Melinda Terrell (and husband Bernard), son Terrence F DeBeatham (and wife Juliet) of Hartford, CT; son Wayne L. DeBeatham, M.D. of Bronx, NY; and daughter Loraine F. DeBeatham of Bloomfield, CT; a host of nieces and nephews, including siblings Andrew DeBeatham and Suzette DeBeatham-Brown, both of Bloomfield, CT; and loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his sister Ena Ellis (and Val); and innumerable adopted children and mentees.
Viewing will be held at Rehoboth Church of God at 1170 Blue Hills Avenue, in Bloomfield, CT on September 5, 2020 from 8:30 – 10 am, followed by a private Homegoing Celebration. The service will also be available for streaming at https://www.rehobothcog.org/livestream/

Glenn, Marilyn Janet (Hultman)

 Marilyn Janet (Hultman) Glenn, 88, of Avon, passed away peacefully on August 27, 2020 at River Ridge of Avon, Connecticut. Born April 15, 1932 in Forestville, Connecticut and raised there, she was the daughter of Zenobia Hultman (Szymanski) and Clifford M. Hultman. She was predeceased by husband Albert “Al” M. Glenn and daughter Gayle G. Koffi. She is survived by her daughter Dayna G. Kennedy (Brian), and her three sons, Scott M. Glenn (Andrea), Kevin D. Glenn (Kira), Brian P. Glenn, and nine grandchildren, Joshua, Darcy, Carey, Kenneth, Colton, Brian Jr., Brianna, Scott and Ally. She also leaves her sister Nancy M. Miller (Bob), son-in-law Bruno Koffi, nephews Ross and Doug (Jill; Alexandra, Nathaniel, Isabella), and niece Barbara (Phil; Elliott, Hannah), as well as several nieces, nephews, in-laws and cousins. A pet lover, she joins dogs Pal, Sammy, Sugar, Tonya, Nicki, Milo, Bailey, Mystic, and cat Mootsie.
On May 8, 1954, Marilyn married her cherished husband Al, who she referred to as “my hero, a great supporter of our family, and the one who builds bridges.” They settled in Avon with their five children in “the big house” designed and built by Al. There were many family get-togethers with Nancy, Ross and Doug; Sophie, Anna and Michael; Barbara and Phil; Ray and Theresa; the Warrens; and Bruce, who played his guitar and sang Marilyn’s favorite Neil Diamond songs.
Later in life, Marilyn obtained a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies, and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Connecticut. She was a teletypist at General Motors, a health aide at Towpath School, and a manuscript typist for three medical books. She diligently worked into her seventies, proudly holding administrative positions at UConn Health Center in the Departments of Community Health, Epidemiology, Nutrition, Volunteers, Pastoral Services, and Risk Management, where her co-workers became lifelong friends.
She was an active volunteer throughout her life. When her children were young, she was a room mother, a PTO member, a school newsletter editor, a library assistant, and a cub scout den co-leader. She also found time to serve as a certified EMT, a notary public, a church housekeeper, a religious instruction teacher, and an Eucharistic minister at John Dempsey Hospital.
Marilyn treasured vacations with her family to Cape Cod and Maine, and especially at their summer cottage, “Cloud Walk,” in Massachusetts. She spent many days on the porch, taking in the beauty of the lake, reading newspapers, and clipping coupons.
She enjoyed taking cruises with husband Al; visiting friend Carrie in Hawaii; seeing brother-in-law Eddie in Florida; touring the Supreme Court in DC; traveling to Rome, Florence, the Vatican City and England with sister Nancy; exploring Nova Scotia, Paris, Vienna and Venice with friends Judy and Joan; attending the Hartford Stage and New York City plays with daughter Gayle; and going to Bushnell Musicals and Travel Series with friend Helen Hoskins.
Marilyn loved playing her piano, cooking Russian and Polish dishes, gardening, and going to art museums, antique fairs, and Neil Diamond concerts. A passionate collector, she had countless books, dolls, nut crackers, country chickens, and ceramic pigs.
Marilyn will be remembered for her quick wit and saying it like it is. A best friend and great listener, she positively affected so many people in her lifetime. When in her presence, you could feel her warmth and compassion. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
The family extends its sincere appreciation to the staff at River Ridge of Avon for their loving care and compassionate support. They were a second family to Marilyn over the past five years. A special thank you to Munchie, the cat in memory care, who brought Marilyn companionship and amusement.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date, when everyone can gather safely. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Marilyn to the One Company Fund, River Ridge of Avon, 101 Bickford Ext, Avon, CT 06001.

 

Wolfe, Karen J.

Karen J. Wolfe of Southington, CT passed away surrounded by family on August 24, 2020. Born July 26, 1947 in New Britain she later graduated from Newington High School with lifelong friend Shirley Dancsak. She attended Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA before marrying Richard Wolfe of Unionville in 1967 whose family welcomed her warmly. A decades long fixture as Administrative Coordinator of a Newington real estate agency she collected many friends who will miss her greatly. She loved to travel with family and friends, visit the casinos, try new recipes, nap during court shows, and tend large gardens on a farm in Dickinson, NY while working several years for social services in Malone, NY with dear friend Susie Fantuzzi. She is predeceased by her parents, Anthony John Jacobs and Margaret Rose Jacobs (née Embacher), her loving husband, her children Richard Michael Wolfe and Wendy Rose Wolfe, and her brother Lee Anthony Jacobs Sr. (Annette).
She is survived by her daughter Toni Anne Wolfe (Jeremy Racine), her grandson Christopher Richard Wolfe-McGuire, brother George William Jacobs Sr. (Marie), and sister Jill Anne Parent (Roger) along with many devoted nieces and nephews.
Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Monday August 31, at 10:00 am in The Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville, followed by burial at St. Mary Cemetery Avon. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent in Karen’s name to Reborn Animal Rescue, 285 Devaux Rd. Torrington CT 06790

Machuga, Daniel Francis

Daniel Francis Machuga 51, of Unionville, loving husband to Wendy E. Machuga passed away peacefully and unexpectedly on August 19, 2020 while on a fishing trip with friends.
Born in Hartford October 17, 1968 son of June M. (Boudreau) Machuga and the late William D Machuga, he resided his whole life in Unionville.
Dan worked for Copart of New Britain for many years and later in the landscaping industry.
Dan, known to many as Chugger D. loved adventures of fishing, camping, and hiking. The outdoors with his soulmate and the love of his life Wendy was very important to him.
He will be dearly missed by his fur baby Gunner. Besides his wife Wendy of 20 years he is survived by his beloved mother June. M. Machuga, and his step-children Alyssa and Nicholas. He also leaves behind his siblings Patricia A. Wojtilla, Donna M. Harvey and husband Rus, Martin J. Machuga and wife Darcy and Joseph M. Deraleau and wife Courtney, and very special cousin Eugene Thebarge and wife Christine and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was predeceased by his brother in law Steven J Wojtilla.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, on Thursday (Aug 27) from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Funeral services and burial will be private for the family.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Dan’s name to the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter 659 Tower Ave., First Floor Hartford, CT 06112

Person, Dennis Allen

Dennis Allen Person, 69, of New Britain and Farmington, CT passed away at his New Britain home on Friday, August 14, 2020. He was born in Hartford, CT on July 8, 1951 and was predeceased by his parents, Bernard and Beatrice Person of Farmington.
Dennis was a 1969 graduate of Farmington High School and coach of their track and football teams for many years. His passion for coaching and motivating youth led many of his athletes to win State, Northwest Conference and National awards. Dennis also taught Special Education and was a coach for Newington High School. He served as announcer for Farmington High School’s football team, Newington High School and CIAC State track meets and was a coach for Special Olympics Unified Sports. Dennis also served as a USATF official. He graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 1975 and received a B.S. in Education. Dedicated to service, he served as Deacon for First Church of Christ Congregational Church in Farmington and was a long-time member and third-generation firefighter for the Farmington Fire Department. He was also a former Chairperson of the Farmington Republican Town Committee. Dennis enjoyed camping and served in several capacities for area summer day camps for over forty years. Known for his love of family, friends and sports, his spirit of kindness and volunteerism will be missed by all.
Dennis leaves his beloved son, Erik Person and his wife Melissa of Simsbury and three grandchildren: Jacob, Isabelle and Emilia Person. He is survived by two cousins, Ruth Norby and her husband Patrik Norby of Chester and Carla Josephson and boyfriend Charlie Bateman and Carla’s daughter Alden, of East Hampton, NY. Dennis also leaves his longtime friend Karen Lewis and many students, friends and extended family.
A Graveside Funeral service with full Fire Department Honors will be held Thursday August 27, 2020 at 11:00 am in Riverside Cemetery, 160 Garden Street, Farmington.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dennis’s name to the Special Olympics Unified Sports program that supports the collaboration of athletes of all abilities; https://www.soct.org/ways-give/individual-giving/

Zacco, Cecile

After a full life, Cecile Zacco, 89, of Farmington, passed away peacefully with family by her side on August 13, 2020. Cecile was born and raised by Ukrainian immigrant parents in Montreal, Canada. In 1952, Cecile met her late husband, Mario Zacco, a young Italian man looking to begin a career as an entrepreneur in North America. Four years later, Cecile and her husband moved to the United States, where the couple started a family of their own and moved between New York City and Santa Fe, before they permanently called Farmington home. In her free time Cecile enjoyed cooking, crafts, cin-cin, playing cards, and spending summers with family and friends at Mombasha Lake. She is survived by her extensive family in Montreal, her two daughters Onella (Bernard) Gayraud (Santa Barbara, CA) and Alba (Tim) Goss (Farmington, CT), grandchildren Léna (Leonel) Oliveros, André Gayraud; Alex, Andrew, and Julie Goss. Her smile and charm will be dearly missed. The family would like to thank Dr. Mehra and the Oncology staff at St. Francis Hospital for their kindness and care of Cecile. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 111 Founders Plaza, 2nd Floor, East Hartford, CT 06108.

Starkey, Frances Marion

                                        

Frances Marion Starkey, 92, of Unionville, CT, died peacefully July 27, 2020 in Farmington, CT after a period of declining health. Marion was born November 12, 1927 in Dummerston, VT to the late Friend M. and Florence E. (Stockwell) Garland. She married William (Bud) Joslyn Starkey, a WWII Navy Veteran from Hinsdale, NH in 1951 before moving to CT. Bud died April 5, 1989 at the age of 63. Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by eight brothers: Sheridan, LeRoy, William, John, Dexter, Lewis, Robert and David Garland and two sisters, Lillian Mundy and Fern Wing.
Marion grew up on the family farm during the depression in Dummerston, VT, the ninth of eleven children. She had many fond memories which she often shared with family and friends over the years of her life on the farm. Growing up she attended a one room school house with nine grades. She loved music and learned to play the piano during recess and later taught herself how to play the accordion. One of her first jobs was at the American Optical Company in Brattleboro, VT. After moving to CT with her husband, she worked in the Spinning Mills in Unionville, later called Myrtle Mills. For many years she worked in Unionville’s New England Spring Co. before joining Ensign-Bickford Industries in Simsbury, CT. She studied and received her high school equivalency diploma and took college courses in accounting and taxes and would volunteer to help seniors do their taxes through the VITA Program.
She discovered the ocean late in life, fell in love with it and would spend time with family on the beaches of Hampton, NH, Stonington, CT and Martha’s Vineyard. She enjoyed reading mystery and romance novels, gardening and canning fruits and vegetables, doing crafts of all kinds, sewing doll clothes for her daughter, knitting mittens and sweaters, playing cards with family and friends, and walking the neighborhood and trails. During the winter, she enjoyed riding her Flexible Flyer sled well into her seventies with her grandson and would be the first out to shovel snow.
Marion is survived by her daughter, Diane Kriscenski and her husband John of Unionville, CT as well as her grandson John, sister-in-law Shirley Castine of NH, brothers-in-law Bernard Starkey of UT and Robert Kennedy of NH and many nieces and nephews. There are no calling hours. The family will hold a private ceremony at a later date in Vermont.

Whalen, Charline G.

Charline G. Whalen, of Canton Center, widow of Richard J. Whalen, Sr., passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at home. Born in Hartford, daughter of the late Charles D. and Josephine M. (Vitale) Gianetti, Charline was an elementary school teacher in both Wethersfield and Canton. Upon her retirement, she very much enjoyed the volunteering that she did for several different local organizations, especially the Canton Historical Museum.
Charline is survived by her three children, Richard J. Whalen, Jr., of San Antonio, TX, her two daughters, Joline T. Murphy and her husband Craig of Wilmington, NC, and Kelly V. Orsini and her husband Michael of Wolcott, CT, her six grandchildren, Tyrrell and his wife Lindsey, Jacea, Craig Jr., Cody, Austin, and Alexis, and her great-grandchild, Cadence. Charline is also survived by her sister Christine Casale, her brothers, Dr. Charles Gianetti and his life-partner Jan, Dr. David Gianetti and his wife Joan, as well as her nieces and nephews, Joanne, David Jr., Tim, Gary, Heather, and Mara. She also leaves her cousins Adele Corso, Lou Jean (Corso) Pettit and her husband Fred, Patty (Gianetti) Egan, and many other cousins, along with many special friends. She was predeceased by her sister Isabelle L. Gianetti.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Canton Historical Society, 11 Front St., Canton, CT 06019.

Suydam, Sylvia J. (Fillian)

Sylvia J. (Fillian) Suydam, 88, of Plainville, died on July 29, 2020, at Bristol Hospital. Sylvia Jane Fenton was born in Bristol, on August 26, 1931 daughter of the late Leonard and Mildred Fenton. She is pre-deceased by her husbands, Marshall D. Fillian and George E. Suydam, III and three of her sisters, Mavis Gadzinski, Louise Schafferick and Joan Wilson. She leaves her youngest sister, Judith Fenton, seven children (and their spouses/partners), Jeffrey A. Fillian (Ruby), Charles M. Fillian (Karen), Francine J. Boucher (Bruce), Doreen M. Bouchard, Gerald R. “Jay” Gauthier (Deb Bellemare), John L. Fillian (Maureen), Marshall D. “Luke” Fillian, Jr (Tracy) and her step-children, Michael Suydam (Linda), Barry Suydam (Linda), Scott Suydam (Leslie), and Peter Suydam, 21 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. Sylvia also leaves behind countless handmade garments & quilts that will continue to be passed down through generations.
Sylvia particularly loved opportunities to spend time with those people she gathered around herself. She was also passionate about taking road trips, particularly when it was with or to her people. She loved to “visit”. Syl did not need a front row seat: she just asked to be present. At her home there was always a fresh pan of brownies and a hot cup of tea with warm conversation, a hug and with them she could melt the hardest of hearts or comfort the most troubled.
Syl / mom / gramma / nana always lead by example by being a world class listener. Mom’s calling seemed to be the love and care for others, from caring for us as infants, guiding us through our adolescents, welcoming anyone to her dinner table and loving her elderly companions to their resting place, considered by many as a saint. Sylvia was a long time member of Memorial United Methodist Church, where she continued to address her caring nature. For decades she was communion steward where she prepared communion for her community.
After many years of sleeping with one eye open, now you can rest in peace, God Bless Sylvia. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Home Helpers Home Care in Bristol and Bristol Hospital Home Care Hospice Services for the wonderful care given to Sylvia.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (July 31) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral Services will be held Saturday (Aug. 1) at 10:00am at the home of her son John, 11 Griffinville Road, Farmington followed by burial in Peacedale Cemetery, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 111 Founders Plaza, 2nd Floor, East Hartford, CT 06108 or to the Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter, 200 Executive Boulevard, Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489.