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Cunningham, Brenda Mary

Brenda Mary Cunningham passed away peacefully May 26, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Born August 6, 1958 Brenda was the daughter of Cornelius and Irene Cunningham. She grew up in Elmwood and went to Conard High School. Brenda attended Morse School of Business and then began her career at The Hartford where she had many friends. After a successful career, Brenda retired from The Hartford and moved to Unionville, CT.
She is preceded in death by her parents Irene and Cornelius Cunningham and by her great niece Aubree Anne Ullmann-Sylvester. She is survived by her sister Judith and husband Roger of Unionville, CT, her brother David and his partner Heather of South Windsor, CT, her brother Neil and his wife Robin of Unionville, CT, her brother Timothy and his wife Colleen of Kensington, CT, and her sister in law Deb and her husband Bob of West Hartford, CT, and many nieces and nephews.
Retiring allowed Brenda to fully embrace caring for her great nieces and nephews. Brenda leaves behind her legacy of being the best “Auntie” around and was generous to a fault to the children she adored. The children that she cared for and gave her life a special meaning include Weston, Juliana, Bradley, Gracie, Landon, Mason, Eloise, Nathan, Gianna and Domenic. Other relative children include Kaden and Leah.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (May 31) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (June 1) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The American Red Cross. Please consider a blood donation to help support Brenda’s mission of bringing awareness to Common Variable Immune Deficiency. Her little buddy and confident, Bradley, has this rare disorder. Otherwise monetary donations can be made to American Red Cross Donation Center, 209 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06032, or Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, 282 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106.

Lomnicky , Patience (Cormier)

Patience (Cormier) Lomnicky of Unionville passed away Wednesday May 22, 2019. Born in Middletown on July 24, 1945 daughter of the late Raymond J. and Catherine (Dublac) Cormier, she was a graduate of Farmington High School. Prior to retiring she was employed at McCallum Motors Inc. and E.D.M Industries; and was an avid animal lover. She is survived by her three brothers, Raymond J. Cormier Jr. and his wife Barbara, Gerard C. Cormier and Francis X. Cormier and his wife Marianne, her brother-in-law Donald Oquist, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her sister Rosemary Oquist. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at Avon Health Center for the special care given to Patience.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Friday (May 31) at 10:00 a.m. in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville followed by burial at St. Mary Cemetery, Avon.
Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc., To send online condolences to the family, please visit

Watson, Valerie S.

Valerie S. Watson, 76, of New York, NY, former resident of Avon, CT passed away peacefully on Thursday May 16 2019. Born March 28, 1943 in Reading, England she found at an early age her love of travel. This passion led her to her dream job at Pan American Airlines as a flight attendant. She lived her life only few could dream of, traveling around the world, with so many wonderful stories to tell. Needless to say she never wanted to retire and stayed with Pan Am and then on to Delta Airlines for almost 50 years. During her travels she met her late husband John “Jack” Watson while skiing at Lake Tahoe. Together they shared their love of travel and spent over 20 years together and raised two children. Valerie is survived by her son Timothy C. Watson, 38, of Boulder, CO, daughter Laura J. Renehan, 36, of Farmington, CT and brother Andrew Dawson of Inverness, Scotland.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday June 2, 2019 at St. James Episcopal Church on 3 Mountain Rd, Farmington, CT. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to World Wings International c/o Liv Milan 4876 Waterbury Way, Granite Bay, CA 95746.

Look, Orville R. “Lucky”

Orville “Lucky” R. Look, of Burlington, beloved son of the late Elmer B. and Frances (Preston) Look, passed away on May 20, 2019 after an extended period of ill health. Born in Whiting, Maine, Lucky spent his childhood in Maine before heading out to pursue a musical career in country music. He wrote and recorded several albums, and played in night clubs throughout New England. In his earlier years, he appeared on the Wheeling Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia. Lucky served in the Korean War (1953-1955), and was a life time member of the American Legion Post 9 in Machias, Maine.
Besides his wife Frances (Grouten) Look of 46 years, he is survived by his children from his first wife, Jacqueline: Naida Pennell (Perry), Robert, Wade, Timothy (Ann) and his daughter, Autumn, by his wife Frances, as well as 6 grandchildren, Randall, Justin, Joshua, Jared, Laura and Robert; 2 step-grandchildren Kristen and Nathan; and 2 great grandchildren Judah and Wyeth. He is also survived by a sister, Sandra Beal, and was predeceased by 10 brothers and sisters: Harvey, Jim, Charlie, Richard, Elmer “Pete”, Doris, Marjorie, Marguerite, Madeline and Joyce.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (May 28) from 5:00-7:00pm followed by a Prayer Service in the Funeral Home at 7:00pm. Burial will be in the Look Family Cemetery, Route 191, Whiting, Maine at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.

Lagace, Helene

Helene Lagace of Farmington died May 19th at home. She was born October 25,1920 in Ste. Louis du HaHa Quebec, Canada to Georges Damboise and Sophie Guerette. She will be greatly missed. She leaves behind her son Zoel (Judy), daughter Gladys, son Edward and daughter Gloria Scotti (Christopher) and daughter-in-law Cynthia. She also leaves behind 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Constant, her sons Adelard and Robert and all of her 11 siblings.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday (May 23) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, Farmington followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032.

Ostreicher, Marilyn Lucille

Marilyn Lucille Ostreicher daughter of Leslie and Ruth Schwarz, died May 5, 2019. She is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Eugene Ostreicher. She is survived by her children, son Kurt Ostreicher of Pittsfield, MA; daughter Jennifer Hodgson of Camden, ME, her husband Paul and their children Ben and Kate; daughter Alyse Ostreicher of Asheville, NC; her husband Emo and their son Noah; daughter Sarah Yount of Hillsboro, OR and her husband Ron. She is also survived by siblings Judy Lytle and Alan Schwarz of South Carolina; brother-in-law Robert Ostreicher of Arizona and a host of extended family and long-time dedicated friends.
Marilyn was born in Bridgeport Connecticut on March 6, 1936. While in high school, she met her husband Gene. Shortly after they were married, they moved to Farmington where they raised their four children and were immersed in the community of First Church of Christ. Marilyn volunteered for many years at the church and for a time was the director of Christian education. Within the church, she helped start a multi-faith cross-cultural summer camp called Camp Discovery, which ran for over 17-years and where she met one of her dearest friends. With the same passion and with long-standing town ties to Sierra Leone, Marilyn spent 19-years as part of a ministry team that helped build and support the Hope Day School in Freeport, Sierra Leone. Much to Gene’s chagrin, this included making two mission trips to the country.
This theme of supporting children initiatives continued throughout her life. She worked for 20-years as an occupational therapist throughout the western Connecticut region, served as a 35-year volunteer at Newington Children’s Hospital, supported her students in Special Olympics; made quilts for the Hole in the Wall Camp; and loved spending time with her three grandchildren. She always had a quilt, a toy, lots of legos or a fun experience to share.
Marilyn and Gene spent many years traveling and formed deep friendships with families abroad. Their home away from home in the States, however, was Maine and their deep fondness for Mount Desert Island drew them to spend part of their year in Bernard, ME sharing their home with family and friends. It was common to have people visiting all summer, talking at the picnic table, spending time on the island beaches and canoeing and kayaking on the open ocean and lakes.
Marilyn was a prolific quilter and always had a project in the making. Often this meant Gene toting around sewing machines or spending late at night with friends working on a quilt. She freely gave away her quilts and took great pleasure in sharing her craft with others.
Marilyn was blessed to have a strong group of life-long friends that weaved throughout her life. Her oldest friend she met when she was three, others through church and charity work. All involved ‘adventures’ and much laughter. There were bus trips to Washington DC, hiking with her girlfriends in the White Mountains, the Fabulous Five luncheons, and Yankee Swaps each Christmas with family and friends vying for that truly awful present! She was blessed to have each of you in her life.
Marilyn will be remembered as a selfless and giving person who was a devoted wife, mother, and friend. We wish to thank everyone that generously supported her and her family in this final phase of her life. She is sending each of you a great smile.
Calling hours will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville. The community is invited to celebrate Marilyn’s life with a service and reception Friday, May 17, 2019, 1 pm at the Meetinghouse of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main Street, Farmington. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Marilyn in support of the Hope Day School may be sent to First Church Farmington 1652, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032.

Mack, Jane (Sullivan)

Jane (Sullivan) Mack, 89, of Farmington, beloved wife of Joseph passed away Thursday May 2, 2019. Besides her husband she is survived by her sons Stephen, John, and Kenneth, her sister Irene O’Keefe, her sister-in-law Maryann Johnson and her grandson Jeremy Mack. A private viewing for family and close friends will be held Saturday, May 11th at 9:00 am at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Unionville. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday, May 11th at 10:00 am in The Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington.

Reeve, Lilly D.

Lilly Elaine (Dahlin) Reeve, widow of John A. Reeve, passed away Saturday, May 4th in Unionville. She was born July 18, 1924 in Hartford, daughter of Ragnar and Nanna (Jonsson) Dahlin. She lived many years in Burlington. She leaves three children, Elaine (Joe) Brown of Springfield, MA, John (Penny) Reeve of Plainville, and Nancy (Travis) Hearn of Unionville; 3 grandchildren, Aaron (Adrienne) and Ruth Brown and Gayla Hearn, many nieces and nephews, her special friend and caregiver, Karen Bernier and many friends in Florida and Westerleigh.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday (May 11) at 10:30am in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville followed by burial in Burlington Center Cemetery.

Tomaney, William Peter

William Peter Tomaney, 74, of Burlington, beloved husband of Diane M. (Falick) Tomaney, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 at UConn Health Center. Bill received his Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and his Master’s degree in Accounting from Rensselaer. Prior to retiring, Bill was associated with Emhart Corp., Comshare and Orion Financial. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran having served during the Vietnam Era.
Besides his wife, Bill is survived by his son, William J. Tomaney and his wife Jesse Horowitz of Eastham, MA, and two grandchildren.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (May 8) at 10:00am in St. Patrick Church, Collinsville followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery, Collinsville. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, New England Chapter, 260 Cochituate Rd. #200, Framingham, MA 01701.

Halberg, David

Born the 9th of June, 1929 in New Britain, David Halberg, beloved husband of Caroline (Trasko) Halberg, passed away on the 20th of April at his home in West Hartford. He was the son of the late Sven and Thelma (Ericsson) Halberg. Deafened by illness at the age of three, he was enrolled the following year at the American School for the Deaf, from which he graduated with honors in 1948. David received his B.A. degree in 1952 from Gallaudet University, where he was also distinguished by being named to the national honor roll of outstanding college and university students, and subsequently earned a MEd at the University of Hartford. Returning to his alma mater, he taught math at ASD for the next half century, as well as establishing and coaching the school’s wrestling tram, teaching swimming, and directing the school’s Boy Scout program. Well beloved as a teacher and scout master, David nurtured several generations of deaf students, by whom he is fondly remembered.
In 1964, David married fellow teacher Caroline Trasko, who survives him; and they subsequently fostered a deaf youth, Robert Dube, now of Muskogee, Oklahoma. Keen to enjoy the delights of foreign lands and cultures, David and Caroline traveled extensively on their vacations, including a cruise through the Panama Canal. An avid golfer, David played often at Rockledge, where he and Caroline often went for weekend luncheons. As a devotee of Deaf culture, David graciously shared his extensive personal knowledge of ASD’s history with both deaf and hearing scholars. He was also active in Kiwanis and other community service organizations, as well as serving for four years as president of the ASD Athletic Association. In 2018, he was presented the Golden Rose Award of the National Association of the Deaf for distinguished service to the Deaf community.
In addition to his wife of 55 years and their foster son, David is survived by a sister, Holly Rivard of Portland, Maine, several nieces and nephews and his special friends the Haverty family and the Smith family.
Graveside Funeral Services will be held Wednesday (May 15) at 11:00 a.m. in Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ASD Museum Fund or to a charity of one’s choice.

Holt, Michael R.

Michael R. Holt, 62, of Farmington, beloved husband of Julie (Shea) Holt, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at his home. Born October 21, 1956 in Hartford, he was the son of the late Ralph and Elizabeth (Leonard) Holt.
Michael worked for 28 years for the Town of Farmington Highway and Grounds Department. He enjoyed spending time with his family and lifelong friends he made while growing up in Farmington.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Sara E. Holt of Farmington, his two brothers, Mark Holt and his wife Bonnie of Salem and Timothy Holt and his wife Beverly of Glastonbury, his mother-in-law, Harriet (Palmer) Shea of West Hartford, his brother-in-law, John P. Shea, Jr., and his wife Ames of Avon and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (May 5) from 4:00-7:00pm. A Prayer Service will be held Monday (May 6) at 12:00pm in The Ahern Funeral Home followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The ALS Association Connecticut Chapter, 4 Oxford Road, Unit E4, Milford, CT 06460.

Yale, Gordon P.

Gordon P. Yale, 91, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2019 at Avon Health Center where he had resided for the past 9 years. He was born July 6, 1927, the son of Eber E. and Caroline E (Woodin) Yale and the husband of Mary L. Yale who died April 14, 2004. Gordon was a long time resident of Unionville and served in the U.S. Army, spending most of his 4 year enlistment in Germany. He was predeceased by his five sisters, Esther Deloy, Evelyn Massei, Clara Beaujon, Charlotte Knott, Beatrice Collins and two brothers, Richard and Raymond Yale. He is survived by his sister, Dorothy Twing, and many nephews and nieces. Graveside services will be held in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM.

Madrid DiAngelis, Consuelo “Connie”

Consuelo “Connie” Madrid DiAngelis, 95, of Unionville, passed away April 30th after a glass-half-full life filled with travel, laughter, dancing and the love of family and friends.
Connie was born May 6, 1923 in New Britain to Pedro Madrid Cosin and Remedios Martinez Sayas. She worked in international sales for Stanley Works for more than 30 years. She was a member of the Spanish American Cultural Club, where she could always be found dancing, eating paella and drinking sangria or cuarenta y tres (43) while celebrating her Spanish culture.
Connie was fiercely independent – when she lost her driver’s license in her late 80’s, she enrolled in driver’s school, passed and earned it back. Part of that independence included traveling, to Paris, Spain, Italy, Cape Cod, and even Georgia in a hurricane. But her most treasured spot was Hawk’s Nest Beach, where she spent a few weeks each summer with her family and friends.
Through the years, Connie’s circle continued to grow. People were drawn to her spirit, positivity and love for everyone. She found beauty in each person she met. Her later years were filled with dinners and movies and visitors- it wasn’t unusual to see her daughter’s and grandchildren’s friends embracing her as their own.
Connie was everyone’s friend. She laughed easily, smiled often and created a beautiful sense of love. She adored surrounding herself in the chaos of life (always wearing fresh pink lipstick).
Connie is preceded by her loving husband of 40+ years, Giovanni, and her two sisters, Francis Riera and Mary Kulak. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline and Peter Ruot, her two beloved grandchildren, Hope and John Ruot, and her dog Saffron. She also leaves her “consuegros” Eugene and Marlyn Ruot, several nieces and nephews, and many friends including her favorite non-family members, Lori and Dean Skevas.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Unionville on Friday (May 3) from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (May 4) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main St., Unionville at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 20 Batterson Park Road, 3rd Floor, Farmington, CT 06032.
Author Robin Erickson

Smith, Linda

Linda Smith, 70, of Unionville, passed away peacefully on April 25th, 2019, with her loving family by her side.
She was born to the late Thomas F. and Emily (Knibbs) Knight, January 31st, 1949, in Hartford, CT. Linda was a lifelong resident of Unionville and graduated from Farmington High School in 1967 before beginning her career as a paralegal.
Linda is survived by two children: Amy Martin and her husband Chris of Middletown and Michael Smith and his wife Katie, of Bondurant, IA. She is also survived by five beloved grandchildren; Haillie, Eamon, Grainne, Thomas and Quinlan, her two brothers, Thomas Knight and Lois Sayward of Jacksonville, FL and Barry Knight and Charlene Rogers of Burlington and seven nieces and nephews, whom she adored, Heather, Geoff, Krista, Jessica, William, Robert and Alison. Linda was predeceased by her brother William Knight of Unionville.
Linda loved her job as a paralegal at Steinberg & Cathcart, where she worked for 20 years. Her greatest pride and joy was her family, who she loved to spoil. She was an avid reader, a skilled knitter and never missed an episode of Law & Order. Linda grew up in a racing family and enjoyed attending the races at Riverside and was a NASCAR fan throughout her life. She was a social butterfly with a large circle of friends that she enjoyed spending her time with.
Linda was a caring, compassionate and generous woman who was loved by many and a mother to all.
The Family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude and deepest appreciation to the wonderful Doctors, Nurses and Staff in the ICU and 8-7 at St. Francis Hospital.
A wake will be held on Monday, April 29th, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Ahern Funeral Home 111 Main St., Rt. 4 Unionville. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 at 10:30 AM in the Ahern Funeral Home immediately followed by graveside service and burial at the St. Mary’s Cemetery on Huckleberry Hill Rd in Avon.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to The Sunshine Kids Foundation, 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite #2-210, Hartford, CT. 06106. Please reference “In Memory of Linda Smith” on the donation.

Streich, Dr. William (Bill) Harvey

Dr. William (Bill) Harvey Streich died peacefully on Wednesday, April 24th at the age of 88 with his loving wife of 68 years at his side.

Bill is survived by his wife Nancyann Elizabeth (Hufnagel) Streich; children, Polly Ann Streich (Brian Loughlin) of Farmington; Jill Della Lombardi (Gregg) of Unionville and their children Corey, Casey, Cody and Cally;  William Buck Streich (Connie) of Castle Pines, CO and their children Caitlin, Hannah and Cameron; Peggy Lee Streich of Alpharetta GA and her son Christopher; and Jack Michael Streich of East Greenwich, RI and his children Catherine and William. He is preceded in death by parents Harvey and Gretchen Streich of Cedar Grove, WI and his sister Barbara Gretchen Sawicki of Hales Corners, WI.

Bill was born on December 7, 1930 in Milwaukee, WI to Harvey and Gretchen Clara (Angel) Streich. He attended Green Bay Avenue Elementary School and Rufus King High School.  In 1951, he married his high school sweetheart Nancyann Elizabeth Hufnagel, who he lovingly referred to as his bride.  He graduated from Milwaukee State Teachers College in 1953 and went on to earn his Masters and PhD in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI.  Bill began his long career as an educator, and in 1966 moved from Wisconsin where he was a middle school principal to Connecticut to become Assistant Superintendent of the Farmington Public School System.  In 1980 he went on to become Superintendent of Schools in Farmington while also teaching graduate level classes at Central CT State University. He retired in 1994 to pursue his passions of reading, writing and traveling.

Bill was a member of Phi Delta Kappa for over 50 years, as well as President of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS). His legacy within the Farmington schools included initiating the Project Concern (now Open Choice Program) as a founding school district bringing Hartford students to the suburbs; led the district during the time Farmington schools received the National Blue Ribbon School designation for excellence; led the overhaul of new curriculum which became a statewide model; and initiated and led the efforts for a middle school renovation and the West Woods Upper Elementary School building project. In 1994, he was awarded Educator of the Year by the Farmington Chamber of Commerce and at this time a new wing at IAR Middle School was named for Dr. Streich.

Bill loved the simple things in life, his BMW bought on one of their trips to Germany, Mont Blanc pens for his writing, and Johnny Walker Red, but mostly his children and grandchildren. Bill and his bride traveled extensively to their favorite locations including Santa Fe, NM, Key West, FL, and the mountains of Colorado.

Calling hours will be Tuesday April 30th at Ahern Funeral Home 111 Main Street., RT. 4 Unionville from 4 to 8 pm.  The funeral is scheduled for 10:30am on Wednesday May 1st at Ahern Funeral Home, immediately followed by burial at Riverside Cemetery in Farmington. There will be a reception to follow at Tunxis Country Club on Town Farm Road in Farmington, all are welcome to attend and celebrate Bill’s life. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Dr. Streich’s name may be made to: “Dr. William H. Streich Memorial Fund” attention Katie Robidoux, Farmington Public Schools, 1 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT 06032.

The family would like to especially thank Matt of Hartford Healthcare for the exceptional care, compassion and dedication provided to both Bill, Nancy and their family. They would also like to thank Maria from Polish Helping Hands for her wonderful care during this difficult time.
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