Lawler, Thomas Joseph

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

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

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

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

Bombara, Pamela Carson

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

Wagner, Janet (Yuhas)

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

Sullivan, Kathleen (O’Neill)

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

Harvey, Kenneth G.

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

Bradley, David Reed

David Reed Bradley, 69, of Glastonbury, CT beloved husband of Kathleen Schiano and loving father of James Bradley and Eleanor Bradley Healy passed away peacefully November 30th, 2019 at his home in Avon.
Funeral and burial arrangements will be announced shortly, further information to follow both online and in the Hartford Courant.

O’Connor, Margaret (Peggy) J

Margaret (Peggy) J. O’Connor (nee O’Connor) of West Hartford, formerly of Hartford CT., loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away peacefully surrounded by her devoted family on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019.

Peggy was predeceased by her beloved husband, William (Billy) O’Connor, to whom she was married for sixty-four years.

Peggy was born in the beautiful village of Lough South, Doolin, Co. Clare, on the west coast of Ireland. It was just over a year ago that her five children, and many grandchildren and great children traveled to Doolin to honor her birthplace.

Peggy was one of ten children of Thomas and Nora (nee Droney) O’Connor. She was predeceased by four brothers and three sisters: Paddy, Thomas, Larry and John and Sr. Mary Bosco, Rita and Nancy. She is survived by her brother David O’Connor of East Hartford and her sister Katherine O’Donnell of North Carolina.

After immigrating to the United States in 1949, Peggy married Billy and created a beautiful life together; she is survived by her children and family: Mary and Johnny Sawicki; Kathy and Gary Wentworth; Billy and Mame O’Connor; Kevin O’Connor and Laura and Paddy Sullivan. Additionally, she was blessed with eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, the youngest of whom was born just hours before Peggy’s passing.

Peggy’s life was abundant in all the important ways. Peggy endeared herself to all with her welcoming and humble spirit. Forever a gracious host, her home was a gathering place where the door was always open and where love, laughter and music were always sure to be found inside.

Peggy embraced life with unyielding positivity and enthusiasm; a graceful dancer, a masterful card player, an avid casino patron, and always a loyal participant in Irish cultural events.
Most notably, Peggy was a loving wife and mother, and a caring and loyal friend. She was blessed with life long friends who were never far from her home or heart. Her presence had the subtle power to effortlessly put others at ease; she was the quiet and enduring anchor for her family. Peggy was truly beloved, and will be greatly missed.

The O’Connor family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many family, friends, and neighbors who were so helpful to Peggy; and most especially, the compassionate caregivers who so skillfully, and lovingly, cared for Peggy in the past few months.

The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Tuesday (December 3rd) at 10:30 am in the Cathedral of St. Joseph 140 Farmington Ave Hartford. (All attending are kindly asked to go directly to the church). Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. There will be no calling hours. There is ample parking to the rear of St. Joseph Cathedral entering from Asylum Ave.

Parsons, Adrienne (Anderson)

Adrienne (Anderson) Parsons, 87, of Brewster MA, widow of Kenneth Parsons died Sunday November 3rd at the home of her daughter in Ellington CT. Born February 17, 1932 in Hartford CT, daughter of the late Edward Hancock and Olive Charlotte (Lundgren) Anderson.
Adrienne ran a successful and thriving dried flower business in Novi, MI, later moving to Sarasota FL to be with her brother Robert. Adrienne volunteered at her local church and hospital both in FL and MA and loved gardening at her home in Brewster MA.
Adrienne is survived by her devoted children and their spouses; Holly and Heath Kidd, Scott and Laura (Rollinger) Parsons, and Todd Parsons, her sister Betty Lou Cantin, and several grandchildren; Kelton, Chase, and Baylen Kidd and Kendell, Kajsa, and Branton Parsons.
Funeral services will be held Sunday Nov. 17 2019 at 2:00 pm in the Ahern Funeral home 11 Main St. RT 4 Unionville followed by burial in the family plot at Greenwood Cemetery in Avon CT.

Ashe, Sharon Lois

Sharon Lois Ashe departed this life on November 6, 2019. Her husband, James Loren Patterson (Jim Easy); her parents, Dorothy H. Flamio, Nicolas R. Flamio and Wallace L. Ashe; and her brother, Wallace H. Ashe (Skip) predeceased her.
Sharon is survived by her almost twin sister Judith Mary Ashe DeVincke; Judith’s daughter Dorothy Sarah DeVincke, her partner Brendan Quinn and their two special children Lenore Margaret and Declan Wallace; Judith’s son Charles Ashe and his wife Linda; her brother Skip’s wife Ann Marie Ashe, their daughter Phaedra Morneault, Phaedra’s partner Roger Theriault, and Phaedra’s children Myranda and Azleigh; Skip & Ann Marie’s daughter and Sharon’s favorite nephew Robert N. Ashe and his partner Gigliola Manrique.
Sharon graduated from the MBA program at the University of Connecticut and worked primarily in areas involving finance at both Cigna and Citigroup. Retiring prior to her 55th birthday to fall in love and travel the world.
Services will be held privately in the Spring. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601

Steben, Christopher Michael

Christopher Michael Steben, 37, of Torrington, formerly of Burlington, passed away Tuesday, October 29th. Born October 30th, 1981 in Hartford, he was the son of Richard L. Steben of Burlington and Pauline (Sakowski) Steben of Torrington. Chris attended Northwestern Community College. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Tharau, Joan (Humphrey)

Joan (Humphrey) Tharau, of Burlington, wife of the late Erick “Junie” Tharau, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on November 1st, 2019. Born in Hartford on January 21, 1944, the daughter of the late Stanley J. and Lois Petersen Humphrey, Joan was a member of the first graduating class of Lewis S. Mills in 1962. Joan worked many years for the Firemen’s Fund Insurance Company. She served as the Town of Burlington’s Democratic Registrar of Voters for nine years and also served on the Burlington Cemetery Association. Joan was a member of the Congregational Church of Burlington and was a past President of the Burlington Senior Center.
Joan is survived by her three sons, Scott E. Tharau and his wife Allison, Timothy J. Tharau and his wife Bonnie and Christopher S. Tharau and his wife Donna all of Burlington, her grandchildren who were the lights of her life, Melissa, Cassandra, Brennen, Justin-Michael, Victoria, Amber and Haley and she was lucky enough to know she was going to be a great grandmother next year. She is also survived by her sister Sue Quartiero and her husband Jack and her beloved Ed Zack and his family who were so special to her and made her life a much brighter and happier place. Her sons are very grateful for their companionship over the past 10 years. She was predeceased by her two brothers Neil and Glenn Humphrey. Joan was so appreciative of the calls from family and friends over the past few months. The family would like to thank the Hospice Program at Foothills VNA in Winsted for the wonderful care and compassion extended to Joan.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Nov. 8) from 4:00-7:00 pm. Funeral Services will be held Saturday (Nov. 9) at 10:00 am in the Congregational Church of Burlington with the Rev. Wendell Taylor officiating. Burial will be in the family plot at Center Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Congregational Church of Burlington, 268 Spielman Highway, Burlington, CT 06013 or to the Erick B. “Junie” Tharau Scholarship Fund, c/o BVFD, P.O. Box 1285, Burlington, CT 06013.

Noyes, Harriet Elizabeth (Sayre)

Harriet Elizabeth Sayre Noyes, wife of the late Richard C. Noyes, died peacefully in her sleep on October 3, 2019 at Caleb Hitchcock part of the Duncaster Retirement Community.

She was born September 1, 1923 in Baltimore, MD, her parents were Robert H. Sayre III and Marie Riggs Sayre. She grew up in Baltimore and Bel Air, MD with many summers spent with the family at Fisher’s Island, NY. She attended the Calvert and Bryn Mawr Schools, and graduated from Chatham Hall. She joined friends at Connecticut College for Women for 1 year, then World War II broke out. She married Richard C. Noyes in December 1943. He was Navy ROTC and graduated early from Yale to join the war effort. At the end of the war they lived in Bel Air, MD, then Princeton, NJ before landing in Farmington, CT in 1946 where Dick had a job with Aetna Insurance.

Harriet is survived by her two daughters, Carolyn (Candy) Parrack and Phyllis (Pisa) Noyes Albanese and her husband William , her son-in-law Eric Martin M.D., 2 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Mary (Molly) Noyes Martin in 2011.

Harriet volunteered her time with the Community Chest, Blood Mobile, and the Junior Leagues of Baltimore and Hartford. She enjoyed playing tennis and paddle tennis with her friends in Farmington. She loved the sun – building a sun room onto their house or sitting on the beach in St. Thomas, VI for vacations or Westport, MA where she maintains a summer home.

Harriet had a long association with Hartford hospital extending over thirty years with much of that time as Director of the Volunteers in the Continuing Care Unit, but also working in the Emergency room, the Psychiatric department and the department of Surgery. She is on the Hartford Hospital Honor Roll as having served 5000 volunteer hours.

Harriet enjoyed being active with the Hillstead Museum, serving as Chairman for several May Markets. She was most pleased to serve as a member of the Citizen Police Academy the year they planned the Police/Senior Citizen Building. She delivered Meals on Wheels and was a member of the Farmington Garden Club. She was a past member of the Town and County Club and The Hartford Club. While in Farmington the family attended First Congregational Church, and later was a member of Asylum Hill Congregational Church.

She was a keen tennis and paddle tennis player well into middle age and stayed slim and fit, memorably making a cameo appearance at her fiftieth wedding anniversary in her original wedding dress.

Three years after the death of her husband, she moved, in July 2005, from the house on Prattling Pond Rd. in Farmington, where she had lived for 55 years, to the Duncaster Retirement Community where her vitality and enthusiasm were memorable. She served on many committees, always with the aim of improving the communal life and her charm and grace were apparent to all. She lived a good life and will be sorely missed.

Harriet’s family would like to sincerely thank Eric Martin, her son-in-law, for his continued care and assistance during her past years and the many phone calls for consults during the past months of her recent illness and to the staff at Duncaster for the past 14 happy years she lived there; and the staff at Caleb Hitchcock for their kindness and care to our mother over her recent illness.

A memorial service, held at Duncaster, will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to The Farmington Land Trust, 128 Garden St., #C, Farmington, CT 06032 or the Hartford Hospital Foundation, 80 Seymour St., P.O. Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06102 in her memory.

Piraneo, Carly Christina

Carly Christina Piraneo, passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2019. Born on August 5, 1991 to Lisa Wood and Carmelo Piraneo in Southern California, she was raised in Farmington, Connecticut.

Carly was a graduate of Farmington High School class of 2009 and was the living embodiment of the laidback, carefree Cali lifestyle with a New England drive. Always a free spirit with a heart that knew no bounds, she was a beloved daughter, sibling, and friend.

Carly enjoyed photography and fashion, and was passionate about early childhood education. In high school she was a multi-sport athlete; starring in Softball, Field Hockey, and Ice Hockey. She never faced a challenge that she wouldn’t shy away from. Headstrong, thoughtful, and persistent, there were seldom times where Carly would do something that didn’t surprise her family and friends. She will be missed by many, but never forgotten.

Along with her parents, Lisa and Carmelo, Carly leaves behind her older sister Tara Piraneo, older brother Ryan Piraneo, maternal grandmother, uncles, aunts, and numerous cousins in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Italy, and Australia.

Relatives and friends may call from 6 to 8pm Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the William J. Burke & Sons Bussing/Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway (518-584-5373). Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Antonio, Helen (LaClair)

Helen (LaClair) Antonio, 86, of Unionville passed away peacefully on September 4, 2019. She was born on October 19, 1932 in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, daughter of the late Trefley and Lillian (Gibney) Laclair. She was predeceased by her husband Adam Antonio. They were longtime residents of Secret Lake in Avon, CT where they enjoyed gardening and taking care of their many animals. Helen always loved her home state of New Hampshire where she and Adam had a home. They visited monthly and enjoyed summer vacations spending time with family and friends. She would reminisce about her time growing up on the family farm with her parents and siblings, sharing stories about the animals and life on the farm. Helen worked as a CNA for over 25 years at Avon Convalescent Home before retiring to help take care of her grandchildren. She had many friends she kept in contact with throughout her retirement. Helen’s true joy, especially in her later years, was being with her family, sharing meals and celebrating holidays with extended family. She would share anecdotes and surprise everyone with her quick one liners that were enjoyed by all.
Helen leaves behind her daughter Theresa (Rattell-Antonio) Greiner and her husband Scott whom she adored, as well as her grandchildren Anthony and Savanah Greiner. Besides being a mother, nothing brought her more joy than being a grandmother. Spending time with and taking care of Anthony and Savanah was the highlight of her life. Helen was a godmother to many and had very close relationships with her nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Fay Russell, Helen’s live in caregiver for almost 7 years. Fay’s extraordinary care, love, and patience was a true blessing to Helen and her family.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Sept. 14) from 8:30-9:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 9:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Avon.

Sylvester, Agnes Rose (Litalien)

Agnes Rose Litalien Sylvester, 94 of Unionville CT peacefully passed away Friday, September 6th. Born in Leominster, Massachusetts, she was one of 13 children born to Antoinette Caron Litalien and Germain Litalien. She settled in Hartford in the 1940’s where she met and married her late husband, Raymond “Pete” Sylvester. The couple raised four sons in the Farmington area. Agnes worked for and retired from Sears Roebuck in West Hartford.
Meme was the consummate baker whose banana breads, chocolate cakes, apple and blueberry pies, as well as her Christmas cookies and Penuche were always welcome in eager anticipation of birthdays and holidays.
Agnes was predeceased by her great grand-daughter, Aubrey. She is survived by her four sons and their spouses: Ken & Diane Sylvester, Roger & Judy Sylvester, Gary Sylvester & Charles Robinson and Peter & Marianne Sylvester. Agnes was Meme’ to nearly everyone; family and friends. She is also survived by her five grandchildren and their children: Jonathan & Sandra Sylvester, Nathan, Gianna and Dominic; Allison & Scott Law, Weston, Julianna, Bradley and Grace; Patrick & Alyssa Sylvester, Landon, Mason and Eloise; Cole Sylvester; as well as Shane Sylvester.
The family wishes to acknowledge the stellar care, skills and attention provided “Meme” while residing at Amberwoods of Farmington. Particularly notable are the staff of Willow Unit. The caring of all staff of Amberwoods, of every level was consistent and deeply appreciated from her admission to her end.
An early morning wake will take place at Ahern Furneral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville CT on Friday, September 13th from 8:30-9:30 am, followed by a Catholic mass at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea at 10 am. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Farmington after sevices. Donations can be made in her memory to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea, 145 Main St, Unionville CT 06085 or to Masonic Hospice c/o The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, P.O. Box 70 Wallingford, CT 06492