Smith, Jeanette Patricia

Jeanette Patricia Smith, 66, of Bloomfield passed away peacefully Saturday August 10th 2019.
A Native of Lime Tree Gardens, St. Ann’s, Jamaica, Jeanette was born on October 10th 1952, to the late Ira and Daphne (Miller) Smith.
Jeanette migrated to the USA in the early 1970’s and was employed by Massachusetts General Insurance Company and Massachusetts Mutual Insurance Company for thirty-five years. Her commitment and dedication was also demonstrated through her service to her church, the Rehoboth Church of God, where she volunteered her time as a Sunday School Teacher, Choir Member, and provided clerical assistance to the Scholarship Committee.
Left to cherish her memories are her brothers, Clancy Smith of Orlando, Florida, Collie Smith of Long Island New York and Junior Smith of St. Ann’s Jamaica, a host of extended Family, her church Family and many dear friends in the Bloomfield area.
Besides her parents Jeanette was predeceased by her brother Paul Smith.
Services for Jeanette will take place at the Rehoboth New Testament Church of God, 1170 Blue Hills Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002 on Saturday August 31st. Visitation and viewing will begin at 8:00 am followed by the Funeral Service at 9:00 am with burial at Mountain View Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Horrigan, John “Jack” P.

Mr. John “Jack” P. Horrigan, of Milton, MA, and Simsbury and Avon, CT, born on February 10, 1937 in Montclair, New Jersey, to the late Lillian and Joe Horrigan, passed away at age 82 on June 27, 2019 in Avon, Connecticut. He was surrounded by family and was peaceful as he went to Heaven for a tee time. Jack graduated from Boston College High School in 1954, where he was an All-City basketball player during his junior and senior seasons, and a baseball pitcher who had a try out with the Philadelphia Phillies. A proud Boston Irishman, Jack became a “Double Eagle” upon his graduation from Boston College in 1958 where he earned a BS in business administration. Upon graduation, Jack went to work for Goodyear, Hallmark and he also worked as a salesman at Heublein until he retired in 1994. Jack also served his country as a member of the Navy and Naval Reserves. Jack was married to Elizabeth “Betty” Leary Horrigan of Milton, MA for an amazing 58 years. He was preceded in death by his sister Mary Driscoll and her husband Bill, sister Ann O’Neil and her husband Matt, and brother, Joe Horrigan. He is also survived by his sister in law Lou Horrigan. Jack is survived by his sons, Jay Horrigan and his wife Cheryl of Franklin, MA, Dave Horrigan of Seattle, WA, and Denis Horrigan and his wife Kristen of Simsbury, CT; and grandchildren, Anna Horrigan, John Horrigan III, Declan Horrigan, Jack Horrigan, and Mason Horrigan. In addition, numerous nieces and nephews survive Jack, as well as too many friends to count. Jack loved all sports, especially playing golf, and spending time with family. Friends and family can pay their respects at the visitation at Ahern Funeral Home – 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, CT, 06085 between the hours of 5:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. A celebration of Jack’s life will take place at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, 145 Main St., Unionville, Connecticut, 06085 on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 beginning at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jack’s name to High Watch Recovery Center, PO Box 607, Kent, CT, 06757 and McLean Care, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT, 06070.

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

Colavecchio, Dorothy M.

Dorothy M. Colavecchio, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2019 at home surrounded by her family. She was born to Wallace A. and Anna (Wollenberg) MacDonald on June 27, 1934 and was a lifelong Farmington resident where she and her pre-deceased husband, Michael F. Colavecchio Jr. raised their family. Affectionately known as Dossy, she is survived by her six children: Mary Colavecchio, Michael Colavecchio (Marie), William Colavecchio (Karin Linthicum), Dodie Colavecchio (Deb Napolitano), Diane Gannon (Jim) and John Colavecchio (Susan). She was blessed with eight grandchildren: Abby and Sam Gannon, Jack and Teddy Colavecchio, Tess and Emma Colavecchio, and Nate and Pierce Landry. Dossy is survived by her sister, Anne Jednorowicz of West Hartford, CT and brother Wallace A. (Pete) MacDonald of Scio, NY and predeceased by her sisters Mary Guild and Muriel Judd. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews who enjoyed her company and sharp sense of humor. Special thanks to Cindy Ebanks, Dorrett Senior and Charmaine Reynolds of the New England Nightingales Home Care for their dedication and friendship they provided to Miss D.
Dossy was a 1952 graduate of Farmington High School and worked as a bookkeeper for the Southington-based CPA firm Dudzik, Beauchemin and Kelley. She was a diehard Boston Red Sox fan. Dossy was always in the stands watching her children compete in their multitude of sporting events. She was a communicant of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Unionville, CT for 58 years.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, Tuesday (April 16) from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Wednesday (April 17th) at 9:15 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea at 10:00 am. Burial will be in the family plot at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington.
Donations in her name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter: P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011

Wimes, Doris Elizabeth Myers Hinton

Doris Elizabeth Myers Hinton Wimes, 60, of Hartford, longtime companion of Dr. W. Michael Downes, with whom she shared a home with died on Sunday, March 31, 2019. She was born in Middletown and was the daughter of the late Preston Myers, Sr., and Sue (Woody) Myers.
Doris was a vivacious fun-loving individual who was involved in many activities. She was active in the Greater Hartford Progressive Democratic Women’s Club as Parliamentarian and co-chaired many events. She was also an assistant registrar of voters, poll moderator and door to door campaigner for many Democratic political candidates. She was a member of the NAACP and worked hard to alleviate the conditions of the poor. Her heart was with the people. She worked on various veteran issues including supporting her friends and family in trips to the Veterans Hospital.
Doris had a host of friends and relatives in the Greater Hartford area and in Middletown. She will be missed by her neighbors and the neighborhood children. They enjoyed her fervent support of the New England Patriots in her gregarious ways. Doris graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Middletown. She later took various courses to enhance her voter registration and poll moderating work. She worked at Safeway, Pratt &Whitney Aircraft, New Testament Baptist Church as a receptionist as well as for the City of Hartford.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews: Lisa (Randy) Dempsey, Pam Winford, Michelle Myers, Jennifer Marshall, Shawn Myers and Kim Myers, Jr. She has 10 grandnieces and nephews and two great grandnephews. She is also survived by her very dear friend, Susan (Vicky Vereen) Owens. She was predeceased by her children, LaTasha Hinton, Robert “PJ” Hinton, Jr. and Latea Nacole Hinton; sisters, Joeletha, Margaret Winford and Jeanette Marshall; brothers, Preston Myers, Jr. and Kim Myers.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 8th at 11 a.m. at Zion First Baptist Church, 16 James Moses Ave., Middletown. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Middletown. Friends may call on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford and on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Zion First Baptist Church in Middletown.

O’Donnell, Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth O’Donnell, a self-described “ordinary girl, with an extraordinary life”, having just turned 102, passed away on March 27, 2019. In fact, she was an extraordinary person who had a remarkable life. Born the month before the United States entered WWI, on the Ides of March, March 15, 1917, to Thomas J. and Elizabeth (O’Malley) O’Donnell in the Bronx, NY. The youngest of four daughters, Mary grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY. The daughter of Irish immigrants, Mary enjoyed growing up with an extended family of first and second cousins.
A child during the twenties, Mary came of age during the Great Depression. Lying about her age and using an older sister’s license and dress for the interview, Mary got her first job as a seasonal sales girl at Macy’s department store (back when there was only one Macy’s). Thus, began a long career in retail, that saw her grow as a buyer and fashion merchandising consultant, later becoming the first woman to manage Carson Pirie Scott’s New York office.
Mary had a great love for traveling and enjoyed many adventures along the way. A proud native New Yorker, Mary completed a cross country road trip before obtaining a driver’s license. She also inadvertently drove on the Merritt Parkway before it was officially opened. After WWII she travelled to Europe several times, visiting cousins in Ireland and her sister Alice in Rome and Paris.
Ever unsure of herself but fortified by the belief (instilled by her step-mother) that as long as you possessed good table manners, one need not fear any social interaction, she was fearless in her pursuit of new friends and experiences. She had a wonderful knack for making anyone she met feel special.
Following retirement in 1983, Mary moved to Avon, Ct to be near her sister’s Eileen and Alice and their families. While growing up during the Depression may have deprived her of some things, strong opinions were not among them. Mary was passionate about her Irish heritage, progressive politics (with a capital D), and Catholic faith. She was an eternal optimist and a prolific storyteller. She possessed a remarkable capacity to connect with and stay in touch with people, in some cases multiple generations of families, former-colleagues, and friends up until her death.
Mary is predeceased by her sisters, Kitty O’Donnell of New York, Alice Shea of Manchester, Eileen Akin of West Hartford, her step-brother, Monsignor Claire O’Dwyer of Baltimore, and her niece Christine Akin of Hartford. She is survived by her nephews, James Akin and his wife Eileen Brewer-Akin of West Hartford, and Peter Akin of East Hartford. Mary was beloved by her great-nephews and nieces; Wiley, Patrick, James, Olivia, and Audrey Akin, upon whom she doted.
Mary’s family would like to thank Mary, Nina, Marina, Alice and Zina for everything they did to enable Mary to remain in her home until almost the very end.
A Mass of Christian Burial will held Saturday April 13, at 10 AM at St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main St (Rt 4) Unionville, Ct. There will be no calling hours, the burial will be private. In lieu of flowers please make a contribution in Mary’s name to the charity of your choice or one of her favorites: The Joseph House, PO Box 1755, Salisbury, MD 21802.

Cosker, Mary Ellen Sisson

Mary Ellen Sisson Cosker passed away to peace on March 22, 2019. Born September 7, 1945 to Margaret (Kane) and Ralph B Sisson, she was a proud, lifelong resident of Collinsville, CT.

Mary Ellen touched so many lives in a positive way during her caring, friendly service for 11 years as a school bus driver, 35 years as a florist at Hinman’s Flower Shop and then as a driver for the Farmington Valley ARC. Maryellen truly enjoyed working with, giving to and helping others. She connected well with everyone and was a genuine, committed employee and friend.

Mary Ellen was beyond passionate about learning and sharing the history of her town, Collinsville/Canton, and the surrounding area. She procured an amazing collection of memorabilia and references and spent hours researching to help others identify family history and historical town connections. She offered a wealth of knowledge and creative ideas to the Collinsville Historical Society in her many years of service and was a go-to resource for just about anything Collinsville or Collins Company related. Her love for history also served well as an auction runner at the Canton Barn Auction for many years – yet another place where Mary Ellen touched many and enjoyed so much.

Mary Ellen had so many passions. Number one always – giving and spending time with family and friends. Mary Ellen never passed up an opportunity (when she was able) to send a card, make a call or drop in for a visit. Her heartfelt sincerity and commitment to those she loved was unwavering. This included family pets and local birds/wildlife! Mary Ellen was enamored with her own and her family’s house pets, who always brought a smile to her face even in dire times. Her fascination with local birds provided a daily enjoyment and purpose for her – particularly as she pondered ways to keep the squirrels at bay from her feeders!

Flowers, music, clouds, poetry, nature….just a handful more things in which Mary Ellen took delight. Those of us who have spent time with her finding pictures in the clouds, combing through clovers for the evasive 4-leafed, identifying beautiful wild and exotic flowers or toe-tapping and singing aloud to any one of the many artists enjoyed are better for it — better for the genuineness, education and love within those memories.

Mary Ellen was the utmost proud and honorable woman who exemplified strength, perseverance, formidable capability, charisma and integrity. No matter what challenge she faced, she met it head on with grit, determination and often a sense of humor and “stubbornness”. Her loving, resilient character will be missed sorely by so many.

Mary Ellen was predeceased by her sister Nancy Russo, and her beloved son-in-law Robert Cole Davidson, Jr.

In pure love, she leaves her daughter Lisa Noreen Cosker Davidson, granddaughter Jaela Nicole Davidson and grand-dog Daisy Davidson, all of Collinsville. She also leaves her nephew and wife, Corey and Shannon Russo of Collinsville; niece Ciera Russo and newborn grand-niece, Baylee of Torrington; her son-in-law’s treasured parents, Robert and Janice Davidson of Collinsville, his sisters Susan Hubbard and Deb Barnhart and their families on the east and west coasts; cousin Paula Morra and her husband, Robert from Bolton; lifelong family friend James Barraclough of Collinsville; and many other cherished friends.

A special thank you is sent to Hartford Hospital Vascular team and the special caregivers at Avon Health and Rehabilitation for the attentive care and support they provided Mary Ellen and her family.

A remembrance service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Ahern Funeral Home 111 Main St, Unionville, CT. There will be no calling hours.

If desired, donations can be presented in Mary Ellen’s memory to the CT Audubon Society: or to help offset end-of-life expenses:

Airas, Carmen Iris

Carmen Iris Airas, beloved wife of Carlos Alberto Airas for more than 35 years, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Carmen was born August 17, 1959 in Cidra, Puerto Rico; to parents Marcelina Rivera and Juan Colón.
Late 1979, Carmen moved from Cidra, Puerto Rico to Connecticut, where she met her now-husband who she is survived by, Carlos Alberto Airas. Carmen married her soulmate, Carlos Alberto Airas, on April 15, 1980, and eventually resided in Bloomfield, Connecticut with their beloved dog, Charlie. Carmen was a truly gentle soul, with much love given with smiles and laughter spread. Carmen was a strong, loving woman who devoted her life to her family, faith, and the outdoors. She loved nature and the outdoors, spending hours on end tending to the flowers and trees that surrounded the home, hiking through hills, valleys and mountain sides with family, and walking through parks with her grandchildren. Carmen was wonderfully devoted to her 3 daughters: Jesennia Da Costa, spouse of Marco Da Costa of Newington, Neysa Airas of West Hartford, and Jacqueline Airas, fiance of Juan Laboy of East Hartford, all of whom she loved and cared for without end. Carmen is survived by many loving grandchildren: Jonathan, Naiela, Marco Jr., Ismail, Noah, and Khloe.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Mar. 24) from 5:00-7:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Sorrows Church at 10:00 am Monday (Mar. 25). Family and friends are asked to meet directly in the church, 16 Greenwood Street Hartford CT. Burial will follow in West Meadow Cemetery, Newington

O’Connell, Patrick J.

Patrick J. O’Connell, 62, died peacefully of natural causes at his home in Eastham, Massachusetts, on March 15, 2019. He was a beloved husband, brother and uncle, and a friend to many musicians and music lovers around the world. Born in 1957 in Hartford, Connecticut, he attended the Loomis-Chaffee School, in Windsor, where he served as president of his senior class. He was a graduate of Duke University, earning an undergraduate degree in political science in 1979 and a subsequent master’s degree in education in 1980. He also earned his J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1988, and he practiced law for several years with the firm of Carmody & Torrance of Waterbury, Connecticut. He married his devoted wife Kathleen Finucane in 1995 and settled in Eastham, Massachusetts, where he was active in civic affairs and the local music community.
Known to his friends as Pat or P.J., he was a passionate lifelong lover of music and an accomplished singer-songwriter. As a longtime resident of North Carolina during the 1980’s, he led the Durham-based Flying Pigs, a band whose releases include “Desi” and “Mexican Divorce.” As P.J. O’Connell, he released “Dream Life” (2001), “Happy Go Lucky” (2002), “Careful” (2007), and “Join the Crowd” (2011), recordings that featured many of his musical friends, including members of NRBQ and the Incredible Casuals. As a performer, he played stages across the United States and in Japan, and All Music Guide called him an “Americana power pop auteur on a journey that keeps getting more and more beautiful with each release.”

Pat was legendary for his kindness and loyalty to his friends and fellow musicians, his incisive wit and discerning taste, an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music, and a vast recorded music collection.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen Finucane and is predeceased by their daughter Elsbeth Caitlin O’Connell. His other survivors include siblings Edward O’Connell (and wife Susan), James O’Connell, and Elise O’Connell Boccia (and husband Steven), his sister-in-law Elsbeth Finucane-Albert (and husband Brett), brother-in-law William Finucane (and wife Kalora), and sister-in-law Lisa Finucane, as well as loving nieces and nephews Quinn Albert, Lanie Albert, Anna Finucane, Patrick Finucane, Kathleen Boccia, Joseph Boccia, Steven Boccia, Daniel O’Connell, and Rachel O’Connell.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 872 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut, followed by burial at Fairview Cemetery, 200 Whitman Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut.

Arnold, James R.

James R. Arnold, 71, of Glastonbury, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2019. Born on December 29, 1947 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he graduated from North Allegheny High School and Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.
He moved to Connecticut in 1967 for a job at Pratt and Whitney and held jobs at various manufacturing companies as a buyer. Prior to his retirement, he started his own business, Arnold Enterprise.
He was a die-hard Steelers fan and spent many weekends with fellow fans at A D’s in Windsor. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling to Aruba and Destin. When younger, he would organize neighborhood baseball games while his young daughters cheered from the side-lines. He liked to work on engines of any kind and was able to fix anything. He had an extensive workshop which allowed him to complete home and wood-working projects. He had a great sense of humor and loved watching comedy shows and movies and quoting memorable lines. In his later years, he enjoyed going out to eat with his granddaughters and watching Judge Judy every afternoon.
He was predeceased by his father, Ralph F. Arnold and long- time companion “Chizzie” Geraci. He is survived by his mother, Margaret J. Arnold and sisters, Peggy-Lou Sheedy and Diane Jacobson, all of Bonita Springs, Florida.
He is also survived by his two daughter, Pamela Mastrogiovanni of Farmington and Diana Hancin and husband Dennis of Marlborough; and four granddaughters, Lillian and Anna Mastrogiovanni and Julia and Katherine Hancin.
Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Northup, Gladys “Dolly” (Abadjian) Bass

Gladys “Dolly” (Abadjian) Bass Northup
Dolly was born on March 5, 1919 in Aleppo Syria. By the time she completed her primary and secondary schooling in Lebanon she was fluent in Armenian, Turkish, Arabic, English & French.
In 1947 she got a degree in RN (nursing) from the American University of Beirut, and a BA in 1950.
She started working in the American University Hospital, a few years later she worked in the Mina Hospital in Tripoli Lebanon. Subsequently she was hired by the United Nations to be the head of nursing in a hospital and three associated clinics in the Kingdom of Jordan.
There she met Burt Bass, a British diplomat. They were married in Lebanon in 1956 and they went to live in London. Two years later she became a British National and was given a diplomatic passport.
She was with her husband on his diplomatic postings in Hungary, Italy where she learned Italian, Jakarta Indonesia where he became consul general. The next tour was Ecuador where she became fluent in Spanish. At end of their tour in 1970 her husband had a stroke and passed away at the age of 48.
She returned to London and worked for a tour company called Wings as a tour guide, the knowledge of 7 languages was an asset. During one of her tours in Los Angles she met an American gentleman named John Northup.
In 1979 Dolly and John were married, she became a naturalized American and lived in Unionville CT. in 1992 her husband had a stroke and passed away. She lived alone for a few years, then she moved to a senior living facility in Houston, near her brother George until her demise.
She will be missed by all those who knew her.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, Friday (March 1), from 4-6 pm. The funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (March 2), at 9:15 am, followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea at 10:00 am. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Mary Cemetery, Avon

Carli, Victor

Victor Carli – Born June 4, 1923 in a little village in Northern Italy to Gelindo & Magdalena Carli. In July of 1930, Victor & his mother arrived in Farmington, Connecticut. Not knowing any English did not interfere with Victor’s acceptance of his new country. He quickly assimilated to the language & ways of the American people. He enjoyed school & by junior high was #1 in his class. He loved high school, graduating from Farmington High class of 1942 with honors and as editor-in-chief of the class paper.
In February 1943, he entered the military service for WWII and received an honorable discharge on Dec 19th, 1944, arriving home exactly one year to the date of entering the Battle of the Bulge. After a month of rest, he found work at the Smyth Manufacturing Co. with long hours and hard work. In 1966, he was rewarded by being made purchasing director of the company…a job he held for 10 years until the company was purchased by another from Massachusetts. Not happy with the new executives, he & two golfing buddies started their own company – Bookbinder Services, Inc.
He & Florence enjoyed retirement tremendously. They enjoyed their loving family to the utmost attending all of their children & grandchildrens functions whether they be religious, athletic or educational.
In passing, Victor leaves to mourn: his wonderful wife Florence of over 69 years; his three children Patricia Sasso (Kenneth), Joanne Root Troiano (Daniel) and Robert Carli (Susan); his grandchildren Justin Root, Michelle Carli, Bryan Carli (Deirdre), and Shannon Stangle (Alex). He is also survived by great grandsons Anthony & Alan Root and youngest Emerson Carli. Private ceremony will be held at Ahern’s Funeral Home with burial & service to follow at Riverside Cemetery in Farmington.
We would like to acknowledge the superb hospice services provided by McLean in the last three weeks.

Beake, Lorraine

Lorraine Beake, 95, formerly of Fayetteville, NY, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2018. Born in Buffalo, NY on July 18, 1923 to the late Bernard and Mary Daley, Lorraine graduated from Saint Mary’s School of Nursing in Niagara Falls, NY and taught in the Syracuse Central Schools until her retirement. She was a member of both the Calvary Club and Cazenovia Country Club.
In 1947 she married William H. Beake, her husband of 66 years, who passed away in 2013. She is survived by their daughters, Susan (Dennis) Voigt and Jill (Cecil) Adams, ten grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren with one on the way and her sisters, Betty Moran and Maureen (Raymond) Clark. She was predeceased by her sister, Janice Daley and her brothers, Bernard Daley, Edwin Daley and Thomas Daley. Services will be held at a later date.

France, Beverly Jones (Gunther)

Beverly G. Jones France, 84, of Farmington died peacefully at the UCONN John Dempsey hospital on Wednesday, December 26. She was born in Hartford to the late J. Gordon and Georgia (Parsons) Gunther. Beverly graduated from Farmington High School in 1952.
While raising her children, Beverly enjoyed many summers at Block Island, fishing on weekends with her first husband, David, in hopes of catching a swordfish but settled for a marlin (still quite a catch!). Winters provided time for skiing and skating, where she could also enjoy time with a warm drink in the lodge. Gardening was a favorite activity throughout her years, as well as feeding and caring for stray animals. Beverly retired from Edmunds Gages where she was a receptionist. Beverly then spent time relaxing by her pool and continued gardening, enjoying the company of her husband, Arthur, as well as grandchildren. She also enjoyed traveling to visit children and grandchildren, as well as several cruises.
Beverly was a member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Unionville, CT. She later sang in the choir along with Arthur.
Beverly is survived by her five children, Gale Balavender and her husband Joe of Salem, Heather Rackliffe and her husband Gary of Farmington, Holly Fisher of Southampton NJ, Matthew Jones and his wife Donna of Bristol, and Mark Jones of Farmington; her brother Guy Gunther and his wife Diane of Plainville CT/Boynton Beach FL; seven grandchildren, Michael and Christopher Rackliffe, Matthew and Glenn Jones, Jonathan Fisher and his wife Alisha, and Zachary Fisher and his wife Jaclyn, Aubrey Reese and her husband Jeremy; three great-grandchildren, Kylie and Logan Jones, Leo Fisher. There are many nieces and nephews, as well as multiple step-children, along with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by three husbands, David Jones, Francis Connolly, and, most recently, Arthur France.
Special thanks to the staff at Touchpoints in Farmington who provided such compassionate care for Beverly in recent months.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Route 4, Unionville, on Saturday, January 5 from 9-11 am. The Funeral Service will follow at 11:30 am at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 61 Main Street, Unionville. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. To send online condolences to the family, please visit



Kaiser, Sr., Calvin L.

Calvin L. Kaiser Sr., 94, formerly of Farmington, widower of Doris S. Kaiser who predeceased him on February 9, 2015, passed away peacefully in Carlisle, PA on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Born in Philadelphia, PA on October 31, 1924, he was the son of the late Harry D. and Margaret M. Kaiser. Calvin graduated from Swarthmore College and was a United States Navy veteran and served in the Naval Reserves until 1983. Calvin spent his entire career in the hand tool and hardware industries and retired in 1988 from The Stanley Tools Division of The Stanley Works (now Stanley Black and Decker), having served in several sales and marketing capacities. During his career he was a member of several industry associations. He was a former Adjunct Professor of marketing at Central Connecticut State University and Tunxis Community College. Calvin was a former member of the Board of Education in Farmington, former Little League coach, and a former member of the Old Guard. He was a member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Farmington where he served as past Deacon and Moderator. Calvin loved the game of golf and was a former member of the Country Club of Farmington.
He is survived by his three children, Patricia Kaiser Niemitz and her husband Jeffrey of Carlisle, PA, Barbara Kaiser Martens of Greenville, NY and Calvin L. Kaiser, Jr., and his wife Cynthia of Newington, six grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Middlewoods of Farmington Memorial Fund, 509 Middle Road, Farmington, CT 06032. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.,