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

Smith, Jeanette Patricia

Jeanette Patricia Smith, 66, of Bloomfield entered into eternal rest 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.