Hayes, Charles R.

Charles R. Hayes 66 of New Britain
Charlie to his friends, Chipper to his Family, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness Thursday, July 9th 2020 at Autumn Lake of New Britain.
Born in Hartford in March of 1954 he was the oldest of seven children born to Raymond and Dorothy Hayes.
Charles attended Bulkeley High School in Hartford, and worked at AC Petersen Farms Restaurant in West Hartford for 30 years. He was a lifelong avid Red Sox fan. Charles was Predeceased by his parents Raymond F. and Dorothy (Merritt) Hayes, as well as his sisters Sandra M. Hayes and Robyn D. Hayes.
Charles is survived by his sisters Lori A Hayes of New Britain, Betti Gauthier and her husband Marcel Gauthier of Cheshire, Michele Farhat and her husband Mohammed of Middletown, and his brother Michael S. Hayes of New Britain, as well as 12 Nieces and Nephews and many Great Nieces and Nephews and his Little “Sweetheart” Sasha the family dog.
Graveside Funeral Service will be held Wednesday (July 22), at 11:30am at St. Joseph Cemetery, Poquonock.
In Lieu of Flowers Donations can be made in Charles’ name to the CT Humane Society 701 Russell Road Newington, CT 06111 or St. Judes Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Guglietta, Lola Jane Welsh

Lola Jane Welsh Guglietta
October 14, 1923 to July 10, 2020
Lola Jane passed away peacefully at home having lived a long and spirited life. Born in Vassar Michigan to parents Glenn Leo Welsh and Leta Jane Hixon Welsh.
After graduating from Michigan State College in 1944 she moved to Hartford Connecticut to explore new horizons. That is where her interest in flying brought her to meet her future husband Francis “Frank” Guglietta, who was a partner in Hartford Aviation at Brainard Field.
During World War II Lola worked for Hamilton Standard doing mathematical calculations and also volunteered helping soldiers blinded in the War who were recovering at Avon Old Farms School. Shortly after the War she married on September 12, 1948.
Lola is survived by her 4 sons: Frank Erwin Guglietta and his wife Susan of South Glastonbury CT; Peter Glenn Guglietta of Farmington, CT; Jon Robin Guglietta and his wife Judy of Harwinton CT; and Glenn Welsh Guglietta and his wife Katie of Payson AZ. Lola has 6 grandchildren: Daniel Guglietta and his wife Kelly of Bristol, CT; Julie Carzello and her husband Paul of West Suffield, CT and Lola Jane Szydlo and her husband Matt of Harwinton, CT; Glenn Guglietta II and his wife Devon of Hamilton MT; Nicholas Guglietta of Washington DC and Jeremy Fluegel and his wife Amanda. Lola’s great grandchildren are: Carissa Guglietta, Kerri Guglietta, Ryan Carzello, Dylan Carzello, Sadie Boss, Oliver Szydlo, Alexis Fluegel, Madison Fluegel, Haley Fuegel and is expecting a new great grandson from her grandson Glenn Guglietta.
After the birth of her children Lola remained at home raising her 4 boys in their Lake Garda home. She was a great mom who became the Den Mother to the neighborhood boys where she shared her love of art with them doing many varied and interesting projects.
She was very active in the community. Her activism started with her concern of School Bus safety when she observed the process of loading and unloading of school busses once her children began attending school. Taking her 8mm camera she filmed the processes and presented her finds and concerns to the Farmington Board of Education, which resulted in important improvements in school bus safety.
In 1962 she began her teaching career at West District School in Farmington, first as a substitute teacher and later as a 2 and 3rd grade teacher until she retired in 1994.
It was after her retirement that she began to pursue her lifelong interest in Art. Lola received an associate’s degree in fine arts from Tunxis Community College and a bachelor’s of fine arts from the University of Hartford. She spent her retirement years painting and sculpturing. Lola spent the winters at her Mesa Arizona home where she enjoyed hiking in the desert and eating fresh oranges from her orange tree in the front yard.
Funeral services will be held Thursday July 16, 2020 in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville at 10:00am with burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery in Farmington. Friends may call prior to the service at the Ahern Funeral Home from 8:30am until 10:00am
Lola will be missed by her family and remembered for the many ways she touched their lives. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to the Indian Rock Nature Preserve, 501 Wolcott Rd, Bristol CT 06010.

Curry, Arthur A. “Al”

Arthur A. “Al” Curry, 76, of Unionville, passed away Sunday, March 29th, 2020. Born October 13th, 1943 in Hartford, son of the late Donald J. and Mary (Myers) Curry, Al was a graduate of Canton High School, Class of 1961 and the University of Hartford, Class of 1965. He was awarded the University’s Outstanding Athlete in 1965 and was inducted into the Athletic Alumni Hall of Fame in 2005 for his contributions to the early wrestling program where he served as captain his junior and senior years.
Al was a United States Air Force veteran where he served as a Captain for nearly eight years, with one year in Vietnam/ Thailand. Prior to retiring, he served as a material supervisor for 27 years with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft and served three years with the Farmington School System as a Substitute Teacher.
Al loved the outdoors and you often found him fishing or hunting in his retirement years. He was a long term member of the Farmington Game Club and the Ratlum Mountain Fish and Game Club. He was an active member of the Avon VFW Post 3272.
Al is survived by his daughter, Amy Parylak and her husband Tim of Avon, his sister, Donna LaDucer and her husband John, formerly of Canton and now of East Hampton. His nieces Holly Rzonca and husband David, and Kelly Rainey and husband Greg. He is also survived by his grandnieces Avery and Morgan Rzonca and good friends Tony, Gordon and Billy.
A full Military funeral will be held with graveside services on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 10:30 am in Calvary Cemetery Collinsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516

Cyr, Roland A. “Randy”

Roland A. Cyr “Randy”, 51, of Burlington passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was born in Hartford CT on July 31, 1968, beloved son of Roland J. and Patricia (Dunne) Cyr. He is survived by his sister Jeannette Cyr Soulier and her husband Michael and their daughter Hali Soulier all of Burlington, his fiancée Marsha Oakes of Thomaston, Aunt Alice Smith of Farmington, Uncle Marty and his wife Barbara Cyr of Shelton, Aunt Joanne Cyr Callaghan of Plainville, Uncle Joseph and his wife Linda Cyr of New Hampshire, Aunt Donna and her husband Bob Agan of Granby, Aunt Roberta Bordanaro of Granby, Uncle Jack and his wife Sandra Dunne of West Granby, Uncle Richard Dunne of Windsor Locks, and too many cousins and friends to list. Funeral service and burial will be held privately for the family, a public memorial service will be held at a date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Randy’s name to the American Liver Foundation, 1062 Barnes Road, Suite 207 Wallingford, CT 06492 Tel: 203-234-2022.

Wells, Marcia M.

Marcia Wells, 77, passed away peacefully at St. Francis Hospital on June 20, 2020.
She was born on April 22, 1943 in Derby, CT, daughter of the late Margaret (Kinsella) and Christopher J. McCormack, MD.
Marcia was a graduate of Elizabeth Seton College, Yonkers NY. She lived in Connecticut for most of her life and spent the past twenty years in Avon.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Duggan Dale, and her husband Jonathan of Wheaton IL, and their children Mathew and Benjamin, of whom Marcia was most proud; her son T. Patrick Duggan and his partner Mary Helen Rowell of Brooklyn NY; her sister Margaret Urban and her husband Stephen of West Hartford; and her brother Christopher McCormack of West Hartford.
The family would like to thank all of Marcia’s friends who provided unconditional love, prayers, and support throughout her life, and especially during her four year battle with pancreatic cancer. The family would also like to thank Dr. James Flaherty, Dr. Alessia Donadio, Dr. Joseph Colasanto and Dr. Anthony Zaldonis whose excellent, kind, and compassionate care was most appreciated. Thank you to all the nurses, aides, secretaries, and parking valets who made her frequent appointments as comfortable and safe as possible.
Donations can be made in Marcia’s memory to Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center at St. Francis Hospital, 94 Woodland St. Hartford CT 06105 or The Ron Foley Foundation, 1000 Farmington Ave., Suite 108A, West Hartford, CT 06107

Walczyk, Elizabeth (Betty) Frey

Betty died on April 20th, 2020 at the age of 96. She was the last living child of J. Henry Frey and Julia Wanatowicz Frey of Farmington, CT. She was predeceased by her parents, her six siblings and her husband Lucian Walczyk. When Betty was in first grade at Center School in Farmington, now known as Noah Wallace, her teacher called the roll and asked if Elizabeth Frey was present. Betty stood up and announced her name was “Betty. She had never heard the name Elizabeth until that day. Her preferred name remained “Betty” for the rest of her life. A child of the great depression, she grew up in Farmington living in the house her father built and working on the family farm; taking care of the cows, chickens, ducks, pigs and large vegetable garden with her brothers and sisters. The only food they bought was grain for the animals, coffee, tea, salt, pepper, flour and sugar; everything else came from their farm. She learned to preserve food for the winter by home canning, pickling, drying and making juices, jams and jellies. For the rest of her life she remained a passionate gardener of flowers, vegetables, and fruit. She spent many happy hours preserving the produce she grew. She graduated from Farmington High School in 1942 where she was an outstanding basketball player and the team captain. To earn extra money, she worked cleaning houses in town and provided companionship for Mrs. Caroline Garmany whose husband provided seed money for the Hartford Foundation For Public Giving. Her first job after graduation was working with her sister Marie in the office at the New Britain Machine Company. After a trip to the hospital to have her tonsils removed, she discovered the US Army nursing program to provide trained registered nurses to join the troops in the field during WWII. She entered that program in 1944 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. As a freshman nurse she worked in the emergency room during the 1944 Hartford Circus Fire caring for burn victims, many of whom were dying. This experience left a lasting impression and strengthened her determination to be an outstanding nurse. She graduated as a registered nurse in April 1947. Since the war was over, she took a job at Norwich State Hospital to reimburse the government for her education. Her next-door neighbor in Farmington, Mary Vona, arranged a blind date for herself and Betty. That date led to each of them marrying the men they met on the date. Betty married Lucian Walczyk of New Britain, CT on September 11th, 1948. They bought their first house in Kensington, CT where they had their three children, Barbara in 1949, Thomas in 1951 and John in 1954. When Betty’s father died Betty and Lucian were offered the chance to buy his house and the family farm, which they did in 1957. When she returned to her childhood home in Farmington, Betty became an enthusiastic member of the Ladies Guild of St. Patrick Church. The Ladies Guild did all the interior maintenance of the church; vacuuming, dusting, ironing altar clothes and priest’s garments, washing vases, cleaning candle wax and decorating with flowers from their gardens. The Guild also held various events in the church basement such as fairs, potluck dinners and numerous card parties that were very popular. Betty especially enjoyed these social activities, but decorating the church with her garden flowers was one of her favorite things to do. In 1974 she and Lucian visited their relatives in Poland. The Communist government insisted that tourists use a state-run agency to tour the country even if they were visiting family members. Betty was frustrated when the agency conducted tours in Polish since she didn’t speak the language. Lucian hired an English-speaking taxi driver to follow the tour bus and explain in English what they were viewing so that Betty could understand and appreciate the tour. When they returned to Connecticut, she enrolled in a class at Central Connecticut State College to learn Polish. She also worked as a Red Cross volunteer at blood drives and did some private duty nursing at the request of her local doctor. In 1978 she decided to work fulltime and got a job at Mercyknoll in West Hartford as the night supervisor nurse. Mercyknoll, an institution owned by the Sisters of Mercy, was a nursing home for retired nuns of their order. Betty spent many productive years happily working with the nuns, some of whom would call her at home in Farmington on her days off to chat. In 1977 Lucian and Betty bought a summer cottage in West Gardiner, Maine, with a small beach on the Cobbosseecontee stream. Lucian enjoyed fishing and boating on the stream while Betty spent her days developing multiple flower and a vegetable garden on the property. The beaver population was prolific in the area and the beavers would cut down white birch trees around the cottage to build houses and dams. To save her trees from destruction Betty spent many hours winding chicken wire around the base of her trees’ trunks to prevent beaver damage. She also became very well known to the animal control office, requesting them, every summer, to remove the beavers. Her children and grandchildren enjoyed summer days swimming, fishing, boating and visiting Manie attractions during their vacation time. When Betty retired from Meryknoll she and Lucian were able to do limited traveling to England, Italy, and Yugoslavia as well as Florida in the USA. They also did a great deal of vegetable gardening; canning and freezing produce for use in the winter. Lucian died in July 2001 and was buried in Riverside Cemetary in Farmington. Widowed, Betty remained in her home visited by her children and grandchildren, until July 2015 when her daughter, due to her own illness, was unable to continue caring for her. She entered Cherry Brook Healthcare Center in Canton, CT as a permanent resident.
At Cherry Brook she was cared for with devotion and kindness by her nurses, Anne Monroe, Cam Nguyen, and Stephanie Sioravanti and many aides. She died of Covid-19 on April 20th, 2020. She was buried next to her husband Lucian, in a special ceremony arranged by Frank Ahern of the Ahern Funeral Home in Unionville on May 1st. Monsignor Thomas J. Barry pastor of St. Patrick Church, blessed the grave and conducted the internment prayers. The ceremony was attended by Barbara Walczyk, Thomas and his wife Maximina Walczyk, John Walczyk and his ex-wife Mary Ann Walczyk, Joel and Christine Miller and their daughter Mina, Ingrid Walczyk and her daughters Abigail and Zoe Kulas, Stephen Walczyk, Michelle Walczyk and her fiancé Jonathan Moore, John T. Walczyk and his sister Susanne Walczyk, Julio Susaya and Betty’s nephew Hank Frey and his wife Jean.
A Requiem mass will be scheduled at a future date. Memorial contributions in Betty’s name can be made to the St. Patrick Church building fund at: St. Patrick Church, 110 Main Street, Box 523, Farmington, CT 06034-0523 or the Farmington Historical Society at: Farmington Historical Society, PO Box 1645, Farmington, CT 06034.

Michaud, Olivin (Ollie)

Olivin (Ollie) Michaud, 90, of Avon, CT, passed away on May 21, 2020 surrounded by his family. His loving daughter, Cynthia, and two grandchildren, Arianna Innarelli and Albert Innarelli, remained by his side for the weeks leading up to his death.
He was born on July 14, 1929, in St. Francis, Maine and moved to West Hartford, CT after returning from war, and marrying his wife, Yolande Dominique Michaud.
He was a proud two-war veteran, serving in World War II and the Korean War. He spent the majority of his professional career working at Chandler Evans (a division of Pratt & Whitney), as a mechanical engineer, which he loved.
As a father, he was always the first to support his children in all of their endeavors. Whether it was rooting for Cynthia in gymnastics and soccer or rocking on with Mark who played in a rock band, he was always their biggest fan. Ollie’s greatest birthday gift of all, was that his daughter, Cynthia, was born on his birthday. He loved that he could share his day with her, as it made it that much more special. He provided his children things that cannot be taught in school. He was wise beyond his years, and instilled values in his children to always be kind, loving, and respectful. He was their best friend and role model in life.
As much as he loved being a father, Ollie had no greater joy than being a grandfather (our “Pepe”). When his grandchildren needed a new nanny, he jumped at the opportunity, saying “I’ll take the job!” He would always say how this was the best job he ever had, because he was able to spend each and every day with his grandchildren. Boy, and did he love to spoil them (to his daughter’s chagrin)! He drove Arianna and Albert to school every day and back. Often, they would be greeted with two large McDonald’s french fries and a $20 bill to “go crazy” at Walmart. He loved taking them bowling, going out to eat, watching their activities, and just spending quality time. He would always say how his grandchildren were the reason he got up in the morning. With that said, his grandchildren loved him more than anything. Not only was he a grandfather to them, but he took on the role of Pepe to all of their friends.
Ollie touched the lives of all he met. Whether it be family, friends, or complete strangers. He never spoke a bad word of anyone, and always looked for ways to brighten peoples’ days. He was known around the community as an honorable, loving, and joyful man. He had the best laugh and the strongest bear hugs up until the end. He was an impeccable dresser, frequently attending even casual events in suit and tie.
Ollie was a devout Catholic and sat in the same pew at each mass at St. Ann’s Church in Avon, CT, until he no longer could attend. He would always light two candles, one for his family on earth, and the other for his family above. He was excellent singer, often being compared to Tony Bennett, both because of his excellent voice as well as his classy appearance.
The hallmarks of his life included the boundless love for his family and pets. He was an avid gardener, but his true passion was bowling. He was a member of a competitive bowling league and was one of the top bowlers in the state for many years. He loved teaching his grandchildren how to bowl, and they credit their “pin dropping skills” to him. He also loved to exercise, going on long nature walks every morning listening to the birds.
Ollie was pre-deceased by his loving wife Yolande, his parents, Agnus Jandreau, and Emile Michaud, and his siblings, Clide Michaud, Bertrand Michaud, Renald Michaud, Edwin Michaud, Patricia Brown and Fern Jalburt. He is survived by his daughter Cynthia Innarelli-Crouch, and her husband John Crouch, his son Mark Michaud, his grandchildren Arianna Innarelli and Albert Innarelli, his step-grandchildren, Andrew Crouch and Lily Crouch, and many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.
Graveside burial services will be held for family and friends at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Avon, CT Wednesday, May 27th at 11:30. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.
We want to thank the caregivers for my father, Carla Martins and Jonathan Stolfie, from Griswold Home Care for their excellent care and the undeniable love they showed him.
There will be a celebration of Ollie’s life at a later date, which will be announced as the date approaches. We look forward to the day when we can all get together to hug, laugh, and celebrate the life of the man we all loved.
We will love and miss him forever.

Leone, Albert T.

Albert T. Leone of Avon husband of Jane (Beckley) Leone passed away peacefully at his home Saturday May 16, 2020.
Born in Farmington April 11, 1928, son of the late Tomaso and Natalina (Tribuzio) Leone. Al was predeceased by his three brothers Arthur Leone, Orlando Leone and Thomas Leone and three sisters Mary Fasolo, Rose Frascatore, and Catherine Lee. Al was a graduate of Farmington High School where he was the captain of the basketball team from 1945 – 1946. He then joined the U.S. Navy in 1946 and later he served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952 during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion – James Palache Post #53 where he received the American Legion Hero Medal . He also earned the coveted Carnegie Hero Medal for helping save the lives of five people during the flood of 1955 in Farmington. Al worked for Connecticut Light and Power for 39 years, retiring in 1993 as Chief Lineman. During his career at CL&P he received the Edison Electric Institute Award for saving the life of a fellow lineman. He was a member of the Prince Thomas of Savoy Society in Avon and a long time member and officer of the Cittadini Lenolese Club in Farmington.
Al had a work ethic that was unmatched. He was selfless, loved to dance and was great at it. One of his passions was gardening. Al was very proud of his vegetables that he generously shared with everyone. He enjoyed raising ducks and was happy when people would come to see them. Al treasured spending time at his home in Cape Cod with his family and their annual Fourth of July neighborhood parade.
Family was very important to Al. He loved and was very proud of his children and cherished grandchildren. He was not only a hero but an admired role model and a kind, generous uncle, brother, father, grandfather, husband, friend, and neighbor. He was always there to help anyone who needed it and made everyone feel special, appreciated and important.
Besides his wife Jane, Albert leaves his three daughters, Elizabeth L. Alissi and her husband James of West Hartford, Jennifer L. Batchelder of Avon and Sarah J. Leone of Suffield, his two sisters, Anita Metivier of Maine, and Jean Bouchard of Canton, four beloved grandchildren, Alyson Alissi, Jack Alissi, and Luci Alissi, and Sam Batchelder and many adored nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Beatrice Asiedu for her unwavering love and care over the past year.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Alberts name to Foodshare 450 Woodland Avenue Bloomfield, CT 06002-1342 Tel: 860-286-9999
Graveside Funeral services will be held privately for the family at St. Joseph Cemetery Plainville

Streich, Nancyann Elizabeth (Hufnagel)

Nancyann Elizabeth Streich (Hufnagel) died peacefully on Wednesday, May 13th at the age of 87 with her daughter Jill by her side.
Nancy is survived by her brother John Walter Hufnagel (Diane) of Sussex, WI, her 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; Jack Michael Streich of East Greenwich, RI and his children Catherine and William and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband William Harvey, parents John and Antoinette Hufnagel of Milwaukee, WI and her sister Jean Catherine Brown of Brookfield, WI.
Nancy was born on November 27, 1932 in Milwaukee, WI to John Leonard and Antoinette Minnie (Schaber) Hufnagel. She attended Keefe Avenue Elementary School and Rufus King High School. In 1951, she married her high school sweetheart William Harvey Streich, who she was married to for 68 years.
Nancy lived life to its fullest and enjoyed every minute of every day. She taught everyone the gift of laughter and was easily recognized for her white collars and red lipstick. Nancy and Bill raised their children in Muskego WI before moving to Farmington CT for Bill to continue his educational career. It’s hard to take the girl out of Milwaukee but Nancy enjoyed many pastimes. She was a volunteer for hospice and worked at a hospital gift shop. She loved their home decorated with Laura Ashley so much so that she had a 16-year retail career with the company when her children were grown. She went to Laura Ashely in every city she visited and even went to the home base in London. She loved her friends and playing bridge. She was the life of any party and never wanted the night to end, she was always planning the next event. It was nothing for Nancy to get up in the morning and decide she would take a day trip to NYC or Boston where there were always museums, great food and plenty of shopping. She was a big sports fan and enjoyed talking about and watching UCONN men’s and women’s basketball, Boston Red Sox’s baseball and Boston Celtics basketball and Greenbay Packers, New England Patriots football with her children and especially with her daughter Polly. She also went to all her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events; baseball, field hockey, track, football, soccer and basketball.
She loved her son Jack “the brew master’s” beer and followed him around the country as he opened breweries. Her daughter Jill “the head nurse” and son in law Gregg “the big guy” were the steadfast constants in our parents later years making sure they lived life to the fullest.
Nancy and Bill traveled extensively to their favorite locations including Santa Fe, NM, Key West, FL, and the mountains of Colorado where Buck and his family lived and where the family camped every summer when Bill was teaching. She loved going to Vail, Breckenridge and The Old Dillon Inn. She could get you anywhere in the country with a “trip tick” and was known to drive 4,000 miles to get to Key West and back and many stops in between to see her daughter Peggy. She loved Germany and Octoberfest and Peggy was able to make one of those trips with them. London and France were also some of her favorites.
She loved her children and grandchildren and appreciated having those who were in CT and loved to travel to Colorado, Georgia and Rhode Island to see the others.
The family would like to especially thank Anthology of Farmington for the exceptional care, compassion and dedication provided to Nancy and her family, especially Sheryl for making her wishes happen each and every day and Ryan who gave her renewed hope to open her heart again. They would also like to thank Maria for her care and the friend she became to Nancy and finally a special thanks to Dr. Margarita Reyes of Bristol Health who helped guide the family every step of the way.
There will be a private burial at Riverside Cemetery in Farmington. Memorial donations in Nancy’s name may be made to: “Dr. William H. Streich Memorial Fund” attention Katie Robidoux, Farmington Public Schools, 1 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT 06032.

Dinsmore, Gene Charles

Gene Charles Dinsmore, 73 of Vernon, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle went to be with the Lord after losing his 25 year battle with Parkinson’s disease April 20, 2020. Gene was born in St. Albans, VT on October 4th 1946; son of the late Blanche Findlay and Charles Dinsmore. He is survived by his wife Martha.
He attended schools in Hartford and Rockville. Gene graduated A.I. Prince Technical High School In 1965. After completing his first year at Hartford State Technical College in 1968, he left to serve in the U S Army and went to Korea during the Vietnam era and returned 20 years later to complete the degree with his son Wesley. They were the first father/son team in the history of Hartford State Technical College to complete the same degree program (Electronics Engineering Technology) full time. In 2002 Gene took a medical retirement from Dynamics Control after 30 years of service.
He ran in the Ocean State Marathon and the Bud Light and Iron Man Triathlons. He rode his bicycle from Enfield CT to Rhode Island for training. He was a happy, humble, hard working, funny, Intelligent, athletic and dedicated family man who always had a big smile.
He was always there to help anyone fixing their cars, TVs, and computers. Gene was a caring and concerned person and respected all life.
Left to mourn are his son Wesley Dinsmore and wife Aileen of Kenly NC, daughter Lisa Miller and husband Mark of Sarasota, FL. Step daughter Meredith Salerno and husband Greg of Preston, CT. Stepson Lee Payne of Maine. Grandchildren Homer, Christian, Sir Charles and Westina (Dinsmore) of Schertz,Texas. Chelsea Monak and husband Manuel of Manchester. Angela Burke and fiance Daryl Hicks of Manchester. Justin Miller of Sarasota, FL. Zack Miller and fiance Natailai of Manchester. Stepgrandchildren Joshua Alexander and wife Ashley of East Granby, CT. Ryan Ayoub of Manchester, CT. Meghan Ayoub of East Hartford, CT. Great grandchildren Henry (Dinsmore), Isabella, Johanna, and Sebastian (Monak). Destiny, Desirae and DeWayne (Hicks), Camila Miller (Zacks daughter). Step great grandchildren twin boys Brantly and Colton (Alexander). Gene was called Poppie and Grampa “jeans” by his grandchildren. His siblings Blanche Randall of West Hartford, Ernest and Michele Dinsmore of Colchester VT, Janice Dinsmore of West Hartford, Denise Findlay of Windsor, Sonya Findlay and Darlene Reynolds of Windsor. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Gene was predeceased by his daughter Sherry Lynn Dinsmore.
The family would like to express our deepest thanks to all the nurses, staff and all the hospice care given to Gene during his time at Vernon Manor HeathCare.
A memorial service will be held in the future when family and friends can gather

O’Reilly, Joan (Iffland)

Joan O’Reilly (Iffland) passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 30, 2020 surrounded by family at her home in Black Point. Born April 20, 1943 in Torrington, CT, she was the first child of the late Roger and Lucy (Bourquin) Iffland. She was predeceased by her loving husband, John O’Reilly, and her brother, David Iffland.
After graduating from Central Connecticut State University, Joan went on to become a high school math teacher in Wethersfield, CT. She eventually moved to Burlington, CT where she and her four daughters lived for many years, and later to Farmington, CT where she and John resided together until his passing. Once her daughters were in school, Joan began a second career in outside sales where she discovered a passion for designing kitchens and bathrooms. Joan spent many years in sales and home design until her retirement, which gave her much-deserved time to spend with her beloved grandchildren. Never one to slow down or shy away from a challenge, at the age of 71, Joan moved to Niantic, CT and renovated an 80-year old cottage to a beautiful modern home. Soon after, both her eldest daughter and brother decided to move to Black Point where her two sisters still maintain the family beach cottage purchased by her parents in the 1950’s.
A skilled seamstress, Joan spent many hours mending garments, as well as making beautiful quilts, Christmas tree skirts, and other treasured heirlooms for family and friends. Always active and on-the-go, Joan enjoyed kayaking in Niantic Bay, even bringing her faithful dog Bailey with her on those adventures. Other precious memories of Joan include traveling with family to France and Switzerland, building a large-scale Department 56 Dickens Christmas Village in her basement, completing countless puzzles with family, taking part in many backyard cornhole tournaments, and enjoying endless hours by the bonfire on her patio with loved ones. Joan was a member of the Black Point Beach Club Book Club, volunteered at the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Food Pantries in Old Saybrook, CT, and was a life-long supporter of the arts; particularly enjoying musical theatre performances and concerts at the Warner Theatre in Torrington and the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam. Always compassionate and generous in spirit, she donated to many causes near to her heart. Joan held a strong Christian faith and was a longtime member of the Church of Christ Congregational in Newington. Joan leaves behind many adoring relatives and friends who will cherish her memories forever.
She is survived by her sisters Nancy (Arthur) Murelli of Burlington, CT, and Julie Iffland (Christopher Recchia) of Randolph, VT, her brother Peter (Ginger) Iffland of Chaplin, CT, her daughters Christy (Joseph) Monroe of Niantic, CT, Carlene (Paul) Gordon of Stratford, CT, Laurie (Jay) Dinunzio of Burlington, CT and Allison (Ronald) Kempe of Sloatsburg, NY, and step-children Kathleen O’Reilly of Ipswich, MA and Michael O’Reilly of Torrington, CT. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren whom she adored, Christopher “C.J.” Monroe of Southington, CT, Jake and Nicholas Gordon of Stratford, CT, Maxwell and Thomas Dinunzio of Burlington, CT, and Sawyer Kempe of Sloatsburg, NY, step-grandchildren Adrianna Antigiovanni, Shane O’Reilly, and Brennan O’Reilly, along with many nieces and nephews.
Family graveside services were held privately. A memorial service will be held at a time and date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to: Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantries, P.O. Box 804, Essex, CT 06426 www.shorelinesoupkitchens.org.

Young, Mariann (Lally)

Mariann (Lally) Young, 68, of Harwinton, passed away unexpectedly on, Monday March 30th. She was born on May 7th, 1951, the daughter of Edward Lally and Genevieve (Keyes). She married Bruce Young on March 6th, 1976. Mariann worked for the Walmart Corporation for the last 20+ years and was a volunteer for the Winsted Fire Police. She enjoyed crafting, sewing, fishing and had an amazingly green thumb. She would carry a conversation with anyone willing to lend an ear and was always open to lending a helping hand. She is survived by her husband of 44 years; Bruce and two sons; David Young (Megan Stewart) and Steven Young (Kristan Young), 5 grandchildren; Haley, Mason, Charlotte, Spencer and Ava-Lynn.
At this time the family has decided to not have any services. A celebration of life will be at a later date. If you would like to make a donation in memory of Mariann, please send to the Winsted Volunteer Fire Police at 27 Elm Street Winsted, CT 06098

Storrs, Arlene L.

Arlene L. Storrs, 90, of Unionville, widow of the late Robert Newbury Storrs Jr. passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at her home.
Born in Hartford March 24, 1930, daughter of the late Clifford H. and Jessie (Barrett) LaBonte, she and her family resided in Unionville for many years.
Arlene is survived by her six daughters, 17 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son.
Funeral services and burial will be held at a time and date to be announced.

Flynn, Therese Margaret (Reilly)

Therese Margaret (Reilly) Flynn, 89, of Bristol, formerly of Unionville and Farmington, died Thursday, April 16, 2020 after a long decline due to dementia. She was born in Brooklyn, NY to the late John and Margaret (Macnamara) Reilly, the oldest of 3 children. She trained to be a registered nurse at Long Island College of Nursing. She worked in New York until she married in 1959 and moved to Connecticut. She returned to work at Bristol Hospital and worked there for many years until she had to retire after an illness. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, especially the New York Times ones, murder mysteries of all sorts, gardening, painting and other crafts, and playing with her beloved cats. She was predeceased by her brothers Donald and Joseph, and her husband Joseph F. Flynn, former owner of Flynn’s Drug Store in Unionville and Open Door Realty in Bristol. She is survived by her daughter Margaret (Flynn) Atack-Klewin, (Matthew Klewin), granddaughter Rhianna Klewin, 1 niece and 2 nephews. Graveside Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 24, 2020 at 11:00am in St. Mary Cemetery, Huckleberry Hill Road, Avon, CT.

Perry, Robert James

Robert James Perry, 90 of Unionville entered into Gods embrace on March 27, 2020. He was born in Jersey City, NJ on May 28, 1929 to John J & Marian (Jacobus) Perry. He served as a Sergeant in the US Army during the Korean War as a tank driver. He married Joan St Clair on Sept 23, 1951 and was predeceased by her on Feb 10, 2020 after 68 years of marriage. He is survived by his daughter and son in law Robin and Neil Cunningham of Unionville whom he lived with for 3 1/2 years, his son and daughter in law Wayne and Candace Perry of Bellevue WA. and Rochelle Perry of Port St Lucie Fla. He is also survived by his 8 beloved grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his eldest Russell D Perry, his second son and daughter in law Glenn R and Christine L Perry and his brother in law Richard St. Clair. Funeral will be at the Middletown Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors at a future date. Donations in his memory can be made to Kenway Cause Rescue PO Box 935 Windsor CT 06095
Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com