Hemphill, Vera (Pyle)

Vera (Pyle) Hemphill, 91, of Unionville, beloved widow of Gerald W. Hemphill, Sr., to whom she was married to for 68 ½ years, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 4th, 2019. Born October 16th, 1928 in Pensacola, FL, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Ida Lee (Norred) Pyle. Along with her husband, Vera was the Co-Owner of Wee One Restaurant in Farmington. Vera was a longtime member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Farmington and was active in the Farmington Valley Women’s Club. She dedicated many hours as a volunteer at UCONN Hospital where she made hats for the cancer center and pajamas for the premie and loved playing Mexican Train with her group of friends.
Vera is survived by her two children, Jo Ann E. Smeltz and her husband William of Springfield, MA, her son, Gerald W. Hemphill, Jr., and his wife Roberta of Bristol, nine grandchildren, Sabrina Smeltz, Kelley Givani, Jillyan Pierce, Sarah Smeltz, Jennifer Schwecherl Hemphill, Jeremy Hemphill, Lauren Valuckas, John B. Valuckas, and Sharon Woinski, eleven great-grandchildren, Phillip, Evan, Julian, Junior, Harlow, Katherine, Scarlett, Jordyn, Logan, Makenzie and Lindsley and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Diane H. Valuckas and her brother, Harry Pyle.
Funeral services and burial will be held in the spring.

Messick, David Wilson

David Wilson Messick, 63, of Burlington, passed away peacefully November 30th, 2019 at Bristol Hospital after a lifelong illness. Born June 19th, 1956 in Cromwell to the late Harold W. and Thelma (Noren) Messick. Dave is survived by his brother, Bryan and his wife Dorothy (Pilon) Messick of Bristol, his sister, Deborah J. Golden of Sarasota, FL, two nephews, Tucker Pesce, Taylor and Ashley Golden. Dave spent 59 years in Burlington where he met many friends and was well liked by all. He will be dearly missed.
Burial will be private at the convenience of the family with no calling hours, as requested. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Atrophy Association or the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

Bradley, David Reed

David Reed Bradley, 69, of Avon, CT, passed away peacefully on November 30th at home with his wife by his side. Born January 19, 1950, David was the son of Florence Reed Bradley, formerly of Glastonbury, CT, and the late Clifton E. Bradley.
David graduated from Glastonbury High School in 1967 and from Brown University in 1971 with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics. At Brown, David was very active in the musical theatre program and made many close, lifelong friends, who traveled the world with him. He was also a member of the Rhode Island National Guard. Following his graduation from Brown, David entered the actuarial program at The Hartford, where he rose to Executive Vice President during his 29 year tenure. He was a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
David was a passionate musician. He began music lessons from his grandmother at age 3, organ lessons at age 11, ballet school accompanist at age 14, followed by a lifetime as an organist in area churches. He was an interim and substitute organist and a 40-year member of Asylum Hill Congregational Church and served on many committees, including chairing the Stewardship Committee.
David formed the Worthington Trio with his wife, Kathleen (cellist) and Dr. Lisa Kugelman (violinist). In addition to being a phenomenal musician, he loved sports, including golf, tennis and squash. He was an avid fan of the UConn Women’s Basketball Team. He enjoyed spending many summers at Cape Cod with his family.
David is survived by his wife of eight years, Kathleen Schiano; his son James Stedman Bradley of New York, NY; his daughter Eleanor Grace Bradley Healy, her husband Michael, and their son William Wells Stedman Healy, of Weston, CT; and Kathleen’s son Christopher Schiano of Simsbury, CT. In addition to his mother, David is also survived by his sister Janet Bradley and her husband Douglas McNally, of Windsor, MA; and his aunt Carrie Mobsby of Glastonbury, CT. The Bradley Family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many family, friends and neighbors, who were so kind to David; and most especially to Seth Koranteng of Visiting Angels, who skillfully and lovingly cared for David in the past few months.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 6th at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, with a reception to follow.
On Saturday, December 7th, family and friends are invited to gather at Avon Congregational Church, 6 West Main Street in Avon, CT, at 11:00 a.m. Burial with a graveside service will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the David Bradley Music Fund at Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville, CT 06085. Please share a memory or note of sympathy at ahernfuneralhome.com.

Caddick, Kenneth Mason

Kenneth Mason Caddick, age 66, died on Thursday, November 28, 2019 after a long illness. Kenny, born in Bristol, was a lifelong resident of Farmington. He was an avid Bass fisherman and also belonged to the Northwest CT Sportsmen’s Association. Kenny was best known for his love of music. He played bass guitar for several bands in Connecticut. Kenny was highly respected for his knowledge of sound and musical equipment.
He is survived by his mother, Ruth Mason Caddick of Farmington, his sister, Sally and her husband Roland Lariviere, nephews Benjamin and Samuel and his niece Marney Lariviere of Harwinton. He was predeceased by his father, Kenneth W. Caddick. The family would like to send a special thank you to the VNA of Bristol.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Dec. 5) from 5:00-8:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.

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.

Wojciechowski, Georgia “Pepper”

Georgia “Pepper” Wojciechowski, of Unionville, widow of Henry Wojciechowski, passed away peacefully Monday, November 18th, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Anna (Parrot) Corbidge. Pepper was very active at the Senior Center in Unionville and did volunteer work. She enjoyed vacations and visiting the casinos. She and Henry enjoyed many years of marriage and traveled a great deal.
She is survived by her siblings, Lois Pease of Unionville, Robert “Butch” Corbidge and his wife Deanna of Florida, Tina Pratt and her husband Frank of Bristol, Joan Bizier and her husband Leo of Bristol, her brother-in-law, Richard “Joe” Wice of Southington, her adopted sister, Denise Jacques Parlow of Unionville, many nieces and nephews that she was very fond of and many dear friends that she kept in touch with over the years. She was predeceased by her siblings, Sherry Wice, Carolyn McQuinn, Louis Corbidge and Corky Devevo.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Nov. 23) from 1:00-2:00pm followed by a Prayer Service in the Funeral Home at 2:00pm. Donations in memory of Pepper may be made to the Farmington Senior Center, 321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, CT 06085 or to the Unionville Museum, 15 School St., Unionville, CT 06085.

Uccello, Donald Anthony

Donald Anthony Uccello of East Hartford died peacefully on November 18 at Connecticut Veterans Hospital in West Haven, following a short illness. Donald was the son of the late Mary (Pomerleau) Uccello, and the late Anthony Charles Uccello. He was born on August 29, 1935, raised in New Britain, and attended New Britain High School. Donald was a Korean War Veteran who served as a Staff Sergeant with the US Army’s 45th infantry. Among many business ventures, he dedicated most of his life to carpentry, and enjoyed his career as a general building contractor until he retired.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his two brothers; Samuel and Mark, and his sister Rosemary. Donald is survived by his sister Lou Ann Piccoli of Preston, a daughter Donna Eddy of Barkhamsted, a son Anthony Charles Uccello II of Farmington, three step children, several grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed for his amazing sense of humor, but mostly for his charitable nature, selflessness, and generosity.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Nov. 24) from 5:00-7:00pm. Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.

Controvillas, Sr., William J.

William James Controvillas, Sr., 98, of Burlington, beloved husband of Eleanor (Mieczkowski) Controvillas for 76 years, passed away Friday, November 15th, 2019. Born April 16th, 1921 in New Britain, he was the son of the late James and Mersine (Andriotis) Controvillas. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II where he served in the European Theatre in Military Intelligence and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Provost Marshals Office. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service and was honorably discharged as Acting First Sergeant of the VIII Corps Provost Marshals Office. Bill received his B.A from the New School for Social Research in 1959, his M.A. from Trinity College in 1966, his Sixth Year Certificate in School Counseling from the University of Hartford in 1972 and his A.B.D. in Counseling from the University of Sarasota in 1979.

Prior to retiring in 1991, Bill was the Director of Guidance/School Counselor at Farmington High School for 23 years and prior to that had been a School Counselor at Newington High School and taught Social Studies at Martin Kellogg Junior High School. He was the past President of the Hartford Chapter of the Connecticut Personnel and Guidance Association, Chairman of the Board of Directors C.P.G.A, President of the Newington Teachers Association, Member of the National Scholastic Aptitude Test Committee, Director of the Greater Hartford World Affairs Workshops for Gifted Students and Group Leader to Austria Experiment International Living in the summer of 1962. He also was a member of the Connecticut Schools Counselors Association and Phi Delta Kappa where he received the Outstanding Educator Award in 1989.

Besides his loving wife, Bill is survived by two sons, William J. Controvillas, Jr. and his wife Betsy of Port St. Lucie, FL, Brion Controvillas and his wife Mary of Waldoboro, ME, his grandchildren, Melanie Gallup and her husband Drew, Laura Geraghty, Ryan Controvillas and his fiancée Sarah McLaughlin, Aubree C. Heller and her husband John and his great-grandchildren, Caden, Connor, Madison, Madilynn, Ireland, Jack and Natasha.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Nov. 22) from 4:00-6:00pm with military honors rendered at 6:00pm in the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Yabrosky, Joel

Joel Yabrosky, 58, devoted husband of Vicki [Tenan] Yabrosky, of 23 years, passed away on November 7, 2019, at Cone Health Center, following a long battle with breathing issues related to silicosis. Born January 11, 1961, in Hartford, CT, he was the son of the late John Yabrosky and Teresa (Tess) [Dublac] Yabrosky. Joel was predeceased by his parents, John and Tess, and his great niece Quinne Morgan Orlowski. Joel graduated from Farmington High School in the Class of 1979. Following high school, he served in the United States Air Force.

When he was younger, Joel worked side by side with his beloved father John, at the family bar and restaurant, The Olde Towne Grille. Joel enjoyed times at the family cottage at Highland Lake, where he loved spending time with family and close friends. Joel was an avid fisherman, which he loved to do with his brothers, wife, children, nieces, and nephews. Joel loved music and could often be found, playing his guitar, singing, and attending concerts. He loved adventure, including long, leisurely rides on his motorcycle. Joel loved big family get-togethers with everyone sharing in song and a good meal. Joel was committed to the Program, having maintained sobriety for 30 years. He was a dedicated and loyal employee of the Heitkamp/Michel’s Corporation until the day he passed.

While he grew up in Unionville, CT and spent much of his adult life there, he moved to Little River, South Carolina, in 2014, to begin a new chapter in life, together with his beloved wife, Vicki. In South Carolina Joel was able to enjoy a bit of the good life, enjoying walks on the beach, fishing trips to Bird Island with close neighbors who have become like family, and naps on the porch with his favorite little buddy, his dog Hunter. Joel was a true giver, helping anyone in need, and expecting nothing in return. He was always up for an adventure, and could always be counted on for a trip to the water park, mini-golf, parasailing, or bumper cars, with his beloved grandchildren Nathan and Mariah. If it was fun, Joel wanted to do it, right in the center of the action. We will truly miss his huge heart, contagious laugh, and fun-loving spirit.

Joel is survived by his loving wife Vicki Yabrosky, their three children: Zak Yabrosky, Carla Cifarelli, and Rebecca Urbano; and his three grandchildren, Mariah Rose Little, Nathan John Santos, and Jackson Parker Leamy. Joel is also survived by his 7 siblings: Kim Droney and husband Richard, John Yabrosky Jr., Amy Yabrosky, Robin Franz and husband Eric, Mary Yabrosky and Christopher Foryan, Seth Yabrosky, Michael Yabrosky and wife Nancy, and brother-in-law Richard Orlowski, along with his beloved nieces and nephews: Adam Orlowski and his wife Anjie, Eric Orlowski and his wife Katherine, Jessie Yabrosky, Luke Yabrosky, Hannah Yabrosky, Thomas Yabrosky, Katie Delgreco, Miranda Orlowski, Elliott Orlowski, and Bennett Orlowski, and his great nephew whom he couldn’t wait to meet, Mason John Yabrosky. He is survived by many cousins and close friends, whom he cherished.

The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by a gathering for family and close friends, details to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association, South Carolina Chapter, 44-A Markfield Drive, Charleston, SC, 29407 OR the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489.

Whitham, Charlotte (Kasmer)

Charlotte (Kasmer) Whitham of Farmington passed away on Wednesday, (November 13, 2019) surrounded by loved ones in the home she built together with her husband, Leslie Whitham in 1967. She was born in New Britain on March 30, 1935. She was the beloved daughter of the late Walter and Sophia (Grabowski) Kasmer. She grew up in Newington and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and her master’s degree from Central Connecticut State College.
She was the wife of Leslie Carl Whitham; the two celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary this past July. When she first introduced Leslie to her grandmother, “Babcia”, her Babcia immediately said Charlotte would “marry that one”. Ever since then the two soul mates have always been at each other’s side.
Charlotte was a Pulaski and New Brittan High School teacher for many years, loved by all who passed through her class and dedicated to making a difference in her students’ lives. She was an active member of the Student Prince Stein Club, a UCONN basketball and Red Sox fan, an avid reader, and beach lover. Above all she was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a loyal friend.
She was predeceased by her adored daughter Charless Ann Whitham. Charlotte leaves two children, Susan and her husband Peter Salvia, of Sudbury, MA, and Leslie Whitham of Farmington. Charlotte was everything to her three children.
She was the most loved grandmother of her eight grandchildren, Paige and her husband David Bryant, of Boston, MA, Sarah Salvia, of New York, NY, Alex and his wife Lili Kliminsky, of West Chester, PA, Peter Salvia, of Boston, MA, Leslie Carl, Victoria, Amanda and Douglas Whitham of Newton, MA. Charlotte was also blessed with two great-grandsons who brought her endless joy, Christian and Chase Bryant.
She is survived by her loving brother Charles and his wife Sheila Kasmer, of Bristol. Charles and Charlotte always took care of each other. Charlotte was the aunt of Joy Kasmer, Walter Kasmer and his wife Yasuko, Dr. Lisa Kasmer, and Charles and Donna Kasmer and daughter Molly.
Nothing made Charlotte happier than spending time with her family and friends, including those friends she considered family, Frank, Diane, Darlene and Laura.
Charlotte’s family will receive relatives and friends Sunday (Nov. 17) from 4:30 to 7:30 PM at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville. Private family services and burial will take place Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Francis Foundation, 95 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105, https://www.saintfrancisdonor.com/.

McDonald, Wilbert D.

Wilbert D. McDonald, 85, of Bristol, formerly of Burlington, beloved husband of Celia (Demers) McDonald, died peacefully at his home on Friday, November 8th, 2019. Born November 21st, 1933 in Harrisburg, PA, son of the late Wilbert R. and Agnes (Chedister) McDonald, he was raised in West Virginia before moving to Connecticut where he fell in love and married his wife Celia of 66 years. Prior to retiring, Wilbert worked for Gems in Plainville. He enjoyed working outside, fishing and golfing.
Besides his wife, Wilbert is survived by his four children, Eleanor Regina Sway and her husband John, Linda Hughes, Dwayne McDonald and Debra Muszynski, 7 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Ruby Strickland of South Carolina and Mary Regina Cain of Georgia and his brother, Harold McDonald and his wife Barbara of North Carolina. He was predeceased by his son-in-law, Paul Muszynski.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Nov. 13) from 5:00-7:00pm followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VITAS Healthcare, 199 Park Road Extension, Suite 102, Middlebury, CT 06762.

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.