Thibodeau, MaryEllen (Kane)

MaryEllen (Kane) Thibodeau, born May 27, 1950 in Rockville Centre, NY, died at home in West Hartford on November 25, 2020. MaryEllen is survived by her husband and best friend of forty-nine years, Richard Thibodeau. They are the proud parents of Matthew, his wife Jody Koch and their son Mitchell of Oak Park, IL, and Jessica, her husband David Cho and their daughters Nora and Natalie of Arlington, VA.
MaryEllen was the third of five children of Edmund Kane and Marguerite Tully Kane. She grew up on Long Island and earned a B.A. from St. Bonaventure University. When she was seventeen, she met her future husband Rick in New York City during the Saint Patrick’s Day parade and the NIT basketball tournament. They lived in Baumholder and Bad Kreuznach, Germany and Columbus, GA during Rick’s five years serving in the Army. Rick and MaryEllen moved to West Hartford in 1978 where they have lived ever since. In 1985, MaryEllen earned a J.D. from The University of Connecticut School of Law. She practiced as a corporate lawyer at Day, Berry & Howard (now Day Pitney), Aetna Financial Services, and ING (now Voya) until her retirement in 2008.
In 2006, Rick and MaryEllen biked 3,800 miles from Astoria, OR to Watch Hill, RI on a self-supported cross country trip to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary and MaryEllen’s five years of being cancer free. At the time of her death they have biked in 47 states and 11 countries, making numerous close friends along the way.
Following her retirement MaryEllen devoted her time and talents to matters of importance to her. She became the first Executive Director of Bike Walk Connecticut, an advocacy organization to make cycling and walking safe in CT. She organized an on-going effort to Make North Main Street Safe in West Hartford. And after the 2016 national election and attendance at the Women’s March in Washington, DC she formed a Call to Action group of other concerned citizens to fight for federal, state, and local policies of importance to her. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was MaryEllen’s role model. In turn, MaryEllen was a role model and inspiration to her many friends and family. She was an energetic, loving, and devoted grandmother to her three grandchildren.
MaryEllen is grateful for her many friends who showered her and Rick with love, affection, and delicious food over the last three difficult years while she courageously battled cancer. She owes her love and deep gratitude to her sisters Eileen Verhaeg and Patricia Eichorn-Kane of Port St. Lucie, FL, Dr. Barbara Campbell and her brother-in-law Dr. Keith Campbell of Lake Oswego, OR, and her brother Edmund Kane Jr. and sister-in-law Susan Kane of Buffalo, NY, as well as her cherished nieces and nephews.
Rick and MaryEllen also want to recognize the compassion and superb care offered by the medical staff at the Avon Cancer Center. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hartford Promise, 750 Main St., Hartford, CT 06103 (www.hartfordpromise.org) or Foodshare, 450 Woodland Ave., Bloomfield, CT 06002 (www.foodshare.org).
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in her honor at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church in Hartford, CT at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2020. Due to health constraints, attendance at the Mass will be by invitation only. All others may attend virtually by logging on to www.spsact.org and clicking on the “Funeral and Memorial Masses Livestream” link. There will be no calling hours and interment at Fairview Cemetery will be private for members of her family. A future celebration of her life will be held when it is safe to do so.

Cohan, June M.

June M. (Gramlich) Cohan, 84, of Avon, CT, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, after a long and valiant struggle with cancer. June was born to George and Elizabeth (Maxwell) Gramlich and raised in Rochester, NY. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1954 and in 1957 married Edward C. Cohan, Jr., of Pawtucket, RI. They began their 63 years together in Dallas, TX. June was the consummate homemaker, raising her family in many locations including Ridgefield, CT, and Cumberland, Barrington and Westerly, RI. After two decades in Florida, where she enjoyed golf, tennis and sunshine, June and Ed settled near family in Avon, CT.
June was creative and could often be found working at her sewing machine, making gifts for those dear to her. She enjoyed sports, rooting for the Red Sox and playing golf with Ed well into her later years. She loved sharing a meal of fresh seafood with her family and friends, especially clams she dug in Quonochontaug Pond with Ed and lobsters she purchased on nearby docks. June had many hobbies, but her greatest joy in life was spending time, laughing and reminiscing with her family. She will be dearly missed.
June was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is lovingly survived by her husband, Ed, her children and their spouses, Susan and Robert Reeve, Stephen and Tracy Cohan, Kimberly and George Zweiner, her grandchildren Allison Reeve Wilson (Ryan), Kristen Reeve Quirk (Kevin), Megan Cohan, Michael Cohan, Max Zweiner, Sam Zweiner, and great granddaughter Grace Wilson. June is also survived by her sister-in-law Janice Cohan Mottinger and her husband Donald of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, her sister-in-law Ann Gramlich of Rochester, NY, her sister-in-law Ann Gramlich of Camarillo, CA, and her nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers Donald and Richard Gramlich and her beloved canine companions.
Her life will be celebrated at a later date in the spring when she is laid to rest at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society at www.donate3.cancer.org.

O’Brien Comer, Elizabeth “Betty”

Elizabeth “Betty” Comer O’Brien, 94, of West Hartford, CT, formerly of Farmington, CT and Tonawanda, NY, passed away Monday, November 23, 2020 of natural causes with her family by her side. She was the daughter of Lawrence and Ann (Meskill) Hogan, both from County Clare, Ireland, and was born in Hartford, CT on February 26, 1926. She was predeceased by her husbands Martin J. Comer, Sr., and William O’Brien, a sister, Veronica, and an infant son, Michael.
Betty graduated in 1944 from Weaver High School where she excelled in academics and then went on to work at the State of CT Welfare Dept. as an assistant to the Commissioner. For a short period, Betty traveled across the country by train to San Francisco where she quickly found administrative work at Safeway Stores and brought home many exciting memories.
She met Martin (Matt) Comer at a dance at the Irish American Home and they married in 1951. She was instrumental in helping him establish Comer Nursery, a very successful garden center in Farmington. Matt, born in Galway, Ireland, sowed the seeds of many Irish traditions and values with Betty, including the foundation of their garden business. Betty had a great sense for business and Matt had the knack for landscape beauty. Music was often heard in the home with Betty doing the jig while Matt played on the accordion. Together they raised a hard working family where good character carried more weight than gold and the work didn’t end until the sun set. All in all, Betty’s world revolved around her family. To this day, people remark on her uncanny level of energy. After Martin’s passing in 1995, she met and married Bill O’Brien of Tonawanda, NY in 1997. They enjoyed many summers in Buffalo and Black Point and winters in Florida. She was welcomed into the O’Brien family and had many precious memories with his 4 children. Upon Bill’s death in 2007, Betty moved back to CT to be close to her children and has lived at the McAuley for 5 years.
Betty leaves four children, Martin Comer and his wife Karin of Farmington, CT, Brian Comer and his wife Nancy of Anna Maria, FL, John Comer and his wife Susan of Canton, CT, and Maura Stamm and her husband Newell of Newington, CT; a sister, Mary Hogan, of West Hartford; 9 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren.
The family extends their gratitude to the circle of caretakers who cared for mom with grace and compassion. Thank you to Jenny, Patty, Peaches, Leslie, Ashley, Carmen, and Cheryl for providing mom with comfort in her final days.
Due to Covid restrictions, the family is having a private mass and burial. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Elizabeth Comer O’Brien can be made to the Malta House of Care, 19 Woodland St, Suite 21, Hartford, CT 06105.

Krause, Violet Emma

Violet Emma (Krause) Krause was called by her loving God to his heavenly home on Sunday, November 22, 2020 with her loving and devoted family by her side. She was the beloved wife of Erwin J. Krause Sr. for 68 years. Violet was born in Manchester, CT on Mother’s Day, May 9, 1924, her parents were Michael & Anna (Schuetz) Krause founders of Krause Florist. Violet devoted her life to her Faith, her family, her garden and her pets; where she nurtured many by living her life as a daily testament to each of these entities.
A woman of many names and creative talents, Violet was truly a woman of the Greatest Generation. Her strong faith guided her to persevere and look ahead in life’s adventure. Her beautiful smile and eye twinkle welcomed, encouraged, and resolved the many challenges of earthly life. She will always be known as a person who put the needs of others before her own. A graduate of Manchester High School, her interest in nutrition was set aside for the needs of the family business which predicated her education towards business and marketing at Hillyard College. Violet was always willing to lend an ear, a meal, or a hand to someone in need; she always came through for people. Her greatest joys in life were being with children, cooking, gardening, and animals.
She leaves her beloved children and their spouses Erwin J. Krause Jr. (Kimberly), Dr. Ann L. Perrault (Donald), and Martha G. Hein (David). Her much loved Grandchildren and their spouses John E. Krause (Abigail), Paul J. Krause (Sarah), Christopher J. Krause, Donald P. Perrault III (Brynna), Jennifer A. Brook (Dimitri), Stephan J. Perrault (Kristine), Jessica M. Case (Gary), Bethany MV. Spada (Dean); her joyous Great-grandchildren: Alivia, Gabriel & Annabelle Krause, Madeline & Claire Perrault, Mason & Colin Brook and Sophie Spada. A sister-in-law Dorothy Krause, a nephew, many nieces and their collective families. In addition to her husband and parents, Violet was predeceased by her brother George M. Krause.
Graveside Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 11:00am in the family plot at Greenwood Cemetery in Avon, CT with Pastor Jason Reitz officiating. Attendees must comply with COVID protocols. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Violet’s name to Bethany Lutheran Church, 1655 Blvd., West Hartford, CT 06107 or to the CT. Humane Society 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111.

McAuliffe, William G.

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of William “Billy” G. McAuliffe, 50, beloved father, son, brother, uncle and friend, on November 13, 2020. Born on June 4, 1970, he was the son of Kathleen (Keevers) McAuliffe Andrews of Unionville and the late William R. McAuliffe. He lived most of his life in Unionville and was a graduate of Lewis S. Mills High School. Billy was a 28-year employee of the Town of Farmington Highway Department, where he served as crew leader the past four years.
The greatest joy in his life was his son Billy-spending time together outdoors, kayaking, fly fishing, skiing, hiking, riding quads in Vermont and Maine and attending his son’s track meets. “Billy Magoo” was an avid hockey player and fan of the Montreal Canadiens. Magoo was known for his quick wit, beautiful smile and generous heart, always ready with a helping hand.
Billy is survived by his loving son, William P. McAuliffe, mother Kathleen, step-father, Russell Andrews, sisters, Shawn (McAuliffe) Ladda and Bridget K. McAuliffe, niece, Emily R. Ladda (got you last), step-sisters, Victoria Gerent and Kimberly Andrews, and his uncle and aunt, JP and Debbie Keevers. He is also survived by his former wife and friend, Cindy McAuliffe, life-long friends, Joe Tribuzio, Frank Marcello, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Lt. Jon C. Ladda, USN and his buddy “Callie”.
In light of the ongoing pandemic, services will be private. A celebration of Billy’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Billy’s memory may be made for his son’s college fund payable to William P. McAuliffe, c/o People’s United Bank, 1845 Farmington Ave., Unionville, CT 06085.

Hickey, Ruth M.

Ruth M. Hickey, 90, of Farmington, widow of John T. Hickey, passed away Saturday, November 14th, 2020. Born July 18th, 1930 in Boston, MA, she was the daughter of the late Dewitt and Mildred MacBain. Ruth is survived by her sons, Robert Hickey and Kathy McCray of Farmington, Michael Hickey of Sausalito, CA and two grandsons, Peter and Christopher Noury. She was predeceased by her daughter, Leslie Noury and son-in-law, Patricky Noury.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday (Nov. 21) at 11:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville.

Barr, David Francis

David Francis Barr, 24, of Burlington, passed away Saturday, November 7th, 2020 in Litchfield. David was born in New Britain to Frank Barr and Chris Rzewnicki on August 1, 1996. He went to E.C. Goodwin Technical High School and graduated in June of 2014. During his time in high school, he was an honors student who participated on the basketball team, baseball team, and was an active member in the Honor Society. He won awards including the CIAC Athletic Scholar and Army Award. He worked as a licensed HVAC technician at Advanced Mechanical Services in Farmington for 8 years starting as a work study apprentice. He recently began working as a Propane Technician at ALL-GAS and working to obtain his CDL license. He joined the volunteer fire department cadet program in 2010 and later joined the Tunxis Hose Fire Department as a full time firefighter in 2015. He soon won Rookie of the Year in 2016. He also became an EMT in 2016 and won an award for his work on a motor vehicle extrication and a structure fire in 2016. He was elected as Rescue Lieutenant in 2018. He was a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea, the Eighth Ward Club, and St. Jeans the Babtiste Societe. He lived life to the fullest and was happiest when he was riding Harley Davidson motorcycles. He turned heads anytime he walked into a room. He is loved by all members of all the communities he was a part of and left a phenomenal impact on everyone around him. His friends and family remember him as the person they could call for anything. From fixing coolers and furnaces to being a friend during difficult times, he was always there. He was a born leader and he continues to be a shining light in everyone’s life.

David is survived by his sister Stephanie Rose Barr, parents Frank Barr and Chris Rzewnicki, grandparents Robert and Madelyn Rzewnicki, David Barr, aunt and uncles Jessica Barr, Jennifer and Dennis Stapell, Jeff and Betty Rzewnicki, cousins Matt and Tim Stapell, Tony, Angela, and Cela Rzewnicki and an abundance of extended family and friends. David is preceded in death by his grandmother Karen Barr.

Friends and family may call at the Tunxis Hose Fire Company, 11 School St., Unionville on Saturday (Nov. 14) from 9:00am – 12:00pm followed by Funeral Services at Tunxis Hose Fire Company at 12:00pm with Fr. George Roberts, Chaplain of the Farmington Fire Departments officiating. It will be live streamed here. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations are made to the Tunxis Hose Fire Company # 1, P.O. Box 215, Unionville, CT 06085 in his memory.

LIVE STREAM LINK: https://youtu.be/soGiFKN1n9Q

Sessions, Carol A.

Carol A. Sessions, 80, Burlington, widow of Steven O. Sessions, passed away peacefully at her home Friday, November 6, 2020. Born March 29th, 1940 in Torrington, daughter of the late Russell E. and Rose (Mario) Andrews, she attended Litchfield Public Schools and graduated from Tunxis Community College. Prior to retiring, Carol was employed by the State of Connecticut for 33 years predominately at Central Connecticut State University in the Anthropology Department. She was an avid and accomplished pianist and enjoyed bringing music to everyone she met.
Carol is survived by her son, David M. Sessions of Oxford, her sister, Ann Arsego of Litchfield and three step-daughters, Janet Brothwell, Patti Mackiewicz and Sandra Barron.
Funeral Services will be held Friday (Nov. 13) at 11:30am in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville 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 Burlington Library Association, P.O. Box 1379, Burlington, CT 06013, http://www.friendsburlib.org/donations.htm or Favarh, 225 Commerce St., Canton, CT 06019.

McNally, June U.

June U. McNally, 92, of Unionville, CT, died Thursday October 21, 2020 at UCONN John Dempsey Hospital, Farmington, CT. She was born in Hartford to the late Walter B. and Katherine (Schoen) Umberfield. She and her family moved to Unionville in 1951 and she lived there for the rest of her life. She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas W. McNally, Jr. and her brother, Richard B. Umberfield of Windsor Locks. She is survived by her loving children Thomas W. McNally, III of Harwinton, CT, Cheryl L. McNally of Unionville, CT and Mark W. McNally of Barkhamsted, CT, by her beloved grandchildren Chivon C. McNally of Saratoga Springs, NY and Ryan T. McNally and his wife Julianna S. McNally of Simsbury, CT, her brother Walter S. Umberfield of South Windsor, CT, and several nieces and nephews.

June was an indomitable spirit that loved life, taking on new experiences when opportunities arose. With her long time traveling companion Jean Crompton (also of Unionville), June travelled to Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, and (multiple times) Disney world, as well as travelling to Singapore and Ireland with her sisters-in-law. As active members of Memorial United Methodist Church in Avon, CT, she sang in the choir (joining while her son, Mark, was director) and she Jean also took on the tasks of creating, repairing or replacing the paraments (giant banners, smaller banners, table & lectern hangers, etc.) used in services at the church. After becoming legally blind due to dry macular degeneration, she still experimented with new recipes (heard on cooking programs) and served them at church activities, often with great success.

Per June’s request, there were no calling hours. A memorial service for her will be held Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 11:00am at Memorial United Methodist Church, Avon, CT. Attendance will be governed by state COVID-19 restrictions (limited seating, social distancing, mask wearing), but the service will be live-streamed for those who otherwise wish to attend (to follow the stream, go to either Facebook or YouTube, search for “Avon Mumc” and select the Avon MUMC page retrieved). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial United Methodist Church of Avon (867 West Avon Road, Avon, CT. 06001), to the Lion’s Club Low Vision Center (P.O. Box 4035, Windsor Locks, CT 06096-4035) or to a charity of choice in her honor.

 

DiFabio, Salvatore

We lost a great man today. Salvatore (Sal) DiFabio, 90, of New Hartford, passed away peacefully at home with his beloved wife, Tina by his side. Born October 5, 1930 to the late Frank and Nancy (DiMattia) DiFabio. Sal was born with a love of anything mechanical. At the age of 5 he played in a nearby junk yard taking apart car parts. By the age of 6 he was taking the cars apart. During World War II from the age of 16 he helped his Dad repair friends and neighbors car engines in their garage at their home in Hartford’s South End. He got $10.00 per car. After High School and odd jobs he joined the Connecticut Air National Guard. Married to the late Gladys Martone DiFabio they moved to Farmington, built his house and fathered four children. He became a founding member of the East Farmington Fire Department. He worked for 12 years at Kaman Helicopter Experimental Machine shop as well as part time at Skillcraft Machine Tool in West Hartford. In the 1970’s Sal bought Skillcraft. He sold the company in the 1990’s to the current owner while still enjoying driving the company truck making deliveries, mostly to Pratt and Whitney. He always said his very first and last jobs were driving a truck which he loved. In the 1980’s Sal and Tina built their home in New Hartford and also his dream, a big separate barn to house and work on his many projects which including restoring many beautiful cars (such as a 1929 Model A Cabriolet, a 1966 Mustang convertible and many more). He then got into restoring airplanes like his 1940 Aeronca trainer, a Cessna and finally built a beautiful RV12 “kit plane” which took him 7 1/2 years. He got his pilot’s license in his 70’s and his great love was figuring out what makes planes fly. Flying them not so much.

Sal is survived by his much loved wife, Tina, his four wonderful children, Barbara Lagana and husband Al of Niantic, Richard DiFabio and wife Jody of Unionville, Susan Hannan and husband Mike of San Antonio, Texas, Janet Buss and husband Gary of Blacksburg, Virginia, his sisters Fran D’Abate of Farmington and Rocky Hill, Jessica Iwamoto of Michigan, his step children Joni Day and husband Jim of Canton, Carol Rose and husband Steve of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Sandy Anasoulis of Norfolk, and Bob Anasoulis and wife Michelle of North Haven, ten special grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren, seven nieces and nephews, and many, many great friends and car/airplane buddies as well as over twelve surrogate sons who he advised and mentored through the years. He was “Uncle Sal” to many and never missed meeting his “breakfast buddies”. He was predeceased by sister Lucy and brother in law Jimmy Morelli, nephew Robert Morelli, brother in law Bob D’Abate, and former wife, Gladys (Martone) DiFabio all of Farmington.

Funeral services and burial will be private. A celebration of his life will be held at a future date. The family wishes to thank Hartford Heath Care at home and the many aides, nurses and therapists who faithfully cared for his needs. Donations in his honor may be made to the charity of your choice.

Foley, Juliette Marie (Nadeau)

Juliette Marie (Nadeau) Foley, 98, of Unionville, CT, passed away peacefully from coronavirus on October 31, 2020 at UCONN Health Center with her children by her side.
Daughter of the late Albert Nadeau and Eudora (Bernard) Nadeau, Juliette was born in Normandin, Canada and raised in Mistassini surrounded by a large and loving family. The last remaining survivor of 17 children (including 2 sets of twins! As she would often proclaim…), Juliette moved to America shortly after marriage in 1954, where she settled in Hartford and worked at Arrow-Hart & Hegeman. After raising her son and daughter, Juliette spent much of her life in West Hartford before moving to Unionville in 1997.
Kind-hearted, gentle, caring, and lovingly referred to as “the baby whisperer”, Juliette was always concerned about the well-being of others, and her family was of the utmost importance to her. Despite moving away from her family in Canada, she remained in constant contact with her many siblings and would often spend summers visiting Lac-St-Jean.
Juliette enjoyed creative activities such as painting, puzzles and knitting. The family seamstress, she was also an avid baker. From sugar pies to pate chinois, she loved to make family Tortiere or meat pies. Juliette also enjoyed watching ice hockey, an homage to her Canadian roots.
Juliette was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 25 years Almas Hudon in 1979. She later found love and companionship remarrying Paul Foley, her husband of 10 years, who passed in 1995. She cared for both in their terminal illnesses.
Juliette is survived by her son Louis Hudon of Clinton and daughter Claire DeMaio and her husband Anthony of Unionville. Our cherished “meme” was loved and adored by her two grandchildren and their spouses, Michael DeMaio and his wife Magdalena Wilczynska of Newcastle, Australia and Amanda Harper and her husband Corey of Boston, MA, as well as her 2 great-grandchildren Emilia and Dylan Harper. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and cousins in Canada.
For the last few years Juliette resided at Cherry Brook Health Care Center and most recently Avon Health Center.
The foundation of her life was her family and she loved to be surrounded by them. Although they are broken-hearted at their loss, they feel fortunate for all the blessings she brought into their lives. She will live on in the hearts that love her so very much.
Graveside funeral services will be held Friday, November 6, 2020 at 1:30pm in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.

Nelson, Pamela Jean

Pamela Jean Nelson, 61, of Cromwell, beloved wife of Gary Nelson for 30 years, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Hartford Hospital, after a long battle with heart disease. She was born October 7, 1959 in Hartford, the daughter of the late John and Winifred Holt. Pam grew up in Farmington and graduated from Farmington High School. After graduating, she was employed at The Hartford Courant for 41 years. Pam’s passion was spending as much time as possible with family and friends, as well as enjoying a James Patterson book, watching soap operas or playing solitaire. But, nothing gave her more satisfaction than helping raise her three grandsons these past few years.
Pam was a dedicated wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, aunt, godmother, and sister. She leaves behind her husband Gary, son Douglas, stepson Christopher, her sister Gail Jensen and her husband Gary, her brother John Holt and his wife Denise, brother-in-law Todd Swanson, grandsons Bradley Nelson, Luke Nelson and Anthony Nelson. She also leaves many loving nieces and nephews, including Godchildren Craig Jensen and Carla Swanson. Pam was predeceased by her sister Leslie Swanson.
Funeral Mass and burial are private due to the COVID pandemic. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grace Congregational Church, 110 South Road, Farmington, CT 06032 or to the CT Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

DuBois, Joseph Raymond

Joseph Raymond DuBois, 93, of Burlington, died peacefully Sunday morning November 1, 2020. Born in New Britain in 1927, Ray grew up attending schools in New Britain and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the USS Macon. After returning to New Britain, Ray began working at Stanley Tool and eventually working at Pratt and Whitney until retirement.
Ray is predeceased by his wife Antoinette Viola DuBois, and second wife Irene Shea DuBois.
Ray is survived by his brother Gaston R. DuBois of Florida, his sons Dennis DuBois of Newington and James DuBois of Burlington, step son Paul Shea of West Hartford, step daughters Kathleen Goguen of Topsail, North Carolina and Nora Pompa of Burlington, 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Ray was an avid gardener including this past summer. For many years he enjoyed bowling and golfing with different leagues.
Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Burlington Senior Center,
200 Spielman Highway, Burlington, CT 06013.

Peplau, Jr., Herman R. “Bob”

Herman R. “Bob” Peplau Jr., of Farmington, passed away at the Avon Health Center on Wednesday, October 28th at the age of 90. He was the much loved husband of Nancy (Leiner) Peplau for 57 years. Born on May 21, 1930 to the late Herman R. and Lillian (Ahlquist) Peplau, Sr., Bob lived much of his life in New Britain and attended local schools there. He served in the United States Marine Corps, then worked in family businesses, Peplau’s Dairy and the Village Inn, before beginning a career in the clothing industry.

Bob had a big smile and easy manner that raised the spirits of all those around him. He was humble and hardworking, and respectful and generous. He was devoted to his family, his greatest source of joy, and was a true friend that ensured that those around him felt valued. He delighted in the companionship of his dogs, Corby and Maggie; in extended stays in Florida; and in watching sports, especially football and horseracing.

In addition to his wife, Nancy, Bob is survived by: a son, Robert Peplau and his wife Catherine of Newington, CT; a son, James Peplau of Canton, MA; two grandchildren Lauren and John Peplau; a sister-in-law, Janie Palasek and her husband, Hank of Southington; a brother-in-law, William Leiner and his wife, Jeanne, of Southington; two nephews, Steven Palasek and his wife Amarylis of Southington, CT, and Steven Peplau and his wife Gail Suprin-Peplau of Fountain Hills, AZ; three nieces, Beth Palasek of Vernon, CT, Susan Peplau and her husband Jon Chambers of Vernon, CT, and Lillian Olmsted and her husband Craig of Gloucester, MA, and many extended relations and cherished friends. He was predeceased by his brother, Milton L. “Skip” Peplau and his wife, Marie, of New Britain.

The family extends special thanks to the staff of Avon Health Care for the wonderful care and attention they gave to Bob during these past few years.

For the safety of all involved, funeral services are private and at the discretion of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Bob may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to a charity of your choice.

Zanardi, Louise

Louise Nellie Zanardi, 89, of Burlington, widow of Eugene Zanardi, passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 surrounded by her loving friends Bob & Melissa Russell, Sandy Neumann and her loving caregiver Margaret Linda Bonsu. Born September 24th, 1931 in Forestville, she was the daughter of the late LeRoy and Hallie (Barkley) Sanford. Louise received her Bachelor degree from the Julius Hartt School of Music from which she taught many different musical instruments, majoring in piano. Prior to retiring, Louise worked for Emerson-Swan, Inc., of Norwood, MA.

Louise is survived by her nephew LeRoy Pilbin of Norfolk, as well as, David, Katherine, David Jr., and Elizabeth Pilbin.

Graveside Funeral Services will be held Monday (Nov. 2) at 11:00am in Burlington Center Cemetery, Burlington. There are no calling hours.