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.

Matava, Stephen Peter

Stephen Peter “Steve” Matava, 87, of Southbury, CT, passed away after a brief illness on Saturday, April 4, 2020 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury. The loving husband of 66 years to Helen (Long) Matava, Steve was born on April, 23, 1932 to Steve Matava and Eva (Kostruak) Matava and graduated from Farmington High School and the University of Hartford. Following his service in the armed forces during the Korean Conflict Steve began his career as a Claims Adjuster for Aetna eventually owning and operating the Service Agency in Unionville CT. He was also a longstanding member of the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea and the Lion’s Club in Unionville. As a longtime resident of Leesburg, FL, Steve pursued his dream of writing, publishing 8 novels and selected poetry based on the stories of his personal and professional life. Along with his wife Helen, Steve is survived by his 3 children; Judy and Mark Gallagher of Danbury, Richard and Terry Matava of Unionville and David and Debra Matava of Barkhamsted; grandchildren Meghan, Karin and Melissa Gallagher; Kate Matava; Jesse Nardini and Ryan and Ashley Nardini; great-grandsons Chase and Liam Paulette and several nieces and nephews. A memorial mass will be held posthumously when his life can be celebrated together. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 111 Founders Plaza, 2nd Floor, East Hartford, CT 06108.

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

Mason, George Henry

George Henry Mason, 91, passed away in Farmington on April 13, 2020.
Born in Chicago, Illinois to the late Robert Demain Mason and Dorothy Belden Mason. George was the loving husband of Constance Wolcott Mason for 60 years. He was a longtime resident of Farmington, Connecticut and St. Helena Island, South Carolina.
George grew up in Washington, DC and attended the Landon School for Boys. He graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio and earned an MBA from Cornell University and completed the senior professional program at the School of Forestry and Environmental studies at Duke University. He served honorably in the Army and was stationed in France during World War II. After the war, George worked at Travelers and served as Vice President. While working at Travelers, he met and married the love of his life, Constance Wolcott Mason. After he retired from Travelers, George taught finance at the University of Hartford in the Barney School of Business. He also taught for the U.S. Consortium for Management Education at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and he was a visiting professor of finance in China. He was a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) spending many summers grading CFA exams in Charlottesville, Virginia. He also served on the Investment Advisory Council for the Treasurer of the State of Connecticut. George was an avid reader and enjoyed writing. He was known as a kind and thoughtful person who lived a full life and will be greatly missed.
In addition to his wife, George leaves his brother William Randolph Mason of London, sisters-in-law Sarah Wolcott Twaddle of Columbia, Missouri and Dorothy Wolcott Stockman of Tucson, Arizona, along with nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the George H. and Constance Wolcott Mason Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. A memorial service will take place at Riverside Cemetery at a later date.

St. Pierre, Robert “Goldie”

Robert “Goldie” St. Pierre, 88, of Farmington, beloved husband of Frances (Seitz) St. Pierre, his high school sweetheart and wife of 63 years, passed away peacefully Monday, April 13, 2020. Born March 28, 1932 in Hartford, son of the late Al and Blanche (Faucher) St. Pierre. He graduated from Hartford High, Class of 1951. Robert earned the life long nickname of “Goldie’ while working at the Hartford Courant with his best friend Bob D’Abate. After proudly serving in the US Army, he started his career at Suisman and Blumenthal, retiring after 40 years. He earned the name of “Opa” after his first grandchildren were born in Germany. Robert was a devout Catholic and a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington.
For over 40 years he was an active member of Central Valley Square Dancers. He and Fran loved their time as snowbirds in Stuart, FL after retirement. He enjoyed outdoor activities including camping and bike riding along the trails of Farmington and the sidewalks of Stuart. He inherited his mother’s green thumb and loved spending time in his garden, never hesitating to share the fruits of his labor. Goldie was a diehard fan of the UConn Huskies basketball teams and the Hartford Whalers. Besides his wife, Robert is survived by his sister Sandra St. Pierre and his children, Deborah Waskiewicz, Rob. St. Pierre and his wife Lorrie, David St. Pierre and his wife Karen, Brian St. Pierre, Kym St. Pierre and Lori Driscoll and her husband Bill. His grandchildren, Christina and Rachael Waskiewicz, Joseph St. Pierre and his wife Laura and Heather Alfaro, David Meckes, Darian St. Pierre, Adam Plante, Joseph and Julia Caraballo, Will, Sarah, and Jason Driscoll. His great-grandchildren, Courtney and Christopher St. Pierre, Kailey, Mackenzie and Sebastian Alfaro and William Driscoll, 3 nephews Dean Houle and his wife Lisa, Doug Houle and his wife Mona, Danny Houle and his wife Altea, their son Adam, and a lifetime of good friends. He was predeceased by his sister Pat Houle, her husband Ed, and loving son-in-law, John Waszkelewicz.

Kula, Jozef

Jozef Kula, of Harwinton, husband of the late Eleanor Kula, passed away peacefully in his home on April 9, 2020. Jozef was born in Poland on January 29, 1921. He was a survivor of the Holocaust and also served in the US Army for 4 years in Nurenburg, Germany. He came to this country in 1950. Jozef was retired from the Stanley Works, where he worked for 35 years. A long time resident of Farmington he moved to Harwinton in the 80’s. He is survived by his children, Cynthia Ward of Avon, Jonathan Kula of Farmington, Gregory Kula of Torrington, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He will be missed as he was a great father and grandfather.

Love, Marie Angela Mastrobattista

Marie Angela Mastrobattista Love passed away peacefully on April 4, 2020 in Washington DC from complications of pneumonia and advancing Parkinson’s disease. Marie was born in Farmington, Connecticut on July 9, 1932 to Domenico and Josephine (Verardi) Mastrobattista, immigrants from Lenola, Italy. She attended Noah Wallace School, Farmington High School, and received a degree in business from Bryant College. Upon graduation she assumed a position in administration management with the Insurance Association of Connecticut.
In 1961 Marie joined the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer with the US Agency for International Development. She served in Libya, the Philippines and Washington DC, moving into positions of increasing responsibility in personnel management.
In 1975 Marie married Alexander Love, a fellow Foreign Service officer. From 1979 through 1982, they deployed as a tandem couple to Nairobi, Kenya where Marie handled the administrative and personnel management for four separate USAID organizations. In 1991 Marie accompanied her husband, Chairman of the Development Assistance Committee of OECD, to Paris, France. In 1994, Marie and her husband retired from the foreign service.
After retirement Marie worked alongside her husband on international consulting projects and the establishment of a nonprofit foundation assisting development in sub-Saharan Africa.
In addition to her beloved husband, Marie leaves behind her brothers, Alexander and Rocco of Farmington, CT, and an extended family throughout the United States, Italy and Scotland. Marie was predeceased by her brother John B. Mastrobattista of Farmington, CT.
A private prayer service will be held at Joseph Gawler’s Sons in Washington, DC followed by a funeral service for family members only at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Plainville, CT. Donations in her memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox foundation and the Parkinson’s Foundation, EDF or NRDC.
She will be greatly missed. We love her still. We always will.

Radacsi, John Ellsworth

John Ellsworth Radacsi, 77, of Farmington, CT, passed away on April 2, 2020 after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Colleagues remember him as one of the best state planners for the State of Connecticut where he was employed from June 12, 1970 to June 1, 2003. During his distinguished 33-year career, he was instrumental in developing the State’s Plan of Conservation and Development as well as implementing the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act. John was considered the go-to person if anyone had environmental questions. His daughter, Sara, continues the family tradition of state service having worked with the Department of Transportation.
After his retirement on June 1, 2003, John returned to OPM on a temporary basis. In 2005 he joined Central Connecticut State University in the Center for Public Policy and Social Research as well as the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy. He served as an appointed Commissioner for five-year terms from 2005-2018 on the Farmington Conservation and Inland Wetland Commission.
John and his wife of 54 years, Geri, also a state employee serving as associate director of communications at Center Connecticut State University, enjoyed travel. Fittingly for John the geographer, they visited nearly all 50 U.S. states as well as countries throughout Europe and Central America. He reveled in hiking, playing tennis and cheering on the NY Yankees. John graduated from Boston University, attended the University of Chicago and earned an advance degree from Trinity College in Hartford.
He was predeceased by his parents, Bertie and Marjorie Witherwax Radacsi. He leaves behind two brothers, Daniel and Jerald and their wives Marilyn and Susan of Newtown, CT, and three nephews, Daniel, Glen and Tom. He was proud of Sara’s family- husband Matthew Fox, twins Anika and Alex, and Patia, Jacob and Casandra Fox.
A private burial service will be held for immediate family at Middletown Veteran’s Cemetery with full military honors for John who was a Vietnam-era Army Lieutenant stationed in South Korea. A Celebration of Life for friends and family will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Farmington Land Trust, 128 Garden St., #C, Farmington, CT 06032.

Charette, Roger

Roger Charette, 81, husband of the late Marjorie A. (Hallowell) Charette, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020 after a brief illness. Roger was born in Ashland, ME to Alphonse and Mary (Carney) Charette on December 13, 1938 and as a child moved to CT living in Hartford, Unionville, South Windsor, Bolton and most recently Enfield.
Roger was a Jack of all trades. He worked as a mechanic, truck driver and equipment operator. Roger worked various construction jobs throughout his life and until his retirement in 2008 he worked with his oldest son and grandsons. Roger’s passion in life was NASCAR. He enjoyed driving stock car with his brother Willie as his crew chief until his wife Margie put a stop to driving. He also worked as a NASCAR Official alongside his brother Wilbur (Willie) Charette at Riverside Park in Agawam, MA. Roger always had a story to tell and enjoyed many hours at various coffee shops throughout his daily travels.
Roger leaves to mourn his loss two sons, Kevin Charette and his wife Laurie of South Windsor and Keith Charette of Enfield who helped care for his father the last few years. He also leaves behind 6 grandchildren, Wendy Rivera, Jason Charette, Brandon Charette, Joseph Charette, Jake Charette and Jared Charette. Roger also leaves behind 4 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind a cousin Alcide Carney. Along with his wife and parents Roger was predeceased by his siblings Elmer (Al), Wilbur and Patricia.
Due to the Corona Virus a graveside service will be held at a later date this summer.

Spinelli, Linda (Spirito)

Linda (Spirito) Spinelli, 60, of Farmington, beloved wife of John J. Spinelli for 32 years, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 28, 2020. Born in Hartford, September 15, 1959, she was the daughter of the late Frank J. and Dorothy (Peak) Spirito, Sr. Besides her husband, Linda is survived by her children, Shaina Spinelli (Craig Hitchcock), Christopher Spinelli and Brendin Spinelli (Brittney Wright). Along with being a loving mother and wife, she was a remarkable grandmother to Harlee Sage Hitchcock and Marilyn Sage Hitchcock whom she lived for. She also leaves her four brothers and her in-laws, James and Donna Spinelli.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Apr. 5) from 3:00-5:00pm. Funeral Services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 45 Ash Street, East Hartford, CT 06108.

McPhee, Sean A.

Sean A. “Chubbs” McPhee, 29, of Bristol, passed away unexpectedly on March 26, 2020. Sean was born in Bristol hospital, on September 26, 1990 to G. Steve McPhee and his late Mother, Joyce M. (Allyn) McPhee.
Growing up, Sean was always a happy-go-lucky kid with a big smile on his face. Ever since playing with matchbox cars with his brother Dan as a child, Sean loved all things automotive. After attending Bristol Central High School, he took his interests with tinkering with cars and made a career of it as a mechanic. Sean was undoubtedly a man who loved the outdoors and life’s simple pleasures such as fishing with his father, playing basketball with his brothers and friends, or simply just exploring in the comfort of nature.
In addition to his Father, Sean is also survived by, his Brothers, Steve McPhee (Katy Valerio) of Bristol, Christopher Schenkel of Waterbury, Daniel Schenkel (Lindsey L. Ransom) of Torrington, and his Sister, Melissa Schenkel of Waterbury, his Paternal Grandfather George B. McPhee of Bristol, his beloved Aunt Judith Allyn of Burlington, and his Uncles, Daniel P. (Pamela) McPhee of New Hartford, Michael A. (Jeannine) McPhee of Terryville, and James P. (Cheryl) McPhee of Bristol, and many Great Aunts and Uncles and Cousins.
In addition to family, he is survived by his Girlfriend Nicole Teardo, and their Son, Aaron D. McPhee.
Sean is predeceased by his Maternal Grandparents, Duane E. Allyn, and Irene A. (Lomnicky) Allyn and his Paternal Grandmother, Orla M. (Wessels) McPhee.
Graveside funeral services will be held Friday April 3rd 2020 at 11:00 am in St. Mary Cemetery Huckleberry Hill Road Avon.

Sonneborn, Jay Alden Sr.

Jay Alden Sonneborn Sr., 80, of Farmington, passed away on March 23, 2020 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Born July 24, 1939 to Fred and Myrtle Sonneborn in Chicago, Illinois, he was a graduate of Culver Military Academy in Indiana and Beloit College in Wisconsin. After a year of post-graduate studies he began a three-year commitment to the United States Army. His army career began in the Army Security Agency and then he was assigned to the Fort Sill Artillery School as a commissioned officer. Upon his honorable discharge in 1966 he embarked on a career in banking in the State of Connecticut spanning 35 years as a commercial loan officer. His work experience included Connecticut Bank and Trust, Colonial Bank, Centerbank and Farmington Savings Bank. Post retirement he worked at Parsons Paint and Hardware in Unionville.
He is a former member of the Connecticut Urban Land Institute, former Chairman of the research advisory committee of the UConn Center for Real Estate and was a member of the State of Connecticut Special Contaminated Properties Remediation Insurance Fund. For 18 years he served as a hearing officer for the Town of Farmington and was a coach of the Avon Old Farms School Rifle Team.
Jay Sonneborn, Sr., was a prominent member of the Connecticut and United States smallbore rifle competitive community. Jay had many local and regional championships to his credit but his performance on the national level was truly impressive. Jay earned the Distinguished Smallbore Prone Rifle Award in 1982, a year after shooting a perfect 1600 in competition, a feat equivalent to a baseball pitcher throwing a no-hitter. He later shot a 3200, a no-hitter in baseball parlance, the only Connecticut marksman to ever have done so.
He was a member of the 1994 US National Championship Any Sight Team. Individually he won the US National Intermediate Senior Championship in 2001 and followed that with three US National Senior Metallic Sight Championships. Jay represented the US in international competition as a member of the US Dewar Trophy Team as a rifleman and the team’s coach, and captain. In recognition of both his skill as a rifleman and contributions to the sport, he was inducted into the Connecticut Shooters’ Hall of Fame in 2006.
He contributed greatly to shooting’s future as a junior team coach and was generous in sharing his insight and knowledge with any who might be interested in learning more about the sport and its history.
He was most proud of his family and loved sharing in all their accomplishments. He leaves his wife of 56 years, Nancy Redman Sonneborn, daughters Kristin Adams of Simsbury, Sarah Noyes and husband Christopher of New York, his sister Caroline Andrus of Illinois, cousin Jacqueline Ludlum of California, eight grandchildren, Christopher, Kassandra, Kaitlin, Karli, Kody, Konner, Samuel and Jake, and a great-granddaughter Madison. He was predeceased by his son, Jay A. Sonneborn, Jr., in 2018.
Due to the current isolation precautions regarding the Coronavirus, there will be no services or calling hours at this time. The family would like to have a celebration of Jay’s life at a later date, to be determined. The family would like to thank the entire staff of the Avon Heath Center for their kind and compassionate care and Compassus Hospice for their most recent guidance and support.
Donations in Jay’s name may be made to  CT Advocate for Parkinson’s, 102 Pitkin Street, East Hartford, CT 06108.

Gaupp, PhD., Larry A.

Larry A Gaupp, PhD of Burlington, Ct. partner of Gretel Cote, died unexpectedly March 17, 2020 at the age of 75. Larry was born in Egg Harbor City, NJ on November 6, 1944 to Edwin G. Gaupp and Jeanette O. Gaupp (nee Thoms). He was raised in a German farming community and from an early age worked on his grandparents’ commercial flower farm. The efforts and success of his extended family on the farm influenced his personality a great deal. He was an industrious and devoted man, fully committing himself to his family, profession, and beliefs, initially to the Moravian church as a child and Buddhism in his adulthood.
Larry attended Indiana University where he chose a career in psychology. He earned his PhD at Penn State during the Vietnam War and completed his internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He was then commissioned into the US Army, serving his tour of duty in South Korea. He returned to the US in 1974, joining the psychology staff at Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio. In 1985 Larry became Chief of Psychology at the Newington Veterans Administration hospital in Connecticut, where he served until his retirement in 2013. Upon retirement, Larry committed more than 42 years to the veterans of our country. He enjoyed his career, particularly when training his beloved interns who he mentored in his unique way. In retirement Larry had more time to enjoy his other passions as a superb cook, fine wine connoisseur, talented artist, and antique afficionado. He was a lover of beautiful things, creating a home and gardens that became his sanctuary. He will be deeply missed. He leaves behind many who enjoyed his stories, lively debates, intellect, and wonderful spirit, including his partner of 29 years, Gretel Cote, his son Dr. Abraham Gaupp and his wife Dr. Christina Gaupp, and grandchildren, William, Thomas, and Henry of Winnetka, Ill., and his daughter Anna-Emily Gaupp, and grandchildren Grover and Mazzy of West Hartford. He also leaves behind a sister, Janet Stengel and brother-in-law Peter of Indianapolis, nephew Ben (Keri), and niece Chelsea (Rob). He also leaves behind his very special dog Strudel and two granddogs, Percy and Glow. His parents and brother Edwin predeceased Larry.
Due to the unprecedented travel restrictions currently in place, a Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a date and time to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr. Wallingford, CT 06492 and, more importantly, please perform an act of kindness to those around you.