Archive for August 2009

Stuart, Dalton

Dalton Victor Stuart, beloved infant son of Logan C. and Maureen E. (Moon) Stuart of Burlington, passed away Saturday August 29th. Besides his parents, he is survived by his sister, Shaylin E. Stuart of Burlington, his paternal grandmother, Virginia (De Conti) Stuart of Burlington, his maternal grandparents, Esther (Grouten) Moon of Glastonbury and Don Moon and his wife Kathy of Plainville and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Sept. 4) from 5:00-8:00pm. A Prayer Service will be held in the funeral home at 7:00pm. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dalton’s memory may be made to Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit, UCONN Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT 06030.

Blais, Mary Ann

Mary Ann Wright Blais, 52, of Burlington, wife of the late Bradford C. Blais, passed away peacefully Thursday morning in the loving care of her six children. Maryann was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 4th 1957, daughter of Yoshiko Etsumoto and the late Raymond Wright, as the eldest of seven children. She attended college at Northeastern University, and worked as an accountant at Otis Elevator until her and Bradford founded Down to Earth Landscaping. They shared their love for growing things with all of their customers. It was her commitment to family that most defined Maryann. Even as her children grew older and moved away, she continued to have family dinner once a week to keep everyone close. Besides her mother, she is survived by her six children; Yoshiko M. Blais, Tomiko A. Blais, Christine M. Blais, Jessica Y. Blais, Joseph R. Blais and Bradford W. Blais; her grandchild Peter Gavin; her sister Irene Wright; her brothers Raymond Wright, Donald Wright, Peter Wright and Glenn Wright and the late Jon Wright. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Rt 4, Unionville on Tuesday, September 1st from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday (Sept. 2) at 11 a.m. at the Congregational Church in Burlington with Rev. Wendall Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Center Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Blais Children Educational Fund, c/o Farmington Savings Bank, Rt. 4, Burlington, CT 06013.

Dembik, Arthur

Arthur J. Dembik, 90, of Farmington, passed away Sunday, August 23rd at Amberwoods in Farmington. Art, a native of Buffalo N.Y. was married for 65 years to Lillian (Rores) Dembik who predeceased him in March 2007. He was a tool and die maker and retired from General Motors in 1982. Art was a disabled combat veteran of World War II having fought in the Battle of the Bulge with the 6th Armored Div. of General Patton’s 3rd Army that liberated Bastogne Belgium. He was instrumental in helping his personal friend Matt Urban, the most decorated combat soldier in American history, receive the recognition he deserved. Art attended the unveiling and dedication of a monument honoring Matt in Buffalo N.Y. in June 2008. He is survived by his children, Thomas A. Dembik (Mary Louise) of Farmington, and Joyce L. Glessner (Donald) of San Antonio, TX , his 5 grandchildren, Thomas M. Dembik of Farmington, Mary Katherine Cieri (James) of Hartford, and John Paul Dembik of Farmington, and David C. Glessner (Kimberly) and Katherine E. Jones (Jeffrey) of Austin, TX. He was great grandpa to Nathan Dembik, Jameson and Michaela Cieri, Katie and Kelsey Jones and Daschel Glessner. Dad never had a bad word to say about anyone. Everyone enjoyed his smile, positive attitude in spite of his disabilities, and gentle manner. He will be missed by everyone who got to know him. The family wishes to thank the staff of Amberwoods for the excellent and sensitive care they provided Dad right up to his dignified passing. Dad will be buried in the family gravesite in Buffalo N.Y. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Baker, Madalyn

Madalyn Jane Baker, beloved infant daughter of Brian D. Baker and Keyara J. Tenore of Torrington, passed away Saturday August 22nd. Besides her parents, she is survived by her brother, Brian David Baker, Jr., of Torrington, her paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Loretta (Marshall) Baker of Torrington, her maternal grandfather, Richard A. Tenore of Torrington, her maternal grandmother, Valerie Aldrich of Maine and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Aug. 28) from 5:00-7:00pm, followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Madalyn’s memory may be made to The Fleece Fund or The Toy Closet Fund at Yale New Haven Hospital, P.O. Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508.

Harrigan, Edward

Edward J. Harrigan, 78, of Farmington, beloved husband of Beverly (Sweykoski) Harrigan, died Thursday, August 20th. Ed was born in Brooklyn, NY, on April 27th, 1931 and was the son of the late Edward M. and Marion (Cusack) Harrigan. He leaves a loving sister, Barbara Wleklinski of Chicago and several nieces and nephews. Ed attended Brooklyn Prep and was awarded a four year scholarship to Fordham University in the Bronx, NY. After graduating in 1953, he spent four years as an officer in the United States Navy, including a tour in Korea, then studied Broadcasting in NYC and obtained his first job in radio at station WTOR (now WSNG) in Torrington. He broke into television shortly thereafter at Channel 30 in West Hartford and remained on the air at several stations until 1987, when he was appointed by the former Governor William O’Neill, to oversee public relations for the newly formed CT Lottery Division, a position he held until his retirement in 1991. Many thanks to the wonderful staff at UCONN Medical Center and Amberwoods of Farmington for the kind and compassionate care given to Edward. A Remembrance Mass will be held Tuesday (Aug. 25) at 11:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville. There will be no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to The Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford, CT 06107. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Dickman, John

John T. Dickman, 57, of Middletown, passed from this life at Middlesex Hospital on August 20th, 2009. Born in Hartford, he was the son of Gloria A. Brodeur of Unionville and the late S. John Dickman of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also survived by his step-mother, Gloria “Joyce” Dickman of Cincinnati, Ohio and his step-father, Charles Brodeur of Unionville. He leaves a loving daughter, Tammi L. Dickman of Middletown, a son, John Dickman and four grandchildren. He leaves his soul mate and companion of seventeen years, Sandra L. Merlo and his beloved cat Timba. His loving memory will remain in their hearts forever. He was predeceased by his sister, Linda Swartzkopf. John was a kind and gentle soul and touched the hearts of everyone who knew him well. He was a gifted artist and a talented writer. Friends and relatives may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Aug. 27) from 6:00-7:00pm followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Godbout, Elizabeth

Our loving and beloved mother, Elizabeth “Betty” (Desmond) Godbout, of West Hartford and Fenwick, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 19th a beautiful summer day at her “little house” in Fenwick. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur R. Godbout Sr., the love and light of her life. Born April 27th, 1921, Betty grew up in Hartford the daughter of Michael and Julia Desmond. She was a graduate of Saint Augustine’s School and Bulkeley High School. She resided in her homes in West Hartford and Fenwick all her life. She was a devoted communicant of St. Peter Claver Church and enjoyed her golf and friendships at the Country Club of Farmington. Mothers conscientious and generous spirit was evidenced by her management of the Arthur and Elizabeth Godbout Foundation donating to many charities hoping to help those less fortunate than her. Betty’s legacy was simply her motherhood and how beautifully she fulfilled it. How fortunate we were to receive her love, support, integrity, generosity, caring, practical advice and to look at her beauty. How we grieve at our loss. The children appreciate the loving support and company of her friends and her caretakers, especially Rosetta Miano, “Granny’s Nanny”. Now she is at peace and painless. Elizabeth is survived by her five children and their spouses, M. Gregory and Patricia J. Godbout of Port St. Lucie, FL, Anne G. and Robert E. Yurch of Avon, Elizabeth G. and John E. Dexheimer of Farmington, Arthur R. and Elizabeth G. Godbout Jr., of Avon, and Julie G. and Peter F. LeBlanc of West Hartford, her sister, Mary Desmond Brovero of Old Saybrook and her grandchildren, Martin G. Godbout Jr., and his wife Theresa, Eileen Godbout and her husband Michael Betts, Geoffrey and Korrie Godbout, Dana and Melanie Godbout, Brian, Mary Virginia and Kevin Yurch, Elizabeth Anne and John Farrell Dexheimer, Hannah, Elle, Arthur R. III (Rex) and Maxwell Godbout, Michael, Julie Dee and Abigail LeBlanc, seven great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews from the Godbout and Desmond families. She was predeceased by her beloved son, James Michael Godbout. Family and friends may call at St. Peter Claver Church Parish Center, 47 Pleasant St., West Hartford on Sunday (Aug. 23) from 5:00-8:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday (Aug. 24) at 11:00am in St. Peter Claver Church followed by burial in the family plot at St. Ann Cemetery, Avon. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Getz, Marcella

Marcella (Pelletier) Getz, 86, of Farmington, beloved wife of Robert L. Getz, passed away peacefully Monday, August 17th at her home. Born in Van Buren, ME, April 19th, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Maxime and Artheline (Cyr) Pelletier. Prior to retiring, she was employed by the State of Connecticut in the Labor Department. She was a communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. Besides her husband, Marcella is survived by her seven children, Karen Cyr and her husband Donald of Castalia, OH, Robert L. Getz Jr., and his wife Margaret of Bristol, Gilbert K. Getz and his wife Karen of Ft. Myers, FL, Jeffrey A. Getz and his wife Carla of New Britain, Stephen J. Getz of Berlin, Peter A. Getz and his wife Janette of Canton and Richard D. Getz and his wife Elizabeth of Avon, 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her 11 siblings, Fabiola, Hector, Eunice, Dominic, Charlotte, Lorraine, Anne Marie, Robert, Jacqueline, Henri and Louis. Although Marcella’s compassion, patience, and love for her family and friends will be greatly missed, these qualities are also the substance that will buoy us in the days ahead. She led by example, always showing us the way to be the best person possible. The Boston Red Sox may have lost an earthly fan, but they gained a heavenly cheerleader. Marcella’s family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the professionals at The Gables in Farmington and Avon Health Center in Avon. Their care and concern have been wonderful during a difficult time. Family and friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Aug. 21) from 4:00-8:00p.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Aug. 22) at 9:15a.m. followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate contributions be made to the Farmington Foundation, P.O. Box 8, Farmington, CT 06034-0008, Attn: Anne Cole. The Farmington Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1964, which is dedicated to providing undergraduate scholarships and loans to Farmington residents and Farmington High School graduates. The Farmington Foundation has made college affordable for many recipients since its inception.

White, Todd

Todd D. White, 47, of Glastonbury passed away on August 13, 2009. Todd was the son of Donald and Deborah (Forbes) White of Manchester and graduated from Manchester High School and Eastern CT State University. Todd was an active soccer player, enthusiastic NASCAR fan, passionate cook, and active in Boy Scouts of America, Troop 47 of Manchester where he advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout in 1976. Todd continued his involvement in Troop 47, living the Scout Oath, guiding other young men including his two sons James and Justin. Todd was self-employed in the financial services industry, taking great joy in assisting others. Todd and his parents opened The Patio Restaurant in Manchester in 1988 where he shared his passion of cooking with everyone he met. Sunday breakfast at the Patio was a real treat with the “Manchester Omelet” and “Patio French Toast” enjoyed by all who came through the doors. Todd is survived by his wife of 21 years, Trudi (Blackwood) White, and sons James and Justin, his grandmother, Marion M. Forbes, his parents, his many aunts, uncles and cousins and even more friends. Todd’s generous spirit was a blessing for all who knew him and he will surely be missed. Todd was committed to serving others during his life, so donations in his memory can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation north central CT and western MA chapter ( or Trinity Episcopal Church – “Friday Feast and Fellowship” a meal to feed those less fortunate, 120 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06105. A funeral and burial will be at the convenience of the family and held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney Street, Hartford. Remembrances or to request an announcement of the funeral date and time can be emailed to
Todd and Trudi worshipped with two faith communities so in addition to the funeral mentioned above, a memorial Mass will be held on September 12, 2009 at 1pm at St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church, 285 Church Street, Hartford. Arrangements are being

Wirth, Frank

Frank J. Wirth, 77, of Avon, beloved husband of Joan M. (Hoostowski) Wirth, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 12th. Born in Hartford, October 31st, 1931, son of the late Frank T. and Victoria Ann (Legowski) Wirth, he resided in the Avon area all his life. During Frank’s long business career, he was employed by Lincoln Dairy, Prudential Insurance Co., and owned and operated several Dunkin Donuts Franchise stores and developed many commercial pieces of real estate in the Farmington Valley over the years. During the Korean War, he served with distinction as a decorated member of the United States Army. He was a communicant at the Church of St. Ann in Avon. Frank enjoyed golf as well as spending time at the Connecticut shore at his houses, was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and was a member of the Golf Club of Avon. He most of all loved spending time with his family, especially his dear grandchildren. Besides his wife of 54 years, he is survived by his four children, Kimberly F. Slomianyj and her husband Michael of Chapel Hill, NC, Victoria A. Hogan of Avon, Francis J. “Chip” Wirth and his wife Maria of Avon and Kurt K. Wirth of Avon, his sister, Jenevie Porat and her husband Albert Porat of New Fairfield, nine grandchildren, Nicholas J. Hogan, Kelly N. Hogan, Owen M. Slomianyj, Benjamin J. Wirth, Anthony F. Dante, Abigail L. Wirth, Harrison R. Slomianyj, Jacob J. Wirth and Brennan J. Wirth, his niece Lisa Kocka and his nephew Kevin Porat. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Aug. 17) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Tuesday (Aug. 18) at 10:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Ann, Avon at 11:00am. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Ann Cemetery, Avon with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Simon Foundation, Inc. (a rescue dog foundation) 202 Crane Hollow Road, Bethlehem, CT 06751.

Deming, Susanne

Susanne (Skinner) Deming, 88, daughter of William and Edith Skinner, passed away on August 10th, 2009 after a long illness. She was the beloved wife and best friend of John M. Deming for 61 years. In addition to her husband, she leaves her much-loved daughters; Ann Sanford and her husband Frank of Farmington; and Aleta Keener of Prince George, BC; as well as three cherished grandchildren; Jocelyn Sanford of Brookline, MA; Jonathan Sanford of Farmington; and Kelley Anderson of Victoria, BC. She also leaves four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Sue was predeceased by her sister, Sally Kearney and her brother Calvin Skinner, as well as her grandson, Sean Keener. Besides her family, her greatest joys were the outdoors, her birds and other wildlife, German Shepherds, needlepoint, and the Boston Red Sox. In her youth, she spent much time with her parents in the Adirondacks fly-fishing, canoeing and hiking. During World War II, Sue enlisted and served two and a half years with the Women’s Army Corps stationed with the 8th Army Air Force in High Wycombe, England, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant. She lived all of her life in Farmington and taught kindergarten in town for several years. After attending the Morse Business School, Sue worked at Hartford Hospital and Estabrook & Co. She was also a director of the Farmington VNA. Sue and Jack, along with their children, spent over 50 years vacationing and weekending on their powerboats cruising New England waters. They especially loved Edgartown Harbor on Martha’s Vineyard, swinging free on mooring #88. Sue will be remembered for her fun-loving nature, creating endless laughter, and for her wonderful sense of humor, which she maintained throughout her illness. She will be sorely missed by innumerable friends and family. Her family extends their many thanks to the Farmington Valley VNA and the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center of Avon, for their compassion and kind attention. They also thank the staff of Avon Health Center for their excellent nursing and hospice care, and a special thank you to her favorite Dr. Edward Clerkin and his staff. The family also wishes to thank Sue’s many friends for their visits, phone calls, flowers, cards and prayers during her illness. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association, Inc., 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury, CT 06070; First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032; or Gaylord Hospital, Gaylord Farms Road, Wallingford, CT 06492. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Iser, Clifford

Clifford H. Iser, 86, of Farmington, husband of the late Emily (Bluebaugh) Iser, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 at his home. Born in Connellsville, PA, January 26th, 1923, son of the late William Walter and Naomi Alice Shank. He was a graduate of Connellsville High School, Class of 1942 and was employed for 19 years at Connecticut Natural Gas. Clifford was a United States Marine Corps veteran of World War II, having served in the South Pacific until 1945. He later rejoined the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam, Cuba, and many other world-wide locations retiring in 1968 as Gunnery Sergeant. He devoted many years to the Boy Scouts as a Scout Master for Troop 68 of Farmington. He is survived by his children, Mary Ann Iser of Somerset, PA, Heidi St. Germain of Farmington and David Iser and his wife Tina of Farmington and four grandchildren, Christopher and Daniel St. Germain and Zachary and Julianna Iser. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday, August 10th from 4:00-7:00pm. Burial will be in the family plot at Ebenezer Cemetery, Romney, West Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Boy Scouts of America, Farmington Troop 68, P.O. 1321, Farmington, CT 06034.

Denney, Ann

Ann H. Denney, 65, of Bristol, passed away peacefully Monday, August 3rd. Born in Hartford, March 10th, 1944, daughter of the late Edgar W. and Elizabeth (Shaw) Horton. She is survived by her two sons, John A. Denney and his wife Tracey M. Denney, and Stephen E. Denney, all of Plainville, her two sisters, Judith Horton DeFelice of Stamford and Lisa Horton Fleck of Charlotte, NC, her brother, Wells G. Horton of Sonoma, CA, three grandchildren, Nathanial J. Chandler, Alexander R. Chandler and Caitlin T. Furniss, and her former husband, Edmund A. Denney of Plainville. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Aug. 7) from 10:30am-12:30pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (Aug. 7) at 12:30pm followed by Services in the First Church of Christ, Congregational, Main St., Unionville at 1:00pm. Burial will be in Canton Baptist Cemetery, Canton. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 61 Main St., Unionville, CT 06085.