Archive for September 2009

Collins, Marsha

Marsha Emory Collins, of Farmington, passed away September 30th. She is survived by her loving sister, Roberta Roop of Davidson, NC, nephews, Stuart and Geoffrey Usher and niece, Lindsey Scammell, all of VA. She was predeceased by her parents, Sherwood Emory Collins and Joan Y. Collins and her brother Sherwood Emory Collins III. She was a graduate of Hood College, Frederick, MD. Donations may be made to West Avon Congregational Church, 280 Country Club Rd, Avon.

Johnson, Robert

Robert (Bob) Hugo Johnson, of Cape Coral, FL., 83, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather died at his home after a long illness on Monday (September 21, 2009). He was born August 4, 1926 in New Britain, CT the son of the late Hugo Johnson and Irene Dacey Johnson. He was a graduate of New Britain High School. After graduation he joined the U.S. Army during World War II and served in Frankfurt, Germany where he met his loving wife of 62 years Aenne (Ann) Mueller Johnson. He later graduated from the Hartford Institute of Accounting becoming partner with Joseph M. Guinan, CPA. He was an avid fisherman and after his retirement in 1986 moved to Cape Coral, FL where he continued to enjoy his love of fishing. Bob always maintained a presence about him that made all who met him immediately like him. He was also a long standing member of the Elks Club and the American Legion. Bob was predeceased by a younger brother William Johnson and a son Douglas Johnson. Surviving him is his wife Ann Mueller Johnson, of Cape Coral, FL., two children: daughter Lynda Johnson Carter, MSW, of Loudon, NH, son and daughter-in-law Danny and Elizabeth Johnson of East Haddam, CT. Grandchildren: Joshua Carter and his partner Rebecca Skane, Jonah Carter and his wife Therese, Matthew Johnson, and Rachel Johnson, great grandchildren: Ben Carter, Olivia Carter, and Joshua Carter, II. Also surviving him is his sister Elizabeth Sawyer, of Harwinton, CT., his brother Allan Johnson of Plainville, CT., his favorite cousin Ruth Orr of Bristol, Ct, and many nieces, nephews, and close friends. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (Sept. 30) at 11:00am in St. John the Evangelist Church 655 East St., New Britain, followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice, 2430 Diplomat Parkway E, Cape Coral, FL 33909. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Zacco, Mario

Mario Zacco was born to a farming family in Pontevico in the province of Brescia, Italy. He left home at a young age to commence an illustrious career as a restauranteur, moving throughout Italy, Switzerland and Germany. He served for the Italian Army in 1950, stationed in Palermo, and immigrated to Canada in 1952 where he met his loving wife of 53 years, Cecile Michaluk. Four years later, Mario and Cecile moved to New York City, where Mario worked for 9 years and started a family of his own. He moved to Connecticut in 1965 where he managed and owned several restaurants and hotels, including: the Corner House, Farmington Motor Inn, and Grist Mill in Farmington, the Rochambeau in Torrington, and the Pavillion in Cheshire (now known as Brix, owned by Mario’s daughter Onella and her husband Bernard). Mario had a full career in the restaurant business, but carried his passion for good food and company with him everywhere and in all aspects of life. He could be found on any given afternoon of his retired life strolling through Farmington on his bike, playing golf with his grandsons, or enjoying a meal and story telling with his family. He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Cecile; sisters Teonilda and Maria Teresa, daughters Onella Z. Gayraud and Alba Goss; their husbands Bernard Gayraud and Timothy Goss; his five grandchildren Lena, Andre, Alex, Andrew and Julie; and an adoring extended family in the US, Canada, and Italy. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday (Sept. 22) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, Main St., Farmington followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Memorial contributions can be made in lieu of flowers to Farmington River Watershed Association, 749 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070 in light of Mario’s love for the Farmington River, where he enjoyed to bring his daughters, grandchildren, a fishing pole and bread to feed the ducks. Funeral arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Clark, Thomas

Thomas C. Clark, 74, of Burlington, beloved husband of Ann T. (Morrissey) Clark, passed away peacefully Saturday, September 19th at his home following a long illness. Born in Northampton, MA, January 28th, 1935, son of the late William and Natalie (Coffron) Clark, he was raised in Hartford. Prior to retiring, Thomas was a Heavy Equipment Mechanic with Operating Engineers Local #478 for 30 years. He was a former member of the Burlington Men’s Club. Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, Thomas J. Clark of Burlington, family friend and aide, Nicole Poirier of Bristol, two brothers, James Clark of Maine and William Clark of Wethersfield, two sisters, Natalie LaSalle of Newington and Susan Winchell of Newington, and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Sept. 23) from 9:00-10:00am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, Collinsville at 10:30am. Burial will be in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield

Morin, Myrtle

Myrtle A. Morin, 85, longtime Farmington resident, passed away Saturday, September 19, 2009. Born in Hartford, CT, on September 6, 1924 and raised in Keene, NH, she was the daughter of Albert Victor and Myrtle Alice Hilton. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1946 with a Bachelor of Education. She taught home economics in Lincoln and Laconia, N.H., and later served as a substitute teacher and special education teacher in Berlin, CT. She married Nelson Morin in 1950 and moved to Washington Depot, CT. The family moved in 1956 to Litchfield, CT, and in 1966 to Unionville, CT. She and Nelson have been residents at The Gables in Farmington, CT, for the past six years. She is survived by her husband; her children: Jeanne Morin and her husband Eugene Quirk of Washington, DC, and Anne Morin and her husband Jay Zukerman of New York, NY; and six grandchildren: Allyson Quirk, Michelle and Natalie Zukerman, and Rachael, Rebecca and Benjamin Zukerman. She also leaves two brothers: Albert and Marshall Hilton; four sisters: Bernice Derby, Shirley Ecklund, Beverly Frink and Jeanie Hilton; 16 nieces and nephews and numerous grand-nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life will be held at the Church of St. Patrick, Main St., Farmington, CT, at 12pm on Saturday, October 17, 2009. Donations may be made in her honor to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., 1-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Fahey, Margaret

Margaret Spillane Fahey, beloved widow of Thomas Fahey, formerly of Bloomfield, died Friday September 18 in Bridgeport at age 92. Survivors include her son John (Jack) Fahey and his wife Deborah, her daughter Patricia and her husband LeRoy Ward, grandchildren Patrick Fahey and his wife Noreen, Renee and Nicholas Fahey, Erin and Caroline Ward, and great-granddaughter Meghan Margaret Fahey. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Monday (Sept. 21) from 8:30-9:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 9:30am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford at 10:00am. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Mary Cemetery, East Hartford.

Meany, Matthew

Matthew Edward Meany, 47, of Unionville, CT, passed away on Wednesday, (September 9, 2009). Matt was born April 2, 1962 in Oconomowoc, WI. He was the son of the late Edward L. Meany and Veronica J. (Markey) Meany of Orleans, MA. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his beloved wife and soul-mate, Lori (Sandquist); stepdaughter, Kelly Snedeker and father-in-law, Robert Sandquist of Berlin, CT. Also left behind are Drucilla Meany-Herbert of W. Boyleston, MA, Mark Meany of Keene, NH, Madalon Meany of Lincoln, MA, John Meany of Granby, CT, Daniel Meany of Orleans, MA and many prized nieces and nephews. Matt graduated from Hall High School, Class of ’80, in W. Hartford, CT, and Central Connecticut State University, Class of ’90, with a B.S. in Engineering Technology. His education led him, professionally, to a manufacturing engineer position at Dunham-Bush of W. Hartford, CT. Then, he became a Business Systems Analyst with TRUMPF, Inc. of Farmington, CT. Most recently for TRUMPF, he spearheaded implementing the production plan module for the company’s ERP system for all of North America, working closely with his respected colleges in Stuttgart, Germany. All was not work, tho’…! His interests included anything powered. His father’s insistence at his sons maintaining the drop light vigil while repairing the family vehicles led to an interest in mechanics. In March of ’82, he embarked upon the full restoration of a 1965 1/2 Ford Mustang Coupe which came in assorted boxes; his efforts rewarded with the throaty growl of a small block V8 in ’87. Two-wheeled rides didn’t escape his fancy – moto-crossing with “Twisted Minds + Twisting Throttles” took its toll on his middle-aged knees. Had he been dissatisfied with the performance of the family’s John Deere lawn tractor, porting and polishing would have been in order. Snowboarding and water skiing were avocations as well; several of his favorite haunts included the bump runs on the north face of Mt. Snow, Pepi’s Run at Jackson Hole, and behind the wake of a power boat on Otis Lake. Cape Cod could be considered his second home. He took charge of resurrecting a barn getaway much to the delight of Lori, Kelly, and cherished goldie –Sam. He relished taking the boat out into the Town Cove, enjoying coffee and Danish, and then later, out to the outer beach for sunsets and beach fires. His love for the ocean lead to trips to Cinnamon Bay, St. John, snorkeling around the island. Just a little flat back relaxation and salt water immersion therapy. Services to take place at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to University of Connecticut Health Center’s Oncology Palliative Care. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Laverty, Joanne

Joanne Heslin Laverty, Esq., 57 and life long resident of the Hartford Area, beloved wife and mother, passed away Monday, September 7, 2009. Born in Hartford on August 27, 1952 to Attorney Thomas Patrick Heslin and Mary Mazurek Heslin, former Commissioner of Consumer Protection for the State of Connecticut and former Deputy Mayor for the City of Hartford. Joanne was the loving wife of John P. Laverty Sr. for 30 years and caring and nurturing mother to son John P. Laverty Jr. and daughter Julie M. Laverty. Joanne was dedicated and devoted to her children, husband and family. Joanne is also survived by her sister Mary Ellen Taub and her children Melanie and Connor Taub, Thomas and Cindy Heslin of Baltimore, Maryland and their two sons Michael and Andy Heslin,and John W. and Tracey P. Heslin and their two sons Thomas and Jack and
daughter Haley Heslin. Joanne graduated from Noah Webster Elementary School, Northwest Catholic and the University of Connecticut where she and her husband met and fell in love in 1974. Joanne worked for American Airlines as a Reservation Supervisor before entering Law School at Western New England College. Attorney Heslin Laverty practiced law for 16 years and cherished the opportunity to help people when they were at a time of their lives when they needed help the most. Known to her friends and associates as an intelligent, caring, and intuitive person she made people feel that things would work out and helped people maintain perspective. Joanne was a life long Red Sox fan and lover of the music of the Beatles and the poetry of W.B. Yeats. An absolute lover of all dogs, she was known to have a particular affinity for Black Labs with Irish names. Her home was open to all and she particularly loved cooking for and entertaining friends who enriched the Laverty family through their love and support. The family will receive friends this Thursday (Sept. 10) from 4:00 – 8:00pm at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday (Sept. 11) at 10:30am in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., next door to the funeral home. The family welcomes contributions to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, Ct. 06111 in lieu of flowers.

Siroonian, Paula

Paula M. Martin Siroonian, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, September 6th at U. Conn Medical Center in Farmington, CT, surrounded by loving family and friends. She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on February 8, 1954, and lived in Farmington, CT, for the past 18 years. She is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 29 years, Geary and their children, 20-year old twins Nicole Lee at Wake Forest University, Christopher Anthony at Champlain College, and 18-year old Deanna Kristine at James Madison University. She is the cherished daughter of Sue L. Martin of Worcester, MA and the late Anthony P. Martin and loving daughter-in-law of Leo and Grace Siroonian of Weymouth, MA. She also leaves behind her dear brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Verjik Martin of Bolton, MA, loving sister and brother-in-law, Andrea and Michael Harmon, of Atlantic Highlands, NJ, and dedicated brother-in-law, Kenneth Siroonian of Rockland, MA. Auntie Paula also leaves behind several nieces and nephews who admired her strength, determination and kindness. Despite her disability from multiple sclerosis and confined to a scooter in later years, she led an active, vibrant life. She was always there to support everyone and go out of her way for old and new friends alike. She wasn’t afraid to pick up the phone and call people to see how they were feeling. She led a full life with honesty, respect, dignity integrity, and fun. Her annual Thanksgiving feasts brought the entire family together and her home was constantly full of neighborhood children….her door was always open, refrigerator always filled and at times, 50 pairs of shoes would be lined up in the hallway! She tried to help and include everyone. She always had a smile on her face and seldom complained of her struggle. Nothing ever held her back and she was an inspiration to everyone she came in contact with many of whom wondered how she did it. Her lifelong family journey with her husband and children took her from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI, to Indianapolis, IN, to Blairstown, NJ, to Nashua, NH, to N. Andover, MA and for the past 18 years in Farmington, CT. She grew up a member at the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church in Worcester, MA, was married at St. Stephen’s Apostolic Armenian Church in Watertown MA and is a member of St. Stephen’s Armenian Church in New Britain CT. Paula graduated from Worcester South High School in 1972 and received a Bachelor’s degree in audiology from Worcester State College in 1976. She continued her graduate studies at Assumption College and worked in one of the first group homes for the mentally challenged in Worcester’s Oberlin House. She was an active member of the Worcester Armenian Youth Federation (AYF), loved to dance and had friends across the country. Through her years traveling, every stop would resurrect an old acquaintance from the AYF. The family extends a heartfelt thanks to all those who lent a helping hand and made her life a richer one. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Sept. 10) from 3:00-5:00pm followed by a Memorial Service in the funeral home. Burial will be in Old North Cemetery, Weymouth, Ma. In lieu of flowers, Paula would want donations in her memory be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163 or St. Stephen’s Armenian Apostolic Church, 167 Tremont St., New Britain, CT 06051.

Zappulla, Anne

Anne (Lagano) Zappulla, 81, formerly of Farmington, passed away Saturday, September 5 at Avon Health Center. Born to the late Carmelo and Frances (Giuliano) Lagano in Hartford on February 26, 1928, Anne was the widow of the late Frank Zappulla, who died on November 1, 1996. Anne, who loved cookies, Bingo, and The Golden Girls, is survived by two sons, Richard Zappulla, and his wife Lynne, of East Hampton, and Frank Zappulla, and his fiancée Carol Gagne, of Charlton City, MA, and two daughters, Pamela Cistulli, and her husband Peter, of New Britain, and Dianne Zappulla, of Mansfield. Anne is also survived by three grandchildren, Derek Zappulla, of Torrington, and Bryan and Katie Cistulli, of New Britain, and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Anne was predeceased by her brother, Salvatore Lagano. There are no calling hours. Funeral services and burial will be at the convenience of the family. The family would like to offer their sincere appreciation to all who provided support throughout Anne’s illness, especially Butch Lagano, Avon Health Center, and McLean Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Avon Health Center, 652 West Avon Rd., Avon, CT 06001 or to McLean Hospice Program, 75 Great Pond Rd., Simsbury, CT 06070. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Shaffer, Melanie

Melanie E. Shaffer, devoted wife and mother, passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2009. She was surrounded by her family and friends. Melanie was a long term resident of Harwinton and then Burlington Connecticut. She graduated from Lewis S. Mills High School and then attended Hofstra University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design that she brought to the Hartford Courant. She has been described by friends at The Courant as the most decent, reasonable, hard working, humble, creative and talented journalist to work at The Courant. She was promoted to Director of Design and Graphics in 2006. Her hard work and creativity was confirmed in the many national and international awards she was received, including twice Worlds Best Design-Newspaper and several from the world organization, Society of News Design. Melanie was the wife of David (Dave) Shaffer and mother of Devin Shaffer. She took joy in her family and their activities, trips to Cape Cod and Florida, watching Dave coach baseball and cheering on Devin at baseball and hockey games. She also enjoyed ice skating on the pond and Facebook. Melanie is survived by her loving husband David Shaffer and devoted son Devin, parents Anne and Ed Hobday, in-laws Marge and David Shaffer, sisters Michele Corrigan and husband John, Mindy Fisher and husband John, Dale Swanson and husband James, Lisa Hyte and husband Ben and brother Christopher Hobday, nieces and nephews Alisha and David Swanson, Brennan Corrigan, Matthew and Daniel Fisher, grandparents Edward Schneiderhan, Jean Litt-Knowles, Stella Kulik, Aneysa and Fran Bristol. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (September 6th) from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Monday (Sept. 7) at 11:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, Collinsville followed by burial at Center Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers Donations made be to either Devin J Shaffer Trust Fund c/o Collinsville Savings Society, P.O. 350, Canton, CT 06019-0350 or St. Francis Foundation, 95 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06015 for the benefit of the Heme/Onc Department at the St. Francis/Mt. Sinai Regional Cancer Center.

Grigerik, Gladys

Gladys Grigerik, 84, passed peacefully on Thursday, September 3rd in Granby. Born in Collinsville, June 4th, 1925, the oldest of 16 children of Adelard and Anne Benoit, she grew up in Collinsville and made Avon her home for more than 50 years. Gladys was predeceased by her beloved husband Joseph J. Grigerik. Gladys had a love for life and enjoyed spending time with her family. Gladys is survived by her loving daughter Robyn Bayersdorfer, and son-in-law Geoff Bayersdorfer of Granby, 2 sons Joseph Grigerik and Thomas Grigerik, and daughters, Judith and Janet, her five grandchildren, T.J., Joshua, Kaylee, Johnny and Jennifer and her siblings Patricia, Carol, Eleanor, Janis, George, John and Richard as well as many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by siblings Jimmy, Robert, Ralph, Joseph, Harold, Barbara and Clareen. A Memorial Service will be held at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday, September 10th at 11:30. Memorial contributions may be made to The National Parkinson Foundation, Inc., Office of Development, 1501 NW 9th Ave. /Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136.

Worthley, Sylvia

Sylvia Nell Valley Worthley, 89, died on Thursday, September 3, 2009 at her home in Farmington. She was born in Lunenburg, VT, the daughter of Ernest and Avis Colby Valley. Sylvia was married for 55 years to Earl Lewis Worthley, who died in 1996. She leaves three children, her daughter Sherryl W. Horton of Unionville, CT, her son John L. Worthley of Hampden, MA, and her daughter Lorraine W. Longstreet of Avon, CT. She also leaves her son-in-law William Longstreet of Avon and her grandsons Joshua Horton and his wife Allison of Hyde Park, NY, and Tobiah Horton and his wife Lori of Philadelphia, PA. Sylvia is survived by two great-grandsons, Lucas Horton and Lynedon Horton.
Sylvia attended Lyndon Normal School in Lyndonville, VT, and taught school in a one-room schoolhouse in East Corinth, VT until her marriage in 1941. She returned to her teaching career and taught first grade at the Warehouse Point, CT elementary school for many years. During this time she earned her BS degree from the University of Hartford. After retirement Sylvia and Earl ran a successful antiques business in Chester, VT and then moved to North Haverhill, NH, where they lived until their return to Connecticut in 1994, residing at the Gables in Farmington. Sylvia loved collecting and dealing in antiques, especially dolls. She also enjoyed swing music and dancing, crossword puzzles, and was an avid painter her entire life. The family is grateful to caregivers at the Gables in Farmington and CT Hospice. In lieu of flowers donations in her name may be made to the Christopher Horton Scholarship Fund at the University of Hartford or to the East Corinth, VT, Congregational Church. A committal service will be held at the cemetery in East Corinth, VT on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 1 p.m. A reception will follow downstairs in the East Corinth Congregational Church. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Brooks, Raymond Jr.

Raymond King Brooks Jr., 91, of Unionville, died peacefully Tuesday, Sept 1, 2009 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of the late Louise DeWolf Brooks, for fifty-eight years. King was a lifetime resident of Unionville and the son of Raymond King Sr. and Mildred Colburn Brooks. Born October 2, 1917, he is survived by his son John W. Brooks and his wife Harri-Ann of Hardwick MA, his daughter Barbara Cole Jarrett and her husband Greg of Unionville, his grandchildren; Colburn Thompson and her husband Jim of Unionville, Ashley Brooks and her husband Mark Scharwenka of Nantucket, MA, Brecon Cole of Hardwick, MA, Josiah Brooks of Nantucket, MA, Jill Jarrett of Farmington, Linda and Tony Yacone of Farmington; and his great grandchildren Alma and Louise Thompson, and Chynna and Dylan Yacone. He also leaves his sisters Phyllis Borges of Stonington, Polly Canning of Newport, RI, and his brother David and wife Deborah Brooks of Unionville, along with many nieces and nephews. King graduated from Farmington High School, Class of 1935 and went on to earn his textile engineering degree from Lowell Tech. In 1933 King started working at Charles W. House and Sons, Inc., in Unionville as summer help. After graduating from Lowell Tech. in 1940 he joined his father and began a long fulfilling career, manufacturing felt and textile products, retiring in 1985 as a major stock holder of House and Sons and chairman of the board. King served as president of the Unionville Water Company from 1980 to 1993 as well as on the board of the Hillside Cemetery in Unionville for fifty years. King thrived on work. After retirement he began new projects around his home, spent time traveling, and most importantly, spent time with the family he so loved. Memorial services will be held on Saturday (September 12) at 1:00pm in the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 61 Main St., Unionville. In lieu of flowers King’s family requests donations to be made to the Farmington Food Pantry, 75 Main St., Farmington, Connecticut, 06032. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.