Archive for October 2009

Lewis, Judith

Judith S. Lewis, of Canton, widow of Robert E. Lewis, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 31st at home with her family by her side. She leaves her son, Timothy Smith Lewis, her daughter, Linda Lewis Betances, both of Canton, four grandchildren, Krystle Lynn Lewis of Florida, Brittany Carol Donovan Lewis, Peter William Smith Lewis, and Emma Mae Betances, all of Canton. Funeral Services will be private. Donations may be made to Connecticut Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Veteran’s Home, 287 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 or to the Canton Volunteer Ambulance P.O. Box 168, Collinsville, CT 06022. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Andrews, David

David W. Andrews, husband of Barbara C. Andrews, passed away Monday, October 26th at HCC New Britain Campus. He was born in Hartford, June 18th, 1928, son of the late Edna and David C. Andrews. He lived in Farmington for the past 55 years after his military service. He was employed at MDC for 37 years. He loved golf, bowling and Friday morning coffee with friends. Besides his wife of 57 years, Dave is survived by his children and their families, daughter Pamela of New Britain, David S. and Angela of Weymouth, MA, grandchildren, Jessica and husband Stephen Gilding of Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada and Brett; Peter C. and Lisa Andrews, grandchildren Michelle and Christopher of Batavia, OH; Mark S. and his wife Janice, grandchildren Katherine and Grace of Gorham, ME. He is also survived by his brothers, Rev. Walter T. Andrews of Mobile, AL, Russell C. Andrews of Unionville, his sister, Prudence Hodder of South Windsor and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Shirley Cannon and Dorothy McNamara. Barbara and her family want to thank the caring staff of CCU and Doctors Rekhinder Singh, John A. Lawson, Joseph Harrison, Charles Graber and Milton Sands. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Oct. 28) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral Services will be held Thursday (Oct. 29) at 11:30am in the First Church of Christ, Congregational, Main St., Unionville. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Leukemia &Lymphoma Society, 300 Research Parkway, Suite 310, Meriden, CT 06450 or to a charity of their choice.

Robinson, Claire

Claire Marie (Parent) Robinson, 85, of Unionville, widow of Harold Robinson, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 24th at Brittany Farms in New Britain. Born November 29th, 1923 in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Canada, daughter of the late Henry J. and Marie (Perreault) Parent. Prior to retiring, she was employed by Allstate Insurance Co., as a Customer Service Representative and was a communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. Claire is survived by her daughter, Jacquelin V. Robinson of Elk Grove, CA, two grandchildren, Brian Farnsworth and his wife Robin of Elk Grove, CA and Christine Farnsworth and her fiancé Steve Smolicz of New Britain, three great-grandchildren, Richard L. Brown, Christian L. Farnsworth and Cameron J. Farnsworth and a close dear friend, Cecile Fiederlein of New Britain. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday Oct. 28th at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc

Marcuson, Marjorie

Marjorie “Midge” Marcuson (Hill), beloved wife of Paul V. Marcuson for 56 years, passed away peacefully on October 22nd at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, surrounded by her loving family. Born March 7, 1923, in Portland, Connecticut to Francis Irving Hill and Margaret Dougherty Hill, she was raised in Meriden and graduated in 1941 from Meriden High School. Midge was predeceased by her husband John “Jack” Flynn in 1951. She moved to West Hartford with her husband Paul in 1953 to raise their wonderful brood. Besides her beloved Paul, left to cherish “Grammy Midgie” are her seven children, Dan Flynn and his wife Judy of Niantic, John Flynn and his wife Lynn of Tryon, North Carolina, Mary Flynn Marra and her husband Jim of New Britain, Liz Marcuson-Burns and her husband Mitchell of New Britain, Paul Marcuson and his wife Debbie of Farmington, Kate Marcuson Betancourt and her husband Craig of Farmington, Carolyn Marcuson Kent and her husband Ernie of West Hartford, and her “eighth child” Melinda Grindrod Zitin and her husband Barry of Marblehead, MA. Her legacy of love lives on in her 20 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild: Robin Murphy, Erin Flynn, Michael Flynn and Janice Renta, Colleen Fitzgerald and Mark, Adrienne Brown and Tim, Soren Marra, Abigail Zitin and Jeff Rufo, Brita Zitin, Gordon, Sara, Arden and Jesse Burns, Terri Keevers and Jamie, Christopher Halm, Jennifer Marcuson and Mathieu Gingras, Greg Marcuson, Carly, Meggie and Calvin Betancourt, Michael Kent and Erin, Keith and Jeffrey Kent, Valerie and Daniel Butler, Lilith Schoenberg, Morgan and Maya Brown, Adina Delaney, David Fitzgerald and Sable, Phillip Fitzgerald, Maxime Gingras, and Margaret Johnson. She will always hold a special place in the hearts of her two surviving sisters-in-law Alice Flynn and Lillian Rekas, as well as her many nieces and nephews, who all adored their Auntie Midge. We will miss her dearly, but take comfort in knowing that she was greeted on the other side by so many friends and family members who have gone before her, most especially her sister Junie. The family would like to extend most heartfelt thanks to the physicians and staff at HCC that cared so lovingly for Mom (and us) in her final days, especially Dr. David Roy, Dr. Rekha Singh, Dr. Michael McNamee, and the Critical Care and C5 crews. They helped to make the unbearable just a little more bearable. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Oct. 25) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (Oct. 26) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her honor to the Hospital of Central Connecticut Critical Care or Palliative Care Programs, 100 Grand St., New Britain, CT 06450.

Nystrom, Lincoln

Lincoln Olaf Nystrom, beloved father and grandfather passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 18, 2009 at the age of 86. Born in Danielson, CT in 1923, Lincoln grew up in Willimantic, CT, later becoming a resident of Farmington, CT for 23 years before retiring to Vero Beach, Florida in 1982. He served faithfully as a sergeant during WWII in the Army (66th Infantry Division) earning several honorary metals including the bronze star metal of honor. Lincoln devoted his life to teaching and developed the first family life curriculum in the town of Farmington. He taught in East Hartford and was Principal in Bolton. He then returned to teaching at Irving Robbins Junior High
School and Noah Wallace Elementary School in Farmington. Lincoln was an avid gardener; master wood carver and loved the game of golf. He knew the importance of having God in his life and never missed church services. He was a devoted Yankee fan and CCSU basketball/football fan.
Lincoln is survived by two daughters Ingrid Coloske of New Hartford, CT and Karen Nystrom of Lafeyette, CO; son-in-law, Robert Coloske; two loving grandchildren, Brittany and Leah Coloske; brother, Al Nystrom in Norwich, CT; a niece and several nephews. He was pre-deceased by his best friend and loving wife, Lois Nystrom, after 59 of marriage; brother, Charles Nystrom and sister, Mildred Simpson. His family is grateful for the loving care and support that was provided by the staff at Valerie Manor Nursing Home and the VNA Hospice in Torrington, CT.A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Avon, CT on Friday, October 23, 2009 at 4:30 pm, followed by military honors and reception. There are no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made in his honor to Christ Episcopal Church, 35 Harris Road, Avon, CT 06001. “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matt.25: 21,23). Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Grietti, Marianna

Marianna Angelina Sacchi Grietti, 69, of Burlington, passed away Sunday, October 18th at Avon Health Center after a long illness. Born in Hartford on March 29th, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Katherine and Luigi Sacchi. She graduated from Hartford Public High School in 1959. Marianna was employed by Bond Press Inc., in Hartford, Avon Convalescent Home and Brightview Convalescent Home, both in Avon, and for years managed The Whole Doughnut store in Unionville. She also worked as a private duty nurse/nanny and as chief route carrier for the Hartford Courant. Marianna volunteered for the Ladies Auxiliary of the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department. A devoted wife and mother, she is survived by her husband Mario, son David John, sister and brother-in-law Gabriella and Dario Losano, cousins, nieces and nephews in the U.S, Italy and Republic Argentina. Marianna was predeceased by her brother, Frank T. Sacchi, Sr. A particular thank you goes to the staff of Avon Health Center and of Newington Dialysis Center, to Dr. John Lawson of Unionville and to Dr. Charles Graeber of New Britain for the compassionate assistance provided, thank you to Mrs. Anna Badera of Farmington for her continuous presence and to the Tony and Carlo Magno brothers of Hartford for their support. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday (Oct. 31) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Unionville, CT 06085. Online condolences may be made at ahernfuneralhome.com

Webster, Norman

Norman Webster of Avon, died on Saturday, October 17 after a two yearlong battle with Leukemia. His wife of 19 years, and his adult son and daughter were at his bedside when he died. Throughout his illness, he received exceptional care from the staffs of UConn Medical Center and Yale New Haven Hospital to whom the family extends their thanks. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Webster and their two daughters, Kilian and Emily of Avon; his son, Jason, Jason’s wife, Lora, and their children, Graydon, Abigail and Mia of Pembroke, MA; and his daughter Cheryl Smith, her husband, Ed, and their children, Emma, Rebecca and Gwen of Fairfield. Norman’s eldest son, Graydon, died in an air collision in 1992 while serving in the US Navy. His sisters, Ray, Margaret and Edith and many nephews and nieces in South Africa, and his sister, Norma, living on the Isle of Wight, also survive Norman. Norman Webster was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, the son of a harbor crane operator, on November 21, 1940. Norman came to America with his family in 1977, and settled in Greenwich. He married Suzanne in 1990, and moved to Avon with Suzanne and their children Kilian and Emily in 2001.The consummate entrepreneur, Norman began his career in the early computer industry and transitioned into the maritime industry in the 1990’s. This career afforded him a relationship he enjoyed with the Connecticut Maritime Association. He is also a former member of the New York Yacht Club. While Norman enjoyed golf, sailing and mentoring young people in theater, sports and Christian life, he was happiest surrounded by his children and grandchildren at his home in Avon. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday (Oct. 24) at 11:00am in the Memorial United Methodist Church, Avon. In lieu of flowers, a donation to help pay for Kilian and Emily’s educations will be accepted with gratitude. Please send donations in care of Pastor Florence Eddins, Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Road, Avon, CT 06001. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Brady, Thomas

Thomas J. Brady, of Unionville, beloved husband of Kathleen (Collins) Brady, passed away suddenly after an accident at his home on Thursday (October 15, 2009). Friends and family may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday, October 23rd from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (Oct. 24) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492.

O’Neill, Bernice

Bernice P. (Belanger) O’Neill, of Farmington, passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday, October 14th. She was born on December 28th, 1924 in Quincy, MA and was a 1943 graduate of North Quincy High School. She worked for several years at the John Hancock Insurance Company in Boston, MA. She was married to Gerard P. O’Neill on November 13th, 1946 and leaves behind her three children: Claire B. (O’Neill) Hogue of Unionville, Patricia A. (O’Neill) Lavoie of Southington, and Gerard P. O’Neill, Jr. of Farmington, her sister, Geraldine Bowen of Halifax, MA, her four grandchildren: Kelley-Marie (Hogue) Hernandez of Milford, MA, Heather and Christopher Hogue of Unionville and Joseph W. O’Neill of Farmington, her four great-grandchildren, Crystal Hogue, Michelle Cliff, and Amber and Jade Hernandez, all of Milford, PA. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Oct. 16) from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral Services will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home on Saturday (Oct. 17) at 10:30am followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Farmington Senior Community Center, 321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, CT 06085.

O’Connell, Marie

Marie (Kaechele Rocklein) O’Connell, formerly of Farmington Woods, Farmington, entered into eternal rest surrounded by her family on Tuesday, October 13, 2009. She was born on December 6, 1926 in Bridgeport, the daughter of the late Gretchen Elliott and Henry Kaechele of Trumbull. Marie is survived by her daughter, Christina Rocklein Monteith and her husband Shawn of Burlington, her son, Robert Rocklein of Danvers, MA, 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her stepmother, May Kaechele of Bridgeport, her two brothers, Alan Kaechele and his wife Linda of San Diego, CA and Robert Kaechele and his wife Joan of Trumbull. Marie was a graduate of Southern Seminary in Buena Vista, Virginia. Prior to her retirement, Marie was a long-time employee of Michael’s Jewelers. Marie’s passions included her family, her love of animals, particularly her dog Sam, and the New York Yankees. For those that knew her well, she was best known for her strong independent nature. The family would like to express their thanks to the staff on 4th South at the Hebrew Home and Hospital, West Hartford, and the staff of the Connecticut VNA Partner’s Hospice Program. Special thanks to Leann, Brittany and Stephanie for visiting as often as you did. Funeral Services and burial are private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Connecticut VNA Partner’s Hospice Program, 111 Founders Plaza, 2nd Floor, East Hartford, CT 06108. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Doherty, Gerald

Gerald Doherty, 92, a retired, production engineer at Pratt & Whitney, died at home Thursday evening, October 8, after a brief illness. Gerry was the son of Joseph Peter and Helen Hancock Doherty. He was raised by his maiden aunts and father, after the premature death of his mother, and graduated high school in Danbury, CT. He received his engineering degree from Yale in 1939 and moved to the Hartford area where he resided and worked for 70 years. He and his first wife, Nancy Shepard Doherty, lived in West Hartford and Hyannis Port, MA for many years until her death in 1981. He was active in the town and community; he worked to establish Youth football in West Hartford in the mid-1950s and served as Chairman of the Town Planning and Zoning Commission in 1981. Gerry lived in Farmington for the past 27 years with his wife, Margaret Stedman Cheney Doherty. In addition to Margaret, he is survived by three sons: J. Peter Doherty of Virginia Beach, VA; Gilbert S. Doherty and his wife, Carol, of Kensington, MD; David H. Doherty and his wife, Abigail, of Chatham, MA; a daughter, Anne Dickson and her husband, Ned, of Cooperstown, NY; three stepsons, Edward (Tod) Cheney and his wife, Holly, of Blue Hill, Maine; Amory Cheney of Bend, OR; Dexter Cheney and his wife, Sarah, of Canton, CT; a stepdaughter, Sara Cheney and her husband, Joseph Wrobleski of Falmouth, ME; as well as sixteen grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, October 31, at the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main Street, Farmington, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Dorman, Mabel

Mabel L. Dorman, 95, of Farmington, widow of George Dorman, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 4th. Born in Chicopee, MA, December 9th, 1913, daughter of the late Frank and Nellie (Clarke) Locke. Mabel was a longtime member of the Memorial United Methodist Church in Avon. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her three sisters, Eunice Santaw, Hazel Chapman and Nellie Locke and her four brothers, Sheridan Locke, Ernest Locke, Ervin Locke and Fred Locke. Graveside Funeral Services will be held TODAY at 11:00am in Greenwood Cemetery, Avon, In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Rd., Avon, CT 06001. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Frattini, Beacha

Beacha (Bernabucci) Frattini, 88, of Avon, beloved widow of Peter Frattini, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 4th. Born in Hartford, April 1st, 1921, daughter of the late Caesar and Adele (Bartolini) Bernabucci, she resided in Avon for 54 years. Prior to retiring, Beacha was employed by Kodachrome Co., in Avon and was the first cafeteria staff member at the new Avon High School. She was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Ann in Avon and a dedicated member of the Prince Thomas De Savoy Italian Club in Avon. Beacha was a fabulous cook and an accomplished seamstress. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Marta Frattini of Auburn, WA, her four grandchildren, Tracey Logan and her husband Brian, Joe Tribuzio and his wife Debbie, Tammy Frattini and Keri Frattini and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Phyllis M. Tribuzio, her brother, Enio Bernabucci and her sister, Lena Bernabucci. Graveside Funeral Services will be held Thursday (Oct. 8) at 10:30am in St. Ann Cemetery, Arch Rd., Avon. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Scholarship Fund at the Prince Thomas De Savoy Italian Club, 32 Old Farms Road, Avon, CT 06001. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.