Archive for November 2009

Porter, Elizabeth Jean

Elizabeth Jean Porter, 49, of Farmington, passed away peacefully Monday, November 30th. Born in Watertown, May 23rd, 1960, daughter of the late Joseph B. and Rita (Leavitt) Porter. She is survived by her brother, Michael Porter of Somerset, NJ, her sisters, Rosemary Smithyman of Shreveport, LA, and Terri Porter of Kansas City, MO, and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville TODAY from 9:00-10:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main Street, Farmington at 11:00am. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Arc of Farmington Valley (FAVARH), 225 Commerce Drive, Canton, CT 06019,

Miller, Edith

Loving grandmother passes, Edith Estelle (Ketchum) Miller, died Tuesday, November 24, 2009, age 102. Predeceased by her infant daughter Glena (1928), her first husband, Glen B. Collier (1941), her loving husband of 52 years Clarence F. Miller (Pete, 1996), her son Lester C. Collier (1999), her grandson David F. Collier (2004), her daughter-in-law Elaine King Collier (2005), and all her 5 brothers and 5 sisters (1967 – 2006). She is survived by her son Donald R. Collier of Unionville, her daughter-in-law Elaine Collier of Vero Beach, FL, several foster children, 12 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, many great great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews. Born April 13, 1907 in West Webster, NY. She and Glen were married in 1924 and farmed in Williamson, Wayne Co, NY, where Lester, Don and Glena were born. After Glen died, Edith married Clarence and in 1946 she and Clarence moved to Unionville. Edith became a member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational in 1960. She was a charter member of the Tunxis Senior Citizens and fully enjoyed club activities for many years. Her youthful, cheerful spirit and love for children led her to raise many foster children and to become a beloved grandmother. Her smile and playful sense of humor enriched the lives of all who knew her. Genuine appreciation and thanks are extended to those who cared her during her last years and the final days. A Graveside Memorial Service will be held Saturday (Dec. 12) at 11:00 in Greenwood Cemetery, Avon followed by a gathering at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, Unionville in the Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Toys for Tots by dropping a new unwrapped toy in any drop box or contributions may be mailed to the Dr. Edward P. Dunne Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 625 Unionville, CT 06085. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Marino, Guido

Guido J. Marino, 90, of Farmington, beloved husband of Elizabeth (Wood) Marino, passed away peacefully Sunday, November 22nd. Born in New Britain, April 4th, 1919, son of the late Tullio and Celerina (Berardi) Marino, Guido attended New Britain Schools for his entire education. His football career began at New Britain High School, where he lettered in the sport for three years and was a starter on the 1938 undefeated team. He continued his football career and education at what was then called Teachers College of Connecticut, now Central Connecticut State University. During World War II, he was drafted into the military and spent the next three and a half years in the service as a Staff Sergeant. He returned to college in 1945 to complete his education and continue playing football. He accepted his first position at Canton High School as Varsity Coach and Athletic Director, winning the League football title in our third year with an undefeated team. He left Canton after four years to take a new position at Newington High School and introduced the school into Varsity competition. He had a career switch and accepted the challenging position of creating a work study program at Farmington High School. He was the Career Vocational Director at Farmington High School for 11 years, retiring in 1978. He was a life member of Unico and a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington where he served as a collector for 35 years. Besides his wife of 61 years, Guido is survived by his two children and their spouses, Michael J. and Marykay Marino of Farmington and Melinda M. and Paul Morrissette of Granby, his two brothers, John Magnesi of Newington and Joseph Marino and his wife Alice of New Britain, his four grandchildren, Shauna Marino, Seth Morrissette and his wife Erin, Heidi Toretto and her husband Matt, and Leigh Morrissette and several nieces and nephews including a special niece Lydia Moriarty. He was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Jean Marino Casey. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville TODAY from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Wednesday (Nov. 25) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, Main St., Farmington at 10:00am. Burial with full military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the CCSU Veterans Excellence Scholarship Fund, 1615 Stanley St., New Britain, CT 06050 or to the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032.

Phoenix, Arlene

Arlene Mary (Pittman) Phoenix, 81, passed away Saturday, November 21st at Countryside Manor of Bristol after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was a lifelong resident of Bristol. Arlene attended St. Joseph Grammar School and Bristol High School and was a founding member of St. Gregory Church. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Selina (Bird) Pittman. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 58 years, Donald E. Phoenix, Sr., her sister and best friend, Margaret Bachman, her brother, Joseph Pittman and her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Normand and Patricia Phoenix. Arlene was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother and will be dearly missed. She is survived by her six children and their spouses: Elaine Civitillo and her husband John Sr., of Unionville; Janice Phoenix and her husband Michael Sirkin of Fallbrook, CA; Robert Phoenix and his wife Frances of Burlington; Sharon Aukstolis and her husband Jamie of Bristol; Donald Phoenix Jr., and his wife Joelle of Petaluma, CA; and Thomas Phoenix of Bristol; her grandchildren: Alicia Civitillo and John Civitillo Jr., of Unionville; Benjamin Phoenix of Burlington; Stephanie Martin of Bristol; Xavier Phoenix and Ian Phoenix of Petaluma, CA; Katie Salvetti and her husband Dom of Burlington. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, George and Charlotte Pittman of Bristol; a sister-in-law, Renee MacKenzie of Southington; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bruce and Geraldine Phoenix of Palm Coast, FL; numerous nephews and nieces, including nephew Chris Bachman and his wife Deb of Bristol; niece Lisa Bachman and her husband Rene Boucher of Branford; and nephew Jay Phoenix of Bristol. Arlene was active in numerous community activities, including PTO member and Room Mother at Edgewood School, catechism teacher for St. Gregory Church and a volunteer worker at her local voting poll. She played an important role in the establishment of Barnes Nature Center in Bristol. Arlene’s family wishes to thank Bristol Hospital and the entire staff of Countryside Manor of Bristol for their compassion and wonderful care. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 9th, 2010 at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Arlene’s memory to either of these charities: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, PO Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780 or CT Children’s Medical Center Foundation, 282 Washington St., Hartford, CT 06106.

Pavelchak, Joseph

Joseph Pavelchak, 78, of Burlington, beloved husband of the late Arlene (Michaels) Pavelchak to whom he was married for 46 years, passed away Saturday, November 21st. Born in Bristol, May 29th, 1931 son of the late Joseph and Eva (Sedlak) Pavelchak. Prior to retiring, Joseph was a Tool and Die Maker at New Departure, Hyatt Division GM. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War, a member of the American Legion Post #2 in Bristol and a dedicated member of the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department for over 25 years. Joseph loved train trips, Florida, camping and most especially enjoyed being with his family. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jodee and Paul D. Albert of Branford, his sister, Mary Tyminski of Bristol and many dear nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brothers, John, Michael and William Pavelchak and his sisters, Helen Rudnick and Ann Wasyluk. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Burlington Volunteer Ambulance and Fire Department and the staff of the Hospice Program at Bristol Hospital for their compassionate care. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday (Nov. 25) at 3:00pm in Burlington Congregational Church, Rt. 4, Burlington with Rev. Wendall Taylor officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Burlington Ambulance Corps and Fire Department, P.O. Box 1285, Burlington, CT 06013. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Shaw, Anna

Anna C. Hebert Shaw, 92, of Edgewater, FL, formerly of Avon, widow of Albert Hebert and Howard Shaw, died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, November 21st. Born in Hartford on April 10th, 1917, daughter of the late Daniel and Rose (Barile) Cafarelli. Anna raised her six children in Avon and at their summer home in Bantam Lake. Anna was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She leaves behind five daughters and one son, Dianne Ahern and her husband David of Burlington, Kathy Ahern and her husband Edward of Torrington, Susan Schiefferle and her husband Daniel of West Norwalk, MaryJane Bannerman and her husband Bruce of Farmington and Debra Carrier and her husband Paul of Simsbury, and her son, Albert Hebert of Edgewater, FL. She also leaves 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother, Daniel Cafarelli and her sister, Marie Cafarelli. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (Dec. 5) at 11:00am in the Church of St. Ann, Arch Road, Avon followed by burial in the family plot at St. Ann Cemetery, Avon. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Rabis, William

William J. Rabis Jr., 49, died November 14, 2009 at Bristol Hospital. He was born in Southington, on June 29, 1960, he was the son of the late William J. Sr. and Anna Mae (Cormier) Rabis. He attended Bristol Eastern High School in the class of 1978. He worked for BWP Distribution for many years. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Deborah L. (Markie) Rabis; sons William J. Rabis III and Jason M. Rabis; daughters Kimberlee-Anne C. Rabis and Ashleigh M. Rabis; one grandchild Aubree M. Rabis; one sister Cheryl R. Staubley and her husband Bruce; three brothers Keith Carrier and his wife Cindy, Charles Carrier and his wife Diane, and Alcide Carrier; as well as many nieces and nephews who he loved dearly. He was a big New York Yankees and a Chicago Bears fan. He devoted many years to coaching various youth baseball teams. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Nov. 18) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday (Nov. 19) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Gregory, Maltby St., Bristol at 10:00am. Burial will be in Center Cemetery, Burlington.

Tiernan, Martina

Martina (Griffin) Tiernan, 91, of Farmington, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt passed away November 11, 2009 surrounded by her family at home. She was born in Holyoke MA, the daughter of Michael and Minerva (Blair) Griffin and was the last of their living children. She is predeceased by her husband, Raymond Tiernan and also by her oldest son Raymond Patrick Tiernan. She leaves behind her son James Tiernan of Stratford and daughter and son-in-law with whom she lived, Tina and Michael Delaney of Farmington, daughter-in-law Carole Tiernan of Palatka, Florida; three grandchildren, Che Tiernan of New Haven, James Tiernan and wife Christine of Iowa and Caitrin (Delaney) Blake and husband Christopher of Marlborough MA; three great grandchildren, Alexandra and Elizabeth Tiernan, and Cameron Elizabeth Blake as well as many other friends and family members. Martina was an amazing person. She loved and cherished her children and family most of all. She had a natural ability as an artist and enjoyed drawing and oil painting through out her life. She passed on a deep commitment to her children and their children to be advocates in the protection of the environment. She relished joining in a good song or story telling with friends and family. Martina worked at Skiorsky Aircraft for some time and was also an administrative assistant to the Dean of Students at Norwalk Community College. She retired from the State and moved with her husband to Springhill, Florida where they enjoyed many years of happiness together with other “Connecticut” transplants before moving back to Connecticut. The family would like to recognize the excellent and kind care given to Martina by the staff of John Dempsey Hospital, especially Dr. David Hager and Dr. Lyn Kosowicz. Family and friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Rt. 4 Unionville, Monday morning (Nov.16) from 9:00-10:00am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday at 10:00am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington at 10:30am. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Farmington Land Trust, PO Box 1 Farmington, CT 06032.

Cook, James

James Stephen Cook, Sr., 66, beloved husband of Elizabeth Cook passed away on Nov. 7, 2009 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was born on Jan 18, 1943, son of the late Josephine and Francis Cook. Jim was educated in Farmington and the University of Hartford. He was very interested in sports and participated in several, including football, baseball and sailing. He was an avid fan of the NY Yankees, NY Giants, UConn Football, and both UConn basketball teams. He was employed by Xerox for over 40 years; and he honorably served his country in Vietnam. He especially enjoyed spending time with his wife, Liz, his children Jennifer and husband Jeff, Rob, James and wife Richa and granddaughter Autumn Rose. He will also be missed by his brothers and sisters; Fran, Skippy, Sister Patty, Kathleen and Larry, sister-in-law, Marcie, and many other wonderful relatives and friends. He was a very special, very courageous and much loved person who cherished life. He loved the outdoors, gardening and trips to Disney World. He was recognized wherever he went by his trademark mustache. His family wishes to thank the kind and caring staff at the UConn Cancer Center and the Connecticut Hospice in Branford. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 28th at 1:00 PM in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville. In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations in Jim’s memory to the UConn Foundation, Inc., UConn Health Center Development Office, 10 Talcott Notch Road, Suite 100, Farmington, CT 06032 or the Connecticut Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405. Online condolences may be made at

Ross, Mildred

Mildred Estella Judd Ross, 95, widow of Harold P Ross, of Farmington Avenue, Unionville village in Farmington, passed to her eternal reward after a protracted decline on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, fulfilling her wish that she be able to remain at home. She was born on Easter, April 12, 1914 at home in the Sleepy Hollow locality of (West) Avon, the first child of Walter Horace and Florence Estella (Tilley) Judd. She attended the one-room Pine Grove School there until moving to her current home in Unionville in 1926 after the sale of her family’s ancestral farms for the building of Avon Old Farms School. Mildred graduated from Farmington High School, Class of 1932, and was an office clerk for Chas W House & Sons Inc, former Unionville felt manufacturers, until ceasing work outside of the home with the birth of her son. During WW II, she volunteered at the US Army’s Old Farms Convalescent Hospital, Avon, where she met Harold, a sergeant in the training division for blinded veterans. Focused on her family and church, Mildred was a dedicated member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, Unionville for 80 years, serving variously in the choir and as a Sunday school teacher, a member of the Frances Richards Club, a Trustee, and a director to the Tunxis Apartments Inc, the non-profit housing project founded and managed by the churches of the village. Her family is profoundly grateful for the loving attention Mildred received from her primary caregiver, Margaret Obeng, and her former homemaker, Marie Peichert, and for the professional compassion and kindness accorded her by Edward A Clerkin III MD, Scott Lindsay DPM, and Linda Merchant RN. Mildred is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Cynthia (Clement) Ross of Forestville; three grandchildren and their spouses: Matthew and Chalise (Nettleton) Ross of Unionville, Elissa and Sean Conroy of Manchester, and Krista and Benjamin Wagoner of Bristol; two great-grandsons, Nathaniel Ross and Braden Conroy; her sister, Arline (Judd) Olson of Farmington; her niece and god-daughter, Martha (Olson) Davis, and husband, delMonte, of Southampton, Bermuda; two nephews, Richard Judd of Indian Trail, NC, and Jed Carini and wife, Alison Friedkin, of Duxbury, VT; two grand-nieces and three grand-nephews, and dear extended family. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by their daughter, Eleanor; her siblings, Arnold W Judd Sr., and Thelma (Judd) Carini; and two nephews. Mildred’s memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 2PM at First Church of Christ, Congregational, Tunxis Square, Rte. 4, Unionville. Private interment will be at the convenience of the family in their plot at West Avon Cemetery, Avon. Her family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to one of Mildred’s interests: Memorial Fund, First Church of Christ, UCC, 61 Main Street, Unionville, CT 06085; Avon Historical Society, Re: Pine Grove Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 448, Avon, CT 06001; Greater Bristol VNA, 195 Maltby Street, Bristol, CT 06010; or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Home, Inc., 111 Main Street, Unionville.