Archive for 2010

Godiksen, John

John Godiksen, 54, of Unionville, died on Friday, December 31st surrounded by his loving family. Born on December 27th, 1956, he was the beloved husband of Debra (Dondero) Godiksen and son of W. Howard Sr. and the late Ruth (Dorsey) Godiksen. He graduated from Simsbury High School and Technical Careers Institute in Windsor where he received the Director’s Award for academic achievements. John was well known and respected in his field of industrial sales. He was employed as Senior Sales Engineer for Advanced Power Services in Plainville and had previously worked at Rotondo Precast in Avon, as Sales Engineer and in various positions for many years at Cummins-Connecticut in Hartford. He is survived by his loving wife, father, three brothers, William H. Godiksen Jr., and his wife Kristin of Simsbury, Robert Godiksen and his wife Mary Kay of Westbrook, David Godiksen and his wife Kristina of Chuluota, FL, two sisters Kathleen Godiksen of Milford, Jane Dahle and her husband Ronald of Farmington, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Cheryl and Ernie Massmann of Cincinnatus, NY and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Jan. 6) from 4:00-6:00pm. A Prayer Service will be held Friday (Jan. 7) at 11:30am in The Ahern Funeral Home followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington, CT 06032.

Mysliwiec, John

John Joseph Mysliwiec, 51, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 31, 2010. He was the loving husband of Pia Mysliwiec, the gentle and patient father of his five children, and the son of the late Joseph and Ruth Mysliwiec. John went to St. Thomas Aquinas High School in New Britain, and graduated with an Accounting Degree from Central Connecticut State University. He worked for Aetna for 20 years, and later was president and CFO of his own real estate company in Glastonbury. He was a loving and very faithful Roman Catholic, who dedicated all of his free time to his family and home. He enjoyed canoeing and spending special time with his children in the summer, and the daily tasks of fatherhood, such as homework late into the night, or watching his son’s crew races or his daughter performing on stage, reading and playing with Charlotte, and sitting down for family meals and prayers every night. He completely supported and guided the family and will be so unbelievably missed. He leaves his loving wife, Pia Mysliwiec, and his five children, Christian, Miles, Simon, Emmeline and Charlotte, of whom he was so proud of their accomplishments, their faith, and love and affection for one another. He also leaves his four siblings and their spouses and children, Susan and her husband James Pentalow of Mooresville, North Carolina, and their children, Jennifer (and her fiancé Vincent of Montclaire, New Jersey), Gabriella and James; James Mysliwiec and his wife Susan of New Britain, and their children, Melinda and her husband Adam Rembisz, Shane and Amanda; Kathy Mercak and her husband James of Tequista, Fla., and their children, Jason and Melissa, also a dear goddaughter to John; and his younger brother, William Mysliwiec of Plainfield, New Jersey, of whom he had dear memories growing up with. In addition to his siblings, he leaves Pia’s close relatives, including his wonderful and thoughtful mother-in-law, Gina Tarascio of Newington; his brother-in-law, Joseph Tarascio and his wife Norma of Florida; his sister-in-law, Anna Accaputo of Glastonbury, and her children, Max, and Giorgiana Hunt and her husband Michael, and their children, Michael, Michela, Michon and Malia; his brother-in-law, Dario Tarascio of Rocky Hill, and his wife, Licia, and their children, Gina, and Carmelo and his wife, Tanya, and their children, Anthony and Savannah. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Tuesday (Jan. 4) from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Wednesday (Jan. 5) at 9:15am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., at 10:00am. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Memorial donations in John’s honor can be sent to the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.

Roman, John

John A. Roman, 83, of Unionville, beloved husband of Sophie (Parylak) Roman, passed away peacefully Saturday, December 26th. Born in Unionville, August 19th, 1926, son of the late Andrew and Mary (Dlubac) Roman, he resided in town his entire life. Prior to retiring, John was employed by Farmington Valley Fuel Co., for many years. He was a United States Army Air Corps. veteran of World War II. John was a lifetime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, where he also served as an usher, was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus Uncas Council #32, a former member of the Unionville Lions Club and the Slovak Catholic Sokol. Besides his wife of 60 years, he is survived by his daughter, Diane Mattson of Los Angeles, CA, his son, John M. Roman of Rockville, his son, Ronald Roman of Bristol and his daughter, Patricia (Roman) Bernier and her husband Philip of Terryville, and his five grandchildren, Heather, Laura, Wendy, William and Kelsey. He was predeceased by his brother, Michael Roman and his two sisters, Mary Chicos and Anne Prezch. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Dec. 30) from 11:00am – 12:30pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 12:30pm followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 1:00pm. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon.

Sponzo, Theresa

Theresa A. Sponzo passed away on December 25th at home in Farmington, Connecticut after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. The daughter of Thomas and Vincenzia Sponzo, Theresa was born in Hartford, Connecticut on July 9, 1929. She received her education at St. Joseph Cathedral School, Mount St. Joseph Academy and St. Joseph College, from which she graduated in 1951. She was an educator in the Hartford school system for 38 years, most of which she taught history at Hartford Public High School; although petite in stature, she was a powerhouse, respected by students and teachers alike. She enjoyed travelling with her family, and visited Italy over a dozen times. Theresa was a longtime resident of Farmington Woods and later the Gables of Farmington; she enjoyed the beautiful natural surroundings, lake and patio, where she and her sister Rose spent many enjoyable hours doing crossword puzzles. As her illness progressed, her electric wheelchair afforded her the mobility and independence that were an essential part of her personality. In addition to her sister Rose, Theresa is survived by her brother Deacon Michael T. Sponzo of Avon, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Dr. James Sponzo and Judge Maurice Sponzo, and three sisters, Philomena Sponzo, Jane Sponzo and Agnes DeLisa. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Main St. in Unionville on Wednesday morning from 10:30-11:30am. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 12 noon in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea followed by burial in the family plot at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Missionaries of the Poor, P.O. Box 29893 Atlanta, GA 30359. The funeral arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes Inc.

Riley, Ruth

Ruth H. Riley, R.N. of Marco Island, FL, formerly of Unionville, beloved wife of Joseph Donovan Riley died early on Christmas Day December 25th in Naples, FL. Born in Unionville on July 20, 1929, daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Miniter) Heafey, Ruth was a graduate of Farmington High School and The St. Francis School of Nursing. She was an excellent nurse and worked at the hospital as a private duty nurse and as a school nurse at King Phillip School in West Hartford until her marriage in 1960. During her married years, Ruth and her husband lived in New Jersey where Ruth joined The Gloucester County Visiting Nurses. When her husband was transferred to New York City she became a clinic nurse at Sloan Kettering Hospital, a position she greatly enjoyed. When Don retired from Mobil Oil they moved to Candlewood Lake in Brookfield, CT. Ruth loved her current events, the opera, and had a long fondness for New York City. Besides her husband, Ruth is survived by her sister, Clare Archer and her husband Robert of Unionville, her brother-in-law James Riley and his wife Marrlyn of Cape Cod, sister-in-law Geraldine Spence and her husband Gavin of Columbus, GA, cousins Claire White of Unionville, Mary Maynard of Montgomery, AL, Annette White of Rocky Hill, CT, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Elinor O’Brien. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home 111 Main St. Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday, (Dec. 31) from 9-10:30 a.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday at 10:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery Avon.

Farnham, Henry

Henry C. “Hank” Farnham Sr., 72, of Unionville, passed away suddenly on Dec. 23. Born in Hartford, CT son of the late Henry E. Farnham and Catherine (English) Farnham Stutz, he resided in Unionville all of his life. Hank was a machinist by trade for many area shops and was an avid fisherman, hunter, and outdoorsman. He was a United States Navy veteran. He is survived by four children: Lorraine Dlubac of Bristol, Henry Cecil Farnham Jr. of Unionville, Georgina Grice of Bristol, and Tracey Stahl of Salem, NY, one sister, Patricia Wilusz of Burlington, two brothers: William Farnham of Plainville and Joseph Farnham of Unionville, his stepfather, George R. Stutz of Unionville, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held Thursday at 12:30pm in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St. Rt. 4, Unionville, followed by burial with full military honors at Hillside Cemetery, East Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tunxis Hose Co. #1, PO Box 215, Unionville, CT 06085.

Norris, Jameson Patrick “JP”

Jameson Patrick “JP” Norris of Farmington died on December 20, 2010. Born in Mansfield, Atlanta GA, raised in Farmington, CT. He was the loving son of William Patrick Norris Jr & Denyse Norris. He was an amazing brother to Whitney Norris, Michael, Jennifer, Matthew, Christin, & Daniel Gorden. Devoted and loving Uncle to Emerson & Margaret. JP worked at Clark Landscaping as Tom’s right hand man, where he aspired to be a future part owner. He attended Farmington High School and the Academy at Swift River. He believed in making his own path in life, standing on his own two feet, and that hard work was good for the soul. JP has an enormous passion for life and loved nothing more than being with friends and family. He would give you the shirt off his back in a snow storm. JP had a heart of gold, a smile that could melt your heart and always make you laugh. Only the good die young and JP was one of the best friends, brothers, Uncles, and son anyone one of us could have had the privilege of knowing. Just to have him in our lives and to have known him made each of us a better person. The celebration of JP’s life will be on Sunday, December 26th, from 1-4 p.m. at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St. Rt. 4, Unionville. Those attending are asked to please wear green in honor of “JP.”

Muller, Lois

Lois E. (Pfau) Muller departed quietly from life with her family at her side on December 18, 2010. She was born in Hartford on December 24, 1930 to Carl and Elsie Pfau. She leaves behind her beloved husband and friend, Russell J. Muller, her daughter and best friend Kimberly and son-in law, David Farrington of Old Saybrook. She will be greatly missed by all of her family including, her beloved sister, Elna Hunter of Harpswell, ME, her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Sandra and Sivert Jacobson of Bristol and brother-in-law, Douglas Muller, Sr. of Crestwood, KY, twelve nieces and nephews, eleven great-nieces and nephews and ten great-great nieces and nephews. Lois spent her early childhood in her father’s business, Pfau’s Hardware of West Hartford. After graduating from William Hall High School in 1948 and Cambridge Secretarial School, she went to work full time in the store, later developing and managing the housewares expansion. Upon the death of her father in 1955, she became the Treasurer of the corporation. She was named President upon the death of her mother in 1989, serving in that capacity until 1998. She remained active in the business until her death. She was a longtime member of the First Church of Christ, Unionville, where she served twice as Secretary and on many other committees. She was a member of the West Hartford Junior Women’s Club and was made an honorary member of the Farmington Junior Women’s Club for her work in the Club’s formation. She volunteered at the Oakhill School for the Blind and for Meals on Wheels, served as a troop leader to the Connecticut Yankee Council, Girl Scout Troop # 126 in Unionville and was a charter member of the Nutmeg State Orchid Society. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Sunday, (January 2, 2011) at 2 p.m. at the First Church of Christ in Unionville with the Reverend Wendy Sue Kissa officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Church of Christ, 61 Main Street, Unionville CT 06085. Funeral arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes Inc.

Lomnicky, Kayleigh

On Saturday, December 18, 2010 Kayleigh Marie Lomnicky, 12, dearly loved daughter of Timothy P. Lomnicky and the late Kimberly Lesieur Lomnicky received her angel wings and went to dance with Mommy. Kayleigh was born July 31, 1998 in Hartford and our beautiful little girl touched many lives and gave something to every life she touched. She lived her life to the fullest and made the most of every opportunity. She loved to dance and was a member of the Stepping Out Dance Studio of Thomaston since the age of 4. She loved the cabin in Vermont, going to Franconia, NH and the beach. Make a Wish made an unforgettable trip to Disney possible and she drew in every minute of it. She loved her friends and most of all she loved her family and extended family. In addition to her Daddy, whom she adored and took very good care of she leaves her big brother Joshua who always watched over her, her little brother Jacob whom she mothered and her special four legged sidekick Gidget. Mourning the loss to this world are her grandparents Robert and Linnea Lomnicky and Ronald and Donna Lesieur, all of Burlington, CT; Her aunts Tammy Washburn, Nicole Lesieur, Jennifer Lesieur all of Burlington, CT and Stephanie Lomnicky of Miami, FL; Uncles Brian Lesieur and Steve Washburn of Burlington, CT, Ronald Lesieur of South Ryegate,VT and Robert Lomnicky of Miami, FL; Cousins Heather Washburn of Burlington, VT, Nathan Washburn and Jillian Lesieur of Burlington, CT; She also leaves a very large extended family all of whom loved her dearly. Special thanks to the Transplant Team of Boston Children’s Hospital for giving us twelve precious years with a beautiful child. Please consider organ donation. Kayleigh’s family wishes to thank everyone for their love and generosity. There has been such an outpour of help and donations it is impossible to name everyone but it is all greatly appreciated. Thank you to all in the Region 10 schools, you have been wonderfully supportive. The bright smile that lit up the room will be sadly missed. All the smiles and laughs are in our memories and you will be here forever in our hearts. Her memorial service will be held at the Burlington Congregational Church, Rt. 4, Burlington on December 28, 2010 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Wendell Taylor officiating. In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to Boston Children’s Heart Foundation, Boston, MA or Make a Wish Foundation of CT, Trumbull, CT. The funeral arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes Inc.

Zweigle, Michael

Michael Andrew Zweigle, 19, of Farmington died tragically on Dec. 17, 2010. Born in Hartford, CT July 11, 1991, beloved son of Lyle W. and Christine (Cole) Zweigle of Farmington, Mike was employed at the Ski and Sun Company, and enjoyed skateboarding and snowboarding. Besides his parents he is survived by his brother David M. Zweigle of Farmington, his sister Kristin B. Zweigle, Farmington, his maternal grandmother, Marion A. Brandow and her husband Donald of Selkirk, NY, his paternal grandmother, Betty J. Bailey and her husband William of Middle Haddam, CT, his paternal grandfather Charles E. Zweigle of Colby, KS, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and his girlfriend Melinda L. Phommalinh of Farmington. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home 111 Main St. Rt. 4 Unionville on Tuesday (Dec. 21) from 4-8 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea Main St. Unionville, followed by burial at St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation 6520 North Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309-2130 or to St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Bidwell Square, Unionville.

Nogiec, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Ann (Petersen) Nogiec, 66, of Plainville passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. Born in Bristol, CT on Jan. 30, 1944, daughter of the late Richard and Lillie May (Parsons) Petersen, she is survived by her children, Michael Davenport of Port St. Lucie, FL, Jean Bennett and her husband Everett of Collinsville, Greg Nogiec and his wife Kate of Burlington, three sisters, Diane Royko of Burlington, Lois Monroe of Tucson, AZ and Ann McDonald of Jacksonville, FL, two brothers, Ernest Petersen of New Britain and Arthur Petersen of Tacoma, WA, five grandchildren, Samantha Nogiec, Katie Greeley, Timothy Davenport, Amber Nogiec, and Robert Bennett, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The Memorial Funeral Service will be held Thursday, Dec. 30th at 10am in The Ahern Funeral Home 111 Main St. Rt. 4 Unionville with the Rev. Wendell Taylor officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard St. Alexandria, VA 22311.

Dudecz, Stella

Stella Dudecz, 92, of Farmington, passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 15th. Born in Hartford, July 31st, 1917, daughter of the late Samuel and Tessie (Kudnick) Dudecz. Prior to retiring, she was employed at Veeder-Root Company and Pratt and Whitney for many years. Stella travelled extensively with her sister Anna. She is survived by her two brothers, Joseph Dudecz and Stephen Dudecz both of Farmington, her niece, Kristine D. Green and her husband Gary D. Green Jr., of Farmington, her nephew, Stephen W. Dudecz and his wife Julie of Simi Valley, CA, her great nephews and nieces, Andrew and Matthew Green and Katelyn and Kylee Dudecz. She was predeceased by her two sisters, Caroline Dudecz and Anna Dudecz, her brother, William Dudecz and her sister-in-law, Adrienne (Cowles) Dudecz. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Farmington Valley VNA, Companions and Homemakers, and the staff at Amberwoods for the care given to Stella. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Dec. 17) from 5:00-7:00pm. Funeral services will be held Friday (Dec. 18) at 10:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, Southern New England Region, 825 Brook St., 1-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

McCallum, Robert

Robert B. McCallum, passed away peacefully at Hartford Hospital Tuesday morning, December 14th. He was born in Hartford, on September 21, 1935 to Henry and Edith McCallum. He is survived by his wife Janet of Avon, his son Michael McCallum of Farmington, and daughter Amy Bailey of Unionville as well as five grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Donald McCallum of Burlington, Malcolm McCallum of Vancouver BC, and a sister Marjorie Smith of Portland, OR. He also leaves several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother Douglas McCallum. Robert ran McCallum Motor Supply Company with his father and his brother, as well as running Roy Auto Parts in Willimantic, for many years. He was a graduate of the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance, Kettering University, and The Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford. He enjoyed road trips, spending time with his family and long walks with his wife. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday, December 18 from 2:00- 4:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Salvation Army, 855 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.

Lee, Pi

Pi Lee, 88, of Hartford, husband of Nyunt Yee, died Monday December 13th at Hartford Hospital. He was born July 13th, 1922 in Burma. A Baptist by upbringing, Pi Lee was a farmer in Burma before being displaced with many Karen people in a United Nations Refugee camp in Thailand. He moved to Hartford two and a half years ago and attended the Central Baptist Church in Hartford. Besides his wife, he is survived by his three daughters and one son. Funeral services will be held Saturday (Dec. 18) at 10:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford.

Chasse, Roger

Roger G. Chasse, 61, of Hartford, passed away Monday, December 13th, 2010. Born in Madawaska, ME on September 27, 1949 son of Aline (Lavertue) Chasse and the late Lawrence Chasse. Besides his mother, he is survived by his three children, Amy Reynolds, Jessica Bettie and Jason Chasse all of Vermont, his sister, Muriel Guillemette, two brothers Lwellyn “Pete” Chasse and Lawrence Chasse Jr. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday (Jan. 15) at 11:00am in St. Brigid Church, 1088 New Britain Ave., West Hartford.