Archive for February 2010

Boutwell, John

John L. Boutwell, 73, of Farmington , passed away at home with his family by his side on Thursday February 25, 2010. Raised in New Hampshire John became a long time resident of Connecticut. He was an employee at UConn Health Center for over 20 years. He is survived by his wife Helen, his son John and his wife Judy, his daughter Debra, two grandchildren, Jeffrey and Samantha, his brother, Raymond Boutwell, three sisters, Carolyn Pockett, Charlotte Galbrath and Jeannette Olivio. He was predeceased in death by his sister, Darlene Taylor. John was dearly loved and will be missed by all. Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Lorton, Martha

Martha Ann Lorton, passed away after a long illness on Wednesday,February 24, 2010 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Born in Milford ,October 24,1936,daughter of the late Carl and Martha(Sattig) Williams. She is survived by her daughters; Cynthia Bruneau Regragui of Astoria,N.Y. and Renee Bruneau Corriveau of St. Agatha, ME, her sisters; Denise Gustafson of Bristol and Carla Williams of Meriden, her brothers; Ron Williams of ME, Russell Williams of Kentucky, Ed Williams of CA and Charles Williams of Branford. She was predeceased by her son, Emil Bruneau and daughter Martha (Marti) Lorton. She was a hair stylist at Man’s World in Watertown, CT. She made many friends through out her life time and was a wonderful giving and caring person to all who knew her. She especially treasured her Cruising Days. A memorial service will be held on Friday , March 5 at 12:00 noon at the Shrine at Lourdes, Rt.118, Litchfield ,CT. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shrine at Lourdes, P.O. Box 667, Litchfield, CT 06759-0667. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Ennis, Claire

Claire (Cloutier) Ennis, 78, of Farmington, beloved wife of Thomas Ennis, died peacefully on Sunday, February 21st at John Dempsey Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Emile and Jean Cloutier. Family was her whole life’s pleasure. She leaves her two daughters, Cora Ennis of Plainville, LeeAnn Barrieau and her husband Paul of Farmington. She also leaves her two grandsons who she adored, David Barrieau and his wife Kelle of Bristol and Daniel Barrieau of Farmington. Her family of one brother, Norman Cloutier and her sisters, Cecile DiDonato, Lorraine DeGostin, Irene Dagneau, Beatrice Puchalski and Doris Brown, and many nieces and nephews will all miss the love she gave them. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Feb. 25) from 5:00-7:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Friday (Feb. 26) at 11:00am in the Church of St. Gregory, 235 Maltby St., Bristol. There will be a private burial held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in her memory to the Diabetes Association, 300 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT 06450.

Hriceniak, John

John Hriceniak, (Papa John), 77, of Farmington, husband of the late Dr. Judith Hriceniak, departed this life on February 21, 2010 after a long and courageous battle with prostate cancer. Born in Terryville on April 28, 1932 he was the son of the late Peter and Anna (Wolosyn) Hriceniak. An avid UConn basketball and Boston Red Sox fan, John resided in Terryville most of his life before moving to Farmington 14 years ago where he made his home with his daughter and grandsons. He was a graduate of Terryville High School and E.C. Goodwin Technical School and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War working as an ammunition specialist. A kind and gentle man, John worked as an independent building contractor from 1957-1964 at which time he established his reputation as a master craftsman for which he was well known and respected. John began his 30 year career at Bristol Hospital in 1966 working his way from carpenter to maintenance /construction supervisor in 1989 before retiring in 1997. Following his retirement John enjoyed “tinkering around the house” which usually resulted in a major construction project, vacations in Newport, Rhode Island and spending time with his long time companion, Virginia Krajewski of Harwinton. John was predeceased by his wife Judith of 40 years, his daughter Kara and his sisters Tillie Castiola and Amelia Hriceniak. John is survived by his daughter Kim, his grandchildren Kevin and Kristopher Picard of Farmington and Marissa Picard of Newington and his sister Mary Fomenko of Farmington in addition to several nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff of Bristol Hospital Cancer Center and Intensive Care Unit for all of their support and excellent care that was provided to John and his family over the past year and a half. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Feb. 24) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral services will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home on Thursday (Feb. 25) at 11:30 am. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Cyril Cemetery, Terryville in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Nurses Foundation, 377 Research Parkway, Suite 2D, Meriden, CT 06450 to benefit the annual Judith Hriceniak Walk.

Needham, Olive

Olive V. “Polly” Needham, 83, of Farmington, widow of Ernest N. Needham, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 21st. Born in Hartford, July 21st, 1926, daughter of the late Adam A. and Dolores (Bulley) Vaine. Prior to retiring, she was the Cafeteria Manager at Bloomfield Junior High School. Polly was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Collinsville and more recently the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington. She is survived by her four children, Rollin H. Needham of Bristol, Carol N. Cassidy of Torrington, John A. Needham of Torrington, and Paul A. Needham of Torrington, her sister Lorraine Douglass of Farmington, ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sister Genevieve Knowles and her brother Archie Vaine. Friends may call at the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington on Wednesday (Feb. 24) from 9:30-11:00am. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated in the Church of St. Patrick at 11:00am followed by burial in the family plot at Mt. View Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The House of Bread, 1453 Main St., Hartford, CT 06120. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Dambrov, Judith

Judith Kellin Dambrov, beloved mother, died peacefully on Friday, February 19, 2010, after a long illness. Her immediate family was by her side. Born in Hartford, daughter of the late Samuel and Sophie (Botuck) Kellin, she was a long-time resident of the Hartford area. Judy attended Conard High School and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut. A passionate artist and designer, she engaged in many professions, including management of Warner & Bailey Co., a men’s store owned by her family, as well as real estate sales, kitchen design, furniture decoration, and fine art production. She was a kind and generous person who loved entertaining and spending time with both family and friends. She will forever be loved and missed by those who knew her. She is survived by her two sons, Adam M. Dambrov, of Chappaqua, New York, and Matthew E. Dambrov, of San Francisco, California, and two grandchildren, Takuma Samuel Dambrov and Hanae Sophia Dambrov. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, February 24, 2010, at 11 a.m. in The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Avenue in Hartford. The family will receive visitors at Judy’s residence, 122 Dover Road in West Hartford, following the service until 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 or Jewish Family Services, 333 Bloomfield Ave., Suite A, West Hartford, CT 06117.

Nolan, Patricia

Patricia Margaret Flynn Nolan was born on St. Patrick’s Day in 1926. She grew up in the town of Unionville, a borough of Farmington, on her parent’s farm. She attended Union School and graduated from Farmington High School. She went on to work for the Hartford Electric Light Company where she met and married her husband of 56 years, Tom Nolan. Together they settled in Unionville and raised five children. Pat, to her family and friends, was a devoted mother and wife who enjoyed winters in Florida with Tom and her brother Joe after the kids were grown. Pat spent the great majority of her life in the little town she grew up in and loved. Pat is survived by her loving children, Bill Nolan, Kathleen Lindsey, Mary D’Andrea, and Tom Nolan. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and her two sisters, Marian Crowe and Eileen Fradette. She is predeceased by her husband Tom and son Dennis. Relatives and friends may call at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Feb. 20) from 11:00 – 11:30am. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated in the Church of St. Mary at 11:30 am. At the request of the family, please no flowers. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Wells, Grace

Grace Lorretta Osden Wells, of Farmington, born December 25, 1931, has passed through the gates of heaven Tuesda (February 16, 2010) to be with her parents Albert and Lorretta Osden. Grace was a member of the Congregational Church of Plainville for 71 years where she was involved in bell ringing and was a choir member. She was an avid bowler for many years which she enjoyed very much. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years George H. Wells Sr., of Farmington, two sons, George H. Wells Jr., and his wife Linda of Chaplin and Gary K. Wells and his wife Lori of Barton, VT, her sister Bertha Dickman of Forestville, seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, whom she loved very much, and many nieces and nephews. May she be welcomed into heaven with open arms and all our blessings. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday, Feb. 19 from 5-8 pm. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 20 at 10 am in The Ahern Funeral Home, with Pastor Chris Horvath officiating. Burial will be in the family plot at Pine Grove Cemetery, Pine Meadow in the spring.

Fetzer, Jenine

Jenine M. Fetzer, 94, formerly of Avon, widow of Frederick J. Fetzer, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 14th. Born in Hartford, November 5th, 1915, daughter of the late Valentine and Constance (Gajewski) Tekoske. She is survived by her two sons and Gary F. Fetzer and his wife and Susan H. of Plainville and Alan K. Fetzer of Agoura Hills, CA, four grandchildren, Eric Fetzer and his wife Renata of Plainville, Jessica Fetzer of Bristol, Alexander Fetzer of California and Paloma Fetzer of Mexico City and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Smith, Robert

Robert D. Smith of Avon, passed away Sunday, (February 14, 2010) at the age of 79. He was born August 6, 1930, in Avon, CT, to the late Conway and Hazel (Knibbs) Smith. He lived most of his life in Avon. Bob was a Gunnery Sergeant in the National Guard, with the 745th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Battery ‘B’ out of West Hartford, Connecticut during the Korean Conflict. In 1952, he married Lorraine Theresa Benoit of Charlton, MA. They were devoted to each other and lived in Avon most of their married life until her death in May of 1989. Bob left us and joined Lorraine on Valentine’s Day. As a machinist, welder and metallurgist, Bob worked at several places in the Farmington Valley area throughout his life. He was employed at Charles W. House & Sons, in Unionville for many years, and had been a distributor for Oilzum Oil Products. He enjoyed helping people in the community utilizing his many skills in various trades. As a member of the Smith family, he worked long hours on the family farm in Avon and continued to help out when and how he could after the death of his much loved uncle, Max Smith. Robert is survived by his children, Laura Cavallari and her husband Robert of Deering, NH, Karen Coyle and her husband Darren of Columbia, CT, and Robert C. Smith and his wife Samantha of Burbank, CA. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Matthew Cavallari of Bellevue, WA, Benjamin Cavallari of Burlington, VT, Bryce, Catherine and Carrie Coyle of Columbia, CT, and Zane Smith of Burbank, CA. Bob also leaves his loving siblings, Walter Smith and his wife Lorraine, of South Glastonbury, CT, Barbara Marsh and her husband Paul of Tucson, AZ, James Smith of New Britain, CT. and their children. He was predeceased by his grandsons, Gabriel Cavallari and Ian Coyle. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday, February 20, from 12:30-2 p.m. followed by a Prayer Service in The Ahern Funeral Home at 2 p.m. with Rev. Wendall Taylor officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Avon Senior Center, 635 West Avon Rd., Avon, CT 06001, where he enjoyed good food and wonderful company.

Gray, James

James “Jamie” Forbes Gray, died peacefully Wednesday, February 10th. The third child of Mary and John Gray, he was born in Hartford on August 23rd, 1950. Jamie was a United States Marine veteran having served during the Vietnam War. He worked as a window washer and an attendant at S&S Shell Station in Hartford. He was a hair dresser at salons in both Hartford and Cromwell, and then worked at Hamilton Standard in Windsor Locks until his motorcycle accident 27 years ago. Jamie belonged to the League of Mary at St. Joseph Church. Jamie had a great sense of humor and loved jazz. He is survived by three sisters and two brothers: Jackalyn “Jackie” Gray / predeceased by J. Joseph “Joe” Smith Jr., of Farmington / Unionville; Geraldine “Gerri” Wrege and her husband Ron of New London; Christopher “Chris” Gray of Cromwell; John “Johnny” Gray and his wife Lynn of California; Catherine “Katie” Gray of Windsor. Uncle Jamie is also survived by his nephew and six nieces and their children: David DeRocher II and his wife Lisa Lee/ son Stephen; Lisa Hudson and Mike Phelps/ daughters Casey Hudson and Hannah Phelps; Laura Sousa and her husband Tony/ sons Austin and Ryan; Christie Connolly and Tom/ daughter and son Ashley and Chase Pierce; Jennie Shen and husband Wayne/ daughter Kaitlynn and sons Cameron and Parker; Jamie’s Goddaughter Michelle Vander Sloot and husband Kevin/ sons Tyler and Austin and daughter Hayden; Nicole Gray. Please join the family to celebrate Jamie’s life at 10:00am on Friday (Feb. 19) in St. Joseph Church, 48 Middlesex Ave., Chester. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Beacon Hospice, 12 Roosevelt St., Mystic, CT 06035. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Perrault, Donald

Donald P. Perrault Sr., of Unionville, passed away on February 7, 2010. He was born on October 22, 1924 in Biddeford, Maine to the late Sinai and Mabel Perrault. He lived most of his life in Hartford, moving in 1972 to Unionville, Connecticut. Donald was a World War II veteran, and while serving as a radioman in the Navy, survived three airplane crashes. He was honorably discharged in 1946. In 1948, he married Agnes Griffin of Hartford, with whom he would share his life for the next 61 years. Don joined the Hartford Fire Department in September of 1952 and rose to the rank of captain and deputy fire marshal, retiring in September 1984 after 32 years of service. He then worked as deputy fire marshal for the town of Avon CT and retired from that position in 1988. Donald is survived by one daughter: Marta Perrault of West Hartford; three sons: Donald Jr. and Ann Perrault of Farmington and their children Donald III, Jennifer, and Stephan; Christopher Perrault of Winsted and his sons Christopher Jr. and Justin; Terence and Laura Perrault of Harwinton and their children Camille and Griffin; one brother, Charles Perrault of Atlanta, GA and many nieces and nephews. Donald “dandy don” Perrault went wherever life took him, without complaint or regret. His gentle nature, quick wit and one-liners will always be remembered. We are truly grateful for having Don in our lives. Donald joins his beloved wife Agnes who passed away in March 2009. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday, February 10 from 4 pm to 8 pm. Funeral procession from the Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday February 11th at 9:15am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Main St., Unionville at 10 am. A private family burial will be held at another date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Oak Hill School for the Blind, 120 Holcomb St., Hartford, CT 06112-1529 or the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Ave., Meriden, CT 06450-4851. Dad we love you, and will miss you, and you are now at rest with mom,..Goodbye!

Shelton, James

James Douglas Shelton, died on February 6, 2010 in West Hartford from brain cancer. He was born in Boynton Beach, Florida, on February 28, 1939. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Claudia Marshall Shelton, who is a Executive Coach and Author of Blind Spots and resides in West Hartford. He is also survived by his sons, Christopher John Shelton who is a Financial Analyst and resides in New York City, NY and Ryan Marshall Shelton who is a Restaurant Manager and resides in Carrboro, NC. His brothers, C. William Shelton, a retired clergyman in the Cincinnati, OH area, and Samuel T. Shelton, A Professor AT Troy University in AL. He was predeceased by his parents, Lou Anna Ward Shelton (1906-1984) of Boynton Beach, Florida and Clarence W. Shelton (1910-2004) of Hopkinsville, KY. James D. Shelton was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association of East Hartford from 1988-2001. He was also the Chairman of the First Federal Board of Directors from 1991-2001. During his leadership, First Federal tripled its asset size and was an advocate for community banking. Prior to joining First Federal, Mr. Shelton was a Senior Vice President of the Connecticut Bank and Trust Company (1984-88), a Vice President of the Chase Manhattan Bank (1971-84), an Assistant Treasurer of the Bankers Trust Company (1968-71), the Associate Director of the Metropolitan Urban Service Training Facility (1966-1968), and a minister of the East Harlem Protestant Parish (1965-66). At CBT, he managed private banking and community banking regions. During his career at Chase, he implemented a major acquisition, managed a community banking region, developed international consumer banking, planned the national expansion of retail banking, and designed the reorganization of the operations department. At Bankers Trust he ran management and organization development programs, at MUST he ran programs on metropolitan social issues, and at EHPP he ran youth education programs. Mr. Shelton’s education included postgraduate business courses at Stanford University (1975), Harvard University (1973), New York University (1972), and the Institute of Applied Behavioral Sciences (1970). He earned masters degrees from Boston University (1966 in counseling psychology) and Union Theological Seminary (1965 in social ethics), and a bachelors degree from Duke University (1961 in history). He graduated from Seacrest High School (1957) in Florida as president of the senior class and gave the class valectory address at the graduation ceremony. Mr. Shelton’s other involvements included being Chairman of the Connecticut On-Line Computer Center (director 1989-2001, chair 1995-2001) and Chairman of the Community Bank League of New England (director 1989-96, chair 1994-95). He was a director on the boards of America’s Community Bankers (1995-2001), the New England Automated Clearing House Association (1993-98), Riverfront Recapture Inc. (1994-98), the Science Center of Connecticut (1988-94), Junior Achievement of North Central Connecticut (1986-90), the Nassau County Fine Arts Museum (1983-84) and the Payments Systems Research Program (1979-80). He was a member of ACB’s Government Affairs Council (1988-2001) and Government Affairs Steering Committee (1998-2001) and chairman of its Electronic Banking Task Force (1997-99). He was a member of the Connecticut Legislature’s Interstate Banking Task Force (1989-90) and a corporator of the American School for the Deaf (1986-2002). He was a member of The Twentieth Century Club (1988-1997) and of Rotary International (1989-2002). After retirement, Mr. Shelton was a director of the Charter Oak State College Foundation (2004 to now), (Investment Committee Chair) and a trustee of the Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society (2005 to now) (Finance Committee Chair). He was also a member of the Country Club of Farmington (2002 to now) and the Old Guard of West Hartford (2004 to now). Mr. Shelton was selected to Who’s Who in America (2002-2009), Who’s Who in the East (1990-2007), and Who’s Who in Finance and Business (1992-2010). A Memorial Service will be held Saturday (Feb. 13) at 11a.m. in the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 12 South Main Street, West Hartford. Memorial donations may be made to the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research at The Jimmy V Foundation’s cause combines James’ admiration for Duke Basketball Coach Michael Krzyzewski who is on the bard, and James’ desire to help fight cancer. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc

Bonneau, William

William M. Bonneau, 88, of Hartford, loving husband of Rachel (Gagne) Bonneau who passed away in 1997, peacefully passed away on February 4, 2010 at Kimberley Hall Nursing Home surrounded by loving and caring staff. Bill was born is Augusta, Maine on July 20, 1921. He is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He joined the army and was stationed in Hawaii when Japan attacked. Whenever he read newspaper clippings from Pearl Harbor he always said it was a day he would never forget. After returning home he got married and moved to Connecticut, living in Windsor and finally settling in Hartford. He worked for Hanson-Whitney Company for over forty years. He was a longtime loyal and faithful fan of the Boston Red Sox, he lived to see the Red Sox win two world series. Bill and Rachel never had any children. They are survived by many nieces and nephews. A Graveside Service will be held Thursday (Feb. 18) at 11:30am in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Masonicare Annual Appeal, c/o The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492 Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Waterman, Ralph II

Ralph E. Waterman II, 70, of Newington, passed away tragically February, 3rd in a house fire. Born in Hartford, August 13th, 1939, son of the late Ralph E. and Mildred (Sliva) Waterman. He is survived by his uncle James Waterman and his wife Gloria of Farmington and many cousins. Graveside services will be private. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.