Archive for April 2010

Mason, Elevun

Elevun S. Mason, a lifelong resident of Farmington, passed away Sunday, April 25th. He was born January 6th, 1917 to George and Haidee Mason. Elevun was employed by Davidson and Leventhal until his retirement in 1980. He was an accomplished tailor and pianist as well as being an avid gardener. He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Mason, his sister Lorena Higbie and his son-in-law Steven P. Wattman. He is survived by his son, Scott Mason and his life partner Anthony Salemme of Providence, RI, his daughter Lynn Wattman of Pine Meadow, his granddaughter Halley Wattman and her partner Fitzroy R. Lewis, his great grandsons Fitzroy S. Lewis and Trystin F. Lewis of New Britain. There are no calling hours. A graveside remembrance will be held for family and friends on Wednesday (Apr. 28) at 11:00am in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Day, Raymond Jr.

Raymond F. Day Jr., died tragically Sunday, April 25th. He was born in Hartford and lived most of his life in Unionville until he and his family moved to Florida. He attended Farmington High School and received his diploma from Hartford Technical Institute on January 4, 1991 as an Automobile Technician. Raymond liked to work on muscle cars and had many talents in most anything he chose to do. Family was always his first priority. Raymond is survived by his wife Gladys, his son Raymond Day III, his mother and step-father Yvette and Michael Koprusak of Unionville, his father and step-mother Raymond and Cindy Day Sr., of Collinsville, his two sisters, Christine Diorio of Unionville, and Darlene Daley of Las Vegas, NV, and his nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He will be joining the heavens with his brother-in-law Anthony Diorio who passed away April 7, 2010, his nana Kathleen Prentice and his grampa Ovila Aubert, whom he loved so much, and also his step grandma and grandpa Ida and Steve Koprusak. Burial will be held Thursday, May 6th at All Faith Memorial Park in Casselberry, Florida. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be Yvette Koprusak, c/o Raymond F. Day Jr. Memorial Fund, 4 Mohawk Dr., Unionville, CT 06085.

Devanney, Edward Jr.

Edward J. Devanney Jr., 66, of Farmington, died Friday April 23. Edward was predeceased by his wife Beverly Lavine Devanney. He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Beth Grey-Fetherston and Robert Fetherston of Farmington, nieces and nephews, Dr. Elizabeth Z. Grey and husband, Dr. Martin Asis and their children, Ethan Grey Asis, Romer Henry Grey Asis of Minneapolis, MN, Melissa Grey Jones and husband, Kevin Jones of Ithaca, NY and their children, Emily Jones and Matthew Jones, Tara Grey Ventura and husband, Jerry Ventura of Boston, MA and their children, Nicholas Ventura and Katherine Ventura, Robert Zane Grey and his wife, Tomomi Grey of Nagano, Japan and their children, Anri Grey, Sara Grey and Noah Grey, Eric Zane Grey of New York, NY, Kevin Zane Grey and his wife Jessi Alva and their son Isaac Grey of Bellevue, WA, Laurie Tursi and husband, James of Glastonbury and their children, Kaitlynn Tursi, Kevin Tursi and Aidan Tursi, Daryl Lynn Johnson and husband, Christian Ruzieh of Julian, CA, Margaret Maher of Canton, Rachel Livingston of North Carolina, Jerry Maher, Jr. of Avon, Brian Livingston of Cary, NC. After graduating from St. Bonaventure University, Edward served our nation as a Second Lieutenant in the Army. After serving in the Army, he worked for United Technologies Pratt & Whitney division until retirement. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday (April 26t) 10 a.m. in St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, 285 Church St., Hartford. Burial will be in Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill. There will be no calling hours. Friends and relatives are asked to go directly to the church for the service. The family expresses their gratitude for the outstanding care that Edward received through Arden Courts of Farmington and McLean Hospice. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to the McLean Hospice Annual Fund, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

McLoughlin, Thomas MD

Thomas Francis McLoughlin, M.D., 80, of Hartford, beloved husband of Kathleen (Scherer) McLoughlin, passed away peacefully Friday, April 23rd. Born in Brooklyn, NY, October 20th, 1929, son of the late Thomas and Rita (Green) McLoughlin. He was a graduate of Fordham University and a graduate of the Medical School at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. He completed his Internship and Residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport, practiced Medicine at Cedarcrest Hospital, Mt. Sinai Emergency Department and at Everyday Medical Clinic where he retired in 1997. Tom was a great doctor, a kind, gentle, loving, peaceful man and a loving, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a voracious reader and active in peace and justice. Besides his wife, he is survived by his six children, Thomas McLoughlin and Hollie Hecht of Pine Meadow, Kathleen McLoughlin Cliffton and her husband Sam of Castleton, VA, Maura McLoughlin and James Warner of New Hartford, Sharon Martino-Smith and her husband Timothy of Windsor, Arthur Martino and his wife Norma of Colchester, and Scott Martino and his husband Ryan Landry of Dorchester, MA, and four grandchildren, Samuel Smith Cliffton, Rita Mae Cliffton, Andrew Martino and Shane Smith. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday (Apr. 30) at 10:30am in St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church, 285 Church St., Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Hartford Catholic Worker, 18 Clark St., Hartford, CT 06120. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Rita, Michael

Michael Francis Rita, 81, of Unionville, beloved husband of Rachel Rita, passed away peacefully Friday (April 23, 2010). Born in Hartford, April 30th, 1928 son of the late Senator Michael and Kathleen (Mahoney) Rita. He was a graduate of Boston College, Class of 1952. Prior to retiring, Michael was an Engineer at Spalding and King Seeley Thermos. Michael was a decorated United States Army veteran stationed in occupied Japan during World War II. Besides his wife, he is survived by his five children and their families and his brother Richard P. Rita. He was predeceased by his sister Patti Ann Santulli. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. 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.

Daugherty, Theresa

Theresa Pia Daugherty was born in Stamford, CT on May 27, 1930 and entered into eternal life on April 15, 2010 at River Ridge in Avon, CT. Theresa was the daughter of Jerry Pia of Italy and Angela Gulla Pia of Sicily. Theresa was well known for her beautiful voice and talent on the piano. She loved to sing & play for family and friends. Theresa turned down a scholarship to
Juilliard to attended St. Raphaels School of Nursing where she received her RN. Upon graduation, she worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Stamford. She married her husband of 33 years, Robert S. Daugherty on October 10, 1959 and had five children. Theresa returned to nursing after raising her children and worked for Drs. Rothenberg and Roselli in Avon, CT. She was well regarded by both her coworkers and patients, who knew her as Terry. The love and devotion she extended to them will not be forgotten. Theresa was a communicant of St. Mary’s Parish in Unionville and St. Patrick’s Parish in Farmington. A devout Christian, Theresa led by example. A believer in the power of prayer, Theresa devoted time each day to pray the Rosary with her husband and five children. Theresa always ensured that there was plenty of room around the dinner table for her children’s friends. She leaves behind a warm glow on all that shared her light, and a spirit that nursed the souls of all she encountered. Theresa had a strong belief in the importance of family and instilled that belief and tradition in all of her children and grandchildren. Terry was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Bob, in 1992, and her brother Michael. She is survived by her five children, William T. Daugherty and his partner Mark Pappalardo of Colchester CT, Christopher C. Daugherty and his wife Jacqueline of Farmington CT, Bobbi Moran and her husband Bernie of West Hartford CT, Melanie Melocowsky and her husband Paul of Glastonbury CT, and Tracey Staehle and her husband Bradley of Simsbury CT. Theresa is also survived by her grandchildren, Conor Moran, Samantha Moran, Caroline Moran, Jack Rian Moran, Zachary Daugherty, Jacob Daugherty, Alexandra Daugherty, Joshua Daugherty, Sydney Melocowsky, Kayley Melocowsky, Cali Melocowsky, Scarlett Staehle, and Austin Pappalardo and his wife Morgan, and their daughter Laela Pappalardo. She is also survived by her brothers Thomas and Alphonse Pia, and their wives Janet and Tess, along with nine nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Apr. 23) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Apr. 24) at 11:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 12:00pm. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. Memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter, 279 New Britain Road, Suite 5, Kensington, CT 06037.

Collins, William

William Timothy Collins, Sr., 82, of Farmington, son of the late John J. Collins, Sr. and Elsie (Gustafson) Collins, entered into eternal rest on April 14, 2010 at Hartford Hospital. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 53 years, Martha Anne (Marchenko) Collins, his daughter Geralyn A. (Collins) Zeigler and her husband Robert (Butch) Zeigler of Port St. Lucie, Florida, his son William T. Collins, Jr., and his wife Susan J. Collins of Farmington, and his three grandsons, Robert Cory Zeigler of Florida, and William T. Collins III and Brian N. Collins of Farmington. Bill is also survived by his older brother John J. Collins, Jr. of Watertown and his wife Dorothy, and many nieces and nephews that he held dear in his heart. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Lawrence (Buddy) Collins and Robert Collins, and his sister Elsie (Collins) Sarra. Bill grew up in Waterbury and attended Leavenworth High School. He was a runner in early years and holds ribbons for this event. Bill had been employed by Apex Machine in Farmington and was a retired letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Oakville, Ct. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and helped protect our country by patrolling the East Coast during World War II. Bill loved his family “such my heart” and over the years he enjoyed watching his grandsons grow and watching their sporting events. He enjoyed doing his yard work, playing his lottery tickets, attending Mass at The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception where he was married, and watching the Red Sox win the World Series… twice! He was a feisty Irishman with a kind heart and great humor.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Apr. 18) from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (Apr. 19) at 9:15 A.M. followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main Street, Farmington, at 10:00 A.M. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Plainville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 74 West Main St., P.O. Box 1670, Waterbury, CT 06702, the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492, or the National Kidney Foundation, 2139 Silas Deane Hwy Ste 208, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Adams, Worthington

Worthington Miner Adams, 89, of Rye, New York and formerly of Farmington, CT. passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, (April 8, 2010). Affectionately known as Pop-Pop by his children and grandchildren and Worthy by his friends, he was the son of the late William H. and Mary C. Adams and spent his childhood in Cedarhurst, NY. Married in 1949 to the artistic and beloved Anne Backus Adams (deceased, October 8, 1997), they lived happily and formed many fond friendships in Syracuse and Newburgh, NY, Shaker Heights, OH, Lawrence, NY, and Farmington, CT. Pop -Pop’s love of nature and the outdoors led them to design and build a home in South Londonderry, VT, where he spent countless hours working or walking in the woods. He was predeceased by his sister Mary (Molly) L. Adams (September 9, 1999), an accomplished actor who lived in NYC. Pop-Pop leaves his four children and their families. Linn Adams Seidensticker, her husband, Brad (Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.) and their children, Timothy, Anne and Kristin. Mimi Adams Lines and her husband Steve (Bedford Hills, NY) and their children, Samuel, Peter, and Henry. Worthington Miner Adams, Jr. (Clearwater, FL). Cecil Backus Adams, his wife, Jill (Bloomfield, CT) and their children, Hannah, William, and John. Educated at the Lawrence School in Hewlett, NY, he then graduated from the Phillips Andover Academy in 1938 and Yale University in 1942. He has been a loyal member of St. Anthony Hall since those college years. Worthy was a passionate athlete and was on the Yale Varsity Lacrosse and Squash Teams, followed by years of competitive club squash and tennis. A World War II veteran, he was a Navy Lieutenant in command of the Sub Chaser SS 743 operating in the Pacific Theater. An economics major, his career in manufacturing included many years at The Eastern Casting Company, Newburgh NY and Shaker Heights, OH and a career at the Smyth Manufacturing Company in New York, NY and Bloomfield, CT as VP of Marketing and Sales and then President and CEO. He also worked in development for the Wilderness School, an alternative education program in Goshen, CT and Miss Porter’s School, Farmington, CT where he coached lacrosse. He was on the Vestry at St. James Church Farmington, CT and he was a long-time Corporator of Hartford Hospital. Pop-Pop was a generous philanthropist who supported over 50 different educational institutions, museums, land trusts, environmental groups and social service agencies. Our sweet Pop-Pop will be remembered for his honesty, loving nature, generosity, social conscience and loyalty to family and friends. The family wishes to make special note of the extraordinary loving care provided by Benne Konadu, assisted by Anthony Tachie, whose unique companionship over the past 10 years was greatly appreciated by our father. We would also like to thank all of the doctors, nurses, and specialists at the Greenwich Hospital as well as Hospice of Westchester for their service on Pop’s behalf. We are also forever indebted to The Osborn in Rye, NY for providing a peaceful home for our Pop-Pop. As he taught us, we encourage everyone to give generously in his honor to the charity of their choice. A memorial service will be celebrated in the spring with notice to be made later.

Flynn, Patricia

Patricia Ann (Powers) Flynn, 81, of Unionville, beloved wife of Milton J. Flynn, passed away peacefully Wednesday April 7th at her home. Born in Hartford, April 3rd, 1929, daughter of the late Francis and Agatha Helen (Scheidel) Powers. Prior to retiring, she was employed at the Sears and Roebuck Company for over 20 years. Patricia was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. Besides her husband, she is survived by her three children, George P. Flynn of Kent, David F. Flynn of Plainville and Judith A. Flynn of Unionville and her three grandchildren, Patrick J. Flynn, Lisa Elizabeth Flynn and Steven Jacob Popp. She was predeceased by her son, Robert J. Flynn. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville TODAY from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Apr. 10) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Lance Armstrong Foundation, National Mail Processing Center, P.O. Box 6003, Albert Lea, MN 56007-6603 in memory of her son Robert J. Flynn.

Griffin, Walter

Walter W. “Hank” Griffin, Jr., 83, of Unionville, passed away Thursday, April 1st. Born in Farmington, July 12th, 1926, son of the late Walter W. and Bessie (Wilcox) Griffin, he resided in Farmington all of his life. Prior to retiring, Hank was employed at the Tunxis Plantation Golf Course in Farmington. He is survived by his two brothers, Arthur Griffin of Unionville and Maurice Griffin of Madison, ME and many nieces and nephews. Graveside Services will be held Thursday (Apr. 8) at 10:00am in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Farmington River Watershed Association, 749 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT 06070. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.