Archive for April 2011

Rivard, Oscar

Oscar A. Rivard, 78, of Bristol, beloved husband of Bernice (Des Jardins) Violette-Rivard, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 27th. Born December 10th, 1932, in Bellington, MA, son of the late Oscar and Cecile (Desmarais) Rivard. Prior to retiring, Oscar was employed as a Meat Cutter at IGA in Wolcott. He was a United States Navy veteran of the Korean War. Besides his wife, he is survived by his two step-daughters, Magella Valvo and her husband Sebastian of Bristol and Lynn Owsianko and her husband Frank of Bristol, his grandchildren, Rebekah Violette, Kelly and Daniel Owsianko and Zachary Valvo, two sons, Daniel Rivard and Charles Rivard, two sisters, Jeannine Leroux and her husband Roland of Enfield and Alice Hirth of Manchester, and a brother Andy Rivard and his wife Gerry of Glastonbury. He was predeceased by his sister Lucy Pelletier, and two brothers-in-law, Ernest Pelletier and Russell Hirth. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Apr. 29) from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Apr. 30) at 10:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Gregory, 235 Maltby St., Bristol at 11:00am. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Gregory, 235 Maltby St., Bristol, CT 06010.

Wieczorek, Anne

Anne V. Wieczorek, 92, of Unionville, beloved widow of Stanley W. Wieczorek, to whom she was married to for 51 years, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 22, 2011. Born in Unionville on December 13, 1918, daughter of late Joseph and Anna (Safcak) Marek, and she resided in town her entire life. Anne was a lifelong communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea and was an active member of the Tunxis Senior Citizens. Anne enjoyed watching the UConn Womens’ Basketball games, senior chair exercising, attending her grandchildren’s concerts, trips to Boston and NY, and was an active walker and avid reader. She most enjoyed spending time with her family, and reminiscing about old family traditions. Anne will be remembered as “Gramma” to all who knew her and will be dearly missed. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen A. Mabb and her husband Wayne F. of Avon, her son, Thomas J. Wieczorek, Sr. and his wife Lorraine T. of Waterford, and her sister, Margaret Stevens and her husband Donald of Unionville. She also leaves four loving grandchildren: Jennifer A. DiGiacomo and her husband John of Medway, MA, and Jonathan A. Mabb and his girlfriend Jami Leibering of NY, Ashley T. Wieczorek and Thomas J. Wieczorek, Jr. of Waterford. She was predeceased by three brothers, Stephen, Joseph “Buff”, and Edward, and one sister, Mary Forman. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home 111 Main Street, Rt.4, Unionville, CT on Tuesday, April 26 from 5-8pm. A funeral procession will be Wednesday, April 27 at 9:15am from The Ahern Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian burial at 10am in The Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. Burial will follow at the family plot at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to University of Connecticut Oncology/Hematology Department, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06030.

Thuer, Rev. William

The Reverend William J. Thuer, 89, of Bloomfield, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 21st. Father Thuer was born June 23rd, 1921, in Hartford, the son of the late William O. and Bridget Elizabeth (Sullivan) Thuer. He graduated from Saint Michael’s Grammar School in Hartford, and Saint Thomas Preparatory School in Bloomfield. Father Thuer began his studies for the priesthood, attending Saint Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, and Saint Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester, NY. Father was ordained June 29, 1946, at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford, by the Most Reverend Henry J. O’Brien, then Bishop of Hartford. Father Thuer began his ministry at Saint Thomas Seminary as a Professor from 1946 until 1953. He then went on to serve as an Assistant from 1953 to 1958 at Blessed Sacrament Church, Hamden, from 1958 to 1971 at Immaculate Conception Church, Waterbury, and from 1971 to 1974 at Blessed Sacrament Church, Waterbury. He then served as a Priest in Residence at Saint Elizabeth Church in Branford. In 1976, Father Thuer was appointed to his first pastorate at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. In 1988, Father Thuer was assigned Pastor at Saint Patrick Church, Collinsville, where he served until his retirement in 1996. Friends may call at Saint Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, on Tuesday (Apr. 26) from 9:30-10:30 am. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday (Apr. 26) at 11:00 am in the Chapel of Saint Thomas Seminary by the Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell, Archbishop of Hartford. Burial will be in the family plot at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Vocations Office at St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, CT 06002 for those studying for the priesthood. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Ingram, Josephine

Josephine Ingram, 86, of Farmington, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 21st. Born in Hartford, March 15th, 1925, daughter of the late John L. and Eleanor (Mason) Ingram, she resided in Farmington for many years. She was a graduate of Farmington High School, Class of 1943, received her Bachelor’s degree from Bates College in Lewiston, ME, Class of 1947, Phi Beta Kappa, and received her Master’s degree in Education from American International College in Springfield, MA. During her 32 year career in Education, Josephine taught in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, and retired from the Aurora, North Carolina school system. Josephine was also associated with the Department of Defense School System which brought her on many interesting teaching assignments to France, Germany, Turkey, Libya and Morocco. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Paul and Joan Ingram of Farmington, three nieces, Melissa Ingram Wilson of Columbus, OH, Barbara Jean Ingram Hubbard of Plano, TX, and Janet Ingram Joyce of Houston, TX, two nephews, Paul Ingram Jr., of Dallas, TX and Geoffrey Ingram of Los Angeles, CA, Henry Hall Mason and family of Farmington, and her dear friends, Martha Porteus of Windsor and Harriet Lodge Taft of Farmington. Funeral services will be held in St. James Episcopal Church, 3 Mountain Rd., Farmington on Friday, May 13th at 11:00am followed by burial in the Memorial Garden at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Americares Foundation, 88 Hamilton Ave., #1, Stamford, CT 06902. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

McGunnigle, Ann

Ann McGunnigle, 61, of Burlington, died suddenly on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. Born in Rockville Centre, New York on January 9, 1950, daughter of the late Howard W. Berls and Flavia Thompson. Loving wife and mother. Ann is survived by her husband of 37 years Al McGunnigle of Burlington, her children Janice McGunnigle of Charlotte, N.C. and her fiancé Kevin Holmes, Bryan and David McGunnigle of Burlington, two sisters Mary Doyle of Alexandria, VA, and Jeanne Garabrant and her husband Gary of Woodstock, CT, two brothers, William Berls and his wife Barbara of Vero Beach, FL, James Berls and his wife Patricia of Sussex, NJ, two grandchildren, Emma & Iagan McGunnigle, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many close family and friends. Ann received her Bachelors Degree from The State University of New York at Albany and her Masters Degree from the University of Hartford. She was a Senior Vice President and Senior Trust Officer at US Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management. Ann shared her love with everyone around her. She also gave her heart to her family, friends, co-workers, and clients. Her wit gave many a smile and her bold tell it like it is personality, startled some and inspired others. She was a dedicated hard worker and gave back to the community through numerous volunteer organizations such as House of Loaves and Fishes, Connecticut Community Care, and Habitat for Humanity. She enjoyed spending her free time with her friends and family (the more the merrier). Her enthusiasm for life and kindness towards all people touched many. Her spirit will always be with us in our hearts. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Apr. 23) from 4:00-7:00pm and Sunday (Apr. 24) from 6:00-9:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday (Apr. 25) at 11:00am in St. Patrick Church, Burlington followed by burial in Center Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dr. Susan Love Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 2811 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403 or to CT Community Care Inc., 43 Enterprise Dr, Bristol, CT 06010.

Asaro, Louise

Louise Mancino Asaro, of Unionville, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 18, 2011 at the Cherry Brook Health Care Center in Canton. Louise was born on October 17, 1928 in Torrington, the eldest daughter of Jack and Molly Mancino. She graduated from Torrington High School in 1946 and that very same year married Anthony F. “Tiny” Asaro Jr., her sweetheart and husband of nearly 65 years. She has been a resident of Unionville since 1963. She held many jobs over the years; everything from bank teller to package store permittee. Most summers after her retirement were spent at Holly Tree Campground in Ashaway, RI. She truly loved the beach and sun. Bad weather days were filled with craft projects and tag sales. In addition to her husband, Tiny, Louise is survived by her two children Susan Kapros (Asaro) of Bristol, Tony Asaro and his wife Deb of Canton, sisters Lillian Fitzgerald of Burlington and Janet Cracco of Torrington. She was Noni to her grandchildren Amanda Roberto and her husband Steve, Jason Asaro, Nerissa Ayers and her husband Jonathan, and Sam Kapros; great-grandchildren, Lucas and Mariah Roberto, and Zachary and Hannah Ayers. She also leaves numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the staff of Cherry Brook Health Care Center and McLean Hospice for their loving care and compassion towards Louise. Funeral Services will be held Thursday (Apr. 21) at 11:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Resident’s Council at Cherry Brook, 102 Dyer Ave., Canton, CT 06019.

Eagen, Merry

Merry Louise (Bruce) Eagen, 63, of Unionville, beloved wife of the late Alfred J. Eagen Jr., passed away peacefully at home Sunday night, April 17th. Born September 28, 1947 in Springfield, MA, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth (McIntire) Bruce. She was employed at Stop & Shop in Unionville in the Grocery Receiving Department for many years. Merry is survived by her beloved daughter Regina M. Eagen of Unionville, her sister and brother-in-law, Katharine and Bill Rose of Feeding Hills, MA, her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Clare and Mike Kupernik of Winsted, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and her family at Stop & Shop. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Apr. 22) from 5:00-8:00pm and again on Saturday (Apr. 23) from 9:00-10:00am. Funeral Services will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home on Saturday at 10:00am followed by burial in Baptist Village Cemetery, East Longmeadow, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Yale Melanoma Program at Yale Cancer Center, 157 Church St., New Haven, CT 06510 or to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.

Smith, Gladys

Gladys A. (Parker) Smith, 94, of Hartford, beloved widow of Luther E. Smith, Sr. died Sunday, April 17, 2011 at home with her daughter and extended family at her side. Gladys was born in Greenville, South Carolina on April 24, 1916 eldest child of the late Marcus and Ida Parker and had resided in Harford for many years. She was a longtime member of St. Monica’s Episcopal Church in Hartford and was a daughter of the Trellis Temple #663 IBPOE. During her long personal service career, Gladys had the wonderful, soft spoken ability to become an integral and much loved member of the families she was associated with, among them the Jordan and Ahern families of Hartford. She is survived by her daughter, LaDonne Smith of Bloomfield, a son Kimball Smith and his wife, Robbie of Placentia, CA, daughter-in-law, Cynthia Smith of Raynham, MA, a sister Georgia Parker of Greensboro, NC, a brother James Parker of Chicago, IL, a brother-in-law Alton Smith of Columbus, OH, grandchildren Luther III, Amanda and Wesley Smith; many nieces and nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her beloved sons Luther “Lucky” Smith Jr., and Roderick Smith, a sister- in-law Grace (Smith) Calloway, brother-in-laws Martin, Paul, and Lawrence Smith, her sisters Harriet Parker, Barbara Parker, Helen Parker, Miriam Parker, Annette (Parker) Anderson, Jean Parker, June (Parker) Smith; brothers Dyer and Harold Parker; and niece Ann T. Walton. Relatives and friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Monday (Apr. 25) from 3:00-7:00pm. Funeral services will be held Tuesday (Apr. 26) at 11:00am in Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney St., Hartford, followed by burial in the family plot at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, 3580 Main St., Hartford, CT 06120.

O’Neill, LeRoy

LeRoy T. O’Neill Jr. passed away peacefully in Farmington, Connecticut on April 14th, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his beloved wife and partner of 55 years, Carol; his sisters Joan and Aileen; his children Kathleen, Carol, Beth, Roy, Meg, Michael, and Maureen; and fifteen wonderful grandchildren. During his 82 years he was blessed with a devoted family and many wonderful friends. As a young man he attended Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey where he excelled on the athletic fields. He was a member of Prep’s baseball team that was inducted into the New Jersey State Sports Hall of Fame for winning a record 64 games in a row. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Roy played baseball for the Enid and Muskogee Giants, minor league teams affiliated with the New York Giants. He was a catcher and a long the way befriended the likes of Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle. Roy was a graduate of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. He taught Physical Education and coached football and baseball at Rye Neck High School and then Mamaroneck High School in New York. He ultimately became the Mamaroneck High School Athletic Director. “Coach” O’Neill was a legend in the Mamaroneck school system, and was proud to have had a positive influence on the lives of thousands of young people during his career. He was also heavily involved with the Special Olympics, the New York State Athletic Administrators Association, and numerous other professional organizations. After retiring from the Mamaroneck School System he moved to Worcester, New York. He served on the Worcester School Board, and remained involved with numerous professional organizations. He spent his final years in Farmington, Connecticut with Carol. He will be terribly missed. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Roy on Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at 10:00 am at Saint John and Paul Church, 280 Weaver St., Larchmont, New York. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the McLean Hospice Program, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Cremins, Patricia

Patricia A. Cremins, 73, of Hartford, passed away peacefully April 12, 2011. Born in Boston, MA, April 16th, 1937, daughter of the late Patrick and Mary (Coady) Cremins, and sister of the late Maureen Cremins. Patricia received her A.B from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA, a Masters in Education from Boston University and Oxford University in Oxford, England. As an educator and administrator, she held positions in New York, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania. In 1983 she began her affiliation with the University of Hartford. She was one of the founders, and for many years was the director, of the President’s College, a non-credit program for adults at the University. She continued at the University as a teacher in the All-University Curriculum. Patricia is survived by many cousins of the Cremins and Coady families, and by many friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 2:00 PM in The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the “President’s College in memory of Patricia Cremins.” Please send donations to University of Hartford, President’s College, c/o Toni Robinson, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117.

Wills, Marjorie

Marjorie (Woodford) Wills, 71, of Avon, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 12th at her home. Born in Hartford, May 22nd, 1939, daughter of the late Chester Randolph and Evelyn (Smith) Woodford, she resided in Avon all her life. Prior to retiring, Marge was a Dispatcher for the Avon Police Department and was a veteran member of the Avon Fire Department. She was a longtime member of the Avon Congregational Church. Marge is survived by her children, Brenda Tonkin-Rider of Menominee, MI; Sendi Gardner of Orange, TX; Sam Wills of Avon; her sister, Priscilla (Woodford) “Duffy” Wheeler and her husband Norman of Southport, NC, her nieces Siri (Torland) Nelson of Lakeport, CA, and Sally (Wheeler) Wallace of Atlanta, GA, nephews, Kirk Wheeler of Essexville, MI; Scott Wheeler of Atlanta, GA; Randy Wheeler of Topeka, KS, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held Saturday (May 14) at 2:00pm in Avon Congregational Church, 6 West Main St., Avon. Burial with full Police and Fire Department honors will be in the family plot at Evergreen Cemetery, Avon. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Jackson, Sylvia

Sylvia Goodwin Jackson, 85, of Hartford, passed away peacefully Monday, April 11th. Born August 23, 1925, in Reading, PA, daughter of the late Roy C. and Anna (Marsh) Jackson. Prior to retiring, she was an Accounting Clerk at The Traveler’s Insurance Company. Sylvia is predeceased by her sister Lois Marsh Moseley and survived by her brother-in-law, Robert E. Moseley of Cheshire, two nephews; Richard Moseley of Harpswell, ME and John R. Moseley of Cheshire, as well as 5 grandnephews and 1 grandniece. Burial will be held in Wiscasset, Maine at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Bennett, Donald

Donald Terry Bennett Sr, 97, of Farmington CT, passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2011 in West Palm Beach FL, while on vacation visiting family. A resident of Farmington for 53 years, he was born in New Bedford MA on April 18, 1913, the second son of Merton E. Bennett and Alberta Terry Bennett, growing up in Fairhaven MA. Don enjoyed his work as a Regional Industrial Sales Manager for Revere Copper and Brass Inc, a New Bedford based company, with offices in Hartford and West Hartford, for 36 years, retiring in May 1978. Shortly after, he began a seat-weaving business in partnership with his daughter, Jan, as The Chair Clinic in Avon CT, continuing a branch of a family business begun by his father in 1910. Prior to his job with Revere, Don and his wife, Dorothy, lived in NYC during the depression (1933-1942). Don worked several jobs to support his wife and infant son: a grocery clerk, apprentice sign painter, assembling factory bed-frames, and scooping ice cream. By 1938, with his second son on the way, he acquired a job with Canada Dry as a salesman covering Manhattan on foot from the lower East Side to Washington Heights. He referred to this time as a ‘real education’ because it taught him an acceptance and enjoyment of folks from all walks of life that would last his lifetime. He was active, as a boy, with both the Boy Scouts and the Sea Scouts, and as an adult with the Boy Scouts during the 1940’s with his two sons. He was a member of the Coast Guard Reserves. Don enjoyed a zest for life and for people, which he brought to his friends, family and church communities. The young family first came to Hartford CT in the 1940’s, then moved to Manchester CT, where his two daughters were born, before settling in Farmington in 1958. A devoted and active member of the First Church of Christ Congregational in Farmington, he served on and chaired many committees including MESAC (Mission, Education, Social Action Committee), Stewardship, Membership, Christian Education, Pastoral Search and Deacons. He was active in the Farmington community with the Exchange Club, as a charter board member for Services for The Elderly, a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Friendly Visitor Program and the Transportation Program. He was a founding member of the Congregate Meal program in 1988. Don was a member of the Farmington Tunxis Seniors for over 30 years, served as president from1985-1987, and was Program Chairman for many years. Don enjoyed, over the years, many hobbies and interests such as sailing, boating, fishing, swimming, woodworking, crossword puzzles, cribbage, singing, duckpin bowling, gardening, Men’s and Women’s UCONN basketball, and Yankees baseball since his early days in NYC where he saw Babe Ruth, Joe Dimaggio and others play. He delighted in telling his stories and listening, as well, to other’s stories. A wonderful husband, beloved father, cherished grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great grandfather, he leaves behind his son, Donald T. Bennett Jr and his wife, G. Lucille Bennett of Loxahatchee FL, his daughter, Susan Bennett Aston and her husband William B. Aston of Farmington CT and daughter Janice E. Bennett of Canton CT, 12 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren, Guy M. Bennett of Port Orange FL and his children Craig W. Bennett, Melanie L. Villenue, and Amanda M. Bennett; Lynn T. Schwedes of Port Orange FL and her children Brandon C. Schwedes, Angela Lee Skipper, and Eric A. White; Thomas L. Bennett and his wife Robin of Fort Lauderdale FL and his children James Bennett, Melissa Bennett, Carley N. Bennett; Donald R. Bennett of Las Vegas NV and his son Derek Bennett; Sandra L. Bennett and her partner Melissa Bickham of San Diego CA; Sharon B. Bloom and her husband Robert of Jensen Beach FL and her children Colette Fish Thomas, and Matthew R. Fish; Sheila T. Bennett of Davie FL; William B. Aston Jr and his wife Elizabeth of Burlington CT and children Chase R. Aston, and Sadie E. Aston; Kerri Aston Hyland and her husband Denis of Avon CT and daughters Samantha S. Hyland and Avery M. Hyland; Melissa Aston Scott and her husband Michael of Farmington CT and daughter Brooke H. Scott. Don also leaves 11 great-great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Ferguson Bennett, his son Robert W. Bennett, granddaughter Robin M. Bennett, and grandson Robert W. Bennett Jr. He was predeceased by his brothers Kenneth E. Bennett, Eliot C. Bennett, and his sister Virginia B. Letton. A memorial service celebrating Don’s life will be held on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 1:30pm at First Church of Christ Congregational, 75 Main Street, Farmington CT. 06032. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Smile Train, PO Box 96231 Washington DC 20090-6231, First Church of Christ Congregational, Memorial Fund or charity of donor’s choice. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Keener, Roy

Roy Eugene Keener (Gene), 91, of Farmington passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 with many family members at his side. Gene was born on October 17, 1919, on the family farm in Strange Creek, WV on Keener’s Ridge, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Braxton County. He was the 11th of 14 children. At an early age, he lost his father in a lumberjack accident and had to leave school to work on the farm. He later returned to high school where he was the only student old enough to vote in the 1940 presidential election. He worked as an auto mechanic and coal mine surveyor before moving to Connecticut in 1941, where he became a toolmaker at New Departure in Bristol and then at Marlin Rockwell in Plainville, where he worked for 38 years. Gene was an accomplished woodworker and carpenter who built his own home and countless home additions, finished basements, and kitchen cabinets for friends and family and co-workers. He was an avid gardener whose park-like yard with multiple vegetable and flower gardens was the envy of all who visited. Despite his hardworking demeanor, he always had time for his family and friends and with his wife, Mary, sponsored many picnics and parties at their home. No one threw a better party than Gene and Mary Keener. Gene credited his long and happy life to love of family, and waking up in the morning with a project to do, working hard, and taking a late afternoon break for a shot of whiskey and a chew of snuff. Gene is survived by his loving wife of nearly 63 years, Mary Stifel Keener, of Farmington; sister Nola Walsh of Ohio; sons Robert Keener and his wife Janet of Canton, Donald Keener and his wife Elaine Buchardt of Andover; daughters Marie Langdon and husband James of Colchester, Elizabeth Vasko and husband Vincent of Barkhamsted, and Laura Roberts and husband Dale of Burlington; grandchildren Nathaniel Keener and wife Sarah of Raymond, NH, Daniel and Samuel Keener of Andover, Eric, Marissa, and Kara Vasko of Barkhamsted, and Samantha and Alexandra Roberts of Burlington; and great grandchildren Jude and Madeleine Rose Keener of NH. Gene also leaves many in-laws, nieces and nephews on both the Keener and Stifel sides of the family whom he loved very much. We will all miss Gene. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Apr. 10) from 5:00-8:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday (Apr. 11) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington.

Morgan, Roger

Roger Phillip Morgan, 79, of Avon, and formerly Stonington, beloved husband of Virginia Rose (Balf) Morgan, passed away peacefully Sunday, (April 3, 2011.) Born in Lewiston, ME, February 3, 1932, son of the late Earl W. and Barbara (Pease) Morgan. Roger attended Middletown High School, where he was an All-State Basketball Player, and graduated from Phillips Academy Andover. He received his BA from Amherst College, Class of 1955, and his JD from Yale Law School, Class of 1958. Roger was admitted to the State of Connecticut Bar in 1958 and served before the Federal Court in 1959. Roger began his legal career as the first Catholic attorney at Gross, Hyde & Williams, eventually rising to managing partner of the firm, which became Sorokin, Sorokin, Gross, Hyde & Williams. Later in life he was a sole practitioner as Roger P. Morgan, Esq., PC. Roger was a member of the Hartford County Bar Association, New London County Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, American Bar Association, Greater Hartford Council on Alcoholism, where he served as a Board member, was appointed by Gov. William O’Neill as a lifetime member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, University Club of Hartford where he served as Secretary and President, Hartford Canoe Club, Hartford Golf Club, Hartford Club, Yale Golf Club, Amherst College Alumni Association, Association of Yale Alumni, Phillips Academy Alumni Association, Long Island Sound Foundation, where he served as Secretary and Board member, and Amherst Athletic Association. Roger was also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, UCONN Hospital and The Old Guard in West Hartford. Besides his wife of 54 years, he is survived by his eight sons, John Balf Morgan, Matthew Earl Morgan, Michael Phillip Morgan and his partner Trevor Reynolds, Anthony Sarsfield Morgan, Jeffrey Roberts Morgan and his partner Ralph White, Christopher Smith Morgan and his wife Mary O’Connor Morgan, Mark Pease Morgan and his wife Jennifer Ackerman Morgan, and Thomas Jude Morgan and his wife Angela Blosenski Morgan; eight grandchildren (all Morgans), Henry, Maeve, Finley, Lila, Connor, Jonathan, Madison, and Caroline; a brother, Jeffrey Morgan and sister-in-law Sandra Morgan; nephew Gregory and niece Susan; and devoted family friend, Therese Beloin Gervais. The family would like especially to thank the staff of Cardinal Court at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Canaan, CT. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (April 6) from 4-7 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Thursday (April 7) at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church, 285 Church St., Hartford followed by burial in the family plot at Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. Memorial donations may be made to: St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church, and The House of Bread, 27 Chestnut St., Hartford, CT 06120.