Archive for May 2011

Fox, Janet

Janet (Ochs) Fox, 81, of Farmington, and formerly of Tucson, AZ, passed away suddenly on Friday, May 27, 2011. Janet was born in Highland Park, NJ, on December 6, 1929, daughter of the late John and Olga Ochs. Janet was predeceased by her loving husband of over 50 years, James Edward Fox, who was her true soul mate from the moment she laid eyes on him. Nearly two years ago, Janet moved to Farmington to be closer to her family and was thrilled with her lovely apartment at The Village of Yorkshire. Nothing filled her heart with more joy then gathering for the holidays with her loved one’s or the simple pleasure of sitting on the patio watching her grandchildren play in the yard while enjoying a family dinner with a glass of white wine. A deeply beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend, she is survived by her brothers, Robert Ochs and his wife Alice of Wilmington, NC and Paul Ochs and his wife Pat of Austin, TX, her sister-in-law, Marilyn (Fox) Hamilton of Tucson, AZ and several nieces and nephews. Janet’s treasured son, J. Scott Fox and his wife Susan of Farmington, who proudly took the most loving care of her on a daily basis, along with their children, Jeanette, James E. Fox II, Brian, Kevin and Jackson whom all made her the happiest of grandmothers. Janet’s dearest daughter, Bonnie P. Fox of St. Augustine, FL and Janet’s trusted friend, Ruth Holthaus of Tucson, AZ, also share the loss of a wonderful woman and trusted friend. Janet’s family was her pride and joy and nothing made her more proud than the fact that Scott, Susan and Bonnie always put their love and respect for one another as top priority to themselves and their children to create the true representation of a family that carried Janet’s spirits every day of her life. Her family was everything to her. At Janet’s request, there will be no calling hours and the memorial service will be private to immediate family only. Scott and Susan Fox would like to personally express their sincere gratitude to the staff of Amberwoods of Farmington that got her back on her feet, all the doctors and nurses at The Hospital of Central Connecticut for the quality care they provided and the many friends of theirs who always took the time to extend an invitation to Janet whenever an occasion arrived. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Goulet, Katherine

Katherine G. Goulet, passed away peacefully on May 26, 2011. Born on July 26, 1925 in Waterbury, Katherine worked for the State of Connecticut for over 30 years, starting as a secretary for Central Connecticut State College in the 1950’s. Katherine retired from the State in November of 1985. She became active in the CSEA Council 400. She was a leader in passing legislation that provided retired employees with fully paid retiree health insurance. She held many positions in CSEA including President of CSEA Chapter 401. She worked tirelessly for the benefit of active and retired state employees. She leaves behind a brother, Joseph Goulet; a sister, Helen Licnikas; a son, Glen Kondysar; a grandson, Kevin Kondysar; a special niece, Gloria Swanson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her kindness and generosity to all will be missed. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (June 2) from 6:00-8:00 pm. A prayer service will be held in the funeral home at 8:00pm.

Tabel, Anna

Anna M. Tabel, widow of Ralph W. Tabel, died Wednesday, May 18th at St. Francis Hospital. She was born July 10th, 1916, in Torrington, the daughter of the late Angelo (Charles) and Assunta (Oliveti) Husser. She was a longtime resident of the Town of Avon and resided at River Ridge at Avon for the past 10 years. Anna is survived by her step-daughter, Carol Ann Balash of Farmington Hills, MI, a sister, Theresa Skibisky of Torrington, and her nephew, David Skibisky of Harwinton. She was predeceased by her brother, Domenic Husser. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, May 23rd at 10:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, Burlington followed by burial in Village Cemetery, Collinsville. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Kretschmann, Karl

Karl Kretschmann, 53, of Summerfield, Florida, perished in a house explosion and fire on May 18, 2011. He was born on April 29, 1958 on Long Island, New York, the son of Marie (Heller) Kretschmann, of Avon, and the late Henry Kretschmann. He grew up in Hempstead, New York; attended Uniondale High School and later served in the U.S. Navy. Karl resided in Charleston, South Carolina before moving to Florida. He was known as a talented cabinet and furniture maker who was equally comfortable building home furniture, architectural build-outs, or the fine interior detail of yachts and celebrity tour buses. Karl was committed to excellence in his craft and named his business “Pride in Quality Woodworking.” He will also be remembered for his 1970’s Grateful Dead guitar style on his Les Paul, his virtuoso karaoke performances, and his devotion to Coco, his feline companion. Beside his mother, Marie, Karl is survived by his sister Kathryn K. Eagles and brother-in-law Loren Eagles of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania; his sister Susan K. Smith and brother-in-law Bon Smith of Avon; his uncles, aunt, cousins, niece, nephews, friends and neighbors. There will be a private burial on Saturday, June 18, 2011, The Rev. Edward T. Falsey, officiating. Donations may be made in Karl’s name to the Humane Society of Joplin Missouri to benefit pets left homeless by the tornado. www.joplinhumane.org ~ There is a road, no simple highway, between the dawn and the dark of night, and if you go, no one may follow, that path is for your steps alone. Jerry Garcia. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Kilduff, Elizabeth

Elizabeth McMahon Kilduff, 91, of Unionville, widow of Harold G. Kilduff, Sr., passed away peacefully Monday, May 16th. Born in New Britain, October 8th, 1919, daughter of the late Frank and Emily (Cookson) McMahon. Elizabeth was a graduate of New Britain General Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1940. Prior to her retirement, she was a Registered Nurse at New Britain Memorial Hospital for 24 years and was also associated with Forestville Nursing Center for 20 years. Elizabeth loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren in her later years. She is survived by her daughter, Betty Ann Duquette and her husband Roger of Bristol, her son Francis E. Kilduff of Unionville, 16 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and two daughters-in-law, Bette Kilduff of Florida and Donna Kilduff of Bristol. She was predeceased by her two sons, Gerald T. Kilduff, Harold G. “Bud” Kilduff, Jr., and her two sisters, Ruth Wilcox and Dorothy Bauer. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (May 18) from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday (May 19) 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.

Blais, Paulette

Paulette (Barrieau) Blais, 86, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, mother- in-law, and great-grandmother, passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2011, in West Hartford. Born on March 10, 1925 in Lewiston, Maine, Paulette was the eldest daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Goulette) Blais. A long-time Farmington resident, she was an avid gardener, and enjoyed classical music, sewing, quilting, and her many travels to Europe. Paulette loved her family and she loved life. She also had an unbridled love for young children, and in her later years, babysat for numerous families in the Farmington Valley, all of whom loved her dearly. She was a communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville, where she was a member of RCIA for many years. After raising her sons, Paulette got her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts at Tunxis Community College. Upon graduating, she worked at UConn Health Center in the Pathology Department, for 25 years before retiring. She is survived by her sons, Paul Barrieau, and his wife, LeeAnn, of Farmington; Mark Barrieau, and his wife, Diane, of Vernon; John Barrieau, of Hawthorne, FL, and Thomas Barrieau, of Southborough, MA. She also leaves her grandchildren, David Barrieau, and his wife Kelle, Jillian Barrieau, Daniel Barrieau, Elise Barrieau, and Matthew Barrieau; and great-grandchildren, Brianna, Damien, and Isabella. She is also survived by her sisters, Sr. Patricia (Fleurette) Blais DHS, Constance Bisson, Solange Lambert, Sr. Priscilla Blais DHS; and a host of nieces and nephews. Paulette was predeceased by her brothers, Bert Blais and Norman Blais. Relatives and friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, on Friday (May 20) from 5 to 8 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (May 21) at 11:00 a.m. in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. In lieu of flowers please send donations to: Food for the Poor, 6401 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek, FL 33073.

McMahon, Joseph

Joseph W. McMahon, 78, of Unionville, beloved husband of Rose Marie (Landolina) McMahon, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 12th. Born in Hartford, July 10th, 1932, son of the late Joseph A. and Agnita (Drude) McMahon, he resided in Unionville all of his life. Joseph was employed by the State of Connecticut in the Public Works Department from 1951-1992 and from 1992 until his retirement in 2004 was employed at Parsons Chevrolet in Farmington as a Parts Driver. Joe was a veteran member of the Tunxis Hose Co. #1 in Unionville for 30 years where he had served as Treasurer of the company for many years. He was a longtime devoted communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville where he served as an usher at the 7:30 Sunday morning Mass for many years. The family would like to thank the staff at Apple Rehab in Avon for their support and compassion during his stay. Besides his wife of 49 years, Joseph is survived by his son, Steven McMahon of Unionville, his brother Thomas McMahon and his wife Patricia of Avon and their children Patricia and Joseph Amat of Glastonbury, Thomas and Cheryl McMahon of California, Sharon and Michael Radler of Avon, Mark and Carol McMahon of Ellington, Michelle McMahon and Chad Cole of Kentucky and several great nieces and great nephews. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Monday (May 16) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by burial in the family plot at St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Cole, Jean

Jean H. Cole, 88, died Thursday, May 12th at Valerie Manor Health Care Center in Torrington. She was the beloved wife of the late Everett H. “King” Cole of West Hartford and Avon. She leaves behind her legacy, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren: son, Michael H. Cole and his wife Jeanne of North Eastham, MA, son, David J. Cole and his wife Donna of Unionville, daughter, Linda C. Orlowski and her husband, Paul of Colebrook, her grandchildren, Lindsay Richards and her husband Matthew of North Eastham, MA, Matthew Cole and his wife Kathleen of South Orleans, MA, Casey Cole of North Eastham, MA, Mary Eaton and her husband David of Nashua, NH, Stephen Cole and his fiancée Stephanie of Middletown, Daniel Orlowski and his wife Stacey of Manchester, Curran Orlowski and his wife Kate of Winsted, and Colin Orlowski and his girlfriend Nicole of Bristol, and great–grandchildren, Olivia Rose Richards of North Eastham, MA and Cole Joseph Orlowski of Manchester. She was predeceased by her son, Richard J. Cole of New York. Mrs. Cole was a retired Bank Manager of the Hartford National Bank where she was revered for her outstanding customer service. She was a devoted communicant of St. Ann’s Church in Avon, having served on the Parish Council for many years and coordinated the efforts of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. During WWII she volunteered for the Red Cross assisting in the acclimation of blinded soldiers who were transitioned home at what is now the Avon Old Farms School. Jean’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire staff of Valerie Manor Health Care Center for their care and compassion. You treated her as you would your own mother; we couldn’t have asked for more. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (May 19) from 9:00-10:00am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Ann, Arch Rd., Avon at 10:30am. Burial will follow in St. Ann Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are gratefully appreciated to the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Rd., Avon, CT 06001 or to the Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. We grieved as we lost you little by little, day after day. We share in your joy! You have re-united with your “King” and your memories are restored!

Grew, Constance

Constance R. “Connie” Grew, 86, of Farmington, beloved widow of Edward P. Grew, passed away Wednesday, May 11th at home at the Gables after a brief illness surrounded by her family. Born August 30th, 1924 in Chicago, IL, daughter of the late Theodore and Isabel Peck, Connie grew up in Brooklyn, NY. She and Ed met at IBM, married and raised their family in East Meadow, NY and in Avon, CT. Connie worked as a keypunch operator for the Hartford Insurance Group and the State of Connecticut Labor Department before becoming a medial secretary at UConn Health Center in the Oral Pathology Department. Connie moved to Clearwater, FL in 1984 and was an active participant in the Clearwater Recreation Department’s Senior fitness program. Although her primary interest was her family, Connie had many other interests such as being an avid knitter and gardener, and she was especially devoted to her Catholic religion. Connie is survived by her daughter, Jan Grew John and her husband Bob, her son, Richard J. Grew and his fiancée Susan Rider, four grandchildren, Ryan Grew, David Grew, Conor Grew and Molly Grew, three nieces, Connie Boardman, Robin Devlin, and Sherrie L’Heureaux and two nephews, Ted and Chris Peck, and Bob and Dawn Peck. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Friday (May 20) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by burial in St. Ann Cemetery, Avon. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Gondek, Joseph Jr.

Joseph S. Gondek Jr., 75, of Sebastian, FL, formerly of Burlington, beloved husband of Teresa M. Gondek, died Wednesday, May 11th at Sebastian River Medical Center with his loving wife and family by his side. Born in Middletown, May 12th, 1935, son of the late Joseph and Mary Gondek, Joe graduated from La Salette Seminary in Hartford and attended UCONN and Trinity College. He was a United States Army veteran where he served for two years and later served twelve years in the Reserves. Joe was employed with the US Postal Service for 32 years, 12 of which he served as Postmaster for Burlington and Unionville. He was a lifetime member of the K of C and a proud member of The Holy Name Society. He was an avid sports fan of the UCONN Huskies and the Boston Red Sox. Joe loved retirement in Florida, traveling and spending time with his 13 grandchildren. In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by a son, Joseph Gondek III and his wife Suzanne and their children Joseph IV, Sean and Timothy of Sparta, NJ; a son, Stephen Gondek and his children Stephen, Patrick and Brendan of Tariffville; a daughter, Teresa Kukesh and her husband Tracy and their children Michael, Andrew and Adam of Exeter, NH; a daughter, Mary Kowalec and her husband Raymond and their children Abbey and Trenton of Burlington; and son, Thomas Gondek and his wife Christine and their children Ashley and Tommy of Unionville; his sisters, Sr. Theresa Gondek, Dorothy Gondek, Marie Gondek and Rose Machell; and a brother, Bob Gondek. He was predeceased by his nephew Robert Gondek. Family and friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (May 16) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Tuesday (May 17) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Full military honors will be rendered after the Mass. Memorial contributions may be made to Felician Sisters Care Center, 1315 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082.

Ursaki, Muriel

Muriel Ursaki, 89, of Burlington, widow of Kenneth C. Ursaki, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 14th. Born in London, Ontario, Canada, May 10th, 1922, daughter of the late David and Ina (Norfolk) Tiffin. Her life revolved around her family and community. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. Muriel was a dedicated member of the Burlington Congregational Church for over 40 years where she was involved in many committees. She welcomed and embraced everyone into the community with her warm and caring nature. Muriel enjoyed gardening and current events. Muriel worked at JC Penney for many years until her retirement. She is survived by her daughter, Diane Harakas of Winthrop, MA, her daughter Pat Ursaki of New Hartford, her son Ken Ursaki and his wife Linne of Burlington, her son Don Ursaki of New Britain, her grandchildren, Lee Harakas, Kristen U. and Ian U. Lockaby, Lauren and Julia Ursaki, Annie Ursaki and her mother Teri Benmoar, her sister-in-law, Dot Ursaki and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, Vic and Gord Tiffin and her grandson, Brett Harakas. Funeral services will be held Saturday (May 21) at 10:00am in Burlington Congregational Church, Burlington with Rev. Wendall Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Burlington Center Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to ALS Association of CT, 4 Oxford Rd., Milford, CT 06460 or to the UCONN Foundation Cardiovascular Signature Program Fund, 10 Talcott Notch Rd., Suite 100, Farmington, CT 06032.

Pena, Edil

Edil P. Pena, 81, of Hartford, beloved husband of Maria (del Risco), passed away peacefully Thursday, May 5th. Born in Camaguey, Cuba, May 17th, 1929, son of the late Prospero and Dolores (Salazar) Pena. Prior to retiring, Edil was a Butcher at Mosey’s Beef for thirteen years. He was an avid Red Sox fan, and enjoyed fishing, wrestling and television. Besides his wife, Edil is survived by his two children, Maria Romero and her husband Michael of Pembroke Pines, FL, and Eddie Pena of Hartford, two grandchildren, Austen and Samira Pena, two sisters, Anna Louisa Pena of Florida and Fidelina Pena of Cuba, a brother, Andres Pena of Cuba, his mother-in-law, Aurora del Risco of Hartford, a special niece Clara del Risco of Florida and many other nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father-in-law, Oscar del Risco. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Sunday (May 8) from 1:00-4:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday (May 9) at 12:00pm in Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, 79 New Park Ave., Hartford followed by burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford.