Archive for June 2011

Carrocia, Sophie

 Sophie Grogoza Carroccia, 84, of Farmington, widow of Orlando “Lum” Carroccia, passed away Thursday, June 30th at her home. Born October 4th, 1926 in Hartford, daughter of the late Paul and Sophie Grogoza, she lived in Farmington until retiring to Arizona. Prior to retiring, Sophie was employed by St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. She is survived by her daughter, Christine Tucker and her husband Scott of Newington, her son Michael Carroccia and his wife Virginia of Florence, VT, her son Paul Carroccia of Farmington, her grandsons, Kristopher, Brian and his wife Meghan and her great-grandson Collin of Vermont, her granddaughters Karleigh and Hannah of Farmington, former daughter-in-law Sally Carroccia of Farmington, her sister and brother-in-law Mary and John Seleman of Ridgefield, her brother and sister-in-law Sam and Penny Grogoza of Florida and her dear friend Debbie Leschner. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Farmington Valley VNA Hospice, especially her nurse Sarah Minervino, for the wonderful care given to Sophie. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (July 9) at 11:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, Main St., Farmington. Memorial contributions may be made to the Farmington Valley VNA Hospice Program, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury, CT 06070. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Crockett, Thomas John III

Thomas John Crockett, III of Unionville passed away peacefully Monday (June 28, 2011) at the John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington, Connecticut. Born in Unionville, December 4, 1921, the son of Thomas John Crockett, Jr. and Agatha Hollinger Crockett, Jack Crockett was raised on Lovely Street and graduated from Farmington High School. From there he led the way to Harvard College, where he was followed by his brother, William Kirwan Crockett and his sisters, Patricia Crockett Olmsted and Barbara Crockett Dexter. A member of the Signet Society and editor of the Harvard Advocate, he graduated from Harvard in 1943. Following a brief career at the Hartford Times and in the Army, he joined the Department of State where he served for 40 years. Stationed throughout eastern Europe from 1947 until the early 1960’s, he also served in the Philippines during the Vietnam War and in Tunisia and Israel during the 1970’s. His focus in his career was the diplomatic value of American culture and the liberating value of truthful reporting, and he served in the early years of the Voice of America, the U.S. Information Agency, the U. S. Information Service, and related agencies. From his experiences, he developed and nurtured a profound love of art, of music and of languages. Italy, where he served for several years, remained an inspiration to him all his life. Following his retirement in 1986, he returned to Unionville and pursued his passions; the Unionville Museum, tai chi and gardening. While maintaining ties to the community of retired diplomats, he served on and supported numerous civic caused in Unionville. A peerless raconteur and tireless researcher, he became an informal historian of the town. A relentless traveler and extraordinary host, he nurtured friendships and his extensive family, expanding their horizons to encompass the world. His goal in life was set for him by his father: to be a good citizen. Accomplished and curious, distinguished and impish, frugal and generous and loyal, he leaves a successful career, an enriched community and a devoted family of 11 nephews and nieces, and nine great-nephews and great-nieces.
The Funeral Liturgy will be on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. in The Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. The family also plans a memorial event in Unionville at the end of summer to honor his commitment to his home town. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the Unionville Museum, 15 School Street, Unionville, CT 06085. Arrangements are being handled by the Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Kelly, Maria

Maria Elizabeth Kelly, 47, of Avon, passed away peacefully Sunday (June 26) at John Dempsey Hospital, surrounded by her family. Maria was born on December 18, 1963 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, daughter of Barbara E. (Flanigan) Kelly of Enfield and the late William J. Kelly. Maria attended school in Simsbury and Plainville and was a communicant at the Church of St. Ann in Avon. She was very active in FAVARH and was a Special Olympics medal-winner in soccer, basketball and softball. She also played floor hockey. Maria was a family member of the Avon Volunteer Fire Department and a long time camper at Camp Horizons and Camp Harkness. Maria loved many things: word search puzzles and coloring books, 7th Heaven and Full House, animals, music, parades, the color pink, ice cream and yogurt, Sunday morning donuts, afternoon naps, dances and trips. But most of all, Maria loved her family and her friends, her coaches and her teammates. And we loved her back. Maria was a kind and gentle soul. She will be deeply and sadly missed by all who were fortunate enough to see her smile, receive a hug and share in her laughter. Maria also leaves her brother William J. Kelly Jr. and his wife Roxanne and their children, Benn and Ryan of Burlington, her sister Lisa Kelly Morgan and her husband Tom and their children Dan and Katie of Wethersfield, her brother Christopher J. Kelly of Enfield, her father Victor C. Mitchell of Avon and the late Frances (Rocconella) Mitchell, her brother Victor C. Mitchell Jr. and his wife Kathleen of Plymouth and their children Sarah Mitchell and Rebecca Stevick and her husband Matthew and their daughter Emma, her brother James V. Mitchell and his wife Anne and their children Christopher and Daniel of Canton, her sister Carol Baldwin and her husband Brian and their children Emma-Lee and Brianna of Avon. Maria was predeceased by her brother Thomas Mitchell.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Unionville on Tuesday, June 28 (from 4-8 p.m.). The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday, June 29 at 10 a.m. in The Church of St. Ann in Avon. Burial will be at St. Patrick Cemetery Enfield. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to FAVARH, 225 Commerce Dr., Canton, CT, 06019.

Webster, Morris

Morris E. Webster 95, of Unionville, CT, beloved husband of Edna Mae (La Fontaine) Webster, passed away Friday (June 24, 2011) at the Cherry Brook Health Care Center. Born in Mars Hill, Maine on September 30, 1915, son of the late George H. and Ada (Parady) Webster, he resided in Unionville for the past thirteen years. After serving in the U.S Army during World War II, he followed in his father’s footsteps pursuing a career in the wood preserving industry where he became a staunch union advocate fighting for workers’ rights and protection. Prior to retiring in 1980, he was the superintendent at the New England Pole Woodtreating Co. in Merrimack, NH. for twenty-five years. Besides his wife of seventy-five years he is survived by daughter Deanne Teresa and her husband Carlton Taylor of Davenport, NY., son Morris G. Webster and his wife Carol of Bushkill, PA., daughter Susan and her husband George Beaulier of Canton, CT., son David Webster and his wife Maryanne of Billerica, MA., son-in-law James E. Brewer of Shephard, TX., and brother Wilbur Webster of Revere, MA, as well as fourteen grandchildren, twenty-three great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. He was predeceased by his dear daughter Elaine Patricia Brewer. As his Yankee heritage would dictate, Mr. Webster was a man of principle and a purist attitude typified by his commitment to family through hard work and support and whatever interest he pursued – preventive medicine, self-education or politics.
Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cherry Brook Health Care Center, 102 Dyer Avenue, Canton, CT. 06019. Funeral arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes Inc. 111 Main St., Unionville, CT.

Roberts, Florence

Florence S. Roberts, 84, of Burlington, widow of Kenneth E. Roberts, Jr., and loving mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully Thursday (June 16, 2011) at John Dempsey Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Born in Hartford, November 19, 1926 daughter of the late George and Adeline (Cook) Heller. Florence graduated from Hartford Public High School, and went on to work at Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. for more than twenty-five years until her retirement in 1988. She moved to Burlington in 1959 where she resided until her move to Middlewoods of Farmington in December of 2008. A woman of great faith, she was a member of the South Congregational Church in Hartford for seventy years, serving as Moderator, Deacon, and on most committees and boards at the Church. She was a member of Frederica Chapter #110 OES in Plainville, past Matron of Adah Chapter #30 OES in Unionville, and past Grand Representative to the State of Minnesota. Florence was a loving, compassionate woman who enjoyed reading, knitting, baking, prayer shawl ministry, and generally doing for others. She was an avid fan of Uconn women’s basketball, the Boston Red Sox, and NASCAR racing. She is survived by her daughter Susan and her husband Charles Elphick of Unionville, daughter Paula and husband Peter Brink of Barkhamsted, daughter Patricia and husband Steven Daigle of Terryville, son William and wife Lori Roberts of Barkhamsted, grandchildren Adam, Jordan, and Joshua Brink, Michael Daigle, and Kimberly and Zachary Roberts, as well as her faithful feline companion, Smokey.
The family would like to thank the staff of Middlewoods of Farmington and the doctors and nurses at the University of CT Health center and John Dempsey Hospital for the wonderful care extended to their mother.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home 111 Main St., Unionville on Tuesday (June 21) from 4-8 p.m. An Eastern Star service will be exemplified at 7pm. Memorial services will be held Saturday (July 9) at the South Congregational Church 277 Main St., Hartford, at 11 am. In lieu of flowers contributions in Florence’s memory may be made to the South Congregational Church of Hartford 277 Main St., Hartford, CT 06106 or to The UConn Foundation, Inc., 2390 Alumni Drive Unit 3206, Storrs, CT 06269.

Kerr, Barbara

Barbara J. “Mimi” Kerr, 74, of Unionville, beloved wife of Robert E. Kerr, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 15th. Born in Hartford, July 20th, 1936, daughter of the late Harry and Laura (Couture) Vincent, lovingly raised by George and Nin Bouchard. She was a longtime volunteer knitter at RSVP. Many family members and friends enjoyed her afghans as gifts. She enjoyed playing cards, especially cribbage with her grandchildren and was also an avid reader. Besides her husband, Mimi is survived by her four children, Stephen R. Kerr and his wife Linda B. and their children Emily and Daniel of Burlington, Timothy Kerr and his wife Ann and their children Stephanie, Hannah and Jason of Farmington, Susan E. Ronan and her husband Leslie R. and their children Christopher, Russell, Geoffrey and Denise, of Simsbury and James A. Kerr and his children Andrew, Alexander, Ashlyn and Amanda of Canton, her brother Robert H. Vincent and his wife Joyce of Kentucky , her aunt Lena Spielman of Burlington, one great grandchild, Sylvain and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (June 20) from 6:00-9:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday (June 21) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to UConn Health Center Development Office, For Pulmonary Research, c/o Dr. Foley, 10 Talcott Notch Road, Suite 100, Farmington, CT 06032.

Daley, Bernice

Bernice V. Daley, eternally 39, of Unionville, widow of Cornelius J. Daley, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 9th. Born in Unionville, December 29th, 1920, daughter of the late John and Anna Dziedzic, she resided in Forestville and Unionville. Prior to retiring, Bernice was a Machinist at Dabkowski Industry in Forestville and also at M.H. Rhodes Company in Avon. She was a lifelong communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. Bernice is survived by her two sisters, Mary Kaczmarczyk of Bristol and Georgina Moran of West Hartford, her nieces and nephews, Gale Horton of Tolland, Elizabeth Young of Burlington, Patricia Stewart of Glastonbury, David Kaczmarczyk of Bristol, David Dziedzic of Terryville, Wayne Dziedzic of Florida, John Dziedzic Jr., of Kansas, her nephew’s widow, Carol Dziedzic of Collinsville, and many other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her two brothers, John and Edward Dziedzic, her two sisters, Margaret Dziedzic, Estelle Jessome and her nephew, Donald Dziedzic. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (June 14) from 11:00am – 12:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 12:00pm followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 12:30pm. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085.

Knight, William

William M. Knight, 56, of Unionville, beloved husband of Joanne (Muszynski) Knight, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 5th. Born in Hartford, June 8th, 1954, son of the late Thomas and Emily (Knibbs) Knight, he was a lifelong resident of Unionville. Bill was a Heavy Equipment Operator and Mechanic for WW Manchester Construction in Bristol, Stamm Construction in Newington, and most recently Troy’s Trailer Sales in Farmington. He was a member of the Tunxis Hose Co. #1 in Unionville for over 20 years, having served as Chief of the department and was active with the muster team. He was a member of Uncas Council #32 K of C in Unionville. In his younger years, Bill ran the Modified Series at Riverside Park, MA, Stafford Motor Speedway and Plainville Speedway with car #98. Bill was an avid fisherman, enjoyed New York trips to Lake Ontario, and was a longtime NASCAR fan. Billy was heavily involved with the Farmington Valley Antique Tractor Club in Farmington where he leveled the track and was instrumental with the sled at the pulls. Besides his wife, he is survived by his three children, William Knight, Robert Knight and Allison Knight, all of Unionville, his granddaughter, Dakota Misluck, his sister, Linda Smith of Unionville and two brothers, Thomas Knight of Jacksonville, FL and Barry Knight of Burlington, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (June 9) from 4:00-8:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Friday (June 10) at 10:30am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Francis Hospital Cancer Center, 95 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105.

Maliszewski, Thomas

Thomas P. Maliszewski, 84, of Farmington, beloved husband of Cecelia (Zapor) Maliszewski, passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 7th. Born in Hartford, March 5th, 1927, son of the late Alexander B. and Bronislava (Valicuska) Maliszewski. Prior to retiring, Tom was a Salesman for the F&M Schaefer Brewing Company and Fordham Distributors for 40 years, an accomplishment that he was extremely proud of. Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, Michael A. Maliszewski and his wife Marysa of Torrington, two granddaughters, Caitlyn and Danielle Maliszewski, a sister, Josephine Sobuta of Ithaca, NY and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Clothtilda Cardinal, and his brothers, Adam, Raymond, Alexander Jr., and Vincent Maliszewski. The family wishes to express a special, sincere thank you to Debbie, John and Jane and all their other neighbors. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, on Friday from 8:30-10:00am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington at 10:30am. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Costanzo, Sherry Ann

Sherry Ann Costanzo, loving wife of Robert Costanzo and devoted mother, died peacefully at home on June 6, 2011, surrounded by her family and friends, after losing her courageous six year battle with cancer. Born April 16, 1959 in Winsted, she was the daughter of the late William H. and Ida R. Emerick. Sherry was a former employee of Connecticare Insurance Company. In addition to being a lover of animals, anything purple, and an avid Red Sox fan, Sherry was a true woman of faith, often reminding others that we are all in the good Lord’s hands. A loving wife and devoted mother, Sherry’s cheerful spirit spilled out to everyone who knew her and she will be missed by all who’s lives she touched with her kindness and selflessness. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, Robert Costanzo, III, and Gregory Costanzo, both of Kensington; sister Nancy O’Connor; brothers Barry Emerick and William H. Emerick, Jr. and his wife Joan; father-in-law, Robert P. Costanzo Sr.; sister-in-law, Donna Bober and her husband, Tom; nieces Roxanne Hansen and husband, Tyler, Amber Gluss and husband, Jeremy, Kim Hillman and husband Robert, Jeanette Emerick and husband, Sterling; nephew Kyle Bober; great nieces MacKenzie Hillman and Hope Hansen and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Sherry will also be greatly missed by her adoring pets, Chelsea Rose, Shadow, Zoe and Kimba. She was predeceased by her mother-in-law, Vera M. Costanzo, her brother-in-law, Richard O’Connor and her great nephew, Patrick Hansen. Friends are invited to call on the family on Sunday, June 12 from 3:00-600pm at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, June 13 at St. Paul’s Church, 459 Alling St, Kensington, CT at 11:30am. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In order to honor Sherry’s joyful spirit, the family requests that those attending her services wear purple. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405 or Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111.

Gajewski, Jozef

Jozef Gajewski, 78, of Unionville, beloved husband of the late Edwarda (Kryston) Gajewska, passed away Thursday, June 2nd at his home. Born and raised in the town of Suchowola, Poland, February 13th, 1932, son of the late Wincenty and Adela (Malinowska) Gajewski, he has resided in Unionville since 2009. He served the people of Suchowola as a Taxi Driver for 40 years. Jozef was a family oriented, hardworking and peaceful man who survived the terrible time of World War II. He enjoyed family gatherings, playing cards and time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his daughter, Elzbieta Prytulo, her husband Bogdan and their children, Justyna and Karolina of Unionville, his daughter, Slawa Gajewska, her husband Mahmoud Mahmoud and their son, Yosef Gajewski Mahmoud of Unionville, two nephews, Andrzej Kaczynski of New Britain and Piotr Gajewski of Georgia and two nieces, Elzbieta Kostrycka of Farmington and Barbara Urban of Chicago, IL. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Unionville on Sunday (June 5) from 2:00-5:00pm. A Prayer Service will be held in the funeral home at 5:00pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085.

Welch, Aura

Aura May (Beckwith) Welch, 83, passed peacefully into eternal rest June 1st 2011. Born in Elmwood, CT on May 3, 1928, she was predeceased by her Father Rexford Filmore Beckwith, Mother Bertha Dowd Beckwith, Brothers Richard, Robert and Rexford Beckwith, her husband of 52 years Robert F. Welch Sr., and sons Robert F. Welch Jr. and Barry C. Welch. Aura is survived by her sons William R. Welch and his life partner Milo G. Hoffman, Bradford S. Welch and his wife Laure A. (Pasler) Welch and their 3 children Katelyn A., Courtney I. and Christina M. Welch, and Bentley T. Welch and his son Rexford S. Welch as well as Grandchildren Gemma and Heath Brooks. She is also survived by her sister Claire A. (Beckwith) Livingston and husband Robert, her brother Bruce R. Beckwith and wife Louise and sister-in-laws Ada Beckwith and Anna Mae Beckwith. Aura was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and great aunt. She loved to swim, crochet, read, and spend time with the family. She was a member of The Red Hat Society and Farmington Senior Center. Those who knew Aura, also know that she loved to collect dolls; in total, over 2000. As of late she could almost always be found crocheting prayer shawls for her church, Memorial United Methodist Church of Avon. She absolutely loved her visits with Pastor Florence Eddins, Sally Parylak and other Parishioners. Aura valued her relationships with her very dear neighbors, long time and more recent friends alike. Aura and her family lived in East Hartford, CT for 7 years before settling in Farmington, CT for the past 54 years to raise 5 boys. Aura enjoyed spending time with many friends, and often, she would give you something handmade as a token of that love. She was a great mom and wife, and her earthly presence will be sorely missed by all whose lives she touched. A memorial service will be held at Memorial United Methodist Church of Avon, on Saturday June 11, 2011 at 9:00 AM. There will be a brief reception at the church immediately after the service, followed by interment at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rocky Hill, CT. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Memorial United Methodist Church of Avon for the Prayer Shawl Ministry, 867 West Avon Road, Avon, CT 06001. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.