Archive for July 2011

Brennan, Lorraine

Lorraine Mc Govern Brennan, of West Hartford, widow of Kevin J. Brennan, died peacefully on Thursday, July 28th. Born September 28, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Hugh and Julia (Gleason) McGovern. Lorraine graduated from Mt. St Joseph Academy and Rosemont College. She married Kevin Brennan, the love of her life, on June 12, 1948, and was married for nearly 46 years before he passed away in 1994. She was a former board member of Rosemont College, a founding member of St. Timothy’s Parish in West Hartford, and a long time supporter of St Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Lorraine loved her family unconditionally. She cherished travelling with her Kevin and helping others always make the best out of every situation. Her family will sorely miss her contagious laugh, her smiling Irish blue eyes, her competitive nature and her zest for life. Lorraine leaves behind her children: Kevin Brennan Jr. and his wife Joan of Rockville Centre, New York, Timothy Brennan and his wife Antoinette of Duxbury, MA, Dennis Brennan and his wife Maggie of West Hartford, Kathleen Thomsen and her husband Henning Andrew (HAT) of West Hartford, Paul Brennan and Debbie Abbott of New York, Eileen Deneen and her husband Chris of Windsor, and 13 grandchildren that she was so proud of; Patrick and Timothy Brennan, Kevin, Mary Ellen and John Brennan, Meghan, Sarah, and Matthew Thomsen, Kate and Claire Brennan, and Ryan, Connor, and Molly Deneen. She was predeceased by her daughter Mary, her sister Patricia Tamoney, and her grandson Dennis Patrick Brennan Jr. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Monday (Aug. 1) from 4:00-7:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday (Aug. 2) at 11:00am in the Church of St. Timothy, West 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 Church of St. Timothy, 1116 North Main St., West Hartford, CT 06117 or St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, 95 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105. Online messages of remembrance and sympathy may be made through

Schmocker, Barbara

Barbara Schmocker, 88, of West Hartford, CT and formerly of Westerly, RI and Tequesta, FL died Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at Hartford Hospital. Barbara was born May 27, 1923 in Northampton, MA and was raised by her mother, Anna Dulac, in Antrim, NH. She received her BE degree in 1944 from Plymouth State Teachers College and her MA degree in 1966 from the University of Bridgeport. She taught typing, shorthand and bookkeeping for over 25 years retiring as Business Department Chairperson of Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, CT in 1979. She took great pride in mentoring both students and younger teachers. She also served as President of the Norwalk Teachers Association, St. Anne’s Society and Catholic Daughters of America. Following retirement, she lived in Tequesta, FL with her husband Karl Schmocker until his death and later with her college roommate and best friend Ann Partridge. Playing bridge and ballroom dancing were two of her favorite activities. In 2005 Barbara moved to Westerly, RI where she and Ann lived until recently. She is survived by her son Richard Thibodeau and his wife Mary Ellen Thibodeau of West Hartford, CT, her grandson Matthew Thibodeau and his wife Jody Koch of Chicago, IL and her granddaughter Jessica Thibodeau and her husband David Cho of Washington, DC and one great grandson, Mitchell Thibodeau. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday August 22, 2011 at 10:00 am at St. Clare’s Church, Westerly, RI. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Clare’s Church, 4 Saint Clare Way, Westerly, RI 02891 or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Schmidt, Irma

Irma G. Schmidt, 112, wife of the late Dr. George P. Schmidt of Douglass College, Rutgers University, passed away peacefully, July 25, 2011, at Woodlake at Tolland. Irma was born October 7, 1898, in Indianapolis, IN, grew up in Elyria, OH, where she attended Lutheran parochial schools, Elyria public high School, and the Academy of Music at Oberlin College. She subsequently became a piano teacher and pursued this vocation for much of her adult life. After her marriage, Irma moved East with her husband to settle in New Brunswick, NJ, the home of Rutgers University. A committed volunteer, she became very active in the Rutgers community where her husband taught for many years. She became president of the newly formed Newcomers society, a group which operated often beyond the college campuses, addressing the needs of many social agencies during the Great Depression, and later, among newly drafted GIs at nearby Camp Kilmer during WWII. She was a Charter member of the Rutgers Women’s League, a member of the National Board of the YWCA, and a lifetime member of the P.E.O., a venerable educational and philanthropic women’s organization with 19th century roots in the mid west where Irma grew up. Irma lost a beloved son, George P. Schmidt Jr., to cancer in 2006. She is survived by a daughter, Marianne Simonoff of Tolland; two grandsons, Gregory Simonoff and his wife Katerina of Rowley, MA, and Paul Simonoff and his wife Erica of Somerville MA; great granddaughters, Keira, Kristy, and twins, Anika and Sofia. Memorial services will be held at the United Congregational Church of Tolland, Tolland CT, Tuesday, August 2, at 11:00. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Woodlake at Tolland, 26 Shenipsit Lake Road, Tolland CT 06084; or to the Irma and George Schmidt Scholarship Fund, Douglass College/Rutgers, 181 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick NJ 08901-8557. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Spirito, Anthony

Anthony J. Spirito Sr., 86, of Farmington, beloved husband of Frances (Benvenuto) Spirito, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 26th. Born in Hartford, January 13th, 1925, son of the late Joseph and Carlotta (Bianci) Spirito, he resided in Farmington for 55 years. Prior to retiring in 1991, he was employed by Finast in the Distribution Center in Windsor Locks. Anthony was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington where he was also a member of the Men’s Club. He was a decorated United States Army veteran of World War II. Besides his loving wife, he is survived by his daughter, Susan S. Chase and her husband Mark of Plainville, two grandsons, Mark and his wife Jennifer Chase, Stephen Chase and a great-grandson Joseph Anthony Chase. He was predeceased by his dear son, Anthony Joseph Spirito Jr., USMC, who was killed in action RVN 1968. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to all the staff at Apple Rehab in Plainville for their love and care. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville TODAY ( July 28, 2011) 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. Patrick, Farmington at 10:30am. Burial with full military honors will be in the family plot at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson Disease Association, CT Chapter, 27 Allendale Drive, North Haven, CT 06473 or to the Plainville Community Pantry, 54 South Canal St., Plainville, CT 06062.

Sheridan, Richard

Richard J. Sheridan, beloved husband of Helen Sheridan for 58 years passed away at home on Monday, July 25th after a long illness. He is survived by his wife Helen, her sister Margery along with nephews and nieces: Edward Giovine, Laura Benedetto and Philip Giovine, Richard Ayers, Richard Pascal, Jeanne Gargiulo, Sherry Kreek . He is pre-deceased by his father Richard J. Sheridan who was a Deputy Inspector in the New York City police department and his mother Mary Flanagan Sheridan, an uncle Martin J. Sheridan who won five Olympic Gold Medals for the United States. He was a resident for the past many years of Farmington Woods in Avon, Connecticut. He was a former executive of Allstate Insurance Company and served in the United States Marine Corps. He had undergraduate and graduate degrees from New York University. His wisdom, lifelong guidance, gentle manner and compassion will be greatly missed by us all. Donations in his memory may be made to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085. A private burial will be on Saturday, July 30th at Gate of Heaven Cemetery Hawthorne, NY after a Mass of Christian Burial in their chapel. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Crowe, Sandy

Sandy Elizabeth Crowe (Grabchuk), 55, of Kensington, CT, passed away on Saturday, (July 23, 2011), surrounded by her family. Sandy was born and raised in Avon, CT, and graduated from Avon High School and Post College. She was the daughter of the late Alexander and Mary Grabchuk of Avon, CT. She was the beloved wife of Richard F. Crowe (35 years) of Kensington, CT. Sandy was a devoted and loving mother of Michelle and Brendan Bartley of Somerville, MA; Jennifer M. Crowe of West River, MD, and Michael T. Crowe of Kensington, CT, and grandmother of Zander M. Bartley of Somerville, MA. She also leaves her sister Teresa “Tisa” Knight of Jacksonville, FL, with whom she shared a special bond and her sister Gemma Garland. Sandy also leaves behind her loving mother-in-law Dorothy M. Crowe of Unionville, CT, as well as many devoted relatives. She also leaves behind her Best Friend and shopping buddy, Alice Mitchell, with whom she shared countless “Memory Days.” She was an active member of the Berlin Community. She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish, serving on the Parish Council as well as being a Eucharistic Minister. Sandy shared a special bond with Father Ed. As a long time member of the Berlin UpBeat Program, she served on the UpBeat Community team and the UpBeat Core Team. She was the UpBeat Director of the volunteers at the Hospital for Special Care. “Ma” Crowe’s involvement with the UpBeat Peer Leadership Program impacted the lives of thousands of Berlin Youth. Sandy was the recipient of the Berlin UpBeat Peronace Volunteer Award and the “2010 Celebrate Berlin! Award” presented by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain. As a cancer survivor, she was involved with a documentary on Stem Cell Transplant by Harvard Medical and Dana Farber. Please take a moment to view her story at The Crowe family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Corey Cutler and his Stem Cell team at Dana Farber, as well as all of the doctors and staff at Hartford Hospital. The Berlin Community and most especially the youth of the community have lost a shining star in their beloved “Ma Crowe.”
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (July 26) from 4-8 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (July 27) at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Berlin UpBeat Program c/o Berlin High School, 139 Patterson Way, Berlin CT, 06037.

Lougee, Jane

Jane (McLagan) Lougee, 80, of Farmington and Deerfield Beach, FL, beloved wife of Fred M. Lougee, passed away suddenly Sunday, July 17th. Born in Hartford, September 22nd, 1930, daughter of the late Donald and Myrtle (Griffin) McLagan, she received her B.A. from Western Connecticut College, her Masters in Education from Columbia University and her P.D. also from Columbia University. Jane served in the West Hartford School System for over 30 years retiring in 1987 as Director of Special Education. Her career then took her to the State of Connecticut, Newington Children’s Hospital School and then to CCMC School where she served as Principal since the school’s inception until her retirement in 2003. She was associated with many national and state professional and educational organizations, most especially in the area of Special Education. Besides her husband, Jane is survived by her uncle, Douglas D. McLagan, her cousins Irene McLagan-Turnbull and Donald McLagan all of Glasgow, Scotland. She was predeceased by her two brothers, Gordon and Donald McLagan.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (July 25) from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home on Tuesday (July 26) at 11:30 a.m. followed by burial in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Little Guild (for the welfare of animals) 285 Sharon Goshen Tpke, West Cornwall, CT 06796.

Alicea, Carlos

Carlos M. Alicea, 53, of Harford, passed away Sunday, July 17th. He is survived by his mother, Gloria Cruz, his three children, Charin, Carlos and Jorge, four grandchildren, Nicole, Meilany, Jared and Jayden, his companion Noemi Pacheco-Rivera, his sisters, Angie and Gloria, his brothers, Jorge, Angel, Arturo and Johnny and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Sunday (July 24) from 3:00-5:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Monday (July 25) in St. Michael’s Church, Hartford at 10:00am. Burial will be in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.

Ferola, Lina

Lina (Alissi) Ferola, 88 years old, passed away peacefully on July 19, 2011 in Avon. Lena was born on August 19, 1922 in Springfield, Massachusetts, the daughter of Corina (Chistolini) and Salvatore Alissi. She grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, but moved to Connecticut when she married Frank Ferola. Lena derived deep satisfaction and joy from her family and will be remembered for her strength, wisdom, and huge loving heart. She was an attentive listener and constantly provided support and love to all who were lucky enough to know her. Her greatest attribute was being a great “Mom” and “Nonna” throughout her life. She will be deeply missed, but the memory of her kindness and consideration of others will live on in the hearts of her beloved family and friends. Lena was a skilled seamstress, talented calligrapher, and was proficient in needle work and a variety of other crafts. She belonged to St. Patrick’s Women Guild and The Caspano Club. She is survived by four daughters; Corinne Ferola of Farmington, Leta Watkins and spouse Gary of Huntington, VT,
Karen Bach and spouse Tom of Unionville, and Sally Trombley and spouse Tom of Farmington. She leaves behind 3 cherished granddaughters; Angela Ferola-Hill of Salem, MA, Carissa Rose and spouse Mike of Bristol, and Carrie-Ann Bach of Unionville. She also leaves her darling great granddaughter, Aubrey Rose. She is also survived by her sister Elena Warren, sisters in law Jo-Anne Alissi and Sarah Alissi, and her aunt Martha Alissi, as well as several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly. She was predeceased by a daughter Janet Ferola, a son Andrew Ferola, her husband Frank Ferola, brothers Albert Alissi and Joseph Alissi, sisters-in-law Ida D’Arcy and Vicki Ferola, and brother-in-law Joseph Ferola. The Ferola Family wishes to thank the Marty Santulli Family of Avon for the loving care they provided Lena at the very end of her life. Visiting hours will be held on Friday July 29 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street Rt. 4, Unionville. A Catholic Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville, Connecticut, on Saturday, July 30 at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at The Riverside Cemetery in Farmington. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ahern Funeral Home 860-673-2601.

Olsen, Katrine

On July 19, 2011, four days after the 14th anniversary of my Dad’s passing my Mom, Katrine Dannevig Olsen (Kat to her friends) passed away unexpectedly at home. Born November 25, 1937 in Oslo, Norway she grew up during World War II. She learned how great the USA was. This was especially true after the war, as the USA helped Norway with supplies and food to get Norway and its citizens back on their feet. Mom met Dad – Olaf T Olsen, a fellow Norwegian in New York. He was smitten and dazzled her with long stem roses (which she cut short to fit a vase) and a fancy car. Mom left the Norwegian University to marry Dad. They were married in 1959 in a Stave Church in Norway and then made their home in Connecticut. In August of 1960 they bought their first house in Bloomfield and a month later Kay Dannevig Olsen was born. Within the next couple of years, Kris Dannevig Olsen and Kenneth Dannevig Olsen finished the Olsen family. In the early 70’s mom went back to college as a freshman and received her BS in Psychology from Trinity College. She received her MS in Psychology from the University of Hartford. All the while she continued being the Mom that went on the school field trips, helped coach the swim team and was a staunch Republican – even though, she was still a Norwegian citizen and couldn’t vote. In 1979, she built a house with her family in Farmington. She also became a real estate agent and continued this for more than 25+ years ending at Keller Williams. In the early 80’s Kat and Olaf were instrumental in developing a million dollar endowment for the Hill-stead museum. In addition, Kat was active with Garden Club and the ‘clatter valley society” as well as other charity organizations. In 1992, Kat, became a U.S. citizen in her own right. All three kids graduated college and their own lives. Kay worked in marketing and started her own company in 1999. Kris moved to New York and worked in Construction Management and Ken worked with Kay. Ken also worked part-time at Gledhill Nursery in West Hartford and then in 2009, was instrumental in starting the Laurel Group in the Hamptons, NY. In 2002, Kay met Doug Coombs. Kris married Yvette and have three children, Bryce Lipscomb is the oldest and he has a younger brother Ridge Dannevig Olsen and a younger sister Chloe Elizabeth Olsen. Over the years, Kat would continue to help friends and neighbors, bringing food, taking them to church or to vote or whatever someone needed. She always had a big heart. Kat not only leaves her family that loves her, she leaves many true friends who cared deeply for her. We will all miss her.
There will be a gathering to share great stories at The Ahern’s Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday, July 30, 2011 from 2-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Animal Friends of Connecticut PO Box 370306, West Hartford, CT 06137-0306.

Munterich, Eugenia

Eugenia (Jean) Munterich, 92, of Farmington, beloved wife of the late George C. Munterich, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, July 18th, 2011 at the Touchpoints at Farmington. Eugenia was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 4th, 1919. She moved to Farmington with her husband and children in 1953 and resided there for 58 years. Eugenia was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed daily visits and assistance from her daughter-in-law, two fabulous years at Village Gate and seven months of exceptional care at Touchpoints at Farmington. She is survived by her son Ronald Munterich and his wife Lucille of Farmington, her daughter Georgene Weigold and her husband Roger of Greensboro, NC, six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Garden St., Farmington on Saturday (July 23) at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Little Hearts, Inc., PO Box 171, Cromwell, CT 06416. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Herron, Susan

Susan Herron R.N., 53, of Burlington, beloved wife of Philip G. Herron, passed away peacefully Friday, (July 15, 2011) at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Stratford, June 7th, 1958, daughter of the late Raymond and Lula (Laituri) Arkilander. Susan was associated with the Bristol Visiting Nurses Association and served the Greater Bristol community with care and compassion. Besides her husband, Susan is survived by her two daughters, Michelle Arkilander of New Haven and Kelly Nicole Herron of Burlington; her two brothers, David Arkilander of Stratford and William Arkilander of Englewood, FL; and her mother-in-law, Joan Herron of Boca Raton, FL and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (July 19) from 5-8 p.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Wednesday (July 20) at 9:15 a.m. followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, Burlington at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Klingberg Family Centers, 370 Linwood Street, New Britain, CT 06052.

Chaia, Helen

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Helen B. Chaia on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at age 83. Born September 9, 1927 in New London, NH, Helen was an inspiration and a ray of sunshine to so many people she touched. Known for her keen sense of humor and a knack for always “teaching”, her life was rich with personal and professional achievements. She graduated from Jamaica Plain High School in 1945, and went on to earn her Bachelors of Science in Education from Salem Teacher’s College (1949), and a Master of Arts from the University of Connecticut (1961). Helen was both mentor and friend to many students (and colleagues) throughout a teaching career spanning 49 years. Following graduation, for 25 years she primarily taught first and second grade students at Silver Lane School, East Hartford, CT. When most decide to retire, she spent the next 28 years applying her skills as a patient and creative Reading Language Arts Consultant at the Norris, Sunset Ridge, and Meadow schools, with a majority of her time in the Mayberry Elementary School system. In her tenure, she was honored as Outstanding Educator in 1976; received an award for building the first Multimedia Reading Center in the school system; served as the Connecticut representative (and speaker) on the Board of the New England Reading Association; and actively participated on the boards of the Connecticut Association for Reading Research (CARR), the Connecticut Reading Association (CAR) as Treasurer and Membership chairperson and the International Reading Association. A devoted mother, avid reader, and active volunteer, she was the President of the Farmington Valley swim league, supported the Holiday Ridge Swim team, and has countless notes of appreciation and awards for her tireless work on town committees focused on recreation, the town library, and for support of town elections. Helen would often represent the “voice of the children” in her efforts. Her passion was seeing her grandchildren grow, watching her beloved New England Patriots play football, and seeing the UCONN Huskies win! Helen is predeceased by the love of her life, Frank Chaia, along with her brothers Arthur, Robert, William and sister, Lois. She is survived by her brother, Donald Brady of Wilmot, NH. She also leaves her beloved son, Jonathan Chaia his wife, Christine, and her three favorite guys – Tyler, Michael and Ryan. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (July 15) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral Services will be held Saturday (July 16) at 11:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home with Rev. Wendell Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cardiology Department at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Office of Development, 10 Talcott Notch Road, Suite 100, Farmington, CT 06032. Helen recently took the time to do what many only dream of – write a humorous memoir. She titled it “I’ll do it my way – follow your own bent”. And that, she did.

Rosa, Cecilia

Cecilia S. Rosa, 85, of Hartford, widow of Manuel Mendes Duarte Rosa, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 13th. Born in Para-Belem, Brazil, May 5th, 1926, daughter of the late Edward and Maria Rosa (Santos) Dos Santos, she has resided in Hartford for 50 years. Prior to her retirement, Cecilia was employed at the Aetna Life Insurance Company in Hartford as a Baker. She was a communicant at Our Lady Fatima Church in Hartford. Cecilia is survived by her three children, Maria R. Marques of Marlborough, Joseph M. Duarte of Waterford and Amador “Al” S. Rosa of Hartford, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Sunday (July 17) from 2:00-4:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (July 18) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in Our Lady of Fatima Church, Hartford at 10:00am. Burial will be in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 50 Kane St., Hartford, CT 06106.

Lee, Asahel

Asahel F. “Ace” Lee, 74, of Avon beloved husband of Catherine Leone Lee, passed away peacefully on July 15 at Avon Health Center. Ace was born Aug. 26, 1936 in West Hartford, son of the late Nathan and Pearl (Dean) Lee. Ace proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in Japan prior to his honorable discharge. He received a degree in electronics at DeVry Tech. Prior to retiring from the West Hartford Fire Department where he served for over twenty years, retiring in 1995 with the rank of Lieutenant, he owned and operated Ace TV Repair. He was also a sales agent at Prudential CT Realty. Ace was an avid golfer, member of the Farmington Men’s Club and Lenolese Society of Farmington. He enjoyed spending many summers at the family beach house in Westerly, RI swimming and taking long walks along the beach at sunset. Ace leaves this world having touched many people with his kindness and will be greatly missed. In addition to his devoted wife of 51 years, he is survived by his loving children Scott of Rock Hill, SC and Kristen of Boston, MA. He also leaves his sisters Beverly Dutko of Hartford, Glenna Niro of Newington, and his brothers Fred Lee of Springfield VT, Nathan Lee of Kalispell, MT and several nieces. The family extends a special thank you to the nurses and entire staff at Avon Health Center for their compassion and excellent care. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home 111 Main St. Unionville on Wednesday (July 20) from 4-7 p.m. Funeral Services will be held Thursday (July 21) at10:30am in The Ahern Funeral Home followed by burial at the Greenwood Cemetery, Avon with full USMC honors and West Hartford Fire Department Honors. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital, Burn Center, 516 Carew Street Springfield, MA 01104-2396, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.