Archive for August 2011

Urso, Bryan

Bryan Christopher Urso, 28, of Burlington, passed away suddenly on Monday, August 29th, 2011. Born in Hartford, March 16th, 1983 he was the beloved son of Ray and Sharon (Letizio) Urso of Burlington. Bryan went to Burlington schools until high school where he attended Oliver Wolcott Tech where he studied Carpentry and was a member of the National Honor Society, graduating in 2001. He enjoyed playing soccer, snowboarding and BMX biking when he was younger. He loved fishing, spending time at the beach in Rhode Island and his profession, which he was amazing at. He volunteered at ‘We Are The Children’ on Christmas day. Bryan enjoyed life and had an amazing sense of humor and a heart bigger than life itself. He is now reunited with his best friend Lily.
Bryan will be greatly missed by those who truly knew him and deeply loved him. His smile, laugh and warm heart will be forever remembered and greatly missed. Besides his mother and father, he also leaves behind his brother and his wife, Jason and Sarah Urso of New Hartford, his sister Michelle Urso of Burlington, his niece and nephew, Natalie and Cooper, whom he greatly cherished, his maternal grandmother, Barbara B. Letizio of Berlin, as well as many special loving aunts and uncles and countless cousins. He is predeceased by his maternal grandfather Carmen Letizio, paternal grandparents Raymond and Joan Urso. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Sept. 2) from 4:00-8:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (Sept. 3) at 11:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Bryan may be made to ADRC 500 Blue Hills Avenue, Hartford, CT 06112. To send online condolences to the family please visit

Kerrigan, Hugh

Hugh Patrick Kerrigan, 74, of Farmington, passed away peacefully Monday, August 22nd. Born August 26, 1936 in Mullingar County, Westmeath, Ireland, son of the late John and Alocoque (Murtagh) Kerrigan. Hugh was a well known and highly accomplished professional horseman in both his homeland of Ireland and later in the United States where he emigrated to in 1965. For many years as a young man he rode steeplechase and point-to-point races. He was an avid pursuer of the sport of fox hunting in his Irish homeland, master of the Westmeath Harrior Hunt for several years before he emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 27 at which time he became involved in the sport of fox hunting and then went on to pursue a career as a professional trainer of hunters and show jumpers at a world class level and won numerous national titles and championships at shows throughout the United States and Canada including Madison Square Garden, The Nationals at Washington, and Devon (PA) Horse Show as well as hosting child and family services Horse Shows for many years, later the Farmington Horse Show to benefit such charities as Fidelco, Newington Children’s Hospital, FAVARH, and numerous other charities. Hugh was inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame in 2002. A well known and respected resident of Farmington he was considered by many to be a hardworking and colorful gentleman. Dedicated to his love of horses, he has touched countless lives and will be dearly missed by those who knew him. The family would like to express deep gratitude to Cecilia and Junior, for their unconditional care, hard work and love of “Mr. K” in his final years. In addition, the family wishes to acknowledge and thank all his loyal friends who stood ready to help during the time when Hughie was gravely ill. His legacy of the Farmington Polo Grounds will always be remembered by all people of the horse world and the residents of Farmington. Hugh is survived by his son Hugh F. Kerrigan and his wife Barbara, his son John J. Kerrigan, his daughter Christine A. Swail and her husband Connor, his granddaughter Lauren Faith Swail, his sisters, Margaret Kerrigan and Eileen Leary both of Ireland and his brothers, John, Morris and Eamonn Kerrigan, all of Ireland.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Sept. 1) from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10 a.m. followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, Main St., Farmington at 10:30 a.m.

Brenneman, Fred

Fred Brenneman, 78, of Unionville, died Thursday, (August 25, 2011) at home surrounded by his family. Fred was born January 24, 1933 in Framingham, MA to the late Richard S. and Helen E. Brenneman. Fred and his family have been long-time residents of the Unionville community. Fred graduated from Boston College in 1955 and served 2 years in the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant, before commencing his career in Human Resources with Dunham-Bush in Virginia and West Hartford. In his retirement years Fred enjoyed working part time at Manchester Honda, in Manchester. Fred was very active and his passions included golfing, traveling, fishing, bicycling, reading, American history, movies and his beloved Yankees. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and family, especially the beach vacations in Rhode Island. Fred was also passionate about the SPCA in loving memory of his cherished Springer Spaniel, ‘Freckles’. He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Barbara; and their four daughters Jill Finneran (Bill) of Andover, MA and their children Trip and Emily, his daughter Meg of Unionville, his daughter Amy Hodge (Simon) of Atlanta, GA and their son Henry, and his youngest daughter, Kate Fleming ( Mark) of Burlington and their twin children Charlie and Victoria. Fred is also survived by his two brothers Dick and Jack Brenneman (Nancy); and his three sisters, June Stephens, Joann Fair (Bob) and Susan Cioppa (Carl).
A celebration of Fred’s life will be held on Saturday, September 3 at 11 a.m at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SPCA of Connecticut, 359 Spring Hill Road, Monroe, CT 06468, the Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington, CT 06032 or the Unionville Museum, 15 School St., Unionville, CT 06085.

Albrecht, Clara

Clara (Claire) Marie Neuhauser Albrecht, 88, passed away in Fort Myers, Florida, on August 25, 2011, at the home of Elizabeth and Alfred S. Flesh — her daughter and son-in-law. She was born at the Neuhauser Family Home on Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, on July 20, 1923. She had been under hospice care since January 11, 2011. While Claire always claimed New England as her home, she had the opportunity to live in Fieldale, Virginia, for three years back in the 1930s. Her father Reinhard Neuhauser, also of Farmington, was asked by his employer to move south for a job. Reinhard and Martha, Claire’s mother, moved to Virginia and the friends all of them made there as a family continued to last a lifetime — so heartwarming.
When Claire graduated from Hartford’s prime secretarial school back in the early 1940s, she was pleased to accept a job with a renowned ophthalmologist in Hartford. But shortly thereafter, she met Werner B. Albrecht, the man she would be happily married to for 53 years until his death on May 2, 1998. He proposed to her on Valentines’ Day, 1944, and they were married on November 18, 1944, at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, Farmington, with the Dr. Rev. Harold King presiding. Dr. King also baptized and confirmed their two children, Robert and Elizabeth. After marrying Werner, the Albrecht’s built a house across the street from her parents’ home in Farmington, with the land provided to them from her parents. They lived in that home from the year they were married until they moved to Sarasota, Florida, in late 1980. However, in 1987, they decided to move to Fort Myers, Florida, so Werner could have a boat in his back yard canal — they were both so happy. It must be said Mrs. Albrecht was affectionately known as “Claire” to so many friends, family members, and children at Winding Trails Camp during her beginning years of a “working mother”, but then fully enjoyed working with Farmington’s Tax Assessor’s office until her retirement in 1979. Claire was the younger daughter of Reinhard and Martha Neuhauser, preceded in death by them as well as her husband, Werner B. Albrecht in 1998, and her sister, Elizabeth Neuhauser Iwanicki, formerly of Meriden, who died in 2003. Claire was a member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, of Farmington, and for about the past ten years, attended Iona-Hope Episcopal Church in Fort Myers, Florida, where she truly felt “at home” with Dr. Rev. John Adler. She also was active in the United Church of Christ/ Congregational churches in Sarasota and Fort Myers, Florida. Claire leaves her son, Robert R. Albrecht, and daughter-in-law, Donna, of Plainville; as well as the aforementioned Elizabeth and Alfred S. Flesh of Fort Myers, Florida. Claire’s faithful companion, her dog, C.K., was with her from three months after Werner died until C.K. went to the “Rainbow Bridge” on August 14, 2011. C.K.’s cremains will be with Claire forever. She also has her sister’s (Elizabeth) son, a nephew, Arthur A. Iwanicki, Jr., in Waldorf, Maryland, as well as his family. There are also many other Neuhauser relatives in the northeast that she dearly loved and were so kind to her over her 88 years — this includes Noreen, Walter, Donna, Herb, Bonna, Linda, and their families. A memorial service will be held on September 8, 2011, at 11:30 AM at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main St., Farmington, with burial to follow in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In the final days of her life, Claire told Elizabeth and Alfred, “Prayer is the world’s greatest wireless communication.” God Bless Her! In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main St., Farmington, Connecticut, 06032, Iona-Hope Episcopal Church, 9650 Gladiolus Dr., Fort Myers, Florida 33908 or to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, Florida 33908. To send online condolences to the family, please visit

Zabel, Gladys

Gladys V. (Viens) Zabel R.N., wife of the late Oscar E. Zabel of Bristol, passed away peacefully at her home in Plant City, Florida on Saturday, August 20th, 2011. Born in Putnam on March 27th, 1923, she was the daughter of Delor Viens and Blanche Trottier. She was a Registered Nurse at Bristol Hospital, specializing in the O.R. Gladys spent most of her life in Burlington with her husband and four children. She was predeceased by her sister Doris Viens and brothers George and Bernard Viens. She is survived by her much loved family, son David and wife Lois Zabel of Bristol, Daniel and wife Kathleen Zabel of Burlington, Thomas and wife Robin Lensi Zabel of Burlington, and her beloved daughter Sally and husband Michael Coovert of Plant City, FL. Gladys is also survived by eight grandchildren and spouses, who were the light of her life, Tara Zabel Pollock and husband Bradley of Chantilly, VA, Jason Zabel of Hartford, Amanda Zabel of Burlington, Casey Szydlo of St. Petersburg, FL, David Lensi of Ellington, Steve and Megan Lensi of Bristol, David Coovert of Plant City, FL and Molly Coovert of Plant City, FL. She also leaves three great grandchildren, with whom she traveled often, to her great delight; twins Madeline Sue and Emma Kathleen Pollock and Caleb Daniel Pollock. Gladys is also survived by her friend and sister-in-law, Lucille Viens of Putnam and brother-in-law John Zabel of Farmington. She also leaves many nieces and nephews. Gladys remained active in numerous organizations. She will be sorely missed by the Plant City Women’s Club and leaves her many good friends from the Volunteer Office of Tampa General Hospital. She will be remembered as one of the founding members of the Mother’s Club, precursor of today’s Region 10 Parents and Teachers Organization of Burlington. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Aug. 26) from 4:00-7:00pm. A short prayer service will be held during the visitation. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Lifepath Hospice, 12973 Telecom Parkway, Suite 100, Temple Terrace, FL 33637, To send online condolences to the family please visit

Kline, Phyllis

Phyllis (Dario) Kline, 70, of Unionville, died Saturday, (August 20) after a 5 plus year struggle with cancer. Born January 21, 1941 in Waterbury, Phyllis was the daughter of the late Virgilio and Mary (Bartholomew) Dario. She attended schools in Waterbury, graduating from Wilby High School. She is survived by her husband Donald (38 years) of Unionville, and her son Thomas Kline, daughter-in-law Gina; and grandsons Andrew and Benjamin, all of Avon. Phyllis was predeceased by her brothers James and Michael. The family wishes to express a special thanks to Dr. Joel Silver and the nurses and staff at Medical Oncology clinic, Woodland St., Hartford, for their caring and support during her long period of treatment. Also, special thanks to the personnel from Masonicare Hospice, especially Jan McIsaac, for her attentiveness and efforts to keep Phyllis comfortable during her final days, along with the staff at Avon Health Center. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Aug. 24) from 4-8 p.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday (Aug. 25) at 9:15 a.m. followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society , 825 Brook Street, I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067, or the American Diabetes Association , 306 Industrial Park Road #105, Middletown, CT 06457.

Wilson, Rita

Rita (Hughes) Wilson, passed away on Monday, August 15, 2011, at the Cromwell Apple Rehab surrounded by her loving family. She was born in West Orange, New Jersey on March 30, 1931 to the late Ann and Stephen Hughes. Rita was a graduate of St. Elizabeth’s College, majoring in Chemistry and worked for The Travelers Insurance Company in Hartford, CT for 25 years. Rita enjoyed traveling with her family and friends and also had a passion for golf and mystery novels. She loved watching her grandchildren play both baseball and soccer. Rita was a Farmington resident for many years before moving to Florida in retirement. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Parish in Unionville and a member of the church choir. Besides her husband, John Wilson, Rita was predeceased by her grandson Christopher St. Pierre. Rita is survived by her beloved children, Sandy St.Pierre Lester and her husband, Jim of Farmington, Barry Wilson of Avon, Lisa Wilson Foley and her husband Brian of Simsbury, Nancy Brown and her husband Ted of Simsbury, and Scott Wilson and his wife Catherine of Simsbury. She also leaves her cherished grandchildren, Jennifer St.Pierre Vearil, Beth Gonzales and her husband Steve, Michelle Wilson, Lynette St.Pierre, Cory Cheyne, Briana, Kayla, Kyra, Meghan, Brendan, and Conor Foley, Samantha and Jack Brown, Natalie and Scott Wilson, and Eoin Wilson as well as her six precious great-grandchildren. A special thanks goes out to the Cromwell Apple Rehab staff who were charged with Rita’s care. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (August. 18) from 5-8 p.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (August 19) at 9 a.m. followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. Donations in Rita’s memory may be made to the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA), Address to mail checks: P.O. Box 805105, Kansas City, MO 64180.

Clark, Edward

Edward Joseph Clark, 59, died peacefully Friday, August 12th at the University of Connecticut John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington surrounded by family. As a young boy he lived with his family in Long Island, Florida, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. He enjoyed vacations at the Twomey family farm in Calverton, Long Island, New York. He graduated from Farmington High School in 1969 and Central Connecticut State University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education and History. He was a former communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea and religious education teacher for many years preparing students for the sacrament of Confirmation. He was a former member of The Ancient Order of Hibernians. Ed taught for many years in Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts. Most recently, he was a self-employed painter, landscaper, and artisan (skilled craftsman). He loved history, reading, writing, and gardening. He was a skillful writer (short stories, poetry, letters, journal, prayers) and talented artist (landscape, sketches, still life, trompe l’oeil). Gardening was a great interest and joy of Ed’s. He loved working in his garden; visiting the rose, perennial, and annual gardens in Elizabeth Park, West Hartford; working with family and friends in their gardens; and attending the West Hartford Garden Tour. Ed is survived by his family: Maggie and Frank Amara, Pat and Dave Smith, Alfred and Annie Clark, Barbara A. Clark, Ed.D, Matthew Clark and nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends with whom he enjoyed sharing holidays, birthdays, weddings, and other gatherings. He was a caring son, brother, uncle, nephews, cousin and friend. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers at Yale New Haven Hospital in the Smilow Cancer Center and University of Connecticut John Dempsey Hospital for their care and compassion. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (Aug. 17) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions in Edward J. Clark’s name can be made to The Friendship Center for the homeless, P.O. Box 1896, New Britain, CT 06050-1896. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Lawson, Dr. John

Dr. John Arthur Lawson, esteemed physician of Farmington, beloved husband of Vicky (Bouboulis) Lawson, succumbed Thursday, August 11th, 2011 at St. Francis Hospital Medical Center after a valiant and courageous battle with cancer. Dr. Lawson was 52. Born November 11, 1958 in Evansville, IN, he was the son of Mary (Bird) Lawson and the late John E. Lawson. Educated at Purdue and Indiana University Medical School, Dr. Lawson received his Medical Degree in 1986. He completed his residency at New Rochelle Medical Center in New York, after which he established his own practice on School Street in Unionville. He was a Board Certified Internist. He had the rare ability to make each person he encountered feel as though he or she were special, and to John, they were! Dr. Lawson’s hallmarks were his intense and complete devotion to his cherished family, his church and his patients. His thirst for knowledge was never quenched. He was admired and respected by his peers and beloved by his patients and his many friends. Although his life was too short, it was a life well lived. His passing has left an unfillable void in all who had the special privilege to know and love him. Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by his two sons John Christopher age 12 and Anthony Alexander age 8, his sister Jane Lawson, his brother-in-law Dr. Denis A. Bouboulis and his wife Eleni, his two nephews Anthony and Alexander, his in-laws Anthony and Lili Bouboulis, and many dear friends. Funeral Services will be held Monday (Aug. 15) at 10:00am in the First Church of Christ Congregational, 61 Main St., Unionville. Interment will follow in Putnam Cemetery, Greenwich. In lieu of flowers, an Education Account for Dr. Lawson’s children has been established at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, One Fawcett Place, Greenwich, CT 06830 and contributions may be made through: MSSB, FBO Lawson Children Education Account, Attention: Ali Girardi. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.,

Grzyb, Henry

Henry T. Grzyb, 80, of Unionville, beloved husband of Lorraine (Niedzwiecki) Grzyb, passed away peacefully Thursday, August 11th at his home surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in New Britain, March 30th, 1931, son of the late Stanley and Ludwika (Ozval) Grzyb. Prior to retiring, Henry worked with his brother Wally sanding and refinishing wood floors in New Britain, and was a foreman with Fabricon Corporation in Farmington. He was a United States Army Veteran who honorably served his country during the Korean War. He loved to fish, cook, be outdoors and spend time with family and friends. He was an avid farmer who always maintained a garden and over the years raised several kinds of animals including, minks, cows, pigs, goats, ducks, and up until recently chickens. Besides his beloved wife Lorraine, Henry is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Robert Bernabucci of Unionville, his grandson Michael and wife Caitlyn Bernabucci of Canton and his granddaughter Aleesha and husband Joao Neves of Farmington, two great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Colton and his loyal best friend and faithful companion Casey. He was predeceased by his three brothers, Joseph, Stanley and Walter Grzyb and his three sisters, Helen Kramer, Sofie Stefanski and Mary Kramer. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Aug. 14) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral Services will be held at Ahern Funeral Home, Monday (Aug. 15) beginning at 10:00am followed by burial with full military honors at his final resting place, Sacred Heart Cemetery in New Britain. Memorial donations may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

Baio, James Sr.

James A. Baio Sr., 84, of Farmington, beloved husband of the late Sadie (Spirito) Baio, passed away suddenly Thursday, August 4th. Born July 27th, 1927 in Hartford, son of the late Salvatore and Assunta (Pezzullo) Baio. Prior to retiring, James began his career as purchasing agent for Standard Structural Steel Company in Newington for 27 years retiring from the Topper & Griggs Group in Plainville. He was a United States Navy Veteran. James was a member of the Eastern Connecticut Beekeepers Association and was an avid UCONN Husky football fan. He is survived by his two children, James A. Baio Jr., of Farmington and Carla B. Cochran and her husband Steve of South Windsor, his three grandchildren, Brett Baio, Alana Crosby and Anthony Baio, his sister Mary McCuin and his brother Anthony Baio both of Burlington. He was predeceased by his daughter-in-law, Diane Rose (Bazzano) Baio, his four brothers, Frank, Angelo, Michael and Dominic Baio, his beloved brothers-in-law, Peter, Pasquale, William, Frank and Anthony Spirito and his nephew Anthony Jr. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Aug. 7) from 4:00-7:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Monday (Aug. 8) at 10:00am in St. Patrick St. Anthony Church, 285 Church St., Hartford. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, Connecticut Chapter, 270 Farmington Ave., Suite 218, Farmington, CT 06032.