Archive for January 2012

LaBarge, Bernice

Bernice E. “Bunny” LaBarge, 79, of Farmington, beloved wife of Charles L. LaBarge, left this life and entered her journey into heaven on Thursday, January 26th surrounded by her loving family. Born in Gardnier, ME, December 5th, 1932, daughter of the late Eldon and Dorothy (Wells) Douglas. She was a United States Navy veteran of the Koran War. Bunny owned Bunny’s Ceramics for a number of years. She enjoyed sharing her expertise in ceramics with her many students and would love the expression of joy on their faces when the projects were complete. She also worked at CSEA, Bellbre Construction and was an Administrative Assistant for the Town of Bloomfield. Bernice loved gardening, playing a good game of Yatzee and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She held a special place in her heart for each and every one of them. She had a wonderful sense of humor that was present in her everyday life. Her home always smelled of fresh baked cookies that she would keep in her special cookie jar. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Besides her husband Charles, Bernice is survived by her four children, Twila Palmer and her husband Richard of Bristol; Charles E. LaBarge and his wife Linda of Gaithersberg, MD; Katherine Petersen and her husband Gary of Farmington; and Charles R. LaBarge and his wife Catherine of Terryville, her grandchildren, Lori Fleming and her husband Christopher; Kimberly Gulino and her husband Michael; Michelle Royce and her husband Patrick; Danielle LaBarge; Charles E. LaBarge; Melissa Buono and her husband Anthony; Christopher Petersen and his wife Lauren; Bryan LaBarge and his wife Wendy; and Amy LaBarge, her great-grandchildren, Austin and Abigail Fleming; Kailie, Noah and Ethan Gulino; Jessica, Benjamin, Jack and Ella Royce; and Adrianna Buono, her sister, Doris Philbrick of Bristol and her brother, Eldon D. Douglas of Washington State.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Jan. 29) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (Jan. 30) at 9:45am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Casmir Church, Terryville at 10:30am. Burial with full military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps., 191 Main St., Terryville, CT 06786

Aguero, Rafael

Rafael A. Aguero, 63, of Hartford, passed away Tuesday, January 24th. Born May 2nd, 1948 in Ciego de Avila, Cuba, son of the late Orlando E. and Maria J. (Perez) Aguero, he has resided in Hartford for 32 years. Rafael was an Elementary School teacher in Cuba prior to coming to the United States. He was associated with the Hartford National Bank, Aetna Life Insurance and the Salvation Army, all in Hartford. Rafael was a free spirit who enjoyed music and his mojitos at Azucar Restaurant in Hartford. He is survived by his son, Milton Aguero of Havana, Cuba, two sisters, Cecilia G. Alfonso and her husband Ignacio of Middletown and Adela Martinez of Cuba, his brother, Pedro O. Aguero and his wife Amelia A. Aguero of Burlington, his nieces, Alina Munchgesang and her husband Charles, Gigi Vasconcelos and her husband Jose, and Amy Malsheske and her husband David, his nephews, Jorge I. Alfonso and his wife Michelle, Alejandro A. Alfonso and his wife Amanda, and Andres O. Alfonso and his wife Elita, and his caregiver and dear friend, Francisco Reyes of Hartford. He was predeceased by his brother, Juan M. Aguero and his cousin, Modesto D. Rey. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Friday (Jan. 27) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Jan. 28) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford at 10:00am. Burial will be in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.

Mercadante, Ileana

Ileana (Tarquinio) Mercadante, 87, of Unionville, wife of the late Ottorino Mercadante died peacefully on Tuesday January 24, 2012 at John Dempsey Hospital UCONN Medical Center, in Farmington after a long battle with Diabetes related Kidney disease. Ileana was born on January 21, 1925 in Torre De Passeri, Italy. She is the only daughter of the late Dante Tarquinio and Elena Pompeo Tarquinio. She was raised and educated in Italy in the province of Pescara but also spent considerable time during her youth and during WWII, in Rhodes, Greece. She married Ottorino (Rino) Mercadante in Pescara, Italy on July 15, 1954, where they had their only child Edgardo in August of 1955. In August 1956 she emigrated with her family to the United States, seeking the opportunities and the hope of a better life in America. Ileana and Rino (her husband for 47 years) first resided in New York City but thereafter moved to Corning, NY, where she spent most of her life raising her son, supporting the artistic and business career of Rino and devoting of herself to catholic causes and charitable activities. Ileana was a devout Catholic often trying to find ways to assist Catholic missionaries. She was re-known for her cooking and especially her lasagna, and minestrone dishes which she lovingly would give away to those less fortunate, neighbors or as she said her new American friends seeking an authentic Italian meal. Ileana was proud of her Italian heritage but cherished her US citizenship and the opportunities afforded to her through the America she and her husband loved. She moved to Unionville following the death of her husband in 2001. Ileana is survived by her son Edgardo (Ed) Mercadante, and daughter-in –law, Colleen of Unionville and her grandchildren Nicholas Mercadante of Manchester, Daniel Mercadante of Mill Valley, CA and Jessica Mercadante of Unionville. Ileana enjoyed most of all the company of her family, especially her grandchildren. She spent her last years enjoying and seeing her only surviving brother Prisco Tarquinio of Torre De Passeri, Italy and her many surviving nieces, nephews and cousins in the US, and abroad. She was predeceased by her brothers Angelo and Ezio Tarquinio of Florida and Aristide Tarquinio of Sao Paolo, Brazil. Ileana’s spirit for life will live forever in the hearts of her family. The Mercadante family, are members of Saint Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Jan. 27) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Jan. 28) 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 the family plot at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Corning, NY on Saturday, February 4th. Memorial donations may be made in the name of Ileana Mercadante to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, P.O. Box 28, Hartford, CT 06141.

Lewis, Marjorie

Marjorie D. (King) Lewis, 87, of Burlington, died peacefully on Sunday, (January 22, 2012) at home, surrounded by her family and her beloved dog Daisy. In her final days, she was tended to lovingly by her family, especially her granddaughter Kathleen. Marjorie was born in Winchester on February 8, 1924. She was orphaned at a young age and was adopted by Linneus and Grace Turner at the age of four and came to Burlington, where she would spend the rest of her life. She was educated in the one-room Center Schoolhouse in Burlington, was a graduate of Canton High School, and attended the University of Hartford. During World War II she began writing letters to a young sailor from Louisiana, Robert E. Lewis. After his discharge from the Navy, he came to Connecticut to meet her and it was love at first sight for them both. Marjorie and Robert were married on August 1, 1946 and were inseparable until his death on May 16, 1991. Marjorie was employed, at different times, as a stringer for the Hartford Courant; a secretary at the Robotham Insurance Company; a driver for Hank’s Garage; and a cashier at Brooks Pharmacy. But she is remembered best by long-time Burlington residents as the town’s postmistress. From 1968 until her retirement in 1986, she ran Burlington’s first post office from the back room of her home (now the Torrington Savings Bank). Postal customers were greeted by a friendly smile, the smell of baked goods from the adjacent kitchen, and a stray grandchild or two. Her service was beyond compare â ” she always stayed open late on tax day and during the holiday shipping season, and would put on extra postage out of her own pocket if she noticed someone was short â ” and she was well-loved and greatly missed after her retirement. Always active in the community, Marjorie was a member of the Burlington Historical Society; a former organist at the Burlington Congregational Church; recording secretary for several town commissions; and a long-time emergency dispatcher for the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department. She was a sought-after chair caner, enjoyed sewing, made the best oatmeal cookies in New England, and loved playing Scrabble and cribbage with her family. “Moosie,” as she was affectionately known by her family, is survived by five children, Robert Lewis, with whom she resided, Esther Scheidel, William Lewis and his wife Corrine, Richard Lewis, and Paul Lewis; her grandchildren, Sarah (Scheidel) McCusker and her husband James, Mary Scheidel, Kathleen Scheidel, William Lewis and his wife Heather, Lora Lewis, and Kara Lewis; her great-grandchildren Thomas, Tyler, Lily, and Ian; and her sister, Alice Machowski. She was predeceased by her husband Robert; her daughter, Joanne Hicks; her son-in-law, Anthony Scheidel; and four brothers and sisters.
At Marjorie’s request, there will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be celebrated at the Burlington Congregational Church on Saturday, (January 28, 2012) at 11 a.m. with Rev. Wendell Taylor officiating. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 1285, Burlington, CT 06013; or the Burlington Library Association, PO Box 1379, Burlington, CT 06013, to go towards preservation of local history items.

Lamantini, Kathleen “Bonnie”

Kathleen F. “Bonnie” Lamantini, R.N, 73, of Farmington, wife of Roy Lamantini passed away suddenly Thursday, January 19th. Born in Waterbury, December 30th, 1938, daughter of the late James and Kathleen (Brown) Johnston. She was a graduate of St. Mary School of Nursing in Waterbury, Class of 1959. During her nursing career, Bonnie was associated with St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, New Britain General Hospital, Avon Health Center, Farmington Convalescent Home/ Roncalli Health Center, retiring in 2000 after a 41 year career in Nursing. She was a communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville and was also a member of the Tunxis Senior Center. Bonnie loved going out to eat, plays and movies with all her sisters and friends and she swam daily at the Plainville YMCA. Bonnie loved going to the Senior Center and went on many trips with them. Besides her husband, Bonnie is survived by her three children, Timothy A. Lamantini of Enfield, Patrick M. Lamantini and his wife Jade M. of Unionville, and Teri A. Preece and her husband William F. of Cheshire, five grandchildren, Deanna, Katy, Timmy, Shane and Seth, five sisters, Margaret Brick of Wolcott, Judy Johnston of Waterbury, Sandra Bartolini of Waterbury, Carol Johnston of Wolcott, and Marion Huckins of Waterbury, four brothers, Robert Johnston of Florida, Richard Johnston of Waterbury, Gerald Johnston of Oakville, Richard Johnston of Waterbury and Michael Johnston of Waterbury, and many cousins and in-laws. She was predeceased by her brother, James Johnston. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Jan. 23) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Tuesday (Jan. 24) at 9:00am 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. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, PO Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492 or to The American Diabetes Association, 2080 Silas Deane Highway, 2nd Floor, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Bradley, Frederick

Frederick A. Bradley, 89, of Farmington, husband of the late Ruth (Fischer) Bradley, passed away Wednesday, January 18th. He was born in Forestville on April 16th, 1922. Prior to retiring, he was a Linesman with HJ Bradley Co. Frederick was a proud United States Army veteran of World War II where he served with the 10th Armor Division, 419th Armored Field Artillery. He is survived by his daughter Karen Bowers and her husband John of Manchester, his son David Bradley of Pequabuck, and his two grandchildren, Allison Bowers Thayer of Preston and Kevin Bradley Bowers of Manchester. He also leaves a daughter, Candice Garay.

Voisin, Isabella

Isabella A. Voisin, 99, of Farmington, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 18th at her home. Born November 1st, 1912 in the Netherlands, she was the daughter of the late Lourus and Catherina (Dirkse) Pleyte. Family was the focus of her life and her love. Isabella enjoyed sewing, playing bridge, and interacting with people. She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Laurentius Voisin. Isabella is survived by her daughter, Laurina McBride of Farmington, her two grandsons and their wives, Robert and Jennifer Grant of Farmington and Richard and Sophia Grant of Harwinton and her four great grandchildren, Alex, Julia, Lauren and Ryan Grant. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Isabella’s caregiver and good friend, Angela. Friends and family are invited to share in a celebration of Isabella’s life Sunday (Jan. 22) from 1:00-4:00pm at her home, 2 Bailey Court, Farmington. Burial service will be private in South Carolina at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kingston Presbyterian Church, 800 3rd Ave., Conway, South Carolina 29526 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc., www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Manyak, Ethel

Ethel C. Manyak, 91, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2012 at Brittany Farms Health Center in New Britain. Born on February 13, 1920 in Diana, West Virginia, she lived in Farmington for more than 50 years. Prior to her retirement, Ethel was a bookkeeper for the cafeteria school systems in Farmington. She is survived by her daughter Susan G. Hinchcliffe and son-in-law James of Farmington, her son Philip J. Stross and daughter-in-law Virginia of Burlington, her step son Richard C. Manyak and daughter-in-law Donna of Cornwall Bridge, her two granddaughters Jill L. Stross and Lindsey A. Stross of Burlington and her sister Jean R. Hinzman of Buckhannon, WV. She was predeceased by her first husband Jerry Stross, second husband Richard J. Manyak and step son Jerry A. Stross. The family wishes to thank the staff at Brittany Farms Health Center, especially Station 3, for the compassion and kindness shown to Ethel during her 3-year stay. Friends and family may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville, on Thursday, January 19th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Burial will be private. No flowers or donations please, just a silent prayer to help her on her new journey.

Mackin, Charles

Charles J. Mackin, 78, of Hartford, passed away peacefully Thursday, December 29th. Born in Boston, MA, May 14th, 1933 son of the late Charles J. and Gertrude F. (Calnan) Mackin, he resided in the Hartford area for many years. Prior to retiring, he was a Driver for the Yellow Cab Company in Hartford for many years. Charlie was a United States Air Force Veteran of the Korean War, and was a longtime communicant at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford where he served as an Usher and Collector. Graveside services will be held Tuesday (Jan. 11) at 1:30pm in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA.

Emery, Eleanor Hope

Eleanor Hope Emery, social worker, pillar of church and community, avid walker, and awesome Mom died December 30, 2011 at the home she and her husband designed and built more than 50 years ago. Born in 1925, Hope was the youngest of Hilda Johnson Smith and Ernest Walker Smith’s eight children. She grew up at Clatter Valley – the parcel of land where her father and his brother Herbert built their homes on Mountain Spring Road in Farmington. The Smiths were a close knit, somewhat shy family who stood out among their country club friends like a tribe of Tarzans. Hope loved her two sisters and adored her five older brothers doing anything to be part of the fun, even when that fun included running home from the woods to fetch needle and thread for brother Herb, who’d sliced his leg open with an axe, and holding the wound together while he sewed. Or falling off a cliff and breaking a few bones trying to keep up with her brother Dave. Of paramount importance to Hope were her family and the land she grew up on. She raised her children on sunrise picnics at the lookout, treks to watch the woodcock dance at sunset, and lots of camping. She had a knack for finding four-leaf clovers and thought a garter snake was the perfect housewarming present for a new neighbor (every stone wall needs one!). Even the Smith Thanksgiving combined land and family- the tradition (which continues to this day) is held outdoors regardless of the weather, with up to 80 in attendance to sing hymns and eat dinner around a bonfire. Hope was a rough and tumble spirit who never declined an invitation that promised adventure. She learned to fly a Piper Cub from her brother Burges Smith, started playing soccer after age 50, and in her 70’s snow-shoed into the wilds of Northern Quebec to live with Cree Indians. An avid walker, Hope strolled with her mother, her children, and her friends, developing and deepening relationships along treks which shortened over time but continued to within a few weeks of her death. Hope graduated from Smith with a BA in History, and later received a Masters of Social Work. Shortly afterward, she married John L. Emery of Stoneboro, PA and somehow convinced him to have 5 kids (a compromise – she wanted eight or ten, he wanted two). Once the children were in school, she resumed her career full-time. Her last job was as social worker for the Farmington School system where her own experience and non-judgmental, practical style helped countless families navigate the trials of raising their children. Throughout, she was also deeply connected to her church and served as Deacon and moderator at the First Church of Christ Congregation on Main Street in Farmington, where both of her grandfathers served as ministers. She also found time to start numerous Farmington organizations which continue to thrive: Services for the Elderly, Farmington Village Cooperative Nursery School, Friendly Visitor Program, for the elderly and shut-ins, The Oral History Project to gather stories from long-time residents of Farmington, The Sounding Board, a program for troubled teens, The Lookout Fund, supporting development of worthy projects in Farmington, and The Circle Program – a camp for disadvantaged girls in New Hampshire. Hope made working, raising kids, and volunteering look easy, perhaps because she was always happiest when helping others. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made to the Farmington Valley VNA Hospice Program. Hope served on its Board of Directors for many years and was compassionately served by its Hospice Program in the last month of her life. She will be missed deeply by her children, John, Dave, Kate and Bobbie Emery, Diana Emery Hiza, their spouses, her ten grandchildren and all who knew her.
A memorial service will be held at the First Church of Christ, Congregation on Main Street in Farmington February 4th at 1 p.m. followed by a reception at the Porter Memorial next door.

Hubbard, Jean

Jean F. Hubbard, 79, a resident at River Ridge in Avon, passed away Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012. A long time resident of Lyndonville, VT, she was born in Collinsville, December 18th, 1932, daughter of the late Joseph James and Laura Florentine (Mitchell) Fournier. Prior to retiring, Jean was an Office Manager and Executive Personal Assistant at Dairy Association in Lyndonville, Vermont for 25 years. The Dairy Association manufactures Bag Balm. She is survived by her four children, Carlean H. Gharpurey of Half Moon Bay, CA; Charles D. Holmes and his wife Deborah of Unionville ; Kurt J. Holmes of Lyndonville, VT; and Scott G. Holmes of South Wheelock, VT, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services and burial will be held in Vermont in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VNA Health Care Inc., 103 Woodland Street, #1, Hartford, CT 06105.

Landry, Margaret “Peggy”

MARGARET SARAH (Scanlon), 84, loving mother and grandmother, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 in Farmington. Born April 9, 1927 in Hartford to Margaret Sarah Calendar and Thomas Scanlon, Peggy grew up in downtown Hartford and attended Hartford High School. After WWII, she met Kenneth Landry at a Polish National Home dance in Hartford. They married on Aug. 21, 1948 and raised their family in Hartford’s South End before moving to Bethlehem in 1972 and later to Burlington in 1982. Peggy worked in Hartford’s insurance industry for many years. Husband Ken predeceased her in 1996. Family meant everything to her. Other passions included photographing Hartford, classic films, civil war history, music, family genealogy and newspapers. She was a longtime supporter of Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Bushnell auditorium and Connecticut Public Television.
Family trips included Vermont and Florida. In 1965, during a Washington trip, she surprised daughter Kathleen by attending a Beatles concert. Later in life, Peggy traveled to California, Ireland, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom. Peggy was known for buying new technologies and offering quaint New England phrases – vernacular that lives among her family.
She is survived by daughter Kathleen Scavetta and son-in-law Anthony Scavetta of Burlington, son Kenneth Landry of Walton, NY, daughter-in-law Wendy Harrington of Oneonta, NY, granddaughter Michelle Scavetta Phillips and husband Rafael Phillips of Cheshire, CT, grandson Rick Scavetta and wife Anya Barminova of Landstuhl, Germany, granddaughter Kimberly Scavetta and Eric Davis of Bristol, CT, grandson Jeff Landry and wife Deborah Kilpatrick of Oneonta, NY, grandson Benjamin Landry of Binghamton, NY, and six great-grandchildren, Brooke, Rafael, Lea, Tucker, Willow and Hazel. The family will hold a private celebration of her life in January. In lieu of flowers, donations in Peggy Landry’s name can be made to “The Hope Campaign” Hospital for Special Care Foundation, 2150 Corbin Avenue New Britain CT 06053.

Scheffield, Elsie

Elsie (Vadney) Scheffield, wife of the late Haviland Scheffield, died Monday, January 2, 2012 at Ingraham Manor in Bristol. She was born June 28, 1914 in Albany, New York to Louie and Malvina Vadney. Elsie was a graduate of Albany High School, Class of 1932. She relocated to New Britain in 1956 and moved to Bristol in 1970. She is survived by her daughter, Rosalind Terranova of Burlington, her grandchildren, Kimberly Busch and her husband Ron of North Carolina, Brenda Knox of Canaan, Scott Knox of Burlington, and Tabitha Wakefield and her husband Kurt of Bath, NH, and her great grandchildren, Daniel Kozikowski and Brittany Williams. She was predeceased by her daughter, Nancy Knox, her son, Charles Scheffield, her son-in-law, Joseph Terranova, her brother, Joseph Vadney and her sisters, Rose Devane, Dorothy Vadney and Marjorie Lovejoy. The family would like to thank the staff at Ingraham Manor for their kindness and compassion while caring for Elsie the past 6 ½ years. There are no calling hours. Funeral services will be private.

Rose, Lucy

, Lucy LaMonica Rose, 100, of Farmington, wife of the late Lawrence E. Rose whom she married in 1933, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2011. Born in Hartford, May 26, 1911 daughter of the late Santo and Maria (Gangi) LaMonica, she was a lifelong resident of Farmington. Lucy attended Hartford Secretarial School and was employed at the Avon Old Farms School as secretary. Lucy, a longtime communicant at St. Patrick’s Church in Farmington, was active in the Women’s Guild at St. Patrick’s Church, as well as a volunteer for the American Red Cross and the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association. Her greatest joy was cooking and entertaining family and friends. She leaves two sons E. Lawrence and wife Ann Rose and Thomas Rose, four grandchildren, James and Heidi Rose of Farmington, Steven and Pamela Rose of Avon, Daniel and Allison Rose of Farmington and Diane and John Lapari of Farmington, eight great-grandchildren: Julie, Tim, Jeffery, Matthew, Helen, Michael, Carina, and Margo. Her sisters Helen Gerchman of Carbondale, PA, Gloria Saraceno and Gladys Saraceno both of Avon and her sister-in-law Caroline B. LaMonica. She was predeceased by her brothers Frank, William, Leonard, Sebastian LaMonica, and her sister Parma Balude. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (Jan. 4) at 11am in the Church of St. Patrick, Main St., Farmington followed by burial in the family plot at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, kindly make memorial contributions to the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury, CT 06070.