Archive for February 2012

Peltier, Madelyn “Maude”

Madelyn A. “Maude” (Dublac) Peltier, 91, of Unionville, beloved wife of Edward F. Peltier, passed away peacefully Monday, February 27th. Born in Unionville, January 9th, 1921, daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Revak) Dublac. Prior to retiring, Maude was employed by the IRS in Hartford for 30 years. She was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. Besides her loving husband of 63 years, she is survived by her sister, Patricia Wollenberg of Manchester, her brother, Robert Dublac of Unionville and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her seven sisters, Rosalie Nedorostek, Catherine Smith, Ann Fox, Theresa Yabrosky, Mary Speranza, Margaret Janezic and Catherine Cormier and her two brothers, Edward and Paul Dublac. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Mar. 1) from 4:00-7:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (Mar. 10) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville.

Bozzuto, Pasquale

Pasquale “Pat” N. Bozzuto, 81, of Farmington, husband of the late E. Roberta (Jones) Bozzuto, passed away peacefully at home Friday, (February 24, 2012) . Born in New Britain, October 18, 1930, son of the late John and Josephine (Alvaro) Bozzuto, he was a United States Army veteran. Prior to retiring in 1995, Pat was the former owner of Bozzuto Service Station in New Britain and was also associated with Beckman’s Garage in New Britain, and at New Britain Buick/Gallagher Buick in New Britain for many years. Pat built and raced stock cars at Riverside Park and Cherry Park in Canton and was a member of the Gearheads Club. He is survived by his two children, Sharon P. Reynolds and Michael N. Bozzuto both of Manchester, six grandchildren, Jason and his wife Kat Bozzuto, Christine Reynolds, Bobbie Markland, Sarah Robinson, Marie Aurigemma and Pamela Bozzuto, nine great grandchildren, his favorite nephew, Brian Bozzuto, his dear friends for over 30 years Bill Leper and his wife Linda, and his favorite dogs, Bella and Jake. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Samuel and John. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Farmington Valley VNA and especially Pat’s caregiver Alice for the wonderful care given to him.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4 Unionville on Monday (February 27, 2012) from 4-8 p.m. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday (February 28, 2012) at 10:30 a.m. in The Ahern Funeral Home. Burial will be private

Kane, Violet

Violet Tully Kane, of Port St. Lucie, FL, formerly of Farmington, and East Rockaway, NY, passed away February 6, 2012. Predeceased by her husband, Edmund J. Kane and her parents Eugene and Marguerite Tully. Survived by four daughters, Eileen (Johannes) Verhaeg of Port St. Lucie, FL, Patricia (Robert) Eichorn of Port St. Lucie, FL, Mary Ellen (Richard) Thibodeau, Esq., of West Hartford, Dr. Barbara (Dr. Keith) Campbell of Lake Oswego, OR and one son, Edmund J. Jr. (Susan) of Buffalo, NY. Also survived by eight grandchildren, Claudia Pirkle, Anthony Verhaeg, Leonard Verhaeg, Matthew Thibodeau, Jessica Thibodeau, Kieran Campbell, John Kane and Elizabeth Kane, and five great grandchildren. Graduate of St. Brendan’s High School, 1934, and St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, NY, 1938. Vi and Ed were married on January 3, 1942 and spent much of their married life in East Rockaway, NY. After raising five children while caring for her mother, Vi returned to the workforce at the East Rockaway Public Library where she found great enjoyment working in the reference department and made many wonderful friends among her co-workers. Vi and Ed moved to Farmington in 1991. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington on Saturday (Mar. 3) at 10:00am. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205, or Treasure Coast Hospice, 5000 Dunn Rd., Fort Pierce, FL 34981,

Ray, Frank E., Jr.

Frank E. Ray, Jr. beloved husband, father, and grandfather peacefully passed away surrounded by his family at Hartford Hospital on Sunday, February 19, 2012. He was married to his college sweetheart, June (Bishop) Ray for 69 years. Frank was born January XII, 1922, in Amherst, “where only the H is silent”, MA. He was the son of the late Frank E. Ray Sr., and Ruth P. (Eger) Ray. He graduated from Amherst High School, and received his degrees from the University of Massachusetts and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He was a Certified Purchasing Manager and worked in the manufacturing business throughout his career. Frank was first a Purchasing Engineer for Worthington Corporation in Holyoke, MA, where he worked on the Manhattan Project. He then was the Manager of Purchasing for Wico Electric, West Springfield, MA. Next Frank was the Director of Purchasing and Traffic for Morgan Construction Co., Worcester, MA. In 1965, Frank purchased the Charles Templeton Co., a distributor of Industrial Supplies, Waterbury, CT, and moved to Farmington, CT. In 1967, after selling Templeton Co., he purchased Barco Mfg. Co., Worcester, MA, a manufacturer of garden hose nozzles, sprinklers and a screw machine job shop. In 1968, Frank purchased the Hudson Casting Co., a foundry in Poughkeepsie, NY. He commuted from CT to run the two businesses. After retiring from Barco Mfg. Co, in 1984, Frank and June became Stuart, FL snowbirds for three months each year. He had the pleasure of ending his manufacturing career by proudly working part time for his brother George, President of GAR Electroforming, Danbury, CT, as Director of Environmental Management. Frank was a member of the Worcester Club, Worcester Rotary Clun, Country Club of Farmington and the Waterbury Club. In addition, he was an active member of the Classic Car Club of America, Antique Automobile Club of America, Packard Car Club, Early Ford V8 Club of America and the license plate collector’s club, ALPCA. Frank was a long time antique and classic car collector. He participated in Glidden Tours in his Pierce Arrow, Lincoln, Cadillac and Packard classics. Frank always looked forward to his weekly Wednesday dinners with his best friends and his weekly Thursday lunch with “the boys” to find out “who got stuck?”. Frank is survived by his wife June, his three children, Jeffrey B. Ray and his wife Valorie of Auburn, MA, Robin C. Ray of Farmington, and Kevin S. Ray and his wife Paula of Farmington. Frank additionally leaves behind his five grandchildren, Katherine, Andrew, Aimee, Hilary and Danny, his brother and sister-in-law, George and Doris Ray of Middlebury, his sister-in-law Anna Lisa Ray of Barnegat Light, NJ, three nieces, two nephews and several grand nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Dr. Charles E. Ray. The burial will be private. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of his life on Saturday (March 3, 2012) at The Country Club of Farmington, Farmington, CT at 12:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Friends of the Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT 06032.

Bastiaanse, Hans

Hans Bastiaanse, a resident of Unionville, entered eternal rest on Monday, February 20, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Rotterdam, Holland on March 29, 1941, the family immigrated to the United States in 1951. Hans is the oldest of ten children. He was the son of Abraham and Catharina Bastiaanse, who predeceased him, along with his younger brother Kees. He leaves his brothers and their families, Robert and Kayleen of Torrington, Abe and Patti of Southington, Walt and Stace of Kalispell, MT, John and Margaret of Granby, his sisters, Jacoba and George Kitchin of Andover, Margriet Smith of Burlington, Elizabeth and Thomas Zidel of Granby, and Lauwrina and David Byrne of Unionville. He leaves 33 nieces and nephews, and 32 grandnieces and grandnephews. He also leaves his beloved pets. Hans was a graduate of Farmington High School and the Morse School of Business. He was a veteran of the US Marine Corps. He pursued several business endeavors and worked for many years at Pioneer Steel Ball. Hans enjoyed golden oldies, early morning coffee, and dinners with family. He loved his cars and took great care of them. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Feb. 23) from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral services will be held Friday (Feb. 24) at 10:00am in the First Church of Christ Congregational, Main St., Unionville with Rev. Wendy Sue Kissa officiating. Burial with full Marine Corps honors will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Linger, Mary “Val”

The family of Mary “Val” (Gahan) Linger, of Farmington, sadly announce her passing on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the age of 93. Val died at home after a long illness surrounded by her loving family. Daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Gahan, Val was born in Roscommon, Ireland in December of 1918 and spent her youth in Wexford and Dublin, Ireland. After graduating from the College of Commerce in Ireland, she spent 4 years studying in England receiving her R.N. and S.C.M. She also had a Life Long Recognition in Royal College of Midwives in London. Val was the last member of the Gahan family of 9 children: she was predeceased by brothers John Joe, Francis, James, Walter (Franciscan Brother) and sisters Julia ‘Ben’ an RAF Lt Colonel, Florence ‘Carmel’, Sister Theresa ‘Tess’ and Sister Angela ‘Angie’ both of the Convent of the Holy Child Jesus. Fond memories of the Irish clan live on in their loving American extended families.
Val fell in love with an American GI during World War II while working as a nurse in England. She came to America as Mrs. Karl Linger and raised four children. She was an active member in the St. Patrick’s Women’s Guild and became a C.C.D. teacher. Val studied to become a recertified RN after having her fourth child. She worked as a registered nurse at the Hartford Institute of Living, Bristol Hospital and Miss Porter’s School in Farmington. She loved being a nurse and was forever running into her ‘patients’ who thanked her for her care. She leaves her beloved husband Karl, four children and their spouses, Elizabeth King of Farmington, Karen & George Carelli of Marlborough, Loren & Arline Linger of Colchester, Bernie & Michael Dayton of South Glastonbury. Her loving grandchildren, Jason Bushy, Chase King, Sarah and Katie Linger, Tyler Dayton, her great grand child Ryland Chase King and daughter-in-law Cathy King and several nieces and nephews in America, Ireland and England. Val will always be remembered by family and friends as warm and loving. She had a marvelous sense of style and loved to ‘dress up’ for her friends. She was a beautiful person, a wonderful mother, a friend to all and made the world a better place. We will all miss her deeply. The family expresses deep affection to Val’s church friends, especially the “Silver Belles”, and her nursing friends “Retirees” and to Dr. Collins, her life long primary care physician for his good care and kindness. She loved her friends and always looked forward to seeing them daily at the church and at all of the many get-togethers these active women had. Thank you all for making her later years so much fun. The family also wishes to express their love and gratitude to Elizabeth (Liz), daughter and sister, for her wonderful and selfless caregiving. There will be no calling hours and the family will celebrate Val’s life at a private ceremony. The family feels that Val is now at peace and requests that everyone who knew her simply think of her and smile. The family will be contacting those closest to Val for a private mass and reception as a memorial. Donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2080 Silas Deane Highway, 2nd Floor, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 or a charity of one’s choice.

Cormier, Catherine

Catherine D. Cormier, 100, of Unionville, widow of Raymond J. Cormier, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 16th. She is survived by her five children, Rose Mary Oquist of Florida; Raymond Cormier, Jr., of Sandisfield, MA; Patience M. Lomnicky of Unionville; Gerard Cormier of Tucson, AZ; and Frank Cormier of Avon, eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, her brother Robert Dublac of Unionville, and her two sisters, Pat Wollenberg of Manchester and Maude Peltier of Unionville. She was predeceased by her two sisters Rosalie Nedorstek and Catherine Smith, and her two brothers, Edward and Paul Dublac. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Feb. 20) from 9:00-10:00am followed by a Prayer Service in The Ahern Funeral Home at 10:00am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Office of Radio and Television, Archdiocese of Hartford, 15 Peach Orchard Road, Prospect, CT 06712.

Fey, Mark

Mark Butler Fey, childhood sweetheart and adored husband of Jill Hammerberg-Fey for nearly forty years, died at home encircled by us on February 4, 2012, after a long, yet resolute battle with prostate cancer. Mark loved and was loved back by his family, friends and the town of Farmington. He could talk to anyone and fix almost anything. He was caring, mischievous, and our hero. Born on April 5, 1952, the oldest son of Laurel B. Fey and the late Wilbur J. Fey, Mark was raised in Farmington since the age of seven where he attended the succession of public schools. Mark went on to earn first a BA in English and then an MS in Lipid Biochemistry from the University of Connecticut. After working in the field of toxicology, Mark studied architecture and joined the firm of Don Hammerberg, a family owned business, where he was fully engaged and challenged for the last 27 years. Mark’s vision of Farmington was extraordinary. Public service for his beloved town included such commitments as the Land Trust, Board of Directors for Historical Society, Historic District Commission, Intern Program Mentor for high school students, Rails to Trails, Youth Baseball, FVGLA and the Council of Deacons for First Church, Congregational, and serving a term on the Town Council. Honoring tradition of caring for the community, Mark took great pleasure in yielding design contributions for many visible town sites. In addition to his wife, Jill, and mother, Laurel, Mark leaves behind the cherished legacy of his three sons, Nathan, Samuel and wife, Andrea, and Maxfield; his father-in-law, Don; siblings, Martin, Nancy, Erik and their spouses, Delia, Chip, and Kato; a sister-in-law, Peri Pogson, and her spouse, John; nephews and nieces, Drew and Hannah Yensan, Miles and Parker Fey, and Sarah and Ellen Pogson, and, of course, his loyal pups, Grace and Lucy. We would like to thank our extended family, neighbors, friends and McLean Home Care and Hospice for their generous and uplifting support.
Friends are invited to a celebration of our hero’s life on Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m. at the Meetinghouse, 75 Main Street, Farmington. In place of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Farmington Food Pantry, Amistad Hall, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032.

Dixon, Renee

Renee Dixon, 63, of Glastonbury, passed away Wednesday, February 8th at home. Born in Hartford, May 25th, 1948, daughter of the late Capt. Edward Thorton and Gwendolyn (Hammond) Dixon. She is survived by her two sisters, Faith Suzanne Dixon Thomas of Hartford and Dawn Marie Harpaul of Miami, FL, her brother Anthony Hammond of Connecticut and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her brother, Edward T. Dixon. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Alternative Services- Connecticut, Inc., for the wonderful care given to Renee. Funeral services will be held Saturday (Feb. 18) at 10:30am in The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford with Apostle Terry A. Stringer officiating. Burial will be in Mt. View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alternative Services-Connecticut, Inc., 84 Linwood Ave., Colchester, CT 06415.

Riley, James

James H. Riley, of Unionville, son of the late Francis and Florence Riley, died peacefully at home on February 7, 2012 amidst family, having fought bone marrow cancer bravely for months. He is survived by his wife Jo-Ann Mazur Riley, sons James and John, and his daughter in law Dr. Amy Riley, four grandchildren, Sixtus, Roch Deva, Nighton and Elliott, and his sister Donna LeBlanc. He will also be missed by his furry companions, Oscar, Sammy Rose, Judy and Tammy. Jim served his country proudly during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the Bay of Pigs as a gun loader on a naval destroyer. He then worked for Gems Sensors as a purchasing agent until his retirement. Jim’s approach to life was that “those who can, should, and those who should, will”. Graveside funeral services with full Naval Honors will be Friday (Feb. 10) at 11:00am in Riverside Cemetery, 160 Garden Street, Farmington with Rev. Barbara McLelland officiating. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Farmington Valley VNA, 8 Old Mill Lane Simsbury, CT, 06070.

Htoo, Peh

Peh Htoo, 66, of Hartford, wife of Rev. Elijah, passed away Friday, February 3rd. Born February 6th, 1945 in Panpu City, Burma, daughter of the late Thar Kyaw and Daw Thein Kyan. She was a Vice Chairwoman in the Karen Women’s Organization for many years and was also the Treasurer in the East Refugee Camp in Thailand for the Karen Missionary Organization. She came to the United States in 2008 and assumed the same role in the Karen Baptist Conference and was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Hartford. Peh was an interpreter in the Karen community. Besides her husband, she is survived by her five children, Kpaw Htoo and his wife Sher Nay Paw and their five children; Hser Nay Chris and her husband Saw Joy and their three children; Maw Lay and his wife Pwe Say Paw and their four children; Kee Lar Say and her husband Ta Ma La Htoo and their three children; Shar Doh Htoo and his wife Rosalin and their child; one sister, one brother and her dear friend, Po Hser. She was predeceased by her brother and three sisters. Friends may call at the Central Baptist Church of Hartford, 457 Main St., Hartford on Saturday (Feb. 11) from 9:00-10:00am followed by Funeral Services in the church at 10:00am. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford.

Welna, Andrew

Andrew J. Welna, 54, of Unionville, beloved husband of Deborah (Hanelius) Welna, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 2nd at his home. Born in Przywilcz, Poland, May 24th, 1957, son of the late Jan Welna and Irene (Orlowska) Welna-Cote. Andrew was employed by UPS for 35 years. Besides his wife, he is survived by his two children, Victoria A. Welna and Andrew J. Welna II both of Unionville, his sister, Theresa Gawel and her husband Walter of Clarksville, TN, his two brothers, Walter J. Welna of New Britain and Michael B. Majka and his wife Nadia of Bradenton, FL, four nieces, Dorothy Santos and her husband Eric, Bernadette Welna, Diana Riger and her husband Constantine and Mikayla Majka and his mother-in-law Lucille Hanelius of Unionville. Family and friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Feb. 5) from 1:00-3:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (Feb. 6) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon.

Jones, E. Paul

E. Paul Jones, 99, died peacefully at home at River Ridge in Avon, Connecticut on Sunday, January 29th. He was the loving husband and life partner of Myra Wilson Jones, who predeceased him last year. Paul was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA., the son of Edwin and Ida D. Jones and brother of Harold Jones. He attended Swarthmore College and earned a degree in chemistry from Temple University in 1934. He earned library science degrees at Drexel University and Columbia University. These led to his long career as a technical librarian. He began as a reference librarian at Temple University’s Sullivan Memorial Library and at Pennsylvania State University’s Mineral Industries Library. For 29 years he was a librarian researcher for the industrial chemical division of Allied Corporation. In his late 50’s, he relocated to Connecticut to head the Technology and Business Department of the Bridgeport Public Library. After retirement he volunteered at the Monroe Public Library. Throughout his life, he enjoyed books and science. Paul was a sweet, kind, and generous man with quiet dignity. He and Myra were married in 1942. They lived in Bayside, NY; then Livingston, NJ, then for 35 years in Monroe, CT before moving to Avon in 2007. Paul enjoyed the outdoors for his own pleasure and to share with others. He liked to swim and hike, and encouraged his children in these activities. For many years, Paul and Myra took their family car camping around the country as their summer vacation. Paul served as Scoutmaster for his son Don’s Boy Scout troop. When he and Myra moved to Monroe, he built and maintained a wonderful vegetable garden. He was a great composter before it became fashionable. Once their children were grown, Paul and Myra continued to share square dancing, bridge parties with friends, and volunteering at their church. They were always active members of their local Congregational church. Paul impressed family and friends with his organizational skills. As historian for the Monroe Congregational Church, he kept meticulous records. Even very recently, he could recall precisely where to locate almost any object in his apartment. A quiet, patient man, Paul had a subtle sense of humor. He will be fondly remembered and missed by his children, Donald, Janice, and Thomas; daughter-in-law Leslie; ex-daughter-in-law Suzanne; brother-in-law Thomas Wilson and his wife Allie; grandchildren Michael, Wendy, Daniel, Gregory, and Carrie; and many nieces and nephews and their families. Funeral Services will be held Friday (Feb. 3) at 1:00pm in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville with Rev. Jennifer M. Gingras officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Avon. Memorial donations may be made to the Monroe Congregational Church, 31 Church Rd., Monroe, CT 06468; Temple University, University Libraries online at, click on Giving To Temple.