Archive for May 2012

Tousignant, John

John Paul Tousignant, “Johnny T”, 52, of Unionville, died suddenly on Monday, May 28th, 2012. He was born on February 18th, 1960 in Hartford, the son of Edith Tousignant of Barre, VT and the late Maurice “Red” Tousignant. John graduated from Goodwin Tech in 1978 and eventually ran his own plumbing business. John lived his whole live in Unionville and reveled in the many friendships he had established. He was an avid supporter of Ducks Unlimited. John enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking, making sausage with his brother and friends, living life to the fullest without boundaries. Besides his mother, he is survived by a sister Betty and her husband Hinge of Newport Richey, FL, a brother Richard and his wife Mary of East Montpelier, VT, a sister Sandy and her husband Joe of Derby Line, VT, a sister Dorene and her husband George of Palmyra, VA and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Emile. A Celebration of Johnny’s life will be held Friday (June 8) from 6:00-8:00pm at the Knights of Columbus, 301 New Britain Ave., Unionville.

Rask, Dorothy

Dorothy Erna Juul Colvin Rask, of Newington and Bloomfield, died at Apple Rehab in Plainville on Monday, May 28th. Born on March 23, 1918 in Milwaukee, WI, Dorothy was the only daughter of Arthur Carleton Juul, an architect/entrepreneur, and Elsa Range Juul, a hat designer. Dorothy was predeceased by both her parents- her father died in the black smallpox epidemic of 1925, her older brother, Edward Arthur Juul, and her two husbands, Wayne B. Colvin and Eric H. Rask. Dorothy is survived by three daughters, Jewel M. Colvin, formerly of South Windsor; Leslie A. Colvin of Bloomfield; Cynthia L. Colvin Rolando and her husband Paul, of Oceanside, CA; and her son, Barry W. Colvin and his wife, Deborah Eastman Colvin of Moultonboro, NH; four granddaughters; one grandson; two great-granddaughters; and three great-grandsons. Many thanks to the doctors, medical staff personnel, Hospice and Senior Caregivers in Bloomfield, who took such very good care of Dorothy, and to those who took time to chat with and compliment the “little lady in the black hat.” Dorothy’s dictum, “I entered this world without fanfare and choose to leave it in the same way,” will be respected.

Flaherty, Dr. Morgan

Dr. Morgan V. Flaherty of Sarasota, FL and Old Saybrook, CT, widower of Frances H. Flaherty died peacefully Thursday, (May 24, 2012) at his home in Sarasota, FL. Born on Sept. 15, 1917 in Hartford, CT, he was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Claude V. Flaherty. He was a graduate of Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA, and received his Medical Degree from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Dr. Flaherty practiced medicine as an obstetrician/gynecologist partnering with Dr. Donald McCrann for 36 years; with affiliation through St. Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT and the University of Connecticut Medical Center, Farmington, CT. He was also a clinical professor at the University of Connecticut Medical Center for 13 years. Dr. Flaherty served his country as a Captain in the U.S Armed Forces during World War II as a Medic serving several tours in Europe including the Invasion of Normandy. During his retired years, Dr. Flaherty spent much of his time on the water enjoying his love of the sea as a yacht owner and as a member of the Bird Key Yacht Club, Sarasota, FL for 26 years. His genuine dedication of his profession, and love of life allowed him to engage and be endeared by many. He is survived by his son Morgan W. Flaherty and his wife Abbie M. Flaherty of Niantic, CT; his two daughters, Alison D. Trafton of Boca Raton, FL, Patia R. Haverty and her husband Edmund J. Haverty III of West Hartford, CT; his bother Duane J. Flaherty of Overland Park, KS, the mother of his children Patia McDonough Kinnicutt of West Hartford, CT and Bellaire, FL; his eight grandchildren, Ashley E. Flaherty, Christine M. Flaherty, William V. Flaherty, Lange A. Trafton, Ivana M. Jerabek, Jack M. Haverty, Faith M. Haverty, and Colette C. Haverty; his nephew Curt Helme; his niece Gail Sturdevant; his grand-niece Michele Jeka; his stepson Christopher H. Armstrong; and his stepdaughter Mary Morgan.
Friends and relatives may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford, on Thursday, May 31, 2012, 4-7 p.m. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated Friday, June 1, 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Peter Claver, 47 Pleasant St., followed by burial in the family plot at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield, CT. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center Development Fund, 140 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105.

Wollenberg, Doris

Doris Stocking Wollenberg, 81, passed away May 22, 2012 at Aspen House Assisted Living in Loveland, Colorado after a long and courageous struggle. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Colonel William “Bill” Fripp Wollenberg, USA (Ret). She was born and raised in Hutchinson, MN by her parents Charles H. and Nellie O. Stocking. Doris was a descendant of George Stocking, the first Stocking that records show came to America in 1633 and along with the Reverend Thomas Hooker and others that subsequently reached the Connecticut River Valley and founded Hartford, CT. Doris received her bachelor’s degree in art from Hamline University in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN and following that studied fine arts for two years at the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. With a teacher’s certificate, she took a position teaching art in an elementary school in the state of Washington. After one year she returned to Colorado and a position teaching art at Fort Carson (then Camp Carson) , CO. It was at Fort Carson that she met and subsequently married in Denver First Lieutenant Bill Wollenberg in June 1957. The following year took Doris to Fort Knox, KY where she taught 2nd Grade. After one year, she accompanied her husband who was transferred to West Germany where she taught 1st Grade to the children of US military personnel in Amberg, West Germany for the next three years. Upon return to the US Doris continued her teaching career with a position in Rosendale, WI teaching 1st Grade where she remained for two years. After a short break in her teaching career Doris reentered the working world with a position as a Welfare Case Worker in the Welfare Department of the state of Connecticut. (This while separated from her husband who was serving in Vietnam.) Doris resumed her teaching, again at the first grade level, at Fort Leavenworth, KS where she remained for three years. Another break in her teaching career allowed Doris to hone her sewing and tailoring skills which she had perfected while living and teaching in Germany. To cut her costs and gain access to the latest sewing techniques she took a part time job in a fabric store near their home just outside Washington, DC. Following a return to teaching at Fort Knox, KY and a summer school in graduate school in Las Vegas, NV to sharpen her teaching skills, Doris found her teaching niche in Virginia where she remained for almost eleven years, beginning in Hopewell, VA, followed by Hampton, VA, and finally back to Hopewell. Doris retired in 1992 after over 25 years of teaching. To Doris, retirement meant more time to travel and to resume projects in art. Travel would take her to Manaus on the Amazon River in South America; Denali National Park in Alaska; to the Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire), through the Strait of Magellan, and around Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America; at least twice through the Panama Canal; to Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania; to India, the Maldives, Seychelles and Kenya; to the Mediterranean, Italy, France and Spain; to Denmark; to the Danube and Eastern Europe countries once held under Soviet Communist control; and to China — the second time in 2006 as an “exchange artist.” As a teacher, artist and person Doris has had positive influences over the children/students in her care as well as her colleagues and friends she has established in each place that she lived and/or taught. She was predeceased by her sister Jo Schamberger. Doris will be missed by her neighbors, friends and cousins Marie, Karen, Peddy, Susan, Steven and Scott, by her nephews and nieces and especially by her “favorite” husband, Bill.
Funeral Services will be held Friday (June 1) at 2 p.m. in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville with Rev. Hope Eakins officiating. Burial will follow in the family plot at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Donations in Doris Stocking Wollenberg’s name can be made to the Art Department, Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55104-1204.

Fitzgerald, Maurice

Maurice Fitzgerald, 74, of Hartford, passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon, (May 24) at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland September 18, 1937, son of the late John and Mary (O’Shea) Fitzgerald, he resided in the Hartford area many years. Prior to retiring, he was a custodian with the Hartford Board of Education for 37 years. Maurice leaves his family in Ireland and the United States most especially the John and Mary Hyland family, their children, and the light of Maurice’s life Samantha, Henry, and Avery.
Funeral service and burial will be private.

Latko, Edward

Edward Latko, 72, of Unionville, passed away Wednesday, May 23rd. Born in Hartford, April 16th, 1940, son of the late Walter and Sophie (Cznarty) Latko. Edward was a Security Guard at Farmington Woods for many years. He is survived by his two sisters, Helen Michaelevitch of Bristol and Ann Drumm of Torrington, his three brothers, Carl Latko of Unionville, Robert Latko of Bristol and Walter Latko of Plainville and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his four brothers, Richard Prange, Val Latko, John Latko and Roy Latko and his sister Sophie Mackenzie. Graveside funeral services will be held Wednesday (May 30) at 11:30 am at the family plot in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the UConn Children’s Cancer Fund, UConn Foundation, 2390 Alumni Dr., Unit 3206, Storrs, CT 06268. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc., www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Knowles, Virginia

Virginia Cottrell Knowles, 83, of Farmington, beloved wife of the late Charles Knowles, died Sunday, May 20th at home. She was born May 3, 1929 in Newport, RI, a daughter of the late James Benedict and Elizabeth Vernon Cottrell. Known to family and friends as Nippy, she was a 1946 graduate of the Mary C. Wheeler School, Providence, RI. Prior to her marriage, she was employed by Little, Brown and Company, Boston, as secretary to the advertising director. A 50-year resident of Farmington, she is survived by her daughters Pamela Nichols and her husband Julian of Winsted, Nina Smith and her husband Cary of Farmington, Sarah Dube and her husband Aaron of Bristol; her son Richard Knowles of Bristol; and two granddaughters Emily and Hayley Smith of Brooklyn, NY. She is also survived by her sisters Pamela Bradford of Newport and Elizabeth (ChiChi) McKown of Vero Beach, FL; and her brother Michael Cottrell of Newport. Mom loved the beach and beach towns, especially Newport, Ogunquit and Eastham. Every summer, she also enjoyed the Farmington Field Club, where she was a founding member, for the pools, swimming and good friends. To say she was a voracious reader would be an understatement. Mostly novels and history, especially English history. Always up on the news, Mom was a great conversationalist with a wonderful sense of humor. She will truly be missed. Graveside services will be private and officiated by the Reverend David Owen, St. James Episcopal Church, Farmington, at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Friends of the Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT 06032. The family would like to thank the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurses Association for their compassionate care and remarkable assistance.

Leszuk, Felecia

Felecia (Colangelo) Leszuk, 91, of Farmington, widow of Stephen S. Leszuk, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 20th. Born in Worcester, MA, November 8th, 1920, daughter of the late Sergio and Maria (Defeudis) Colangelo. She was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. Felecia is survived by her three sons, Stephen Leszuk and his wife Andrea of Long Beach, CA, James Leszuk and his wife Mary of Farmington, and Michael Leszuk and his wife Kelly of Phoenix, AZ, four grandchildren, Caitlin and James Matthew Leszuk and Miles and Philip Leszuk and her sister, Elizabeth Monfrieda of Worcester, MA. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (May 24) from 5:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (May 25) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea at 10:00am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085.

Champion, William

William G. Champion, 79, of Canton, beloved husband of Carolyn (Carlson) Champion, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 15th. Born in Detroit, MI, December 27th, 1932, son of the late William A. and Isabel (Wyatt) Champion, he resided in Canton for over 50 years. In 1966, Bill opened Champion’s Auto Body in Canton where he worked for 32 years before retiring in 1998. He was a United States Navy veteran of the Korean War. Bill loved woodworking and gardening, always lent a helping hand to anyone in need and visited many friends in convalescent homes. Besides his wife, he is survived by his two daughters, Deborah A. Alender and her husband Gary of Bristol and Diane Mitchell of Bristol, two sisters, Sharon Paddock and her husband James of Florida and Carol Hart and her husband Terrance of Michigan, his granddaughter Nicole Mitchell-Lagasse and her husband Joseph B. of Windsor and two great grandchildren Siobhain and Trenton. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (May 18) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral services will be held Saturday (May 19) at 11:00am in Canton Community Baptist Church, 125 Dowd Ave., Canton. Navy honors will be rendered following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Canton Community Baptist Church, 125 Dowd Ave., Canton, CT 06019 or to the Canton Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 168, Collinsville, CT 06022.

Dyer, Danna L.

Danna Lewis Dyer, 63, passed away unexpectedly at her West Hartford home last week. Born Danna Lenore Lewis on October 9, 1948 in Cleveland, OH to the late Carlotta Owens and the late Morgan Lewis Sr., she was raised in Youngstown, OH with her step-brother, Morgan Lewis, Jr. Shortly after graduating from Mount Holyoke College in 1970, Danna married her now ex-husband, Charlie H. Dyer and moved to West Hartford, CT. She spent a few years raising her children full-time and then taught for 24 years in the Windsor public elementary school district. Just prior to retirement, Danna received her masters in library science and became the school librarian at John F. Kennedy Elementary School. During her lifetime, Danna was a strong advocate of equal rights for women and minorities, volunteering her time with The League of Women Voters, Black Teachers of Windsor, various Democratic political action groups and the Asylum Hill Congregational Church. She spent much of her free time discussing issues of equality, prejudice reduction and multicultural education in workshops and seminars throughout Connecticut. Additional leisure time was divided between various book and spiritual groups, including the Red Tent group. Danna is survived by her two sons Daniel S. Dyer, of Lambertville, N.J and David C. Dyer of Boston, MA; her ex-husband Charles H. Dyer of Jacksonville, FL and her step-brother Morgan Lewis, Jr. of Wilmington, NC. The memory of her life will be celebrated with friends and family at 9:30 am on Saturday, May 19th, 2012 at Asylum Hill Congregational Church – 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Danna Lewis Dyer Scholarship Fund c/o David Dyer, 215 Bunker Hill Street, Apt. 2, Boston, MA 02129.

Wild, Sally

Sally (Lovejoy) Wild, 85, of Farmington, died Sunday, May 13th after a courageous fight with ovarian cancer. She was the beloved wife and best friend ever to Donald S. Wild. Sally grew up in West Hartford, but lived in Farmington since her marriage in 1954. Following graduation from the old Hall High, Class of 1944, she was employed at the Hartford Probate Court and later worked at Security Connecticut Life Insurance Company. She taught Sunday School and was a Girl Scout leader for several years. She enjoyed the outdoors, skiing and sailing, and for over twenty years, she and Don would live aboard their thirty foot sloop, “Another WILD IDEA” every summer and cruise the New England coast to the far downeast corner of Maine, venturing to the Bay of Fundy and Nova Scotia. She was an expert knitter and a skilled photographer whose excellent photographs contributed largely to the success of her husband’s book, “The New England Sailors’ Limerick Guide”. For over 30 years, she was a volunteer driver for Meals-On-Wheels. She loved being a mother and grandmother. The family expresses deep gratitude for the excellent and professional help given to Sally by the nurses, aides, and staff of Masonicare Partners Hospice. Besides her husband, she leaves a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Brian Comer of Weatogue, and a son and daughter-in-law, Clay and Laura Wild of Quaker Hill, also five much loved grandchildren: Erin and Timothy Comer; and Aaron, Katie and Tyler Wild. She was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Grant and Norma Wade. Funeral Services will be held Friday (May 18) at 10:00am in the First Church of Christ Congregational, 61 Main St., Unionville with Rev. Wendy Sue Kissa officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Church of Christ Congregational, 61 Main St., Unionville, CT 06085.

Gresh, William

William T. Gresh, 88, of Avon, loving husband for 60 years of the late Evelyn (Taucher) Gresh, passed away peacefully Monday, May 7th at his home. Born in Unionville January 11th, 1924, son of the late Michael D. and Anna (Marek) Gresh. Prior to retiring in 1986, he was a Foreman for Ensign Bickford in Simsbury for 37 years. Bill was a United States Navy veteran of World War II. He was drafted into the Navy on March 11, 1943 and had boot training and signalman school at Sampson Naval Base. He then was off to Little Creek Amphibious Base, then to Camp Pickett, Virginia. He was attached to 292nd Joint Assault Signal Company (JASCO); trained with the Army for six months then went overseas to Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii at Fort Haase. He left JASCO then went aboard USS Lamar APA-47. He was attached to the commander transport division 37 beach party. He made the Invasion of Guam with the 77th Division, and then participated in the return to the Philippine Islands with the 7th in the Invasion of Leyte. He was then transferred with the transport division to the USS Monrovia APA-31 where he made the Invasion of Luzon with the 1st Calvary Division. He participated in landing with the 22nd Marines in landing on Okinawa. Bill was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Ann in Avon and was a 50 year member of the VFW Post 3272 Gildo-Consolini in Avon where he served as Past Commander from 1967-1968. He is survived by his son Thomas R. Gresh and his wife Petty G. Gresh of Willimantic, his daughter Laurel G. Nolan and her husband William M. of Farmington, his daughter Jane G. Tessier and her husband Paul A. of Lynnfield, MA, five grandchildren, Michael Nolan and his wife Jaci, William Gresh, Katie Nolan, Emily Gresh and Jaclyn Tessier, his sister Carol Sokol and her husband Jere of Corona del Mar, CA, his brother Michael B. Gresh and his wife Kathleen (Hawkes) Gresh of Avon and was the loving brother-in-law to Dorothy Taucher, Elizabeth Tkac and her husband Michael, Louise Geiger and Theodore Taucher. He was predeceased by his twin brother, Rev. Edward R. Gresh and his two sisters, Irene O’Malley and Margaret Mercuri. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (May 10) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (May 11) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Ann, Avon at 10:00am. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to FAVARH, 225 Commerce Dr., Canton, CT 06019.

Schreier, Patricia

Patricia Anne (Gay) Schreier, 53, of Bristol, passed away Friday, May 4th at her home. Born in Hartford, March 4th, 1959, beloved daughter of Natalie (Pinney) Gay of Bristol and the late Robert L. Gay, Sr., she was raised in Hartford. Patricia was a hard core New York Giants fan, was the best Spades player, and loved the beach and potato salad. She loved to laugh and to make others laugh with her stories, she loved people most especially her children, grandchildren and family, she was compassionate and generous and will be remembered as a loving Nana. Besides her mother, Patti is survived by her two daughters, Jaimie Lynne (Schreier) Robertson and her husband Chauncey of Middletown, and Heather Marie Davis of Bristol, her grandchildren, Junior Askew, Caiou Jenkins, Chauncey Robertson II and Kailey Robertson all of Middletown, her siblings, James and Cindy Gay of Point Sienna, FL, Nancy and Robert Frank of Bristol, Cindy Kohser of Bristol, Robert Gay of Unionville, Christopher and Shirley Gay of Torrington, Stephen and Allison Gay of Bristol, William and Cynthia Gay of Unionville, Kimberly and Frank Ortiz of Unionville and Karen and Steven Benson of Unionville and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral Services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111 or to the Bristol Food Pantry, c/o Bristol Community Organization, Inc., 55 South Street, Bristol, CT 06010.