Archive for June 2012

Boynton, Donald

Donald E. Boynton, 81, of New Britain, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2012 at UConn Medical Center in Farmington. He was born in Hanover, NH on January 4, 1931 to Faye Baker Boynton and Earle Boynton. He grew up in South Pomfret, Vermont and graduated from Woodstock High School and Castleton College. He worked in the restaurant business and relocated to Connecticut where he waited tables and was a Maitre D’ in several area restaurants throughout his career. He was a United States Army veteran, and served in the Korean War. Most recently Don worked as a Walmart greeter in Hartford. He was a kind and generous man who loved his family. He enjoyed a good laugh and found much joy in life. He is predeceased by his parents, his two sisters Myrris Baldwin of CT and Shirley Marcotte of MA, nephews Clifford Baldwin of Indiana, and Christopher Marcotte of MA, great-nephew Nathan Arnold, and great-niece Rebecca Wallace, both of MA. He will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews: Gregory Marcotte, Amy Marcotte Albano, Laurel Marcotte Wallace, Thomas Marcotte, Melanie Marcotte Feinberg, Michael Marcotte, James Marcotte, all of MA, and Daniel Marcotte of WA.; Pamela Baldwin Boker of Illinois, Donald Baldwin and Brian Baldwin of Indiana, their families, and his companion and roommate Ricardo Wint. Graveside funeral services with full military honors will be held on Saturday (June 30) at 11 am at the Southwick Cemetery in Southwick, MA. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the charity of one’s choice.

Fleming, Mary

Mary Elizabeth (Fredenburgh) Fleming, 94, of Unionville, died Sunday, June 24th at home. She was born in 1917 in Seneca Falls, NY; the daughter of Paul Fredenburgh and Mary (Muldoon) Fredenburgh. Her mother died within five days of her birth. Her paternal grandparents brought her to Hartford when she was three months old. Her grandmother died when she was four and Mary soon came to be under the care of Mrs. Abby Wiley, the choir director and organist at the Methodist Church on Park Street in Hartford. Mary lived with the Wileys from age six until she was 17. Mary graduated from Keuka College in upstate New York with a degree in business and economics and a minor in French. Over the years, she worked at G. Fox, the Hartford Fire, and, during WWII, at a tool manufacturer for Pratt & Whitney. In 1949 she joined the assessor’s office in the Town of West Hartford, remaining there for 35 years. Mary was a loyal and longtime member of the Memorial United Methodist Church of Avon, serving in a number of capacities, including many years as financial secretary. She is survived by her two sons: Jerry and his wife Pamela (Parmentier) of Southington and Ronald and his wife Pamela (Paulsen) of Avon. She also leaves three grandchildren: Nathan Fleming (his wife Bibrama), Elizabeth Barmach (her husband Michael) and Colin Fleming, and two great grandchildren – Emma Barmach and Mira Fleming. She is also survived by her sister Jean of upstate New York. She is predeceased by her former husband Ronald F. Fleming. Mary had a great ability to make and keep friends. In recent years, as her health became more of a challenge, several friends were especially helpful to allowing Mary to remain independent: Dane Ingversten of Avon, Bette Jones and Joan Cuminale both of Unionville. There are many others too numerous to mention. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (June 29) from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be held Saturday (June 30) at 10:30 AM at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Road, Avon with Rev. Tony Mecca officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Keuka College, 141 Central Avenue, Keuka Park, New York 14478.

Fiora, Loretta

On Monday, June 25th, Loretta (Falotico) Fiora, the dedicated wife of the late Raymond T. Fiora passed away at home after an extended illness. She was the daughter of John B. Falotico Sr. and Loretta (Santangelo) Falotico. Born in Hartford in 1929, Loretta moved to Unionville in 1950. She was widowed in 1984. She leaves behind her beloved sisters Patricia Grinavich of Manchester and Grace White of East Hartford. Her daughter Loretta Fiora Crossman, son-in-law Harold Crossman, grandson Matthew Crossman and granddaughter Mary Crossman of Unionville, sisters-in-law Pauline Falotico of Hartford, and Helen Parker of Newington. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and godchildren who were all very special to her. Her eldest daughter, Marie Fiora, passed away in 2010. Loretta was also predeceased by four siblings, Michael Falotico, Daniel J. Falotico, John B. Falotico Jr. and Mary (Falotico) Boero. Also gone before her were her brothers-in-law Joseph Grinavich, Walter White, Sr., Bill Parker, Walter Hitchcock and Edward Boero and sisters-in-law Ines (Fiora) Hitchcock, Camille Falotico, and Adeline Falotico. She was a longtime member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Unionville. In her younger days she was involved with Girl Scouts of America. She graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy in Hartford in 1948. She was the office manager at Hodge Surveying Associates in Unionville for 31 years until her retirement in 2010. Loretta and Ray were the last owners of The Hotel Worthy in Unionville from 1950 until 1968. Through her husband Ray’s membership in many organizations, Loretta was actively involved with Tunxis Hose Co. No. 1, the “Who Says there’s no Unionville?” committee, The Hartford Regional Center, Knights of Columbus and the Lion’s Club. She went above and beyond the call caring for family members including having a handicapped child at home for 12 years. In 1976 Loretta learned how to use a dialysis machine so that Ray could be treated at home for nine years. Despite the many hardships she faced unwaveringly, she was always cheerful and happy to see friends and family. Her extended family would like to give a special thanks to Maisy, Jo Anne, Colleen, all the other nurses who cared for her over the past 10 months and Linda Terrier. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (June 28) from 3:00-7:00 pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (June 29) 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 Greenwood Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you make a donation to a charity of your choice.

Lauretti, Hugo

Hugo A. Lauretti, 96, formerly of Farmington, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 23rd. Born in Farmington, June 17th, 1916, son of the late Umberto and Mary (Grossi) Lauretti. Prior to retiring, he was a Machinist with Veeder Root Company for 45 years. Hugo was a United States Army veteran of World War II. He was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington, was an avid Boston Red Sox and Green Bay Packers fan, a golf fanatic and a sports enthusiast. He is survived by his daughter Elizabeth A. Cassarino of Berlin, his son John P. Lauretti and his wife Kathleen of Ada, MI, four grandsons, Joseph Cassarino III, Sean Lauretti, Scott Cassarino and Todd Lauretti, four great grandchildren, Sophie, Nicholas, Dominic and Anthony and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers George and Carl Lauretti and his sisters, Ann Sala, Margaret Orvis, Mary Battista, Anita Rosati, Julia Grossi, Yolanda Sineti and Edith McNey. Friends may call at the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington on Wednesday (June 27) from 8:45-9:45am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick at 10:00am. Burial with full military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Henry, Helen

Helen D. Henry, of Farmington, died Monday, June 11, 2012. She was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, July 1, 1929, daughter of the late Riley C. and Gertrude Coffee Henry. She was an RN graduate of the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, The University of Miami and Columbia University. She spent most of her career in administration at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. After moving to Connecticut, she was employed by the State of Connecticut Veterans Home and Hospital in Rocky Hill until her retirement. She was a member of The First Church of Christ in Wethersfield. She is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Kitty Henry Moore and William Moore of Farmington, a brother-in-law, Claude Nelson, a nephew, Andrew Nelson, a niece, Carrie Nelson all of DeBary, Florida, a nephew, Riley C. Henry III of Cleveland, Tennessee, and a nephew, Dr. Douglas B. Moore of Medford, New Jersey. She was predeceased by a brother, Riley C. Henry II of Deltona, Florida and a sister, Laura Henry Nelson of DeBary, Florida. Burial will be private in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Donations may be made to the St. Francis Hospital Cancer Center, 114 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105.

Paruske, Maryline

Maryline (Mathieu) Paruske, 84, of Unionville, widow of John J. Paruske, passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 12th. Born in St. Francis, ME, August 28th, 1927, daughter of the late Alfred and Anna (Thibodeau) Mathieu, she resided in Unionville for many years. Prior to retiring, she was employed at Myrtle Mills in Unionville. Maryline was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. She is survived by her son Richard J. Paruske and his wife Margaret of Bristol, her daughter, Lorissa Matthew of Unionville, two grandchildren Mat Paruske and Kristin Williams, two great grandchildren, Logan and Gabriella and her brother Joseph C. Mathieu of Enfield. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (June 16) at 1:00pm in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tunxis Hose Co. #1, P.O. Box 215, Unionville, CT 06085.

Shackelford, Dorothy

Dorothy Mae Shackelford, 77, of North Canton, widow of Roy B. Shackelford, former Deacon at St. Patrick Church, Collinsville, passed away peacefully Friday, June 8th at her home. Born in Chicago, IL, November 20th, 1934, daughter of the late Raymond and Esther (Pitts) Rice. Prior to retiring in 2000, Dorothy was the Executive Administrative Assistant at the Canton Town Hall for many years. She was a longtime parishioner at the Church of St. Patrick in Collinsville. Dorothy is survived by her son Roy B. Shackelford and his wife Julie of Granby, her daughter Mary M. Shackelford-Geiger and her husband Donald of Westminster, MD, her daughter Karen M. Porter and her husband Stephen of Farmington, three beloved grandchildren, Collin, Nicholas and Jamie Porter and her favorite feline friend, her cat Missy. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (June 10) from 4:00-6:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (June 11) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, Collinsville at 10:00am. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Collinsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital, ATTN: Fund Development, 80 Seymour St., P.O. Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06102. To send online condolences to the family please visit,

Taft, Sophie

Sophie Louise Taft, died May 31, 2012 at the age of 100. She was born in Hartford on Dec. 30, 1911 the daughter of Louis and Victoria (Radzikoski) Dobrynski. She was predeceased by her husband Robert E. Taft; her brothers Frank and John Dobrynski and her sisters Mary Spain and Anna Kane. She is survived by a nephew, Peter Kane. Sophie (Louise) retired from the Aetna after 35 years and resided in the Town of Farmington most of her life. She appreciated the excellent care she received at the Avon Health Center over the past seven years.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday, June 7 from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of St. Patrick, Farmington at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032

Dulla, John

John Edward Dulla was born on September 1, 1955 in Nyack, NY. He was born to Francis E. Dulla of Hobe Sound, FL, and the late Florence Blauvelt Dulla. He passed away suddenly on Friday, June 1, 2012 at his home in Avon. John was a 1972 graduate of Staples High School in Westport. He attained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1978. John was a self-employed industrial engineer and entrepreneur. He was an enthusiastic Yankees, Patriots, and Whalers fan. John leaves behind his father, Francis; his brother, Robert Dulla; his sister-in-law, Beth Davis-Dulla; his niece and nephew, Katie and Jack Dulla; and his sister, Diane Dulla. John married Barbara A. Driscoll on September 23, 1978. They were married for 33 years and had made their home in Avon, where they were parishioners of St. Ann’s Catholic Church. John was the proud and loving father of Christine, Elizabeth, Kevin, Michael, Laura, and Peter. John’s kindness, generosity, and sense of humor will be missed by all who were blessed to know him. The love and passion that he demonstrated in his life has made a lasting impact on all of his family and friends. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and gratitude to the friends, neighbors and relatives for the overwhelming support and generosity during this difficult time.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 11 a.m. in St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made be made to Avon High School’s Dollars for Scholars Program, P.O. Box 706 Avon, Connecticut 06001.

Hanrahan, John

John Knight Hanrahan, 96, of Farmington, beloved husband of Lillian (Driscoll) Hanrahan, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday (May 31, 2012). John was born April 16, 1916 in Elizabeth, NJ, son of the late Dr. James and Sarah Hanrahan. He attended Yale University and completed his law degree at University of Pennsylvania. During World War II, he was both a pilot and an ensign in the United States Navy. His transport, the Tasker H. Bliss was sunk in 1942 off the coast of North Africa. After that, John was granted flight school admission and became a flight instructor for the duration of the war. He remained in the naval reserves until 1962, retiring with the rank of commander. After the war, he joined the family law firm of Rourke and Hanrahan until 1988. His legal career continued as Attorney emeritus for the law firm of Scully, Nicksa and Reeve until 2006, retiring at the age of 90. John had lived in Farmington since the late 1940’s and enjoyed many close friends in the community, including Patrick Ryan. Besides his wife, John is survived by his daughter, Sally Hanrahan, his son and daughter-in-law, David and Victoria Hanrahan, two grandsons, Michael and John Hanrahan and an extended family of Wentworth’s that includes 6 children, 15 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Sarah (Lyon) Hanrahan and two children, John L. Hanrahan and Sharon Hanrahan.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday (June 4) at 10:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Patrick, Main St., Farmington. Burial will be private. There are no calling hours. Those who wish may send donations to the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032.