Archive for November 2012

Ornellas, Irene

Irene L. Ornellas, 90, of Unionville, widow of Albert Ornellas, passed peacefully on Friday, November 23rd, 2012 at Bristol Hospital. Born in Lowell, MA on June 12th, 1922. Irene was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan and was known as the female Howard Cosell. She is survived by her daughter, Elaine Urbowicz and her husband of Walter of Unionville, her grandson, Walter Urbowicz and his wife Barbara, her great granddaughters, Ashley “The Princess” and Nicole “The Cherub” all of Glendale, AZ, and her loving “second daughter”, Geraldine Rastello of Lawrence, MA. Funeral services will be private.

Catucci, David A.

David A. Catucci, husband of Patrysha (Burke) Catucci and brother of Karen Camp, passed away Monday, November 26th. Born in New Britain, November 14th, 1948, son of the late Ignatius and Madeline (Arbour) Catucci, he lived in Plainville most of his life. He was a graduate of Plainville High School, Class of 1967 and attended Quinnipiac University with a special interest in European and American History. He was a businessman from an early age eventually establishing Trumbull Restoration with the blessing of the Neri brothers, the founders of Trumbull Renovating in Plainville. This remained his passion through all its ups and downs. He was a past member of Frederick-Franklin Masonic Lodge in Plainville. He had a renewed interest in the San Francisco sound of the 60’s and attended many concerts and festivals all over the country. He enjoyed travel throughout the North East, Florida, the Southwest, US, California, Jamaica and Mexico. In addition to his wife and sister, he leaves his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Yale and Anne (Burke) Chussil, former step-sons and their spouses, Marcus and Kim McClellan and Michael and Denise McClellan, several cousins especially Tom, Ron and Steve Catucci, numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was a lover of animals and leaves his feline friends, Ruby, Frisco and Jasper. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Nov. 30) from 5:00-7:00pm with a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 7:00pm. The Masonic Ritual will be conducted at 7:30pm. Donations in his memory may be made to the Frederick-Franklin Masonic Lodge, PO Box 223, Plainville, CT 06062.

Scanlan, Holly

Holly A. (Mars) Scanlan, 49, beloved wife of Tim Scanlan, Mother of Ryan, Meaghan, and Connor Scanlan, and devoted friend to so many, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side, Monday, November 19, at Yale Hospital in New Haven, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. Born December 23rd, 1962 in St. Paul Minnesota, Holly was the oldest of three children of Leon and Virginia Mars, of Woodbury MN. She grew up in the Twin Cities and attended the University of Minnesota. Holly and Tim were married August 23rd, 1986, and had three children, Ryan, Meaghan, and Connor. When Tim’s career brought the family out east to Burlington, CT, it was Holly’s warm and knowing touch that formed the cornerstone for their new home. She became an active member of the community, organizing Little League fundraisers, supporting local school and public projects, volunteering for the Red Cross and lending a hand whenever and wherever she could. Holly loved to attend her children’s school and sporting events, spend time with her wonderful friends, travel the world with Tim and her kids, and enjoyed cooking, entertaining, attending the theatre, museums, restaurants, and fine wine. Holly recently took up pottery and created beautiful works for her family and friends. Her grace and livelihood won her a vast network of lifelong friends. Throughout her battle with cancer, Holly never lost her courage and conviction that have always defined her. Holly is survived by her husband Tim Scanlan, children Ryan, Meaghan, and Connor, all of Burlington, CT. Her Father Leon Mars, 70, Mother Virginia (Anderle) Mars, sister Valerie and husband Richard Kennedy of Woodbury, MN, brother Jason Mars and his partner Lisa Lanik of Newport, Minnesota. Her Father-in-Law Jerome E. Scanlan and Mother-in-Law Rosemary (Ryan) Scanlan of Cottage Grove, Brother-in-Law Jerome Scanlan of St. Paul, Sister-in-Law Liz Kroschel and her husband Jon Kroschel of Afton, MN, Brother-in-Law Tom Scanlan and his wife Gigi of Woodbury, MN, Sister-in-Law Loretta Steineck and her husband David Steineck of Cottage Grove, MN, Brother-in-Law Jim Scanlan and his wife Cyndy of East Grand Forks, MN, Sister-in-Law Moira Olson and her husband Bill Olson of Duluth, MN, Sister-in-law Megan Lescarbeau and her husband Bucky Lescarbeau of Chisholm, MN, Sister-in-Law Kathleen Woolery and her husband Craig Woolery of Cottage Grove, MN, Sister-in-Law Jeanne Doyle and her husband Marty Doyle of St. Paul, MN, Sister-in-Law, Patty Scanlan-Russonello of Cottage Grove, MN and 41 nieces and nephews and numerous relatives and friends. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionvile on Tuesday (Nov. 27) from 4:00-8:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (Nov. 28) at 11:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The American Red Cross, 209 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT 06032 or to the Jimmy V Foundation, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, NC 27513.

Kopiec, Lawrence J.

Lawrence J. Kopiec, 71, of Unionville, beloved husband of Elizabeth “Betty” (Dobek) Kopiec, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 20th at home after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Born in New Britain, February 13th, 1941, son of the late Walter and Lucille (Chackulski) Kopiec. Prior to his retirement, Larry was employed at Stanadyne for 38 years as a manufacturing engineer. Larry loved fishing, bird watching and traveling with his wife. Larry is survived by his wife, three children and grandchildren: Steve Kopiec and his daughters Jessica and Ashley of Sandisfield, MA, Kathy Kopiec of Reston, VA, and Cyndi and John Valuckas and their son, Phillip of Unionville. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Nov. 23) from 5:00-7:00 pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:15 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 11:00 am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, donations in Larry’s memory may be made to Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, 80 Fisher Drive, Avon, CT 06001.

Peltier, James “Max”

James M. Peltier, on Tuesday November 19th, 2012, James “Max” Peltier, 84, of Unionville, loosed his earthly bonds to reunite with his beloved wife Marie in Paradise. They were apart for 58 days. Max was born on Webster St in Unionville on April Fool’s Day, 1928, son to Margaret (Roach) Peltier and Dennis Joseph Peltier. Max’s parents died when he was very young, so he was raised by his brothers and sisters at the family home on Webster St and he remained in Unionville for his entire life. Max and Marie started dating in 1948 after being reacquainted at a family wedding. They were married on May 6th, 1950 and moved to Webster St in 1954 when Max built a house on family property and they resided there until the present day. After an early employment at Bradley Pole Line Construction Co, Max started working in the Fire Department at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in the early 50’s. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant and remained there until he retired in 1986 at the age of 58. Max was behind the wheel in the early years when with Marie and his two sons, they traveled the blue highways of New England and upper New York State stopping at every roadside attraction along the way. They made more than a dozen trips to Niagara Falls to visit Marie’s family. When the boys were older, Max and Marie started to broaden their traveling, first with cruises then traveling to many foreign countries with the International Lions Club. They knew they found their second home when they first visited Hawaii and with friends from Unionville, they purchased a condo at the Mauna Kai in Kihei, Maui. They would make over 40 trips to Maui over the years with friends and family and they renewed their marriage vows on the beach at the Mauna Kai in 2000 on their 50th Anniversary. Max was involved with many service organizations through his life including the Unionville Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus and the Unionville Senior Center and was a former member of the Tunxis Hose Fire Department. He was a past Grand Knight, Knight of the Year, and a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. He was also Permittee for the Knights of Columbus Hall in Unionville for several years. He was past President of the Unionville Lions Club and traveled to many International Conferences with the Lions Club. Max was known around town as a guy who could get things done, utilizing a vast network of friends and contacts to bring projects to completion usually way below budget. He spearheaded the reconstruction of the hall at Camp Happy Hill and the installation of the original lights for the softball field at Tunxis Meade. He was a social animal who loved to sing and dance and he cherished his Saturday nights with “the Gang” and their various trips through the years. Max was an avid fan of Notre Dame football and the Hometown All-Stars. Max is survived by his two sons, James M. Peltier, Jr. and his wife Gina of Cheshire, Michael G. Peltier and his wife Gail of Unionville, his five grandchildren, Michael G. Peltier, Jr., Alexandra Daisy Peltier, Maxwell William Peltier, Joshua Asadow, and Jesse Asadow, his brother, Edward Peltier of Unionville, and his sister Bernadette Scalia of Bristol, his brother-in-law Kenneth Beyer of West Hartford, and sisters-in-law Margaret Kerchis and Roberta Beyer of Farmington, and Rita Peltier of Unionville, and many devoted nieces, nephews and cousins, He was predeceased by his brothers Robert J. Peltier, Thomas Peltier and Bernard Peltier and sisters Gertrude Buteau and Florence Trelli. Max’s family would especially like to thank his nephew Jack Shearer for his incredible devotion to our Dad. “Goodnight, sweet prince/ and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest”. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday, November 25th from 4-8 PM. The Funeral Liturgy for both Max and Marie will be celebrated on Friday, November 30th at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, 145 Main Street, Unionville at 12:00pm. Donations in their memory may be made to the Church of St Mary Star of the Sea, Bidwell Square, Unionville, Ct, 06085 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101.

Ahern, William

William “Bill” D. Ahern, of Avon, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Bill, the son of John F. and Katherine Ahern, was born in Hartford on January 24, 1931. He grew up in Hartford and graduated from Buckley High School and the University of Hartford. Bill also served in the Army during the Korean War. He moved to Avon in 1970 and was an active member at the Church of Saint Ann. Bill worked as a controller for several companies, most notably General Time, Dresser Industries, and Darworth Industries. Bill loved vacationing at the beach and spending time with friends and family. He was quick-witted and enjoyed a good laugh. Bill was loved and will be missed by many. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Pauline (Gaucher), and their children Kevin Ahern of Avon, Maureen Costa and her husband Gary of Burlington, and Sheila Butwill and her husband Chris of Burlington. Bill adored and was devoted to his four grandchildren Erin and Natalie Costa and Katie and Alex Butwill. Bill will also be missed by his brothers Jack Ahern of Tennessee and Terence Ahern and his wife Karen of South Carolina and brother-in-law Robert Gaucher and his wife Patricia of Avon. In addition, Bill leaves several cousins, nieces, and nephews along with many close and special friends. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Nov. 23) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Nov. 24) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Ann, Avon at 10:00am. Burial will be in the family plot at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.

Gresh, John

John W. Gresh, 94, of Palm Desert, CA, formerly of Unionville, husband of the late Evelyn (Romano) Gresh, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 13. Born in Unionville, October 22, 1918, son of the late Andrew and Katherine (Valigorsky) Gresh. Prior to retiring, John was the Golf Course Superintendent at Sands Point Country Club in Port Washington, NY for over 30 years and was an avid golfer. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II. John is survived by his two brothers, Paul J. Gresh of Planstville and Daniel B. Gresh of Bristol; two step-daughters, Rita Holmes and Judy Sacente both of Palm Desert, CA; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (November 21) from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Royko, Anna Mary

Anna Mary Royko, 94, of Unionville, widow of Rudolph R. Royko, passed away peacefully Thursday, November 15th. Born in Burlington, February 27th, 1918, daughter of the late John and Mary (Greh) Roman, she was a graduate of Canton High School, Class of 1937. She was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. Anna is survived by her five children, Arlene R. O’Connor and her husband William A. of Bristol; Paulette R. Page and her husband Romeo P. of Bristol; Constance V. Wassermann of Palm Harbor, FL; Pamela C. Metzner of Bristol; and Rudolph J. Royko of Unionville, eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Nov. 18) from 2:00-5:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (Nov. 19) 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 Cemetery, Avon. Memorial contributions may be made to Tunxis Hose Company #1, P.O. Box 215, Unionville, CT 06085 or to the Unionville Museum, 15 School St., Unionville, CT 06085.

Mitchell, William “Butch”

William M. “Butch” Mitchell, of Bristol, husband of Anita (Ward) Mitchell, passed away Thursday, November 8th. Born in Hartford, June 4th, 1937, son of the late Robert W. and Agnes (James) Mitchell. Prior to retiring in 2012, Billy was a Heavy Equipment Operator for Farmington Ready Mix for 40 years. Besides his wife, he is survived by his three sons and two sisters, Joan M. Bowe of Durham and Ginny Cohagen of Plymouth, PA, his daughter, Jasmine Applegate, his step daughter, Clarissa Applegate. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert W. Mitchell, Jr. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Nov. 17) from 12:00-1:00pm followed by Services in the funeral home at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 45 Ash Street, East Hartford, CT 06108-3272.

Maysa, Peter

Peter P. Maysa, 67, of Burlington, best friend and loving husband of Lenore (Matczak) Maysa, died unexpectedly Saturday, November 10th. Born in New Britain, May 4th, 1945, son of the late Frank and Ann (Gay) Maysa, he was a graduate of New Britain High School, Class of 1963. Pete was the owner of Construction Consultants Group, providing electrical estimating services to a number of local and out of state contractors. Pete and Lenore enjoyed spending time at their home on Cape Cod. Pete also enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Chippanee Golf Club in Bristol for a number of years. He also enjoyed spending time with their beloved Springer Spaniel, Tucker. Besides his loving wife of 41 years, he is survived by his daughter, Amy M. Armata and her husband Mike of Medford, MA; his daughter Abby Maysa and her fiancée John Fedorich of New Britain; his brother, John Maysa and his wife Nilsa of New Hartford; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Robert Nogiec of Berlin and a number of nieces and nephews; as well as many additional family and friends. Peter’s legacy will continue on in others through the gift of tissue donation. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Nov. 14) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday (Nov. 15) 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 Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Britain. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Huber, Mary

Mary A. Huber, 90, of formerly of Farmington, widow of William T. Huber, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 6th in South Windsor. Born in Waterbury, April 28th, 1922, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Gurtowska) Bojarski. Prior to retiring, Mary was employed by the Town of Farmington in the office of the Superintendent of Schools for many years. She is survived by her four nieces, Rita St. Pierre of Manchester; Barbara Starkweather of South Windsor, Alice Emond of Lebanon and Judy Kolasinski of East Hartford; her two nephews, Joseph Bojarski and Lawrence Bojarski both of Vernon and her caregiver and best friend, Lisa Farrell of Hartford. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Nov. 10) from 10:00-11:00am followed by funeral services in the funeral home at 11:00am. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Falick, Sophie

Sophie E. Falick, 96, of Burlington, widow of John Falick, passed away peacefully Friday, November 2nd at Cherry Brook Health Care Center in Canton. Born in Carnegie, PA, September 9th, 1916, daughter of the late Nicholas and Anna (Cropco) Phillips. She is survived by her two daughters, Diane Tomaney and her husband William of Burlington and Eileen Clark and her husband Jon of London, Ontario, Canada, three grandsons, William J. Tomaney, David Clark and Adam Clark and her great granddaughter Evie Tomaney. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Tuesday (Nov. 6) at 11:00am in St. Patrick Church, Burlington Ave., Collinsville followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery, Collinsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick Church, P.O. Box 287, Collinsville, CT 06022.

Jacobs, Christina Ann

Christina Ann Jacobs of Los Angeles, CA, formerly of Avon, CT, died on Saturday, October 27th. Born in Hartford, CT on July 19th, 1985, she is the beautiful daughter of James W. Jacobs and Ann B. Jacobs and loving sister to Jennifer A. Jacobs, all of Avon, CT. Christina grew up in Avon, CT graduating from Renbrook and Avon High School. She went on to study at both, Mt Ida College and Fordham University. Christina had a deep passion for animals and worked as a volunteer at the Lange Foundation, a no kill animal shelter. Prior to her move to CA, she worked as a research analyst at JWJ Advisors, LLC in Farmington, CT. Christina loved riding horses, fashion, the outdoors, watching movies, photography, she especially enjoyed taking pictures of her friends and was a big supporter of the military. She loved the entertainment business and was looking forward to her upcoming job at Davis Entertainment. Christina was fun to be with, very social and touched the lives of so many people. In addition to her parents and sister, she leaves behind her grandparents, Raymond and Emily Lavendier of Farmington, CT. With her generous and warm heart, she was cherished by her extended family of numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and her dear pets. She loved to travel and will always be remembered for her laughter and adventurous spirit. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, RT. 4, Unionville, CT, on Wednesday, November 7th from 5:00-9:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Thursday, November 8, at 10:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main Street, Farmington, CT followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, 160 Garden Street, Farmington, CT. All are asked kindly to go directly to the Church of St. Patrick the morning of the funeral. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Christina to the Lange Foundation, 2106 South Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (310) 473-5585. A favorite quote of Christina’s, “Some people see things as they are and say why? I see things as they never were and ask, why not?”