Archive for 2013

Pliskowski, Marie Frey

Marie Frey Pliskowski, died on December 29, 2013. Born on September 5, 1919, she was the daughter of the late J. Henry and Julia (Wanatowicz) Frey of Farmington. She is survived by her daughter Ellen M. Pliskowski and her sister Betty Frey Walczyk, both of Farmington, as well several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters Katherine F. Dewey of Avon and Marjorie F. Ullrich of San Antonio, TX, and her brothers Henry R. Frey of New Hartford and Edwin J. Frey of Ft. Pierce, FL. Marie graduated from Farmington High School in 1938 and worked at New Britain Machine Co. during WWII. She married Alfred E. Pliskowski of Gardner, MA in 1944 and when the war ended, they made their home in Farmington. Widowed in 1959, Marie joined the former Connecticut Bank and Trust Company where she was employed until her retirement in 1979. Marie was a lifelong member of Saint Patrick Church in Farmington and an active member of the Ladies Guild. On Saturday, January 4, 2014 a brief service will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville at 11:30am followed at 12:30pm by a Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Patrick Church, 110 Main St., Farmington. Burial will follow at Saint Joseph Cemetery, 151 Farmington Ave., Plainville. Donations in Marie’s memory may be made to the parish development fund of Saint Patrick Church, 110 Main St., P.O. Box 523, Farmington, CT 06032-0523.

Halpin, Jean F.

Jean Flynn Halpin, 87, of Farmington passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 29th, with her family by her side. Jean was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Michael R. Halpin. She was born in New Haven on December 17, 1926, daughter of the late Lawrence and Frances (Kolodzinski) Flynn. Jean graduated from New Haven Teachers College (now SCSU), where she was student body president. On the 50th anniversary of her graduation, she returned to her alma mater as a speaker at the class of 1997 commencement ceremony. Jean lived in West Haven for most of her adult life. She was a fifth grade teacher at Lincoln School, before starting a family and becoming a full time mother. Jean was a longtime communicant at Our Lady of Victory Church in West Haven. She enjoyed genealogy, gardening, watching Downton Abbey and discussing current events with her family and friends. She was a devoted mother and is survived by her two children and their spouses, Howard and Carole Halpin of South Windsor and Donna and Jerry Daly of Farmington. Her four grandchildren were her pride and joy, Gregg and Jillian Daly and Ashley and Kevin Halpin. The family would like to thank Monica Kitka and especially Karolina Olewicz for their many years of care for Jean. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Jan. 1) from 5:00-7:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Friday (Jan. 3) at 10:30am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. To send online condolences to the family, please visit Halpin, Jean

Moore, William Milton

William Milton Moore Ph.D., 87, of Farmington, beloved husband of Elizabeth “Kitty” (Henry) Moore, passed away peacefully Sunday, December 22nd. Born May 19, 1926 in Cleveland, TN, he was the son of the late Watt and Sallie (Bryan) Moore. He was a United States Navy veteran. Dr. Moore was a graduate of Bradley High School, Class of 1944, received his B.S. from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN, Class of 1948, majoring in Health and Physical Education, received his M.S. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Class of 1949, majoring in Physical Education and received his Ph.D. in Physical Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Class of 1954. Dr. Moore began his career as the Director of Athletics, Head Football Coach and Head Basketball Coach at Shepherd College in West Virginia from 1951-1953, then became the Director, Division of Health and Physical Education at Central Connecticut State University from 1962-1983, where he was Director of Athletics from 1962-1983, Head Football Coach from 1959-1961 and Head Basketball Coach from 1953-1959. In January of 1983, he became the Director of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation at the University of Albany, State University of New York until 1993. From January 1994-June 2000, Dr. Moore was the Commissioner of the New England Collegiate Conference and from September 1, 1999 until his retirement in March of 2008, he was the Commissioner of the Little East Conference. Dr. Moore was inducted into the NACDA Director of Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008 and was also the proud receipient of the Gold Key Award from the Sports Writers Association from the State of Connecticut. He was an active member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Farmington. Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, Dr. Douglas Moore of Medford, NJ, his two granddaughters, Hayley Reynolds Moore and Heather Emily Moore, and a nephew Ben C. Moore of Cleveland, TN. He was predeceased by his son, William Craig Moore, his brother, Joe S. Moore and his sisters, Irene Moore Renner, Hattie Moore Ledbetter and Ruth Moore Tallent. Memorial services will be held at a place and a date to be announced. Memorial contributions may be made to the Moore Family Fund, CCSU Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 612, New Britain, CT 06050-0612. Moore, Dr. William

Hannon, Mary A.

Mary A. (Heisler) Hannon, 65 of Avon, wife of the late Richard L. Hannon, passed away December 23, 2013 at home. Born in New Britain, the daughter of the late John and Helen (Amberger) Heisler, she is survived by her brother, John D. Heisler, Jr. of East Haddam. There are no calling hours.

Raymond, W. Frances


Fran Raymond passed away peacefully on Christmas Day, December 25th at the Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Southington, CT from complications arising from Alzheimer’s Disease. Her family salutes her fortitude and determination in coping with the dementia that robbed her of so many pleasures in her later years. Fran was an engaged and active participant in all of life’s many pleasures as well as problems. She led an active life with her first husband, George Whitten, a chemical engineer, and traveled with him to Europe and Japan. After George died, she met and married Bill Raymond and they joined her three daughters and son with Bill’s three daughters and were married for 38 years. Fran was a member of the Board of the Friends of the Hill-Stead and helped plan and run many of the events that contributed to funding of the Hill-Stead. She also served for many years as a member of the Friends of the Farmington Library, six of those years as President. She leaves her husband, Bill, her son Gary Whitten of Laurel, MD, daughters Debbie Whitten, also of Laurel, MD, granddaughter Chelsea Poeppel of New Hartford, CT, Laurie Whitten of West Suffield, CT, Cherie Byrne and husband Pat of Huntsville, AL, granddaughter Dr. Shannon Burgess and husband Dr. Andy Burgess, granddaughter, Erin Kay, and husband Dave, great-granddaughters Megan and Heather. Stepdaughters, Dana Raymond of Ocean City MD, grandsons Brian Hoffman, Eric Hoffman and wife Kelley, Dr. Lynn Raymond and husband, Dr. Tim Murphy of Vancouver, Canada, grandsons Adreon, Luke and Evan, and Dr. Carol Raymond and husband, Steve LaBrecque of Altadena, CA, grandchildren Kyle and Lindsay. Fran and Bill’s early married life was spent in Manhasset, Long Island before moving to Farmington in 1981. They both enjoyed many travels to Europe, the Mediterranean, Australia, the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, China and Japan. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Dec. 29) from 2:00-5:00pm. Funeral services will be held Monday (Dec. 30) at 10:00am in St. James Parish, 3 Mountain Road, Farmington followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association – Connecticut Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. Raymond, Frances


Smith, Patsy “Pat”

Patsy (Pat) Smith, 79, died Tuesday (December 17, 2013) at her home in Avon. Pat is predeceased by her husband, Bobby, who passed away earlier this year. Pat and Bob celebrated 61 years of marriage, including 20 years of military life. Pat and Bob ultimately settled in Farmington, CT, to be near their children and grandchild. Pat became an active volunteer at the Farmington Library in support of her new community. Pat is survived by her son, John Smith, of Manheim, PA, and her daughter, Carol Binns, of Avon, and grandaughter, Samantha Binns, also of Avon. There will be no services. Memorial contributions can be made to the Friends of the Farmington Library in Farmington, CT.

Harper, Bertha (Tuthill)

Harper-1Bertha (Tuthill) Harper, 90, of Farmington, passed peacefully into eternal rest surrounded by her loving family on December 13, 2013 in Avon. Bertha was born on January 14, 1923 to the late Fredrick O. Tuthill and Barbara (Minkwitz) Tuthill of Naugatuck. She was predeceased by her brother Fredrick B. Tuthill and her sister Jean Massey. Bertha was married to the late Charles Smith of Meriden for 46 years and together they raised four children and one foster child. They raised their family in Granby, CT, spending their summers at the beach in Westbrook. Charles and Bertha retired to Deerfield Beach, Florida in the winters where they were active in church, Shriners, and with their many friends and acquaintances. Bertha was a member of the Shriners lady’s band in Deerfield Beach as well as the Daughters of the American Revolution. Bertha is survived by her son Donald Smith and his wife Judith of Watertown, and her three daughters Lynda Veleas of Farmington, Barbara-Jean Fitting and her husband Jeffery of Pleasant Valley, and Denise MacGregor and her husband Thomas of Essex; 7 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was the wife of the late Robert Harper for 20 years. There will be a memorial service to celebrate her life at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt.4 in Unionville at 7:00 pm on Wednesday December 18, 2013.

O’Dell, Dewey E. Jr.

Dewey E. O’Dell, 76, of Burlington, beloved husband of 51 years to Sandra Benedict O’Dell passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, December 14th. Born in Ticonderoga, NY, he was the son of the late Dewey and Elizabeth O’Dell Sr. Mr. O’Dell was a United States Army veteran, having served in Korea. He had worked at the International Paper Company, Holo-Krome Corp., Jacobs Mfg. and the US Postal Service. He had served as President of the UAW Local 379, and was VP of the NALC Branch 86. He was a past President of the LGIA, member of the Burlington Fire Department, Burlington Democratic Committee, and Burlington Historical Society. He was also a Justice of the Peace for the Town of Burlington. Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Timi Joy Huestis and husband Philip of Ticonderoga, NY, and Tiffany-Hope O’Dell of Charlotte, NC, his adored grandsons, Joshua and Dalton Huestis, his brother, Gordon O’Dell, sisters, Rosemary Smith, Hilda Hamel, and Joanne White and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Dec. 21) from 11:00-1:30pm followed by services in The Ahern Funeral Home at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Protection of Animals, 144 Main St., East Hartford, CT 06118 or to McLean Hospice, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070.

Noury, Leslie A.

Leslie A. Noury, 52, of Farmington, beloved wife of Patrick J. Noury, passed away Monday, December 9th at Hartford Hospital. Born in Hartford, January 16th, 1961, she was the daughter of Ruth (MacBain) Hickey of Farmington and the late John T. Hickey. Leslie was a graduate of Syracuse University and received her master’s degree from Central Connecticut State University. She attended Pot au Feu Cooking School in Paris and the Culinary Institute of Connecticut before beginning her 15 year career in Education. Leslie began her teaching career at Farmington High School and was most recently a French Teacher at Wolcott High School for the past two years. Besides her husband and mother, she is survived by her two sons, Christopher Noury and Peter Noury both of Farmington and her two brothers, Robert Hickey of Farmington and Mike Hickey of San Francisco, CA. Funeral services will be held Saturday (Dec. 14) at 1:00pm in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville. There are no calling hours.

Slater, Maxine Hartline

Maxine Hartline Slater, formerly of Farmington, passed away Saturday, December 7th at the Avon Health Center. She was the beloved wife of Andrew (Pete) E. Slater, Jr., for 60 years. They had met at a dance at the Bond Hotel the night before he was shipped out to the Pacific during World War II. They communicated while he was in the service and married six months after his return from duty. She was born July 3, 1921 in Hartford, the daughter of the late Jack and Mary Manion Hartline. She was also predeceased by her sister Geraldine Manion. Maxine was a graduate of Bulkeley High School, Class of 1939. She spent most of her career working for the John Hancock Insurance Company. In retirement, she loved to shop, read her Harlequin Romances, and cruise around with her friend Jean Dibiasio. She never met a restaurant she didn’t love. She is survived by her many nieces and nephews- Barbara, Renie, Bill, Suzanne, Andrew, Bob, Bud and her “baby” Hank. The family would like to thank all of those involved in Maxine’s care, most especially the staff at Avon Health Center. Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in Maxine’s name to the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032.

Slater, Maxine

Johnson, Robert Francis

Robert Francis Johnson, a North Canaan native, died Thursday December 5th in Unionville, CT where he resided since 2006. He was 79. He was born in North Canaan, CT on January 27, 1934 to the late Charles and Catherine (Killawee) Johnson. Bob as he was known, attended elementary school in North Canaan, CT and was a 1951 Graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT. He served in the U.S. Army reserve 7th 31st Field Artillery. He married Joan Marie Walsh of Salisbury, CT in 1953. An active member of the Roman Catholic Church throughout his life, he is survived by his children, Karen J. Casey of South Kent, CT, Gerilynn Kenniston and her husband Edward of West Cornwall, CT, James P. Johnson of North Canaan, CT, Lisa M. O’Connor and her husband John of Unionville, CT, and Maria J. Johnson and her partner A.J. Hanson of Manchester, CT. He was predeceased by his son, Michael K. Johnson and also by his second wife, Susan Chapin Johnson of Alford, MA. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Zachary C. Casey and his wife Stacey of Waitsfield, VT, Jesse C. Casey and his wife Candice of Burlington, CT, Kallie Casey Gawel and her husband Will of Kent, CT, Jennifer Kenniston of West Cornwall, CT, Janna Kenniston Rice and her husband Jeremy of Austin, Texas, Timothy O’Connor of Savannah, Georgia, Catherine O’Connor and Jack O’Connor of Unionville, CT, Ryan Johnson of Torrington and Caroline Johnson of Millerton, NY. He was also the proud great grandfather to 9 great grandchildren ages 12 years to 6 months. Bob was a regional store manager from 1951-1963 and again from 1976-1981 for The First National Food Store Chain both in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He was a school photographer for the Alton Studios of Boston, MA, during the years of 1964-1970. From 1982 to 1988 he was employed as the road Foreman for the Town of Alford, MA and then he was employed from the State of Massachusetts highway department as a traffic foreman. Mr. Johnson was an active downhill skier throughout his life and enjoyed NASCAR racing events and both local and professional baseball games. During 9/11, he volunteered as a driver in Manhattan, NY for the American Red Cross. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. There are no calling hours. A private burial for the immediate family will take place in the spring of 2014. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the American Red Cross, CT Chapter, 209 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT 06032 or to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492.

Sponzo, Marion P. (Dalton)

Marion P. (Dalton) Sponzo, of Avon, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 28th. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Michael T. Sponzo only one month ago. Born in Hartford, August 27, 1924, the daughter of Peter Dalton and Bessie (Breen) Dalton, she was a first generation Irish American. She graduated from St. Augustine’s School and Bulkeley High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society. During the height of World War II, she entered the work force and shortly after married her husband, then a young Army Captain. They eventually settled in Avon, Connecticut and raised their four children, enjoying summer vacations to Nova Scotia, winter skiing in Vermont and occasional trips to Europe, sometimes with her small children in tow. A lifelong avid reader, she delayed her college aspirations until her children were grown. She received her B.A. degree from Central Connecticut State University, as a Phi Beta Kappa. She returned to work first at the University of Connecticut School of Law, followed by the State of Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission and retired with her husband to a small country house in Colebrook, Connecticut. In their last years, they returned to Avon living at Farmington Woods and continued to enjoy travel and studies. She filled her home with laughter, literature, wit and kindness. She is survived by her four children, Dr. Thomas S. Sponzo and his wife Colly of Simsbury, Anne Marie Sponzo of Canton, Suzanne M. Bertrand of New Hartford and Michael T. Sponzo Jr., and his wife Mary of West Hartford; her brother, Dr. George R. Dalton and his wife Elaine of West Hartford, her sister-in-law Rose Sponzo of Farmington; her six grandchildren, Jem C. Sponzo, Esq. and her husband Bradford Stewart of Washington, D.C, Britt K. Sponzo of Manhattan, T.J. Sponzo of Manhattan, Erin M. Bertrand, PhD of San Diego, Michael D. Wolftrand and his wife Eve of Torrington, and Daniel J. Bertrand of San Diego. She was predeceased by her brother, Peter J. Dalton. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the caring staff at the Avon Health Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday (Dec. 3) at 12:00pm in the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon. Burial will be in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Sponzo, Marion

Therriault, Dorothy Daniels

Dorothy Daniels Therriault, 94, beloved wife of the late Lionel Therriault for 52 years passed peacefully on Thanksgiving morning, November 28, 2013. She was lovingly cared for by her daughters Katherine Therriault and Mary Uman in her home where she lived with Katherine for the past 14 years. Born on February 6, 1919, to the late John H. and Mary (Fallon) Daniels, she spent many happy years growing up on the family farm (Lindenwood Dairy) in Usquepaugh, Rhode Island. Dorothy was one of the first women in Rhode Island to obtain a pasteurization license. She then attended Bryant College on a 4H scholarship. Dorothy met her future husband, Lionel, while making deliveries for the dairy when Lionel and his brothers came down from Maine to clear the debris left by the Great Hurricane of 1938. Dorothy and Lionel were married on December 30, 1944, in Brownwood, TX, where Lionel was stationed at the U.S. Army Camp Bowie before he was shipped to the Pacific during World War II. Dorothy and Lionel settled in Connecticut where they raised their eight children. Dorothy returned to work as a secretary at the UCONN Health Center and later retired from there. Dorothy was a communicant of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church since 1957, and had served as president of the Women’s Guild. Her many talents included gardening, baking, canning, fishing, camping, sewing and knitting. After retiring, she and Lionel shared a love for quilting, both winning many awards. Dorothy is survived by her seven children and their spouses, Dorothy and Dave Japonis of Bristol, Katherine Therriault of Bristol, Frances and Jay McCaffrey of Burlington, Marilyn and Maurice Howard of New Britain; Mary T. Uman of Canton, Linda Therriault and Sal Vene of Enfield; and Charles and Peggy Therriault of Southport; her grandchildren Dave and Roni Japonis, Diana and Geoffrey Holmes, Daniel and Geri Japonis, Dennis and Melissa Japonis, Amanda McCaffrey, Andrew McCaffrey, John Uman, Daniel Uman, Lauren Therriault and Hillary Therriault; and eight great-grandchildren, Khalen and Kamden Japonis, Alicia and Garret Holmes, Paige and Taylor and Ashley and Brandon; her sisters Geraldine Harrington of Farmington, and Madeline Brown of North Kingstown, RI, and her sister-in-law Rita Theriault of Bristol, and numerous nieces and nephews. Dorothy was predeceased by her daughter Deborah, her brother John Daniels, and her sister Mary Fuesz. The family would like to extend a special thanks to her creative and devoted caregivers Shirline, Cheryl, Martine, Sue, and Donna that allowed her to remain living at home. They are also thankful for the exceptionally caring staff of McLean Hospice, especially Linda, Janet, Cindy and Urzula. Family and friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville, on December 1, 2013, from 4-7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday December 2, 2013, at 10:00 am at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church,145 Main Street, Unionville, CT. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Huckleberry Hill Road, Avon. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill CT 06067 or McLean Hospice, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070.
Therriault, Dorothy

Harris, Deborah Ann (Duncan)

Deborah Ann (Duncan) Harris, age 64, of Middletown, passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 after a long illness. She was predeceased by her parents, Barbara S. and Robert M. Duncan. Debbie was born on September 26, 1949. She grew up in Unionville and Farmington and was a graduate of Farmington High School, Class of 1967. She attended Greater Hartford Community College and Paier School of Art, where she met her husband, Gregory Harris. She was employed by Northeast Company for many years. In addition to Greg Harris (Meriden), Debbie is survived by her beloved son, Justin Harris of Los Angeles, CA, her brother George Duncan (Harwinton) and his wife Sandra and her sister Beverly Hill (Terryville) and her husband Richard. Debbie is also survived by her good friend, Gail Wright of Massena, NY, many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and her sweet kitty, Smokey. Debbie was a devoted Deacon of Third Church Congregational in Middletown, and active in The Boy Scouts of America, PTA of Lawrence Elementary School and a member of The Wesleyan Potters. She was a resident of Alzheimer’s Resource Center of CT, Plantsville for almost five years. She will be missed for many things but most for her beautiful smile and wonderful laugh. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday (Dec. 3) at 11:00am at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 61 Main St., Unionville, 06085 with Rev. Cynthia Carr officiating. Burial will be private for the family members. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Resource Center of CT, 1261 South Main St., Plantsville, CT 06479.

Witkewicz, Edward S.

Edward S. Witkewicz, of Bristol, beloved husband for 50 + years of the late Rosemarie Witkewicz passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in his home early on Sunday Nov. 24th. A Navy veteran of the Korean War and active member of the Knights of Columbus, Ed belonged to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. He was a devout and active Catholic and proud member of the Polish community. He taught CCD class and was Eucharistic minister and Past Grand Knight of Uncas Council #32 in Unionville. A charming, thoughtful, charismatic man, Ed loved the Bristol community. He liked people and was fond of everyone he met. He loved fishing, boating, outdoors, and wood working. Retired life from being a model maker at the General Electric Company in Plainville, picture framer and Owner of Tuttles Paint store, Ed led an active life. He is survived by his two sons Thomas Witkewicz of Harwinton, and David Witkewicz of NYC along with 2 grandchildren Adam & Rachael and his daughter-in-law, Shelia Witkewicz. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Nov. 29) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Nov. 30) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, the St. Joseph Statue Fund, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085.