Archive for 2013

Genzano, Michael J. III

Michael J. Genzano III, 63, of Suffield, beloved husband of Susan (Lamantini) Genzano, won his right into heaven on Wednesday, November 20th at home surrounded by his family. Mike was born in Hartford on April 29, 1950, son of the late Michael J. and Irene (Evans) Genzano II. He was a graduate of Windsor High School, Class of 1969. Mike was a United States Army- Specialists 4 veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a certified Auto Mechanic, licensed Electrician and Security System Technician. Mike loved NASCAR, Monster Jam, NHRA, funny cars, anything hot rod related, car shows, beach, cruising, lighthouses, vacationing with his wife at Samoset in Maine and going out to eat, especially to his favorite place, River’s Edge. Mike also loved working on cars at home, movie nights and camp fires in the back yard and sitting by the fireplace watching movies with all the children. Besides his wife, he is survived by his many children, Michael John Genzano IV, Christie Elizabeth Genzano, Deanna Lamantini, Timothy Lamantini, Kathleen Lamantini, one grandson, many nieces and nephews, his siblings Bradford Genzano, Robert Genzano and Karen (Genzano) Rankin and many friends. Funeral services will be held Tuesday (Nov. 26) at 2:00pm in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville with Rev. Wendell Taylor officiating. Donations may be made to Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven, Closer to Free Fund, P.O. Box 7611, New Haven, CT 06519-0611.

Piche, Jeannette L.

Piche, Jeannette 001Jeannette L. Piche, 92, of Hartford, beloved wife of Arthur J. Piche, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 20th at Apple Rehab in Colchester after a long illness. Born June 25th, 1921, in Fall River, MA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph A. and Josephine (Dubreuil) Poirier. Jeanette was a graduate of Durfee High School, Class of 1940 and married Arthur on July 7, 1942. She was employed by Royal Typewriter in Hartford for many years and with the State of Connecticut Labor Department until her retirement in 1983. Jeanette enjoyed ball room dancing, bowling, was an excellent seamstress and was involved in great detail with family genealogy. Besides her husband, she is survived by her son, Raymond L. Piche of Framingham, MA, her daughter, Louise Caisse of Hebron, five grandchildren, Raymond L. Piche Jr., and his wife Marlene of Portland, Marianne Piche of Westborough, MA, Suzanne Brogie and her husband Martin of Madison, Michele Francoeur and her husband Jeffrey of Colchester and Darrin Bourret and his wife Jennifer of Middletown, five great grandchildren, Simon, Magnolia and Gavin Brogie and Leo and Simone Francoeur and many other very special family members. She was predeceased by her sister, Irene Bousquet and her brother, Edward Poirier. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Sunday (Nov. 24) from 2:00-4:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (Nov. 25) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Anne –Immaculate Conception Church, 820 Park St., Hartford at 10:00am. Burial will be in Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill. Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Flowers may be sent directly to the funeral home. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Trudell, Alice B.

Alice B. Trudell, 89, of Farmington, wife of the late Charles E. Trudell, passed away peacefully Sunday, November 17th at her home. Born in New York City on October 28th, 1924, she was the daughter of Robert W. and Alice (Travers) Bannon. Alice was, for many years, a member of the Ladies Guild at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington and served as past president. She was involved with numerous fund raising organizations, enjoyed and supported the arts, loved to travel with family and good friends and kept an active social life.
Alice was predeceased by her daughter, Alicia Trudell, her son, Charles E. Trudell Jr., and her sister, Josephine, wife of the late Francis Trudell. She is survived by three daughters, Elizabeth and Ted Ciesielski of New Berlin, NY, Josephine Trudell of Harwinton and Dr. Trish Cosentino of Farmington; seven granddaughters, Alison and Bill Olin, Thea and Frank Steventon, Hilary and Olivia Ciesielski, Natasha Trudell and Zoe and Maya Cosentino and three great grandchildren, Alyse and Amelia Steventon and Ben Olin. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, Nov. 25 at 11:00 am at the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington.
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Crowe, Dorothy Mae

Dorothy Mae (Dunham) Crowe, 94, of Unionville peacefully entered into eternal life on November 15, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Born January 28, 1919 in Hartford, CT to George McKinley Dunham and Bertha (Ensminger) Dunham, she graduated from Hudson High School, NY and graduated in 1940 from the New Britain General Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. She was lovingly known as the “Sergeant” by all of her students in the LPN program. She was the beloved wife of Thomas Higgins Crowe who she met through her Uncle Arthur who told him his niece wanted someone to go dancing with and they had been dancing ever since. They married on January 23, 1943 at St. Mary’s Church, Unionville and lived in Broad Brook, CT after Thomas completed his service duty, built their house in Unionville and began their family of five. She is predeceased by her beloved husband, Thomas, son, Michael and daughter-in-law, Sandra Crowe. She leaves behind her brother, Raymond G. Dunham (Jeanette Stewart) of Lakeland, FL and cousin, Beverly Amberlock (Farmington) and her devoted children, Dottie Graves (West Hartford), Thomas (Southington), Richard (Kensington), and Tim (Donna, Burlington). She also leaves behind the joys of her life, her eight grandchildren: Kristin (Vince) Gilbey (Avon); Kevin (Christie) Graves of Pittsburgh, PA; Kelly (Luke) Albrecht of Newtown; Michelle (Brendan) Bartley of Milton, MA; Jennifer (Colin) McLaughlin (West River, MD); Michael Crowe (Boston, MA); Nicolette Crowe (Burlington) and Tyler Crowe (Winsted) and ten great grandchildren: Megan Elizabeth and Braden Michael Gilbey; Asher Betten Graves; Rachael Mae, Kyle Thomas and Corinne Elizabeth Albrecht; Zander Michael and Bode Crowe Bartley; Teaghan Sandra McLaughlin; Sawyer Daniel Chartier. She was an avid knitter and reader and followed the UConn basketball teams. The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Edwards, Dr. Charles Graber and Dr. Satesh Singh for their care, and the devoted and compassionate caregivers at The Reservoir in West Hartford. Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of our Mom/Grandma/ Great-Grandma on Monday, November 25, 2013. Calling hours at Ahern Funeral Home, Main Street, Unionville are 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM followed by a funeral mass at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church and burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made to the Sandy “Ma” Crowe Scholarship C/O Berlin Upbeat, Berlin High School, 130 Patterson Way, Berlin, CT 06037.

Crowe, Dorothy

Griffin, Joyce Valenti

Joyce Valenti Griffin, 70, of Unionville, beloved wife of Howard W. Griffin Jr., passed away peacefully Sunday, November 17th at Apple Rehab in Avon. Born in New Britain, July 28th, 1943, she was the daughter of the late George and Ann (Casella) Valenti. Prior to retiring, Joyce was the Executive Legal Assistant to the General Counsel at Stanley Works in New Britain for 42 years. Following her retirement, she enjoyed the Mohegan Sun High Roller Lounge. Joyce was very generous and contributed to many organizations, most especially to the Farmington Food Pantry and also donated land to the Farmington Land Trust. Besides her husband of 35 years, she survived by her brother and his wife, Anthony and Anna Valenti of New Britain, her nephew and his wife, Anthony and Sherry Valenti of Newington, two nieces and their husbands, Donna and Joseph Ortelle of Cheshire and Deborah and James Lynch of Newington, six great nephews, several cousins, her brother-in-law, Peter J. Griffin of Farmington and her sister-in-law, Margery G. Griffin of Farmington. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Thursday (Nov. 21) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington followed by burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Avon.

Griffin, Joyce

Blau, Helen C.

Helen C. Blau, 81, of Avon, widow of Barry Blau, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 12, 2013. Born in Manhattan, New York, November 28th, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Genarro and Cleofa (Fabriani) Libonati. Helen had resided in Staten Island, New York for 46 years prior to moving to Avon in 2008. Prior to retiring, she was a Secretary for American Express and also in the Shipping Industry. While living in Staten Island, Helen was an active volunteer in the school system and was a member of the “Grub Club”. She loved people, sharing stories with them and greatly enjoyed her retirement. Helen is survived by her son, Daniel Blau of Farmington and was predeceased by her daughter, Deborah Blau. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Nov. 15) from 5:30 – 8:30pm. A Prayer Service will be held in the funeral home at 8:00pm. Funeral services and burial will be held in Staten Island, New York. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Daughters of Divine Charity, 850 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, N.Y. 10304 or to Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter, PO Box 96011
Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Blau, Helen

Pfau, William C.

William Clifford Pfau, of Farmington, died suddenly at his home on Saturday, November 9, 2013, after suffering the complications of a terminal illness. Born on September 15, 1952, in Hartford, Connecticut, he spent his childhood years in Unionville. Mr Pfau (best known as Bill) is predeceased by his father, Harry C. Pfau and a sister, Patricia Pfau Welch. He leaves his mother, Barbara Erickson Pfau of Farmington, a brother, Harold Pfau of Fort Myers, Florida, a sister, Elaine Pfau Harvey, of Frederick, Maryland, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and many friends. Bill graduated from Farmington High School in 1971. He was one of the twelve original members of the founders of The Unionville Museum at 15 School Street, Unionville. The first event of the museum, The Founder’s meeting, was held on March 26, 1984. The program featured a documentary film, “Unionville,” by Bill Pfau. Since that time Bill has worked tirelessly in providing service to the continuation of The Unionville Museum. A graveside ceremony will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington, on Thursday, November 14, at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Unionville Museum.

Meiselman, Paul J.

Paul J. Meiselman, 88, of Farmington, beloved husband of Ruth A. (Zlatnicky) Meiselman of 65 years, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family Sunday, November 10, 2013. Born in Unionville in 1925 to the late Julius and Elizabeth (McEnroe) Meiselman, he graduated high school in 1943 and immediately enlisted in the Marine Corps where he served his country during WWII as a Marine Aviation Machinist in the pacific islands. Paul returned home in 1945 and enrolled in the Aeronautical University of Chicago where he studied aeronautical engineering. He met Ruth at the Trianon Ballroom in Chicago, IL and 9 months later they were married and settled in Farmington. Paul worked for 32 years as a helicopter project flight test engineer for Kaman Aircraft Corporation. Paul was a lifetime member of the VFW, a member of the American Legion and a charter member of the national WWII Memorial. He was a lifetime member of the Wethersfield Cove Yacht Club and a lifetime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. Paul loved the ocean and built two seaworthy boats and cruised the waters of Long Island Sound with Ruth for years. He was most happy when he was designing, building and fixing things. Besides his wife Ruth, he leaves behind his family to cherish his memory, his daughter Nancy (Meiselman) Gregoire and her husband John, his daughter-in-law, Norma Meiselman, his son-in-law, William Jensen, his grandchildren, Lisa (Jensen) Bunkoci and her husband Bill, Matthew Jensen, Erin Jensen, Katie (Jensen) Barsi and her husband George, Christopher Gregoire, Benjamin Gregoire and his wife Ashley, his great grandchildren; William Bunkoci, Aimee Bunkoci, and Elizabeth Barsi and his sister-in-law, Jean Meiselman and her children. Paul was predeceased by his son, Paul J. Meiselman Jr., his daughter, Elizabeth A. (Meiselman) Jensen and his brother, William Meiselman. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Nov. 14) from 5:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (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 with full Marine Corps honors will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. 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.

King, Elisabeth Wadsworth

Elisabeth Wadsworth King, 64, of Harwinton, passed away Monday, November 4, 2013 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center following a brief illness. At her side was her husband of 31 years, Austin, her children and family. She was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend who will be dearly missed. Beth was born as the second oldest of six on August 18, 1949 at Hartford Hospital to Jeremiah and Lois Wadsworth. She was raised in Farmington, CT and graduated from Farmington High School in 1968. Beth had a lifetime career as an artist and created beauty everywhere in the world around her. She began as a weaver in the 70’s and 80’s exhibiting tapestries in juried fiber shows. After receiving her BFA from the University of Hartford Art School in 1989 she began her 20 year career as a commercial and freelance graphic designer. In 1997 she received her MA from Wesleyan University, beginning her printmaking work and studied with well known printmakers throughout New England and Florence, Italy. She exhibited her work regionally and her work is in many private collections. Beth loved to travel and most recently she and Austin celebrated 30 years of marriage with a trip to England. She had a love of books, reading several at one time, and her collections are extensive, filling bookshelves all over her home. Beth was very active and walked and ran daily, enjoyed hikes, yoga and especially skating. She and Austin shared their love of skating and she will be missed by her skating community in West Hartford and Hanover, N.H. Beth enjoyed knitting with her weekly knitting group, rug hooking, gardening and spending time with family and friends at their house in Sharon, Vermont. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother who dedicated much of her time and love to her grandsons. Beth was an inspiration, following her passions and excelling at everything she did. She will live on in our hearts and memories as the energetic, dynamic woman who was so full of life. She leaves behind her husband, Austin D. B. King of Harwinton, CT; her daughter, Stephanie Brennan and her husband Steve of Farmington and her three grandchildren, Patrick, Dylan and Timothy; her son, Martin Romanow and his fiancée, Prakaithip D. Chanthavone, of E. Granby, CT. She is survived by her parents, Jeremiah and Lois Wadsworth of Farmington, CT; her sisters and brothers and their spouses, Adrian and Jennifer Wadsworth of N.Turner, Maine; John Wadsworth and Cathy Loiacono of Bloomfield, NY; Cecilia and Jack Mulroy of Salt Lake City, UT; Cynthia and Mark Lorenzoni of Charlottesville, VA; James and Adina Wadsworth of Washington D.C. and many nieces and nephews, cousins, relatives and friends who loved her. Calling hours will be from 4-8pm on Tuesday, November 19 at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, CT. A service to honor her life will be on Wednesday, November 20, at 11am at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT. A reception will follow at the Farmington Country Club on 806 Farmington Ave, Farmington, CT. Friends and family are urged to carpool to the church. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the charity of your choice. A way to honor Beth is to take a walk, go to an art gallery, read a book, go skating or have a cup of tea with a friend.

King, Elisabeth

Rimscha, Adam R.

Adam R. Rimscha, 67, of Hartford, passed away peacefully Thursday, November 7th at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Born in Deinzen, Germany, January 23rd, 1946, beloved son of the late Peter and Bronislava (Abromaitis) Rimscha, he resided in the Hartford area for many years. Prior to retiring, Adam was associated with Windsor Office Machine and was a noted musician in the Hartford area. He was a United States Air Force veteran stationed in Spain during the Vietnam Era. Adam is survived by his two sons, Adam J. Rimscha and his wife LeeAnn, and Christopher Rimscha and his wife Sarah all of Cape Coral, FL, his beloved brother, John R. Rimscha of Hartford, his two grandsons, Gage Adam Rimscha and Hayden James Rimscha, and his former wife, Shirley Rimscha. He was predeceased by his three brothers, Peter Vytas Rimscha, Joseph Rimsa and Edward A. Rimscha. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (Nov. 13) at 10:00am in Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 53 Capitol Ave., Hartford followed by burial in the family plot at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 53 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106. Rimscha, Adam

Shepard, Edith Ahl

Edith Ahl Shepard, 90, a 50 year resident of Farmington passed away on November 1, 2013. She was happily married to her husband Robert for over 60 years. They both loved all children and were thrilled to have two daughters of their own. To know Edith was to love Edith. She was extremely appreciative, compassionate, generous, and full of fun. She always considered herself to be one of the luckiest women in the world. Edith was an amazing Wife and Mother who loved spending time with her family. She was an exceptional cook and hostess and constantly invited people over to brighten their days. She also loved making many beautiful quilts which she generously gave to family and friends. Edith happily worked most of her life using a variety of skills including cafeteria management and bookkeeping. She is survived by her loving daughters Elizabeth (Shepard) Cook of Orlando, FL and Marcie Shepard of Farmington, three grandchildren, Jennifer and husband Jeff Mason of North Berwick, ME, Robert Cook of South Windsor, and James and wife Richa Cook of Windermere, FL and her very special great granddaughter, Autumn Rose. A celebration of Edith’s life will be held Saturday, November 16 at 11:00a.m. in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Rt. 4, Unionville. The family would like to invite friends to arrive at 10:45am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. Shepard, Edith

Arborio, Gene E.

Gene E. Arborio, 94, of Avon, passed away peacefully Monday, November 4th at her home surrounded by family and friends. Born in Springfield, MA, June 11th, 1919, daughter of the late Harold and Alice (Colby) Bennett. During her working years, she was a small business owner, bookkeeper, and early childhood education teacher at The Master’s School. Genie had a special rapport with children, and many of those she taught stayed in contact with her throughout her life. She was an active church member for all of her life, most recently a longtime member of Valley Community Baptist Church in Avon. Genie had a passion for life; she loved nature and outdoor activities including gardening, birding, collecting sea shells and hiking. She spent many happy hours in Vermont and Cape Cod. She was an avid photographer, and also enjoyed cooking and genealogy. Genie had a wide circle of beloved family and friends, who will greatly miss her. She is predeceased by her devoted husband Peter J. Arborio and her loving brother Rev. H. O. Bennett. She is survived by her daughter Dr. Cynthia Gene Jerome and her husband Eric Bergman of Pound Ridge, NY and her son R. Peter Jerome and his wife Joanne of Santa Rosa, CA, as well as stepsons, Rick and his wife Wanda Arborio of Hampton, CT, Ronald J. and his wife Mary Arborio of Bar Mills, ME, and Randall P. and Karen Arborio of Burlington, CT, as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and loving caregivers in her later years. A private memorial service to celebrate her life will be held by the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Ministry of Valley Community Baptist Church in Avon, CT, or Gifts of Love in Avon, CT.

Myers, Robert J.

Robert J. Myers, 49, born May 26th, 1964, of Unionville, passed away November 3rd, 2013 after 24 and a half years of marriage to his beloved wife Carmen Myers. He is survived by his parents Robert and Marilyn Young, his sister Terri Smith, his two brothers Mike Myers and Josh Young and his Pugs/”Children” Haley Marie and Tyler James. He was predeceased by Uncle Billy a man he loved and respected as well as his other “children” Bichon Benji and Pug Mookie. Robert also leaves behind many adored friends, including Chuck Hutchings, and family members including Aunt Irene and Godchildren, Jonathan, Aaron, Luis, and Vernice. For the last 18 years, Robert was a board member of New Horizons Village as well as the president of the Free Wheelers Handicap Bowling League which he co-founded and ran with his wife Carmen. He was a mentor to many students at East Hartford High School, who saw him as a family member and admired him because of how well he understood them. He enjoyed bowling, movies, fishing, and was an avid sports fan, loyal to the Redskins, Red Sox and UCONN. He was a music man, and was known to belt out tunes around the house. He loved to indulge in his wife’s and mother’s good cooking, and the love and compassion he showed his family and friends was like no other. He helped to raise his niece and his nephew Patricia and Pedro, who he loved and cared for as his own. He was a man that faced many obstacles head on including living as a Quadriplegic for the last 31 years, and through it all he remained positive and non-judgmental. He made a difference in the lives of all who knew him, he was a respected member of the community, and he is forever loved by his extended family and will live on in their hearts. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Nov. 9) from 2:00-4:00pm followed by a Prayer Service at 4:00pm. A memorial service will be held Saturday (Nov. 23) from 2:00-7:00pm in the Great Room at New Horizons Village, 37 Bliss Memorial Drive, Unionville. The family requests no flowers for Roberts’ service.

Myers, Robert

Di Camillo, Raymond John

Raymond John Di Camillo passed away on November 1, 2013, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Avon. Ray was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on November 20, 1931. He was one of the earlier graduates of the former St. Anthony of Padua elementary school on Colorado Ave in Bridgeport. In 1949 he was one of the earlier graduates of the Fairfield College Prep School in Fairfield. He initiated his engineering career by applying for and obtaining a military service deferment to become one of the earliest graduates of the Engineering School at the University of Bridgeport. As part of his military service deferment, he was required to complete two years of military service, which he did within a few years after graduating. In 1955 he was called to interrupt his career in private industry to fulfill government engineering shortages. Most of that time was spent with the U.S. Army Chemical Corps in Pine Bluff, Arkansas where along with other similar young engineers, he helped automate the manufacturing of munitions to improve production and safety. After returning to civilian life, he continued his engineering career in Connecticut’s manufacturing industry at Colt Firearms, Singer, Veeder-Root and Olivetti-Underwood. In 1967, while on assignment at the Olivetti plant in Ivrea, Italy, Ray met and married Josephine (Ferri) Di Camillo. They settled in Bloomfield, where they raised their son Stephen and daughter Joanne. In 1972, Ray began his employment at The Travelers as a Safety Engineer, inspecting structures to ensure safety and integrity. Ray continued to advance his engineering expertise and became a Board Certified Safety Professional in 1978 and a Registered Professional Engineer in 1981. He later specialized in the inspection of boilers and industrial HVAC systems. He retired in 1996 and shortly thereafter moved to Avon. Ray is survived by his loving wife Josephine, his sisters Theresa, Josephine, and Janet, his son Stephen and daughter-in-law Kim, his daughter Joanne and son-in-law Gabe, his grandchildren Daniel, Benjamin, Mia, Chloe and Max, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Ray was predeceased by his brother Daniel. Friends may call at the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington on Wednesday (Nov. 6) from 11:00am – 12:00pm followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the church at 12:00pm. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., 1-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 or the Church of Saint Patrick in Farmington, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032.

Sears, Michael Alan

Michael Alan Sears, 47, of North Windham, CT, formerly of Burlington, CT, died unexpectedly on October 31, 2013. He is the son of Joan K. Sears and the late George E. Sears, Jr. of Burlington. He is survived by his son, Trevor Sears, of Bolton, CT and his three brothers: David Sears of Torrington, CT, Daniel Sears of Grand Haven, MI, and Tracy Sears of Plymouth, MA. Mike was a 1984 graduate of Lewis S. Mills High School in Burlington, where he was a varsity athlete in Soccer and Basketball, and a member of the National Honor Society. He earned a B.S. in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 1988. He was employed as a Geriatric Physical Therapist and Area Director for Genesis Rehab Services, where he enjoyed working with residents and staff in skilled nursing facilities throughout the region. He brought a strong work ethic and keen sense of humor to his work, and was revered by those whose lives he touched. In his free time, he was an avid fisherman, a skilled woodworker, and an adventurous cook who loved spending time with his family. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Nov. 3) from 3:00-6:00pm. Funeral services will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home on Monday (Nov. 4) at 10:00am followed by burial in Center Cemetery, Burlington.