Archive for April 2013

Turner, Carroll “Carl” Jr.

Carroll Richard “Carl” Turner Jr., 83, of Burlington, husband of Gloria Benedict Turner, passed away Sunday, April 28th. Born September 15th, 1929, in Colchester, VT, son of the late Carroll R. and Myrtle (Bidwell) Turner. Prior to retiring, Carl served as Dog Warden for the Town of Burlington for over 40 years and was formerly associated with Connecticut Sand and Stone in Farmington. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War, a member of the Connecticut Field Trial Association and a longtime former member of the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps. Besides his wife, Carl is survived by his three children, Sharon G. Langer and her husband Joseph C. Langer of Canton, Gwenith A. Turner of New Hartford and George F. Turner and his wife Michelle A. Turner of Burlington, three sisters, Marion Bell, Jean Bilodeau both of Florida and Nancy Ecton of Arizona, nine grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Carl was predeceased by his first wife, Sarah “Sally” (Giblin) Turner, his daughter, Barbara Bachman, his son, Carroll Richard Turner III, two brothers, Wayne Turner and Freeman Turner and two sisters, Esther Beattie and Betty Zimmerman. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (May 1) from 5:00-8:00pm followed by a Prayer Service in The Ahern Funeral Home at 8:00pm with Rev. Wendell Taylor officiating. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday (May 2) at 10:30am followed by burial in the family plot at Center Cemetery, Burlington at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps., P.O. Box 1285, Burlington, CT 06013.

Foley, Daniel

Daniel J. Foley, 78, of Hartford, husband of the late Ann (Tierney) Foley, passed away Sunday, April 21st. Born November 14th, 1934 in the Parish of Keel, Castlemaine, County Kerry, Ireland, son of the late Daniel J. and Ellen (Flynn) Foley, he resided in Hartford for over 60 years. Prior to retiring in 1999, Dan was employed at the MDC for 41 years. He was a longtime communicant at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Hartford and a United States veteran, serving in the 101st Airborne Division as a Paratrooper. Dan was a life member and past president of the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury and a strong member of the Gaelic Football Club, which won the National Championship in 1968. The family would like to thank Bliss 11 ICU of Hartford Hospital, particularly Kristen and her staff, as well as Chaplain Peter for all their kindness.  Dan is survived by his daughter, Carol A. DiTaranto and her husband Rocco of West Hartford, his two sons, Brian M. Foley and his wife Bernadette (Egan) Foley of Wethersfield, his son Daniel J. Foley of Hartford, his three grandchildren, Nicholas DiTaranto, Kevin DiTaranto and Maeve Foley, his four brothers, John Foley and his wife Anne of Manchester, Timothy Foley and his wife Julie in Ireland, James Foley of San Diego, CA, and Michael Foley and his wife Patricia of Niantic, and his three sisters, Mary Traynor of Enfield, Nell Hosey and her husband John of West Hartford and Bridie Kelliher in Ireland. He was predeceased by his sister, Catherine and his three brothers, Thomas, Patrick and Jerry. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Thursday (Apr. 25) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (Apr. 26) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, 494 New Britain Ave., Hartford at 10:00am. Burial will be in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hartford Gaelic Football Club, c/o Irish American Home Society, 132 Commerce Street, P.O. Box 620, Glastonbury, CT 06033.

Muller, Eugene Lee

Eugene Lee (“Lee”) Muller, 83, of Farmington, CT and Quogue, NY passed away at the UConn Health Center on Monday, April 15th. Mr. Muller was a retired investment professional, working primarily in the New York area. In addition to Farmington and Quogue, he formerly resided in Greenwich, CT; Jupiter, FL; Pinehurst, NC and Aiken, SC. Mr. Muller was born in Weymouth, MA to Eugene Muller and Genevieve Gogan Muller. He graduated from Boston College High School and received an A.B. in Pre-Medicine from Boston College in 1950. Following college, he worked briefly at a paper mill in Lewiston, Maine, where he played semi-professional ice hockey. He later joined an advertising agency in Manhattan before moving into executive roles at several New York investment firms, where he worked for over 30 years. Mr. Muller married Patricia Anne Manning of Plattsburgh, New York in 1958. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary together on Friday, April 12th. Mr. Muller was an avid golfer and had been a member of the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY since 1955. In addition to his love for his family, Mr. Muller cherished the relationships he established through the years at Winged Foot and while playing golf in Aiken, Pinehurst, Jupiter and Quogue. In addition to his wife, Mr. Muller is survived by his five sons and their wives: William Muller (Letitia) of Atlanta, GA; Christopher Muller (Christina) of Farmington, CT; Douglas Muller (Mary) of Charleston, SC; Peter Muller (Tracy) of Winter Park, FL, and Courtney Muller (Henrietta) of Atlanta, GA; one brother, Courtenay D. Muller of Clermont, FL, and 10 grandchildren. Mr. Muller was predeceased by his parents and by his sister, Geraldine M. Hoy of Brockton, MA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 20th at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main Street, Unionville, CT, with visitation scheduled for 9:30 AM at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville, CT. The family will hold a private burial service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Quogue Library, P.O. Box 5036, Quogue NY 11959.

Storrs, Robert N., Jr.

Robert N. Storrs, Jr., 88, of Unionville, beloved husband of Arlene (LaBonte) Storrs, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 14th. Born in Great Barrington, MA, January 21st, 1925, he was the son of the late Robert N. Sr. and Marion (Wood) Storrs. Prior to retiring, Robert was employed by the VA Hospital in Newington for 42 years. Besides his wife, he is survived by his six daughters, Sandra L. Storrs of Avon, Gail M, Schinkel of Avon, Hope Faith of Farmington, Roxanne Atkinson of South Carolina, Susan C. Phalstaf of Ellington and Janet L. Storrs of Unionville, 17 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Robert N. Storrs, III. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Apr. 17) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday (Apr. 18) at 9:15am followed by Funeral Services in Valley Community Baptist Church, 590 West Avon Road, Avon at 10:00am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. Donations may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association, CT Chapter, 27 Allendale Drive, North Haven, CT 06473.

Welton, William Jr.

William F. Welton Jr., 70, of Norwich, passed away Thursday, April 11th. Born in Norwich, July 9th, 1942, son of the late William F. and Verna (Johnstone) Welton. He is survived by his daughter, Jillian Lichner and her husband Brant of Texas, his son Jason Welton of Pawcatuck, his daughter Jennifer Feeney of Waterford, his sister Mary Welton, his grandchildren Alexandria and Braeden and his dear friends John and Anne Busa of Torrington. Funeral services will be private.

Solinsky, Donald

Donald G. Solinsky, of Simsbury CT (previously of Trenton NJ) died peacefully on April 10, 2013. Don was born in Trenton to George and Mary Solinsky. He graduated from Trenton Catholic High School, where he played basketball and became one of the first 1,000 point scorers in the city. At Trenton Catholic, Don was commonly known as one half of the ‘Atomic Twins’; the other half was his friend and teammate, Dick Giedlin. He was also known for his great “set shot” which he perfected as captain of the St. Bonaventure University men’s basketball team. After graduating with a degree in physical education, Don chose first to serve his country, by joining the US Army. After his discharge, he worked for the Boys Club in Trenton, and the Hamilton Township Board of Education, before accepting a teaching position at Holy Cross High School, in Riverside NJ. At Holy Cross, Don coached the boys’ varsity basketball team for several years, before returning home to Trenton to teach at Nottingham Junior High School. Don completed his teaching career at Hamilton High West. During the summer months, Don was employed by the Hamilton Township Recreation Department. After retiring from teaching, Don settled down in Long Beach Island NJ where he loved to walk, fish and, most of all, spend time with his beloved wife Phyllis. He moved several years ago to Simsbury CT. When he wasn’t rooting on his grandchildren, Don was cheering on the Boston Red Sox and the New York Giants. Don was predeceased by his parents, George and Mary Solinsky, and his five brothers and sisters: George, Helen, Josephine, Albert, and Emma. He is survived by his wife Phyllis (Booz), his daughters, Mary Anne (and husband Gary Longo), Kathleen (and husband Tom McCarthy), Elizabeth (and husband Steven Butler), and his son, Donald P. Solinsky. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren: Christa D’Amico ( and husband John D’Amico), Michael Longo, Conor and Hunter McCarthy, Jackson, Gavin and Shane Butler, and his three great grandsons, Ryan, Evan and Drew D’Amico. There will be no calling hours. A Mass will be celebrated at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main Street, Unionville, on Saturday, April 13 at 11:45 am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you perform random acts of kindness in Don’s name.

Fournier, Josephine B.

Josephine F. (Bulluss) Fournier, 78, passed away peacefully Sunday April 7, 2013 at Touchpoints at Farmington surrounded by her family. Josephine was born on December 22, 1934 in Meriden, the daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Bulluss. She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, J. Raymond Fournier. Josephine was a former teller at First Federal Savings and Loan before leaving to become a fulltime mom of her 11 children. She was a lifelong Red Sox fan, enjoyed the beach, Christmas and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren that were the joy of her life. Josephine will be greatly missed by her 11 children; a daughter Patricia and her husband Tom Atkins of Old Lyme, a daughter Margaret and her husband Phil Dumais of Plainville, a daughter Kathleen and her husband John Cannaverde of New Fairfield, a daughter Colleen and her husband Russ Huntley of Burlington, a son Thomas with whom she lived in Clinton before being transferred to Touchpoints, a son Martin and his husband Bryan Cronin of Lindenhurst, NY, a daughter Mary Ellen and her husband Ben Valcour of Webster, MA, a daughter Eileen and her husband Neil Bernier of Bristol, a daughter Amy and her husband Jim Hunt of Burlington, a son Andrew and his wife Kimberly (Stoess) of Hollis, NH, a son Brian and his wife Kelly (Waters) of Rutland, MA, 25 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother John Bulluss and sisters Kathleen Dow and Elizabeth Bulluss all of Meriden. The family would like to thank the devoted and compassionate staff at Touchpoints at Farmington for their wonderful care of Josephine. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Apr. 12) from 10:00-11:00am followed by a Memorial Service in the funeral home at 11:00am. Burial will be private at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Schroeder, Julian

Julian Edward Schroeder, age, 87, of Avon, died Saturday, April 6th at River Ridge in Avon, Connecticut, after a year-long battle with brain cancer. Born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, December 27th, 1925 to the late George and Hilda (Beeck) Schroeder, Julian attended Sheboygan public schools and graduated from Central High School in 1944. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July 1944, was inducted in Groton and served in the Pacific as a submariner until his discharge in June 1946 with the rank of Fireman, First Class. He returned to Wisconsin, married Audrey Ann Eberhardy on September 10, 1949, and received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Wisconsin at Madison in January 1951. He worked for Georgia Pacific for over 37 years, with several job promotions resulting in moves to Menasha, Neenah and Marinette, Wisconsin; Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; Louisville, Kentucky; and Weston, Connecticut. Julian and Audrey retired to Lake Gaston in Littleton, North Carolina in January 1990, and returned to Connecticut in May 2003, settling in Edgewood Estates, an Active Adult Community in Farmington, Connecticut. Active throughout his adult life in Kiwanis and Lions Club organizations, Julian was named Unionville Connecticut “Lion of the Year” in 2004. He served as the treasurer of the Longbridge Fire Department in Littleton for several years, and was also on the Board of Directors of Eaton Ferry Estates in Littleton, and Edgewood Estates in Farmington. He was an active member of the CT VFW, Chapter 3272 and the U.S. Submarine Veterans WWII Central CT Chapter. Julian is survived by his wife of 63 years, Audrey, daughter Ellen Schroeder and her husband Chet Dilday of Fayetteville, North Carolina, son Roy Schroeder and his wife Deborah of Louisville, Kentucky, daughter Joan (Schroeder) Selvage of Canton, Connecticut, daughter Claire Schroeder of Simsbury, Connecticut, four grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 9 step-great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law Carol (Eberhardy) Trimberger of Gold River, California and Theresa Jane Eberhardy of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, brother-in-law Roger Eberhardy of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and 12 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a niece, Julie Trimberger, his sister, Laverne (Schroeder) Trgovec, brothers-in-law George Trgovec, Vernon Eberhardy, and Leon Trimberger, and nephew Steve Trgovec. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Apr. 12) from 5:00 -7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Apr. 13) 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. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60631 (www.abta.org).

Zawacki, Mary

Mary M. Zawacki, 93, of Unionville, died on Tuesday, April 2nd, after a long illness. She was the widow of Chester J. Zawacki and is survived by her four children: Jean Grocki and her husband John of Unionville, Thomas Zawacki and his wife Susan of Westport, Joseph Zawacki and his wife Marlene of Farmington and Robert Zawacki and his wife Kathleen of Briarcliff Manor, NY. Mary leaves her beloved grandchildren: Jay Grocki, Michael Grocki and his wife Jamie, William Grocki and his wife Michelle, Tom Zawacki and his wife Melissa, Chris Zawacki and his wife Anne Marie, Benjamin Zawacki, Adam Zawacki, Christina Mathengani and her husband David, Scott Zawacki and his wife Jennifer, Mary Margaret Zawacki, Kevin Zawacki and William Zawacki. Mary also leaves her precious great grandchildren: Courtney, Aubrianna, Liam, Kai, An, Jake, Mara, Zachary, Jackson, Domenick, Leo, Bella, Alexys, William and Tyler. Mary was born in Willimansett, MA to Santi Dascanio and Emma (DiSanti) Dascanio on December 21st, 1919. She was the beloved niece of Camillio DiMatteo and Bridget DiMatteo. She leaves three sisters, Vi Szetela of Bonita Springs, FL, Nickie Dyka and Stella Gadja of Chicopee, MA, and many nieces and nephews. Mary was retired from Aetna Life and Casualty. There will be no calling hours and services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Farmington Food Pantry, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032.

Currie, Cornelius “Neal”

Cornelius Joseph “Neal” Currie, 84, of Avon and Deerfield Beach, FL, formerly of Farmington, beloved husband of Carmella (Petrozza) Currie, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 2nd. Born in Unionville, March 1st, 1929, son of the late Harold and Evelyn (Gagnon) Currie. Neal received his Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Hartford. Prior to retiring, he was the Senior Vice President at Hartford National Bank for 40 years. He was a United States Air Force veteran. Neal was involved with Habitat for Humanity for many years, and served on the Town Council in Farmington during the 1970’s. Neal was a member of UNICO in Farmington where he was past President and received the Ella Grasso Award. He was a member of Knights of Columbus, Uncas Council #32 in Unionville and was a lifetime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea. Besides his wife, Neal is survived by his three children, Douglas T. Currie and his wife Jacqueline of Bow, NH, Maryellen Currie-Leathe and her husband Sherman D. of Simsbury, and Neal J. Currie of Gloucester, MA, his sister, Helen Summa of Waterbury, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter, Debra Ann Currie. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Apr. 5) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Apr. 6) at 11:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 12:00pm. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Farmington Valley VNA, Hospice Program, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury, CT 06070 or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, CT Chapter, 321 Research Parkway, Suite 212, Meriden, CT 06450.

Bergen, James

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our loving Father and friend James J. Bergen, 86, of Farmington, husband of the late Norine (O’Leary) Bergen, passed away peacefully Monday, April 1st at Avon Health Center. Born in Farmington, June 25th, 1926, son of the late John and Martha (Pasternak) Bergen, he resided in town all his life. Jim was a self-employed carpenter, a founding member of the West Avon Volunteer Fire Department, where he was a member for 47 years and retired from CBT in 1988. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II having served with distinction in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre of Operation. He was a communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. Jim is survived by his two sons and their wives, James T. and Lorrie Bergen of West Hartford and David E. and Jean Bergen of Burlington, his brother David Bergen of Granby, two grandchildren Jennifer and Jamie Bergen, he was predeceased by his granddaughter Spring Bergen. He also leaves a great grandchild Cody as well as several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Apr. 3) from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday (Apr. 4) 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. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Avon Volunteer Fire Department, 25 Darling Drive, Avon, CT 06001.