Archive for May 2013

Gasser, Terri Lynn

Beloved wife and mother Terri Lynn (Donovan) Gasser of Burlington was called home on Monday May 27th, 2013 at Hartford Hospital during transplant surgery after a lengthy and courageous battle with liver disease. She was surrounded by loved ones. Terri was predeceased by her parents, James P. and Cynthia L. (Krampetz) Donovan. She leaves her beloved husband Edward and devoted, loving sons Joseph Edward and Nicholas James. She is also survived by her sisters Cindy Marshall of Farmington and Patti Donovan of Burlington and brother Gary Donovan and wife Christine of Newington, along with nieces Cathy Marshall and Meagan Donovan and nephews Patrick Marshall and Matthew Donovan. She will be forever missed by her pets Maggie, Riley, and Elvis, who brought her great joy and companionship. The family greatly appreciates the unwavering care and comfort Terri received over the last six months from her medical team, including Michael Einstein, M.D. and the Hartford Hospital transplant group, coordinated over the years by Deb Palmeri, R.N. A celebration of Terri’s life will be held at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday June 1. Friends and family may call beginning at 9:00. A memorial service will follow at 10:30. In lieu of flowers, donations in Terri’s memory may be made to the Little Guild of Saint Francis animal shelter in West Cornwall, P.O. Box 59, West Cornwall, CT 06796.

Battiston, Helen

Helen Josephine Battiston, of Farmington, CT and Tequesta, FL passed away on December 23, 2012 at the Uconn Medical Center at the age of 96. She is predeceased by her husband Lino J. Battiston, a son Edward Battiston, sisters Mary Pellagato, Millicent Root Chianese, Mary Mincarelli, and brothers, Mario and Paul Mincarelli. Helen is survived by two sons Deacon Donald Battiston of Nantucket Island and Jupiter, FL and Leonard Battiston of Stonington, CT and Jupiter, FL. She is lovingly remembered as Grandma by 9 grandchildren, Jeffrey Battiston, Rebecca King, Hannah Martin, Greg Battiston, Jacob Battiston, Christina Battiston, Leigh Kroll, Todd Kroll and Scott Kroll and as “Grandma Hellie” by 15 great grandchildren. Helen lived life to the fullest; she was our eternal optimist. She was a communicant at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Farmington, CT and St. Peter in Jupiter, FL. Over the years, Helen was a volunteer for the American Red Cross and St. Brigid’s Women’s Auxilary in West Hartford. Helen, an avid golfer, competed in many CSWGA tournaments and was a Women’s Club Champion at Avon Country Club. She continued to play golf until the age of 93 as a member of the Country Club of Farmington and Tequesta Country Club. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday (June 1) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington followed by burial in St. Ann Cemetery, Avon. There will be no calling hours. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the residents and staff of The Gables in Farmington, CT where Helen lived a happy, active and full life until her death and also to the doctors and nurses at the Jean Marie Colbert Wing at UConn Medical Center for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to any charity of your choice.

Grunewald, Virginia

Virginia M. Grunewald, 85, of Avon, beloved wife of William F. Grunewald, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 22nd at Avon Health Center with her devoted husband by her side. Born in Hartford, January 13th, 1928, daughter of the late Britthold and Annie (Bengtsson) Magnuson, she was a lifelong resident of Avon. Virginia was a graduate of Canton High School, where she met her husband, William, and they married on October 5th, 1946. She was a longtime member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Avon where she served on the Altar Guild and was the Church Secretary in the 1970’s. She was also a longtime member of the Golf Club of Avon, was a champion golfer and enjoyed getting a hole in one. Virginia was an avid reader and gardener, enjoyed crossword puzzles and exercising, and was an excellent seamstress. She was very proud of her Swedish heritage and enjoyed cooking, baking and all holiday traditions. She will be especially remembered for her rice pudding, Christmas cookies and love of ice cream. Virginia held fabulous dinner parties and was an amazing hostess to her wide circle of friends, whom she loved. She loved animals, in particular birds and especially her dogs, most especially, Misty. Virginia will be remembered for her generosity and most importantly, being a wonderful daughter, wife and mother. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at Avon Health Center for the wonderful and loving care given to Virginia the last nine years. Besides her husband of 66 years, she is survived by her son, Douglas Grunewald and his wife Leslie of Livermore, CA; her daughter, Marcia Jones and her partner Robert Diorio of New Hartford; her seven grandchildren, Heather Gombos and her husband Christian of Farmington, Kristen Tangarone and her husband Jeremy of New Hartford, Leise Smyrl and her wife Stephanie of Roslindale, MA, Robyn Jones of Medford, MA, Allison Jones of Farmington, Gregory Jones and his wife Erin of Plainville and David Jones of Atlanta, GA; five great grandchildren, Corrin Tangarone, Kathleen, Mary and Elise Gombos and Adam Jones, several much loved nieces and nephews and several cousins residing in Sweden. She was predeceased by her brother, Arne and sister, Dorothy. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (May 25) from 4:00-6:00pm. Funeral services will be held Sunday (May 26) at 3:30pm in St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 224 Lovely St., Avon followed by burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067, or to the Memorial Fund at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 224 Lovely St., Avon, CT 06001.

Daddario, Mary Katherine

Mary Katherine Daddario, 83, of New Britain, widow of Eugene Vincent Daddario, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 18th. Born in New Britain, August 3rd, 1929, daughter of the late Frank and Raphaela (Spano) Dolce. Mary is survived by her three children, David Daddario, and his wife Rosemary, Elaine Wald and Rick Daddario, her sister Katherine Peterson of New Britain, and six grandchildren, Jeffrey, Jonathan, Danielle, Kathryn, Jenna and Troy. She was predeceased by her two brothers, Anthony Dolce and Orlando Dolce. Friends may call at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Main St., Unionville on Wednesday (May 22) from 9:00-10:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy at 10:00am.

Brouker, Richmond

Richmond A. Brouker, 85, of Unionville, beloved husband of Amelia (Christman) Brouker, passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 12th at Apple Rehab of Plainville after a lengthy illness. Born in Bristol, March 6th, 1927, son of the late Raymond and Mary (Peck) Brouker. Richmond was a manager at Magnatech Welding Company. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II and was an avid HAM Radio operator, Call Sign W1YXQ. Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Holly Brouker of Massachusetts, his sisters, Virginia Kalbach and Dawn Norton of Bristol, his brother, Dale Brouker of Las Vegas, NV, two grandsons, Justin and Christopher and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Tuesday (May 21) at 11:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville followed by burial with full military honors in Greenwood Cemetery, Avon. Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Roch, Inez

Inez Price (Jewell) Roch, 95, of Avon, beloved wife of Gordon Williams Roch, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 12th at her home. Born in Hartford, December 5th, 1917, daughter of the late William A. and Inez (Price) Jewell. Inez was a longtime member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Unionville where she was a member of the Frances Richards Club. She was a 50 year member of Adah Chapter #30 OES in Unionville, now associated with Frederica Chapter #110 in Plainville. Besides her husband, Inez is survived by her two children, Thomas Price Roch Sr., and wife Deborah (Floyd) of Gales Ferry and Marcella E. Roch of Avon, two grandchildren, Thomas P. Roch Jr. and wife Lynne and William John Roch and wife Tara, great grandchildren, Jacob, Nicholas, Ashley, TJ, Ray Ray, Jared and Owen John. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Anne and Sylvia. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Farmington Valley VNA, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury, CT 06070 or to Companions and Homemakers, 613 New Britain Ave., Farmington, CT 06032.

Hook, Alexis Charlton

Alexis Charlton Hook, 91, of Bloomfield, beloved wife of Keith B. Hook, passed away Monday, May 6th at Seabury. Born in Upper Hutt, New Zealand on December 3rd, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Alexander Robert and Erica (Morpeth) Entrican. Alexis was a graduate of the Wellington Girls College, where she earned the Anna P. Stout Challenge Cup. She graduated from the Ashburton Hospital School of Nursing, where she met her future husband, Keith, in January 1944. Alexis came to the United States on a ship which carried over 11,000 War brides, arriving on March 4, 1946. She worked briefly at the Aetna as secretary to Dr. Alexander, the company’s Chief Medical Officer. From 1947, she devoted her life to family, friends and service to those in need. She was active in many civic organizations, including the PTA, YWCA and the World Church Refugee Program. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartford and also performed Pastoral Care work in the Greater Hartford area, including at the prior home of Seabury on Retreat Ave. Besides her husband, Alexis is survived by her four children, Andrew, Edith, Sambuq, and Jamie (and his wife Wen Chyi Shyu) and four grandchildren: Anson, Alexander, Charlton and Elizabeth Ateeya. She is also survived by her sister, Elizabeth Orr, wife of Gordon, and their two children, Bridget and Katie, and their families. Friends may call at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney St., Hartford on Saturday (May 25) from 9:45-10:45am followed by a funeral service in the church at 11:00am. Burial will be in the Trinity Church Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her honor to the Trinity Church Memorial Fund, the Seabury Charitable Foundation (200 Seabury Dr, Bloomfield, CT 06002), or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Sikorski, Henry J.

Henry J. Sikorski, born January 20, 1943 in Hartford, CT son of Stephen S. and Josephine (Kalizs) Sikorski, died May 7, 2013 in St. Francis Hospital. Hank was a resident of Burlington for most of his life; he was a three sport athlete at Canton High School and enjoyed many years of playing softball in his adult years. Hank owned and operated Sikorski Bus Company providing transportation to Burlington and Harwinton school children for 46 years. He acquired the business following his father’s death; a business his father began in the 1930’s. He was also the owner of “Hank’s Garage”, a general automotive repair business he founded. Hank is survived by his daughter, April S. Bell and her husband Rick, their children Kyle and Lindsay of Gansevoort, New York, his daughter, Tracey Sikorski and her daughter, Reese of New Hartford, and his son, Brett Sikorski and his wife Liz, and their children, Sadie and Lilah of Burlington. He is also survived by his sister Eleanor Kula and many nephews and nieces; he particularly appreciated his nephew, Scott Morin, who invited him on annual treks to Florida for a Gator football game. His brothers Stephen and Edward predeceased him. Hank enjoyed the time spent with his grandchildren, visiting with them was the highlight of his day and they adored their Grandpa “Papa” Hank. He also leaves behind many friends, the number doubtlessly enhanced by his never saying no when requested to lend a helping hand or do a favor. Among the “friends” who will miss him is the Mohegan Sun Casino where he spent may enjoyable hours trying to best a few slot machines. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville on Friday (May 10) from 5-8 p.m. The funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (May 11) at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Patrick’s Church in Collinsville at 11:00am. Burial will follow at Center Cemetery in Burlington. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made the Burlington Volunteer Fire or Ambulance Companies, P.O. Box 1285, Burlington, CT 06013 or the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research, 5455 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 2020, Los Angeles, CA 90036-4220.

Sheridan, Thomas K.


Thomas Keron Sheridan, devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed away Wednesday afternoon at his home in Farmington, Connecticut in the arms of his loving wife of 45 years, Hope L. (Senecal) Sheridan. He was 68 years old. Tom counted his greatest accomplishments as a beloved husband; proud, loving father to his three children; and doting grandfather to his two grandchildren. His love for his family was total, unwavering and unconditional. While living on Cape Cod, Tom was one of the founders of the Nauset Youth Hockey Association. He was a member of the National Ice Hockey Officials Association and was a hockey referee at the high school and college levels for many years. Born in Providence, Rhode Island to the late Theodore James Sheridan and Rita E. (Keron) Sheridan, Tom attended LaSalle Academy, before earning a bachelor’s degree from Providence College. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the United States Navy ultimately achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After the Navy, Tom had a long and distinguished career in business, currently serving as Vice President of Finance at Connecticut Spring and Stamping in Farmington and previously was the Chief Financial Officer at Apex Machine Tool Co., also in Farmington. In addition to his wife, Hope, he is survived by his son, Thomas K. Sheridan, Jr. of Farmington; and his daughters, Jaime Raye Sheridan, of Farmington, and Keron L. Sheridan and her husband, Marius C. Wesser, of Brooklyn, New York. He was “Papa” to his two beloved and adoring grandchildren: Madison Raye and Theo James Sheridan. In addition, he is survived by his sister Janice Flynn and her husband Donald of Windsor Locks, his sister-in-law, Raye Senecal and her husband, Bill Enross, of Foxboro, Mass; his brother-in-law, Dennis F. Walsh, of Mashpee, Mass.; his five nephews, Patrick F. Walsh of Chicago, Ill.; Dennis R. Walsh of New York, New York; Michael J. Walsh of London, England; Kevin Flynn of West Suffield, and Brian Flynn of Enfield; and his niece, Carlene Clark of Roanoke, VA. He was predeceased by his sister, Suzanne Sheridan.  Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (May 5) from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (May 6) at 9:15 A.M. followed by The Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, Main St., Farmington at 10:00 A.M. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington with full military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Mary Lou Connors for the benefit of the Haiti Children’s Education Fund, 74 Old Farms Road, Avon, CT 06001.

Wood, Mary Andrews Lewis

Mary Andrews Lewis Wood, 90, of West Hartford and Fishers Island, NY, beloved widow of William H. Wood Jr., to whom she was married for 62 years, passed away Saturday, April 27th. Born in Hartford, March 22nd, 1923, daughter of the late Richard B. and Dorothy (White) Lewis Sr., she was raised in Hartford and summered in Madison, CT. Mary was a graduate of The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY and attended Smith College in Northampton, MA. She was the granddaughter of Robert Lewis, co-founder of Harvey & Lewis Opticians. Mary was a member of the Colonial Dames and the Connecticut Valley Garden Club; she also volunteered at Gray Lodge in Hartford. She loved spending time on Fishers Island and was a founder of the F.I. Conservancy. An enthusiastic bridge player, she also enjoyed golf and tennis. Mary truly relished her family and is survived by her three children: Nancy Andrews Wood of New Britain, William H. Wood III of Avon, and Richard Lewis Wood of Fishers Island, NY; and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brother, Richard B. Lewis, Jr. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, May 7th, at 11:00am in Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney St., Hartford with The Rev. Donald L. Hamer officiating. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney St., Hartford, CT 06105 or to Fishers Island Conservancy, P.O. Box 553, Fishers Island, NY 06390.