Archive for July 2013

Sullivan, Deborah J.

Deborah J. Sullivan, 60, of Unionville, beloved wife of William J. Sullivan, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 31st. Born September 19th, 1952 in Hartford, daughter of Frances (Haggerty) Longo and the late Nicholas Longo. Deborah loved children, most especially her grandchildren and always helped those in need. She touched the lives of everyone she encountered. Besides her husband and mother, Deborah is survived by her three children, Michael Mockus, Joseph Mockus and Christine Tully and her husband Brian, her sister, Patricia Cihon, her brother, Nicholas Longo, her three beloved grandchildren, Nicholas Mockus, Ryan Tully and Sean Tully, her extended family and many loving friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Palliative Medicine Consult Service at Hartford Hospital, ATTN: Fund Development, 80 Seymour St., P.O. Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06102-5037.

Clancy, Barbara

Barbara May Clancy, also known as Knobby to her childhood friends, Aunt Bobby to her relatives, and Mrs. “C” to her friends in the Unionville Motorcycle Club, died Saturday, July 27th at her home. The same home she was born in, in 1930. She leaves her son Sean, her daughter Bridget and son-in-law Rick, her brother H. James, her granddaughter Jessica, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Daniel and her son Michael. Barbara will be remembered for her enormous capability to love and care for anyone who walked through her door. She guided many teenagers through troubled times, and her backyard and brook were always the center of activity for neighborhood kids, winter and summer. Barbara loved the outdoors and the prospect of a great adventure. From the beaches to the mountains she loved traveling, whether swimming, hiking, horseback riding, camping in her “Big Blue Bus”, or riding off on her motorcycle, the sun was always shining on her. We send our thanks to the local Senior Centers, Loving Hands Home Health Care, the FVVN Association hospice program and Lend a Hand Agency for the high quality care they provided during the past few years. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 or the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

Wild, Donald S.

Wild, DonaldDonald S. Wild, 87, died Sunday, July 28th at Avon Health Center. He was born in Hartford, son of the late Otto and Amalie Wild. He grew up in West Hartford, but has lived in Farmington since his marriage in 1954. After graduating from the old Hall High, he enlisted and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, graduating in 1950, first in his class of Civil Engineers. While at R.P.I., he was elected to Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon, and Sigma Xi, national honor societies. After graduation, he was a structural engineer with A. John Macchi Engineers in Hartford, and then in West Hartford with Marchant & Minges which subsequently became The Minges Associates where he was head of the Structural Division for 25 years, and was president for three years before leaving to form, with three partners, his own consulting engineering firm of Barnhart-Johnson-Francis and Wild, Inc., in Avon. He was a licensed Professional Engineer in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Kentucky, and was responsible for the structural design of over 300 schools, universities, office and industrial buildings, churches, town halls, libraries and hospitals, including many large steel structures and several of the first pre-stressed concrete and lift-slab structures in the Connecticut area. He was a recipient in 1957 of the National Construction Practice Award from the American Concrete Institute. He had authored articles in Progressive Architecture and the A.C.I. Journal. He was a life-member of both the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers. In his youth he was a member of the Model Aero Engineers of Hartford, and was an avid model airplane enthusiast, winning the Connecticut State Championship and the Hartford Courant Trophy in 1944. He revived this hobby again in later retired life with radio control and was an active member of the Central Connecticut Radio Control Club, where he was a founding father of their dawn patrol group of early morning quiet flyers. He was a longtime member of the National Academy of Model Aeronautics. He loved winter and was an enthusiastic skier all his life, having been a member of the Hartford Ski Club for many years. But the true passion of his life (besides Sally) was sailing. He won a National Sailing Championship in 1966, and after retiring from his B.J.F.W. firm in the 1980’s, he and Sally would live aboard their thirty foot sloop “Another WILD IDEA” every summer for 20 years, and cruise the New England coast to the far down east corner of Maine, venturing to the Bay of Fundy and Nova Scotia. He was a senior member of the Hartford Power Squadron where he had taught celestial navigation for five years. He was awarded a patent in 1969 for a device to facilitate the one-man transportation of small boats. Limericks were a consuming hobby of his and in 1988 he published a sell-out book of 110 limericks called “The New England Sailor’s Limerick Guide.” He was a member of the First Church of Christ, in Unionville, having served on many committees and where he was largely responsible for the realization of their new steeple. For over 30 years, he was a volunteer worker for the Farmington Services for the Elderly. His beloved wife Sally (Lovejoy) Wild died in 2012. He leaves a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Brian Comer of Weatogue, and a son and daughter-in-law, Clay and Laura Wild of Quaker Hill; and five much loved grandchildren, Erin and Timothy Comer; and Aaron, Katie and Tyler Wild. He was predeceased by an older brother, Norman R. Wild. Funeral services will be held Thursday (Aug. 1) at 11:00am in the First Church of Christ Congregational, 61 Main St., Unionville with Rev. Cynthia Carr officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of Christ Congregational, 61 Main St., Unionville, CT 06085.

Dove, Timothy L.

Timothy L. Dove, son of Roger M. Dove and Betty C. Dove, age 55, passed away at St. Francis Hospital on July 23, 2013 after battling a chronic illness for many years. Born in Hartford, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from George Washington U. and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the U. of Southern California, and worked for many years in the field of public relations in San Francisco and Washington D.C. He is survived by his mother Betty C. Dove of Haddam, his partner Louisa Barton Duguay of Hartford, his brother Michael R. Dove and niece Margaret Rose Carpenter-Dove of Killingworth, and many wonderful cousins and friends. A gentle man and lover of history and literature, he will be missed.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church at 11 on Aug. 2. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 120 Sigourney St., Hartford, CT 06105.

Arel, Robert E.

Robert E. “Bob” Arel, died of cardiac arrest on July 25, 2013. Born on September 17, 1926, in Fitchburg, MA, he spent his youth in Montreal, P.Q., Canada. He and his bride settled in Connecticut in 1947, where they began their family and he began his career in the HVAC field, working for supermarket chains until retirement from Grand Union Co. in 1981. Such venerable Greater Hartford institutions as Aetna Diner, D& D Market, and Lorraine Pastry Shop also benefited from his expertise. A proud veteran of the U.S. Army, he had been a diligent donor to the American Red Cross for decades. In recent years, he could be found delivering Hartford’s West End newsletter, puttering in his garden, or pitching in at Roggi’s Auto Service. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary; daughter, Kathleen A. Lyons; son, John R. Arel; two sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his four siblings. The family is grateful to the conscientious, caring staff at Newington Health Care Center for making his final days as comfortable and dignified as possible; he particularly thrived on Margaret’s “tough love.”
There will be no memorial service, per his wishes, but he will be remembered as a generous soul, for whom “for better or worse” laughter was the best medicine. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to VA Connecticut Healthcare System, 555 Willard Ave. Newington CT, Attention : Voluntary Service, Memo: account 8002.

Shelton, Ronald

Ronald Anthony Shelton, 58, of Burlington, loving partner of Anna Valente, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 20th. Born in New Jersey, December 5th, 1954, son of the late Raymond V. and Ann Marie Shelton. Ronald was the Owner and CEO of Society Financial Corporation in Farmington. He was very involved in third world countries with International Home Mortgage Banking. Ronald had a great love of music, especially playing the acoustical guitar and was a singer and songwriter, recording two songs. Besides his partner, he is survived by his mother, Barbara Gordon of PA, his three children, Ashley Shelton, Gregory Shelton and Paige Shelton, his sister, Dara Martinez of PA, his brother, Neil Gordon of PA and Anna’s family, Lisa and Michael Fagan and their daughter, Caitlin Fagan of Farmington and Gabriele and Mary Catherine Valente of Wethersfield. A Memorial Service will be held Friday (July 26) at 5:00pm in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville.

Young, Dorothy

Dorothy (Fitts) Young – Born Jan. 23, 1928 in Farmington, CT passed away peacefully on Wed. July 17, 2013 at Valerie Manor in Torrington, CT where she had been a resident for five years. She is predeceased by her parents Claude and Lura Fitts, and a brother and sister-in-law Clyde and Marion Fitts. She leaves behind a daughter Cynthia Lemire of Massachusetts, and three sons and their wives: Major Duane C. Young P.H.D., U.S. Army (retired), and Lieutenant Colonel Kristina A. Young, M.A., MSSI, U.S. Army (retired) of Virginia; Bruce and Mariann Young of Connecticut and Gordon and Susan Young of New Hampshire. Dorothy is also survived by nine grandchildren and several great -grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews. She was raised in Farmington on her parent’s farm, and lived most her life in the Farmington valley area. Once the children were grown she worked as a dispatcher at the Canton Police Department for fifteen years before retiring. After retiring from the Police Department she moved to Torrington, CT and enjoyed traveling around New England and spending time with her family and friends. She was a long time member of both the Congregational Church of Burlington where she served on many committees and taught Sunday school, and the Church in the Wildwood in Colebrook, CT where she served on the Board of Directors and for a term as president. She will be dearly missed by family and friends. There are no calling hours. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday Aug 3, at 10:00a.m in the Congregational Church of Burlington 268 Spielman Highway Burlington, CT. A private graveside ceremony will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers please send donations to either the Congregational Church of Burlington 268 Spielman Highway Burlington, CT 06013 or The Church in the Wildwood C/o Camp Jewel YMCA Att. Ray Zetye, P.O. Box 6 Prock Hill Road Colebrook, CT 06021.

Collins, Arline D.

Collins, ArlineArline Duhaime Collins, of Vernon, born in Harford April 7th, 1926, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, July 19th at Rockville General Hospital. She is survived by her three daughters, Eleanor Cappa and husband Robert of East Hartford, Jeri Caron and husband Chris of Vernon and Carolyn Langer of Vernon, three granddaughters, Lori-Ann Nisyrios and husband Peter of South Windsor, Robbin Ann Cappa of Coventry, and Leighann Bui and husband Shawn of Fayetteville, North Carolina, two grandsons, Gregory Caron and wife Erin of Tolland and Jeremiah Joseph Langer of Vernon, and four great-grandchildren, Taylor Catherine Nisyrios, Alexis Mae Nisyrios, Gabriella Anastasia Nisyrios all of South Windsor and Madisyn Lorraine Bui. Arline was predeceased by her husband Jeremiah Joseph Collins, Jr., and her daughter, Kathleen Marie Collins. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., on Monday (July 22) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Tuesday (July 23) at 9:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Bartholomew Church, 736 Middle Turnpike, Manchester at 10:00am. Burial will be in the family plot at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Ferrier, Edgar A.

Longtime Unionville resident Edgar A. Ferrier died July 10 at the age of 90. He was born January 20, 1923, in Mattapoisett, Mass, the son of Gerard and Eva Ferrier. He grew up in Hartford and lived most of his life in Unionville. Later in life he moved to Port Orange, Fla. He married Edith Ihalainen in 1943 before being shipped overseas during World War II. Mr. Ferrier was a proud member of Darby’s Rangers and fought during the invasion of Anzio. He was captured by German forces near Cisterna, Italy, in January 1944 and was held as a prisoner of war at Stalag 2B Hammerstein 99 work camps in Germany for about 16 months. He was liberated at the end of the war. After the war he returned to Connecticut and the couple moved to the Lake Garda area of Unionville where they raised their four children. He went to work for Hartford Electric Light Co., which later became Northeast Utilities in Simsbury. He retired from Northeast Utilities. He enjoyed camping, woodworking and attending reunions with his fellow Rangers. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Edith, to whom he was married for 42 years, his son, Jack Ferrier, two brothers, Gerald Ferrier and Norman Ferrier, a sister, Carol, and his second wife, Verna Ventres. He is survived by his three children, daughter Bonnie Bostrom and husband, Bob of Plainville; Janice Ferrier-Sands and husband, Richard, of North Granby and Patricia Ferrier and husband Ronald Bailer of Livermore, CO; five grandchildren, Scott Bostrom of Middletown; Julie Bostrom of Hopkinton, Mass; Mark Bostrom of Concord, North Carolina; Erica Sands and Jillian Sands of North Granby, four great-grandchildren, Alex, Luke, James and Emmett, sister, Jeanne of Boston, daughter-in-law, Patty Ferrier of Plainville and special friends Ron and Lisa Avery of New Brunswick, Canada. Private graveside services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or the National Ranger Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 53369, Fort Benning, Georgia 31995 or online at:

Orvis, Steven A.

Steven A. Orvis, 43, of Colchester, loving husband of Beth (Gogley) Orvis, passed away Thursday, July 11th. Born in Hartford, February 10th, 1970, son of William J. Orvis of Farmington and the late Sandra E. (Peterson) Orvis, he was a graduate of Farmington High School, Class of 1988. Steven was currently employed at Whole Foods as a Food Preparer. He was a prolific comic book collector and aficionado, especially of the Superman series. He was a constant entertainer and greatly enjoyed writing and acting. Steven was an avid Yankee’s fan and was a devoted, sincere and honest man. Besides his wife and father, he is survived by his step-daughter, Jenavieve Ryan, his sister, Lisa A. Jones and her husband Steven of Norfolk, VA, his maternal grandmother, Margaret A. Hein of Farmington, his nephew Brody Jones, his best friends, Steven Lazorcik, Francis Willoughby and Andrew Tierney and many aunts, uncles and cousins. There will be no calling hours. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family strongly suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Colchester Food Bank, 127 Norwich Ave., Colchester, CT 06415.

Thompson, Ruth A.

Ruth A. Thompson, 92, died Thursday, July 4, 2013 at her home at The Gables, Farmington, Connecticut. She was the daughter of Albert and Vesta Thompson of Avon. Ruth was born on September 18, 1920 in Avon where she lived most of her life until moving to Farmington in 2007. She graduated from Farmington High School in 1937 and the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing in 1942. She began her career as a nurse at Hartford Hospital and joined the US Army in 1943, serving at several stateside installations before joining the staff of The Thistle, an army medical ship returning wounded soldiers to the U.S. Upon her discharge from the Army in 1946, she returned to Hartford Hospital where she worked until 1980, retiring as the Head Nurse of the operating room at the hospital. She was a life-long member of the West Avon Congregational Church and keenly interested in the West Avon Cemetery; she and her sister undertook the task of researching and cataloguing the West Avon Cemetery as well as Cider Brook and East Avon cemeteries, their work is now housed at the Avon Library. She was a life-long Red Sox fan and more recently of the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the University of Connecticut. She is survived by her brother Edward of Hamden, 11 nieces and nephews, 20 grandnieces and nephews and two great grandnieces. She was predeceased by her sisters, Gladys August, Marian Thompson, Eunice Champagne, Audrey Thompson and brothers-in-law Robert August, and Paul Champagne. There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Saturday (July 13) at 2:00pm at the West Avon Congregational Church, 280 Country Club Road, Avon. Private burial will be in the West Avon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the West Avon Congregational Church, 280 Country Club Road, Avon, CT 06001 or the Avon Historical Society, P.O. Box 448, Avon, CT 06001.

Goehring, Robert L.

Robert_Goehring[1]Robert L. Goehring, 83, of Burlington, loving husband for 58 years to Margaret (Smith) Goehring was called to the Lord Sunday morning July 7, 2013, with family spiritually by his side, after a courageous battle with renal cancer at Countryside Manor. Born in Webster City, IA, September 11, 1929, son of the late Ralph and Violet (Chalfant) Goehring, Robert was a 1950 graduate of Stanhope High School and proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War on board the Aircraft Carrier Antietam. He work at Aetna Life & Casualty as an HVAC mechanic for 30 years and, after retirement, enjoyed working at Big Lots of Bristol as an inventory pricing manager. Bob and Margaret enjoyed their yearly trips to Iowa and the Black Hills, SD, with his siblings. He loved visiting with his friends at McDonalds of Unionville for coffee. Bob liked spending his nights watching “The Price is Right”, Dallas Cowboys and UConn Huskies women’s basketball and had the patience to be an avid Red Sox fan. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his six children; son Michael and his wife Mary Goehring of Bristol, son Robert and his wife Kathleen Goehring of Haverhill, MA, daughter Ann Marie Goehring of Avon, son Kevin and his wife Linda Goehring of Farmington, daughter Piper Goehring of East Hartford, and son Patrick Goehring and Denise Lewis of Eagle Lake, IA. He is also survived by his two sisters, Carolyn Goehring, and Clarice and her husband Marlon Coghlan of Webster City, IA, as well as his brother Richard and his wife Ann Goehring of Goshen, KY. In addition, he leaves six grandchildren: Taylor, Enya, Melissa, Joshua, Aidan and Trevor, a great-granddaughter, Madison, a niece, Lelia Kim and a nephew, Daniel Goehring. He will be extremely missed by his family, co-workers, close friends, and all those who were fortunate to have known this kind and gentle man. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (July 9) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Wednesday (July 10) 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 Favarh, 225 Commerce Drive, Canton, CT 06019.

Lemay, Ida (Hattie)

Ida (Hattie) Lemay passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on June 27th in the home of her daughter, Joanne in CA. Ida was born in 1919 to the Dumond family of Grand Isle, Maine. She was a longtime resident (until 2008) of Hartford where she and her late husband raised their four children. Ida retired from the Aetna Life Insurance Co after many years of service and was a parishioner at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. “Me’Me’,” as she was affectionately known by her grandchildren and their friends, enjoyed playing the piano by ear, kicking up her heels & dancing, gleefully beating friends & family at gin rummy, holding warm hands, and savoring a good hot dog. Ida enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, family, and friends. Ida is survived by her sister, Rena Morneault, her children Joanne and husband Chuck Horvath of Tustin, CA, Raymond Lemay of Montreal, and Priscilla and husband Tom Baggott of Bothell, WA, her grandchildren Mark, Heidi, John, Kelley, Laurie, Matthew, Elizabeth and David, and her 6 great-grandchildren. Ida was predeceased by her husband Alcide and son Armand Lemay, her parents and 6 siblings. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Thursday, July 11th from 5-7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford on Friday, July 12th at 10am.

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Legowski, Bruna Marie (Bonini)

Bruna Marie (Bonini) Legowski, 86, of Unionville, beloved wife of John T. Legowski, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 30th at her home. Born April 7th, 1927 in Avon, daughter of the late Modesto L. and Theresa (Lorenzoni) Bonini. She was a graduate of Farmington High School, Class of 1945. Bruna and John were married at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea May 6, 1946. Besides her husband, Bruna is survived by her three children, John “T.J.” Legowski Jr., of Unionville, Louise M. “Luke” Legowski and her husband Hal Strickland of Brooklyn, NY and Teresa L. “Terri” Marshall and her husband David of Conifer, CO, three grandchildren, Sam Strickland, Patrick Marshall and Matthew Marshall, four sisters, Josephine Jensen of Wallingford, Elsie Tallmadge of Avon, Eleanor Parsons of Dennis, MA and Betty Faitella of Harwinton and three brothers, Arnold Bonini of Avon, James Bonini of Unionville and Henry Bonini of Unionville. She was predeceased by her sister, Dora Bonini Cromack and her brother, Arno Bonini. Bruna was a real people person, always with a smile; she enjoyed traveling to Italy and Aruba and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (July 4) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (July 5) at 9:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085.

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