Archive for October 2013

Walmer, Richard C.

Richard C. Walmer, of Ft Myers, Florida passed away peacefully on October 22, 2013 at UCONN Medical Center, Farmington, CT. He was born March 15, 1936 in Springfield MA, to Irvin and Myrtle Walmer, the youngest of three boys. Richard is survived by his brother John Walmer of Springfield, MA; three children, David Walmer of Royal Palm Beach FL, Scott Walmer of Jacksonville Beach FL, Tracy Pikora of Unionville CT, his fiancé Sandi Wojtkowiak; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, loving cousins, nieces and nephews, other family members and numerous personal friends. He was predeceased by his brother Fred Walmer. Richard graduated from Springfield Tech High School in 1953 and went on to earn his BA Liberal Arts from Springfield College in 1957 and his MS Safety Education from NYU in 1958. Richard married Bette Hammarstrom on September 7, 1957 and the couple were happily married for over 53 years until Bette’s death in 2010. Over the years they lived in South Bethlehem NY, Newtown CT, Kailua HI, Simsbury CT, Granby CT and Ft. Myers, FL. Richard worked for The Hartford Insurance Company for thirty years, ten years as an officer of the company. In 1989 he started his own company, Walmer and Associates, an independent consulting firm. He retired in 1999. While living in Hawaii Richard was an active volunteer in Little League baseball, later he served as a Board Member of The Community Renewal Team, a major charity in Hartford, CT. He was active with the Springfield College Alumni Association. Richard and Bette loved to travel they made frequent trips to all of Europe, the Caribbean, Hawaii and several trips to New Zealand and Australia. Richard also enjoyed fishing, home improvement and woodworking. He was a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan with Spring training seasons tickets as long as the Red Sox have been in Ft. Myers. Richard was a member of the FT. Myers VFW Post 10097. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Walmer Family Scholarship at Springfield College. The scholarship provides for exceptional students in need. Contact the college at 1-800-622-6072.

Barnes, Patricia H.

Patricia Harris Barnes, 76, widow of Weston S. Barnes, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 26th. Born in Hartford, May 19th, 1937, daughter of the late Joseph A. and Astrid (Benson) Harris, she was a graduate of Farmington High School. Patricia worked for many years at Friendly’s Restaurant in Bristol and her colleagues there were like her second family. She cared so much for the young people who worked both for and with her over the years as well as her many regular customers. She was a lifelong member of St. James Parish in Farmington. Patricia was a selfless person who gave of herself in all dimensions of her life. She had a great love for her family, her friends and her church. She loved the Christmas holidays, UCONN Basketball, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Giants. She still met with many of her friends from high school and loved getting together for lunches every month with them. Patricia was the loving mother of Elizabeth Barnes and Kevin Mulligan and his son Connor Mulligan of Reading, MA, and Michael Barnes and Cara Gooding and her children of Unionville. She also leaves her brother, Joseph A. Harris Jr., and his wife Marie of Vernon; her sister, Joan (Harris) Rogers and her husband Robert of Farmington; her sister, Astrid (Harris) Johansen of Avon; her sister, Andrea J. Harris of Farmington; her sister, Anna S. Harris of Avon and many special nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Ronald Harris and his wife Jane, her sister, Nancy (Harris) Wright and her husband Bert, and her brother-in-law, David Johansen. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday (Nov. 2) at 1:00pm in St. James Parish, 3 Mountain Road, Farmington. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Donations in her memory may be made to Aortic Institute Research Fund, c/o Suzanne Giannotti, Administrator, Boardman 2, 333 Cedar St., New Haven, CT 06510.

vonBoehn, Eleanor P.

Eleanor Patterson vonBoehn, 97, of Unionville, widow of Gerhard S. vonBoehn, passed away peacefully Friday, October 25th at her home. Born August 14th, 1916 in Keokuk, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Albion and Constance (Hall) Davis. She attended Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa and had been employed by the Salvation Army in Kansas City, Kansas. Eleanor married James B. Patterson (1937- 1990) and Gerhard S. vonBoehn (1995-2012). She was a member of the Frederica Chapter #110, O.E.S., in Plainville where she served in many different capacities and in the Grand Chapter O.E.S, including grand organist. Eleanor volunteered with the Masonic Home and Hospital in Wallingford and with Services for the Elderly in Farmington. Her generous spirit will live on through all the work she did for others. Humor enriched her life and the lives of those who knew her. She inspired others with her view of life and people. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Eleanor’s caregivers, Theresa and Abena of Elder’s Choice. Eleanor is survived by her four children, James Patterson and his wife Priscilla of Washington; David Patterson and his wife Jean of Massachusetts; Constance Patterson of Connecticut; Nancy Mesenbourg and her husband James of New York, her grandchildren, Bryan Mesenbourg and his wife Meghan of New York, Susan, James and his wife Jaime of California and her two stepchildren, Leah Cunningham and her husband Edward of Vermont and David vonBoehn of California. She was predeceased by her first husband, James B. Patterson and her daughter, Louise Patterson. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday (Oct. 31) at 11:00am in the First Church of Christ Congregational, 61 Main St., Unionville with Rev. Cynthia Carr officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of Christ Congregational, 61 Main St., Unionville, CT 06085 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Davidson, Hazel E.

Hazel Edna Davidson, 87, passed away peacefully on October 17th 2013. She was a long-time resident of the South End of Hartford, then at Westerleigh Senior Housing in Farmington and most recently under the care of the fine staff at Avon Health Center. Hazel was a retiree from Travelers where she worked in the Club Store for many years and previously worked at the Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Store. She leaves her sister Stella who resides in Hazel’s home country of the United Kingdom. She was predeceased by two daughters, Ann and Margaret. She leaves her other children Janet, Karen, Laurie and Mark plus 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for 2:00pm Saturday November 2nd at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville. In lieu of flowers, donations in Hazel’s name can be sent to Avon Health Center, 652 West Avon Road, Avon, CT 06001 in recognition of the staff that provided excellent care and compassionate attention to Hazel during the final stages of her illness.

Crowley, Donald C.

Crowley, DonaldDonald C. Crowley of Pompano Beach, Florida died unexpectedly on October 16th. Born in Waterbury, on November 1, 1946 to his loving parents John D. Crowley and Bridget Hussey Crowley, he is survived by his sister Peggy O’Connor and her husband John of Westerly, Rhode Island, his brother John D. Crowley of Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida, his sister Laney Dolan and her husband Jim of Jupiter, Florida, and Joan F. Crowley of Waterbury. He was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier School, Croft High School, Danbury State College and earned a Master’s from the University of Bridgeport. He was employed as a religious coordinator at Southbury Training School, and the Town of Wilton Public Schools dividing his career as a math and science teacher between Cider Mill Elementary and Middlebrook Middle School. He lived for many years in Norwalk with a home in Westerly. He also leaves several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and devoted cousins, as well as many friends. The wake will be held on Monday, October 28th in St. Francis Xavier Church from 5:30p.m. until 7p.m., followed by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered by his nephew Fr. Michael J. Dolan. The church is located at 625 Baldwin St, Waterbury. Burial will occur the following afternoon at New St. Joseph Cemetery in the family plot. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 34 Willow Street, P. O. Box 1612, Waterbury 06721or St. Francis Xavier Church, Waterbury, CT 06706.

Sponzo, Dr. Michael T.

Sponzo, MichaelDr. Michael T. Sponzo, 91, of Avon, passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday, October 16th. Born in Hartford in 1922, son of Vincenza (Calendrillo) Sponzo and Thomas R. Sponzo, he leaves behind his wife of 67 years, Marion (Dalton) Sponzo. Dr. Sponzo, a graduate of St. Thomas Seminary, the College of the Holy Cross and the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, began his career in Dentistry as a 24 year old Captain in the United States Army Dental Corps. He returned to Hartford with his wife and practiced Dentistry until 1977, serving as President of the Hartford Dental Society in 1960. He retired from private practice and was invited to join the faculty of Dentistry at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. There, he won the respect of his peers and was twice awarded teacher of the year by the student body. Working with the Department of Oral Surgery, he demonstrated the utility of free standing dental implants for denture patients. Upon retiring from teaching Dentistry in 1986, Dr. Sponzo continued his passion for Philosophy and Theology and graduated from Holy Apostles Seminary becoming a permanent Deacon with the Archdiocese of Hartford; a position he held for over 25 years. Through the deaconate, he found his fulfillment in the service of his Lord, always concerned for the welfare of his fellow man. A consummate teacher, he lived his faith each day. He is survived by his four children, Dr. Thomas S. Sponzo and his wife Colly of Simsbury, Anne Marie Sponzo of Canton, Suzanne S. Bertrand of New Hartford and Michael T. Sponzo Jr., and his wife Mary of West Hartford; his sister Rose Sponzo of Farmington; his 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. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Farmington Valley Hospice and Visiting Nurse Association. Friends may call at The Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon on Saturday (Oct. 19) from 9:00-10:00am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the church at 10:00am. Burial will be in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.



Sena, Vincenzo

Vincenzo Sena, 85, of Farmington, beloved husband of Maddalena “Lena” (Lauretta) Sena, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 13th. Born September 21st, 1928 in Ispica, Province of Ragusa, Sicily, son of the late Salvatore and Carmela (Grandante) Sena. Vincenzo worked in a Steel Foundry in Sicily before immigrating to the United States with his family in 1955. He served in the Italian Army during World War II. He lived in Hartford for many years near the Old State Theater and began his career as a Welder with the Angelo Tomasso Co., in 1960. Vincenzo retired in 1993 as the Steel Supervisor for Tilcon after 34 years with Tomasso/Tilcon. He was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington and enjoyed gardening, his grandchildren and attending their sports activities. Besides his wife, Vincenzo is survived by his three children, Salvatore V. Sena and his wife Frances (Sacco) Sena of Newington, Carmela Hansen and her husband Mark of Harwinton and Angela Maria Majewski and her husband Karl of East Hartford, seven grandchildren, Salvatore Jr., Anthony, Michael, David, Eric, Julia and Andrew, eight great grandchildren, Kelsey, Anthony, Julia, James, Einer, Bella, Anthony and Gino, his sister-in-law, Anna Sena of Glastonbury and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four brothers, Frank Sena, John Sena, Joseph Sena and Carmelo Sena. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Oct. 17) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (Oct. 18) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington at 10:00am. Burial will be in West Meadow Cemetery, Newington. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.Sena, Vincenzo

Kulowski, John F.

John F. Kulowski, 88, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died peacefully October 9, 2013 surrounded by his family. He will be greatly missed and remembered with love. To honor his wishes, services and burial will be private.

Kriscenski, Alexander

Alexander Paul Kriscenski, JR, passed away peacefully on Wednesday (October 2, 2013) at his home in Wynantskill, NY, after battling cancer for several months. He was 70 years old. The only son of Alexander Paul Kriscenski, SR, and Irene Berry Kriscenski, Alex was born on October 30, 1942 in Bristol, CT. The third oldest of seven children, Alex was a graduate of Bristol Eastern High School and a stellar athlete who excelled in all sports. He attended college at the University of Bridgeport where he continued his athletic career and studied education. Alex was the Manufacturing Superintendent at the New Departure-Hyatt division of General Motors in Bristol, CT, where he worked for over 20 years while residing in Burlington, CT. A lifelong sports enthusiast, he played in local baseball leagues, played tennis and also mentored young athletes as a basketball coach. An avid New York Yankees fan, he loved to take in baseball, basketball and hockey games at every chance, often attending the Hartford Whalers and Boston Celtics games with his kids. He also enjoyed being a sideline supporter of his children in their various sports activities. In 1990, Alex relocated to Wynantskill where he worked for Verizon until his retirement in 2007. His grandchildren brought him much joy during his retirement years and his kind, patient nature endeared him to them forever. Alex always found great pleasure in the simple joys of life including outdoor activities such as BBQs, fishing and gardening, watching and playing sports, visiting with friends and family, and caring for myriad quirky but lovable pets. Quick witted and charming, Alex was known for his humor, his unrivaled knack for delivering a punch line and his trademark way of entertaining by telling embellished stories. He was also a sharp debater on many serious issues, including politics and finance, and enjoyed being a history buff. He will be affectionately remembered for the humor and intellect that he shared so generously with friends and family. Alex is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 23 years, Patricia A. Jones. He will be greatly missed by his four children Elizabeth Kriscenski-Perry, Scott Kriscenski, Alison Kriscenski, and Melynda Shattuck Wilson, and his children-in-law Seth Perry, Wendy Loeser and Andrew Wilson. His son Kevin Kriscenski predeceased him. He leaves behind seven loving grandchildren including Ronan Perry, Anna and Lucas Kriscenski, and Laurel, Elijah, Molly, and Emily Wilson. He is survived by his six adoring sisters Barbara Ford, Patricia Hennessey, Elizabeth Knoblauch, Joan Ingersoll, Kathleen Price and Nance Kriscenski; and a large, loving extended family of brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and long-time friends. He will forever be in all of our hearts. Friends and family may call on Thursday October 10 from 5 to 7pm at the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville, CT. A memorial service will be held on Friday October 11 at 10am at Harwinton Congregational Church, 1 Burlington Road, Harwinton, CT. Burial to follow at Burlington Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Alex’s memory may be made to Bristol Parks & Recreation to support Muzzy Field Ballpark as a venue for local high school and college baseball games, and other community events, and to celebrate the park’s 100 year Anniversary. Donations may be sent to: Bristol Parks & Recreation Department, ‘Muzzy Field 100th Anniversary’, 111 North Main Street, Bristol, CT 06010.

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