Archive for January 2014

Edwards, Beverley J.

Beverley J. Edwards, 67, formerly of Farmington, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Born in Bristol, September 13, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Alphonse and Regina (Kocheran) Pisarski. Beverley was employed at Amerifit for several years. She is survived by her son, Jack Edwards and his wife Stefanie of Trumbull, her two granddaughters, Mia and Gabriella Edwards, her brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Mary Jane Pisarski and Godson Colin of Burlington, her sister, Janet McKinstry and her husband Mac and Godson Harrison of Bristol, her sister-in-law, Judy Bokun of Farmington and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her former husband, John Edwards and her three brothers, Reginald, Alfred and Bruce. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at Countryside Manor in Bristol for the wonderful care given to Beverley. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Jan. 31) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral services will be held Saturday (Feb. 1) at 11:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home. 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 or the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.Edwards, Beverley-1

Frey, Doris Helen

Frey, DorisDoris Helen Frey, 89, passed away peacefully Friday, January 17th. Born in Hartford, May 29th, 1924, daughter of the late Frank T. and Helen (Cotter) Frey, she resided in Farmington Woods for 35 years before moving to The Hearth of Madison and then Aaron Manor in Chester. She attended West Hartford Schools and Briarcliff College. Doris left a career at Hartford Hospital to pursue her passion in photography and established DH Frey Photography in 1967. She was a noted and decorated wedding and portrait photographer having been honored with regional and state recognition. Doris was a past member of the New England Professional Photographers Association, the CT Professional Photo Association, CCPA, Wampanoag Country Club, Madison Beach Club and was the Yearbook photographer for many years at Avon Old Farms School. She had many wonderful memories of her summers in Beach Park with her family while growing up. Doris is survived by her nephews, Frank T. “Chip” Frey II of Haddam, David J. Frey of Madison, J. Richard Frey Jr. of West Hartford and many cousins, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her two brothers, Robert T. Frey and J. Richard Frey. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Jan. 26) from 5:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (Jan. 27) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 872 Farmington Ave., West Hartford followed by burial in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Donations may be sent to the Connecticut Food Bank, PO Box 8686, New Haven, CT 06531.

Scheidel, Theodore C. Jr.

The town of Burlington now mourns a man who proudly served his country, state, and most assuredly the people of Burlington. Born July 8, 1944 in Hartford, CT to Theodore C. Scheidel Sr. and Catherine Flood Scheidel. He is survived by his partner Denise Gustafson, his brothers Arthur P. Scheidel Sr. (Marcia), Michael E. Scheidel (Christine) and his sister Kathleen M. Brochu (Gary), his nephews Arthur P. Scheidel Jr. (Godson), Joseph M. Scheidel, Godson James Scheidel Jr., and many close friends, too numerous to list. His family, German imigrants who arrived in Burlington in 1864, have a long history of service to the town. He attended Burlington Consolidated School and was in the first graduating class of Lewis S. Mills High School in 1962. He later attended University of Hartford. After coming home from Vietnam in 1967, where he received a Bronze Star for valor, he returned to work at CBT Bank, where he worked for 34 years prior and during his tenure as First Selectman to the town of Burlington. He first ran for Selectman in 1981 and successfully served for 26 years. Because of his boundless efforts and considerable good will, on many occasions he ran unopposed. At the time of his retirement in 2007, he was the longest serving First Selectman in the state of Connecticut. After retirement he worked as Assistant to the Mayor for the town of Plymouth. While serving as First Selectman he was also the Chief of Police. He served on numerous boards throughout the years. He was also active in many community activities. He attended as many Lewis S. Mills basketball games as he could fit into his busy schedule. He was instrumental in starting the American Legion Baseball in Burlington and Harwinton sponsored by Post 122 from 1999 to 2012. Ted was currently a member of the Region 10 Board of Education, Bristol Environmental Learning Centers, the Tunxis Community College Foundation, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce and the Burlington Men’s Club. He was also a founding director of the New England Auto museum. Ted loved Flag Day and attended each year. He was diligent about placing flags on all the veteran graves in Burlington for Memorial Day as the representative of Legion Post 122. He also officiated at the Memorial Day celebration. Ted could be described as a man of ‘simple tastes’. He loved spending his time with Denise at Lake Waramaug, lounging on his chair playing solitaire and talking to every boater that passed. He was faithful, honest and dedicated to the Ahern family at the Ahern Funeral Home in Unionville and Hartford, for over twenty five years. He never forgot a face and never forgot their name. The speech he gave at his 2007 retirement party summed it up and said it all, “It was never about me.” Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Jan. 24) from 2:00-8:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (Jan. 25) at 10:00am in St. Gregory the Great Church, 235 Maltby St., Bristol followed by burial with full military honors in Burlington Center Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent to the Burlington Food and Fuel Bank, the Burlington Library, the Burlington Fire Department Memorial Ambulance Fund, Lewis S. Mills Scholarship fund, or a charity of your choice. Please perform an act of kindness in memory of Ted.

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Mikitas, Martha

Martha Mikitas, age 96, of Farmington, CT passed away Friday January 17, 2014 in Windsor, CT. She was born February 21, 1917, in Southington, CT, the daughter of the late Samuel and Minnie (VanSchoick) Billington. She is predeceased by her two wonderful husbands, Alfred J. Mikitas and Merrill G. Farrell. She is survived by her three sons: James Farrell and his wife Joanne of West Hartford, CT, Philip Farrell and his wife Elaine of Pownal, ME, Craig Farrell and his wife Nancy of Farmington, CT; and two daughters Carol (Mikitas) Taylor and her husband Carlton of New Hartford, CT, and Cheryl (Mikitas) Violante and her husband Thomas of New Haven, CT. She was also the proud grandmother of 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Before her retirement, Martha was the Recreation Coordinator in Pediatrics at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Previous to that, she was the Director of the Unionville branch of the Farmington Recreation Association Nursery School. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of West Hartford for over 60 years, where she served on the Diagonate, the Flower Committee, and taught Nursery and Sunday school. She was a member of the Eastern Star Adah Chapter #3, the Canton Camera Club, the Red Hat Society, and a charter member of the Farmington Senior Center. She was also a Cub Scout Den Mother. She is predeceased by her brothers Charles and Peter, and her sisters Mildred, Alice, and Cora. She was an avid and award winning photographer – including an award from the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. where one of her photos was displayed. A woman of many talents and interests, she loved knitting, photography, gardening, and travel. Family and friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, CT on Thursday, January 23rd, starting at 9:00am with a service to follow beginning at 11:00am. Burial will follow the service at Oak Hill Cemetery in Southington, CT. Memorial donations may be made to the flower committee of the First Baptist Church, 90 North Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06117. Mikitas, Martha

Falsey, Yolanda (Bell)

Yolanda (Bell) Falsey, of Farmington and West Hartford, beloved wife of the late Francis M. Falsey, died Saturday, January 18, 2014 at John Dempsey Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Luis A. and Anna (Crivellone) Bell of West Hartford. Yolanda was formerly employed by Heublein, Inc. for many years and was a longtime communicant of St. Patrick Church in Farmington. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by three brothers, Louis A. Bell, Anthony L. Bell, and Joseph T. Bell and sisters, Angelina B. Guarnaccia and Lucy M. Bell. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Doris L. Bell of Unionville and many nieces, nephews and special friend and care giver, Marianna Dube. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Jan. 22) from 8:30-9:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Wednesday at 9:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington at 10:00am. Burial will be in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield. Contributions in Yolanda’s memory may be to Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette Retirement Fund, 915 Maple Ave., Hartford, CT 06114 or to the donor’s choice. Falsey, Yolanda

Polderman, Perry

Perry Polderman, age 53, of Torrington, passed away Monday January 13, 2014, doing what he loved best. He was a member of the Canton Masonic Village Lodge 29. He was also a member of the NRA and a gun enthusiast who believed and supported everyone’s second amendment rights. He worked for the town of Canton for several years. Perry persevered in getting back to work, back on his bike, and living life to its fullest after a serious motorcycle accident in September 2012. He rode hard and lived well. He leaves the love of his life, his wife Wendy Ann (Rossi) Polderman who he met in October 2010 and shared a birthday together. She became his freak. He also leaves his parents John C. and Wilhelmina Polderman of Deming, New Mexico, a brother Johnny Polderman and his wife Pam of Barkhamsted, sisters Debbie Kaufman and husband Wayne, and Shirley MacDonald all from Iowa, nieces, nephews and his new grandson Jeremy. His cat Diesel will miss him because he will have no one to bite every day to let him know that he wanted to play. Perry will be missed by so many friends. A life lost too quickly. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Jan. 19) from 2:00-8:00pm. Funeral services will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home on Monday (Jan. 20) at 10:30am with Rev. Wendell Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Center Cemetery, Burlington. Because of Perry’s love of dogs and all other animals donations may be made to Bikers Against Animal Cruelty B.A.A.C. PO Box 68, North Haven, CT 06473.

Fox, Margaret (Rourke)

Fox, MargaretMargaret (Rourke) Fox, of Durham, North Carolina, died peacefully on Saturday, January 11, 2014. Born and raised in Unionville, Connecticut, she was the daughter of William F. and Mary E. (Joyce) Rourke. She was the oldest and most loving sister to five younger siblings. Peg was a graduate of Mount Saint Joseph Academy in West Hartford, Class of 1945. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward (Ned) Fox who died in 1995 and mother of her devoted daughter, Kathleen Fox of Durham, NC with whom she lived most of her later years and her loving son, Richard of Las Vegas, Nevada. She is survived by her sister, Ellen Fitzgerald of West Bridgewater, MA, sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Ed Cruess of Unionville, brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Mary Ann Rourke of Natick, MA, and brother-in-law, Joseph Biron of Farmington. She was predeceased by her sister, Barbara Biron and brother, Bill Rourke. Peg’s legacy was her complete love and dedication to family and friends, and the joy she brought to everyone she touched in life, especially her nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Main St., Unionville on Friday (Jan. 17) from 10:00-11:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church at 11:00am. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Covenant House, Time Square Station, P.O. Box 731, New York, NY 10108-0900, to the Dr. Edward P. Dunne Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 625, Unionville, CT 06085, or to the St. Mary Women’s Guild Scholarship Fund, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085.

Reynolds, Georgette Bilodeau

Georgette Bilodeau Reynolds, 90, of Farmington, widow of Robert T. Reynolds, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 12th at her home. Born in Laurierville, Quebec, Canada, May 16, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Amadelice J. and Marie (Gosselin) Bilodeau. Prior to retiring, she was employed by Travelers Insurance Company and later with the Sears Credit Department. Georgette was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington where she was a member of the Ladies Guild. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Galanto and fiancé Alan Adler of East Hampton, her sister, Doris Abraham and her husband Thomas of Panama City, FL, two brothers, Bernard J. Bilodeau and his wife Charlotte of Orlando, FL and Donald Bilodeau and his wife Anita of Farmington, seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren and her daughter-in-law, Joanne Reynolds of Bristol. She was predeceased by her son, Jeffrey Reynolds, her daughter, Joanie Reynolds, two brothers, Raymond and Roger Bilodeau and her sister, Lucille Parker. She married the love of her life, Robert, in 1948, and first settled in Unionville. Having lived through the ’55 flood, you knew whenever there was a hard rain, the story always followed, “Well, you know, in the ’55 flood….” In 1958, she and her husband built their house in Farmington where she was never too “girly” to attempt any home maintenance project on her own. She lived there until 2011. Never one to like much “commotion”, she found pleasure in the simple things in life; her family, feeding and watching wildlife, fresh clothes off the line, gardening, dancing to Eddy Arnold and Herb Alpert, and watching UCONN girl’s basketball and Red Sox games on TV. One of her fondest memories was the 6-week cross country trip with her husband in 1988. She never met a shrimp dish she didn’t like, and couldn’t wait to eat green beans she picked fresh from the garden. She was an impressive accordion player and bowler, had a phenomenal green thumb, made a spectacular vegetable soup, and had an uncanny ability to make a box of Munson’s chocolates last in the cabinet for over a month. We will miss her smile, her laugh, her kind heart, and her soup. The family wishes to thank Faith Anderson, her caregiver for the last 10 months of her life. We will be forever grateful for her love and care. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Jan. 16) from 5:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (Jan. 17) 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 Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to contribute to a local food bank or perform an act of kindness to someone in need.
Reynolds, Georgette

Roulhac, Mary R. (Armstrong)

Mary R. (Armstrong) Roulhac, 90, of Bristol, passed away peacefully Friday, January 10, 2014. Born in Freetown, Iberia Parish, Louisiana, July 30th, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Ellen (Batiste) Armstrong. She had resided in Hartford since 1948 prior to moving to Bristol in 2005. Before retiring, Mary was a Nursing Assistant at Hartford Hospital for 27 years. She was a member of the Bethel AME Church in Hartford for approximately 40 years. Mary is survived by her daughter, Brenda (Roulhac) Stovall and son-in-law, Frederick L. Stovall, Jr. of Forestville and a host of friends and relatives. She was predeceased by her sister, Mildred Sampson and her brother, Amos Armstrong, Sr. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Jan. 16) from 10:00-11:00am followed by funeral services in the funeral home at 11:00am.Roulhac, Mary -2

Monteleone, John L.


Monteleone, John-1John L. Monteleone, 85, of Simsbury, formerly of Suffield and Enfield, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on January 9, 2014. He was born June 13, 1928 to the late Olga F. and Salvatore Monteleone of East Canaan, CT and was the loving husband of Sarah Z. (Ozmun) Monteleone. He is survived by John T. and Angela Monteleone of PA, Rena and Lee Becker of WA, Gary and Anita Monteleone of Suffield, Mary and Mark Raben of WA, Jennifer Monteleone of VT, Dennis Ozmun of Windsor Locks, Chris and Diane Ozmun of Colchester, Andy and Sue Ozmun of Avon and a bountiful blessing of grandchildren and great grandchildren who provided joy and support through their loving ways. John is also survived by his sister Marguerite Segalla of Canaan, in-laws Lucille and Joseph Sottile of Canton, Anthony and Mary Zampaglione of East Granby and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Julie Hayes Monteleone in 1982, brother Nino Monteleone and infant grandson Anthony Taylor Ozmun. John was a veteran of the U.S. Army 8th Air Force and Air Force Air Intelligence Division. John was a member of UNICO of Enfield, religious education teacher, lector and Eucharistic Minister at Sacred Heart Church in Suffield and at McLean Home and St. Francis Hospital for many years, as well as a member of the Enfield Chapter of Holy Family Monastery Retreat League. John was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels in Hartford and Simsbury, past President and Operations Manager of Enfield Loaves and Fishes for 10 years and current member of St. Catherine of Siena Church in West Simsbury. The family will receive visitors in celebration of John’s life on Monday, January 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 265 Stratton Brook Rd., West Simsbury, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. A reception in the parish hall will immediately follow. Interment will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Family Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford, CT 06107 and/or Foodshare, 450 Woodland Ave., Bloomfield, CT 06002.

Hanrahan, Sally A.

Sally A. Hanrahan, 66, of Newington, died Wednesday, December 25th at her home. She was born October 16th, 1947 in Hartford along with her twin sister, to the late John K. and Sara Alyce (Lyon) Hanrahan. She grew up in Farmington, graduating from Mt. St. Joseph Academy, Class of 1965. Sally was a Geriatric Nurse in Connecticut and New Jersey for over 40 years. She loved traveling, especially to Germany, after her two nephews were born, loved Shelter Island, enjoyed roller coasters and loved Lobster Rolls at the Blue Lobster. Sally is survived by her brother David W. Hanrahan, his wife Victoria and two nephews John and Michael Hanrahan all of Germany, her step mother Lillian D. Hanrahan of Farmington, two step brothers, Ned and Greg and four step sisters, Melanie, Gayle, Priscilla, and Lauren. She was predeceased by her twin sister, Sharon A. Hanrahan and her brother, John I. Hanrahan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday (Jan. 13) at 10:00am in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 872 Farmington Ave., West Hartford followed by burial in the family plot at St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, Sally would want you to perform an act of kindness or to The ALS Association Connecticut Chapter, 4 Oxford Dr., Unit D4, Milford, CT 06460.

Ball, Bob M.

Bob M. Ball, passed away peacefully Friday, January 3rd, 2014. Born in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Bob spent most of his life cooking in Restaurants, ending with Max A Mia in Avon.
He is survived by his mother, Frances Ball, sister Shawn Ball and husband David Katz, sister Julie Shackelford and husband Roy, nephews Zachary and Patrick, niece Samantha and his dear friend Melissa. He was predeceased by his father Robert Ball. Friends may join in a Gathering of Life at his Mother’s home at 79 Rosewood Rd, Avon on Saturday, January 11th, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, Attn: Fund Development, 80 Seymour St., P.O. Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06106.