Archive for February 2014

Stieg, Helen (Chaplin)

Stieg, Helen- 1Helen (Chaplin) Stieg, 96, formerly of Hartford, widow of Henry Stieg, born June 5, 1918 in Swampscott, MA, died peacefully on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at the Heritage Hall Nursing Home, Agawam, MA. In 1941 she married Henry Stieg, one of the founders of the Connecticut Electric Railway Museum (Warehouse Point Trolley Museum). She was a lifetime member and a Sunday school teacher at the Central Baptist Church, Hartford, CT, a Girl Scout Leader of Troop 159, Hartford, CT, taught the blind and handicapped at the Mitchel House, Hartford, CT, was an Art and Craft Director at the Hebrew Home for Aging, Hartford, CT, was an activity teacher at Mercyknoll, West Hartford, CT and was a teacher at the former House of Good Shepherd on Sisson Ave., Hartford, CT. Helen was a member of the Hartford and West Hartford Art League and studied under the famous noted American local artist, James McManus. She was a Former Lodge Chaplain for Daughters of Scotia, Ellen Douglas Lodge #8. She always had a warm spot for the blind and handicapped and was a big advocate for animal rights. Helen is survived by her son, Karl Stieg and wife Judy of Agawam, MA, her granddaughter, Elizabeth Stieg of Pittsburgh, PA, her grandson, Scott Stieg of Eugene, OR and four nieces. She was predeceased by her brother George Johansen. The family would like to thank the loving caregivers and the Activity Director at Heritage Hall East Wing C. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Saturday (Mar. 1) from 12:30 – 2:00pm followed by Funeral Services in The Ahern Funeral Home at 2:00pm. Burial will be in Center Cemetery, Burlington in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Oak Hill- Connecticut Institute of the Blind, 120 Holcomb Street, Hartford, CT 06112 or to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

Barry, William H. Jr.

William H. Barry Jr., born November 8, 1922 in Providence, RI, to William and Helen Barry, died peacefully on Monday, February 24, 2014 surrounded by his family in Farmington. He owned Bill Barry Volkswagen in West Hartford and Tolland Volkswagen and Vernon Volkswagen with his brother Jim. Bill served his country during WWII with the U.S. Marine Corps in the First Division in the Pacific Theatre. He earned a Silver Star during the campaign Cape Gloucester. He remained a true Marine throughout his life and went to many Marine reunions. Upon discharge, he entered the sales business with General Mills and proceeded to elevate himself to eventually becoming District Manager of S & W Foods. He earned the distinction of becoming the first person to be granted a VW dealership without any prior car sales experience. He was very passionate about golf and has many friends at Rockledge Country Club. He also enjoyed bowling during the winter months and boating during the summer. Bill is survived by his wife of 59 years, Adelaide A. Barry, his children and their spouses, Robert W. and Debra Barry, Timothy J. Barry, Kathleen and Paul Lesperance, and Colleen and James Miller, his daughter-in-law, Dianne M. Barry, his grandchildren and their spouses, Shane Barry, Kelly Cavanaugh, Samantha and Nathan Jilka, Bridget Barry, Adam and Maggie Barry, Ryan and Jennifer Barry, Jessica Barry, Samantha Herget, Daniel Lesperance, Amy Lesperance and Barry Miller, his great grandchildren, Hayden Jilka, Garrett Jilka, Jacob Williams, Morgan Herget, Michael Herget, Aubri Herget, Taylor Barry, Christian Barry, Geoffrey Barry and Devon Barry and his great great grandchild, Kaydence Bundrum. A special thank you to dear family friends Norma Barry and Joseph and Barbara Hickey. He was predeceased by his sons, Patrick M. Barry and John C. Barry and his siblings, James E. Barry, Mary L. Heslin, Elizabeth Kocha and Justine Donohue. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff on the 2nd Floor at UConn Health Center in Farmington. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Feb. 28) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Mar. 1) at 8:45am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Peter Claver Church, 47 Pleasant St., West Hartford at 9:30am. Burial with full Marine Corps honors will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Cauley, Tanya

Tanya Sherrone Cauley, 39 of Hartford, Connecticut passed
away peacefully on Monday, February 17, 2014 at Hartford
Hospital. Tanya is the beloved daughter of Margaret Giles and
the late Richard Cauley. Besides her mother, Tanya leaves
three beautiful daughters, Ranaja, Alajza and Faith. She also
leaves her maternal grandmother Occie Giles, two brothers
Richard (Chaurise) Cauley and Kyeam Cauley and five sisters
Sapphire (& Tyrone) Waterman, Tamysha (& Carlton) Cauley-
Curtis, Courtney, Jelisa and Tanaia. Two special aunts Lisa and
Gail Giles, a loving stepfather, Dwayne Henderson, goddaughter
Sicca Lee, three nieces Nakia, Tejahne and Rakyah. Seven
nephews Dominic, Rashad, Ivan, Tehshawn, Tehquan, Kyeam
Jr. and Tyrone Jr. , one great nephew Rashod Jr. A host of
loving uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
Besides her father, Tanya was predeceased by her paternal
grandparents, Henry and Mary Cauley and uncles Henry and
Matthew Cauley.
Tanya attended the Hartford School system and had aspirations
of becoming a nurse. With that dream in mind, she took CNA
classes and worked as a Home Aid. She could light up a room
with her infectious laughter and she always had a story to tell.
She was witty, vibrant, humorous and opinionated. Her greatest
achievement was her family and friends. She was often the
thread that kept the whole family together. Although she will be
gone, she will never be forgotten.
Cauley, Tanya

Salafia, Concetta (Boccaccio)

Concetta (Boccaccio) Salafia, 91, of Unionville, formerly of East Hartford, widow of Sebastian S. Salafia, Sr., passed away peacefully Friday, February 21, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving and grateful family. Born in Hartford, September 12, 1922, daughter of the late Santo and Marianna (Gilberto) Boccaccio Sr., she resided in the Hartford area her entire life. Prior to retiring, Concetta was employed by the Travelers Insurance Company in Hartford and the former Arrow-Hart and Hegeman Company also in Hartford. She was a communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville and St. Mary Church in East Hartford. Concetta was a member of the Daughters of Isabella and the Travelers Girls Club. She is survived by her two children, Sebastian S. Salafia Jr., of Manchester/West Hartford and Judith S. Reilly of Unionville, her seven siblings, Rose Cassarino of South Windsor, Frances Tebecio of East Hartford, Pauline Brancati of South Windsor, Richard Boccaccio of Westbrook, John Boccaccio of Old Lyme, Joseph Boccaccio of Wilmington, NC, and Fr. Michael Boccaccio, Pastor of St. Philip Church in Norwalk, seven grandchildren, Jamie, Melissa, Marc, Raechel, Chelsea, Patrick and Kara and seven great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Carol Puzzo Salafia and her son-in-law, Michael B. Reilly. The family would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude for the wonderful care given by Dr. Laverne Wright, Farmington Valley VNA, and her loving caregivers to include, Kate, Jen, Meredith, Alice, Laura and Jackie. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Feb. 24) from 4:00-8:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Tuesday (Feb. 25) at 10:30am in St. Mary Church (everyone is kindly invited to meet us directly at church), 15 Maplewood Ave., East Hartford followed by burial in Hillside Cemetery, East Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hartford Foundation, c/o Boccaccio Family Trust, 10 Columbus Boulevard, 8th Floor, Hartford, CT 06106.

Stutz, George R.

Lt. George R. Stutz (Ret. FPD), 89, of Unionville, husband of the late Catherine (English) “Kitty” Stutz, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 16th. Born in Hartford, June 19th, 1924, he was the son of the late Henry and Elizabeth (Mayr) Stutz. George served the Farmington Police Department for 30 years retiring with the rank of Lieutenant in 1983. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II and was a member of the Evening Star Lodge # 101 AF & AM in Unionville for over 45 years. George is survived by his three children, Patricia A. Wilusz and her husband Albert of Burlington, Joseph Farnham and his wife Felicia of Unionville and William Farnham and his wife Beverly of Plainville, his sister, Ruth Erismann of Rockville, 7 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his beloved son, Henry “Hank” Farnham. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Feb. 20) from 5:00-7:00pm. Funeral services will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home on Friday (Feb. 21) at 11:00am with Rev. Wendell Taylor officiating followed by a Masonic Service conducted by members of the Evening Star Lodge. Burial with full military honors will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Farmington Police Benevolent Association, P.O. Box 312, Unionville, CT 06085.

Marcello, Lorraine Boucher

Marcello, LorraineLorraine Boucher Marcello passed away peacefully at her home after a short, but courageous, battle with cancer on February 14, 2014, at the age of 71. Lorraine is predeceased by her mother Agnes (Boisvert) Boucher and father Hector J. Boucher. Lorraine is lovingly remembered by her daughter Lisa Schipper and her husband Robert of Unionville; son Frank Marcello and his wife Lea of Unionville; granddaughter Jesse Yabrosky of New York City; grandson Luke Yabrosky of Unionville; sister Diane Connelly and her husband Daniel of Hartford; sister Patricia Ouellet and her husband Gene of Portland; brother Robert Boucher of Glastonbury; nieces and nephews Daniel Connelly and his wife Amber, Colleen Shea and her husband Terence, Dawn Keilbach and her husband Dwight; great nieces and nephews Christina Bazzano, Patrick and Kelly Shea, Caitlin and Sean Connelly, and Colin and Bridget Keilbach; Aunt Matante Therese Henrichon of Canada; Uncle Joseph G. Boucher of California; and many cousins. Mom was born in Hartford, CT in 1943. She attended St. Anne School, Class of 1956, where she made life-long friends and graduated from Hartford High in 1960. After high school, she worked at Connecticut Mutual Insurance Company where she met her best friend for life Delores Kateley. She then worked as a switchboard operator at Southern New England Telephone Company prior to raising her family. Mom retired as the office manager at Watt Electric and Electro-Tech Systems. She was the devoted wife of George J. Marcello for 47 years. Mom loved cooking, surrounding herself with family and friends, and of course, her donkey Pedro. Caring for others always came first for Lorraine, and she was happy to have a house full of company, as long as they were cheering for the Bruins. Anyone who knew Mom enjoyed not only her delicious meals, but they appreciated her many creative talents. You were lucky if you ever had her fried cauliflower, one of her beautiful Christmas creations, or a handmade braided rug. Many people affectionately referred to Lorraine as Mom or Mimi. Her love of the beach permeated her life. Whether it was New Smyrna, FL or Westbrook, CT, she cherished time spent at the beach with family and friends, a good book, or simply strolling along in search of sea glass or seashells to add to her collections. The funeral service will be private. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dr. Susan Tannenbaum and Kristi Dubey, R.N. from the NEAG Comprehensive Cancer Center, Kim Hackett from the American Cancer Society, and Minal, Jasmine, Katie, Robin, Stephanie, Laura who were so kind to mom and the rest of the outstanding 6th floor staff at UCONN Medical Center.

Kowalczyk, Amelia

Amelia Kowalczyk, 92, of Burlington, widow of Stanley J. Kowalczyk, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 13th. Born September 28th, 1921, in Nutley, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Sophie (Gryczka) Kodz. Amelia is survived by her three children, Stephen S. Kowalczyk and his wife Carol A. of Burlington, Thomas M. Kowalczyk and his wife Diane of Unionville and her daughter, Mary Ann Kowalczyk of Burlington, her four grandchildren, Ellen K. Narcum, Matthew T. Kowalczyk, Nathan M. Kowalczyk and Jack M. Kowalczyk and her all time favorite dog Glenda. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Feb. 16) from 4:00-6:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (Feb. 17) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Britain. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492. Kowalczyk-Amelia-obit

Evans, Mary Esther

Mary Esther Evans, 90, widow of Warren A. Evans, passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 4th at Jerome Home surrounded by her loving family. Born July 21, 1923 in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Jeannette (Zeiss) Ingle. Mary Esther received her Dental Hygienist degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She was employed as a Dental Hygienist and Health Instructor at the Rose Tree Media School District in Delaware County, PA for many years. She also worked alongside her husband at his veterinary clinic at Old Marple Hospital in Springfield, PA. Once they retired, Mary Esther and Warren moved to Connecticut to join their sons and their families. She had a strong love for her church, animals and especially, her family. She is survived by her two sons, Charles Evans and his wife Candace of Farmington, Richard Evans and his wife Holly Shaw of East Killingly, her grandchildren, Jonathan Evans and his wife Courtnay of Concord, NH, Jennifer Evans of Canton, MA, Rebecca Evans of Philadelphia, PA, Kelsey Evans and her husband Benjamin Matthews of East Charleston, VT, Ryan Oppert and Gwen Headen of Dayville and her great grandchildren, Hadley Ann Evans and Kiernan and Rhys Oppert. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. 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.

Messenger, Florence E. (Tew)

Florence Elizabeth (Tew) Messenger, 100, of Unionville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 5th. Born in Unionville, October 6th, 1913, daughter of the late Herbert and Ellen (Anderson) Tew, she resided in the village all her life. Florence is survived by her daughter, Phyllis E. Murphy and her husband Robert of Northport, FL, her sister, Ruth A. Tew of Avon and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Feb. 8) from 9:00-10:00am. Funeral services will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home at 10:00am with Rev. Wendell Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Avon in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tunxis Senior Center, 321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, CT 06085.

Jones, Allen Louis Sr.

Allen Louis Jones Sr., 97, of Unionville, beloved husband of Phyllis C. Jones, passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 4th. Born January 5, 1917 in Westfield, MA, he was the son of the late Irving and Ruth (Tingley) Jones. Allen joined the US Army on October 17, 1941, serving 3 years, 8 months, and 10 days. As a member of the First Armored Division (Old Ironsides), he participated in the liberation of North Africa and Italy. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal and the European/African/Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon. Prior to retiring, Allen worked for Plainville Casting Company for 35 years. In addition to his wife of 66 years, Allen leaves behind the following family members, his daughter, Alana Jones Baranoski and her husband David, his son, Allen Louis Jr., and his wife Michelle, his daughter, Sandra Jones Rogala and her husband Allen, his grandchildren, Jeremy David Baranoski and his wife Fumiko Ishikawa, Allen Louis Jones III, Owen Patrick Jones, Allen Louis Rogala and his wife Donna, Peter Rogala and his wife Erin and his great grandchildren, Oscar Shota Ishikawa Baranoski, Colton Rogala and Luke Rogala. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Feb. 7) from 1:00-2:00pm. Funeral services will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home at 2:00pm Fr. George Roberts, Rector of St. James Parish, Farmington officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, Southern New England Division
855 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105.
Jones, Allen

Vastano, Gerald Anthony

GERALD (Jerry) ANTHONY VASTANO of West Hartford, beloved husband of Linda (Delaney) Vastano, passed away at the age of 67, on Sunday, February 2, 2014, following a courageous battle with ALS. Born in Hartford, CT, Jerry was the son of the late Robert and Helen (Gregarick) Vastano. He grew up in the Unionville and Burlington areas and graduated from Trinity College with a Masters in Eastern Religions. His career started at The Aetna and then transitioned to outplacement and career services, working for DBM and then Lee Hecht Harrison. While working for LHH he had the opportunity of a lifetime to manage a global project while living abroad in Brussels, Belgium. During that time his love of intercultural training and development expanded and he became certified through ITIM International as a global consultant. Jerry was a classic Renaissance Man, with an unbelievable range of interests that he could speak on with depth of knowledge. He always said his life could be summed up in three works, Pasta, Bach, and Baseball. The truth is he was passionate about cooking, loved all genres of music and could recite sports statistics at the drop of a hat. It’s fair to say that the value he placed on family and friends and his contagious sense of humor will be missed by all that know him. Besides his wife Linda, Jerry is survived by his two loving boys, son Robert Vastano and stepson Michael Delaney and his life-partner, April McLean, whom he loved like a daughter, his adorable granddaughter Alana Marie Vastano, his brother, Jeffrey Vastano, sister, Donna (Vastano) Garms and husband Brian, and brother, Robert Vastano. Jerry is predeceased by his beloved son, Jeffery Vastano. He will be dearly missed by his Godmother, Aunt Frances (Gregarick) Davis and her husband Mel, and his Aunt Theresa Gregarick. He leaves behind a loving extended family and a multitude of friends, all of whom meant so much to him, including a special band of brothers that shared a lifetime of love, friendship and laughter. Jerry Vastano never passed casually through someone’s life; he always left a piece of himself through his amazing sense of humor. There will be no calling hours. The funeral service will take place at 11 a.m., Friday, February 7, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney St, Hartford. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the ALS Association CT Chapter, 4 Oxford Rd, Unit D, Milford, CT 06460. Vastano, Gerald

Grcevic, Joseph J.

Joseph J. Grcevic, of Farmington, husband of Rose L. Grcevic, died February 2, 2014. Mr. Grcevic was born October 29, 1923 in Youngstown, Ohio. He was the son of Thomas and Barbara Terihay Grcevic. He attended Youngstown University and majored in Industrial Engineering. A longtime resident of New Britain and Farmington, he was a communicant of St. Patrick Church in Farmington. In addition to his wife of 64 years of marriage, he leaves three daughters: Barbara H. Grcevic Esq. of New York and her husband Dr. Richard Sarkisian, Professor Paula A. Grcevic of Rochester, New York and Dr. Joan C. Grcevic of New York. He was predeceased by two brothers, Professor Stephen J. Grcevic of Youngstown, Ohio and Thomas Grcevic of Struthers, Ohio. Mr. Grcevic is a veteran of WWII and the 15th Airforce, completing 50 missions over Europe. He received the Airforce Distinguished Flying Cross, Two Presidential Citations and the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters for missions flown with the 464th Bomb Group. He was a past Commander of Farmington VFW Post #10362. Mr. Grcevic was employed by Stanley Works for 38 years as part of Management in Ohio, Italy, Germany and New Britain. Formerly, he was involved in many community and business activities as Past President of the New Britain Lions Club, Past President of the New Britain Symphony, Chairman of the New Britain United Way, Co-chairman of the New Britain Library addition, Corporater of the New Britain General Hospital, Membership Committee of the NB Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of Tenergy LLC, Vice President of O’Kay Industries, SBA Counselor Service Corps of Retired Executives, Chairman CCSU School of Business Entrepreneurial Support Center, Northeast Chairman of the American Metal Stamping Assoc., Chairman Farmington Veterans Memorial Fund Raising Committee, and Past President of the Squires. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. All funeral arrangements are private and being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc., www.ahernfuneralhome.com. Grcevic, Joseph

Drake, Shantay Lynn

Shantay Lynn Drake, 4, of Hartford, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014. Shantay was born April 3, 2009 in Hartford to Bobby Drake and Susan Therrien. Shantay was a student at Jumoke Academy at Milner School where she will be dearly missed. Her mother Susan has joined her in Heaven. She is survived and was extremely loved by her father Bobby who misses her hugs and vampire smiles, her inseparable sister Kayla Drake, many brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. We know our little angel is hugging our Lord and Savior. Friends may call at the Christian Liberty Center, 23 Vine St., Hartford on the corner of Vine Street and Albany Avenue on Saturday (Feb. 8) from 10:00-11:00am followed by a Celebration of her life at 11:00am in the Christian Liberty Center. Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, 2035 Main St., Hartford. Drake, Shantay

Lindboe, Richard A., Sr.

Richard A. Lindboe, Sr., of Farmington, passed away peacefully January 31, 2014, at Apple Rehab of Avon, two days before his 86th birthday. Richard was born on February 3, 1928 in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania to the late Olga and Trigve Lindboe. Due to the early death of his Norwegian parents, Richard lived most of his childhood in Norway, returning to the U.S. at the age of twenty-one and lived in Long Island and Cambridge, New York, before settling in Farmington, CT where he built a home and raised his family. Over the years he worked for Pratt and Whitney Small Tool, American Standard, Emhart Corp., and retired from Kaman Aerospace in 1996. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #140 of Newington, CT. He leaves behind his wife of sixty years, Veronica Lindboe, two sons, Richard Lindboe, Jr., and his wife Robin of New Hartford and Eric Lindboe of Burlington. The family would like to send their heartfelt thanks to the Farmington Valley VNA Hospice Unit for their outstanding dedication and loving care throughout Richard’s illness. His family will receive friends on Tuesday (Feb. 4) from 4:00-7:00pm at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Richard’s memory to a charity of the donor’s choice.