Archive for March 2014

Strong, Roger K.

Roger Keene Strong, 89, of Farmington CT, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014 after a long illness.

Roger was born March 2, 1925 in Syracuse NY to the late Harry M and Frances D Strong and big brothers Stanley and Harry Strong.  As a child of the Great Depression, Roger’s childhood was defined by moves to various locations in New York and Michigan as required by his father’s employment.  The Strong family was living in Michigan when Roger graduated from high school and WWII was in full swing.  He enlisted in the Navy and was still in pilot training when the war ended, so he went off to Michigan State University to complete a degree in mechanical engineering.  While he was in college his parents moved to Dalton PA, where Roger met and married in 1949 “the girl next door,” Jeannette Wehr.  Roger and Jeannette moved to Doylestown PA and had two daughters, Rebecca and Martha.  Roger was fortunate to work for Honeywell for 35 years designing and testing instruments.  He took great pride in his work and his many technical accomplishments. In his personal time Roger was a long-time member of the Doylestown United Methodist Church, loved to vacation in the hills of the northeast, play bridge and visit with family in Dalton.  He was a very accomplished handyman and spent much of his free time making renovations to the family house and yard.  As he neared retirement, he and Jeanne bought a series of RVs and spent much time travelling the back roads of the US. In 1993, he and Jeannette took the bold move of selling the family home and moving to Branson MO a favorite retirement and music community of the Midwest.  There they spent almost 10 years with new friends and activities while continuing their travels even further to the west.  In 2003, he and Jeannette moved back east to Farmington CT to be closer to their daughter, Martha. Surviving with his wife, Jeannette, are daughters Martha Strong of West Hartford, CT and Rebecca Allen with husband Calvin of Winchester, VA; two grandsons, Matthew Allen with wife Alison Borek of Mamaroneck, NY, and Drew Allen with wife Jennifer of Winchester VA; one great-granddaughter, Leila Allen; nephews Gregory Strong and Doug Peck; nieces Gretchen Strong and Susan Livingston.  A private ceremony is planned at a later date followed by internment in Fairlawn Cemetery in Dalton, PA.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s disease organization of your choice. Arrangements are being handled by the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Unionville, CT 06085.  To send online condolences to the family, please visit

Lawlor III, Dr Eugene F

Dr. Eugene F. Lawlor III, 82, of Farmington, formerly of Burlington, beloved husband of Marianne (DiRenzo) Lawlor, died peacefully Saturday, March 22, at John Dempsey Hospital after a long illness. A graduate of Boston College, he later graduated from New York Medical College with high honors, served his residency at Connecticut Valley Hospital and Yale University. After his residency Dr. Lawlor opened his private practice in New Britain and was the Chief of the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic at New Britain General Hospital where he was a prominent psychiatrist for 30 years and was beloved by his many patients.  After closing his private practice, Dr. Lawlor served as a psychiatric clinician in Lumberton, North Carolina. Dr. Lawlor was a lifetime member of the APA, the Hartford County Medical Association and CSMS.  He was very proud of having served as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy during the early 60’s.  A fun loving individual with a great sense of humor, he was a car and plane enthusiast and an avid skier who loved Vermont. He especially loved entertaining his many friends and family. He is survived by his loving wife, Marianne, his sister Gertrude Williamson, his dear friends Dr. and Mrs. Mehadin Arafeh and their children,  Gerry and Millie Citron of NY, step-daughters Carol Mehl and husband Phil, Diane Sasportas and his four grandchildren; Philip, Lauren, Kelsey and Jacob and many nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday, (Mar. 27th) from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday, (Mar. 28th) at 9:15 a.m.  followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon with full military honors.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to, 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 202, Cambridge, MA 02140 or to National Alliance of Mental Illness /CT, 576 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105 .  To send online condolences to the family, please visit

Dr Eugene Lawlor III

Lane, Robert K. “Bob”

Robert “Bob” Kinnaird Lane, passed peacefully on Tuesday morning the 18th of March, 2014 from pneumonia and advancing pulmonary fibrosis. Born February 1, 1945 in Chicago, Bob lived in Arlington, Virginia, Northern California and most recently in Farmington, where he was the beloved husband of Avis Turner and father of Robin Thomas Lane. Bob was a Kerouac traveler of the 60’s, with a brilliant mind for everything from math and physics, to car mechanics and computers, to history and law. He was at various times a candle maker, small business entrepreneur, website designer and real-estate broker; who loved music, BBQ and good science fiction. The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at UCONN’s ICU and especially to Bob’s shift nurses throughout. Appreciation beyond words goes to that Monday night team, who guided and supported us with such compassion into Tuesday morning. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Walters, John L.

John L. Walters, of Unionville, husband of Helen Walters, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the Apple Rehab in Plainville. Born in Osceola, IA, he resided in CT for over 50 years. He was a Submarine Torpedoman hero of World War II, having served in the South Pacific aboard the USS Nautilus (168) and the USS Grouper (214). He was a retired member of Teamsters Local 671 having been employed by Spector Freight System of Farmington for over twenty-four years. He was an avid Horseman and President of CTRA. He was a life member of The Central CT Submarine Chapter, a life member of the Farmington VFW Post #10361, a member of the Tunxis Senior Center of Unionville, a member of the American Legion Post #28 of Key West, FL, and a member of AARP Chapter #1351 of Key West, FL. Besides his wife Helen, he leaves a son Robert and his wife Nancy of Windsor Locks, three daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Gerry Morin of Van Buren, ME, Marjorie Whitman Burkamp and Kurt Burkamp of Suffield, and Mary Ellen (Charlie) Walters of Windsor Locks, six grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two step-sons, William and Mark Kulas, two step granddaughters, five step great grandchildren and his sister-in-law, Lorraine Dumas of Port Charlotte, FL. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the faculty of Apple Rehab of Plainville for the special care they gave. Funeral services will be held Saturday (Mar. 22) at 10:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville followed by burial with full military honors at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Memorial contributions may be made to VITAS Hospice, 199 Park Road Extension, Suite 102, Middlebury, CT 06762.













































































Walters, John

Moran, James P.

James P. Moran Jr., 85, of Farmington, beloved husband of Aliodija (Jankauskas) Moran, passed away peacefully Monday, March 17th at his home. Born February 11, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY, son of the late James P. and Elizabeth L. (Casazza) Moran Sr. He attended Brooklyn Poly Tech before his studies were interrupted by the Korean War where he served in the Chemical Corps. After the war, he returned to Brooklyn Poly Tech to finish his studies on the GI Bill. He continued his education, earning a Ph.D. in Chemistry from UCONN where he met his wife, Aliodija. James worked at Dewey and Almy, WR Grace and Company in MA doing research Chemistry and at Firestone Radiation Research. He spent the bulk of his career at Loctite Corp., where his work resulted in a number of company patents. He was a member of the Unionville VFW and a member of the Masons Sequin Lodge #140 in Newington. In his young years he enjoyed skiing and swimming. He enjoyed many hobbies including listening to jazz, recording, classic movies, building CB radios, electronics, and at the age of 84 completed a longtime goal earning his Ham radio license. He will be dearly missed by his wife, his son James Moran and Joanna of Cape Cod, MA, his son Edward Moran of Farmington, his daughter Maria Smith and her husband Ian of Sandisfield, MA, his beloved granddaughter, Ruby Smith, his brother-in-law Vytas Jankauskas, his sister-in-law Janina Curtis and her husband Jon and their daughter Alta of Killington, VT and several cousins in CT and NY. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Mar. 21) from 8:30-9:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 9:30am 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. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108.

Ficks, Margaret (Fagan)

Margaret (Fagan) Ficks, of Kensington, wife of the late C. Richard Ficks, died on March 14, 2014. She was born in New Britain, a daughter of the late Edward J. Fagan and Margaret (Fitzsimmons) Hauck. She attended New Britain schools, graduated from East Hampton High School, attended Lasell Junior College and proudly earned an Associates in Science degree from Tunxis Community College in late 2013. Peggy worked at Connecticut Mutual Insurance Company, New Britain National Bank and its multiple successor banks. She was a former member of the Ladies Guild at St. Gabriel Church in Stamford, a current member of the Ladies Guild at St. Paul Catholic Church in Kensington and an active Eucharistic Minister and daily communicant at St. Paul’s. Peggy was an avid college basketball fan who loved to watch and root for the UCONN Huskies and Providence College Friars. She loved being near, and swimming in, the ocean and was a prolific writer of poetry. She is survived by her daughter, Laura A. Ficks of West Hartford, Atty. Carl R. Ficks Jr., and his wife Carol Tomasso Ficks and their children, Leia and Sarah of Farmington, and Paul J. Ficks, his wife Andrea Coon Ficks and their children, Dylan and Kylee of Farmington, her brother Atty. Lawrence J. Fagan and his wife Mary Ann of Kensington; her brother Robert L. Hauck and his wife Janet of Sugar Land, TX; several nieces and nephews who were a cherished part of her extended family; and many dear friends and neighbors. Besides her husband Dick, she was predeceased by her sisters, Therese F. Wood and Maureen F. Hollfelder and nephew, David S. Hauck. Peggy was a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt and friend and will be greatly missed. The family would like to thank the exceptional care givers at St. Francis Hospital and Cancer Center. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Mar. 17) from 4:00-7:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Tuesday (Mar. 18) at 10:00am in St. Paul’s Church, (kindly meet directly at church) Kensington. Burial at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Peggy’s memory to St. Paul Church, 485 Alling Street, Kensington, CT 06037. Ficks, Margaret

Durepo, Jay Scott

Jay Scott Durepo passed away on Wednesday March 5, 2014. Loving father to Travis Curran Durepo and Courtney Hayde Durepo, and beloved husband of the late Barbara Foley Durepo. Jay was an outstanding father, and an intelligent, loving, witty, and caring man who will be missed by many who had the pleasure of knowing him. Private family services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to a charity the family has supported for years; The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O BOX 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.

Moschella, Paul

Dr. Paul Moschella, 89, of Farmington, died Friday, February 28, 2014 at Amberwoods in Farmington. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne (Bonetti) Moschella of Farmington; his son Jeffrey and his wife, Maria of Melbourne, FL, and a niece, Patricia Rohan of South Windsor. Paul was born in Newton, MA in 1924, where he began his life-long quest for knowledge- first, in his early years as a graduate of Boston Latin and then Newton High School. Paul was a United States Army veteran of World War II and upon his return from service he continued his education at MIT where he earned a BSME in 1947 and a BSIE in 1949. He soon acquired an MSEE from RPI and ultimately earned his Ph.D. in Business from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. These years of education were put to excellent use during his career-building years. First at- United Aircraft’s Hamilton Standard Division, where he was soon promoted to Chief Industrial Engineer in the Division. Secondly- as Chief of Manufacturing Planning for United Aircraft Corporate Systems Center, after which, he became Director of Operations, Military Systems Division for Lockheed Electronics Co. Being himself a beneficiary of education, the importance of passing on to future generations the need to learn was uppermost in Paul’s mind. He now focused on the classroom and his desire to teach others. He first served as Adjunct Professor of Management at the Hartford Graduate Center of RPI and then at the University of Hartford where he would enjoy 30 satisfying years as a Professor teaching Strategy in Business. He garnered the respect and admiration of peers and students alike. Paul’s life-journey was centered on Education. First, his own and with his growing appreciation of its value, his desire to educate others. In that goal, his was a life well-spent! In his private life, Paul carried his competitive spirit into his enjoyment of the game of tennis at Farmington Farms for 30 years. On the court is where he met and enjoyed the friendships he so valued. He took pleasure in active membership with others in The Italian American Service Organization (UNICO), as well as maintaining an abiding interest in the MIT Club, Habitat for Humanity, and The Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation to which he was a generous contributor, strongly believing in their mission. A memorial celebration of Paul’s life will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Farmington UNICO, P.O. Box 238, Farmington, CT 06032 or to Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc., 103 Vision Way, Bloomfield, CT 06002. Moschella, Paul

Seegobin, Roseline (Bownauth)

Mrs. Roseline Seegobin, 92, of Hartford, beloved wife of the late James Seegobin died Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at home. She was born October 31, 1921 in Corentyne Berbice, Guyana, South America. She was the daughter of the late Charles Augustus Bownauth and Emily (Bissessar). Roseline attended the Eversham School in Guyana and for many years was a dedicated and caring homemaker, mother and wife. She was the proud mother of 15 children. Roseline was predeceased by her husband, James Seegobin, her daughter, Naomi Seegobin, 4 sisters, 7 brothers and several grandchildren. She leaves her children Ileen Munisar and the late Balkaran Munisar, Janet and Rupert Roach, Cillosia and Joseph Busgith, Roy and Dulary Seegobin, Rev. Calvin and Leila Sergobin, Jaikaran and Amrit Sergobin, Frederick and Sharyn Seegobin, Valrene and Bissnow Baijanath, Estherlene and Deonarain Nepal, Sankar Seegobin, Eletha Seegobin, Rodney Seegobin, James Seegobin Jr., Andrew and Wanda Seegobin; Naruki Seegobin and Lookmattie Seegobin; her sisters Belldora Khedaroo and Johanna Crawford; 45 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends and a very special and loving caregiver, Jennifer Sweeney. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT. 06105, on Thursday, March 6 from 5:30pm-10:00pm. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 7 at 9:00am at The First Church of the Nazarene, 932 Capital Avenue, Hartford, CT. 06106. Burial will be in the family burial plot in Berbice, Guyana. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to VITAS, 628 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury, CT. 06033.
Seegobin, Roseline