Archive for April 2014

McCarthy, Peter P

Peter Palm McCarthy, 72, of Farmington, died on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. He was born in New London, CT on October 27, 1941 to the late Lloyd Francis McCarthy and Lucia Serafin McCarthy. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965. Peter started his career at Savin Brothers Construction and thoroughly enjoyed working at R.W. Hine before becoming a Legal Administrator. He is survived by his wife Mary Lee Smith McCarthy; and his four children, Peter McCarthy, James McCarthy, Edward McCarthy, and Amy McCarthy Korte and her husband Timothy Korte. He leaves behind his beloved grandson Don, whom he adored. He is survived by a brother, Lloyd McCarthy, and a sister, Susan McCarthy Bates and her husband Stephen. He was predeceased by a sister, Maria McCarthy Shattuck and her husband Richard. He loved his trips to Disney World and always being able to tell a good joke. The Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11:30 am in St. Patrick’s Church on 110 Main Street in Farmington, CT. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.donate.cancer.org. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at the VA Hospital in West Haven for their compassionate care during this difficult time. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Main St, Rte. 4, Unionville, CT 06085. For online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Rindfleisch, Shirley Ann

Shirley Ann Rindfleisch, 83, passed away on April 27, 2014 at Countryside Manor Health Care Center in Bristol. Shirley was the widow of Otto Rindfleisch who passed away in 2002.  Shirley is survived by her son Ed Rindfleisch and his wife Wendy and grandson Christopher of Bristol; her daughter Gloria Bullock and family of San Antonio, TX: her step-children, George and Paul Rindfleisch, June Pearson and Marjorie Beaulieu; numerous nieces and nephews and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be sorely missed by her brother Robert Nightingale of New York and her sister Jean Miller of Ohio and many friends. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Rte. 4 Unionville on Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  The Funeral Service will be held Friday, May 2, 2014 at 10:00 am in St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1125 Stafford Ave., Bristol with Pastor Stephanie Pope officiating. Burial will follow at West Cemetery, Bristol. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1125 Stafford Ave., Bristol, CT 06010. For online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Richards, Joyce C.

Joyce RichardJoyce (Chapman) Richards passed on April 23, 2014 of natural causes.  Proudly independent, Joyce was living in her own home at the time of her death at the age of 95. She was born August 30,
1918 in Bethel, Maine to Sydney and Alberta (Arkett) Chapman.  Joyce grew up in Bethel, moving to Portland, Maine during World War II to work in support of the war effort.  Joyce married Bliss Richards on July 25, 1945.  The couple moved to Bethel where they welcomed their children:  C. David Richards, followed closely by Robert F. Richards. The family later relocated to Connecticut, settling in Plainville to raise their sons.  A hard working woman, Joyce was never without a job.  She worked in machine shops at companies including Olivetti and General Electric.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son, C. David. Joyce is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert Richards and Kathy Sullivan of Canton, CT; daughter-in-law Sue Richards of Williamsburg, VA; grandchildren Tadd Richards and his wife Rochelle Maiorca of Florida, Jenny Bhartiya and her husband Swapnil Bhartiya of Washington DC, Ryan Richards of California and two great-grandchildren, Maddie Richards and Aadi Bhartiya. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rte. 4,  Unionville, CT, on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  A prayer service will be held at 4:30 pm in The Ahern Funeral Home, with the Rev. Linda Spiers, Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Collinsville, officiating. For online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Forbes, Kenneth D

Kenneth ForbesKenneth David Forbes, 77, of Hampstead, NC, formerly of Bristol, passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center, Wilmington, NC. He was born in Hartford, CT on May 22, 1936, son of the late Leo Joseph Forbes and Dorothy (Revett) Forbes.  Mr. Forbes was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a Life Member of the DAV, a member of the American Legion, the Holly Ridge VFW post # 9983, and the Surf City Moose Lodge.  He was a West Hartford, Ct Firefighter retiring with 33 years of service. Mr. Forbes enjoyed playing golf, working in the yard, and watching “The Price Is Right” and “American Pickers”. Surviving are his wife of fifty-five years, Lucille Potvin Forbes; children, Mark Forbes and wife Holly of Middlesex, NC, Matthew Forbes and wife Karen of Bristol, CT, Cynthia Ambruso and Husband Joseph, Jr. of Murrells Inlet, SC, and Amy Forbes and fiancé Michael Sabb of Newport News, VA; grandchildren, Peter and Dean Forbes, Lacey Radford, Michael and Allison Forbes, and Anastasia and Sebastian Sabb; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and family dogs, Kago and Tucker. In addition to his parents, Mr. Forbes was preceded in death by his son, Michael Joseph Forbes; sisters, Carol Voto and Joan Forbes; and brothers, Raymond, Ralph, Donald, and Wayne Forbes.  Friends may call at The Ahern Home, 111 Main St, Rte. 4, Unionville, on Sunday, April 27, from 4:00 pm  to 7:00 pm.  Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday at 9:15 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in The Church of St Patrick, 110 Main St, Farmington at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford, CT.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675 or Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC, 28401.  For online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Russell, Jr. Calvin

Calvin C. “Buddy” Russell, Jr. passed away peacefully on April 19, 2014 at home. He was the husband of the late Barbara D. Russell, whom he married in 1942. Buddy was born on December 3, 1920 at Fort Adams in Newport. Rhode Island, the son of the late Calvin and Irene Russell. After graduating from Rogers High School in Newport, he served as a proud WWII Army Air Corps veteran in the Pacific with the 550th P-61 Night Fighter Squadron. Returning home after the war, he and his brother Irving worked at Russell’s Market, the family store. During these years he attended the Allen School of Aeronautics where he became certified as a Master aircraft mechanic. Buddy moved from Newport to Manchester, CT in 1950 to take a position at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in its Experimental Test Division, until he retired in 1982. He loved planes, having his pilot’s license and telling stories about his flying adventures. Following his retirement, he turned his passion for golf into a second career by working part time managing the Red Rock Golf Course in Manchester and later Grassmere Country Club. For seventeen years he shared companionship, jokes and golf. In their spare time Buddy and Barbara, his wife of 69 years, enjoyed driving new routes on country roads throughout New England. They loved to say they took drives wherever the road would take them with the anticipation of new discoveries. Buddy’s woodworking creativity knew no boundaries. He loved spending time in his workshop and crafted truly extraordinary pieces, including birdhouses, dollhouses for his granddaughters and various types of furniture. He will be remembered for his creativity, inventiveness, his willingness to help anyone in need, his story telling and the twinkle in his eyes. Buddy leaves his daughter Mary Lynn and husband Ralph Rooke of Old Saybrook, his son Bart and wife Rorie Russell of Bloomfield, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves his sisters, June Harrington, Nancy Lee and his sister-in-law Dottie Russell. He was predeceased by his brother, Irving Russell and his sister Barbara Quinn. Buddy’s family would like to express their gratitude to his caregivers, Sheryl, Jackie, Veronica, Joan and Richard. The respect, love and care they gave him is greatly appreciated. Donations in his memory may be made to the Fort Adams Trust, 90 Fort Adams Dr., Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI 02840. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Rte. 4, Unionville, CT on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 am.  For online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Tew, Douglas O.

Douglas O. Tew, 67, of Terryville, formerly of Unionville, beloved husband of Mrs. Patricia (Bush) Tew, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014 at Bristol Hospital.  Douglas was born in Hartford, February 27, 1947, son of the late Oliver C. Tew and Lillian (Toth) Tew.   He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Douglas was a carpenter and a member of the SEIU Union Local and the American Legion, Seicheprey Post 2, in Bristol.  Besides his wife Patricia, he is survived by his two children; Christian D. Tew of Unionville, and Tricia C Tew of Bristol; one brother and his wife, Russell  S. Tew and Janice C. Tew of West Hartford;  his nieces and nephews, Kevin Swanson, Kim Just, Gregory Tew, Jamie McLaughlin, Matthew Tew; and several  great nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Rte. 4, Unionville, CT 06032 on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and also on Friday, April 25, in The Ahern Funeral Home from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Avon, and CT. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association National Office, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601 or to The American Legion, Seicheprey Post 2, 22 Hooker Court, Bristol, CT 06010. For online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Dudecz, Joseph

Joseph DudeczJoseph Dudecz of Farmington. There are people we meet in life who make our lives a little bit brighter just for having known them. Joe was this person. He could put a smile on anyone’s face with his endearing sentiment and good nature. Joe passed away with his children by his side on April 16th at the age of 84. He will be missed dearly by all those who knew him. Joe was born in Hartford CT to Samuel Dudecz and Tessie Kudniak Dudecz, both of whom immigrated to The United States from the Ukraine in the early 1900’s. Joe had endless stories of growing up on Broad St. in Hartford, where he made many lifelong friends. He was a graduate of Hartford High School where he was captain of the football team and also lettered in baseball, basketball and track. He was an avid sports fan in his younger days rooting for the Giants, The Yankees and the New England Whalers. Joe worked for The Royal Typewriter Company in Hartford CT and later as a tool & die maker for many years at Charles W. House & Sons in Unionville CT. He resided in Farmington for over 50 years. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and his friends and he appreciated and enjoyed the simple things in life. He is survived by his two loving children; a daughter, Kristine D. Green, her husband Gary of Farmington, and son Stephen W Dudecz and his wife Julie of Simi Valley CA. He also leaves behind 4 grandchildren that he cherished, Andrew and Matthew Green and Katelyn and Kylee Dudecz. He is also survived by a brother Stephan Dudecz of Farmington CT. He was predeceased by his wife of over 40 years, Adrienne (Cowles) Dudecz, his parents Samuel and Tessie Dudecz, three sisters Caroline, Anna and Stella Dudecz and a brother William Dudecz.  Joe’s family would like to thank all those that cared for him, you know who you are. And the nurses at UConn Health Center for their amazing support. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Seniors Helping Seniors. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main  St., Rte 4, Unionville, on Tuesday, April 22, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 23 at 1:00 pm in St. James Parish, Mountain Rd., Farmington. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill, Ct.

Reeve, George

George Watt Reeve, 76, of Wolcott, formerly of Burlington, beloved husband of Bonnie (Brown) Reeve, passed away on Thursday, April 17, at the Bristol Hospital. Born in Hartford, CT, October 5, 1937, son of the late Arthur J.  and Alice (Watt) Reeve Sr.  George was a graduate of Farmington High School, class of 1955.  He was a veteran of the US Navy.   He was a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry for over 50 years having been employed by many companies including; Welch Construction, Jones Destruction Co., D & M Demolition Co., and retired from Brunelli Construction Co of Southington in 2008. He was a 50 year member of the  Operating Engineers Union Local #478 and the Burlington Men’s Club, Bristol  Fish & Game Club. Besides his wife Bonnie, he is survived by his three children; Cheryl  Bybee of Bristol, Cathy Dube-Marotta of Candler, N.C., and his son Robert A Reeve of Bristol; three sisters;  Laura Lynch of Palm Coast Florida, Judi Field and Joyce Oleskewicz  both of Leesburg, Florida; one brother, James Reeve of Leesburg, Florida, his 2 brothers-in-law, Thomas Orie Sr., of Orlando, Fl. and Albert Clifford of Farmington; 4 grand-children, Nicole Conner and her husband Charlie, Jason Vigue , Daniel Ruggiero, and Crystal Ruggiero, and 4 cherished great-grandchildren; Chloe, Wyatt, Sydney and Taylor; and many nieces and nephews.   He was pre-deceased by his brother, Arthur J Reeve, Jr., his 2 sisters; Betty Clifford and Alice Orie. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Rte. 4, Unionville, CT 06032 Wednesday, April  23, 2014 from  4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday, April 24, at 9:15 am  followed by the Funeral Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. in Church of St. Patrick, Collinsville. Burial will follow at Center Cemetery, Burlington, CT. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Scholarship Fund, Burlington Men’s Club, Covey Rd, Burlington, CT 06013.  For online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Wadsworth, Jeremiah

Jerry13Jeremiah Wadsworth, 87, of Farmington, CT, beloved husband of Lois Reeve Wadsworth passed away peacefully Monday, April 14th at the UConn Medical Center in Farmington.  Born in Hartford, Connecticut January 27, 1927, son of the late Adrian R. and Cecil (Dwight) Wadsworth, Jr.,  Jerry attended Noah Wallace School and graduated in 1945 from Farmington High School where he played on the baseball, basketball and football teams (captain of the football team) and was elected president of his senior class.   Immediately after high school he entered the Army and served with the occupation forces in Germany.  Upon his return he attended the University of Connecticut, College of Agriculture at Storrs, graduating in 1950.  In August of 1947, while at UConn, he married his high school sweetheart, Lois Reeve. Upon graduation Jerry returned to Main Street in Farmington to live out his life’s dream, working alongside his father and uncle at their family farm business, which had been a Wadsworth legacy for over three-hundred years.  Over the next twenty-three years the farm continued to evolve as his and Lois’ family grew to six children.  During these years Jerry was very active in the community serving on the Farmington Town Council for eight years, with six of those years as Chairman.  Even today many citizens of the town continue to refer to Jerry as “Mr. Mayor”.   While serving as Chair of the Council Jerry was chosen to be the first chairman of the newly formed Capital Region Council of Governments.  In later years Jerry continued to demonstrate his belief in public service by serving twenty four years on the Farmington Board of Assessment Appeals, over twenty years on the Conservation Commission and many years as a trustee of the Farmington Memorial Forest.  Jerry was always very proud of his thirty-one years as an active member of the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department.  Jerry was an equally proud member of the Unionville Masons, Evening Star Lodge #101.  He was also a longtime member of his beloved neighborhood church, having attended the Meetinghouse at First Church of Christ Congregation for over seventy-two years.  During the 1950’s and 1960’s Jerry was very involved in farm organizations and cooperatives.  He was a leader in the cooperative movement to develop artificial insemination of dairy cattle and served as the president of the Connecticut Artificial Breeders Association which became the New England Selective Breeders Association and he was also instrumental in the formation of the Eastern Breeders Association.  He also served on the board of the Connecticut Milk Producers Association as a regional director after his father retired in the early 1960’s.   In the 1970’s Jerry worked with other dairy farm leaders to help create the Yankee Milk Cooperative, the predecessor to AgriMark, Inc. which now owns Cabot Cheese.  Jerry’s leadership ability was recognized by others and in 1971 Governor Meskill appointed Jerry as chairman of the newly formed Power Facility Evaluation Commission, now known as the Connecticut Siting Council.  This commission was created to oversee the installation and operation of high voltage power lines and the Connecticut Yankee Atomic Energy Plant.  When the family farm ceased operations in 1973, Jerry was appointed State Executive Director of the offices of USDA’s Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service in Connecticut.  At the end of his appointment Jerry accepted a position with the USDA in Washington D.C., where he worked for seven years on agricultural and environmental issues, including the implementation of provisions of the Clean Water Act on farms.  He returned to Farmington in the mid 1980’s and finished his career with USDA as District Director of all county offices of the Farm Service Agency in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Jerry was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and neighbor who loved to be around his family and friends.  He believed strongly that all citizens should be active in their communities. Jerry was committed to the Town of Farmington and to preserving Connecticut Agriculture. Over the course of his life Jerry accomplished a great deal but he was never happier than when he was farming the land that had been in his family for over three-hundred years or serving the citizens of his beloved Town of Farmington.  Jerry is survived by Lois, his wife of sixty-six years and his sister Adriane Stewart of Ashawa, Ontario, Canada, and five children, Adrian and his wife Jennifer of North Turner, Maine, John and his partner Cathy Loiacono of Bloomfield, New York, Cecilia and her husband, Jack Mulroy of Salt Lake City, Utah, James and his wife Adina of Washington, D.C., Cynthia and her husband, Mark Lorenzoni of Charlottesville, Virginia, his son-in-law Austin D.B. King of Harwinton, CT, sixteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  Jerry was predeceased by his two brothers, Dwight and Winthrop and recently lost his beloved daughter, Elizabeth (Beth) King.  Friends may call at the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Rte 4, Unionville, CT  on Monday, April 21st from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 22nd at 10:00 a.m. in The Meetinghouse of the First Church of Christ Congregation 75 Main Street, Farmington with the Reverend Steven Savides officiating.  Burial will be private in the family plot at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 200, Farmington, CT 06032 or the Farmington Food Pantry, First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652, 75 Main St, Farmington, CT  06032.

Blanchette, James

James Edward Blanchette, 65, of Charter Road, Rocky Hill passed away on April 15, 2014. Son of the late Joseph (Fred) and Helen (Conors) Blanchette, Jim was born on December 30, 1948 in Hartford and lived in the south end of Hartford the early part of his life. He was a graduate of St. Peters School, Buckley High School and the University of Connecticut. He completed the ROTC program at UConn and served on active and reserve duty with the U.S. Army. He was employed as a computer programmer at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, Aetna Insurance Co., and finally at Travelers Insurance Co. He was fortunate to have taken early retirement from Travelers. He enjoyed skiing in his early life, traveling and ballroom dancing. He traveled to and participated in many dance competitions. He is survived by a brother Joseph and his wife Phyllis of Spring Hill, Florida; two nephews, Keith Blanchette of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and Brenden Blanchette and his wife Kim of Springdale, Arkansas and multiple cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Church of the Incarnation, 544 Prospect St, Wethersfield, CT. Burial will follow at Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery, Hartford, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Jim to the 2014 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, P.O. Box 28, Hartford, CT 06141-0028. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Main St, Rte. 4, Unionville, CT 06085.  For online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Ennis, Anita

Anita Toomey Ennis, 92, of West Hartford, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 15, at Hartford Hospital. Born in Hartford, CT, she was the daughter of the late William J. Ennis and Abina “Peg” (Toomey) Ennis. She was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy and Regis College in Weston, MA.   Anita was employed as a Senior Contract Analyst for Aetna Insurance Co for 42 years prior to retiring. She was a devoted communicant at the Cathedral of St. Joseph where she served as a Eucharist Minister, Greeter and a member of the Funeral Ministry. She was a member of the Aetna 39er’s Club, and was a Charter Member of the Charter Oak Photographic Society.  Anita was an avid bowler in her youth and later enjoyed Wii bowling at the Elmwood Senior Center.  She is survived by many loving and devoted cousins and friends. The great loves of her life were her kitty cats: Jezebel, Toby, Rudy, and Samantha.   Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT on Monday, April 21, from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday at 9:30 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Southington, CT.  Memorial contributions in Anita’s name may be made to the Cathedral of St. Joseph , in care of The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc., 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.  For online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

 

Talbot, Kathleen F

Kathleen (Fennell) Talbot of Avon, special wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away on Sunday, April 13th.  Kathleen was born in Philadelphia, PA but spent her adult life in CT.  She attended Mount St. Joseph Academy and St. Joseph College (now the University of St. Joseph) in West Hartford, CT.  She went on to teach in the Wethersfield school system and, after raising her children, became a tutor at Greater Hartford Community College.  Kathleen will be remembered for her devotion to her faith, her husband and their family.  A deeply religious woman, she filled her days with prayer and a commitment to helping others. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Dr. Wilfred Talbot Jr. (Avon, CT).  His dedication to her when her health declined was inspiring to everyone who observed it.  She is also survived by her sister, Ann McGovern (Wethersfield, CT );  her daughter Ann Beloin, and Ann’s husband Brian (Avon, CT); her son, Bill Talbot, and Bill’s wife Mary (Winnetka, IL), her daughter Mary K. Talbot (Barrington, RI) and her daughter Sarah Dillon and Sarah’s husband Steve(Farmington, CT).   Kathleen will be remembered for her love and dedication to her grandchildren whom she cherished and who will be her legacy.  She leaves Brian and Mark Beloin; Michelle Beloin & her boyfriend Tom Richards; Trevor and Hope Talbot; Connor and Liam O’Neal; and Matthew, Hunter and Hayden Dillon.  Kathleen was predeceased by her parents, William and Gertrude Fennell; two of her sisters, Mary Condon and Patricia Martucci; her grandson, Lucas O’Neal; and her best friend, Cathie Jerto. The family would like to thank Avon Health Center, Farmington Valley VNA Hospice and Arden Court of Avon for their care during the last three years.  There will be no calling hours.  A Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, April 26th, 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Church,  Main Street, Unionville, CT  06085.  Everyone is invited to meet at the Church.  Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please give an extra hug to a special child in your life.  Contributions in Kathleen’s memory may be made to University of Saint Joseph Endowed Scholarship, University of St. Joseph, Office of Intuitional Advancement, 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT  06117 or Farmington Valley VNA Hospice, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury, CT  06070. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc, 111 Main St, Rte 4, Unionville, CT 06085.  For online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Roby, Florence H

Florence H. Roby, 86, of Unionville, CT, widow of Leo F. Roby, died peacefully at The
John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington, on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Born in Hartford,
CT, she was the daughter of the late John J. McCarthy and Phoebe S. (Lewis)
McCarthy. Florence was employed as a Human Resource Supervisor for the Allstate
Insurance Regional Office. She is survived by her son, Mark Roby and his wife
Kathryn D. Roby of Windsor, CT, and her daughter, Catherine Cook of Waterbury,
CT; her grandchildren, Bethany R. Whitesell of Ft. Collins, CO and Ryan L. Cook
of Waterbury, CT.  Funeral services will be held Friday, (April 18), at 1:00 pm in The
Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Rte 4, Unionville, CT 06085  followed by graveside
services in Greenwood Cemetery in Avon.  Contributions may be made in Florence’s
memory to a charity of the donor’s choice. For online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Landa, John J

John J. Landa, 81, of Unionville, passed away Wednesday, April 9th.  Born in Unionville, CT, December 9, 1932, son of the late Anna (Sancusky) Landa, he resided in Unionville his entire life. Prior to retiring he was employed by Finest Incorporated for many years.  He was a United States Air Force veteran of the Korean War. John was a lifelong communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea where he also served as an usher for many years. He is survived by his brother-in-law, Gordon P. Yale of Avon and was predeceased by his sister, Mary L. Yale. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street,  Unionville on Saturday, April 12th from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  The Funeral Procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday, April 12th at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main Street, Unionville at 10:00 a.m.  Burial with Air Force honors will follow at the St. Mary Cemetery, Avon.  Memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to Unionville Museum, 15 School Street, Unionville, CT 06085 or Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main Street, Unionville, CT 06085. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Soucy, Freda

Freda Soucy, 85, died peacefully on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at The Summit of Plantsville. Freda was born in Grand Isle, Maine on July 23, 1928, daughter of the late Patrick and Suzanne (Lavoie) Soucy, she is survived by her 2 brothers, both of Maine, Euclide of Grand Isle and Gerard and his wife Rina of Madawaska; her sister-in-law, Ida Soucy of Fort Kent, ME; several nieces and nephews and her special friend, Minnie. Freda was pre-deceased by her two sisters, Theresa Lavoie and Sister Jeanne Soucy; and her brothers, Randolph, Hector and Adelard. Freda retired from the Wiremold Company of West Hartford, CT.  She was a parishioner at St. Paul’s Church in Glastonbury where she was a Eucharistic Minister. Freda’s passion was to play her keyboard and sing to entertain her friends at Naubuc Green. She will be remembered as a devoted Red Sox fan and could be seen listening to the games on her transistor radio in her pocket. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Maine at a later date. Burial will follow at the St. Gerard-Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Grand Isle, ME. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church, 2577 Main St., Glastonbury, CT 06033 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rte. 4, Unionville, CT 06085.  To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.