Archive for May 2014

Reno, John P

John P. Reno, 80, of Farmington, CT died on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. He was the son of the late Nicholas and Mary Reno of Waterbury, CT. An early interest in aeronautics and amateur radio led to service with the Civil Air Patrol and the USAF Strategic Air Command. After graduating from the Ward School of Electronics at the University of Hartford, John led a long and distinguished career in broadcasting. He was hired by WTIC radio and was part of the pioneering team at Channel 3 WFSB where he eventually became Chief Engineer. Later he worked in telecommunications at Travelers. He was a member of the American Radio Relay League and a life member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. In retirement John worked at Middlewoods of Farmington. At home he was known for his love of gardening, photography and model trains. John is dearly remembered by all who knew him, and is survived by his loving wife Patricia; two children, Alison Leeds and her husband David of Farmington, CT, Timothy Reno and his wife Andrea of Colonie, NY; three grandsons, Joshua and Nicholas Leeds, and William Reno. He is predeceased by his brother, Nicholas Reno of Waterbury, CT. Following a private burial there will be a Memorial Mass on Monday, June 2, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Rd., West Hartford, CT, 06107. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in John’s name may be made to Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center.

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John Reno

Lawler, Viola B

Viola B. Lawler ascended into heaven March 4, 2014 where she was reunited with her parents and her elder sister Frances (Fran). She will be watching over her husband George, her 6 children; Lynn, Donna, Connie, Mike, Patty and Brendan, 3 surviving siblings; Pat, Betty, Walter, 8 grandchildren and 6 stepchildren. She will be missed dearly and knowing this cast of characters, her “watching over” will be a full-time job. Viola (“Vi”) was born June 9, 1935 in Holyoke, MA. As a depression baby, she learned the value of a dollar and the hard work required to earn it; something she passed on to her children. She also passed on her beauty, grace and strong will. Vi studied nursing, and in her role as a nurse, met and later married Dr. Walter Hogan, with whom she had six children. Vi spent 30 years raising her family in Santa Barbara. Vi always lit up a room and people naturally gravitated to her. She was friendly, had an infectious smile and a quick wit. She was engaging and enchanting. She led a blessed life and chose to share those blessings by volunteering her time helping others. She served meals to the poor, invited those without families to join her family for holiday meals. She and her husband traveled to Mexico and China working in orphanages and helping the poor.  Her siblings encouraged her move to Vero Beach, Florida. In 2007, she married George Lawler, whom she had known for 50 years and who has cared for her throughout her valiant battle with Alzheimer’s. While it robbed her memory, she lives on in the memories of all who knew and loved her.  Her Funeral Liturgy will be Monday, June 9th, at 10 am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St.,  Farmington. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.  For online condolences to the family, please visit

Hekneby, Ingunn

Ingunn Hekneby of Avon, CT, beloved wife of Michael P. Bassock died Tuesday, May 27th at the age of 66. Ingunn was born in Hamar, Norway in 1948, youngest daughter of Gyda and Mons L. Hekneby.

Following a dream, Ingunn moved to the United States in 1967 and attended the University of New Mexico and the University of Connecticut where she graduated magna cum laude. After years in retail and teaching, she turned her passion for flowers into a business, Heliotrope, specializing in wedding flowers.  As an avid art lover, Ingunn later began volunteering for the Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art where she served on the Flower, Fine Art & Flowers, Festival of Trees & Traditions and Splendor Committees, and was also elected President of the Women’s Committee for a two-year term.  She also cherished her time spent at Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington where the landscape reminded her of the country farmland where she grew up. Ingunn served on the May Market and Dinner Auction Committees at Hill-Stead Museum and was honored to be chosen for a term as President of The Hill-Steaders Volunteer Corps. In 2012, she was elected to the Board of Governors. She served as President of the Farmington Garden Club for two years, a group dedicated to the beautification of Farmington. Throughout her life, Ingunn found great pleasure in spending time with family and friends, often making special meals to bring everyone together, especially for Sunday suppers. When not entertaining, Ingunn enjoyed walking or reading while listening to music. Over the years, Michael and Ingunn enjoyed many wonderful trips, especially to Italy. Closer to home, their favorite places to visit were Vermont and Nantucket.  In addition to her husband, Ingunn leaves behind her dear sister Rannveig Hekneby of Norway, stepchildren; Jonas H. Bassock and his daughters, Alexandra and Isabella, Andrew Bassock and his wife Irene, and their children Addie and Wade, and Dara Bassock and her husband Fred Marvel. She also leaves her brother-in-laws; Stephen Bassock and his wife Sharon, Colman Ellen and sister-in-law Sandra Green and their families. Ingunn was godmother and special Auntie to Ellie and Martha Turner of Vermont, Catharina and Axel Franck Naess of Norway, Oda and Dorthe Aakvik of Norway and Ombelyse Buirette of France. Ingunn was very grateful for the love and support of her friends. Special thanks to Drs. Ronald Szabo, Sheila Silverman, John M. DaSilva, and Kenneth Elligers and their staff for skilled and compassionate care. A Service of Remembrance will be held on Friday, May 30, at 12:00 pm at the First Church of Christ Congregational 1652, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT. Ingunn Hekneby Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc. To send online condolences to the family, please visit

Proom, Carol McCrann

Carol McCrann Proom died unexpectedly on May 21 in Portland, Maine where she had recently moved to be closer to family.  She was born in Hartford on June 14, 1940, the daughter of the late Dr. Donald Joseph McCrann and the late Margaret Cullen McCrann Carol grew up in Bloomfield, CT.  She was predeceased by her husband Burt C. Proom, who brought love, happiness, humor and warmth to her life.  They enjoyed blending their families and they cheered with the arrival of each grandchild.  The home that they built in Canton was the center of many happy gatherings with family and friends over the years.  Like Burt, Carol was known for her generosity, her sense of humor, and her joie de vivre.   Carol’s children, grandchildren and extended family were the love and focus of her life.

Carol is survived by her daughters Betsy Dower Nickerson and her husband Nick of Mansfield, MA , Meg Dower Kuhn and her husband John of Fairfield, CT, Sarah Dower Fowler and her husband Michael of Scarborough, ME, Betsy Proom Lyons and her husband Pat of Franklin, MA. , and her son Bill Proom and his wife Heidi Peterson of Cape Elizabeth, ME.   Carol was the loving and proud grandmother of Molly and Charlie Nickerson, Kate, Declan and Charlotte Kuhn, Will, Ellie, Wyatt, Katrina and James Fowler, and Zoe, Lily, Zachary and Annie Proom.  Carol is also survived by her brother Dr. Donald J. McCrann, Jr.,  his wife Susan Soule of Falmouth, ME, and their eight children.  In addition, Carol is survived by her cousins Ken and Pat Gately of Westfield, MA and Brian and Marilyn Gately of Center Barnstead, NH.  She counted them among her best friends in the world, and she enjoyed lobsters, cottage gatherings, and sunsets with them each summer on Birch Island.  Also part of her family is Tina Chen Josephson of NYC, an exchange student who lived with the McCranns for several years in the early sixties.  Carol attended the Oxford School in West Hartford and went to college at Emerson in Boston.  She earned a Masters’ Degree in Management from Antioch New England Graduate School.  She worked in customer service at Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Company and as a Vice President of Human Resources at American Nuclear Insurers in Farmington.  Saint Francis Hospital, Hartford, was a very important part of Carol’s life.  Her father was a long-time and much-beloved member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Carol worked as a volunteer there for many years.  She was the President of Saint Francis Women’s Auxiliary from 1995-1997 and served on the Board of the Saint Francis Foundation.  She loved the work and she loved the friends that she made at Saint Francis.  Carol was an enthusiastic world traveler since the age of 17 when she spent a summer in Switzerland as an exchange student.  She and her former husband, W. Barrett Dower, and their children lived in Paris, France in the early seventies.  It then became her favorite place to visit.  She traveled extensively with her husband Burt, and after his death in 2001, she visited China, Vietnam, Japan, Morocco and South Africa.  She developed a deep appreciation of foreign cultures through her extensive adventures abroad.  Although her travels took her around the globe, Carol was always happy to come home and spend the summer on Birch Island in Casco Bay, Maine.  Her parents and grandparents  instilled in her a love of the Maine Coast and an appreciation for the simplicity and the beauty of island living.  She was happiest sitting on her deck on Birch Island where she watched the tide come and go and shared laughs with family and life-long friends.  Carol also loved seeing her grandchildren become the fifth generation to enjoy the magic of Birch Island.  Donations in her memory may be made to The Dr. Donald J. McCrann Fund at Saint Francis Hospital, 114 Woodland St., Hartford CT 06105 or to The Proom Family Scholarship  at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 27th from 4:00–7:00 pm at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105. The Funeral Service is on Wednesday, May 28th at 10:00 am at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 42 Church St., New Hartford, CT 06057.




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Raymo Sr., Richard Arthur

Richard Arthur Raymo Sr. tragically died after being struck by a vehicle as he was walking on March 10, in Tampa. Mr. Raymo, a native of Wilmington, VT, was born on June 24, 1938, the oldest son of Richard Paul Raymo, of Franklin and Dorothy Alicia Day, of Wilmington. He was a graduate of the University of Vermont in 1965 and valedictorian of Wilmington High School, class of 1956, and was also an honorary alumnus and contributor to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst athletic department. He owned W.W. Building Supply Inc. in Newfane and Wilmington for more than 35 years.Mr. Raymo is survived by his wife, Diane (Clouthier) Shea-Raymo, former business administrator for the Farmington Public Schools, and their beloved blended family of children: Richard Raymo Jr., of Florum Park, NJ, Robin Smith, of Woodbridge, VA, Stephanie Del Corso of Treasure Island, FL, by his former wife Nancy Livingston, of NC, and Diane Raymo’s daughter Amy Shea Hatinen, of Wesley Chapel, NC; along with his grandchildren, Ashleigh and Lucas Hansen, Jack Raymo, Alexa and Dominique Del Corso, and Rowan and Teigan Hatinen. He is also survived by his siblings, James Raymo, of East Dover, VT, Bartley Raymo, of Wilmington, VT, and Isabel Raymo Rice, of Portland, ME. His wonderful family included numerous nieces and nephews, of whom he was very proud.
He was predeceased by his father, Richard Paul Raymo; mother, Dorothy Alicia Day; and brother Michael Alan Raymo, US Army; and by his first and last daughters, Kimberly Janeway Raymo and Jennifer Alicia Raymo.He served 28 continuous years on the board of trustees of Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend. He stands out as one of the most faithful volunteers and supporters, serving on many committees that provided steady growth and continual success of the hospital. He was an outstanding citizen in the town of his birth, always returning to his roots to provide support and help to serve his community through membership in the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, and United Way. Mr. Raymo also volunteered in community activities, supported local arts as well as the theater, and was always generous in his support of the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry and Deerfield Valley Community Cares heat fund for local citizens in need. Mr. Raymo was a generous supporter of the Families First Vermont Organization in memory of his beloved daughter Kimberly Raymo.Mr. Raymo lived for his passion as a true baseball fan, always cheering on his beloved New York Yankees in the sea of surrounding Boston Red Sox fans. His annual spring sojourn to Florida marked the beginning of the baseball season and filled him with anticipation of the upcoming season. He was a member of the Society for Baseball Research (SABR) and active within the Negro Leagues Committee in the study of the historic black baseball clubs celebrating many silent players not recognized in today’s popular game. He was never conventional and supported “unsung” baseball heroes whenever he could. He was also an active member of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Mr. Raymo will be interred with his two daughters, Kimberly and Jennifer, as well as his parents and grandparents, in Riverview Cemetery, Stow Hill Road, Wilmington, VT., on June 21, 2014, at 10:00 am followed by a luncheon at White House Inn, Route 9, Wilmington, VT from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Richard_Raymo

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Dressler, Richard (Rick) Hall

Richard DresslerRichard (Rick) Hall Dressler, 61, of Unionville, beloved husband of Maureen (Parsons) Dressler passed away Sunday, May 18.  Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 10, 1952, son of the late Eugene and Martha (Hall) Dressler.  Rick was the Manager of the Glastonbury and Simsbury offices of William Raveis Realty.  He served as past President of the Hartford Board of Realtors and was the 2013 Raveis Manager of the Year.  A member of and then President of the Farmington Little League for over ten years, Rick’s love of sports evolved throughout his life.  As a young man, he played football, basketball, and baseball.  He then became an avid marathoner and triathlete.  He coached his children’s soccer, baseball, and basketball teams.  He was a passionate fan and supporter of the Yankees, Dallas Cowboys, and the UConn Huskies.  For eight years, Rick loved playing Santa Claus at the West District School Craft Fair.  But he is best known for his positive attitude, kindness towards others, and his great sense of humor.  Besides his beloved bride Maureen, he is survived by his three children; Erica, David, and Danielle, who meant the world to him.  He is also survived by his brother; Tom Dressler of Phoenix, Arizona, Bob and Cindy Dressler of Los Altos, California, his best friend and brother Scott and his wife Eva Dressler of Burlington, Ontario, Canada; his in-laws; Linda Dressler of Kansas, Bill and Lisa Parsons of Georgia, Karen and John Omasta of Newtown, Jed and Sue Parsons of Weston, Lynn Parsons of Florida, Michael Parsons of Torrington, Patty and Mark Fischer of Avon, Peter Parsons of Windsor, Sandy and Tim Anderson of Virginia; many nieces and nephews and godchildren whom he loved dearly. Rick was predeceased by his brother Jim in January of 2014. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rte. 4, Unionville, on Friday, May 23 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 24 at 10:30 am in The First Church of Christ Congregational, 61 Main St, Unionville, CT 06085. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington, CT.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Farmington Youth Baseball League, 28 Two Mile Rd, Farmington, CT 06032. To send online condolences to the family, please visit

Douglas, F. Dwight

F. Dwight Douglas, of Avon, Connecticut, passed away peacefully on Saturday May 17, 2014, at UConn Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut. Born on June 11, 1924 in South Eliot, Maine to Maynard and Marjorie Douglas, Dwight, the third of four children, was predeceased by his older sisters Priscilla Perham and Jean Hilt. He was a beloved and devoted husband and father. Dwight leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Betty S. Douglas; his sister, Susan Fleming; two children: David Douglas and Bruce Douglas; their wives: Virginia Jokisch and Lynn Douglas; four grandchildren: Ian, Cecilia, Ewan, and Brianna; and one great-grandchild, Kevin. Dwight graduated from Eliot High School and the University of New Hampshire. His college career was interrupted by service in the Army Air Corps, where he proudly served in the 15th Army’s 451st Bomb Group. Eventually promoted to the rank of Technical Sergeant, Dwight flew 35 missions as a radio operator and gunner in B-24 Liberator heavy bombers in the European theater. After graduating from UNH with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering, Dwight worked for Hamilton Standard and Hartford Empire before joining the Ensign-Bickford Company in 1957, where he began as a chemical engineer, and spent many years as a plant engineer in Ensign-Bickford’s Avon and Simsbury plants. Dwight was a registered Professional Engineer and retired from Ensign-Bickford in 1987.  He and Betty have lived in Avon, Connecticut since 1954, where he was a member of Avon Congregational Church. He was a charter member of the Avon Civitan Club and a founding member of Troop 87 (Boy Scouts of America) Avon, CT in the 1960s. He served in many leadership roles in Troop 87 including Scoutmaster. Dwight enjoyed woodworking, photography, local history, and traveling. A memorial service will be held at Avon Congregational Church, 6 West Main Street, Avon, Connecticut 06001, at 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Avon Congregational Church, at the above address. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc. To send online condolences to the family, please visit

Blinn, Rita G.

Rita Gladys (Hemingway) Blinn, beloved wife of the late Charles F. (Pete) Blinn passed away Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Touchpoints in Farmington, CT. Born June 15, 1918 in Altona, NY to Edgar and Sarah Hemingway; Rita, the youngest of nine children, was predeceased by sisters Mildred, Mabel, Eva, Doris, Martha and brothers Edgar, Ernest and Henry Hemingway. Rita leaves a daughter, Joan Blinn (Rourke) Creel and four grandchildren: Diane R. Hill, Susan J. Evans, William F. Rourke and his wife Christine and Peter C. Rourke. She is survived by five great grandchildren: Jessica, Megan, Garrett, Shannon, and Sarah, five great-great grandchildren: Riley, Ayva, Lilly, Chase, Adam and many nieces and nephews in New Jersey and upper New York State. Rita was an excellent cook, enjoyed playing cards, dancing, family gatherings, traveling with the Seniors and visiting other countries. The Funeral Service will be at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Rte. 4, Unionville, CT at 11:00 am on Tuesday, May 20th. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Farmington following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd, Newington, CT 06109 or to your favorite charity. Many thanks to everyone for their loving care to Rita at Touchpoints. To send online condolences to the family, please visit

Carpenter, Mary (Starr)

Mary (Starr) Carpenter, 80, of Avon, CT, beloved wife of Merrill “Ed” Carpenter, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Arden Courts of Avon. Mary was born February 3, 1934, in Covington, KY, daughter of the late George and Florence (Potts) Bolster.   Mary grew up in West Hartford, CT where she attended Hall High School.  She graduated from LaSalle College in 1954, with a degree in Retail Management and landed her first job with Lord & Taylor in Hartford, CT. In July of that year, Mary wed E. Clark Starr from West Hartford. They were married for 26 years, spending most of that time in Farmington, CT where they raised three children. During those years Mary enjoyed playing tennis, bridge and was active in community theatre through Myth Farmington.   In 1983, Mary married Ed Carpenter. They lived in Avon where they spent 30 wonderful years. Together they enjoyed square-dancing, bowling, traveling in their motor home and running a small business building and selling wooden toys. They were very active members of their church, St. James Parish of Farmington.   Mary retired from Aetna in 1994 where she worked full time for 15 years. She held numerous part-time positions throughout her life always balancing her first priority of caring for her family. Among others, she was a real estate agent with Heublein Realty, and a bookkeeper for Budwitz & Meyerjack and The Contessa Shop. Mary particularly enjoyed her work with first-graders as a teacher’s aide at the West District School and Noah Wallace School in Farmington.   Mary will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by her family. She leaves her three children, Kenneth Starr and his longtime partner Kay Comaford of Scottsdale, AZ; Cynthia Hufsmith and her husband Robert of Avon, CT; Jacqueline Kozlowski and her husband Stephen of Middletown, CT; four grandchildren, Heather Starr, Justin Hufsmith, Amy Kozlowski and Caitlin Kozlowski; and one great grandchild Tyler (Starr) Briggs. In addition, she leaves three step-children, Merrill Carpenter, Jr. (Margaret), Marilynn Rokes (Ronald) and Peter Carpenter (Karri); eight step-grandchildren and three step-great grandchildren. Mary was predeceased by her brother John “Jack” Bolster and is survived by two brothers William Bolster, Donald Bolster and six nephews.   The family would like to sincerely thank the special staff at Arden Courts of Avon and the many caretakers and hospice nurses who treated Mary with compassion and dignity throughout her illness and gave her comfort and peace in her final days.   The family will receive friends on Friday, May 30, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville, CT.  A memorial service to honor Mary’s life will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Parish, 3 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT. A private burial will take place at a later date according to her wishes. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mary’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.  For online condolences to the family, please visit

Cleary, Walter

Walter Cleary, 76 of Farmington passed away at his home.  Born in Unionville on November 1, 1937, he was the son of the late Robert and Zetta Cleary.  He graduated from Farmington High School and proudly served in the Army during the Vietnam War.  Walter was employed by Hayes Incorporated and EBM as a welder.  Walter was an avid fisherman and spent many hours fishing in the local rivers, he also contributed to many charities and organizations.  He leaves to mourn him his sister Grace Beckham and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his siblings Carl, Eleanor, Brenton, William, Pearl, Ruby and Robert.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm in State Veterans Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane, Middletown, CT 06457 with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Walter’s name may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc, 111 Main St, Rte. 4, Unionville, CT 06085. To send online condolences to the family, please visit

DeFilippis, Mae Anne Agostino

Mae Anne Agostino DeFilippis, age 81, died Friday morning in the loving embraces of her family at Saint Francis Hospital, Hartford.  Mae is the daughter of Rose and Frank T. Agostino of Stamford, Connecticut where she resided for seventy-four years before moving to Bloomfield, Ct. in 2006 with her husband, Anthony.  Mae is the mother of four and grandmother of ten.  Mae graduated from Stamford High School in 1950, married the love of her life, Tony in 1955 and together, they owned and operated Saint John’s Pharmacy on Cove Road in Stamford for forty years. Mae met Tony when she was fifteen and he saw her pass by his barber shop. He thought she was the most beautiful, intriguing woman he’d ever seen and called her on the phone for a year until her parents would let her date. They have been together since, married for 59 years this August.  In addition to raising four children and running a business, Mae earned a Paralegal degree from Fairfield University and worked as a Paralegal for 15 years with Ernest N. Abate, both in Stamford and at the Hartford Capitol in the House Speaker’s office. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Stamford. Mae leaves an incredible legacy, rich in tradition and family. She had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and was the most well educated, well-read, well-written woman on the planet. She loved to travel and had been to many countries with her husband and family. She especially enjoyed Italy and France.  Mae had a passion for cooking of all kinds, music and family. She had a quick sense of humor, a gorgeous soprano voice and made her children feel that they could accomplish anything. Besides her husband, Tony, Mae leaves behind her daughter, Attorney Livia DeFilippis Barndollar and her husband Bob Gulomb of Milford, her son  Attorney Anthony DeFilippis and his wife Sarah of West Hartford, her son Dr. David DeFilippis and his wife Jeannie of Richboro Pennsylvania and her daughter Professor Lucia Dressel and her husband John of Middlebury. She also leaves ten devoted and talented grandchildren whom she loved avidly. Mae is survived by her sisters, Anne Marie Capossela of Ellington and Rita Wagner of Massachusetts as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her sister, Frances Galasso.  They will all miss her quick wit, her incredible cooking and her indomitable spirit. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT on Monday, May 19, from 4 to 8:00 pm.  Additional calling hours at the chapel of Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave, Hartford,  will be on Tuesday at 10 a.m. followed by the Funeral Service at 11 a.m.  For online condolences to the family, please visit

Bohannan, Nadine N

Nadine N. Bohannan, 91, of Unionville, widow of the late Robert E. Bohannan, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 12, 2014. Born in Millinocket, Maine, August 19, 1922, Nadine was the daughter of the late Edmund Nadeau and Cecile (Thibodeau) Nadeau.  She is survived by her daughter,  Patricia Ann Sangster and her husband,  John R. Sangster of Torrington, CT and her son, Robert E. Bohannan and his wife Linda M. Bohannan of Unionville; her brother and sisters, Ronald Nadeau, Anita Blaisdell, and Annette Nadeau all of Maine, and her brother Robert Nadeau of Florida. She also leaves her four grandchildren; Ryan Sangster and his wife Melissa, David Sangster and his wife Lisa, Jessica DiCicco and her husband Paul and Patrick J. Bohannan and 10 great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her nine brothers and sisters.   Friends may call at the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rte. 4, Unionville, Ct on Friday, May 16, from 9:00 to 10:30 am.  Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday at 10:30 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Main St, Unionville at 11:00 am. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For online condolences to the family, please visit

Robinson, Donald Wallace

Donald Wallace Robinson, 92, of Avon, CT passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, May 3, 2014.  Married to his lifelong love, Pauline Louise Ries Robinson, they have shared 67 years together in a life rich with love, family and many interests. Don was born in Minocqua, Wisconsin on September 28, 1921, an only son to Donald Wallace Robinson and Ina Mae Edwards Robinson of Somerville, MA and Unionville, CT. His faith and family was most important to him. He leaves his wife Polly, daughter Louise Talotta and her husband Bruno of Farmington, CT, son Douglas Robinson and his wife Dana of Greenlawn, NY,  son Gordon Robinson and his wife Tina of New Port Richey, FL and daughter Paula Robinson of Avon, CT. Don will be sadly missed by his 9 grandchildren and great-grandson; grandchildren Erik Person of New Britain, CT, Michael, Daniel and John Robinson and Giles Rutson of Greenlawn, NY, James Graham of New Port Richey FL, Kevin Robillard of Tulsa, OK , Jessica Rubin of West Hartford, CT and Michael Rubin of Avon, CT and great-grandson, Jacob Person of Syracuse, NY. Don graduated with High Honors from Northeastern University in 1947 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. His college education was supplemented with specialized classes in helicopter stability and management development at Texas A&M University and MIT. Receiving his MS in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1963, his lifelong pursuit of learning and professional contributions to an aerospace career included holding 3 patents and publications in notable journals such as the Office of Naval Research Symposium and the Journal of American Helicopter Society. His early education was paused by serving in WW ll with the U.S. Army Air Force from 1943 – 1946. Don was awarded the Good Conduct, WW ll Victory and ATO medals. He graduated from flight school, was an instructor for the Radio Mech AAF 754th and played in the Army Air Force Band. His professional career began in 1947 at Chance Vought Aircraft, where he and his wife worked in Fairfield, CT and later in Dallas, Texas until 1950. Joining Kaman Aircraft Corporation in Bloomfield, CT in 1950 to support new helicopter innovation, Don worked in engineering, management and marketing roles until his retirement at age 65 as Sr. Vice President of Marketing for the company. His responsibilities included working with international military leaders and the Pentagon. He was a member of many organizations including the American Helicopter Society and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Don’s family and friends have many memories of his interests and talents that include membership in the Valley Collector Car Club where he would show his 1969 Buick Electra convertible and Gazelle kit car that replicates a 1927 Mercedes Benz SSK racing car. Playing the saxophone, clarinet and bagpipes, music was an important part of family life. Most recently, Don played the tenor saxophone and sang as he led a small swing band, ‘The High Tones’. He also served as Pipe Major playing the bagpipes with the Stewart Highlander Pipe Band for many years. His musical talent across the years generated many opportunities from playing in Boston jazz clubs paying for his college tuition to sitting in with the great Tommy Dorsey Band. His love of nature and the sea was important, sailing from the time he was a young boy. He provided many sailing experiences for his children when they spent summers on the Maine coast. His personal values were grounded in strong faith, serving as Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Hazardville, CT where the family lived from 1950 to 1965. Moving to Avon, he and Polly joined Christ Episcopal Church where he continued to serve until 2013 before becoming a member of Saint Matthew Lutheran Church in Avon. A service honoring his life will be held at Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 224 Lovely Street, Route 177, Avon, CT on Saturday, May 10, at 11:00 am. Following the service, burial with full military honors will take place at Greenwood Cemetery at 644 Lovely Street, placed near his beloved parents. Charitable contributions in Don’s memory, rather than flowers, are encouraged to be made to the Connecticut Junior Republic at in Litchfield, CT or the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation at in Bloomfield, CT. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Main St., Rte. 4, Unionville, CT. For online condolences or to share a memory with the family, please place messages at Robinson

Audet, Magali Ann

Magali Ann (Hartigan) Audet, 67, of Farmington passed away from this life on May 5, 2014 after a long battle with Leukemia with her loving husband and children by her side.  Born in Boston, Massachusetts on November 7, 1946, the daughter of the late Richard and Jean Hartigan, she graduated from Framingham State University with a degree in education.  Magali is survived by her loving husband, Richard, of forty-five years.  Loving mother of Elizabeth Day and her husband Brian of Plymouth, Massachusetts; Amy Landers and her husband Mark  of Glastonbury; Richard Audet and his wife Michelle of East Lyme; Justin Audet and his wife Amy of Bristol.  Devoted sister of Richard, and his wife, Jeanette Hartigan of Naples, Florida and Kevin, and his wife, Nancy Hartigan of Wayland, Massachusetts.  Loving Grammy to Chloe, Mackenzie and Kelsey Landers, Owen and Declan Day, and Luke and Nolan Audet.  Magali is also survived by many nieces and nephews and countless friends. She was a retired manager of the University of Connecticut Dental School and a charter member of the NY Sports Club water aerobatics group.  Magali was a longtime supporter and volunteer for the Celebrate! West Hartford community fair.  She treasured her time with her family and friends, especially enjoying her weekly ‘game day’ with the girls. The family wishes to pay tribute to Magali’s medical team at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and UConn John Dempsey Hospital, all who provided excellent care.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA.  Magali was dearly loved by the many whose lives she touched.  A Mass of Celebration and Remembrance of Life will be held at St. Patrick’s Church at 110 Main Street, Farmington, Connecticut at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 9, 2014.  Ahern Funeral Homes of Unionville has charge of arrangements.

Winalski, Judy M

Judy M. Winalski, of Farmington Beloved wife of Joseph S. A. Winalski, to whom she was married to for 61 years, including 21 years of Joe’s distinctive Navy career, died Tuesday, April 29. Born in Hartford, CT, December 19, 1932,  daughter of the late Antonio and Rosaria M. Amato, she resided in Farmington for many years. She was a graduate of Mt. St. Joseph Academy of West Hartford, class of 1950. Judy was the dispatcher for the UConn Health Center Police Department in Farmington. Judy was a real estate broker for over 50 years and was the owner of her own company until her death. She was a longtime communicant at The Church of St. Patrick in Farmington, a Gold Star Mother and was a life member of The Tunxis Senior Citizens in Farmington. Besides her beloved husband, she is survived by her six children; Pamela Rose Winalski and her husband Ardel Petz of Pomeroy, WA, Joseph S. A. Winalski Jr. and his wife Maria of Leola, PA, Patricia Marie Gibson and her husband Tommy of Fayettville, GA, Michael A Winalski and his wife Marjorie of East Granby, Ronald E. Winalski and his wife Sharon of Falling Waters, WV, Donald E Winalski and his wife Patti of Farmington; one sister, Theresa Maffucci and her husband Bernie of Wethersfield; one brother, Dr. Joseph Amato and his wife Ronnie of West Hartford; 23 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She also leaves her brother-in-law; Donald E. Winalski of Farmington. Judy was predeceased by her dear son John Edward Winalski, USN, her brother Anthony Amato and his wife, Eleanor. Friends may call at by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Main St, Rte. 4, Unionville, on Sunday, May 4, from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Home will be Monday, May 5, at 9:00 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in The Church of St Patrick at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111 or to the Tunxis Senior Center, 321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, CT 06085. For online condolences to the family, please visit