Archive for June 2014

Cacchiotti, Gail A.

Gail CacchiottiGail A. (Zurles) Cacchiotti, 79, formerly of Farmington, died Sunday June 29.  She was the daughter of the late Peter and Gertrude (Warnecke) Zurles of New Britain and Burlington, CT.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband Michael J. Cacchiotti.  A longtime resident of Farmington, Mrs. Cacchiotti was active in public school activities and at St. Patricks’ Church, where she was a member of the Women’s’ Guild and taught religious education.   A graduate of Mitchell College in New London, she worked in the advertising department of G. Fox in Hartford before settling in Farmington.  She loved travel and spending time with her family, especially welcoming friends and family alike to her warm, inviting home.  She was a longtime resident of Kimberly Hall South in Windsor, where she was well cared for by a warm and sympathetic staff of nurses and aides.  She is survived by her sons Brian and his wife Judy of Peabody, MA, David of Manchester, CT and daughter Dena of Simsbury, CT.  She is also survived by her brother George Zurles and his wife Susan; two sisters-in-law, Mary Damon and Josephine LaFleur; a brother-in-law, John Cacchiotti; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends may call at the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rte. 4, Unionville on Wednesday, July 2, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday, July 3, at 9:15 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main Street, Farmington. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Burlington.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the American Diabetes Foundation, 300 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT 06450.  To send online condolences to the family, please visit

Bogdan, Sophie O

Sophie BogdanSophie O Bogdan, 96, of New Britain, beloved widow of Lucian Bogdan, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on June 28, 2014. Born in New Britain, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Oleksy and Rozalia (Kraweic) Oleksy. She was employed as a lock inspector at Emhart for 25 years before retiring. During her retirement she enjoyed spending time with family and friends as well as traveling throughout the world. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Ladies Guild and the St. Ann’s Seniors. She loved spending time in the kitchen and was an excellent cook. She is survived by her daughter Lucia Dranginis with whom she made her home, her son Roger Bogdan, her sister Claire Pietras & her husband Chester, four grandchildren and their spouses, Marilyn LoRusso & her husband Donald, Katherine Bechard & her husband Jeffrey, Phillip Bogdan and his wife K.C., and Heather & Kevan Erb; her great grandchildren, Joseph, Abigail, Jason & Eliana Bechard, and Micaiah & Christianna Erb, as well as her nieces & nephews, Leslie Castonguay, Jesse Pietras, Sandra Marcincyzk and Jim Bogdan. She was predeceased by her son Lucian Bogdan, Jr., her brother-in-law Henry Bogdan & his wife Anne, and her special friends Henry Olewnik and Henry Kulas. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rte. 4, Unionville on Wednesday, July 2 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday, July 3, at 9:15 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in Sacred Heart Church, New Britain at 10:00 am. Burial will follow in the family plot at Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Britain.  In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to Sacred Heart School, 35 Orange Street, New Britain, CT 06053, Vitas Health Care, 628 Hebron Avenue #300, Glastonbury, CT 06033, or Friends of Berlin VNA, 240 Kensington Road, Berlin, CT 06037. To send online condolences to the family, please visit

DelVecchio, Joseph A.

Joseph A. DelVecchio, 81, beloved husband of Lucille (DeLoia) DelVecchio for 52 years, died at home on Thursday, June 19 surrounded by his family after a long illness.  Born October 21, 1932 in Meriden, CT, he was the son of the late Sam and Mary Grace (Aloia) DelVecchio.  He graduated from Meriden High School in 1950 and the University of Connecticut in 1954, going on to serve as an officer in the U.S. Air Force after college.  He retired in 1994, after working as a claims professional with Nationwide Insurance for more than 35 years.  He was a long time resident of Waterbury, moving to Farmington in 2002.  Joe loved baseball and was a gifted left-handed first baseman in his youth.  He enjoyed watching sports of all kinds, most especially the NY Yankees and UCONN Huskies basketball, and enjoyed sharing his extensive knowledge of sports trivia.  He also loved music, fine dining, and his weekly card games.  His greatest joy, however, was spending time with his devoted wife Lucille, and being Papa to his two daughters, five grandchildren and much-loved dogs.  In addition to his wife Lucille, he is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Donna and Ken Colliton of West Hartford; daughter Andrea Nygren of Hebron; grandchildren,  Ana Catherine, Christina,  Andrew and William Colliton and Joseph Nygren along with many other loving relatives and friends and his faithful pup, Lulu.  He was predeceased by his son-in-law, Michael Nygren and his granddaughter, Emily Colliton.  The family extends their heartfelt appreciation to all his caregivers, most especially Peter, Nana and Denise who made it possible for Joe to remain at home throughout his illness. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rte.4, Unionville, on Tuesday, June 24, from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:30 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Patrick Church, Main St., Farmington at 11:00 am. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Meriden.  Memorial contributions can be made in Joe’s name to Boys and Girls Club of Meriden, 15 Lincoln Street, Meriden, CT 06451.Joseph DelVecchio

Leone, Thomas J.

Tom Leone 1Thomas “Tom” J. Leone, 79, beloved husband of Justine “Tina” Leone of 57 years passed away on June 17, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.  Over the past 10 years Tom faced his illness with great strength and dignity, and remains an inspiration to his family and friends for his optimism, courage and endurance. Born, raised and resided in Farmington, CT, son of the late Tomaso and Natalina Leone. Tom was the very proud and loving father of his three daughters and 3 grandchildren: Debby and her husband Tom Magenheimer and their son Clayton; Jayne Leone and Larry Burdorf; and Kara and her husband Patrick McIntosh and their daughters Paige and Meghan Skinner.  Tom was pre-deceased by his brothers Arthur Leone and Orlando Leone and is survived by his brother Albert Leone and his wife Jane and his sisters Mary Fasolo, Rosina Frascatore, Anita Metivier, Jean Bouchard, Catherine Lee and Phyllis Leone wife of Arthur.   Tom was a graduate of Farmington High School class of 1952. Tom served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1955 in the Seabees and the Naval Reserves until 1960. He was awarded The Korean Service and The National Defense Service medals.  Tom was a Manager with Farmington Valley Express, an Inside Sales/Service Manager for Rourke-Eno Packaging Systems and a Merchandiser for Supply Systems with Unisource, where he retired in 1999. Tom was a member of the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department for 60 years where he was First Assistant Fire Chief for 17 years and received numerous Public Service Awards from the Secretary of the State’s Office; The Connecticut VFW Post 10361; and The American Legion Hanrahan Post #32 in Unionville.  He was a past member of The Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association; The Hartford County Emergency Plan where he served as Treasurer; The Societa Cittadini di Lenolese; and the Men’s League at Westwoods Golf Club where he had 2 holes in one.   Tom maintained an active lifestyle serving in his community, as well as participating in bowling and softball leagues and spent time outdoors tending to his garden, fishing and playing golf.   Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Unionville, CT, on Monday, June 23, 2014 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am.   Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday, June 23 at 10:30 am followed by the Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT at 11:00 am. Burial with full military honors will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Garden St., Farmington.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Farmington Volunteer Fire Department, 76 Main St., Farmington, CT, 06032, or The American Legion Hanrahan Post #32, P.O. Box 396, Unionville, CT, 06085.  To send online condolences to the family, please visit

Podgorski, Major William R

William_Podgorski_color_CroppedMajor William Richard Podgorski passed away unexpectedly on 6/17/2014, surrounded by his family. Born April 15, 1965 in Jamaica, New York, to Dr. Richard S. Podgorski (Pre Deceased) and Mary I. Podgorski, of Farmington Connecticut. He was raised in North Salem, New York. Major Podgorski earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Pace University in 1988, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Connecticut in 2010.  He began his law enforcement career as a Police Officer in the Town of Lewisboro, New York. Graduating from the Zone 3, Westchester County, N.Y. Police Academy in 1987, Major Podgorski entered into duty with the Connecticut State Police on November 3, 1989, as a member of the 100th Training Troop.   His career was both varied and extraordinarily accomplished, serving as a trooper out of Troop G Westport, Troop A Southbury, the Governor’s Security Unit, the Western District Traffic Squad, the Office of Field Operations and the Central District Traffic Squad.  Upon his promotion to the rank of sergeant on June 4, 1999, Major Podgorski served in the Central District Traffic Squad, Troop G Bridgeport, the Western District Traffic Squad and the Office of Field Operations.  On July 27, 2004, he was promoted to lieutenant and assigned to serve as the commanding officer of the Central District Traffic Squad and thereafter, the Traffic Services Unit and as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, before serving in the Division of Homeland Security.  Upon his promotion to major on August 1, 2008, he served in the Division of Homeland Security, on the Commissioner’s Staff, in the Division of Scientific Services, and most recently, as the commanding officer of Western District Headquarters.   Major Podgorski leaves behind his beloved wife, Amy (Rossi), and their three children; Isabella age 14, Sofia age 12, and Richard “Ricky” age 11 of Farmington, Connecticut; as well as his mother, Mary Podgorski; his brother, Edward and Debra Podgorski of Brewster, New York; and his sister, Ellen and John Courtney of Bethel, Connecticut; Amy’s father John Rossi (predeceased), mother Irene Rossi of Wolcott, Connecticut,  brother Thomas and Wendy Rossi of Wolcott, Connecticut, sister Dr. Grace and Buddy (Rossi) Brown of Smithville L.I., New York and brother Max and Jennifer Rossi of Wolcott, Connecticut, his nieces and nephews; Ryan, Drew, Genevieve, Camryn, Max, Tom Jr., Michael, Taylor, Ally, Cole and Alexa.   His greatest accomplishment was the inspiration, integrity, guidance, and unconditional love as a husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend.   Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville, CT on Friday, June 20, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Mary Star of The Sea, Main St., Unionville, on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10:00 am followed by burial in Woodtick Cemetery in Wolcott CT. Friends are encouraged to go directly to the church.   In lieu of flowers a scholarship fund has been established for his children: “Major Podgorski Children’s Scholarship Fund”, c/o Farmington Bank, 1845 Farmington Ave., Unionville, CT 06085. To send online condolences to the family, please visit

de Menendez, Elba Noemi Flammini

Elba Noemi  Flammini de Menendez, 73, beloved wife of the late Edgardo  Menendez, died peacefully, in Argentina, Saturday, June 14, 2014.  She is survived by her daughters, Maria Julia and her husband Gabriel Lupi, Maria Jose and her husband Marcelo Galati; her son, Ezequiel Menendez, Director of Music for the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Cathedral of St. Joseph, and his wife Mercedes Featherston de Menendez; her grandchildren; Emilio, Francisco and Maria Jesus Lupi; Pierina, Nazareno and Bernabe Galati; and Cecilia, Madeleine, Ezekiel and Nicholas Menendez; her two sisters, Lidia and Norma Flammini.   A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm in The Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Hartford Concerts for Charities, Cathedral of St. Joseph. To send online condolences to the family, please visit

de Mello, Ferdinand G

Ferdinand de MelloFerdinand G. “Fred” de Mello. Early on the morning of June 11, 2014, the angels came to escort our beloved “Papa”, Ferdinand de Mello, or “Fred”, as he is called by his friends, to his new heavenly home. Fred was two weeks shy of celebrating his 94th birthday. He will be remembered for his gentle manner, giving heart, and affirming actions. Fred was fiercely independent but was a humble man, immensely appreciative of the smallest acts of kindness. Fred was a devout Catholic Christian who was a living example of faith and good works. He gave freely and generously to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and care for children who had lost their parents.  He will be missed by his children – Glen de Mello, Patricia Soucy, Al de Mello, and Stan de Mello and his wife Denise.  Also, his loving grandchildren, Paul Soucy and his wife Bella; Michelle Scavetta; Jennifer Toscano;   Mike de Mello and his wife Sarah; and Christina de Mello. His great grandchildren, Allen & Melissa Scavetta; Anthony Toscano; Andrew and Matthew Soucy, will always remember his devotion and kindness.   Fred will also be fondly remembered by a community of friends at Immanuel House, his residence in retirement for 27 years.  Calling hours are Monday, June 16, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave, Hartford .  A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave, Hartford. Burial will be private. Attendees are encouraged to go directly to the church. To honor Fred’s life, donations may be made to Foodshare, 450 Woodland Ave, Bloomfield, CT 06002. To send online condolences to the family, please visit

O’Hare, Sally C.

Sally C. O’Hare, widow of James J. O’Hare, passed away on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the Watermark at 3030 Park in Bridgeport, CT where she resided for the past 3 years. She was the daughter of the late Grace Walker and Alexander W. Creedon. She leaves her three children and their spouses: James J. O’Hare III and Sally (Hingham, MA), Nicholas C. O’Hare and Cynthia (Westlake Village, CA) and Ellen O’Hare Rogers and Robert (Fairfield, CT), and she was blessed with 8 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Affectionately known to family as Yaya, her family was her life. She was devoted to all of us and was fortunate enough to have been able to enjoy all of her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She enjoyed nothing more than seeing everyone together; especially watching and participating in her grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s activities. We will all miss her.   Sally was born and married in Hartford, CT. She attended Hartford public schools, Mt. St. Joseph Academy, and graduated from Wellesley College in 1941. She and her husband Jim lived in Cape Elizabeth, ME, Barrington, RI, West Hartford, CT and West Lebanon, NH before returning to Avon, CT. Sally was active in many charitable activities during the course of her life and was an enthusiastic skier well into her seventies. At 92 she moved into a 9th floor aerie at the Watermark in Bridgeport, CT. She enjoyed being high enough to see Long Island Sound. She could watch the sun rise and set, and track the moon as it traveled past her windows. She had three wonderful years there making new friends as well as cheering on the Huskies’ basketball teams and her favorite Red Sox. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Main St, Unionville, CT on Monday, June 16 @ 10:00 am. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, East Hartford, CT. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your own favorite charity. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc. To send online condolences to the family, please visit

Scheidel, Rose Mary

Rose Mary Scheidel, 91, of Unionville, CT, widow of John W. Scheidel, passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Avon Health Center. Rose was born in Bristol, October 15, 1922, daughter of the late Laura (Urgo) Giannotti and Mauro Giannotti.    Rose was the bookkeeper for Scheidel’s TV & Radio Service. She was a longtime communicant at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Unionville and was a member of the Ladies Guild at St. Mary’s.  Rose’s life is best defined as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She gave of her heart and soul to all she loved through her home cooked meals and dedicated service.  Rose lived a happy and full life as a well-loved woman.  The family extends a special thank you to Arden Courts of Avon where she lived and flourished for the past 2 years under the expert care of the wonderful people employed there.  She is survived by her three children, Mr. Robert J. Scheidel and his wife Justine H. of Torrington, Mr. James J. Scheidel and his wife Eileen M., of Pooler GA, Mrs. Laura S. Hassett and her husband William E. of Unionville; one sister, Myrtle Ashley of Bristol; three grand-children, Ross Collins, Danielle Caruso and Shawn P. Hassett; four great-grandchildren, Hailey Collins, Brooke Collins, Colin Caruso, Alexa Caruso.   Besides her husband, she was pre-deceased by her grandson Jimmy J. Scheidel; her brothers and sisters, Patrick Giannotti, Mary Salerno, Connie Dineen, James Giannotti, Sonny Giannotti and Mildred Kozikowski. Friends may call at the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Rte. 4, Unionville, on Friday, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  Funeral Procession from the Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday at 9:15 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Mary’s Church, Unionville at 10:00 am. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mary’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.  For online condolences to the family, please visit

Garrison, Philip G.

Philip G. Garrison, 66, of Farmington, beloved husband of Christine V. (Sidoti) Garrison, passed away Monday June 9 2014 with his family by his side.  Born in NY on December 1, 1947 to the late William and Barbara (Wolf) Garrison, he resided there until he moved to CT in 1975.  He was a decorated veteran who served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War and was a New York City police officer before pursuing a career in banking.   Besides his loving wife Christine, with whom he spent 46 wonderful years, he is survived by his children; Christine R. LeVasseur and her husband Timothy of New Hartford, Philip M. Garrison and his wife Stephanie of Cheshire, grandchildren Jodie, Samantha and Philip and great-granddaughter Adriana.  He is also survived by his sister Barbara Engesser of SC and nieces Barbara Ann, Kathleen and Jennifer.  He was pre-deceased by his brother William J. Garrison.   There are no calling hours and burial will be private.  Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675 (  To send online condolences to the family, please visit

Mason, Esther M

Esther May (McKenney) Mason, 87 of Farmington, CT, beloved wife of Henry Hall Mason, Sr. passed away peacefully Monday, June 9th, 2014 at her home in Farmington.  Esther was born April 17th, 1927 in Boston, Massachusetts, daughter of the late Arthur McKenney and Esther Carswell.  Esther grew up in Greenwood (Wakefield), Massachusetts under the care of the MacDonald family.  After high school graduation, she worked in the Wakefield Bank and Trust company, quickly earning the head teller position.  On April 28th, 1956 she married Henry and immediately moved to Farmington, Connecticut.  She worked part time delivering mail, and began volunteering at the Village library and bookkeeping for the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse.  Later she volunteered at Noah Wallace School and eventually worked several part time positions in the school system, retiring in 1992.  She was a very active member at St. James Parish in Farmington including the altar guild, chair of the woman’s group, and volunteering on many fundraisers and fellowship events.  Esther was very outgoing and loved to entertain and took great joy welcoming newcomers into her circle of friends.  She loved; her family, books, lobster, Maine, and her bridge group.  Esther will be dearly missed by her family and many friends. She leaves two children; Henry “Skip” Mason, Jr.; Thomas “Tom” Mason III and his wife Sonia all of Farmington; three grandchildren; Annemarie Lucas and her husband James, Amelia Mason, and Katrina Mason and one great grandchild Mason Lucas.  Esther was predeceased by her longtime foster brothers and sisters; Grace MacDonald, Gladys Hawley, George MacDonald, and Norman Brown, and she leaves one foster sister Carol Cerullo and many nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends on Friday, June 13th, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville, CT.  A memorial service to honor Esther’s life will be held on Saturday, June 14th, 2014 at 1:00 pm at St. James Parish, 3 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Esther’s name to the Saint James Parish memorial fund, 3 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT 06032, The Barney Library in Farmington, or the VNA of Farmington Valley in Simsbury.  For online condolences to the family, please visit

Cooper, Beth Marie

Beth Marie (Yanke) Cooper, 51, of Southwick, MA, formerly of Farmington, beloved wife of George Wesley Cooper, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 7, 2014 at John Dempsey Hospital. Beth was born in New Britain, CT., May 1, 1963, daughter of Patricia Ann (Lemeris) Yanke of Farmington and the late Frederick J. Yanke. She was a graduate of Farmington High School, Class of 1981, a longtime resident of Southwick, MA. She was an office assistant and bookkeeper.   Beth loved working with animals; she rehabilitated injured wild animals and raised orphaned wild baby animals until they could be set free. She enjoyed Lake Congamond and trips to Block Island.   Besides her husband and mother, she is survived by her sister Mrs. Dawn (Yanke) Broadley and her husband John D. Broadley of Plainville, her mother-in-law, Edith F. Neubarth Cooper, of Morris, CT, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.   Friends may call at the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Rte. 4. Unionville, on Wednesday, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  Funeral Procession from the Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday at 8:15 followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, Main St., Farmington at 9:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Beth’s name may be made to Roaring Brook Nature Center, 70 Gracey Rd., Canton, CT 06019.  For online condolences to the family, please visit

Beth Marie Cooper

Vance, William John

VANCE, WILLIAM JOHN   William John Vance of Avon, formerly of Madison, passed away on May 24, 2014 after a brief illness.  Bill was born on May 9, 1947 in Waterbury to Margaret Carey Vance and William B. Vance. Bill was the beloved & devoted father of Heather Vance-Rittman of Mechanicsburg, PA, Colleen Vance Tavano of Glastonbury and the loving grandfather of Lindsay, Brad, Ashley and Drew Tavano and Jason and Makayla Rittman. Bill was predeceased by his brother James and his loving parents.  He leaves his brothers Stephen and his wife Judith of Guilford, Robert of State College, PA, and Raymond and his wife Rita of Alpharetta, GA, his sister Sheila Molaver and her husband Jon of Southington, and his sister-in-law Sara Vance of Coventry, and many nieces & nephews, as well as Tom Cushing, his best friend of 40 years, Lyn Stevens, his friend, and mother of his two daughters and many Co-workers whom he called his friends.    Bill was a graduate of the University of Connecticut and held a Master’s Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He had a long career in Information Technology.  His last position was as a consultant to the Chubb Insurance Company.    A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Thursday, June 12th from 4:30 to 8:00 at the Avon Old Farms Hotel.   Donations can be made in Bill’s name to the National Meningitis Association, Inc., PO BOX 725165, Atlanta, GA 31139.   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