Archive for July 2014

Hebert, Deborah L.

Deborah L. Hebert, of Bristol, beloved wife of Paul Hebert, passed away peacefully at CT Hospice in Branford on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Debbie was born in Hartford, CT on June 23, 1962, beloved daughter of John and Joyce Petersen of Burlington. Besides her husband and parents she is survived by her sons; Matthew Johnston and his wife Jackie, Tyler Hebert and grandson Blake, her younger brothers; John H. Petersen and Andrew Petersen. She is also loved and will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Debbie graduated from UConn with a degree in Social Service. She worked in the Human Services field for the past 30 years and served with compassion and caring.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, August 8th at 11:00 am in the Congregational Church of Burlington, 268 Spielman Highway, Rte. 4 Burlington, CT 06013 with the Rev. Wendell Taylor officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to FAVARH, 225 Commerce Drive, P.O. Box 1099, Canton, CT 06019.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com

Paulton, Norman K

Norman K. Paulton, 89, of Avon, beloved husband of Lucille (Wilson) Paulton, passed away Wednesday, July 23rd. Born in Chicago Heights, IL, September 25, 1924, son of the late Albert and Irene (Feron) Paulton. Prior to retiring he was associated with the former Millicron Corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a United States Navy Veteran of WWII. He was predeceased by his son, Kenneth R. Paulton. Funeral services are private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to The American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492 or to The American Diabetes Association, 2080 Silas Deane Hwy, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Zabel, Daniel G.

Daniel G. Zabel, MPH, passed peacefully on Monday, July 28, 2014 at the age of 61. Dan grew up in Burlington, leaving his wife, Kathleen K. Zabel, his daughters, Tara Z. Pollock and her husband, Bradley Pollock, his daughters, Amanda K. Zabel and her fiancée, Kaitlin Henley. Dan also leaves behind three beloved grandchildren, Emma Kathleen Pollock, Madeline Sue Pollock and Caleb Daniel Pollock. He also leaves his two brothers, David M. Zabel, his wife Lois, Thomas E. Zabel and his wife, Robin Lensi, his sister Sally Ann Coovert and her husband, Michael. He was predeceased by his parents, Oscar E. Zabel and Gladys V. Zabel. Dan was blessed to have many nieces and nephews and extended family and friends. He retained abiding friendships with his Gettysburg College “brothers”, Christopher Wilkinson and Dr. Jesse Ehrlich, who stayed by his side throughout his last few months. Dan had many accomplishments in his life, always enjoying his life and career. He attended Burlington Consolidated School, where he played the fife in Carey’s Cadets, having the honor of playing at Colonial Williamsburg, going on to Region 10, where he excelled at tennis, debate team, attending Boys State and was President of his senior class. After Gettysburg College, he began working for the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles under Governor Grasso, on to the University of Connecticut Health Science Center, where he received his Masters in Public Health, under Dr. James Mulvihill, continuing his career in Academic Medicine at the University of Florida, the University of South Florida and SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn. Dan began a new position at Sheridan Healthcare when he became ill. Politics was Dan’s great adventure. He was Burlington Democratic Town Chairman in the 1980’s and again in 2006. He was elected to the Region 10 Board of Education, the Board of Assessment Appeals, serving on many volunteer committees. He worked tirelessly for Federal, State and local Democratic candidates, many of whom he considered great friends. Dan’s hobby was an incredible collection of Presidential Campaign pins, dating back to before Abraham Lincoln.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rte. 4, Unionville, on Thursday, July 31, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 1, in The Ahern Funeral Home, at 10:00 am with the Rev. Wendell Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Center Cemetery, Burlington at 3:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Burlington Volunteer Ambulance Corp., P.O. Box 1285, Burlington, CT 06031, or to the Lewis S. Mills High School Scholarship Fund, 26 Lyon Rd., Burlington, CT 06031, to be named in honor of Daniel G. Zabel. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com .

Lichtenfels, Joan Marie

Joan Marie Lichtenfels, 82 of Plainville, Connecticut passed away May 4, 2014 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut.  Born on February 8, 1932, a native of Gillette Street in West Hartford, Joan later moved to  Plainville where she resided in the house her father, Frederick G. Lichtenfels and her brother , William C. Lichtenfels built in 1947. Joan leaves behind her Sister in Law, Eileen M. Lichtenfels, of Potomac, Md., formerly of  West Hartford, and  four  nieces and nephews: Beth Veihmeyer and Tara Gans  of Potomac, MD,; Steve Lichtenfels of  McLean, VA and Andrew Lichtenfels, Guilford, CT. She also leaves behind a large extended family on the East and West coasts. Her parents and brother predeceased her.

Joan, like her mother, Rose M. Lichtenfels, was a dedicated teacher in the Plainville area where she instructed students at the Broad Street School, from 1953-56, the E.E. Trask School in Plainville, from 1956 -60, and at Central Connecticut State College from 1961-71. Joan thoroughly cherished her academic career and her many students and enjoyed teaching all ages and subjects. Throughout her later years, Joan fondly recounted her many keen memories of her students and experiences in the classroom. Joan was known for her quiet, but confident intelligence which allowed her to quickly grasp and analyze any topic with precision, depth and accuracy. Joan officially retired from teaching in 1992. She preferred researching by letter and phone, and never felt that her decision to avoid computers or the internet affected her considerable efforts.

Joan’s academic and intellectual gifts and sense of humor made her a wonderful conversationalist. She was also an avid reader a prolific researcher and historian. Joan enjoyed spending time at the local library and researching topics that interested her, most specifically her family genealogy and her Catholic faith. Joan was truly a women ahead of her time as she had a pronounced interest in holistic medicine, Pilates, nutrition and health care, long before such topics became popular or fashionable.

In recent years, as her immediate family migrated to the Washington DC area, Joan remained committed to them as well as to her beloved hometown of Plainville. Her friends and family in Plainville, Farmington, Avon, West Hartford and the surrounding area sustained and grounded her.  Joan was greatly loved and will be missed.

Donations in Joan’s memory can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements were handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Zyskowski, Norma F.

ZyskowskiNorma F. Zyskowski, 86, of West Hartford, widow of Stanley Zyskowski, passed away peacefully Monday, July 21st at her home. Born May 18, 1928 in Arlington, MA, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Eleanor (Adamovich) Pacifici. Norma was a graduate of Mt. Ida College in Newton, MA and volunteered at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. She was generous, caring and kind to all her neighbors and friends, always putting everyone ahead of herself. She had great taste and a wonderful sense of style. Norma’s pride and joy in life was her children, grandchildren and grand dogs. She was very active in the Mother’s Circle at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford and served as a den mother. She is survived by her six children and spouses, Kristina and Alan Graham of South Pomfret, VT, Carl Zyskowski of Hartford, Mark and Donna Zyskowski of Simsbury, John and Carole Zyskowski of Simsbury, Stanley Jr. and Terri Zyskowski of West Hartford, and Amy and Walid Simaan of Farmington, and her seven grandchildren, Grant and Marlee, Nick, Tori and Celia, Alex and Carly. She was predeceased by her brother, Carl Pacifici. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday (July 26) at 11:15am in St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, 285 Church St., Hartford followed by burial in the family plot at Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Britain. Memorial contributions may be made to The House of Bread, 1453 Main St., Hartford, CT 06106 or to Catherine’s Place at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, 285 Church St., Hartford, CT 06103.

Bristol, Francis E

Francis E. Bristol, 85, of Burlington, beloved husband of 42 years of Aneysa (Abalan) Shaffer, died peacefully at home on Saturday, July 19th. Fran was born November 11, 1928, in Canton, CT., son of the late Anson Bristol III and Lillian (Fuller) Bristol. He was a graduate of Farmington High School and was a US Army veteran having earned Korean Service Medals, CT Veteran’s Wartime Service Medals and UN Medals. Prior to retiring, Francis worked at Hurley Manufacturing, Miner Lumber Co., Pratt & Whitney and John Dempsey Hospital. He loved woodworking and was a master craftsman/cabinet maker. He was an expert at welding and fixing most everything. He also loved his home at Cape Cod and NASCAR.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Donald, and John Maher. He is survived by his siblings, Patricia Antigiovani, Richard Bristol and Wayne Bristol; his former wife Claire Gunner, his son, Steven Bristol and his wife Rose of Torrington; Claire’s children, Tim Maher, Debbie Foryan and Maureen Foster, and Aneysa’s children; David Shaffer and Rev. Barbara Shaffer-Bengston as well as several grand, great, great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank VITAS Innovative Hospice for their care and support.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Rte. 4, Unionville, on Wednesday, July 23rd from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. A Prayer Service will be held at 8:00 pm with the Rev. Barbara Shaffer-Bengston in The Ahern Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors will be in Case Cemetery, Burlington, CT on Thursday, July 24th at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to the Music Committee at the Congregational Church of Burlington, 268 Spielman Highway, Burlington, CT 06013. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Loftus, Robert M

Robert M. Loftus, 83, of Farmington, beloved husband of Elizabeth Weller Loftus, passed away unexpectedly at The Uconn Health Center, on Monday, July 14. Robert was born July 10, 1931, in Scranton, PA., son of the late Andrew F. Loftus and Bridget A. (Lydon) Loftus. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University, his Bachelor of Science Degree in electrical engineering from the University of Hartford, and his Master’s Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to retiring he was employed by Superior Electric and the Amstar Corp. He was also a college professor having taught Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Northwestern Community College in Winsted and the University of Hartford for 35+ years. He was a Unites States Veteran of the Korean War and was a communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington. Besides his wife Elizabeth, he is survived by his son Michael Loftus of Newington and his daughter Ruth Donahue, her husband Paul Donahue and his granddaughter, his best girl, Jessie Donahue of Moodus, CT and his sister Mary Hume of Langhorne, PA., as well as many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his son Andrew F. Loftus.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Rte. 4, Unionville, on Friday, July 18th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday, July 19th, at 9:15 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St, Farmington, at 10:00 am. Burial with full military honors will follow in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, in Bloomfield, CT.  To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.Robert Loftus

Pons, Mona A

Mona PonsMona Ann Pons, 86, of West Hartford, beloved wife of the late Armand S. Pons, passed away on July 10, 2014, after many years of declining health. Born on August 11, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Nora (Doyle) and John J. Nero. Mona was a communicant of St. Brigid and St. Peter Claver churches and a member of the St. Brigid’s Ladies Guild and St. Francis Hospital Women’s Auxiliary. Our cherished ‘Tata’ was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was devoted to her family and faith and will forever be remembered for her feisty personality, big heart, quick wit, and unending kindness. Mona was selfless, generous, and loved helping people. Her favorite years were spent as a volunteer at St. Francis Hospital Women’s Auxiliary Gift Shop, with Dawn and friends.

Mona is survived by her 3 children, who she cherished and adored, their spouses, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren: daughter JoAnn and her husband Dr. Joseph Horanieh of West Hartford, their daughters Alison Horanieh Naglee, husband Phil and son Joey of Atlanta, GA., Leah Horanieh Burke, her husband Shawn, son Luke, and daughter McKenna of West Hartford, and Danielle Horanieh of Brooklyn, NY;  daughter Susan of Avon, her husband Michael Miller their children Katie, of Manhattan, NY and Patrick of Avon; and Lisa Miller Pohl, of San Diego, CA; son Stephen ‘Skip’ Pons of West Hartford, his wife Sandra, and their children Ashley and Jeffrey; Mona’s special extended family, Tony, Rafaat, Jenna, and Geeda Houranieh of Boston; and dearest friends; her BFF Sally Stanwicks and Susie’s godmother, Peggy Burke. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother Thomas.

Tata, you spoiled us with your kindness and showered us with your love. We will miss you terribly, we will love you always, and we will never forget how lucky we were to have you in our lives. Send Papa our love and give him a big hug and a kiss for us… he’s been waiting for you.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff at Seabury Memory Care Center for their unending support throughout her many years dealing with Alzheimers. Those special angels were Mona’s surrogate family and treated her with sincere love, respect and dignity as they kept her safe and attended to her needs morning, noon and night. Mona was also blessed with kind and gentle care from the nurses, aids, and staff of Masonicare.  Friends may call at the Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford, on Monday, July 14th from 9:30 am until 10:30 am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Home will be Monday at 10:30 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Cathedral of St. Joseph at 11:00 am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mona’s memory to Seabury Meadows Employee Appreciation Fund, 100 Seabury Rd., Bloomfield, CT 06002.

Monteleone, Giuseppe “Joe”

Giuseppe MonteleoneGiuseppe “Joe” Monteleone, 54, of Bristol, passed away on Tuesday July 1. Born in Noicattaro, Province of Bari, Italy June 3, 1960, son of the late Giovanni and Rose (Calderazzi) Monteleone. Joe was a Chef at many area restaurants including Roma’s in Oakville and the former Across from The Horse in Waterbury. He was faithful Communicant at St. Anthony Church in Bristol where he also served as a Eucharist Minister. Joe is survived by his siblings, his sister Nancy A. Hardy and her husband Paul W. of Prior Lake, MN., his two brothers, Philip Monteleone and his wife Karen of Armonk, NY and Gino Monteleone and his wife Nyvanh of Farmington. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rte. 4, Unionville on Tuesday, July 8 from 10:30 am to 12:15 pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be, Tuesday, July 8, at 12:15 pm followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Anthony Church, Bristol at 1:00 pm. Burial will follow in the St. Mary Cemetery, Avon.

Dunphy, Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth Dunphy of Farmington passed away peacefully at home on July 4, 2014. Born on December 30, 1928 she lived in Manchester before moving to Farmington. She was employed at G. Fox & Co. and Lord and Taylor for many years. She enjoyed traveling and especially loved Cape Cod. She was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church in Farmington. She leaves her daughter Marylou Macaluso and her husband Damian Macaluso of Trinity, FL ,her granddaughters Kate Macaluso of San Francisco, CA, Jennie McCashin of Orinda, CA, and Laura Macaluso of Maplewood, MO. There are four great-grandchildren; Koa, Maeve, Thomas and Emeline; a beloved step-son David Vibert and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Robert K. Vibert, sister Geraldyne Kupferschmid and brother John Dunphy.  Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday July 10, 2014 at 9:15am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Church, 110 Main Street in Farmington at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Ellington Cemetery on Maple Street in Ellington. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Gilbert, Maria (Papolio)

MariaMaria (Papolio) Gilbert, of Wethersfield, beloved wife of Cary J. Gilbert, passed away Friday, July 4, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. Born September 14, 1953 in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Bertha (Letizio) Papolio. She graduated from South Catholic High School, Class of 1971. Maria worked for The State of Connecticut in the Judicial Department for many years. She attended Corpus Christi Church and was a member of the Women’s Club. Maria was blessed with three beautiful children, Kristen Fortuna and her husband Frank of Wethersfield, Kelly Haley Evans and her husband Andrew of Wethersfield and Edward Haley of Wethersfield. She also leaves the light of her life, her most cherished grandchildren Nicholas and Tessa Fortuna and Georgia and Grace Evans. Maria is also survived by her sister, Chrissy Rafala and her husband Tony of Glastonbury, her three beloved nieces whom she absolutely adored, Andrea Kelly and her husband Dylan, and Nicole and Alyssa Rafala, her brother James Papolio of New Britain, her two stepchildren, Kellie Gilbert of Manchester and Christopher Gilbert of New Orleans, LA and many aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends who were like family to her. She was predeceased by her infant son, Mark Haley Jr. A very special thank you to Dr. Gelwan, Dr. Schauer, and Dr. Salner and her nurses Anne and Donna who were special angels and always took the extra time and effort to make her so comfortable. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Tuesday (July 8) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Wednesday (July 9) at 10:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in Corpus Christi Church, 601 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield at 11:00am. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, Maria requested that contributions be made to the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, 85 Retreat Ave., Hartford, CT 06106.

Serbek, Ann

Ann J. Serbek of West Hartford, passed away June 28, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. The Funeral service and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Marrocco, Louise

Louise DiFusco Marocco

Louise (DiFusco) Marrocco, 81, of Farmington, beloved wife of Benito “Benny” Marrocco passed away peacefully July 1, 2014. Born in Naples, Province of Campania, Italy, June 21, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Fortunato and Rosa (Speranza) DiFusco. She resided in Farmington for 50 years. Louise was a Real Estate Broker serving the Farmington area for many years. She was a Communicant at the Church of St. Patrick. Beside her husband she is survived by her son, Joseph Marrocco and his wife Rosalba of New Britain, her daughter MariaLina Marrocco of Farmington, her son Peter Marrocco and Cathy Breau of Farmington and her daughter Rosanne D. Papaleo and her husband William of Unionville, her sisters Antoinette “Toni” Kirk of Bristol and Alba Ciaffaglione of Orlando FL. Louise is also survived by her grandchildren Marilyn, Cristina, Dylan and Julia and her great granddaughter Maya. Louise was recently predeceased by her brother Salvatore DiFusco. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rte.4, Unionville on Sunday July 6 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The funeral procession will be Monday, July 7 at 9:15 am from The Ahern Funeral Home followed by the Funeral Liturgy at 10:00 am in the Church of St. Patrick; 110 Main Street, Farmington. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.