Archive for August 2014

Gresh, Gregory A.

Gresh, GregoryGregory A. “Greg” Gresh, of Gainesville, FL, beloved husband of Norine (Deep) Gresh, passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2014. He was born on October 2, 1942, son of the late Michael and Anne (Lehmann) Gresh of Unionville. Greg worked as a glazer and started his own business, Suburban Glass, in Unionville. He sold the glass business and worked for Executone and was transferred to Gainesville, FL in 1973, and later bought a communication company, Alachua Telecom, and operated that until recently. Greg also enjoyed crafting, and designed and manufactured driftwood tables, which were sold on the internet. Besides his wife of 35 years, he is survived by three children, Michele Gresh, Teresa “Tess” Gresh and Charles Reivenbark, three grandchildren, Raychele, Frankie and Dylan, and one great grandchild, Rylan. His surviving siblings are brothers Herb Gresh and his wife Charlene, and John Gresh, sisters, Mary Miser and her husband Wendel, Anne Galliott and Michele Rubirosa. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Theodore, Vernon and Robert Gresh. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, August 22, 2014 at 10:00am in St. Augustine Catholic Church in Gainesville, FL. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085.

Cox, Margaret “Peggy”

Margaret CoxMargaret Mary “Peggy” (Bell) Cox, 86, was born on the 4th of July, 1928, and left us on August 25, 2014. She was the only child of the late Louis J. and Mary (Greene) Bell of Providence, R.I., and grew up there at 254 Ives St. She is survived by her sons, Stephen of Canton and Philip of Gladstone, N.J. Peggy was pre-deceased by her husband, J. Kingsley (1977) and her son Douglas (2012). She is also survived by her three granddaughters; Shelley McCone and her husband Ryan of Manchester, Shannon Cox and her fiancé Jeremeiah Sprowles of Farmington and Jillian Conway and her husband Jason of Winsted. She is also survived by her great-grandson Drake Cox-Sprowles of Farmington. Peggy also leaves Lisa Hahn of Farmington, who she thought of as a daughter and who were each other’s “besties”, as well as Lisa’s husband Craig and their son, Joseph. Lastly, we cannot leave out her beloved cat, Loki, who found a comfy spot on her lap (on his terms, of course). Peggy was a graduate of St. Mary Academy, Bay View, Class of 1946. She met Kingsley at a dance in 1948 and they were married on April 21, 1951 moving shortly thereafter to Bristol, CT where Steve arrived six years later. They bought a house in The Highlands in Farmington in 1957 and Doug and Phil arrived a few years later, where she now had a real-life version of “My Three Sons”. The family vacationed for a week each summer in Dennisport on Cape Cod and later Peggy continued to visit the Cape as often as possible, despite her not liking when sand would get in between her toes. She worked as a secretary over the years, using the lost art of shorthand, of which she continued to use for making out her grocery lists. Peggy especially enjoyed working for the Al Jarvis Orchestra in Hartford and later on, for ATCOR in Avon. She taught catechism on Saturdays, was a member of the Women’s Guild and sang in the choir at St. Mary’s in Unionville, where she was a parishioner for over 55 years. After Peggy retired, she delved into volunteering, most notably for Meals On Wheels, which enabled her to keep connected to people, something that she loved. She also did volunteer work for veterans groups and other local charities. Peggy’s trips to the grocery store and other local businesses in Unionville could (and often did) last for hours, depending on who she would meet and end up chatting with. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends as well as by everyone who enjoys spontaneous conversation. The family wishes to thank the staff on every shift at Avon Health Center in Avon for their compassion and kindness while caring for Peggy.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Route 4, Unionville, on Thursday, August 28th from 6 – 8:00 pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday, August 29, at 9:15 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy at 10:00 am in The Church of St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Main St., Unionville. Burial will take place Saturday, August 30 in the Chapel at Notre Dame Cemetery, Pawtucket, R.I. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Unionville Museum, 15 School St., Unionville, CT 06085.

To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Hutchinson, Ernest “Ernie”

Commander Ernest “Ernie” C. Hutchinson, USCGR – retired, beloved husband of Dorothy “Peggy” (Clarke) Hutchinson passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 22st, 2014. He was born on March 14, 1927 in Philadelphia, PA, son of the late Ernest Leroy and Jean (Houston) Hutchinson and was raised in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Ernie graduated from Lower Merion High School, Haverford College, served in the Merchant Marines during WWII, served in the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Reserve, veteran of the Korean War, and founded the Hutchinson Financial Agency. He has received numerous declarations and awards, was a member of the Son’s of the American Revolution and a past president of the Connecticut USCG Reserves. Ernie enjoyed an active life, including bridge, golfing, skiing, boating, going to the beach and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Ernie was an Eagle Scout and was very proud that both his sons and two of his grandsons are also Eagle Scouts. Besides his loving wife of nearly 61 years, he is survived by his son E. Jeffrey Hutchinson and his wife Karin of Ashaway, RI; his son Eric C. Hutchinson of Granby and his grandchildren Evan; Claire, Joey, Amy and Robert; a sister Nancy Hutchinson; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers David and Richard Hutchinson. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Route 4, Unionville, on Tuesday (Aug. 26) from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. A Prayer Service will be held in the Ahern Funeral Home on Wednesday (Aug. 27) at 9:00am followed by burial with full military honors at State Veterans’ Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane, Middletown. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Hutchinson, Ernest

Follert, Edward V

Edward V. Follert, 80, of Canton, beloved husband of Arlene (O’Meara) Follert, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, August, 21st. Born in Hartford, CT, May 1st, 1934, son of the late Kenneth P. Follert, Sr. and Sophie (Albrycht) Follert. He was a U. S. Army veteran having served in Okinawa, Japan. Prior to retiring, Ed was an Insurance Agent for the Prudential Insurance Company. In his earlier years he was the lead singer and played the bass fiddle for the Twilighter’s Band. Besides his wife, he is survived by his five children: Cheryl F. Deming and her husband James of Avon; Edward V. Follert Jr. of Torrington; Douglas S. Follert and Ashley Kittredge of Torrington; Lisa M. Walzak and her husband Paul of Canton; Deborah L. Follert of East Granby; one brother: Kenneth P. Follert Jr. of Avon and 10 grandchildren. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Route 4, Unionville on Tuesday, August 26 from 9:00 to 10:00 am. A Prayer Service will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home at 10:00 am followed by military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Edward’s name may be made to the UConn Children’s Cancer Fund, 263 Farmington Ave, Farmington, CT 06030. To send online condolences to the family please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

France, Arthur

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Arthur France, 80, of Farmington, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 21st, 2014 at Apple Rehab in Plainville. He was born on May 23rd, 1934 in Windham, CT, son of the late Herbert France and Florence (Miller) France and was raised in Unionville. Art graduated from Farmington High School, Class of 1952; was a veteran of the Korean War in the Coast Guard, and was an animal lover, chicken & dairy farmer, master carpenter and painter, wallpaper hanger, inventor, trained to be a small plane pilot and was a Life Scout and former Scout Leader of his Troop in Unionville and Scout Master of Troop 6 in Bristol. He was an avid chess player and the nurses at Apple Rehab could always find him with his good friend Donald, playing chess for many hours a day. He loved to listen to the Boston Red Sox games on the radio and was a fan of Bob Steele’s word of the day. He loved music and sang in his church choir. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Bristol, and then the First Church of Christ Congregational in Unionville. He taught himself to play the piano, entertaining his friends by playing jazz at Bill’s Seafood in Westbrook for many years. He enjoyed many good meals in almost every diner and donut shop in Connecticut, especially the Applewood Restaurant in Bristol and will be sorely missed by all of his favorite waiters and waitresses. He was the tallest of his 5 siblings, at 6 foot 4 inches, and had a size 16 EEEE foot, so finding footwear was a test for him all of his life but he didn’t need a ladder to paint ceilings on the job, so it came in handy to be so tall. He had a ready smile and was known for his sense of humor and made people laugh wherever he went. He was very creative, building houses and additions for his customers and making wooden toys, bird houses and earrings for his friends and family. He was always ready and willing to help a friend and went out of his way to give people the shirt off his back and would drop everything to help someone in need. Arthur is survived by his wife Beverly (Gunther) France. Art had 5 children with his first wife, Leona (Sullivan) France who predeceased him in 1981 and leaves his daughter Tracy and Eric Carlson; his sons: David France; Daniel and Terese France; Dennis and Laura France all of Bristol; and Dean France and Robin Chegini of Wallingford. He also leaves his siblings: Herbert France of MA; Kurt and Carol France of CA; Doris Hagood of VA; his sister-in-law Nancy France of CT; his in-laws: Guy & Diane Gunther of CT and FL. He leaves his step-children and their spouses; Heather and Gary Rackliffe, Matthew and Donna Jones, Gale and Joe Balavender, Mark Jones and Holly Fisher. He leaves his grandchildren: April Lee Street; Michael Carlson; Christopher; Justin; D’Anna; Katie and Ryan France; Jessica and Rebecca Donovan; Selena Norton; Michael and Christopher Rackliffe; Matt and Glenn Jones; Jonathan; Zachary and Aubrey Fisher and great grandchildren: Jason; Justin; Makayla; Allyson; Jonathan; Joshua and Audrey; and his nieces and nephews: Stuart; Jennifer and John France; Kim-Ann Cybulski; Amanda, Kevin and John Hagood; Roger, Eric and Kirsten France; and Kimberly Greene. He was predeceased by his brother Bill France of Unionville, sister-in-laws, Betsy and Bea France, brother-in-law Lindsey Hagood and niece, Susan France. He will be dearly missed by his good friends, Mary, Donald, Annette, and Jeannie. The family sincerely appreciates the visits by Pastor Joseph Ekeberg for the last two years, the tender loving care of the emergency room doctors and nurses at UConn Medical Center and Newington and West Haven Veterans Hospitals: Dr. Margaret Rathier, Dr. Bea Tendler, the VA Homecare nurses; Kathy and Joanne; Dr. Glazer and his nurses Linda, Carleen and Lori at Apple Rehab along with all of his wonderful aides and physical therapists too numerous to name here. They all took such good care of him and he cared for them too and truly appreciated all that they did for him. For that, we thank you so much for making his last days dignified and loving, right to the very end.  Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Route 4, Unionville, on Sunday, August 24th from 4-7 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, August 25th at 11 am at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 355 Camp St., Bristol, CT.  Donations in memory of Art can be sent to the First Church of Christ Congregational, 61 Main St, Unionville, CT 06085; to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 355 Camp St, Bristol or to the CT Audubon Society, 314 Quowa Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Landry, Jr., Benedict B

Benedict B. Landry, Jr., of West Hartford, died peacefully on Sunday, August 17th. He was the son of the late Dr. Benedict and Margaret Landry. He attended Kingswood School, Canterbury School and the College of Holy Cross. He was a U. S. Marine Corps veteran serving in the Korean War. Ben is survived by his sisters: Marie Race St. John of Hobe Sound, FL., Sister Margaret Landry RSHM of Tarrytown N.Y., Marcia Hagan of Denton, TX and Anne Jones of Concord, MA, and by nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brother Thomas Landry. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Thursday (Aug. 28) at 10:30am in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford followed by burial in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. There are no calling hours.

Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford, www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Lostocco, Benvenuta (Battistoni)

Benvenuta (Battistoni) Lostocco, 90, of Sun City, Arizona, wife of the late Peter L. Lostocco, died Monday August 18th. Born in Castelleto di Brenzone, Italy, on Largo di Garda, daughter of the late Thomaso and Maria Battistoni, she immigrated to the United States with her mother and sister Susie when she was 7 years old. She lived in Avon for most of her youth, moved to Farmington after being married to Peter and lived there until a vacation to sunny Arizona enticed them to move in 1978. She enjoyed many crafts and created numerous pieces that her family has enjoyed through the years. She also enjoyed her many bridge groups, playing 3 or 4 times a week. She leaves one son, Bruce P. Lostocco and his wife Nancy of East Granby; one daughter Deborah Francis and her husband Peter of Tucson, AZ; a granddaughter Marie Lostocco of Philadelphia, PA; a grandson Adam Lostocco and his wife Kari of Lexington, KY; a grandson Andrew Francis and his wife Cheryl of Atlanta, GA; a grandson Paul Francis and his wife Ashley of Murfreesboro, TN and a great grandson Kameron Lostocco of Lexington, KY. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Route 4, Unionville on Monday, August 25th from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:00 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am in The Church of St Patrick, Farmington. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Joseph Cemetery in Plainville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of Arizona Foundation, 19820 N. 7th Ave, Suite 130, Phoenix, Arizona 85027.

Buck, Cynthia “Cindy”

Cynthia (Cindy) Buck, 71, passed away at her residence, The Cherry Brook Health Care Center in Collinsville on Tuesday, August 19th. She was the daughter of the late Jean Buck of Darien and the loving cousin of Sue and Austin Wood of Sunapee, NH. Cindy was an inspiring survivor who consistently turned the numerous lemons sent her way into lemonade. She was born in New York City in 1943 and as a young child was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. The wheel chair that mobilized her from then on curtailed her body but hardly slowed down her indomitable spirit. During her childhood and teenage years she resided at several homes for physically challenged children, throughout New England but in her mid-twenties settled at New Britain Memorial Hospital in New Britain, which was later named Hospital for Special Care. She was actively involved in volunteer work there and was a cherished confidant and counselor to many. In her mid-forties she moved to New Horizons in Unionville, a then newly constructed independent-care facility for physically challenged adults. There Cindy continued her dynamic volunteerism, most notably helping with the annual Strawberry Festival which has become something of a Unionville tradition. In her early sixties she moved to her last residency at Cherry Brook Health Care Center where she was a beloved part of that community till the time of her death. Cindy will be remembered for her infectious smile; razor wit; raucous laughter ; a tender caring heart for the staff as well as residence; and her abiding, sustaining faith in a loving, compassionate God. Those lucky enough to have known her will never ever forget her.

Hemphill, Gerald W. Sr.

Gerald W. Hemphill Sr., 89, of Unionville, beloved husband of Vera (Pyle) Hemphill, to whom he was married to for 68 ½ years, passed away peacefully Friday, August 15th at his home. Born in Newburg Junction, New Brunswick, Canada, July 3rd, 1925, son of the late Clarence S. and Arvilla M. (Patterson) Hemphill, he resided in Farmington for 58 years and Unionville for the last 9 years. Prior to retiring, Gerald was employed by SNETCO for 32 years. He was the Owner-Manager of the Shady Grove Tourist Court and Wee-One Restaurant in Farmington. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Frederick-Franklin Lodge #14 in Plainville. Gerald was a longtime member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Farmington. He was a founding member of the American Radio Relay Insurance City Repeater Club and was an avid camper (FMCA). Besides his wife, he is survived by his two children and their spouses, Jo-Anne E. and William Smeltz of Springfield, MA and Gerald W. and Roberta Hemphill Jr., of Bristol, nine grandchildren, Sabrina Smeltz-Folsom, Kelley Smeltz, Jillyan Smeltz, Sarah Smeltz, Jennifer Schwecherl Hemphill, Jeremy Hemphill, Lauren Valuckas, John B. Valuckas and Sharon Woinski, seven great granddaughters, two great grandsons and three nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Diane H. Valuckas and his sister, Ethel A. Smith. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Aug. 23) from 9:30-10:30am. Funeral services will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home at 10:30am with Rev. Steven Savides officiating, the Masonic Ritual will follow the service. Burial with full military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Olesak, Marie (Ferraro)

Olesak-1Marie (Ferraro) Olesak, 76, of Unionville, widow of Andrew J. Olesak, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 17th. Born in Italy, February 3rd, 1938, daughter of the late Antonio and Seraphina (Tedesco) Ferraro, she resided in New Britain for 18 years before moving to Unionville in 1964. She was a graduate of New Britain High School, Class of 1956. Prior to retiring, Marie was employed at Aetna Life Insurance Company in Hartford and was also associated with the First National Stores and Stop & Shop. She was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, James R. and Jonyl S. Olesak of Avon, her beloved granddaughter, Alyson M. Olesak, her sister-in-law, Sally Olesak of Meriden and her brother-in-law, Frank Uryga of Southington. She was predeceased by her two sons, Kenneth Olesak and Andrew J. Olesak Jr., and her two brothers, Vincenzo Ferraro and Salvatore Ferraro. The family would like to thank Marie’s wonderful caregiver for the last 2 ½ years, Nettie Henry of Hartford. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Aug. 20) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday (Aug. 21) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Hemingway, Clarence “Fat”

Clarence “Fat” Hemingway, nearly 88 years, left on his final voyage Saturday, August 9th, at his home in Plainville, CT with his family by his bedside. He was born August 27, 1926 in Unionville, CT son of the late Clarence and Lila (Griswold) Hemingway. Clarence joined the U.S.Navy on November 1942, when he was only 16 years old. He was a veteran of WWII. He served as a crew member on the USS Lexington CV-16, The Blue Ghost, for 38 months in the Asian Pacific Campaign. He was cited for “Meritorious Performance of Duty in Action”. He continually operated a heavy AA Twin Mountede Gun. With outstanding degree of proficiency he successfully repelled numerous enemy air attacks. He was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, 25 Battle Stars and the Philippine Liberation 2-B-S along with an Honorable Discharge on December 39th, 1945. After his tour of duty, he had some odd jobs. He then got a job at E. Ingraham Co. where he worked for 10 years. He was then hired by the Farmington Police Dept. as a Supernumerary from March 1952 to 1960. He was a volunteer fireman at the Tunxis Hose Fire Dept from 1956 to 1965. During 1958 to 1987 he was hired by Pratt Whitney Fire Dept. He retired as a Lieutenant. Throughout the years, 1942-1965, he was a very busy man. He married a wonderful woman named Edith “Eadie” (DeParolis) Hemingway. Clarence and Edith were married Sept 13, 1947, nearly 67 years. He was a two time cancer survivor of melanoma and colon cancer but succumbed to a very progressive pulmonary cancer. Besides his wife, he is also survived by his son David Hemingway of Plainville; daughters: Joan Crowe of Canton and her husband Donald; Betty Bergstrom of Bristol; Terry Nakatani of Colchester and her partner Ed Dzikiewicz; granddaughters: Thea Griffin and her husband Ken; Teresa Nakatani; Edie Hanson and her husband Dillon; grandson: Jeff Hemingway and his wife Nancy; and Addison Crowe; great-granddaughters: Abigail and Natalie Griffin; Great-grandsons: Brett and Ryan Hemingway; his sister-in-law; Barbara DeParolis and many nieces and nephews. Clarence was predeceased by his sister Catherine (Hemingway) Manyak, granddaughter Sabrina Crowe; and his son-in-law John “Tiny” Bergstrom; and TyCody Dzikiewicz. Friends may call at the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rte.4, Unionville on Tuesday, August 12th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. A prayer service will be held in the Ahern Funeral Home at 12:00 noon followed by burial in the family plot with full military honors in St Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary Church, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085 or to Hospice VNA Healthcare in Southington.

Dunne, Alice Helena

 

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Alice Helena Dunne, 91, of Unionville, widow of Richard E. Dunne, passed away peacefully Saturday, August 9th at her home. Born in New Britain, August 13th, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Henry A. and Edith (Cobb) Howard. Alice studied Art at Central Connecticut State University under the late L. John Wenner. She worked in the Accounting department at New Britain Machine, was a children’s clothing manager at WT Grant and was a manager at Harvey’s Dress Shop in Farmington. Alice was a member of the Farmington Women’s Club and the New Britain Museum of American Art, where she was chosen to exhibit. She was an avid piano player, loved the ocean and river and adored her “girls”, Donna Kuharski, Caroline Pouliot-Jovanis, Denise Gabriel, Gina Gabriel, Linda Assalone, Joyce Lazar, and her compassionate caretaker Mia Busch. Alice is survived by her devoted daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia P. and George A. Prims of Audubon, NJ, her grandchildren, Paul Prims and his wife Carla of Hamden, Eric Prims of New Britain, Tracy Prims of New Britain, her great grandson, TJ Hughes of New Britain and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law, Elva and Forrest Hart and her sister, Loretta Stevens. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Aug. 14) from 10:00-11:30am followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 11:30am. Alice asked that everyone celebrate her life and wear bright colors, just as she loved the colors of nature. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, near the river she so loved in Farmington. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. John A. Lawson Scholarship Fund, c/o First Church of Christ Congregational, 61 Main St., Unionville, CT 06085.

Brodeur, Charles E.

Charles E. Brodeur, 84, of Burlington, husband of the late Gloria (Abalan) Brodeur, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 3, 2014. Born May 18th, 1930 in Burlington, VT, son of the late Origene and Cecilia (Morris) Brodeur. Prior to retiring, Charles was employed by the United States Post Office. He was a United States Navy veteran of the Korean War. Charles is survived by his daughter, Karen Fettig, his sister, Betty Thompson of Michigan, seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Graveside funeral services with full military honors will be held Saturday (Aug. 16) at 10:00am in Case Cemetery, Case Road, Burlington with Rev. Kim Wadhams officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice Care, 199 Park Road Ext., Suite 102, Middlebury, CT 06762.

Matthew, Lorissa (Paruske)

Lorissa (Paruske) Matthew of Unionville and York, SC, passed away with family peacefully on July 31, 2014. She was born on September 3, 1947, the daughter of John and Maryline (Mathieu) Paruske. She completed her education in the Farmington school system and Goodwin Tech in fashion design. Although she never worked in that field, she designed and made fashions for many friends and family. Her favorite thing to do was make clothes and give them away to people that were less fortunate than her. Lorissa is survived by her brother Richard Paruske, his wife Margaret, niece Kris, and nephew Mat. She also leaves many friends in Unionville, especially the Westerly Hookers. Memorial service and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Hemingway, Clarence “Fat”

Clarence “Fat” Hemingway, nearly 88 years, left on his final voyage Saturday, August 9th, at his home in Plainville, CT with his family by his bedside. He was born August 27, 1926 in Unionville, CT son of the late Clarence and Lila (Griswold) Hemingway. Clarence joined the U.S.Navy on November 1942, when he was only 16 years old. He was a veteran of WWII. He served as a crew member on the USS Lexington CV-16, The Blue Ghost, for 38 months in the Asian Pacific Campaign. He was cited for “Meritorious Performance of Duty in Action”. He continually operated a heavy AA Twin Mountede Gun. With outstanding degree of proficiency he successfully repelled numerous enemy air attacks . He was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, 25 Battle Stars and the Philippine Liberation 2-B-S along with an Honorable Discharge on December 39th, 1945. After his tour of duty, he had some odd jobs. He then got a job at E. Ingraham Co. where he worked for 10 years. He was then hired by the Farmington Police Dept. as a Supernumerary from March 1952 to 1960. He was a volunteer fireman at the Tunxis Hose Fire Dept from 1956 to 1965. During 1958 to 1987 he was hired by Pratt Whitney Fire Dept. He retired as a Lieutenant. Throughout the years, 1942-1965, he was a very busy man. He married a wonderful woman named Edith “Eadie” (DeParolis) Hemingway. Clarence and Edith were married Sept 13, 1947, nearly 67 years. He was a two time cancer survivor of melanoma and colon cancer but succumbed to a very progressive pulmonary cancer.

Besides his wife, he is also survived by his son David Hemingway of Plainville; daughters: Joan Crowe of Canton and her husband Donald; Betty Bergstrom of Bristol; Terry Nakatani of Colchester and her partner Ed Dzikiewicz; granddaughters: Thea Griffon and her husband Ken; Teresa Nakatani; Edie Hanson and her husband Dillon Hanson; grandson: Jeff Hemingway and his wife Nancy; and Addison Crowe; great-granddaughters: Abigail and Natalie Griffon; Great-grandsons: Brett and Ryan Hemingway; his sister-in-law; Barbara DeParolis and many nieces and nephews. Clarence was predeceased by his sister Catherine (Hemingway) Manyak, granddaughter Sabrina Crowe; and his son-in-law John “Tiny” Bergstrom; and TyCody Dzikiewicz.

Friends may call at the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rte.4, Unionville on Tuesday, August 12th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. A prayer service will be held in the Ahern Funeral Home at 12:00 noon followed by burial in the family plot with full military honors in St Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary Church, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085 or to Hospice VNA Healthcare in Southington.