Archive for September 2014

Williams, Thomas E.

Thomas E. Williams, 89, of Farmington, husband of the late Gladys (Gilbert) Williams, passed away peacefully Sunday, September 28th. Born July 14, 1925 in Hartford, he was the son of the late Edward and Emily Williams. Prior to retiring, Thomas was employed in the Shipping and Receiving Department at Emhart Corp in Windsor. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II having served aboard the USS Enterprise. Thomas is survived by his two sons, Thomas J. Williams of Avon and Robert A. Williams of Farmington, his granddaughter Louanna Wilson and great granddaughter Esmaya Wilson both of Thomaston and his sister, Lorraine Kruchun of Windsor. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Thibodeau, Mayvella (Jandreau)

Mayvella (Jandreau) Thibodeau, 77, of Unionville, beloved widow of Clarence Thibodeau, passed away peacefully Sunday, September 28th at Shady Oaks in Bristol with her family by her side. Born in St. Francis, Maine, July 14, 1937, daughter of the late Hector and Rosebell (DuBois) Jandreau. Prior to retiring, Mayvella was employed at Myrtle Mills in Unionville and Lake Garda School in Burlington. She was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville where she was a member of the Ladies Guild. She is survived by her five daughters and a son, Deborah Thibodeau of Torrington, Diana and Joseph Erha of New Hartford, Harold and Patty Thibodeau of Bristol, Sharon and Frederick Nogiec of Bristol, Sandra Thibodeau of Bristol and Bonnie and Timothy Tharau of Burlington; 21 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; her siblings, Anita Thibodeau of East Hartford, Harold Jandreau of Van Buren, ME, Ervin Jandreau of St. Francis, ME, Verla Berube of Southington, Walteen Soucy, Doyle Jandreau, Valmont Jandreau and Rhona Pelletier all of St. Francis, ME. She was predeceased by a son at birth, her sister Geraldine Thibodeau and her brother Lewellyn Jandreau. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Oct. 1) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday (Oct. 2) 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 Vitas Hospice Innovative Care of Waterbury, 199 Park Road Extension, Suite 102, Middlebury, CT 06762. Thibodeau, Mayvella

Syversen, Ralph H.

Syversen, RalphRalph H. Syversen, age 69, of Burlington, CT, died at home with his wife and daughter by his side on September 26, 2014, after a courageous and valiant battle against cancer.

Ralph was born November 20, 1944, in Teaneck, New Jersey, to the late Harold and Harriet Syversen. He was educated in the Teaneck school system and later attended Webster Academy in Massachusetts. He returned to Closter after his graduation, spending summers working at the Demarest Swim Club. He went on to receive his BA from William Penn University and his Masters from Connecticut College. After college graduation, Ralph began his teaching career in New Jersey, which was interrupted when he was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1970, serving in the 1st Cavalry Division, assigned to the Military Police. After his discharge from the Army, Ralph returned to teaching, spending almost thirty years of his career at Canton Junior Senior High School, before retiring in 2010. Ralph earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1960, and later went on to serve as Scoutmaster of Troop 23 in Burlington for a number of years. Ralph was an active member of the community, serving a term as President of the Parish Council at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Harwinton, serving as chairman of the Burlington Summerfest for several years, and volunteering as a driver for the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department for ten years. Most of all, Ralph loved spending time with his family. He was the kindest and most loving husband and father, and his grandchildren brought him tremendous joy. His many friends and former students will remember Ralph for his sense of humor and his gentle manner. Ralph is survived by his loving wife of forty years, Sharon (nee Kidney), his devoted daughter, Kristin; three adoring grandchildren, Ethan, Breah, and Keegan; his brother, Robert (Joann); sister-in-law Barbara McGill (James); sister-in-law Marybeth Keating (Mark); three nieces, Ellen Syversen (Chris), Megan Smith (Jeff), and Sarah McGill; a nephew, Michael (Barbara); two great-nephews and two great-nieces. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday, September 30, from 3:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Wednesday, October 1 at 9:15am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, Collinsville. Burial with full military honors will be in Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown. Memorial contributions may be made in Ralph’s name to the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Peterson, Edith H. (Anderson)

Edith H. (Anderson) Peterson, 100, of East Hampton, widow of Irving L. Peterson, passed away peacefully Monday, September 22nd. Born February 13th, 1914 in Unionville, daughter of the late Pearl and Ida (Lorenson) Anderson, she resided in Unionville and Farmington for 90 years before moving to East Hampton to live with her daughter. Prior to retiring, Edith worked for Dr. Lynch at the Avon Medical Group for 18+ years. She was a charter member of the Frances Richards Club at First Church of Christ, Congregational in Unionville where she was a longtime member. Edith is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Phyllis and Don J. Martin of East Hampton and Karen and Kalevi Kotkas of North Yarmouth, ME, her brother, Richard Anderson of Avon, six grandchildren, Jon P. Martin and his wife Maritza, Jeffrey A. Martin and his wife Laura, David C. Martin and his wife Jacqueline, Erik K. Kotkas, Peter K. Kotkas and his wife Cassandra, Kristin P. Kotkas and her husband Eric Hindes, seven great grandchildren, Nicolas Javier Martin, Tomas Felipe Martin, Zoe Barela Martin, Henry Tully Martin, Sofia Elizabeth Martin, Sawyer Don Martin, and Ellis Isabel Hindes, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Jean C. Peterson, her three sisters, Ruth Reynolds, Jeanette Anderson and Ethel Cross, and her brother, Robert Anderson. Memorial Services will be held Monday (Oct. 13) at 10:30am in the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 61 Main St., Unionville with Rev. Cynthia Carr officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492 or to the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 61 Main St., Unionville, CT 06085.

Weston, Eddie L. (Allen)

Eddie L. (Allen) Weston, of Windsor, passed away peacefully on September 22, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. A native of Tuskegee, Alabama, Ms. Weston was a longtime resident of Windsor who worked for 27 years as a paraprofessional in the Hartford Public Schools. She relished her role as a teacher and advocate of children and often volunteered to mentor the children most challenged by their life circumstances. She was an avid knitter who used her skills to create handmade hats, scarves, gloves, and afghans that were donated to charities that serve needy children. She was the widow of Cecil Weston and mother to four children, the late Charles Jasper, the late Earl Jasper, and is survived by her son Mark Weston, daughter Nina Weston, sister Addie Watkins and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Catherine Sturges of Companions for Living for her patient, compassionate care, and Jenny McDonald of VNA Healthcare and Joanne Foss and Krista Eddy of Aging Care LLC for their guidance and patient advocacy. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Friday (Sept. 26) from 10:00-11:00am followed by funeral services in The Ahern Funeral Home at 11:00am. Burial will be in Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers a contribution in Eddie’s name be made to the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc., P.O. Box 350 Willimantic, CT 06226. To send online condolences to the family, please visit

Labbadia, Giovanni “John”

Labbadia, JohnGiovanni “John” Labbadia, 74, of South Glastonbury, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 17, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born September 25, 1939 in Lenola, Province of Latina, Italy, son of the late Salvatore and Onorata (Spirito) Labbadia. Prior to retiring, John was self-employed as a Tile Craftsman and Carpet Installer. He was a communicant at St. Anthony Church in Bristol. John’s love was his family and grandchildren and he especially loved cooking for everyone. He enjoyed traveling to visit friends all over the country and could always be found at the Blackjack table at Foxwoods Casino. John is survived by his two sons and their wives, Dino and Patricia Labbadia of East Canaan and John and Jane Labbadia of Unionville, his grandchildren, Cristina, Nicholas, Alyssa, Matthew, Anthony, Nieko and Drew, his step grandchildren, Anthony, Juliana and Fausto, his siblings, Angelo Labbadia and his wife Valentina of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saverio Labbadia and his wife Angelina of Bristol, Julia Forgetta and her husband Peter of Cromwell, sister-in-law Josefina Labbadia of Brazil, several nieces and nephews and his special friends Angelo Strano and family of Glastonbury. He was predeceased by his brother, Rocco Labbadia and his sister, Maria Labbadia Davia and her husband Gaspare. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center and Geer Convalescent Home. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Sept. 20) from 8:30-10:15am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Anthony Church, Bristol at 11:00am. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, Hartford Hospital – Fund Development, 80 Seymour St., P.O. Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06102-5037.

Adams, Julie

Julie Adams, 95, of Unionville, widow of Donald E. Adams Sr., passed away peacefully Saturday, September 13, 2014. Born August 14, 1919 in New Haven, daughter of the late Adam and Rose (Radziunas) Andrus. Prior to retiring, Julie worked in the Dietary Department at Bristol Hospital. She is survived by her two children, Shirley R. Jakobowksi of Unionville and Robert D. Adams of Bristol, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services and burial were privately held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Wallquist, William S.

William S. Wallquist “Mr. Perfect”, 82, of Unionville, beloved husband of Beverly (Stevenson) Wallquist, passed away peacefully Friday, September 5th. Born in Hartford, September 12th, 1931, son of the late Patrick W. and Anna (Linblad) Wallquist. Prior to retiring in 1998, William was a Construction Engineer for the Metropolitan District Commission for 41 years. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. Besides his wife, William is survived by his children, Judy Wallquist, Lisa Sullivan and her husband Arthur, Steven Leclair and his wife Yvonne and Scott Wallquist and his wife Dianna, his sister, Barbara Amidon of Petersham, MA, his grandchildren, Sarah, Rebecca and Adam Zigmund, Kelly and Molly O’Donnell, Archie, Meghan and Will Sullivan, Robert “Robbie” Leclair, Phoebe Jane Wallquist and Penelope Rose Wallquist, his great-grandchildren, Brendan and Melina, his son-in law Richard O’Donnell, his sister-in-law, Karen Stevenson of Newington and his cousin, Etheline Jensen of Old Saybrook. He was predeceased by his daughter Gail O’Donnell. The family would like to express their gratitude to Day Break of Farmington and Arden Courts of Farmington for the excellent care and compassion extended to Bill and family by all three shifts of caregivers. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Sept. 8) from 10:00am – 12:00pm. Funeral services will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home at 12:00pm with Rev. Melanie Enfield officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wallquist, William

Timura, Florence

OFlorence Timura, 87, of Farmington and Old Lyme passed away on Sunday, August 31, 2014 after a brief illness. She was born in New Britain on June 20, 1927 to the late Paul and Julia Sutula. She was the devoted wife to Michael for 66 years and a terrific mother to her four sons. Florence was a very caring, fun-loving and sociable person. Although she never drank or smoked in her life, there was never a party or an event that she did not want to miss and enjoyed attending. She was an excellent cook and thoroughly took pleasure in preparing meals and entertaining, especially for her family, the gourmet group, her ding-a-ling friends and the beach crowd. You could not pull her away from the kitchen. Throughout the years, she was especially active in the Farmington Valley Women’s Club, St. Patrick’s Women’s Club, Farmington Seniors and the Red Hatters Society. Her favorite spot was living in her home at White Sand Beach, Old Lyme and escaping the cold winters to their place in Vero Beach, FL. She will be truly missed by her family and friends. Her most noteworthy accomplishment is happening right now. Always having a high regard for the medical profession, it prompted her many years ago to register and unselfishly offer her body to science. She is an Anatomical Donor for the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. The medical students at the UConn Health Center in Farmington will be using her body to study and learn all about the various complexities of the human body until the school year ends in May 2015. She will then be cremated and returned to the family. The date and location for a celebration of Florence’s life will be announced at that time. There will be no calling hours or memorial service. Besides her husband, Michael, she is survived by her sons Wayne and Jacqueline of Colorado; Gary and Linda of Unionville; Brian, MD of Vermont; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was recently predeceased by her son, Michael III, Ph.D. Florence also leaves her sister, Patricia and Roy Engwall of New Britain. There was no question, Florence, enjoyed life to the fullest extent possible with the people she knew and anyone she was around. She had a warm, friendly and infectious smile and wanted to be remembered by this poem written by Mary Elizabeth Fry:

Do not stand by my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am a diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
I am everywhere.
I am wherever you are.

You will always be smiling. We love you “much.”

Peckham, Russell C.

Peckham, Russell-1Russell Clifford Peckham 81 of Avon, passed away on September 2, 2014 surround by his loving family. He was born April 2, 1933 in Hartford to the late Samuel and Margaret (Gedney) Peckham. He was a graduate of Newington High School and the University of Hartford. He worked for Colonial Fuel and retired as Vice President after 40 years. Russell was a dedicated member of the community he lived in, serving 40 years as a member of the Avon Volunteer Fire Department and 50 years with the Avon Lions Club (with terms as Secretary and President). He was a recipient of the Melvin Jones Award; the highest form of recognition for members who embody humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism. Russell was also a member of the West Hartford Squires, Farmington Valley Men’s Club, past president of the Avon Chamber of Commerce and the Avon Board of Tax review where he served as Chairman. He was a faithful member of Saint Matthews Lutheran Church. Russell enjoyed golfing, vacationing on Cape Cod and staying active. Even after retirement, he continued to work and had a thriving handyman business for several years. He is survived by his wife Janice, daughters Laura Berresford (Andrew) and Carol Peckham (partner Dave Berggren), daughter in- law Claire Peckham, granddaughters Margaret Peckham and Melissa Peckham, Kim Evans (Will), Jennifer Berresford and great granddaughter Annabel, brothers Elbert Peckham, Clayton Peckham and Roger Peckham and sisters Caroline Kendal and Virginia Rauhauser as well as many nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his brothers Charles and Wesley Peckham, sister Eleanor Loveland and his son Robert Peckham. The family would like to thank Country Side Manor for their wonderful care and compassion as well as Arden Courts of Avon. Calling hours will be held from 2:00 – 5:00 pm on Saturday September 6, 2014 at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Sunday September 7, 2014 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 224 Lovely Street, Avon. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Avon Volunteer Fire Department, 25 Darling Drive, Avon, CT 06001, Alzheimer’s Association, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 or St. Matthews Lutheran Church.

Jensen, Nellie Pulver

Jensen, NellieNellie Pulver Jensen, 92, of Bristol, passed away August 29, 2014 after a long bout with congestive heart failure. Nellie was the daughter of the late Howard and Marcelle (Desarmeaux) Pulver. She was born January 8, 1922 in St. Etienne, France, but moved with her family to Avon shortly thereafter. Nellie was involved in the Girl Scouts of America throughout her life; as recipient of the Golden Eaglet pin, as a Troup Leader and as a Leader Trainer. Nellie was predeceased by her high school sweetheart and husband of 58 years, Earl Peter Jensen, and they lived for many years just around the corner from where they both grew up on Lovely Street. They Wintered in Englewood, FL, for some years before making it their year-round home, where Nellie taught line-dancing & was a member of the Chat & Sew group. She leaves daughters, Nancy Campisi & her husband Joseph of Newington, Carol Ann Graziano of Newington and Linda Jensen & her husband Robert Anania of Avon. She also leaves five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Nellie was also predeceased by her brother Charles D. Pulver and an infant daughter, Carol Jean. Friends & family may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday, Sept 5 from 10:00 – 12:00 noon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to The Lupus Foundation or to a charity of your choice. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Bourdeanu, Silviu

SilviuSilviu Bourdeanu, 83, of 29 Maple Village in Unionville passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, August 30th, 2014. He was born on October 30th, 1930 in Romania and later immigrated to The US in 1977. Silviu loved music and was known for his swift moves on the dance floor. He was a kind and gentle spirit who, above all else, got the greatest joy from spending time with his family, especially his great granddaughters. He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Seiva, his daughter, Silvia Totolici and her husband Milian of Farmington, his granddaughters, Laura Mulvehill and her husband Todd of Harwinton and Maddy Yopchick and her husband Matt of Avon and his cherished great granddaughters, Cassie, Emily, Olivia and Abby. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Sept. 3) from 5:00-8:00pm.