Archive for October 2014

Prashad, Jankie

Prashad, JankieJankie Prashad, 61, of Hartford, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 29th after a courageous three year battle with breast cancer. Born in Guyana, South America, June 1st, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Munilall and Bephia (Narine) Mangar. Jankie is survived by her daughter, Amanda Prashad of Hartford, seven sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Sunday (Nov. 2) from 2:00-6:00pm. Funeral services will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home on Monday (Nov. 3) at 10:00am followed by burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford.

Tew, Ruth A.

Ruth Amelia Tew, 90, of Avon, passed away peacefully on October 28, 2014. She was born in November 1923 in Farmington, the daughter of the late Herbert Tew and Ellen (Anderson) Tew of Avon. She was employed by Chas. House and Sons in Unionville for many years. Upon her well-deserved retirement, she moved to Unionville and enjoyed many interests, including tag-sales, bingo and traveling. Independent yet family-oriented, Ruth loved and enjoyed her many cousins, nieces and nephews spanning three generations, who are the family she leaves behind to remember her kindness, spirit and bravery. Ruth was predeceased by her siblings, Frederick Tew, Harriet (Tew) Bauer, Florence (Tew) Messenger and Ernest B. Tew. The family of Ruth Tew would like to acknowledge and thank the staff of Avon Health Center of Avon for their commitment to the best care possible for our loved one. Funeral and burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Grocki, Anton Jr.

Anton Grocki Jr., 72, formerly of Unionville, passed away Thursday, October 16th. Born June 1st, 1942 son of the late Anton Grocki and Ruth E. Grocki Sr. Anton was a 21 year Air Force veteran and a lifelong member of the Grange. He is survived by his two daughters and their husbands, Lisa and Mike Lowe of Savage, MD, Deborah and Charles Deloy Jr. of Unionville, eight grandchildren, Rebekah Montgomery, Hannah Martin, Mary Camden, Caleb Lowe, Benjamin Lowe, John Lowe, Edward Deloy and Jefferie Deloy and 12 great grandchildren. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Nov. 2) from 4:00-6:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Maranatha House, c/o Delores Cyce, 6118 Sebring Drive, Columbia, MD 21044.

Kowalski, Bernard M.

Despite a very brave battle which he faced with his typical strength and resolve, we are saddened to say we have lost the pillar of our family, Bernard M. Kowalski (88), ‘Pop’, a longtime resident of Farmington, formerly of Newark, NJ. Ben was a determined and self-made man who lived a long life of unparalleled dedication. He served in the US Navy during WWII and soon after began a cross-country journey to establish his accounting career and life for his family here in CT. When not hard at work Ben enjoyed his passion for running, having become an accomplished marathon runner over the years while also a member of the Hartford Track Club. He was extremely passionate about his gardening, tennis, dancing and first and foremost, memorable times with his family. He was a valued member of the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington, a reliable face in the pews over the years, having also served as their fourth President of the Mens Club. Ben approached each day with a passion for learning and a contagious smile. His love for life and his invaluable lessons he served will benefit us all as we continue to live our lives per his example. Besides his wife of 64 years, Evelyn McHugh Kowalski, his ‘Darling’, he leaves behind his two supportive and loving daughters, Marie Kowalski Hunt of Farmington and Joan Kowalski McConville and her husband John McConville of Clinton. He was blessed with his grandchildren, Ashley McConville Greenbacker (husband Steve Greenbacker), Megan McConville Girolamo (husband Jimmy Girolamo), Benjamin Daniel Hunt and Blaine Allen Hunt, his great-grandson, Jack Aiden Greenbacker, and was still awaiting to meet his second great-grandchild due in March 2015. He will be deeply missed by all of his special nieces, nephews, family and friends who he leaves behind. Ben was predeceased by his motherly-figure, Sister Mary Cantalicia of The Felician Franciscan Sisters of Enfield, (province also of Lodi, NJ), whom played a large role in leading him on a faithful path to become such a devout man. Ben has now joined his five siblings, son-in-law Daniel Hunt and many other loved ones who passed before him. Friends and family may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday, October 29th from 5-7pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday, October 30th at 9:15am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington at 10am. Burial with full military honors will be in State Veteran’s Cemetery, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Ben’s honor to the Felician Franciscan Sisters whose mission was very dear to him, Kowalski, Bernard-color

Sullivan, William J. Jr.

William “Bill” J. Sullivan Jr., 54, of Unionville, beloved husband and soulmate of the late Deborah J. Sullivan, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, October 23rd. Born June 3, 1960 in Westerly, Rhode Island, son of William J. Sullivan Sr. and his partner Mark Murphy, and the late Leona (Sabins) and Bill Gregoire. Bill loved the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. He had a heart of gold and absolutely adored his grandsons. Besides his father, he is survived by his three children, Michael Mockus, Joseph Mockus, Christine Tully and her husband Brian, his three sisters, Leona, Helen and Samantha Sullivan, his three beloved grandsons, Nicholas Mockus, Ryan Tully and Sean Tully and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers or donations, Bill would want those to “pay it forward” in his memory.

Spielman, Lena Rose (Couture)

Spielman, LenaLena Rose (Couture) Spielman, 95, of Burlington, CT passed away peacefully on Oct 19, 2014 in Avon, CT. Lena was born on March 23, 1919 in Grand Isle, ME, where she lived for 13 years prior to moving to Collinsville, CT. Lena is the daughter of the late Simon Couture and Salome (Lavoie) Couture. Lena was a life-long resident of Burlington and respected member of the community, as a result of her involvement and passion in town events. She was the cafeteria manager at Lewis S. Mills High School for over 20 years, and the Registrar of Voters for 50 years. In 2003 Lena was recognized by the State of CT for her dedicated service to the town of Burlington with an official citation naming November 13 ‘Lena Spielman Day’ in CT. Lena was a loving and caring daughter, mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was predeceased by her husband Clarence, who she was married to for 56 years. She is survived by her son Clarence G. “Skip” Spielman Jr and his wife Cindy of Unionville, CT; grandchildren Jennifer Slade and her husband Steven, Jason Spielman and his wife Cindy, Jackie Mahannah and Christopher Ryan and his wife Kristin; great-grandchildren Alison & Sarah Slade, Kayleigh Mahannah, Ethan Manyak and Kane Spielman. She is also survived by a special nephew, whom she raised, Robert Vincent and his wife Joyce of Kentucky, and their children Laura, Matt and Linda. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at Avon Health Center for the wonderful and compassionate care given to Lena. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt., 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Oct. 22) from 5:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday (Oct. 23) 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 the family plot at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Cancer Fund at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, 282 Washington St., Hartford, CT 06106.

Sawicki, Sophie (Alfonse)

Sophie (Alfonse) Sawicki, 82, of Unionville, widow of Fred Sawicki, passed away peacefully Thursday, October 16th at her home. Born in Acushnet, MA, November 12th, 1931, daughter of the late Antone and Maria Alfonse, she resided in the Farmington/Unionville area for many years. Sophie was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville where she sang in the choir. Sophie worked for Bee Line Fashion as a top sales representative in the 1960’s and 70’s. She also was an accomplished artist and ran Ceramics by Sophie, a ceramic school out of her home for many years. Sophie is survived by her three sons, Steven Sawicki and his wife Barbara of Altamont, NY; Al Sawicki and his wife Lisa of South Windsor and Matthew Sawicki of Frisco, TX. She also leaves many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews whom she enjoyed spending time with and loved dearly. She was predeceased by 7 siblings, Mary Medeiros, Rose Oliver, Isabel Wilkinson, Connie Silva, Geraldine Cabral, Manuel Alfonse and Antone Alfonse. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (Oct. 22) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Scott, Frances Ann “Polly”

Frances Ann “Polly” Scott, 72, of Unionville, passed away Sunday, October 12th, 2014. Born in Wellsboro, PA on December 29th, 1941, daughter of the late Francis McNett and Leona Spencer. She is survived by her four children, Douglas Butler, Rhonda Spaulding M. Scott Butler, Sharilyn Goodreau, 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and her siblings, Warren McNett, David McNett, Joyce Horner and Carvel Spencer. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday Oct. 22 at 1:00pm in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville.

Allyn, Irene A. (Lomnicky)

Allyn, IrenenIrene A. (Lomnicky) Allyn, 85, of Burlington, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 15th. Born May 4th, 1929 in Unionville, daughter of the late Joseph P. and Sophia (Kaprusak) Lomnicky. Throughout her business career, Irene was involved with secretarial and bookkeeping work for a number of local businesses. Irene was an avid baker, blueberry muffins were her specialty. She enjoyed her large family, especially around the holidays. She is survived by her two daughters, Joyce Marie McPhee and her husband George S. of Bristol, Judith M. Allyn of Burlington, five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, her two brothers, Robert E. Lomnicky and his wife Linnea B. of Burlington and Donald F. Lomnicky and his wife Alice of Bristol, several nieces and nephews and her dearest friend, Shirley Haiser of New Britain. She was predeceased by her brother Joseph P. Lomnicky Jr., his wife Velda and their son Bradford and her nephew Timothy Lomnicky, his wife Kim and their daughter Kayleigh. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Oct. 17) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Oct. 18) 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 the family plot at St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 1463 Highland Ave., Cheshire, CT 06410.

Pickens, Carrie Lynn

Carrie Lynn Pickens of Simsbury, CT passed away unexpectedly Saturday, October 11, 2014. Carrie is the beloved daughter of Chuck and Jean Pickens of Farmington. She leaves behind her adored brother, Eric Lee Pickens and his wife Lauren Smith Pickens and their children Ivy Mae, Bridget Michelle and Mead Landry of Scarsdale, NY. She was pre-deceased four days earlier by her best friend of twelve years, little French bulldog, Willie. Carrie was born in Hartford, CT on January 11, 1965. She was a 1981 graduate of Farmington High School and received a BA in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Connecticut. She was athletic, loved to read and enjoyed music, in particular the era of U2, Queen and the Smiths. Carrie excelled at every challenge, had a quick wit and could recall stories in great detail dating back to jobs she held as a teenager, including work in the area tobacco fields, Carvelle Ice Cream in Unionville and a Starter at Tunxis Plantation Country Club. The job Carrie enjoyed most and where she made many life-long friendships was with the Hartford Whalers from 1989 to 1993. After the Whalers left Hartford, Carrie stayed on and worked for Ogden Entertainment Services at the Civic Center. In 1995, she moved to Chicago and went to work for the Not-for-Profit Playboy Foundation. One of her responsibilities was reviewing the media for any reference to Playboy and passing the information on to CEO, Christie Hefner. Subsequently, Carrie accepted a sales position with the Chicago House of Blues. By 1999, she returned to the east coast and was hired by her brother to work as a site manager at TechSpace in NYC, an internet incubator catering to start-ups. It was during this period that Carrie went to a pet store and fell in love with little Willie. She used to carry Willie to work with her in a Coach bag. 2003 found her back in Connecticut working as an office manager for Macy’s in Waterford. When her father offered her a position at the Golf Shop at Mohegan Sun, she was there until the shop closed in 2010. Most recently, Carrie has been working as a Parts Administrator at The Robert E. Morris Company in Windsor, CT. Carrie will be sadly missed by many relatives and friends whose lives she touched. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 25 at 11 am at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Road, Avon, CT. Memorial gifts may be given to the Pickens, Carrie -1.

Miskin, Donald E. “Donnie”

Donald E. “Donnie” Miskin, 51, of Terryville, husband of Linda (LaPorta) Miskin died Sunday October 12, 2014 at Bristol Hospital. Donnie was born Sept. 21, 1963 in Endicott, NY. He was the son of the late Joseph & Eleanor (LaFrance) Miskin. Prior to his disability he was employed by Duracell of Bethel, CT. He was a member of the Terryville Congregational Church. Donnie was a musician playing the guitar, banjo and mandolin. In addition to his wife he is survived by his son, Matthew Miskin of Terryville; his daughters, Elizabeth Miskin, Jenny Miskin, Melissa Misken all of Terryville; his brothers, Douglas Miskin, Robert Miskin, Steven Miskin and his sisters, Debra Camerota and Cindy Adams. He also leaves several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 11:00AM on Friday Oct. 17, 2014 at the Terryville Congregational Church. 233 Main St., Terryville, CT. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Miskin family for the future education of Donnie’s children.

Chiang, Jeanne Demko

Jeanne Demko Chiang, 61, of Avon, beloved wife and mother, died in Hartford on October 7, 2014. Born July 31, 1953 in Manchester, Connecticut, Jeanne received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Wesleyan University, where she met her husband, Jaf. Jeanne spent her entire career at Travelers Insurance in Hartford as an actuary. She loved music and has been a season ticket holder to the Hartford Symphony and Broadway Series for many years. She was also passionate about traveling and has recently visited China, Hawaii, Galapagos Islands and Africa. A completely selfless person, she dedicated her life to her husband, her two children, of whom she is unabashedly proud, and to her extended family. She will be sorely missed by all. Survivors include her husband Jaf Chiang, daughter Jasmine Chiang, a physician, and her fiancé Ryen Schimerman of Portland, Maine, son Colby Chiang, a MD-PhD candidate at the University of Virginia, and brother Thomas Demko of Cromwell. Friends and relatives are welcome to services at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Avenue in Hartford on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. A calling hour will begin at 9AM with a Memorial Service at 10AM, followed by burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Memorial contributions are welcome at Doctors Without Borders at, Jeanne

Driscoll, William D. Sr.

William D. Driscoll Sr., 72, of Farmington, beloved husband of Madelyn P. “Blondie” (Haskell) Driscoll, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 8th. Born September 1st, 1942 in Hartford, son of the late Walter J. and Helen E. (Kozlak) Driscoll, he was a lifelong Unionville resident. Prior to retiring in 2004, Bill was a truck driver and yard foreman at Sanford and Hawley for 37 years. He was a veteran member of the Tunxis Hose Co. #1 in Unionville and was a member of the original Muster Team. He was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. He was a United States Army veteran. Besides his wife, Bill is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, William D. and Lori A. Driscoll Jr. of Unionville, his grandchildren, William D. Driscoll III, Sarah L. Driscoll and Jason R. Driscoll all of Unionville, his two sisters, Elizabeth Alward and her husband Harold of Washington and Mary-Ellen Macy and her husband Thomas of Sheffield, MA, his brother, John J. Driscoll and his wife Carolyn of Burlington, his special niece and nephews, Gina Driscoll of Burlington, John M. Driscoll of Burlington, Thomas J. Driscoll and his wife Erin of Burlington and Michael Macy and his wife Dorothy and several grand nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Oct. 13) from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Tuesday (Oct. 14) at 9:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Driscoll, William.

Small, Barry Walter

Small, BarryBarry Walter Small, 76, of Harwinton, beloved husband of Teresa Sharon (Samson) Small, passed away peacefully Monday, October 6th. Born in Rutland, VT on March 20th, 1938, he was the son of the late Agnes Janelle. Prior to retiring, Barry was a Loss Control Engineer at Liberty Mutual Insurance. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran. Barry was an avid hunter and was dedicated to martial arts, attaining the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt. He was a wonderful husband, father and friend and touched the lives of everyone he met. Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kelly Anne and Paul W. Koretz Sr., of Windsor Locks, his two grandchildren, Paul W. Koretz Jr., and Olivia Rachael Koretz, his two best friends, Doreen Ann Olson of Burlington and Nelson Rouleau of Avon and his beloved Maggie. He was predeceased by his sister, Carol Galuska and his brother, Raymond Small. The family would like to thank the ICU staff at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital for the wonderful and compassionate care given to Barry. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Oct. 9) from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (Oct. 10) at 11:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Peter Church, Torrington at 12:00pm. Burial with full military honors will be in New St. Francis Cemetery, Torrington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

LaBanca, Amie Haas

LaBanca, AmieAmie Haas LaBanca, beloved family member to many, passed away suddenly on September 16th, 2014. Amie will be remembered by all those who loved, knew or had just met her, as a wonderful spirit, always full of Joy for Life, Family, Art, Animals and God. The love she shared with us will last our lifetimes. A soul of the universe, she leaves her husband, daughter, son, sister and in-laws in CA, two brothers and a sister in CT, along with family and friends throughout the world. A graduate of The Paier College of Art, she used her art school training to start her own business, Haas Design Studio. Amie loved Art and worked in many different mediums, most recently selling her felted creations, based mostly on the animals she loved, through Esty. She was remembered in prayer on September 21st, at The Lourdes Shrine of Litchfield, CT. Further services will take place in her hometown of Arcata, California.