Archive for November 2014

Wacker, Edna (Hein)

Edna (Hein) Wacker, 93, of Johnnycake Mtn. Road, Burlington, died Saturday, November 15, 2014. Born in Manchester on April 14, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Adolf and Augusta (Weber) Hein of Farmington. She was married to Francis Wacker and resided in Burlington for the past 70 years. She is survived by her daughter Sandra W. Cook of Burlington; son, Walter W. Wacker of Ventura, CA; five grandchildren, Lawrence Cook of Dunbarton, NH, Edward Cook of Brookline, NH, Robert Cook of Burlington, Jeffrey Wacker of Roseburg, OR, and Brian Wacker of Oakview, CA; eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves her sister Alice (Hein) Strong and brother-in-law Roscoe of Farmington, and sister-in-law Peggy (Wood) Hein also of Farmington. She was predeceased by her husband Francis Wacker; brothers Adolf, Theodore, Emil, Leo, Harold and Ernie, her sister Martha (Hein) Brenner and granddaughter, Nancy Jean Cook. The family would like to acknowledge with special thanks Avon Heath Center’s staff for the outstanding care provided. A private memorial service will be held at Ahern Funeral Home at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to “Region 10 Nancy Cook Scholarship” at LSM Region #10 Schools, 24 Lyon Road, Burlington, CT 06013.

McKinney, Suellen Chandler

Suellen Chandler-McKinney, 74, of Avon, passed away on Sunday (Nov.16) at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. Born in Providence, RI on July 2, 1940, daughter of the late Robert W. and Doris (Madden) Chandler, she resided in Avon for the last 40 years. She married Roger R. McKinney in April 1975. Prior to retiring she was Director of Marketing Clinical Applications for Philips Medical Systems of Shelton. She is survived by her son and daughter in law, Mark and Lynn McKinney of Cabot, Vermont ; three grandchildren: Erin McConnell of Higganum; Sarah McKinney of Deltona, Florida ; and Dana Sikora of Ryegate, Vermont and three great grandsons: Bryce, Kai and Colton, who lovingly referred to her as GiGi. Suellen lived life to it’s fullest and loved to travel with family and friends. A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, Nov. 21 at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville.

Serani, John S.

John S. Serani, 96, of West Hartford, beloved husband of the late Gertrude (Morrocco) Serani, passed away Thursday, November 13th. Born February 3rd, 1918 in Hartford, son of the late Ciro and Lena (Scrivano) Serani. Prior to retiring, John was a Tool & Die Maker at Colt Industries and was formerly associated with Underwood Corporation. He is survived by his three daughters, Jo-Anne E. Gallant of Bradenton, FL; Elaine M. Yalanis and her husband John C. Yalanis of Burlington; Debra Pencz of New Britain, two sisters-in-law, Dolores M. Harrington of Farmington and Mary M. Labbadia of Portland, four grandchildren, Sheri Viggiano of Middletown; Joy Flanders of Pelham, NH; Chris Pencz of New Britain and Chad Pencz of Simsbury and five great grandchildren, Alexis; Jessica; Michael; Lillian and Arianna. He was predeceased by his great granddaughter, Emily. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (Nov. 18) from 11:00am – 12:00pm followed by prayer services in the funeral home at 12:00pm. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108.

Satonick, Stanley J.

Stanley J. “Swede” Satonick, 80, of Somers, beloved husband of Maryann (Flynn) Satonick, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 11th. Born in Unionville, April 30th, 1934, son of the late Stanley J. and Mary (Matava) Satonick. Prior to retiring, Stanley was heavily involved in the Printed Circuit Industry. He was a United States Navy veteran of the Korean War serving aboard the USN destroyer William C. Lawe #763. Besides his wife, he is survived by his four children and their spouses, Lynn M. and David A. Hayes of Tolland; Edward M. and Cathie Satonick of Kannapolis, NC; Lisa A. and Joseph B. Wysocki of Somers; Susan M. and Alan C. Seagrave Jr. of Somers, nine grandchildren, David; Sarah; Amy; Michael; Laura; Kara; Kate; Zachary and Megan and two nieces, Deborah Lambert and Denise Satonick. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert J. Satonick. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (Nov. 15) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by burial with full military honors in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. The family would like to thank Buckingham Estates of Glastonbury and Woodlake of Tolland for the loving care, kindness and support that Swede received under their care.

Seidell, Mary M.

Mary Marguerite Seidell, 74, formerly of Farmington and Washington D.C. entered into eternal rest on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Sunrise Assisted Living in Alexandria, VA. Mary was born in Houston, Texas on January 8, 1940, the only child of Adolph and Marguerite (Demankowski) Seidell and moved to Hartford at the age of three. She was educated in CT having received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in English Literature from Central Connecticut State College in New Britain. She taught in Bloomfield and at Longwood College in Farmville, VA before beginning her 40-year career at Surrattsville High School in Clinton, MD. Following retirement, Mary served as a volunteer docent at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, where she led tours and promoted such programs as the celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday. She was granted an Emeritus certificate from the library. Mary is survived by two cousins, Peter Flak and his wife, Leah, of Gresham, Oregon; Richard Flak and his wife, Louise, of West Springfield, Massachusetts and two longtime friends, Marlene Shea and Louise Wills, both of Waterbury as well as numerous colleagues, former students, and friends in the DC area. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, November 12th at 11:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington.

Pelow, Harriet May

Harriet May Pelow, 87, of Newington, beloved widow of Ralph Pelow, passed away peacefully Friday, November 7th, 2014. Born August 22nd,1927 in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Francis H. and Anna (Kostelnik) Newell. Harriet is survived by three daughters, Susan Dunn and her husband Frank of Waterford, Karen Drost and her husband Walter of West Hartford, Brenda Donovan and her husband Michael of Newington, five grandchildren, Rachael and her husband Coen, Manny, Jessica, Kaitlyn and Emily and two great grandchildren, Benjamin and Tanner. She was predeceased by 5 brothers, Robert, Raymond, Edward, William and Harry, and one sister Dorothy. She was also predeceased by a granddaughter, Nicole. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Ferrucci, Virginia M.

Virginia (Ginny) M. Ferrucci, 85, of Farmington, beloved wife of John Ferrucci, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, following a long illness. Ginny was born in Torrington on July 11, 1929, daughter of the late Flavien and Maude Zele. She grew up in Torrington and graduated from Torrington High School. During life, she was active with her extended family and friends and was a member of “Club”. Ginny and John were communicants of the Church of Saint Patrick in Farmington. In recent years, Ginny enjoyed socializing, playing cards, traveling with friends and family, cats and other animals, observing and feeding the wildlife in her yard, country western dancing, keeping in touch with her granddaughter and helping organize the annual Zele family reunion. Besides her husband, Ginny is survived by her son Steven Ferrucci and his wife Susan; her daughter Lynn Cramp and her husband David; her granddaughter Kelsey Ferrucci; and her sister Ann Gioscia and her husband Bob. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday, November 8th from 8:00-9:15am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 9:15am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington at 10:00am. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family at Hillside Cemetery in Torrington. Contributions in Ginny’s memory may be made to the Humane Society of the United States, HACEE120202001, 2100 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037.

Emmons, Walter J.

Emmons, WalterWalter Joseph Emmons, 91, of Windsor, formerly of Farmington, beloved husband for 56 years of the late Louise Mary (Todd) Emmons, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 5th. Born June 20th, 1923 in West Hartford son of the late Walter J. and Hazel (Smith) Emmons. He was a graduate of Hartford Public High School, Class of 1941 and attended Hillyer College. Walter was a United States Navy veteran having served in both World War II and Korea attainting the rank of First Class Petty Officer. Prior to retiring, Walter was employed by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for 23 years and retired at the age of 65 from Wiremold Company. He lived in Farmington from 1954-1990, was elected to the Farmington Town Council for two terms and served as Chairman of the Farmington Industrial Committee. He was elected Hartford County Deputy Sheriff, was a life member of Disabled American Veterans and was a Fourth Degree member and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Uncas Council #32, Unionville. Walter moved to New Port Richey, FL in 1990 and served on the Board of Directors at his residential community. He returned to Connecticut in 2006 upon the loss of his beloved wife Louise. Walter is survived by his four sons and their wives, Todd C. and Margaret A. Emmons of New London, NH; Walter J. and Terry Emmons of East Hampton; Gary J. and Sarah Emmons of Winsted and Scott E. and Kim Emmons of Suffield, his grandchildren, Meaghan T. Emmons of Goffstown, NH; Joseph T. Emmons of Goffstown, NH; Jonathan T. Emmons of Concord, NH; Matthew T. Emmons of Manchester, NH; Kelsey Emmons of Enfield; Sean Emmons of Suffield; Amy Emmons of Winsted and Robbie Emmons of Winsted, his great grandchildren, Owen J. Emmons of Goffstown, NH; Molly R. Emmons of Goffstown, NH and Axel C. Emmons of Concord, NH, his sister, Patricia Porteus of Florida and his brother, Earl Emmons of Florida. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Nov. 9) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (Nov. 10) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Military honors will be rendered at St. Mary Cemetery in Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.