Archive for December 2014

Jorgensen, Susan Snyder

Susan Snyder Jorgensen died peacefully at home on December 29, 2014. She was cherished and blessed by her loving family: Robert O’Neil Jorgensen, her best friend and husband of more than 42 years; her three children, Amy Holway Jorgensen, Matthew O’Neil Jorgensen (deceased), Stacy Anne Jorgensen and her partner, Nate Huffman; and dear family friend, Shelly Colantonio. Her primary desire – to be the presence of love, compassion, and sacred connection in the world – shaped and guided her 25-year practice in spiritual direction. Susan had a passion for writing which led to the publication of several books. Her many loves included nature, reading, eating, calligraphy, gardening, knitting, hiking, deep soul explorations, and, above all, laughter and play. In lieu of a wake, a silent memorial vigil will be held at Earthspirit Council House, 8 Stonemeadow Lane, Collinsville for a continuous 24-hour period beginning at 10am on Saturday, Jan. 3rd and ending at 10am on Sunday. A Memorial Celebration of her life will be held at Lourdes in Litchfield on Sunday Jan. 4th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. with a brief service at 2:00 p.m. More details about Susan can be found on the Facebook page, “Susan Snyder Jorgensen Memorial.” Donations may be made in her name to The Nature Conservancy.

Carey, Anne Shafer

On Saturday, December 27, Anne Shafer Carey, age 93, died peacefully in her home in Farmington, Connecticut. She was the widow of Hiram Bissell (“Pete”) Carey, Jr., and leaves four children (Hiram B. “Ted” Carey, III and wife Sharon of Boston, MA, Holly Handlin and husband David of Lexington, MA, Dallas Carey of Perkinsville, VT, and Nancy Atherton of Tucson, AZ), seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Anne was born in Richmond, Virginia. She spent winters in Richmond and summers on a family farm in the Virginia countryside, where she developed her lifelong love for nature, the outdoors, and horses. She graduated from University of Richmond, and a year later moved to Hartford to live with relatives and work for Aetna Insurance. At Aetna, she met her future sister-in-law, who introduced her to her future husband, Pete Carey. Married in 1943, Pete and Anne lived and raised their four children in Farmington. Anne actively pursued a variety of interests. In Farmington she was a devoted member of First Church of Christ, Congregational, where she served as deacon and on a variety of committees. She was a member of the Friday Club and the Farmington Garden Club, and was an ardent competitor in tennis and virtually all card and board games. At her second home in Rowe, Massachusetts, she raised and trained Haflinger horses and participated in East Coast carriage driving competitions. She was an avid photographer, documenting family celebrations and vacations as well as many European trips taken after her children left home. She had a gift of friendship; she listened more than she spoke, and was loyal, generous and kind to friends of all ages from Farmington and places all over the world. She will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT. In lieu of flowers, please send gifts to First Church of Christ, Congregational. Carey, Anne

Mitchell, Mary Ann

Mary Ann D. Mitchell, 87, of Hartford, widow of Charles B. Mitchell passed away peacefully at her home, Saturday, December 27th , 2014. Mary Ann was born in Waterbury, CT., on April 21, 1927, daughter of the late Daniel and Mary (Butler) Dundin. Prior to retiring Mary Ann was an apartment manager in the Waterbury area for many years. She was a longtime communicant at The Cathedral of St. Joseph. She is survived by many dear nieces and nephews. The funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday, January 3rd, at 11:00 am in The Cathedral of St. Joseph. Burial will be in New St. Joseph Cemetery, Waterbury. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

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Martin, Kimberly Ann

Martin, KimberlyKimberly Ann Martin, 32, of Southington, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 28th at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. Born August 7th, 1982 in New Britain, beloved daughter of Randy B. and Patricia (Spirito) Martin of Farmington. Kimberly was a graduate of Farmington High School, Class of 2000 and was currently employed as a Medical Secretary at the office of Dr. Kristen Zarfos in Farmington. Besides her parents, she is survived by her sister Courtney L. Dart and her husband Jason of Niantic, her two nieces, Madison and Olivia Dart, her boyfriend and best friend, Jimmy Ezzo of Norwalk and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Dec. 31) from 9:00-10:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington at 11:00am. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington.

Owens, Janet P.

Janet Parkinson Owens, 88, of Farmington, passed away peacefully Thursday, December 25, 2014. Born February 27, 1926 in Greenville, New Hampshire, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Hazel (Campbell) Parkinson. Janet was a beloved member of the Farmington community. As longtime owner of Millrace Bookstore her passion was to bring joy through the written word. She sponsored countless author parties, poetry readings, children’s workshops and book fairs. She was founder of the Farmington River Literary Arts Center and long time member of First Church of Christ, Congregational, Farmington. Janet is survived by her husband, Dr. Guy Owens, daughter Victoria Owens of Farmington, her son Park Owens and his wife of North Barrington, IL and grandson Chad Owens of Newington. Funeral Services will be held Monday (January 5) at 11:00 am in the Meetinghouse of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main Street, Farmington with Rev. Steven Savides officiating. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Owens, Janet

Parker, Karie Leslie

Karie Leslie Parker passed away December 23, 2014, aged 60, at her home in Colchester, CT of long standing health issues. She is survived by her loving sisters Deborah Thigpen and her husband, Andrew of Waresboro, Georgia, Kathryn Marshall and her husband Jeff of Maitland, Florida, her nephew, Beau Thigpen of Miami Beach, Florida, and devoted partner, Marc Warren. She also leaves an extended family centered around Atlanta, Georgia. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee August 10, 1954 to the late Robert and Alice Parker. She was raised in Binghamton and Endwell New York, and then Ormond Beach, Florida. She graduated from Seabreeze High School in Ormond Beach, FL where she played clarinet in the marching band, was an active member of the Civil Air Patrol, and volunteered at the Daytona Speedway with her beloved father. Karie attended the University of Tennessee and her following career spanned over three decades in telecommunications working for SNET, Cingular Wireless, SBC, and AT&T Mobility. Owing to her career she became active on-line early in the internet age, and met and retained many friends worldwide. Her on-line presence continued throughout her life. Her interests included aviation- she was a licensed pilot, had tried sky-diving, and taken helicopter flight instruction. She met her life-partner, Mr. Warren, at a small airport in 1989. She was a long-time member of Mensa, and an active member of the Parrothead Club of Connecticut, where she participated in many charitable fund-raising activities. She loved music and was known for her beautiful voice raised in song at any opportunity. She loved animals, and overcame a life-long allergy to take in a number of abandoned kittens over the years, many of whom she found homes for. She loved to travel, and went on many annual cruises and vacations in Key West, Florida where she met many friends. She will be remembered and deeply missed by her family, friends, and the numerous lives she touched with her spirited personality and caring nature. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday, December 27 from 3 to 5 PM. A service of remembrance will follow. Callers are welcome to wear tropical print shirts and comfortable slacks if they wish to this celebration of Karie’s life. Parker, Karie

Tibbetts, John L. Sr.

John Lawrence Tibbetts, Sr., 99, husband of the late Shirley (Johnson) Tibbetts, passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 16th at home in Burlington. Mr. Tibbetts was born March 26th, 1915 in Booth Bay Harbor, ME, son of the late Mr. Lawrence J. Tibbetts and Mrs. Jennie (Enos) Tibbetts Wescott and had resided in Burlington for over 70 years. He retired from the State of Connecticut Department of Fish and Game at the Burlington Fish Hatchery. Mr. Tibbetts was a United States Army veteran of World War II having served in the European Theatre of Operations. He was very active as a volunteer in the community. He was a founder of the ambulance service and he ran the weekly bingo for many years. He was actively involved in the strawberry festival and the carnival. He was a member of the Burlington Fire and Ambulance, a member of the Burlington Congregational Church, Burlington Senior Citizens, a lifetime member of Seaside Lodge 144 AF&AM in Booth Bay Harbor, ME, American Legion Albert Johnson Post 90, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Farmington Valley Men’s Club. He and his wife of 64 years enjoyed square dancing and polkas. He also enjoyed going to antique car shows. Mr. Tibbetts is survived by his loving son and caregiver John L. Tibbetts Jr., with whom he made his home, three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Richard Winebrenner of Angola, IN, Donna and Charles Hammond of Canton and Marcia and Arthur Scheidel of Burlington; seven grandchildren, Scott Winebrenner, Sheila Powers, Tina Ryan, Charles Hammond III, Brian Hammond, Melissa Collins and Arthur Scheidel Jr.; nine great grandchildren, Michael Winebrenner, Kayla Ryan and Charles IV, Olivia, Cole, Tanner and Caleb Hammond and Sean and Austin Collins; and two great-great grandchildren, Noah and Cadence Jones. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his stepfather, Joseph Wescott Sr., his brothers, Gilbert and Waldo Tibbetts, Joseph Wescott Jr.; his sister, Constance Pitcher and his great-grandson, Timothy Winebrenner. Friends may call at the Burlington Congregational Church, Rt. 4, Burlington on Saturday (Dec. 20) from 9:00-10:00am. Services will follow at 10:00am in the Church with Rev. Wendell Taylor officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in the family plot in Center Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Burlington Congregational Church, Rt. 4, Burlington, CT 06013 or to the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance, P.O. Box 1285, Burlington. CT 06013.

Grise, Anna Judatz

Anna Judatz Grise, 89, of Granby, formerly of Farmington, widow of Richard G. Grise, passed away peacefully Sunday, December 14, 2014. Born June 25, 1925 in Farmington, daughter of the late Berthold and Amanda (Hoffman) Judatz. Anna is survived by her four children, Carol Grossi and her husband Michael of Plainville; Richard W. Grise and his wife Susan of Bristol; Michele J. Grise of Granby; and Robert J. Grise of Derby, four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Susan G. Emery. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Dec. 18) from 10:00-11:00am followed by Funeral Services in The Ahern Funeral Home at 11:00am. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington.

Timmons, John

Johnpic[1]John Timmons, beloved partner, son, teacher and friend, passed away suddenly on Friday, December 12, 2014. John was born in Tupper Lake, NY and attended SUNY Potsdam and Ohio University. He had an illustrious 30-year career at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT. He worked in the Media Instructional Technology Department before joining the Fine Arts faculty, where he shared his passion for art, photography and film with his students.

John was a guitar and bass player in many bands throughout his life and was a lover of all music. He possessed a keen intelligence and a wonderful and unique way of looking at the world. He nurtured, supported and mentored many students and colleagues. As a photographer and videographer, John loved to collaborate with other artists on music, film and multimedia projects. He had a wry sense of humor and a generous spirit. John loved spending time with his partner and best friend, Maggie, and her children, Heather and Michael Ducharme. He loved cats and leaves behind Sticky and Big.

He is survived by his partner and best friend, Maggie Carlin, of Collinsville, CT, by his mother, Alma Boulanger, of Tupper Lake, NY, the daughter of his heart, Heather Ducharme, and his family of close friends. A memorial celebration will be held Monday, December 22, from 4-7 pm at Ahern Funeral Home in Unionville, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ruth Carlin Memorial Scholarship Fund at Tunxis Community College.

Koffi, Gayle Glenn

Gayle Glenn Koffi, 52, of New Hartford, beloved wife of Bruno N. Koffi, passed away peacefully Sunday, December 7, 2014. Born March 9, 1962 in Hartford, she was the daughter of Marilyn (Hultman) Glenn of Avon and the late Albert M. Glenn. Gayle had a lifelong love of reading and theater leading her to pursue degrees from Franklin Pierce College, New York University and Central Connecticut State University in theater, education and library science. Gayle was most recently employed as Media Specialist/Librarian at Bristow Middle School in West Hartford and as an Adjunct Professor of English at Tunxis Community College. She also previously served as Media Specialist/Librarian at Granby Memorial Middle School and William H. Hall High School. She had formerly taught English at Farmington High School and Hall High School in West Hartford as well as Central Connecticut and Western Connecticut State Universities. She touched and enriched the lives of many people with her creativity, generosity and love of teaching. Her family was most important to her, besides her husband and mother, Gayle is survived by her son, Joshua P. Mischler of New Hartford, her sister, Dayna G. Kennedy and her husband Brian P. Kennedy of Avon, her three brothers, Scott M. Glenn and his wife Andrea Woodlock Glenn of Hopewell, NJ; Kevin D. Glenn of Avon and Brian P. Glenn of Avon, her beloved aunt, Nancy H. Miller of Florida, her precious nieces and nephews, Darcy, Carey, Ken, Colton, Brian Jr., Brianna, Scott and Ally and her dear cousins, Barbara Cohen of Bristol, Ross P. Martin of Texas and Douglas K. Martin of Texas and their families. She also leaves several additional aunts, uncles and cousins. Gayle made close friends everywhere she went and will be sadly missed by many special friends, neighbors, colleagues and students. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Dec. 12) from 4:00-8:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday (Dec. 13) at 1:30pm in the Church of St. Ann, Avon followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bristow Library at Bristow Middle School, 34 Highland Street, West Hartford, CT 06119 or to honor her passion for reading, kindly bring a book to the Ahern Funeral Home to donate to a local library. Koffi, Gayle

Johansen, Arthur “Mac”

Johansen, MacArthur (Mac) R. Johansen, 71, of Becket, Massachusetts; died at home on Sunday, November 30, 2014. Mac was born on April 9, 1943 in Hartford, the son of late Arthur H. and Ruth Johansen of Unionville. He retired to the Berkshire’s after working at Westminster in Simsbury, where he was a custodian for many years. He was an avid farmer, enjoyed gardening, and making Swedish cookies. He leaves behind his two sons; Garth Johansen and his companion Lynn Gagné of Vernon and Erik Johansen and his wife Stacey of Coventry. He leaves his brothers Hal Johansen and his wife Linda of Unionville; Guy Johansen and his companion Cheryl Pitzen of Unionville; and Kurt Johansen and his companion Debbie Lepore of Naugatuck. Mac also leaves his grandchildren Kelsi and Nickolas Johansen, nieces Vicki and her husband Matt Dadona, Bethany Johansen, his nephews Pete and his wife Jennifer Johansen and Karl Johansen, grandniece Alanna, and grandnephews, Aiden, Noah and Artie. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Dec. 13) from 10:00-11:30am followed by a Memorial Service in the funeral home at 11:30am. There will be a private burial in the spring. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Unionville Museum, 15 School Street, Unionville, CT 06085.

Cates, Claire J.

Cates, ClaireClaire J. Cates, 88, of Avon (formerly Simsbury), died on December 5, 2014 peacefully at home. She was the widow of Jack W. Cates who died on March 22, 2006. Born in Chicago, IL in 1925 (where she met Jack) Claire was a graduate of Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, Iowa). Claire and Jack moved to the Farmington Valley in 1972. They were avid worldwide travelers and when at home avid golfers. They were members of the West Avon Congregational Church. Claire had been a loyal 65+ year member of PEO, a philanthropic, educational organization. She was currently a member of Chapter D West Hartford and formerly Chapter M of Simsbury. PEO was her favorite charity but Claire was involved in many philanthropic projects throughout her life. Claire is survived by her son William Cates of Lexington, MA, her daughter Cathryn Cates and her husband Adam Schepner of Chelsea, MA and her two grandsons Caleb Cates and Will Cates both of Arlington, MA. There will be no memorial service. If desired please make a donation to a charity of your choice – as Claire would have done.

Karbonic, Jane Mary

Jane Mary Karbonic, 94, of Canton, passed away peacefully Monday, December 8, 2014. Born May 10, 1920 in Poland, she was the daughter of the late Stanislaus and Stella Jaskiewicz. Jane is survived by her two children and their spouses, Susan M. and Lester A. Knox of Burlington, Donald O. and Johanna Karbonic of Enfield, three grandchildren, Diane Beattie and her husband Thomas, Patricia Culos and her husband Andrew Howard, Joseph Culos and his wife Julie, and five great grandchildren, Kyle and Andrew Beattie, Allison Laviero and Caroline and Lauren Culos. The family would like to thank the staff at Cherrybrook in Canton for the wonderful care given to Jane. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Dec. 10) from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Congregational Church of Somersville, P.O. Box I, Somersville, CT 06072.

Huppe, Eugene J.

Eugene J. Huppe, 82, of Burlington, beloved husband of Madeline (Roy) Huppe, entered peacefully into God’s workshop on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford with his loving wife at his side. There was nothing Gene loved more than spending time with his bride, his children and his grandchildren. He loved time on his Goldwing and tinkering in his workshop. He was the master of “fix-it” and created many beautiful memoires of wood, most of which can be found in every room of his families homes. Gene was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Unionville for 51 years. Gene proudly served in the United States Air Force for four years, then worked at Fafnir Bearing and Stanley Works of New Britain for more than 35 years. Besides his loving wife of 60 years, Gene is survived by his four children and their families; Dan and Christine, Alexa and Tyler Huppe of Hebron, Denise (Huppe) and Normand, Zachary and Nathan Genest of Burlington, Lynn (Huppe) and Leon and Carly Charette of Plainville and Mark, Jan and Cortlyne Huppe of PA. Gene also leaves behind many close friends and family members. Those that knew Gene will always remember his quiet, soft and oh-so-kind heart. He was a humble and honest man with a remarkable work ethic. Gene’s family would like to sincerely thank the wonderful staff of St. Francis Hospital for their kindness, warmth and support during our final days with Pepere. We will miss and love him always. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home on Friday (Dec. 12) from 8:30-9:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 9:30am 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 Tunxis Hose Co. #1, P.O. Box 215, Unionville, CT 06085.

Russell, Hilda M.

Hilda M. Russell, 91, of Unionville, widow of Allen D. Russell, passed away peacefully Friday, December 5th. Born February 6th, 1923 in Avon, daughter of the late Rocco and Lily (Tocchi) Cifaldi. Prior to retiring, she was a Sales Clerk at DuBow’s and Western Auto both formerly in Unionville. Hilda is survived by her brother, Paul Cifaldi of Florida, many nieces and nephews, many dear friends at Maple Village and throughout the town and most especially, her extended family at the Farmington Police Department who were so kind and thoughtful to Hilda for so many years. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (Dec. 13) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Farmington Police Benevolent Fund, 319 New Britain Ave., Unionville, CT 06085.