Archive for 2015

Zarmsky, Steven F.

Zarmsky-1Steven F. Zarmsky, 59, passed away peacefully on December 25, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford after a long battle with chronic illness. Born in Stamford, he is survived by four siblings; William Zarmsky of White Plains, NY, Christine Zarmsky of Norwalk, Frank Zarmsky f Middletown, and Jennifer Pinto of Monroe. Steve moved to Farmington in the early 1980’s and worked for over 25 years at Farmington Bank, first as an auditor and then in the accounting department. Known by his many friends as “the Z-man”, Steve was an avid fan of the New York Jets and Mets. He enjoyed golfing at the Country Club of Farmington, fishing the Farmington River, and spending time with his family. He and his former wife Roxanne have three beautiful children: Sarah Zarmsky, 19 who is a sophomore at Brandeis University, and Brett Zarmsky, 14, and Sofia Zarmsky, 14, who both attend Farmington High School. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Jan. 3) from 12:00-2:00pm followed by funeral services in the funeral home at 2:00pm. Burial will be private at Riverside Cemetery in Farmington. Steven will be dearly missed by his many friends and family, who will remember him as an outgoing, funny, and loving man.

Arnold, Russell M.

Russell (“Russ”) M. Arnold of Unionville, beloved husband of Marjorie A. (O’Leary) Arnold, passed away on December 21st at the age of 82. Born on Garden Street in Farmington in 1933, he was the son of the late Alfred W. Arnold and Violet E. (Mercer) Arnold.

Russ attended Noah Wallace school in Farmington and graduated from Farmington High School in 1951. He then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He received the National Defense Service Good Conduct Medal, and was honorably discharged in 1954 at the rank of Sergeant.

After the flood of ‘55 destroyed his family’s River Glen home, Russ built a new house for his parents in Unionville, in which he resided until the time of his death. Russ initially worked as a self employed house builder and then as a carpenter for a number of local construction firms, including, most recently before his retirement, RK Constructors and Black and Warner Construction. Russ was comfortable working in all aspects of carpentry from concrete work to finish carpentry. His strong math skills were essential to calculate the required angles for cutting complex roof rafters or determining the appropriate volume of concrete to order. He worked on many construction projects, some of which included the Rainbow Dam Fish Ladder in Windsor, Avon Methodist Church, City Place, Hartford Civic Center and UConn Health Center. In 1996, he retired from the Carpenter’s Union Local 43 and after retirement continued to work on a number of home improvement projects for his children. He was also a proud participant in the construction of a lean-to for his grandson’s Eagle Scout project.

In addition to his wife, Russ is survived by his sister, Gladys Fields of Fort Meyers, Florida and was predeceased by his older brother Gordon and twin brother Ronald. He is also survived by his three children and their spouses: Bill and Jan, Russ (“Mr”) and Cecilia, and Gayle and Dan Soucier. He was the proud grandfather of Billy, Allie, Taylor, Chris, Patrick, Timmy, Samantha and Jake, all of whom knew him as “Pop.” Ever present in his grandchildren’s lives and activities, Pop always attended their baseball, basketball, soccer and softball games (where he was known for his meticulous scorekeeping), and could also be found in the audience at dance performances, piano recitals, scouting ceremonies and school events.

As an avid reader of many genres, Russ enjoyed history in general and histories of the Civil War, World War II and credit crisis in particular. He encouraged his grandchildren to read as well, and read the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones alongside them.

Russ was known for his love of friends and family. He kept in constant communication with his cell phone, checking in with his trademark greeting: “just the old man calling…” His favorite activities were spending time with his family and playing Cribbage. In recent years, he always looked forward to his week of family vacation in Wellfleet, Mass. and prepared for the trip for weeks in advance by sitting in the driveway of his Unionville home to work on his “base tan.”

At Russ’ request there will be no calling hours or funeral. A celebration of his life will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Farmington Amateur Baseball Club, Dr. Gerard Roy, 64 Westview Terrace, Unionville, CT 06085.image1

Lowry, Kathryn Santoro

Kathryn Santoro Lowry, of Avon, passed on to eternal rest on Thursday, December 24, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Raymond and Mary (Blasco) Santoro of Harwinton. She is survived by her brother, Daniel Santoro and his wife, Kathleen Gibbons and their children, Kathryn’s Godchild, Jacqueline, and her niece, Rachel. She also leaves behind her cousins, Judy Perrin from New York, and Vincent Perrotti from Florida, and many dear friends.

A faithful Catholic, Kathryn was most happy when serving the Lord. She was a Youth Minister and taught religious education classes, which included many Confirmation students. She was Confirmation Coordinator at the Church of St. Ann in Avon. At the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville, she also prepared the youth to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, prayed for the sick, and offered her assistance to several outreach committees. Kathryn enjoyed a variety of other titles over her lifetime. Her works included being a realtor, a paralegal for numerous law firms, a writer for newspapers and Christian publications, a theater performer, and a dance teacher. She had fond memories of her students at “Kathryn & Company”, her dance school in Thomaston. To her students to whom she taught dance or religion, she leaves this message: “Keep smiling! Remember that life and love are eternal!”

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (Dec. 29) from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Wednesday (Dec. 30) at 10:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 11:00am. Burial will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Avon. Memorial donations in Kathryn’s name may be made to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085, the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon, CT 06001 or to the Cancer Center at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, 114 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105. We were truly blessed throughout the years to have shared in Kathryn’s spirit of love and dedication to God, her family, and friends.

Algiere, Joseph J.

Joseph J. “Shoosh” Algiere, 93, of Farmington, beloved husband of the late Catherine P. (Gencarelli) Algiere, passed away peacefully Sunday, December 13, 2015 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law in Maryland. Born October 8, 1922 in Westerly, Rhode Island, son of the late John and Nancy (Amato) Algiere, he resided in Farmington since 1960. Joe was a United States Army veteran of World War II seeing active combat duty on the Burma Road and in China, India and also in Central Burma. Joe was a business owner and entrepreneur, having been the original founder of Bess Eaton Donuts and The Whole Donut Corporations. He was a member of UNICO, the West Hartford Squires and the Knights of Columbus. Family was of the utmost importance to Joe. He was an excellent father and greatly enjoyed the time he spent with his children and grandchildren. He was a hardworking and successful businessman who was very generous and enjoyed the simple things in life. He loved gardening and could fix anything. He touched a lot of people’s lives in many ways. Joe is survived by his three children, John J. Algiere and his wife Nancy of Simsbury, Louise A. Carlson and her husband David of Columbia, Maryland, and Robert J. Algiere of Avon, his sisters, Theresa Pucci and Evelyn Anderson both of Westerly, Rhode Island, his brother, Franklin Algiere of Westerly, Rhode Island, seven grandchildren, Patricia Consiglio and her husband Christopher, Kathryn Campbell and her husband Charles, Joseph Patrick Algiere, Elizabeth Algiere, Brian Carlson and his wife Rebecca, Kevin Carlson, Jacob Algiere and two great-grandchildren, Ryan Consiglio and Henry Carlson. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Dec. 20) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (Dec. 21) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington at 10:00am. Burial with full military honors will be at the family plot in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Children’s Foundation, Inc., 282 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106 or to The Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keaton Way, Columbia, MD 21044.Algiere, Joseph

Peltier, Donald A.

Donald A. Peltier, Sr., 91, of Unionville, passed away December 14, 2015 with his family by his side after a short illness. He was born in Unionville, Connecticut on July 11, 1924, the son of the late Rena (Haller) Peltier and Leo J. Peltier. Donald was a lifelong resident of Unionville until moving to Avon ten years ago. Donald is survived by his wife of 64 years Nancy (Reynolds) Peltier, daughters, Denise Pilewski (late William) of Bristol, Connecticut, Margaret Carpenter (Merrill) of Avon, Connecticut with whom he made his home; sons, Donald A. Peltier, Jr. of Unionville, Connecticut and Timothy C. Peltier of Wells River, Vermont, four grandchildren, Andrew S. Dutil (U.S. Army Capt., ret.) of Wiesbaden, Germany, Alicia M. Dutil of Bristol, Connecticut, Betsy A. Carpenter (fiancée Enrique Santos) and Thomas M. Carpenter of Avon, Connecticut, a beloved great-granddaughter, Cameron Elizabeth Dutil, of Bristol, Connecticut and a sister, Anita Dubnanski of Terryville, Connecticut. Donald was predeceased by his brothers, Richard, Leo, James, William, Paul, Alfred, Raymond and Eugene and his sisters, Leona Ransom, Mary Schlapak and Dorothy Thibodeau. He was a longtime communicant at The Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. He owned and operated Reynolds Luncheonette for many years after serving in the U. S. Army during WWII under General George S. Patton as a tanker; he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor; participated in the Battle of the Bulge and received the French Medal of Honor by the French government for his role in the liberation of France. Mr. Peltier was Past Post Commander of Rourke-Bergin Post No. 1195, VFW. He was a member of the Tunxis Hose Co. #1, where he attained the rank of Lieutenant. In the 1940’s and 1950’s he was a member of their championship hose laying team. He and Nancy traveled extensively around the world; wintering in Aruba, Hawaii and Florida. He and his family spent many summers at their cottage on Grove Beach Point in Westbrook, Connecticut. Donald was a man of many talents, but will be remembered most as a loving and doting husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Dec. 19) 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 Greenwood Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tunxis Hose Co. # 1, P.O. Box 215, Unionville, CT 06085.Peltier, Donald.

Hickcox, Curtiss Bronson

Hickcox, CurtissCurtiss Bronson Hickcox, III, 40, of West Hartford died unexpectedly on Thursday, Dec. 10. A builder of things and relationships, Curt focused on creating quality in every aspect of his life. Be it friendships of decades or projects, he strove to build things meant to last. If he set his mind to something, you could be certain it would be double-buttressed and of the finest craftsmanship. A graduate of The Watkinson School and Curry College, Curt most recently brought his craftsman’s eye and ingenuity to work as a senior field technician for Trinity ERD, where he kept on the cutting edge of construction testing.
Curt leaves behind so many deep, abiding friendships that thrived through countless years and days, joys and pains, wins and losses. His personality bred camaraderie, such that even those who were barely acquainted with him lit up when he entered the room. Whether dressed for the job at hand or an evening on the town, Curt epitomized dapper. A gifted entertainer, Curt brought zeal and inventiveness to the kitchen, where he delighted in cooking with friends and family.
An adoring husband to Abigail Daniels, Curt’s devotion and love for his wife radiated around them for all to see. He was a man who understood the power of touch – from a handshake to a hug – to breed happiness among those he knew and loved.
As a son, he cherished his parents, Curtiss B. Hickcox, Jr., and Jan Manocchio Hickcox, as friends, guides, and partners, in a life lived with love, laughter, loyalty, and integrity.
As a brother, he loved and admired his elder sister, Kitty, enjoying the rarified kinship that only siblings can share, and the fruits of friendship with her husband, Daniel Wuori.
He will also be remembered as a beloved son-in-law and brother-in-law.
As a nephew, Curt shared a warm, close relationship with his aunt and uncle, Jean Manocchio Barton and Dale C. Barton.
As a beloved uncle, he enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews. He also leaves a host of Hickcox relatives.
Curt renewed himself in his two most beloved places – his family’s cabin on the shore of Moosehead Lake in Maine, and standing waist-deep in the Farmington River. A master fly fisherman, Curt’s church was the river. Accordingly, we will celebrate his life with visiting hours at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Dec. 18) from 4:00-700pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Farmington River Watershed Association, to preserve the waters which ran through Curt’s heart as much as his wading boots. For additional service information, please visit www.curtissbhickcoxiii.com.

Sweeney, Clare Anne

SweeneyClare Anne Sweeney, August 2, 1949 – December 5, 2015. Clare had many meaningful people in her life…with close friends and loved relatives. Most important…one true love. She enjoyed mulling over a seemingly nothing concept and continuing on to create a reality. She believed in the underdogs…no, really, the underdogs. Clare adopted many of the unadoptable and shared many happy years caring for and being cared for by Barley, Poppy, Oza, Bertie, Samadhi, Boo and Slipper. She wished to live life simply. She held firm beliefs in that anyone; whatever race, sexual orientation…everyone, is the same and equal and bring their own gifts to life. It is her great hope to have the people on this earth not listen to the loudest…ugliest…most selfish voices and use common sense and true belief in moving forward. Listen to science and the reasons to take care of this planet and at the risk of triteness…strive for world peace. So…leave the solar, hydro and wind powered lights on because she looks forward to being here again one day. Donations may be made to any well run shelter of your choice. Keep it local.

Sienko, Angela Mary Elizabeth

Version 2Angela (“Angel”) Mary Elizabeth Sienko, 76, of Unionville, beloved wife of Robert Bruce Sienko, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2015, and walked (how else) into the loving arms of her Lord and God.

Born March 26, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of the late William and Rosemary (Bussey) Sheerin. Angela was a receptionist for many years and prior to that was a cosmetician at G. Fox & Company, Westfarms Mall. In both roles, she was asked on several occasions to serve as a model at various events. She was well known as the “Walking Lady of Farmington” after she began walking around town over 30 years ago. In later years, her walking was curtailed due to an accident which also caused the onset of Alzheimer’s. However, as recently as late 2014, she was still walking nearly two miles a day. Besides her husband of over 54 years, Angel is survived by her four children, Elizabeth (Tom), Robert, Paul, and David (Jun); three grandchildren, Mary Kate, Maria Elena, and Brendan; two sisters, Patricia Haslach and Margaret (“Peggy”) Reilly and her brother, William Sheerin (Berenice); a sister-in-law, Susan Sienko; and a brother-in-law, William Sienko. She was predeceased by her parents; her beloved sister Eileen Brett; three brothers-in-law: Frank Haslach, Tim Reilly, and John (“Buddy”) Brett, and a sister-in-law, Judy Sienko. In addition she has 32 nieces and nephews, each of whom were dear to Aunt Angel.

The family would like to convey their sincerest gratitude to the staff at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford (particularly Drs. Hanna and Schneiderman and all the nurses), Apple Rehab in Avon, Hartford HealthCare – Wound Care Center of Bristol and VNA (Southington Branch), and Vitas Hospice Services. Family and friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday December 6 from 2:00-5:00 pm and again on Monday December 7 at 10:00 am at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated immediately following at the Church. Burial will be private at Calvary Cemetery, Middletown, CT. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut, 200 Executive Boulevard, Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489 (http://www.alz.org/ct).

Ayer, Dorothy F.

Dorothy F. Ayer, 88, of Farmington, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 2, 2015. Born February 2, 1927 in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Robert E. and Alice M. (Kellogg) Ayer. Prior to retiring, Dorothy was associated with the Blake Equipment Company and the Peaselee Company. She was a longtime member of St. James Episcopal Church in Farmington, a member of the Farmington Valley Chorale Club and the Frances Richard Club. She was an avid gardener, loved to travel and enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles. She is survived by her brother, Robert E. Ayer Jr., and his wife Virginia of Farmington, her nieces and nephews, Robert E. Ayer III and his wife Delia, Richard Ayer and his wife Barbara, Molly Nottage and her husband Robert, Roberta Storey and her husband John and Debbie Bayer and her husband Michael, many great nieces and nephews and many great grand nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Richard Ayer, her nephew, Jack Ayer and her niece Beth Ayer. Friends may call at St. James Episcopal Church, 3 Mountain Road, Farmington on Saturday (Dec. 5) from 9:30-10:30am followed by Funeral Services in the church at 10:30am with Rev. George Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Memorial contributions may be made to the Farmington Land Trust, Inc., 128 Garden Street #C, Farmington, CT 06032.

Hook, Keith Burlingame

Keith Burlingame Hook, 98, of Bloomfield, beloved husband of Alexis C. Hook, passed away Tuesday November 17th at Seabury. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on February 23, 1917, he was the son of the late Ira Thomas and Nellie (Burlingame) Hook. Keith was a graduate of Hillhouse High School, in New Haven, earned a B.A. in 1938 and a J.D. in 1941, from the University of Michigan.
After serving in the Michigan National Guards, Keith was called to active duty as a second lieutenant at the end of 1941. He served in the Pacific, in Guadalcanal, New Georgia and the Philippines. Before the end of the war, he was seconded to USAFISPA for 9 months where he wrote a detailed history of the battle of Guadalcanal with carefully drawn topographical maps which formed a major part of the official history of that battle published after the war. He arrived with American forces in Japan in 1945 and at the end of that year he returned home.
While he was in the Pacific, Keith met Alexis Entrican, the daughter of Alexander Robert and Erica (Morpeth) Entrican. They were married in Wellington, New Zealand on September 27th, 1944. Alexis came to the United States by ship in the spring of 1946, where she was met by Keith.
That same year he started work at the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company, as an Attorney. He continued work at this company, getting promoted to Associate Counsel, then Counsel, and retired in 1982.
Keith believed in his country, his community and his family and throughout his long life put that belief into action through service to his country, community and to many associations and individuals. He served on the Hartford Board of Education, between 1956 and 1967, being president during four of those years. He was one of the founders of the Capitol Region Educational Council (CREC), in 1967, serving as Chairman in 1969-70. Keith was also active in the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, serving as President in 1963-64.
Other organizations in which he participated are: Hartford Community Renewal team (1962-68), Connecticut Valley Hospital, Greater Hartford Council for UNESCO, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Cooperator St. Francis Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital. Keith was one of the first members of the Civitan Club of Hartford. He and Alexis were very active members of Trinity Church in Hartford ever since 1946 in multiple capacities.  Also, through Trinity Church, he became active in the Brotherhood of Saint Andrew serving in senior roles both locally and nationally. Working with the President Bob Kirschner, Keith had a lot to do with creating the modern James T. Houghteling Memorial Trust.
Music and maps played an important role in Keith’s life, as he took music lessons on the piano in the 1920’s and in that decade also started an outstanding map collection. Music composition was a dream of Keith’s which he was able to follow after he retired, as he studied music at the University of Connecticut. Much of his collection of maps and Americana was donated to the University of Michigan, which always had a special place in his heart.
Keith is survived by his four children, Andrew, Edith, Sambuq, and Jamie (and his wife, Wen Chyi Shyu) and four grandchildren: Anson and his wife Yvonne Kung, Alexander, Charlton and Elizabeth Ateeya. He is also survived by his sister, Ellen Ann Norbom, wife of Jon, and their two children, Ingrid and Susan, and their families.
Friends may call at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney St, Hartford on Thursday, December 10th from 6:00Pm to 8:00PM for the wake. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 12th at Trinity Episcopal Church at 12:00 noon. Burial will follow in the Trinity Church Memorial Garden with his beloved Alexis. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his honor to the Trinity Church Memorial Fund, the Seabury Charitable Foundation, 200 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002 or a charity of the donor’s choice.Hook, Keith

Schroeder, Audrey Eberhardy

Audrey Eberhardy Schroeder, age, 88, of Fayetteville, NC, died Tuesday, November 24, 2015. Born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on July 9, 1927 to the late Mathias and Marie (Koller) Eberhardy, Audrey graduated from North High School in 1945. She married Julian Edward Schroeder on September 10, 1949, and worked as a bookkeeper to help support Julian until he earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Wisconsin in January 1951. Married for 63 years, Audrey and Julian raised four children and lived in Menasha, Neenah and Marinette, Wisconsin; Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; Louisville, Kentucky; Weston, Connecticut; Littleton, North Carolina; and Farmington and Avon, Connecticut. Following Julian’s death in April 2013, Audrey moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she lived with, and was wonderfully cared for by, her daughter Ellen, son-in-law Chet, and their family.

Throughout her life, Audrey was active in local Garden Clubs and Women’s Clubs. She was a long-time Eucharistic Minister in the Catholic Church, and a hospital volunteer for over 20 years at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut and Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.

Audrey is survived by daughter Ellen Schroeder and her husband Chet Dilday of Fayetteville, North Carolina, son Roy Schroeder and his wife Deborah of Louisville, Kentucky, daughter Joan (Schroeder) Selvage of Canton, Connecticut, daughter Claire Schroeder of Simsbury, Connecticut, four grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 9 step-great-grandchildren, sister Carol (Eberhardy) Trimberger, sister-in-law Theresa Jane Eberhardy, brother Roger Eberhardy and 12 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by niece Julie Trimberger, sister-in-law Laverne (Schroeder) Trgovec, brother-in-law George Trgovec, brother Vernon Eberhardy, brother-in-law Leon Trimberger, nephew Steve Trgovec and loving husband Julian Schroeder.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday, December 5th from 8:00 – 9:30 am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will begin at 9:30 am, followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10 am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 1330 W. Peachtree Street.; Suite 100 Atlanta, GA 30309 (www.arthritis.org).

Lamantini, Roy

Roy Lamantini, 76, of Farmington, beloved husband of the late Kathleen “Bonnie” (Johnston) Lamantini, passed away Saturday, November 28, 2015. Born November 3, 1939 in Hartford, he was the son of the late Julio and Benilus (Pagani) Lamantini. Prior to retiring, Roy was employed by the Town of Farmington for 37 years. He spent the majority of those years as the Superintendent of the Water Pollution Control Plant. After retiring, he worked for the Unionville Water Company. Roy was a longtime member of the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department. Roy built a house in Vermont which he loved. He also loved to take his motor home to Florida for a few months each year to escape the Connecticut winters. Roy loved cooking, especially for large family gatherings. He was always generous with his time and would help out family and friends whenever he could. His hobbies included golf, restoring antique cars, refinishing old furniture and he was fondly known as “the jack of all trades, master of none.” He will be missed by his loving family and friends. Roy is survived by his three children, Timothy A. Lamantini of Enfield, Patrick M. Lamantini and his wife Jade S. Lamantini of Unionville and Teri A. Preece and her husband William F. Preece of Cheshire, his two sisters, Rita Pazdziora of Wethersfield and Barbara Frink of Florida, his two brothers, Julio R. Lamantini and Paul Lamantini both of Farmington, five grandchildren, Deanna M. Lamantini, Timothy P. Lamantini, Kathleen F. Lamantini, Shane Caron and Seth Caron. He was predeceased by his brother, John Lamantini. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Dec. 2) 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. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Farmington Food Pantry, 75 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032.

 

Lamantini, Roy

Odlum, George Brendan

Odlum, GeorgeGeorge Brendan Odlum Jr., born on November 16, 1939 in Hartford, died peacefully at his home in West Simsbury surrounded by his family, on November 26, 2015.

George was married to his beloved Harriet (Davenport) for 51 years. A devoted parent to George and Jennifer Odlum of Red Hook, NY, Geoffrey and Jennifer Odlum of Arlington, Virginia, and Jessica Odlum of Simsbury, he left seven grandchildren, Geoffrey, Patrick, Thomas, Chapman and Molly Odlum, and James and John Rhodes, all of whom adored their Empy. The oldest child of Doreen and George Odlum, who predeceased him, he is survived by five siblings, Brian Odlum, Brenda Dailey, Jerome Odlum, Judy Pomeroy, Michael Odlum, and their spouses and children. He also is survived by his treasured Irish and St. Lucian Odlum relatives, including his fifth cousin Stephen Odlum and his wife, Julie Davenport of Dublin, Ireland.

A graduate of Loomis School, Trinity College and Tufts Dental School, George served in the US Army in Alaska for three years. In 1968 he established a dental practice in Simsbury, retiring in 2007. He was very active in local affairs including the Chamber of Commerce, the Health and Welfare Commission, and the Beautification Committee. He served on the Board of Directors of the Village Water Company and more recently the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association. George was a founder of The Simsbury Bank, and served on its Board of Directors for more than 20 years. He retired from the bank board this month after a gala evening celebrating his years of service, much of the time as head of the Audit Committee.

George’s family and many friends will remember him for his creative imagination, his delightful sense of humor, and his jovial whistling. In his youth George created and made himself Emperor of Eistlisia, an imaginary kingdom with maps, territories, and its own currency. Eistlisia remains a significant part of family culture, with his grandchildren joining their Empy in an annual heraldic parade carrying the flag, their Eistlisian shields and lances. George never lost his whimsical nature, his youthful spirit, or his gentle kindness.

Friends and family may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday, November 30, 2015 from 6:30-8:30pm A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, December 1 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Catherine of Sienna Church in West Simsbury.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury, CT 06070 which made his last days comfortable and peaceful, or to a charity of the donors’ choice.

Pease, Barton W.

Pease, BartonBarton Witbeck Pease, 41, of West Haven, CT, passed away after a long illness with Asthma, on Sunday, November 22, 2015. Born in Hartford, CT on March 17th, 1974, Barton is survived by his parents, Robert and Hillary Pease, sister, Samantha Pease Doering and his brother- in- law, Jason Doering. He was beloved “Uncle Bartie” to his niece, Alexandria Hillary Doering, and two nephews, Andrew Witbeck Doering and William Robert Doering. In addition to his parents he leaves his many beloved Aunts and Uncles, Susie and Drex Patterson, Travis and Tom Kranz, Tony and Janet Barton; his cousins, Morgan Patterson, Scott and Chris Barton, Riven Barton, Alex and Fran Kranz. He was predeceased by his great grandmother, Ruth Atkins Wiese, and grandparents Patricia and Alfred Pease, Richard and Patricia Barton, and Uncle, Brooks Barton.

Barton was raised in West Hartford, CT and was always an active member of the community. He was a member of the West Hartford Police Explorers program as a teenager and a graduate of Conard High School. He then went on to college at University of Alabama Birmingham where he pursued a vocational career as Nursing Assistant with the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital for 7 years in Alabama and 12 years in West Haven, Connecticut. He gave his whole heart, compassion and love every day to his work, the staff and patients he cared for. The VA was his second family.

Known for his love of sports, he was a fan of the Washington Red Skins and the New York Mets, and was an avid collector of baseball cards and comic books. He also loved mountain biking. Barton had a huge heart and a smile that was warm and contagious. He loved to talk about old memories and could light up a room with his presence. He always placed everyone before himself and wanted to bring happiness to everyone he touched. He took great pleasure in catching up with old friends, family members, and especially spoiling his niece and nephews. Barton will be greatly missed for his kindheartedness and love for his family and leaves them with many cherished memories. He will always be in our thoughts and forever in our hearts.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday December 8th, at 10:00 AM, at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford. Family and friends are invited to gather and honor Barton’s life. Donations may be made to Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to benefit Veterans programs in memory of Barton W. Pease. Please send contributions to HFPG, Inc., 10 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT 06106 or visit www.hfpg.org to donate on line.

Dumais, Lieselotte

Lieselotte Johanna Dumais (nee Schröder) passed away peacefully the morning of Nov 22, 2015. Born January 7, 1930 in Körten Germany, she was the daughter of the late Otto and Johanna Schröder. Beloved Oma to Nat, Kim and Stephanie and extended family, Lee to her friends, we cherished her kind heart, generosity, loyalty and love for her family and friends. She lived a life notable for resilience and independence, was greatly self-reliant and a cornerstone of our family. After WWII she met Charles Dumais whom she married in 1954. Lee retired from Ludlow High School where she taught German, Spanish, French, and Remedial English. She was a longtime resident of Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts before moving to Farmington, Connecticut in 1999. Lee enjoyed volunteering at the Bushnell Theater and at the Barney Library in Farmington. She loved the beach, particularly at Watch Hill, RI and Winding Trails to which she belonged for many years. She was a longtime member of the Hartford International Women’s Circle. She was an avid reader and loved to travel, especially visiting her family in Hamburg, Germany each summer. She is survived by her two children, Andrew O. Dumais and his wife Joanne M. Dumais of Farmington, Constance D. Pope, Ph.D. and her husband Jonathan G. Pope, M.D., Ph.D., and her three grandchildren, Stephanie Dumais and her fiancée J.C. Froelich, Kimberly Dumais and Natalie Pope. She was predeceased by her sister, Hanelore Feldner. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt., 4, Unionville on Tuesday, November 24,2015 from 6:00-8:00pm and again on Wednesday morning (Nov. 25) from 9:30-10:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Wednesday (Nov. 25) at 10:30am followed by Funeral Services in St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 224 Lovely St., Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT 06032.Dumais, Lieselotte