Archive for 2015

Maiorano, Antonia

Maiorano, AntoniaAntonia Maiorano, 58, passed away Saturday, November 21, 2015 surrounded by her family. She was born in Guardia Lombardi, Italy, the daughter of the late Angelo and Agnesa Maiorano. Antonia was a beautiful person who would light up a room. She always had a big smile and an enthusiastic hello for everyone she met. She loved children and animals, especially her dog, Rudy. Antonia enjoyed bowling, volunteering at Gifts of Love, old movies, library time, and shopping, to name a few. Her greatest pleasure though was time spent with family and her friends at the LEO program. Her family is grateful for the loving care she received during her two years at her home away from home at Two Mile. Toni, as she was affectionately called by her Two Mile family, cared for and loved them in return. She leaves behind wonderful memories for her sister, Maria Glickman of Unionville, CT, brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Denise Maiorano of Somers, NY and brother, George Maiorano of Yonkers, NY. She also leaves two nieces, Amanda and Jennifer Glickman, her Aunt Maria DiMatteo and many loving cousins. Antonia is predeceased by her brother-in-law, Steven Glickman and Aunt Antonietta Gansziniec. Her smile and enjoyment of life was infectious; you couldn’t help being drawn in. We will all miss her laughter, sense of humor, love and especially her beautiful smile. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday, November 23, from 6 – 8. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Tuesday, November 24 at 9:00 a.m. followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10 a.m. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at St. Mary Cemetery in New Britain. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to FAVARH, 225 Commerce Drive, Canton, CT 06019.

Meyer, William Charles

William Charles Meyer, age 76, died at 2:00 am on Saturday November 14, 2015. Bill was a resident of Unionville since 1966. He was born in Thornfield, MO, grew up in central Texas, and served in the U.S. Army in Korea and France before moving to Connecticut. Bill is survived by his wife of 53 years, Diana Meyer, of Unionville, his daughter, Rebecca Meyer Webb, of Bethlehem, NH, his son, Stephen Meyer, of Oakland, CA, his three grandchildren, Elias Webb, Nina Webb, and Owen Meyer. Bill worked at Gems Sensors in Plainville for 40 years as a product specialist in their sales department. His favorite pursuits were reading and writing fiction, lake fishing, wood carving, and watching news and movies. He was also well known for his audacious sense of humor, especially with his joke and storytelling, and his personable style filled with wit and wisdom that made each person he knew feel welcome and special. Bill’s fishing buddies remember him declaring as he reeled in a good fighting fish, “It doesn’t get any better than this!”, and we remember him saying as we all sat around on a weekend morning reading together, “So many books, so little time.” The Meyer family would like to thank the Tunxis Hose Fire Co., the Farmington Police Department, and The Ahern Funeral Home for helping us. There are no services scheduled, or calling hours, and the family requests no flowers. Bill’s family will commemorate his life and passing at their convenience in several informal gatherings at various locations.

Shulthiess, Patricia P.

Patricia P. Shulthiess, 81, of Pickett Lane, Unionville, died Monday, November 16, 2015. Born in Hartford on June 5, 1934, she resided in the greater Hartford area her entire life. She worked as a school bus driver for over 50 years in the Farmington area. She is survived by her brother Robert R. Poyerd and wife Linda of Ellington, three sons, Jay Shulthiess and wife Susan of Houston, TX, John Shulthiess and wife Sandra of Bristol; and Jeffrey Shulthiess and his partner Jennifer Brush of Southington; and five grandchildren, Chandler, Hannah, Sarah and Peter Shulthiess of Houston, TX and Jillyann Brush-Shulthiess of Southington. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Nov. 20) from 12:30 -1:30pm followed by Funeral Services in the funeral home at 1:30pm. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon.

Cutler, Prudence Pease

Prudence Pease Cutler ( Prudy) wife of the late Ralph Dennis ( Denny ) Cutler of Farmington CT and Chilmark Ma. passed away Nov. 15, 2015 in Simsbury CT at age 98 . She was the daughter of Herbert and Polly Pease of New Britain, CT and the sister of the late Polly Edson, Jude Pease and Hoyt Pease. She leaves her children, Thomas Cutler of Farmington, CT, Ruth Cutler of Ashford, CT, and Carolyn Cutler of Avon, CT and her sister, Penny Pease and sister in law, Patricia Pease, two god children, David Edson and Edward Norris, Jr. and many nephews and nieces.

Prudy and Denny spent many summers sailing along the Maine coast, or at their home in Chilmark, Mass while enjoying the company of their many friends. Prudy had the ability to cheerfully cook a great meal aboard a boat or for a gang who happen to drop by. An avid gardener, she grafted an apple tree while at Vassar College which still produces in Ashford CT today. As a member of The Garden Club of Hartford Prudy actively supported the “No Bill Boards Bill” and defended the West Hartford Reservoir against an encroaching highway. She was on the board of the Nature Conservancy CT and a supporting member of Sheriffs Meadow Foundation, The Farmington River Watershed Assoc. and CT Forest and Park Assoc.

The family would like to thank Attorney Robert Smith, her nephew Dr. James Cox-Chapman and the wonderful staff and Brightstar aids on the Atwater unit at Mclean in Simsbury for all of their caring support. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to one of the above mentioned organizations or in Prudy’s name give a friend a hug and some chocolate. A celebration of her life will be Dec. 8 at 2:30 in the Chapel at The McLean Home, 75 Great Pond Rd, Simsbury, CT.

Dill, Hugh Lamond

Dill, Hugh-1Hugh Lamond Dill, Jr., 85, of Simsbury, formerly of Bristol, beloved husband of the late Patricia (Titcomb) Dill, passed away peacefully Friday (November 13, 2015) at the McClean Home in Simsbury. Born in Detroit on August 14, 1930, son of the late Dr. Hugh L. Dill and Ione Marson, Hugh spent his childhood in Grosse Pointe, MI. Hugh graduated from Kalamazoo College in Michigan with a B.S. in business and later earned his M.A. and Sixth Year at Columbia University in New York. After college, he served in the United States Navy Reserve. Hugh spent his entire professional career in education, working as a teacher in Long Island, Assistant Superintendent in Bristol and, for many years, Principal of Ivy Drive School in Bristol. Hugh was much loved by his students, teachers and staff. In addition to his career in education, Hugh served his community as a lifetime member of the Bristol Kiwanis Club and was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Farmington for over forty years. An accomplished and passionate tennis player, Hugh led his college team to numerous victories and continued playing the sport for most of his life, competing in many local tournaments and coaching the Bristol Central High School varsity team. Hugh was known to all he touched for his sense of humor and optimism. He was a dedicated and beloved husband and father, and to his two grandchildren he was a special Papa. Hugh is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Bob Rosenthal of Avon, his grandchildren, Jennifer Rosenthal of Waterbury and Michael Rosenthal of Storrs, his sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Ray Schumann of Naples, FL, and his sister, Barbara Gwillim of Colorado, and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Nov. 20th) from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday (Nov. 21st) at 10:30am a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, Mountain Road, Farmington. Donations in Hugh’s memory may be made to St James Episcopal Church, 3 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT 06032 or to the Bristol Kiwanis Club, 212 South Street, Bristol, CT 06010.

Cephas, Richard A. “Dick”

cephas-richard_150Richard Arnold “ Dick” Cephas, 76, beloved husband of JoAnn V. Cephas, died peacefully on November 9, 2015 at John Dempsey Hospital with his wife of 30 years at his side after a long struggle with a progressive neurological disease. Born March 13, 1939 in Wilmington, Delaware, he was the son of the late James Edward Cephas and Sarah Corbin Cephas. Dick attended Howard High School where he was Co-Captain of the Track and Football teams. He held the High Jump and Low Hurdles Delaware state record. He graduated and was offered full scholarships to Michigan, Dartmouth, Indiana and William & Mary. Dick attended the University of Michigan and was a member of their track team. He was a three-time NCAA outdoor All-American, earning the honor in the high jump in 1959 before moving to the track to earn the other two in the 440-yard hurdles in 1960 and 1961. He was also the Big Ten outdoor champion in the 220-yard low hurdles in 1961. He competed at the 1960 Olympic Trials. He later became a member of the U.S. Military track team, where he won a bronze medal in the 440-yard intermediate hurdles at the Military Olympics in Brussels. He was inducted into Michigamua Society and the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Dick was inducted into the Delaware Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1994, the University of Michigan Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Delaware Afro-American Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. After graduating with a degree in Industrial Art & Design, he was recruited by General Motors and climbed the career ladder to become GM’s first African-American Zone Manager located in Boston and Truck Center Manager in Minneapolis. After 24 years with GM, he spent 12 years as a GM Auto Dealer in Winsted and Chicopee, MA. In retirement, he enjoyed painting and drawing, especially vintage airplanes, cars and sports figures and generously gave his art away to all who asked. He was a die-hard UM football fan and rarely missed a game. Dick was a private pilot, enjoyed flying his Mooney aircraft and loved to travel, especially to the Caribbean. Besides his wife, Dick is survived by his daughter Candice M. Diaz and her husband Adrian of Pittsburg, CA, his son Troy R. Cephas and his wife Jade of Chicago, IL, stepson Kupambazua Furaha, stepdaughter Lahaja Furaha, his ten grandchildren who lovingly called him “Pop-Pop”, Max, Carter, Davis and Ellis, Jasmine, Taylore, Brooke, Skylar, Zoey and Elisha, his brother Alan Cephas and his wife Catherine of Wilmington, DE, his sister Sheila Oliver of West Chester, PA and many nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends. He was predeceased by his brother James Edward Cephas Jr., and his sister Rose Marie Mason. The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff of UConn Health Center, Hospital for Special Care and Hartford Hospital Hospice Care for their wonderful care. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Nov. 18) from 10:00 – 11:00am. Funeral Services will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home at 11:00am followed by burial with full military honors in State Veteran’s Cemetery, Middletown. Memorial contributions may be to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the VFW, 406 West 34th Street, Suite 718, Kansas City, MO 64111.

Nadeau, George

George Nadeau, 82, of Unionville, departed this physical world on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at home with family. George was born on December 6, 1932 on Soucy Hill in Winterville, ME to Mamie Soucy Nadeau and Ernest Nadeau. The youngest of 8, he grew up on “the farm” in Aroostook County with his horse Queenie, hard work, a loving family and a lot of snow. He graduated from Ricker Classical Institute in Houlton, ME and served as an MP in the Korean War. Later he graduated from Hartford Technical Institute.
He was a man of many talents and careers and was employed at New Departure in Bristol where he met his wife Maureen O’Regan Nadeau. But his true passion was horticulture. George started growing African violets in the basement, grafting roses in the yard and eventually renting greenhouse space and selling geraniums. That passion became Farmington Gardens Nursery which grew from a single greenhouse to a thriving garden center and landscape firm.
George loved watching Saturday morning cartoons with his girls, good wine, good manners, classical music, a crisp pair of khakis and a pair of dirty bucks. Those who worked for him remember him as demanding but fair. His daughters never saw the demanding side, just the unconditional love and an amazing sense of humor coupled with a wonderful laugh.
He is survived by Maureen, his loving wife of 55 years, daughters Elizabeth and Patricia Nadeau, son in law David Bourassa, grandchildren Maxwell and Frazier Maloney, Wynn, Emma and Ethan Bourassa. He is also survived by his sister Mildred and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sisters Teresa Morneault, Rella Daniels and Lydia Brown and brothers Everett Nadeau, Joseph Nadeau, and Edgar Nadeau. He also leaves Leo Veletnik who helped Maureen care for him in his last years.
Never liking to be the center of attention, we forgo calling hours for a Memorial Mass at 10:00am on Monday, November 16, 2015 in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main St., Unionville. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Association of CT, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489 or Favarh, The Arc of the Farmington Valley, 225 Commerce Dr., Canton, CT 06019.Nadeau, George

Melluzzo, Joseph P.

Joseph P. Melluzzo, 36, of New Britain, passed away unexpectedly Monday, November 9th at his home. Born November 20th, 1978 in Hartford, he was the son of the late Vincent S. and Johanne (Charpentier) Melluzzo. Joseph grew up in Farmington and graduated from Farmington High School, Class of 1996. He was an avid Yankees fan who loved to fish. He had a contagious smile and he cared for his family very much. He is survived by his sisters, Nancy L. Melluzzo and her husband Randy Long of Burlington, Laurie A. Finke and her husband Bryan of Beacon Falls, his two brothers, James P. Melluzzo of Burlington, Robert Mastrianni of Wolcott, his grandparents, Vincent S. and Linda (Minotti) Melluzzo of Windsor and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Nov. 14) from 9:00-10:30am. Funeral services will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home at 10:30am followed by burial in St. Francis Cemetery, Torrington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.image1

Dezzani, Pauline R.

Dezzani, PaulinePauline R. Dezzani, age 96, passed away on November 5, 2015 at her home in New Hartford. The wife of Michael Dezzani, she was born in Burlington on September 24, 1919, to Anna (Kovacovic) Royko and John Royko. She was predeceased by her husband, two sisters and four brothers and is survived by her son and daughter, Michael Dezzani, Jr., and his wife Lynne and Christine D. Bronson and her husband Dale, four grandchildren, Michael E. Dezzani, Kristofer F. Dezzani, Elisha Hotchkiss, and Jocelyn Archaski, five great-grandchildren, niece Corliss Sinclair to whom she was legal guardian and several nieces and nephews. A homemaker most of her adult life, Pauline thoroughly enjoyed the out-of-doors and it would not be uncommon for her in younger years to hop on her Honda 90 and go fishing or exploring, often in areas where a more timid soul would not venture. At ninety-two, she was still fishing in little mountain lakes and rafting the Flathead River in Montana. She had a thorough knowledge of the flora and fauna of her surroundings which she imparted to her grandchildren. Up to almost the end of her life she reveled in the antics of her great-grandchildren and spent time reading to and laughing with them. Pauline was anchored in family values and believed in reinforcing the positive. She will be missed by all who knew her including her three cats. Interment will be private and at the convenience of her family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice.

Dubrosky, Emma (Grouten)

Emma (Grouten) Dubrosky, 58, beloved daughter of the late Victor and Anita Grouten, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Thursday, November 5, 2015 after a courageous 16 year battle with cancer. She was known most for her smile and laugh and positive outlook on life. She enjoyed watching and spending time with her grandchildren Jack and Samantha. She loved baking and being outdoors. Emma is survived by her children, Erin Davis and her husband Daniel and Nicholas Dubrosky, her grandchildren, Jack and Samantha Davis, her brothers, William, Leo and Alan Grouten, her sisters, Esther Moon, Frances Look, Victoria Hinman and Linnea Pare and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Alloway and Henry Grouten. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Nov. 11) from 5:00-8:00PM followed by a Prayer Service in the Funeral Home at 8:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Saint Francis Hospital Cancer Center, c/o Saint Francis Foundation, 95 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105.

Coolbrith, Alison Gallagher

Coolbrith, AlisonAlison Gallagher Coolbrith

July 16, 1945 – October 31, 2015

Alison is an extraordinary woman that makes a positive difference in the lives she touches, as well as many who have not had the good fortune of meeting her. The present tense is required as she continues to make a difference in the lives of others with initiatives and programs she has helped put in place – not as a legacy- but as a dynamic way of giving others an opportunity to get a head start and support to live up to one’s potential. Her compassion and commitment to making this world a kinder place is exemplary.
Her deep love and caring for her extended family always shows and is a tremendous role model for all– this includes her brother Peter, his wife Connie and sisters, Lesley and Patricia Gallagher.
Alison helps each of us understand that we can do anything we desire if we have the will to work for it. She passionately and forever loves her husband and life partner, Barry Lastra, who knows she will always be by his side. Their actions reflect their values – leaving a mark in the world that is greater than the sum of their parts. She leaves their kids – whom she is affectionately referred to as Ami (friend) – son Dave Lastra, his wife Melisa; daughter Dian Miller, her husband Brian; son, Dennis. Participating in the growth and development of Alison and Barry’s four wonderful grandsons and their families has been one of Alison’s greatest joys – Michael McClellan, wife Kate and son Jasper; Kevin Kuiper, wife Ryann and their two daughters, Dilynn and Hunter; Alex Kuiper and wife Amanda; Daniel Lastra.
Alison is a native of Connecticut having grown up through the Bristol, Connecticut public school system. Alison is an avid student of life and a leader, mentor and role model whether at Bristol Central High School, Connecticut Girl Scouts or Hartford College for Women where she received her A.A. degree – remaining unwaveringly committed to the belief this college made in her life and in the development of women leaders of all ages educated there. Alison received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin where she excelled as a language and English major. After graduating she took a temporary job at Aetna from which she retired 30 years later as a Senior Vice President. Along the way Alison graduated from the University of Stanford’s School of Business Executive Program which piqued her interest in global affairs.
In 1986 Alison and Barry moved to San Francisco where she directed Aetna’s Property & Casualty division northern California operations where she remained bi-coastal throughout her life.
The world was Alison’s muse – trailblazing into the far reaches of the globe in search of cultural insight and a broader global perspective – from Alison’s time in high school when she represented the Connecticut Girl Scouts in Europe at an international conference until just a week ago. She was no less ambitious after retirement, visiting all seven continents and over 120 countries from Bhutan to Zimbabwe. Alison was certain that a deeper understanding of the diversity and culture of others in the world help her make a difference in the lives she touched.
Alison’s blue eyes brightened at the prospect of experiencing a new culture, people and foods as well as a political debate – whether engaging Barry, a colleague or anyone who had read today’s Financial Times, New York Times, the local Hartford Courant or had watched the Sunday morning talk shows. Alison’s leadership was identified early and her business acumen recognized when at only 46 she was the first woman in the industry appointed to become Chair and CEO of Aetna Reinsurance in London, England – breaking the insurance industry’s glass ceiling long before the term came into vogue. In 1994 Alison and Barry chose to return to Hartford for her to head Aetna’s Small Business unit; and then at age 50, as one of five senior officers, she helped the team sell the Property & Casualty division to Traveler’s leading to her retirement. At that time Alison remained passionate and engaged about the industry and the business world, joining the board of directors of the Heffernan Group, one of the nation’s largest private insurance brokerages headquartered in San Francisco and State Auto Mutual based in Columbus, Ohio. Alison remained active and engaged as a regent at the University of Hartford.
Alison exalted in the annual reunion with her global Stanford classmates who remain lifelong friends and took the opportunity to visit them in their homes as she and Barry explored the world. Her love and caring for her wide circle of friends and family makes her life complete.
To honor her character, contributions may be made in her honor to The University of Hartford Women’s Advancement Initiative, Riverfront Recaptured, The Village for Families & Children, Inc., or a charity of your choice.
The Last Word
-a thought that helped guide Alison through life….
“I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love, abundance & learning. Then whenever doubt, anxiety or fear try to call me, they keep getting a busy signal and soon they’ll forget my number.”
Edith Armstrong

McCusker, Andrew J.

McCusker, AndrewAndrew J. McCusker III of Broadview Assisted Living in Winchendon, MA, and of Lake Monomonac, in Rindge, NH, passed peacefully on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Andy was born in New Britain to Anna C. (Albrecht) and Andrew J. McCusker II on November 9, 1924. Andy attended Newington public schools. He was an auto mechanic and also worked at Colt Firearms in CT. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 18. He served in Patton’s 3rd Army from Normandy to Czechoslovakia, laying communication lines for his Howitzer artillery unit in the pursuit of Axis army. On February 15, 1947, he married Marion “Skippy” Cook and they had eight children–4 daughters and 4 sons. Much of their child-rearing occurred at Crystal Lake in Ellington and in Unionville. Later they lived in Ft. Myers, FL, Southwick, MA, and Rindge, NH. Andy was a draftsman, but first was a well-respected machinist, at Fenn Manufacturing in Newington for over 25 years. He was an avid golfer with many rounds in Central CT, the FL Gulf Coast, and the Rindge NH-Winchendon MA areas, especially. He has even scored two holes in one. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and a dedicated blood donor. In retirement, Andy and Skippy traveled to many of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. They also went to Europe, the Holy Land, Australia, and Ireland. In his final residence, he was treated lovingly by his caregivers, and referred to as “The Mayor of Broadview,” for the twinkle in his eye, and his wonderful, socially interactive ways. Andy was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, by his four younger brothers, Richard, Gerald, Raymond, and Robert, and by his grandson, Andrew J. McCusker V. Survivors include his 8 children: Andrew (Diane) of Scarborough, ME, Michael (Polly Anderson) of Buckland, MA, Pamela (Dominic) Mori of Ft. Myers, FL, Robert of Simsbury, Eileen (Michael) Rauch of Shelburne Falls, MA, Kevin of Rindge, NH, Cynthia Kluetz of Frederick, MD, and Carole (Charles) Langlais of Unionville. He also leaves 23 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren to remember good times with their caring grandpa, including pontoon boat rides and many family times near the Farmington River, Fort Myers beaches and Lake Monomonac. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt., 4, Unionville on Saturday (Nov. 7) from 8:30 – 10:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:30am. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Andy’s memory to one of his favorite charities, Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, 2ndFloor, Princeton, NJ 08540 or online at Autismspeaks.org.

Maher, Thomas W. “Bill”

Thomas William “Bill” Maher, 87, beloved husband of Jean (Weber) Maher, passed peacefully into the arms of his Savior, Jesus on November 4, 2015. Bill was born in Danbury on October 12, 1928, son of the late William C. and Adeline (Keith) Maher. He was raised in Bristol and graduated from St. Joseph School and attended Bristol High School. Bill worked for many years as a driver for Kopplemann’s in Hartford. In retirement, he worked as a mail courier until he turned 81. Through his church, Valley Community Baptist Church, he was an assistant chaplain for “Transport for Christ” in Southington. In addition to his wife and best friend of 35 years, he is survived by Jean’s children, Robert and Song Sitka, Elizabeth Perera, David and Karen Sitka and their children, Bryan and Bethany. He also leaves his cherished sister and brother-in-law, Adeline and Edward Kuchta of Southington and many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Virginia Rindfleisch and Catherine Mellon. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Nov. 6) from 9:00-11:00am followed by Funeral Services in the funeral home at 11:00am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ingraham Manor Nursing Home, 400 North Main St., Bristol, CT 06010.Maher, Thomas

Gilmour, Robert D. “Bud”

gilmourRobert “Bud” D. Gilmour, 84, of Plainville, beloved husband of the late Janet E. (Smith) Gilmour, passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at his home with his family by his side. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, February 17, 1931, son of the late Howard E. and Ann (Wagner) Gilmour. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War and earned his Master’s degree in Organizational Behavior from The University of Hartford. Bud spent his entire career with General Motors, retiring from New Departure Hyatt in 1992. Family was everything to Bud and he treasured the time he spent with them. He enjoyed genealogy, was known as the family historian and always had a story to share. He is survived by his three daughters, Beth Wojtusik and her husband Michael of Bristol, Linda DiOrio and her husband Mark of Burlington, and Laura Gilmour of Bristol and his four grandsons, whom he was very proud of and their many accomplishments, Jeffrey Wojtusik, Matthew DiOrio, Michael DiOrio, and Daniel DiOrio. He was predeceased by his brother, Richard Gilmour. In honor of Bud’s wishes, funeral services will be private.

Warshaw, Michele Eileen (Bushey)

Michele Eileen (Bushey) Warshaw, 48, of West Hartford, left us peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, on October 21, 2015 after a brave fight with cancer. Born July 25, 1967 in Torrington she was the daughter of Edward J. Bushey III and the late Margaret G. (Schultz) Bushey. She is survived by her beloved daughter, Michaela Beth Warshaw of West Hartford who was the love and joy of her life. In addition to her father and daughter, she is survived by her two sisters and brothers-in-law; Brooke Kerr and her husband Stanley, Evelyn Olivieri and her husband Michael, one brother and sister-in-law, Edward Bushey and his wife Dorena and her step-mother, Lynne Bushey. Michele is survived by a large extended family which includes nephews, nieces, great nieces, aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as Dr. Andrew and Brenda Warshaw of Boston, Leslie Warshaw of Boston and their extended families. Michele was a long term employee of Accenture LLP and was loved, respected and admired by her leadership team and coworkers. She had a passion for theatre. Along with Lori Solak, her “sister from another mother”, she co-founded Connecticut Family Theatre, Inc., whose mission is to provide theatre education and performance opportunities to children of all ages and abilities. Michele was also the costumer for the theatre company’s productions. Michele loved gardening, reading, football and spending quiet moments with her family and friends. The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation, most specifically to Dr. Lidia Schapira and Dr. Dejan Juric, to Michele’s medical team at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. Their tender care during her illness and at this most difficult time was unprecedented. A Celebration of Her Life service will be held at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 2:00pm. Contributions may be made in Michele’s memory to: Connecticut Family Theatre, Inc., c/o Lori Solak, 20 Jefferson Avenue, Suite #1, West Hartford, CT 06110.Warshaw, Michele-1.