Archive for January 2015

Rebillard, Eric K.

With heavy hearts, Eric K. Rebillard 42, of Merritt Island, Florida, passed away as a result of fatal injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on Wednesday evening, January 28, 2015. Born July 13, 2972, Eric grew up in Farmington, CT, graduating from Farmington High School, class of 1990.   Eric moved to Florida in 2002 where he enjoyed boating, fishing, scuba diving, co-piloting a friend’s plane, skydiving (once!) and riding his Harley Davidson. He established a supportive circle of wonderful friends, and met the love of his life.   He enjoyed working at A-Auto Works on Merritt Island, Florida as an ASE Certified Auto Mechanic. Previously Eric worked as an apprentice electrician and as a mortgage broker. Eric rescued and loved animals. He was always grateful to our Vets for their sacrifice and service and made a practice of shaking hands and saying Thank you to anyone in uniform. Eric had a quick wit and great sense of humor. He was compassionate and generous. Eric leaves his parents Bill and Joyce Rebillard of Unionville, CT; his brother and sister-in-law Bill and Crissy Rebillard of Unionville, CT, their children, Eric’s nephew and niece, Garett and Loren Rebillard of Unionville, CT. Eric also leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Most tragically, he leaves his beloved fiancée, Jill Tanner of Merritt Island, FL. The couple was planning to marry on August 29, 2015. He is greatly loved and missed by his family and friends.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015 at The Ahern Funeral Home , 111 Main St., Unionville, CT 06085, from 5- 8 pm. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Eric Rebillard Tragedy Fund http://www.gofundme.com/l2fbuc or Best Friends Animal Society http://bestfriends.org/Get-involved/Donate/Give-a-Tribute-Gift/

Bowe, Hilda (Schlatter)

Hilda (Schlatter) Bowe, formerly of Farmington, Unionville, then Avon, wife of the late Carl Bowe, passed away Monday, January 26th, 2015. She was born in Hartford, daughter of Frederick W. and Louise (Perkins) Schlatter. She was a graduate of Weaver High School, worked at the Farmington Savings Bank and Hartford Federal. She loved dogs and raised German Shepherds and Cocker Spaniels, had a “green thumb”, was an excellent and fun storyteller, enjoyed knitting, reading and baking pies and cookies for family and friends until she lost most of her sight, then her hearing. Hilda loved the family farm so much that she moved back to it in her late 80’s to preserve it for the next generation, and we are all grateful for that. Years ago she was active at the St. James Church in Farmington with her husband Carl. She leaves her niece, Gail Marshall of E. Orleans, MA and family, niece Jan Giramonti and husband Phil and family, nephew-in-law Gil Young and wife Jodi of Winter Park, FL and family, and many grand and great nieces and nephews. Besides her husband Carl, Hilda was predeceased by her four brothers, Frederick, Albert, Ralph and Robert Schlatter, her three sisters, Elsie Hapenny, Lillian Schlatter and Vera MacKeen, her niece Louise M. Young, her two nephews G.D. “Bud” MacKeen and Russell Schlatter. Our thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for His Enabling Life these past years and to Middlewoods, St. Mary Home, St. Francis Hospital and Interim for their help with rehab these past months. Thank you friends and family for your continuing support ( KJT Psalm 32.8: KJT Psalm 63: 3,4, Psalm 121: 1,2, Psalm 34: 3,4). A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, March 1 at 2:30pm in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville with Rev. George Roberts and Rev. Jeffrey Dugan officiating.

Cacchiotti, David A.

David A. Cacchiotti, 47, of Manchester, CT died Saturday January 24 after a brief illness. He was the loving son of the late Michael and Gail (Zurles) Cacchiotti of Farmington, CT. David attended St. Paul’s High School in Bristol and Farmington High School, and worked in the retail industry for much of his life, specializing in game and hobby stores. David organized and directed war and fantasy gaming tournaments and was much in demand for his skills and imagination. Disabled due to complications from diabetes, David spent recent years in and out of hospitals and rehabilitation centers where he worked hard to regain his independence. In recent years, David spent much of his time in on-line gaming communities and his avatar will be missed by many. He enjoyed music, sports, good food, and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his brother Brian and sister-in-law Judy of Peabody, MA, his sister Dena of Simsbury, CT, his uncle and godfather John Cacchiotti, his aunt and uncle George and Susan Zurles, his aunts Mary Damon and Josephine LaFleur, and his many cousins. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville, CT from 4-7 pm on Wednesday, February 4. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, 110 Main Street, Farmington at 10 am on Thursday, February 5. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312, or at www.diabetes.org.

Wojtilla, Steven J.

Steven J. Wojtilla passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Steven was raised in Unionville and is survived by his mother June E. Rhodes of Avon and his late father Joseph J. Wojtilla Jr. He leaves his wife Patricia (Machuga), daughter Melanie Westerberg and her husband Karl and their two children Dalton and Kailyn of Farmington, and his son Michael Milliken and his wife Stacey and their two children Timmy and Acelynn of Terryville. He also leaves his sister Karen Dunne and her husband Ed of Unionville and their children Eddie, Allison and her husband Mike Carlson of Los Angeles and Kristen. Per Steven’s request there will be no calling hours or services. Donations to the American Cancer Society in honor of Steven are greatly welcome.

Hinman, Julia K.

Julia K. Hinman, 95, of Burlington, widow of Howard B. Hinman, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 25th, 2015 at her home. Born in New Britain on February 24th, 1919, she was the daughter of the late John and Sophie (Ozga) Kundra. Julia is survived by her three children and their spouses, Mary and John Willis of Trumbull, Michael and Debra Hinman of Burlington and Paul and Victoria Hinman of Plainville, her grandchildren, Jonathan Elterich of Trumbull, Julia Elterich of Middletown, RI, Audrey Hinman and her fiancée Chris Myers of Myrtle Beach, SC, Jamie Pearston and her husband Alex of Thomaston, Cheryl Capitani and her husband Joe of New Britain, Lori Schaffrick and her husband Jason of CT and Chris Hinman of CT and her great grandchildren, Chance Pearston, Cole Capitani and Madison and Cassie Schaffrick. She is also survived by two grandsons, Thomas and Peter Jason Hinman. Julia was predeceased by her son, H. Peter Hinman and her sister, Elizabeth Kundra. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday (Jan. 30) at 10:00am in St. Patrick Church, Collinsville. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hinman, Julia.

Blejewski, Anna M.

Anna M. Blejewski, 93, of Farmington, widow of Charles S. Blejewski, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 24th, 2015. Born August 23rd, 1921 in Unionville, daughter of the late Luke and Anna (Kolosky) Wolk. Anna was an avid gardener and a wonderful cook. She is survived by her six children, Carole Julius and her husband Randy of New Mexico, Thomas Blejewski and his wife Marcy of Farmington, Barbara Blejewski of Wethersfield, Anne Carlson and her husband Peter of Bristol, Gerald J. Blejewski of Farmington and Mary Perron and her husband Thomas of Niantic, 12 grandchildren and her two sisters, Mary Jones of Bristol and Margaret Malentacchi of Collinsville. She was predeceased by her brother, John Wolk and her sisters, Helen McDonald and Agnes Roy. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Jan. 30) 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 will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Farmington Food Pantry, 75 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032 or to The Seeing Eye, Inc., P.O. Box 375, Morristown, NJ 07963-0375.

Flanagan, Mildred

Mildred Flanagan, 99, formerly of Farmington, widow of Richard G. Flanagan, passed away peacefully Friday, January 23rd, 2015. Born March 22nd, 1915 in Bristol, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Marianna Melenski. Prior to retiring, Mildred was a Secretary at Pratt & Whitney Small Tool. She was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington. She is survived by her two children, Joan Bachand of Plymouth and Robert Flanagan of Englewood, FL, five grandchildren, Phillip Bachand, Peter Bachand, Sarah Barzee, Richard Bachand and Donna Gonchar and eleven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Paul G. Flanagan. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Jan. 29) from 9:00-10:00am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington at 10:30am. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Plainville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Discovery Center, 790 Farmington Ave., Suite 4B, Farmington, CT 06032 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Ketcham, The Reverend Dr. Donald H.

The Reverend Dr. Donald Herbert Ketcham of Unionville, CT passed away unexpectedly Thursday, January 22 at the age of 72. Donald graduated from Lafayette College in 1964, where he majored in economics, played varsity football, and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He received a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in 1968 and a Doctor of Ministry with Distinction from Hartford Seminary in 1988. Donald faithfully served as pastor of First Congregational Church in Kent, CT from 1967-1972 and West Avon Congregational Church, Avon, CT where he retired in 2004 after 32 years of service. Don was very active in the Avon community where he and his wife, Carol, raised their four children. He loved working with youth and was a youth soccer coach for 17 years, a leader of the church Pilgrim Fellowship youth group and a chaperone for several outreach service trips. He served as a chaplain at UCONN Health Center and on the board of the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ. In retirement, Don especially enjoyed spending extra time at his beloved northern Maine Island, Gotts, where he enjoyed the spectacular beauty of the sea, captaining his refurbished boat, and building models and searching for sea treasures with his grandchildren. He continued to be an avid supporter of community sports and would often be seen on the sidelines, cheering loudly for the Avon High School and Avon Old Farms teams. A lifelong animal lover, he spent countless hours at the park throwing balls to his faithful Field Bred Springer Spaniels, Tag and Katie. Don leaves behind his loving wife of 52 years, Carol (Carpenter) Ketcham, four children and their spouses; Susannah Kinsella and husband Brian, Robin Ketcham and wife Joanne, Wren Rex and husband Nathaniel, Emily Fox and husband Ryan. He was the proud grandfather of 8 grandchildren; Andrew, Matthew and Alison Kinsella, Maggie Ketcham, Scarlett Rex, and Anna, Ethan and Jillian Fox. He is also survived by his brother Bruce Ketcham and wife Jan. Don loved being a husband and father, faithfully served his church, and was a pillar of his community. He will be dearly missed by the many people whose lives he touched. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, CT on Sunday January 25, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held Monday, January 26 at 11:00 a.m. at West Avon Congregational Church, 280 Country Club Rd, Avon, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donald’s name to Our Companions Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 956 Manchester, CT 06045.

Ward, Catherine

Ward, CatherineCatherine Matava Ward, 86, of Unionville, beloved wife of Raymond J. Ward, passed away peacefully Monday, January 19th, 2015. Born March 19th, 1928 in Unionville, daughter of the late Stephen and Eva Matava, she resided in town all her life. Prior to retiring, Catherine worked for the Avon Convalescent Home for eighteen years. She enjoyed volunteering for community functions sponsored by the Unionville Lions Club and she also enjoyed her weekly card groups with her husband. Besides her husband of 55 years, Catherine is survived by her three children and their spouses, Diane (Stocker) and Leonard J. Chudzik of Southington, Robert R. and Helen W. Stocker of Quechee, VT, and Raymond R. and Cynthia M. Ward of Avon, her five grandchildren, Sarah Lopes and her husband Clifton Lopes II, Christine Giuliano and her husband Michael Giuliano, Joseph, Katherine and Ann Marie Cormier and her two great grandsons, Clifton Lopes III and Matthew M. Giuliano. She was predeceased by her first husband, Richard E. Stocker. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Jan. 23) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Jan. 24) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VNA Healthcare, Hospice Services, 300 Queen St., Southington, CT 06489.

Muszynski, Paul F.

Paul F. Muszynski, 58, of Unionville, beloved husband of Debra (McDonald) Muszynski, passed away peacefully Monday, January 19th, 2015 at his home. Born October 14th, 1956 in Hartford, son of the late Chester and Barbara (Arnold) Muszynski. Paul was employed at Dunning Sand and Gravel in Farmington for the last 7 seven years and was previously employed at McCutcheon Concrete Company in Plainville for 18 years. Besides his wife, he is survived by his two children, Michael D. Greene of Bristol and Staci M. Reynolds and her husband Jonah of Bristol, his beloved granddaughter, Kambryn Grace Reynolds, his brother, Robert and his wife Leslie, five sisters, Joanne, Janet and her husband Tom, Elaine and her husband Paul, Marion and her husband Mark and Karen and her husband Andy and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Jan. 22) from 2:00-4:00pm followed by a Prayer Service in the Funeral Home at 4:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Interim Health Hospice Program, 231 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT 06032.

Nadeau, Ann Margaret

Ann Margaret (Marek) Nadeau, 82, formerly of Unionville, widow of Alton V. Nadeau, passed away peacefully at home with her family, Friday, January 16th, 2015. Born December 3rd, 1932 in Unionville, daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine (Roman) Marek, she resided in town most of her life. Following her retirement from the banking industry, Ann moved to Florida and went back to school to become an in home caregiver. A loving, caring and selfless person her entire life, she will be greatly missed by all. She had been a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. Ann is survived by her five children, Eileen Ouellette and her husband Leo of Elkin, NC; Kenneth Nadeau and his wife Gail of Kissimmee, FL; Sharron Harris and her husband Robert of Elkin, NC; Nanette Alderman and her husband James of Thonotosassa, FL and Lori Maznicki and her husband Michael of South Windsor, six grandchildren, Christian, Brian, Jonette, Jason, Carrie and Shad, ten great grandchildren, her sister, Patricia Burwood and her husband Roger of Unionville, her brother, Richard Marek of Plainville, her brother-in-law, James Weber of Unionville and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Janet Weber and her brother, John Marek. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (Jan. 21) 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 American Lung Association, 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108.

Hartigan, Donna A.

Donna A. Hartigan, 66, of Willimantic, passed away peacefully Friday, January 16th, 2015 surrounded by her beloved family. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, May 22, 1948. A special educator for 48 years, the last 10 years as a special education administrator. Donna especially enjoyed family vacations on the coasts of Maine and Rhode Island. Her most cherished times were spent with grandchildren. Donna is survived by her husband Timothy and their children, Sung-Sook and her husband Eddie, Laura, Yoon-Joo, Sung-Bin and his wife Kellie, Sang-Hee and her husband Alanzo and Ngoc Thuan, and eleven grandchildren, Edward, Patrick, Tara, Michaela, Derek, Sara, Lauren, AnhKhoa, A.J., Jae-Sun and Jae-Dyn. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Alice, sisters-in-law Bonny, Heidi and her husband Rick, nephew Ryan, nieces, Jessica, Bethany and husband Jack. The family would like to express their gratitude to all of their friends, neighbors and others who have supported Donna and the family. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville on Wednesday, January 21 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Services will be Thursday, January 22 at 11:00 am in the Burlington Congregational Church, Burlington officiated by Reverend Wendell Taylor followed by burial in Center Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burlington Congregational Church, 268 Spielman Highway, Burlington, CT 06013, Storrs Congregational Church, 2 N Eagleville Road, Storrs Mansfield, CT 06268 or Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

McCarthy, William J.

William J. McCarthy, 62, of Farmington, beloved husband of Donna (Sharasheff) McCarthy, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family & friends at John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington, Wednesday, January 14th, 2015. Born in Hartford, December 8th, 1952, he was the son of the late William J. and Katherine (Palmer) McCarthy. Prior to retiring, William was the Finance Manager at the former Pontiac Center in West Hartford. Besides his wife, he is survived by his two daughters, Jennifer L. Oblon and her husband Patrick J. Oblon of Bristol, Melissa A. McCarthy and her partner Rodney A. Wanzer of Bristol, his two grandchildren Adrianna Carolyn and Liam Joseph, and many extended family and friends. The family would like to express gratitude and thanks to the cardiology team & the ICU department at John Dempsey hospital for keeping him comfortable at the end of his journey. We would also like to thank Fresenius Dialysis Center 135 Middle Street, Forestville that has become his second home for the past 4 years for providing him with compassionate care. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Jan. 18) from 2:00-5:00pm followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 5:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or Calhoun Cardiology Center @ John Dempsey Hospital Farmington, CT.

Ramos, Iliada G.

Iliada G. Ramos passed away Monday, Dec 29, 2014 at Ellis Manor Nursing Home in Hartford following a short illness. She was born in Cuba, Nov 21, 1930 and grew up in Gainesville, FL. She was a long time resident of Hartford and previously resided in Farmington. She was a graduate of the University of Florida, and had various careers, spanning from being a civilian employee of the Navy to college professor. She was preceded in death by her parents, Francisco and Maria Ramos, sisters, Odisea Ramos Robinson and Eneida Ramos White, and brothers, Leo Ramos (killed in WWII), Frank Ramos, and Victor Ramos. She is survived by nieces and nephews. Graveside Funeral Services will be held Thursday (Jan. 15) at 1:00pm in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a cat rescue site of your choosing.

Uccello, Mary

Uccello, MaryMary Uccello, 77, of Unionville, widow of John S. Uccello, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 11, 2015 at her home with her children at her side. Born March 10, 1937 in New Britain, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Jenny Rocco. Mary is survived by her four children, Robert J. Uccello and his wife Terri of Cumberland, RI; Richard M. Uccello of Mansfield Center; Diane M. Bowers and her husband Eric A. of Lewis Center, OH and John P. Uccello and his wife Michelle M. of Peoria, AZ, seven grandchildren, Michael, Bryan, Nicole, Stephen, Andrew, Johnny and Adrianna, her sister, Antoniette Anteck of Enfield, and her sister-in-law, Antoniette Roccasecca of Southington. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Jan. 15) from 7:00-9:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (Jan. 16) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain.