Archive for February 2015

Vendetti, James A. “Butch”

Vendetti, JamesJames Anthony “Butch” Vendetti, 77, husband of Eleanor (Mancini) Vendetti for 47 loving years, passed in peace surrounded by his family at his home in Farmington, CT on February 24, 2015. He is predeceased by his parents Charles and Bernadette (Clapis) Vendetti of Hartford, his grandson James Frenette of West Hartland, his father-in-law Gene Mancini of New Britain, and his brother-in-law Pete Noyes of Southington. James grew up in the South End of Hartford where he attended St. Augustine School. In 1955, he graduated from Bulkeley High School, where he played football. James served as a reservist in the United States Coast Guard before attending Central Connecticut State College where he earned his B.S in Education. He later attended UConn where he received his M.A. in Counseling. James, a gentle and patient man will be greatly missed by his family and friends. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Charles and Sheila Rae Vendetti of Simsbury; his sister and brother-in-law Mary Ann and James Hubert of East Hampton; his mother-in-law Adele Mancini of New Britain; and his sister-in-law Joan Noyes of Southington. James was especially proud of his children and their families; Marc and Jennifer Vendetti of Avon, Janice Vendetti and Bonnie McRee of West Hartford, Roxanne and Joshua Frenette of West Hartland, Michael Vendetti of Newington, and Susan and Jason Koski of Southington. Papa’s love will be especially missed by his grandchildren; Kai and Claire Vendetti; Joey, Maya, Sofia, and Joshua Frenette; Mia, James, and Jack Vendetti; and Benjamin Koski. He also loved and shared in the lives of his nieces and nephews and their children; Kim (Hubert) and Mike Pucci, Keith and Natalie Hubert, Kevin and Tracy Hubert, Kerry (Hubert) and Patrick Ruff, Tara Lee (Vendetti) and Thomas Cavanaugh, Matthew and Leslie Vendetti, and Megan (Vendetti) and Kevin Ahonen. As a young boy growing up in the South End, weekends were spent with his immediate family, aunts and uncles, cousins, and extended family…especially his first cousins Rocco, Little Angela, Teresa, Angela, Randy, and Jimmy Clapis. He enjoyed time on the farm in Glastonbury where family and friends gathered to be together. This sentiment and tradition became part of his adult life, as he continued to connect with not only those he grew up with, but those who would become part of an ever-growing circle of people who would be touched by his caring and giving spirit. James had a passion for teaching and learning. He touched generations of Newington students where he taught science for 39 years. He was named Newington’s Teacher of the Year in 1988 – a distinction he felt both honored and humbled to receive. A true mentor, not only did each of his children pursue a career in education, but his former students often went back to visit him or leave notes on his chalkboard reminding him that “everybody loves Mr. Vendetti”. As his career came to a close, James’ life took on new purpose and centered on his devotion to his faith and the church. He was an active member of St. Patrick’s Church in Farmington, tutored young students through the Scared Heart Parish in Hartford, helped with HomeFront which was an annual outreach to local homes, and was a compassionate volunteer with Outreach for Haiti. The way he lived his life and practiced his faith served as a model for others, and through his example, those around him were inspired to do the same. James was a sports fan to the core as was evident by the pair of cleats that could be found in the trunk of his car. He loved to watch the Giants, but his heart was with the Bulkeley Bulldogs where he played fullback and the Central Connecticut Blue Devils, where he was captain of the football team. He took in a game whenever he could; softball with the Mar-Parks, basketball every Friday with his teaching colleagues, and a variety of backyard pick-up games. Above all else, what he cherished most was the time he spent coaching and attending his kids’ many sporting interests. The Vendetti family extends their heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff from Synergy HomeCare (Lynn, Pam, Karina, Marissa, Marie and Amanda) for their exemplary care and loving company. We also thank the caregiving staff at Interim Healthcare Hospice (Kateri, Sharon, Kurt, and Anastasia) for their compassion and support during the past several weeks. A special thanks to Father John Pesce for his spiritual support. Friends may call at the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington on Friday (Feb. 27) from 3:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville will be Saturday (Feb. 28) at 11:15am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of St. Patrick at 11:45am. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Memorial donations can be made to the organizations close to James’ heart, Hartford Catholic Worker, 26 Clark St., Hartford, CT 06120, or Outreach to Haiti, 815 Boswell Ave., Norwich, CT 06360.

Hogan, June L.

June L. Hogan, 88, a longtime resident of Farmington and most recently Palm Harbor, FL, peacefully passed away surrounded by her family after a full and active life, February 24, 2015. She was born on March 26, 1926 in Hartford to her late beloved parents John and Grace Helm. She married the late James V. Hogan on June 22, 1946 and raised her seven children. The greatest joy in June’s life was her family. After raising her children, June was a teacher in the Farmington School System for over 20 years and had a great impact on many students and faculty alike. She enjoyed her retirement spending time in Old Lyme and Palm Harbor, FL. June was the rock of the family and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her seven children, James and his wife, Jody, of Virginia Beach, VA; Eileen Theriault and her husband, Ronald, of Bloomfield; Janet Scagnelli and her husband, Robert, of Nashua, NH; Nancy Hogan of Farmington; Linda Law and her husband, John, of North Kingston, RI; Ann Waterbury and her husband, John, of New London, NH; and Robert and his wife, Carolyne, of Farmington. She was the loving grandmother to Joey, Jamie, Matt, Katie, Melissa, Rob, Nate, Julie, Jim, Leigh, Maggie, Mary, Emily, and Sam, as well as a loving great-grandmother to Logan. In addition to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild, she is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Edward Dauphinais of Farmington; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Elaine Helm of West Hartford, brother-in-law, Frank Hogan of Avon, along with many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her late husband of 61 years James V. Hogan and her grandson Joseph W. Hogan. Calling hours for June will be held Saturday, Feb. 28, from 8 to 10 a.m. at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, with burial immediately following at St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Winalski, Donald E.

Donald E. Winalski, 79, of Farmington, beloved husband of the late Elizabeth A. (Orioli) Winalski, passed away unexpectedly Friday, February 20th. Born March 8th, 1935 in Hartford, son of the late Joseph A. and Nellie (Schuster) Winalski. Prior to retiring, Donald was an Expediter at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford. He was a United States Army veteran and a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington. Donald was an avid golfer, enjoying all the tournaments and up until the time of his death mowed the greens at Tunxis Plantation. He was a member of the Bristol Coin Club and the Tunxis Senior Center. Donald is survived by his brother, Joseph S.A. Winalski of Farmington, his nieces, Angela Manafort of Plainville, Pamela R. Winalski of Pomeroy, WA, Patricia M. Gibson of Fayetteville, GA, his nephews, Joseph S.A. Winalski Jr., of Leola, PA, Michael A. Winalski of East Granby, Ronald E. Winalski of Falling Waters, West Virginia, and Donald E. Winalski of Farmington and his cat, Casey. He was predeceased by his sister-in-law, Judy Winalski and his nephew, John E. Winalski. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Feb. 26) from 5:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (Feb. 27) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, Farmington at 10:00am. Burial with full military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032.

Shustock, David L.

Shustock, David-1David L. Shustock, 57, of Unionville, passed away Sunday, February 22nd in his sleep. For the last 30 years he has been the owner and operator of Aqua Masters of Simsbury. Left behind to mourn his passing are his loving wife and best friend Mona (Richard) Shustock and his son D. J., his parents Jeannette of Farmington and Ted and his wife Mary Ann of Rocky Hill, his sisters Cindy and her husband Greg of Santa Rosa, California, Debbie and her husband Terry of Riverton, his brother and partner James and wife Joanna of Burlington, Mona’s siblings, Monique Huntington, Mark and Michael Richard, along with many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Feb. 27) from 4:00 – 6:00 pm with a Prayer Service to immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Tunxis Hose Fire Department, P.O. Box 215, Unionville, CT 06085.

O’Brien, Bill “OB”

It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of Bill (OB) O’Brien. OB leaves his brother Michael O’Brien and his wife Connie Fialkiewicz-O’Brien and an entire family of friends. OB had a passion for VW’s and fish. He always enjoyed a good party and never greeted anyone without offering a smile and warm hand shake. Honoring his request the service is private. Friends are invited to stop by Georges Pizza in Unionville on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7:00pm Here we will share the stories and friendships he so appreciated. I feel this quote best sums up our friend Bill (OB)
“Life is not a journey to the grave with the
intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming — WOW– What a Ride!”
Donations may be made in OB’s name to Dog Star Rescue, Kathy Samul, PO Box 721, Canton, CT 06019-0721 or Our Companions Animal Rescue, Chris Penny, PO Box 956, Manchester, CT 06045-0956.

Lee, Catherine Leone

Catherine Leone Lee, 77, of Avon, widow of Asahel (Ace) Lee passed away on Thursday, February 19, 2015. She was born in Farmington, Connecticut the daughter of the late Tomasso and Natalina Tribuzio Leone. Catherine was a graduate of Farmington High School, Class of 1955. Prior to retiring from Petro (formerly Colonial Fuel) she was employed at Farmington Savings Bank and Collinsville Savings Society. Catherine was a communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville and a member of the Avon Women’s Bowling League. She enjoyed reading, gardening, bingo, the casino, watching the birds, swimming and taking long walks along the beach at the family beach house in Westerly, Rhode Island. Catherine’s greatest joy and love was for her children Scott Lee of Rock Hill, South Carolina and Kristen Lee-Bernier and husband Michael Bernier of Boston, Massachusetts. She is survived by her brother Albert and his wife Jane Leone of Avon, her sisters Jean Bouchard of Canton, Anita Metivier of Windham, Maine, Mary Fasolo of Farmington and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Rosina Frascatore of Southington, her brother Arthur Leone of Avon, and brothers Orlando and Thomas Leone of Farmington. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Feb. 23) from 4:30-6:30pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Tuesday (Feb. 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 Greenwood Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lee, Catherine

Jensen, Josephine E. (Bonini)

Josephine E. (Bonini) Jensen , of Wallingford, formerly of Unionville, widow of Alfred O. Jensen passed away peacefully on Saturday (February 14, 2015) at the Masonicare Health Center. She was born in Traona, Italy on June 3rd, 1921 to the late Modesto L. and Theresa (Lorenzoni) Bonini, and soon after immigrated to America with her mother to join her father in California. She was the eldest of ten children and lived most of her life in Unionville. Shortly after marrying, she and Alfred moved to Falls Village where they owned and operated the Falls Village Inn. In 1962, they moved back to Unionville where she catered and worked as a personal chef for many Farmington families. Josephine was a member the Eastern Star Lodge Adah Chapter #30 in Unionville. She was a member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Unionville and a member of the Prince Thomas de Savoy Italian Club in Avon. Josephine loved visiting the National Parks especially Cape Cod National Seashore. She will be remembered as a loving Sister, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and friend to many of her companions at the Masonicare Health Center. Josephine is survived by; her daughter, Sally J. Hart of Montana, her sons and daughters-in law; Peter and Bernadette Jensen of Unionville, William and Jennifer Jensen of Virginia, and James and Joanne Jensen of Unionville, her three brothers; Arnold Bonini of Avon, James Bonini and Henry Bonini of Unionville, 3 sisters; Elsie Tallmadge of Avon, Eleanor Parsons of Dennis, MA and Betty Faitella of Harwinton; her sister in-law, Barbara Nelson Jensen of Salina, Kansas; seven grandchildren; Wendy Hart Ross (Scott), Christopher Hart (Amy), Todd Jensen (Erin), Lisa (Jensen) Bunkoci (William), Matthew Jensen, Erin Jensen Dunn, Katie (Jensen) Barsi (George), Chynna Jarrett and Dylan Yacone; and 8 Great Grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother, Arno Bonini, her sisters; Dora Bonini Cromack and Bruna Marie (Bonini) Legowski; her son in law, Peter M. Hart; and her daughter in law, Elizabeth Ann (Meiselman) Jensen. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday February 20th from 4-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 61 Main St., Unionville. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jensen, Josephine

Parylak, Catherine A. (Duda)

Parylak, CatherineCatherine A. (Duda) Parylak passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Avon Health Care, Avon. Born in Hartford, February 12, 1926, daughter of the late Andrew and Anna (Michna) Duda. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 59 years Walter E. Parylak, founder of P & T Construction Company; Parylak Excavating in Avon. She was also predeceased by her brothers Andrew and John Duda, and sisters Anna Virovoy and Mary Hoppy. Catherine graduated from Farmington High School and went to work at Myrtle Mills in Unionville working on button hole machines in the factory. She was a life time communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville and was proud to make baptismal robes. In her early years while raising her four children she liked to sew clothing, raise vegetables in the garden with her family and canned many of the vegetables. She enjoyed spending time in her flower garden and crocheted many items over the years. In her later years she enjoyed doing puzzles, playing bingo, playing card games with her children, (usually winning!) She did many large and colorful latch hook rugs and always had her sewing cards nearby to work on. She always had a great sense of humor. She even showed her grandchildren how to make pierogis! Catherine attended Friendship Circle Adult Day Center for 10 years and enjoyed the musical sing-alongs, her circle of friends and activities definitely enriched her life. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Ann Rosenbeck and her husband Thomas C. Rosenbeck of Simsbury, her three sons, Walter J. Parylak and his wife Sally Southerland of Avon, Theodore F. Parylak and his wife Patricia Masse of Avon and Timothy M. Parylak and his wife Amy Curry of Avon. Two beloved grandchildren, Christine Carrier and her husband Danny, and Matthew Parylak and his partner Jessie Neary and two beautiful great grandchildren, Cody and Taylor Carrier, three sister-in-laws, Helen Staruch of New Jersey, Antoinette Shine of Sebastian, FL and Sophie Roman of Unionville and many nieces, and nephews. Our family was very close and took care of mom for many years. We are certain this enriched her life. We will always remember the great strength she showed us in so many ways. We will always love you mom. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the caregivers at Avon Health Care for the exceptional care Catherine received. She so enjoyed the activities that she was able to join in and had many new friends during her three years there. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt., 4, Unionville, Sunday, February 22nd from 5-7 p.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday, February 23rd at 9:15 a.m. followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friendship Circle Adult Day Center, c/o Sally Southerland, 280 Country Club Road, Avon, CT 06001.

Harrington, Geraldine Conlon

Geraldine Conlon Harrington passed away peacefully on February 13, 2015, surrounded by family. She was predeceased by her first husband, John W. Conlon, her second husband, Dr. Peter F. Harrington, her brother, John Daniels, her sisters Mary Fuesz and Dorothy Therriault, her daughter, Geraldine C. Travers, her son, John W. Conlon Jr., her grandson, John W. Conlon III and her son in law, Peter M. Moran.
The daughter of John H. Daniels and Mary Fallon Daniels, Geraldine grew up on her family dairy farm in Usquepaug, RI. She was well versed in all aspects of running the farm at a very young age and was a proud member of the 4-H club. After marrying her husband John (Johnny) in 1937, she started her family in Rhode Island before relocating to the greater Hartford area, where she would spend the rest of her life. Geraldine and her son, Jack, survived the Hartford Circus Fire in 1944. She spent over 6 months recovering from burns at Hartford Hospital. As painful as this experience was, it truly brought out a tremendous strength in Geraldine that was evident in all aspects of her life. She understood that family, community and business all need to be in concert with one another. While raising her three children, she always looked out for her extended family, ensuring that anyone needing help or attention got the assistance they needed. Her home was always open to family and friends. In the broader community, Geraldine felt a great responsibility, supporting initiatives such as St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary, The Farmington Valley Women’s Club, St. Patrick’s Church religious education program and the LaSallette Ball.
Geraldine also stood out in the business world. Together with her husband John, she ran Farmington Manufacturing Company, and continued to do so long after his death in 1973. While John was the technology innovator, Geraldine was the shrewd businesswoman who successfully managed many vendor and client negotiations. In fact, she was highlighted in a feature article in the Hartford Courant in 1958. After losing her first husband, she eventually married Dr. Peter F. Harrington, or Frank, as he was known. They had many happy years together, travelling and enjoying each other’s company, until he passed away in 1993.
Geraldine’s family was a source of great pride for her. She is survived by her sister, Madeline D. Brown, her daughter, Patricia C. Moran, her daughter in law, Joan B. Conlon and her son in law, Peter G. Travers. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Julie Conlon, Leslie Conlon, Alicia Conlon Perkins (Lance), Jennifer Conlon Moore (Rick), Dina Conlon Bilo (Scott), Peter Travers (Jennifer), Regina Travers Stettinius (Joseph), Andrew Travers (Mary Stuart), Sean Moran (Andrea), Meghan Moran Denya (Rob), Brendan Moran (Jodie), Courtney Moran Davis (Jonathan) and Whitney Moran O’Donnell (Ryan) and 19 great grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday, February 17 from 9:00-10:00am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:00am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of St. Patrick, Farmington, at 10:30 am. Burial will be at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield, immediately following the mass. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital, or to the charitable cause of your choice.

Jarem, Sandy

Jarem, SandySandy Jarem (née Micciche) left an unfillable hole in the world when she passed away suddenly on February 10, 2015. Her spirit will be carried on by her husband Nick, her son Russell, and her daughter Steph, who will remain forever indebted to Sandy for being an incredible life partner and matriarch (aka “supermom”). Born on June 21, 1952 in Smithtown, NY to Helen and Nicholas Micciche, Sandy grew up surrounded by her large, extended, Italian family. There began her love of family, baking, musicals, traditions, Italian cookies and horses (especially local legend Snowman – coming soon to a theater near you! She was SO excited!). She proudly graduated from Ladycliff College in 1974 with a degree in Secondary Education and English. Nick and Sandy married the same year and were lucky to launch what would be 40 years of inside jokes, world travel, and love. The newlyweds moved to Colorado Springs after college graduation, and Sandy enjoyed many years as the talented sales manager at the luxury Broadmoor resort. Colorado offered Sandy the opportunity to have three horses – something she has cherished her entire life. Nine years later, Nick and Sandy moved to Avon, CT, where she selflessly dedicated her life to quietly making the lives of others better. There are too many words that can be used to describe Sandy. She was kind, strong, warm, fun, endlessly creative, generous, confident, and witty. Sandy spent an incredible 24 years working in the office at Pine Grove Elementary School, where she was a mother hen to new teachers, put out fires big and small, soothed concerned parents, made other peoples’ jobs easier, and always had a huge smile on her face. She brought fun and laughter to all those around her, shared endless wisdom, and made the hard times easier. Sandy had enviable talent for crafts, scrapbooks, and photography. Her love of travel, friends, and family are evident in the hundreds of pages she carefully and artfully preserved over time. Some of her favorite times include those at the beach in Misquamicut, cheering on her children and their friends through the years, attending the Colbert Report, looking things up on her iPad, soft pretzels, and organizing Scrapbook Summits. Sandy’s personal belief was that funerals should be a festive celebration of life and not a solemn event. In that spirit, please join us at St, Ann’s Church, 289 Arch Road, Avon, CT 06001. All are welcome to attend a mass at 4:00 p.m., followed by a life celebration from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Fr. Bennett Hall on Friday, February 13th, which Sandy believed was a lucky day. All those who attend are invited to write down a favorite story or bring a picture of Sandy to include in a memory scrapbook. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sandy Jarem Scholarship fund, established through Avon High School’s Dollars for Scholars program, are welcome.

Kaiser, Doris (Schoen)

Doris (Schoen) Kaiser, 91, of Farmington, beloved wife of Calvin L. Kaiser, passed away peacefully Monday, February 9th, 2015 at her home. Born July 20th, 1923 in Haddonfield, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Amelia (Rogge) Schoen. Prior to retiring, Doris had been a Secretary at RCA, American Express, the Bristol Company and American Airlines. Doris loved her involvement with the ladies at the Country Club of Farmington. She was an avid paddle tennis player, bowler, and bridge player. She was an active volunteer with the Red Cross and Girl Scouts in earlier years. Volunteering with Services for the Elderly was a passion in later years. She served as a Friendly Visitor, delivered Meals on Wheels, and was a regular contributor to the Senior Sense newsletter. Besides her husband, she is survived by her three children, Patricia Kaiser Niemitz and her husband Jeffrey of Carlisle, PA, Barbara Kaiser Martens of Greenville, NY and Calvin L. Kaiser Jr., and his wife Cynthia of Newington, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington at a date and time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Services for the Elderly, Inc., Town of Farmington, 321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, CT 06085.

Josephson, Eleanor “Korki”

Eleanor (Korki) Josephson passed away peacefully at Avon Health Center on February 9, 2015 after battling a variety of health issues for some time. Eleanor was born August 19, 1929 in New Britain, CT to Ruth (Kronholm) and Carl Strom. Some of Eleanor’s closest childhood friends who remained her closest and dearest throughout her life were Lois Leavenworth, Terry Matulis, and Burton Anderson. Eleanor graduated from New Britain High School in 1946 and went directly on to the University of Connecticut – originally in the nursing school, but switching gears and ending up graduating in 1950 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. It was at UConn that she met (among others) her dear friends Peggy Loos, Justine Peterson, and, of course, her beloved husband of 58 years, Raymond Josephson. Ray and Korki were married October 4, 1952. Eleanor’s professional life included working with the blind and in other social work positions for the State of CT, but one of her biggest “jobs” began in April 1957 when she and Raymond began constructing their house on Valley View Drive in Farmington. Eleanor loved Valley View Drive and her beloved friends and neighbors the Lindeborgs, Romeos, Paskovs, Lindboes, and Kobylarz to name just a few. In April 1963 Eleanor gave birth to her first daughter, Ruth Christine, followed by Carla Beth in June 1966. Eleanor delighted in staying home with her two daughters and was actively involved in their lives during their school aged years – volunteering for many posts, sewing costumes, baking cookies, etc. As the girls got older, Eleanor went back to work – this time in the UConn Health Center Library. It was here that she met her close friends, Lorna Wright and Meg Scott among many other lovely colleagues. Eleanor loved her regular get-togethers with Lorna and Meg which became known as “Wine and Whine” sessions. Lorna’s friendship and devotion to Eleanor, especially as her health declined, was unbelievably steadfast. Throughout her life, Eleanor’s Christian faith was always a constant. Early on at the First Lutheran Church in New Britain, and then as a member of Grace Congregational Church in Farmington, where, over the many years, she sang alto in the choir, helped with coffee hour snacks and holiday boutiques, organized and attended Ham Suppers and really cared about keeping an often dwindling congregation alive and kicking. Eleanor and Raymond cared very deeply about their church “family” – too many to name. Another constant in Eleanor’s life was her affiliation through Raymond with the 10th Mountain Division Army Corp. Together Eleanor and Ray attended many reunions all across the country and the friendships with other members of 10th mountain and their spouses were very important to them. She and Raymond also traveled several times to visit their beloved daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Patrik Norrby, at their homes in Southern California and even made the trek to Alaska together after dreaming of the possibility for years. Over the years the things that brought Eleanor great joy were her family, especially her granddaughter Alden, of whom “Turkey House Grandma” was very proud, her many cats, cheering for the UConn women’s basketball team, vacations on Cape Cod, swimming in the bay in Brewster, lobster, capital lunch hotdogs, and talking on the phone with her many dear friends. Though her friends and family were scattered she always kept them close to her heart and just a phone call away. Eleanor was pre-deceased by her dear husband Raymond, her brother, Edwin and his wife Elizabeth, and her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Beatrice and Bernie Person. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Patrik Norrby of Fallbrook, CA, her daughter Carla Josephson and her granddaughter Alden Powers of East Hampton, NY. Also surviving are her niece, Laura Wearne and her husband Bruce, her nephew Jeffrey Strom and his wife Sharon, and her nephew Dennis Person. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Avon Health Center for the beautiful care and support provided to Eleanor over the past few months. Funeral Services will be Saturday February 14 at 11:00am in Grace Congregational Church, Farmington with Rev. Wendy Sue Kissa officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Memorial contributions may be made to the Josephson, Eleanor

Tenan, Grace Louise “Ellie”

Grace Louise “Ellie” Tenan, 75, beloved wife of Richard P. Tenan, passed away Sunday, February 8th, 2015. Born July 6th, 1939 in Oqussos, ME. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Roxana Mae (Currier) Woods. Ellie was active in The Hole in the Wall Gang in Ashford, Connecticut and handmade hundreds of afghan’s for the campers to use at the camp and then take home with them. She was involved with the Stafford Springs Senior Center where she volunteered weekly serving lunches and was also active with Foodshare. Ellie regularly made care packages and handmade afghan’s for our veterans to keep them warm. Besides her husband, she is survived by her three children, Richard C. Tenan and his wife Bridgett Clancey Tenan, Vicki Yabrosky and her husband Joel Yabrosky and Carol Flint and her partner Richard Orlowski, her brother, Robert Woods and his wife Sarah Woods. Her grandchildren, Carla Cifarelli, Rebecca Jean Urbano, Adam Orlowski and his wife Anjie, Eric Orlowski and Kate Simpson and Zach Yabrosky and his wife Meagan. Her great grandchildren, Mariah Rose Little, Nathan John Santos, Quinne Morgan Orlowski, Miranda Quinne Orlowski, Eillott Sawyer Orlowski and Bennett Adam Orlowski. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Feb. 15) from 2:00-4:00pm followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 4:00pm. Memorial contributions may be made to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, 555 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT 06511 or to Stafford Springs Senior Center, 3 Buckley Highway, Stafford Springs, CT 06076.