Archive for May 2015

St.Onge, Richard S. “Rick”

St. Onge, RichardRichard S. (“Rick”) St.Onge, 62, of Avon, CT died suddenly May 27, 2015. Rick was the son Richard F. St.Onge and Ruth St.Onge (Dresser) and was raised in Needham, MA where he graduated from Needham High School. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worchester, MA in 1974 and graduated with an MBA from Boston College in 1980. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Cynthia A. St.Onge (Carr), and his six absolutely fantastic children, Richard C. St.Onge of Boston, Darcy S. St.Onge of Hartford, Andrew M. St.Onge of Avon, David C. St.Onge of Hartford, Jean E. St.Onge of Avon, and John T. St.Onge of Avon. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law Ruth and Edward Fortini of Charleston, SC. Rick had a long professional life with IBM for 41 years, most recently as a Senior IT Architect. Rick was a lifelong musician and guitar player, always up for a beach or barbecue and favored the outdoors. He was most at home with his family and always supportive of all of them. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, CT on Sunday, May 31st from 3pm–7pm. The Funeral Mass will be Monday, June 1st at 10am, at the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon CT. Memorial Donations may be made to Avon Dollars for Scholars for all the trouble the kids have caused over the years, or to the World Wildlife Fund.

Jensen, Anna Mary

Anna Mary (Niemczyk) Jensen, 90, of East Hartford, passed peacefully from this life on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Alexandria Manor in Bloomfield. Anna was born in Hartford on December 6, 1924, the youngest of six children to the late Michael and Anna (Rouza) Niemczyk. Anna was predeceased by her loving husband, Eugene (Whitety) Jensen, who passed away at the young age of 49, and her much loved grandson, Anthony Gallo. Anna devoted her life to raising her four children teaching them to be strong, independent, and resilient through example. She showed amazing perseverance, after the passing of her husband, as she overcame the difficult obstacles in her life. She spent many years working at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and later retired from the Institute of Living. Anna enjoyed knitting, gardening, and spending time with her family. She enjoyed cooking for the holidays, especially Christmas Eve, and we will all remember her delicious galumpkis (stuffed cabbages) and rosette cookies which were lovingly prepared by her each year. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Karen Salafia and her husband, Anthony, of Cape Coral, Florida; Donna Cole and her husband, David, of Farmington; Nancy Gallo and her husband, Robert, of Cape Coral, Florida; and her son, Kevin Jensen and his wife, Carol, of Tolland. She also leaves her beloved grandchildren: Bryan LeDoux, Cheryl Neubert, Angela Gallo, Mary Cole, Stephen Cole, Karen Young and Erika Jensen, and her very special great-grandchildren: Johnathan LeDoux, Jaden Gallo Abate, Hunter Neubert, Alison Carrigan and Carina Carrigan. Anna’s family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Alexandria Manor for the kind and patient care of their mother. Friends may call at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Main St., Unionville on Saturday (June 13) from 9:00-10:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Anna’s name to the ASPCA (website www.ASPCA.org).

Stieg, Karl Henry

StiegKarl Henry Stieg, 70, of Agawam, Massachusetts, died peacefully at his home surrounded by some of his loved ones on May 21, 2015. He was born October 9, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan. Karl grew up in Hartford, Connecticut, graduated from Hartford High School, attended the University of New Haven, University of Hartford, and served in the Army for 4 years. Karl worked for The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, Conrail, and retired from Pan Am Railway. Karl was a former Justice of the Peace, former Board Member of the University of Connecticut Thomas J. Dodd Archive Research Center. He was also a member of the New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association, and member of the Agawam Historical Commission. Karl was predeceased by his father, Henry Stieg and his mother, Helen Chaplin Stieg. Karl is survived by his loving wife Judy Foster Stieg of 32 happy years, of Agawam, Massachusetts; his son, Scott Stieg of Eugene, Oregon, and his daughter, Elizabeth Stieg of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; his three sisters, Jean Marie Manning and husband George of Long Beach, California; Gail Donley of Hampstead, North Carolina, and Starzie Mayer and husband Bruce of Mendham, New Jersey; and many loving family members and friends. Graveside funeral services will be held Sunday (May 24) at 2:00pm in Center Cemetery, Spielman Highway, Burlington, Connecticut with Rev. John Endler officiating. Donations can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Lezotte, William J.

The musical world has lost a wonderful and gifted musician, father, and husband. William “Bill” J. Lezotte, Jr., 87, of Farmington, passed away on May 10, 2015. Born in Waterbury, CT, he was also formerly of Port Chester, NY, Port St. Lucie, FL. and Milford, CT. He Joined the Navy in 1946 and was part of the Seabees stationed in Seattle, WA. He was a sports car enthusiast owning a 1941 Ford coupe hot rod and a 1952 MG MTB. His favorite was a red, limited edition 1950 Jaguar XK 120 convertible. Bill worked for 36 years for the Bristol Company retiring as a Senior Service Engineer in 1988. While living in Milford, Bill bought his first sailboat, aptly named “Quatre Frers”- or “Four Brothers”. His last sailboat was the “Eowyn” which he enjoyed cruising with his family, friends and fellow musicians in Long Island Sound, Florida and the Caribbean. Bill’s real love was playing guitar, beginning in the late 1940’s. He played gigs at the Red Garter; Dreschers, the Royal Footman, Macs, Le Jazz Hot Show, Birdland, 25th Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival and the Sacramento Jazz Festival with The Smith Street Society Jazz Band in 1988 and the Parke Frankenfield Jazz Band in 1992. He also played weddings and private venues. He collected vintage guitars which included a very rare 1939 Blond Gibson Super 400, a 1938 Epiphone Triumph, and a 1946 Epiphone Emperor. He formed several of his own Jazz bands including The Basin Street 4, the original Swing ’39, The Swing of Things, Pearl River Jazz Band, The Wolf Pack Jazz Band, Hot Club of the Treasure Coast and Swing ‘N Jazz. Among many others that he played with, were, The Galvanized Jazz Band and Jazz ”A” Cords. During his career he played with various artists such as Woody Allen, Gary Burghoff, Glen Campbell, and Conrad Janis. Bills’ final creation was a reiteration of his jazz band, “Swing ’39” pulling talents from Steve Jones, Russ Whitman and Donn Doucette. After 14 years of his last steady gig every Friday night at La Trattoria in Canton, he retired in early 2015. He leaves to mourn his wife, Jeannine Otulak; his sons: William “Billy”, Judd, Sean and Robert and his wife Leigh and grandchildren Garrett and Ethan; stepchildren: Laura Ann, Janice and Thomas; brother: Edward and his wife Judy Lezotte of Florida and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Bill was the son of the late William and Catherine (Millerick) Lezotte. He was also predeceased by his former wife, Carolyn “Chic” Turner Lezotte and his brother John “Jack” Lezotte. On Saturday, May 30, 2015, family and friends will gather for an Interment Service with military honors to be held at 12:00 noon at the NEW St. Joseph Cemetery, Hamilton Ave. & Pearl Lake Road, Waterbury, CT. 06706: Section D / Lot 31; then all will gather at 1:30 pm for A Celebration of Life and Music memorial service to be held at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville, CT.Lezotte, William

Smith, Maryellen

Maryellen (Noon) Smith, 54, left this earth to join the warmth and comfort of our Heavenly Father on the morning of May 16th, 2015 after a courageous battle with a brief illness. Maryellen was born at Bristol Hospital on June 21, 1960 to her parents Denise Noon and the late Arthur Noon. She resided and worked in Bristol all of her life. Maryellen took great pride in her work in both the banking and accounting industries. She was a full time mother and constant support system to her children Jessica and Matthew. Maryellen was devote in her Faith and enjoyed attending Community Bible Study relishing in God’s love, mercy and forgiveness. She will be most remembered for the warmth of her beauty, her grace and the comfort of her smile. Maryellen had a very generous soul and was always there for anyone who was in need. She had a zest for life and her passion for shopping, decorating and crafting were undeniable. Maryellen held so many people precious to her heart, but most especially her grandchildren Romeo and Abrielle who will forever cherish their “Grammy.” Maryellen is survived by her daughter Jessica Chabre and her husband Gary and their children, Romeo and Abrielle. She is also survived by her brothers Michael Noon and his wife Kathy, Gary Noon and his partner Lisa, along with Daniel Noon and his wife Corinne. Additionally Maryellen is survived by her sisters Linda Reinhardt along with her husband Robert, Christina Senack and her husband William. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. The family of Maryellen would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the doctor’s and staff at Massachusetts General Hospital for their tireless efforts to keep Maryellen with us. Family will receive friends at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Unionville on Tuesday, May 26th from 4-7 PM followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to www.gofundme.com in the name of the “Memorial Fund for Maryellen Smith.”Smith, Maryellen

Keough, Daniel Joseph “Dan”

Daniel Joseph “Dan” Keough, 29, of Simsbury, formerly of North Kingstown, RI, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly while playing soccer with friends in CT Monday, May 18, 2015.
Born in Warwick, RI, he was the beloved son of Joseph “J” and Donna (Kosior) Keough. Dan graduated from North Kingstown High School and received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Bryant University. He was a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries. Dan enjoyed nature, hiking, kayaking and was an avid New England sports fan. He volunteered with Read to a Child in CT and the RI Special Olympics. Daniel lived life fully; worked hard and played hard. He cherished his many friends and family and always looked for the good in people. A final gift of love was given by Daniel through tissue donation. Besides his parents, Dan is survived by his brother, Patrick Keough of CT; his sister, Lauren Keough of NE; his ninety-six year old grandfather, Joseph P. Keough of Johnston, RI; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was the grandson of the late Virginia M. Keough and Stanley and Stella Kosior. Visiting hours will be held Friday, May 22, 2015 from 4-8pm in the Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Avenue, Hartford. Visiting hours will also be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 4-8pm in the Fagan-Quinn Funeral Home, 825 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to JDRF.org or to the Special Olympics would be appreciated.Keogh, Daniel

O’Reilly, Charlotte Ruth

Charlotte Ruth O’Reilly, 88, of Farmington, formerly of Old Saybrook, widow of Donald O’Reilly, died Friday, May 15th at Village Gate where she has made her home for the past 5 years. Born November 20th, 1926 in New Britain, daughter of the late Frederich and Florence Schadt, Charlotte grew up and attended school while excelling in sports. Towards the end of WWII, Charlotte met and married her first husband, William Johnson. Together they started Johnson Electric Company. She had previously been employed at Stanley Works and was a member of the Women’s Junior League. Charlotte remarried Don O’Reilly, an old friend, each bringing three children to the family. The couple took advantage of their freedom to travel throughout Europe and especially had fond memories of Ireland. She had taught herself the art of quilting, and without using a sewing machine, eventually made bedspreads as gifts for each of her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed the last five years at Village Gate with many wonderful, dear and supportive friends, staff and administration. Charlotte was a devoted and loving mother and especially adored her granddaughters, who brought her much happiness. She is survived by her three children, Leslie R. Stewart of Enfield, Guy W. Johnson of Alaska and Holly A. Johnson and her husband James Mascolo of Farmington, her step-children, David O’Reilly of Old Saybrook, Patricia O’Reilly and her husband David Soule of Maine and Elizabeth O’Reilly of Main and her two granddaughters, Heather Dobson of Agawam, MA and Meagan Dobson of Haddam. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday (May 19) at 10:00am at Village Gate, 88 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VITAS Hospice, 628 Hebron Ave., Building 2, Suite 300, Glastonbury, CT 06033.O'Reilly, Charlotte

Fortin, Judith A.

Judith A. Fortin, age 81, passed away at the University of Connecticut Medical Center on Sunday May 10, 2015. Born on June 19, 1933, in Winsted, Connecticut. Daughter of Thomas F. Head and Gladys Head. Judy was raised and lived most of her life in Connecticut. Judy graduated from the Gilbert School, received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire, and went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Hartford. Judy was a passionate school teacher who taught in the Winsted Elementary School system for over 25 years. She was an active member of the PTA and Board of Education. Judy encouraged her students to understand the value of a good education. Judy enjoyed spending time supporting her children’s youth sports programs, booster club, and fundraising events. Judy volunteered to help start Winsted’s first youth cheerleading squad to support Winsted’s first Pop Warner Football program in 1970. After retiring from teaching Judy became a Tour Director for Conway Tours, allowing her to travel throughout the United States and Europe. Her teaching instincts made her a perfect fit for this position as she was always excited to learn about new places and impart her knowledge to everyone on her tours. Apart from her career she was also a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who loved spending time with her family. Always present at athletic events and plays to graduations, she was always very proud of her children and grandchildren. Judy leaves behind her loving husband Gaston Fortin, who was at Judy’s side and with her until the very end. She is also survived by Thomas F. Head, her brother, and her three sons, Michael Gersky and his wife Michele, of New Hartford, Connecticut, Allen Joseph Gersky Jr. and his wife Nancy of Wilton, New Hampshire, Peter Gersky and his wife Sarah of Woodbury, Connecticut. Seven grandchildren: Christopher Gersky, Thomas Gersky, Emily Gersky, Allen Joseph Gersky III, Lindsay Gersky, Jessica Gersky, William Gersky and nephew Thomas F. Head. She is predeceased by her sister Catherine Kelly. Funeral services are private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Connecticut Medical Center, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06030.

Goz, Rita

Rita Goz, 92, of Farmington, CT, widow of John T. Goz, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 12th at her home. Born in New York, NY, August 4th, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Ware) Judge. Prior to retiring, Rita was a secretary at The Aetna in New York City, a legal secretary at Otis and Kilkenny Law Firm in New Jersey and was also associated with the Housing Authority in Cliffside Park, NJ. She was a communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville since 2007. Prior to moving, she resided for 50 years in Cliffside Park, NJ and was a communicant at the Church of the Epiphany. Rita is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas J. and Margaret C. Goz of Farmington and three grandchildren, Megan Goz, Connor Goz and Brianna Goz. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (May 15) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (May 16) at 8:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 9:00am. Burial will be in George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ on Saturday (May 16) at 1:15pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McLean Home Care, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070.

Tripp, Dr. William Henry

William Henry Tripp, MD, age 91, was born in Monticello, Florida on January 10, 1924. The son Maurice Henry Tripp and Mattie Lester Taylor Tripp, he graduated from the Jefferson High School in Monticello Florida. He served three years in the United States Naval Reserve during World War II aboard an LSM boat in the South Pacific, and was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of Lt. (jg). After graduating with a BA from Emory University in 1947, he earned his MD at Emory University School of Medicine, graduating in 1951. He interned at Hartford Hospital in 1951-52 and received his specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology at Woman’s Hospital in New York between 1952-56. He practiced OB GYN for 32 years in Hartford, retiring in 1988. Bill was on the senior staff at Hartford Hospital, affiliated with St Francis Hospital, and Associate Clinical Professor of OB GYN at the University of Connecticut Medical School. He was a member of The Group, one of the first group medical practices of OB GYN in New England. In the course of his fulfilling career he delivered in the neighborhood of 10,000 babies. At work, he was admired for the unique blend of Southern charm, a warm bedside manner, and for his decisive, confident surgical skills. Bill was the quintessential gentleman who always had a great story or funny joke to tell. He lived life fully. He loved reading and studying history, was an avid gardener, and his elegant dinner parties were legendary among family and his many friends. He and his beloved wife Joy travelled the world together, often exploring places that were off the beaten path. In later years he accompanied his daughter and grandchildren on unforgettable trips to England, France, Italy and Spain. Bill was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, the American Medical Association, a diplomat of the American Board of OB GYN, the American College of OB GYN, the Hartford County Medical Association, the Hartford Medical Society, and the New England Society of OB GYN. He also was active in the Old Guard of West Hartford, the 1892 Club, Hartford Golf Club, the Hartford Club, the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club (Fl) and the St George’s Club (Bermuda). He was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of West Hartford where he served as a deacon. He was predeceased by his wife, Joy Louise Lawless Tripp. He is survived by his daughter, Tally, her husband, Mark Morrow, and two granddaughters, Olivia and Camille Morrow of Alexandria VA, and his son Richard, his wife, Leanne, and two grandsons Stephan and Ian Grandjean. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Thursday (May 14) from 4:00-7:00pm. A Memorial Service will be held Friday (May 15) at 1:00pm in the First Baptist Church, 90 North Main St., West Hartford. The family would welcome memorial contributions to: The Joy Lawless Tripp Scholarship Fund, Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon, Ga. 31210.Tripp, William

Bouchard, Raymond R. “Rick”

Bouchard, RaymondRaymond (Rick) R. Bouchard Sr., 67, of Farmington, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Sunday May 10th, 2015 after a long courageous battle of cancer. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut on March 10th, 1948, son of the late Raymond and Helen (Muszynski) Bouchard. He resided in Farmington and the borough Unionville his entire life. He started his lifelong service to the community at the early age of 16 as a member of his family owned business, G&L Ambulance Service, which provided the Town of Farmington with its first commercial ambulance service. In 1977, he joined Tunxis Hose Company No. 1 Fire Department. During his 37 years of dedicated service, he held many positions including Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief and his highest rank, Chief, from 2002 to 2008. He was recognized twice for the Tunxis Hose Firefighter of the Year in 2002 and 2008 for his superior service and one for the Town of Farmington in 2009 among numerous other awards. Every July, he took great pride in preparing for the Tunxis Hose Carnival & Fireman’s Parade, so we ask that when you attend this event, you view the fireworks as a remembrance of him. He was also a founding member, with his sons, of OxyAir Medical, LLC. He enjoyed spending his time coaching little league, golfing, fishing, and running the refreshment stand at Tunxis Mead, better known as “The Shack”, while watching his two sons play softball. His love of sports extended to watching the Red Sox and UCONN Huskies play basketball. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Margaret (Santoro) Bouchard of Farmington, two sons Raymond (Rick) R. Bouchard Jr. and Amy Hansen, Brian Bouchard and Sarah Castelli, daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Ross Ozaki of Farmington; his sister Donna Freeburn of Farmington, his brother and sister-in-law Donald and Kim Bouchard of Old Lyme, his sister-in-law Karen (Gillespie) Saccu and husband Peter of Terryville, his four beloved grandchildren who meant the world to him Lindsay, Victoria and their mother Sarah Bouchard, and Kaylin and Kyle Ozaki, all of Farmington, along with several nieces and nephews. Rick was predeceased by his brother Milton Gillespie and his brother-in-law James Freeburn. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to UCONN Medical Center, Dr. Karen Hook, the nurses of the 6th floor and Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center for their exceptional compassionate care. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville on Thursday May 14th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday May 15th 9:00 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main St., Unionville. Burial will follow with full Department Honors at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Avon, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tunxis Hose Company #1, P.O. Box 215, Unionville, CT 06085.

Wilhelm, Elizabeth “Betty”

Wilhelm, Betty-1Elizabeth “Betty” G. Wilhelm, of Avon, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2015 at home with her family by her side. Betty was born on March 14, 1934 in Farmington, CT to Rudolph and Katherine Grevalsky. In 1957 she married Harry Wilhelm and moved to Avon, where she lived until her death. Betty and Harry raised their 7 children at the house they built in Avon that year. Betty worked at PMP Corporation in Avon for 27 years before retiring in 2008. She was a communicant of St. Ann’s Church in Avon. Betty was predeceased by her husband and leaves sons Michael Wilhelm and his wife Cheryl of Canton, Ken Wilhelm and Wendy Porter also of Canton, Joseph Wilhelm and his wife Jola of Haddam, Dennis Wilhelm and his wife Linda of Burlington, daughters Michelle Boni of Winsted, Leann Nowak of Canton and Patricia Gauvin and husband Ken of Berlin, CT. She also leaves 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Betty also leaves her brothers George and Steve and sister Agnes of Farmington and Thomas of California. She was predeceased by her sisters Veronica and Theresa and brothers Joseph and Eddie. There will be no calling hours. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Church on Monday, May 11th at 1:00 pm with burial following at St. Ann’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to The American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Terry, Mary C.

Terry, Mary-1Mary C. Terry, 91, passed away peacefully on April 17th 2015 surrounded by her seven loving children. She was born to Patrick and Mary Ellen Howe and lived her entire life in Hartford. She was pre-deceased by her husband of 37 years Chester Terry, and her brothers John Howe, Thomas Howe, Raymond Howe, and sister Eileen Howe. She is survived by her sister Helen Lauzier. Mary was blessed with seven children: Patricia Stefanow (Walter) of Windsor, Mary Ellen Swadley (Ronald Dean) of Kingwood, TX, Susan Terry of Newington, Barbara Hogan (William) of West Hartford, Michael Terry (Donna) of East Lyme, Christine Hedge (Cloyce) of Lebanon, IN, and Carol Hewitt of Winsted. Her legacy lives on in the creative and vibrant lives of her 16 grandchildren: Walter Jr., Meagan, Elizabeth, Erin, Tara, Kevin, Kristyn, Matthew, Conor, Mallory, Delia, Casey, Nicholas, Robin, Nora, Jonah and 8 great grandchildren. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” Mary attended the St. Joseph Cathedral School and Hartford Public High School. Throughout her life, Mary had a deep love of God and was a lifelong communicant of the Cathedral of St. Joseph where she was active in the Eucharistic and funeral ministries. Her strong Christian faith and values were demonstrated in the unselfish activities of her everyday life: driving for those in need and volunteering to help those less fortunate. Mary enjoyed caring for children, her Irish heritage, days at the beach, Elizabeth Park, baking and celebrations of any kind. Her greatest pleasure however, was the interests of her children and grandchildren; she loved being involved by following all their activities. She was an avid bowler and member of the Thistle Lawn Bowling Club. The family would like to extend its thanks to the 4 South staff at the Hebrew Home and Hospice Care team. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Wednesday May 13th from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford. A loving farewell at the beach is planned. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489.

Berube, Jeanne LaChapelle

Jeanne LaChapelle Berube, 84, of Farmington, beloved widow of Normand C. Berube, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 2, 2015. Born August 10, 1930 in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Raoul and Mary LaChapelle. Jeanne was an outgoing woman with tons of energy and was greatly enjoying life at The Gables in Farmington where she had recently moved. Among her favorite times were her gatherings with family and friends filled with sharing her famous baked ziti, stories, games and laughter. She enjoyed cooking and gardening and loved summer visits to the Connecticut Shore. Jeanne was the life of the party and especially loved dancing at her grandchildren’s weddings. Prior to retiring, she was a Manager at The Traveler’s Insurance Company. She is survived by her two children, Dennis Berube of Laveen, AZ and Thailand and Diane Pare and her husband Richard of Old Saybrook, her four grandchildren, Marc Pare and his wife Jaclyn of Avon, Debra Bielke and her husband Kevin of Manhattan, NY, Amy Pare of Stamford and Katherine Pare of Boston, MA, her two great-grandchildren, Connor and Nolan Pare of Avon and her sister, Cecile Riopel and her husband Walter of Chaplin. She was predeceased by her brother, Alcide and her sister, Antoinette. She will be deeply missed by all who loved her and whose lives she touched. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (May 7) from 9:00-10:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:30am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington at 11:00am. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Boston Foundation for Sight, 464 Hillside Ave., Suite 205, Needham, MA 02494 ATTN: Development. Berube, Jeanne

Levesque, Steven

Levesque, Steven-1Grief is the price we pay for love. Steven Levesque, 45, of Bristol, died unexpectedly Sunday, May 3, 2015 at his home. Born in New Britain, March 6, 1970, he was the beloved son of Jeannot “Jean” and Lise Levesque of Burlington. Steven was a graduate of Lewis S. Mills High School in Burlington, Class of 1988 and that same year graduated from Oliver Wolcott Tech in Torrington. Besides his parents, he is survived by his son, Dillon Levesque and grandson, Myles Alexander Levesque of Bristol, his sister, Lucy Langlais and her husband Ron of Bristol, his two nephews, Austin and Noah and several aunts, uncles and many cousins. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (May 7) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (May 8) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2080 Silas Deane Highway, 2nd Floor, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.