Archive for July 2015

Prestash, Margaret

Margaret Prestash, 91, of East Hampton, formerly of New Britain, widow of Anthony Prestash, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 26th, 2015. Born March 7th, 1924 in Meriden, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Mary Stevens. Margaret is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Anthony S. and Teri L. Prestash of East Hampton, her sister, MaryAnn Novicelli of Meriden and two grandsons, Curtis and Justin Prestash. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (July 31) from 11:30am – 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 54 Winter St., New Britain, CT 06053.

Griffin, Jeremiah P.

Jeremiah P. Griffin, of Pompano Beach, FL, formerly of West Hartford, husband of Kathleen (O’Connor) Griffin, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015. Born in Castlemaine, County Kerry, Ireland, son of the late Michael and Mary (Foley) Griffin. Prior to retiring, Jerry was employed by The Town of West Hartford in the Public School System for 6 six years, and then was associated with the A&P Stores for 34 years. Besides his wife, he is survived by his three children, Michael J. Griffin of Sharon, Stephen C. Griffin of Seattle, WA, his daughter, Mary Hart and her husband Kevin of Ellington, his beloved granddaughter, Fiona Hart, his brother, Michael Griffin and his wife Eileen of Glastonbury, his sister, Joan Spellman of Manchester and several nieces in nephews here and in Ireland. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Wednesday (July 29) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday (July 30) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford at 10:00am. Burial will be in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.

Lukach, Jason R.

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Jason R. Lukach died unexpectedly on July 23, 2015 at the age of 45.  He was a lifelong resident of Farmington.  He leaves behind his mother, Beverly A. Spirito, his stepmother, Joan Lukach and his loving brother, William Taylor Lukach as well as stepbrothers, Paulie, Chris, Anthony, Jamie and stepsister, Joanna.  Jason was predeceased by his father, Robert Lukach on February 7, 2013 and his grandparents, William and Mary (DiTrocchio) Spirito.  Jason shall be forever remembered for his love of fishing with his dad and brother, Will.  He also had the keenest touch for gardening and flowers which he tended with his dad.

DeCampos, Earle

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Earle DeCampos, 96, left us on May 19, 2015 with his family by his side in Farmington, CT.


Earle was born on February 26, 1919 in Freetown, MA to his late parents Gabriel and Helen DeCampos. He married Mary Ann Perrino on December 9, 1957. He worked at Cushman Industries and retired after 21 years of service.


Earle is survived by his daughter Frances Johansen; two granddaughters Suzanne Elliott and her husband George Ling, Laurie Burzynski and her husband Val Burzynski; one grandson Troy Johansen; four great-grandchildren Chelsea Griswold, Ty Griswold, Nicole Johansen, Chantel Johansen and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Ann DeCampos, his brothers Gabriel DeCampos, Norman DeCampos, Raymond DeCampos; his sister Eva Villa; his son Wayne DeCampos; his daughter Lori Elliott and his son-in-law James Johansen.

Burnham, Laurence “Bernie”


Laurence “Bernie” Burnham, 88 of Burlington, who found humor in any situation, passed away Tuesday, July 21st. Bernie is survived by his son, John Burnham and his wife, Yvonne of Torrington and two daughters, Bernice Dixon and her husband, Mike of Colchester and Barbara Thode and her husband, Art of Killingworth, 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  Bernie was predeceased by his beautiful wife of 55 years, Joan Turner and their daughter, Jo-Ann.


Bernie was an Operating Engineer, running heavy equipment for Local Union 478 for many years.  He served as a Merchant Marine in World War II.  Bernie helped many victims in the Hartford fire of 1944.  He raced stock cars throughout New England in the Racing Action Club and the American Hot Rod Association.  He coached the Melody Softball team in town.  He was active in sports in school and was an avid Rex Sox and UConn basketball fan.  His hobbies were championship ping-pong and cribbage and he loved woodworking.



Tenan, Joan (Lee)


Joan (Lee) Tenan, 72 of Bristol, beloved wife of Louis J. Tenan, passed away Tuesday, July 21st at the Bristol Hospital.  Joan was born on January 12, 1943 in Hartford, CT, daughter of the late Richard E. Lee, Sr. and Eugenia (Goulet) Lee. Prior to retiring Joan was associated with both Finast and Waldbaums stores. Besides her husband, Joan is survived by her children, Mark R. Tenan of Bristol, Karen L. Parracino and her husband, Roger of Bristol, Sharon A. Gwara and her husband, Steven of Plainville and Cynthia L. MacDonald and her husband, Curt also of Plainville, eight grandchildren, Jeffrey, Jeremy and Katie Parracino, Christopher, Meghan and Cameron Gwara, and Christian and Matthew MacDonald and one great grandchild, Dashiell Judd, her brothers, Richard E. Lee, Jr. of Bristol, Thomas Lee of Pensacola, Florida, Timothy Lee of Bristol and Michael Lee of Berlin and her sisters, Ruth Ege of Avon, Barbara Currier of Unionville, Patricia Vibert of Bristol and Virginia Berry also of Bristol. She also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. She was predeceased by her infant son, Matthew Brian Tenan.

France Jr, Herbert “Bud” Arthur

obit photo FranceHerbert “Bud” Arthur France Jr, 86, of Eastham MA passed away on Tuesday July 7, 2015.  He was a graduate of Farmington High School in Farmington CT and attended Hillyer College, University of Hartford in Hartford CT, graduating as an Industrial Engineer.  Bud served in the US Army as a clarinetist and drum major in the Army band.
Bud held positions as Quality Control Manager with various companies including the machine tool and cutting tool division of Pratt and Whitney in West Hartford CT, Massey Ferguson LTD of Coventry England, and Stanley Tools in New Britain CT. He went into industrial consulting with Rath and Strong, Inc. of Lexington MA. Bud was a Senior Member of the American Society of Quality Control as an ASQC Certified Quality Engineer and ASQC Reliability Engineer.
Bud enjoyed traveling, skiing, music, and model building. He was Chairman of Troop 92, Cheshire CT, Long Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America, for several years and also was the Scoutmaster of Troop 92.  In recent years, he enjoyed retirement on Cape Cod MA and traveling with his companion Vivien Cook of Eastham MA.  He enjoyed singing in the choir of the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Chatham MA and the Chatham Chorale. He also enjoyed playing the clarinet in the Harwich Town Band, the Brewster Band, Cape Community Orchestra, and Lower Cape Cod band. 
Bud is predeceased by his first wife, Elisabeth “Betsy” MacDonald France; his daughter, Susan Elisabeth France, and his second wife, Beatrice “Bea” Murdock France. He leaves a daughter, Jennifer France and her husband Rick Grady of Westerly RI; two sons, Stuart France and his wife Charlene France of Eastham MA, John France and his wife Sharon France of Portland CT, three step daughters; Alison Murdock of Harwinton CT, Pamela Polderman and her husband Johnny Polderman of Barkhamsted CT, and Dorothy Murdock of Oregon.  He also leaves behind several grandchildren and step grandchildren; Matthew France, Christopher France, Michael France, Kenneth Ciaburri, Kathleen France, Cynthia France, step granddaughters Karla Lindquist and Amy Polderman, and step grandson Jason Murdock.  
Bud is predeceased by his brothers, William France of Unionville CT and Arthur France of Bristol. He leaves a Brother Kurt France of Reading California, and a sister, Doris Hagood of Manassas VA, and a sister in law, Nancy France of Unionville CT. Bud also leaves his companion, Vivien Cook, of Eastham MA.

Campbell, Robert

Robert CampbellRobert Campbell, 98 of Avon, passed away July 13, 2015 at Avon Health Center after a brief illness. Born in Lynn, MA, the son of Robert and Ethel (Fernald) Campbell. He spent much of his youth in Portsmouth, NH. He later graduated from Wentworth Institute in Boston, MA. He met his wife, Adelle Cutler and they were married in Georgia shortly before he was deployed overseas in 1943. He joined the Army in 1941. After attending Officer Candidate School he was assigned to the Third Army as Post Exchange Offices under General George Patten. He served in this capacity throughout the war in France, Germany and Luxembourg. He was President and owner of Connecticut Mobile Foods for many years prior to his retirement. He found much enjoyment in his retirement as an active member of the VFW Post 3272. He especially enjoyed the morning coffees at Friendly’s with his fellow members. He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Adelle, as well as four sons, Charles, Robert, Peter and Jay; sisters, Hazel and Margaret and brothers, David and William. He is survived by daughter, Barbara Bradley of Southington, son, Craig and his wife Pam of Burlington, daughter Anne Harmon and her husband Robert of Avon, son, Paul of New Britain; nine grandchildren, Scott and Sheryl Bradley, Justin and David Campbell, William and Andrew Harmon, Tracy, Kenneth and James Campbell of Woodstock and ten great-grandchildren; a sister, Florence Curtis of North Carolina, several nieces and nephews; also three special friends, Alan Brown, Lee Houston and Rudy Cusson.

Lee, Suzanne H.

Suzy-1Suzanne H. Lee, 92, most recently of Avon, Connecticut passed away on Sunday, June 28th after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. Susie was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 4, 1923, the oldest of five children to Marie and Philip Hill. She was predeceased by her first husband of 33 years, Herbert J. Lee (Chub) and second husband Phil Coulter. She leaves behind her two sisters, Marion and Lea, her childhood friend and sister-in-law, Marie, her devoted friend Tony Laukaitus and many more extended family members. Susie’s four children will remember, with love, an independent, strong-willed and amazing spirit – Dana Lee (Tammie) from Salem, OR, Deborah Neel from Taft, TN, Rick Lee (Connie) from Annandale, VA and Elena Carnes (Peter) from Farmington, CT. She also was a devoted grandmother to Denise Lee, Brody Lee, Danielle Hoole, Sean Lee, Sam Carnes, Will Carnes, and Mac Carnes and a great grandmother to Pablo. Susie was a caring, fun-loving and sociable person who had a zest for living with an indomitable spirit that lit up a room when she arrived. Effortlessly cooking fabulous gourmet meals with a Martha Stewart flair was second nature to her. Susie’s love beyond her family and friends extended to tennis. She began as a player at Scituate High, as a mother volunteering for many junior tennis tournaments, advancing to almost singlehandedly running the Middle States Lawn Tennis Association. Later she accomplished noteworthy status officiating the Women’s Finals at the U.S. Open and officiating at Wimbledon. Because of her strong will, we all will walk forward with a little bit of Susie in us. Do not stand by my grave and weep. I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am a diamond glint on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. I am everywhere. I am wherever you are. Her family would like to thank the staff at Apple Rehab in Avon for their years of care. Hopefully, in our lifetimes, we will get closer to understanding the devastation Alzheimer’s takes on the loved one and the family and find a cure. If you care to make a donation in Susie’s memory, please make it to the Alzheimer’s Association . Susie’s family will hold a memorial service in her honor on Friday, July 31 at 10 AM at St. Mary of the Nativity Catholic Church in Scituate, MA.

Pazzani, Madeline V.

IMG_0437Madeline Venturella Pazzani, 82, widow of Mario Pazzani to whom she was married to for 50 years, formerly of Holmes Place in Farmington and St. Mary’s Home, The Mercy Community in West Hartford, passed away peacefully on the evening of July 8. Born in Brooklyn, NY she was the 10th of 11 children of Mariano and Francesca Maritelli Venturella of Castle Buono, Sicily. She was a graduate of New Utrecht High School, Brooklyn, NY. Madeline lived in Brooklyn, NY, Queens, NY, Bergenfield, NJ and was a long time resident of Naugatuck, CT where she was a legal secretary and Notary Public for many years, for the firms of Attorneys Donald Zehnder in Naugatuck, for Timothy Moynihan in Waterbury, and for the Uniroyal Corporation. Madeline retired to Dunnellon and Gainesville, Florida in 1992 before returning to Connecticut in 2003. She is survived by her four children, Martin, Michael, John, Irene, a sister-in-law, Annette Pazzani, six grandchildren, Lynn, Karen, Michael, David, Claire, and Madeline, and three daughters-in-law, Coleen, Chris, and Melissa. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (July 11) from 9:00am – 10:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday at 10:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Pulmonary Support Group, c/o Janet Bowen, Hospital for Special Care, 2150 Corbin Avenue, New Britain, CT 06053.

Foryan, Shirley Carterud

Shirley Carterud Foryan, 89, of Unionville, beloved wife of 63 years to Henry J. Foryan, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 8th, 2015. Born November 13th, 1925 in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Hilmar and Helen (Jordan) Carterud. Shirley was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville where she was a member of the Women’s Guild. Besides her husband, she is survived by her four sons, Hank Foryan and his wife Lynn, Thomas Foryan and his wife Dottie, Michael Foryan and Christopher Foryan and Mary Yabrosky, six grandchildren, Jason, Kylie, Brad, Coleigh, Charysse and Chelsea, two great-grandchildren, Ayden and Charleigh and many nieces and nephews who were very important to her. She was predeceased by her brother, Elmer “Red” Carterud and her sister, Bargel “Sis” Murphy. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (July 14) from 8:30am-10:00am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:30am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Edward P. Dunne Scholarship Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 625, Unionville, CT 06085.

Ingersoll, Joan Kriscenski

With heartbreaking sadness the Kriscenski family of Bristol announces the passing of Joan Ingersoll, daughter of the late Alexander and Irene Kriscenski, on July 7th, 2015. Joan, who lived in Avon, waged an unwavering and gallant battle with cancer. Born August 11, 1950, Joan was a special education teacher at Northwestern Regional 7 High School for the last 26 years. She previously taught in Bristol and worked at Mansfield Training Center and for the Corporation for Independent Living. Joan also was a live-in manager of a group home on Marshall Street in Hartford for five years. The positive impact she had on countless lives will live long after her. Joan’s work was awe-inspiring yet she did it so humbly, coaxing and cajoling her students and clients to respect themselves and others as a means of obtaining and retaining self-dignity and a place in the world. Joan was an avid reader who also loved to attend the theater, go to the movies (most especially those starring Denzel Washington) and root for the UConn men and women. Joan owned a cottage on Cape Cod where she and her sisters and extended family vacationed together yearly. She recently traveled to New Orleans where she fulfilled a lifetime ambition by dipping her toes in the Mississippi. Joan enjoyed regular trips to New York City to visit her daughter Emma, the absolute light of her life. In addition to Emma, Joan is mourned by her new son-in-law, Alex Schned, devoted sisters Barbara Ford and husband Charlie, of Wethersfield, Patty Hennessey and husband Joseph, of Lancaster, PA, Bette Knoblauch and husband Frank, of Farmington, Kitty Price and husband Terry, of Avon, and Nance Kriscenski of Wethersfield, a loyal and loving throng if there ever was one. Joan was predeceased by her brother Alex. Joan also leaves her step-son Todd Ingersoll and his wife Tami of Newtown and grandchildren Catherine, Daniel and Jonathan as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends, who all adored her. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (July 10) from 4:00-6:00pm with a brief service at 5:00pm. Additional visitation will be held Saturday (July 11) from 2:00-6:00pm at Joan’s home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Be The Match Foundation, 3001 Broadway St., N.E., Suite 601, Minneapolis, MN 55413-1753.

LaCasse, Beverly

LaCasse, BeverlyBeverly LaCasse, age 61, of Unionville, passed away in her sleep on July 4, 2015 at the home she shared with her daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters. Born to Leo and Ozelia LaCasse, she grew up in Willimantic with her twin brother Tom, and brothers, Mike and Roland. From a young age through up until the day she passed, Bev had an unparalleled love for gardening, flowers, and the nature she witnessed around her. She played several instruments growing up including Violin, Viola and Alto Sax, and sang Alto in various choirs for many years through both school and church. In her last 7 years she lived with her daughter Melissa and son-in-law Jamie, along with their two girls Kristyn and Samantha. She was very happy with them and took great pride in her grandchildren. She kept in constant close contact with her son John Fiengo, whom she was immensely proud of and took great joy in having him visit whenever possible. Beverly is survived by her father Leo, brother Tom and wife Peggy, brother Mike and wife Linda, and brother Roland and wife Theresa and her many nieces and nephews and their children. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday, July 8th from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 9th at 11:00 in The Ahern Funeral Home, followed by burial at Riverside Cemetery, 160 Garden Street, Farmington. If guests would like to contribute flowers, her family is welcoming non-traditional bouquets of garden type flowers to honor the wide variety Beverly spent cultivating in her beloved gardens.

Morgan, Virginia Rose Balf

VVirginia Rose Balf Morgan, of Avon, beloved wife of the late Roger Phillip Morgan for 54 years, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 2. Ginny Rose, as many called her, was born in Hartford June 28, 1932. She was the daughter of the late Virginia Smith Balf and Edward John Balf. She graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy and received her BA from Salve Regina College. She was also an avid reader throughout her life, and took several literary courses at the Hartford College for Women. Prior to living in Avon, she resided in Bloomfield, Stonington Borough, and West Hartford; she cultivated a wide circle of friends in each community. She was a lifetime member of St. Francis Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, and a member of the Town & County Club, Hartford. She is survived by a loving family, beginning with her eight sons: John Balf Morgan, Matthew Earl Morgan, Michael Phillip Morgan and his partner Trevor Reynolds, Anthony Sarsfield Morgan, Jeffrey Roberts Morgan and his husband Ralph White, Jr, Christopher Smith Morgan and his wife Mary O’Connor Morgan, Mark Pease Morgan and his wife Jennifer Ackerman Morgan, and Thomas Jude Morgan and his wife Angela Blosenski Morgan. She is also survived by eight grandchildren (all Morgan’s) Henry, Maeve, Finley, Lila, Connor, Jack, Madison and Caroline.
There will be a Funeral Liturgy celebrating the life of Ginny Rose on Tuesday, July 7, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick and St. Anthony Church, 285 Church Street, Hartford, followed by a burial in the family plot at Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends consider a memorial donation to St. Patrick and Saint Anthony Church, or the House of Bread, 27 Chestnut St., Hartford, CT 06120.

Reilly, Marguerite D.

Marguerite D. Reilly, 94, of Avon, widow of James Reilly and John Dowling, passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 30th, 2015. Born October 3rd, 1920 in Naugatuck, she was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Neubert) Kissane. Marguerite was a graduate of the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1941. She was employed by St. Francis Hospital and was also associated with the medical practice of Dr. Donald J. McCrann and Dr. Morgan V. Flaherty for many years. Marguerite was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Ann in Avon, a member of the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association and a member of the Avon Seniors. She is survived by five nieces and four nephews. She was predeceased by her two brothers, John Kissane and Robert Kissane. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (July 3) from 9:30-10:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Ann, Avon at 11:00am. Burial will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon, CT 06001.