Archive for October 2015

Gilmour, Robert D. “Bud”

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

Warshaw, Michele Eileen (Bushey)

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

Angelillo, Anthony E. “Tony”

Angelillo, Anthony-1Anthony E. “Tony” Angelillo, 72, of Farmington, husband of Jane (Mathewson) Angelillo, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, October 22, 2015 surrounded by his loving wife and children. Born January 25, 1943 in New Britain, son of the late Louis and Dorothy (Zoccoli) Angelillo, he moved to Hampton, CT with his family for several years and has resided in Farmington for the last 30 some years. Tony was a United States Army veteran having served with the 82nd Airborne during the Cuban Missile Crisis into the Vietnam War Era. He was a self-employed contractor for many years and retired from AAA Trucking Co. as a professional truck driver. In his younger years, Tony belonged to the Boys Club of Hartford and competed as a heavyweight top contender for the Golden Gloves Division. His passions were hunting, fishing and boating, he had a great love for his dogs and most especially enjoyed spending time with his wife and family. He belonged to the Pennsylvania 1000 Yard Benchrest Club and the Metacon Gun Club. Besides his beloved wife Jane, he is survived by his loving family, his children, Laurel Dellacono and her husband Dr. Frank Dellacono of Stonington, Anthony Angelillo Jr. of Farmington, Edward Angelillo and his wife Elizabeth of Farmington, Stephen Angelillo and his wife Suzanne of Farmington, his grandchildren, Benjamin, Gabriella and Lukas Dellacono, Savanah and Gianna Angelillo, Madison Angelillo and Noelle Langevin-Angelillo, his brothers, Louis Angelillo Sr., and his wife Marianne of Meriden, Richard Angelillo Sr., and his wife Charlotte of Bristol, his brothers-in-law, Daniel Mathewson and his wife Elaine of South Windsor, Michael Mathewson of New Britain and many nieces and nephews. He was our strength and protector and fought a courageous battle until the very end. We will miss him deeply. The family would like to thank Dr. Clement and the Oncology staff at UCONN and Dr. Chao and the VA Oncology Center in West Haven. A special thank you to Linda Comandini from McLean Hospice for her compassionate loving care. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Oct. 29) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (Oct. 30) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, Main St., Farmington at 10:00am. Burial with full military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington.

Metzger, Terrence M.

Terrence M. Metzger, 57, of Bristol, beloved husband of Renee (Robitaille) Metzger, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at his home. Born May 19, 1958 in Pittsburgh, PA, he was the son of the late John E. and Elizabeth L. (Stadtfeld) Metzger. Terrence was an Auto Parts Sales Manager and Mechanic at Advance Auto in Bristol. Besides his wife, he is survived by his three children, Tara Mason, Terrence Metzger Jr., and Norman J. Metzger of Pittsburgh, PA, two sisters, Lynda Metzger of Canonsburg, PA and Lisa Smith of Pittsburgh, PA, two brothers, Bruce E. Metzger of Pittsburgh and Mark A. Metzger of California, seven grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandson, Dylan Metzger. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Oct. 26) from 5:00-7:00pm followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 7:00pm.

Lavendier, Raymond Thomas

Lavendier, RaymondRaymond Thomas Lavendier, of Farmington, CT, beloved husband of Emilia (Viscosi) Lavendier, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at his home. Born June 20, 1925 in Worcester, MA, son of the late Nelson and Flora (Lacroix), he was part of the “Greatest generation.” Raymond enlisted in the United States Navy in June of 1942 at the age of 17. He was a member of the amphibious forces and took part in North Africa, Sicily, India and Burma campaigns. He participated in the first wave of the Normandy Invasion on Omaha and Gold Beach on June 6, 1944 and was one of the few D-Day survivors awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal in 2009. Raymond returned to Normandy for the 60th anniversary and 70th last year with his children and grandchildren. He married Emilia (Viscosi) in 1951. He began his career working evenings full time at Shawmut Bank in Worcester, MA while attending college full time on the GI bill and graduated from Clark University. The first 2 of his 5 children were born while commuting to Boston University for a Master degree program in Sociology. Raymond and his family moved to Farmington, CT in 1957, and he became a partner with Bristol Flow Gasket Co. He founded Connecticut Cap and Seal Co in 1965, retiring in 1997. He was proud of his family and passed on his passion for athletics and community service. He coached the Plainville YMCA boys swim team and was a swimming official. Raymond was a long-time member and President of the Farmington Field Club, President of The Farmington Recreation Association, President of UNICO, built homes with Habitat for Humanity well into his 80’s and was a member of the West Hartford Squires, VFW. He loved skiing with his family in Vermont, playing paddle tennis and traveling. Dad competed in, and held International Masters swim records. He also competed up until the age of 80 in USTA New England tennis tournaments. Besides his wife of 64 years, Raymond is survived by his loving family, his sister Louise Sullivan of Worcester, MA, 5 children: Marie Lavendier and husband Paul Canning of Farmington, Ann Jacobs and husband James of Avon, Joseph Lavendier and wife Marfie of Newcastle, ME, Patricia Lavendier of Farmington, and Suzanne Crews and husband Robert of South Burlington, VT, nine loving and adorable grandchildren who were the joy of his life, Christopher Canning of Moab Utah, Nicole Canning of Farmington, Jennifer Jacobs of Avon, the late Christina Jacobs, Ethan Lavendier and wife Amelia and their daughter Ember of Gorham, ME, Samuel Lavendier of Portland, ME, Jonathan Fugge of Farmington, Kathrine Fugge of Boston, MA, Alyssa Crews of Boston, MA and Rachel Crews of Boston, MA, along with several nieces and nephews. Raymond was predeceased by his parents, sister, Pauline Taylor, son-in-law, Paul Fugge and granddaughter, Christina Jacobs. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Raymond’s caregivers, Esther and A.K. for their kindness and compassion the last few days of his life. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Oct. 25) from 3:00-5:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (Oct. 26) 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. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Warrior PO Box 337, Versailles, CT 06383.

Popovich, Douglas

Douglas A. Popovich, 30, of Burlington, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, October 20, 2015. Born in Bristol, July 5, 1985, he was the son of Valerie Ann (Lucey) Popovich of Burlington and Paul J. Popovich of Winsted. Besides his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth L. Robinson of Burlington, his brother, Benjamin Popovich of Winsted, a special nephew, Tyson Popovich and many cousins and extended family and friends. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St. Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Oct. 24) from 10-11:30am followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you perform an act of kindness in Douglas’s name.

Leone, Philomena Pagnozzi

Philomena Pagnozzi Leone, 90, passed away Saturday, October 17, 2015. Philomena, daughter of the late Josephine Allegretto Pagnozzi and Augostino Pagnozzi, was born July 3, 1925 in East Hartford. She lived the majority of her life in Avon, where she raised her two daughters, Gina Leone D’Andrea and Lenore Leone Severni. Philomena was active in various clubs, including the Avon Women’s Club and the Golf Club of Avon, as well as in town politics. Philomena is predeceased by her late husband Arthur Leone and is survived by her two daughters; Gina Leone D’Andrea and Lenore Leone Severni; sons-in-laws Raymond D’Andrea and William Severni; and grandchildren Captain Paul Severni and Justina Severni.

Ahern, Edward F. “Ted”

Edward F. (Ted) Ahern III, passed away on October 7, 2015 at his home in Farmington. Ted, a Hartford native, graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, DC in June 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts. Following service in the Navy at the Great Lakes Training Center, Ted worked for the Traveler’s Insurance Co in Hartford and earned a Masters of Arts at Trinity College in Hartford. Ted then embarked on a 30 year teaching career at the Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport where he was Professor of Social Science, retiring in 1997. Ted also completed many courses at the London School of Economics. During his life, Ted traveled as often as possible seeing much of the world as staff on several cruise lines and as director for opera tours in the United States and Europe. After retiring, he continued traveling especially to Europe where he spent many extended periods in Paris. Ted was the loving son of the late Agnes Kelley Ahern and Edward F. Ahern, Jr. He was predeceased by his brother Terry Ahern and leaves behind a sister, Sarah Opdycke of Evanston, IL, brother David of Annandale, VA., and many cousins, nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel in New Haven at 11 AM on Monday, November 2, 2015. There will be a private interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ted’s name may be made to the Agnes Kelley Ahern Scholarship at the University of St. Joseph, 1678 Asylum Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117.

Dube, Alma D.

Alma D. Dube, 77, of Unionville, wife of Clarence H. Dube, passed away Wednesday, October 14th, 2015. Born March 6th, 1938 in Waterbury. She was a graduate of Plainville High School, Class of 1956. Prior to retiring, Alma was an Accountant with the former Covenant Insurance Company. Her greatest love was her gardening. Besides her husband, Alma is survived by her five children, Randy Norris and his wife Eve of Springfield, MA, Naomi Fournier of Unionville, Alan Norris and his wife Mary of Farmington, Bret Norris of Ellington, and Beth Lawrence of Herrico, VA, her four step-children, Gloria Dube-Metin of Davie, FL, Tom Dube and his wife Rhonda of Deltona, FL, David Dube and his wife Maureen of Newington and Greg Dube and his wife Joni of Ramsey, MN, 20 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Alma was predeceased by her first husband, Randolph A. Norris. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday (Oct. 18) at 3:00pm in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Unionville. Burial will be Monday (Oct. 19) at 11:00am in Greenwood Cemetery, Lovely Street, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492.

D’Atri, Florence Irene

Florence Irene D’Atri, 96, of Farmington, beloved widow of Leo J. D’Atri, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 14th. Born July 22nd, 1919 in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late John and Constance (Jarosienski) Judycki. Florence was a 65 year faithful communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington. She was very well-known for her biscotti and special relish and she also knitted many hats for newborns. Florence is survived by her two children, John D’Atri and his wife Dawn Fabik of Hebron, Judith D’Atri Krohomer of Farmington, her sister, Frances Judycki Sampeck, her four sisters-in-law, Barbara Judycki, Bertha D’Atri Sylvester, Mary D’Atri Mandzuk and Patricia Ramsdell D’Atri, her grandchildren, James D’Atri (Lisa), Christopher D’Atri (Jessica), Hope Mason (Ben), Beth D’Atri, Jeffrey D’Atri (Stephanie), Jessica D’Atri, Karl Krohomer (Hestie), Karen Corriveau (Jeff), and Patricia Krohomer, 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, James D’Atri, her sisters, Helen Davis Rich and Mary Sledjeski Fontaine and her brother, Julian Judycki. The family would like to extend a special thank you to her caregivers, Frances Komacki, Therese Ouellette, Andrea Sejerman and Camilia Campbell for the wonderful home care given to Florence. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Oct. 17) 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. Patrick, Farmington at 11:00am. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032.

Orlowski, Carol Tenan

Carol Tenan Orlowski, 52, of Avon, beloved wife of Richard J. Orlowski, passed away Tuesday, October 13th, 2015. Born May 5th, 1963 in Hartford she was the daughter of Richard P. Tenan and the late Louise G. Tenan. Carol was the manager at the Little Silver Jewelry Shop in Avon. She enjoyed gardening, birds, butterflies and spending time with her family, most especially her grandchildren. Besides her husband and father, Carol is survived by her children, Adam J. Orlowski and his wife Anjie and Eric R. Orlowski and his fiancée Kate Simpson, her grandchildren, Miranda Q., Elliott S. and Bennett A. Orlowski, her sister, Vicki L. Yabrosky and her husband Joel and her brother, Richard C. Tenan. She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Quinne M. Orlowski. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Oct. 16) from 6:00-8:00pm followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 8:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, 555 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT 06511.Orlowski, Carol.

Sheely, Grant E.

Sheely, GrantGrant E. Sheely, 65, passed away suddenly on October 11th, 2015. He was predeceased by his mother, Frances Sheely and his father, Leroy W. Sheely. Grant was a physical education teacher at Noah Wallace School and served in the Farmington Public Schools for 36 years. Grant’s dedication to the Farmington school district and Noah Wallace was unwavering and his influence profound. Grant was an ordinary guy who lived a quiet but extraordinary life. He leaves his two beloved children, Madeleine Anne and Michael Francis as well as his sister, Pam Hall, his brother, Tim Sheely and his wife Jeanne, his brother, Tom Sheely and his wife Jolanta, his nieces and nephews, Nathan, Kate, Hally and aunts and uncles. He also leaves his entire Aseltine family including his nieces and nephews, Heather, Andrew, Karen, Anthony, Adam and Nicolas. He leaves his dear friend, Nancy Nelson, her children and many other close friends as well as his beloved colleagues. Grant’s impact on generations of Farmington students was immeasurable and his loss will be felt by all who have benefitted from even a short time with this truly exceptional man and teacher. A final gift of love was given by Grant through tissue donation. The memorial service will be held at the Farmington High School Gymnasium on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 2:00pm. The Grant Sheely Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to be awarded to a deserving graduate of Farmington High School.  Donations may be made c/o Farmington Public Schools, 1 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT 06032, Attention: Katie Robidoux.  Checks payable to the Grant Sheely Scholarship Fund.

Dear Noah Wallace Families and Friends,

The loss of Mr. Grant Sheely has affected the entire Noah Wallace and Farmington community. This week, as a community we have come together to grieve, to support each other, and to share memories of our beloved teacher. Students have spent time writing cards to his family, making a memory chain, and making word clouds in his memory. They have played some of the favorite games they learned from Mr. Sheely in the gym. Together we shared stories, many cried, and we began to heal.

A remembrance service for Mr. Sheely will he held at the Farmington High School Gymnasium on Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 2:00-3:00pm. This will be our time to honor this extraordinary man and to celebrate his life. A few folks (former students, colleagues, and friends) will speak and former students will provide music. We will have light refreshments after the celebration. We invite you to celebrate Mr. Sheely with us on Sunday. We request that students come accompanied by an adult. Please wear a Noah Wallace t-shirt of blue and white to the celebration.

Please continue to call the counselors or other members of the school staff if you feel your child needs support or if you have questions or concerns.


Kelly Sanders



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