Archive for December 2015

Zarmsky, Steven F.

Zarmsky-1Steven F. Zarmsky, 59, passed away peacefully on December 25, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford after a long battle with chronic illness. Born in Stamford, he is survived by four siblings; William Zarmsky of White Plains, NY, Christine Zarmsky of Norwalk, Frank Zarmsky f Middletown, and Jennifer Pinto of Monroe. Steve moved to Farmington in the early 1980’s and worked for over 25 years at Farmington Bank, first as an auditor and then in the accounting department. Known by his many friends as “the Z-man”, Steve was an avid fan of the New York Jets and Mets. He enjoyed golfing at the Country Club of Farmington, fishing the Farmington River, and spending time with his family. He and his former wife Roxanne have three beautiful children: Sarah Zarmsky, 19 who is a sophomore at Brandeis University, and Brett Zarmsky, 14, and Sofia Zarmsky, 14, who both attend Farmington High School. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Jan. 3) from 12:00-2:00pm followed by funeral services in the funeral home at 2:00pm. Burial will be private at Riverside Cemetery in Farmington. Steven will be dearly missed by his many friends and family, who will remember him as an outgoing, funny, and loving man.

Arnold, Russell M.

Russell (“Russ”) M. Arnold of Unionville, beloved husband of Marjorie A. (O’Leary) Arnold, passed away on December 21st at the age of 82. Born on Garden Street in Farmington in 1933, he was the son of the late Alfred W. Arnold and Violet E. (Mercer) Arnold.

Russ attended Noah Wallace school in Farmington and graduated from Farmington High School in 1951. He then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He received the National Defense Service Good Conduct Medal, and was honorably discharged in 1954 at the rank of Sergeant.

After the flood of ‘55 destroyed his family’s River Glen home, Russ built a new house for his parents in Unionville, in which he resided until the time of his death. Russ initially worked as a self employed house builder and then as a carpenter for a number of local construction firms, including, most recently before his retirement, RK Constructors and Black and Warner Construction. Russ was comfortable working in all aspects of carpentry from concrete work to finish carpentry. His strong math skills were essential to calculate the required angles for cutting complex roof rafters or determining the appropriate volume of concrete to order. He worked on many construction projects, some of which included the Rainbow Dam Fish Ladder in Windsor, Avon Methodist Church, City Place, Hartford Civic Center and UConn Health Center. In 1996, he retired from the Carpenter’s Union Local 43 and after retirement continued to work on a number of home improvement projects for his children. He was also a proud participant in the construction of a lean-to for his grandson’s Eagle Scout project.

In addition to his wife, Russ is survived by his sister, Gladys Fields of Fort Meyers, Florida and was predeceased by his older brother Gordon and twin brother Ronald. He is also survived by his three children and their spouses: Bill and Jan, Russ (“Mr”) and Cecilia, and Gayle and Dan Soucier. He was the proud grandfather of Billy, Allie, Taylor, Chris, Patrick, Timmy, Samantha and Jake, all of whom knew him as “Pop.” Ever present in his grandchildren’s lives and activities, Pop always attended their baseball, basketball, soccer and softball games (where he was known for his meticulous scorekeeping), and could also be found in the audience at dance performances, piano recitals, scouting ceremonies and school events.

As an avid reader of many genres, Russ enjoyed history in general and histories of the Civil War, World War II and credit crisis in particular. He encouraged his grandchildren to read as well, and read the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones alongside them.

Russ was known for his love of friends and family. He kept in constant communication with his cell phone, checking in with his trademark greeting: “just the old man calling…” His favorite activities were spending time with his family and playing Cribbage. In recent years, he always looked forward to his week of family vacation in Wellfleet, Mass. and prepared for the trip for weeks in advance by sitting in the driveway of his Unionville home to work on his “base tan.”

At Russ’ request there will be no calling hours or funeral. A celebration of his life will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Farmington Amateur Baseball Club, Dr. Gerard Roy, 64 Westview Terrace, Unionville, CT 06085.image1

Lowry, Kathryn Santoro

Kathryn Santoro Lowry, of Avon, passed on to eternal rest on Thursday, December 24, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Raymond and Mary (Blasco) Santoro of Harwinton. She is survived by her brother, Daniel Santoro and his wife, Kathleen Gibbons and their children, Kathryn’s Godchild, Jacqueline, and her niece, Rachel. She also leaves behind her cousins, Judy Perrin from New York, and Vincent Perrotti from Florida, and many dear friends.

A faithful Catholic, Kathryn was most happy when serving the Lord. She was a Youth Minister and taught religious education classes, which included many Confirmation students. She was Confirmation Coordinator at the Church of St. Ann in Avon. At the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville, she also prepared the youth to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, prayed for the sick, and offered her assistance to several outreach committees. Kathryn enjoyed a variety of other titles over her lifetime. Her works included being a realtor, a paralegal for numerous law firms, a writer for newspapers and Christian publications, a theater performer, and a dance teacher. She had fond memories of her students at “Kathryn & Company”, her dance school in Thomaston. To her students to whom she taught dance or religion, she leaves this message: “Keep smiling! Remember that life and love are eternal!”

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (Dec. 29) from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Wednesday (Dec. 30) at 10:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 11:00am. Burial will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Avon. Memorial donations in Kathryn’s name may be made to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085, the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon, CT 06001 or to the Cancer Center at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, 114 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105. We were truly blessed throughout the years to have shared in Kathryn’s spirit of love and dedication to God, her family, and friends.

Algiere, Joseph J.

Joseph J. “Shoosh” Algiere, 93, of Farmington, beloved husband of the late Catherine P. (Gencarelli) Algiere, passed away peacefully Sunday, December 13, 2015 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law in Maryland. Born October 8, 1922 in Westerly, Rhode Island, son of the late John and Nancy (Amato) Algiere, he resided in Farmington since 1960. Joe was a United States Army veteran of World War II seeing active combat duty on the Burma Road and in China, India and also in Central Burma. Joe was a business owner and entrepreneur, having been the original founder of Bess Eaton Donuts and The Whole Donut Corporations. He was a member of UNICO, the West Hartford Squires and the Knights of Columbus. Family was of the utmost importance to Joe. He was an excellent father and greatly enjoyed the time he spent with his children and grandchildren. He was a hardworking and successful businessman who was very generous and enjoyed the simple things in life. He loved gardening and could fix anything. He touched a lot of people’s lives in many ways. Joe is survived by his three children, John J. Algiere and his wife Nancy of Simsbury, Louise A. Carlson and her husband David of Columbia, Maryland, and Robert J. Algiere of Avon, his sisters, Theresa Pucci and Evelyn Anderson both of Westerly, Rhode Island, his brother, Franklin Algiere of Westerly, Rhode Island, seven grandchildren, Patricia Consiglio and her husband Christopher, Kathryn Campbell and her husband Charles, Joseph Patrick Algiere, Elizabeth Algiere, Brian Carlson and his wife Rebecca, Kevin Carlson, Jacob Algiere and two great-grandchildren, Ryan Consiglio and Henry Carlson. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Dec. 20) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (Dec. 21) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington at 10:00am. Burial with full military honors will be at the family plot in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Children’s Foundation, Inc., 282 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106 or to The Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keaton Way, Columbia, MD 21044.Algiere, Joseph

Peltier, Donald A.

Donald A. Peltier, Sr., 91, of Unionville, passed away December 14, 2015 with his family by his side after a short illness. He was born in Unionville, Connecticut on July 11, 1924, the son of the late Rena (Haller) Peltier and Leo J. Peltier. Donald was a lifelong resident of Unionville until moving to Avon ten years ago. Donald is survived by his wife of 64 years Nancy (Reynolds) Peltier, daughters, Denise Pilewski (late William) of Bristol, Connecticut, Margaret Carpenter (Merrill) of Avon, Connecticut with whom he made his home; sons, Donald A. Peltier, Jr. of Unionville, Connecticut and Timothy C. Peltier of Wells River, Vermont, four grandchildren, Andrew S. Dutil (U.S. Army Capt., ret.) of Wiesbaden, Germany, Alicia M. Dutil of Bristol, Connecticut, Betsy A. Carpenter (fiancée Enrique Santos) and Thomas M. Carpenter of Avon, Connecticut, a beloved great-granddaughter, Cameron Elizabeth Dutil, of Bristol, Connecticut and a sister, Anita Dubnanski of Terryville, Connecticut. Donald was predeceased by his brothers, Richard, Leo, James, William, Paul, Alfred, Raymond and Eugene and his sisters, Leona Ransom, Mary Schlapak and Dorothy Thibodeau. He was a longtime communicant at The Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. He owned and operated Reynolds Luncheonette for many years after serving in the U. S. Army during WWII under General George S. Patton as a tanker; he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor; participated in the Battle of the Bulge and received the French Medal of Honor by the French government for his role in the liberation of France. Mr. Peltier was Past Post Commander of Rourke-Bergin Post No. 1195, VFW. He was a member of the Tunxis Hose Co. #1, where he attained the rank of Lieutenant. In the 1940’s and 1950’s he was a member of their championship hose laying team. He and Nancy traveled extensively around the world; wintering in Aruba, Hawaii and Florida. He and his family spent many summers at their cottage on Grove Beach Point in Westbrook, Connecticut. Donald was a man of many talents, but will be remembered most as a loving and doting husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Dec. 19) from 8:30-9:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 9:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial with full military honors will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tunxis Hose Co. # 1, P.O. Box 215, Unionville, CT 06085.Peltier, Donald.

Hickcox, Curtiss Bronson

Hickcox, CurtissCurtiss Bronson Hickcox, III, 40, of West Hartford died unexpectedly on Thursday, Dec. 10. A builder of things and relationships, Curt focused on creating quality in every aspect of his life. Be it friendships of decades or projects, he strove to build things meant to last. If he set his mind to something, you could be certain it would be double-buttressed and of the finest craftsmanship. A graduate of The Watkinson School and Curry College, Curt most recently brought his craftsman’s eye and ingenuity to work as a senior field technician for Trinity ERD, where he kept on the cutting edge of construction testing.
Curt leaves behind so many deep, abiding friendships that thrived through countless years and days, joys and pains, wins and losses. His personality bred camaraderie, such that even those who were barely acquainted with him lit up when he entered the room. Whether dressed for the job at hand or an evening on the town, Curt epitomized dapper. A gifted entertainer, Curt brought zeal and inventiveness to the kitchen, where he delighted in cooking with friends and family.
An adoring husband to Abigail Daniels, Curt’s devotion and love for his wife radiated around them for all to see. He was a man who understood the power of touch – from a handshake to a hug – to breed happiness among those he knew and loved.
As a son, he cherished his parents, Curtiss B. Hickcox, Jr., and Jan Manocchio Hickcox, as friends, guides, and partners, in a life lived with love, laughter, loyalty, and integrity.
As a brother, he loved and admired his elder sister, Kitty, enjoying the rarified kinship that only siblings can share, and the fruits of friendship with her husband, Daniel Wuori.
He will also be remembered as a beloved son-in-law and brother-in-law.
As a nephew, Curt shared a warm, close relationship with his aunt and uncle, Jean Manocchio Barton and Dale C. Barton.
As a beloved uncle, he enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews. He also leaves a host of Hickcox relatives.
Curt renewed himself in his two most beloved places – his family’s cabin on the shore of Moosehead Lake in Maine, and standing waist-deep in the Farmington River. A master fly fisherman, Curt’s church was the river. Accordingly, we will celebrate his life with visiting hours at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Dec. 18) from 4:00-700pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Farmington River Watershed Association, to preserve the waters which ran through Curt’s heart as much as his wading boots. For additional service information, please visit

Sweeney, Clare Anne

SweeneyClare Anne Sweeney, August 2, 1949 – December 5, 2015. Clare had many meaningful people in her life…with close friends and loved relatives. Most important…one true love. She enjoyed mulling over a seemingly nothing concept and continuing on to create a reality. She believed in the underdogs…no, really, the underdogs. Clare adopted many of the unadoptable and shared many happy years caring for and being cared for by Barley, Poppy, Oza, Bertie, Samadhi, Boo and Slipper. She wished to live life simply. She held firm beliefs in that anyone; whatever race, sexual orientation…everyone, is the same and equal and bring their own gifts to life. It is her great hope to have the people on this earth not listen to the loudest…ugliest…most selfish voices and use common sense and true belief in moving forward. Listen to science and the reasons to take care of this planet and at the risk of triteness…strive for world peace. So…leave the solar, hydro and wind powered lights on because she looks forward to being here again one day. Donations may be made to any well run shelter of your choice. Keep it local.

Sienko, Angela Mary Elizabeth

Version 2Angela (“Angel”) Mary Elizabeth Sienko, 76, of Unionville, beloved wife of Robert Bruce Sienko, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2015, and walked (how else) into the loving arms of her Lord and God.

Born March 26, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of the late William and Rosemary (Bussey) Sheerin. Angela was a receptionist for many years and prior to that was a cosmetician at G. Fox & Company, Westfarms Mall. In both roles, she was asked on several occasions to serve as a model at various events. She was well known as the “Walking Lady of Farmington” after she began walking around town over 30 years ago. In later years, her walking was curtailed due to an accident which also caused the onset of Alzheimer’s. However, as recently as late 2014, she was still walking nearly two miles a day. Besides her husband of over 54 years, Angel is survived by her four children, Elizabeth (Tom), Robert, Paul, and David (Jun); three grandchildren, Mary Kate, Maria Elena, and Brendan; two sisters, Patricia Haslach and Margaret (“Peggy”) Reilly and her brother, William Sheerin (Berenice); a sister-in-law, Susan Sienko; and a brother-in-law, William Sienko. She was predeceased by her parents; her beloved sister Eileen Brett; three brothers-in-law: Frank Haslach, Tim Reilly, and John (“Buddy”) Brett, and a sister-in-law, Judy Sienko. In addition she has 32 nieces and nephews, each of whom were dear to Aunt Angel.

The family would like to convey their sincerest gratitude to the staff at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford (particularly Drs. Hanna and Schneiderman and all the nurses), Apple Rehab in Avon, Hartford HealthCare – Wound Care Center of Bristol and VNA (Southington Branch), and Vitas Hospice Services. Family and friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday December 6 from 2:00-5:00 pm and again on Monday December 7 at 10:00 am at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated immediately following at the Church. Burial will be private at Calvary Cemetery, Middletown, CT. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut, 200 Executive Boulevard, Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489 (

Ayer, Dorothy F.

Dorothy F. Ayer, 88, of Farmington, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 2, 2015. Born February 2, 1927 in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Robert E. and Alice M. (Kellogg) Ayer. Prior to retiring, Dorothy was associated with the Blake Equipment Company and the Peaselee Company. She was a longtime member of St. James Episcopal Church in Farmington, a member of the Farmington Valley Chorale Club and the Frances Richard Club. She was an avid gardener, loved to travel and enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles. She is survived by her brother, Robert E. Ayer Jr., and his wife Virginia of Farmington, her nieces and nephews, Robert E. Ayer III and his wife Delia, Richard Ayer and his wife Barbara, Molly Nottage and her husband Robert, Roberta Storey and her husband John and Debbie Bayer and her husband Michael, many great nieces and nephews and many great grand nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Richard Ayer, her nephew, Jack Ayer and her niece Beth Ayer. Friends may call at St. James Episcopal Church, 3 Mountain Road, Farmington on Saturday (Dec. 5) from 9:30-10:30am followed by Funeral Services in the church at 10:30am with Rev. George Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Memorial contributions may be made to the Farmington Land Trust, Inc., 128 Garden Street #C, Farmington, CT 06032.

Hook, Keith Burlingame

Keith Burlingame Hook, 98, of Bloomfield, beloved husband of Alexis C. Hook, passed away Tuesday November 17th at Seabury. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on February 23, 1917, he was the son of the late Ira Thomas and Nellie (Burlingame) Hook. Keith was a graduate of Hillhouse High School, in New Haven, earned a B.A. in 1938 and a J.D. in 1941, from the University of Michigan.
After serving in the Michigan National Guards, Keith was called to active duty as a second lieutenant at the end of 1941. He served in the Pacific, in Guadalcanal, New Georgia and the Philippines. Before the end of the war, he was seconded to USAFISPA for 9 months where he wrote a detailed history of the battle of Guadalcanal with carefully drawn topographical maps which formed a major part of the official history of that battle published after the war. He arrived with American forces in Japan in 1945 and at the end of that year he returned home.
While he was in the Pacific, Keith met Alexis Entrican, the daughter of Alexander Robert and Erica (Morpeth) Entrican. They were married in Wellington, New Zealand on September 27th, 1944. Alexis came to the United States by ship in the spring of 1946, where she was met by Keith.
That same year he started work at the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company, as an Attorney. He continued work at this company, getting promoted to Associate Counsel, then Counsel, and retired in 1982.
Keith believed in his country, his community and his family and throughout his long life put that belief into action through service to his country, community and to many associations and individuals. He served on the Hartford Board of Education, between 1956 and 1967, being president during four of those years. He was one of the founders of the Capitol Region Educational Council (CREC), in 1967, serving as Chairman in 1969-70. Keith was also active in the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, serving as President in 1963-64.
Other organizations in which he participated are: Hartford Community Renewal team (1962-68), Connecticut Valley Hospital, Greater Hartford Council for UNESCO, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Cooperator St. Francis Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital. Keith was one of the first members of the Civitan Club of Hartford. He and Alexis were very active members of Trinity Church in Hartford ever since 1946 in multiple capacities.  Also, through Trinity Church, he became active in the Brotherhood of Saint Andrew serving in senior roles both locally and nationally. Working with the President Bob Kirschner, Keith had a lot to do with creating the modern James T. Houghteling Memorial Trust.
Music and maps played an important role in Keith’s life, as he took music lessons on the piano in the 1920’s and in that decade also started an outstanding map collection. Music composition was a dream of Keith’s which he was able to follow after he retired, as he studied music at the University of Connecticut. Much of his collection of maps and Americana was donated to the University of Michigan, which always had a special place in his heart.
Keith is survived by his four children, Andrew, Edith, Sambuq, and Jamie (and his wife, Wen Chyi Shyu) and four grandchildren: Anson and his wife Yvonne Kung, Alexander, Charlton and Elizabeth Ateeya. He is also survived by his sister, Ellen Ann Norbom, wife of Jon, and their two children, Ingrid and Susan, and their families.
Friends may call at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney St, Hartford on Thursday, December 10th from 6:00Pm to 8:00PM for the wake. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 12th at Trinity Episcopal Church at 12:00 noon. Burial will follow in the Trinity Church Memorial Garden with his beloved Alexis. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his honor to the Trinity Church Memorial Fund, the Seabury Charitable Foundation, 200 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002 or a charity of the donor’s choice.Hook, Keith