Archive for 2016

Miller, Joan

Joan Miller, 69, of Palm City, Florida, formerly of Avon, Connecticut, beloved wife of Richard Miller, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016. Born April 16, 1947 in Queens, NY, daughter of Dorothy (Kleinkauf) Schell of Flushing, NY and the late John Schell. Joan was a loving mother and grandmother and greatly enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was creative, artistic; loved to paint, knit and work on home design. Joan loved spending winters in Palm City, FL, summers on Cape Cod and the Farmington Valley held a special place during the holiday season.

Besides her mother and husband, Joan is survived by her three children, Rich Miller and his wife Sarah of Tampa, FL, Kerry Labritz and her husband Rob of Pound Ridge, NY and Kristin Miller of Woodstock, VT, her four grandchildren, Madison and Ethan Miller and Matthias and Ryan Labritz, her sister, Debbie Gaines and her husband Michael of East Meadow, NY, her brother John Schell and his wife Rosanne of East Windsor, NJ and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt., 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Dec. 28) from 9:30am – 11:00am followed by a Memorial Service in the funeral home at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.IMG_0337

Pencz, Allan Charles

Allan Charles Pencz, 65, passed away on Sunday, December,18, 2016 at his home in Manchester, Connecticut. He was born on March 31, 1951 in Hartford, Connecticut to the late Joseph Eugene and Jacqueline Pencz-Whalen.

Allan grew up in West Hartford and graduated from Conard High School in 1969 where he met his first wife and married. He worked for Pencz Brothers in Unionville, Connecticut with his family. He also worked for Mercury and Casden Oil Companies. He later worked for MJ Emonds Mechanical Company as a Service Manager. Then returned to J.Pencz Inc. He eventually worked for himself and was always willing to lend a helping hand where he could.

Allan married Debra Pencz in 1969 in West Hartford, They were married for 18 years. They had 3 children and lived in South Windsor, Connecticut. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and later in life traveling.

Allan is survived by the love of his life Carol Collins of Manchester, Connecticut where he resided; his mother, Jacqueline and husband David Whalen; his daughter, Joy Flanders and son in law, James of Pelham New Hampshire; his son, Christopher and his son Chad of Bloomfield, Connecticut; his brothers David and wife Debi, Wayne and wife Laurie, Brian and wife Kathleen; his sisters Brenda and husband Chuck Arrsante and Lisa Pencz; his grandchildren Anthony Morocco of Connecticut, Lillian, Michael and Arianna Flanders of Pelham, New Hampshire and deceased Emily Ann; 12 nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Avenue, Hartford on Thursday Dec 22nd from 4-7 pm. A funeral service will be held Friday Dec 23rd at 11 am in the Ahern Funeral Home in Hartford. Burial will follow at Mt. Saint Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the McCall Center, 58 High Street, Torrington, CT 06790.

Rexinger, Robert William

Rexinger, RobertRobert William Rexinger, 57, of Unionville, formerly of Avon, passed away Sunday, December 18th 2016. Born in New Britain on January 4, 1959, he was the son of the late Ralph and Joan Sullivan Rexinger. Robert graduated from the American Food Safety Institute, Class of 1995 and was a chef at Four Corners Restaurant in Prospect and Tony’s Restaurant in Southington for many years. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved his music and guitars and the Beatles.
Robert leaves behind his sister, Diane Rustic of Avon, nieces; Rayanne Chasse of Plainville, Rebecca Rexinger of Plainville and Ashley Rexinger of Plainville, nephews; Raymond Rexinger Jr of Plainville and Robert Storrs IV of Boston, MA, along with 1 great niece and 5 great nephews.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville on Wednesday, December 21st from 6-8 pm. The Funeral services will be in The Ahern Funeral Home on Thursday, Dec 22nd at 11 am, the Reverend Wendell Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Avon.

Waterman, James S.


Waterman, JamesMajor Ret. James S. Waterman, 91, of Farmington, died peacefully on Sunday, December 18, 2016. He was the beloved husband of Gloria (Holmberg) Waterman for 60 years. Born in Meriden and raised in Newington, son of the late James E. and Honora Catherine Ahern Waterman, he graduated from Newington High School. He lived in Farmington for 56 years. He graduated from University of Denver. Jim was a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran serving in active duty during World War II, Battle for Iwo Jima aboard LST 760. And he served in the Air Force Reserves starting with ROTC and retiring with the rank of Major after an appointment as a Liaison Officer for the U.S. Air Force Academy. He opened Birchwood Farms in Farmington in 1952 with his father. He was appointed by Governor Grasso in 1979 as a public member on the Board of Examiners and Funeral Directors. And served as the Executive Director of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association. Jim was later self-employed as a real estate professional until his retirement. He was an active member of First Church of Christ, Congregational in Farmington. He was proud about his work with the church, serving as a deacon and with relocation work of families from Southeast Asia, and West Africa. He also volunteered as the state coordinator for Heifer Project International. He was a member of Memorial Town Forest trustees for many years. Along with participation in the Farmington Exchange Club and Evening Star Lodge 101 in Unionville and the Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation. He was an avid skier and loved his weekends and vacations in Vermont and Canada.
Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Linda A. Waterman and her spouse, Barbara Tagliarino, of Farmington, and a son, James W. Waterman and his wife Amy of, Wenham, MA, two grandchildren, Lily A. and Fletcher O. Waterman and two nephews and one niece, Richard and Robert Holmberg, and Cheryl Madenford. Two brothers Ralph E. and Leslie H. Waterman and a sister May W. Trant predeceased him. The family wishes to express deepest appreciation for the compassionate care given by the staff at Arden Courts and McLean Hospice Care.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Dec. 21) from 10:30-11:30am. The Masonic Ritual will be exemplified at 11:30am followed by funeral services conducted by Rev. Susan Murtha. Burial with full military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the National Iwo Jima Memorial Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 310516, Newington, CT 06131 or First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032.

Roman, Sophie P.

Sophie P. Roman, 89, of Unionville, beloved widow of John A. Roman, passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 13th. Born August 9th, 1927 in Avon, daughter of the late Frank and Caroline (Pernal) Parylak. Prior to retiring, Sophie was an Inspector for the Pioneer Steel Ball Company. She was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. Sophie is survived by her children, Patricia R. Bernier and her husband Philip of Terryville, John M. Roman of Rockville, Ronald Roman of Bristol and Diane Mattson of California, her sister, Antoinette Shine of Madison, her five grandchildren, Heather, Laura, Wendy, William and Kelsey and two great-grandchildren, Haley and Aubrey. She was predeceased by her two brothers, Frank Mostowski and Walter Parylak and her three sisters, Helen Staruch, Julia Erho and Pearl Glanovsky. The family would like to extend special thanks to Sophie’s nieces and nephews for their strong support. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Dec. 17) 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 will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

DiGioia, Mr. William E.

William E. DiGioia, 94, of Farmington, beloved husband of Jane (Grant) DiGioia, passed away peacefully Thursday, December 8, 2016. William was born in New York, NY, son of the late Mario and Marguerite (Gentile) DiGioia and lived in Farmington the last four years. Prior to his retirement he worked as a medical salesman. He served proudly in World War II as a member of the United States Coast Guard. William enjoyed being around water and boats his entire life.
In addition to his wife, Jane, William leaves his daughter Geri E. Paradis and her husband Dr. Marc Paradis of Simsbury, his son Donald W. DiGioia and his wife Colleen of Brookfield, his three grandchildren; Derek, Leigh and Matthew and his sister, Jean Stafford of Ellicott City, MD. The family would like to thank the staff at UCONN John Dempsey Hospital, most especially the Physicians, nurses and support staff on the second floor intermediate care unit and on the Oncology unit for the wonderful, respectful care provided to William.
Friends may call at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Main St., Unionville on Monday, December 12th from 10:30 am until 11:00 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy at 11 am. Burial will be in the family plot at St. James Cemetery, Naugatuck. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 16 Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085.DiGioia, William.

Guerriero, Mr. Stephen

Guerriero, StephenStephen Guerriero, 74, of Burlington, died Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Ann (Tracy) Guerriero for 49 years. Born in Bristol on November 4, 1942, he was the youngest of five children of the late Stefano and Angelina (Ferro) Guerriero. Steve grew up in the West End and was a member of the first graduating class of Bristol Central High School in 1960. He continued his education at CCSU to become a teacher in the business department at Plainville High School. He received his Master’s degree at the University of Hartford and his 6th year certificate at UConn. Steve taught in Plainville for 35 years and coached there and continued during retirement until recently. He loved competition. He enjoyed family gatherings, Italian food, thoroughbred horse racing, especially at Saratoga, golf, bowling, travel, and helping friends and family with their tax returns. Steve was a Yankee and UCONN Girls Basketball fan. He felt both teams exemplified great sportsmanship and talent. He was a communicant of St. Patrick Church in Collinsville for 40 years and a member of the Prince Thomas of Savoy Society in Avon. Besides his wife Ann, who he met in high school, he is survived by his beloved daughter, Dawn Guerriero, and her partner Bev Lowden of Seymour, his beloved daughter, Denise Hewitt, and her husband Rich of England, and his beloved grandson, Robby Keefrider. Steve is also survived by his brother, Anthony Guerriero and his wife Shirley, his sister, Rita Guerriero, his brother-in-law, Francis V. Tracy Jr., and his wife Anne and his brother-in-law, Mike Tracy and his wife Betty. He was predeceased by his sisters, Carmela Norton and Domenica Marseglia. Steve was proud of his family, his extended family, and his friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday (Dec. 13) at 11:00am in St. Patrick Church, Collinsville followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery, Collinsville. All are kindly asked to meet directly at church. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Steve’s name may be made to St. Patrick Church, 50 Church St., Collinsville, CT 06019 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

St. Onge, Mr. Mark

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Mark H. St. Onge, 61, of Thompson Road, Avon, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 29th, with his loving wife Lynn at his side. Born in Hartford on December 19th, 1954, son of the late Harold R. and Phyllis (Kensel) St. Onge, he was raised in Farmington. Besides his wife, he is survived by his two children, Michael and Melinda St. Onge, their mother Pamela Valiante (St. Onge), his cousin, more like a sister to him, Beverly St. Onge and his lifelong friend, Alyson Smith. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Dec. 19) from 10:30am-12:00pm and 4:00pm-5:30pm as we also celebrate Mark’s life on this day, his birthday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Avon Food Pantry, c/o Avon Social Services, 60 West Avon Road, Avon, CT 06001.

Davis, Mrs. Frances Madeline (Gregerick)

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Frances Madeline (Gregerick) Davis of Unionville, where she was born and resided her entire life. She leaves behind her husband of 59 years, Melvin, her daughter Annmarie of Torrington, son Timothy of Unionville, and son Michael and daughter-in-law Jennifer, of Bristol. She was blessed with two granddaughters, Lindsay of Torrington and Heather of Bristol as well as many nieces and nephews. Frances also leaves behind her sister, Theresa of Unionville. The love and kindness from caregiver, Kim Smith will be greatly missed by Frances and is deeply appreciated by the family.
Frances is predeceased by brothers Mike and Joe, and sisters Mary, Sophie, Ann, Helen, Catherine, and Margaret. Fran was a loving wife and mother. She was proud of and loved her children, and was a “gram” that loved to spoil her granddaughters.
Fran had a beautiful smile and she enjoyed dancing and singing. “I shoulda made a record” she used to say while singing a Frank Sinatra number. Fran showed her love for everyone by cooking and baking. There was always a homemade baked good on the kitchen counter. Fran will be missed by all that knew her. There is a new angel in heaven! The family wishes to acknowledge and thank the nurses and home health aides of Hartford Healthcare at Home Hospice who took incredible care of Fran. She was always cared for and comfortable.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (Dec. 10) at 10:30am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Burgess, Mr. Scott D.

Scott D. Burgess, 61, of Bristol, beloved husband of Karen (Carpenter) Burgess, passed away peacefully Saturday, December 3, 2016 at his home. Born May 8, 1955 in Hartford, he was the son of the late Darwin and Barbara Burgess. Scott had been employed by PMP Corporation in Avon since he was 17 years old. He loved to fish and belonged to the Litchfield County Worm and Jig. He was also an avid fan of the New York Giants and Boston Red Sox. Besides his wife, Scott is survived by his two sisters, Debra Burgess of Florida and Darlene Bierkan and husband Rev. Andrew Bierkan of Ohio and his brother-in-law, David Carpenter of Connecticut. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Popko, Mr. George

George Popko, 85, of Farmington passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on December 2, 2016, after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth (McGinnis) Popko for 54 years. George was a man of faith who walked closely with God and shared his faith with others. He was born in Bristol to Katherine (Saman) and Alexander Popko. George received his engineering degree from the University of Hartford. He spent his career as a Manufacturing Engineer Manager at Pratt & Whitney Machine Tool Company. Utilizing his engineering skills, George fulfilled a life long dream of building a trimaran, which he enjoyed sailing with his family and friends for thirty years on Long Island Sound. He was a compassionate, caring man, who always went out of his way to help others. George touched everyone with his wonderful sense of humor and zest for life. A loving and devoted father, he leaves his daughters, Elizabeth Popko of Farmington and Nancy Sussmann and her husband Stephen of New Jersey. He also leaves his sister-in-law Barbara McGinnis of Farmington and his nieces and nephews: Kevin and Diana McGinnis of Plainville; Kelly and Christian O’Melia of North Carolina; Kenneth and Maryellen McGinnis of Watertown; and Kathryn and Brian Healy of East Hampton. A visitation will be held Friday, December 9, 2016 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am at the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, followed by the Funeral Liturgy at 11:00 am. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to My Father’s House, P.O. Box 22, Moodus, CT 06469.

Capeci, Mrs. Cynthia Ann

Cynthia Ann Capeci, 55, of Avon, CT, passed away on December 3, 2016, after a courageous 2-year fight with brain cancer.

Cindy was born in Greenwich, CT on October 2, 1961. She graduated from Ridgefield High School and received a degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut. Cindy worked as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch for 30 years.

Cindy was married to Rob Coghlan on July 10, 1999; they were married 17 years. She loved animals and enjoyed riding horses. Cindy cherished her family and is survived by her loving husband Rob, her two daughters, Erin and Elizabeth, her parents, Arthur and Dorothy, her brothers, Doug, Jeffrey, and John, her sisters, Patti and Allison, her nieces; Lily, Greta, Emily, Katelyn, Jill, Lissie and Mimi and her nephews; Jeff, Greg, Michael, William, Bradley, Andrew, Matthew, Kevin and Greg, her treasured dog Snoopy, and many other family and friends.

The family of Cynthia Ann Capeci wishes to thank all of our friends for their love and generous support during Cindy’s illness. We would also like to express our gratitude to all of the doctors, nurses, and other staff who cared for Cindy at Hartford Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, University of Connecticut Medical Center, Avon Healthcare, and the McLean Home.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, December 6th in The Church of St Ann, 289 Arch Rd, Avon, CT 06001 from 10 am to 11 am, followed by the Funeral Liturgy at 11 am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Glioblastoma Research @ Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284-9168.

Meaney, Mrs. Adele K.

Meaney, AdeleAdele K. Meaney of Farmington and South Lyme, CT passed away peacefully on November 29, 2016, surrounded by family. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Joseph Vincent Meaney Sr.
Adele was a proud native of Torrington, CT. She was born on March 4, 1924 to Anthony and Martha (Baltuskonis) Kemezis in Torrington. She was predeceased by her brothers Anthony and Joseph Kemezis, and her sister Mary Comporesi. Adele graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in 1945 and became an OR nurse at St. Francis Hospital. Later in her career she became a school nurse in the Hartford Public School System. She was a proud member of the St. Francis School of Nursing Alumni Association. She was a life member of the St. Francis Hospital, St. Thomas Seminary, and Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, as well as a member of the Point ‘O Woods Beach Association Women’s Club. Kemy had been an active member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild, and the Hartford School Nurses Association.
She is survived by her children, whom she loved dearly, Martha M. Meaney (Francis Connors), Kathleen W. Meaney, Maureen A. (Jack) Dietze, Joseph V. (Renee) Meaney Jr., John A. Meaney. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Patrick J. (Erica) Meaney, Caitlin A. Meaney, Daniel E. Meaney, Michael J. Meaney, John ‘Jack’ F. Meaney, and Mark N. Meaney. She also leaves behind great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and beloved friends. She always loved entertaining, especially at the beach house. She loved cooking, reading, traveling (she went to Ireland 12 times!), and playing Bridge. She lived life to the fullest, and will be dearly missed.
The family would like to thank the wonderful people who helped her in her final journey, including those at Hartford Hospital, the Hebrew Home, Brookdale at Farmington and Nancy ScottoDiluzio.
Friends may call at the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main Street, Farmington, on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 3-7pm. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Saturday December 3, 2016 in the Church of St. Patrick followed by burial in Fairview Cemetery in West Hartford.
In lieu of flowers, Adele wishes for you to consider donating to the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, 95 Woodland Street, Hartford CT 06105.

Madden, Ms. Margaret E. “Peggy”

Madden, MargaretMargaret E. Madden (Peggy), 95, of Avon, CT, formerly of Melrose, MA, passed away peacefully on November 23, 2016 after receiving magnificent, empathetic care from the entire staff at Seabury Meadows Memory Support Center in Bloomfield, CT during the final years of her life.
Peggy was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 5, 1921, the daughter of Michael and Julia (Reardon) Madden. She was pre-deceased by her brothers, Cornelius and Michael, and her sisters, Hannah, Julia, Katherine and Mary. Peggy received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Burdetts College, a B.S. degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Northeastern University and a Master’s degree in Library Science from Simmons College. She began her business career with the Monsanto Company at the Everett, MA plant in 1940. She was made Assistant Research Librarian in 1952 and was transferred to the World Headquarters in St Louis, MO in 1957 as the Technical Librarian for the Inorganic Chemicals Division. She was appointed Chairman of Monsanto’s Information Center from 1961 to 1963, when she was promoted to Technical Reports Librarian. She also assumed the duties of Records Retention Coordinator of the Central Research Department in 1967. She later advanced to the position of Supervisor, Reports Library Research Center for Corporate Research and Development before retiring in 1985 after 45 years of service.
Peggy was a proud member of Zonta International, a Service Organization of Professional and Executive Women, and served that organization in many capacities, including President of the St Louis Club of Zonta International in 1971. Peg also gave enthusiastically of her time, talents, and resources to many other professional organizations and public service charitable causes. She was most passionate about her family, the Republican Party, the Catholic Church, and the Boston Red Sox, not necessarily in that order.
Peggy is survived by her first generation nephews and nieces; Peter J. Deckers and wife, Barbara, Judith Deckers, Janet Bingle and husband, Glenn, Peter Madden and wife, Kathleen, Robert Murphy and wife, Michelle, Julia DiBella and husband Frank, many second generation great nieces and nephews, and numerous third generation great great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Saturday, December 3rd at 11:30 am until 12:00 pm at St John Chrysostom Church, 4750 Washington St, West Roxbury, MA 02132, followed by a Mass of Christian Celebration of Life and the Funeral Liturgy at 12 noon in St John Chrysostom Church. Burial will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Seabury Meadows Memory Support Center, 100 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT. 06002 or the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, 405 Allen Ave, Meriden, CT. 06451.

McMahon, Mrs. Rose Marie L.

McMahon, Rose MarieRose Marie L. McMahon, 85, of Unionville, widow of Joseph W. McMahon, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Born August 28, 1931 in Hartford, daughter of the late Joseph and Elvira (Gizzi) Landolina. Prior to retiring, Rose Marie was a Secretary for the State of Connecticut from 1951-1970 and had also been a Secretary for the Farmington Board of Education. She was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. Rose Marie is survived by her son, Steven J. McMahon of Avon, her brother-in-law, Thomas McMahon and his wife Patricia of Avon, nieces and nephews, Patricia and Joseph Amat, Thomas and Cheryl McMahon, Sharon Radler, Mark and Carol McMahon, Michelle and Chad Cole, and her great nieces and nephews, Christine, Joseph, Isabelle, Ashley, Emma, Orissa and Austin. She was predeceased by her three brothers, Luciano, Anthony and Robert Landolina. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the North Wing staff at Avon Health Center for the wonderful care given to Rose Marie. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (Nov. 30) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Oak Hill School for the Blind, 120 Holcomb St., Hartford, CT 06112.