Archive for January 2016

Knoblauch, Dr. Frank White

Dr. Frank White Knoblauch of Farmington, CT, a West Hartford psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, died on January 24, 2016 due to complications from prostate cancer. He was born on September 29, 1947 in Minneapolis, MN to Frances Ward and Francis M. Knoblauch. He was a proud graduate of Blake School in Minneapolis and Yale University. Dr. Knoblauch received his medical degree from the UConn School of Medicine and completed his psychiatric residency at Yale. He obtained his psychoanalytic training at Western New England Psychoanalytic Institute and was a member of its Society. He was a staff psychiatrist at the Institute of Living in Hartford, at Windham Hospital and, since 1991, in private practice. He was passionate about his work and happy to have helped countless numbers of people over the course of his career.

Frank was a gentle soul, highly intelligent without pretense. Humble and kind, he possessed an endearing sense of humor, further enhanced by his “Minnesota optimism.” He was always inquisitive and interested in learning, a true life-long student. He eagerly engaged in conversations and discussions that could range from Noam Chomsky, to the origin of words, to golf or UConn basketball. Having lived and taught in Colombia for a year, Frank became fluent in Spanish and enjoyed studying languages throughout his life. He loved family gatherings, his numerous friends, vacationing in Cape Cod, and chocolate cake.

Frank leaves behind his loving wife Elizabeth (Bette) and beloved son Daniel. He also leaves his brother Loring Knoblauch and his wife Carol, his sister Nina Comiskey and her husband Ed, and his brother Tom Knoblauch and his wife Laurie. He will be greatly missed by his sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law as well as many nieces and nephews in his large and loving extended family.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (January 30) from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with remarks at 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Doctors Without Borders, MSF USA, 333 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001-5004.

Marek, Rosemary G.

Marek, RosemaryRosemary G. Marek, 61, of Unionville, passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016. Born August 18th, 1954 in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Robert M. Glynn and Isabelle (Sandwell) Glynn Nichols. Rosemary was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville where she was the Director of Religious Education for many years and also served on the Parish Council. Rosemary is survived by her two children, Laura Gorman and her wife Gina of Simsbury, Rick Marek and his wife Lindsay of Prospect, her three grandchildren, Mason, Bradley and Levi Marek, her brother Robert Glynn and his wife Janet of Canton, her sister Karin Till and her husband Bruce of Farmington, her brother Stephen Glynn and his wife Marie of Farmington and her two aunts, Ruth Parcinski and Sr. Winifred Sandwell. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Jan. 28) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (Jan. 29) at 9:15am 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 Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085.

Ford, Dorothy (Arnold)

Dorothy (Arnold) Ford passed away at the age 91 peacefully in her home on January 22nd. She was born in Hartford on April 28th 1924 to Eugene Arnold and Anna (Dugan) Arnold. Growing up in Unionville she graduated Farmington High School. She met and married her husband Roger Ford while she was working at Pratt & Whitney during World War II. Roger passed away in 1945 shortly after the birth of their beloved daughter Joyce. Dot lost her home during the flood of 1955 but remained in Unionville. She attended nursing school at Hartford Hospital and spent her career as an LPN at St. Francis Hospital. After retirement, Dot became the devoted caretaker of her mother, Anna, and her brother Albert. She volunteered with Favarh in Canton and was a docent for the Unionville Museum and had many hobbies including bowling, singing and getting together with family and friends. She will be remembered as a cheerful and kind-hearted woman who never had a bad word for anyone. She loved to laugh more than anything else, and kept that sense of humor, still laughing up until the last weeks of her life.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Roger, her daughter Joyce (Ford) Lindstedt, her siblings Earl (Buddy) Arnold, Irving (Buster) Arnold, Albert Arnold and Barbara (Arnold) Muszynski.
Dot is survived by her sister, Virginia Johanson, Virginia’s husband Rodney Johanson, by her granddaughter and caretaker Deborah Lindstedt, grandson Randolph Lindstedt of Unionville and his wife, Robin (Devlin) Lindstedt, grandson Michael Lindstedt of Tolland, MA and his wife, Michele (Johnson) Lindstedt, her son-in-law Nils Lindstedt of Avon and his wife, Constance (Bouchard) Lindstedt, and many cousins and nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (Jan. 26) from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday (Jan. 27) at 10:30am in The Ahern Funeral Home with Rev. Cynthia Carr officiating. Burial will follow in the family plot at Greenwood Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Unionville Museum, 15 School St., Unionville, CT 06085 or to Favarh, 225 Commerce Dr., Canton, CT 06019.

Olivastro, Amy Elizabeth

Olivastro, AmyAmy Elizabeth Olivastro, 32, of Farmington, Connecticut, passed away suddenly at home on January 18, 2016. She is the beloved daughter of Richard and Karen (Ortlieb) of Farmington; sister of Richard Jr. of Nashville, Tennessee and Andrew and his wife Elizabeth of Unionville. She is also survived by her grandmother, Miriam Ortlieb, of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania and a very special niece and nephew, Reagan and Samuel, along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Amy was born in Norfolk, Massachusetts, grew up in Farmington, graduated from Farmington High School in 2001 and graduated summa cum laude from the University of West Florida in 2006. A beautiful, brilliant young woman with a bright smile and an indomitable spirit, Amy will be missed everyday by her family and many friends. Her unfinished knitting projects, and the long-deferred dream of law school, will serve as reminders of how much she will be missed, how much the world has lost, and proof that the flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Jan. 22) from 8:30-10:00 a.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:00 a.m followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are welcome to the Amy Olivastro Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Farmington Bank, Farmington, Connecticut, 06032.

Benson, William John

William John Benson, age 65, of West Hartford died on January 19th at Hartford Hospital after a brief illness. He was born in Hartford on December 28, 1950, the son of the late Agnes (Borovicka) Benson and Russell W. Benson.

Bill graduated from Conard High School and received a B.S. in Business Administration at The University of Connecticut in 1972. Bill was a bright, humble man, with an extraordinary work ethic. Throughout his career, Bill held numerous positions in the manufacturing field, and recently retired from Custom Metal Crafters, Newington.

Bill was Scoutmaster, BSA Troop 170, in Unionville, since the Fall of 1981. Previously, Bill was Scoutmaster, BSA Troop 32, in West Hartford from 1975-1981, and was Assistant Scoutmaster from 1969-1974. He was Advisor, Wipunquoak Chapter, Order of the Arrow, as well as on National Staff, for Several National Boy Scout Jamborees. His accolades in scouting are too numerous to list here; however, he was very proud to have earned the rank of Eagle Scout, as well as being awarded the Silver Beaver Award and District Award of Merit. Bill was awarded his 55-year Scouting Pin in October 2015.

An exemplary role model, Bill’s strong leadership has had a positive impact on hundreds (if not thousands) of young men – from the rank of Tenderfoot through Eagle – to gain life-long skills, become good citizens, and to turn young men into leaders.

Bill was loyal, kind, and had a wonderful sense of humor. He loved cycling, hiking, camping, and photography. Bill led by example, and he and his troop (and extended troop) actively participated in Walk Against Hunger, Relay for Life, MS Bike Tours and many other worthy causes. He traveled extensively throughout the United States, with friends and members of BSA Troop 170. Bill maintained wonderful friendships through scouting, traveling, and work.

Bill was predeceased by a brother, Russell and leaves a sister-in-law Marianne Benson and nephew, Kevin Benson, of Rancho Mirage, CA. He also leaves a niece, Christine Volanti (Paul) of Anaheim Hills, California and nephew Jon Benson (Stephanie) of Key West, Florida.

Bill was very close friends with Richard and Susan Mulcunry, and Karin and Marty Comer, whom he referred to as “family.” They cared for Bill throughout his illness. Special thanks to the staff of CB2 at Hartford Hospital, for the compassionate care they provided Bill.

“The real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best. ‘Be Prepared’ in this way, to live happy and to die happy – stick to your Scout promise always – even after you have ceased to be a boy – and God help you do it.” Robert Baden-Powell

The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday, February 27th at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. In lieu of flowers, in order to continue Bill’s legacy, donations may be made to BSA Troop 170, c/o Karin Comer, 11 Beechwood Road, Farmington, CT 06032. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.,


Benoit, Dorothy “Dottie”

Dorothy (Dottie) Taschner Benoit, 81, of Canton, passed away at home on Saturday, January 16, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Hartford, Dorothy resided in Unionville most of her life. She was predeceased by her husband, James A. Benoit, brother Luis Taschner, and sister Margaret Reichler. Dorothy leaves behind three daughters and a son, Cindy MacDonald and her husband Mike of Burlington, Arleen Arsenault and her husband Jerry of Vero Beach, FL, Dianne Benoit Real of Burlington, James Benoit and his wife Tina of Ottawa, KS and her Goddaughter, Cheryl Smith. She also leaves behind a brother, Joseph Taschner of CA, 12 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and a very large number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168, The Oak Hill School for the Blind, 120 Holcomb St., Hartford, CT 06112 or the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Matt, Charles J. “Chick”

Matt, CharlesCharles (Chick) J. Matt of Farmington passed away peacefully at his home on January 17, 2016. He was the husband of Cecil (Jewett) Matt. They were married for 61 years. Born in Bristol, CT on January 29, 1931, he was the son of the late Charles J. and Kathleen Moran Matt. He was a 1949 graduate of Lewis (Southington) High School. He attended the University of Bridgeport for three years prior to being drafted into the Army. He is a veteran of the Korean Conflict and served in the Military Police. After his discharge, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree and 6th year graduate degree from the University of Hartford.

He was a social science teacher at Bristol Central High School prior to working as a guidance counselor at Farmington High School, where he retired in 1992 after 27 years of service.
He was a former member of the Farmington Democratic Town Committee and Chairman of the Board of Tax Review. He was also a member of the Connecticut Education Association, the National Education Association, the Connecticut School Counselors Association and the Hartford County and State Retired Teachers Association. He was a longtime volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

He is survived by his loving wife Cecil, sons Peter J. and his wife Kathleen of Allentown, PA, Paul A. and his fiancé Jody Parker of West Brookfield MA, daughters Nancy Sutherland and her husband John of Sartell, MN, Janet Dunn and her husband Peter of Westbrook, CT, sister-in-law Nancy Parker of Manchester, CT, ten grandchildren and four great granddaughters whom he loved very much.

There will be no calling hours. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, 110 Main Street in Farmington, on Thursday, January 21st at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to “Services for the Elderly” in Farmington.

“A party will follow—-Have a drink on me!! It’s been fun!!”

Preston, Carol Perry

Carol Perry Preston, 87, of West Hartford, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2016, surrounded by her adoring family. She leaves behind her husband Thomas R. Preston Jr. of West Hartford, her sister Sr. Alene C. Perry of Scranton, PA, and her children and their spouses Thomas R. Preston III and Mary Foley of Avon, Ann P. Ney of McLean, VA, Judy and David Francis of West Hartford, Tracey and John Heslin of Hartford, Mary Ellyn (Pookey) Preston and Sharon Lucas of Hackensack, NJ, and C. Perry and Michael Barry of West Hartford.

Born in Hartford, to Edwin and Mary Perry, Carol spent many happy years growing up in Foster Heights with her large family. After graduating from Buckley High, Class of ’46, she had a short career in modeling in New York City. Upon returning to Hartford, she was employed by the Travelers Insurance Company and Connecticut Blue Cross and Blue Shield. She then met Tom, with whom she spent the next 63 years, building their lives together while Carol enjoyed her true calling of motherhood.

She brought up six children, attending many events including swim meets at Wampanoag Country Club. She was a star bowler, as a member of the bowling team at the Hartford Golf Club, and enjoyed many sunsets at the Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, with a cosmopolitan in hand. She loved her summers at Groton Long Point. Her true passion was reading, and she was never without a book nearby. She was an adventurer at heart who also loved traveling with her husband.

Carol leaves behind fifteen grandchildren who were a constant joy to her, and kept her busy and young while she got to know each and every one of them, Tucker and Maggie Preston, Matt, Ryan and (Kelly), Jeff and Megan Ney, Samantha, Carly and Wil Francis, Thomas and (Sophia) Jack and Haley Heslin, Jacqueline and (Justin) Coppa, Lauren and Joey Denault.

Carol was predeceased by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Edwin (Ted) and June Perry, George and (Marie) Perry, and leaves behind several nieces and nephews.

Many thanks to Carol’s loving caregivers Donna, Kitty, Jajet, and Pat, who treated her like family, and to Caleb Hitchcock at Duncaster.

The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Church of St. Timothy, 1116 North Main Street, West Hartford. There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Carol to the State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services, 460 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106. Preston, Carol-1

Sharon, Michael Andrew

Michael Andrew Sharon, 57, of Farmington, son of Jacqueline Sharon and the late Dr. Henry J. Sharon, passed away Monday, January 11, 2016. He was the neighborhood’s biggest kid and entertaining and much loved uncle and big brother. Besides his mother, he is survived by his brother, Steven Sharon and his sister, Michele Cohen. A celebration of Michael’s life will begin Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 11:00am in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168,

Staubley, David J.

David J. Staubley, 54, of Meriden, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2015. Born in Hartford on December 9, 1961 to the late Audrey (Quistberg) and George N. Staubley, he grew up in Bristol graduating from St. Joseph grammar school and Bristol Eastern High before moving to Clearwater, FL and Camdenton, MO, returning to Meriden recently. An avid fisherman, he loved spending time fishing the waters of FL and from his home on “Lake of the Ozarks” in MO. He was a Miami Dolphins fan his whole life. He is survived by Bruce and Sherry Staubley, Glenn and Meg Staubley, Marc and Amy Staubley, Pamela and Lenard Vecchiollo, Barbara Ziogas, stepmother Lernel Staubley and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Sandra. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (Jan. 16) at 10:00am in St. Joseph Church, 33 Queen St., Bristol followed by burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol.

Sanford, Clara “June” Eyers

Clara “June” Eyers Sanford passed peacefully from this earth on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at her home in Farmington.

Born in Hartford on July 1, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Clara Preston Eyers. Farmington was her home for her entire life. June graduated from Chaffee School, Smith College and Columbia University with a Masters of Science in Social Work. She was a supervisor of volunteers for the Home Service Department of the American Red Cross during World War II and worked for several years as a medical social worker at Hartford Hospital and Newington Children’s Hospital. June was also Secretary of the family’s business, Sanford and Hawley, for 55 years – 1960 until her retirement in 2015. First and foremost, however, she was a devoted wife and wonderful, loving mother.

June was a member of First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652 in Farmington since 1936 and served her church in a myriad of ways including as an officer of the Woman’s Association, Christian Education, Library, Stewardship and Village Traders committees. She was a long time member and former President of the Farmington Garden Club. She was also active in the Junior League, Ruth Wyllys Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Town and County Club.

June was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Robert W. Sanford, in 2008. She is survived by her children and their spouses; Frank and Ann Sanford and Edmund and Elizabeth Sanford of Farmington and Robert and Emily Sanford of Avon. She is also survived by her grandchildren Jocelyn, Jonathan (Jill), Robert, William, Abigail and Elizabeth Sanford as well as her great grandson Jacob Sanford. She was predeceased by her brother William Walter Eyers and his wife Jean Bailor Eyers.

Funeral services will be private at the request of June who was a humble lady who so very much valued her family and her time with them. Memorial donations may be made to First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032 or to the Loomis-Chaffee School, 4 Batchelder Road, Windsor, CT 06095.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Arden Courts Farmington for their loving care of June and for providing a safe, warm and caring home for her during the past few months and also McLean Hospice for their kindness and compassion in her final days.

Dillon, Marion C.

After a long illness, Marion C. Dillon passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 27, 2015 at age 94. Born in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, she married the love of her life, William J. Dillon Jr., when he returned from serving in World War II, and having loved him since she was 17. Her husband predeceased her in September, 5 weeks short of their 70th wedding anniversary. They started their life together in Milford, MA then moved to Natick, MA where they brought up and were devoted to 3 children, who survive her: Susan (Peter) Evans of Avon, William J. Dillon III (Charlene) of Exeter, RI and Kevin B. Dillon of Lakeside, CA. Also surviving her are her 5 beloved grandchildren, Brittany, Craig, Alison, Kevin and Kelsey and 4 great grandchildren.
When her children went to school, Marion started working outside the home in retail (inventory control before the days of computer) and later as an office worker in a bank, always wanting to be at home when her children were home. Until she became ill, she was an avid walker, loved bicycling, knitting, crocheting, sewing, cooking, gardening, crossword puzzles, and most especially entertaining her family, who she always put first in her life. She traveled the world with her husband in his job, but loved home best. Bill and Marion retired to Cape Cod, but moved to Farmington to be closer to family, when they were in their eighties. The family would like to thank the wonderful people at Brookdale (Gables) as well as her kind and loving caregivers Blossom Davy, Beverley Stennett, Haddy Samba and Lorna Anderson.
Marion will be buried with her husband at the National Cemetery in Bourne, MA on Cape Cod. The service is a private family gathering.