Archive for February 2016

Nielsen, Alma R.

Alma R. Nielsen, 82, of Hartford, widow of Roger Nielsen, passed away Friday, February 26. Born June 2, 1933 in Athol, MA, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Mildred (Orton) Merrifield. Alma is survived by her two sons, Wayne C. Nielsen and Mark P. Nielsen, her daughter-in-law, Linda Root and her grandchildren, Stephen Nielsen, Sara Nielsen, Chris Prevost and David Prevost. Funeral Services will be held Saturday (Mar. 5) at 10:00am in Immanuel Congregational Church, 10 Woodland St., Hartford. Burial will be private.

Bristol, Aneysa (Abalan) Shaffer

Bristol Aneysa (Abalan) Shaffer Bristol, 92, of Burlington, widow of Francis E. Bristol, passed peacefully surrounded by her family Saturday, February 20th. She is now resting and happy with the Lord. She could not wait to meet her God in Heaven face to face. Born in Harford, Connecticut on October 27, 1923, daughter of the late George and Hazel (Pierce) Abalan. Aneysa and her family operated Shaffer Luncheonette in Collinsville. She was formerly employed by The Hartford Insurance Group for 15 years. Aneysa was a strong active member of the Congregational Church in Burlington, a member of the choir and served on the music committee. She was a member of the Farmington Valley Chorale. She most enjoyed music, arts and crafts, gardening and writing poetry but most of all her large loving family. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Marjorie Shaffer of Burlington, her daughter Barbara Shaffer-Bengston of Burlington, her grandchildren, Lisa and her husband, Ben, David, Dale and her husband, James, Aneysa and her husband, Keith, Sherry and her husband, Bob, Scott and his wife, Vicki, her great-grandchildren, Devin, Isabella, Alisha, David, Guy and his wife, Midge, Pierce, Larissa, Bethany, Zachary, Emma and Kaela, and her great great-grandchildren, Robby and Delilah, her adopted grandchildren, Nicholas, James and Gavin, her brother-in-law, Kenneth and her sister-in-law, Rinette. She was also predeceased by her sisters, Virginia, Gloria and Louise, her brothers, Benjamin, Roger, Charlie, George, Jr. and Robert and beloved granddaughter, Melanie, her step-father, Jacob Stark and her first husband, Harry I. Shaffer.  

“A bell’s not a bell till you ring it A song’s not a song till you sing it Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay Love’s only love when you give it away”


Brady, Nancy (Rolya)

Nancy (Rolya) Brady of Plainville, Canton, Avon and Lake George, NY has ended her journey with us and Heaven gained another angel on Wednesday, February 17th with the passing of my wife, my lover and my best friend, I can only wish that everyone can experience the type of relationship we had.
Nancy was born in New Britain and grew up in Plainville and graduated from Plainville High School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from The College of New Rochelle and she worked for CIGNA and The State of CT Department of Higher Education.
Besides myself Nancy is survived by our son Seth, her brother Bill and our extended family who she cherished dearly and consists of Keith and Melissa Brady and their beautiful daughters Madison, Brooke and Reese, and Bob Brady. She also has numerous aunts, uncles and cousins mostly in the Meriden and Lake George area. In accordance with Nancy’s wishes all final arrangements will be private and held at a future date. If you wish to remember Nancy, please make a donation in her name to the World Wildlife Foundation or to a local no kill animal shelter.

Chervenak, Vivian R.

Chervenak, Vivian

Vivian R. Chervenak, 77, of Avon and Farmington, beloved wife of Richard P. “Dick” Chervenak, passed away February 5, 2016. Born March 15, 1938 in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Eucharist and Therese (Bolduc) Begin. She raised her family in Avon before moving to Farmington and eventually settling with her husband in Ft. Myers, FL. Vivian worked for American Airlines for over 20 years and was very proud of her perfect attendance record. She loved her family more than anything and some of the best times of her life were spent at the beach in Westbrook watching her grandchildren grow up. She is so greatly missed. Besides her devoted husband, she is survived by her daughter Renee Chervenak, her son Jeffrey B. Chervenak and his wife Dori, her beloved granddaughter Sydney Vivian, grandson Spencer C. and his wife Agata, four sisters, Georgette Sheridan, Muriel Thurow, Michelle Blust and her husband Dan and Louise Casey and her husband Russ along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving daughter Karin Chervenak and her brothers Luc Begin and Guy Begin. Funeral Service and Remembrances will be Saturday (Feb. 27) at 3:00pm in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to NAMI Connecticut, 576 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.

Bidlack, Joyce Ellen

Bidlack, JoyceJoyce Ellen (Smith, Munn) Bidlack died peacefully at home at the age of 88 in Canton, CT. She joins her predeceased infant daughter, Elizabeth Ann Munn, her husband Gordon Bidlack, parents Robert and Sarah Smith, sisters, Jeanne Donnell and Dorothy Franzese and brother-in-law Albert, brother Robert Smith and sister-in-law, Marry. Joyce leaves two children Richard Keith Munn of Avon, CT, Mary Kay Nason of Canton, CT and three grandchildren, Andrew (Evelina) Nason of Wayland, MA, Sarah (Tim) Ringuette of Farmington, CT, and Laurie (Ken) Kelly of Scituate, MA. She also leaves five great-grandchildren, Anna, George, Abigail, Ella and Kailer and many nieces and nephews. Joyce was born in Valois, New York on January 19, 1928. She graduated high school in Watkins Glen, NY during World War II in 1945. Joyce married Gordon, a military veteran, on April 14, 1972 in Dewitt, NY. She worked for many years as an executive secretary and real estate agent. She lived in Canton for more than 40 years and loved being with her family and friends. Joyce enjoyed gardening, walking, golf, horse racing and a good read. She enjoyed many peaceful afternoons on her patio watching the wildlife and birds. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered. Joyce will be interred in Hector, NY alongside her parents on her beloved Seneca Lake. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Canton Food Bank, P.O. Box 374, Collinsville, CT 06022-0374.

Roy, Brandon Dwight

Brandon Dwight Roy, 31, of Bristol, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 3rd. Born March 21st, 1984 in Hartford; he was the beloved son of Wendy Jean Chamberland of Bristol and Alexander Francis Roy Jr., of MA. Besides his parents, he is survived by his partner, Kristin Gardner of Coventry, his children, Nevaeh Roy and Brandon Roy Jr., both of Coventry, his two brothers, Alexander Roy III of Bristol and Ronnie Roy of Manchester, his grandparents, Mary and Antoine Chamberland of Mansfield and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Feb. 11) from 5:00-7:00pm followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to for the support and benefit of his two children.

Nikstad, Patricia A.

Patricia A. Nikstad, 58, of Winsted, beloved wife of James M. Nikstad, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, January 31, 2016. Born October 7, 1957 in Hartford, she was the daughter of Dianna (Gosselin) McAllister of Bristol and the late Vincent J. McAllister. Besides her husband and mother, Patricia is survived by her son, Matthew Seery of Tucson, AZ, her daughter, Julie Seery of Ohio, five sisters, Denise Heffernan of New Hampshire, Frances Spring of Bristol, Jeanne McAllister of California, Laurie Chirico of Winsted and Tammie McAllister of Bristol and three brothers, Steven McAllister of Willington, Mark McAllister of Bristol and Daniel McAllister of Burlington. She was predeceased by her brother, Michael McAllister. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111 or to the ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, D.C. 20090-6929.

Strong, Roscoe C. “Jim”

Roscoe “Jim” C. Strong, 91, of Farmington, beloved husband of Alice (Hein) Strong, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 4th. Born September 20th, 1924 in Willsboro, NY, he was the son of the late Dewey and Ortha (Tyrrell) Strong. Prior to retiring, Jim was a Foreman at Fenn Manufacturing in Newington for 30 years. Jim was a highly decorated and twice wounded United States Marine Corps vetrean of World War II, serving with distinction on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands in the Pacific. For his heroic conspicuous gallantry during a hostile engagement, he was awarded the Silver Star. He enjoyed fising, hunting and gardening. Besides his wife, Jim is survived by his four children, Joan Strong Spielman of Burlington, Betty Strong Armington and her husband Charles of Terryville, John E. Strong and his wife Bonnie of Murrells Inlet, SC and James W. Strong of Torrington, eight grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, his sister-in-law, Hanna Strong of Largo, FL, his sister-in-law, Margaret “Peggy” Hein of Farmington and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his three brothers, Harold, Donald and Douglas Strong. The family would like to thank the staff on the 4th Floor at John Dempsey Hospital for their kindness and care. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Feb. 13) from 11:00am – 12:30pm. Funeral Services will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home at 12:30pm with Rev. Wendell Taylor officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department, 76 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032 or to the Tunxis Senior Center, 321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, CT 06085.

de Rham, Rachael Thompson

de Rham, RachaelRachael Thompson de Rham, age 82, died on February 8, 2016. Born June 26, 1933 to Abbott Bradford Thompson and Rachael Keeney Thompson. She was a direct descendent of William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Colony, and a framer of the Mayflower Compact. She attended Oxford School, graduated from Dana Hall School class of 1950 and Smith College class of 1954.

Ray grew up on the Thompson family farm, located in Ellington and the Melrose section of East Windsor Connecticut, first deeded to the Thompson family in 1730/31. She was the eighth generation to manage the farm with faithful stewardship for future generations.

Ray married her kindred soul, David Patterson de Rham on June 27, 1953. Together, with the help of Maria Carmela Sandefur, they raised their own children while mothering a passel of others. Ray lived in Farmington for 60 years in a home filled with constant activity and fun.

Ray loved being outside. Among her many favorite activities were hiking mountains, swimming, painting barns, pond skating, gathering sap for maple syrup, and eating ice cream on the deck. She took great joy in shoveling after a snowstorm. Starting as a young girl on the farm, with skis made by her father, Ray became an avid skier. It was an enthusiastically shared family sport.

For over 40 years Ray and David eagerly anticipated their time with family and friends at Rockywold Deephaven Camps on Squam Lake in NH. One of her favorite places was in her canoe, paddling quietly along the shore listening to the call of the loons.

Throughout her life she made fast friends with people of all ages and was always fascinated by their interests. Forever young, Ray could often be found playing with kids, jumping in mud puddles, playing pooh sticks, reading books together, sledding, hoop rolling, or working on projects – the messier the better.

Those she touched will miss her every day. She loved and lived for her family both direct and acquired. Children: Abbott Bradford de Rham and wife Kathleen Morris de Rham of Dorset, VT; Margaret Morehead de Rham and Brian Robert Kelly of Newfields, NH; John Motley Morehead de Rham and Jacqueline Tahminey Jamsheed of West Hartford, CT; and Ridgely Cougar Mercedes Arande and Kathleen Stewart-Arande of Bradenton, FL. Grandchildren: Teresse Marion de Rham, Savannah Mireille Thompson de Rham and Seth Nielson Beauregard, Lucy Lathrop Kelly, Rachael de Rham Kelly, Zora Patterson de Rham, Claire Dugan Witinok and Michael Joseph Witinok; and Race Thomas Arande. She is also survived by her two sisters: Ann Bordell Thompson, Sally Thompson Bissell and husband Sumner Fuller Bissell.

Ray and her family want to give thanks to her medical team, and to her dedicated caregivers for their kindness and devotion.

She loved life to the fullest, living each day with kindness, courage, determination, strength, and optimism. She will be remembered for her generous spirit, quick wit, laughter, big heart and ready smile.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 2:00pm at St. James Episcopal Church, 3 Mountain Road, Farmington. Memorial contributions may be made to Squam Lake Association, 534 US 3, Holderness, NH 03245, Farmington Food Pantry at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032 (860.675.2390) or Ellington Historical Society, 70 Main Street, P.O. Box 73, Ellington, CT 06029

Llewellyn, Norman W.

Llewellyn, NormanNorman W. Llewellyn, 89, of Avon, beloved husband of Judith (Perkins) Llewellyn, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Norman was born July 9, 1926 in Hayfield, Derbyshire, England, where he lived until January 1946 when he graduated from the University of Manchester with a 1st class degree in municipal engineering. He then served as an officer in the Royal Air Force Airfield Construction Service. In June 1948 he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and obtained a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering in June 1949. During this year Norman met Judy and they became engaged. Returning to England, Norman worked for John Mowlem and Co. Ltd. on the construction of an oil refinery on the Thames estuary. Judy and Norman were married at Shoeburyness Essex on May 6, 1950. In the summer of 1951, they returned to live in the United States. Norman took what he thought would be a temporary job in a survey crew for The Lane Construction Corporation of Cheshire. This job turned out to be the start of a lifetime career of 40 years. Norman received many promotions and the last 10 years he was the President and CEO of the company. During this period, Lane grew considerably in the Eastern and Southern states as well as in New England and New York. Norman was well known and respected in the construction industry and was a member of the Moles construction association. He was a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a licensed professional engineer. After living in several locations in upstate New York, Judy and Norman settled in Farmington in the fall of 1969. In addition to family and career interests, they both were active in the First Church of Christ, Congregational in which they held many positions. Norman was a longtime member of the Country Club of Farmington, being President in 1980. He was an avid golfer and although only of average ability, was proud in 1991 of being both the men’s Senior and Senior-Senior champions. This he said was due to lots of practice and a good short game! In 1997Judy and Norman moved to Farmington Woods in Avon enjoying condominium living, Norman served on the Public Works Committee there. Since 1991 Judy and Norman have spent several months each winter at Kiawah Island in South Carolina where they have many golfing friends. Besides his wife, Norman is survived by his two sons and their wives, David and Cynthia Llewellyn and John and Junglim Llewellyn and his three grandchildren, Gregory, Tracy and Christie. He is predeceased by his parents, Stanley and Nellie (Garside) Llewellyn and his brother, Hugh Llewellyn. There will be no calling hours and the family will celebrate Norman’s life at a private ceremony. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032.

Kowalski, Evelyn “Evie”

Kowalski, EvelynEvelyn “Evie” Kowalski, of Farmington, beloved wife of the late Bernard M. Kowalski, passed away peacefully Monday, February 1st at her home.

Evie enjoyed nothing more than being able to help others and to be surrounded by her loved ones. From a successful business woman, fierce tennis player all the way to her newest accomplishment of great- grandmother, she has faced everything in her life with a soft spoken poise and a contagiously calming smile. Her times in the Cape with her family, on the dance floor with her husband and in the kitchen hosting her loved ones at her home are certainly among some of the warm memories we will all hold onto fondly. Her unwavering love and strong faith which she devoted her life to will reside with everyone who had the honor of knowing her.

Evelyn valued her family above all and will be greatly missed by those she leaves behind. She was a wonderful mother to her “darlins”, Marie Hunt of Farmington and Joan (husband John) McConville of Clinton, a loving grandmother (Mimi) to Ashley (husband Steve) Greenbacker of Clinton, Megan (husband Jimmy) Girolamo of West Hartford, Benjamin and Blaine Hunt both of Farmington, and a very special great-grandmother to Jack and Riley Greenbacker and James Girolamo. Additionally, she adored all her nieces and nephews whom she always shared a very special bond.

As saddened as our family is of her passing we find peace knowing she has been reunited with the love of her life, Ben Kowalski, as well as her siblings and her son-in-law Daniel K. Hunt who have all predeceased her.

Our family would like to extend a warm thank you to the wonderful ladies and the Hartford Homecare Hospice of Southington that provided such loving and dedicated care to Evie allowing her to remain where her heart was, her home.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate the Funeral Liturgy at the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington on Thursday (Feb. 4) at 11:30am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032.

Stockwell, Dr. Richard Matheson

Stockwell, Dr. RichardDr. Richard Matheson Stockwell died at the age of 85 on January 28, 2016, at the University of Connecticut John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington, where he was a physician and teacher for many years. He devoted his life to the service of others: his family, his church, the Town of Farmington, and to generations of patients who entrusted their health to him.

Son of Ervin Sidney and Helen Matheson Stockwell, Dick was born in Sharon, Massachusetts, on May 21, 1930. Educated in Sharon public schools, he was a graduate of Brown University (1952); earned his Doctorate in Medicine from Tufts University (1956); interned at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia (1956-57); served his country as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy (1957-59), and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York (1959-1962).

He met his future wife, Beatrice Clayton on a blind date in Boston in 1954, beginning 60 years of marriage on June 11, 1955. Dick and Bea settled in Farmington, Connecticut, a town equidistant from their childhood homes in Sharon and Rye, New York. Together, Dick and Bea raised 4 sons.

Dr. Stockwell practiced medicine in Farmington for 35 years, first at his 2 High Street office (1962-1975), and then at the brand new UCONN Health Center. He was hired as an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine on June 15, 1975, was promoted to Associate Professor on October 1, 1981, and retired on May 31, 1997. He was a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He was Director of Continuing Medical education from 1976-1997, and founded “Recent Advances in Internal Medicine,” later renamed the “Richard M. Stockwell CME Lecture Series: Recent Advances in Internal Medicine.” The series continues today as called “Current Clinical Medicine: Update and Review.” He was also co-director of a continuing education course entitled “What’s New in Internal Medicine” (1986-1996). In retirement, Dr. Stockwell taught “Physical Diagnosis” to first year medical students and also tutored. He received a University of Connecticut School of Medicine CME Teaching Award in recognition of commitment to curriculum enhancement and excellence in teaching PCM I. He thoroughly enjoyed the excitement, challenge and rigor of a teaching hospital environment; thrived on its diversity of patients and patient conditions, and was honored to work alongside excellent health care professionals. Dr. Stockwell was also Medical Director at Avon Old Farms School (1965-1996) and Miss Porter’s School (1970-1995).

Dr. Stockwell served the Town of Farmington in several capacities over 36 years, including Health Director (1965-1975), member of the Health Advisory Board (1975-1981), and the Farmington Water Pollution Control Authority (1981-2001), including 6 years as vice chair (1996-2001).
Dick had been a member of First Church of Christ Congregational, 1652 in Farmington for 54 years, serving on various committees including the Renovation and Search committees, and in numerous capacities including Stewardship Chairman, Deacon and Moderator. He founded its popular “Village Lecture Series” in 2001, which continues today.

He was also a member of the Exchange Club of Farmington, and The Squires of West Hartford, serving as its president in 2007-08.

Dick was a good and kind man. He leaves his wife, Beatrice; son Richard Stockwell and wife Donna of West Hartford, their children, John and Abigail, and John’s wife Allyson; David Stockwell PhD, his wife Sharon and children Andrew and Caroline of Westfield, New Jersey; Christopher Stockwell, his wife Joan and children Jason, Thomas and Julia of Marblehead, Massachusetts; Philip Stockwell MD, his wife Susan and children Eve, Charles and Henry, of Barrington, Rhode Island and his sister-in-law Marilyn and her husband Carl Stephani, formerly of Unionville and now residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and their sons Mathew and Gabriel, along with their wives and children. He was predeceased by his brother, Ervin Sidney Stockwell, III.

The Stockwell family wishes to thank Polish Helping Hands and its staff including Bob, John, Mathew and Philip for their dedication.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street in Unionville. The funeral will be held on Saturday, February 13, at First Church of Christ Congregational, located at 75 Main Street, Farmington beginning at 11:00 AM.