Archive for March 2016

Zdanys, Jonas

Jonas Zdanys, 86, beloved husband of 64 years of Brone K. Zdanys, died at Hartford Hospital on Saturday, March 19th surrounded by his family. Jonas was born on March 7, 1930 in Kybartai, Lithuania to Juozas and Stefanija Zdancevicius. Upon fleeing Lithuania in 1944, Jonas and his family lived in an American refugee camp in Seligenstadt, Germany for 5 years. There he honed his athletic gifts in the sports of basketball and soccer. He emigrated to the United States in 1949 and lived in the Greater Hartford area for most of his life. He was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church, Hartford and Our Lady Of Victory Church in Centerville, MA. He was a 1960 graduate of the University of Hartford’s Ward School of Electronics. He was employed at Combustion Engineering from 1960 – 1985 as a Company Engineer. Besides his loving wife, he is survived by daughters, Birute Sliesoraitis (Vytas) of West Hartford, Liucia Maciunas (Algis) of Wethersfield and Vida Leming (Matt) of Overland Park, KS; grandson, Jonas Maciunas (Victoria) of Philadephia and granddaughter, Audra Maciunas (and fiancé, Nick Lafferty) of Dorchester, MA; and a brother, Alfonsas Zdanys of Newington, CT. He was predeceased by his sisters, Ona Ditrichas, Eugenija Zdanceviciute and brothers , Vitas Zdanys and Algimantas Zdancevicius. Jonas was the epitome of an honorable man. His family was his life’s joy. He made friends wherever he went. He had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. He had the most beautiful tenor voice that his family adored. Friends may call at Holy Trinity Church, Hartford on Tuesday (Mar. 22) from 9:00-10:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in Holy Trinity Church at 10:00am. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Putnam. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Holy Trinity RC Church, 53 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106 and Immaculate Conception Convent, 600 Liberty Hwy, Putnam, CT 06260.

Sandford, Lillian Clark

Sandford, LillianLillian Clark Sandford, 103, of Manchester, died Friday, March 11, at Manchester Manor. Born December 11, 1912, in North Providence, Rhode Island, the daughter of Joseph Augustus Clark and Sarah Holdsworth Clark, she lived in Providence and then Cranston, Rhode Island, until moving to the Arbors in Manchester to be nearer her family in 1999. After attending public schools in Providence and Cranston, she graduated in 1934 from the University of Rhode Island (then Rhode Island State College), where she was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority. She then taught in the Cranston school system until her marriage on July 8, 1939, to William Sandford, her college sweetheart. She soon returned to the classroom to teach math during World War II, leaving at the end of the war when her daughter, Kathie, was born. She resumed her teaching career in 1954 at the newly opened Park View Junior High School in Cranston, where she taught until retiring in 1977 after serving for ten years as chair of the math department. She earned her Master’s degree from the University of Connecticut in 1966.

Following retirement, Hon (Lillian’s family nickname since childhood) and Bill traveled widely in Europe and the United States, enjoying new places and experiences, including a cross-country train trip that recreated the month-long trip Bill had taken with the Rhode Island Boy Scouts to the 1953 National Jamboree in Irvine, California, a trip they had long planned to take when they retired. After her beloved Bill died in 2000, Hon kept her promise to him that she would find a way to life a full and happy life without him. She enjoyed her new Connecticut friends, especially her friends at the Arbors, attended many concerts and church services, relished lobsters at the shore and meals with family at her favorite restaurants, and devoted a great deal of time and energy to her role as chair of the Arbors hospitality committee, encouraging new residents to join her in enjoying all the facility had to offer. One of the best times of her life was her 100th birthday party at Max Downtown, a grand occasion attended by all her family and many long-time friends, at which she spoke eloquently about her love for family and friends and her gratitude for the support she had always received from them. A life-long Episcopalian, Hon was a long-time member of St. David’s-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church in Cranston and then of Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartford, which she and Bill joined upon moving to Connecticut.

Hon outlived both her older sisters, Mae Clark Brown and Kay Clark Goulding. She leaves her daughter and son-in-law, Katherine and Raymond Wilson of Glastonbury; two granddaughters and their spouses, Rachel and Bernard Yarcusko, and Sarah and Thomas Baker; and her great-grandson, William Bruce Baker-Hastings, all of whom she loved beyond telling. She also leaves her much-loved extended family: niece Sally Kish and her husband, Les, and their family; niece Barbara Brown and her family; and nephew Richard Brown and his wife, Seena, as well as cherished friends and staff members at the Arbors and Manor, many of whom she came to know and hold dear when she was already over 100 years old. Like Bill, Hon loved people, and loved to travel and read and learn. She was a champion of everyone she knew and valued, especially young people, whom she unfailingly encouraged to make the very best they could of their lives. The most remarkable thing about her life was not its unusual length, but how completely and successfully she lived it, and what an interesting and joyful person she remained until its end. She will be very much missed.

A service of thanksgiving for Lillian’s life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney Street in Hartford, on Saturday, March 19, at 11:00 a.m. with a reception in the church hall to follow. Parking is available in the church lot off Farmington Avenue; the church is completely handicapped accessible. Memorial contributions in Lillian’s name may be made to The Choir School of Hartford, 120 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06105, or the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, P.O. Box 861, Manchester, CT 06045.

Baron, Andrew William “Andy”

Baron, AndrewAndrew William Baron “Andy” 75, passed away in peace unexpectedly in Naples, Florida surrounded by his loving family on March 6, 2016. The son of the late Louis and Sarese Baron of Bronx New York. He is survived by his wife Nancy (Bronson) Baron of 54 years and by his two daughters Laurie Morin and her husband Craig along with their two boys Chadd and Tristan Morin of Unionville; and Barbara Baron of West Hartford, his sister Marilyn and her husband Jeff Green and their daughter Shari along with her husband Mark Mantegna of Jupiter, Florida.

Andy was a devoted Frank Sinatra fan. One of his most preferred songs “I Did It My Way” not only was his favorite but he lived his life to those words.

Andy’s journey in life was his need to do good and lend a hand to others. He was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, brother, colleague and friend. Whether it was through his professional career, his compassionate need to help others and his supportive encouragement, he was always there for everyone. He truly was Mr. Handyman, always available for his friends, colleagues, his children’s friends and even his grandchildren’s friends with a kind, sincere supported hand. He lived his life with high values and he is leaving behind a legacy of fond memories and cherished moments.

Andy graduated from Hillhouse High School, received a Bachelors Degree from Central Connecticut State College, Master’s Degree from Ball State University, and a Doctorate of Education Degree from the University of Maryland. During his career he taught at West Haven High School, Ball State University, and returned to Central Connecticut State College to teach finally retiring as Dean of the School of Technology at Central Connecticut State University in 1998.

Andy dedicated his professional life to CCSU and the Industrial Technology Department. His passion for teaching and learning remained until the very end. Andy was known to his students for his dedication, commitment to excellence and to the student. He led by example. High expectations from his students were preceded by his mastery of the technology and first-hand understanding of what a student needed to learn for success in the competition of workplace. He had the unique ability to encourage the student with a spirit of kind motivation. Late-night office hours were always held to fit students schedules, patiently reviewing in a shirt sleeve, one on one atmosphere, of being his ‘only student’ needing a mentor.

In his quiet and unassuming way Andy helped the School of Technology achieve prominence. He helped to represent CCSU nationally as well as internationally. He clocked countless hours on scores of campus committees, retained ongoing relationships with many professional organizations and established several co op programs in production management between CCSU and the community technical colleges.

Andy initiated and implemented a series of ongoing seminars on emerging manufacturing technologies. He had published in professional journals and was a consultant to industry, state, federal and international agencies and educational departments. He spoke frequently at workshops and conferences on technical education in management training.

What Andy loved the most was his family. Education allowed special family time in the summers traveling cross-country in the motor home, camping with CCSU colleagues and their families. He especially enjoyed Martha’s Vineyard summers and Florida winters. Water and sun were his passion. The warmer the sun the happier he was. He and Nancy traveled the world sight seeing. Andy was always up for a challenge whether he was jumping off a mountain in Austria, scuba diving the depths of the ocean or teaching his grandchildren how to drive on Martha’s Vineyard. Andy loved being a grandfather and was especially proud of his two grandsons. For the boys he would freeze at a hockey game or enjoy sitting in the sun at a baseball game. He loved relaxing on the island porch talking with family and friends after a day of clamming together. Anytime the boys walked through the door it brought a smile to his face. He was even really okay with the relentless teasing. In fact, he loved it.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt.4, Unionville on Friday (Mar. 18) from 4:00-7:00pm. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Saturday (Mar. 19) at 11:00am at First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main St., Farmington. In lieu of flowers a contribution in Andy’s name can be made to the CCSU Foundation, Inc. c/o ITBD, PO Box 612, New Britain, CT 06050-0612.

Husband, Father, Father-in-law, Grandfather, Friend we will love you always and we miss you forever.

Walsh, John “Jack”

John “Jack” Walsh, 79, of Farmington, passed away on March 11, 2016. Born and raised in Waterbury, the son of Harry and Helen (Mitchell) Walsh, Jack was a graduate of Wilby High School. After high school, Jack embarked on a life-long career in building construction. He was a founder and owner of Construction Services Of Bristol, in Bristol, for more than 30 years.

Jack is survived by his wife, Josephine (DiDomizio), also of Farmington, his children Martin Walsh and wife Betsy of Farmington, Matthew Walsh of Torrington, Rosemary Neamtz and husband Steve of Avon, and his sister Rosemary Walsh of Port Washington, NY. Grandpa Jack leaves five grandchildren Nathaniel, Paige, Isabel, Kendall, and Morgan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Friday, March 18, 2016 at St. Patrick Church, 110 Main St., Farmington. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Farmington. All are asked to meet directly at church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Malta House Of Care Foundation, 19 Woodland Street, Suite 21, Hartford, CT 06105.

Guerard, Irene R.

Irene R. Guerard, 91, of Unionville, widow of Raymond J. Guerard, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 10th, 2016. Born November 27th, 1924 in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Rose Brillant. Irene is survived by her two children, Richard R. Guerard and his wife Deborah (Bouchard) Guerard of Allen Park, MI and Jean R. Peterson and her husband David of Unionville, three grandchildren, Ashley Peterson, Jessica Harla and Crystal Guerard, one great-grandchild and two brothers, Reginald Brillant and his wife Amanda of Florida and Albert Brillant and his wife Joanne of South Carolina. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Town of Farmington, Services for the Elderly, 321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, CT 06085.

Miner, Beverly Rands

Beverly Rands Miner, 83, beloved wife of the late Kenneth D. Miner Sr., passed away peacefully on March 9, 2016 at Glen Hill Rehab in Danbury. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on January 31, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Ila Mae and Leonard Rands. Beverly grew up in Kalamazoo, MI, where she and Ken met and married. They moved many times during Ken’s career with J.C. Penney, eventually settling in Avon. A longtime member of the Memorial United Methodist Church in Avon, Beverly was a woman of great faith who enjoyed friends and fellowship wherever she found them. Her priorities were always family, home and church, but found time to explore and share many other interests including golf, cooking, travel and painting. She loved music in any form, especially playing her saxophone with much enthusiasm. Beverly is survived by her children Kenneth D. Miner Jr., and wife Donna of Bolton, Martin J. Miner and wife Barbara of Herndon, VA, Melinda J. Kannon and husband Garson of Redding, and Michael S. Miner of Cocoa Beach, FL, her grandchildren, Brianne (Mark) Tugaw, Adam (Chelsea) Miner, Amanda (Paul) Nicholson, Jae (Emily) Miner, Eric (Danielle) Miner, Nathaniel Doyle and Benjamin Doyle. Beverly also leaves seven great grandchildren, Matthew, David, and Noelle Tugaw, Holden Miner, Benjamin and Gabriel Nicholson and Theodore Miner and her sister, Shirley Smith of Michigan. She was predeceased by her brother, Bill Rands and Patricia Rands. Her family will miss her great sense of humor, her gracious ways and gourmet meals, her love of picnics, nature and dogs, and her beautiful loving, smiling face. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Mar. 13) from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral Services will be held Monday (Mar. 14) at 10:00am in Memorial United Methodist Church, 876 West Avon Road, Avon. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial United Methodist Church, 876 West Avon Road, Avon, CT 06001.

Russo, Ann S. “Nancy”

Ann S. “Nancy” Russo, 73 of Canton peacefully passed away on Wednesday evening March 2, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Ralph B. and Margaret (Peg) Sisson. Nancy lived most of her life in Collinsville. She graduated from Canton High School, then attended the University of Hartford where she was a member of the Phi Sigma Chi sorority. Nancy donated countless hours serving the Canton Volunteer Fire Company where she was also a member of the Women’s Auxiliary. Nancy is survived by her son Corey Russo and his wife Shannon, beloved granddaughter Ciera Russo, sister Mary Ellen Cosker, niece Lisa Davidson, grand-niece Jaela Davidson, and numerous friends and acquaintances . There will be a memorial service at 11 o’clock on the morning of Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville, Ct. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Zerio, Angela

Angela Zerio, 92, widow of Guerrino Zerio, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 1st, 2016. She was born February 6th, 1924 in Bouligny, France. Angela was a courageous and generous woman, a great cook, her love of food was legendary, we will miss you Mama Zerio. She leaves her children, Gino (Lisa), Fred (Marianne), Marisa (Craig), her grandchildren, Paul, Bryan (Elaine), Matthew (Tamoclia), Bianca, Alison and Michael Zerio, her great-grandchildren, Miah, Chloe, Elise and Christian Zerio, her nephews, Giancarlo and Tonino Delpup both in Italy, Giancarlo Novellini and family and Toni and Janet Meloni of London who loved her polenta. She will be missed by her friends here and in Italy, the Zacco family, Fausta Egan and family, Giuseppina Delano and Gail Turnatcher and family. She was predeceased by her son-in-law, Giorgio Novellini and her two brothers, Riccardo and Luigi Delpup. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (Mar. 12) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Connecticut Health Center Foundation, Inc., 10 Talcott Notch Road, Suite 100, Farmington, CT 06032.Zerio, Angela.

Nepomuceno, Marlene

Marlene NepomucenoMarlene Nepomuceno, 78, of Farmington, passed peacefully into the hands of her Lord, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, February 27, 2016. She is survived by her beloved husband and best friend of sixty years, Ernest Nepomuceno; her six children and their spouses, Patrick and Tracey, Jerry and Kerry, Anthony and Tamara, Ernest Jr and Sandra, Elaine, and Maria; her eleven grandchildren, Thomas, Andrew, Jessika, Connor, Emily, Ava, Jack, Tristan, Miette-Blue, Max, and Gabriel; her siblings, Rudy Malapit, Frederico Malapit Jr, and Cecile Avila-Graham; and her extended family.

Marlene was a compassionate and devoted servant of God, endlessly committed to the welfare and well-being of others. She dedicated herself to helping others as a certified O.R. nurse at the Medical College of Ohio and at UConn Health Center. Welcoming and generous with her time after retirement, Marlene became a Eucharistic Minister for her parish, the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington as well as an active volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, and the Farmington Senior Center.

Her love for life inspired adventures to many parts of the world with her beloved husband always by her side, but equally happy gardening, attending her grandchildren’s events, and cheering for her favorite team, UConn women’s basketball.

Marlene was guided by her faith but found her greatest joy with family. As a wife, mother and grandmother, she was not only our foundation, but our home. She taught us the importance of family, the quality to always be respectful, to be kind, to always have laughter, to be compassionate, to give of yourself, and to give to others.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt.4, Unionville on Thursday, March 3rd, from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Friday, March 4th at 10 A.M. at the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington. All are asked to meet directly at church. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Please join us in celebrating the life of Marlene.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like any donations to be made to the Hartford Hospital Transplant Program, care of Hartford Hospital, 80 Seymour Street, Hartford, CT, 06102.

Daly, Rev. Msgr. Charles W.

Msgr. Daly Photo-1Rev. Monsignor Charles W. Daly, 95, died at St. Mary Home in West Hartford on February 26. Born in Hartford, the son of the late Dr. Charles W. Daly and Cecelia Scanlon Daly, Monsignor Daly graduated from Hartford High School, Georgetown University, and Harvard School of Business. He served in the United States Army during World War II, achieving the rank of captain. Upon ordination to the priesthood in 1951, Monsignor Daly was first appointed as assistant at St. Patrick Parish in East Hampton. He then was appointed assistant at St. Anthony Parish in Hartford from September, 1951 to September, 1955. He was appointed Assistant Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Hartford, and Executive Secretary-Treasurer of The Catholic Transcript in January of 1959. In June of 1962, Monsignor Daly assumed full-time duties at the Chancery as the Fiscal Officer of the Archdiocese. He retired on January 19, 1996. In addition to his parents, Monsignor Daly was predeceased by his four siblings, Rev. Joseph M. Daly, John F. Daly, Mary D. Redden, and Robert J. Daly, and by his niece, Elizabeth Ann Daly. He is survived by his loving nieces and nephews: Margaret E. Daly of New Britain, Robert J. Daly, Jr. of West Hartford, Charles W. Daly II and his wife, Mary Collins Daly of West Hartford, Thomas G. Daly of Glastonbury, Joseph C. Daly and his wife, Susan of Niantic, Bergin J. Daly and his wife, Teri of Sunset Beach, North Carolina, and Cecilia A. Daly of Groton. He is also survived by many wonderful grand nieces and nephews. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 3 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Avenue, Hartford with The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair S.T.D., Archbishop of Hartford, as Principal Celebrant. Burial will be in the family plot at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Cathedral of St. Joseph Food Bank, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.