Archive for April 2016

Hubbell, William R.

William R. Hubbell, 76, of Burlington, CT, passed away Sunday, April 24, 2016 at his home. Born in Waterbury, May 28, 1939. Prior to retiring, William was a Machinist with JR & HP Spindle Corp. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran. William is survived by his four children, William R. Hubbell Jr., of Vernon, Clifford J. Hubbell of Burlington, Tammy L. Winters of Hamden, Stephanie A. Pilbro of Winsted, 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Graveside funeral services with full military honors will be held Monday (May 2) at 11:00am in Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterbury.

Zanardi, Eugene

Zanardi, EugeneEugene Zanardi, 79, of Burlington, husband of Louise Sanford Zanardi, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016 at his home. Born December 31, 1936 in Middletown, he was the son of the late Angelo and Verda (McNeu) Zanardi. Prior to retiring, Gene was an Electronics Engineer. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War serving with the1st Airborne Group of the 187th Infantry Division. Gene is survived by his two daughters, Kellie J. Hoyt and her husband Jamieson of Burlington and Debra I. Zanardi of Bristol, his brother, Angelo Zanardi Jr., of Preston, two grandchildren, Aubrey J. Hoyt and Austin J. Hoyt and two great-grandchildren, Landin J. Hoyt and Peyton T. Hoyt. Graveside funeral services with full military honors will be held Wednesday (Apr. 27) at 2:00pm in Burlington Center Cemetery, Burlington. There will be no calling hours.

Menzel, Dorothy (Harvey)

Dorothy (Harvey) Menzel, 89, beloved wife of Paul W. Menzel for 68 years, died Monday, April 25, 2016 at UCONN Health Center surrounded by her family. Born November 10, 1926 in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late George and Ann (Buettner) Harvey. Dot graduated from Hall High School and after World War II, she married Paul in 1947, moved to Farmington, and raised a family. She was an active charter member of Bethany Lutheran Church and used her many talents to serve the church and enhance the lives of everyone around her. For over 70 years, Dot cherished the warmth and friendship of her Sewing Club, affectionately known as “Club”. Avid campers, Dot and Paul enjoyed numerous trips throughout New England and the east coast in their travel trailer. In February 2015, Dot and Paul moved to Middlewoods of Farmington and enjoyed the care and friendships they experienced there. Besides her husband, Dot is survived by her son Richard Menzel and his wife Lydia of Raleigh, NC; her daughter Susan and her husband Michael Johnson of Farmington; her granddaughters Laura Menzel of Cary, NC and Kathryn Menzel of Baltimore; her brother Kenneth Harvey and his wife Irene of Farmington and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son Jeffrey Menzel. Her family would like to thank the caregivers both at Middlewoods and from Visiting Angels who lovingly cared for Dot and continue to care for Paul. We would also like to thank the nurses at UCONN, especially Michelle and Barbara, who cared for us almost as much as for our mother. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 30 at 11:00 am at Bethany Lutheran Church, 1655 Boulevard, West Hartford. There are no calling hours and burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church or the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), P.O. Box 370614, West Hartford, CT 06137-0614.

Gresh, Daniel B.

Daniel B. Gresh, 84, husband of the late Dorothy M. Gresh, passed away quietly on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Born in Unionville on August 22, 1931, son of the late Andrew G. and Catherine (Valigorsky) Gresh. He proudly retired as a Unionville “Mailman” where he walked his route for 31 years. Dan started his postal career on the USS Yellowstone during the Korean War. He lived most of his life in the Unionville area except for a brief period where he and his wife of 31 years retired to Dixfield, ME. They moved back to Connecticut in 1995 where Dan lovingly cared for his wife during a long and terminal illness. Dan’s hobbies included woodworking, Mexican and Civil War history where he joined the CT Civil War Roundtable and golden age classic movies. He collected movies over most of his adult life and accumulated a movie library of 1000s. His knowledge of classic movies was second to none. Dan is survived by his three step-sons, Rick and Wanda Arborio of Hamden, Ron and Mary Arborio of Buxton, ME, Randy Arborio of Burlington, daughter-in-law Karen Arborio of Bondsville, MA, 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and his brother, Paul Gresh of Plantsville. He was predeceased by his three brothers, John Gresh, William (Marty) Gresh, and Michael Gresh. Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Phelon, Richard A.

Richard A. Phelon, 77, of Unionville, died peacefully on April 19th at UCONN Medical Center. Born in Hartford, CT to Howard and Mildred (Kowalker) Phelon, Richard resided for many years in Burlington, CT. He is survived by his wife Judy, his children, Karen Phelon and Jennifer Craig, along with her husband Jason and their children Abby and Hailey, his sister Betty Colannino, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Nancy Tapley. He was employed by the engineering department at the Town of West Hartford for many years. At his request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance in West Hartford. The family wishes to thank all of the dedicated and caring staff at UCONN.

Moran, John Timothy ” Johnny”

Moran, Johnny - obitWe are saddened to announce of the passing of John Timothy Moran, 9-year-old son of Dan and Laura Moran. “Johnny” was born with Wieacker-Wolff Syndrome, a rare condition that affects the central and peripheral nervous systems. His battle with this complex syndrome has been an inspiration to us all.
Johnny lived the last nine years surrounded by his loving family. His courage and strength were the centerpiece of the love he shared. In 2011 Johnny’s Jog for Charity 5K was founded to raise money for local children’s organizations. Johnny was the inspiration for this wonderful family event that has raised $200,000 over the last 5 years. His legacy will forever be his will to fight and his attitude in life. His precious dimpled smile captured the hearts of all who knew him. His final hours were peaceful and in the comfort of his loving family.
Johnny is survived by his parents Dan and Laura Moran, brother Thomas Moran, sister Molly Moran, sister Catherine Moran, brother Patrick Moran, paternal grandparents John and Susan Moran, maternal grandparents Timothy Hughes and Jean Gillon, fifteen cousins, aunts, uncles and countless friends. He is predeceased by maternal grandmother Nuala Hughes and paternal uncle Matthew Moran.
The quote below has always captured Johnny’s life, even now as his Earthly journey has ended and his Heavenly journey has begun. He will be deeply missed but will continue to guide us.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Friends may call at the Church of St. Peter Claver, 47 Pleasant Street, West Hartford on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 3:00-8:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, April 22, 2016 at 10:00am in the Church of St.Peter Claver. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Johnny’s Jog for Charity, Inc.

McDonald, Benjamin ALexander

The beautiful life of Benjamin Alexander McDonald of Tampa, Florida – formerly of Farmington, CT – ended suddenly in a terrible gun accident, on Sunday, April 3.

Born on January 5, 1990, Ben was an energetic and passionate about nearly everything he did. A Geospatial surveyor for Digital Aerial Systems, his work involved aerial surveying and mapping to obtain geospatial data for a wide range of local and governmental clients. His work allowed him to travel extensively, which he loved, and it benefited environmental causes, which he championed. He loved music (especially The Talking Heads), food and beer, and was a creative and talented artist. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology from the University of Tampa. A lacrosse player, he graduated from Farmington High School in 2008.

Ben was the dearly loved son of Valerie and Michael McDonald of Ardmore, Pa., the brother of Shane McDonald (Boulder, Co.) and Aidan McDonald (Kalamazoo, Mich.) and the devoted boyfriend of Molly McQuillen. His survivors include his maternal grandparents, Linda and Jake Wise; too many aunts, uncles and cousins to name, and a wealth of friends. We will all miss him enormously.

A gathering in remembrance of Ben will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 3:00pm in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt.4, Unionville. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Ben’s name and honor to the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative, Inc. and, perhaps even more meaningfully, that you carry on his tradition of extending compassion, help and support to those who are suffering and without home. This is a cause for which he worked tireless and passionately and small kindnesses will keep his work alive.

Schave, Carol L.

Schave, CarolCarol L. Schave, 77, of Farmington, beloved wife of Loren W. Schave, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 at her home. Born November 27th, 1938 in New Haven, she was the daughter of the late Alan and Katherine (McCourt) Sheridan. Carol began her teaching career in Mathematics, her love was Geometry, at Alfred Plant Junior High in West Hartford where she taught from 1962-1968. She later taught at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford from 1978-2007. Carol was a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan, a UCONN Women’s basketball fan and enjoyed traveling to Sanibel Island, FL and Cape Cod. She was a Eucharistic Minister at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington for many years and was a communicant at the Church of St. Mary in Unionville. Besides her husband, Carol is survived by her three daughters, Kathy Schave and her husband Curt Griesing of Wallingford, Beth Schave-Bemis and her husband Steve of Canton, Lauren Ametrano and her husband Joseph of Guilford, seven grandchildren, Hilary Courduff and her husband Matt, Alyssa Griesing, Calvin, Rory and Tate Bemis, Sanford and Lucas Ametrano, her great-grandson, Graham Courduff, her brother, A. Craig Sheridan and his wife Lorraine of South Carolina, her sister-in-law, Lorraine Boulanger of Coronado, CA and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Apr. 18) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Tuesday (Apr. 19) 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 Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio St., Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611-3201 or to Middlewoods of Farmington, 509 Middle Road, Farmington, CT 06032 or to Northwest Catholic High School, 29 Wampanoag Dr., West Hartford, CT 06117.

Theriault, Marie Elaina

Theriault, MarieMarie Elaina Theriault, December 11, 1953– April 12, 2016, resident of South Windsor, CT, after a courageous 6 year battle with Cortical Basal Syndrome, Marie passed away peacefully at her home. Marie was born in Cambridge, MA and raised in Peabody, MA. She graduated from Bishop Fenwick High School, received a BA from Stonehill College majoring in Child Development, and studied towards a Masters Degree at the University of Hartford. For 20 years, Marie worked for the City of Hartford, overseeing the Hartford Infant Early Learning Center. Marie’s love of babies and children was a perfect match for her professional career. She was a past president of the Vernon-Ellington Newcomers club and a communicant of St Margaret Mary’s Church in South Windsor, CT.

She was the oldest of five children born to the late Walter and Elaine Pilkons and was the beloved wife of Paul Theriault for almost 40 years. Marie will forever be remembered by her devoted brothers Walter, Chris, and Paul, loving sister Merry Nordeen, beloved children David Theriault and Jennifer Siefert, caring son-in-law Steven Siefert, many nephews and nieces, along with countless other friends and family who were blessed to know her.

Marie enjoyed reading, playing bridge, puzzles, collecting dolls, and extensive travel. With her husband and family, she visited many countries and experienced a rich, full life. Her grace, class, trademark smile, upbeat life view, and kind understanding manner will always be remembered.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, April 15, 2016 at 10:00am in St Margaret Mary’s Church, 80 Hayes Road, South Windsor CT 06074. Burial will immediately follow in Wapping Cemetery South Windsor, CT. Visitation hours will be held Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 4-8 pm at St Margaret Mary’s Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association or to St Margaret Mary’s Church.

Fitrzyk, Janina

Fitrzyk, JJanina Fitrzyk of Wethersfield, passed away on April 6th, 2016. Born in Krakow, Poland on April 25th, 1939, she was the daughter of late Marian Madej and Paulina Madej Gwozdzikowska. Janina is survived by her husband Stanislaw Fitrzyk of Wethersfield, her two sons, Jerzy Fitrzyk of Hartford and Robert Fitrzyk of Wethersfield, three grandchildren, and numerous other family. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Avenue in Hartford between 4 and 8pm on Wednesday April 13th. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Hartford at 10am on Thursday April 14th, followed by burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford.

Dimock, Judith E.

Judith (Radun) Dimock, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and precious dog Presley, Saturday (April 2, 2016) at UConn Hospital. She was born March 1, 1940 in Bristol, daughter of the late Herman and Esther Radun. She was predeceased by her husband Robert J. Dimock and son Michael. She is survived by her children Joseph Dimock of Avon, Deborah Gervais and her husband Henry of Vermont, Susan DelValle and husband Rafael of Bristol, Robert Dimock and wife Lisa of Avon, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two brothers and three sisters. Relatives and friends may join the family Friday April 8, 2016 at 10:00am at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St. Unionville, CT 06085. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

Pelletier, Jeanine J.

Pelletier, JeanineJeanine J. Pelletier, 82, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and Farmington, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2016 at the Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Plantsville, CT surrounded by her loving family following a long and valiant battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born on February 1, 1934 in Fort Kent, Maine daughter of the late Dedime and Bernadette Bouchard and was a school teacher before moving to CT in 1958.
She loved her family and watching it grow, especially her grandchildren. She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Gerald L. Pelletier and her three daughters Louise Pelletier of Newington; Lynn Spencer and husband Stan of Ascutney, VT; Lisa Fekete and husband Eric of Cheshire; seven grandchildren, Kody Spencer of Stowe, VT; Rebeka and Sara Spencer of Ascutney, VT; and Emma, Sam, Charlie and Will Fekete of Cheshire. She also leaves a sister Louise Colletti and husband Joe from East Granby; sister-in-law’s, Lee Ann Bouchard-O’Connor of Newington; Pauline Bouchard of Plainville; Claire Daigle of East Hartford; Annette Pelletier of Newington; in-laws Reginald Pelletier and Yvette and Leandre Blanchard of Canada. She was predeceased by three brothers Bertrand of PA, Roland and Jean-Louis of CT and sister-in-law, Rose Bouchard of PA. She leaves behind many cousins, nieces and nephews, grand nephews and nieces.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Residence of Brookside in Avon, CT and the Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Plantsville, CT for their care and compassion. In addition, the care of Eileen Tanguay and Jackie Mitchell provided Jeanine and her family with peace of mind and comfort.
Jeanine should be remembered as a simple, caring, humble, strong and loyal family member. She always put others before herself without regret or sacrifice and made everyone comfortable in her presence. Remember Jeanine with smiles, laughter and a feisty spirit. May we carry on her legacy.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 4:00-8:00pm and again on Wednesday morning, April 6, 2015 from 8:30-9:45am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Wednesday morning at 9:45am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of Saint Patrick, 110 Main Street, Farmington at 10:30am. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Farmington.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jeanine’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association at or mailed to Alzheimer’s Association, 200 Executive Boulevard, Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489.