Archive for May 2016

Thompson, Alice Mary

Thompson, AliceAlice M. Thompson, 58, of Avon, CT passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 29, 2016 with her family by her side after a long and courageous struggle with breast cancer. Born in Hartford, she was the daughter of Muriel and James Thompson of Farmington. Her beloved mother predeceased her in 2003. Alice was an accomplished graduate of the School of International Service at American University, where she majored in international studies and economics, and the New York University Stern School of Business, where she received her MBA in finance. Throughout her career, she worked for many organizations including Charles River Associates in Boston; Economists, Inc. in Washington, D.C.; Aetna Inc. and Aetna International, Inc. in Hartford; and Hartford Healthcare, where she worked most recently. Alice had a lifelong interest in film, especially short features. In her desire to bring together filmmakers and distributors, Alice co-founded in 1995 Film Fest New Haven, an annual festival showcasing independent films of all genres. In 1999, she also established Fortuna Films, a film production company. Alice was an inveterate and adventuresome world traveler who visited many countries in Europe, South America, South and Southeast Asia. She often traveled with family and friends, but also ventured solo to such remote destinations as Patagonia and the Galapagos Islands. She took delight in preparing gourmet meals and even combined her passion for travel and cooking by attending a culinary course in Positano, Italy. Alice appreciated beauty in many forms and especially enjoyed art, literature and design. She had a wonderful eye for style, always refined and elegant. Alice is survived by her beloved sister, Jane, and husband, Dr. Robert Breckinridge, of Avon; her dear brothers, James, and wife Shin Ae, of Avon, and Peter, and wife Sandra Troian, of Pasadena, CA; her cherished nieces, Soo Mi Thompson, Yoo Mi Thompson, and Sarah Breckinridge; and many cousins, relatives, and friends. Alice’s lifelong devotion to her family, warm camaraderie and sharp wit will be deeply missed by all those who knew her and whose lives she touched. A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, June 3 at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea, located at 145 Main Street in Unionville, CT, with a burial following at Riverside Cemetery in Farmington. In lieu of flowers, Alice requested that donations be made to the Salvation Army in Hartford, CT and the Susan G. Komen Foundation at

Kinsley, Richard G.

Kinsley, RichardRichard G. Kinsley, 72, of Collinsville, beloved husband of Joan (McAllister) Kinsley, passed away peacefully, Thursday, May 26th, 2016 at his home. Born January 26th, 1944 in Hartford, he was the son of the late William J. Kinsley and Natalie (Gardner) Kinsley Snow. Richard grew up in West Hartford and graduated from Conard High School, Class of 1962. He was a resident of Collinsville for the past 44 years. Prior to retiring, he was a Senior Auto Damage Appraiser for Traveler’s Insurance Co., and had been an Avon Police Officer. He was an associate member of the Submarine Veterans of World War II. Besides his loving wife of nearly 52 years, Richard is survived by his children, Michael Kinsley and his wife Mirka of Barkhamsted, James Kinsley and his wife Stephanie of Granby and Karen Slaboc and her husband Michael of Little Falls, NY, his grandchildren, Adam, Eric, Kevin and Ryan Kinsley and Kaytlyn and Lindsey Slaboc, his sister, Barbara Kinsley Szydlo, his sisters-in-law, Patricia Kinsley and Donna Flaherty and her husband Jonathan, his brothers-in-law, Stanley Brudz and Wayne McAllister and his wife Abbie and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Gordon Kinsley and sister-in-law, Carol McAllister Brudz. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (June 4) from 3:00-5:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, 85 Retreat Ave., Hartford, CT 06106,

Peterson, Col Ragnar H. (Ret USA)

Col Ragnar H Peterson (Ret USA) of Farmington passed away on May 24, 2016 at Avon Health Center. He was the beloved husband of 60 years to the late Marguerite P Peterson. He was the son of the late Axel and Elizabeth Peterson. Born in Sweden, he moved to the Hartford area at the age of 3. He was a graduate of Hartford High School and the University of Hartford. For the past 55 years, he was a resident of Farmington.
Pete was a veteran of World War II and he was recalled during the Korean Conflict. He served in the US Army for 8 years and continued his service for an additional 23 years in the Connecticut National Guard. He retired from the CT National Guard as a 1-Star General but chose to use the US Army rank of Colonel. His service during World War II was with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. He earned many awards including the Combat Infantry Badge, Silver Star, Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He was inducted into the Infantry Officer Candidate School’s Hall of Fame in Fort Benning, Georgia.
His civilian employment was with the Hartford Electric Light Company, where he was the Director of Employee Relations. He retired from Northeast Utilities, who acquired HELCO, in 1985 as an Organizational Consultant.
He was active in many veteran’s and fraternal organizations, including the Military Officers Assoc of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, 442 Combat Team Veteran’s Assoc, 43rd Infantry Division Veteran’s Assoc, Connecticut Officer’s Club and he was the past Commander of VFW Post 10361 of Farmington. He was also a member of Sequin Lodge No. 140 AF & AM of Newington, Hartford Chapter of National Sojourners, Hartford Valley Scottish Rites and Sphinx Temple Shriners. He also was a member of the Squires of West Hartford.
He is survived by three daughters, Diane of Hartford, CT, Joyce of Wakefield, MA and Nancy of Wells, ME.
Friends may pay their condolences at the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Unionville, CT on Friday, May 27 from the hours of 10:00-12:00. A graveside service and burial, with full military honors will follow at 1:30 pm at the State Veteran’s Cemetery in Middletown, CT.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Assoc., 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury, CT. 06106.

Hinkston, John C.

John C. Hinkston, 67, of Hartford, CT, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May, 21 2016, surrounded by family and friends.
John was born in Utica, New York on June 11, 1948 to Jack and Emily (Griffin). John’s childhood was filled with fond memories, including time at the family homestead on “Griffin Hill”. He was very proud of the fact the land had been given to his family by George Washington for his great-great grandfather’s service during the Revolutionary War. In high school, at Whitesboro High, he began to develop his entertaining skills as a server at Trinkaus Manor. He continued on to college at Albany Medical Center School of Nursing and New Britain General Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia.
John worked for over 30 years as a Nurse Anesthetist at local hospitals including New Britain General Hospital, Manchester Memorial Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital. The friendships he made there have lasted to this day. In his free time, John enjoyed the beach, gardening, coloring and his monthly lunches catching up with old co-workers. John was also an active member at Trinity Episcopal Church. He often participated in church outreach and enjoyed chairing various committees.
While in nursing school John met and married Patricia (Parsons), and had two children. Although divorced, Pat and John have remained best of friends. Last year, after 35 years, John proudly married his life partner, Paul F. Cooper. Their home on Sisson Avenue has been the scene of many parties. John could command a room with his stories and charm, and everyone who knows John and Paul is sure to have a fond memory from attending a function at their home, lounging in their beautiful yard or on the front porch.
In addition to Paul, John is survived by his daughters; Heather Patrissi and Jenna Santangelo both of West Hartford, their spouses Richard and Thomas, and his beloved grandchildren Ava, Holden, Piper and Sadie, Emma and Madeline. He also leaves his cherished youngest brother, Paul B. Hinkston of Rome, NY, his nieces Hollie and Sheila, many close cousins and his naughty dog, Yogi.
In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his stepmother Pearl (Holdsworth) and his younger brother Douglas, whom-although he tortured as a child in typical sibling fashion, he loved dearly. Spot and Pika also wait for him in greener pastures.
Family and friends are gathering in the library of Trinity Episcopal Church on Sigourney Street in Hartford, CT on Friday, May 27th from 4-8pm for a celebration of John’s life. The funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, at Trinity Episcopal Church. A private burial will occur at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund c/o Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06105. . John’s family would like to thank Dr. Kory Tray and the staff at Fresenius Dialysis in Bloomfield for taking such good care of John for the last seven years, and the Cardiac ICU at Hartford Hospital for the wonderful care he received during his recent hospitalization.John C. Hinkston-1

Gondek, Teresa M.

Teresa M. Gondek, 76, formerly of Burlington, beloved widow of Joseph S. Gondek Jr., passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 surrounded by her family. Born June 3rd, 1939 in Unionville, she was the daughter of the late James E. and Catherine (Kolosky) Mack. Prior to retiring to Sebastian, FL, where she lived an active life for 16 years, Teresa was employed as a Bookkeeper at Edwards Supermarkets, was a Teacher’s Aide at Lake Garda School and was a Dental Hygienist for Dr. Shapiro in Unionville. Teresa was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. She loved traveling and spending time with her children and 13 grandchildren. Teresa is survived by her two daughters, Teresa “Terry” M. Kukesh and her husband Tracy and their children, Michael, Andrew and Adam of Exeter, NH, Mary C. Kowalec and her husband Ray and their children Abbey and Trenton of Burlington, her three sons, Joseph S. Gondek III and his wife Suzanne and their children Joseph IV, Sean and Timothy of Sparta, NJ, Stephen T. Gondek and Dala Bansavich and his children Stephen, Patrick and Brendan of Simsbury and Thomas F. Gondek and his wife Christine and their children Ashley and Tommy of Unionville, her sister, Mary Prindiville and her husband Robert of Burlington, two brothers, Edward Mack and his wife Jeanine of Burlington and William Mack and his wife Ellen of Maryland and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Patricia M. Cifaldi. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (May 27) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (May 28) 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 private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Felician Sisters Care Center, 1315 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082.Gondek, Teresa-1

Voytovich, Dr. Anthony E.

Voytovich, Anthony


Dr. Anthony (“Tony”) E. Voytovich, 77, passed away on May 20, 2016 after a sudden accident while vacationing with his family on Vashon Island in Washington.

He grew up in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio, graduated from Case Western Reserve University and Upstate Medical School in Syracuse, N.Y.

Since 1974, Dr. Voytovich dedicated his life to medicine, teaching, research and administration at UConn Medical and Dental School. He was a full professor and served as Chief of General Medicine, Chief of Staff and Dean of Student Affairs, and was particularly interested in the development of Primary Care. His other professional interests and teachings include Biostatistics, Law and Ethics as applied to medical treatment, and research in health education. He was a teacher and mentor for many medical students over the years he worked at UConn.

Dr. Voytovich had many varied interests including a love of flying, music, and playing jazz saxophone with a five piece band. He was a long-time student of classical guitar. He also loved Prairie Home Companion and most of Garrison Keillor’s written works, Gunsmoke, Tony Hillerman novels, Billy Collins, Barry Lopez and Diana Krall.

Healer, teacher, pilot, musician, poet, friend to many, devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, and treasured Grampy to his grandson Jonah, he was a towering figure, larger than life, the rock of our family. He contained us all safely in his gentle arms. A man so full of love and caring for others that it sometimes came spilling out of him like a river—without shame he wept in the face of our sorrows and joys alike. He made mistakes, to be sure, but the tear that’s been left in the fabric of our lives is not easily repaired. He was a healer of epic scale, as thousands of patients, colleagues, friends and family will attest.

He leaves behind a heartbroken, loving and devoted family including his wife of 53 years, Glenna Mietz Voytovich, his daughters Amy Cole and Andrea Voytovich, sons-in-law Justin Cole and Brian Seppa, grandson Jonah Cole, sister Sharon Stratakos, brothers Edward Voytovich (Marie Sprayberry), Tom Voytovich (Kym Fish) and many loving nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, CT on Saturday, June 4th at 11:30 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Doctors without Borders.

Vehslage, Pauline Egglestone

Vehslage, PaulinePauline Egglestone Vehslage of Avon, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the age of 95. Throughout her life Pauline loved to travel, golf, bowl, play bridge, paint and read. She lived a long and happy life filled with love of family and friends. Survived by her four daughters, Carol Dauer and her husband Edward, Doris Lydon, Nancy Hansen and Donna Savanella, also her sister Margie Garilli and her husband Gino as well as two step daughters Ginny Dunn and Lynn Rizzolo and their families, plus 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her first husband, Robert Egglestone, her second husband Harold Vehslage and brother Stephen Haloski.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 25th, at 11 am in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville, followed by interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Avon. Friends may call at the funeral home, 10-11 am prior to the funeral. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Mitchell, Reverend Peter Gabriel

Reverend Peter Gabriel Mitchell, 89, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 20, 2016 at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford. Father Mitchell was born on November 18, 1926 in White Plains, New York to Nora and Peter Mitchell. He attended Eastview Avenue Elementary and Junior High Schools in White Plains, NY, Saint Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and Saint Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD. Father Mitchell was ordained to the priesthood on May 3, 1951, in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford by then The Most Reverend Henry J. O’Brien, D.D. Father Mitchell’s first assignment as a priest was at Saint Patrick Church in Mystic and then Saint Mary Church in Derby. Father Mitchell served at St. John the Evangelist in West Hartford (1957-1961), St. Aedan Church in New Haven (1961-1968), where he was the School’s Principal and started the very successful Emerald Cadets Drum Corps, and Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Woodbridge (1968-1979). In 1979, Father Mitchell was appointed Pastor at St. Clare Parish in East Haven where he served for six years. He then served as Pastor in Residence at St. Mary Church in Branford and as the Chaplain at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. Father Mitchell’s final assignment was Pastor Emeritus at St. Mary Church in Derby where he served from 1997 until his retirement on December 31, 2001. Father Peter Mitchell will be remembered by all for his kindness, gentleness and generosity to others. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Father John Charles Mitchell and his sister, Mary Rose Mitchell.
Friends may call at Saint Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 from 9:00-10:30am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Chapel at Saint Thomas Seminary at 10:30am. Interment will follow in the family plot at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, White Plains, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Development Office, Catholic Charities, 839-841 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT 06105-2801.Mitchell, Fr. Peter G.

Daly, Michael J. “Mick”

Michael (Mick) J. Daly, 96, of Plainville, husband of the late Nancy (Annie) (Kirrane) Daly, passed away peacefully on May 18. Born on December 27, 1919 in the townland of Ballyshea in the parish of Kilchreest, Co. Galway, Ireland to Bridget (Kelly) and Michael Daly, he attended Ballymana National School along with his eight siblings. After he left school he worked on his father’s small farm. This was the era of the Economic War in Ireland and it was followed by The Emergency as the WWII period was known. Although employment prospects were poor in Ireland generally it was an era of self-sufficiency and food was plentiful in rural Ireland. Mike made his living by shooting pigeons and rabbits which were exported to England. He also worked with local farmers and cut turf which he sold. He participated in local sports’ meetings and won many competitions in weight throwing. He was also an avid dancer and card player as a young man. Emigration to the U.S. was in abeyance during the war years and as Mike had no realistic prospects in Ireland he was sponsored by his uncle Martin Kelly to move to New Britain in 1948, a city he called home for 30 years before moving to Plainville. Mike and Nancy married on April 14, 1956 in the old Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford. They continued their favorite pastimes of dancing and card playing, especially the regular Saturday night setback games, until Nancy’s death in 1991. They enjoyed their many trips to Ireland. Mike was a manager at the A&P Supermarket in Bristol, followed by working as a machinist at Pratt & Whitney until his retirement in 1985. Mike was a longtime communicant of St. Patrick Church, Farmington, and a Life Member of the Irish American Home Society, Glastonbury. In addition to his loving wife, Mike was predeceased by his brothers, James (Ballyshea), Patrick and Tom (London), and by his sisters Celia Dervan (Loughrea), Bridie Killian (Loughrea), Maria Brennan (Derryhoyle, Craughwell) and his beloved sister Winnie who died at the age of 17. He is survived by his sister, Kathleen (Daly) Folan of Wisconsin; a host of extended family and friends in Ireland, England and the U.S.; and special lifelong friends, Jack and Peggy Egan of West Hartford and their children Cathy, Johnny, Bernadette, Julie, and Betsy, with whom Mike spent countless holidays and family celebrations.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Sunday, May 22 from 2:00-4:00pm and again on Monday, May 23 from 12:00-1:15pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday, May 23 at 1:15pm followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford at 2:00pm. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in New Britain. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105 or to the Scholarship Fund at the Irish American Home Society, Inc., 132 Commerce St., Glastonbury, CT 06033.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainm. (“May his soul be on the right side of God.”).

Daly, Michael

Piche, Arthur J.

Arthur J. Piche, Jr., 97, of Hartford, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2016. He was born in Fall River, MA on November 17, 1918 to the late Arthur Joseph and Sarah (Newton) Piche, and was the eldest of six children. On July 7, 1942 he married his true love, Jeannette L. Poirier, who passed away in 2013 after a union of 71 years.
Arthur grew up in Fall River and graduated from Durfee High School in 1936. He enjoyed playing the trombone and was a member of a group that played “gigs” for special occasions.
During 1939, he served with the Civilian Conservation Corps at Fort F.E. Warren in Cheyenne, Wyoming and received an Honorable Discharge. He was then employed at the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station on Goat Island, Newport, RI during WWII.
After moving to Hartford, he worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft as a tool and die maker for experimental engines, and later as a tool designer for engine parts. He retired in 1983 after 27 years of service. Arthur was a mathematician at heart, and after his retirement he attended Central CT State University to pursue this interest, and graduated with a BA Degree at the age of 75. He also enjoyed reading, music, traveling, ballroom dancing, bowling, and was a master craftsman with wood.
Arthur leaves behind his son Raymond L. Piche and partner Carol Shaffer of Framinghma, MA, his daughter Louise Caisse of Hebron, daughter-in-law, Serena Lee and husband Jonathan Frank of Amherst, MA, five grandchildren, Raymond L. Piche, Jr., and wife Marlene of Oxford, Marianne Piche of Westborough, MA, Suzanne Brogie and husband Martin of Madison, Michele Francoeur and husband Jeffrey of Colchester, Darrin Bourret and wife Jennifer of Middletown, five great grandchildren, Simon, Magnolia, and Gavin Brogie, and Leo and Simone Francoeur, all of whom were the pride and joy of his life. He also leaves his sister Viola and husband Joseph (Pepere) Tokarz, sister Elaine Pritchard, sisters-in-law, Charlotte Piche, all of Florida, Sandra Piche of NV, and Dorothy Poirier of Hartford, and many nieces, nephews and extended family members. He was predeceased by his sister Hermine, and brothers Russell and Harold. Arthur especially loved being with his family, and his memory will live as a treasure in their hearts.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Saturday (May 21) from 8:30-10:00am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Anne – Immaculate Conception Church, 820 Park St., Hartford at 10:30am. Burial will be in Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill. Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Piche, Arthur J.

Wheeler, Joyce Ann

Joyce Ann Wheeler, 78, of Burlington, passed away Sunday, May 15th, 2016. Born January 17th, 1938 in Waterbury, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Gertrude (Lavigne) Collins. Joyce graduated with high honors from Thomaston High School, Class of 1955. She spent time in Connecticut, Cape Cod, on Martha’s Vineyard and eventually set roots on Vinalhaven, Maine with Robert K. Fifefield. Joyce is survived by two children, Neal Wheeler and his wife Rebecca of Tracy, California, Tracey (Wheeler) Niksa and her husband Rudolph of Burlington, her granddaughter, Jennifer Joyce Niksa of Burlington and her nephew, Arthur LaCourse, his wife Susan and their children Joseph and Elise of Plymouth. Joyce also leaves her “pet pal” Miss Sophia. At the request of the family, funeral services will be private. A Memorial Service will be held in Joyce’s honor on Vinalhaven, Maine at a later date. Contributions may be made to Vinalhaven “Eldercare”, 17 Beaver Dam Road, Vinalhaven, ME 04863-3915.

McAuliffe, Richard John

Richard John McAuliffe, 76, of Farmington, beloved husband of Joanne (Cromack) McAuliffe for 54 years passed away peacefully on May 13, 2016 after a long illness. Alzheimer’s took away the memories of his life from him but they will live on with those who knew and loved him. Dick was born on November 29, 1939 in Hartford to the late William and Mary (Rose) McAuliffe.
Dick was raised in Unionville and attended the Farmington School System. He played basketball and baseball at Farmington High School when the team won the State Championship in 1957. At the age of 17 he signed a contract with the Detroit Tigers Baseball Organization. He played 4 years in the minor leagues and 14 years in the Major Leagues with the Tigers. He finished his career with the Boston Red Sox. He was an American League All-Star in 1965, 1966, and 1967. The highlight of his career was in 1968 when Detroit won the World Series.
After retiring from baseball, Dick returned to Connecticut. He had several business ventures in Connecticut and Florida. Golf became his passion. He belonged to several golf clubs in Connecticut and Florida and played in many charity events. He treasured the many friendships he made during this time. His greatest joy was his family. He was a loving father and grandfather enjoying and participating in their activities. “Papa” was their biggest supporter and was always there for them.
Besides his wife, Dick is survived by his daughter Mary Boyle of Farmington, his son Michael McAuliffe of Farmington, his grandsons: Ryan Boyle of Farmington, and Jonathan Boyle and his fiancé Christine Hanford of Middletown. He also leaves his sisters Eleanor Dutton of Plainville and Mary Tassone and her husband John of Unionville and a brother George McAuliffe and his wife Florence of Bristol, and a brother-in-law William Cromack and his wife Lorraine of Holland, MA. He also leaves many nieces and nephews. Dick was predeceased by a brother William McAuliffe.
Our family gives heartfelt thanks to the entire staff at Arden Courts in Farmington. You will always hold a special place in our hearts for your wonderful care of Dick and the love and hugs you gave to him and to us. You all are truly special. We also give thanks to McLean Hospice Care for your kindness, compassion and guidance.
Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, if desired, a contribution in Dick’s memory may be made to Farmington Bank, c/o Dick McAuliffe Scholarship Fund, 32 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032. McAuliffe, Richard

Barrila, Robert F.

Robert F. Barrila, 76, of Plainfield, passed away Monday, May 9th, 2016 at his home. Born September 9th, 1939 in Thompsonville, CT he was the son of the late Francis and Rose (Santa Croce) Barrila. He was a United States Navy veteran. Robert is survived by his two daughters, Tammy E. LaPorte and her husband Jeffrey of Marlborough and Bobbi DiGioia of Milford, his grandson, Chase R. Mathews, his brother, Francis Barrila Jr., and his wife Arlene of East Lyme and his sister, Grace Matyskiela Lindsey and her husband Stuart of Farmington. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Friday (May 13) from 4:00-7:00pm. Graveside funeral services with full military honors will be held Saturday (May 14) at 11:00am in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Discovery House, 2310 Summerchase Drive, Duluth, GA 30096.Barrila, Robert.

Mollo-Hickey, Frank A.

Hickey, FrankFormer City Official, Oxford Democratic Chairman, friend to Governors, Senators and Mayors, Frank A. Mollo-Hickey, 55, of Harwinton, best friend and spouse of Thomas W. Mollo-Hickey, passed away peacefully Monday, May 9th, 2016 at his home. Born March 15th, 1961 in Stamford, he was the son of the late Arthur J. Mollo Jr., and Camille B. (Bevivino) Mollo.
Frank was a former elected member of the Stamford Board of Representatives where he served as Chairman of the Housing and Community Development Committee and Chairman of Transportation and Public Works Committee. He was also Chairman of the Oxford Democratic Town Committee, and elected member of the Board of Assessment Appeals and a Justice of the Peace. Upon his relocation to Harwinton, he served on the Democratic Town Committee, a Justice of the Peace, on the Harwinton Economic Development Commission and the Selectman’s Budget Committee. He was also a member of UNCO, Son’s of Italy, a Little League Coach, All-Star Coach, Babe Ruth Coach, and a women’s slo-pitch softball coach, volunteer tutor, amongst other community volunteer activities.
Besides his beloved spouse of 23 years, Frank is survived by his son, Frank Boalbo Sr., of California, his grandson, Frank Boalbo Jr., also of California, his brother, Arthur J. Mollo III of Maine, several aunts and uncles, Patricia Rankin of Chester, CT, Dominick Bevivino (Carm) of Bluffton, SC, Nicola Mollo (Katie) of Hagerstown, MD, Carolee Joerman (Whilhelm) of Stamford, CT, and Sarasota, FL, Barbara Preterotti, Diane Mollo (Richard), Mary Camerota-Battinelli (Anthony), Christine Camerota all of Stamford, CT, Tena Camerota-Chafee (Roger) of Long Island, NY, Michelle Lenner of Greenwich, CT, Angela DeSalvo, Carmel Stirrat, Mary Mollo of Maryland, Susan B (Mike) of Michigan, and Robert Fox (Cathy) of Florida, 31 cousins, a step grandmother, Sharon Mollo of Hagerstown, MD, several great aunts and uncles, 11 nieces and nephews, 5 great nieces and nephews, 2 great-great nieces and nephews, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Michael Hickey Jr. (Betty Sue), and Monica Slider (Gary).
Frank was predeceased by his grandparents, Frank and Rose (Branca) Bevivino, paternal grandmother, Christine DeRosa Camerota, step grandfather, Adam Camerota, paternal grandfather, Arthur J. Mollo Sr., his beloved in-laws, Michael and Ramona Hickey, his uncles, Richard Mollo, Donald Rankin, James Kenney and Larry Lepzinski, his aunt, Rosealie Lepkinski, his cousins, Robert Plank, Debbie Mollo, Eric Sousa and his nephews, Timothy DuVal and LeRoi DuVal.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (May 12) from 4:00-8:00pm and again on Friday (May 13) from 4:00-8:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday (May 14) at 10:00am in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 78 Litchfield Road, Harwinton. All are kindly asked to meet directly at church.

McGrath, Frances T.

Frances T. McGrath, 90, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 4th, 2016. Born December 19th, 1925 in Hartford, daughter of the late Bernard F. and Katherine (Fahey) McGrath, Frances lived for many years in West Hartford before moving to the Springvale Inn, an assisted living facility in Croton, NY. Prior to retiring in 1986, she worked at the Travelers Insurance Company for 40 years. Frances was a devout communicant at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford for many years along with her entire family. Frances was a quiet, gentle person who had a “Hello” and a smile for everyone! She exuded a genuine kindness and warmth to all. She will be dearly missed. She is survived by her nephew, Joseph McGrath, his wife Carol and his step-daughter, Jessica Gordon. She was predeceased by three brothers, Willard J. McGrath, Edward F. McGrath and William J. McGrath and two sisters, Claire E. McGrath and Katherine F. McGrath. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Tuesday (May 10) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Wednesday (May 11) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford at 10:00am. Burial will be in the family plot at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Springvale Inn, 62 Springvale Road, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.