Archive for July 2016

Messick, Harold W.

Harold W. Messick, 90, of Burlington, husband of the late Thelma Noren-Messick, passed away Sunday July 24. Harold was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania January 16, 1926 son of the late Martha (Parrish) Messick-Rockwell and Frank Rockwell.

During WWII, Harold was employed by the US Government in Hawaii as a fuel oil tanker driver. Prior to retiring, he was a milk truck driver for AC Peterson and worked as a heavy equipment operator in construction, delivered oil for W.K. Robinson fuel oil, and retired from Automatic Comfort. He was a longtime member of Burlington Congregational Church, where he taught Sunday school. A 46 year devoted member of Burlington Volunteer Fire Department, which was a large part of his life. He enjoyed roller-skating where he met his wife and also in his retirement years and more recently the crew at Mcdonalds in Unionville.

He is survived by his son, Bryan E. Messick and his wife Dorothy Pilon of Bristol; daughter Deborah J. Golden of Florida; son David W. Messick of Burlington; two grandchildren, Tucker Pesce and Taylor Golden and his wife Ashley; one great grandson Ryan Reese Golden.

McGowan, Craig T.

Craig color for prayer cardCraig T. McGowan, 63, of Unionville, CT died Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, CT surrounded by his loving family.Craig was born September 19, 1952 at New Britain General Hospital and lived in
Lake Garda, Unionville until his death.He worked for 28 years as a custodian at Union, Noah Wallace, West District and East Farms Elementary, Irving A. Robbins Middle School, and Farmington High School.

Craig was a unique and free-spirited man, a self -taught musician playing both the guitar and piano. He was also a gifted artist; painting and drawing pictures and giving them as gifts.  He was interested in history, especially the civil war, and could recite numerous accounts of the many battles that took place during our American history. He loved his many motorcycles from BSA to Harley Davidson, and enjoyed tinkering with control cars and airplanes. Craig was fluent in German and Klingon. He was a generous and humorous man who had a knack for satire. His witty sense of humor and bright blue eyes will be sadly missed.

He is survived by his beloved dog Amy, sisters Kayleen Bastiaanse, Torrington, CT, Dawn M. McGowan (Mary A. Grimes), Newington, CT and Heather Moore (Chuck) Spring Hope, NC. Nephews and nieces; Mark Bastiaanse, Nicole Bastiaanse-Fritch (Michael C.), Natalie Ouellette (Glen), Paul Bastiaanse, Brian Fabrizio (Tabitha), Scott Fabrizio (Megan), Ashley Fabrizio, and Nicholas Fabrizio. Great-nieces and nephews; Vanderee and Avalee Fritch, Robert and Katalina Ouellette, Aria Fabrizio, Rachel and Juliet Fabrizio, Samantha and Wyatt Evans, and many cherished family and friends.

He was pre-deceased by his parents Walter S. McGowan and Dawn C. McGowan, brothers-in-law Robert Bastiaanse and John Fabrizio.


Dr. George Chia-Hong Ku

image Dr. George Chia-Hong Ku peacefully passed away on July 14th, 2016 with his daughter by his side. George was born in Nanjing, China on July 8th, 1936. He was the son of the belated (father) Ku Chen-ting and (mother) Ku Pih Yi-Shu. George left China with his family to Taiwan at the age of 14 to escape Communism during World War II. At the age of 19, he left Taiwan to study in Spain. After a year in Spain, he left to began his life in the United States at Bethel College in Indiana. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Bethel College, Master’s Degree from Southern Illinois State University, and received his Doctorate of Education in Industrial and Technical Education from Utah State University. Dr. Ku dedicated his professional career as a full professor at Central Connecticut State University. He taught in the School of Technology for over 35 years before retiring and has made an impact in the lives of so many students, including many who became teachers, educators, and presidents of universities. Dr. Ku also held teaching positions internationally, including China and Taiwan. He cherished the bonds that he built with his colleagues and students. George loved to travel and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. George leaves his loving daughter Dr. Wendy Ku and her husband Dr. Frank Michitti DDS, his two grandchildren Matthew and Julia, his former wife & friend Karen Ku, and siblings Anna Marie (Ku) Mockenhaupt, Nelson Ku, John Ku, and Peter Ku. Our family gives a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Karen Hook and her oncology team at UCONN Health Center for their warmhearted care for George. A graveside service and burial will be held on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 at 10:30am in the Riverside Cemetery, Garden Street in Farmington, CT. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Dr. George C. Ku Memorial/Ku Family Scholarship fund through the CCSU Foundation Inc., PO Box 612, New Britain, CT 06050-0612.
.Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Ahern Funeral Home Inc. To send online condolences to the family please visit

McPartland, Veronica M.

Veronica (“Ronnie”) M. McPartland, 91, of River Ridge, Avon, CT has returned to the Lord peacefully with her family by her side on July 1st, 2016.
Ronnie was born on January 11th, 1925 and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She was the daughter of the belated Michael & Catherine Monahan (Boyle) and was one of five children. She was pre-deceased by her loving husband, Thomas thirty years ago on June 30th 1986. Ronnie spent most of her married life in Plainville, CT and also resided more recently in Avon & Burlington, CT, St. Petersburg, FL and previously in Hartford, CT.
Ronnie was a retiree of the State of Connecticut Judicial Department, Superior Court Record Center. She taught second grade CCD Communion classes for many years at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Plainville. She was an avid bowler on the Laurel Lanes League in Plainville for many years and on the Sunrise Lanes League in St. Petersburg up until the age of 86. Ronnie was a member of the Florida Irish American Club of St. Pete, a member of the Red Hat Society and a long-term volunteer for the Library for the Blind in St. Pete. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, St. Pete, Our Lady of Mercy Church, Plainville, CT & St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hartford, CT.
Ronnie leaves her loving daughter Cathy and her husband Mark (Brown), her wonderful grandchildren, Caitlin & Sean and her special dog friend Sammie, all of Burlington as well as many nieces and nephews in New York, Florida & Indiana. In addition to her husband Tom, Ronnie was predeceased by all of her siblings–her sister Kathleen (Jones) and brothers, Gene, Harry & Artie Monahan.
The family wishes to thank all of the staff at River Ridge for their caring support of Ronnie during the past 4 years and also the compassionate care she received from Sheila Starr and Nicola Channer with Lifechoice/Compassus Hospice. A special thank you to Ronnie’s private aides Nora Mirzoian, Fran Merithew, Jackie Romano & Donna Theriault for all of their warmhearted care they gave to Ronnie as well.
Friends may call at the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street Route 4 Unionville, CT on Thursday (July 7) at 4-7 PM. Funeral procession from the Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday at 9:15AM, followed by A Mass of Christian burial at 10AM in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main St., Unionville, CT. Burial ceremony will follow the Mass at the State of CT Veteran’s Cemetery, Middletown, CT where Ronnie will join her husband, Tom. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ronnie’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 200 Executive Drive, Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489 (860) 828-2828.

Goselin, Jeannette (Lazorik)

GoselinJeannette (Lazorik) Goselin peacefully passed away on 2 July 2016, surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of the late Helen and Andrew Lazorik of New Britain. She was predeceased by her precious daughter Kim (Goselin) Walsh. She is survived by her daughters Christine (Goselin) Brandi of Farmington, Lori (Goselin) Ryff and her husband Beat of Ivoryton, Jennifer (Goselin) Ford and her husband Glenn of North Granby, Grandsons Ian Hardcastle, Kevin Ryff and granddaughter Grace Ford, her sister Geraldine Frawley and husband Edward of Southington, several nephews and nieces and her most treasured, long-time friend and confidant, Joan Marsh.
She graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy in West Hartford. Jeannette’s family was her pride and joy. She looked forward to spending happy times with them all, her favorites being; Cape Cod and Foxwoods visits with Chris; Switzerland and Germany visits with Lori and Beat; and backyard pool and wine parties with Jennifer and Glenn.
At Jeannette’s request there will be no calling hours. In lieu of calling hours, she wished a service honoring her transcendence into heaven be held on 15 July at 11:00 at St. Gregory the Great Church, in Bristol, Connecticut.

Wesser, Yvonne

8x10 metal 11x14metal 8x10 H MetalYvonne Wesser of Kent, CT passed away on the morning of May 25, 2016, at the age of 81, following a brief illness. She was born in London, England on January 28, 1935. Like so many other London children of the time, including the renowned British neurologist, Oliver Sachs, M.D., she was separated forcibly from her mother and father at the tender age of 5 to escape the Nazi Blitz, and sent to live with total strangers in the remote English country-side, where she suffered from neglect and abuse. As a young woman, she became fascinated by the sport of Judo, and, in the mid-1950’s, traveled to Tokyo, Japan to further her studies at the prestigious Kodokan Judo Institute, working three jobs simultaneously to pay for her trip by steamship. There, she earned a second degree black belt, believed to be one of the highest ranks achieved by a woman in the world at that time. She competed in tournaments under the sobriquet “Basher”, a nickname given to her in England for her aggressive, punishing style of play. After retiring from competition due to injury, she immigrated to America where she lived in New York City as a fine artist. Throughout her career her work was exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, Alexandria Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, in Los Angeles, and The Whitney Museum, among others. Her work is in permanent collections throughout the world.
While in her fifties, she obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, fulfilling life-long objectives. An avid naturalist, she camped and hiked the Appalachian Trail well into her seventies. In her later years, she converted to Catholicism, drawing peace and strength from her faith, and was a regular presence at church services in her beloved Kent, CT. Twice-married and divorced, she is survived by a son, Marius Wesser and his wife Keron Sheridan; a daughter, Pavelle Wesser-Mitra and her husband Avijit Mitra, M.D., as well as two grandchildren, Arman and Ajay Mitra. Energetic and indomitable, she will be missed. Her memory will be venerated and cherished forever. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday (July 9) at 10:00am in the Church of Saint Patrick, 110 Main Street, Farmington, followed by burial at Riverside Cemetery in Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Appalachian Trial Conservancy, 799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, 25425. Arrangements are being handled by Ahern Funeral Home Inc. To leave online condolences to the family please visit