Archive for August 2016

Swanson, Leslie Holt

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Leslie Holt Swanson, 53 of Farmington, beloved wife of Todd Swanson, died peacefully on Thursday August 25, 2016 at Bristol Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was born on September 30, 1962 in New Britain, the daughter of the late John and Winifred Holt. Leslie grew up in Farmington and graduated from Farmington High School. She and Todd were married in 1995 and raised their family in Farmington. Leslie was a wonderful wife, daughter, mother and sister. Leslie also loved her pets Bandit, Buzz and Snickers. She leaves her husband Todd and beloved daughter Carla, her sisters Gail Jensen and her husband Gary, Pamela Nelson and her husband Gary, brother John Holt and his wife Denise, brother-in-law Robert Swanson and sister-in-law Deborah Lowenstein and her husband Michael. She also leaves her loving nephews, Dana Jensen and girlfriend Kaitlyn, Craig Jensen and wife Jocelyn, Derrick Jensen, Andrew Holt, Douglas Nelson and wife Allison, Christopher Nelson, Ian Swanson and wife Michelle and her niece Bethany Holt and her partner Bevin and many great nieces and nephews.

Flynn, Milton J.

Milton J. Flynn, 92 of Unionville, passed away on August 26, 2016 and is reunited with his beloved wife, Pat and his son, Robert. He was born in Hartford and resided his entire life in Unionville. He worked for Allstate Insurance Company but was self-employed for most of his career after establishing Insurance Claim Service Company in 1969 where he worked until his retirement. He served in the Army in World War II and also attended Clemson College. Throughout his life he was active in music with an affinity to Tommy Dorsey and big band swing, and was considered a virtuoso trombonist. In the mid 1960’s, he started the Milt Flynn Orchestra, which became popular in the local area and played at several venues across Connecticut for many years. In the early 1970’s they were one of the first performers at Winding Trails. Milton was also an avid New York Yankees and New York Giants fan. He will be forever cherished and missed by his three surviving children, George Flynn of Kent, David Flynn of Plainville and Judith Flynn of Unionville. He was a loving grandfather and will be sorely missed by Patrick Flynn and his wife, Elizabeth of Minneapolis, MN, Lisa Ricker and her husband, Ray of Plainville, CT and Steven Popp of West Hartford, CT. Funeral services will be private.

Guy, Doris C.

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Doris C. (Ostergard) Guy, 92 of Canton, CT, formerly of York Beach, ME and Harwinton, CT passed away at the Cherry Brook Health Care Center on Wednesday August 24, 2016.  She was born December 24, 1923, in Worcester, MA to Emil and Chestena (Greenleaf) Ostergard.  Her mother died when she was very young; she was raised by her maternal grandparents, Chester and Annie Greenleaf of Kittery and York Beach, ME.  Her grandmother owned and operated the Arlington Hotel in York Beach; she would later raise two more orphaned family members: Maynard McIntyre and Crawford Greenleaf.

Doris married Robert D. Guy, a native of Chelsea, MA, whose family had summer properties on a lane behind the Arlington Hotel.  At the end of WW II, Bob returned home as a soldier from Europe to discover a grown-up and beautiful young lady.  Together they had two children: Robert Lee and Jacqueline Ann.  Their family moved frequently in the northeast, as Bob was a salesman for paper goods and fancy boxes.  They lived the longest period of time in Harwinton, CT.

Doris’s greatest joy was her children. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother and a Girl Scout Leader.  Together with her friends Helen Poole, Catherine Castro, Janet Mathes and Anne Kirchofer, they cooked up a storm for the Harwinton Congregational church suppers, including baking dinner rolls from scratch.  During the winter months they would knit and crochet handicrafts for the church bazaar.  They nick named themselves the “Worthy Girls” as they were active in the Ladies Aid Society and they would organize themselves to welcome newcomers to the community and help anyone in need.

In early retirement Bob and Doris moved back to York Beach, ME to run the family’s Oceanside Store.  Featured in many publications, the beach store was known for the best fried clams and lobster rolls in the area.  Doris was the chief cook and Bob the consummate salesman.  In later retirement they returned to Connecticut to be near their children.

Her husband Robert and son Robert Lee predeceased Doris.  She leaves behind Bob’s wife Sally of New Milford and Southbury, CT and their cherished grandchildren, Margo, Molly (Leaden) and Trenton, and great grandsons, Warren Macko and Robert James “Robbie” Leaden. She also leaves her daughter Jaqueline Shadford and husband Jonathan of Burlington, CT and grandson Spencer Reed and wife Annie and their children, Jacob and Halle Farnsworth of Arundel Maine.

The family would like to thank the staff of Cherry Brook Health Care Center of Canton for the excellent care she received as a resident, which allowed her to live the last days of her life with dignity and grace.  The family is also grateful to McLean Hospice of Simsbury, CT and the many McLean volunteers for their support.

Ludlam, Earl George

LUDLAM. Earl George Ludlam, 88, of Unionville and Burlington, beloved husband of Claire (Erkson) Ludlam, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Born February 10, 1928 in Hartford, he grew up on a tobacco farm with his parents, Earl G. Ludlam, Sr. and Florence J. (Murray) Ludlam, and grandparents in South Windsor. He moved with his mother and sister to Hartford in 1940 and graduated from Bulkeley High School in 1946; he was starting pitcher for three years for the Bulldogs baseball team. After graduating, Earl, a life-long fan of baseball, pitched in the Hartford Twilight League, while at the same time working at Decca Records in Hartford.

Earl entered the US Army in 1950. After training in northern Japan, he was sent to the front lines in Korea in 1951 during the conflict in that country; he reached the rank of Sgt. 1st Class in his rifle platoon, earning the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) and other medals. He was honorably discharged in 1952.

Upon his return to the US, Earl began working at G. Fox & Company, and continued there until retiring in 1982. Afterwards, he enjoyed several more years working as a landscaper at Farmington Woods.

Earl loved all sports, but particularly baseball. In more recent years, he closely followed the UCONN women’s basketball team. He has been a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Unionville since 1965. Earl will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, loving devotion to his family, and faithful service to his country.

In May Earl and Claire celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. In addition to his lovely wife, Earl is survived by his four children and their spouses Paula and William Boltman, Patricia and Daniel Becker, Janine and Gene Draschner, and Timothy Ludlam and Kathleen Brett. He was affectionately called “Poppy” by his six grandchildren, Phillip and Shannon Becker, and Regan, Colin, Christopher, and Patrick Draschner. He is predeceased by his only sibling, Dorothy Welch.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the UCONN Medical staff for their kind and attentive care for Earl during these past weeks.

His family will receive friends and family on Friday, August 26, from 5-7 pm at Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street Unionville. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10am Saturday, August 27, in the church of St.Mary’s Star of the Sea in Unionville. Followed by burial at St. Mary Cemetery, Avon with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 198 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. To send online condolences to the family please visit ahernfuneralhome.com.

Moran, Georgina (Dziedzic)

Georgina “Rose” (Dziedzic) Moran, 93, of Bristol, widow of William F. Moran, passed away Friday August 12. Georgina was born in Unionville, July 21, 1923 and was the daughter of the late John and Anna (Olesky) Dziedzic.

Prior to retiring, Rose was associated with the following companies: Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, Marlin Rockwell Company, Aetna Life Insurance Company, and her husband’s business Shamrock Manufacturing in Forestville. She was a United States Army Veteran of WWII, serving with the W.A.A.C. with the rank of Corporal. Rose received an associate’s degree from Tunxis Community College in graphic design. She was a communicant at the Church of Saint Ann, Avon.

She is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Gale M. Horton and her husband Paul H. of Tolland; Elizabeth F. Young and her husband Scott L. of Burlington; her two granddaughters, who were the light of her life, Jenna Campbell and her husband Justin and Catherine Young; and her three beloved great granddaughters, Madison, Olivia, and Violet.

Rose was predeceased by her seven siblings, Anna Bergin, John, Edward, Margaret Dziedzic, Mary Kaczmarczyk, Estelle Jessome, and Bernice Daley.

Friends may call to the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street Route 4 Unionville, CT on Wednesday (August 17) from 11am until 12:30pm. Funeral procession from the Ahern Funeral Home will be Wednesday (August 17) at 12:30pm, followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Ann Avon at 1pm. Burial with full military honors will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon. To send online condolences to the family please visit ahernfuneralhome.com.

Piccirillo, Sandra Everett

Sandra Everett Piccirillo of Avon passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 31. She was the wife of the Rev. Joseph Piccirillo, pastor of the Memorial United Methodist Church, Avon, and firefighter in the Nichols Fire Department, Trumbull and Avon Volunteer Fire Department, Avon. Born January 3, 1953, in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of Sally Grady Everett and William Everett Sr. of Milford, CT. Sandra grew up in Milford, where as a teen she enjoyed her summers teaching swimming for the American Red Cross as a Certified Water Safety Instructor. She also enjoyed performing and managing productions in the Milford Project Theatre. Sandra graduated from Jonathan Law High School and continued her education at Southern Connecticut State University, graduating with a BA in Special Education and a Masters in Art Education. She held a State certification in Art Education, grades K-12. She taught art at Kolbe Cathedral High School, Bridgeport and The Lorraine D. Faster School, Hamden. In addition to art, she enjoyed dancing and earlier in life was employed as a Dance Instructor at Arthur Murray’s in the Fairfield and West Haven studios. Later, as a pastor’s wife, she contributed to the life of the churches Joseph served, in her love for the Lord and applying her creative spirit in ministry as a member of the vocal and bell choirs, performing in church musicals, painting murals, and hosting dinner dances and bakery fund-raisers. In addition to her husband and her parents, she leaves her brother, William Everett Jr. of Milford; her father and mother-in-law, Joseph and Phyllis Piccirillo of Trumbull; brother-in-law, David Piccirillo and wife, Francesca Marini Piccirillo of Trumbull; sister-in-law, Susan Rotunda and partner, Lina Mitchell of Milford, along with several nieces and nephews. A Christian Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 6th at 2 p.m. at the Nichols United Methodist Church, 35 Shelton Road, Trumbull. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Shelton United Methodist Church, 188 Rocky Rest Road, Shelton, CT 06484; the Nichols United Methodist Church, 35 Shelton Road, Trumbull, CT 06611; the Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Road, Avon, CT 06001; and Masonicare Hospice, 111 Founders Plaza, East Hartford, CT 06108. Arrangements are being handled by Ahern Funeral Home Inc.