Archive for September 2016

Silansky, Joseph Lloyd Paul Jr.

Joseph Lloyd Paul Silansky, Jr., 84, of Unionville, passed away peacefully on September 23, 2016. He is survived by his loving daughters, Christine M. Silansky of Unionville and Mary (Francini) Silansky and her husband, Bill of Farmington, grandchildren, Mikala and Rachel, his brother Perry and his former sister-in-law, Joan Nugent, his special nephew, Paul who he thought of as the son he never had, his niece, Cheryl and nephew, Mark. Born on April 28, 1932 in Hartford, CT, he was the son of Joseph Silansky, Sr. and Anna (Franz) Silansky. He graduated from Windsor High School and worked alongside his dad at Windsor Radio and Television. After serving honorably in the US Navy during the Korean War, he continued his career as an electronics technician. He raised his family in Farmington and blessed them with a vacation each summer on Cape Cod. He enjoyed bowling and golfing and whatever he could do to help his family. He was a long-time member of the Lion’s Club in Unionville and a devoted parishioner of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville where he served as an usher at the 4:30 Mass. He will be remembered for his heart of gold. The family extends a special thank you to the staff at Avon Health Center for all their love and support. He loved his grandchildren, Rachel and Mikala and was so proud of them. We will always cherish the gift of Cape Cod he gave us and the love of the beach and ocean. May you always ride the waves and smell the salt air you loved so much. We love you and miss you so much already.

Oh, Andrew H.

Andrew H. Oh of Avon, husband of the late Jung Hee Oh, passed away peacefully September 19th at Duncaster.  Mr. Oh is survived by his son, Anthony Oh, his wife Jodi and their children, Jonathan, Peter and Madison, his son, Jeoung, his wife Ji Sook and their children, Sae (Alexander) and Emily and his son-in-law Lawrence Cheng and his children, Matthew and Agnes.  Besides his wife, Jung Hee Oh, Andrew was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Soo Cheng.

Bokun, Judith


Judith Bokun, wife of the late Carl Bokun, passed away on Sunday, September 18th at her home in Farmington, after a battle with ovarian cancer fought with courage, dignity, strength and determination. Judy was born in Brockton, MA to John E. Edwards and Ethel Kelly Edwards. She was a 1961 graduate of Farmington High School and was employed by Cigna Corp for 27 years in various parts of the country. Judy is survived by her brother, Bruce Edwards and his former wife, Joyce and their children Paul of Burlington, CT and Stacey of Georgia, her brother, Keith Edwards and his wife Bridget of Hubert, NC, her sister, Claudia Looney and her husband William of Surry, ME, and her nephew, Jack Edwards and his wife Stefanie and their children Mia and Gabriella, her nephew John Jakobeit and his partner Becky Bobola of Bristol, CT and Mary Jane and Joseph Pisarski and their son Colin. Judy is predeceased by her parents John Edwards and Ethel Kelly Edwards, her stepmother Ruth Jakowenko, her brother John E Edwards Jr, his wife Beverley Edwards and her niece Susan Beers. Bruce Edwards and Mary Jane Pisarski have been helping Judy throughout this battle and Judy and her entire family are very thankful for their support. The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Brewer and her caring staff at UConn. Judy enjoyed tending her flower gardens and loved the beach, UConn women’s basketball, the Red Sox, Patriots, Broncos and all animals. Her greatest love was her furry kids; so many over the years. Bailey was her last best furry buddy and you could not detach them from each other. Judy you were an inspiration to all of us. God broke our hearts to prove he only takes the best.

Ricci, Robert


Robert “Bob” Ricci, 91, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at home in Farmington, CT surrounded by his family. The eldest child of Angelo and Albina (Orzo) Ricci, he was born on September 30, 1924 in Bristol, CT. Graduating high school early in 1943 to enlist in WWII, he served three years as Quartermaster in the US Navy in the Asian Pacific and European Theatres on the USS Baker, USS Franklin Bell and USS Tolovana. He earned combat medals and was honorably discharged in 1946. He later graduated with the first class of the Culinary Arts Institute. Bob married the love of his life, Faye, in 1949. A manufacturer’s representative for most of his career, he had a strong work ethic. Bob was generous with his time and talents, showing deep compassion for the less fortunate. He taught his children and grandchildren by example to be hard working, independent and uncompromising. His life was his family, his church, his love of cooking, Big Band dancing, playing Setback, making things grow and the NY Yankees. A lifelong and devout Catholic, Bob acted as lector at Mass every Sunday. He was honored by Holy Family Monastery for participation in 25+ spiritual retreats. During the war, he led his ship’s Sunday scripture readings. He and Faye spent their retirement years as snow birds traveling between Venice, FL and Farmington. Bob will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 67 years, Faye (L’Heureux), his daughters Eileen(Tom)Moylan of Brewster, MA; Lorry(Dan)Belanger of Avon, CT; Donna Ricci (Dave Kelley) of Kennebunk, ME; Catherine Ricci of Worcester, MA and son Mark (Jill) Ricci of Granby,CT; siblings and their spouses Richard Ricci of Holyoke MA; (Mary) Catherine and Chet Dawidczyk of Clinton, CT; Paul Ricci of Anaheim,CA; and Elizabeth and George Foeller of Hudson, IL. He will always be “Pa” to his grandchildren Amy, Meg, Chrissie, Emily, Dave, Zac, Libby, Peter, Andrew, and Ali; and great-grandchildren John, Fiona, Luca, Mia and Cayden. His maternal great grandmother was Filomena Pera Scrivano of Paola, Italy (mother of his grandfather Pasquale Orzo). He is predeceased by his parents and his nonna, Caterina (Amendola) Orzo, whom he loved and who loved him unconditionally.

Jordon, Willard G.

SFC Willard Gene Jordon, USA (ret) 76, of Farmington, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2016. Gene was a career member of the United States Army, having been highly decorated for his service, serving two tours in Vietnam. He was also retired from the United States Postal Service, having worked in Canton for a number of years. He is survived by his loving wife, Monique Y. Jordon, son, Billy Jordon and daughter, Kathleen Greco-Murray; grandchildren, Justin Greco, Joshua Greco, Jessica Jordon, and Nicholas Jordon; sisters, Wanda Batson, Mary Hartis and Joyce Baugh; brothers, Charles Jordon, James Jordon, Paul Jordon, and Walter Jordon. He enjoyed his retirement spending time with family.

Scheidel, John “Jack”


John “Jack” Scheidel of Burlington, husband of Cecile (Poirier) Scheidel died September 11, 2016. Jack was born in Hartford to Augustus “Gus” Scheidel and Julia (Flood) Scheidel on November 10, 1944. Jack graduated from Canton High School in 1962. He worked 24 years at Dunham Bush Company. He then worked for The Ahern Funeral Homes Inc for 25 years. Jack was raised and resided in Collinsville until 2011 when he and Cecile moved to Burlington. He was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Collinsville. Jack loved all sports. He was a huge fan of The New York Yankees, The New York Giants and The UCONN women. He also enjoyed following the Connecticut Sun Team and attending games with his special cousin Mrs. Anne Marie Deren of New London, CT. Jack dedicated much of his free time to the Canton Street Volunteer Fire Company for over 46 years. He enjoyed spending the months of January and February in Treasure Island, Florida. He will be remembered for his loyalty, his generosity of heart, and his terrific sense of humor. You always knew where you stood with Jack – he told it like it was. He truly was a stand-up guy. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 26 years, Cecile; his brother James and wife Emilie (Habernak) Scheidel, Sr. of Dunkirk, Maryland and a sister-in-law Betty Ann (widow of Thomas) Scheidel of Canton, CT. He also leaves 2 nieces Susan Deckert and Cynthia Vogel from Maryland and 3 nephews: James Scheidel, Jr. from Andover, Kansas; and Jonathan Scheidel from Avon, CT and Allen from Barkhamsted, CT and many close cousins and a limitless amount of friends. Besides his parents, Jack was preceded in death his brother Thomas of Canton, CT.

Tapar, Beverly (Bev)


Beverly (Bev) Tapar, of Newington passed away Sunday, September 11 after a short battle with cancer. She is survived by her son, Stanley Kurt Livziey and his wife, Jane of Bloomfield and two sisters, Eva Tapar O’Connell of Colchester and Judith Tapar Handel of East Hampton. She also leaves one niece, five nephews, and two step-grandchildren. Beverly treasured her family above all and was a loving mother, sister, and aunt. Beverly was generous with her time and resources; she was quick to help a friend in need and cherished time spent dog-sitting her grand dog, Oliver. Beverly was a successful self-made businesswoman. After graduating from Hall High School in 1964, she first worked as a bank teller in Utica, NY. After returning to West Hartford in 1967, she began her career in the restaurant business at Arthur’s Luncheonette in Hartford, first as a cashier and then as a floor manager. With help from her uncle, Nicolas Flamio, she launched the Copper Kettle Restaurant in Farmington in 1975. As owner/manager of the restaurant for 26 years, she served literally thousands of meals to local patrons, making the Copper Kettle a cultural fixture in the town of Farmington. She was respected by her 35 employees as a fair and consistent leader. In retirement, Beverly supported the food bank in Newington, Connecticut, Big Brother, Big Sisters, and also gave generously to others in need of food during the holiday season.

LoStocco, Nicole Laurie

Nicole LoStocco

Nicole Laurie LoStocco, 23, slipped away on Monday morning, September 5th, at home in Burlington, CT.  Nicole was born on March 7th, 1993 in New Britain, CT and was raised in Wethersfield and Burlington, CT.  She is a graduate of the Lewis S. Mills High School class of 2011 where she played lacrosse all four years, was involved in multiple school activities and was a member of Future Business Leaders of America.  She continued her education at Johnson & Wales University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.  She recently started her career with Merritt Healthcare.

Nicole is the wonderful daughter of Laurie (Baumann) LoStocco and James “Jay” LoStocco, and the amazing older sister to Maddie LoStocco, all of Burlington, CT.  Besides her proud parents and sister, Nicole leaves behind her loving boyfriend, Patryk Kraska of Bristol, CT. 

She is the granddaughter of James and Patricia LoStocco of Avon, CT, and the “Precious Dove” of her Nona and Nono, Gerald R. and Eleanor (Bartini) Baumann of Lee, MA.  She also leaves behind her aunts and uncles, Jeff and Sandy Baumann of Sherman Oaks, California, Michael Baumann of Lee, MA, Steven and Rosemary LoStocco of Tolland, CT, and her very special aunt and uncle David and Carolyn LoStocco of Burlington, CT, as well as her cousins, Jeffrey Baumann, Melissa Leonard, and Lauren and Angela LoStocco.  She leaves behind so many close and loving friends—far too many to list.

Nicole is best described as a best friend to everyone.  She helped and touched more people in her lively 23 years than most people do in their entire lives.  Her vivacious energy and incredible sense of humor has left a permanent footprint here on earth, and she will be so terribly missed.  We love you so much, Colie.  No one will ever forget you!  Boop boop.

Nicole will be laid to rest at St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol, CT, right next to her great friend, Vikki Barrow, where they can continue their antics together in their next journey.

Dexheimer, John Edward

John Edward Dexheimer, of Farmington and Fenwick Connecticut, died Saturday in a tragic accident. He was 62. A Connecticut businessman, John was most recently the president and owner of Regal Supply and previously served as chief executive officer of Argo Industries. An avid sailor and skier, John loved the shores of Connecticut and winters in Vermont almost as much as he adored his family. John graduated from Norwich University. John is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Elizabeth Godbout Dexheimer, his son, John Farrell Dexheimer, daughter, Elizabeth Anne McLeish, son-in-law, Watson Monroe McLeish, parents, Martin and Jean Dexheimer, three sisters, Amy Dexheimer Barrett (Lee), Janice Dexheimer Place (Charlie) and Laura Dexheimer Balsewicz (Donald), many dear friends, cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.

MacGovern, Joyce Ann (Gifford)

Joyce Ann MacGovern

Joyce Ann (Gifford) MacGovern, 85, of Farmington died unexpectedly, but peacefully with her family by her side at Hartford Hospital on Saturday, September 3. Born in Middletown, CT on September 26, 1930 to Randall H. and Dorothy S. Gifford, she spent her childhood in West Hartford and summers in Maine on her beloved Messalonskee Lake. In June 1953, she earned her B.S. degree and was licensed as a Registered Nurse by Hartford Hospital School of Nursing. She married her husband, Warren Taylor “Bud” MacGovern, in September 1953 and they moved in 1955 to their current home in Farmington, where they raised their 4 children. After Bud retired in 1988, they were lucky enough to be able to spend 26 summers in the home that she helped her father build on the lake. Joyce was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Janet Ficken. She is survived by her husband, Bud, and their children and spouses: Stephen John (Paulette), Nancy Jo (Philip), Robert Warren (Tammy), and Randall Harding (Ellen). She is also survived by her five grandchildren Stacey (Jared) Richard, Samantha (Jay) Garfall, Kevin Lombardo, Sarah (Robert) Watson, and Jonathan (Kelly) MacGovern, a great-grandson, Henry Stephen Richard, and a brother, Randall H. Gifford Jr. of Florida. She was the best wife and mother her husband and children could have had, and she will be greatly missed by them as well as by all other relatives and her friends.

Bilodeau, Anita (Albert)


Anita (Albert) Bilodeau, 90 of Farmington, CT, beloved wife of Donald Bilodeau, passed away peacefully September 2, 2016 after a brief illness.  She was born April 1, 1926 in Township, Maine to Arthur Albert and Georgina (Guerret) Albert. 

In addition to her loving husband, she leaves behind her son Steven and his wife Lisa, her son Bruce and his wife Denise, her daughter Donna Lee, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brother Phil and sisters Georgette and Jackie.  She is predeceased by her son-in-law Edmund, her brothers Harry, Leopold, Louis and Mark and her sisters Jill and Lorraine.

She will be remembered for her love of family and gardening.

Cifaldi, Margaret H. “Peggy”

Margaret H. “Peggy” Cifaldi, 62 of Higganum, beloved wife of husband Rocco L. Cifaldi, Jr passed away peacefully on Thursday September 1st.  Prggy was born October 12, 1952, in Attelboro, MA to George and Helen (Tate) Hobson.  Peggy spent many years in food service, working at The Copper Kettle Restaurant in Farmington, Farmington Pizza, the Bagel Shop in Southington and most recently at Navin Brothers Catering where she served many high schools.

Besides her husband she leaves three children, Brian, Jeff and Shelby, her cherished pet Roxy, three brothers George, John and James and one sister Ellen.  She was predeceased by her brother Joseph.


Reynolds, Charles Freeman

Charles Freeman Reynolds, 98, of Farmington CT, died peacefully on Sunday, August 28, 2016.  Born on May 30, 1918 in Binghamton, New York, the son of Marion and Barbara Reynolds, he moved to Connecticut many years ago and lived for 65 years in Farmington.

He was an Army Veteran of World War II:  attended OCS, and served in the Pacific.  He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal with Bronze Arrowhead, the American Service Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal with 2 Bronze Stars and the World War II Victory Medal.

On his return from the War, he began working at O.F. Stengelin Co. in Hartford with his father-in-law.  He became the co-owner of the business with his wife and retired at the age of 70!

He was an active member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Farmington, serving the church :  including but not limited to:  Sunday School teacher, bell ringer and unofficial greeter every Sunday, usher, the Building Maintenance Committee, classroom painter, gardener, as well as Senior Deacon.  He was also an active member of the Connecticut Conference United Church of Christ Department of Lay Life and Work and the statewide Men’s Fellowship, and continued to be an avid supporter of the Silver Lake Conference Center.

Mr. Reynolds was scout master of Cub Scout Pack 48 for many years as well as participating in local scouting organizations.  He received the Silver Beaver award, the highest honor accorded volunteer Scouters.

He was also a founding/charter member of the East Farms Volunteer Fire Department and served as Chief for at least 10 years.  Other Town of Farmington activities included the Board of Tax Review, the Farmington Senior Center, and he was past commander of the American Legion Post.  On his 90th birthday he was the Grand Marshall of the Memorial Day Parade.

Mr. Reynolds was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Gwendolyne Tillmanns Reynolds, a brother M. Allen (Jupe) Reynolds and his sister Eleanor Reynolds Payne.  He leaves a daughter, the Rev. Cynthia Reynolds, a son, the Rev. Carl Reynolds, 3 granddaughters:  Marinda Reynolds, Julia McAleer, and Katrina Casey, and 2 great grand daughters:  Amelia and Meadow McAleer.  He also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins around the country.