Archive for October 2016

Mathewson, Michael Kenneth

Michael Kenneth Mathewson, 59, passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Born December 27, 1956, son of the late Kenneth and Gertrude Mathewson, Michael grew up and lived in Farmington most of his life and resided in New Britain for the last several years. He was a simple man, who lived a simple life and who was kind to everyone. He loved pizza and beer, watching football and baseball games on television and caring for his cat, “Smokey”. Michael is survived by his sister, Jane Angelillo of Farmington, his brother, Danny Mathewson and his wife Elaine of South Windsor, his nephews, Stephen Angelillo and his wife Suzanne of Farmington, Anthony Angelillo of New Britain, Edward Angelillo and his wife Elizabeth of Farmington, Stacy Mathewson of South Windsor, his niece, Laurel Dellacono and her husband Dr. Frank Dellacono of Stonington and several grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his brother, David Mathewson, his brother-in-law, Anthony Angelillo and his niece Amy Zrinchek. He will be missed by all who knew him….Love you Mike. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Clapper, Mary T.

Mary T. Clapper, born on August 2, 1922 in Hartford Connecticut. She was raised in Bloomfield Connecticut. She was the oldest of six children born to Julia Cremin Wyman and Julia’s husband Henry. Of her siblings, she is survived by her sister Blanche Armentano of Enfield Connecticut. Her brothers, the twins Henry and Freddie, Preston and Leo have predeceased her.

She married Charles Veseskis at very early age. Their 33 year marriage produced two boys, Charles and John Veseskis. Mary’s son Charles predeceased her. Her younger son John resides in Moodus Connecticut. Mary left four grandchildren, Dylan, Marc, Emma and Michael Veseskis, eight great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

In the 1970’s Mary lived with her second husband Ed Clapper in Enfield Connecticut. Eventually they moved to Kennebunk Maine when Ed was offered a golden handshake by Pratt and Whitney. Ed was a wonderful man and a draftsman by trade. They resided in Kennebunk for many years where they made many new friends and developed a special relationship with the Lions Club.

After Ed’s death Mary stayed in Kennebunk for some time until eventually it became clear that Mary could no longer maintain a totally independent living arrangement without assistance from her family. So she moved to the Oak Grove Apartments in Moodus, Connecticut. Gradually Mary required 24 hour care. Reluctantly at first, she took up permanent residence in Chestelm Health and Rehabilitation Center in Moodus. It was at Chestelm that Mary discovered the physical care she had always desired and the caring community that so enriched her final years. Mary had a close relationship with many of her fellow residents and the staff, especially Anthony and Candy Nero the recreation directors.

She was actively involved in the numerous activities available at Chestelm. She even revised her interest in painting which began when she resided in Kennebunk. She regularly attended religious services at Chestelm of all denominations.

Mary’s final resting place will be next to her mother at Mt. St. Benedict’s Cemetery in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Mary did not want calling hours or large funeral services. A small private gathering will be held at Chestelm for her friends and family there.

Shea, Michael

Michael Edward Shea, 58, of Farmington passed away Tuesday, October 18th at his home. Born March 26, 1958, the son of W. Maury Shea and the late Lois (Heiman) Shea. Michael grew up in West Hartford and attended Hall High School, where he excelled at soccer. After graduation, he began his career as a commercial roofer, working throughout the state. He lived in Newington for several years before moving to Farmington. Michael is survived by his father, W. Maury Shea of Unionville, his sister, Constance Szerejko of Wethersfield and his sister, Laurie Watsabaugh and her husband Joseph of Wilson, Wyoming, 2 nieces and a nephew.

A Memorial Mass will be held in St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, Unionville at a later date. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family in the family plot at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are being handled by the Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Simanskis, Audrius

SimanskisAudrius Simanskis, 42, of Unionville unexpectedly passed away on October 17th 2016 at home. Audrius was born in Kaunas, Lithuania on July 14th 1974. He was a devoted husband to Jurgita Simanskiene and father to his son Dovydas and daughter Augusta. He will always be remembered and cherished for all he has given to his family, his parents (Jonas and Vilija), sister Daiva, brother Martynas and many friends.

Services will start at 10am, on Saturday, October 22, followed by a Mass at Holy Trinity Church located at 53 Capitol Ave. Hartford CT. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ahern’s Funeral Home to help support the family. To send online condolences please visit

Byrne, Martin P.

Martin ‘Marty’ ‘Beep’ Paul Byrne 77, of Canton beloved husband and best friend of Barbara Delaney Byrne, passed away Saturday, October 15th, 5 days before they were to celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary. “And they said it wouldn’t last.”

Marty was a graduate of Canton High School class of 1957 and had a long career as a Superintendent of Audit at the Aetna Insurance Company, cultivating lifelong friendships with wonderful friends, retiring in 1996. An avid sports fan, to put it mildly, he could be found listening to one game on the radio while watching another on television, and reading the newspaper. He loved the Boston Red Sox, the NY Giants, and UCONN men’s and women’s basketball. He actively participated in the Canton Men’s Softball league for many, many years.

But it was his love and devotion for his wife and family that was an unbreakable bond that has left them all heartbroken at his loss. Besides his loving wife, he also leaves his daughter Robbin Byrne Goodskey and her husband Robert and his grandchildren, his pride and joy and the apple of his eyes Natalie and Lillian Goodskey of New Hartford, along with many cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents James Guinan Byrne and Laura Bramhall Byrne.

There are no calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, October 21st at 10:00 am at Immaculate Conception Church in New Hartford. Burial will be private at the convenience of the immediate family.

He was our rock, the foundation of our love and blessings, words cannot express how greatly he will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National MS Society, CT Chapter, 659 Tower Avenue, Hartford, CT 06112, or The American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MS 0224-7005. Arrangements are being handled by the Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc. To send online condolences please visit

Gresh, Kathleen T.

Kathleen T. (Hawkes) Gresh, 85, of Simsbury, wife of the late Michael B. Gresh, passed away peacefully Monday, October 17, 2016. Born in Unionville on January 28, 1931, daughter of the late Lewis B and Kathleen (Graves) Hawkes; Kathleen graduated from Farmington High School in 1948. She is survived by her daughter, Marykay Powers and her husband Robert, her daughter Cynthia Gresh, her son Brian Gresh and his wife Bethany, her five grandchildren; Samantha, Lily and Charlotte Powers and Mila and Alec Gresh, her sister in law Carol Gresh Sokel and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, Kenneth Hawkes and Joseph Hawkes, and her two sisters, Maureen Hawkes Gauba and Eileen Hawkes Vibert. She was the loving sister in law to the late Rev. Edward Gresh, William Gresh, Irene O’Malley and Margaret Mercuri.

The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Thursday (Oct 20th) at 10:00 am in The Church of St Ann, Avon, followed by burial at St. Ann Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the McLean Home, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070 specifically toward Outdoor Enhancement. Arrangements are being handled by the Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc. To send online condolences please visit

Famigletti, Martha A.

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Martha Alexandria (Capodifero) Famigletti, passed away peacefully on October 16th at The Madison House in Madison, CT. She is the daughter of Christina and Angelo Capodifero and wife of the late, Anthony “Tee” Famigletti. She resided in Farmington for over 50 years and was born in Hartford, CT on October 29, 1915. She celebrated her 100th birthday last October. Martha was an avid gardener spending many hours in her perennial flower garden. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed cooking for her family. She is survived by her two daughters, Cheryl Sittnick and Raymond LeFoll of Old Saybrook, Bonnie Cayer and her husband Roger Cayer of Humble, Texas, three grandchildren, Craig Cayer, Jennifer Scott and husband Derek, Stephanie Sittnick, and one great grandchild Cohen Anthony Scott, as well as many nieces and nephews. The family would like to express our gratitude to the staff of the Madison House, Madison, CT for the ongoing dedication and care given to Martha.

The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Thursday (Oct 20th) at 10:30 am in St. Patrick’s Church, Farmington, followed by burial at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are being handled by the Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc. To send online condolences please visit

Arias, Victoria

Victoria C. Arias was born Oct 17, 1920 in Lima, Peru. Upon moving to Connecticut in 1955, she worked for the Cowles family of Farmington CT. Victoria studied the culinary arts and after graduating, she eventually opened three restaurants in the Hartford area. After retiring from restaurant ownership, she moved to Florida and continued to delight food lovers through private catering and International food festivals in the South Beach area of Miami Beach. During this time, she won five Best in Competition prizes and was awarded 5 Blue Ribbons. Victoria eventually moved to Manhattan to be closer to her family in NYC and CT, where she continued to touch lives through her endless generosity and tireless work helping the elderly and offering free meals to those less fortunate in the Upper Westside of Manhattan.

A sister to three: George Calderon (deceased), Dolores Palega and brother Antonio Calderon. Daughters Rose Arias, Marie Harvey and Clara-Thaydee Arias. Grandsons Peter, Christian, Zachary and Jonathan Sands and Edward Harvey. Great grandchildren Christopher, Brandon and Jonathan Sands and great-great granddaughter Violet Sands.

Victoria passed peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by her loved ones on October 8, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital. She will be missed, yet forever remain close to our hearts.

Friends may call at the Ahern Funeral Home 180 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Today Wednesday (October 12) from 8 – 9:30 am. Funeral procession from the Ahern Funeral Home Wednesday at 9:30 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St Patrick-St Anthony Church 285 Church Street, Hartford. To send online condolences please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.comArias Photo

Ruhm, Helen C.

Helen C. Ruhm, formerly of Unionville, passed away peacefully October 4, 2016. Born in Ellington, CT August 23, 1924, the daughter of the late Francis Laska and the late Martha (Suchecki) Laska. Prior to retiring she was employed by Allstate Insurance Co.

She is survived by her daughter, Julie MacGregor of Winsted, grandchildren Lisa A. Lang and her husband Jason of Norfolk, Andrea H. Richardson and her husband Scott of Torrington, Douglas Ruhm of Hartford and Cynthia Ruhm of Torrington, 7 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Roach, Dorothy A. (McMahon)

Dorothy A. (McMahon) Roach, 97 of Unionville, wife of the late George H. Roach passed away peacefully on Sunday October 2. A lifelong resident of Unionville, Dorothy was a homemaker, baker and giver. She is survived by her son, James Roach and his wife Louise of Avon and her grandson, Jordan of Denver, CO. She was predeceased by her brothers, Edward and John McMahon and her sisters, Winifred Dunne and Mary Leahy. The family would like to give special thanks to Avon Health Center.

Yamachika, Robert H.


Robert H. Yamachika, 73 of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, beloved husband of the late Sandra Uncles Yamachika, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2016. He was the loving father of William James Yamachika and Robin Wine, devoted grandfather of Jacob Robert, Caileigh Marie and Lilly Grace Anne. He is further survived by 3 sisters and other relatives and friends. A 31 year YMCA veteran, Bob was the 12th President/CEO in Milwaukee Y’s 157 year history; serving the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee as President and CEO from 2007 until his retirement in 2013. Since joining the Y in 1982, he has been an integral part of the strategic planning for the organization, as well as major initiatives in the city. He oversaw major YMCA facility projects including the building and opening of seven YMCA’s, renovating four, and expanding two resident camps. His tenure with the YMCA includes his work as Vice President for Facility Development and Planning, Interim CFO, COO, Sr. VP/Chief Administrative Officer and Interim CEO.

Stovall , Dianne Margaret


Dianne Margaret Stovall, 55, of Farmington, CT, passed away peacefully in the company of her family on September 30, 2016. Dianne was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on April 26, 1961, the daughter of Richard F. and Patricia M. Maloney. She was educated at St. Joseph’s High School, Seton Hill College and Washington College. Dianne was a licensed insurance agent who worked for many years at the Hartford Insurance Company and the Advest Brokerage in Avon. Dianne’s greatest love were her three children, Erin, Maggie and Connor, who were the light of her life. Some of the fondest memories Dianne had were of being a soccer mom in Farmington and enjoying all of her children’s’ activities. Dianne was a devoted and loving mother and she was so proud of each of her children. She was always there with a smile, a hug, and whatever kind of support she could give. Dianne was an active, creative and artistic person who loved to garden and to be in the beautiful countryside, including by the Farmington River and the Berkshires. As a young woman, Dianne was an avid skier and enjoyed playing basketball, along with doing macramé and silk screening. Dianne also had a great eye and loved photography, especially photographing her children and nature. Dianne is preceded in death by her father, Richard Maloney, of Southfield Massachusetts. Dianne is survived by her daughters Erin and Maggie and her son Connor Stovall. She is also survived by her mother Patricia Maloney, her two sisters, Judith Maloney and Pamela MacKenzie, her twin brother, Paul Maloney, her niece and god-child Brooke Toczylowski, her three nephews, Cortlandt Toczylowski and Duncan and Garrett MacKenzie, and other family and friends.  The family of Dianne Stovall wishes to thank Dr. Channick and his team and the nursing staff at the MGH Pulmonary Critical Care Unit for their steadfast and kind-hearted care.

Doty , Frances C.


Frances C. Doty of Bristol, wife of Robert T. Doty, passed away peacefully September 24th. Fran was born in Farmington July 28, 1930 to Timothy L. Collins and Mary Jacques Collins. A graduate of Farmington High School Class of 1948, Fran was associated with Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. A longtime member of St. Gregory Church, Bristol, she was a member of the Rosary Society and a member of the Bristol Senior Center where she ran the Bargain Box. Besides her beloved husband, Fran leaves her son, Robert T. Doty, Jr and his wife Nancy of Columbia, SC, her sister, Rose C. Killiany and her husband Donald of Burlington, CT, her grandchildren, Michael, Marissa, Andrew and Kattie. She was predeceased by her son, Timothy C. Doty, her sisters, Mary Curnuck, Margaret Collins and Kathryn Collins and her brother, James D. Collins.

Chamberlin, Chandler (Chan)

Chandler (Chan) Chamberlin, born on April 9, 1944 went to his heavenly home on September 24, 2016. “We stood on the shore and watched as he set his sails and headed out to sea. When he reached the horizon and disappeared from our sight, we cried and said to ourselves, ‘There he goes. BUT¿on the other shore, a crowd of people were cheering and shouting, ‘HERE HE COMES!'” Chan leaves a legacy of Godliness, kindness, gentleness, wisdom, patience, smiles and love. He and his wife, Nancy, honeymooned for 52 years. He couldn’t be prouder of his two daughters, Wendy Burhoe and Julie Terelmes. His grandchildren, Brent, Andrew and Erin Burhoe filled his life with immeasurable joy. He was so grateful to his son-in-law, Dean Burhoe for being a devoted husband to Wendy. He dearly loved his sister, Peggy Scholl and her children Jimmy, Tammy and Matthew. His closest and dearest friend and best buddy was his brother-in-law, Rick Rubb. He was inspired by the courage of his sister-in-law, Arlene Rubb and enjoyed the special times he had with his nephew, Matt Rubb. He had a great admiration for his step mother-in-law, Peggy Rubb. His dog, Jasper brought him immense pleasure. He was a dependable, hard-working, loyal employee of The Hartford Times, The Hartford Courant, The Newman, Gengras and Morande Auto Groups. He loved his church, Valley Community Baptist Church in Avon and all of the many wonderful friends there.