Archive for November 2016

Meaney, Mrs. Adele K.

Meaney, AdeleAdele K. Meaney of Farmington and South Lyme, CT passed away peacefully on November 29, 2016, surrounded by family. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Joseph Vincent Meaney Sr.
Adele was a proud native of Torrington, CT. She was born on March 4, 1924 to Anthony and Martha (Baltuskonis) Kemezis in Torrington. She was predeceased by her brothers Anthony and Joseph Kemezis, and her sister Mary Comporesi. Adele graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in 1945 and became an OR nurse at St. Francis Hospital. Later in her career she became a school nurse in the Hartford Public School System. She was a proud member of the St. Francis School of Nursing Alumni Association. She was a life member of the St. Francis Hospital, St. Thomas Seminary, and Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, as well as a member of the Point ‘O Woods Beach Association Women’s Club. Kemy had been an active member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild, and the Hartford School Nurses Association.
She is survived by her children, whom she loved dearly, Martha M. Meaney (Francis Connors), Kathleen W. Meaney, Maureen A. (Jack) Dietze, Joseph V. (Renee) Meaney Jr., John A. Meaney. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Patrick J. (Erica) Meaney, Caitlin A. Meaney, Daniel E. Meaney, Michael J. Meaney, John ‘Jack’ F. Meaney, and Mark N. Meaney. She also leaves behind great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and beloved friends. She always loved entertaining, especially at the beach house. She loved cooking, reading, traveling (she went to Ireland 12 times!), and playing Bridge. She lived life to the fullest, and will be dearly missed.
The family would like to thank the wonderful people who helped her in her final journey, including those at Hartford Hospital, the Hebrew Home, Brookdale at Farmington and Nancy ScottoDiluzio.
Friends may call at the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main Street, Farmington, on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 3-7pm. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Saturday December 3, 2016 in the Church of St. Patrick followed by burial in Fairview Cemetery in West Hartford.
In lieu of flowers, Adele wishes for you to consider donating to the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, 95 Woodland Street, Hartford CT 06105.

Madden, Ms. Margaret E. “Peggy”

Madden, MargaretMargaret E. Madden (Peggy), 95, of Avon, CT, formerly of Melrose, MA, passed away peacefully on November 23, 2016 after receiving magnificent, empathetic care from the entire staff at Seabury Meadows Memory Support Center in Bloomfield, CT during the final years of her life.
Peggy was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 5, 1921, the daughter of Michael and Julia (Reardon) Madden. She was pre-deceased by her brothers, Cornelius and Michael, and her sisters, Hannah, Julia, Katherine and Mary. Peggy received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Burdetts College, a B.S. degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Northeastern University and a Master’s degree in Library Science from Simmons College. She began her business career with the Monsanto Company at the Everett, MA plant in 1940. She was made Assistant Research Librarian in 1952 and was transferred to the World Headquarters in St Louis, MO in 1957 as the Technical Librarian for the Inorganic Chemicals Division. She was appointed Chairman of Monsanto’s Information Center from 1961 to 1963, when she was promoted to Technical Reports Librarian. She also assumed the duties of Records Retention Coordinator of the Central Research Department in 1967. She later advanced to the position of Supervisor, Reports Library Research Center for Corporate Research and Development before retiring in 1985 after 45 years of service.
Peggy was a proud member of Zonta International, a Service Organization of Professional and Executive Women, and served that organization in many capacities, including President of the St Louis Club of Zonta International in 1971. Peg also gave enthusiastically of her time, talents, and resources to many other professional organizations and public service charitable causes. She was most passionate about her family, the Republican Party, the Catholic Church, and the Boston Red Sox, not necessarily in that order.
Peggy is survived by her first generation nephews and nieces; Peter J. Deckers and wife, Barbara, Judith Deckers, Janet Bingle and husband, Glenn, Peter Madden and wife, Kathleen, Robert Murphy and wife, Michelle, Julia DiBella and husband Frank, many second generation great nieces and nephews, and numerous third generation great great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Saturday, December 3rd at 11:30 am until 12:00 pm at St John Chrysostom Church, 4750 Washington St, West Roxbury, MA 02132, followed by a Mass of Christian Celebration of Life and the Funeral Liturgy at 12 noon in St John Chrysostom Church. Burial will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Seabury Meadows Memory Support Center, 100 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT. 06002 or the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, 405 Allen Ave, Meriden, CT. 06451.

McMahon, Mrs. Rose Marie L.

McMahon, Rose MarieRose Marie L. McMahon, 85, of Unionville, widow of Joseph W. McMahon, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Born August 28, 1931 in Hartford, daughter of the late Joseph and Elvira (Gizzi) Landolina. Prior to retiring, Rose Marie was a Secretary for the State of Connecticut from 1951-1970 and had also been a Secretary for the Farmington Board of Education. She was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. Rose Marie is survived by her son, Steven J. McMahon of Avon, her brother-in-law, Thomas McMahon and his wife Patricia of Avon, nieces and nephews, Patricia and Joseph Amat, Thomas and Cheryl McMahon, Sharon Radler, Mark and Carol McMahon, Michelle and Chad Cole, and her great nieces and nephews, Christine, Joseph, Isabelle, Ashley, Emma, Orissa and Austin. She was predeceased by her three brothers, Luciano, Anthony and Robert Landolina. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the North Wing staff at Avon Health Center for the wonderful care given to Rose Marie. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (Nov. 30) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Oak Hill School for the Blind, 120 Holcomb St., Hartford, CT 06112.

Peltier, Edward F.

Peltier, Edward - colorEdward F. Peltier, 93, of Unionville, beloved husband of the late Madelyn A. “Maude” Peltier, passed away peacefully Saturday, November 19th, 2016. Born November 24th, 1922 in Unionville, son of the late Dennis Joseph and Margaret (Roach) Peltier, he resided in town his entire life. Prior to retiring, Eddie worked in Distribution for Superior Electric. He was a proud United States Navy Veteran of World War II in the Submarine Service.
Ed was predeceased by brothers Max Peltier, Robert Peltier, and Thomas Peltier, and by sisters Bernadette Scalia, Gertrude Buteau and Florence Trelli. Ed and Maude never had children of their own, but Ed leaves 31 loving nieces and nephews along with many great nieces and nephews. Nephews Jack and Jim Shearer, Chris Foryan and Seth Yabrosky, and nieces Mary Yabrosky and Janet Keener were especially devoted to Ed’s well-being over the years. In later life, Ed also adopted a “Stop and Shop” family who welcomed him into their store and their hearts and gave him much joy.
Ed and Maude were everyone’s favorite aunt and uncle, so full of fun and life and always ready with a hug and a smooch. Eddie had a beautiful singing voice, played guitar and was at the heart of so many family holiday sing-alongs. He lived a full, active life right up to the very end, and we were all blessed to have him in our lives. Ed’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the wonderful staff of Bristol Hospital’s Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit, who cared so thoughtfully for Ed in his final days.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (Dec. 10) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by burial with full military honors in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. There are no calling hours. Donations in Ed’s memory may be made to the Bristol Hospital Development Foundation, Brewster Road, Bristol, CT 06011.

Fish, Willard “Bud”

Willard (Bud) Fish, 97, member of the Greatest Generation, died at home on Friday, November 18, 2016. Born in Manchester, he was the son of Edgar and Clara Fish. He graduated from UConn School of Engineering in 1943. Following graduation he served in World War II in the Army in Europe throughout the end of the war. Following the war he was employed by (SNET) Southern New England Telephone Co retiring after 38 years of service. He also served on the Board of the AAA Automobile Club of Hartford for many years.
He leaves his wife, Betty Foley Fish, his daughter Nancy and her husband Ian Bamber and granddaughter Gillian and family of Georgia, his daughter, Maribeth and her husband Brad Milauskas and granddaughter Lauren of Virginia, his son, John and his wife Donna Fish and granddaughter Kate of West Hartford. He is also survived by a sister, Laura Cassidento of Manchester. He was predeceased by brothers, Elliot, Alfred and a sister, Clara Mathiason.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, November 22nd at 10 am in the Church of St Peter Claver, 47 Pleasant Street, West Hartford, followed by burial in St Mary’s Cemetery, Avon. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Thomas the Apostle School, 25 Dover Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.

Klimas, Vitautas A. “Victor”

Vitautas A. “Victor” Klimas, 93, of Unionville, beloved husband of Leona (Hoffman) Klimas, passed away Monday, November 14th, 2016. Born March 3rd, 1923 in New Britain, he was the son of the late Charles and Anna (Ciburk) Klimas. He was a United States Merchant Marine veteran. During WWII his ship delivered gasoline to General Patton’s troops in Europe and North Africa and also delivered ammo to the South Pacific fleet. He also served in the Korean War delivering supplies to the Pacific fleet. After the war, “Red” worked as a Heating and AC Superintendent throughout the New England area. Besides his wife of 70 years, Victor is survived by his daughter, Carol Ryan and her husband Jack of Florida, his grandchildren, Victor Klimas III of Texas, Cristin Walker and her husband Chris of Massachusetts, David Ryan and his fiancée Morgan of Massachusetts, and four great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Victor Klimas Jr., his granddaughter, Cheryl Klimas, five sisters and two brothers. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.Klimas, Victor.

Nixon, Eileen A.

Nixon, EileenEileen A. Nixon, 73, beloved wife of Allen M. Nixon, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on November 17th. Daughter of Arthur and Edith Ayen, she was born January 27, 1943 in Philadelphia, PA. She earned a nursing degree from Temple University and at that time shared many nights with cousins dancing on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. She also met Allen M. Nixon, her loving husband of 53 years and married him in 1963. She is survived by Allen, her four daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl Nixon and Tim Monroe of Providence, RI, Cynthia Nixon-Aly and Ahmed Aly of Springfield, NJ, Alyson and Matthew Bracken of Brookline, MA and Caryn and Kevin Brady of New Canaan, CT and the five grandchildren she adored, Owen, Kathryn, Madelyn, Ayn and Jacquelyn.
Eileen is remembered for her many talents and accomplishments. These include her work as an operating room nurse at UConn Health Center, running for first selectwoman in Burlington, CT (1985), being a Girl Scout leader and starting the AFS foreign exchange student program at Lewis S. Mills High School and hosting five foreign exchange students. She sat on the Board of Directors at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, CT, was head of the Memorials Committee at Memorial United Methodist Church in Avon, CT and for 12+ years she managed the estate and care of a mentally-challenged family member.
Known for her enthusiastic embrace of life, she was an avid tennis player, skier, swimmer, golfer, ice skater and bicyclist. She enjoyed spending time on the beach and gardening at the special summer home she created for her children and grandchildren in Charlestown, RI. She was talented in calligraphy, cooking, sewing, yoga and entertaining and made each of her grandchildren a hand-knit Christmas stocking, passing down the tradition her mother started. She and Allen travelled extensively and she was fortunate to see all of the continents except Antarctica. A favorite trip was an all-family cruise to Bermuda for her and Allen’s 50th wedding anniversary. She was an active participant in Massachusetts General Hospital clinical studies for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), the disease from which she died.
Friends may call at the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville, CT on Friday, December 2nd from 4 pm until 7 pm. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday December 3rd at 10 am in the Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Road, Avon, CT 06001. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial United Methodist Church, McLean Hospice 75 Great Pond Rd, Simsbury, CT 06070 and/or Cure PSP 404 5th Avenue 3rd Fl New York, NY 10018 (www.psp.org)

Day, Loftus W. “Buddy”

Loftus W. Day Jr (Buddy), 82, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2016 at UConn. He was born in Unionville, April 19, 1934 to Loftus William Day and Katherine Haberen. He was predeceased by his wife of 50+ years Catherine McCahill Day, brother Richard and granddaughter Elizabeth Day. He is survived by his daughter Debora & Charles Huntley of Bristol, daughter Cheryl Dzis of Canton, son James & Joni Day of Canton, daughter Lori &Phil Ouimette of Unionville, daughter Tracey & Robert Chappell of Avon, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, several nieces & nephews, many, many friends and also his beloved cat. There will be a gathering of family & friends to celebrate the lives of both Buddy & Cathy Day on Sunday November 27 2016 from 1-4 pm at The Canton Street Firehouse Canton Springs Rd., Canton CT.Day, Loftus

Kula, Eleanor (Sikorski)

Eleanor (Sikorski) Kula beloved wife of Jozef Kula, passed away on November 15, 2016 after a battle with Alzheimer’s. Babci, as she was known to everyone, was the heart and soul of the Kula Clan. Through the years she was employed as a bookkeeper with various employers including Comer Nursery, Aetna, & Sikorski Bus. She loved her grandchildren, feeding people when they were already full and playing hostess to all will be deeply missed. She leaves her beloved husband of 63 years, Jozef Kula of Harwinton, as well as her three children Cynthia & Raymond Ward of Avon, Greg and Mavis Kula of Torrington, and Jon and Lisa Kula of Unionville, six grandchildren Joseph, Katherine and Anne Marie Cormier, Becki and Douglas Hildrew, Jesse Kula and Ethan Kula. She was also able to see her first great grandson Rhys Hildrew. She was predeceased by her parents and three brothers. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church of Collinsville, Connecticut at 10 AM on November 19, 2016. Burial is private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to VNA Northwest, Inc., 607 Bantam Road, Unit F, Bantam, CT 06750.

McMahon, Donald E.

Donald E. McMahon, 85, of Unionville, died Sunday, November 13th surrounded by his family. Born May 8th, 1931 in Unionville, son of the late George and Rose (Bauer) McMahon, he was a lifelong town resident. Prior to retiring in 1997, Donald was a mail carrier with the United States Postal Service for over 40 years in Unionville and Burlington. He was a United States Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was married to Dorothy Howard McMahon in 1967; they later divorced but remained close friends until Dorothy passed away in 2009. Donald is survived by his daughter, Jennifer McMahon and her partner Drea Thew, his son, Thomas McMahon and his wife Melissa Palma McMahon and his granddaughters, Hayley McMahon and Zella McMahon. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Nov. 20) from 4:00-6:00pm. Graveside funeral services with full military honors will be held Monday (Nov. 21) at 10:30am in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Audubon Society of Connecticut, 613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT 06831.

Scholz, Horst

Scholz, HorstHorst Scholz, 89, of Farmington, died peacefully on November 5, 2016 at Arden Courts of Farmington. Horst was born in Silesia, Germany, on a farm, which had belonged to his family for generations. His father died in an accident when Horst was only six years of age. From this time on, Horst was brought up as the heir of the farm. As a teenager, he served briefly in the German military at the end of WWII, and was injured in the war. His family, including his mother, sister and old aunt had to leave the farm in January of 1945 and arrived as refugees in Western Germany. Silesia became a part of Poland as a consequence of the war. After a difficult life in a devastated Germany, he immigrated to the United States in 1955. Soon after immigrating, he connected with the German community in the New Britain area. He attended Hartford State Technical College while working in the New Britain manufacturing industry, finally settling into a position at Stanadyne Corporation in Windsor. In 1962, he settled in Farmington, and was very proud of purchasing his first home in America. He married Gisela (Seeliger) Scholz in 1969, whom he was married to for 47 years, and with whom he raised two children. After working at Stanadyne for 33 years, he retired in 1994 at the age of 67. He was dedicated to his family, helping his children with pursuing their interests. He woke up early every morning for over 10 years to help his children with their paper routes, and engaged in many after school extracurricular activities for his children throughout the years. Horst had a passion for gardening, traveling, hiking, machinery, taking care of his dog, feeding wild birds, helping out at church, and taking care of the elderly. He enjoyed spending his time outdoors, staying busy by working in his yard and helping his neighbors. In 2013, Horst and Gisela received the “Angels of Grace” award from Grace Lutheran Church, honoring them for their dedicated service and involvement with the church for over 35 years. Horst lived in Farmington for 54 years. He was a friendly face and kind man to all who knew him. Horst is survived by his wife, Gisela, his two children Gregory and Gabriela, their spouses, three loving grandchildren, and his sister Rosemarie in Belgium. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 19 at 2:00 pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 46 Woodland St., Hartford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church.

Codrey, Christopher O.

Codrey, ChrisChristopher O. Codrey, 73, beloved husband of Laraine (Rinaldini) Codrey, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Hartford Hospital.

Born on November 30, 1942, in Hartford to the late Alvah and Lydia (Penfold) Codrey, Chris graduated from Farmington High School and soon after enlisted in the United States Navy where he served in active duty for three years and then as a Seabee reservist, where he enjoyed managing the rifle range.

He carried his interest in marksmanship into private life as a long-time member of the Ye Connecticut Gun Guild and the Bell City Rifle Club, a hobby he enjoyed sharing with close friend Howard Miller. When not occupied with family activities or at one of his clubs, he busied himself out in the garage sorting through and “organizing” his large and much treasured eclectic collection of fascinating items.

Chris was long-time owner and operator of Codrey and Douglass Plumbing. Daughter Phyllis remembers the many long-hard hours he worked pursuing his craft and, along with his wife Laraine, was delighted when he slowed down enough to enjoy well-earned yearly respites wintering in Florida.

In addition to wife, Laraine, Chris leaves to cherish his memory much-loved daughter Phyllis Freeman (Carl) and grandchildren Michael and Owen Freeman. He also leaves treasured step-children including Dr. Robert C. Troy and grandchildren Jessica, Whitney, and Anthony, great-grandson Brad Wheeler Jr., Dr. Lisa Troy and Andrea Buono (Dr. David Buono) and grandchildren Adam, Anthony and Brian, nieces Lynn Simler, Elizabeth Simler, and Attorney Jill Jackson, sister and brother-in-law Sandra and Perry Kirby and Sharon and her fiancé Gregory Cotter.

Chris will be deeply missed. Those who knew him well will always remember his joy for life and how out of place the “Grumpy” hat he insisted on wearing was when placed on his head above an infectious smile.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, November 13 from 4-7pm at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville, CT. A Memorial Service is scheduled for Monday, November 14 at 11:00am, First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT

Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, an organization Chris respected throughout his life.

Driggs, Linda Jane McKay

Driggs, LindaLinda Jane McKay Driggs, died on November 8th after a valiant struggle with metastasis breast cancer. She is the daughter of the late Muriel Ashford and John C. McKay. Born on December 22, 1938 in Hartford, CT, she lived in Wethersfield prior to moving to Simsbury. A graduate of Simsbury High School class of 1957, she had lived in Collinsville since meeting and marrying her husband of 58 years, Walter R. Driggs, who has been a great source of love, strength, support and courage during her last journey.
She was employed by Connecticut General Life Insurance Company in both Hartford and Bloomfield. After raising three daughters, she returned to work in 1969-70 to become the first secretary to the newly developed Pupil Personnel Services, Special Education Department for the Town of Canton until her retirement in 2000.
Besides her husband, Walter, she leaves three daughters, Susan (Driggs) Ewing and husband, Richard F. Ewing of Everett, WA, Jennifer Driggs (Thomas Reardon of Canton/Avon CT) and Nancy (Driggs) Green and husband, Willard B. Green, III of Burlington, CT, six grandchildren; Rachael, Olivia and Eileen Ewing, Wesley Driggs, Frederick and Margaret Green and two brothers, David A. McKay of Simsbury and Robert McKay.
Nothing gave Linda more happiness than when her family gathered around her, either at her dining room table or at the beach house in Madison, CT. They were a great source of happiness, strength and joy in her life. She was blessed to have many close friends throughout her life and was grateful to them for their love and support especially over the last few years.
Some of her volunteer activities included: Charter member of the Canton Civic Women’s Club, serving the Republican Town Committee, teaching Sunday School, Girl Scout leader, member of the Canton Benefits Production, working at the CT State Republican Headquarters, American Red Cross Blood Mobile, The CT Opera, serving on the Inaugural committee for President Ronald Reagan, President of the American Field Service, Canton Chapter and serving as President of AFSCME (School Secretaries) AFL-CIO Local 1303-304 Council #4.
The family would like to thank Dr. Satash Singh for his incredible medical knowledge and support, and the staff at St Francis Cancer Center and The Woman’s Infusion Center for the loving care provided to Linda by Dr. Z Rahman, Vidya, Bonnie, Nella and Julie, who all provided much comfort and friendship.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 12th at 1 p.m. in the First Church of Christ, 689 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070. In lieu of flowers, Linda would like you to take the hand of your loved one or someone special in your life and walk along the water’s edge at the beach at sunset to enjoy the beauty and feel the gratitude of the day. Or if you wish, make a memorial contribution in Linda’s name to help erect a CCC Statue in CT. (CFPA 16 Meriden Road, Rockfall, CT 06481 – CT CCC Statue Project must be noted in the memo field on the check) Or make a contribution to the Iwo Jima Living Memorial Historical Foundation, New Britain, CT.