Archive for February 2017

Heath, Mildred R.

Mildred R. Heath (Millie), 89, of Whispering Pines, Avon, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 23, 2017. Born March 5, 1927 in Bristol, CT, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Ruth (Teaehman) Wilcox, she was a life-long resident of Avon. Prior to retiring Mildred was associated with Al’s Ice Cream Bar, Luke’s Donut Shop, The Pickin Patch all of Avon and Bess Eaton’s Donuts of Canton. She was a member of the Avon Congregational Church, VFW Post of Avon, Prince Thomas de Savoy Club, the Avon Senior Center and a proud member of the Red Hats. Mildred enjoyed travel, crafts, knitting and gardening, and was a member of the Quilting Club at her church. She had many dogs throughout her life and loved them all dearly. Mildred is survived by her daughter, Agnes Baily and husband John of New Hartford, son Donald Health of Old Saybrook, son Robert Heath of Sutton, VT, her brother Raymond Wilcox and wife Marianne of Manchester, CT, brother Allen R. Wilcox and wife Beth of Canton, CT, her sister Lois Hunter and husband Frank of Hanover, MA, sister, Sara Custer and Don Rethke of East Hartland, CT, sister, Merrilyn Guyette and husband Ron of Storrs, CT, her special cousin, Howard Courchaine of Southington, grandchildren, Amy Bailey and Ted Wilber of Colebrook, Grover Bailey of Torrington, Lisa and Ron Domurat of York, SC, Stacey and Ron Mairano of Simsbury, Kim Hodnett and David Miller of Glastonbury, Shane Heath and Candace of Sutton, VT, Kurt Heath of Dillon, CO and 11 great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her loving companion, Nicholas P. Greci, Jr, her daughters in law, Shirley Heath, wife of Robert and Susan Heath, wife of Donald, her sister Joan Picard and her brothers Richard Wilcox and Harold Wilcox, Jr. The family wishes to thank the caregivers at the Avon Health Center. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (Feb. 28) from 4:00-7:00pm. A Memorial Service will be held at Avon Congregational Church at a date and time to be determined.  In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society.

Dawson, Anne C.

Anne C. Dawson, 91, of Unionville, widow of John D. Dawson, Sr. passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Born November 17th, 1925 in Newton, MA, she was the daughter of the late Ettore and Aurora (DiPietrantonio) Incorvati. Anne retired from Sears,Roebuck & Co after 35 years.
She was a longtime active communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville.
Anne is survived by her son John D. Dawson, of Farmington, CT, four daughters-in-law Liza Parsons Dawson of Kalispell, MT and Linda Wharton Dawson of South Burlington, VT, Heidi Levin Dawson of Philadelphia, PA and Kathleen Reader Dawson of Edgartown, MA, her four brothers, Joseph, Alfred, Ernest and Richard Incorvati, her sister Evelyn McGlory, six grandchildren, Lucas Dawson, Brian Dawson and his wife Mandy, Kate Webster and her husband James, and Adam Dawson, Chelsea Dawson, and Maxim Dawson. additionally Anne had three great-grandchildren: Patrick Webster, Natalie Webster and Levi Dawson, . She was predeceased by her beloved sons Richard D. Dawson and Lionel R. Dawson and her brother Victor Incorvati.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Feb. 27) from 3:00-6:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Tuesday (Feb. 28) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tunxis Hose Company #1, P.O. Box 215, Unionville, CT 06085 or to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085. The Family would like to thank the McLean Home Care and Hospice Services for their kind and loving care.

Christoforakis, Mary (Kandeles)

Mary (Kandeles) Christoforakis, 86, of Wallingford, passed away peacefully Monday, February 13, 2017. Born January 12, 1931 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late George Nicholas and Helen (Boldizar) Kandeles. Mary was a foodie, a wonderful cook and had a love of animals. She took great comfort in being at the beach and in upstate New York. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen M. and David J. D’Addeo of Granby, her companion Raymond Benoit, her grandchildren Kimberly Donahue of Waterbury, John T. Donahue III of Waterbury, Summer Rogers and her husband Philip of South Windsor, her great-grandchildren Zachary Rogers and Kaitlyn Rogers of South Windsor, Shawn Harvey, Robert Harvey, Steven Dionne and Andrew McKittrick all of Wisconsin and her great great-grandchildren Baby Colton Dionne and Baby Isaiah Harvey both of Wisconsin. She was predeceased by her son John T. Donahue Jr. and her grandson Lorenzo McKittrick. The family would like to extend special thanks to Patricia Abramowicz, Paul Abramowicz and Beverly Woodruff for their selfless acts of kindness in caring for Mary. Special thanks to Del Knutsen for his kindness in preparing meals and also to the volunteers of South Congregational Church of Granby for providing many meals.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (Mar. 11) at 10:00am in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Burial will be in Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

McTague, Walter J.

Walter J. McTague, beloved father of five, grandfather of eight, brother to four, friend to many, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Monday the 20th of February.
Larger than life, lion, fighter, yet humble hero, Walter cast off health assaults for some time. Lifelong coach and inspiration to his children and family, accomplished sailor and avid golfer, Yankees fan, Little League coach, active fundraiser and civic leader in Norfolk for Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Squires and Virginia Red Wings for many years, church treasurer and Hospital for Special Care volunteer, member of the Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club in Virginia Beach and Farmington Country Club in Connecticut, he leaves an amazing legacy.
Walter was born in Queens, New York, to first generation Irish parents. A natural athlete, he honed his stickball and handball skills around Manhattan as a young lad and went on to graduate from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, Brooklyn, and earn his undergraduate degree in Engineering at City College of New York. He was proud of his service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and, as a gifted baseball pitcher, returned from Army service to be drafted to the Philadelphia Phillies. He returned to school and earned his two Masters degrees in Business. Walter’s distinguished career included National Sales Director for Connecticut General Life Insurance Company in Virginia, CEO of a national life insurance company in Honolulu, Hawaii, returning thereafter to New York’s Wall Street, where he served as a financial executive of what became Lehman Brothers.
Walter married his childhood sweetheart Mary Lou Hanley and together they raised three children in Virginia Beach. Walter was wonderful father to Nancy McTague-Stock of Connecticut, Dr. Suzanne Everhart of Richmond, Virginia and David McTague of Arlington, Virginia and Manhattan. After his first marriage, Walter later met and married Teresa Quarante McTague and began a second family becoming father to Aly and Jay of Farmington, Connecticut. Walter is also survived by his grandchildren Ben, Rebecca, Ryan, Lindsay, Riley, Tyler, Casey and Palmer and his sisters Helen, Maureen and Eileen who will miss him dearly.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Friday (Feb. 24) at 11:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington. In lieu of flowers, contributions appreciated in memory of Walter J. McTague to the Hospital for Special Care Foundation, 2150 Corbin Avenue, New Britain, CT 06053.

Conrod, Karen Lynn

Karen Lynn Conrod, 60, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 20, at home. It was her 60th birthday. Karen was born on February 20, 1957 in Poughkeepsie, NY, a daughter of Calvin D. Conrod and the late Enid (Petersen) Conrod. She lived in Stamford for many years, and most recently lived in Bloomfield to be near family.

Karen was a creative free spirit and a self-taught painter who painted beautiful landscapes and still lifes. She loved everything outdoors, especially in Vermont, which was her favorite place. An avid gardener, Karen could make anything grow. In her youth, she loved to ski and sail. Karen was a brain injury survivor with a fierce and indomitable spirit that inspired everyone she met. Her greatest source of joy and pride was her daughter Kacie and her three grandchildren.

Karen is survived by her daughter, Kacie Bradshaw Badger, of Georgia, Vermont, and three beautiful and beloved grandchildren, Kyren Louis Badger, Ariana Lynn Badger and Ava Elise Badger; her father, Calvin Conrod of Bloomfield, two sisters, Sarah Conrod DeFilippis and her brother-in-law Anthony DeFilippis Jr, of West Hartford and Laurie Conrod, of Dana Point, California, as well as three nieces, Katherine DiMartino of Kauai, Hawaii, Madeline DeFilippis and Anna DeFilippis of West Hartford, and a nephew, Brian DiMartino of Echo Park, California. She was predeceased by her mother Enid Conrod formerly of Stamford.

Friends and family may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Avenue, Hartford on Friday, February 24, from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 25 at 11:00 a.m. in Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford. Burial will take place in the spring in Karen’s happiest place, Vermont. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut (BIAC), 200 Day Hill Road, Suite 250, Windsor, CT 06095.

Morrissey, Janice Marie

Janice Marie Morrissey of Unionville passed away peacefully at home on February 19th, 2017 at the age of 56.

Born in Salem, MA to George and Jeanne Levesque, she grew up among 4 siblings in Peabody. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Radiology from North Shore Community College and began her career at Whidden Hospital in Everett, MA. Her career as an ultrasound technologist spanned nearly 20 years, including over 15 years at the local imaging center of Mandell & Blau in association with New Britain General Hospital, and she brought a kind heart and strong commitment to her work.

Janice invested much of her time in the community, as well. She was a communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville and a regular contributor with the CCD program and annual soup supper fundraisers. She was a fixture around the Farmington Public School system, quick to volunteer for any need and strong in her defense of the schools’ needs in local politics. She was instrumental to the growth of the Farmington Youth Football League, and spent years serving concessions on Sunday mornings to hungry fans.

During her illness Janice created an ornament in honor of people fighting cancer like her. The theme of the ornament had a very simple but important message, “Choose Hope” and it was meant to be a reminder to all of us to never give up during these types of difficult times. All of the proceeds from the sales of the ornaments were used to help other cancer patients that she knew might not have the same amount of love and family support that she had. She supported these people with gift cards for food, gas and uncovered pharmacy expenses.

Her best work was reserved for her family. Janice is survived by her husband David Morrissey, sons Carl and Eric Morrissey, mother Jeanne Levesque, sisters Celeste Broderick and Denise Ventresca, brother Robert Levesque, and a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws, and beloved friends. Her tireless love and effort kept family together across time and distance, and her famous ginger snaps and M&M cookies were an essential part of every holiday gathering. For all of her gifts that she so generously shared with those who knew her, she will be dearly missed.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Feb. 24) from 5PM to 8PM. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday (Feb. 25) at 10AM in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main St., Unionville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Janice Morrissey Memorial Fund, PO Box 605, Unionville, CT 06085. The fund will be used to continue the good work that Janice started, providing supplementary care for those in the midst of cancer treatments.

Martinez, Nelida

Nelida Martinez, 58, of Hartford, passed away February 15, 2017. She leaves behind 6 kids, Carmen Colon, Brenda Colon, Steven O’Neil, Vicky Torres, Jalani Martinez and Brenda Delgado, 11 grandchildren, Yaritza F., Kassandra T., Wilfredo C., Yarianette F., Kayloni G., Kayla T., Freddiellis G., Darius O., Destined C., Nyzaiah O. and Janelly O, as well as her fiance Miguel Fraguada. Although she has left so many here on earth she will not be alone up in heaven. She is being greeted by some of her loved ones, her son Hurberto O’Neil Jr, her brother Wilfredo, her parents and the love of her life Hurberto O’Neil (her kids father). Nelly will be missed by us all but never forgotten. May she rest in peace with no pain.

Sliesoraitis, Birutė (Zdanys)

Birutė (Zdanys) Sliesoraitis, beloved wife of Vitas Sliesoraitis, died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Born on October 19, 1952, she was the cherished daughter of Bronė and the late Jonas Zdanys. She graduated from Hall High School (West Hartford) in 1970 and Hartford College for Women in 1972. She was very proud of her Lithuanian heritage. She served as president of the World Lithuanian Youth Organization from 1978-80 and held several board positions in the Hartford Lithuanian-American Community. She retired from Hartford Insurance Group in 2009 where she worked for 28 years as a Claims Manager in Medical Stop Loss. Prior to that she held management positions at both The Phoenix and Montgomery Ward insurance companies. She loved her annual trips to Lithuania to visit family and friends. She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church. She had a legendary dry wit and sense of humor. She was incredibly loving, bright and curious about anything and everything…including what everyone had for dinner on any given day. Our hearts are broken, but we know that she is now reunited with her Tėvelis. Besides her husband and mother, she is also survived by her sisters, Liucia Z Maciūnas (Algis) and Vida Z Leming (Matt), nephew, Jonas Maciūnas (Victoria), goddaughter, Audra Lafferty (Nick), step-children, Violeta, Vytautas (Loreta), Vaidas (Kristina), Šarūnas, MD (Indira) and 10 step-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call on Thursday (Feb. 23) from 9:00-10:00am in Holy Trinity Church, 53 Capitol Ave., Hartford followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the church at 10:00am. Burial will be in the family plot at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Putnam, CT. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in her name be to the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, 600 Liberty Hwy, Putnam, CT 06260 or to Holy Trinity Church 53 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06103.

Birute, we will love you forever and will be together again one day.

Brennan, Barbara

Barbara Brennan, 84, of Avon, widow of Robert F. Brennan, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 17, 2017 in Avon. Born April 16, 1932 in Naugatuck, daughter of the late John J. and Helen (O’Loughlin) McCarthy, Barbara was raised in Naugatuck, graduated from Naugatuck High School, and received her BS in Education from Wheelock College in Boston. In 1955, Barbara and Robert were married at St. Francis Church in Naugatuck.

Barbara taught elementary school for 32 years, most of which was at Elizabeth Green School in Newington. It was in Newington where Barbara raised her large family while teaching full-time and earning her Masters in Education at Central Connecticut State College.
She made it look easy. She instilled in each of her children the value of higher education, devotion to family and commitment to faith. Barbara’s devotion to her family, and her dedication to the numerous students that she taught were the hallmark of her life.

After retiring from teaching, Barbara became a licensed realtor covering the Farmington Valley. She was also past President of the Hartford County Retired Teachers Association which awards scholarships to students pursuing a teaching degree.

She most enjoyed family vacations on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard as well as cruises in Europe and the Caribbean. Some of her favorite activities included day trips, attending lectures, going to the theater and reading a good book.

Barbara is survived by her children: Robert (Christine) Brennan of Catonsville MD, Steven (Stephanie) Brennan of Farmington, Kathleen (David) Lewis of Sandwich, MA, Daniel (Maria) Brennan of Middlebury, Deidre (Matthew) Regan of Milton, MA, Brian (Alison) Brennan of Ruxton, MD. She also leaves her sister Helen (Richard) Wilmot of Naugatuck. And she leaves 16 grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her longtime friend and companion Herb Greenwood of East Hartford. The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Brookside of Avon and to Vitas Healthcare

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (Feb. 21) from 5:30-7:30 pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Wednesday (Feb.22) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon at 10:00am. Burial will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Ingvertsen, Eugene A.

Eugene A. Ingvertsen, 89, peacefully passed away on February 11th in Vero Beach, Florida. He was born on June 7, 1927 in Farmington, the son of Arthur & Eleanor Ingvertsen. He leaves behind his two daughters, Eileen Yates, Susan Ingvertsen and his son, Gene Ingvertsen and his wife Anne, his grandchildren, Kathleen Yates, Jennifer Yates, Kimberly Scott, Carl Murawski, Kirby Murawski, Kristin Ingvertsen and Amy St. Pierre, his sisters, June Szegda and Eleanor Hewitt and his 8 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife June Ingvertsen, his brother A. Gunnard (Bud) Ingvertsen, his sisters, Barbara Piccolello, Mildred Schwarzmann and Gladys Goddard and his son-in-law, Jeffrey S. Yates.
He was employed by Northeast Utilities, retiring in 1982 when he moved to Florida.
He proudly served his Country in the United States Navy during WW II.
Gene was well read and loved talking about current events and politics, he was always available to help out anyone at any time. His love for his family was always first, he loved spending countless hours on Tyler Lake teaching his three children to water ski.
Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

O’Neill, John Anthony

John Anthony O’Neill, known as John to most and as Anthony to his long-time Avon friends, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2017. John was born to John Hayes and Loretta (Shea) O’Neill at his family homestead in Avon, where he spent the majority of his 88 years. John was a good-natured gentleman who always had a kind word to say and was ever ready to lend a helping hand. He was raised in the Catholic faith, which, along with his strong sense of civic pride and duty, informed his actions throughout his life. He attended Cromwell Preparatory School in Lenox, MA, and General Motors Institute of Technology, Kettering University in Flint, Michigan, graduating in 1950. John was married to Kathleen (Kay) O’Neill in 1951, and was married to Kay for 61 years, until her death in 2013.

John started working as a teen at O’Neill’s Chevrolet-Buick, a dealership started by his father in 1921. After attending the GM Institute, John returned to run the business with his father. Shortly after his return, his father became ill, and passed in the late 50s. The dealership was then sold, which allowed John to pursue his passion for flying. With his wife Kay, and later his daughter Heidi, he traveled the United States, visiting family and friends in his Tri-Pacer 4462 Alpha. One of his most memorable adventures in the early 60s was when he pulled his small plane in at Love Field in Dallas to see that he was parked alongside President Kennedy’s Air Force One.

In the mid-60s, John sold his plane to focus on his hometown Avon. He worked maintaining his family’s buildings in the town’s center. In the late 60s, he broke ground at 15 Enford Street to build the Avon Post Office. It was completed in 1968, with an addition in 1973. During this time John also served on the Zoning Board of Appeals and became involved with the Avon Historical Society. John also put his construction skills to good use, making a replica of a Canal Boat for the 1976 Bicentennial and helping his daughter’s high school classmates build floats for their homecoming parade.

In 1974 he joined the Avon Water Company. In this capacity he was able to serve his town and community for the rest of his life. He began at the company as the Second Vice President and Treasurer, and became President in 1981. He served as President until 2007, then as a Director until 2014.

Throughout his life John was an active member of the Church of St. Ann in Avon. He was a daily communicant, serving on the Social Action Committee and participating in the Saturday Morning Men’s Group. As the owner of a battered and much loved truck, dubbed the Silver Bullet, he could always be counted on to help move families, furniture or food. He served with the Prison Association, visiting men in prison and distributing toys to their families at Christmas. In addition, he worked with the Samaritans, the Hartford Catholic Worker, and visited hospice patients. John was also active at the Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford. He was President of the Retreat League from 1980-84 and attended over 50 retreats. His community involvement led to his being named Man of the Year during Avon Day ceremonies in 2008.

John enjoyed life and loved to travel. He and his wife Kay made frequent trips to Ireland. They also visited Italy, London, Jerusalem, Paris, and Barcelona, and cruised the Mediterranean. His sister Mary was a long-time resident of Brazil, and John and Kay had many enjoyable trips to Sao Paulo to visit with her. Avon remained John’s home and favored place to be, however. After his retirement in 2007, he could often be seen walking on the bike trail near Sperry Park, greeting people while doing his usual two miles up and two miles back.

John Anthony O’Neill was seen by all who knew him as a kind, gentle man who possessed a sea of generosity that seemed to know no bounds. One of his fondest sayings was “Be honest; true happiness comes in serving others!” He will be sorely missed by all who knew him, loved him, and were forever changed by his presence. John was predeceased by his sister Mary (O’Neill) Pulford, and is survived by his daughter Kathleen (Heidi) O’Neill, his son-in-law Stephen Williams and his granddaughter Maeve Williams of Northampton, MA.
Friends may call at the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon on Monday, February 13 from 4-7 pm and again on Tuesday, February 14 from 9:30-10:30 am. On Tuesday, February 14, Family Words of Remembrance will begin at 10:40 am and will be followed by the Funeral Liturgy, at 11 am in the Church of St. Ann. Burial will be in family plot at St. Ann Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s name to: The Holy Family Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford, CT 06107, www.holyfamilyretreat.org/donate.

Eaton, Priscilla Buell

Priscilla Buell Eaton, 94, formerly of Farmington, widow of Willard H. Eaton, passed away Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 in Conway, South Carolina. Born November 8th, 1922 in Wethersfield, daughter of the late William and Catherine (Lackman) Buell. Priscilla is survived by her children, Donald H. Eaton, Barbara E. (Donald) Dickens, George H. (Rita) Eaton, Russell Eaton all of Conway, SC; John E. (Christine) Eaton of Satsuma, FL; Allen B. (Gail) Eaton, Farmington, six grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Kenneth W. Eaton. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Feb. 13) from 10:00-11:30am. Funeral Services will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home at 11:30am with the Rev. Susan Murtha officiating followed by burial in the family plot at Greenwood Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032.

Weaver, Audrey (St. John)

Audrey (St. John) Weaver of Southbury, CT, formerly of Burlington, CT and Silver Springs, FL passed away peacefully on February 6, 2017 at the age of 91. She was the widow of Herbert Weaver who passed away in 2004. Born in Hartford, the daughter of Isabel (Magee) St. John and Russell St. John she spent happy childhood summers at Granbrook Park in East Granby and attended Hartford schools graduating from Buckley High School in 1943 where she was voted “most tolerant” in her high school yearbook. Shortly after graduation, she boarded a train for Montgomery, Alabama to marry Herb, her high school sweetheart who was in training as a bombardier with the U.S. Army Air Corps. For the next two years, she traveled with him to various Army bases around the country including Texas, Florida, Virginia, and Wyoming before he was called to action in Italy. After the war, they settled at Lake Garda in Unionville, then in Simsbury, and in 1962 bought property in Burlington which Audrey named Hidden Brook Farm. She enjoyed walks in the woods on the property, digging in stone walls to add to her extensive bottle collection, growing a large vegetable garden each year, and the many pets that were part of the family. She and Herb enjoyed several trips to the Caribbean and to their second home in Nassau, Bahamas. She was an active member of the Congregational Church of Burlington and a charter member of the Burlington Historical Society where she served as Secretary. She enjoyed researching historical properties and family genealogy. Audrey and Herb enjoyed some retirement years in Silver Springs, FL. She returned to CT in 2009. She leaves 4 daughters: Nancy (Peter) Stowell of Pottstown, PA; Pamela (John) Barber of Niantic, CT; Cynthia (Daniel) Kellerstedt of Ocala, FL and Melinda (Duncan) Belcher of Woodbury, CT. She also leaves 12 grandchildren: Peter Stowell, Marianne Master, John Joseph Barber, Benjamin Barber, Melanie Barber, Sara Castle, James Kellerstedt, Alexander Weaver, Lindsay Weaver, Amber Grady, Alicia Belcher and Lara Belcher. She leaves 7 great-grandchildren, a brother, Russell St. John and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons, Russell and James Weaver, and a granddaughter, Rebecca Weaver.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, CT on Saturday (Feb.11) from 12:00-1:00pm. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm in The Ahern Funeral Home with Rev. Wendell Taylor officiating followed by a burial in the family plot at Burlington Center Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2275 Silas Deane Highway, First Floor N- Unit 9, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

King, Edgar A.

Edgar A. King, retired state and local elected official, died Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the age of 93. He is survived by his beloved wife, Marjorie, and their four children, Marjorie (Betsy) of Somerton, Arizona; John and daughter-in-law, Annelie, of New Hartford; Robert and daughter-in-law, Lynn, of New Hartford; Kathryn Epstein and son-in-law, Keith, of Simsbury; and five loving grandchildren, Jennifer King and her fiancé, Patrick Twohig; Anna and Jonathan Epstein; and Eva and Elin King; and a great-grandson, Liam Twohig. He was predeceased by his parents, Edgar and Nellie King, of Bloomington, Illinois, and siblings, Arwana Orrick and Glenard King. He leaves many nieces and nephews in Illinois, Texas, and California. Mr. King was born November 20, 1923, in the rural village of McLean, Illinois. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on June 19, 1941, and served for over four years throughout World War II, including service on several surface ships and the submarine USS-R7. Mr. King married the love of his life, Marjorie Dwyer, in Old Saybrook on December 17, 1949. He often declared Marjorie to be the best wife and mother that could be hoped for. They have resided in Farmington since 1955. Mr. King was a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of Connecticut School of Law. A member of the Connecticut Bar since 1954, he was well known throughout the greater Hartford community. He was House Council for the Phoenix of Hartford Group of Insurance for over 20 years; State Representative for eight years (1967-1975), Judge of the Farmington Probate Court District for 19 years, and Farmington Town Clerk from 1975 until his retirement in 2000, having held the latter two offices concurrently. After his retirement, he joined the law firm of Levy & Droney where he practiced for five years. He was also a Farmington Town Councilman for four years (1961-1965). He was a member of the Republican Town Committee for 62 years, where he served in many capacities, including chairman. In early years, he served in many community functions, including Boy Scouts and on the Charter Oak Council in Hartford. He was a member of St. James Parish and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. King had varied interests, including biographies of past statesmen, particularly Abraham Lincoln, hunting, fishing, gardening, and all of the great outdoors. He enjoyed relating early life experiences in the village of McLean (population 650) where he grew up during the Great Depression. In McLean and surrounding communities, he was known by the nickname “Scrap,” which stemmed from boxing ring fights in the Bloomington Coliseum, where he never lost a fight. He continued amateur boxing in the Navy (less successfully). Friends may call at St. James Episcopal Church, 3 Mountain Road, Farmington on Saturday, February 11 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. in St. James Church followed by the rendering of full Naval honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Headquarters, 406 West 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111..