Archive for March 2017

Munroe, Dale Bishop

Dale Bishop Munroe, of Collinsville, beloved husband of Kathleen Munroe, passed away on March 25, 2017, after a short period of declining health. Dale was born on November 27, 1933, in Providence, RI, to Leroy and Jewel (Bishop) Munroe. As a boy, he lived in several New England towns, predominantly Newburyport, MA, which he considered his hometown. Upon his graduation from Newburyport High School in 1951, he fulfilled his childhood dream of playing professional baseball and enjoyed two successful seasons pitching in the minor league system of the St. Louis Browns before a shoulder injury curtailed his career. He proudly served his country as a combat veteran of the U.S. Army in the Korean War, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Dale was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and Boston College Law School. He built a career in the insurance industry, including management positions at Travelers Insurance Company. In 1980, he founded Munroe Associates, LLC, an insurance consulting firm, in which he remained active for the rest of his life. He also served his community through appointments on the Canton Zoning Board and as Chair of the Canton Housing Authority.

Dale was a tournament cribbage player and loved a good poker game. He had a keen interest in cars and maintained his own meticulously. Following in his mother’s footsteps, he was a life-long devoted Red Sox fan, and, in his later years, he never missed a UConn women’s basketball game.

In addition to his wife, Dale is survived by his four children: Marsha Reny and her husband Bob, of North Berwick, ME; Valerie Vigneault and her husband, Joe, of Amesbury, MA; Thomas Munroe and his wife, Anita, of Thousand Oaks, CA; and Jon Munroe, of Newburyport, MA. He also is survived by eight grandchildren: Erika Leach; Mandy (Leach) Brocksmith and her husband Rich; Shannon Vigneault; Joey Vigneault; Maggie (Munroe) Guy and her husband Chad; Taylor Munroe; Fallon Munroe; and Kerrie Munroe; and by two great-grandchildren, Chase and Harper Brocksmith. He also leaves his “pen-pal” cousin, Jake Bishop, of South Hadley, MA, and a host of caring friends.

Dale’s family will receive visitors on Friday, March 31, 2017, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Ahern Funeral Home at 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, CT. Funeral services will be private. Donations in Dale’s memory may be made to Foodshare, 450 Woodland Ave., Bloomfield, CT 06002.  It is with profound sadness that we bid farewell to our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. Our lives have been deeply enriched by his love, and he will live in our hearts forever.

Connors, Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth Connors, 95, of Simsbury, passed away Tuesday, March 21st, 2017. Born April 8th, 1921 in Unionville, daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine (McCue) Connors, she resided most of her life in Unionville. Mary was a graduate of Farmington High School, Class of 1938 and was associated with Federal Mogul, McCallum’s Auto Supply and South Catholic High School. She was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville and led the Prayer Group at the Governor’s House. Mary loved spending time at the family cottage at Westhill Pond and summer vacations at Cape Cod. She was a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox and enjoyed golfing. She is survived by her one sister-in-law, many nieces, nephews, cousins and great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, James Connors, Joseph Connors, Anne Connors, Thomas Connors and Theresa Connors. Graveside funeral services will be held Monday (Apr. 3) at 10:00am in the family plot at St. Mary Cemetery, Avon.

Bhola, Aneeran Nessan

Aneeran Nessan Bhola, 73, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Born June 30, 1943 in Palmyra Village, East Canje, Berbice, Guyana. She was the daughter of the late Harold and Betty Bindasingh. She is survived by her four children, Patrick Bhola and his wife Lucy, Stanley Bhola and his wife Sharda, Guytri Bhola and her husband Youganand Ramotar, Rashree Bhola and her husband James Wilkas, 12 grandchildren, her three sisters, Cenetta Trottman, Zaira Nessah and Luni Nessah, her dear friends, Joyce, Shyrlin and Pearlie and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Sunday (Mar. 26) from 12:00-3:00pm. Burial will be in Brighton Village, Guyana. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23453, operationsmile.org..

Asadow, Joshua

Joshua Asadow, beloved son of Gail Asadow and Michael Peltier, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017 after a long courageous fight with brain cancer. He was born in Farmington on April 18, 1988. He graduated from E. C. Goodwin High School in 2006. Josh was a standout football and baseball player as well as an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He loved showing off his yellow Harley Davidson Road Glide. He was employed by F.J. Chard & Sons up until his illness. He received his p2 plumber license at the age of 21. Through the generosity of Fred, Berle and Jim Chard, his insurance was paid for allowing him to seek treatment at Sloan Memorial Kettering Hospital. A big thank you to Josh’s boss Ron Paul for being an awesome mentor, boss and close friend. Josh was always the life of the party. A prankster, always funny, sometimes reckless, but never failed to put a smile on everyone around him. Joshua is survived by his siblings, Jesse Asadow, Mike Peltier Jr., and Allie Peltier, his grandparents, Pop and Bam Asadow, his aunts and uncles, Jesse and Saki Asadow, Howard and Jennifer Asadow, and James Peltier Sr., and a special family member who took the time to visit and inquire about Josh throughout his illness, Jack Shearer. Joshua started his family life with his fiancée Jen and step son Jared. He worked very hard to buy his first house for them. Even while being sick Joshua pushed himself to renovate the house to make it their home. Together they all lived a happy life. Joshua now leaves behind his fiancée Jennifer Martinez, step son Jared Greenlee and their bulldog Jack Asadow Martinez and her parents Haydee Mauroza and Feliz Martinez. Josh also had a special bond with the Spanish culture. His nickname was gringo loco. He was loved by many, many people. A shout out to all his friends in New Britain, Moonie, Kit, Sherill, Hope, Noyda, the Swim Team, Daya and all the guys he rode bikes with, crazy Feefo and Daze. You all enriched his life.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (Mar. 28) from 4:00-8:00pm. A Celebration of his life will be held Sunday (Apr. 2) from 12:00-6:00pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 301 New Britain Ave., Unionville. Please mail all donations to Gail Asadow, 50 Northwoods Road, Farmington, CT 06032 with checks made payable to Pediatric Oncology / Neurology Unit at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital. A very special thank you to two very special doctors, Dr. Kevin De Braganca and Dr. Beatrice Tendler for their care and concern. It made a very difficult time bearable, thank you.

Pond, Howard M.

Howard M. Pond, Sr., 97, of Farmington, beloved husband of the late Ruth Pond, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Howard is survived by his two sons, Howard M. Pond, Jr., and Randall S. Pond, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Kazimierczak, Cecilia

Cecilia Kazimierczak of Burlington, CT, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Tuesday morning March 21st.
She was the loving mother of four children, Katharine, Bettina (Bruce) Crockett, George (Marie) and Stanley (Sandi) who will miss her greatly. Cecilia also leaves behind the loves of her life, her beautiful and caring grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Joshua, Elizabeth, Nicole, Kaitlyn, Matthew, Nina and Jacob. Besides her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren she leaves behind a large family in Germany.
Cecilia was born in 1930 in Oberndorf Germany, the daughter of Emma and August Schreiber. She came to this country with her late husband Mieczyslaw in the early 1960’s with their young daughters to begin a new life for their family.
She worked at GE in Plainville for over 25 years without even missing a day of work. She enjoyed her job but lost her husband early on and made the decision to stay on in the USA without him. She became the mother and father to their four children on her own. Cecilia made it her life’s goal to give her children a good and loving home.
Cecilia had a wonderful smile and made everyone she met feel welcome. She loved to sing, garden and document all the everyday goings on as well as special occasions with her camera. Her camera was always within reach and everything was picture worthy.
Her family feels blessed to have had such a wonderful, loving and kind woman in their life. We know she is in heaven smiling down on us as she runs again through open fields of flowers.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Mar. 25) from 8:30-9:45am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 9:45am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Gregory the Great Church, 235 Maltby St., Bristol at 10:30am. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Children’s Dyslexia Center Inc., 529 Highland Avenue, Waterbury, CT 06708-3402.

Saffery, Susan (Colmer)

Susan (Colmer) Saffery of Glastonbury and Clinton, died Sunday (March 19, 2017) at home after a short illness. Born in Hartford, September 20, 1935, the daughter of the late Richard and Susan (Grant) Colmer. She was a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She worked as an Executive Assistant to Alfred E. Fuller of the Fuller Brush Company and Joseph Mott of Mott Shop Rite’s and most recently was employed as a Collection Manager for Priority One Security of Greenville, South Carolina a position that brought much joy to her later years. She enjoyed the people she worked with and was amazing with the customer’s showing compassion while exceeding the expectations of the company.
Susan is survived by her children; Richard of Hartford; Shari Kopcza-Phillips and her husband Matthew of Wethersfield, her grandchildren Susan Pulawski of West Hartford, Amber Kopcza of Bridgehampton, LI, Kevin Kopcza of Mystic, Olivia Merrill Saffery of Manchester, Matthew Kopcza of Dartmouth, MA, her great-grandson Peyton Pulawski of West Hartford and many nieces, nephews and friends. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her beloved grandmother Jean Lamb Grant of Coventry; her brother Kenneth Colmer of Coventry; her twin brother William Colmer of North Ft Meyers, Fla and her sister Patricia C. Fisher of North Fort Meyers, Fla.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Monday, March 27, 2017 at 10:00am in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 872 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford. There will be no calling hours. Susan’s final resting place will be in Ireland at the discretion of the family. In lieu of flowers or memorial contributions the family request that on Monday the 27th you consider performing a Random Act of Kindness in Susan’s memory.

Mason, Henry “Hank”

Henry “Hank” Hall Mason, Sr., 93, of Farmington, CT, passed away peacefully Monday, March 13th, 2017 at Touchpoints in Farmington after a long illness. Henry was born at home on Main Street in Farmington on December 4, 1923 to Thomas and Flora (Langenberger) Mason.
As a young man, he worked with his parents on the family farm and helped with numerous odd jobs around town with his father. He played hockey for Farmington High, and enjoyed sailing and built several boats, sailing on Bantam Lake whenever possible.
Henry graduated from Farmington High School in 1942, joined the Army, and after training in Camp Polk, Louisiana travelled to England with the 148th signal corps of the 8th army “Thundering Herd”. He drove his radio station equipped half-track through France, Holland, Germany and Czechoslovakia, returning home in 1946.
After the war, he returned to Farmington and pursued his interest in photography, training professionally in Hartford, but eventually attended Henry Abbot Tech to study automotive repair.
Henry met Esther McKenney from Greenwood, MA and they married on April 28th, 1956. They lived on Diamond Glen while he built their house on Reservoir Road using hemlock trees cut with his own sawmill.
Henry kept busy throughout his life; he was involved in numerous projects at St. James Parish, volunteered with the Farmington Fire Company, was an active member in the American Legion, and after his retirement from Wagner Ford in 1988, began a 23-year run on the board of the Farmington Land Trust. The town recognized his efforts with the land trust by naming the Henry Mason Trail in 2009, located adjacent to the aqueduct.
Henry will be dearly missed by his family and many friends. He leaves two children; Henry “Skip” Mason, Jr.; Thomas “Tom” Mason III and his wife Sonia all of Farmington; three grandchildren; Annemarie Lucas and her husband James, Amelia Mason, and Katrina Mason and one great grandchild Mason Lucas. Henry was predeceased by his wife Esther (McKenney) brothers and sister; Robert Scott Mason, Thomas Mason, and Betsy Keniston. He is survived by his sister Ottilie “Punch” Smith, and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 pm at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville, CT. A memorial service to honor Henry’s life will be held on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at 10:00 am at St. James Parish, 3 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT with interment immediately following the service at Riverside Cemetery, Garden Street, Farmington, with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Henry’s name to the Saint James Parish memorial fund, 3 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT 06032, or The Farmington Land Trust, 128 Garden Street, Farmington.

Fanning, Helen F.

Helen F. Fanning passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017. Helen was a long time resident of Avon, thereafter resided at Brookdale (The Gables) in Farmington for 9 years and recently moved to Southington Care Center. Born on April 2, 1918 in Washington, CT, the daughter of the late Michael and Teresa (Mulqueen) Fanning. Helen was employed for many years as an executive secretary by The Hartford. Helen was predeceased by her sisters, Clare T. Fanning and Mary M. Fanning.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10:00 AM in The Church of St. Patrick, Farmington. Burial will be in the Washington Green Cemetery in Washington, CT at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085.

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Paszkowicz, Florence Theresa

Florence Theresa Paszkowicz, known to her family and friends as Lucky, died Sunday, January 29 at Avery Heights in Hartford.
The daughter of the late John Paszkowicz and Blanche Donovik, Florence was born in Hartford on March 30, 1918, living here her entire life. She was retired from Arrow, Hart, and Hegeman.
She leaves a niece, Shelley Livingston and her husband Edward of Pinellas Park, Florida. She was predeceased by her sister, Jean Speck, and brother, Theodore Paszkowicz.
Everyone who knew her will remember her generosity, sense of humor, and her love of animals.
A special thank you is given to the staff on Station 2 at Avery Heights. Their caring and supportive attention to Florence was appreciated during her time under their care.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday (March 16) in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford at 10:00am followed by entombment in Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.

Leganza, Leonard F.

Leonard F. Leganza, 86, of Farmington, died peacefully on March 7, 2017 surrounded by family. He is survived by and was a devoted uncle to his nephew, John Teklenski, and three nieces, Lorna Schortmann, Janice Rehman and Marilyn Mullen. He was predeceased by his sister, Carolyn Burson.
Leonard was a loving husband. He and his late wife, Lesley, were avid golfers who played on golf courses around the world during their travels. They loved to cook gourmet meals together and discuss current events – dinnertime was a special time for them.
Leonard was born on June 2, 1930. He graduated from the University of Hartford with a major in accounting and then served in the Korean War. He worked his way through college by playing the saxophone in a band and studying during breaks at “gigs”.
Leonard was an accomplished and dedicated professional, retiring at age 85 as the Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Company of Naugatuck, CT. Leonard had also served as a Director of the Company for more than 35 years.
He was a Certified Public Accountant who practiced with the firm Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst & Young) for several years. He also served as a Director and Executive Vice President at Scovill, Inc. for 20 years. He was also a Director at the Republican-American paper in Waterbury.
Leonard will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.
The Funeral Liturgy for both Leonard and Lesley will be celebrated Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 11:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main Street, Farmington.

Asaro, Anthony F.

Anthony F. Asaro Jr. passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday (March 7, 2017). Tiny was born July 5, 1925 in Torrington. In 1941 he lied about his age and enlisted in the Navy serving on the USS Vincennes in the South Pacific until discharged in April 1946. He worked for the Metropolitan District Commission for 28 years and retired in 1985. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and loved clamming. The shell fish population of the Rhode Island salt ponds have grown in great numbers since he gave up his license. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 65 years, Louise, his brother Santo, sisters Josephine Asaro and Marie Delmonte. Tiny is survived by his sister Diane Green of Torrington, daughter Susan Kapros (Asaro) of Bristol, son Tony Asaro and his wife Deb of Canton. He was Papa to granddaughter Amanda Roberto and her husband Stephen of Canton, granddaughter Nerissa Ayers and her husband Jonathan of Goldsboro, NC, grandson Jason Asaro and his wife Jennifer of Canton, grandson Sam Kapros of Bristol, great-grandsons Lucas Roberto and Zachary Ayers, great-granddaughters Mariah Roberto and Hannah Ayers. We would like to thank ComForCare Senior Services and staff, with a special thanks to Joy and the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association Hospice for their loving care and compassion towards Tiny. There will be no calling hours or service as was his wish but the next time you’re in a position to, raise a glass and toast Tiny; he’ll hear you. If so inclined, please consider a donation to the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association Hospice, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury CT, 06070. Their attention to both family and Tiny were outstanding, we cannot thank them enough.

Jones, Phyllis C.

Phyllis C. Jones, 89, of Unionville, beloved wife of the late Allen Louis Jones Sr., passed away peacefully Sunday, February 26th. Born December 18th, 1927 in Burlington, VT, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Thelma (Kingsbury) Jones. Phyllis moved to CT as a teenager but never truly left her Vermont roots behind. She was active in the Episcopal Church in both Unionville and Plainville but above all she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Phyllis leaves behind the following family members, her daughters, Sandra Jones Rogala and husband Allen, Alana Jones Baranoski and husband David, her son, Allen Louis Jr., and wife Michelle, her grandchildren, Jeremy David Baranoski and wife Fumiko Ishikawa, Allen Louis Rogala and wife Donna, Peter Rogala and wife Erin, Allen Louis Jones III, Owen Patrick Jones, and Catherine Valzania and her great grandchildren, Colton Rogala, Luke Rogala and Oscar Shota Ishikawa Baranoski. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (March 6th) from 9:30-10:30am. Funeral services will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home at 10:30am with Fr. George Roberts, Rector of St. James Parish, Farmington officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In celebration of her life, flowers are encouraged, as Phyllis may now enjoy them allergy free.

Clemmer, Florence C.

Florence C. Clemmer, 96, of Farmington and Niantic, loving wife of Stuart N Clemmer, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at the Greentree Manor and Nursing Home in Waterford, CT. Born in Lexington, MA on September 15, 1920 she was the daughter of Carmine and Mary Cuccinello (DeFelice). Florence was predeceased by her husband, Stuart, of 64 years and her infant son Richard Charles Clemmer. She is survived by her sister, Jean Charles (Cuccinello) of Wayland, MA, son Stuart “Chip” Clemmer, Jr. and his wife, Carol Rumburg Clemmer of College Park, MD and her daughter Carol Motyka and her husband James of Niantic, CT. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Nicholas Scarrozzo of Niantic and Barbara Lafferty and her husband, Richard, of Delmare, MD; two great grandchildren, Zachary Bettes and Faith Lafferty of Delmare, MD and many cherished relatives. Florence moved to Farmington in 1953 and worked for many years for the Farmington Schools. Florence enjoyed gardening, crafting and vacationing in Maine. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the Family.