Archive for April 2017

Cruess, Edward G.

Edward G. Cruess. Sr. was called home to God peacefully on April 27, 2017 leaving his wife Joyce of 51 years as well as his son Ed along with his wife Kelly and their children, Sean, Brigit, Cailin and Emma and many loving family and friends.
He was born in Torrington to Edward and Agnes (Morrissey) Cruess on June 21, 1930 and attended St. Francis School and graduated from Torrington High School before joining the United States Navy and serving for four years. Ed then attended and graduated from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, VT.
Upon graduation Ed moved to Unionville and joined the Hartford Insurance Group in the Bonding Department and subsequently joined the Edward H. Deming Insurance Agency becoming a partner managing the Unionville Office until his retirement. During his insurance career and following his retirement Ed managed the Tunxis Ecumenical Apartment complex.
Always actively involved in his Parish of St. Mary Star of the Sea he served as an Usher, Parish Council member, Building Committee member, as well as a Trustee and recipient of the Archdiocesan St. Joseph Medal.
Ed also served and was a member in many service organizations including the Exchange Club of Farmington, Knights of Columbus Uncas Council #32, Tunxis Hose Co. #1, Unionville Men’s Golf League, Farmington Food Pantry, Services for the Elderly and the Dr. Dunne Scholarship Fund.
Friends may call at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main St., Unionville on Monday (May 1) from 8:30-10:00am. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated in the Church at 10:00am followed by burial with full military honors in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Edward F. Dunne Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 625, Unionville, CT 06085, or St. Agnes Guild, 104 Mayflower St., West Hartford, CT 06110 or to Services for the Elderly, Inc., 321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, CT 06085.

Alderman, Beatrice Pearce

As a gentle morning rain fell, coaxing nature once more to display its Spring blossoms, Beatrice Pearce Alderman – beloved wife and mother – passed peacefully from this world on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

Born in Unionville on October 9, 1935, Bea was the daughter of Albert Thomas Pearce and Beatrice Petts Pearce, emigrants from England to Connecticut in the 1920s. The youngest daughter of the six Pearce children, Bea spent her youth in the warm embrace of her large family as it weathered the challenges of the Great Depression and World War II.

Upon graduation from Farmington High School Bea applied her business skills to a career in banking. Leaving the working world for a time to raise her family, she was later employed for many years as bookkeeper for W.H. Barton Company, retiring in 2012.

Bea was a woman of amazing and boundless energy. She had a kind soul, a big heart and a generous nature. She enjoyed gardening, day tripping through New England and a good tag sale. True to her British roots she loved nothing better than a good cup of tea at the end of the day.

For over 55 years she was a member of the Congregational Church of Burlington where she served in many positions including Deacon, Assistant Treasurer and Sunday School teacher. She was also a former President of the Ladies Aid Society. Her last service was as a volunteer at the Church’s Soup Kitchen ministry at Zion Lutheran Church in Bristol.

She was a quilter for the award-winning Farmington Bicentennial Quilt which is permanently displayed at the Farmington Library. She also volunteered at the Unionville Museum for many years.

Bea is survived by her husband of 62 years, Truman E. Alderman; her two sons, Rev. Dr. Keith C. Alderman and his wife Penny of Westminster, MA; and Clifford T. Alderman of Unionville; a brother and sister-in-law Tom and Marilyn Pearce of Conklin, Michigan, and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her faithful Airedale pal, Rosie. She was predeceased by her sisters Edith and Marie and brothers Albert and Charles.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Apr. 29) from 10:00-11:00am followed by a Celebration of Bea’s life at 11:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home. Burial will be in Center Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bea’s memory may be made to The Unionville Museum, 15 School Street, Unionville, CT 06085.

Sweeton, Aileen

Aileen Sweeton of Avon Connecticut, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend died peacefully on April 20th, 2017 at home where she resided with her daughter Becky and her granddaughter Annie. She was 90 years old.
Aileen Rose Centilli was born in Grand Rapids Michigan on April 12th, 1927 to Sidney and Rose Centilli. She grew up in the area during the difficult depression years among the support of many family members. Her father was an upholsterer and her mother sewed, sewing everything from fine scarfs to the fabric on her uncle’s home built airplane. During World War II, Aileen and her family waited nervously, like many people then, for word of her brother Sidney Junior who was deployed in the Pacific. He later returned a wounded soldier.
After High School, Aileen worked as a telephone switchboard operator. She later met the love of her life, her late husband Edward Raymond Sweeton from Forestville Connecticut, while he was earning an engineering degree at the General Motors Institute in Michigan. Courageously, she left her family and native Michigan and moved east, where the two of them raised a baby boomer family of four children in Unionville Connecticut. Once or twice a year, they would load the children into the family car and travel back to Michigan to be with her loving family.
Aileen lost her husband Edward to illness in 1981. When asked if she would ever marry again, she replied without hesitation “no, I’m a one man woman”.
Aileen worked for many years in the Farmington School system as a Teacher’s Aide at the West District Elementary School. After she retired, you would often find her having dinner with her elderly mother at the Old Town Grill in Unionville. Many a time she would be recognized by past students, having then grown into adulthood, who would stop by and say “hi there Mrs. Sweeton!”. Aileen’s love for children carried over to her grandchildren which she enjoyed spending time with.
Aileen will be dearly missed by family, daughter Susan Bondra and her husband Mike of Avon, daughter Cynthia Holden and her husband Richard of West Simsbury, daughter Rebeca Sweeton of Avon, son Jon Sweeton of Barkhamsted, grandchildren Becky Imperiale and husband Peter, Cody Bondra, Anna Holden and Annie Sweeton, and many nieces and nephews.
Friends and family are invited to call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (Apr. 25) from 5:00-7:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (Apr. 26) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104.

Driscoll, John “Jay”

John “Jay” Driscoll, 71, of Burlington, beloved husband of 46 years to Carolyn (Pavlik) Driscoll, passed peacefully Monday, April 11, 2017 at home surrounded with his family by his side after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. He was born February 16, 1946 in Hartford, the son of the late Walter J. and Helen (Kozlak) Driscoll. Jay was an active member of the Tunxis Hose Company No 1 for 53 years. He served on the Board of Directors, Truck, Carnival and Membership Committees. During his service he held the positions of Deputy Chief, Captain and Lieutenant. Jay worked at Buettner Chevron for 20 years. He retired from The Town of Burlington Highway Department after 25 years. After retiring Jay went to work again for his good friend Frank at The Ahern Funeral Home. Jay enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending their activities. He looked forward to his morning coffee at the firehouse with his longtime friend Jim Bonini.
Jay is survived by his three children Gina L. Driscoll of Burlington; John M. Driscoll of Burlington; Thomas J. Driscoll and his wife Erin of Burlington; five grandchildren Justin, Kaitlyn and Ashley Ouellette; Edward Zimmerman and Joseph Driscoll; his two sisters Betty and her husband Joe Alward of Kelso, WA, Mary Ellen and her husband Thomas Macy of Sheffield, MA; three sisters-in-law, Madelyn Driscoll of Farmington, Barbara Dahle of Burlington, Marilyn Schwarzmann of Burlington; many nieces and nephew; his childhood friend Bingo and his wife Trudy, his Tunxis Hose Family along with many other friends and family. He was predeceased by his brother William Driscoll Sr., sister-in-law Patricia Warner and brother-in-law Arthur Schwarzmann. His family would like to thank the St. Francis Smilow Cancer Hospital, his doctors and especially his nurse Kim for the extraordinary and wonderful care he was given.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Apr. 17) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Tuesday (Apr. 18) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Patrick’s Church, Collinsville at 10:00am. Burial will be in Center Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Tunxis Hose Fire Department, P.O. Box 215, Unionville, CT 06085 and Burlington Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 1285, Burlington, CT 06013.

Riccio, Leonard

Leonard Riccio, 82, of Farmington beloved husband for 45 years of Carol (Vosney) Riccio, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Born November 12, 1934 in Hartford, he was the son of the late Leo and Madeline (Donati) Riccio. Leonard was a United States Army veteran. Leonard was very proud of the house that he built in Farmington where he resided for over 40 years, as well as his ability to build or fix just about anything. He often talked about his love of flying airplanes, the New York Yankees and his family, especially his grandchildren.
Besides his wife, Leonard is survived by his two step-children, Douglas Sandberg and his wife Yvette and Susan Buonafede and her husband Dennis, six grandchildren, Jessica Qualls, Jillian Buonafede, Jeffrey Buonafede, Jonathan Buonafede, Elise Sandberg and Renee Sandberg, two sisters, Victoria Perreault and Kay Tolisano, a niece and several nephews. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Tuesday (Apr. 18) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by military honors rendered at the church.

Chamberlain, Roger W.

Roger W. Chamberlain Jr., 68 of Unionville passed away March 27th with his family at his side. He leaves his wife Mickey; his daughter Stacey; his twin sons Eric and his wife Amra; Brad and his wife Christin. He also leaves his 2 beautiful granddaughters, Mackenzie and Mia. He will be missed by his family and friends especially Richard Sheldon and Donville Wesley.