Archive for May 2017

Olson, Arline E. (Judd)

Arline Elsie (Judd) Olson, of Village Gate, Farmington, passed peacefully on Saturday, May 27, 2017, seven days short of her 101st birthday, after a long and active life and a relatively short decline with congestive heart failure. Arline was born June 3, 1916 at her parents’ farmhouse in the Sleepy Hollow locality of (West) Avon, the second of four children of Walter Horace and Florence Estella (Tilley) Judd. She was raised in the rural neighborhood of her paternal ancestors and attended the one-room Pine Grove School until age nine, when she and her family moved to the Unionville village section of Farmington upon the sale of their family farms for the building of Avon Old Farms School. Arline graduated in the class of 1934 from Farmington High School and was a contributing member of the girls’ basketball team, forming the basis of a long affinity for UCONN women’s basketball in her elder years. After high school, she worked in the spinning department at the former Unionville felt manufacturer, Chas. W House & Sons, and then was employed in the medical records department at Travelers Insurance Company in Hartford before becoming employed at Holo-Krome Company in West Hartford, from which she retired from working outside the home with the impending birth of her son in 1948.
Arline lived a life of service in many ways: she was a member of the Women’s Motor Corps during World War II; she was the devoted wife of Philip W. Olson and loving mother to David and Martha; she was an active member of the West Hartford Dames and Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hartford; she delivered Meals on Wheels for many years; and she lovingly attended to her sister in her final illness, and then her twin brother, her nephew, and her brother-in-law in their respective health declines. Arline was proud of her deep Connecticut Yankee roots as a direct descendant of Deacon Thomas Judd, a founder of Hartford and Farmington; she also counted among her ancestors several of the founding families of Saybrook Colony, through which she was descended from Plymouth Colony pilgrims John and Priscilla Alden, and Uncas, Chief Sachem of the Mohegans. That being said, Arline also valued her maternal ancestry emanating from County Donegal, Ireland through Queens County, New Brunswick, and welcomed opportunities to seek out her husband’s heritage in Sweden.
Arline is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Martha (“Marty”) and delMonte Davis of Southampton, Bermuda, and New York City; nephews, Richard Judd of Indian Trail, NC, Douglas Ross of Forestville, CT, and Jed Carini of Duxbury, VT; niece and god-daughter, Karen (Olson) Zaks of Keller, TX, and nieces, Deborah (Olson) Donatelli of West Hartford, CT, Jill (Olson) Nigro of Ojai, CA, and Tobi (Olson) Nason of Warrenton, OR; a large extended family; and attentive close friends as family, Madeleine Cannon and Rae Ann Gremel , both of Farmington. She was predeceased by her husband, Philip, in 1979; their son, David, in 1954; all of her siblings and their spouses: Mildred and Harold Ross, Arnold and Claire Judd, and Thelma and Earl Carini; and a beloved niece and nephew.
Arline’s family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude for the compassionate and loving care accorded by her devoted caregiver, Constance Edwards, and the nurses of McLean Hospice, as well as many thoughtful courtesies extended by staff and warm relationships of friends at Village Gate.
In conformity with Arline’s wishes, a graveside service will be held at the family plot at Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford, on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 11:30am. Her family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to one of Arline’s interests: Avon Historical Society, RE: Pine Grove Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 448, Avon, CT 06001; or, Foodshare, 450 Woodland Ave., Bloomfield, CT 06002-1342; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Merritt, Irene Shirley

Irene Shirley Merritt, widow of Richard H. Merritt, departed this life May 26, 2017 at home in Farmington. She was born in Rochford, Essex, U.K. on May 16, 1933 to Albert & Vivian (Caney) Dean. At the outbreak of the WWII, her family relocated to Bristol, U.K. She had a long career as a RN, working in hospitals, public health and private duty nursing. She was a proud member of the Royal College of Nursing and was presented to the Queen for the work she had done in her career. She is survived by her only child, Carol and her husband Bruce, grandsons Michael (Jacqueline) & Ian (Rachel) and her beloved 4 great grandchildren, Alexandria, Nicholas, Lucian, and Penelope, her brother Ronald Dean, nephews Robert, Darren and niece Deborah of Bristol, U.K. She was predeceased by her first husband Michael Densley & her sister Valerie. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday (June 3) at 10:00 am in Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Rd, Avon. Donations in her memory may be made to St Joseph’s Indian School, P.O. Box 326, Chamberlain, SD 57326 or Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT 06355.

Ryan, Debra (Ain)

Debra “Debbie” (Ain) Ryan, 60, of Farmington, beloved wife to husband Jack for over 35 years, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at St. Francis Hospital on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Born on July 31, 1956, Debbie grew up in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Milton Ain and Shirley (Miller) Ain. A devoted mother and wife, Debbie loved nothing more than her family. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, whether it was a short weekend getaway in New England or a longer trip to places like Italy, Ireland or Maui. But more than anything she loved to be engaged in the lives of her three children. She was also was an active member of the Farmington community, involved at the libraries at East Farms School, Noah Wallace School and Farmington High School, enjoying her time in getting to work with kids. She is survived by her three children: daughter Stefanie, daughter Ashley and her fiancé Dave Ogorzalek, son Paul and his fiancée Sneha Dasgupta, mother Shirley, brother Daniel, mother-in-law Livia (Giordano) Ryan, sister-in-law Kathy (Ryan) Simoes and husband Manny Simoes. Calling hours will be held Monday, May 29 at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Unionville from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 30 at 10:30 a.m. in The Ahern Funeral Home followed by burial at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (www.nationalmssociety.org).

Palczewski, Henry Walter

Henry Walter Palczewski, age 90, died on May 18, 2017. He was born in Jersey City, NJ and spent most of his life in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. He served honorably in the Army in Japan during WWII and after the war completed an engineering degree at the Stevens Institute of Technology. A lifelong student, Henry also obtained a Masters degree in Mathematics from Columbia University and an MBA from George Mason University. He worked for several engineering firms in space and aerospace projects until the mid 1970’s, then worked as a systems analyst in the DC area until his retirement in 1992. Dad was also an educator, working as a college and high school teacher of mathematics at the beginning and end of his working life, and helped his children and many of their friends pass their high school and college math classes. Henry found the love of his life in Lola Davini, and they were married for 53 years when she passed away in 2009. He is survived by his children Hank Palczewski, Mark Palczewski, and Barbara Waters; their spouses Cathy Poissant, Debbie Palczewski, and Stephen Waters; and his grandchildren Nicole Palczewski, Olivia and Grace Palczewski, and Rachel and Caroline Waters. A special thanks goes to the staff of River Ridge at Avon, Dad’s home for the past 2 years, where he was welcomed like a member of the family. A memorial service for friends and family to celebrate Henry’s life will be held in New Jersey later this summer. Donations in memory of Henry may be made to the Alzheimers Association, the American Cancer Society, or to Benchmark Senior Living’s One Company fund.

LaFreniere, Jeannette Y.

Jeanette Y. LaFreniere, 88, formerly of Farmington, widow of Richard LaFreniere, passed away peacefully April 13, 2017 in South Carolina. Born December 10, 1928 in New Britain, she was the daughter of the late Romeo and Yvonne (Demers) Brousseau. Jeanette is survived by her three sons, Bruce Walsh and his wife Deborah, and their children Paula Stewart and Brian Walsh. David Walsh and his son David: and James Walsh and his children James and Jennifer Walsh, her stepdaughter Janet Bouchard and her husband Steven and their children Joshua and Tiffany, three great grandchildren Christin, Gage and Lilly and her brother Maurice Brousseau and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services and burial were held privately at Riverside Cemetery in Farmington.

Barton, C. Evelyn

C. Evelyn Barton dies at 100. Evie Barton passed away 5 weeks into her 101st year. She died peacefully at her home in Farmington, CT on May 12, 2017. Evie was the youngest of four daughters born to Andrew and Eugenia Jones in East St. Louis, IL on April 4, 1917. She attended Illinois State Normal Teachers College (now Illinois State University) where she met and married her late husband Byron (Pete) Kurtz Barton. She moved around the country as a Navy wife during World War II. After the war they lived in Charleston, IL for 13 years and then Terre Haute, IN for 24 years. Upon Pete’s retirement from Indiana State University they moved to Daytona Beach, FL where Evie lived for 29 years. She moved to Connecticut to be cared for by her younger son Randall for the last four years of her life. Evie enjoyed playing cards; particularly bridge and pinochle. She was an accomplished bridge player and had little patience for those not as skilled as she. She liked to watch basketball and was a big fan of Larry Bird and Charles Barkley. She also enjoyed watching bowling tournaments. Evie had many a discussion about politics but had no sense of humor when discussing politics and often got quite passionate about various politicians. Evie loved cats and her home was a feeding station for neighborhood strays wherever she lived. And she loved to shop and often would range far and wide even before interstate highways. Evie was predeceased and called Ped by her sisters Laura Ganschinietz of Virginia Beach, VA; Dean Hehner of Evanston, IL; and Betty Rollins of Belleville, IL. She is survived by her sons Randall of Farmington, CT and Michael of Douglas, AK, granddaughter Emily Barton of Montrose, CO, granddaughter Julie Vanrijkel and great grandson Oliver of Silver Spring, MD, granddaughter Valerie Mertz and great granddaughters Haley and Sarah of Juneau, AK, grandson Craig Barton of Truckee, CA. She was a tough old bird. She will be missed by her family and by all who knew her. Burial will be beside her late husband Pete in the Valhalla Garden of Memories in Belleville, IL.

Jadovich, Sheila Terese (O’Hagan)

Sheila Terese O’Hagan Jadovich, of Avon, beloved Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and Cousin, passed away peacefully on May 10, 2017. She has gone from our home, but not from our hearts.

Born July 11, 1933 in Yonkers, NY. Daughter of the late Francis Joseph and Eveline Veronica (McGlinchey) O’Hagan, originally of Belfast and Warrenpoint, County Down, Northern Ireland.

Sheila lived in Hartford, CT for many years before moving to Avon with her Husband, Edward J. Jadovich, originally of Farmington. She was a member of The Church of St. Ann, RCC in Avon and the Avon Senior Citizens. She retired from the Ensign-Bickford Company and Hoffman Honda/Toyota.

She is survived by her four beloved children, their spouses and her grandchildren: Son David Allen Jadovich of Avon, and her four dear grandchildren, Lauren, Matthew, Caroline and Elizabeth. Daughter Judith Ann (Jadovich) and her husband Robert Howland of Collinsville. Son Andrew Joseph and his wife Michele (Sass) Jadovich of Simsbury, and her four adored grandchildren, Austin Edward, Rhyan Elizabeth, Cody Andrew and Tanner James. Her Daughter Patricia Anne (Jadovich) and her husband Scott Cheyne, and of course, her Granddog, “My Marley”, of Tierra Verde, FL and Chatham, MA. She also leaves her sister and “best friend”, Evelyn O’Hagan of Avon, and her children, John, James, Jeffrey, Jennifer and their children. Her late brother and his family, John G. O’Hagan, Dorothea of Enfield and their children, Evelyn, David, Diane, Francis and Marian and their families. Her sister Frances Peterson of Unionville and her son Timothy. She also leaves her brother in law Michael Bombara of Avon, and his children, Katherine, Christopher, and their families. Lastly, she will miss her large and very loved family across the U.S. and in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

She was predeceased by her husband Edward J. Jadovich, her beloved parents and her two cats, Murphy (who was loved for 18 years and “who I miss and love still”) and Spike.

She leaves her dear Dunkin’ Donuts Buddies: Beverly Gagne, Beverly Rydberg, Judith Dowden, Marion Dalka, Al and Carol Quartiero, Marion “Boston” Steinberg, Joan Aiello, Helen Walton, Lori Miller and the late Marilyn Gadzik, “I will miss you all”; and the DD crew, Owen, Rich, Adam, Adam, Sam and Jen. “Thanks and love to my caregivers” Gretchen Gibbs (“Great Gal”) and (formerly) Jennifer Scriven, “Thank you both for your care”. “Many thanks to the staff at Apple Rehab, Avon, for excellent care during my stay.” Special thanks to Dr. Jonathan Sporn at St Francis Medical Group, Hartford for your exceptional care over the years. Sincere appreciation for the care given by everyone at UConn Health JDH, Farmington.
“Just keep me in your prayers. Thanks, Sheila.”

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 9:45 a.m. followed by the Funeral Liturgy in The Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Rd, Avon at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Ann Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Animals for Life P.O. Box 1481, Naugatuck, CT 06770 &/or the Hope and Healing Campaign to benefit Cancer Research at the St Francis Foundation, 95 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105.

Booth, Gwyneth Edwards

Gwyneth Edwards Booth, 92, passed away May 9th, 2017 surrounded by her family.
She was born in Saskatoon, in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, and was the daughter of the late Gwilym and Elizabeth Matilda Edwards.
A graduate of the University of Alberta, she immigrated to the US and came to Connecticut as a young woman to work as an RN in the new neurosurgical wing of Hartford Hospital in 1947.
She met the love of her life, Joseph Booth, shortly after her arrival and they were married in 1948.
Committed to both raising her family of four children, and her love of helping and healing others, she was a school nurse in the Farmington School System for 43 years. She loved her work and touched many students’ lives throughout her tenure.
She was a dedicated member of the Memorial United Methodist Church and served in many roles with the church throughout her service, highlighted by her love and participation in the choir, as treasurer, and a member of their building committee.
She was a piano player, gardener, knitter, and avid reader, and was robustly active in her greater community.
Vermont, her second home for over 30 years, brought their family immense joy. It was a focal point for friends and family, with whom she loved to be surrounded by.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who taught all of her family the value of respect, integrity, and faith. She was kind, generous, and consistently selfless throughout her life.
She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Joseph Booth, and her children Robert and Diane Booth of Burlington, Marsha Kennedy of Burlington, Brenda and Mark Vigneault of Southington, and Thomas and Nancy Booth of Farmington. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, their husbands and wives, and 8 greatgrandchildren.
There will be a celebration of life service on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at 11:00 am at Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Road, Avon. Memorial donations may be made to Memorial United Methodist Church.

Burhoe, Wendy Lynn

Wendy Lynn Burhoe went home to be with her Lord and Saviour on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. She was born to Chandler & Nancy Chamberlin of West Hartford on November 24, 1964. She is survived by her husband Dean of Unionville, her daughter Erin, her son Brent, her son Andrew and soon to be daughter-in-law Hannah Scott, her mother Nancy Chamberlin, her sister Julie Terelmes, her mother-in-law Ann Burhoe and beloved extended family. Wendy’s smile was infectious, and she was loved by everyone she met. Her humble servant’s spirit worked behind the scenes to make everyone’s life a better place. Her children were her world, and through her years spent in both children’s and teen ministries, her influence lives on in the hearts of countless “adopted” children. She loved her coworkers at Walgreens in Unionville and enjoyed interacting with customers and making their life a little brighter.

A celebration of her life will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church 296 New Britain Avenue in Newington on Saturday, May 13th at 1:00pm. A receiving line will be held after the service. Interment will be with the family only prior to the celebration service.

Thompson, Virginia “Jeanne” (Flynn)

Virginia Catherine “Jeanne” (Flynn) Thompson, 87, of Unionville, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2017 with her family at her side. She was born in New Haven on June 7, 1929, the daughter of the late Thomas and Delia (Droney) Flynn. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 53 years, William H Thompson. Jeanne, the youngest of 6 children, was predeceased by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Joseph (Irene) Flynn of North Branford, Thomas (Helen) Flynn of Wallingford, Francis (Annie) Flynn of North Haven, her sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret “Peggy” (Jack) Purcell of Wallingford and Marie (Tom) Purcell of Burlington and her brothers-in-law and their wives, Jack (Margie) Thompson and Ronald (Maureen) Thompson. She is survived by her four children, Mark Thompson and wife Susan from Plymouth, MA, William Thompson and wife Becky from Southington, Mary Larson and husband Roy from Farmington and Thomas Thompson and fiancée Kathy Flynn from West Hartford. She was also the proud grandmother of nine grandsons, Mark, Michael and Andrew Thompson, Craig, Eric, Timothy and Peter Larson, Brian and Will Thompson. Jeanne graduated from St. Francis Parochial School and from Hill House High School in New Haven in 1946 and was a graduate of the St Francis School of Nursing where she became a Registered Nurse. She worked at Yale New Haven Hospital, John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington and several secondary school and college infirmaries while raising her family. Jeanne loved spending summer vacations in Clinton, CT and later on Cape Cod. She traveled extensively in retirement with her husband Bill, but her favorite place on earth was Coast Guard Beach in the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Route 4, Unionville, on Thursday (May 11) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (May 12) at 9:15am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery, Avon.

Sponzo, Julia (DeFrino)

Julia (DeFrino) Sponzo, 90, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 8th with her family by her side after a courageous and long fought battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born in East Hartford, to Anthony and Rose (Falcone) DeFrino. In addition to helping out at the family owned business, the Bliss Market, Julia was a dedicated employee at Rourke-Eno Paper Company in Hartford for 20 odd years and thoroughly enjoyed her role there. However nothing would compare to the joy and pride she experienced being able to work alongside her husband Jim and son Joe, at his restaurant, Peppercorn Grill. Julia loved her family and was an avid gardener in later years; often spending much of her days in her garden in Cape Cod surrounded by beautiful hydrangeas and Lilly’s. She was incredibly talented in the kitchen, and would always ensure her family and friends ate more than they could handle. No one left Julia Sponzo’s hungry. She is survived by her 3 children, Rosemary Silberstein and her husband, Jeffrey Silberstein of Delray Beach, Fl, Janet Kearney and her husband, Kevin Kearney of West Hartford, and Joseph Sponzo of New York City; 4 grandchildren, Angelica Flanigan, Sarah Silberstein, Kerry Kearney, and Nicholas Kearney; a brother, Francis DeFrino, DDS and his wife Diane of New Milford. She was predeceased by her sister, Anna Montano; brothers, Charles, Nicholas, and Rocco DeFrino. Julia now joins her lifelong true love, James Sponzo. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Thursday, May 11th from 8:30 – 10:00am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 872 Farmington Ave., West Hartford at 10:30am. Burial will be in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in Julia’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, 200 Executive Boulevard, Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489 www.alz.org.

Clegg, Noreen Maria

Noreen Maria Clegg, 82, of Unionville passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
She was born on November 16, 1934, in Lochend, Edinburgh, Scotland. She attended St. Thomas High School also in Edinburgh. She was extremely proud of her Scottish heritage. She traveled to America by herself on the S.S. United States ship to be a nanny with the Rose family in 1959. This was just the first of many courageous things that she would do. She had a witty sense of humor, was feisty and strong, but had such a gentle spirit. She was thoughtful, hard working and taught all of us to stand up for what you believe.
Her parents Norman & Mary Ainslie of Scotland, her brother James Ainslie of Florida and her sister Dolores MacPherson of Scotland all predeceased her.
Noreen was employed by the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association of Simsbury for the last 19 years. Her clients loved her. She always went above and beyond to help them and do whatever extra she could for them. She was also employed by the Governor’s House and the McLean Home of Simsbury over the years. Her life was all about helping others and bringing happiness to others every day.
Noreen is survived by two children: Laura Rizzo and her husband David of Farmington, Robert Clegg and his wife Jennianne of Glastonbury. She leaves four sisters and a sister in law: Barbara Roller and husband Fesler of McCormick, SC; Rosemary Wills of Gloucester, England; Patricia Fetta of Richmond, VA; Loraine Ogilvie and husband Stuart of Aberdeen, Scotland and Rose Ainslie of Sun City Center, FL. She also leaves her precious grandchildren: Joshua, Kyle, Haley, Jenna, Cameron, Chad, Chloeanne, Katieanne and her great grandchild Nathan. She also leaves many nieces and nephews and dear friends.
Her greatest joys were her grandchildren, she had a unique and special relationship with each and everyone of them. She attended as many sporting events, dance recitals, school productions and graduations as she could. She was so proud of them. Her favorite past time was playing board games with her family and friends. She loved nature and feeding the birds. She loved to knit and crochet and was an avid reader and tea drinker. Her favorite music was Jazz. Old blue eyes was her favorite. We can only hope he is serenading her now. She made the best homemade soups and shared them with family and neighbors.
There will be a memorial service on Friday, May 26 at 11:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville. In lieu of flowers, and as one last pay it forward from her, we ask that any donations be made to www.gofundme.com/troymurphy. Troy is a young friend of her grandson Chad, who is suffering from the devastating long term effects of Lyme Disease.

Pellegrino, Enrico

Enrico “Rico” Pellegrino, 72, of Farmington, husband of Linda (Beattie) Pellegrino, passed away peacefully Friday, May 5, 2017. He was born in Hartford, on January 15, 1945, son of the late Frank and Mary (Pandolfi) Pellegrino, he resided in Farmington all of his life. Prior to retiring, Rico was a skilled sheet metal worker with Sound Construction Company of Bloomfield. Besides his wife of 46 years, he is survived by his loving daughter Tracy and son-in-law Brian Drzyzga of Southwick, Massachusetts, his devoted son, Frank and daughter-in-law, Kristin (Baum) Pellegrino, of Farmington. He also leaves his sister Nancy and brother-in-law Harry Willis, of Avon, sister Teresa and brother-in-law Dr. Richard Lilly, of Glastonbury, his brother Frank and sister-in-law Martha Pellegrino, of Terryville, brother, James and sister-in-law, Sharon Pellegrino, of Avon. He also leaves four precious grandsons, Jordan Drzyzga, Keith Drzyzga, Joey Pellegrino, Vinny Pellegrino, and a step-grandson, Brian Drzyzga. His grandsons were the sunshine of his life. He leaves several nephews, nieces and their children. He was predeceased by his beloved son, Enrico “Rico” Pellegrino. Friends may call at the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt 4 Unionville, Monday (May 8) from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Funeral procession from the Ahern Funeral Home will be Tuesday (May 9) at 9:15 AM, followed by the Funeral Liturgy at the Church of Saint Mary, Unionville, at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow at Saint Mary Cemetery in Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research, 20 Batterson Park Road, 3rd Floor, Farmington CT 06032.

D’Addeo, B. Dante “Vince”

B. Dante “Vince” D’Addeo was reunited with his beloved wife, Roberta, on Friday, April 21. Born in 1925, the first son of Joseph and Maria (Verre) D’Addeo, Vince was a graduate of the Bloomfield school system and attended Trinity College – where he was a member of the Half Century Club, Vice President of his class and a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity, and the University of Hartford – where he was honored as a Golden Eagle. Vince was employed as a Senior Buyer by the Emhart Corporation, where he also met and married his wife of 46 years, Roberta (Meconkey). Active in the Town of Canton, Vince was a Board Member of the Canton Visiting Nurse Association and Canton Public Library, Member of the Canton Republican Town Committee and the Board of Finance. Vince was an enthusiastic participant in both local and state politics and took part in numerous nominating conventions and campaigns, including those of Lewis B. Rome, Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., Reginald Smith, and Jim Fleming. Following his retirement, Vince pursued his second passion in the field of real estate as owner of Metacomet Real Estate, enjoyed UConn Women’s Basketball games and attending their numerous ‘victory’ parades, and being a member of the Prince Thomas of Savoy Italian Club in Avon where he was encouraged on the Bocce Court and looked forward to their monthly dinners and summer picnic. Vince will always be remembered as a generous man who supported numerous charities and as a storyteller extraordinaire. His legacy lives on in his son, David J. D’Addeo (Kathleen) and daughter Lisa D. Bohman (William). He also leaves two sisters, Lucia Harrison and Catherine Williams, a step granddaughter Summer Rogers (Phillip), step great grandchildren Zachary and Kaitlyn, his granddogs Lucy, Edward and Sweetie, along with many nieces and nephews and cherished friends, especially his long time loyal friend Michael Michnowski. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Roberta, and brothers Jerome and Donald D’Addeo. The family would like to express our sincere appreciation to Sharon Blake for her loving and exemplary care of Vince.
Family and friends may gather on Friday, May 12, 9 a.m. at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Route 4, Unionville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 10:30 a.m., St. Patrick Church, 50 Church Street, Collinsville. Burial will follow in Village Cemetery. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers contributions for a memorial in Vince’s name at Trinity College may be made to: Trinity College, Ms. Linda Minoff, Director of Gift Planning, Office of Advancement, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT 06106.

Arnold, Carolyn W.

Carolyn W. Arnold, 72, formerly of Farmington and Simsbury, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 3, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Born May 23, 1944 in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Rudolph A. and Elizabeth (Meier) Wiesner. She was a graduate of Chapel Hill School in Waltham, MA, Becker Junior College and received her BS degree from the University of Connecticut where she majored in Economics. Prior to retiring, Carolyn was a loan officer at Fleet Bank and worked at CIGNA for many years.
She was a competitive runner, loved animals (especially her beloved cats), enjoyed gardening and yard work, making crafts, collecting antiques and shopping. She liked to watch sports, cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the UCONN Women’s basketball team. She was a long-time season ticket holder at the Hartford Stage which she attended, along with other social and travel activities, with her group of special Simsbury friends. She was a beloved mother, with a great sense of humor and amazing amounts of patience, who never lost her core loving and trusting nature even through the progression of her disease.

Carolyn is survived by her two adoring daughters, Pamela Mastrogiovanni of Farmington and Diana Hancin and her husband Dennis of Marlborough, her brother, Paul Wiesner and his wife Karen of Madison and four granddaughters, Lillian and Anna Mastrogiovanni and Julia and Katherine Hancin. The family would like to thank the staff at Arden House in Hamden and Carolyn’s niece, Heidi Nolan, for their wonderful and compassionate care.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday (May 13) at 11:00am in the Meetinghouse at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main St., Farmington. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of CT, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489 or to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.