Archive for June 2017

Johansen, Astrid Harris

Astrid Harris Johansen, 81, of Avon passed away Monday June 26th, at home surrounded by her family. Born in Farmington on May 9, 1936 she was the daughter of the late Joseph A. Harris and Astrid (Benson) Harris.  Astrid was a graduate of Farmington High School, class of 1954.  She was a lifetime member of St. James Parish in Farmington where she served in several different capacities, most recently on the Altar Guild. She also coached several girls’ sports teams at Avon High School over the years.  Astrid was an avid golfer, reader, puzzler, and bird-watcher.  She also enjoyed spending time with friends playing Mahjong and Rummikub each week.

Astrid was predeceased by her husband David C. Johansen, also of Farmington, her brother Ronald (Jane) Harris, and sisters Patricia (Weston) Barnes, and Nancy (Burt) Wright.

She is survived by her brother Joseph (Marie) Harris, sisters Joan (Robert) Rogers, Andrea Harris and Anna Harris. She is also survived by her four children and their spouses, Sandra and Christopher Doot of Millersville MD, Scott and Kim Johansen of Hinesburg Vermont, Jennifer and Jay Damato of Deep River, CT and Eric and Jane Johansen of Avon CT. She was the proud grandmother of Ryan (Lissa) Doot, Ashley Doot, Matthew (Ashley Grace) Doot, Gabrielle (Matthew) Clow, David Johansen, Derek (Maggie) Damato, Amanda Damato, Emma Kate Johansen and Eli Johansen, and great grandmother of Christopher and Annalynn Doot.

Harris, Helen

Helen C. (Murphy) Harris, 96, of Farmington, died peacefully Saturday June 24, 2017. Born in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Moses J. and Mary (Carroll) Murphy and step-mother Catherine (Burrows) Murphy.  She worked at Aetna Fire Insurance and Aetna Life Insurance Company in Hartford, as well as Data Management in Farmington.  A 62 year resident of Farmington, she was a parishioner of St Mary Star of the Sea Church in Unionville.  Helen loved sewing, painting, shopping, camping, gardening, entertaining and numerous crafts, but her family and Catholic faith were the center of her life.  She demonstrated how to give of oneself, be generous, kind, considerate, polite, thoughtful and self-sacrificing by her example. She would want all who knew her to use their gifts and talents to spread her spirit of joy, love and kindness to all!  She is predeceased by her beloved husband of 52 years, John W. Harris, Jr. and her precious great-grandchild Oliver McLeod.  She is survived by a daughter Meredith Harris of Farmington, a son James and his wife Nancy Harris of Bristol, a daughter Lauren and her husband James Foote of Farmington; six grandchildren Ashley, Matthew and Michelle Harris, Kathleen, Susan and James Foote; her brother John and his wife Regina Murphy, sister-in-law Sandra Murphy, brother-in-law William and his wife Michelle Harris and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by sister Beatrice and her husband Eugene Cowing, sister Anna Mae Murphy, brother Charles and his wife Mary Murphy, brother Arthur and wife Catherine Murphy and brother Walter Murphy. Funeral services will be held Friday with visitation starting at 8:30 a.m. at Ahern Funeral Home, Unionville.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. at St Mary Church, Unionville.  Burial will follow in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary Church, 16 Bidwell Square Unionville, CT 06085 or the Lupus Foundation of America 2121 K Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20037-1830 To send online condolences please visit

Livingstone, Andrea L.

Andrea L. Livingstone of Avon, Connecticut passed away on June 21, 2017. Andrea was the second child born to George and Georgianna Livingstone of Wakefield, Massachusetts on April 19, 1950. She was pre-deceased by her mother, 1991, and her younger brother, George, 2013. Andrea is survived by her caring and loving spouse, Beverly Duncan of Avon, her father George and his wife, Hee Won, her sister and brother-in-law Joan and Bob White of Florida and their children and grandchildren, her sister-in-law Linda Livingstone, niece and God-child Anne and nephew Grey of Wilton, Connecticut, her uncles Carl and Philip Livingstone, and their families, and her extended family of the Duncans and Hathaways.
Andrea adored her golden-doodle, Abe, who was a source of great joy in her life.
Andrea’s early education was in Wakefield, Massachusetts schools where she was fortunate to have outstanding band and marching band experiences and incredible challenges in the choral program. She attended the Hartt School of Music, majoring in Music Education. She taught vocal and instrumental music at Bugbee, Whiting Lane, Wolcott and Webster Hill Schools in West Hartford. For several years Andrea had the honor of being a conductor of the Inter-El choral and instrumental groups.
Andrea was a member of the Asylum Hill church choir and was dedicated to the various ministries of her church including the “Step Up, Step Out” program, a group dedicated to ending the culture of violence.
Andrea’s year-long struggle with leukemia was eased by the loving and professional care of the staff of Hartford Hospital, who endeared themselves to her and her family. She stayed strong and courageous, and faced each new challenge with hope.
A Memorial Service will be held Friday (June 30) at 10:00am in Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., Hartford followed by a reception in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Music and Arts Ministry of Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105.

Clerkin, Mary M.

Mary M. (Godfrey) Clerkin, age 93, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 with family by her side. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Dr. Edward A. Clerkin, Jr., her son William James Clerkin, and her twin brother Dr. William Godfrey.

Mary was born in Bayside, NY to Agnes and William Godfrey. She attended Bayside High School and graduated from St. Vincent’s School of Nursing in New York City. She was a loving mother and dedicated nurse who worked at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Harrison, NY for many years. She and Ed raised their family in Rye, NY where she lived until her recent move to Avon, CT to be closer to some of her children and beloved grandchildren.

Mary was an active volunteer and Eucharistic Minister at the Church of the Resurrection and St. Vincent’s Hospital. She looked forward to her weekly bridge game with her friends, was an avid reader, and enjoyed boating, being near the ocean, and needlepoint. But most of all, she adored her grandchildren and was so proud to watch them grow in beautiful young adults.

Mary is survived by her brother Edward Godfrey of Cape Coral, FL and her children Edward and Diane Clerkin of Farmington, CT; Peter Clerkin and Karen Gioiella of East Windsor, CT; Mary Ann and Michael Pendergast of West Simsbury, CT; and Tom and Pam Clerkin of Saratoga, CA; and her grandchildren Patrick Clerkin of West Hartford, CT; Amanda Clerkin of Concord, MA; Megan and Ben Roberts of West Hartford, CT; Courtney Clerkin and James Engel of New Britain, CT; William Pendergast of West Simsbury, CT; and Connor Clerkin of Saratoga, CA and many loving nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the Graham Funeral Home in Rye, NY on Friday June 23 from 3:00-7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at the Church of the Resurrection in Rye, NY on Saturday June 24 at 10:00 AM. Interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, NY. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation in Mary’s name can be made to P.O.T.S (Part of the Solution) or a charity of your choice.

Gobar, Jamie Craig

Jamie Craig Gobar, 52, of Bristol, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 12, 2017. Born November 20, 1964 in New Britain, son of Dennis C. Gobar of Farmington and Sharon A. (Geahigan) Lintner of Plainville. Jamie was a United States Army veteran. Besides his parents, he is survived by his step mother, Anna Gobar of Farmington, siblings, Wendy Hine and her husband Timothy of Wilton, Holly McSweegan and her husband Kevin of Windsor Locks, Jason Gobar, Christina Gobar and Nicole Matos and her husband Marco and 7 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two uncles.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday (June 29) at 11:00am in Grace Congregational Church, 110 South Road, Farmington followed by burial with full military honors in State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown.

Llewellyn, Judith Perkins

Judith Perkins Llewellyn of Avon, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2017. She was born December 2, 1926 in Boston, MA. Judy graduated from Sweet Briar College and returned to Boston where she met and married her true love, Norman Llewellyn. They were married for sixty-six wonderful years. Judy was a consummate wife and mother caring for her family throughout Norman’s long career with Lane Construction. She was an avid gardener with the greenest of green thumbs who took great pride in each of her gardens and sharing her knowledge with local garden clubs. She was an active member of Farmington CC enjoying a round of golf with her friends and the many social activities. Her greatest love was for the ocean and the variety of beaches from Maine to Florida. However, Kiawah Island became her true paradise and she enjoyed being there away from many Connecticut winters. Active for many years at First Church of Christ, Farmington in many ministries, she helped start the Village Traders. She was also a member emeritus of The Friday Club relishing the intellectual discussions of the group. The family would like to thank the wonderful ladies at Pathways Elder Care who provided such extraordinary, loving care through Judy’s last year of life.
She is survived by her two sons and their wives, David and Cynthia Llewellyn and John and Junglim Llewellyn and her three grandchildren, Gregory, Tracy, and Christie. She was predeceased by her husband Norman, parents, Justin and Dora (Schiel) Perkins and brother, Justin.
There will be no visitation and the family will celebrate Judy’s life at a graveside service in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington at 11:00 on Monday, June 26th. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of Christ, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032.

Hunt, Gayla

Gayla Hunt, 62, of Unionville, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Born April 20, 1955 in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Allen and Esther Hunt. Gayla graduated from Farmington High School and was employed by Apricots Restaurant in Farmington for many years. Gayla is survived by her brother, Gary Hunt and his wife Barbara and their son Ryan of Farmington, her cousins Meg and Sheri Eaton of East Hartford and many cousins from New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. She was predeceased by her brother, Daniel Hunt.
At Gayla’s request, there will be no calling hours and funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

Rivera, Manuel A. “Manny”

Manuel (Manny) A. Rivera Jr., 23, of Burlington, left this world on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Manny was born on March 29, 1994 in New York City, New York and was a long time resident of Farmington. He attended Farmington Public Schools and was a line cook at The Tap Rock in Unionville.
Manny was a free spirit who enjoyed the outdoors, nature, music, and sitting around a fire with friends. He was passionate about many things, but none as much as the love of his life and best friend, Amber, and his “Mini me” son Louis Cypher.
Manny is survived by his soulmate Amber Marie Nogiec, their son Louis, parents Manuel Rivera and Iris Soto, paternal grandparents, Sylvestre Manuel Rivera and Lydia Esther Fuentes, of Puerto Rico, brother Andrew of Vernon, sister Amanda of Farmington, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, and an endless circle of friends. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Serafin Soto and Ana Maria Hernandez.
“I am no master, I know nothin’, definitely still young, built on hunger so stubborn a lot of self-work undone.” Manny would agree that these Nahko Bear lyrics suit him well. Manny had a way of being incredibly outgoing while staying humble. He made such a positive impact of the lives of so many people that it is truly incredible. Though this is a sad time those closest to him are glad that he has finally found peace.
Please come and join our family to celebrate his life and say our goodbyes to this spectacular being who was too good for this universe. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 5-8pm. In lieu of flowers, Manny’s family asks that you consider a donation to a college fund for his son Louis. Also, Manny’s favorite color was lime green and it would be appreciated if something of that color was worn to the service in honor of Manny.

Kerchis, Margaret “Peggy”

Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, Margaret (Peggy) Kerchis went to be with her God on Friday, June 16th, at the age of 81. She was born July 4, 1935 to Kathleen (Shearer) and Hans Beyer and lived her whole life in Farmington. Graduating from Mount Saint Joseph in 1953, she married her first love Jack Preissner in 1955, losing him 2 years later to cancer. She then married Russell Kerchis in 1959 (divorced), along the way having her 6 children, whom she leaves to mourn her loss – Diane (Jay) Magnuson, Elizabeth (Bob) Horan, Lynn Musulin, John (Karen) Kerchis, Russell Kerchis and Don Kerchis. Also left to miss her love are her grandchildren, Ryan & Jaime Magnuson, Eric & Jason Horan, Dana & Austin Musulin, Josh & Jessica Kerchis and Jackson Kerchis, and her 5 great grandchildren. She leaves her brother Kenneth Beyer of West Hartford and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother George Beyer and sister Marie Peltier.
Peg believed her greatest legacy was her family whom she taught how to love, laugh and have faith. She encouraged us all to live well and pass these traits on to the world. Everyone who knew Peg knows how truly special she was – what a kind and giving spirit she had. The family asks that in tribute to her, you do a kind and loving act for someone. The world has lost a remarkable woman, one who gave so much to so many, but heaven has gained its newest angel.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (June 22) from 5:00-8:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (June 24) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Danila, Violet “Vi”

Violet “Vi” Danila, passed away peacefully, at home on Thursday, June 15th, at the age of 95. Vi was a long time resident of Collinsville where she was active within the community. She was employed for many years by the Canton School District as a van driver for handicap/special needs children. Vi loved knitting, Bingo, cards with her girlfriends, traveling and visits with her family. She was a very involved parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church. Vi spent many hours volunteering and such at the Canton Senior Center, The Ladies Guild of St. Patrick Church and Fire Dept. Women’s Auxiliary.

Violet was predeceased by her husband of over 50 years, Vyta Danila, and a daughter, Kathleen Brennan. She leaves behind; her children Edward Danila and Patricia Jones; a sister, Joan Martin; two sons-in-law, Michael Jones and Walter Brennan; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Friday, June 23rd at 11:00am at St. Patrick’s Church, 7 Burlington Ave. Collinsville. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Collinsville. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Bristol Hospital Hospice, P.O. Box 977, Bristol, CT 06011 and/or American Diabetes Association of CT, 2275 Silas Deane Highway, First Floor N- Unit 9. Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Carrillo, Maria Antonia “Tonita”

Maria Antonia (Tonita) Carrillo, 78, of Harford, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. She was born May 11, 1939 in Cidra, Puerto Rico to the late Evaristo Santos Carrillo and Arcadia (Agosto) Carrillo.

Tonita came to the United States with her parents and infant son at the age of 20 years old, settling in Hartford, Connecticut, where she lived for many years. She was dedicated to her children and parents, and enjoyed making them laugh and smile. She was known for sharing old Puerto Rican saying and jokes. Tonita enjoyed shopping and took pride in keeping a beautiful home. She loved watching telenovelas with Angel.

She is survived by her life partner Angel M. Cruz as well as six of her children, Ray Rivera and his wife Evelyn of Windsor, Dalia Delgado and her husband Efrain of West Hartford, Marisa Vega and her husband Victor of Windsor, Angel Martinez and his fiancé Wanda of Hartford, Sonia DeClaybrook and her husband Louis of Hartford, and Ana Torres and her husband Luis of Hartford. Additionally, she is survived by her siblings Heriberto S. Carrillo and his wife Sonia of Hartford, Ana Rosa Perez and Pedro of Hartford, and was predeceased by her brother Angel Carrillo.
She also leaves 18 grandchildren, Jeanette Rivera Epps, Joanna Rivera Davis, Reinaldo Rivera, Ismael Santos, Efrain Delgado, Delilah Delgado, Raul Rodriguez, Melissa Johnson, Angel Martinez Jr., Daisy Martinez, Angelica Martinez, Kitana Martinez, Emily DeClaybrook, Elaine DeClaybrook, Elsie Adams, Louis DeClaybrook IV, Jessica Torres, and Jennica Torres. Along with 27 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, many nieces, nephews and other family members.

Riccini, Braeden Mark

Braeden Mark Riccini, 7, of Farmington, beloved son of Mark and Heather Riccini, passed away peacefully on June 13 in the arms of his mother and father and surrounded by his family. Braeden was born on August 12, 2009 in Hartford. He was an extraordinary boy who overcame incredible odds. Braeden blessed his parents, family, and friends with almost 8 years of boundless joy and happiness. He was a treasured son, grandson, great-grandson, godson, nephew, and cousin. Braeden lived his life surrounded by love, and returned that love in abundance.
In addition to his parents, he leaves behind his maternal grandparents, Lawrence and Margaret DeJohn of West Hartford, his paternal grandparents, Robert and Donna Riccini of Newington, his paternal great-grandparents, Wladyslaw and Janina Lenczewski of New Britain, his uncle and godfather, Darrell DeJohn of West Hartford, his uncle and godfather, Gary Riccini, aunt Christine Ragozzino and cousins Nico and Luca of Cheshire, and many great-aunts, uncles, and extended family. He also leaves behind his special auntie and godmother, Susie Paulo of Newington. Additionally, he leaves his dedicated and loving caregivers, Melissa and Leslie.
Braeden was predeceased by his maternal great-grandparents, John and Victoria Cardillo, his maternal great-grandmother, Mary Dalo DeJohn, and his paternal great-grandparents, Solideo and Vanda Riccini. The family would like to thank the staff at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, where Braeden was a frequent visitor, for their kindness and tremendous care of Braeden. The family would also like to thank Dr. Jannuzzi and all the wonderful staff at Unionville Pediatrics, as well as all of the nurses, teachers, therapists and others who contributed to Braeden’s care throughout his life.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (June 19) from 8:30-10:00am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:30am. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to: Support Organization for Trisomy 18/13 (SOFT), 2982 South Union St., Rochester, NY 14624 or Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation, 282 Washington St., Hartford, CT 06106.

Nowak, Ashley Marie

Ashley Marie Nowak, 30, of Pine Meadow, passed away Friday, June 9th, 2017. Born in Brattleboro, Vermont on July 24, 1986, daughter of Leann Marie Wilhelm of Pine Meadow and Charles Joseph Nowak and his spouse Karen Gardinier of Meriden. Ashley worked as a medical assistant at St. Francis Hospital for the past 6 years.
Besides her parents, she is survived by her sister Courtney Nowak and her fiancée Michael LaPointe and their daughter Teaghan LaPointe of West Hartford, two brothers, Dylan Burgos of Avon and Joshua Nowak of Meriden and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was residing with her boyfriend Joshua Kline of Pine Meadow and their dog Ruger whom she loved spending time with. Family was very important to her.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (June 16) from 5:00-7:00pm. A Prayer Service will be held in the funeral home at 7:00pm.

Senick, Joan Janes

Joan (Janes) Senick, 60, of West Suffield passed Friday June 9th surrounded by her loving family. Joanie was born May 8th, 1957 in Hartford, CT daughter of Joyce (Couture) Owens. She was predeceased by her Father Robert “Duke” Janes. Joanie worked in the Bristol Public school system for many years with special needs children. Joanie’s joys in life were the happiness of her family and friends and assuring everyone around her was comfortable. She spent her life building a loving home and a strong foundation for her sons, supporting them wholeheartedly in all of their endeavors from Cub Scouts to Little League, college, careers, babies and beyond. Joan’s boundless loving, kind, nurturing nature was a true inspiration to all who knew her.
In addition to her husband Gregory, she is survived by her mother Joyce and her husband Gary Owens, her stepfather Richard Carone, her loving sons Thomas (TJ) and Joshua Grigerik, her stepchildren Brittany Senick, Peter Senick and his wife Jennifer and Ryan Senick, grandchildren Summer Grigerik, Maddox and Everly Senick. She leaves behind her seven siblings Robin, Cathy, Robert, Michael, Catherine, Cheryl and Jimmy, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (June 14) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral Services will be held Thursday (June 15) at 11:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home. Memorial donations can be made to The Salvation Army or The Ronald McDonald House.

Pepin, JeanSerge O. “John”

JeanSerge (John) O. Pepin, 73, of Deep River, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 7. Originally from Magog p-Quebec, he grew up in Hartford and proudly served in the US Navy. Predeceased by his parents, Paul Emile Croteau, Theresa (Blanchard) Pepin and Homer Pepin. He is survived by his three children, Steven Pepin of Ashford, Stacie Rivera & Ferdinand Rivera of South Windsor, and Shannon Pepin and fiancé Joe Sylvia of Norwich. John loved to be with his large family. He is survived by his siblings Lise Soto, Suzanne Ciampa, Joanne Pepin, Theresa McCool, Roger Pepin, Paul Pepin and predeceased by Robert Pepin. He also leaves behind 8 grandchildren, Jason, Sarah, Seth, Elizabeth, Katelyn, Abigail, Emily, Elijah, 3 great grandchildren Destinie, Hailey and Logan and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours are today, June 10 from 3-5 pm at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Burial is private.