Archive for July 2017

McNamara, Jessica Rose

Jessica Rose McNamara, 22, of Farmington, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, July 27th, 2017. Born February 14th, 1995 in Hartford, she was the beloved daughter of James P. and Maria (Rivas) McNamara of Farmington. Jessie was known for her soft-spoken, compassionate, selfless nature. A beautiful, intelligent young woman, Jessie anchored her family. She redefined bravery and resilience in her struggle with cancer. Like all who encountered Jessie, the wonderful caretakers at St. Francis Hospital and Cancer Center were touched by her kind, gentle, gracious manner. Jessie was a senior at CCSU, on course to graduate Summa Cum Laude. Jessie’s legacy is that she bettered the lives of all who were graced by her presence.
Besides her parents, she is survived by her sister, Amanda N. McNamara of Farmington, her brother, James Thomas McNamara and his wife Felice D. Santorelli of Easthampton, MA, her maternal grandmother, Estela Rivas of Sacramento, CA and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (July 31) from 4:00-8:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Tuesday (Aug. 1) at 10:30am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington. All are kindly asked to meet directly at church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America, 9899 Main Street, Suite 204, Damascus, MD 20872.

Nawrocki, Barbara J.

Barbara J. Nawrocki, of Farmington, beloved wife of the late Eugene V. Nawrocki, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 23rd, 2017. Born in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Earle and Violet Grote. Prior to having a family, Barbara was a Keypunch Operator at London Lanchershire and later with Aetna Life Insurance. She was heavily involved in the operation of her husband’s business, Nawrocki Heating and Plumbing, where she handled many of the large commercial accounts. She was a communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington. Barbara enjoyed gardening, sewing, fishing and boating. She loved spending time at her home on Cape Cod and especially cooking the lobster catch and making clam chowder. Most of all, she loved being with her family.
Barbara is survived by her four children, Susan, Patricia, Jo-Ann and Terrie, two grandchildren and her brother Robert Grote and his wife Dorothy. She was predeceased by her sister, Marjorie Johnson.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (July 28) from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (July 29) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington at 10:00am. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Marine Corps League, Hardware City Detachment, P.O. Box 788, New Britain, CT 06050-0788.

Loomis, Worth

Worth Loomis, leader in local and international communities, died at the age of 94, at the Caleb Hitchcock Health Center of the Duncaster Retirement Community in Bloomfield, Connecticut on July 20, 2017. Born May 18, 1923 in New York City to Priscilla and Alfred F Loomis, he grew up in Manhattan and West Hills in Huntington, NY, attending Buckley School and Deerfield Academy. He graduated from Yale University (BS ’45 W), his education being interrupted by his services in the Army Air force during WWII. In addition, he graduated from the NYU School of Business (MBA 1955). He married Louise Harding Earle in 1950. He had an illustrious career in business, starting with a stint with the International Development Company in Istanbul, Turkey. He moved to Cleveland in 1951, where he worked for the Clevite Corporation and subsequently the Medusa Cement Company. In 1970 he relocated to Hartford Connecticut to join the Dexter Corporation, where he was president from 1973 until his retirement in 1988. Not content to retire in leisure, Worth had a second career in education, working for 5 years as the President of the Hartford Graduate Center (now Rensselaer Hartford), and then from 1993 to 2008 teaching as a visiting professor of business ethics at the Hartford Seminary, where he also served as interim dean for two years. He was actively engaged in community events wherever he lived, with a special concern for the role of corporations in the civic lives of their communities. In Cleveland he was actively engaged in the civil rights movement where he was Vice Chair of the Cleveland subcommittee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1966. In addition he served on the Cleveland Heights School Board for four years. In Hartford, he was considered a ‘Bishop’ of the city, helping found Leadership Greater Hartford, and serving on numerous community and corporate boards, including The Hartford Public Library, Trinity College, The Artists Collective, The World Affairs Council, Hartford Steam Boiler Company, and Colt Firearms, among others.
As a scion of an ocean sailing family, Worth was in demand as a crew member, and sailed in many ocean races, including eight Bermuda Races, the Transatlantic, the Transpacific, The Fastnet and The Sydney Hobart races. He was a member of the Century Association, the Society of the Cincinnati, the Cruising Club of America, the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Ausable Club. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Louise, five children (Lucy Loomis, from Denver Colorado, Ruth Loomis of Los Angeles, Alfred Loomis of New York City, Charles Loomis of Philadelphia and Charlotte Loomis of San Diego), and 9 grandchildren. Not captured in his list of accomplishments was his inspirational joie de vivre, and interest in arts and music. He was known for breaking out in song in church or on other occasions, performing in musicals in a local theater company (The West End Players), and enjoying painting watercolors of favorite vacation haunts. After thirty-seven years in Hartford, Worth and Louise moved to the Duncaster Retirement Community in Bloomfield in 2008. During the last three years of his life, Worth resided at the Caleb Hitchcock Health Center, receiving attentive and loving care, for which is family is most grateful.
Visiting hours will be held from 4-7pm on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney St., Hartford. A service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney St., Hartford. In lieu of flowers, or other durable items, charitable donations can made in his name to Trinity Episcopal Church (Hartford) and the Hartford Seminary.

Fearon, Brian V.

Brian V. Fearon, loving husband and father, passed away with his wife and children by his side on July 20, 2017 in Bangor, Maine while on his last family vacation at Pushaw Lake. He was born a triplet on August 30, 1957 in Hartford, the son of James and Eileen Fearon. He married the love of his life, Laurie Jean, on February 9, 1980. He was a machinist at Chandler Evans, Beacon Industries, and IDEX Corporation over his career. He committed his life to Jesus at Calvary Chapel of Bangor in 1998 and attended New Life Christian Fellowship in Connecticut. He was involved in the Isaiah 58 ministry in New Britain, where he served selflessly over many years. He enjoyed playing cards with his family as well as watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune with a hot cup of tea. He was known for his generous heart, deadpan humor, and unrelenting love for his family.
He is survived by his beloved wife Laurie, his children Arlene Hood (and her husband Gordon), Sarah, Mary, and Brian; his brothers and sisters, Mary Ellen, Michael (and wife Marie), Elizabeth Giannotta (and husband Dave), Nora Pease, Eileen, John (and wife Mary), Kathleen Haraghey (and husband Harold), and sister-in-law Barbara as well as four grandchildren, Grace, Peter, Jack, and Anna; dozens of nieces and nephews; and many cousins and extended family around the world. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother James and his niece Aileen.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Sunday (July 23) from 2-4pm and Monday (July 24) from 6-8pm. The funeral service will be held at New Life Christian Fellowship, 1155 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield on Tuesday (July 25) at 10:00am followed by burial in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.

Preston, Frances Williams

Frances Williams Preston passed away on Sat., July 15, 2017, at Hughes Health & Rehab Center in West Hartford, CT, her home for more than 29 years as she battled Multiple Sclerosis. She was a month shy of her 87th birthday,

Fran was born in Hartford, CT on August 16, 1930, daughter of the late William and Frances Williams Preston. She grew up on Farmington Ave., above the family business across from Sisson Ave., Preston Market, which was founded by her grandfather, Thomas Preston, in 1882. Her family moved to Riggs Ave. in West Hartford in 1951.

Fran attended the Noah Webster Elementary School in Hartford, the Mount St. Joseph Academy in West Hartford, graduated from Sacred Heart Greenwich/Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich in 1949, and graduated from Barat College of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Illinois in 1953.

Fran and her family belonged to the Church of St. Peter Claver in West Hartford, where she was involved in the Women’s Guild with friends, Mary Kelly and Connie Melo. She was also a member of the LaSalette Mission Guild at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Hartford.

Fran enjoyed her work as a Secretary at the State of CT in the Criminal Identification Bureau of the State Police in Meriden until her disability retirement.

Fran will be missed for her love of family and friends, her kindness, her Catholic faith, her knowledge of family history, and her dry sense of humor.

The staff at Hughes Health & Rehab were Fran’s second family, and took great care of her for more than 29 years. She was the unofficial “mayor” of the southwest wing of Hughes. Fran’s family appreciates the excellent care she received from her Nurses Donna Wilbur, Yanique Johnson, Anca Therdean, and Stephanie McCreary, and the wonderful care from her Aides Paulina Johnston, Jessica Medina, Debbie Palmisano, Carlos Vargas, and Reva Thelwell, along with many others at Hughes. Staff from Masonicare Hospice Partners were wonderful complements to the staff at Hughes over the last few weeks of Fran’s life. Lee, Maria and Connie from the Legion of Mary were also a source of great comfort for Fran

In addition to her parents, Fran was predeceased by her infant sister Mary. She is survived by her cousin Mary Frances Shea Callan, her cousin and goddaughter MaryBeth Callan Serdechny, Christine and Gene Kwiat, and many other cousins in the Preston, McNulty, Shea, Callan, Turley and Williams families.

Friends and relatives may call on Friday, July 21, 2017, at 9 am in the Church of St. Peter Claver, 47 Pleasant St., West Hartford followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am in the church. Burial will be in the family plot at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield, CT.

Grier, Huie Dudley

Huie Dudley Grier, age 73, of Hartford, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Hartford Hospital. Huie, affectionately known as, Jack, was born in Jamaica, West Indies. He migrated to the United States in 1978. He is predeceased by his father Asher Grier, mother Wilhel Grier, twin brother Constantine Grier, sisters Vivie Grier (Davidson), and Daphne Grier (Bromfield)
Upon moving to Hartford, Mr. Grier began his career in diesel mechanics and later launched his dream career as a partner of Long & Grier Trucking. His vision as a trucking entrepreneur and small business owner has helped to create many other business ventures within the Greater Hartford community.
Huie is survived by his wife Audrey Dean Grier, his children Vivia Grier (granddaughter Gabriella Barron), Jacqueline Lawrence (grandson Kevin Lawrence), Alexander Grier (grandsons Jadon and Aaron), Christopher Grier (grandsons Isaiah, Nicholas, Nathaniel, and Declan), Daemeon Grier, and Bryan Grier. Also, by his brother Dunkley Grier, sisters Jonette McLean, Coral (Millicent) Thompson, Erna Williams, Thalia Tracey, and Velta Grier and other family and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 3:00 pm at Trinity Community Church, 609 Franklin Avenue, Hartford. This will be followed by a social gathering at 2920 Main Street, Hartford.

Brantner, Louise E.

Louise Evelina Brantner, longtime resident of Enfield and most recently Naples FL, lost her fight with cancer on July 13, 2017. Many thanks to the staff at the UCONN Health Center.
Louise was born on 07/22/1942 to John H. and Edmee Brown and graduated from Bulkeley High School in Hartford. She worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and moved to Naples FL after her retirement.
Louise was a kind soul with a big heart and was referred to by many as “the nicest person I ever met”. She enjoyed music from Neil Diamond and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. She also enjoyed ice cream, was a big dog lover and a fan of the Oakland Raiders.
Louise was predeceased by her husband Milton C. Brantner. She is survived by her loving children, Mitchell Brantner of Chicopee MA, Paul Brantner and wife Jennifer of Enfield, Kelly Morton (Brantner) and husband Michael Morton of Uxbridge MA and David Brantner and wife Lori of Charlotte NC. She was the grandmother of 10: Tyler Brantner, Shannon Morton, Dalton Brantner, Justin Brantner, Connor Brantner, Melissa Morton, Collin Brantner, Casey Brantner, Samantha Morton and Emily Brantner. She also leaves a brother, James Brown and wife Roseanne of Enfield CT and sister-in-law Jennie Brantner and husband Jack Magee of Wyncote, PA as well as a niece and 2 nephews.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, including her dog Barney.
A Memorial service will be held at the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT on July 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local animal shelter.

Quinn, Michael Patrick

Michael Patrick Quinn, age 68, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT. He was born September 12, 1948 in Springfield, Ohio.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert George and Marie Elizabeth Quinn, and his brother Raymond Edward Quinn.

He is survived by his brother Robert Quinn, his sister-in-law Paula (Quinn), his niece Meghan-Elizabeth (Quinn) and her husband David Tilove, his cousin Anne K. Kenney and her husband Frederick Tiffany, his cousin Daniel Kenney and his wife Robin, his former wife Martha Noblick, and his many friends and extended family in Connecticut and Ohio.

Mike retired from the University of Connecticut Health Center after many years as a computer Programmer/Analyst. He then devoted himself to helping others through his work at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford, CT. He served many roles in his parish, most memorably his work with the Cathedral’s Food Pantry, the St. Vincent De Paul Society, and Homefront. He received the 2013 Parish St. Joseph Medal and the 2017 Archdiocesan St. Joseph Medal. He made many deep and meaningful friendships in his parish family.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, from 7 to 9 PM at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT. A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 10 AM, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Cathedral’s Food Pantry and/or the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Middleton, Mary-Dale Lundborg

Mary-Dale Lundborg Middleton, 78, of Woodstock, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 6, 2017. Born September 16, 1938 in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late John H. and Jane (Mahoney) Lundborg. Mary-Dale graduated from Mt. St. Joseph Academy, Class of 1956 and received her B.A. from Eastern Connecticut State University. Prior to retiring, she was a Radiological Technician at Hartford Hospital. Mary-Dale is survived by her three sons, Jonathan D. Middleton of Atlanta, GA, Robert Middleton of Woodstock and David R. Middleton and his wife Christine of Seattle, WA, her brother, John H. Lundborg Jr., of Hartford and four grandchildren, Kelly, Coral, Max and Casey Middleton.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Thursday (July 13) from 8:30-9:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday at 9:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford at 10:00am. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford.