Archive for September 2017

Drago, Thomas A.

Thomas A. Drago, Jr., beloved husband of 39 years to Doreen (Priola) Drago, passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Tom was born in Hartford on January 27, 1937 to the late Thomas A. Drago, Sr. and Harriett Van der Eb Gledhill. He is also predeceased by his stepfather, Albert H. Gledhill, Sr. Tom graduated from Hall High School, class of 1955, and attended Holy Apostles College in Cromwell. Tom was proud to serve in the United States Army for 3 years. He retired from the Hartford Fire Department after 34 years of service and he has worked for the past 17 years for Securitas Security Services at Otis Elevator in Farmington. Tom was a lifetime member of the following Hartford Fire Department organizations; HFD Local 760, Firefighters Retirees Association, Firemen’s Benevolent Association and Firemen’s Protective Association. Tom was a member of St. Gregory the Great Church in Bristol for over 30 years and was also a member of the Sunday evening faith community at Holy Family Passionist Monastery. Tom loved to study world history, especially the World War II era and Bible history. He was a proud lifelong New York Rangers and Washington Redskins fan. Tom enjoyed volunteering at the annual holiday party for children at the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center in Hartford. He also had a great love for animals and would often state that he had cats all of his life. Tom was a man of deep faith with a kind and caring heart. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Along with his loving wife Doreen, Tom is survived by his children; Colonel Steven Drago & wife Laura of CO, Karen Garrity & fiancé Pete Medina of CO, Robin Drago-Provencher & husband Thomas of CT, Lieutenant Colonel David Drago & wife Christine of VA, Lauren Drago & fiancé Pete Muto of MA, 11 grandchildren & 2 great grandchildren, sisters; Elizabeth McGinnis & husband Richard of CT and Sarah Gledhill of CA, brother; Albert H. Gledhill, Jr. & wife Kathleen of KS, many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews & cousins. Tom is also survived by a devoted sister-in-law, Beatrice Priola and her daughters & their spouses; Marnie & Marc Schulman, Darcie & Alex DePase and Carlie & Jarrod Fisher, all of CT. Tom was predeceased by his brothers; James Gledhill and Stephen Drago and brother-in-law, John F. Priola.

Friends may call at St. Gregory the Great Church, 235 Maltby St., Bristol on Monday, October 2, 2017 from 10:00-11:00am. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated in St. Gregory the Great Church at 11:00am followed by burial with honors in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Holy Family Passionist Monastery & Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Rd., West Hartford, CT 06107 or to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russel Rd., Newington, CT 06111.


Genovese, Sebastian M.

Sebastian M. Genovese, 86, of Burlington, formerly of Plainville, passed away peacefully Friday, September 22, 2017. Born in New Britain on May 5th, 1931, he was the son of the late Pietro and Rosa (Mandolfo) Genovese. He was a United States Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict stationed with the 67th Air Police Squadron. Prior to retiring, Subby was an Inspector at Fafnir Ball Bearing Company in Newington.
He is survived by his two daughters, Carmella Genovese Kall and her children Cassandra and Spencer, Megan Raymond her husband Scott and their son Ryder, his brother-in-law, Henry Przytulski, a step daughter Gloria Swanson, a step daughter-in-law Ann Marie Swanson as well as several step grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Subby was predeceased by his brothers Joe, Tony, and Sal, his sisters Carmela, Angie, Sarah, Lucy, and Mary, as well as his step son William Swanson and his step niece Sharon Swanson.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt., Unionville on Friday (Sept. 29) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Sept. 30) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Ann, 47 Clark St., New Britain at 10:00am. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. To send online condolences to the family, please

Lavigne, Malvina

Malvina Lavigne, 83, of Farmington, beloved wife of Joseph Lavigne, passed away Saturday, September 23, 2017 surrounded by her loved ones finally to reunite with her predeceased parents, a daughter, two brothers and two sisters. Besides her husband, Malvina is survived by her three daughters, Charlene McKeon and husband Robert of Southington, Stephanie Meade and Les McHugh of Bristol and Roxanne Genovese of Middletown, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Sept. 28) from 5:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (Sept. 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 private at the convenience of the family.

Bracero, Eric

Eric Bracero, 33, of Hartford, passed away suddenly on September 21, 2017 at his home. He was born in Hartford on July 27, 1984, the son of Efrain Bracero and Migdalia Matos. Eric graduated from Hartford High School, obtained his associates degree in Social Work and was currently employed at New Beginnings for Life as a case manager and worked closely with his client, Jacob, who admired him.
In his spare time he loved playing poker and spending time with his loved ones.
Eric will be remembered for his devotion toward family and friends, his wisecracking, jokingly sense of humor, his adoration for his daughter and nieces, and his love for the NY Giants.
He is survived by his daughter, Miabella Bracero, his step-daughter, Ary and their mother, Michelle; his brother and sister, Efrain Bracero Jr. and Denise Bracero Bean; his two nieces, Imani Bracero and Olivia Grace Bean; his grandmothers, Maria Vargas and Francisca Cruz; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and relatives that loved him so much. He also leaves behind countless friends that were like family. The loss of Eric leaves a deep hole in the hearts of his family and friends. Eric will continue to live in our hearts forever and will be missed dearly.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Monday (Sept. 25) from 5:00-8:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Tuesday (Sept. 26) at 10:00am in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford. All are kindly asked to meet directly at church. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory for his daughter, Miabella.

Delano, Jorge Andres

Jorge Andres Delano passed away at home on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Jorge was born in Paris, France in 1935 to Jorge Monroe Delano, a Chilean diplomat, and Indalecia Rodriguez de Delano. The family moved back to Chile at the outbreak of World War II. He grew up in Vina del Mar, on the coast, and later graduated from the Chilean Naval Academy in Valparaiso in 1954 as a lieutenant JG. He and his classmates served on the maiden voyage of the Chilean tall ship “Esmeralda” for its 6 month cruise in the Pacific Ocean. Jorge resigned his commission in 1956 and came to the United States to earn a BA in business from the University of Michigan. Upon graduation in 1959 he settled in Caracas, Venezuela to work for the Mendoza Group, a large conglomerate of industrial companies. In 1968 he took over as President, and later CEO as well, of Venceramica, one of the group’s smaller companies, and turned it into one of the most prominent manufacturers of sanitary ware products in South America, with factories in four countries, including two in the USA. Known for his unique and daring approach to business and his imaginative marketing style, Jorge Delano brought the first Hot Air Balloons to Venezuela in the early 1980s. After earning his Balloon pilot license here in the USA in 1981, he promoted his company and his adopted country by flying his Venceramica logo-ed Balloons in the spectacular landscapes of Venezuela for nearly 10 years. The films made and books published, through the Lost World Balloon Society, about those adventures have been shown and shared in many countries since over the years since. After the sale of Venceramica and its group companies in 1995, Jorge continued pursuing his interests and passions, becoming a helicopter pilot; studying for and receiving his Master’s Degree in American Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 2003; and starting up a niche market ceramic manufacturing facility in Quito, Ecuador from which he retired in 2010. During his 35+ years in Venezuela Jorge served eleven years as President of Club de Campo, playing polo there as a member of the team Sebucan for over 3 decades. Jorge spent almost 30 years as an auctioneer for the Mendoza Foundation’s Sala Mendoza Gallery, which promoted and supported Latin American artists, most especially through the twice annual auction sales. Jorge stayed connected to his Chilean roots, serving a Chilean Consulate in Caracas for several difficult years as well as opening his third plant, Fanaloza, there in the early 1980s. He was an author and publisher of many books, most recently on his family histories in both Chile and Venezuela. An avid skier and sailor all his life, Jorge and his father were founders of the Club de Yates in Higuerillas, Chile. In 2010 he received his permanent resident status here in the United States and, in February of 2014, he became a US citizen in Bridgeport, CT. These are the highlights of his incredible, well lived life on three continents.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine Wadsworth of Farmington and his family; Helena Delano and her husband, Tony Canizares and Christina Delano and her husband, Gustavo Machado of Caracas, Venezuela; Irene Delano and her husband, Jorge Luis Morasso of Doral, Florida; Ross Andres Delano-Wadsworth, and his partner, Allison Duncan of Corning, New York. He also leaves six grandchildren; Ana Christina, Clarissa and Alecia Machado of Caracas and Jorge, Eduardo and Andres Morasso of Doral, FL, two brothers-in-law William Wadsworth and his wife, Kate, of Farmington and Winthrop Wadsworth and his wife, Marlene, of Simsbury, CT. We are enormously grateful to all our extended family in Chile, Venezuela, and the USA as well as our dear friends who have reached out and supported us through these very difficult times.
A celebration of Jorge’s life will be held at 2pm, Saturday, October 7 at the Meeting House of the First Church of Christ Congregational, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT 06032 or the Farmington Land Trust, of which he was a member of the Board, 128 Garden Street, Farmington, CT 06032.

Parker, Diane Elizabeth

Diane Elizabeth Parker, 67, of Hartford, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, September 14, 2017. She was born on February 3, 1950 in New Roads, Louisiana, to Albertine Etienne McCrorey and the late Jim Harris, Jr. At the age 16 her family moved to Hartford, Connecticut, where she attended Hartford High School and later obtained her license in Cosmetology. She enjoyed taking photos, and was an experienced seamstress. One of the projects she created for her whole family landed her story into the Hartford Courant.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Parker, sister, Jessie Maten, brother, Leo Francois, brother, Dennis Harris, nephew, Darrien Martin, and step-father, Andrew McCrorey. She is survived by her mother, Albertine Etienne McCrorey of Hartford, children; Christopher Harris of Windsor Locks, Kevin Harris of Hartford, Anthony Harris of Hartford, Felicia Gillespie (James), and Dennis (DJ) Parker, siblings; brothers, Raleigh Francois of Hartford, brother, Milton Harris, of Baton, Louisiana, sisters; Rita Martin of Hartford, Jocelyn Harrigan of New London and Marilyn Farmer of New Haven, and a host of grandchildren, family and friends.
Friends and family may call at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Avenue, Hartford on Friday, September 22nd, 2017 from 9:00a.m. to 10:00a.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated in the Cathedral of St. Joseph at 10:00a.m followed by burial at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, 1 Cottage Gove Road, Bloomfield.

Sponzo, Rose M.

Rose M. Sponzo passed away on September 10, at the age of 98. The daughter of Thomas and Vincenzia Sponzo, Rose was born in Hartford on August 21, 1919. She received her education at St. Joseph Cathedral School, Mount St. Joseph Academy and St. Joseph College, where she majored in Latin and Greek, and from which she graduated in 1941. She was once of the first female property and casualty underwriters in the Hartford insurance industry, working for Travelers for over 27 years and then for Aetna for 4 years. Rose enjoyed travelling with her family, and visited Italy over a dozen times. She was a longtime resident of Farmington Woods and later the Gables of Farmington; she enjoyed the beautiful natural surroundings, lake and patio, where she and her sisters spent many enjoyable hours.
Rose is survived by her many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Dr. James Sponzo, Judge Maurice Sponzo and Dr. Michael Sponzo, and four sisters, Philomena Sponzo, Jane Sponzo, Theresa Sponzo, and Agnes DeLisa.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road in Avon on Friday morning (Sept. 15) from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 11:00am in the Church of Ann followed by burial in the family plot at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Missionaries of the Poor, P.O. Box 29893 Atlanta, GA 30359.

Czerepuszko, Tadeusz B. “Teddy”

Tadeusz “Teddy” B. Czerepuszko, 76, of Farmington, beloved husband of Lidia (Iwanko) Czerepuszko, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, September 7th, 2017. Born September 27th, 1940 in Kamienna Stara, Poland, he was the son of the late Waclaw and Leokadia (Michalowska) Czerepuszko. Prior to retiring, Teddy was a Machinist and Tool & Die Maker at Stanley Works in New Britain. He was an avid fisherman, New England sports fan and soccer fan. He enjoyed vacationing with his family on Cape Cod.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his two sons and their wives, Steven T. and Jennifer C. Czerepuszko of Berlin, Andrew J. and Linda C. Czerepuszko of Southington, his beloved mother-in-law, Leokadia Iwanko of New Britain, his brother, Jan Czerepuszko and his wife Janice of Plainville, his three sisters, Krystyna Marcom and her husband Dennis of Walpole, NH, Irena Dybinski and her husband Waclaw of Bloomfield, Sophie Deprey and her husband Rick of Suffield, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lucy and Norman Muniz of New Britain, three grandchildren, Matthew, Emily and Anya and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his two brothers Michael and Ronald Czerepuszko and his sister, Anna Wilson. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Dr. Jeffrey Baker and staff at the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center for the wonderful care given to Tadeusz.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Sept. 11) from 4:00-8:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Tuesday (Sept. 12) at 11:00am in Sacred Heart Church, 158 Broad St., New Britain. All are kindly asked to meet directly at church. Burial will be Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Britain. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Church, 158 Broad St., New Britain, CT 06053 or to Hartford Healthcare at Home, 1290 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 4B, Wethersfield, CT 06109.

Amorosino, John

John Amorosino, 95, of St. Lucian’s Residence in New Britain, formerly of Bristol, passed away peacefully Saturday, September 2, 2017. Born May 31, 1922 in Lynbrook, NY, he was the son of the late Frank and Sofie (Barnetti) Amorosino. John was a United States Navy veteran of World War II, a 1947 graduate of Dartmouth College, and excelled as an office furniture salesman. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Mari Amorosino of Unionville, and a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Ed Lang of Marblehead, Massachusetts. John is also survived by five grandchildren and six great grandchildren: Paige Selvais and her family (husband, Fred and sons Cody, Brady, and Riley) of Marblehead; Taylor Barner of Salem, Massachusetts (husband, Matt); Ryan Amorosino (wife, Angela and daughters Giuliana and Ava) of Prospect, Connecticut; Brad Amorosino of Oakland, California; and Aaron Amorosino (wife, Summer and son Aidan) of West Hartford, Connecticut. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Labbadia, Joseph Orlando

Joseph (Joe) Orlando Labbadia, 90 of Farmington, passed away peacefully September 5, 2017 at UConn Health Center, surrounded by his family.
Joe was born January 15, 1927 in Lenola, Italy, son of the late Lorenzo and Rosaria (Carroccia) Labbadia, arriving through Ellis Island in 1930 with his parents. The family settled in Farmington where he was raised and attended local schools. Joe enlisted in the United States Army in 1945, during WWII, where he served in Japan shortly after the bombing in Hiroshima. He was a decorated sharp shooter who took great pride in serving our country.
Joe returned to Farmington in 1947, where he joined his father in the landscaping business. He soon met the love of his life, Elizabeth Rachel Power. They were married on February 7, 1948 and they resided in Farmington where they raised their family.
Joe worked for Farmington Savings Bank as a landscaper, winning numerous awards during his 64 years of service, retiring in 2012 at the age of 85. His passion for maintaining the shrubbery at the bank, as well as landscaping for private residents, kept him active and young.
Joe loved to cook; meatballs, pizza and apple pie were among his most prized dishes. He took pride in sharing recipes and having friends over to enjoy his cooking. Joe would rarely eat with the folks who he would cook for, rather, he would sit back, smile, and start doing the dishes, knowing that all of his hard work in the kitchen was deeply appreciated by those around his table. Joe enjoyed hearing the conversations and laughter that his friends and family shared as they enjoyed his meals.
Joe is predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth, whom he adored. She went to the Heavenly Father in 1997, as well as 3 brothers and a sister.
Joe is survived by his daughters: Linda M. Labbadia of West Hartford, Louise and her husband Howard Loew of Hampton and Lisa and her husband Craig Hahn of Farmington. Joe also leaves behind seven grandchildren: Shelley McCone and her husband Ryan of Manchester, Cori Metcalf and her husband Will of Louisville, KY, Cassidy Loew of Louisville, KY, Shannon Sprowles and her husband Jeremiah of Farmington, Colby Loew and her fiancé McKenzie Cox of Louisville, KY, Joseph Hahn and his fiancé Catriona Calo of Plainville and Conner Loew of Boston, MA.
Joe’s family continued to grow, too. He leaves behind four great-grandchildren: Drake Austin Sprowles of Farmington, Jack Albert, Paul Moritz and Ruth Loretta Metcalf of Louisville, KY. Joe has one surviving sister, Gertrude Deperry, of Torrington as well as a family special friend Phyllis “Dilly” Bell, of Farmington who he treated as another daughter. Lastly, he leaves several nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude for the exceptional care given by the third floor staff of the UConn Health Center to Joe during his final days on Earth, as well as his entire family.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Sept. 9) from 8:30-9:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 9:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial with full military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joe can be made to The Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, KS, 66675-8517.

Harris, Anna Susan

Anna Susan Harris, 74, of Avon, passed away peacefully Thursday August 31st, 2017, at Hartford Hospital with family by her side. Born in Farmington on November 17, 1942, she was the youngest child of the late Joseph A. and Astrid (Benson) Harris. She was predeceased by a brother Ronald, sisters Astrid (Johansen), Patricia (Barnes), and Nancy (Wright). She graduated from Farmington High School in 1960 then continued her education at Morse School of Business.
She worked at Motorlease, Pratt and Whitney and Control Data. Anna was a wonderful artist and enjoyed rooting for the New York Yankees and UConn Women’s Basketball teams. She had an extensive collection of teddy bears, Boyd bears were some of her favorites. She also collected Precious Moments figurines. Most of all she will be remembered as a dedicated aunt to her numerous nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephews. She always found the perfect beanie baby for her family members when those were popular in the 1990’s.
She is survived by her brother Joseph and wife Marie of Vernon, sister Joan and husband Robert Rogers of Farmington and sister Andrea of Farmington; goddaughter Jennifer (Johansen) Damato of Deep River; family friend Susan Floridio of Avon and lifelong best friend Betty J. Miller of Glastonbury.
A memorial service will be held at 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at St. James Parish, 3 Mountain Rd, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to St. James Church, 3 Mountain Rd, Farmington, CT 06032.

Lucey, Steven Patrick

Steven Patrick Lucey, 47, passed away on Monday, August 28, 2017 in Amelia, Ohio, with his wife, Dainelle at his side.
Steven leaves his step-daughter DeeAnna; mother, Elizabeth Lucey Robinson, Burlington; sisters Valerie Popovich, Burlington and Karen Allies, Manchester; brother and sister-in-law Michael and Lise Lucey, Torrington; and a very large, and loving, extended family, which will miss him greatly.
A good friend, always looking out for others, even on his worst day, watched out for his wife and daughter. A practical joker and lover of puns, Steven grew up in Burlington where he enjoyed his time as a volunteer firefighter. He went to Lewis Mills High School where he developed a life-long love of drums. Steven went on to become a trained chef and loved caring for others through his food. Steve’s view was “strangers are just friends I haven’t cooked for yet”
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Sept. 7) from 5:00-7:00pm followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 7:00pm.