Archive for October 2017

Rhodes, June E.

June E. Rhodes departed this world on October 26th after a brief illness and a long life of robust good health. She was born in Hartford on May 19, 1927, the daughter of Louis Ehrhardt and Charlotte Barrows Ehrhardt. She grew up in Hartford and Canton, the second oldest of nine children.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen Dunne and son-in-law Edward P. Dunne, III, of Unionville, and three grandchildren, Edward P. Dunne IV and his wife Lori, Allison Carlson and her husband Michael, and Kristen Dunne and her fiancée Andy Marek. She was predeceased by her beloved son Steven Wojtilla and is survived by his wife Patricia and her children Melanie Westerberg and Michael Milliken. She enjoyed marriage and was predeceased by husbands Joseph Wojtilla, Mark Rhodes, and Herbert Gewehr.
June was predeceased by seven siblings, Louis Ehrhardt, Dorothy Rennie, Joyce Wojtilla, Donald Ehrhardt, Warren Ehrhardt, Ralph Ehrhardt, and Steven Ehrhardt. She is survived by her brother Kenneth Ehrhardt, her sister-in-law Marilyn Ehrhardt and her devoted nephew Kevin Rennie.
June attended Canton High School. Her first job was as a telephone operator. She proved herself, as she would throughout her life, a calm and competent presence when she found herself on duty on July 6, 1944, the day of the Hartford circus fire. She and Joe raised their two children in Unionville while taking care of a variety of relations as their needs arose and required.
She enjoyed music and the sun, and was a talented dancer. Wisdom and candor were her constant companions.
A celebration of June’s loving life will be held pending the birth of her first great granddaughter.
Donations in June’s memory may be made to The Dr. Edward P. Dunne Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 625, Unionville, CT 06085 to which June was a generous contributor.

Roberts, Kay Fisher

Our beloved sister Kay Fisher Roberts, 66, of Farmington, passed away Thursday, October 19th, 2017 after a battle with ALS. Born December 30th, 1950 in Toledo, OH, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Eleanor (Klink) Fisher.
Kay enjoyed spending time with family and friends, as well as craft group, church, gardening, entertaining, bowling, and cooking and baking.
Kay is survived by her three children, Cari Roberts, Amanda Roberts, Benjamin Roberts and his wife Megan, her siblings, Ruth Hammel and her husband Richard, Robert Fisher, Laura Pickens, James Fisher and his wife Lisa, Diane Bierbaum and her husband Rick, John Fisher and his wife Carola, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Benjiman Fisher.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at 11:00am in Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Road, Avon. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Susie Foundation,, ALS Association of Connecticut,, Compassionate Care ALS, or ALS Family Charitable Foundation, “It’s O’KAY!”

Frenette, Robert Gene

It is with a heavy heart that his family announces the passing of Robert Gene Frenette, Sr. Bob passed away Sunday October 15th with loved ones by his side. Bob served in the Marine Corp in the 1950’s and spent the rest of his working life in various aspects of the construction and trucking industry. Along with his strong work ethic his love for his family was unmeasurable. He enjoyed his winters with Judy in Florida fishing off the beach, working in his yard and on his home, riding his Harley or just sitting in “his” chair with his dog Dolly by his side on Sunday afternoon watching Nascar.
Bob leaves behind his beloved wife of 57 years Judith Frenette and his favorite 4-legged baby “Dolly-girl”. Those that called him “Dad”, daughter Robin Lewis and her husband Mark, son Robert Frenette Jr. and his wife Margret, son Rick Frenette and his fiancé Annette O’Meara, daughter Rachel Frenette and her boyfriend R.J. Davidson. His treasured grandchildren and great grandchildren that called him “Papa”, Jennifer Lewis and her son Isaiah, Bethany Lewis her fiancé Michael Ellis and their daughter Alexis Ellis, Courtney Lewis, David Frenette and Travis Frenette. Bob also leaves his extended family and many friends, especially his step-grandchildren, Travis Quinlan, Oliver Hooper, Avery Hooper and Gwynne Hooper or as he referred to her “Gabby”.
A celebration of life has been planned for October 29th 2017 at the Tunxis Plantation Ballroom from 1:00pm to 5:00pm with memorial words from the family at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, and in honor of his service dog Dolly, donations can be made in Bobs name to K9’s for Warriors. This is an organization that pairs rescue dogs with veterans. Donations can be made through the website:
The family cannot express enough their gratitude over the outpouring of love and support they have received. “We have an angel watching over us, we call him Papa.”

Wheeler, Gertrude Flood

Gertrude Flood Wheeler, 105, of Farmington, passed away peacefully on October 12, 2017, at home surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of Patrick H. Flood and Mariah (Quinlan) Flood.
A life-long resident of Farmington, she was born on Mountain Spring Road on August 9, 1912, and as a young girl her family later moved to the family farm on South Road. She attended local schools and graduated from Farmington High School in 1932.
She met and married her husband, Reynold Wheeler of Farmington, and together they raised their five children in a home they built on the family farm. She remained there until her passing. Gertrude and her husband enjoyed traveling, and together they traveled extensively throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. She later enjoyed trips to numerous foreign countries including the Philippines, Ireland, England, Italy, France and Kiribati.
Gertrude was a longtime faithful parishioner of St. Patrick Church, and a founding member of the former Ladies Guild. Her Catholic faith was a guiding principle throughout her life and she was actively involved in teaching religious education for many years, and was also involved with the Rosary and Prayer groups in local nursing homes. She was a life-long lover of cards and always enjoyed a spirited game of setback. She shared many enjoyable hours playing setback with her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her 5 children, David Wheeler (Linda) of Herndon, VA; June McKeon (Charles) of South Glastonbury; Michael Wheeler of West Hartford; Elizabeth Wheeler of Farmington; and Joseph Wheeler (Patricia) of Wethersfield. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Gertrude was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Reynold Wheeler; two sisters, Anne Flood and Elizabeth White; and two brothers, John Flood and Francis Flood. She was also predeceased by two daughters-in-law, Cassandra York and Bridget Wheeler; a son-in-law, Norbert McKeon; and a great-grandson, Logan Wheeler.
She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her. We will miss her spontaneous singing, but she will be fondly remembered by one of her favorite sayings: “Many fear growing old, but few have the privilege.”
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Oct. 19) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (Oct. 20) at 10:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington at 11:00am. Burial will be in the family plot at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Memorial donations may be made to Oblate Missions, 323 Oblate Drive, P.O. Box 659432, San Antonio, TX 78265-9432.

Gear, Frederick T.

Frederick T. Gear, 102, of Farmington, beloved husband of 70 years of the late Ruth Allen Gear, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 13th, 2017. He was born on October 4th, 1915 in Montpelier, VT, son of the late Frederick and Ethel Gear. Fred graduated from the University of Vermont and was a proud alum who organized many college reunions. Prior to retiring, Fred was an engineer at Stanley Works in New Britain. He was an active member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, as a Deacon and member of the Bell Choir. He had a great love of music and was an enthusiastic member of the Farmington Valley Band. At Brookdale of Farmington he was known as the ‘music man’ and for his many comical hats. Fred shared his love of life with everyone he met and always had a ready joke or pun at hand. He is survived by his daughters Jean Lamont of Hamden and Nancy Gear of NYC, son-in-law Nicholas Lamont, his sister Shirley Strong of Montpelier, VT, 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Allen F. Gear and his wife Sara Gear and his brother Charles Gear. He was lovingly cared for by Olive Clarke and several other devoted care givers during the last years of his life. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends who will treasure their memories of him.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 21st, 2017 at First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652 at 75 Main St., Farmington.

Johnson, Niles Arthur

Niles Arthur Johnson, 86, of Harwinton, beloved husband of the late Joyce (Prescher) Johnson, passed away peacefully Monday, October 9th, 2017. Born November 10th, 1930 in Bristol, son of the late Niles L. and Linnea (Spong) Johnson, Arthur was a graduate of Radcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture at UConn. He went on to be a GC/Home Builder and along with two partners developed a notable golf course in Southington.
He is survived by his children, daughter Deborah Walonoski and husband Mark of Southington; son Mark Johnson and wife Mary of Harwinton; son Karl Johnson and wife Sandra of Harwinton; son Paul Johnson and friend Deborah of Harwinton; his sister Katherine Kalwat of New Britain, brother Lawrence Johnson and wife Sonja of Aiken, South Carolina, 10 grandchildren, Kirstin, Kara, Amy, Lorin, Nissa, Jack, Connor, Ian, Jason and Heather; 11 great-grandchildren Sara, Ryan, Mark, Sage, Grady, Kayla-Mary, Emma, Ethan, Elliot, Alexander and Kacy-Joyce, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister-in-law Rhoda, brother-in-law Gordon, grandson Eric and daughter-in-law Dawn Johnson. The family would like to extend a special thanks to caregivers Francine and Ken who helped to make his last couple months of life very comfortable.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Oct. 12) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral Services will be held Friday (Oct. 13) at 11:00am in Harwinton Congregational Church, 1 Litchfield Road, Harwinton. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Foothills VNA, 32 Union St., Winsted, CT 06098 or to the Harwinton Congregational Church, 1 Litchfield Road, Harwinton, CT 06791.

Lavigne, Joseph P.

Joseph P. Lavigne, 88, of Farmington, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 1, 2017 in the comfort of his family. He was the loving husband of the late Malvina Lavigne for 64 years.
He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a Welder and owned his own radiator shop.
Joseph is survived by his three daughters, Charlene McKeon and husband Robert of Southington, Stephanie Meade and Les McHugh of Bristol and Roxanne Genovese of Middletown, eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, his brother, Frank and sister, June. He was predeceased by his mother, Josephine, his brother, Tommy and sister, Rosie.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Friday (Oct. 6) at 12:00pm in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington followed by burial with full military honors in State Veteran’s Cemetery, Middletown.

Marinelli, Michelle

Ms. Michelle (Mickey) Marinelli, 68, beloved sister of Lynn (Marinelli) Kelley and brother of Roger Marinelli, died at Valerie Manor in Torrington on Thursday, September 28, 2017, after a prolonged illness surrounded by her family. Michelle was predeceased by her sisters Peggy, Patty, Jackie and Georgette. Born August 9, 1949, she was the daughter of the late George R. and Dorothy (Reynolds) Marinelli. A high school graduate, Michelle enjoyed a life filled with laughter among the company of family and friends. A celebration of her life will be held in the spring of 2018, family and friends will be notified of the service.

Posusney, Edward Dasmus

Edward Dasmus Posusney, husband of Beverly Schroedel Johnson Posusney, formerly of Farmington, passed September 21. Born December 11, 1921 in Dupont, Pennsylvania, Edward served in the U.S. Air Force from 1943 to 1962. He graduated from Flexible Gunnery School as a ship and boat assembler, became certified in airplane mechanics, served as a senior master sergeant and flew as a navigator, receiving an Air Force Commendation Medal. He was an active member of the Mosquito Association, which supports fellowship among Air Force men and women.
Following his retirement from the Air Force he served as a teacher for many years, known by his students as Mr. Po. Edward volunteered for Farmington Senior Services, driving people to medical appointments, and was a member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Farmington.
Edward leaves son Edward Posusney Jr. and wife Carol in Washington state, three step-children and numerous grandchildren: Lynne Johnson Pease and Jim, Russ Johnson and Dan Casey, Christine Johnson Welcome and Ed, and grandchildren Eric and Sarah “Shea” Pease and Colin and Jeremy Welcome. The family would like to thank the staff at West Hartford Health and Rehabilitation for their outstanding care, especially nurse Grace and all of the staff on the tranquility unit. Services will be private.

Woods, Mary Claire

Mary Claire (Helferich) Woods Farmington, CT formerly of Scarsdale, NY, age 78, passed away on September 5, 2017. She was born on November 21, 1938 to Elmer R. Helferich and Mary Gertrude (Netherland) Helferich. Claire graduated in 1956 from Bronxville High School, went on to college at the University of Michigan graduating in 1961. Traveling, cooking and maintaining contact with friends from high school and college were important to her and she took great joy in attending annual reunions. Raised in Scarsdale, NY and having lived in several other states over the years she finally settled in Farmington, CT where she resided until her passing. She is survived by her three children, Christen Pullis of Farmington, CT, David (Cristin) Pullis of Milton, VT and Diane (Pullis) Sly of Battle Creek, MI as well as five grandchildren. Per the deceased wishes there will be no service held, cremation has taken place and her ashes will be buried in Utica, MI alongside her parents and other family members at a later date. Due to her love of animals, it is suggested that any memorials in her name be made to a local or national animal welfare organization of the donor’s choosing.