Archive for November 2017

Beeney, Meghan E.

Meghan E. Beeney of Stamford, 38, passed away on Monday, November 20, 2017. She was the daughter of Robert J. Beeney (deceased) and Denise H. Beeney. Meg grew up in Burlington, attended local schools, graduated from Elmira College, Elmira, N.Y. and received her Master’s degree from Southern CT State University. She was a member of Burlington Congregational Church where she often played in the Hand Bell Choir.
For many years she worked as a Speech Language Pathologist at Stamford High School where she lovingly and generously catered to the needs of her students. Throughout her college and adult life she also served as a nanny for several families whose children she adored.
Among Meghan’s friends, she was known as “Martha Stewart” because of her talents for cooking, party planning, quilting, and crafting. She enjoyed creating her own holiday cards for family and friends every Christmas. She was an avid fiction reader who loved traveling, country music and James Taylor.
Meg was a very warm and generous person. Her smile, twinkling blue eyes, and fun loving caring ways will be missed by all who knew her. No one could give a hug like Meg.
In addition to her mother, she leaves her brother and sister-in-law Matthew and Jasmin Beeney, her nieces Jasiah Greene and Mylah Beeney whom she adored, her aunt Janet Argazzi, her aunt and uncle Janet and Edward Burr, her cousins Ken and Todd Argazzi, Jill Couillard and (Frank), and Jean Burr and (John Colianni) their children and extended family.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday, December 1, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.; we will celebrate her life on Saturday, December 2, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Congregational Church of Burlington, 268 Spielman Hwy, Burlington, CT 06013. Donations in Meg’s memory may be made to the Congregational Church of Burlington or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Soucier, Carolyn D. (Boock)

Carolyn D. (Boock) Soucier, 73, died peacefully on November 10th, 2017 at Cherry Brook Health Care in Canton. She was born on May 31st, 1944 in Hartford, daughter of the late Thomas and Bernice Boock. Carolyn is survived by her sons, Jack, Carl, Robert and William Soucier, her brother, Thomas Boock Jr., her sisters, Eileen Stager and Doris Boock, nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two nieces and three nephews. Our heartfelt thanks to the staff of Cherry Brook Health Care in Canton and McLean Hospice in Simsbury.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Nov. 30) from 6:00-7:30pm. A prayer service will be held in the funeral home at 7:30pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Satonick, Maryann Flynn

Maryann Flynn Satonick, of Somers, beloved wife of the late Stanley J. Satonick, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017. Born July 26th, 1936 in Bristol, daughter of the late Edward G. and Evelyn (Hussman) Flynn, she resided in Bristol before moving to Unionville in her teens where she attended Farmington High School, Class of 1954. It was there that she met and married her high school sweetheart, “Swede”.
Maryann is survived by her four children, Lynn M. and David A. Hayes of Tolland, Edward M. and Catherine Satonick of Kannapolis, NC, Lisa A. and Joseph B. Wysocki of Somers and Susan M. and Alan C. Seagrave, Jr., of Somers, nine grandchildren, David, Sarah, Amy, Michael, Laura, Kara, Kate, Zachary and Megan one great grandson, Landon, two sisters, Sharon and John Donahue of Avon and Kathy and Bernard Marin of Burlington, two brothers, Edward G. and Rosalee Flynn of Windsor Locks and Peter J. and Pauline Flynn of Unionville, nine nieces and four nephews. The family would like to thank Woodlake of Tolland for the loving care, kindness and support that Maryann received under their care.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Monday (Nov. 27) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Lajoie, Rita T.

Rita Trahan Lajoie, 86, widow of Roland R. Lajoie, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Bristol Hospital. She was born May 10, 1931 in Hartford, daughter of the late Remi and Albertine Trahan.
She was employed at Stop and Shop in Unionville and also worked at Bradlees, Caldor and Connecticut Spring and Stamping in Farmington.
Rita leaves behind a daughter Debra and her husband Bruce Thibodeau, one grandson Kenneth Lundquist Jr., her two sisters Irene Dunn of Florida and Julie Hatfield of Glastonbury and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her three brothers. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Gregory, Leonard R.

Leonard R. Gregory, 84, of Farmington, passed away peacefully Tuesday November 21, 2017 at his home in Farmington. He was born in Lyon Mountain, NY on May 18th, 1932, a son of the late Joseph and Beatrice (Garno) Gregory. Leonard was predeceased by his wife Catherine Gregory of 44 years. Leonard had resided in Farmington for the last 51 years.
He is survived by his two sons R.J. Gregory and his wife Katie of Torrington, Stephen Gregory of Farmington, 3 grandchildren who he adored, Tyler, Molly and Samantha, as well as many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his life companion Betty Rutherford of Carlinville, IL who we thank dearly for being in our dad’s life. Leonard also leaves behind 4 siblings, Lucile Spanilo of CT, Lois Gregory of NY, Frances Placencia of Virginia, and Melissa Wells of Keene Valley, NY.
Leonard served his country as a Sergeant in the Korean War. He enjoyed being a dad, grandfather and an uncle. Leonard was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Unionville, a member of The Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 96, and VFW 10361. Leonard enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and traveling to Montego Bay, Jamaica. He was an avid fan of The University of Illinois football and basketball teams and enjoyed the country life that Carlinville had to offer.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00am to 1:00pm. A prayer service will be held in the funeral home at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Leonard’s memory can be made to The Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, UConn Health, 263 Farmington Ave. Farmington, CT 06032.

McLaughlin, Frank A.

Frank A. McLaughlin, 89, of Farmington, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 14th, 2017. Born May 14th, 1928 in Norwalk, Ct. he was the son of the late Francis A. and Helen (Falasca) McLaughlin, Sr. Frank went to Norwalk High School, St. Basil’s Prep in Stamford, attended the University of Alabama and was a graduate of Fairfield University. Frank proudly served his country during the Korean War with the U.S. Army. He was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the V.F.W.
Frank’s cherished career in the design, printing and sales of business forms started with Moore Business Forms. He went on to work for Autographic Business Forms, Acme Data Graphics and Control Data Corporation until he started his own corporation Forms For Business, Inc. Frank had a love of boating, swimming, dogs, his home and spending time conversing with people.
Frank is survived by his sister Patricia Helen McLaughlin of Maryland. Frank leaves behind his six children, thirteen grandchildren and one great-granddaughter: Dory and husband Rick Sevigny; Shaun McLaughlin and his children Kelley, Patrick and Dory; Francis McLaughlin and wife Nola and their children Christopher and Victoria; Katrina and husband Carroll Poovey and their children Ryan and his wife Audra and their daughter Isabel, Joshua and Benjamin; Casey McLaughlin and wife Maura and their children Thomas and Michael; Erin McLaughlin and wife Sherry and their children Patrick, Michael and Matthew.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (Dec. 2) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington. Burial with full military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.

Shaffer, David M.

David M. Shaffer, 73, of Burlington, beloved husband of Marjorie (Kulik) Shaffer, passed away peacefully at home after enjoying his final days with family by his side. Born September 28th, 1944 in Hartford, son of the late Harry Shaffer and Aneysa (Abalan) Shaffer Bristol, he was a member of the first graduating class of Lewis S. Mills High School in 1962 where he played baseball and sang in the choir. He was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force in 1967, where he served as a medic in Wiesbaden, Germany. David and Marge enjoyed many adventures in Germany.
David began a career in law enforcement as a Police Officer with the New Britain Police Department before a career change to retail management. He was an Assistant Store Manager for Caldor Inc. for over 20 years and finally retiring from Marshall’s as an Assistant Store Manager.
David was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He made sure to be a teacher, mentor, and a wonderful family man. He was an avid golfer accomplishing a hole-in-one and bowler where he accomplished bowling a 300 game. David enjoyed teaching youth bowling at Lessard Lanes, previously Laurel Lanes in Plainville. He developed special bonds with his young bowlers. He holds a special place in his heart for those he mentored especially Malik Etheredger-Williams. Besides cooking, David spent hours in his gardens and was especially proud of growing his garlic.
Besides his loving wife Marge of 53 years, David is survived by his children, Lisa Hyte and husband Benjamin, David Shaffer and girlfriend Gina Rich and Dale Swanson and husband James, his cherished grandchildren Alisha and David Swanson, Devin and Isabella Shaffer, his sister Barbara Shaffer-Bengston, all of Burlington and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. He was predeceased by his beloved daughter-in-law Melanie (Hobday) Shaffer. The family would like to extend our gratitude to all the doctors, nurses and staff that cared for David over the years, especially the cardiology, nephrology and oncology departments.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (Nov. 21) from 5:00-8:00pm. A Prayer Service will be held in the funeral home at 8:00pm. Burial with full military honors will be Wednesday (Nov. 22) at 1:00pm in Center Cemetery, Burlington. Memorial contributions may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Road, Wilton, NH 03086.

Gatter, Miriam Lubin

Miriam (Mimi) Lubin Gatter of New Britain, CT passed away November 8, 2017
Mimi grew up in New London, CT and attended New London High School and the University of Connecticut. She moved to West Hartford where she resided for over 30 years.
She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Dori Gatter and her husband Jeff Chervenak, her daughter Robin Gatter, her sister Dr. Naomi Lubin–Alpert and husband Dr. Stuart Alpert, her brother Steven Lubin and his husband Michael Cunningham, brother Jonathan Lubin and wife Elisabeth Peet-Lubin, cousin Neale Belgrade Whitney and her husband Jim Whitney, the sister of her heart Kym Bartollini and her husband Jim, friend Roxanne Amaio, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, in laws and friends.
A private memorial will be held by the family.
In lieu of flowers and to honor Mimi’s love of rescue animals, donations may be made to:
Humane Society of St. Thomas

Ostreicher, Eugene Alfons

Eugene Alfons Ostreicher, son of Alphonse and Lucille Ostreicher, died on the morning of October 18, 2017. He is survived by his wife Marilyn Ostreicher (nee Schwarz); son Kurt Ostreicher of Pittsfield, MA; daughter Jennifer Hodgson of Camden, ME, her husband Paul and their children Ben and Kate; daughter Alyse Ostreicher of Asheville, NC, her husband Emory and their son Noah; daughter Sarah Yount of Hillsboro, OR and her husband Ron; brother Robert Ostreicher and his children Dawn, Denise and Alfons and a host of extended family and long-time friends.
Gene was passionate about many things: his wife of 59 years, Marilyn; their dog Sophie; the First Church of Christ in Farmington; the coast of Maine; and his eclectic hobbies including music, folk instruments, boats and nautical history, woodcarving, photography, book collecting and earlier on, coaching soccer. In all of his endeavors, the foundation of his interest was in reading, learning and discerning vast amounts of information. There were few challenges that Gene could not overcome because he had the ability to absorb information so easily. He was a walking library and if you were interested, he had a joy of sharing his knowledge, a story or opinion.
Gene was born in Queens, New York in 1936. He studied Mechanical Engineering and later received his Masters from the University of Connecticut. After a short career in the nuclear industry, he focused on new product development in the field of filtration and separation technology and relocated to Farmington, Connecticut where he would spend the rest of his life. He was an inventor with 34 U.S. patents and pioneered the development of surface chemistry modified filters and separation media. In 2000, he retired as Vice President of Membrane Technology for Cuno, Inc. His career was long and successful, but secondary to his family, pastimes, and community.
Gene touched the lives of so many across the world with his generosity and dedication and cherished the longstanding friendships he made. He will be remembered with love and admiration, respect and honor for the full life he lived.
The community is invited to celebrate Gene’s life Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2pm at the Meetinghouse of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main Street, Farmington. All are welcome. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032.

Madden, Elizabeth G.

Elizabeth G. Madden, 92, of Avon, beloved widow of Edward F. Madden, passed away peacefully Sunday, November 5th, 2017. Born in Boston, MA on November 10th, 1924, daughter of the late James A. and Helen (Morhardt) Mango, she resided in the West Hartford area most of her life. During her career, Betty was a reporter with Channel 30 News, was the owner of The Galleria at Bishops Corner in West Hartford and was an auxiliary volunteer nurse at Hartford Hospital where she cared for many during the Hartford circus fire. She was the oldest living member of Wampanoag Country Club in West Hartford.
Betty is survived by her three sons, Mark (with wife Tyler, and daughters Megan and Erin), Peter (with wife Mimi, and daughter Brett and son Max), and Christopher (with daughters Christina, Jennifer, Alexandra and son Jonathan). She also leaves her great-grandchildren, Carter and Harper Bristol, Keegan Viering and Nico Kelly.
Funeral Services will be held Monday (Nov. 13) at 11:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter, 659 Tower Ave., First Floor, Hartford, CT 06112.

Scanlon, Heidi Anne

Heidi Anne Scanlon, 58, of Hartford, died Sunday, November 5th, 2017 of psuedomyxoma peritonei, commonly known as appendiceal cancer. Born May 5th, 1959 in South Hadley, MA, daughter of Anne (Sherrerd) Scanlon of East Granby and the late Lawrence E. Scanlon, she grew up in East Granby and attended East Granby public schools. Heidi received her A.A. from Hartford College for Women and her B.A. in American History from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her M.A. from Harvard University and completed all doctoral course work from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Initially employed as a switch network operator at Hartford Public High School, she eventually advanced to being a classroom teacher, a profession she lived and breathed for over 30 years. She was dedicated to the children of Hartford Public Schools and was honored to be their leader.
Besides her generous and loving mother Anne, Heidi is survived by her beloved son and light of her life, Sterling Lawrence Scanlon of Hartford and Kristina Wieckowski, her two brothers, Larry F. Scanlon and his wife Aline Fairweather and Neal P. Scanlon and his wife Susanne, a niece, Lisa Pipkin and her husband Kevin and their daughter Autumn, a nephew, David Scalise and his wife ShanaLynn, two special nephews, Milo and Jasper Scanlon and a special niece, Zoe Scanlon. She was predeceased by her father, Lawrence E. Scanlon from whom she learned to love learning as well as to embrace social and cultural tolerance. Heidi’s family would like to thank the many friends who supported her during her illness and would especially like to thank Dr. Stacy Nerenstone.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Thursday (Nov. 9) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral Services will be held Friday (Nov. 10) at 11:00am in Christ Church Cathedral, 45 Church St., Hartford followed by burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. All are kindly asked to meet directly at church. Memorial donations may be made to ACPMP Research Foundation, 6415 Granger Road, Independence, Ohio 44131.

Hunter, Catharina Jacoba (Aageenbrug)

Catharina Jacoba (Aangeenbrug) Hunter, 90, passed away peacefully on November 2, 2017 at McLean Care in Simsbury, CT. Born January 3, 1927 in Somerville, NJ to Arina Aangeenbrug vanVoorst and Willem Aangeenbrug. Cathy was the eldest of six children raised and educated in Bussum, the Netherlands including surviving World War II and the German occupation. Following the war, Cathy was the first of her family to immigrate to the US. She attended Hartford College for Women and married Russell Hunter in 1950.

Cathy was active in Girl Scouting in the Netherlands and then in Farmington, CT area. She formed a Lone Troop and when the Connecticut Yankee Girl Scout Council was created, was a director and for many years its treasurer. Cathy served on the nominating committee of the Connecticut Trails Council. Cathy loved music and singing. She was a long time member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartford, CT serving on its music committee and tutoring 2nd graders from the West Middle School. She also served on the investment committee of the Society for the Increase of the Ministry.

Cathy also was President of the Farmington Community Chest and involved with the Greater Hartford United Way. Cathy worked for many years with her husband managing their insurance and real estate appraisal businesses. Cathy loved flowers and the front yard of their Farmington home was covered with crocuses, daffodils and tulips every spring leading many a traveler to stop and take a look. Cathy and Russ loved to travel the state of CT to find their favorite places to eat lunch and made many friends over the years.

An avid golfer Cathy was a member of and former chair of The Country Club of Farmington’s 9 hole ladies group and celebrated a hole in one on Chebeague Island, ME’s golf course. Cathy enjoyed traveling extensively in Europe, the Far East, with more than 50 trips to Bermuda and spending summers on Chebeague Island.

Cathy is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Russell Hunter, three children R. Bruce Hunter and his wife Catherine of Farmington, CT, David D Hunter and his wife Tanja of Forest Grove, OR, and Johanna M. Hunter and her husband David Potter of Concord, MA; eight grandchildren (Madison and Sarah Hunter, Pieter, Arina, Mieke and Hanneke Hunter, and Marissa and Jamie Potter), and two great grandchildren; a brother Frans T vanVoorst of Collinsville, IL and sister Willy Zessoules of St. Petersburg, FL. She was predeceased by her brother, Robert T. Aangeenbrug of Gulf Port, FL, her sister Mieke Helms of Leamington, Ontario and her sister, Constance Kluit of Bellingham, MA. A memorial service to celebrate a life well lived will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney Street in Hartford November 11, 2017 at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CT Girl Scouts,340 Washington St, Hartford, CT 06106 or Trinity Episcopal Church Music Program 120 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06105.