Archive for 2018

Minges, Frederick Robbins

Frederick Robbins Minges, 70, of Farmington, Connecticut passed away suddenly on November 2, 2018. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut on January 11, 1948. Fred was a beloved son of the late Arline and James Minges and the grandson of Irving A. Robbins. He was predeceased by a brother, William (Billy). Fred leaves a brother Blue Minges (wife Peg) of Jupiter, Florida; a nephew Joshua Minges of Great Barrington, Massachusetts; stepsons Jonah Knight (wife Lisa and son Milo) of Fair Oaks, California and Joshua Knight (wife Jacque) of Denver, Colorado; and his former wife Patricia Minges of Avon, Connecticut. Fred was known and respected as a fine craftsman and master builder of post and beam constructions. He built homes and completed restorations in the Farmington Valley area, Chesterfield, Massachusetts and on Martha’s Vineyard and Washington, D.C. A special thanks is extended to solid friends and colleagues Dave Bergen and Tyler Swain; and little Bart. The family would like to acknowledge the kindness of Michael and Martha Cheshire of Farmington; Carl and Beth Salcedo of Burlington and their children, Liz and Carlos. Memorial donations may be gifted to the Farmington Land Trust in Fred’s name. Announcements for a memorial service will be made in the spring. Freddy will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Betti, George Joseph

George Joseph Betti, 66, of Unionville, passed away peacefully Monday, November 19, 2018, at UConn John Dempsey Hospital surrounded by his family.
George is survived by his brother Joseph Betti and sisters Debbie Knibbs, Denise Holt, and his children Michael and Matthew Betti of Connecticut, his daughter Maureen and her husband Chris Susi of North Carolina, grandchildren Ashe-Leigh, Emma, Jackson, and Nathan, as well as several nieces and nephews. George is also survived by his daughter-in-law Danielle and very close friends Gwen, Dave, Sydney, Liz, Bob, Kathy, Fred, and Skip. He is predeceased by his parents, John and Dorothy Betti, nephew Chris Knibbs, and dear friend Sondra “Sunny” Benson.
George was a graduate of E.C. Goodwin Vocational/ Technical School and worked in many fields prior to finding his passion for custom carpentry. In addition to owning his own business, George opened Unionville Wooden Toys, a workshop where he crafted unique wooden gifts. George was a long time member of the Tunxis Hose Fire Department. In addition to woodworking, George enjoyed camping, golfing, fishing and wildlife photography.
The family would like to sincerely thank the staff of UConn John Dempsey Hospital for their exceptional care and compassion they showed George over the years.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Nov. 24) from 1:00-3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Town of Farmington Fire Department 1 Monteith Drive, Farmington CT 06032 or The Farmington Senior Center 321 New Britain Avenue, Unionville, CT 06085.

Machuga, William D.

William D. Machuga, 88, of Unionville, beloved husband of June M. Machuga, passed away peacefully Friday, November 16, 2018 surrounded by his family at home. Born in Plainville on July 21st, 1930 son of the late John and Hazel (Jacques) Machuga, he was raised in Unionville and resided here his whole life. William was employed at Petroleum Meter and Pump in Avon for 50+ years retiring in 2007. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Uncas Council 32 Unionville and enjoyed being a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea choir for many years. He has many fond childhood memories of summers spent on the Machuga farm in Torrington.
Besides his beloved wife June, he leaves his children Patricia A. Wojtilla, Donna M. Harvey and her husband Rus, Susan Grotts and her husband Joe, Martin J. Machuga and his wife Darcy and Daniel F. Machuga and his wife Wendy and Joseph M. Deraleau whom they raised as their son. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son in law Steven J. Wojtilla, his brothers John Machuga and Joseph Howland and sisters Mary Marek, Margaret Kerr and Jean Thebarge.
Friends and family may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Nov. 23) from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Nov. 24) at 9:15 AM followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main Street, Unionville at 10:00 AM. A private burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions, may be made to the Unionville Museum, 15 School Street Unionville, CT 06085.

Dunne, Marcia Eloise (Waldron)

Marcia Eloise Waldron Dunne, surrounded by her beloved family, left this earth to join her husband, The Rev. Richard Dunne in heaven Nov. 14, 2018.
She was born in Piscataway, NJ in 1936 to the late Jerome & Anita Mary Waldron. She was predeceased by her sisters Sali Bassett and Jane Ambler.
Marcy is survived by her children, Cynthia Nelson, Carol Dunne, Andrew Dunne, Heather Chasse and her husband David. She was a devoted Grandmama to her much adored 6 granddaughters: Katrina, Alyssa & Nicole Nelson, Aysa Dunne, Samantha & Natalie Chasse.
Like many strong resilient women the world over, Marcy wore many hats, some by necessity, some by vocation, others for joy and enrichment. Daughter, sister, student, Rectors wife, mother to 4 (in 5 1/2 yrs!) supernumerary police, brownie leader, gardener. She was promoted quickly from clerk typist to executive secretary through will, precision and amazing talent.
Marcy’s fierce, independent spirit, her unwavering inner strength and faith, her grace and dignity in the face of adversity has served as an inspiration to her children, grandchildren and countless others. Every single granddaughter says their feisty streak is inherited from G’mama (Thanx a lot, Mom!)
Marcy was a bibliophile, gardener, philanthropist and an ardent supporter of her family’s activities: football, hockey, soccer, dance, swim, theatre, volley ball. Among the many lessons we would like to share with you about our mother, here are a few:
*Read to your children
*Never skip an opportunity to say a kind word to brighten someone’s day
*Give what you can
*Protect & love Mother Earth
So please, take a page from her book and in lieu of sending flowers, please support your local public library, elementary school, Planned Parenthood or any charity that makes this world a better place.
The family would like to give heartfelt thanks to Dr. James St. Pierre of Lexington Cardiology for the wonderful care he has given our mother over the years.
The memorial funeral service will be held on Saturday, (Dec. 1) at 11:00 am in St. James Church, 3 Mountain Rd, Farmington, Reverend George Roberts, Rector officiating.

Sheridan, Richard M.

Richard “Dick” M. Sheridan, died peacefully on November 6, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital with his family by his side after a decades-long battle with multiple sclerosis. He was 75.
Dick was born in Hartford, CT on October 15, 1943 to his late parents, Peter and Mary (Drummond) Sheridan. He lived in Granby, CT for the last three years in the caring and loving community at the MeadowBrook of Granby nursing home. Prior to that, Dick lived in Pine Meadow, CT, Simsbury, CT and Hartford, CT.
Dick was a 1961 graduate of Bulkeley High School and a 1965 graduate of Fairfield University. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1968 from University of Connecticut School of Law. Dick was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Connecticut for over 25 years. Prior to his retirement in 1996, he had the honor of arguing a case before the United States Supreme Court.
Dick was known for his generosity and his kindheartedness. He had a passion for history, was a consummate joke-teller and an enthusiastic sports fan. He especially enjoyed cheering for Notre Dame and the New York Giants. He will, however, be primarily remembered as an avid, life-long Red Sox supporter. Luckily, Dick was able to see his team deliver one more World Series win this year before he passed.
Above all, Dick was a beloved husband, father, grandfather (known lovingly to his grandchildren as “Bampi”) and friend. Nothing made him happier than spending time with those he loved and who loved him. He was a friend of Bill W. and felt great pride in helping others find similar friendship as well. Dick will be deeply missed by all who knew him, but he will never be forgotten.
Dick is survived by his wife, Gail Sheridan; his Aunt Katherine Drummond; his brother Brian Sheridan; his children and their spouses, Laura Nadolski and her husband David, Debra Olbrias and her husband David, and Michael Sheridan and his wife Deanna; his step-children and their spouses, Kimberly Silverman and her husband Adam, and Jeffrey Hanelius and his wife Dyanne; his nine grandchildren, Kate, Emma, Jack, Benjamin, Alexander, Samuel, Maxwell, Ariel, and Jacob; and his many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother, Robert Sheridan.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 pm on January 6, 2019, in the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford, CT. Memorial donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Home. To send online condolences to the family, please visit

Dean, George Howard

George Howard Dean, 97, beloved husband of the late Doris M.F. (LaChance) Dean entered into eternal rest on Monday, October 29, 2018 at St. Mary’s Home in West Hartford. He was born in Agawam, MA, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Dean. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and after serving his country, moved to Hartford, CT. George was a loving husband, father, pepere, and friend to many. For the past 73 years he has been a communicant of St. Joseph Cathedral. Having been raised on a farm, George was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed gardening, fishing, and hunting. George was well known in his community as someone who was always willing to lend a hand to those in need.
He is survived by his seven children, Daniel and Cindy Dean of Nashua, NH, Robert and Gloria Dean of Newington, Carol and Mark Gilbert of Marlborough, Priscilla Prior and her late husband William Prior of Colchester, George J. Dean of Lawndale, CA, James Dean of West Hartford, and Jacqueline and John Kiefel of Downingtown, PA. He also leaves behind his thirteen grandchildren, Daniel Jr., Stephen, Melissa, Christopher, Heather, Jessica, Leah, Christina, Matthew, Jason, Justin, Jocelyn, and Jennifer, as well as his 7 great grandchildren, Sarah, Joshua, Heather, Sean Jr., Ebon, Sara, and Victoria. He was predeceased by his grandson, Josiah Kiefel, his 3 brothers, John, Frank and Albert, and his 4 sisters, Sue, Veronica, Rita, and Rosemary.
Friends may call at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Joseph Cathedral Food Pantry, 140 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT, 06105-3708.

Kachmar, Sandra (Bauer)

Sandra (Bauer) Kachmar, 73, of Avon passed away Thursday, November 8, 2018. She was born July 28th, 1945 in Hartford and wife of the late Michael D. Kachmar. Sandra was the daughter of the late William and Harriet Bauer and sister of the late Louise Emond. Sandy was a 1963 graduate of Avon High School. She is survived by her two brothers Paul Bauer of Unionville and Herbert Bauer of Burlington. Sandy leaves her daughters Lisa Dawson of Avon, and Lori Gustafson of Plainville. She also leaves four grandchildren Joshua Ellis, Sarah Padelli, Jeanie Dawson, and Hayley Gustafson. Sandy leaves her great-grandchildren Ian, Niamh, Zach, and Logan. Her extended family includes several nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws who reside in the states of Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida. She was a generous and loving mother, wife, grandmother, and friend. She will be profoundly missed by everyone who loved her. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111Main Street, Unionville on Wednesday (Nov. 14) from 6-8 PM. The funeral service will be held Thursday (Nov. 15) at 11:00 AM in The Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Rd., Avon. Burial will be private. To send online condolences to the family, please visit

O’Brien, Elena Manfredi

The family of Elena O’Brien is saddened to announce her peaceful passing at age ninety on November 8, 2018 at her home in Avon, Connecticut. She displayed a powerful will to live and great bravery in the face of debilitating physical challenges during the past several years. This will surprise no one who knew her. We are grateful that Elena’s strength of will, solid work ethic, and generosity of spirit have all been passed to her loving grandchildren.
Elena was a child of Italian immigrants, Teresa and Armando Manfredi, and spent her formative years in Newark, New Jersey. A love of all things NYC stayed with this Jersey girl to the end.
A proud alum of Barringer High and recipient of the Bausch & Lomb award, she was an excellent student and attended what was then Montclair State Teachers College, where her academic success undoubtedly inspired her husband-to-be, Jack, to improve his study habits and up his game. After graduating in 1950 as a chemistry major, she became a distinguished and highly-respected teacher during a career spanning more than fifty years, obtaining a master’s degree from UConn along the way. The majority of those years were spent in the West Hartford school system until she accepted an early retirement in the mid-1980s. In sharp contrast to Jack’s enjoyment of his golden years, retirement did not sit well with Elena. Within months, she accepted a position with Renbrook School in West Hartford where she worked for another twenty years before stepping down at the age of the age of eighty-one. We are convinced that Renbrook was unaware of her actual age, which is a testament to her vitality and spirit. She took pride in knowing that she made a difference to her hundreds of students, many of whom maintained contact with her over the years. Elena also treasured the many lasting friendships she made throughout her career in education.
At heart, though, she was devoted to family, and savored the rich experience of being a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. If there’s an award for most athletic contests witnessed by a family member, our “Grams” has to be in the running! In addition, she cherished the many evenings spent with her son John, together besting the contestants on “Jeopardy” (woe to anyone who dared call between 7 and 7:30 p.m…). She enjoyed a close bond in later years with her devoted brother and sister, and took immense pride in watching her grandchildren grow and embark on their own life journeys. We will all miss her.
Elena is survived by: sons Bob (Anne) and John, grandchildren Kerry, Jennie (Steve), Bobby (Svetlana) and Jack, great-granddaughter Kylie, brother Dr. Orlando Manfredi, sister Anita Riccio, sister-in-law Diana Manfredi and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by Jack, her husband of fifty-one years, her sisters Edith Zoppi and Ginetta Manfredi, and brothers-in-law Frederick Riccio and Ernest Zoppi. She received special care in recent years from Edyta and Andrzej, Nina, Patricia, and Ozi, along with compassionate assistance from the FVNA Hospice team for which the family is very grateful.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Ann’s Church in Avon on Friday, November 16, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. to be followed by burial at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Elena’s honor to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are being handled by Ahern Funeral Home Inc. To send online condolences to the family please visit

Reardon, Arlene J.

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 8:30 PM, Arlene J. Reardon, loving mother and sister, passed away peacefully with family at her bedside after a brave, 17-month battle with cancer.
Arlene was born January 17, 1963 in Hartford, daughter of Arthur Comstock and Blanche Randall and her husband Robert. On May 14, 1999, she married the love of her life, Edward J. Reardon, by whom she was predeceased after 11 amazing years of marriage. She worked for 25 years at Bank of America, although it was known by many different names during her tenure, where she was the top operator in her department.
Arlene always brought joy to any room she entered. She had a gift for stories and no matter the situation, she would always find a way to have a smile on her face. She will be fondly remembered by friends and family for the stories she told and the happiness she brought with her wherever she went.
She is survived by her mother, Blanche Randall, her siblings Laurie, Cindy, Theresa, Dawn and Chris and her children, Brent Grace, Kelly Whitney (and her husband Ben), and Calvin Grace (and his wife Elizabeth), and four grandchildren, Alex, Marie, Nick, and Emma.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Monday (November 12) from 4-8 PM. The funeral service will be held at The Ahern Funeral Home at 10 AM on Tuesday (November 13) followed by burial in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.

Brandi, Christine Lee

Christine Lee Brandi, 63, of Bristol, formerly of Farmington, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, October 28, 2018 at her home. Born July 10, 1955 in New Britain, daughter of John E. Goselin and his wife Donna of Glastonbury and the late Jeanette (Lazorik) Goselin, she was a graduate of St. Paul High School in Bristol. Christine was currently employed at COCC in Southington where she met many new friends and was very happy. She was an avid fan of Earth, Wind and Fire and was a devoted New York Yankees fan.
Besides her father and step-mother, Christine is survived by her two sisters, Lori Ryff-Goselin and her husband Beat of Ivoryton and Jennifer Ford and her husband Glenn of North Granby, two nephews, Ian Hardcastle of CA, Kevin Ryff of Ivoryton and her niece, Grace Ford of CA. She was predeceased by her sister, Kim Walsh.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Nov. 10) from 2:00-4:00pm. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bristol Adult Resource Center, 195 Maltby St., P.O. Box 726, Bristol, CT 06010.

Carrier, Diane B.

Diane B. Carrier, 68, of Farmington, CT, passed away Saturday, October 27th at John Dempsey Hospital surrounded by family after a brief battle with cancer. She was born on July 25th, 1950 in St. Honore de Shenley, Beauce, Province Quebec, Canada, daughter of Gerard Buteau and Madeleine Lapointe. Diane loved her home and was very proud of her landscaping and surrounding property. She enjoyed beautiful flowers, shopping and spending time with her family and was an animal lover.
Diane leaves behind her son Steve Carrier and his wife Kim, her daughter Danielle DePietro and her husband Steven, her four granddaughters: Katie Norris and her husband Jesse, Megan Gibbs and her husband Michael, Sarah Carrier and Aimee Carrier, her three grandsons: Matthew DePietro, Steven Carrier and Christopher Carrier, her two great-grandsons, William and Charlie Norris, her ex-husband Rejean Carrier, her sisters: Nicole Gilbert, Lina Nadeau and her husband Roland, Francine Carrier and her husband Noel, Lousiette Lacasse and her husband Fabien, her brother Andre Buteau, she also leaves behind her canine companion Sammy. Diane was predeceased by her mother Madeleine Lapointe, her father Gerard Buteau, brother-in-law Phillipe Gilbert and her beloved dog Lucky.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Nov. 4) from 2:00-6:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Monday (Nov. 5) at 11:00am in St. Gregory the Great Church, 235 Maltby St., Bristol. All are kindly asked to meet directly at church. Entombment will be in Holy Family Chapel Mausoleum, 522 Terryville Ave., Bristol.

Droz, Peter Richard

Peter Richard Droz, 74, of West Cornwall and Avon, CT, passed away peacefully on October 28, Sunday, surrounded by his loving family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in New Hartford, CT, on July 12, 1944, he was the oldest of four children and the only son of the late Peter Droz Sr. and Evelyn (Kostak) Droz. Peter grew up in West Hartford, CT, and graduated Hall High in 1961. He studied engineering at the University of Hartford then worked for Boeing Aircraft in Washington State. In the mid 1970’s, he returned to his roots in CT to work for the town of West Hartford as a land surveyor. After 25 years of service, Peter retired in 2000.
Peter enjoyed the outdoors, loved gardening, and was always on the lookout to adopt cats and dogs that needed a good and loving home. He had a tremendous love for rock and roll, blues, country, blue grass, and played piano, guitar, banjo, and mandolin. He loved to compose his own music to share with family and friends. He was passionate about caring for his land and managing renewable and solar power for heat and energy for over two decades in West Cornwall. He could often be found tinkering with his old cars, chopping wood, tending to his vegetable garden, or down at the Senior Center playing rocking piano for all to enjoy.
Peter is survived by his wife, Socorro Evangelio-Droz of Avon, CT, daughter Karen May Droz of Chicago, IL, and sister Debra Argosy of Simsbury, CT. Peter’s family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff at the ICU of the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington and the Apple Rehab in Avon for all their care and support. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Nov. 3) from 10:00-11:30am followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Peter’s memory to the Little Guild of St. Francis Animal Shelter in West Cornwall, CT.

Gardner, Kathleen

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, Kathleen Theresa Kane Gardner, 75, passed away surrounded by loving family. She was the daughter of the late Caroline B. Kane and Francis J. Kane. She was a 1961 graduate of Farmington High school where she was a spirited and very proud cheerleader captain, on the student council and several other committees. After graduation, she worked for Travelers Insurance Company before meeting and marrying her husband, James Joseph Gardner, in 1966. They were married for 36 years until his passing in 2002. Kathleen was a wonderful caregiver to her ailing husband while she worked at the Hartford Insurance Company from 1991 until 2011. She loved her faith and was an active member of St. Patrick’s church where she served on the Woman’s Guild for several years. She was the life of any party with her Irish blarney. You could find her tending to her flowers or in the kitchen cooking with her secret ingredient: love.
Kathleen is survived by her 4 children, Elizabeth Howe (Leon Howe) of New Hartford, CT, James Gardner (Sandra Hart) of Avon, CT, Deborah Condon (Craig Condon) of Wethersfield, CT, and Caroline Fornaris (Dr. Jorge Fornaris) of Miami, FL.; 6 grandchildren, Kyle Gardner, Caroline Hart, Samantha Fornaris, Lindsay Fornaris, Parker Condon and Madison Fornaris; her sister Ann Rose, brother Francis Kane, sister Janet Kane, brother Robert Kane and many nieces and nephews. She was known as daughter, sister, aunt, wife, Mom and Nona to her loving family. She will be remembered by her ability to love, listen, care, forgive and make a person feel like they are uniquely special.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt., 4, Unionville on Thursday (Nov. 1) from 4:00-7:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be Friday (Nov. 2) in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial will be in the St. Mary Cemetery, Avon.
The family extends a special thank you to the outstanding UCONN nurses who ensured Kathleen was comfortable and cared for. Donations in her memory can be made to Farmington Food Pantry, First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032.

Roy, Victoria

Victoria Freda “Vicky” Roy passed away peacefully surrounded by family Friday October 12, 2018. She was born in San Nicola Baronia, Italy in 1928 and came to America in 1934 with her mother Incoranata (Mary) DeAngelis Freda. They departed from the port of Naples on the Ocean liner Saturnia arriving in the port of New York City and continued onto Connecticut to live with her father Giovanni (John) Freda. They joined the bustling Italian American community in southend of Hartford. Vicky attended Hartford public schools Naylor and Burr graduating from Bulkeley High School Class of 1947. She attended some college and was always a voracious reader. She owned her own market research business and enjoyed camping, travel, economics and the stock market. She always loved rousing conversation with friends and family. She is survived by her second husband, all her children, their spouses, many grand and great-grandchildren as well as her younger brother and his family. She will be remembered with a private family service.

Hagedorn Marie Theresa (Girard)

On October 23, 2018, after a long happy life of raising eight children, eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren, Marie Theresa (Girard) Hagedorn peacefully died at age 94, rejoining the loving embrace of her pre-deceased husband Doctor Maxwell E. Hagedorn.

Marie grew up in Hartford, CT. She graduated in 1942 from Hartford Public High School. Marie had the singing voice of an angel. Her classmates described her singing talent “as a voice destined for Broadway”. However, after graduating from H.P.H.S., Marie pursued training as a surgical nurse at St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Hartford, CT. Here she met many of her life-long friends. She served during critical war years from 1942-1945 as a nurse at St. Francis Hospital where she also meet the love of her life, U.S. Army Captain Maxwell E. Hagedorn, who was serving as a VA Surgical doctor.

After the war, the two married in the Spring of 1948 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hartford, CT. They subsequently settled in New Britain, CT for their remaining years first on Brighton Street and then on Ten Acre Road, as well as, the family’s summer home on Cornfield Point, Old Saybrook, CT. Marie’s love for children and her strong desire to raise a family relegated her singing talents to more modest venues, such as St. Maurice’s Choir and the family music room. Meanwhile her nursing talents were directed at the health and the well-being of her growing family. The Hagedorn household was a mixture of music, horseplay and laughter where Marie and her loving-ways created a welcoming home for both family and friends. Mom, Marie, “Ree-Ree” or Mrs. Hagedorn was always there to provide a space to “drop by”, “sleep over” or grab a “bite to eat”. Her amazing home cooking has inspired all of her kids to think of food as more than mere sustenance and that a loving home filled with good food was what really satisfies one’s soul.

Along with her husband Maxwell, Marie is predeceased by her grandson (William Hagedorn of Charlotte, VT), her brother (William “Billy” Girard of Hartford, CT), her sister and brother in-law (Corinne and Harold Johndrow of Bristol, CT), her brother and sister in-law (Vincent and Claire Girard of Bristol, CT) and her loving parents (Mary “Molly” (Kelly) and Leas Girard).

Never being one to be last to a party, Marie obviously will have lots of catching up to do with loved ones who have passed before her. We all will miss her laughter and incredible zest and love for life. We pray her spirit lives on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.

Marie was a long time member of both St. Maurice’s Catholic Church in New Britain, CT, St. John’s Church in Old Saybrook, CT and St. Ann’s Church in Avon, CT.

In addition to Marie’s eight children, she leaves 3 great grandchildren and 11 grandchildren. In order of age, she leaves Jeffery Hagedorn of Westerly, RI (grandson William), Dr. Mark and Ann (Toomey) Hagedorn of Old Lyme, CT (grandson’s Ryan and Craig), Joel and Cathryn (Scully) Hagedorn of Hollywood, FL, James and Ana (Madison) Hagedorn of Clearwater, FL (granddaughter Amoreena and grandson Gabriel), Dr. Mary Hagedorn and her husband Ned Busch of Kaneohe, HI, Keith Hagedorn of Mystic, CT (grandson’s Kyle and Max), Steven Hagedorn of Delray Beach, FL (granddaughter Erin and grandson Clarke and father of her three great grandchildren Cecilia, Nolah, and Emmett), Glenn and Rebecca Hagedorn of Cary, NC (granddaughter Amanda and grandson Evan).

Marie lived by an important dictate of life and love: “We are all, in the private kingdom of our hearts, in search of the company of wise and true friends who recognizes that life is short and that all we have to offer one another, in the end, is love”

Marie, Mom, Ree-Ree, Nan, Nanny and great grandmom; we will miss you all the days of our lives.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Nov. 17) from 8:30-9:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 9:40am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon at 10:00am. Burial will be private.