Archive for January 2018

Saur, Mark Joseph

Mark Joseph Saur age 74 passed to a new life at home with his family on January 29, 2018. He attended Georgetown University where he studied Philosophy. He was a grant writer for numerous organizations, including the City of Hartford and The Artist’s Collective. He had a passion for learning and was a lifelong student with extensive knowledge in many areas and a special interest in Philosophy, Theology, History, and Technology. Mark was a man of deep faith and spent many hours volunteering at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. He was a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, in the Funeral Ministry and a Cathedral docent. He conducted many tours of the Cathedral, with stories and history of both the Cathedral’s architectural features and their religious significance. He served on various committees the Parish Council, Evangelization Committee, and was a Cathedral Ambassador. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Mark was a kind generous man with great compassion for the forgotten of the world.
He was the son of Karl William and Edith Downes Saur. He was a precious treasure in the life of his surviving wife, Catherine Schickel Saur, daughter, Genevieve, her husband Ted Toyokura and grandchildren, Leonardo, Marion and Aleah. He leaves his sisters and their families, Emmy See, Katrina Schickel, Elizabeth Cappello, Karla Fazzio and (pre-deceased) Johanna Nelson, as well as a large extended network of family and friends.
Friends may call at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 4:00PM to 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 11:00AM in the Cathedral of St. Joseph followed by burial at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Memorial donations may be made to the Family Institute of Connecticut, 77 Buckingham St., Hartford, CT 06106 or the Felician Sisters, 1315 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082.

Donagher, Lawrence S. “Larry”

Lawrence (Larry) S. Donagher, 66, of Farmington, CT peacefully joined his wife of 43 years on January 28, 2018 with his family by his side. Larry was the son of Mary (Moriarty) and Hugh Donagher (both deceased) of West Hartford, CT. Larry attended Our Lady of Sorrow and graduated from South Catholic High School in 1969, and immediately began work as a Machinist for Chandler Evans, a career that would span a lifetime.
At the age of fifteen Larry met the love of his life and they built a life together filled with love, laughter, 3 children, 3 grandchildren, and endless amounts of good memories. Larry began to pursue higher education in the 1980’s, and ultimately earned an Associate in Science from Hartford State Technical College in 1986, a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Central Connecticut State University in 1992, and a Master of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1998.
Larry was a consistent blood donor to the American Red Cross. He loved to be outdoors working on the yard and house. He enjoyed going to the beach and had fun boating and fishing. He never missed a family event or celebration and cherished his time with family and friends. He loved his wife and kids dearly.
Larry is survived by his three children, Jessica Brand and her husband Jeff of West Hartford, Mary Ann Donagher of West Hartford, and Michael Donagher and his wife Margaret of Simsbury. He also leaves behind his three cherished grandchildren Avelynn(6) and William(1) Brand, and Noah Donagher(1). Larry also leaves behind many extended family members including; his brother Hugh J. and his wife Barbara Donagher, brother Tommy and his wife Sandy Donagher, sister Sheila and her husband John O’Connell, brother John and his wife Carole Donagher, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday, February 1st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday, February 2nd at 9:45 a.m. followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Gregory the Great Church, 235 Maltby St., Bristol, CT at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, 160 Garden St. in Farmington. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Red Cross, 209 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT 06032.

Hawlicheck, John Arthur

John Arthur Hawlicheck, 74, of Avon, beloved husband of Margaret “Maggie” (Budde) Hawlicheck, passed away peacefully Monday, January 29th, 2018. Born December 8th, 1943 in Jersey City, NJ, he was the son of the late Arthur Hugo and Adele Ruth (Helms) Hawlicheck. After retiring from teaching, John hosted at various local restaurants. He was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling. Besides his wife, he is survived by his sister, Kelli Torelli and her husband John of Scotia, NY and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Feb. 1) from 11:30am-12:30pm followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 12:30pm. Burial will be private. 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.

Washburn, Steve W.

Steve W. Washburn, 56, of Burlington, husband of Krista (Lavigne) Washburn, passed away peacefully Thursday January 25 at home with his family by his side. Steve was born in Bristol on August 22, 1961 to the late Benjamin F. & Marie R. Washburn (Roy).

A lifelong resident of Burlington, he graduated from Lewis Mills High school in 1979. He worked in the Spring Industry as a very gifted tool and die maker, most recently working for Gemco Manufacturing in Southington, CT.

Steve enjoyed life and knew how to make everyone around love and live life to the fullest. Steve’s life’s passions were spending time with friends and family, riding his motorcycle, golfing, playing pool and bowling; he was also an avid drummer throughout his life. Steve was also the 1977 World Champion of Soap Box Derby, in which he later shared his passion of racing with his children, nephews and many close friends in the Soap Box Community

Besides his wife, Steve is survived by his two children, Heather Washburn of Burlington, Vermont; Nathan Washburn of Burlington, CT. as well as Krista’s children Matthew & his wife Stephanie Murphy of Bristol; Megan Murphy of Plainville; Kassie Schilling of Burlington. Three grandchildren, Natalie Washburn, Riley & Harper Murphy. He is also survived by his sister Lynn Perotti of Bristol; nephew Christopher Perotti of Bristol; a brother William & his wife Anna Washburn of Canaan. Tyler Washburn of Canaan & a niece Ashley Washburn also of Canaan. He was predeceased by his nephew Benjamin D. Perotti.
Friends may call at Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville, Tuesday Jan 30th 5-8pm. A celebration of his life and memorial service will be held on Wednesday Jan 31 11:30am at the Burlington Congregational Church 286 Spielman highway, RT 4, Burlington. Donations may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation “” 4742 North 24th Street Suite 400 Phoenix, AZ 85016

Foryan Sr., Henry J.

Henry J. Foryan Sr., 90, of Unionville, husband of the late Shirley (Carterud) Foryan for 63 years, passed away peacefully Monday, January 22nd, 2018. Born July 3rd, 1927 in Hartford, he was the son of the late Anton and Louise (Winkler) Foryan. Prior to retiring, Henry was a Foreman for the Farmington Parks Department for many years, after running the DD&F (Doty, Dublac and Foryan) Foundation Company. He was a United States Navy veteran. Henry was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed playing basketball for the Unionville Rockets. His love for life, his family and (many, many) friends was apparent to all. Much time was afforded to all of these people in Henry’s place, the humble little shed. If anyone ever had a problem or needed to hear a good joke or just wanted some company, they could enter the ‘shed’ and Henry would always have an answer and bring a smile to someone’s face. He’ll be greatly missed by so many people.
Henry is survived by his four sons, Henry (Hank) Foryan, Jr. and his wife Lynn, Thomas Foryan and his wife Dottie, Michael Foryan, Christopher Foryan and Mary Yabrosky, six grandchildren, Jason, Kylie, Brad, Coleigh, Charysse and Chelsea, two great-grandchildren, Ayden and Charleigh and many nieces and nephews who were very important to him. He was predeceased by his brother, John Foryan and his sisters, Louise Neiderer and Anna Cromack.
Graveside Funeral Services will be held Saturday (April 28) at 11:00am in St. Mary Cemetery, Huckleberry Hill Road, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Edward P. Dunne Scholarship Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 625, Unionville, CT 06085.

Swanson, Sondra J.

Sondra J. Swanson, 83, of Farmington, formerly of Southington, beloved wife of Dr. Donald M. Swanson, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Born April 4, 1934, in New Haven, she was the daughter of the late Edgar R. and Lillian (Finn) Guinea. Sondra attended St. Peters School, graduated from Plainville High School and received her nursing degree from Middlesex Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. Prior to retiring in 1998, she was the Nurse at Plainville High School for 25 years. Sondra was a member of Chippanee Golf Club, New Britain Power Squadron and enjoyed boating for 25 years in Mystic.
Besides her husband, she is survived by her two children, Donald M. Swanson Jr., and his wife Sharon of North Easton, MA and Kristen Kenney and her husband William of Southington, three grandchildren, Erika Swanson of Providence, RI, Kevin Swanson of New York, NY, and Jane Kenney of Southington and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Barbara Hopkins and her brother Raymond Guinea. We would like to thank her caregivers at Brookdale Farmington, McLean Hospice and the Hospital at Hebrew Senior Care for their kind and compassionate care.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Jan. 28) from 2:00-4:00pm followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 4:00pm.

Griswold, Christine

Christine Griswold, 96, of Canton, widow of Ernest Griswold, passed away Friday, January 19th, 2018, in a very peaceful and graceful fashion. She spent 50 years of her life heavily involved in the Grange, rising to its highest levels. She adored singing in several choral groups, including the Mountain County Choristers from Winchester Grange No. 74. She was very involved with the development and history of the Burlington Senior Center and its many transitions throughout the decades. Along with the Canton Senior Citizens Center, she loved her Canton Community Baptist Church, its congregation and especially Pastor Amy. She will be truly missed by all who she touched. May she rest in peace.
Christine is survived by her stepdaughter, Brenda Bouchard; son, Joseph Breau and his wife Joyce; daughters, Betty Marsh, Jane Jones and her husband Fred; son, Mark Griswold and his wife Patti; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Griswold and her sisters, Cecilia “Tillie” LeClair, Louise Dingwell and Nora Raymond. She will be missed by her grandchildren: David Breau, Betsy Reeves, Jeffrey Breau, Cathy Breau, Linda Moody, Todd Bouchard, Gary Bouchard, Crystal Wishart, Amy Chase, Jimmy Kaczypenski, Sean Griswold, Michael, Andrew and Peter Fabrizio and Alicia Griswold. She also leaves behind many great-grandchildren, as well as several great-great-grandchildren, who fondly refer to her as “G.G.” She was predeceased by her sons, Ernie Griswold and G. Daniel Griswold, and her siblings, Shirley Carrera, John Raymond, Charlie Raymond and Arlene St. Hilaire.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, on Saturday (Jan. 27) from 2:00-5:00 pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 5:00 pm, followed by Funeral Services in Canton Community Baptist Church, 125 Dowd Ave., Canton at 5:30 pm.  The cemetery burial service will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Canton Community Baptist Church or to the Burlington Senior Citizens Center, 200 Spielman Highway, Burlington, CT 06013.


Milligan, Andrew “Drew” MacNeill

Andrew “Drew” MacNeill Milligan, 19, of Avon, died on Dec. 22, 2017. Drew was born on Aug. 7, 1998 in Hartford, the son of Mark and Annette (Raffino) Milligan of Avon. Drew is survived by his loving parents, Mark and Annette, his big brother, Calum, and his little sister, Molly. They adored and cherished Drew so very much. The void of Drew’s legendary hugs and humor are intensely missed by his family. Drew leaves behind his maternal grandparents, Fred and Janette Raffino of Windsor. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Andrew and Maryjane Milligan of West Hartford. He is survived by his step-grandmother Madeline Ann Milligan, also of West Hartford. They all adored Drew and showered him with affection, encouragement and support. Drew is also survived by 10 loving aunts, uncles and 20 cousins. Several other family friends grew very close to Drew and provided him with friendship and guidance.
Drew recently graduated from Avon High School in 2016, where he was a member of the crew rowing team with his brother, Calum. Drew was enrolled in classes towards a future career in law enforcement. Drew had entrepreneurial aspirations and established a home-based manufacturing business/hobby. The absence of the sight and sound of Drew meticulously honing his craftsmanship at his worktable is painfully deafening.
Drew also had a deep passion for music recording, cars and nature/animals. He successfully pursued with dedication and sweat his interest in bodybuilding and nutrition, achieving 1st place in his inaugural CT regional bodybuilding competition in 2016. Drew loved to explore the woods surrounding his Avon home and relished in the frequent wildlife sightings, including an often-returning bear who periodically visited Drew’s back patio. His favorite family exploration hikes were to Talcott Mountain, Simsbury, Ogunquit, ME, and to the snowy mountains of VT. Drew loved the cold weather and had the heart, spirit and adventure of a true mountain man. Drew was loved by all 2 and 4-legged creatures alike who were blessed to have experienced his kindness, especially his beloved pups, Bandit and Mojo.
Drew’s parents have established the Dear Drew Milligan Foundation in their son’s name. This Foundation will be a living legacy to raise funds towards scholarships and encouragement for aspiring music recording artists/students. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the Dear Drew Milligan Foundation. Thoughtful donations can be mailed to Dear Drew Milligan Foundation, c/o Mark Milligan, 20 Meadowbrook Lane, Avon, CT 06001. Drew’s family intends to hold an annual event to sustain this memorial initiative and provide ongoing support for Drew’s passionate causes.
Drew, your parents, siblings, family and friends miss you more than mere printed words could ever express. We promise to summon smiles, laughter and sweet memories of our all-to-brief precious 19 years with you. We will carry you in our hearts every day and always, XO.
A celebration of Drew’s life event will be held February 11th, 2018 with details to follow.

Corso, Ralph W.

Ralph W. Corso, 99, loving husband of Josephine (Leonardi) Corso for 75 years, passed away on Friday, January 19, at home surrounded by his loving family. Ralph and Josephine were married at Saint Finbar Church, in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 4, 1942.

Ralph graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, with a degree in electrical engineering. He designed electrical systems for World War II Navy warships. Ralph and Josephine came to Hartford, Connecticut, in 1949. Ralph worked for Grandahl Tool and Machine Company, in Hartford, for twenty years. In 1970, he joined New Britain Tool Company, and he and Josephine moved with the company to North Carolina in 1981, where he worked until 1997, when he moved to Farmington, Connecticut. Throughout his life, Ralph loved everything to do with technology.

Ralph was a devout catholic and was a member of St. Patrick Church in Farmington, and he was a community activist. He was a zoning board commissioner in West Hartford, a treasurer for the Tunxis Senior Association, in Farmington, where he delivered Meals on Wheels, and was the leader of the senior center bridge group.

Ralph leaves behind four children, Ralph Corso Jr., of Burlington, Valerie Hoye and her husband Richard, of New Britain, Kenneth Corso and his wife, Susan, of Kensington, Mark Corso, of Newington, and nine beloved grandchildren, Jacob Hoye, Benjamin Corso, Dominic Corso, Jade Hoye, Aaron Corso, Kevin Corso, Damon Corso, Janessa Corso and Larissa Corso and nine great grandchildren. Ralph also leaves behind his beloved niece, Carol Derry, of Providence, R.I., his beloved nephews, Raymond Fiechter of Long Island N.Y., and Gregory Fiechter, of Dumont, N.J., as well as his beloved grandniece, Marcellina Mele, of New Jersey, and the Vinci family from California.

We would like to thank our faithful friends, Gena and Bill Schuch, Nancy O’Jakian, Marie Maradie, who called daily, Moe Schwartzmann, Anne Fritze, GiGi Berg, Jenny Czyrko, Dr. Christina Czyrko and our dear neighbors, Joanne Stevens and Barbara Melesco.

The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (Jan. 24) at 9:30am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032 or to Services for the Elderly, 321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, CT 06085. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.,



Petersen, Edna Louise Rowe

Edna Louise Rowe Petersen, 87, of West Hartford, cherished wife of Robert E. Petersen for 45 years peacefully passed away surrounded by her devoted husband and family on January 12, 2018. Born in Simsbury, Connecticut on October 11, 1930, she graduated from Simsbury High School and was a secretary for many years before she found her niche as an office manager of a dental practice where she was fondly known as “Super” for over 20 years. Edna was also a founding member of Grace United Church in East Farmington and was a past president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the East Farms Volunteer Fire Department.
Besides her loving husband, Edna is survived by her children, Darryl Swain Haberern of Canton, Connecticut; Darcy Swain Mantel of Bow, New Hampshire; and Darren “Duke” Swain and his wife, Keiko, of Mableton, Georgia. Edna was affectionately known as “Mimi” and is also survived by her five grandchildren: Jamie K. Haberern, Cameron Mantel and his wife Gina, Gabrielle Mantel, Ryan Swain and Toni Swain. Edna was fortunate to meet her only great-grandson Nicholas at Christmastime before her passing.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Jan. 27) from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. followed by a brief service in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut, 200 Executive Boulevard, Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489 or to McLean Home, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070.

Moore-Brouker, Amelia C. “Millie”

Amelia C. “Millie” Moore-Brouker, 96, of Unionville, widow of Howard Moore and Richmond Brouker, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, January 8, 2018. Born January 14, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY, daughter of the late Clyde C. and Wilhelmina (Christman) Carruth, she resided in the Unionville area for many years. Prior to retiring, Amelia was associated with Aetna Insurance Company and was actively involved with the Tunxis Senior Center in Unionville.
She is survived by her two nieces, Barbara A. Klimek and her husband Greg of Bristol and Patricia E. Main and her husband Ken of Round Rock, TX, her grandnieces, Erica Klimek, Jenna Klimek and Melissa Main-Munoz and her great grandnephew, Lucas Main-Munoz.
Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday (Jan. 23) at 1:00pm in Greenwood Cemetery, Avon with Rev. Wendell Taylor officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tunxis Senior Center, 321 New Britain Ave., Unionville, CT 06085 or to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111.

Ottmann, Virginia “Jinny”

Virginia “Jinny” (Oehmsen) Ottmann, 91, of Avon died peacefully Friday, January 12th, 2018. Born in Port Chester, NY on August 8, 1926, daughter of Dr. Henry N. and Agnes (McCaffrey) Oehmsen, she resided in West Hartford most of her adult life before moving to Cocoa Beach, Florida after her retirement from the Hartford Public School system.
Jinny grew up in Mamaroneck, NY and graduated from F. E. Bellows High School. After graduating from Our Lady of Good Counsel College in White Plains, she worked for Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC where her love of fashion blossomed.
She married Richard Ottmann in 1948 and they moved to Connecticut shortly thereafter, where they raised their family. Jinny is survived by her three children: Kurt and his wife Christine of Salt Lake City, Utah, Gary and his partner Charles Williams of Plainfield, NJ and Heidi Larkin and husband Robert of Avon, three grandchildren, Jason, Erika and Erina and five great grandchildren, Jason Jr, Rylan, Kaelyn, Owenn and Griffin. Jinny also leaves her brother Stephen Q. Oehmsen and longtime partner Elaine DiPinto of Farmington. She was predeceased by her brother Richard V. Oehmsen in 2011.
She was an avid reader who delighted in making travel plans, adored the beach, enjoyed tag sales, and, whose home reflected her appreciation of interior design.
There are no calling hours. Please join the family for a prayer service and celebration of life on Saturday, January 20th at 9:30 AM at the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon, CT. A reception will follow in Fr. Bennett Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street. Hartford, CT 06105.

Bennett, Janice E.

Janice Evans Bennett, beloved by family and friends, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loving family on Monday Jan. 8, 2018 after a valiant and arduous 2 year battle with cancer. A resident of Canton for 30 yrs, she was born December 10, 1954 in Manchester CT.

Jan grew up in Farmington CT, where her immediate family has lived for 60 years, and graduated from Farmington High school in 1972. Jan earned her Associates degree in Liberal Arts from Tunxis Community College, conveniently located across the street from her home, in 1975. She attended Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) earning her Bachelors degree in Photography/business administration in 1977. During and after college Jan worked at the YMCA in Plainville CT and the YMCA Camp Woodstock where she was a cook, a skill she developed during work study at RIT. At Camp Woodstock she gave up the comforts of staff housing to live in a wigwam she constructed at the edge of a small clearing behind the camp cafeteria. In 1978, Jan established The Chair Clinic at the Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon CT with her father, Don Bennett Sr. There she spent hours in the dark room that she constructed to bring her photographs to life. She was a third-generation seat weaver learning the ancient craft from her father who learned it from her grandfather, Merton E. Bennett. Her time at The Chair Clinic was enriched by cherished friendships with fellow artists, customers and visitors. Jan shared her craft by teaching courses in seat weaving in adult education classes in Manchester, West Hartford and most recently at the Senior Center in Bristol for many years.

Jan attended First Church of Christ Congregational 1652 in Farmington with her family where she took part in activities such as the youth bell choir and became a member as a young person. For the past 15 years she attended and was active in the life of the Unitarian Society of Hartford leading the Wednesday night Meditation Group and co-founder of the NonViolent Communication practice group and co-teaching children’s Religious Education Classes.

Jan loved the outdoors walking daily in the woods with her beloved faithful sidekick Oliver. She often shared countless hours hiking in the woods of Connecticut with family or friends. She spent her summers with family in Chatham for over 30 years where she enjoyed boating, beachcombing and everything Cape Cod. She was often found studying cloud formations and loved photographing the beauty of nature. She collected an extraordinary number of interesting items in her travels through the woods, shore and life from feathers, drift wood, rocks, shells, to other unusual items and photos, photos, photos.

Jan loved her family and was always ready for the celebration of a birthday, anniversary or holiday where she would give her specially crafted photo birthday cards and orchestrate and officiate a family game. Jan also enjoyed sports and spent much time rooting for her Yankees, UCONN Women’s Basketball, New England Blizzard, Rock Cats teams and following and attending countless swim meets, youth football, basketball, soccer, softball, and baseball games for her nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and her grandnephew.

Deeply loved by her family, Jan leaves her sister Susan Bennett Aston, her husband William B. Aston Sr. of Farmington CT and their children; nephew William B. Aston Jr, his wife Elizabeth and their children Chase and Sadie of Burlington CT; niece Kerri Aston Hyland, her husband Denis and their children Samantha and Avery of Avon CT; niece Melissa Aston Scott, her husband Michael and their children Brooke, Hailey and Cooper of Plantsville CT. She also leaves her brother Donald T. Bennett Jr., his wife Lucille of Loxahatchee FL and his children; nephew Guy M. Bennett of Daytona FL and his children Craig, Melanie Villenue, her husband Scott and Amanda; niece Lynn T. Schwedes of Port Orange, FL and her children Brandon, Angela Skipper and Eric White; nephew Thomas L. Bennett, his wife Robin of Fort Lauderdale, FL and his children James, Melissa, and Carley; nephew Donald R. Bennett of Pompano Beach FL and his son Derek; nephew Robert W. Rogers, his wife Leslie of Winston-Salem NC and his children Sarah Barker, her husband Brian, Robert Rogers II and John Rogers. Also niece Sandra L. Bennett , her partner Mel Bickham of San Diego CA; niece Sharon B. Bloom of Jensen Beach FL and her children Colette Fish, her husband Andy Nagy, Matthew Fish, his wife Starr; niece Sheila T. Bennett of Stuart FL.

Also Marcia’s sister Connie Buch and her daughter Amy Sach, her husband David, niece Abby Woodhouse and nephew Ben Woodhouse.

She also leaves numerous great grand nieces and nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her life partner Marcia Buch; her parents Donald T. Bennett Sr. and Dorothy Ferguson Bennett; and her brother Robert W. Bennett Sr., and his children Robin, and Robert Jr. and Marcia’s sister Lori B. Woodhouse.

The family wishes to express their sincere thank you to Jan’s entire expert and caring medical team at the UCONN Health Carol and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center in Farmington CT.

Calling hours will be Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 from 6-8pm at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville CT. A Celebration of Life in Jan’s honor will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Unitarian Society of Hartford 50 Bloomfield Ave Hartford CT. All are welcome to a reception following the service there. Burial will be held at later date in Riverside Cemetery Farmington CT. Donations may be made to the Leiomyosarcoma Direct Research Foundation, your local Humane Society or the National Parks Conservation Association. To send online condolences to the family, please visit

Esthus, Shirley Jarvie

Shirley Jarvie Esthus passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the age of 91. She was born in Pittsfield, MA to George and Anna Jarvie. She graduated from Pittsfield High School, where she made several life-long friends and attended LaSalle College. She was a cheerful people person. She enjoyed socializing and her friends were her dearest treasures.
Shirley enjoyed sports, and was an excellent swimmer and skier. At Bousquet Ski Area in the Berkshires, she rescued a fallen skier, who became the love of her life. In 1948, she married Donald M. Esthus and they shared their lives together in Cleveland and Toledo, OH; Syracuse, NY; and West Hartford and Farmington, CT.
Her youth involvement with The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls shaped her life towards the service of others and philanthropic activities. Shirley was a dedicated member and leader of several PEO Sisterhood chapters. She formed a new chapter in West Hartford and served as president. Her sons were in the Boy Scouts and her daughter was in the Girl Scouts, where she assumed leadership roles. She endured the rigors of camping and led the troops on trips to Cape Cod and Washington, DC. She was a member of the League of Women Voters and led tours at the State Capitol of Connecticut.
As a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, she was a Deacon and an Elder. Her other activities included Christian Care and Nurture Committee, Stephen Ministry and organizing church dinner groups.
She was a Real Estate agent for 30 years with several real estate companies in Greater Hartford and Farmington Valley.
While she was active outside the home, her priority was her family. She was an excellent homemaker, loving wife and mother.
She is survived by her sons, Gregory W. Esthus and his wife Margie of Simsbury, Bradley G. Esthus and his wife Jacqueline of Attleboro, MA, her daughter, Beverly Esthus Allard and her husband Carl of The Village of Loch Lloyd, MO, eight grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Donald M. Esthus, son, David A. Esthus and his wife Nancy, her brother, Alexander Jarvie and his wife Ruth-Marie, and her cousin Jean O. Jarvie.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 21 at 1:00 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford with Rev. Julie Emery officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of her son David to Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut, 200 Day Hill Road, Suite 250, Windsor, CT 06095.

Tierney, William Joseph

William Joseph Tierney, of Farmington, husband of Geraldine K. Tierney, died quietly on Saturday, December 30th, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital. Born at home April 29, 1925 in Pawtucket, RI, the first son of Patrick James and Margaret Mary (Mulligan) Tierney, with red hair to match his namesake grandfather. William was educated at St. Joseph’s Parochial School and East High School; he graduated in 1943 just in time to serve in the Navy during WWII, ultimately as Yeoman Second Class. Discharged in California, he hitch-hiked home by virtue of many interesting rides. Having spent all his service time in the San Francisco area after training in Newport, he moved there after college. At the suggestion of a Travelers employee, he was hired by The Travelers and came to Connecticut in 1956. In May 1960, he and Gerry were married and he purchased their Farmington home. William and Gerry traveled to many places, he took too many pictures and read many books. He was a proud Rhode Islander and was proud of his Irish heritage.
Besides his wife, William is survived by many nieces, nephews, grand and great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Elizabeth Carpenter and Helen Golden, his brother, James Tierney and his niece, Pamela.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated and burial was held privately at the convenience of the family.