Archive for March 2018

Hoyt, Charlotte Elizabeth

Charlotte Elizabeth Smith Hoyt, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018. She was born October 5, 1932 in Lancaster, NH to Clesen and Winifred Smith and was the eldest of 6 children.
She met the love of her life Skip when she was 18 and together they spent many wonderful years, until his passing in 1996. She is survived by their three children Christopher Hoyt of Granby, Ellyn Hoyt of Darlington, South Carolina and Cynthia (Bo) Lapierre of Burlington. She also leaves her Grandchildren Alissa, Chelsea, Lindsay, John, Carrie Lee & Marcelle all of whom she absolutely adored. Through them she became a Great Grammy to Jake, Emma, Liam, Chase & Ellie.
In the 1980’s her and Skip owned The Black Olive Restaurant in Farmington, they made lifelong friends, some of who became a part of their loving family. When she lost the only man she ever loved she moved to Burlington to be with her daughter Bo & husband Steven. There she continued to run the show – as usual. If anyone needed an answer they could always ask Charlotte because she knew everything. She was demanding and she was strident, brutally honest and stubborn-and always right. She had her few favorite words and used them often – there was no filter with Charlotte. We will remember her this way. We will think of her every time we make Meatloaf, as hers was the best. We know this because she told us so. She belonged to the Pegasus Crib Club and played right through the last tournament in 2017.
She passed away at Amberwoods of Farmington. During her short stay there she made friends who laughed at her and with her. We wish to thank them for their compassion during her time there. Also, thank you Johnie & Casandra from Masonicare for your guidance.
Goodbye for now Gramma Yucky, Scarlett, Shirley, Chuck, Mrs. Negative. Thank You for the memories. We will hold them close to us.
“We love you like XO”
Graveside funeral services will be held Wednesday (Apr. 4) at 12:00pm in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington.

Viering, Regina Marie “Gina”

Regina Marie “Gina” Viering (Blaise) of Oxford, CT passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness in Derby, CT on March 28th, 2018. Born at Middlesex Memorial Hospital in Middletown, CT on Feb. 17th, 1958, Gina attended Middletown High School and went on to enjoy a long career as a phlebotomist at both Middlesex Memorial Hospital and for Quest Diagnostics.
A beloved wife and mother, Gina was adored by her family and friends for her spirited nature and caring soul. Always the first to give of herself, her warm heart and easy smile blessed all those who were fortunate to have her in their lives. Gina always loved the simpler things. She was an avid crafter of knick-knacks and found peace in the quiet outdoors. She relished her time at the Viering family cottage on West Hill Pond in Barkhamstead, CT. Gina was also the proud owner of two Golden Retrievers, Abby and Bella, and enjoyed taking part in activities and events with local retriever clubs.
Gina is survived by her husband V. Scott Viering, her son Gerald Blaise (and daughter-in-law Jennifer) and their three children, Darien, Logan and Jackson, her parents Thomas and Muriel (Hutchins) Cote, her sister Beverly Marston, three nieces, one nephew, and countless loving in-laws.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday, April 6th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. A Memorial Service will be held in the funeral home on Saturday April 7th at 9:00 AM. Burial with family will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name may be made to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF),

Peltier, Nancy (Reynolds)

On March 28, Nancy (Reynolds) Peltier, 87, of Avon, passed away after a brief illness. She was born in Unionville on October 29, 1930, and lived there until moving to Avon in 2005. She was a daughter of Margaret T., and Clayton E. Reynolds. Nancy was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Donald, her sister Janet Card, her brother Robert Reynolds, a son-in-law, William, and a cherished niece, Polly O’Connell.
Nancy is survived by her four children, Denise Pilewski (late William) of Bristol, Donald Jr. of Unionville, Timothy of Palm Bay, Florida, and Margaret (Merrill) Carpenter of Avon with whom she made her home.
She was also a beloved grandmother to Andrew (Ausra) Dutil (U.S. Army Capt., ret) of West Palm Beach, FL, Alicia Dutil of Bristol, Betsy (Enrique) Santos of Springfield, MA, Thomas Carpenter of Avon and two great-grandchildren, Cameron Dutil of Bristol, and Bentley Santos of Springfield.
After graduating from Farmington High School, Nancy worked at the family business, Reynolds Luncheonette, for many years. In 1973, she realized a lifelong dream of becoming a nurse and enjoyed a twenty year career.
Nancy loved spending summers at the family cottage on Grove Beach Point in Westbrook. In later years, she and Don traveled extensively, visiting over fifteen countries and forty states.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday (Apr. 7) at 10:30am in the First Church of Christ Congregational, 61 Main St., Unionville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Soucier, Carl D.

Carl D. Soucier, 50, passed away on Monday, March 19th, 2018. He approached his battle with brain cancer with courage, dignity and his faith. He was born in Hartford on February 24th, 1968 to his parents Jack Soucier Sr., and Carolyn (Boock) Soucier. His mother recently passed away in November 2017.
He leaves behind his father, Jack Soucier Sr., of South Carolina, a daughter and son which he held in his heart with a love that only a father could hold. He also leaves his three brothers, Jack Soucier Jr., Robert Soucier and William Soucier all of Newington, his two aunts, Eileen Stager and Doris Boock and his uncle, Thomas Boock.
We would like to acknowledge the staff at Hartford Hospital’s Conklin Building for their innate ability of caring and compassion for their patients and family which made his journey easier. Thank you from the bottom of all our hearts.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (Mar. 27) from 6:00-7:30pm followed by a Prayer Service in the Funeral Home at 7:30pm. In lieu of flowers or donations, consider opening your hearts to your fellow man and show empathy and true compassion.

Feehan, Rosamond Fay

Rosamond Fay Feehan, 90, of Farmington passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at her home. She was born in Easthampton, MA on February 25, 1928, daughter of the late Marie Johnson and Teofil Popielarczk. Rosamond graduated with a B.S. from New Britain State Teacher’s College and received her M.S. from the University of Hartford. She spent forty wonderful years as an elementary school teacher in West Hartford and was greatly loved by her students.
Rose enjoyed reading, singing, gardening, and traveling extensively with her husband Big Jim, family and friends.
Besides her loving husband, James F. Feehan, Rose is survived by her children, Elizabeth Sheline, Deborah Kess, James Feehan, Rosemary Feehan-Huff and Kevin Feehan, her grandchildren Christa, Pamela, Casey, Sarah, Elizabeth and Michael, many great-grandchildren including most recently Luna Mae and Stella Jane.
Rose was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, respected teacher and colleague, and a caring friend. She will be greatly missed and leaves a lasting impression on all of those who were fortunate to know her. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Hartford Healthcare At Home Nursing Team.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Mar. 31) from 12:30 –2:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492 or to the American Diabetes Association, 2080 Silas Deane Highway, 2nd Floor, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Cote, Norman D.

Norman D. Cote, (67), of Farmington passed away peacefully in the arms of his wife and daughters on Sunday, March 18, 2018. Norman was born in Hartford to Mona A. (Soucy) and Donald J. Cote. He attended Saint Joseph’s Cathedral, Northwest Catholic High School, Northwestern Community College, and Central CT State College, graduating in 1974 with degrees in History and English. Norm found a job at Hartford Hospital, working as a male aide, utilization reviewer, and EEG technician. He then dedicated thirty years to the Institute of Living as a senior psychiatric technician until his retirement in 2013. Norman found joy in getting to know the clients on and individual level and engaging patients in poetry and spirituality groups. Norm’s biggest pride and joy was his family. He is predeceased by his parents and is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Denise (Ouellette) Cote of Farmington, daughters Claire of Unionville, Adrienne & fiance Mike Parker of Colchester, and sisters and brothers-in-laws Colleen & Peter Kornichuk, Rena & Michael Natale, Donna Cote, Brenda Webster, Lynda & David Telman, and many nieces and nephews who he loved very much. Norm treasured his long-lasting friendships from his youth and early days at the hospital. He will forever be remembered for his game-filled parties, appreciation of art and the written word, and for being that friend who was there through all the seasons. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Mar 29) from 4-8PM. Memorial donations may be sent to the CT Humane Society 701 Russell Rd. Newington, CT 06111 or at

Alfonso, Cecilia

Cecilia Alfonso, 71, of Middletown, beloved wife of Ignacio Alfonso, passed away Tuesday, March 20th, 2018. Born November 22nd, 1946 in Ciego de Avila, Cuba, she was the daughter of the late Orlando E. and Maria J. (Perez) Aguero. After 25 years at Aetna Life Insurance Company, Cecilia retired in 2005 as a Pension Consultant.
Besides her husband, she is survived by her three sons, Jorge I. Alfonso and his wife Michelle of Middletown, Alejandro A. Alfonso and his wife Amanda of West Hartford and Andres O. Alfonso and his wife Elita of East Hartford, her brother, Pedro O. Aguero of Burlington and six grandchildren, Olivia, Raphael, Lilliana, Mariana, Rowan and Oscar. She was predeceased by two brothers, Juan and Rafael Aguero.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Friday (Mar. 23) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Mar. 24) at 10:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford at 11:00am. Burial will be in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.

Lord, Sr., Edward G.

Edward G. Lord, Sr., of Farmington, husband of Blanche (Feldstein) Lord, passed away on Friday, March 16, 2018 at his home. Born in Winsted on February 20, 1928, Ed attended The Gilbert School until he enrolled in the Merchant Marines on June 10, 1944 at the age of 16. He served as a gunner in both the Atlantic and Pacific; was sunk twice. He was drafted into the Army for 18 months from April 25, 1946 until October, 25, 1947, again serving in the Pacific. Ed returned to Winsted to marry Vera Schoonmaker, also of Winsted. They had one son, Edward G. Lord, III, born on January 11, 1949. Ed worked many years for Hamilton Standard in Windsor Locks and the Town of Simsbury. He loved fishing in Sandy Brook in Colebrook and driving any type of new car. He was an avid runner competing in the Boston Marathon several times with a best time of 3:02 in 1971. Besides his wife, Ed is survived by his son, Edward G. Lord, III, 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his 1st wife, Vera. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

DeMaio, Theresa M.

Theresa M. “Terry” (Notarfrancesco) DeMaio, 98, of Old Saybrook passed away peacefully on Monday, March 12th at Cherrybrook Health Center in Canton.
She was born in Hartford on May 6th, 1919, daughter of the late Antonio and Mariana Notarfrancesco. Terry graduated from St. Joseph Parochial and Hartford High. She worked for several years at Royal Typewriter before staying home to raise her son and care for her parents. Terry later moved to Old Saybrook in 1985 and was member of St. Johns Parish.
Terry enjoyed reading, gardening, making her famous lasagna, and drinking wine, the latter of which she often credited as the secret to her sustained youth. “A shot a day keeps the doctor away.” She loved to entertain, host family, friends, and neighbors, and to marathon home cooked meals. No one left her house without a full belly and a warm heart.
Theresa is survived by her son, Anthony and his wife Claire of Farmington, a grandson Michael and his fiancé, Magdalena Wilczynzka, of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, a granddaughter Amanda and her husband Corey Harper of Boston, MA and great grandchildren Emilia and Dylan Harper. She also leaves nephew Leonard Riccio of East Hartford, nephew-in-law Louis Hudon of Clinton, and Claire’s mom Juliette Foley of Unionville.
Besides her parents she was predeceased by her loving husband, Emilio, sister, Camilla and brother-in-law Dominic Riccio, as well as several dear friends and family.
Though tiny in stature, Terry was the life of the party with an immeasurable presence. She will be greatly missed and leaves a lasting impression on all of those who were lucky enough to know her, especially those of us that were honored to call her our own. As the matriarch of the DeMaio family, it is the end of an era. We would like send a special thank you to the staff at Cherrybrook Health Center for their loving care of Terry.
A small gathering with a Prayer Service will be held Monday (Mar. 19) at 10:30am in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville followed by burial in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. A celebration of Terry’s life will take place at a date and time to be announced.

Mulpeter, Jean (Broderick)

Jean (Broderick) Mulpeter, 85, of Simsbury, CT and formerly of Hyde Park, NY, passed away Wednesday, March 14, at McLean Health Center in Simsbury.
She was predeceased by her husband of nearly 40 years, Norman Mulpeter. Jean was born in Bristol, CT to Thomas and Mary (Halloran) Broderick. She is survived by her brother Donald Broderick, sister Eleanor Connolly and sister-in-law Bernice Finn. She was predeceased by her brother Raymond Broderick.
She is survived by her four children (and their families), Michael (and Ginny) Mulpeter, of Unionville, CT, Mark (and Bridgit) Mulpeter and Matthew (and Belinda) Mulpeter, both of Red Hook, NY, and Nancy (and Jim) O’Connell, of Wellfleet, MA. She was enormously proud of her eight grandchildren, Kathleen, Kaleigh, Timothy, Patrick, Kristine, Chloe, James, and Claire. She recognized the unique gifts of each of her grandchildren.
She received a Bachelor of Science in Child Study from Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, CT and taught briefly in Bristol. She and Norman met in Bristol and, after marrying, settled in Hyde Park, NY where she raised her four children and made lasting friendships. After her children were grown, she resumed teaching elementary school in Hyde Park. Jean fostered a love of learning in her students through her compassion, dedication, and gentle patience.
In the 1960s, Jean and Norman bought a cottage in North Eastham, MA where they spent many happy summers together with Jean’s sister Elly and her family and, eventually, her children’s families. They were gracious hosts who took great pleasure in sharing their beloved Cape Cod with family and friends. They could often be found taking guests fishing on Cape Cod Bay or digging quahogs for Jean’s famous baked stuffed clams. They passed on their love of the Outer Cape to their children, grandchildren and countless friends.
Whether in Bristol, Hyde Park, North Eastham or at McLean, Jean was a devoted friend who treasured her many lifelong friendships. She never forgot a birthday and was famous for her thoughtful cards and beautiful penmanship.
During her retirement, she enjoyed attending lectures and walks at the FDR Home and Vanderbilt Estate, volunteering with the Hyde Park Historical Society and traveling with friends. She was an avid reader and maintained an impressive daily commitment to the Poughkeepsie Journal crossword puzzle.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Route 4, Unionville, CT on Sunday, March 18 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in Unionville at 10:00 am on Monday, March 19. Jean will be buried beside Norman at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Bristol.
During the past three years, Jean was cared for by the remarkable staff of McLean Health Center. The family is extremely grateful for the love and support she received at McLean and especially to the very caring staff of the Abernathy Unit and the Hospice Team.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to McLean Health Center either online at (select “Support”) or by mail to McLean Health Center, Attn: Development, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070.

Backes, Gladys

Gladys Backes, 93, widow of Joseph Backes, her loving husband of over 70 years, died peacefully at St. Francis Hospital on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Born September 3, 1924 in Burlington, she was the daughter of the late William Scheidel and Mary Feyk Scheidel. She lived in Burlington most of her life, until moving to Canton a year ago. She enjoyed the back deck in the summer and the front porch to keep her “eye” on things. She was an avid Red Sox and UConn fan. Monday mornings for years you would find her at St. Stanislaus Church where she would help count the offerings from the weekend. Bingo, knitting, Burlington Seniors were where she enjoyed spending time, but mostly her weekly hair appointments with Maryann and catching up on the “gossip”. She was a long time communicant of St. Stans and the Golden Agers as well. As of late, her new fun was going to Foxwoods on Saturday afternoons with Marty & Kathy. She also enjoyed talking to Kelley about her day with the boys that she nanny’s for and hearing about Jen’s day with her customers and new styles. Gladys leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt., 4, Unionville on Friday (Mar. 16) from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Mar. 17) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in Our Lady of Mercy Church, 94 Broad St., Plainville at 10:00am. Burial will follow in the family plot at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps, PO Box 1285, Burlington, CT 06013.

Grigerik, Thomas “Tommy”

Thomas “Tommy” Grigerik, 63, of Avon, passed away in his sleep on Wednesday March 7th. Tommy was born January 31, 1955 in Hartford. Tommy was predeceased by his parents Joseph J. Grigerik and Gladys (Benoit) Grigerik of Avon. He was a 1973 graduate of Avon High School where he excelled in baseball and basketball. He worked 28 dedicated years for the United Parcel Service. Tommy was most proud of being a dedicated father to his two boys. Tommy’s joys were playing, coaching and watching sports, discussing current events with friends and family, gardening and being a loving and dedicated pet owner to his beautiful German Shepard, Halie.

Tommy is survived by his two sons Thomas “TJ” Grigerik of Avon and Joshua Grigerik of Granby, granddaughter Summer Grigerik, siblings Robyn, Joseph, Judy and Janet, his longtime partner Pati McCormick, brother-in-law Geoff, niece Kaylee and nephew Johnny.

Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Matava, John Patrick “Jack”

John Patrick “Jack” Matava, 66, passed away on March 6, 2018. He was a life-long resident of Farmington, CT and also enjoyed spending time at his vacation home in Daytona Beach, FL. Jack was the proud owner of Edward Motor Service, Inc., which is celebrating its 70th year of continuous operation. He was a fixture within the greater Unionville/Farmington community, serving many years on the Town Plan and Zoning Commission. He was a graduate of Farmington High School, like his wife and children.
A passionate racing enthusiast, Jack regularly attended many NASCAR events including the greatest spectacle in sports: the Daytona 500. He was an avid pilot, Harley-Davidson owner, and loved watching the New England Patriots and Chicago Blackhawks.
Jack is survived by Debbie, his loving wife of nearly 44 years; his daughter Jacquelyn and son-in-law, Brett Richardson, who live in San Antonio, TX; his son Patrick and fiancée Amanda Bollacker, who live in Farmington; his favorite dog, Bella; and numerous friends and colleagues. He is preceded in death by his father Robert J. Matava and mother Elizabeth Deegan Matava.
There will be no calling hours. A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Unionville, CT, on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers the family strongly suggests a donation be made in Jack’s name to a charity of your choice.

Lubin, Steven K.

Steven K. Lubin died March 1, 2018 at his home in West Hartford. He is survived by his spouse, Michael C. Cunningham, his sister Naomi L. Alpert her husband Stewart Alpert of Hartford, his brother Jonathan E. Lubin and his wife Elizabeth P. Lubin of Sarasota, FL, his two nieces, Dori L Gatter and her husband Jeff Chervenack of Bloomfield and Robin L. Gatter of West Palm Beach, FL. Other survivors include his cousin Neale Belgrade and her husband James Whitney of Waterford and his beloved cat Jacob. The family would like to extend a grateful thank you to Second Chance Home Care of East Hartford for their care, compassion and companionship, to Masonicare Hospice for their invaluable help, care and compassion during Mr. Lubin’s last days. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Reed, Karina Alia

On Sunday, March 4, 2018, our beloved daughter Karina Alia Reed transitioned from this world. Karina was born on June 30, 1985 in Vernon. She is a graduate of The American School for the Deaf where she was a good student and gifted athlete. She was also a member of The Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford.
She is survived by her parents; James Ransom Reed, Jr. of Plainville and Karin Ann (Stendts) Reed of Hartford. She leaves behind three children: Cole Farnham (9 years old), Blake Canulla (6 years old) and Ariel Reed (1 year old). She is also survived by her step-mother, Lynda Jean (Prigodich) Reed. Her siblings are: Juanita Chenise Reed of Charlotte, North Carolina, James Ransom Reed, III and his wife Lily of New York City, Dartanion Anwar Reed and his wife Keiko Reed of Bloomfield, Felicia Anna Reed of Austin, Texas and Quintin Alexander Reed of New York. Other relatives include: Jackie Stendts, grandmother, of Buffalo, NY, Mark Stendts (uncle) and his wife Denise of Virginia, Brian Stendts (uncle) of Batavia, New York, Barbara Day Fuller (aunt) of Baltimore, Maryland, Izena Reed (aunt) of Baltimore, Maryland, Caroline Reed (aunt) of Baltimore, Maryland, Marion Reed (uncle) and his wife Brenda of Rantoul, Illinois, Elaine Reed (aunt) of Maryland, Anthony Ruffin (uncle) of Texas, and Sabrina Johnson (aunt) and her husband Roderick of Washington, D.C. She also leaves a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. Her step-brother and sister, Alicia Prigodich and Kenneth Prigodich also mourn her loss. She was also blessed to have countless friends and acquaintances whose lives she enriched.
Friends may call at The Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., Hartford on Monday (Mar. 12) from 10:00-11:45am followed by Funeral Services in the Church at 12:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.