Archive for April 2018

Chagnon, Ross

Ross Chagnon, 28, passed away unexpectedly on April 20,2018 while travelling abroad. He was born in 1989 in Hartford, CT and moved to Concord, MA in 1992 and returned to Farmington, CT, in 1998. Ross became an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor of the Order of the Arrow. He started the Sea Scout Ship 3 in Farmington. He became an EMT at the beginning of his junior year in high school. He graduated from Farmington High School in 2007 and Marist College in 2011 where he played rugby. Ross was an avid swimmer and won several swim meets. He became a Paramedic as a member of the first graduating class of the New Britain EMS Academy. He was going to start medical school in May 2018. Ross loved to travel and visited 168 countries, including North Korea with his mother. He visited Cuba with his parents before they opened their borders for tourists.
Ross was the beloved son of Margaret and Dr. Raymond Chagnon. He is survived by his uncle, Dr. James Gagne and his aunts: Marybeth Gagne, Denise Chagnon and Lucille Rodrigues; his cousins: Patrick Gagne, Larissa Morrell and Darrel Perkins; and grandmother Estelle Chagnon. He was predeceased by his cousin Elise Gagne. and grandparents: Rene Chagnon, Louis V. Gagne and Sophie S. Gagne. Ross also leaves behind many good friends.
Ross was very charismatic and adventurous. He loved interacting with people and learning about their cultures. He was a beautiful soul.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, on Tuesday May 1st from 4:00-7:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be Wednesday May 2nd 10:00 am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington CT. followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Ross Chagnon in lieu of flowers to Saint Francis Foundation, 95 Woodland Street, 2nd floor, Hartford, CT 06105

McGinnis, Kenneth S.

Kenneth S. McGinnis, 43, a son, a brother, a husband, a dad, an uncle, a friend, and an addict. Kenny lost his battle with addiction April 24, 2018. Heroin robbed him, and all of us of his infectious smile, his laugh, the intensity he expressed in every word he spoke, and the extraordinary effort he put into every endeavor in life. His intelligence, humor, athleticism, strength, and ability to build and fix anything is how we will remember him. The sparkle in his eyes when he looked at his kids, nieces, and nephews, the unbreakable bond he had with his wife are a testament to how deeply his emotions ran within him. His persona was larger than life. The effort he put forth in every task at hand was palpable. A young man who epitomized strength could not slay this dragon. Your pain has ceased, your hands untied, fly free now.
Ken leaves behind his loving wife Mary Ellen McGinnis, and their two children Tommy and MJ, beloved mother Barbara McGinnis, brother Kevin, and wife Diana McGinnis and their two children, Jamison and Alana, sister Kelly, and husband Duff O’ Melia and their seven children, Maddie, Gavin, Keagan, Luke, Gabby, Makinley and Logan, his sister Kathryn, husband Brian Healy, and their son Brendan, his in-laws, Mary Jane, Wally, Peggy, Walter Jr., his cousins Beth, Nancy, Amy, and Eric, aunt Betty Popko, aunt Marge, and uncle Gary Johnson, and many special friends, especially Hugh and John Kerrigan who he considered his brothers. Hugh, you never gave up hope and continued to support and offer opportunities to Kenny until the day he lost his battle. He was predeceased by his dear father, Robert G. McGinnis.
Friends may call at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main St., Unionville on Saturday (Apr. 28) from 9:00-10:30am. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers please reach out to someone who is struggling with addiction, let them know they are loved, that there is hope, and recovery is possible.

Walsh, Edward Francis

Edward Francis Walsh, 50, passed away suddenly in Unionville on Friday, April 20, 2018. He was born at Hartford Hospital, the son of the late Thomas F. Walsh and Lorraine M. (Riberdy) Walsh of Florida and her dear friend David N. Scott. He is survived by his brother Kevin P. Walsh and his sister Denise M. (Walsh) Plourde and was the brother-in-law to Laura J. (Schur) Walsh, and uncle to Kai D. Walsh, Georgia M. Walsh, Isaiah M. Plourde and grandson to Ethel (Nan) M. Fratus.
Edward loved to travel and lived coast to coast. A native to Unionville, he graduated from Farmington High School, Class of 1987. He was lead quarterback for four years straight and held a javelin record at the school for years. He then moved to Huntington Beach, CA; Englewood, FL; and Wells, ME. His occupations included Sous Chef/Restaurants, Masonry, and Carpentry. He was an automobile enthusiast. He was a kind soul and loved his family dearly.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday April 27, 2018 from 6 pm-8 pm. A Prayer Service will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home on Saturday April 28, 2018 at 2 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation, 282 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106.

Musumeci, Joseph

Joseph Musumeci, affectionately known to his many friends as “Moose,” 65, of Kenyon Street, Hartford, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, April 21, 2018. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 27 years, Lisa Anderson Musumeci. Born in Sicily on December 26, 1952 to Felix and Josephine Musumeci, his family emigrated to Hartford, where he grew up and lived his entire life. He is survived by his beloved children, Michael Musumeci of Washington, D.C. and Nina Musumeci of Hartford. He also leaves his sister-in-law, Shirley Musumeci, his nephew and niece, Vincenzo and Eva Musumeci and a grandniece, Alexandra, all of Glastonbury, and numerous other loving relatives. He was predeceased by his brother, Rosario Musumeci. Joe attended Noah Webster School and Northwest Catholic High, where he was a proud Chieftain and wore #10 on his varsity baseball team jersey, a number that always found a place on his license plate. Joe also played twilight league baseball and was invited to a spring tryout by the Pittsburgh Pirates. After graduation, Joe began working in construction and eventually became employed at Imagineers in Hartford, where he headed the construction division and met Lisa. In the mid-nineties, Joe became a Deputy Sheriff, and later, a State Marshal, capably serving legal papers for lawyers and litigants. Active in local politics, Joe served on the Hartford Democratic Town Committee from 1977 to 1982 and continued to remain an active supporter and respected advisor for many local and state politicians. There was no better advocate than Joe for living in the city he loved. One could always count on Joe and Lisa being involved in charitable and volunteer activities, including hosting an annual teacher appreciation dinner for Noah Webster School and a party that collected donations for needy families at Christmas. For years, Joe served as the commissioner of the Rago-Coco Little League in Hartford’s West End. Joe also played the drums for a local garage band of would-be rockers, Duke and the Esoterics, which for the past 30 years, has performed at many fundraisers. He also coached a basketball team of friends who traveled to Europe and raised money for charity. Encouraged by Lisa, Joe learned to love sailing on their boat, Gabriella, which they docked in Noank, expanding their vast and eclectic network of friends. Joe became such a sailor, he eventually proudly served as Hartford’s harbormaster. Joe also was a seasonal resident of Vero Beach, Florida, where he served on his condominium’s board of directors and loved spending time just sitting by the ocean. He was a consummate host and a bit of a gourmet. Fortunate friends recall memorable Thanksgiving dinners in his welcoming West End home. Almost everyone Joe ever knew quickly grew to appreciate his friendship, loyalty and effervescent personality. Moose could talk to anyone, from governors to gas station attendants, and make any person he met feel that he or she mattered. He rarely declined an opportunity to be sociable, and always lit up the room when he arrived. Everyone wanted to be with Joe to enjoy his self-deprecating sense of humor and the affection he radiated. Many friends’ children grew up considering Joe an uncle. All of us whose hearts he touched know Hartford will not be the same without Joe. A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, April 26, at 1:00PM in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106. Burial will be private and there will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Work Vessels for Vets, Inc., P.O. Box 215, West Mystic, CT 06388 or Riverfront Recapture, 50 Columbus Boulevard, Floor 1, Hartford, CT 06106.

Gabree, Tracey (Le)

Tracey Le Gabree, 52, of Farmington, beloved wife of Daniel E. Gabree, passed away Thursday, April 19th, 2018. Born September 25th, 1965 in Saigon, Vietnam, she was the daughter of Huong “Linda” Lam of Southington and the late Le Huu Le. Tracey was a Programmer Analyst at Travelers Insurance Co.

Tracey was an active member of the First Congregational Church in Southington where she coordinated nursery care for small children and infants, as well as helping with hospitality at services. She was active in her children’s schools and was President of Mothers of Multiples in Bristol for several years. She also worked in the library at Southington High School and was an IT consultant in southern CT. She loved animals, especially Gilligan, our Soft-Coated Wheaton Terrier. Tracey’s heart was large enough for everyone she met and her warm and beautiful smile made everyone feel welcome.

Besides her husband and mother, Tracey is survived by her twin children, Samantha and Kevin Gabree of Farmington, her step-children, Scott Gabree, his wife Michele and their son Henry of Melrose, MA, and Lauren Gabree of Valley Village, CA, her sister, Dung Le and her children Rebecca and Christina Nguyen and her brother Tam Le, his wife Robin and their son Richmond.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday (Apr. 26) at 7:00pm in the First Congregational Church of Southington, 37 Main St., Southington. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Southington Nursery Program (https://www.fccsouthington.org/ ) or the National Stroke Association (http://www.stroke.org/ways-give/donate ).

Ashe, Wallace “Skip”

Wallace “Skip” Ashe, of Ledyard, passed away December 11th, 2017 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London. Skip is missed by his wife Ann Marie, his daughter Phaedra Morneault and friend Roger Theriault, son Robert Ashe, granddaughters Myranda and Azleigh, his sisters Judith DeVincke and Sharon Ashe, his niece Dorothy, nephew Chaz as well as his extended family and friends. Funeral services were held December 14th, 2017. Burial will be for family only.

Peckham, Barbara Jean

Barbara Jean (Grace) Peckham, 88, of Farmington, beloved widow of Charles Clark Peckham, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, April 9, 2018. Born in Bristol, August 13, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Henry J. and Della H. (Rodgers) Grace. Barbara had a passion for flowers since a tender age and a natural knack for cooking, baking and sewing. She worked alongside her husband, as the company bookkeeper, at Charles Peckham Construction for many years, but became a beloved lunch lady at West District School for a period of years. She is survived by her son, Bruce C. Peckham and his wife, Lori, of Central New Jersey; her daughter, Beverly J. Peckham of Northern Alabama; her son, Brian L. Peckham of Farmington; six grandchildren: Cody, Carly, Robin, Kyle, Gary, and Peter; a great-granddaughter Brooklyn. She had no siblings.
Graveside funeral services will be held Saturday (Apr. 28) at 10:00am in Fairview Cemetery, 200 Whitman Ave., West Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Farmington Valley VNA, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury, CT 06070.

Patterson, James Laren “Jim”

James (Jim) Laren Patterson, the husband of Sharon L. Ashe of Marlborough, Connecticut, passed away on April 2, 2018 following a long illness. He was born December 18th, 1943 to his parents Myrtle Nell Matthews Patterson and James Harris Paterson, both deceased. After graduating from the University of Houston, Jim certified as a CPA and worked for both Deliotte and Valero Oil. He then founded Patterson and Associates, an environmental and financial consulting firm, working with the EPA, numerous oil companies and US Customs. After William (BillyBob) Newman, a good friend and business associate joined the company, the name was changed to Patterson, Newman and Associates.
Jim is survived by his wife Sharon; his daughter Amy Patterson Walker, her husband Dean Walker and their two children, Tate and Grayson; his son Michael Patterson and his partner Luca Torregiani; his sister Becky Patterson Watson, her husband Tommy Watson and their two children, Wade Watson, his wife Stefanie and their three daughters and Jay Watson, his wife Courtney and their two daughters. Jim’s brother David preceded him in death. Jim is also survived by David’s children, David Patterson and his wife Tiffany and Melody Patterson Crow. Jim is also survived by his in-laws Judith Ashe Devincke, Dorothy Sarah DeVincke, Charles Ashe, Ann Marie Ashe, Phaedra Ashe Moreault, Robert N. Ashe and their families.
A lover of adventure, Jim hunted, fished and skied at every opportunity. He then fell in love with sailing, purchased his Gulf Star, Diversion and joined the Houston Chapter of the Brotherhood of the Coast. He built a home in San Pedro, Belize and sailed his beloved Diversion there. For many years he commuted from Belize to the US to work. Jim and Sharon were married in San Pedro and lived there for twelve years traveling to many countries, sailing in Belize and Guatemala, and enjoyed many wonderful friends and family members.
The funeral and burial will be for family only. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at www.alzfnd.org.

Toce, Thomas Nick

Thomas Nick Toce, age 77, of Unionville died on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at St. Francis Hospital with his wife and a few close family members at his side. He was predeceased by his first wife, Sandra E. Phillips, in 2001. He is survived by his loving wife Patricia (Norcross) whom he later met, fell in love with and married several years later. He is also survived by his son and daughter in law, Dr. Dale and Denise Toce of South Windsor; along with his daughter and son in law, Mrs. Deanna and Joseph Thompson of Greenfield, MA, and his daughter Delise Griffis of Manchester, NH. Although born in Hartford, he lived most of his life in Newington, and also resided in Spokane, WA, and West Hartford for a time before living for the past 10+ years in Unionville, CT. Tom leaves seven grandchildren who he loved very dearly; Tia, Jennifer, Joseph, Costas, Melanie, Michael and Kyle as well as a special great-grandson, Logan.
Tom is also survived by his three siblings, Diane Gotowala, Stephen Toce and Kim Baird. He was predeceased by his older brother, Gerald Toce. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews who all had a special place in his heart. He loved hearing stories of what was happening in all of the kids’ lives.
He was well known in Wethersfield where he owned an Esso station (which later became Exxon) for many years, located on the Silas Deane Highway. He also managed another service station in Manchester. During the winters, he had an active snow plowing business and also ran a tow truck service. He later managed a Radio Shack store for several years after getting out of the gas station business.
Tom loved sports. He always enjoyed watching the UConn Women’s and Men’s basketball teams, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Giants. He enjoyed playing Keno, Roulette and betting on the horses, as well as traveling. Along with other locations, he traveled to Spain, Ireland, Italy, Hawaii and Alaska. He also enjoyed RV’ing across the country.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Apr. 20) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Apr. 21) at 9:15 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main St., Unionville. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association at donatenow.heart.org or the American Kidney Fund, P.O. Box 11038, Lewiston, ME 04243-9963.

Jurkiewicz, Janet W.

Janet W. Jurkiewicz, 63, Farmington, died at 5:30 am, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from a sudden, unexpected illness, in Farmington, CT.
Janet was born April 19, 1954 in Hartford, CT and was raised in Bristol, CT. She graduated from St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol, CT, in 1972 and attended Wheaton College, Norton, MA, obtaining a degree in Political Science in 1976. She held positions with the State of Connecticut, The Hartford, Stop & Shop, and Golfer’s Warehouse throughout her career.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Jurkiewicz; four sons, Benjamin, Matthew, Andrew, and Joseph Jurkiewicz; one granddaughter, Arabella Jurkiewicz; two daughters-in-law, Anna Kovács Jurkiewicz and Monica Miller Jurkiewicz; two nephews, Henry and Vincent Wojtusik; two nieces, Catherine Jurkiewicz and Genevieve Wojtusik; and numerous cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Genevieve Wojtusik; and her brother, Henry Wojtusik.
Janet was a devoted and loving mother, a caring member of the community, and a truly generous soul toward all who were able to meet her. She was a faithful Catholic and lifelong Democrat. She will be remembered by her family and friends for her affectionate nature and her drive to make the world a more friendly and happy place; for her limitless kindness and sincerity; and for creating conversation with everyone she met and making them feel that the words they spoke were the most important words ever to be spoken.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, CT, on Thursday, April 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday, April 20 at 9:15 a.m. followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville, CT at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery, 522 Terryville Ave., Bristol, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Janet’s name to the American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org/donate/.

Grabowski, Leonard Martin

Leonard Martin Grabowski, 88, of Avon, formerly of Hamden, died April 13, 2018 at Cherry Brook Health Care Center. He was born in New Haven, a son of the late Stanislaus and Anastasia Chrostowska Grabowski. Leonard had been employed as a school teacher, first in North Branford and then New Haven. Following his retirement from teaching, he worked as a radiation safety advisor in the science department for Yale University. He was a graduate of Hillhouse High School and post-graduate year at Hopkins School. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sargent from the U.S. Air Force and then attended the University of Connecticut where he received a B.A. in history and political science. He received an M.A. in Education and an M.A. in Political Science from Southern Connecticut State University. He received his 6th year in school administration from the University of Connecticut.
Leonard is survived by his wife Mary Elizabeth (Danaher) Grabowski, his daughter Eileen (Paul) Stephan, his son Paul (Kathleen) Grabowski, his grandchildren Marissa Grabowski, George Stephan, McKenna Grabowski and Theodore Stephan, his sister Lauretta Grabowski, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter, Anne, and his siblings Sophie Armstead, Dorothy Mayall, Francis Seitz, Gladys Grabowski, Irene Grabowski, John Grabowski and Stanley Grabowski. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, April 18th at 10:00 AM at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church 110 Main St. Unionville, CT followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Avon, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to McLean Home Care & Hospice and Athena/Cherry Brook Health Care Center.

Banasik, Richard P. “RIT”

Richard “RIT” P. Banasik, 61, husband of Rosemarie (Carbone) Banasik, passed away Tuesday February 27th 2018. Richard was born June 15th 1956 in New Britain to the late Vincent Banasik and Josephine (Kunicki) Banasik of Plainville. He enjoyed gardening, family gatherings, cooking and traveling. In 1976 he bicycled across America.
Besides his wife, Richard is survived by his mother Josephine, his step children Kimberly Bianca and Peter Austin, step granddaughters Sarah Carifa, Heather Bianca, and Brianna Austin, his sister Diane Bulawa, nephew Michael Bulawa, two aunts Jane Solywoda and Loretta Kunicki, several cousins and his beloved cat Simon.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday April 14th at 9:30 a.m in Sacred Heart Church, New Britain followed by burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery New Britain. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Sacred Heart Church 158 Broad Street New Britain, CT 06053.

Stephenson, Vivian R. “Auntie”

Vivian R. “Auntie” Stephenson, 94, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 4th, 2018. Friends and family may call at Saint Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield on Monday (Apr. 9) from 9:00-10:00am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am in the Chapel at Saint Thomas Seminary. Burial will be private in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Meriden. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Thomas Seminary, Attn: Development, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, CT 06002.

Creighton, Stuart F.

Stuart F. Creighton, 81, of Burlington, beloved husband of Nancy E. Creighton, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 31st, 2018. Born September 7th, 1936 in Elmira, NY, he was the son of the late Gordon E. and Ruth (Kimport) Creighton. Stuart was the owner of Stuart’s Landscaping Design for many years. He was a United States Army veteran.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Scott Rome and his wife Dannet Mutt, Holly Rome, Tracey Rome and David Creighton, his brother, Eugene Creighton and his wife Patricia of Old Saybrook, his brother, James Creighton of The Villages of Florida and his grandchildren, Drea Cusano, Joshua Lauretti, James Lauretti, Kaitlyn Jensen and Selena Rome. He was predeceased by his daughter, Merry Holly Creighton and his sister-in-law, Mary Creighton.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Apr. 8) from 3:00-5:00pm. Funeral Services will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home on Monday (Apr. 9) at 11:00am.

Jodoin, Carolyn R. “Candi”

Carolyn R. Jodoin, 77, of Avon, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 31st, 2018 at her home. Born November 20th, 1940 in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late John F. and Helen E. (Grabska) Berry. Candi was a graduate of UCONN School of Nursing and worked many years for the Hartford Visiting Nurse Association. She later worked for the New Britain VNA specializing in maternal and infant healthcare which she loved. In retirement, she started her own company, Kids Care Nursing Consultants and had to stop when she became ill. Candi was very involved in the Farmington Woods social activities, was a docent at the Hillstead Museum in Farmington and worked as a volunteer at the West Hartford Orchid Show. She loved relaxing at the beach, traveling, reading a really good book when she could, Theater Works and movies with many of her friends. Candi was an avid gardener and always had her house filled with beautiful flowers all year long. She was a wonderful cook and loved setting a beautiful table when her friends came over for a delicious dinner and always a dessert. Candi was a kind and generous person her whole life and helped anyone who ever needed it. We will miss her. She was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. The family would like to thank McLean Hospice, especially Paula and Samantha and Corinne, Kelley, Suzanne and Cathy for all the love and care they gave Candi.
She is survived by her sister, Noreen Crosson and her husband Garry of Windsor, her nieces, Suzanne Crosson of Windsor Locks and MaryLynn Crosson Stewart and her daughter Grace of Vermont, her sister-in-law, Marie Berry and her children, Patrick, Katie, Megan, Melissa and Kristin and her son-in-law, Fran DuCotey and his family.
She was predeceased by her beloved and beautiful daughter, Karen DuCotey, her sister, Judith Schultz Besterfield and recently her brother, John F. Berry.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Apr. 5) from 3:00-6:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Friday (Apr. 6) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Karen DuCotey Shine On 5K, P.O. Box 1536, Burlington, CT 06013. Please make checks payable to Burlington Park and Recreation Department.