Archive for May 2018

Smolen, Elizabeth Jane (Fay)

Elizabeth Jane (Fay) Smolen, 91, passed away peacefully at home on May 1, 2018 with family by her side. Born January 18th, 1927 in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Irving W. and Inza Mae (Drake) Fay and was predeceased by her brother Irving W. Fay Jr. of AZ and ex-husband Joseph R. Smolen of CT. Elizabeth graduated from the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1948 and worked as a Surgical Nurse at Middlesex Memorial Hospital for 22 years. In retirement, she attended Paier College of Art, graduating Cum Laude in Fine Arts, Class of 1997. She is survived by her five children, Fay E. Smolen of CT, Joseph W. Smolen of CA, James B. Smolen of CT, Jeffrey D. Smolen of CT and Sara A. Holmes of ME. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Tuesday, May 29th at 10:00am at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Avenue, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to

Brynga, Shirley B.

Shirley (Brenner) Brynga, died on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018. She was the widow of Edward J. Brynga and the daughter of the late Louis and Helen (Lavenberg) Brenner. She was born in Hartford and graduated from local schools. She resided in Farmington for many years and retired from the Hartford Board of Education after 24 years of service.
She is survived by two sons, Bruce E. Brynga of Avon and Edward J. Brynga of Harpswell, ME, her daughter-in-law, Patricia M. Brynga of Simsbury, two granddaughters, Beth Ann McGarrahan and Erin Weinelt, five beloved great-grandchildren, Thomas, Luke and Jack McGarrahan and Kate and Anna Weinelt.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday (May 18) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon followed by burial in Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

deAtienza, Pilar (Mengual)

Pilar (Mengual) deAtienza 86, of Burlington, beloved wife of Arturo deAtienza passed away peacefully Saturday May 12th. Born in Pego (Alicante), Spain on July 12, 1931 daughter of the late Salvador Mengual and Paulina Bañuls. Pilar was an accomplished seamstress and a gourmet cook.
Besides her husband, she is survived by her 3 children, Mary Soucy of Burlington, Carol Cunningham and her husband John of Unionville, Arthur deAtienza and his wife Grace of Farmington. 8 beloved grandchildren, Nicole, Brenden, Michael and his wife Melissa, Monica, Ashley, Jessica and Vincent and her two cherished great grandchildren Vivian and Aria.
Pilar also leaves behind two dear friends who were like daughters to her, Susan Graham and Pepita Folques as well as Pilarin Ballester who was like a sister to her.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (May 15th) from 8:00 am – 9:30 am,
Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Tuesday (May 15th) at 9:15 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00 am
Donations can be made to The American Cancer Society PO Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123

DiBiasio, Jean M.

Jean M. DiBiasio, 89, of Farmington, passed away Tuesday, May 8th, 2018. Born April 15th, 1929 in Milbridge, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Merton and Zelma (Burke) Mitchell. Jean worked in Retail for many years and spent 20 years working for Caldor Department Store. She was very active with the Tunxis Senior Center in Unionville and volunteered at The Bushnell in Hartford.
Jean is survived by her two sons, Merton DiBiasio of Middletown and Owen Dobbin and his wife Sylvia of East Hartford, her brother, Paul Mitchell and his wife Roxanne of New Jersey, her sister, Judy Beals of Holden, ME, her grandchildren, Katrina Carson and her husband William of Belmont, MA, Eric Dobbin and his wife Laura of West Dover, VT, Ellen Conklin and her husband Greg of Denver, CO, four great-grandchildren, Liam and Evan Carson and Garrett and Shannon Dobbin and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Thomas Mitchell, her brother-in-law, Parker Beals, daughter-in-law, Christine DiBiasio, her granddaughter, Kathleen Dobbin.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (May 12) from 10:00-11:30am followed by Funeral Services in the funeral home at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, c/o University of Connecticut Fund, Inc. , 10 Talcott Notch Rd., Suite 100, Farmington, CT 06032.

Beloin, Frederic Anthony

Frederic Anthony Beloin, 82, of Farmington, CT passed on May 4, 2018.  Born to Frederic E. and Mary (Beaulieu) Beloin on December 20, 1935 in Hartford, CT. He leaves behind his wife of 61 years Barbara (O’Leary) Beloin. His beloved children are his legacy: Frederic Beloin and his wife Brenda, Brian Beloin and his wife Ann, Laura Kvietkauskas and her husband Dennis, Ellen Sollazzo, Raymond Beloin and his wife Tracy, Carol Beloin and John Beloin. He also leaves his loving grandchildren: Brian, Michelle and her fiancé Tom, Shawn and his wife Courtney, Spencer, Mark, Dylan, Stephen and his wife Taylor, Peter, Quinn, Sam, Christopher, Aydan, Ava, Chase and Eve. Fred was predeceased by his daughter Linda M. Beloin. He leaves his sisters Nancy Lawlor and Priscella Jakniunas, and many of his loving family and friends.

Upon graduating from Fairfield University, he joined the Hartford Insurance Group and served for 39 years, retiring as Director of Ocean Marine Underwriting. As an avid golfer he followed his passion for all things golf well into his retirement years, and worked at Westwoods Golf Course in Farmington for 15 years. Fred played in many local golf leagues, including the former Canton Golf Course, where he scored his first hole in one. Throughout his life, he enjoyed many lasting friendships within the golf community. His love of sports inspired the coaching of his children’s and grandchildren’s golf, basketball, softball, and baseball teams. As a voracious reader, he served on the board at the Farmington Public Library, was a long time member and lector of Saint Mary’s Church in Unionville, served in the Knights of Columbus Uncas Council, the Mariners Club and the Hartford Men’s Club.

The Beloin family would like to thank the staff at Amberwoods in Farmington for their loving care during his stay there.

Friends may call at the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon on Monday (May 14) from 9:30-10:30am. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated in the Church of St. Ann at 10:30am, followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Linda M. Beloin Memorial Scholarship, Middletown High School, 200 LaRosa Lane, Middletown Ct 06457.




Redlund, Wanda Ann

Wanda Ann Redlund, 91, of Farmington, passed away Friday, May 4th, 2018 at Hartford Hospital. Born December 19th 1926 in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Blaze and Catherine (Skowronek) Krubnik. Wanda was also the beloved widow of Charles W. Redlund Jr.
She is survived by her daughter Cynthia Wintner and her husband Gary of Evansville IN; her son Charles Redlund and his wife Cherie of Coconut Creek, FL; grandchildren Philip Wintner of Evansville IN; Emily Barba-Jaume and her husband Juan Jose of Oahu, HI; Samantha Redlund of Orlando, FL; Andrew Redlund of Avon; and special niece Margaret Matthews and her partner Tony Fons of Collinsville. She also leaves behind four other nieces and one nephew. She was predeceased by her son William B Redlund and two sisters, Helen Herlth and Frances Matthews.
A Private family graveside service will be held Tuesday (May 8) at 11:00 a.m. in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford.

Ward, Raymond J.

Raymond J. Ward, 85, of Unionville, husband of the late Catherine (Matava) Ward, passed away peacefully Friday May 4th, 2018. Born November 28th, 1932 in Cowensville Canada, son of the late Harry and Grace (LaFlamme) Ward.
Prior to retiring Ray was an electrician with Northeast Utilities for 37 years. Ray was a communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, a veteran member of Tunxis Hose Co. #1 where he was a member of the noted Muster team, and a dedicated member of the Lions Club of Unionville for 40 years. He loved spending long hours with his sons, hunting and fishing, and going to the cottage in Vermont with his wife as well as playing in Setback card tournaments in Unionville and Avon.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving with the Seabees from 1953 to 1954.
Ray is survived by his three children and their spouses, Diane (Stocker) and Leonard J. Chudzik of Acushnet MA, Robert R. and Helen W. Stocker of Windsor VT, and Raymond R. and Cynthia M. Ward of Avon, his brother David and his wife Leslie Ward of Unionville, his five grandchildren, Sarah Lopes and her husband Clifton Lopes II, Christine Giuliano and her husband Dr. Michael Giuliano, Joseph, Katherine and Ann Marie Cormier, and his 3 great grandchildren, Clifton Lopes III, Mia Lopes, and Matthew M. Giuliano.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (May 7th) 5 -8 p.m
Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Tuesday (May 8th) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am.
Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Unionville Lions Club 87 West Avon Road Unionville, CT 06085

Farrell, Thomas W.

Thomas W. Farrell, Jr., of West Hartford, died Tuesday, May 1st at the age of 77 after a 50 year daily struggle against Multiple Sclerosis. Tom was the son of the late Thomas W. and Eleanor (Wehrly) Farrell and brother of Sharon Raeder. He attended three different high schools in different states in four years and joined the United States Navy after graduation. He trained for submarine service but did his tour of duty on the USS Severn as a radarman in the Mediterranean. Tom attended Boston University first at CBS where he was President of his class and graduated from the School of Communications. He was a Resident Assistant at the notorious Myles Standish Hall. He was a President’s Host and had the honor of driving Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for the library dedication. After graduation, he worked for GE in advertising before joining Merck Sharp and Dohme as a “detail man” for Pharmaceuticals. When Tom was no longer able to work for Merck, he volunteered as a daily friendly caller for the Town that Cares and loved checking in and talking to “Perk” every day for years. He also loved his volunteer work at the American Red Cross working with military families and his time spent with Johanna Murphy. In 1967, Tom married Edna Foster and moved to Connecticut. After buying a starter house he declared there’d be no more moving and 50 years later Tom died in his starter house.
Tom is survived by his wife Edna, his special cousin Eleanor Blake of Hartford and Terrell Sewell of Virginia and several Farrell cousins. Edie expresses thanks to those who gave Tom loving care and respect; Dr. Margaret Rathier and Kathleen O’Neill of the VA HBHC, Cathy and Michelle of VITAS Hospice, Tulia Pereira, his joyful “pancake flipper and honorary daughter”, Linda Wright, who has brought Edie food for her body and soul and most especially, Sally Williams who was love and life itself to us for 20 years as VNA’s Friendly Visitor and who left us in March to see if it was okay for Tom to leave this earth and find peace.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (May 9) at 10:00am in the Chapel of the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Town that Cares, c/o West Hartford Social Services, 50 South Main St., Room 306, West Hartford, CT 06107 or to the American Red Cross, 209 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT 06032.

Reardon, John L. “Smokey”

John L. “Smokey” Reardon of Unionville passed away peacefully at his home April 26, 2018. John was born November 23, 1930 to his parents Carl and Norma Reardon. He was the last surviving sibling of his brother Carl Reardon, his sister Elizabeth Kramer and his brother Robert Reardon.

John served in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1951 and was honorably discharged. He also was a member of the Simsbury Dive and Rescue Team in the 1960’s and 1970’s. John was a longtime employee of Ensign Bickford, Simsbury, and Smith Gates, Farmington.

John is survived by his four children; Colleen M. Leone of New Hartford, John K. Reardon of Bristol, Kristin L. Pullis of Farmington, and Jason E. Reardon of Canton, along with their mother Judy A. Reardon of Farmington, 8 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

John was known to many as “Smokey” and “Pops” and was known for his gentle,caring ways. He loved camping, Virginia Beach, the concession stand at Tunxis Mead, the Giants, Yankees and Huskies.

Smokey was stubborn and rarely followed Doctor’s orders, thus the ever present cigar and the diet of cappicola and ice cream. This did not slow him down and he managed to raise hell for many decades on his own terms. He loved to tell stories and true to his Irish heritage, his stories were rarely short and often repeated.

He will be greatly missed by his many friends, family members, and neighbors.

No services will be held per his wishes but donation can be made to the Veterans Service Office/Museum 140 Main St. Torrington, CT 06790.