Archive for July 2018

Fratus, Ethel Margaret

Ethel Margaret Fratus passed away peacefully in her home in Unionville, on July 30th 2018. She was born in Boston, MA on May 13th 1918 and just celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends. She was the daughter of the late Nellie George and William Milne. Ethel was predeceased by her loving husband of 45 years, Francis M. Fratus, her beloved son Thomas F. Walsh, her grandson Edward F. Walsh, her brothers Ronnie Milne and Stanley Smith, her sisters Mary (Smith) Sandstedt and Ida (Smith) Young.
Ethel was a member of the Faith Assembly of God in Hartford for over 50 years where she taught Sunday school and had a passion for missions. Ethel had an open heart full of love and faith and extended it to everyone she met. She lived her life praising the Lord until the very end.
Ethel is survived by her daughter Shirley Santanello and her husband Joseph and son Aaron of California, her Daughter in Law Lorraine (Riberdy) Walsh, granddaughter Denise (Walsh) Plourde of Bristol, her grandson Kevin P. Walsh and his wife Laura of Avon, great grandsons Isaiah Plourde and Kai Walsh, great granddaughter Georgia Walsh and many nieces and nephews. Ethel always had a warm smile and a loving hug for anyone she came across and will be missed by many.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday, August 3, 2018 from 5pm-8pm. A prayer service will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 10 am. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, 160 Garden Street, Farmington. Memorial Contributions may be made to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation, 282 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106.

Pickering, Morgan Thomas

Morgan Thomas Pickering, 37, of Collinsville, passed away in his sleep Thursday, July 26, 2018. Born August 16, 1980 in Farmington, he was the beloved son of Dr. William J. and Mary (Fletcher) Pickering. He graduated Farmington High School in the class of 1999 and received his Bachelor’s degree from Keene State College, with a degree in fine arts.
Morgan was an avid fisherman and lover of animals, especially his beloved Yorkshire terrier, Bailey. He could often be found near the water; whether fishing, kayaking or swimming. He was a gifted artist, both a prolific painter and photographer. We are blessed that his art will continue to serve as a reminder of his special spirit.
Morgan was always ready to lend a hand and act as a first responder for anyone in peril. He saved multiple people from car accidents, including holding the hand of an elderly man whose car had overturned while waiting for police to arrive. In North Carolina –always an adept swimmer– he outswam the riptide to save a drowning swimmer, and again he saved multiple surfers on a family trip to California. He enjoyed traveling; including family vacations to the Outer Banks, the Caribbean, skiing the Rockies and Vermont and most recently a memorable trip, where he explored the Sagrada Familia and the Picasso museum in Barcelona, Spain and visited family in the UK.
He was most comfortable in water. At his first swimming lesson, he dove in fearlessly and swam the length of the pool underwater before emerging, much to the relief of his mother. He was a Boy Scout, completed the nature expedition program Outward Bound and lived in St. Thomas for several years working as a golf caddy while enjoying the sunshine and tropical waters. He volunteered with the Salvation Army and worked in landscaping and snow removal throughout his adult life; but his true vocation was always in the arts and in his passion for nature.
Besides his parents, he is survived by his brother Michael, sister Margaret, brother in law Spencer and their daughter Mona, niece Madison, nephew Hunter and their mother Nichole, and many beloved cousins (Eric, Margaret, Marjorie, Dorris, Emma, Sara and John), aunts (Claudia, Mary Lou) and uncle (Peter) in New York, California, New Jersey and Northern Ireland.
He will be profoundly missed by his family and large circle of friends. Though he is gone far too soon, it is with a deep and faithful hope that you will remember him whenever you hear a witty joke, jump fearlessly into a cool body of water, and help others without hesitation in his honor.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Aug. 2) from 5:00-7:00pm. Funeral Services will be held Friday (Aug. 3) at 11:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army, 217 Washington St., Hartford, CT 06106, the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111, or to Trout Unlimited, PO Box 7400, Woolly Bugger, WV 25438.

Simard, Wyatt Nathaniel

Wyatt Nathaniel Simard of Burlington succumbed to the torment of mental illness by ending his own life on July 25 at the age of 26. He was born in New Britain on April 28, 1992, and moved to Burlington at age 7 with his parents, Brian and Marie Woods Simard, to live with and care for his maternal grandfather, Wallace “Skip” Woods, who passed in 2007. He was pre-deceased by his maternal grandmother, Eileen (Sandwell) Woods in 1999.
In addition to his parents, Wyatt is survived by his paternal grandparents, Raymond and Yvette (Couture) Simard of Bristol, with whom he had a special bond and loving relationship. He is also survived by a large extended family, and his many aunts and uncles; Diane and Philip Wojtusik of Bristol, David and Julie Simard of Farmington, Debra and Richard Caruso of Harwinton, Gary and Janique Simard of Southington, Eilleen and Rob Nelli of South Windsor, Susan and Larry Graham of Burlington, Joan and Christopher Hurlock of Unionville, and Maureen and Gary Nadeau, also of Unionville. As an only child, Wyatt’s 21 cousins were all like brothers and sisters to him.
Wyatt attended Burlington public schools, where his innate talent for music was first nurtured and developed thanks to the remarkable and dedicated teachers at Region 10; Mrs. “Ned” at Lake Garda Elementary, Mr. Crameri at Har-Bur middle school, and Mr. Deeb at Lewis S. Mills High School. Wyatt graduated from the University of New Haven with a BA in music production and sound recording. He could play several musical instruments, and became an accomplished performer, composer, and producer. He was recently employed with Princess Cruises as a stage sound technician, and traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Caribbean.
His true love in life was being with nature, hiking the many trails in Connecticut and camping out alone, which brought some serenity to his troubled mind. One of that happiest times of his life was during the summer of 2015, when he hiked the 700+ mile New England portion of the Appalachian Trail with his great friend and kindred spirit, Ryan Mennett. Wyatt’s AT name became “Straps”.
Wyatt grew up attending summer camp at Indian Rock Nature Preserve in Bristol, first as a day camper, and for the past several years as a counselor and educator. He found great fulfillment in introducing young children to the wonders of the natural world; animals, plants, and finding their way through the woods on their own. His parents would like to thank the entire community at Indian Rock / ELCCT, especially executive director Scott Heth, who was both a mentor and a true friend to Wyatt.
Friends may call at the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street in Unionville, on Wednesday, (August 1) from 4 to 8 PM. The funeral liturgy will be held, Thursday (August 2) at 10:00 am in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Unionville
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, 501 Wolcott Road, Bristol, CT, or at

Kibbe, Beverly (Rissolo)

Beverly (Rissolo) Kibbe, 68, of Unionville, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and educator, passed away peacefully at home with her family on July 26, 2018 after a valiant battle against metastatic breast cancer.
Born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut to Leonard and Antoinette (Petruzzi) Rissolo, Beverly started her career teaching in Stamford public schools for two years, and then went on to Canton public schools where she taught Kindergarten for 31 years.
She will be most remembered for her passion for literacy; educating well over 1,000 Kindergarteners during her teaching years and as a dedicated member of Delta Kappa Gamma – Mu Chapter where she leaves a lasting legacy with the Books for Babies program. In addition, she was active in Memorial United Methodist Church of Avon serving as Sunday School Superintendent and other committee assignments during her 37 years as a member.
Beverly’s friends and family will always have fond memories of her as a master baker of sugar cookies, active bike rider, lover of ice cream, avid reader, and proud grandmother.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 45 years, Martin, daughter Kristin (son-in-law, Matt) Lundsten of Walpole, MA and grandsons Owen and William, daughter Bethany (son-in-law, Neil) Collins of Chanhassen, Minnesota and grandson Neil. Beverly will also be missed by her siblings Leonard Rissolo, Kenneth Rissolo, Linda Middlebrooks and Karen Rissolo as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and tremendously loyal friends and extended family.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to oncologists Dr. Barbara Fallon and Dr. Eric Winer, and for the care she received from Hospital of Central Connecticut, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Hartford Health Care at Home Hospice.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (July 31) from 4:00-8:00pm. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday (Aug. 1) at 10:30am in Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Rd., Avon.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Beverly’s name are suggested to: Canton Dollars for Scholars, PO Box 671, Canton, CT 06019 or Delta Kappa Gamma – Mu Chapter, ℅ Ann Newbury, PO Box 786 Farmington, CT 06034 with a memo of “Books for Babies”.
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Kerr, Gregory

Gregory Kerr, 68, of Farmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones, on Sunday, July 22, 2018. He was born on December 19, 1949 to Margaret (Machuga) Kerr and the late Stanley Kerr Sr., and spent most of his life as a resident of Unionville.
He had a love and passion for the outdoors. He especially enjoyed hunting and fishing. He cherished his getaways to hunt in Newfoundland, Canada and to fish in Pulaski, NY. He enjoyed duck pin bowling and playing in pool leagues.
He was a master wood worker. He enjoyed building cabinetry, picture frames and refinishing furniture. He was retired from the CT Carpenters union.
Besides his beloved mother Margaret, he is survived by his son, Christopher Kerr of Torrington, his daughter Keleigh Scully and her husband Jeremiah of Thomaston; his three grandchildren, Gregory Scully, Rachel Scully and Isabella Kerr; his sister Colleen Kerr of Plainville, sister Lisa Zabel and her husband Kevin of Farmington, brother Stanley Kerr Jr. and his wife Brooke of Unionville. He was uncle to many nieces and nephews. Greg was predeceased by his father, Stanley Kerr Sr., and his brothers Michael and Edward. The family would like to express our gratitude to the staff at Amberwoods of Farmington for all their love and care over the last several years.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday, July 26 from 4 PM to 7 PM with a Prayer Service to immediately follow at 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “Agape House,” an organization that assists the homeless, 43 School St., Bristol, CT 06010.

Woolley, Joseph E Jr.

Joseph E. Woolley, Jr. of Hartford, CT passed away at St. Francis Hospital on July 5, 2018 after a battle with cancer. The eldest son of Joseph E. and Genevieve (McCue) Woolley, he was born in Hartford, CT on May 22, 1947. He attended and graduated from St. Joseph’s Cathedral Grammar School, Northwest Catholic High School Class of 1965, and St. Edwards University, Austin, TX Class of 1969. He served two years active duty in the U.S. Army most of it in South Korea attaining the rank of Spec5. After a time in Active Reserves he was Honorably Discharged on September 1, 1975.
He worked for Aetna Insurance Company for a number of years and for the last nineteen years has been employed by St. Francis hospital.
He is survived by four brothers and three sisters-in-law; Richard B. and Karen W. Woolley of Wakefield and Block Island, RI, Peter A. and Susan A. Woolley of Oceanside, CA, Bruce J. and Margaret M. Woolley of West Hartford, CT and Christopher Woolley of Hartford, CT; three nephews and two nieces and their spouses’ Michael J. and Corie Woolley of North Ridgeville, OH, Mark and Jenna (Woolley) Ewing of Charlotte, NC, Gregory Woolley of West Hartford, CT, Ben and Kayla (Woolley) Young of Lake Forest, CA, and Aaron Woolley of Los Angeles, CA as well as two grandnephews, Matthew Young and Michael Ewing and two grandnieces, Emily Young and Collette Ewing.
Joe leaves behind many friends from his years playing football at Northwest Catholic and lifting weights with his teammates and pals as well as those friends and the many people he interacted with at both Aetna and St Francis having decided to spend his life in the Hartford area. He also leaves many friends from his summers spent on Block Island. His four brothers will greatly miss their “big brother”. A memorial service will be held at a time and place to be announced, burial will be in the family plot on Block Island.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the Mary D Fund P.O. Box 303 Block Island , RI 03807.
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Bahre, Sheila Anna (Doherty)

Sheila Anna Doherty Bahre, 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on July 17, 2018. Sheila was born to John and Frances Doherty in Winsted on January 20, 1930 and lived there until she married the love of her life, Henry J. Bahre of Canton on September 22, 1951. They were business entrepreneurs and raised their family in Canton for 67 years together.
In the early years they owned and operated the Polar Whip Drive-In. Since 1968 Henry and Sheila have been the proud owners of the Canton Village Shopping Center which was the first of its kind in the Town of Canton.
She was a Communicant, Eucharistic Minister, and CCD teacher at St. Patrick’s Church in Collinsville, a longtime member of the Cherry Brook Garden Club, one of the founders of the Cherry Brook School PTA.
Sheila is survived by her husband Henry J. and their five sons: John H. (Robin), Mark A. (Leslie), Matthew J., Robert H. (Karen), and Daniel K. (Lisa) Bahre all of Canton, 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren that she delighted in. She was predeceased by her parents and her sister Frances Lavieri.
Our family is so grateful to Patti Bahre Buckley for her daily care of Sheila and her wonderful spontaneous personality that always perked her up and made her laugh. Thank you also to Simone, Judy, and Norma who helped in her care.
The family would also like to thank the caring staff at Cherry Brook Out-Patient Therapy and St. Francis Hospital whom provided her with excellent care during her last days.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (July 23) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Tuesday (July 24) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Patrick’s Church, Collinsville at 10:00am. Burial will be in the family plot at Dyer Cemetery, Canton. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Sheila’s name to the American Lung Association, 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108, the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492 or the American Kidney Foundation, 3000 Whitney Ave., #121, Hamden, CT 06518.

Stewart, Susan C.

Susan C. Stewart, 85, of Burlington, widow of Charles W. Stewart, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 15, 2018 at her daughter’s home. Born July 20, 1932 in Colorado Springs, CO, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Mary (Woodworth) Conover. Prior to retiring, Susan was the Director of Telecommunications at UConn Health Center in Farmington. She is survived by her three daughters, Stacey Stewart of Bristol, Leslie Rayner of Burlington and Valerie and her husband Eric Francis of Burlington, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Paul C. Stewart. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

Kerr, Norman J.

It is with great sadness that the family of Norman J. Kerr announces his passing on June 20, 2018. Norman will be lovingly remembered by his wife Angela and his 3 children Michelle, Mary-Claire and Adam, as well as his 5 grandchildren. He leaves behind 2 siblings Helena and Robert and joins his brother Stanley in heaven.
A longtime resident of Unionville, Norman currently lived in Pompano Beach, FL with his wife Angela of 52 years. He was a veteran and retired VP of CT Bank and Trust. He was very involved in his community both in CT and FL. He served as treasurer of the Dr. Dunn Scholarship for many years. He volunteered with the Holy Cross Thrift store and St. Vincent Society in FL. He is and expert antique refinisher and restorer as well as a master clock repairer. Norman was an avid golfer. He loved to dance and play poker at Sea Haven Condos. Norman enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, and playing games. He loved watching his grandchildren play sports and dance. Norman will be missed by all who knew him.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday, July 28 at 10 am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to support The USCG Athletics program through USCGA Alumni Association: Bear Club, 47 Mohegan Ave, New London, CT 06320,

Ross, Cynthia Anne (Clement) RN

CYNTHIA ANNE (CLEMENT) ROSS RN, 62, passed peacefully on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at her home in the Forestville section of Bristol, CT in the loving company of family. She courageously battled papillary serous uterine cancer after being diagnosed in 2014 and achieving remission for 2 years, and was optimistically undergoing treatment for recurrence. Cindy was born September 14, 1955 in St Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury, the youngest of six children of the late Alcide J and Rose A (Jacques) Clement. She was raised and educated in Wolcott, graduating in the Wolcott High School Class of 1973. She earned her Licensed Practical Nurse through WF Kaynor Regional Vocational Technical School and St Mary’s Hospital in 1976, and was subsequently employed by St Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury. Following her marriage in 1978, she worked in a local nursing home and then at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Newington before stopping work outside of the home in anticipation of the birth of her son. Following the entry of her youngest child into grade school, Cindy reentered the workforce in 1991 as a nursing and media/aide paraprofessional working with children with multiple and severe disabilities in the Plainville Community Schools, beginning at Linden Street Elementary School and then, in 1992, transferring to Toffolon Elementary School as a special education nurse. She resumed her education, attaining her associate of science degree and her Registered Nurse from Regents College of the State University of New York at Albany in 1997, whereupon she was hired as the school nurse at Toffolon Elementary School, Plainville, thriving there until her retirement in September, 2017. Cindy was respected by peers, students and families, and staff alike for her “no nonsense” and practical approaches to a variety of issues and challenges, her organizational skills, and beloved for her penchant for decorating her office with portions of her Beanie Babies collection or sharing her legendary 20 varieties of holiday cookies. Cindy developed a knack for superb baking and delicious cooking, and hosted many memorable meals and parties. She also was talented in craft projects, earning the nickname “Sample” at Toffolon for her ad hoc efforts at creating samples of arts and crafts projects associated with reading literacy, and was the “go-to” parent for her children when dealing with creative assignments. She excelled at needlework, with which she proudly decorated her home, having received a high school citation for academic excellence in fashion design and interior decorating leading to her creating her own wedding dress. As an “empty-nester”, Cindy embraced technology with her interest in embroidery and could often be found tucked away in her upstairs sewing room creating a variety of special fleece blankets or hand towels as gifts. Cindy was devoted to her family and especially her four grandchildren on whom she doted with unreserved pride. Cindy is survived by her husband of nearly 40 years, Douglas, and their three children and spouses: Matthew and Chalise (Nettleton) Ross, and grandchildren, Nathaniel and Eleanor, of Unionville; Elissa and Sean Conroy, and grandchildren, Braden and Ian, of Carthage, NC; and Krista and Benjamin Wagoner of Bristol. She is also survived by her siblings: Jacqueline (Robert) Evans of Naugatuck; Arlene Clement of Wolcott; Alcide (Karen) Clement Jr of Branford; Louise Clement of Austin, TX; and Henry “Michael” (Janice) Clement of Southington. In addition, she is survived by 10 nieces and nephews, an uncle and aunt, and their families and a host of loved extended family. A woman of faith, Cindy was a longtime parishioner of the Church of St Matthew, Forestville. Cindy’s family wishes to gratefully acknowledge the warm and compassionate care she received from her caregivers and hospice nurses and all of her many doctors but, more especially, also the extraordinary skill and compassion accorded by Molly A Brewer MD, and her attentive associates with the Gynecological Oncology Department of the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at UConn Health in Farmington. In accordance with her wishes, Cindy’s funeral mass will be held at the Church of St Matthew, 120 Church Avenue, Forestville section of Bristol, on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 11:30AM. There are no calling hours. Private interment will be in the family plot in West Avon Cemetery, Avon. Arrangements are entrusted to Ahern Funeral Home, Unionville, through which tributes may be conveyed to Cindy’s family at Donations in Cindy’s memory may be directed to the Women’s Cancer Prevention Fund – MB #23125 at the UConn Foundation, making checks payable to The UConn Foundation, Inc., 2390 Alumni Drive, Unit 3206, Storrs, CT 06269, with a memo notation, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Domas, Stephen

Stephen Domas, son of Della Domas of Burlington and the late Vladas Domas, passed away Saturday, July 7th, 2018 at his home in Griswold. Besides his mother, Stephen is survived by his two brothers, Edward and Paul both of Burlington. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Donations in Stephen’s name may be made to the First Church of Christ, 61 Main St., Unionville, CT 06085.

Bonini, Tracy Ellen (Gregory)

BONINI, Tracy Ellen (Gregory) Bonini passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family on July 5, 2018 after a courageous yearlong battle with melanoma. She was born April 7, 1970 in Bethpage, NY and grew up in Seaford, NY and Avon, CT before making her home in Farmington for the past 19 years.
Tracy was the wife, friend and soulmate of J.P. Bonini and the adored and adoring mother of Alexa and Gavin. Tracy was an exceedingly caring and thoughtful person who focused entirely on others, and as a result, was beloved by so many. Her legacy includes scores of well-grounded pre-school graduates from her days as a teacher, record-breaking results for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (in honor of Alexa, and for which she won the Ann Paradis Coaches award), service as a member of the Board of Directors of Farmington’s Services for the Elderly, and appreciation from all those she touched while supporting Gavin and Alexa’s classrooms, teams and other activities, to which she gave her time and energy fully. Tracy’s warm smile and gentle presence will be missed by all whom she touched.
Tracy was pre-deceased by her father Richard Gregory. She is survived by her mother Ellen Ericson and her husband Charles Ericson, of Unionville, her sister Cindy Welsh and her husband Chuck, brother Rick Gregory and his wife Cathy, all of Farmington, brother Brian Gregory and his wife Kristina, of Darien, CT, and loving nieces and nephews Connor and Quinn Welsh, Matthew, Kate, Michael, Peter and Nathan Gregory. Tracy was deeply embraced by J.P.’s family and is survived by his devoted parents, Jim and Mary Bonini, sister Crissy Rebillard and her husband Billy, and their children Garett and Loren, all of Unionville. She is also survived by a huge family of aunts, uncles and cousins as well as many, many friends.
Tracy’s family would like to thank the teams at Smilow Cancer Center and Hartford Hospital for their compassionate care. They would also like to thank the huge circle of friends and family who have stepped in with support of all shapes and sizes. All is appreciated more than they will ever know.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (July 10) from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Funeral services will be held Wednesday (July 11) at 11:00 am in St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 224 Lovely St., Avon. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tracy Bonini Memorial Fund, c/o Farmington Bank, 32 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032, or via All contributions will support the needs of the family, including Alexa and Gavin’s education.

Bell, Doris L.

Doris L. Bell, 87, of Unionville, beloved widow of Louis A. Bell, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 4th, 2018. Born February 27th, 1931 in Oakland, CA, she was the daughter of the late William Gayle and Louisa (Kietzke) Hayes. Prior to retiring, Doris was a Customer Service Representative at Webster Bank. Following retirement, she worked countless hours at The American Red Cross. Doris was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville where she was a member of the Ladies Guild.
Doris is survived by her daughter, LouAnn Bell and her husband Adam B. Walker and her sister, Roberta Fraser of Sparks, NV. She was predeceased by her twin sister, Doloris Coleman of Georgetown, KY.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (July 8) from 3:00-5:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (July 9) 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 Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary Women’s Guild Scholarship Fund, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085.

Yabrosky, John Michael

John Michael Yabrosky, 97, devoted husband of late Teresa (Tess) Dublac for 54 years, passed away on June 30, 2018 at the Avon Health Center. Born April 24, 1921 in Unionville, he was the son of the late Thomas and Anna (Valigursky) Yabrosky. John was predeceased by his 3 brothers Thomas, Michael and Joseph.
John graduated from Farmington High School in the Class of 1940. A WWII Veteran, he served in the United States Army between 1942 and 1946, 9 months of which were served in Okinawa.
When he was younger, John was an exceptional athlete and enjoyed playing various sports such as football, basketball, ice hockey and baseball. Baseball proved to be his best sport and was offered to play semi-pro. Later, John became an avid golfer and started the Unionville Golf League at Canton Golf Course. Prior to retiring in 1989, John owned and ran the Ole Towne Grille Restaurant in Unionville for over 25 years where many of his children later worked, coining the term, ‘It’s a family bar’.
After retiring, John and Tess split their time between their Connecticut and North Carolina homes where they thoroughly enjoyed their family, friends, beautiful water, gorgeous sunrises, sunsets and an abundance of golf.
A humble man, he was known for being gentle, kind, generous and welcoming to people of all walks-of-life. He demonstrated patience and forgiveness and held a strong love of family and friends. He could handle or tackle any situation he came across, and like most of the ‘Greatest Generation,’ his actions spoke louder than words. He had great integrity and always did what he said he would do. We will truly miss his big heart, warm smile and zest for living.
John is survived by his 8 children: Kim Droney and husband Richard, John Yabrosky Jr, Amy Yabrosky, Robin Franz and husband Eric, Joel Yabrosky and wife Vicki, Mary Yabrosky and Christopher Foryan, Seth Yabrosky, Michael Yabrosky and wife Nancy, along with 8 grandchildren (Zak, Jessie, Luke, Hannah, Thomas, Katie, Carla, and Becky) and 2 great grandchildren (Nathan and Mariah).
The Yabrosky Family would like to extend a warm thanks to all of the staff at Avon Health Center for taking good care of our Dad over the last six years.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Friday, July 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by burial with full military honors in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tunxis Hose Fire Department, P.O. Box 215, Unionville, CT 06085 OR the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489.

Winalski, Joseph S.A.

Joseph S. A. Winalski, of Farmington, died at his home on Friday, June 29th. Born in Farmington, CT, October 21, 1930, son of the late Joseph A. and Anella M. Winalski. Joe was a graduate of Farmington High School, Class of 1947. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he had a distinguished 30-year career. He retired in 1977, as a Chief Petty Officer. Joe retired from the State of Connecticut, and was the owner of Real Estate Company of Connecticut. He was a longtime communicant at The Church of St. Patrick in Farmington, a Vietnam veteran, a graduate of Central Connecticut State College, where he received his master’s degree in Psychology. He was an avid reader, a lover of animals, and a very active member of his community including Past Commander of the VFW, American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. His interests included: public speaking, coin collecting, and gardening. He is survived by his six children; Pamela Rose Winalski and her husband Ardel Petz of Pomeroy, WA, Joseph S. A. Winalski Jr. and his wife Maria of Leola, PA, Patricia Marie Gibson and her husband Tommy of Fayettville, GA, Michael A Winalski and his wife Marjorie of East Granby, CT, Ronald E. Winalski of Falling Waters, WV, Donald E. Winalski of Farmington, CT; 24 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Joe was predeceased by his beloved wife, Judy M. Winalski, to whom he was married to for 61 years, his brother Donald E. Winalski, and his son John Edward Winalski, USN. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Main St, Rte. 4, Unionville, on Thursday, July 5, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated in The Church of St. Patrick at 10:00 am on Friday, July 6. Burial will be private at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.