Archive for October 2018

Carrier, Diane B.

Diane B. Carrier, 68, of Farmington, CT, passed away Saturday, October 27th at John Dempsey Hospital surrounded by family after a brief battle with cancer. She was born on July 25th, 1950 in St. Honore de Shenley, Beauce, Province Quebec, Canada, daughter of Gerard Buteau and Madeleine Lapointe. Diane loved her home and was very proud of her landscaping and surrounding property. She enjoyed beautiful flowers, shopping and spending time with her family and was an animal lover.
Diane leaves behind her son Steve Carrier and his wife Kim, her daughter Danielle DePietro and her husband Steven, her four granddaughters: Katie Norris and her husband Jesse, Megan Gibbs and her husband Michael, Sarah Carrier and Aimee Carrier, her three grandsons: Matthew DePietro, Steven Carrier and Christopher Carrier, her two great-grandsons, William and Charlie Norris, her ex-husband Rejean Carrier, her sisters: Nicole Gilbert, Lina Nadeau and her husband Roland, Francine Carrier and her husband Noel, Lousiette Lacasse and her husband Fabien, her brother Andre Buteau, she also leaves behind her canine companion Sammy. Diane was predeceased by her mother Madeleine Lapointe, her father Gerard Buteau, brother-in-law Phillipe Gilbert and her beloved dog Lucky.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Nov. 4) from 2:00-6:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Monday (Nov. 5) at 11:00am in St. Gregory the Great Church, 235 Maltby St., Bristol. All are kindly asked to meet directly at church. Entombment will be in Holy Family Chapel Mausoleum, 522 Terryville Ave., Bristol.

Droz, Peter Richard

Peter Richard Droz, 74, of West Cornwall and Avon, CT, passed away peacefully on October 28, Sunday, surrounded by his loving family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in New Hartford, CT, on July 12, 1944, he was the oldest of four children and the only son of the late Peter Droz Sr. and Evelyn (Kostak) Droz. Peter grew up in West Hartford, CT, and graduated Hall High in 1961. He studied engineering at the University of Hartford then worked for Boeing Aircraft in Washington State. In the mid 1970’s, he returned to his roots in CT to work for the town of West Hartford as a land surveyor. After 25 years of service, Peter retired in 2000.
Peter enjoyed the outdoors, loved gardening, and was always on the lookout to adopt cats and dogs that needed a good and loving home. He had a tremendous love for rock and roll, blues, country, blue grass, and played piano, guitar, banjo, and mandolin. He loved to compose his own music to share with family and friends. He was passionate about caring for his land and managing renewable and solar power for heat and energy for over two decades in West Cornwall. He could often be found tinkering with his old cars, chopping wood, tending to his vegetable garden, or down at the Senior Center playing rocking piano for all to enjoy.
Peter is survived by his wife, Socorro Evangelio-Droz of Avon, CT, daughter Karen May Droz of Chicago, IL, and sister Debra Argosy of Simsbury, CT. Peter’s family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff at the ICU of the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington and the Apple Rehab in Avon for all their care and support. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Nov. 3) from 10:00-11:30am followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Peter’s memory to the Little Guild of St. Francis Animal Shelter in West Cornwall, CT.

Gardner, Kathleen

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, Kathleen Theresa Kane Gardner, 75, passed away surrounded by loving family. She was the daughter of the late Caroline B. Kane and Francis J. Kane. She was a 1961 graduate of Farmington High school where she was a spirited and very proud cheerleader captain, on the student council and several other committees. After graduation, she worked for Travelers Insurance Company before meeting and marrying her husband, James Joseph Gardner, in 1966. They were married for 36 years until his passing in 2002. Kathleen was a wonderful caregiver to her ailing husband while she worked at the Hartford Insurance Company from 1991 until 2011. She loved her faith and was an active member of St. Patrick’s church where she served on the Woman’s Guild for several years. She was the life of any party with her Irish blarney. You could find her tending to her flowers or in the kitchen cooking with her secret ingredient: love.
Kathleen is survived by her 4 children, Elizabeth Howe (Leon Howe) of New Hartford, CT, James Gardner (Sandra Hart) of Avon, CT, Deborah Condon (Craig Condon) of Wethersfield, CT, and Caroline Fornaris (Dr. Jorge Fornaris) of Miami, FL.; 6 grandchildren, Kyle Gardner, Caroline Hart, Samantha Fornaris, Lindsay Fornaris, Parker Condon and Madison Fornaris; her sister Ann Rose, brother Francis Kane, sister Janet Kane, brother Robert Kane and many nieces and nephews. She was known as daughter, sister, aunt, wife, Mom and Nona to her loving family. She will be remembered by her ability to love, listen, care, forgive and make a person feel like they are uniquely special.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt., 4, Unionville on Thursday (Nov. 1) from 4:00-7:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be Friday (Nov. 2) in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial will be in the St. Mary Cemetery, Avon.
The family extends a special thank you to the outstanding UCONN nurses who ensured Kathleen was comfortable and cared for. Donations in her memory can be made to Farmington Food Pantry, First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032.

Roy, Victoria

Victoria Freda “Vicky” Roy passed away peacefully surrounded by family Friday October 12, 2018. She was born in San Nicola Baronia, Italy in 1928 and came to America in 1934 with her mother Incoranata (Mary) DeAngelis Freda. They departed from the port of Naples on the Ocean liner Saturnia arriving in the port of New York City and continued onto Connecticut to live with her father Giovanni (John) Freda. They joined the bustling Italian American community in southend of Hartford. Vicky attended Hartford public schools Naylor and Burr graduating from Bulkeley High School Class of 1947. She attended some college and was always a voracious reader. She owned her own market research business and enjoyed camping, travel, economics and the stock market. She always loved rousing conversation with friends and family. She is survived by her second husband, all her children, their spouses, many grand and great-grandchildren as well as her younger brother and his family. She will be remembered with a private family service.

Hagedorn Marie Theresa (Girard)

On October 23, 2018, after a long happy life of raising eight children, eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren, Marie Theresa (Girard) Hagedorn peacefully died at age 94, rejoining the loving embrace of her pre-deceased husband Doctor Maxwell E. Hagedorn.

Marie grew up in Hartford, CT. She graduated in 1942 from Hartford Public High School. Marie had the singing voice of an angel. Her classmates described her singing talent “as a voice destined for Broadway”. However, after graduating from H.P.H.S., Marie pursued training as a surgical nurse at St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Hartford, CT. Here she met many of her life-long friends. She served during critical war years from 1942-1945 as a nurse at St. Francis Hospital where she also meet the love of her life, U.S. Army Captain Maxwell E. Hagedorn, who was serving as a VA Surgical doctor.

After the war, the two married in the Spring of 1948 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hartford, CT. They subsequently settled in New Britain, CT for their remaining years first on Brighton Street and then on Ten Acre Road, as well as, the family’s summer home on Cornfield Point, Old Saybrook, CT. Marie’s love for children and her strong desire to raise a family relegated her singing talents to more modest venues, such as St. Maurice’s Choir and the family music room. Meanwhile her nursing talents were directed at the health and the well-being of her growing family. The Hagedorn household was a mixture of music, horseplay and laughter where Marie and her loving-ways created a welcoming home for both family and friends. Mom, Marie, “Ree-Ree” or Mrs. Hagedorn was always there to provide a space to “drop by”, “sleep over” or grab a “bite to eat”. Her amazing home cooking has inspired all of her kids to think of food as more than mere sustenance and that a loving home filled with good food was what really satisfies one’s soul.

Along with her husband Maxwell, Marie is predeceased by her grandson (William Hagedorn of Charlotte, VT), her brother (William “Billy” Girard of Hartford, CT), her sister and brother in-law (Corinne and Harold Johndrow of Bristol, CT), her brother and sister in-law (Vincent and Claire Girard of Bristol, CT) and her loving parents (Mary “Molly” (Kelly) and Leas Girard).

Never being one to be last to a party, Marie obviously will have lots of catching up to do with loved ones who have passed before her. We all will miss her laughter and incredible zest and love for life. We pray her spirit lives on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.

Marie was a long time member of both St. Maurice’s Catholic Church in New Britain, CT, St. John’s Church in Old Saybrook, CT and St. Ann’s Church in Avon, CT.

In addition to Marie’s eight children, she leaves 3 great grandchildren and 11 grandchildren. In order of age, she leaves Jeffery Hagedorn of Westerly, RI (grandson William), Dr. Mark and Ann (Toomey) Hagedorn of Old Lyme, CT (grandson’s Ryan and Craig), Joel and Cathryn (Scully) Hagedorn of Hollywood, FL, James and Ana (Madison) Hagedorn of Clearwater, FL (granddaughter Amoreena and grandson Gabriel), Dr. Mary Hagedorn and her husband Ned Busch of Kaneohe, HI, Keith Hagedorn of Mystic, CT (grandson’s Kyle and Max), Steven Hagedorn of Delray Beach, FL (granddaughter Erin and grandson Clarke and father of her three great grandchildren Cecilia, Nolah, and Emmett), Glenn and Rebecca Hagedorn of Cary, NC (granddaughter Amanda and grandson Evan).

Marie lived by an important dictate of life and love: “We are all, in the private kingdom of our hearts, in search of the company of wise and true friends who recognizes that life is short and that all we have to offer one another, in the end, is love”

Marie, Mom, Ree-Ree, Nan, Nanny and great grandmom; we will miss you all the days of our lives.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Nov. 17) from 8:30-9:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 9:40am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon at 10:00am. Burial will be private.

Murray, Ruby

Ruby Murray, 82, of Hartford, passed away on October 18, 2018. She was born on July 12, 1936 in St. Catherine, Jamaica, to the late Llewellyn Russell and Doris Edgil. Ruby was known as a hard worker, great listener and the glue that held her family together. She loved to cook.
She leaves to cherish her memory, sons Terrence and Junior; daughters Andrea and Jacqueline; brother Samuel; sisters Rita, Eudell and Veronica; 13 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a host of step-children, nephews, nieces and relative and friends. Besides her parents, Ruby was predeceased by her husband Benjamin Murray; three sisters Winnifred, twin sister Nora and Cynthia; her beloved great-grandson Mark Anthony and her step-daughter Pamela.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Saturday (Nov. 3) from 4:00-5:00pm with a Memorial Service to be held in the funeral home at 5:00pm. Burial will be in Jamaica.

Bouchard, Sarah L.

Sarah L. Bouchard, 53, of Farmington, passed away unexpectedly surrounded by her loving family on Sunday October 21st, 2018. She was born in Bristol, Connecticut, as the sixth child to the late Mary J. Drouin and Robert R. LaRoche. She grew up in Bristol, but later moved to Farmington where she spent the rest of her life. Sarah was a dedicated fan to her Red Sox baseball team and cheered them on every single game. She was a loved co-worker of Bobrow & Co. in Farmington. When she wasn’t home, she loved going on hikes, working out at the gym, visiting friends and family, talking to her daughter Lindsay in England, and going to her daughter Victoria’s track & field meets.

She is survived by her two beautiful daughters, Lindsay M. Bouchard and Victoria R. Bouchard who were her everything, both of Farmington, her two sisters Theresa A. Cahill of Tennessee and Rose M. Cote of Colchester, her brothers James M. LaRoche of Bristol and David J. LaRoche of New Hampshire, her daughter’s father Rick R. Bouchard and his mother Margaret A. Bouchard and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her mother Mary J. Drouin and stepfather Wayne Drouin, father Robert R. LaRoche and stepmother Madeline LaRoche, and older brother Robert R. LaRoche Jr.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday, October 26th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday, October 27th at 9:15am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main St., Unionville. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sarah’s memory to The Red Sox Foundation, forwarded to 12 Rosewood Drive, Farmington, CT 06032.

Kerr, Margaret (Machuga)

Margaret Marie (Machuga) Kerr, surrounded by her beloved family left this earth to join the love of her life, Stanley W Kerr Sr., in heaven on October 22, 2018. She was born in Unionville on May 7th, 1929, and was a life-long resident. Until starting her family, Margaret was employed in the accounting department at the State Capital. After raising her family, she returned to work for the Cowles family in Farmington until her retirement. Once retired, she spent much of her time with her husband of sixty-nine years, traveling with their “gang” of friends to Ireland, Canada, Hawaii and many other states. For nearly 50 years, Saturday nights were spent with the “gang” attending church, enjoying dinner out and ending with a hand of 31. Margaret was a marvelous cook and enjoyed nothing more than preparing Sunday dinners for her family. Upon her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, Margaret lovingly hand wrote all her family’s favorite recipes and combined them into cookbooks to ensure they could be enjoyed for years to come. Yearly vacations to Cape Cod included spending the day at the beach, building puzzles with her grand kids, riding the waves, and ending the day enjoying the sunset with a cocktail. Margaret’s many interests included leading her den of Cub Scouts, sewing special gifts for her grandchildren, crossword and word jumble puzzles, and enjoying her afternoon “programs”. She was a member of the Columbiettes of Uncas council. Along with her husband they hosted wine and cheese after Saturday night mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea church for many years.
She is survived by her children: Colleen Kerr of Plainville, Lisa Zabel and her husband Kevin of Farmington, and Stanley Kerr Jr., and his wife Brooke of Unionville. She leaves behind many grandchildren and great children: Christopher Kerr and his daughter Isabella; Keleigh Scully, her husband Jerry and their children Gregory and Rachel; Deirdre Zabel and her partner Pete Slater; Ashley Foley, her husband Mark and their daughters Helena and Emilina; Meghan Parent, her husband Stephen and their sons Landon, Logan and Lincoln; Stanley Kerr III; Zachary Zabel; Tess Kazakidis and her husband Alexander. She is also survived by her brother William Machuga and his wife June, as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her parents John Machuga and Hazel (Jacques) Machuga Holland, her sons Gregory, Michael, and Edward, her brothers John and Joseph Machuga and her sisters Mary (Machuga) Marek and Jean (Machuga) Thebarge. The family extends a special thank you to the staff of The Reservoir in West Hartford for their loving care of Margaret throughout the years she was a resident.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt., 4, Unionville on Thursday (Oct. 25) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (Oct. 26) 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. Donations in her memory can be made to: Unionville Museum, 15 School Street, Unionville, CT 06085; The Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd. S#4B, Southington CT, 06489.

Morris, Joseph W.

Joseph W. Morris, 88, of Farmington, died peacefully on Sunday, October 21, 2018. Born February 2, 1930 in Cumberland, RI, he was the son of the late Joseph and Gladys (Simmons) Morris.
Joe enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 17 and honorably served his country for 20 years. When stationed in Germany, he married his wife of 64 years, Katharina (Hanner) Morris. Together they were stationed all over the United States and Panama adding 4 children along the way. Upon retiring from the military, he settled his family in Farmington where he worked and retired as a town employee.
Joseph was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. He loved nothing more than a Sunday dinner with his family and relaxing in his favorite recliner with his faithful Yorkie, Clovie, by his side.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Katharina, his daughter, Gladys and her husband Peter of Maine, his son, Steven and his wife Beth of Southington, his daughter, Robin and her husband Greg of Canton, nine grandchildren, Eric, Christopher, Katherine, Andrew, William, Matthew, Michelle, Allison and Timothy, five great-grandchildren, Erica, Kaley, Hannah, Jonah and Joseph and one great-great grandson, River. He was predeceased by his beloved son, Bill and his siblings. The family would like to thank Dr. Maresh and Dr. Clerkin and Avon Health Center for their excellent care.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday (Oct. 27) at 1:00pm in Memorial United Methodist Church, Avon. Full military honors will be rendered at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joseph’s name to Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Rd., Avon, CT 06001.

Staunton, Rosemary

Rosemary Clifford Staunton of South Windsor, CT, beloved wife of the late Patrick Staunton, passed away on October 17, 2018. The daughter of the late Daniel and Mary Clifford, she was born and raised in Waterbury, CT. She attended Waterbury Catholic High School and St. Mary’s Hospital Nursing School and worked as a nurse at St. Mary’s and St. Francis Hospitals. In her twenties, she started an Irish dance school with her sister and remained actively involved in Irish dance and the Irish community. An avid sports fan, she especially enjoyed cheering on the UConn Men’s and Women’s Basketball and the Boston Red Sox. She loved spending time at the beach and taking day trips to Ocean Beach in New London. Many of her happiest moments were spent vacationing in Cape Cod and on island cruises.
Rosemary is survived by her daughter Kathleen (Staunton) Hall and her husband Eric of Marlboro, MA, sister Maura (Clifford) Nevin and her husband Chris of Hingham, MA; nieces Colleen Nevin of Washington, DC and Tara Nevin Olivier and husband David and their three children of Hingham, MA; nephews Brian Nevin and wife Siobhan of Hingham, MA and Christopher Nevin of Weymouth, MA; and several loving and supportive sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and several nieces and nephews. Her dog Terry was her loving companion.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours from 4-7pm on Sunday, October 21 at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave, Hartford. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday, October 22 at 9:45am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Margaret Mary Church, 80 Hayes Rd in South Windsor at 10:30am. Burial will be at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

Bozza, Ralph Joseph

Ralph Joseph Bozza, of Farmington, CT, died on October 11, 2018 surrounded by his family. Born in Morristown, NJ on June 16, 1953, Ralph was the second of four children of Ralph A. Bozza and Caroline L. Bozza (née Saracco). He grew up in Rockaway, NJ and attended Blessed John Newman Preparatory Seminary. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston College in 1975 and his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. He married the love of his life, Mary Louise Bozza (née Cronin), in 1976. He pursued extensive continuing education in dentistry including the Fellowship and Mastership of the Academy of General Dentistry. He loved his patients and the community of Terryville, CT where his practice, the Smile Center, was located since 1979.
Ralph is survived by his devoted wife, Mary Lou, and their children, Mary Louise Bozza (Gary Wang) and Michael N. Bozza (Zana); his beloved granddaughters, Salam and Noor Bozza of Boston, MA; his brother, Rev. Nicholas Bozza of St. Lawrence the Martyr Church in Chester, NJ and his sister, Michelle Bozza of Whippany, NJ; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Alan Mulder of New Market, VA, Edward Cronin and Helen Crowe of Bonita Springs, FL, Paul and Nancy Cronin of Newton, MA, and Jerry Kelley of Boston, MA; his aunt, Mary Bozza; and his cousins, nieces and nephews, and extended family. Ralph was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Sara Mulder, and his sisters-in-law, Martha McAllister and Anne Kelley.
Ralph was an extraordinary man who lived each day to its fullest. He was deeply faithful and filled with gratitude. He was active in his parish as a lector and member of the parish council, as well as the Knights of Columbus.
Ralph was contagiously curious about everything. He maintained a large garden on the flats in Farmington for many years, where he enjoyed the company of his fellow gardeners and grew produce to share with anyone he met. He was a skilled woodworker, carpenter, and nature enthusiast and was ready to help with any project. He enjoyed running, fishing, drawing, and exploring the wonders and beauty of the world and especially sharing these things with his children and grandchildren. He was quick with a joke and a smile, and unfailingly generous and kind.
For more than ten years, Ralph and his family traveled each year to Haiti and El Salvador to provide dental care. He cherished his time with his family and the communities there and was beloved by those whom he came to consider family in both countries.
Ralph valiantly spent the last year of his life with his family and friends by his side, in the care of the amazing team led by Dr. Steven Holland and Dr. Christa Zerbe at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, and his last days at the UMass Medical Center.
A wake will be held at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, CT on Friday, October 19 from 4-8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Saturday, October 20 in St. Patrick’s Church in Farmington, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ralph’s name to the National Institutes of Health [NIAID, Attn: Meredith Shaffer, Building 10, Room 11N248B, Bethesda, MD 20892], the Diocese of Norwich’s Outreach to Haiti [815 Boswell Avenue, Norwich, CT 06360] or FACES/Faith in Action with El Salvador [PO Box 5411, Wayland, MA 01778].

Anderson, Frances “Fran”

Frances “Fran” Anderson, age 69, cherished wife of Peter Anderson for 45 years, died peacefully on October 13 surrounded by family and friends attending her, following a courageous six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Fran had a gentle spirit, always caring. She listened to people and offered encouragement to all she met. Many people, young and old, will miss her. Frances was born July 6, 1949 in Hartford, Connecticut. Her father was Thomas John Noviasky (1910-1990), and her mother was Rose Rita Alliette (1920-1972). Fran graduated from South Catholic High School in 1967 with high honors, then majored in math and psychology and graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. Joseph University in West Hartford in 1971. She used her skills and education to help people and companies. In the 1970’s through the 1990’s she worked for the Connecticut Department of Social Services, Pratt and Whiney, TPM Division, and Heublein, Inc. Later she contributed her time to Catholic charity work serving as fundraising coordinator, treasurer, and volunteer manager. Her quiet demeanor and organizational skills were recognized and appreciated. Fran enjoyed life with her beloved husband, Peter and their devoted son Kenneth. They traveled to National Parks, Caribbean Islands, California, and enjoyed living in Farmington, Cape Cod and Florida. They shared experiences with lifelong friends and family.
In addition to her husband Fran is survived by her son Kenneth Michael Anderson of South Windsor. She leaves a sister Janice Benda of Andover and her husband John. In addition, she leaves a sister in law Roz and her husband Gerald Terwilliger of Farmington, an uncle Michael Noviasky in Winsted and cousins Diane Zarra and Susan Palange, both of North Haven, as well as cousins Doris Murphy, Joan Rulli, Victor Kelmelis, Jr., Lois DuGuay, Judy Early, Ronald Stoppa, Jackie Howard, John Noviasky, Fay Longmaid, Matthew Noviasky, Mickey Noviasky, Mitchell Noviasky, Frank Marinelli, Jim Marinelli and all their families. She leaves dear friends Pat and Bob Banach of Somers, Nancy and David Foohey of Avon, Shirley and George Panas of Manchester. The family extends deep appreciation to friends, neighbors and community for tender expressions of sympathy including prayers, gifts, cards, food, and moral support with special thanks to South Windsor Parish Pastor Father David Baranowski who administered the Sacrament for the Sick and anointed Fran a week before her death. Thanks, are extended to Dr. William Baker and his staff at Hartford Hospital for their kindness and dedication, as well as to the staff at Hartford HealthCare at Home Hospice.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Oct. 17) from 3:00-6:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday (Oct. 18) 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, the family respectfully requests donations to the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, 85 Retreat Ave, Hartford CT 06106 or Hartford HealthCare at Home

Hammerberg, Jr., Donald O.

Donald Odeen Hammerberg, Jr., born May 10, 1928, to the late Donald O. Hammerberg and Ebba Jackson Hammerberg, died quietly on September 26, 2018, in Farmington at the home he built for his love, Sally, cared for by his devoted family.
Don grew up in Storrs, CT, and as a youth, relished spending summers on the Jackson family dairy farm in Minnesota. His family heard many a story of days spent participating in the rigorous routine of maintaining such an establishment, while also reveling in the many hours of bliss riding his favorite horse, Lad, fishing in the St. Croix river and absorbing his relatives’ mid-western humor.
He graduated from a collaborative program in Architecture between M.I.T. and Middlebury College. His most fond memory of time at the latter was studying water-color painting, and indeed, his sea and landscape paintings grace many a room. He was also awarded a degree from The University of Graz, Austria.
In Storrs, he met his future beloved wife, Sally. They married in 1951 and settled in Farmington to raise their children. They shared a love of the classics, jazz, dancing, great friends and service to the community. Don was deeply involved in developing Winding Trails’ Dunning Lake, served on the boards of the Exchange Club of Farmington, the Historic District Commission, the Stanley Whitman House and the town’s Architectural Design Review Board. He and Sally also sponsored several newcomers to our country.
His contributions to our area’s architectural heritage are vast. This legacy includes Corporate Center West (West Hartford), Hartford Square North, Farm Glen, Talcott Notch among many other notable structures along Farmington Avenue, chapels for Holy Apostles College and Seminary (Cromwell) and the Franciscan Sisters (Cheshire), as well as many beautiful residences throughout New England.
Don had a lifetime pursuit of mastering a history of the world and how it relates to architecture in the community. His comprehensive study spanned several decades as can be evidenced in detailed charts covering his office walls. He built extensive models of sustainable cities. Don lived for design. His simple tools at the heart of his inspiration included a pipe, an HB pencil, watercolors and NPR.
Ever the adventurer, Don lived large without fear. His trademark crossing of Rt. 4 from his space at #772 since founding Don Hammerberg Associates in 1968 was arms in the air, pipe in mouth, concentrating on an evolving design with no apparent concern over the traffic whizzing around him. This is where he felt most at home in the whole world. Skiing, sailing, hunting, fishing, trips to Tanglewood, Willsboro and telling utterly fabulous stories in living color accompanied by a glass of Wild Turkey, all help to define this remarkable, extraordinary man. Charismatic to the end, Don expressed his joy daily over the continual beauty he found in everyday Farmington life.
Following Sally’s death in 2011, he shared several happy years with Kay Miller Browne, with whom he travelled extensively.
Don is survived by daughter Jill Hammerberg, husband Robert (Biff) Schechinger, Jr., and her sons Nathan and spouse Morgan Laurie, Samuel and spouse Andrea Stroud, and Maxfield. Daughter Peri H. Pogson, husband John Pogson, their daughters, Sarah and spouse Laura Goldman, Ellen and partner Jeremy Culberson. There are three sparkling and joyful great-grandchildren, Henry, Sylvie and Juliette. He was pre-deceased by their son Marc, wife Sally, and son-in-law, Mark Fey.
There will be a private celebration of Don’s life at his home. Please consider making a donation in Don’s name (memo line) to Farm Aid, 501 Cambridge Street, 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02141, to honor his love of music and respectful use of land in nature.

Velez, Jessica Marie

Jessica Marie Velez, age 31, born May 19th, 1987 in Hartford, CT. Beloved mother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend of New Britain, passed away unexpectedly with family by her side Thursday, October 4th 2018 at The Hospital of a Central Connecticut-New Britain General. Raised in Bristol, CT Jessica was a Bristol Central Graduate Class of 2005. Spending 13 years with Citgo, the last few years as manager so hard working and outgoing, she loved it. Young and full of LOVE! Jessica lived everyday like it was her last, partied like she’d never do it again. So smart and adventurous. Absolutely beautiful, caring and selfless. She leaves behind her only son Daniel Amesquita, Mother Nancy Colon, 3 Sister’s Jacinta, Tania & Cindy Colon, Brother Johnnie Colon, Godsister Juliana Gonzalez, her maternal grandmother Gladys Fontanez, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who she loved all dearly. Jessica joins her Father Juan and Nephew Aiden in Heaven. She left our life the greatest hero, leaving a legacy of life saving FOUR lives through organ donation. The family wishes to thank all those who have reached out to offer their condolences and memories of Jessica’s life—all the kind words have been deeply appreciated. Calling hours will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT on Sunday (Oct. 14) at 5:00pm.

Blais, Barbara C.

Barbara C. Blais, 92, of Burlington, widow of Joseph C. Blais, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 10th, 2018. Born July 13th, 1926 in Springfield, MA, she was the daughter of the late Corliss and Hazel Canedy. Barbara was a longtime, active member of Prospect United Methodist Church in Bristol and was a member of the Bristol Women’s Club. She loved gardening and spending time at her cottage in Gloucester, MA.
Barbara is survived by her three daughters, Deborah Thomas and her husband Leonard of Ellington, Rebekah Johnson and her husband Allen of Collinsville and Melissa Blais and her husband Jon Thiesse of Canton. She was the loving grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 13. She was predeceased by her two sisters, Dorcas Blais and Shirley Orr, her son, Bradford Blais and his wife Mary Ann Blais.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday (Oct. 13) at 11:00am in Prospect United Methodist Church, 99 Summer St., Bristol. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Prospect United Methodist Church, 99 Summer St., Bristol, CT 06010.