Archive for November 2018

Maize, Joshua Augustus

Joshua Augustus Maize, born April 19, 1951, passed away peacefully on November 19 2018 in the evening at the age of 67 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. He is survived by his mourning wife Beverly and two children Christopher and Andre, his mother Iona Maize and siblings which include Samuel, Victoria, Esmine, Maureen, Collett, Cynthia, Riley and Loraine. He was the loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. Joshua was raised in Old Harbour, St. Catherine Jamaica where he joined the army at the age of 18, after which he became a police officer, serving proudly for 20 years. Apart from being with family, those days spent in the force tailored some of his greatest memories. A memorial service and viewing will be held at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT on Saturday, December 1st at 12 noon, at which time all are welcome. Joshua will be laid to rest in his birth country, Jamaica. The family would like to thank everyone who has shown support during this period of grief.

Calitri, Jennie K.

Jennie K. Calitri, 90, of Farmington, beloved wife of Frank Calitri, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 27th, 2018. Born June 25th, 1928 in Collinsville, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Kathryn (Hanzes) Kucia
Besides her husband of 67 years, she is survived by her five children, Edward Calitri and his wife Cynthia of West Hartford, Linda Callahan of Glastonbury, Nancy Moon of Manchester, Diane Calitri of Edgartown, MA, Marsha Nedorostek and her husband Gary of Canton, her grandchildren, Nicholas, Tyler and Samantha Calitri, Eric Callahan and his wife Brooke, Christopher Callahan and his wife Letty, Alyssa Callahan and her fiancé Anthony Pagliughi, Adam Moon and his wife Missy, Bryan Moon, Danielle Willett and her husband Neil Onsdorff, Brandon Willett, Kelly Nedorostek and her fiancé Michael Smith, Jack Nedorostek and Kate Nedorostek, her great-grandchildren, Grace, Benjamin, Emilia and William Callahan and Hannah and Brock Moon, her brother, Alex Kucia and his wife Julie of Burlington, her sister Stephanie Richard of Ohio, her sister-in-law Shirley Kucia of Canton and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her 10 siblings and her son-in-law William Callahan.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Dec. 1) from 8:30 – 9:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 9:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial will be in the family plot at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.

Cutler, Thomas Pease

Thomas Pease Cutler, 73, passed away, Oct 23, 2018, at Avon Health Center after a long illness. He was the son of the late Ralph Dennis Cutler Jr. and Prudence Pease Cutler of Farmington, CT. His grandparents were Ralph Dennis Cutler and his wife Ruth Brainard Cutler and Herbert Hoyt Pease and his wife, Mary Curtiss Pease. Tom leaves his sisters, Carolyn Dennis Cutler and Ruth Brainard Cutler, numerous cousins on both sides of the family and his aunts, Penny Pease and Patricia Pease.
Tom attended the Junior School and the Kingswood School in West Harford and graduated from The Pomfret School. An excellent athlete he lettered in crew, wrestling and football. After Pomfret he worked for the summer for the Grenfell Project on a ship that provided assistance to the native people of Labrador. With the intent to become fluent in French he attended a school in Switzerland and then worked as a bar tender in Paris arriving home to attend Yale for the next 4 years where he majored in political science. He subsequently received a master’s degree from John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. At the height of the Vietnam War his proficiency in languages earned him a place in the Army Language School where he learned Russian and was fortunate to spend 3 years stationed in Bavaria along the Czechoslovakia border to monitor the Warsaw Pact military communications. He returned to work as a night watchman while getting his law degree at George Washington University School of Law. Tom worked for a law firm in Washington, D.C. and wrote an article published in a law journal before starting his own practice in international law focusing on contracts.
Sailing was a passion and as a kid solo raced the “Grey Ghost, a frustratingly slow boat, in Edgartown harbor. With a friend Tom taught sailing in Menemsha Pond on the Vineyard while watching his sisters’ consistently poor performances in the weekly Sunfish races. He crewed for friends on several Bermuda Races and in 1968 on the yawl, Ondine, who won the Atlantic Race from Bermuda to Travemuende, Germany. Tom used the arrival in Germany as an opportunity to travel around Europe and to work on a kibbitz in Israel before returning to the US in time to sign up for the Army.
Tom’s family would like to thank Avon Health Center, Brian Hartley, BrightStar Care and Attorney Maureen Lovejoy for their help in making Tom happier during his long illness and for their friendship.
There will be a celebration of Tom’s life at the Sarah Porter Memorial, First Church of Christ Congregational Church, Dec. 12, Farmington CT at 11 AM. Donations in lieu of flowers, can be made to CT Forest and Park Assoc. in Middlefield, CT or Sheriffs Meadow in Edgartown, Mass.

Hodgkinson, James Timothy (Tim)

James Timothy Hodgkinson (“Tim”), 67, of Burlington, passed away peacefully at New Britain Hospital on November 22, 2018. Tim was born in Bristol on November 13, 1951 and was the son of the late James R. and Billie Adele (Breining) Hodgkinson. Tim worked for New Departure for many years, and retired from the Town of Burlington Highway Department.
He will always be remembered for his huge heart, and contagious laughter. He leaves behind his daughter, Jillian Hodgkinson, whom he adored more than anything. He is survived by his siblings, Peter Hodgkinson of New Hartford, Caitlin Hurlburt of Bristol, and Mike Hurlburt of Elkhorn, WI. He enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews, Emily George, Eric Hodgkinson, Jennifer Mueller, Amy Wierzbicki, Autumn Driscoll, Chris Jones and Mike Jones. He is also survived by a large amount of close friends who he considered family, including Frank Rossi Jr., and Joel Papapietro.
The family will receive friends and relatives on Saturday (Dec. 1st) at 11:30 am at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, where a brief memorial will be held.

Minges, Frederick Robbins

Frederick Robbins Minges, 70, of Farmington, Connecticut passed away suddenly on November 2, 2018. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut on January 11, 1948. Fred was a beloved son of the late Arline and James Minges and the grandson of Irving A. Robbins. He was predeceased by a brother, William (Billy). Fred leaves a brother Blue Minges (wife Peg) of Jupiter, Florida; a nephew Joshua Minges of Great Barrington, Massachusetts; stepsons Jonah Knight (wife Lisa and son Milo) of Fair Oaks, California and Joshua Knight (wife Jacque) of Denver, Colorado; and his former wife Patricia Minges of Avon, Connecticut. Fred was known and respected as a fine craftsman and master builder of post and beam constructions. He built homes and completed restorations in the Farmington Valley area, Chesterfield, Massachusetts and on Martha’s Vineyard and Washington, D.C. A special thanks is extended to solid friends and colleagues Dave Bergen and Tyler Swain; and little Bart. The family would like to acknowledge the kindness of Michael and Martha Cheshire of Farmington; Carl and Beth Salcedo of Burlington and their children, Liz and Carlos. Memorial donations may be gifted to the Farmington Land Trust in Fred’s name. Announcements for a memorial service will be made in the spring. Freddy will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Betti, George Joseph

George Joseph Betti, 66, of Unionville, passed away peacefully Monday, November 19, 2018, at UConn John Dempsey Hospital surrounded by his family.
George is survived by his brother Joseph Betti and sisters Debbie Knibbs, Denise Holt, and his children Michael and Matthew Betti of Connecticut, his daughter Maureen and her husband Chris Susi of North Carolina, grandchildren Ashe-Leigh, Emma, Jackson, and Nathan, as well as several nieces and nephews. George is also survived by his daughter-in-law Danielle and very close friends Gwen, Dave, Sydney, Liz, Bob, Kathy, Fred, and Skip. He is predeceased by his parents, John and Dorothy Betti, nephew Chris Knibbs, and dear friend Sondra “Sunny” Benson.
George was a graduate of E.C. Goodwin Vocational/ Technical School and worked in many fields prior to finding his passion for custom carpentry. In addition to owning his own business, George opened Unionville Wooden Toys, a workshop where he crafted unique wooden gifts. George was a long time member of the Tunxis Hose Fire Department. In addition to woodworking, George enjoyed camping, golfing, fishing and wildlife photography.
The family would like to sincerely thank the staff of UConn John Dempsey Hospital for their exceptional care and compassion they showed George over the years.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Nov. 24) from 1:00-3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Town of Farmington Fire Department 1 Monteith Drive, Farmington CT 06032 or The Farmington Senior Center 321 New Britain Avenue, Unionville, CT 06085.

Machuga, William D.

William D. Machuga, 88, of Unionville, beloved husband of June M. Machuga, passed away peacefully Friday, November 16, 2018 surrounded by his family at home. Born in Plainville on July 21st, 1930 son of the late John and Hazel (Jacques) Machuga, he was raised in Unionville and resided here his whole life. William was employed at Petroleum Meter and Pump in Avon for 50+ years retiring in 2007. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Uncas Council 32 Unionville and enjoyed being a member of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea choir for many years. He has many fond childhood memories of summers spent on the Machuga farm in Torrington.
Besides his beloved wife June, he leaves his children Patricia A. Wojtilla, Donna M. Harvey and her husband Rus, Susan Grotts and her husband Joe, Martin J. Machuga and his wife Darcy and Daniel F. Machuga and his wife Wendy and Joseph M. Deraleau whom they raised as their son. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son in law Steven J. Wojtilla, his brothers John Machuga and Joseph Howland and sisters Mary Marek, Margaret Kerr and Jean Thebarge.
Friends and family may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Nov. 23) from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Nov. 24) at 9:15 AM followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main Street, Unionville at 10:00 AM. A private burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions, may be made to the Unionville Museum, 15 School Street Unionville, CT 06085.

Dunne, Marcia Eloise (Waldron)

Marcia Eloise Waldron Dunne, surrounded by her beloved family, left this earth to join her husband, The Rev. Richard Dunne in heaven Nov. 14, 2018.
She was born in Piscataway, NJ in 1936 to the late Jerome & Anita Mary Waldron. She was predeceased by her sisters Sali Bassett and Jane Ambler.
Marcy is survived by her children, Cynthia Nelson, Carol Dunne, Andrew Dunne, Heather Chasse and her husband David. She was a devoted Grandmama to her much adored 6 granddaughters: Katrina, Alyssa & Nicole Nelson, Aysa Dunne, Samantha & Natalie Chasse.
Like many strong resilient women the world over, Marcy wore many hats, some by necessity, some by vocation, others for joy and enrichment. Daughter, sister, student, Rectors wife, mother to 4 (in 5 1/2 yrs!) supernumerary police, brownie leader, gardener. She was promoted quickly from clerk typist to executive secretary through will, precision and amazing talent.
Marcy’s fierce, independent spirit, her unwavering inner strength and faith, her grace and dignity in the face of adversity has served as an inspiration to her children, grandchildren and countless others. Every single granddaughter says their feisty streak is inherited from G’mama (Thanx a lot, Mom!)
Marcy was a bibliophile, gardener, philanthropist and an ardent supporter of her family’s activities: football, hockey, soccer, dance, swim, theatre, volley ball. Among the many lessons we would like to share with you about our mother, here are a few:
*Read to your children
*Never skip an opportunity to say a kind word to brighten someone’s day
*Give what you can
*Protect & love Mother Earth
So please, take a page from her book and in lieu of sending flowers, please support your local public library, elementary school, Planned Parenthood or any charity that makes this world a better place.
The family would like to give heartfelt thanks to Dr. James St. Pierre of Lexington Cardiology for the wonderful care he has given our mother over the years.
The memorial funeral service will be held on Saturday, (Dec. 1) at 11:00 am in St. James Church, 3 Mountain Rd, Farmington, Reverend George Roberts, Rector officiating.

Sheridan, Richard M.

Richard “Dick” M. Sheridan, died peacefully on November 6, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital with his family by his side after a decades-long battle with multiple sclerosis. He was 75.
Dick was born in Hartford, CT on October 15, 1943 to his late parents, Peter and Mary (Drummond) Sheridan. He lived in Granby, CT for the last three years in the caring and loving community at the MeadowBrook of Granby nursing home. Prior to that, Dick lived in Pine Meadow, CT, Simsbury, CT and Hartford, CT.
Dick was a 1961 graduate of Bulkeley High School and a 1965 graduate of Fairfield University. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1968 from University of Connecticut School of Law. Dick was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Connecticut for over 25 years. Prior to his retirement in 1996, he had the honor of arguing a case before the United States Supreme Court.
Dick was known for his generosity and his kindheartedness. He had a passion for history, was a consummate joke-teller and an enthusiastic sports fan. He especially enjoyed cheering for Notre Dame and the New York Giants. He will, however, be primarily remembered as an avid, life-long Red Sox supporter. Luckily, Dick was able to see his team deliver one more World Series win this year before he passed.
Above all, Dick was a beloved husband, father, grandfather (known lovingly to his grandchildren as “Bampi”) and friend. Nothing made him happier than spending time with those he loved and who loved him. He was a friend of Bill W. and felt great pride in helping others find similar friendship as well. Dick will be deeply missed by all who knew him, but he will never be forgotten.
Dick is survived by his wife, Gail Sheridan; his Aunt Katherine Drummond; his brother Brian Sheridan; his children and their spouses, Laura Nadolski and her husband David, Debra Olbrias and her husband David, and Michael Sheridan and his wife Deanna; his step-children and their spouses, Kimberly Silverman and her husband Adam, and Jeffrey Hanelius and his wife Dyanne; his nine grandchildren, Kate, Emma, Jack, Benjamin, Alexander, Samuel, Maxwell, Ariel, and Jacob; and his many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother, Robert Sheridan.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 pm on January 6, 2019, in the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford, CT. Memorial donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Home. To send online condolences to the family, please visit

Dean, George Howard

George Howard Dean, 97, beloved husband of the late Doris M.F. (LaChance) Dean entered into eternal rest on Monday, October 29, 2018 at St. Mary’s Home in West Hartford. He was born in Agawam, MA, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Dean. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and after serving his country, moved to Hartford, CT. George was a loving husband, father, pepere, and friend to many. For the past 73 years he has been a communicant of St. Joseph Cathedral. Having been raised on a farm, George was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed gardening, fishing, and hunting. George was well known in his community as someone who was always willing to lend a hand to those in need.
He is survived by his seven children, Daniel and Cindy Dean of Nashua, NH, Robert and Gloria Dean of Newington, Carol and Mark Gilbert of Marlborough, Priscilla Prior and her late husband William Prior of Colchester, George J. Dean of Lawndale, CA, James Dean of West Hartford, and Jacqueline and John Kiefel of Downingtown, PA. He also leaves behind his thirteen grandchildren, Daniel Jr., Stephen, Melissa, Christopher, Heather, Jessica, Leah, Christina, Matthew, Jason, Justin, Jocelyn, and Jennifer, as well as his 7 great grandchildren, Sarah, Joshua, Heather, Sean Jr., Ebon, Sara, and Victoria. He was predeceased by his grandson, Josiah Kiefel, his 3 brothers, John, Frank and Albert, and his 4 sisters, Sue, Veronica, Rita, and Rosemary.
Friends may call at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Joseph Cathedral Food Pantry, 140 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT, 06105-3708.

Kachmar, Sandra (Bauer)

Sandra (Bauer) Kachmar, 73, of Avon passed away Thursday, November 8, 2018. She was born July 28th, 1945 in Hartford and wife of the late Michael D. Kachmar. Sandra was the daughter of the late William and Harriet Bauer and sister of the late Louise Emond. Sandy was a 1963 graduate of Avon High School. She is survived by her two brothers Paul Bauer of Unionville and Herbert Bauer of Burlington. Sandy leaves her daughters Lisa Dawson of Avon, and Lori Gustafson of Plainville. She also leaves four grandchildren Joshua Ellis, Sarah Padelli, Jeanie Dawson, and Hayley Gustafson. Sandy leaves her great-grandchildren Ian, Niamh, Zach, and Logan. Her extended family includes several nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws who reside in the states of Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida. She was a generous and loving mother, wife, grandmother, and friend. She will be profoundly missed by everyone who loved her. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111Main Street, Unionville on Wednesday (Nov. 14) from 6-8 PM. The funeral service will be held Thursday (Nov. 15) at 11:00 AM in The Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Rd., Avon. Burial will be private. To send online condolences to the family, please visit

O’Brien, Elena Manfredi

The family of Elena O’Brien is saddened to announce her peaceful passing at age ninety on November 8, 2018 at her home in Avon, Connecticut. She displayed a powerful will to live and great bravery in the face of debilitating physical challenges during the past several years. This will surprise no one who knew her. We are grateful that Elena’s strength of will, solid work ethic, and generosity of spirit have all been passed to her loving grandchildren.
Elena was a child of Italian immigrants, Teresa and Armando Manfredi, and spent her formative years in Newark, New Jersey. A love of all things NYC stayed with this Jersey girl to the end.
A proud alum of Barringer High and recipient of the Bausch & Lomb award, she was an excellent student and attended what was then Montclair State Teachers College, where her academic success undoubtedly inspired her husband-to-be, Jack, to improve his study habits and up his game. After graduating in 1950 as a chemistry major, she became a distinguished and highly-respected teacher during a career spanning more than fifty years, obtaining a master’s degree from UConn along the way. The majority of those years were spent in the West Hartford school system until she accepted an early retirement in the mid-1980s. In sharp contrast to Jack’s enjoyment of his golden years, retirement did not sit well with Elena. Within months, she accepted a position with Renbrook School in West Hartford where she worked for another twenty years before stepping down at the age of the age of eighty-one. We are convinced that Renbrook was unaware of her actual age, which is a testament to her vitality and spirit. She took pride in knowing that she made a difference to her hundreds of students, many of whom maintained contact with her over the years. Elena also treasured the many lasting friendships she made throughout her career in education.
At heart, though, she was devoted to family, and savored the rich experience of being a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. If there’s an award for most athletic contests witnessed by a family member, our “Grams” has to be in the running! In addition, she cherished the many evenings spent with her son John, together besting the contestants on “Jeopardy” (woe to anyone who dared call between 7 and 7:30 p.m…). She enjoyed a close bond in later years with her devoted brother and sister, and took immense pride in watching her grandchildren grow and embark on their own life journeys. We will all miss her.
Elena is survived by: sons Bob (Anne) and John, grandchildren Kerry, Jennie (Steve), Bobby (Svetlana) and Jack, great-granddaughter Kylie, brother Dr. Orlando Manfredi, sister Anita Riccio, sister-in-law Diana Manfredi and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by Jack, her husband of fifty-one years, her sisters Edith Zoppi and Ginetta Manfredi, and brothers-in-law Frederick Riccio and Ernest Zoppi. She received special care in recent years from Edyta and Andrzej, Nina, Patricia, and Ozi, along with compassionate assistance from the FVNA Hospice team for which the family is very grateful.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Ann’s Church in Avon on Friday, November 16, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. to be followed by burial at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Elena’s honor to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are being handled by Ahern Funeral Home Inc. To send online condolences to the family please visit

Reardon, Arlene J.

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 8:30 PM, Arlene J. Reardon, loving mother and sister, passed away peacefully with family at her bedside after a brave, 17-month battle with cancer.
Arlene was born January 17, 1963 in Hartford, daughter of Arthur Comstock and Blanche Randall and her husband Robert. On May 14, 1999, she married the love of her life, Edward J. Reardon, by whom she was predeceased after 11 amazing years of marriage. She worked for 25 years at Bank of America, although it was known by many different names during her tenure, where she was the top operator in her department.
Arlene always brought joy to any room she entered. She had a gift for stories and no matter the situation, she would always find a way to have a smile on her face. She will be fondly remembered by friends and family for the stories she told and the happiness she brought with her wherever she went.
She is survived by her mother, Blanche Randall, her siblings Laurie, Cindy, Theresa, Dawn and Chris and her children, Brent Grace, Kelly Whitney (and her husband Ben), and Calvin Grace (and his wife Elizabeth), and four grandchildren, Alex, Marie, Nick, and Emma.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Monday (November 12) from 4-8 PM. The funeral service will be held at The Ahern Funeral Home at 10 AM on Tuesday (November 13) followed by burial in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.

Brandi, Christine Lee

Christine Lee Brandi, 63, of Bristol, formerly of Farmington, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, October 28, 2018 at her home. Born July 10, 1955 in New Britain, daughter of John E. Goselin and his wife Donna of Glastonbury and the late Jeanette (Lazorik) Goselin, she was a graduate of St. Paul High School in Bristol. Christine was currently employed at COCC in Southington where she met many new friends and was very happy. She was an avid fan of Earth, Wind and Fire and was a devoted New York Yankees fan.
Besides her father and step-mother, Christine is survived by her two sisters, Lori Ryff-Goselin and her husband Beat of Ivoryton and Jennifer Ford and her husband Glenn of North Granby, two nephews, Ian Hardcastle of CA, Kevin Ryff of Ivoryton and her niece, Grace Ford of CA. She was predeceased by her sister, Kim Walsh.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Nov. 10) from 2:00-4:00pm. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bristol Adult Resource Center, 195 Maltby St., P.O. Box 726, Bristol, CT 06010.