Archive for 2019

Yabrosky, Joel

Joel Yabrosky, 58, devoted husband of Vicki [Tenan] Yabrosky, of 23 years, passed away on November 7, 2019, at Cone Health Center, following a long battle with breathing issues related to silicosis. Born January 11, 1961, in Hartford, CT, he was the son of the late John Yabrosky and Teresa (Tess) [Dublac] Yabrosky. Joel was predeceased by his parents, John and Tess, and his great niece Quinne Morgan Orlowski. Joel graduated from Farmington High School in the Class of 1979. Following high school, he served in the United States Air Force.

When he was younger, Joel worked side by side with his beloved father John, at the family bar and restaurant, The Olde Towne Grille. Joel enjoyed times at the family cottage at Highland Lake, where he loved spending time with family and close friends. Joel was an avid fisherman, which he loved to do with his brothers, wife, children, nieces, and nephews. Joel loved music and could often be found, playing his guitar, singing, and attending concerts. He loved adventure, including long, leisurely rides on his motorcycle. Joel loved big family get-togethers with everyone sharing in song and a good meal. Joel was committed to the Program, having maintained sobriety for 30 years. He was a dedicated and loyal employee of the Heitkamp/Michel’s Corporation until the day he passed.

While he grew up in Unionville, CT and spent much of his adult life there, he moved to Little River, South Carolina, in 2014, to begin a new chapter in life, together with his beloved wife, Vicki. In South Carolina Joel was able to enjoy a bit of the good life, enjoying walks on the beach, fishing trips to Bird Island with close neighbors who have become like family, and naps on the porch with his favorite little buddy, his dog Hunter. Joel was a true giver, helping anyone in need, and expecting nothing in return. He was always up for an adventure, and could always be counted on for a trip to the water park, mini-golf, parasailing, or bumper cars, with his beloved grandchildren Nathan and Mariah. If it was fun, Joel wanted to do it, right in the center of the action. We will truly miss his huge heart, contagious laugh, and fun-loving spirit.

Joel is survived by his loving wife Vicki Yabrosky, their three children: Zak Yabrosky, Carla Cifarelli, and Rebecca Urbano; and his three grandchildren, Mariah Rose Little, Nathan John Santos, and Jackson Parker Leamy. Joel is also survived by his 7 siblings: Kim Droney and husband Richard, John Yabrosky Jr., Amy Yabrosky, Robin Franz and husband Eric, Mary Yabrosky and Christopher Foryan, Seth Yabrosky, Michael Yabrosky and wife Nancy, and brother-in-law Richard Orlowski, along with his beloved nieces and nephews: Adam Orlowski and his wife Anjie, Eric Orlowski and his wife Katherine, Jessie Yabrosky, Luke Yabrosky, Hannah Yabrosky, Thomas Yabrosky, Katie Delgreco, Miranda Orlowski, Elliott Orlowski, and Bennett Orlowski, and his great nephew whom he couldn’t wait to meet, Mason John Yabrosky. He is survived by many cousins and close friends, whom he cherished.

The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by a gathering for family and close friends, details to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association, South Carolina Chapter, 44-A Markfield Drive, Charleston, SC, 29407 OR the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489.

Whitham, Charlotte (Kasmer)

Charlotte (Kasmer) Whitham of Farmington passed away on Wednesday, (November 13, 2019) surrounded by loved ones in the home she built together with her husband, Leslie Whitham in 1967. She was born in New Britain on March 30, 1935. She was the beloved daughter of the late Walter and Sophia (Grabowski) Kasmer. She grew up in Newington and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and her master’s degree from Central Connecticut State College.
She was the wife of Leslie Carl Whitham; the two celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary this past July. When she first introduced Leslie to her grandmother, “Babcia”, her Babcia immediately said Charlotte would “marry that one”. Ever since then the two soul mates have always been at each other’s side.
Charlotte was a Pulaski and New Brittan High School teacher for many years, loved by all who passed through her class and dedicated to making a difference in her students’ lives. She was an active member of the Student Prince Stein Club, a UCONN basketball and Red Sox fan, an avid reader, and beach lover. Above all she was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a loyal friend.
She was predeceased by her adored daughter Charless Ann Whitham. Charlotte leaves two children, Susan and her husband Peter Salvia, of Sudbury, MA, and Leslie Whitham of Farmington. Charlotte was everything to her three children.
She was the most loved grandmother of her eight grandchildren, Paige and her husband David Bryant, of Boston, MA, Sarah Salvia, of New York, NY, Alex and his wife Lili Kliminsky, of West Chester, PA, Peter Salvia, of Boston, MA, Leslie Carl, Victoria, Amanda and Douglas Whitham of Newton, MA. Charlotte was also blessed with two great-grandsons who brought her endless joy, Christian and Chase Bryant.
She is survived by her loving brother Charles and his wife Sheila Kasmer, of Bristol. Charles and Charlotte always took care of each other. Charlotte was the aunt of Joy Kasmer, Walter Kasmer and his wife Yasuko, Dr. Lisa Kasmer, and Charles and Donna Kasmer and daughter Molly.
Nothing made Charlotte happier than spending time with her family and friends, including those friends she considered family, Frank, Diane, Darlene and Laura.
Charlotte’s family will receive relatives and friends Sunday (Nov. 17) from 4:30 to 7:30 PM at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville. Private family services and burial will take place Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Francis Foundation, 95 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105,

McDonald, Wilbert D.

Wilbert D. McDonald, 85, of Bristol, formerly of Burlington, beloved husband of Celia (Demers) McDonald, died peacefully at his home on Friday, November 8th, 2019. Born November 21st, 1933 in Harrisburg, PA, son of the late Wilbert R. and Agnes (Chedister) McDonald, he was raised in West Virginia before moving to Connecticut where he fell in love and married his wife Celia of 66 years. Prior to retiring, Wilbert worked for Gems in Plainville. He enjoyed working outside, fishing and golfing.
Besides his wife, Wilbert is survived by his four children, Eleanor Regina Sway and her husband John, Linda Hughes, Dwayne McDonald and Debra Muszynski, 7 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Ruby Strickland of South Carolina and Mary Regina Cain of Georgia and his brother, Harold McDonald and his wife Barbara of North Carolina. He was predeceased by his son-in-law, Paul Muszynski.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Nov. 13) from 5:00-7:00pm followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VITAS Healthcare, 199 Park Road Extension, Suite 102, Middlebury, CT 06762.

Parsons, Adrienne (Anderson)

Adrienne (Anderson) Parsons, 87, of Brewster MA, widow of Kenneth Parsons died Sunday November 3rd at the home of her daughter in Ellington CT. Born February 17, 1932 in Hartford CT, daughter of the late Edward Hancock and Olive Charlotte (Lundgren) Anderson.
Adrienne ran a successful and thriving dried flower business in Novi, MI, later moving to Sarasota FL to be with her brother Robert. Adrienne volunteered at her local church and hospital both in FL and MA and loved gardening at her home in Brewster MA.
Adrienne is survived by her devoted children and their spouses; Holly and Heath Kidd, Scott and Laura (Rollinger) Parsons, and Todd Parsons, her sister Betty Lou Cantin, and several grandchildren; Kelton, Chase, and Baylen Kidd and Kendell, Kajsa, and Branton Parsons.
Funeral services will be held Sunday Nov. 17 2019 at 2:00 pm in the Ahern Funeral home 11 Main St. RT 4 Unionville followed by burial in the family plot at Greenwood Cemetery in Avon CT.

Ashe, Sharon Lois

Sharon Lois Ashe departed this life on November 6, 2019. Her husband, James Loren Patterson (Jim Easy); her parents, Dorothy H. Flamio, Nicolas R. Flamio and Wallace L. Ashe; and her brother, Wallace H. Ashe (Skip) predeceased her.
Sharon is survived by her almost twin sister Judith Mary Ashe DeVincke; Judith’s daughter Dorothy Sarah DeVincke, her partner Brendan Quinn and their two special children Lenore Margaret and Declan Wallace; Judith’s son Charles Ashe and his wife Linda; her brother Skip’s wife Ann Marie Ashe, their daughter Phaedra Morneault, Phaedra’s partner Roger Theriault, and Phaedra’s children Myranda and Azleigh; Skip & Ann Marie’s daughter and Sharon’s favorite nephew Robert N. Ashe and his partner Gigliola Manrique.
Sharon graduated from the MBA program at the University of Connecticut and worked primarily in areas involving finance at both Cigna and Citigroup. Retiring prior to her 55th birthday to fall in love and travel the world.
Services will be held privately in the Spring. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601

Goddard, Stephen Bradley

Stephen Bradley Goddard died peacefully on November 4, 2019 in West Hartford, CT at the age of 77.
Stephen is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia Blaney Goddard; his children, Taegan Goddard, Bradley Goddard and Chelsey Goddard; his daughters-in-law, Sara Goddard and Mary Ellen Bucko, and his son-in-law, Patrick Proctor. He also leaves behind six grandchildren: Chase, Alex, Cameron, Johnny, Toby and Juniper.

Stephen was born on November 9, 1941 to Harvey Burton Goddard and Elizabeth O’Connor Goddard. He graduated from Bates College with a Bachelor’s Degree in economics in 1963 and from the University of Connecticut School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1973. Stephen was elected as an editor of the Law Review while at UConn School of Law.

He married Patty, the love of his life, in 1965. They settled in Hartford, CT and had three children. Stephen began his career as a journalist for the Hartford Times where he wrote a column for young adult readers and ultimately served as an editor on the City Desk. He was the recipient of a Congressional Fellowship in 1967 and worked in both houses of the United States Congress. From 1963 through 1969, Stephen served in the Marine Corps Reserve and left his service as a sergeant. After graduating from law school, Stephen briefly worked for a law firm before realizing he preferred working for himself. He started his own general practice law firm which he ran for more than 40 years.

Stephen was an accomplished author and historian, having written three books in the field of transportation. He was also the author of numerous essays on history and public policy published in newspapers nationwide. He also taught several history courses at Trinity College and the University of Hartford, earning rave reviews on his lectures from students.
Of all his many civic pursuits, Stephen served most prominently as a board member of the Hartford Public Library for more than 30 years, most recently as Director Emeritus. He was passionate about Hartford and its history and was instrumental in founding the Hartford History Center at the library. He lived in the city most of his life and was involved in numerous neighborhood organizations including the Blue Hills Civic Association, the West End Civic Association and the Southside Institution Neighborhood Alliance. He served his church, Asylum Hill Congregational Church, in many ways, including as part of a search committee for a senior minister, and helping to compile its history.

Anyone who knew Stephen understood his genuine love for people. He was the ultimate extrovert, cherishing his conversations with everyone who crossed his path. His great joy was throwing a party and he loved a hosting a raucous bunch of folks at his home. He was also a strong believer in the responsibility of civic participation throughout his life, instilling this value in his children. If he could meld his love of people with civic engagement over a meal or walking with his friends, he was truly happy. Indeed, even during the past year as his cognitive abilities were compromised, he charmed his caregivers and his social self was remarkably intact until just recently.

Stephen was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and the Hartford Yard Goats, a love he shared enthusiastically with his children and grandchildren. He ran three marathons because he never thought he could be a successful athlete. Stephen loved to travel with Patty. In his later years, he and Patty spent much of their free time in Martha’s Vineyard, a deeply meaningful place for him.

A funeral is scheduled for Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 11 am at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church, with a reception to follow at the church. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Stephen’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Hartford Public Library at 500 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103. Donations may also be made online at Please specify that your donation is in memory of Stephen Goddard for the Hartford History Center.

Stephen’s family would like to thank the dedicated caregivers and staff at the Hebrew Center for their tireless efforts to make Stephen’s last days comfortable and filled with love.


Steben, Christopher Michael

Christopher Michael Steben, 37, of Torrington, formerly of Burlington, passed away Tuesday, October 29th. Born October 30th, 1981 in Hartford, he was the son of Richard L. Steben of Burlington and Pauline (Sakowski) Steben of Torrington. Chris attended Northwestern Community College. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Tharau, Joan (Humphrey)

Joan (Humphrey) Tharau, of Burlington, wife of the late Erick “Junie” Tharau, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on November 1st, 2019. Born in Hartford on January 21, 1944, the daughter of the late Stanley J. and Lois Petersen Humphrey, Joan was a member of the first graduating class of Lewis S. Mills in 1962. Joan worked many years for the Firemen’s Fund Insurance Company. She served as the Town of Burlington’s Democratic Registrar of Voters for nine years and also served on the Burlington Cemetery Association. Joan was a member of the Congregational Church of Burlington and was a past President of the Burlington Senior Center.
Joan is survived by her three sons, Scott E. Tharau and his wife Allison, Timothy J. Tharau and his wife Bonnie and Christopher S. Tharau and his wife Donna all of Burlington, her grandchildren who were the lights of her life, Melissa, Cassandra, Brennen, Justin-Michael, Victoria, Amber and Haley and she was lucky enough to know she was going to be a great grandmother next year. She is also survived by her sister Sue Quartiero and her husband Jack and her beloved Ed Zack and his family who were so special to her and made her life a much brighter and happier place. Her sons are very grateful for their companionship over the past 10 years. She was predeceased by her two brothers Neil and Glenn Humphrey. Joan was so appreciative of the calls from family and friends over the past few months. The family would like to thank the Hospice Program at Foothills VNA in Winsted for the wonderful care and compassion extended to Joan.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Nov. 8) from 4:00-7:00 pm. Funeral Services will be held Saturday (Nov. 9) at 10:00 am in the Congregational Church of Burlington with the Rev. Wendell Taylor officiating. Burial will be in the family plot at Center Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Congregational Church of Burlington, 268 Spielman Highway, Burlington, CT 06013 or to the Erick B. “Junie” Tharau Scholarship Fund, c/o BVFD, P.O. Box 1285, Burlington, CT 06013.

Lindstedt, Carl Jimmy

Carl Jimmy Lindstedt, 90, of Burlington, died Friday October 25, 2019. Carl was born in his native country of Sweden on August 22, 1929 to his parents Birgit and Karl Lindstedt. He came to America in 1942 where he began a long career with Emhart Glass and also started a family. He was hard-working, kind, and known for his great sense of humor. He was married first to Ann Lindstedt of Burlington, CT followed by Mary Scully of Simsbury, CT who passed away around 2009. His best friend and loving son David Lindstedt also passed away in 2011. He is survived by his daughter Kirsten Lingenheld; granddaughters Stephanie and Allison Quick; great-grandchildren Corey Quick, Harrison Quick, Benjamin Quick, Abigail Wolf, Daisy Foltz, and Jackson Foltz; great-great grandchild Khaleesi Quick; he is also survived by his younger brother Nils Lindstedt and his family along with many others in his native Gothenburgh, Sweden.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Nov. 2) from 9:00-11:00am followed by Funeral Services in the Funeral Home at 11:00am. Burial will be in Center Cemetery, Burlington.

Scanlon, Anne Maxwell (Sherrerd)

Anne Maxwell (Sherrerd) Scanlon, 89, of East Granby, widow of Lawrence Eugene Scanlon, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, October 19th, 2019. Born October 17th, 1930 in East Orange, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Margaret (Huske) Sherrerd. Anne received her B.A. from New Jersey College for Women (now Rutgers University), Class of 1952 and her M.A. from the University of Hartford, Class of 1970. Anne was a dedicated teacher for 25 years teaching at the Institute of Living then in the Hartford Public School System. She loved interior design, travel and swimming, especially at the New Jersey and New England beaches.
Anne is survived by her two sons, Larry F. Scanlon and his wife Aline Fairweather of Philadelphia, PA and Neal P. Scanlon and his wife Susanne Phillips Scanlon of Queen Creek, AZ, her sister, Frances Hill of Simsbury, her grandchildren, Sterling Lawrence Scanlon and Eliza Cassella of Hartford, Milo Scanlon, Jasper Scanlon and Zoe Scanlon all of Philadelphia, PA, David Scalise of Arizona, Lisa Pipkin and her husband Kevin of Alabama, a great-granddaughter Autumn Pipkin and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter Heidi Anne Scanlon and her sister Margaret Sherrerd Dobbins.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Monday (Oct. 28) from 3:00-6:00pm. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday (Oct. 29) at 11:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104.

Conrod, Calvin Douglas

Calvin Douglas Conrod, 92, passed away peacefully on Friday morning (October 18, 2019). Cal was born on June 28, 1927 in Cambridge, Mass, a son of the late Douglas Franklin Conrod and Susan Shearer. Cal lived in Stamford for 43 years, and then at the Duncaster Retirement Community in Bloomfield for the past 9 years, where he could be near family and where he made many wonderful friends.
A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Cal was beloved by his wife Enid and his daughters who will remember him for his steady, gentle and compassionate nature. His first thought was always for the care and concern of others; he ended virtually every conversation with the words, “is there anything I can do for you?” His strong, guiding presence was a blessing to his family and the many friends he made throughout his life.
Cal was a graduate of Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, ME, joining the U.S. Navy in 1945 at age 17. He earned a degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University and joined IBM in 1951, where he remained for his entire 37-year career. There, he was responsible for managing and directing production and safety standards for IBM computers worldwide until he retired in 1988. He loved technology and was an early adopter throughout his life. His career at IBM and his life with Enid afforded him the opportunity to travel extensively in the U.S. and in Europe, which he loved. He was a lifelong skier and shared his love of the sport with his family, skiing into his 80s. In retirement, he gave back countless hours to his community as a volunteer, teaching computer skills through the Stamford Senior Men’s Association, assisting senior citizens with their taxes, delivering Meals on Wheels, and serving on various boards and committees at Duncaster.
Cal is survived by his brother David Franklin Conrod and his sister-in-law Ann Conrod of New Canaan, CT; his daughters Laurie Conrod of Dana Point, California; Sarah Conrod DeFilippis and his son-in-law Anthony DeFilippis of West Hartford; five grandchildren: Kacie Chagnon of Georgia Center, VT; Brian DiMartino of Boston, MA; Katherine DiMartino of Kauai, HI; and Madeline and Anna DeFilippis of West Hartford; as well as three great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Enid P. Conrod and his daughter Karen Lynn Conrod.
Friends and family may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 4 to 8 p.m.; or at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, on Saturday, October 26th from 10-11 a.m. with funeral services immediately following at 11 a.m. Burial will take place in Peru, VT in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Fryeburg Academy, Fryeberg, Maine or Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

Emmons, Robert J.

Robert J. Emmons, 83, of Farmington passed away suddenly on Monday, October 7th. He was born on January 13, 1936 in Hartford, the son of the late Joseph Emmons and Edna (Miller) Emmons. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Sally (Grundwalski) Emmons, a daughter Teresa Mongeon and her husband Edward of Unionville, and grandchildren Emily E. Mongeon and Jacob M. Mongeon also of Unionville. In addition, he is survived by his brother, William Emmons of Rancho Santa Fe, California.
Bob retired from Remington Products in 2004. His lengthiest career however was at Waring Products in New Hartford where he worked as a Product Engineer. After his retirement, he went back to work at UTC/Securitas in Farmington where he spent the last 14 years as a Security Guard. Bob was a proud veteran and served in the US Army as well as the National Guard. In July, 1964 Bob earned the distinction of Sharp Shooter.
Bob was full of life and gave it his all right up until his final moments. He was a lover of NASCAR, Country Music and all things relating to golf. He was a fan of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Willie Nelson and Randy Travis. Bob had the gift of gab, and could tell a story better than anyone we’d ever known. He would talk to anyone and everyone who crossed his path, and always entertain them with his colorful animations and details. In his early days, Bob would frequent the Polka Halls of Chicopee with his buddies to take a few spins across the dance floor. In the past year, you could find him outside puttering around his yard, or catching up on his favorite shows like Let’s Make a Deal, Wheel of Fortune or Antiques Road Show. Bob’s favorite thing, however, was spending time with his loved ones. His last night in this life was spent having a special dinner with his family. We are thankful for this gift of spending his last night together.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4 in Unionville on Tuesday, October 15th at 10:00 AM. His Celebration Service will follow at 11:00 AM. Please consider dressing in colors, as we give thanks and celebrate Bob’s life.

Saxer, Albert Joseph

Albert Joseph Saxer, 90, of Avon, husband of the late Ann (Cray) Saxer, passed away peacefully Monday, October 7th, 2019. Born April 9th, 1929 in Buffalo, NY, he was the son of the late Albert F. and Loretta (Moser) Saxer. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War serving in the Signal Corps. Al started his career in Buffalo, NY in 1947 as an elevator helper. After serving in the Army in Korea, he returned to Buffalo and worked as a mechanic, and subsequently maintenance supervisor. He also worked in supervisory positions in West Virginia and Philadelphia. Al was then promoted to regional field engineer in Montvale, NJ. He was instrumental with the elevator installation at the World Trade Center when it was built. He was promoted to National Field engineer at Otis HQ in Farmington where he authored many Technical Information Publications. He holds 2 patents for elevator equipment. Al retired in 1993 and continued to contribute to the elevator industry through his work on the code committee. He was a longtime, faithful communicant of the Church of St. Ann in Avon.
Al is survived by his two daughters, Mary S. Margherini and her husband Kenneth of Madison, NJ and Patricia A. Saxer of Sicklerville, NJ, his two sons, Kenneth P. Saxer and his wife Jackie of Beaufort, NC and Timothy M. Saxer and his wife Mary of Ft. Wayne, IN, his brother Clifford Saxer of Willimasville, NY, his sister Beatrice Saxer of Williamsville, NY, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his cherished daughter Aileen Michelle Saxer.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Oct. 12) from 9:00-10:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to The American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492.

Perkins, Jacob Allen

Jacob Allen Perkins, 20, passed away unexpectedly on October 4, 2019. He was born on January 14, 1999 at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia. He grew up in Bristol, CT and later moved to Southington, CT where he attended Southington High School, Class of 2017. Jacob was employed by Roberge Painting in Forestville, CT. Jacob enjoyed many things including camping and just being outdoors. He had a strong affinity towards animals, especially dogs, where he seemed to be able to calm and befriend any animal he met. Jacob also loved people and was always striving to help someone be happy. His big heart always reached out to the disadvantaged person to help them in any way. When Jacob had free time, he spent his time with his friends, otherwise known as his “pack of bros”, where they enjoyed their time together as friends do.
Jacob is survived by his parents, Justin and Dawn, his sister Arianna and brother Joshua of Southington; grandfather Jan Minor of Burlington; his uncle David Minor and aunt Elizabeth of Burlington; grandparents Tom and Carole Roberge of Burlington; great-grandmother Alice Couture of FL; great-grandparents Emile and Anne Roberge of Bristol; and a special mention to great uncle Pete and Lisa Roberge as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is predeceased by maternal grandmother Judith G. Minor and great-grandfather Joseph L. Couture.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Oct. 11) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral Services will be held Saturday (Oct. 12) at 10:00am in Burlington Congregational Church, Spielman Highway, Burlington followed by burial in Center Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bridge Community Church, ATTN: Pastor Todd Williams, 43 School St., Bristol, CT 06010 for the homeless shelter and kitchen.

Noyes, Harriet Elizabeth (Sayre)

Harriet Elizabeth Sayre Noyes, wife of the late Richard C. Noyes, died peacefully in her sleep on October 3, 2019 at Caleb Hitchcock part of the Duncaster Retirement Community.

She was born September 1, 1923 in Baltimore, MD, her parents were Robert H. Sayre III and Marie Riggs Sayre. She grew up in Baltimore and Bel Air, MD with many summers spent with the family at Fisher’s Island, NY. She attended the Calvert and Bryn Mawr Schools, and graduated from Chatham Hall. She joined friends at Connecticut College for Women for 1 year, then World War II broke out. She married Richard C. Noyes in December 1943. He was Navy ROTC and graduated early from Yale to join the war effort. At the end of the war they lived in Bel Air, MD, then Princeton, NJ before landing in Farmington, CT in 1946 where Dick had a job with Aetna Insurance.

Harriet is survived by her two daughters, Carolyn (Candy) Parrack and Phyllis (Pisa) Noyes Albanese and her husband William , her son-in-law Eric Martin M.D., 2 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Mary (Molly) Noyes Martin in 2011.

Harriet volunteered her time with the Community Chest, Blood Mobile, and the Junior Leagues of Baltimore and Hartford. She enjoyed playing tennis and paddle tennis with her friends in Farmington. She loved the sun – building a sun room onto their house or sitting on the beach in St. Thomas, VI for vacations or Westport, MA where she maintains a summer home.

Harriet had a long association with Hartford hospital extending over thirty years with much of that time as Director of the Volunteers in the Continuing Care Unit, but also working in the Emergency room, the Psychiatric department and the department of Surgery. She is on the Hartford Hospital Honor Roll as having served 5000 volunteer hours.

Harriet enjoyed being active with the Hillstead Museum, serving as Chairman for several May Markets. She was most pleased to serve as a member of the Citizen Police Academy the year they planned the Police/Senior Citizen Building. She delivered Meals on Wheels and was a member of the Farmington Garden Club. She was a past member of the Town and County Club and The Hartford Club. While in Farmington the family attended First Congregational Church, and later was a member of Asylum Hill Congregational Church.

She was a keen tennis and paddle tennis player well into middle age and stayed slim and fit, memorably making a cameo appearance at her fiftieth wedding anniversary in her original wedding dress.

Three years after the death of her husband, she moved, in July 2005, from the house on Prattling Pond Rd. in Farmington, where she had lived for 55 years, to the Duncaster Retirement Community where her vitality and enthusiasm were memorable. She served on many committees, always with the aim of improving the communal life and her charm and grace were apparent to all. She lived a good life and will be sorely missed.

Harriet’s family would like to sincerely thank Eric Martin, her son-in-law, for his continued care and assistance during her past years and the many phone calls for consults during the past months of her recent illness and to the staff at Duncaster for the past 14 happy years she lived there; and the staff at Caleb Hitchcock for their kindness and care to our mother over her recent illness.

A memorial service, held at Duncaster, will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to The Farmington Land Trust, 128 Garden St., #C, Farmington, CT 06032 or the Hartford Hospital Foundation, 80 Seymour St., P.O. Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06102 in her memory.