Archive for January 2019

Dacey, Ruth A.

Ruth A. Dacey, 95, of Farmington, widow of William D. Dacey, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 26th, 2019. Born April 12th, 1923 in West Roxbury, MA, daughter of the late Thomas and Florence (Gunning) Mooney, she attended Girls’ Latin School and Regis College, Class of 1945 both in Boston. Ruth was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn D. and William G. Rock of Farmington, and her two grandchildren, Colleen T. Rock of Cambridge, MA and Daniel W. Rock of New Britain. She was predeceased by her two sisters, Isabel Schmid and Evelyn Pine.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (Feb. 2) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492.

McCallum, Donald Henry

Donald Henry McCallum, 91, of Burlington, beloved husband of Elizabeth (McDermott) McCallum, died Monday, January 28, 2019, at Bristol Hospital. He was born on September 28, 1927, in Springfield, Massachusetts, son of the late Henry H. and the late Edith A. (Vanderpoel) McCallum. He had lived in Burlington since 1937. After his 1945 graduation from Farmington High School and an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, Donald attended GM Tech in Michigan. After college, he went to work with his father at McCallum Motor Supply Company. Following his father’s semi-retirement, Donald assumed the company’s presidency, finally retiring in 2002.
Besides his wife of 68 years, he is survived by his devoted children, Marjorie Hall, of Freeport, ME, Marilyn Lyon and Janice Minor and her husband, Wayne, of Burlington, and Joyce Commins and her husband, Edward, of Asheboro, NC; his brother, Malcolm Ernest McCallum of Vancouver, Canada, and his sister, Marjorie McCallum Smith of Portland, OR; eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brothers Douglas William McCallum and Robert Bruce McCallum.
Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Hatch, Christine Jernigan

Christine Jernigan Hatch passed away Monday, January 28, 2019, at McLean Health Center. Mrs. Hatch was a resident of Farmington, Connecticut, formerly of Atlanta, Georgia. She was born on June 26, 1920, daughter of Luther Peas Jernigan and Maude Lee Eldridge of Livingston, Tennessee. Mrs. Hatch attended Livingston Academy in Livingston and graduated Cum Laude from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. She also completed a course in independent study at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

She worked in a children’s hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee, and in the Oak Ridge Hospital in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Later she worked at Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Baltimore, Maryland and at the Board of Elections in Atlanta.

Mrs. Hatch was active in the Oak Grove Methodist Church in Atlanta and served as a Board member and President of the United Methodist Women – Atlanta Emory District.

She was an adept quilter, making many award-winning quilts during her lifetime. One of her quilts won first prize in a nationwide art contest.

She was married to the late Dr. Milford Harrison Hatch for sixty years. She leaves a son, Jonathan Hatch, and his wife Dorothy of New Hartford and two grandsons, Benjamin and Brian. She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her brothers and sisters.

Special thanks to the nurses, aides and staff of McLean Health Center and Brookdale Farmington (The Gables) for their kindness and compassion and the warmth they gave her over the years.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Feb. 1) from 11:00-12:00pm. Funeral Services will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home at 12:00pm with The Rev. Susan Gibson officiating. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Cichon, Pauline Warner

Pauline Warner Cichon, 73, of New Hartford, beloved wife of the late John Cichon, died peacefully at her home on January 25, 2019. She was born July 13, 1945 in Hartford, CT to the late Robert and Helen Warner (Parylak) and raised in Unionville, CT.

Pauline graduated from Farmington High School in 1963 and was the last Indian princess. She began her working career with Connecticut General Insurance Company in Bloomfield, CT. Several years later she took a position as a nurse’s aide with a convalescing facility in Torrington, CT. She returned to Connecticut General (now GIGNA) and proudly retired as an IT Analyst in 2001.

In addition to travelling when the opportunity presented itself, Pauline enjoyed spending lots of time with family and friends, and cared for the family elders. She also enjoyed her luscious flower gardens, collections, and spending time in ME.

Pauline is survived by her two children; son, Jason Cichon and his wife Sharon of Burlington, CT and daughter, Suzanne Cichon of Farmington, CT; her grandson, Paul Gionfriddo of Burlington, CT; her sister, Barbara Geary and husband Steve of Unionville, CT; four nieces, Lori Fleming, Kimberley Gulino and Michelle Royce all of Farmington, CT and Laura Cruz of MA, a nephew, Robert Geary of PA, as well as, several life-long family and friend relationships.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Feb. 1) from 8:30-10:15am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:30am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. Donations in lieu of flowers are appreciated to Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc., 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047 https://www.lbda.org/donate or The Daughters of the American Revolution at NSDAR Office of Development, 1776 D Street NW Washington, DC 20006-5303 www.dar.org/donatenow.

Shea, William “Maury”

William “Maury” Shea, 89, of Unionville, beloved husband of the late Lois (Heiman) Shea, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 27, 2019. Born December 20, 1929 in Hartford, son of the late Patrick J. and Joanna (Walsh) Shea, he grew up in Farmington and graduated from Farmington High School, Class of 1947. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran serving for three years in Korea with the 1st Marine Division 3rd Battalion. During World War II, he was a well-known tap dancer and performed in many war bond rallies and minstrel shows in the area.
Maury graduated from the New England School of Mortuary Science in Boston and worked in the Funeral Service industry for over 45 years. Following his retirement, he was employed at Haworth’s Greenhouse in Farmington for many years. He was Past President of the Hartford County Funeral Directors Association, past member of the City Club of Hartford, the Golf Club of Avon, the Civitan Club in West Hartford, the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus and VFW Post 10361. He greatly enjoyed following the Boston Red Sox and his many good times with the Saturday Night Gang.
Maury is survived by his daughters, Constance Szerejko of Wethersfield and Laurie Watsabaugh and her husband Joseph of Wilson, WY and his grandchildren, Katherine Szerejko of Wethersfield, Colter and Storey Watsabaugh of Wilson, WY. He is also survived by his best friend and companion, Helena Taylor, her wonderful family and many friends. Besides his wife and high school sweetheart, Lois, he is predeceased by his son Michael E. Shea. The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the staff at Avon Health Center for their care and dedication.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt., 4, Unionville on Friday (Feb. 1) from 3:00-6:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Feb. 2) at 9:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial with full military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Gift Processing Administrator, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.

Hartigan, Charles A.

Charles A. Hartigan, age 65, of Canton, CT, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 21, 2019, with his family by his side.
Charlie was born in Hartford, CT on September 13, 1953 to Jeanie and W. Robert Hartigan. A star athlete, Charlie graduated from Kingswood Oxford and then from Ohio Wesleyan University where he was an All Mid-Western midfield lacrosse player. After college, Charlie moved to Mississippi and met his wife of forty years, Barbara Ferguson. They were married on June 25, 1978 in Pontotoc, MS and then moved to Avon, CT to raise their three sons.
More than anything, Charlie loved people. He was a devoted husband, father, and brother who always made his family his first priority, yet his family of friends extended forever outward into the world. Playing competitive lacrosse until his death, Charlie led 4 teams to the World Games, and was a recognized presence as one of the outstanding players for years at national tournaments in Lake Placid and Florida, where he became deeply close to his teammates and their families. Charlie was a successful realtor who always went the extra mile to make genuine relationships with his clients, and he remained active and connected in the Kingswood Oxford community. Always ready for a competitive game of golf or to assist a friend with home improvements, Charlie never missed the opportunity for human connection and to celebrate life.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Barbara; their three sons and wives, Phil and Barbara Hartigan of Southlake, TX, Charles and Laura Hartigan, Jr. of Memphis, TN, and Matt and Corrie Holloway of Columbia Falls, MT; his four grandchildren, Charlie Hartigan, Adeline Hartigan, Harper Holloway, and Addison Holloway; and his two brothers, William R. Hartigan, III of Denver, CO, and Philip Hartigan of Southborough, MA. He is predeceased by his parents Jeanie and W. Robert Hartigan.
A private celebration of Charlie’s life is forthcoming. Contributions in Charlie’s memory can be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Cholangiocarcinoma Research Fund in Boston here: http://www.myjimmyfundpage.org/give/charliehartigan.

Van Stone, Joann C.

Joann C. Van Stone, 89, of Farmington, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 20th, 2019. Born September 10th, 1929 in Boston, MA, daughter of the late Charles N. and Esther (Mitchell) Cutter, she grew up in Nashua, NH and attended Stephens College in Missouri. She married her husband, James Van Stone in 1949 and they raised their family in Avon.
Joann enjoyed a long career at Sage-Allen in the Jewelry Department. She will be remembered for the genuine care she showed her customers, and she was proud to have received special recognition of her accomplishments.
Joann played the piano, loved music, and was an avid reader, interests that she passed on to her children.
She also enjoyed many summer vacations swimming and boating with her family at the family cottage in Maine. Above all, she was a wonderful and devoted mother.
Joann is survived by her son, David Van Stone of Desoto, WI and daughter, Laurel Chandler and her husband David of Cape Coral, FL, her brother, Richard M. Cutter of Milford, NH, and her sister, Priscilla Lynch of Grove City, PA. She also leaves dear friends Dr. Gary Nobert and his wife Julie, and Michael Daikon of Avon.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Jan. 30) from 6:00-8:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

Deming, John Mix “Jack”

John Mix (Jack) Deming, passed away peacefully on January 16th, 2019. He was the son of Judge Edward Hooker Deming, Jr. and Aleta Hart Deming, and was born and lived his entire life in Farmington. He was a descendant of Capt. John Mix, a Revolutionary War veteran; and Thomas Hooker, a founder of the state of Connecticut.
He leaves two loving daughters, Ann D. Sanford and husband, Frank, of Farmington; and Aleta Keener of Prince George, B.C., Canada; as well as three much loved grandchildren, Jocelyn Sanford of Framingham, MA; Jonathan Sanford and his wife Jill, of Manchester, CT; and Kelly Anderson and her husband Ben of Saskatoon, SK, Canada. He also leaves five great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his best friend and loving spouse of 61 years, Susanne; his brother Edward H. Deming III, and his grandson Sean Keener.
Jack will fondly be remembered for his wry sense of humor which was often displayed during his monthly “Lazy Loafer” luncheons with friends. He was a very caring and thoughtful individual, always willing to assist others in need in any way he could.
Jack graduated from Kingswood School (now Kingswood Oxford) and Princeton University, and attended Harvard Business School. He entered the business world working at Firth Sterling Steel. He was most proud of establishing a specialty steels distribution warehouse and tungsten carbide sintering plant for Firth Sterling in West Hartford. After hiring a staff and several sales engineers in New England, he supervised the operation as New England District Manager until his retirement nearly 30 years later. His branch was always a leading sales district and profit-maker for his employer in Pittsburgh, PA. Following his retirement, he became a sales engineer for the Matt J. McDonald Steel Co. of Boston, MA for several years. He was a lifetime member of the American Society of Metals.
Long associated with the Farmington Savings Bank (FSB), he was the longest serving Corporator and Director, having served 64 and 31 years respectively. He assumed the position of Vice-Chairman at FSB for a number of years as well. Jack was a long time Director of the PANELOC Corporation of Farmington. He was widely known and respected by his many friends, peers and associates for his business acumen and financial expertise, and was a person of the highest ethics, integrity and fairness.
Jack and Sue enjoyed power boating for over 50 years, cruising the waters of Long Island, Rhode Island, Block Island, Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds aboard their BLACKJAK. Two of their favorite ports were the island of Cuttyhunk, MA, and Edgartown Harbor, Martha’s Vineyard. In the latter, they could be seen for many years swinging on mooring #88 during vacations. A favorite weekend destination was Hamburg Cove on the CT River. He was a long time member of the Baldwin Yacht Club, and the United States Power Squadron.
The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses, aides and staff at Avon Health Center for their loving care during his stay there.
Private graveside services will be held in Riverside Cemetery in Farmington at the convenience of the family. It is suggested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Farmington Valley VNA, 8 Old Mill Ln, Simsbury, CT 06070, or to First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032.

Thomas, Charles E. “Chuck”

Charles E. “Chuck” Thomas, 83, of Burlington, husband of the late Marilyn C. (Kelly) Thomas, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Born March 16, 1935 in the Bronx, NY, he was the son of the late Charles J. and Helen L. (Robbins) Thomas. Chuck received his Bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and earned his M.B.A. from the University of Hartford. He was a United States Army veteran and served in the Reserves, attaining the rank of Captain.

Chuck spent his long career in manufacturing business management, retiring as the Vice President of Operations at Connecticut Spring and Stamping in Farmington after twenty-three years of service to the company. Outside of work, he could be found on the fairway with his clubs, out on the water fishing, or spending time with his beloved German Shepherd, Bianca. Retirement allowed him to zip-line in Costa Rica, jet-ski in the Caribbean, and pursue more fully his life long passion of gardening. He was a devout supporter of the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville, where he served on multiple councils. Most of all, he enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his five children, Michael Thomas and his wife Susan of Deering, NH; Brian Thomas and his wife Dee of South Royalton, VT; Daniel Thomas of Bedford, IN; Charles Thomas of New Hartford; and Audra Larson and her husband Daniel of Bristol; as well as five grandchildren, Brian, Erin, and Jacob Thomas, Sarah and Scott Larson, and one great-grandson, Malachi Thomas; his brother-in-law David Kelly and his wife Trudy; the second love of his life, Jackie Gwazda; and his dearest friend, Bill Stevenson. He was predeceased by his sister, Dolores Thomas.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (Jan. 22nd) from 5:00-8:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday (Jan. 23rd) in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. His burial with full military honors will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085.

Capodiferro, Frances R.

Frances R. Capodiferro, 80, of Farmington, widow of Paul J. Capodiferro, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019. Born October 18th, 1928 in Lenola, Province of Latina, Italy, daughter of the late Francis and Loretta (Tribuzio) Riccardi, she was a resident of Farmington for 58 years.

Frances was a devout Catholic and a very faithful communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington where she greatly enjoyed spending time with her numerous friends at daily mass. She bravely faced cancer for many years with her strong faith and fortitude. She loved to walk the mall and interact with all the store employees. Above all else, she loved her family and cooking for them, most especially making pasta for her grandchildren.

Frances is survived by her three sons, James Capodiferro, Frank Capodiferro and Joseph Capodiferro and his wife Kimberly all of Farmington, her three grandsons, Michael Capodiferro of New York, NY, Nathan Capodiferro and Cooper Capodiferro of Farmington, and her two sisters-in-law, Alberta Patti of Farmington and Caterina Riccardi of Bristol. She was predeceased by her brother Antonio Riccardi and her sister Louisa Iudicone.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday (Jan. 23) at 10:30am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. All are kindly asked to meet directly at church. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund at the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032 or to the PBA at the Farmington Police Department, P.O. Box 312, Unionville, CT 06085.

Bates, David J.

David J. Bates, 72, of Wethersfield, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 15th, 2019. Born July 3rd, 1946 in Norwich, he was the son of the late Richard S. and Florence (Kaval) Bates. Dave graduated from Oak Hill School for the Blind in 1967.
For 40 years, he was the owner and operator of several food establishments under the business enterprises program for The State of Connecticut Board of Education and Services for the Blind. He trained others in restaurant management to become gainfully employed and independent. He was a tremendous advocate for promoting positive advancement for the blind and visually impaired. Dave truly cared about making the lives of blind people better. He was active in Oak Hill’s alumni association, the Lions Gallery of the Senses, and the Connecticut Council of the Blind. For many years, he was a passionate and involved member of both East Hartford and Wethersfield Lions Clubs and in 2003 received the prestigious Ambassador of Sight Award.
Dave had an amazing sense of humor and the ability to find the light in the darkest of situations. You could always count on him to brighten your day with a smile followed by a wise crack. He was incredibly selfless and always put the needs of others before his own.
David is survived by his daughter, Kari Tardiff and her husband Jeffrey and grandchildren Jada Elliott and Ryan Tardiff all of Burlington, his brother William K. Bates and his wife Mary of Punta Gorda, FL, his sister Marilyn Jello of Norwich, his brother Howard R. Bates and his wife Barbara of Lebanon and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Richard and wife Estelle Bates of Port Charlotte, FL. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center in Hartford and Dr. Timothy Hong. The extraordinary care you provided will forever remain in our hearts.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Jan. 25) from 10-11:00am followed by funeral services in the funeral home at 11:00am. Because of Dave’s love for Hartford hockey, Whalers attire is encouraged. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Relay for Life of Farmington Valley, 825 Brook St., Rocky Hill, CT 06067. Please write “In memory of David Bates” on the check.

Riberdy, Roland J.

Roland J. Riberdy, 81, of Avon, beloved husband of the late Catherine M. Riberdy, passed away Saturday, January 12th at his home. Born April 13, 1937 in Waterbury, he was the son of the late Lionel and Florence (Cusson) Riberdy. Prior to retiring, Roland was a sheet metal worker with Local # 40 for 65 years and was a United States Air Force veteran.
He is survived by many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews, his two sisters, Lorraine Walsh of Englewood, FL and Frances Witkowski and her husband Lou of Avon. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert J. Riberdy.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Jan. 19) from 1:00-3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of CT, 860 Howard Ave., New Haven, CT 06519.

Barton, Robert E.

Robert Edward Barton, a journalist for many years with the New Haven Register and former New Haven Journal-Courier and also with The Detroit News, died Jan. 13 at home in Farmington.
He worked at newspapers as a reporter, editor or training officer and, after retirement, wrote a Register column, “Catching Up,” specializing in interviews with former Connecticut sports figures.
Born in Troy, N.Y., the son of the late Nora (Mann) and Edward Barton of Delmar, N.Y., he was 83. His professional career included a stint managing communications at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.
Bob was a 1953 graduate of Albany (N.Y.) Academy and a 1957 graduate of Yale University and also studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
He was a walking encyclopedia of Yale football history and of statistics for high school football teams in Connecticut; each year Bob helped update high school statistics for publication. To assist others who phoned or emailed him sports queries, if he couldn’t provide an answer immediately, he would consult his basement collection of clippings, game programs and team statistics or visit newspaper archives at the Connecticut State Library.
Active in the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance, he received its Art McGinley Award for meritorious service and for 12 years was its scholarship chairman. He was a member of the New Haven Gridiron Club, which honors local high school and college football players, officials and administrators.
In recent years he became a book editor when several author friends relied on him to catch factual and grammatical errors and contribute ideas.
He was also a walking Biblical concordance, easily able to cite the location of scriptural references. This interest resulted in his serving occasionally as guest preacher at the Northford Congregational Church in North Branford, the town where he lived for 25 years. He currently was a monthly leader of services at the Avon Health Center and was an enthusiastic singer of hymns when others were in charge.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Judith (Freund) Barton. They enjoyed traveling together, most recently to Cuba. Because Bob’s father was born in England and came to this country as a child, Bob kept in touch with relatives still in Britain and visited with them there or on their visits here.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on  Saturday, Jan. 19, in First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652, at 75 Main St., Farmington. Please consider donating to Christian Community Action, 168 Davenport Ave., New Haven, CT 06519 or to a local food pantry.

Grosch, Cynthia (Gates)

Cynthia (Gates) Grosch, 67, of Unionville passed away peacefully on January 11, 2019. Cindy was a 1969 graduate of Conard High School in West Hartford and 1973 graduate of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, majoring in music. Cindy will be remembered as a fine flutist and excellent instructor to her students. She was a professional knitter, working for multiple companies to design and create patterns for publication. She taught knitting and crocheting generously sharing her expertise with others locally. Her sons often joked that she should be in the Knitting Hall of Fame. She was the second of four daughters (Pamela, Suzanne, Rebecca) to Richard and Joanne Gates of West Hartford. She is survived by two sons, Kevin, and his wife Marcela of Wolcott, Connecticut, and Christopher and his wife Megan of Weatogue, CT and two grandchildren, Colin and Natalie.
A memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday January 19, 2019 at First Church of Christ on 12 South Main Street in West Hartford Center. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Cancer Research Institute, 29 Broadway, Floor 4, New York, NY 10006 (www.cancerrearch.org).

Spirito, Dorothy M. (Peak)

Dorothy Margaret (Peak) Spirito, 94, died peacefully on Saturday, January 12, 2019 surrounded by her family. She was born on August 9, 1924 in Belfast Maine, daughter of August and Helen (Thibideau) Peak. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 52 years, Frank J. Spirito, Sr.
Dorothy had lived most of her life in Farmington and she was a member of the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington.
Dorothy is survived by her sons Richard (Eileen) Spirito of Plainville, Frank (Debbie) Spirito, Jr. of Bristol, Thomas (Joanne) Spirito of Canton, George Spirito of Canaan, Maine and daughter Linda (John) Spinelli of Farmington. She leaves behind many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Special thanks from the family to the caregivers at Amberwoods of Farmington.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 16 at 11:00 am at The Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main Street, Farmington. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name may be made to Amberwoods of Farmington, 416 Colt Highway, Farmington, CT. 06032 where she received exceptional care in her final months.