Archive for May 2019

Chauvy, Dolores P.

Dolores P. Chauvy, 82, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Avon Health Care on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Dolores was born and raised in Unionville, daughter of the late James A. and Alice Perrotti of Unionville.
Dolores graduated from Farmington High School, Class of 1954, as class secretary. After graduation she remained very active as the class secretary for the reunion committee. She went on to Hartford Hospital School of Nursing where she obtained her L.P.N license. She enjoyed summers at Black Point surrounded by family and friends, and numerous trips to Foxwoods accompanied by her late sister and partner in crime, Marie. She was a very dedicated and hard working person, who retired from Plainville Health Care after 35 years in 2003.
She is survived by her daughters Laura Vibert (Timothy) of Unionville, and Jennifer Holland (Daniel) of New Hartford. Dolores will be missed by her grandchildren Michael Vibert (Amanda) of Unionville, Patrick Vibert of Plainville, Jennifer Vincent (Kory) of Canton, Allyson Holland of Baltimore, MD, and Amanda Holland, of Keene, NH, and a great granddaughter Grace Vincent of Canton. She also leaves a brother in law Richard Anderson of Avon and nephews Eric Anderson of Avon and David Anderson (Kathleen) of Avon and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by Paul Chauvy, her sister Gloria Perrotti, her sister Marie P. Anderson, and her brother James Perrotti, Jr. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the Staff at Avon Health Care Center for their care and compassion, also thank you to the Farmington Valley VNA -Hospice caregivers.
Friends and Family may pay their respects on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville from 11am to 12pm, followed by a Memorial Service in the funeral home at 12pm.

Posusney, Beverly

Beverly Schroedel Johnson Posusney of New Britain, formerly from Farmington, passed away on May 25 at New Britain General Hospital. She was born on August 27, 1928 and raised in New Britain, where she lived in close proximity to aunts, uncles and cousins. A love of family and home was foundational to her throughout her life.
Beverly graduated from New Britain High School in 1945, and Teachers College of Connecticut, now Central Connecticut State University, with a B.S. in Biology in 1949 and a M.S. in Biology in 1968. Family legend has it that she was the first female to attain a M.S. in Biology from Central.
She taught at Roosevelt Junior High School, was an instructor at CCSU, and went on to become a Special Education teacher at Newington Children’s Hospital. Some of her dearest friends were fellow NCH teachers and in retirement they often discussed politics and modern events over breakfast. Beverly and first husband, Russell Johnson, built the house in Farmington that she lived in until moving to Jerome Home in 2012, bringing her home to New Britain.
Beverly was a dedicated teacher who would load her junior high students into her car and take them into Walnut Hill Park to study the stars through a telescope. Until recent years former students often approached her in public and told her she inspired them to practice medicine.
As a teacher at Newington Children’s Hospital she did all she could to enrich her students, many of whom had difficult illnesses or conditions. No matter their diagnosis, Beverly approached each student as an individual with potential. She installed weather instrumentation on the roof so students could study rainfall and wind direction and speed. Her determination to make life as normal as possible for her students manifested in a memorable adventure when she, her fellow teachers and NCH nurses took wheelchair-bound students on a challenging bus ride into New York City, where most of the students had their first experience visiting the top of the World Trade Center.
Beverly was a member of The First Church of Christ, Congregational, Farmington, where she was a member for over 50 years, an avid volunteer and member of numerous committees. As a resident of Jerome Home in New Britain for over 6 years, she commented on how she continued to teach, providing guidance to the nurse’s aide students who worked with her as part of their training program. Her instinct to nurture and help people find their best self never left her.
Beverly was predeceased by husbands Russell H. Johnson (1974) and Edward Posusney (2017), her sister Barbara Schroedel Slysz (2017), her parents Bill and Ellen Schroedel, and a number of beloved cousins, aunts and uncles. She is survived by children Lynne Johnson Pease (Fort Lauderdale, FL), Russell H. Johnson Jr. (Guilford), Christine Johnson Welcome (Canton), their spouses Jim, Dan and Ed, and grandchildren Colin and Jeremy Welcome, and Eric and Shea Pease.
The family would like to offer special thanks to the remarkable staff at Jerome Home, who took incredible care of her and became extended members of the family.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. If desired, donations can be made to Jerome Home – recreation department, 975 Corbin Ave., New Britain CT 06052 in Beverly’s memory.

Dickman, Bertha Frances (Osden)

Bertha Frances (Osden) Dickman left this world on May 28, 2019. Bert was born to the late Albert and Loretta Osden on September 7, 1929 in Bristol. She was married to Edward L. Dickman of Farmington for nearly 35 years upon his death in 1983. Besides her family, the things she loved most were reading, travel, the ocean and jewelry.

Bert is predeceased by her brother Albert Osden Jr., and her sister Grace (Osden) Wells. She leaves behind memories for her daughter Deborah Dickmann of Glencliff, NH, her son Edward L. Dickman II and his wife Rozalia of Forestville, her grandchildren Rebecca (Woolfort) Perri, Sarah (Woolfort) Jones, Matthew Woolfort, Kathryn (Dickman) Morales, Edward L. Dickman III and John Dickman. She was blessed with 10 great-grandchildren, Tyshaun, Elizah, Alexander, Mallory, Cierra, Morgan, Benny, Quinn, Zoey and Delilah.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (June 1) from 10:30 – 11:30am followed by a Memorial Celebration in the Funeral Home at 11:30am. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Dept. 41831, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265.




Cunningham, Brenda Mary

Brenda Mary Cunningham passed away peacefully May 26, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Born August 6, 1958 Brenda was the daughter of Cornelius and Irene Cunningham. She grew up in Elmwood and went to Conard High School. Brenda attended Morse School of Business and then began her career at The Hartford where she had many friends. After a successful career, Brenda retired from The Hartford and moved to Unionville, CT.
She is preceded in death by her parents Irene and Cornelius Cunningham and by her great niece Aubree Anne Ullmann-Sylvester. She is survived by her sister Judith and husband Roger of Unionville, CT, her brother David and his partner Heather of South Windsor, CT, her brother Neil and his wife Robin of Unionville, CT, her brother Timothy and his wife Colleen of Kensington, CT, and her sister in law Deb and her husband Bob of West Hartford, CT, and many nieces and nephews.
Retiring allowed Brenda to fully embrace caring for her great nieces and nephews. Brenda leaves behind her legacy of being the best “Auntie” around and was generous to a fault to the children she adored. The children that she cared for and gave her life a special meaning include Weston, Juliana, Bradley, Gracie, Landon, Mason, Eloise, Nathan, Gianna and Domenic. Other relative children include Kaden and Leah.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (May 31) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (June 1) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The American Red Cross. Please consider a blood donation to help support Brenda’s mission of bringing awareness to Common Variable Immune Deficiency. Her little buddy and confident, Bradley, has this rare disorder. Otherwise monetary donations can be made to American Red Cross Donation Center, 209 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06032, or Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, 282 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106.

Lomnicky , Patience (Cormier)

Patience (Cormier) Lomnicky of Unionville passed away Wednesday May 22, 2019. Born in Middletown on July 24, 1945 daughter of the late Raymond J. and Catherine (Dublac) Cormier, she was a graduate of Farmington High School. Prior to retiring she was employed at McCallum Motors Inc. and E.D.M Industries; and was an avid animal lover. She is survived by her three brothers, Raymond J. Cormier Jr. and his wife Barbara, Gerard C. Cormier and Francis X. Cormier and his wife Marianne, her brother-in-law Donald Oquist, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her sister Rosemary Oquist. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at Avon Health Center for the special care given to Patience.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Friday (May 31) at 10:00 a.m. in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville followed by burial at St. Mary Cemetery, Avon.
Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc., To send online condolences to the family, please visit

Watson, Valerie S.

Valerie S. Watson, 76, of New York, NY, former resident of Avon, CT passed away peacefully on Thursday May 16 2019. Born March 28, 1943 in Reading, England she found at an early age her love of travel. This passion led her to her dream job at Pan American Airlines as a flight attendant. She lived her life only few could dream of, traveling around the world, with so many wonderful stories to tell. Needless to say she never wanted to retire and stayed with Pan Am and then on to Delta Airlines for almost 50 years. During her travels she met her late husband John “Jack” Watson while skiing at Lake Tahoe. Together they shared their love of travel and spent over 20 years together and raised two children. Valerie is survived by her son Timothy C. Watson, 38, of Boulder, CO, daughter Laura J. Renehan, 36, of Farmington, CT and brother Andrew Dawson of Inverness, Scotland.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday June 2, 2019 at St. James Episcopal Church on 3 Mountain Rd, Farmington, CT. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to World Wings International c/o Liv Milan 4876 Waterbury Way, Granite Bay, CA 95746.

Look, Orville R. “Lucky”

Orville “Lucky” R. Look, of Burlington, beloved son of the late Elmer B. and Frances (Preston) Look, passed away on May 20, 2019 after an extended period of ill health. Born in Whiting, Maine, Lucky spent his childhood in Maine before heading out to pursue a musical career in country music. He wrote and recorded several albums, and played in night clubs throughout New England. In his earlier years, he appeared on the Wheeling Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia. Lucky served in the Korean War (1953-1955), and was a life time member of the American Legion Post 9 in Machias, Maine.
Besides his wife Frances (Grouten) Look of 46 years, he is survived by his children from his first wife, Jacqueline: Naida Pennell (Perry), Robert, Wade, Timothy (Ann) and his daughter, Autumn, by his wife Frances, as well as 6 grandchildren, Randall, Justin, Joshua, Jared, Laura and Robert; 2 step-grandchildren Kristen and Nathan; and 2 great grandchildren Judah and Wyeth. He is also survived by a sister, Sandra Beal, and was predeceased by 10 brothers and sisters: Harvey, Jim, Charlie, Richard, Elmer “Pete”, Doris, Marjorie, Marguerite, Madeline and Joyce.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (May 28) from 5:00-7:00pm followed by a Prayer Service in the Funeral Home at 7:00pm. Burial will be in the Look Family Cemetery, Route 191, Whiting, Maine at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.

Lagace, Helene

Helene Lagace of Farmington died May 19th at home. She was born October 25,1920 in Ste. Louis du HaHa Quebec, Canada to Georges Damboise and Sophie Guerette. She will be greatly missed. She leaves behind her son Zoel (Judy), daughter Gladys, son Edward and daughter Gloria Scotti (Christopher) and daughter-in-law Cynthia. She also leaves behind 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Constant, her sons Adelard and Robert and all of her 11 siblings.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday (May 23) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, Farmington followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032.

Ostreicher, Marilyn Lucille

Marilyn Lucille Ostreicher daughter of Leslie and Ruth Schwarz, died May 5, 2019. She is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Eugene Ostreicher. She is survived by her children, son Kurt Ostreicher of Pittsfield, MA; daughter Jennifer Hodgson of Camden, ME, her husband Paul and their children Ben and Kate; daughter Alyse Ostreicher of Asheville, NC; her husband Emo and their son Noah; daughter Sarah Yount of Hillsboro, OR and her husband Ron. She is also survived by siblings Judy Lytle and Alan Schwarz of South Carolina; brother-in-law Robert Ostreicher of Arizona and a host of extended family and long-time dedicated friends.
Marilyn was born in Bridgeport Connecticut on March 6, 1936. While in high school, she met her husband Gene. Shortly after they were married, they moved to Farmington where they raised their four children and were immersed in the community of First Church of Christ. Marilyn volunteered for many years at the church and for a time was the director of Christian education. Within the church, she helped start a multi-faith cross-cultural summer camp called Camp Discovery, which ran for over 17-years and where she met one of her dearest friends. With the same passion and with long-standing town ties to Sierra Leone, Marilyn spent 19-years as part of a ministry team that helped build and support the Hope Day School in Freeport, Sierra Leone. Much to Gene’s chagrin, this included making two mission trips to the country.
This theme of supporting children initiatives continued throughout her life. She worked for 20-years as an occupational therapist throughout the western Connecticut region, served as a 35-year volunteer at Newington Children’s Hospital, supported her students in Special Olympics; made quilts for the Hole in the Wall Camp; and loved spending time with her three grandchildren. She always had a quilt, a toy, lots of legos or a fun experience to share.
Marilyn and Gene spent many years traveling and formed deep friendships with families abroad. Their home away from home in the States, however, was Maine and their deep fondness for Mount Desert Island drew them to spend part of their year in Bernard, ME sharing their home with family and friends. It was common to have people visiting all summer, talking at the picnic table, spending time on the island beaches and canoeing and kayaking on the open ocean and lakes.
Marilyn was a prolific quilter and always had a project in the making. Often this meant Gene toting around sewing machines or spending late at night with friends working on a quilt. She freely gave away her quilts and took great pleasure in sharing her craft with others.
Marilyn was blessed to have a strong group of life-long friends that weaved throughout her life. Her oldest friend she met when she was three, others through church and charity work. All involved ‘adventures’ and much laughter. There were bus trips to Washington DC, hiking with her girlfriends in the White Mountains, the Fabulous Five luncheons, and Yankee Swaps each Christmas with family and friends vying for that truly awful present! She was blessed to have each of you in her life.
Marilyn will be remembered as a selfless and giving person who was a devoted wife, mother, and friend. We wish to thank everyone that generously supported her and her family in this final phase of her life. She is sending each of you a great smile.
Calling hours will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville. The community is invited to celebrate Marilyn’s life with a service and reception Friday, May 17, 2019, 1 pm at the Meetinghouse of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main Street, Farmington. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Marilyn in support of the Hope Day School may be sent to First Church Farmington 1652, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032.

Mack, Jane (Sullivan)

Jane (Sullivan) Mack, 89, of Farmington, beloved wife of Joseph passed away Thursday May 2, 2019. Besides her husband she is survived by her sons Stephen, John, and Kenneth, her sister Irene O’Keefe, her sister-in-law Maryann Johnson and her grandson Jeremy Mack. A private viewing for family and close friends will be held Saturday, May 11th at 9:00 am at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Unionville. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday, May 11th at 10:00 am in The Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington.

Reeve, Lilly D.

Lilly Elaine (Dahlin) Reeve, widow of John A. Reeve, passed away Saturday, May 4th in Unionville. She was born July 18, 1924 in Hartford, daughter of Ragnar and Nanna (Jonsson) Dahlin. She lived many years in Burlington. She leaves three children, Elaine (Joe) Brown of Springfield, MA, John (Penny) Reeve of Plainville, and Nancy (Travis) Hearn of Unionville; 3 grandchildren, Aaron (Adrienne) and Ruth Brown and Gayla Hearn, many nieces and nephews, her special friend and caregiver, Karen Bernier and many friends in Florida and Westerleigh.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday (May 11) at 10:30am in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville followed by burial in Burlington Center Cemetery.

Tomaney, William Peter

William Peter Tomaney, 74, of Burlington, beloved husband of Diane M. (Falick) Tomaney, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 at UConn Health Center. Bill received his Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and his Master’s degree in Accounting from Rensselaer. Prior to retiring, Bill was associated with Emhart Corp., Comshare and Orion Financial. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran having served during the Vietnam Era.
Besides his wife, Bill is survived by his son, William J. Tomaney and his wife Jesse Horowitz of Eastham, MA, and two grandchildren.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (May 8) at 10:00am in St. Patrick Church, Collinsville followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery, Collinsville. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, New England Chapter, 260 Cochituate Rd. #200, Framingham, MA 01701.

Halberg, David

Born the 9th of June, 1929 in New Britain, David Halberg, beloved husband of Caroline (Trasko) Halberg, passed away on the 20th of April at his home in West Hartford. He was the son of the late Sven and Thelma (Ericsson) Halberg. Deafened by illness at the age of three, he was enrolled the following year at the American School for the Deaf, from which he graduated with honors in 1948. David received his B.A. degree in 1952 from Gallaudet University, where he was also distinguished by being named to the national honor roll of outstanding college and university students, and subsequently earned a MEd at the University of Hartford. Returning to his alma mater, he taught math at ASD for the next half century, as well as establishing and coaching the school’s wrestling tram, teaching swimming, and directing the school’s Boy Scout program. Well beloved as a teacher and scout master, David nurtured several generations of deaf students, by whom he is fondly remembered.
In 1964, David married fellow teacher Caroline Trasko, who survives him; and they subsequently fostered a deaf youth, Robert Dube, now of Muskogee, Oklahoma. Keen to enjoy the delights of foreign lands and cultures, David and Caroline traveled extensively on their vacations, including a cruise through the Panama Canal. An avid golfer, David played often at Rockledge, where he and Caroline often went for weekend luncheons. As a devotee of Deaf culture, David graciously shared his extensive personal knowledge of ASD’s history with both deaf and hearing scholars. He was also active in Kiwanis and other community service organizations, as well as serving for four years as president of the ASD Athletic Association. In 2018, he was presented the Golden Rose Award of the National Association of the Deaf for distinguished service to the Deaf community.
In addition to his wife of 55 years and their foster son, David is survived by a sister, Holly Rivard of Portland, Maine, several nieces and nephews and his special friends the Haverty family and the Smith family.
Graveside Funeral Services will be held Wednesday (May 15) at 11:00 a.m. in Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ASD Museum Fund or to a charity of one’s choice.

Holt, Michael R.

Michael R. Holt, 62, of Farmington, beloved husband of Julie (Shea) Holt, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at his home. Born October 21, 1956 in Hartford, he was the son of the late Ralph and Elizabeth (Leonard) Holt.
Michael worked for 28 years for the Town of Farmington Highway and Grounds Department. He enjoyed spending time with his family and lifelong friends he made while growing up in Farmington.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Sara E. Holt of Farmington, his two brothers, Mark Holt and his wife Bonnie of Salem and Timothy Holt and his wife Beverly of Glastonbury, his mother-in-law, Harriet (Palmer) Shea of West Hartford, his brother-in-law, John P. Shea, Jr., and his wife Ames of Avon and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (May 5) from 4:00-7:00pm. A Prayer Service will be held Monday (May 6) at 12:00pm in The Ahern Funeral Home followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The ALS Association Connecticut Chapter, 4 Oxford Road, Unit E4, Milford, CT 06460.

Yale, Gordon P.

Gordon P. Yale, 91, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2019 at Avon Health Center where he had resided for the past 9 years. He was born July 6, 1927, the son of Eber E. and Caroline E (Woodin) Yale and the husband of Mary L. Yale who died April 14, 2004. Gordon was a long time resident of Unionville and served in the U.S. Army, spending most of his 4 year enlistment in Germany. He was predeceased by his five sisters, Esther Deloy, Evelyn Massei, Clara Beaujon, Charlotte Knott, Beatrice Collins and two brothers, Richard and Raymond Yale. He is survived by his sister, Dorothy Twing, and many nephews and nieces. Graveside services will be held in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM.