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Our Obituaries

Gwendolyn B. Gionfriddo

November 16, 1940 - July 25, 2017

On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, Gwendolyn B. Gionfriddo, 76, of Berlin and formerly Newington, passed away peacefully at the Midstate Medical Center in Meriden. Born on November 16, 1940, in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late Albert & Adeline (Schull) Brodie. Gwendolyn completed her bachelor's degree in education at Central Connecticut State College and was an elementary school teacher in...
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Tammy Lynn (Lovely) Tamaren

July 25, 2017

Tammy (Lovely) Tamaren, 55, of Newington, passed away on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at her home. She was the beloved wife of Kenneth Tamaren for 20 years. Born in Hartford, daughter of the late James and Olive (Bland) Lovely, she was raised in Enfield and was a longtime Newington resident. Tammy was a faithful member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 17 and was very involved with the Shriner...
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John J. Cullen

July 24, 2017

John Joseph Eugene Cullen, 73, of Berlin, CT passed away on Monday, July 24, 2017 at the home of his son after a short illness. He was the beloved (devoted/awesome/wonderful) husband of Janice Lorine (DeMerchant) Cullen for 44 years. John was born February 6, 1944 in Hartford to Eugene and Marie Cullen, residing in East Hartford until October 2000. John was a graduate of St. Mary's School and...
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Taras 'Ted' Kapij

November 18, 1953 - July 17, 2017

Born on November 18, 1953 and passed on July 17, 2017. Ted served in the Air Force during the Vietnam Era, he worked as a plumber and painter and retired from BMW in SC. Ted enjoyed golf, fishing, and being a joker. Ted was predeceased by his parents Eugenia and Roman Kapij of Newington, CT. He leaves behind a daughter Kelly Heuer and three grandchildren, Jade, Jordan, and Matthew of Henderson,...
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Doris LeBlanc Schaber

July 17, 2017

Doris (LeBlanc) Schaber, 76, of Newington, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017 at her home. She was the beloved wife of Herman Richard Schaber for 56 years. Born in Hartford, daughter of the late Arthur and Lillian LeBlanc, she was a Newington resident for over 50 years. She was employed by Connecticut General and Neely's Flower Shop in Newington. Doris was a naturally cheerful and positive...
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Geraldine Sintau Ganzer

September 6, 1933 - July 17, 2017

Geraldine (Sintau) Ganzer, (83), of Newington, died Monday, July 17, 2017 at Bel Air convalescent home surrounded by family. She was born in New Britain, CT on September 6, 1933, and graduated from the New Britain General Hospital (NBGH) School of nursing. She enjoyed a 45 year career at that same hospital working in the labor and delivery room giving peace and comfort to all those she helped. ...
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Paul Kohun

July 15, 2017

Paul Kohun, 91, of Wethersfield, passed away, on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at his home. He was the beloved husband of the late Sonia (Furmanchuk) Kohun for 40 years. Born in Ukraine, he was a member of St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, New Britain. He retired from Colts Manufacturing. He leaves family members in Ukraine. Visitation will begin TODAY at 9:30 a.m. with at service at 10:00 a.m....
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Mary McClintock

July 8, 2017

Mary McClintock, 101, of West Hartford, CT passed away on July 8, 2017 after a brief illness. Born in Roxbury, MA, and raised in Chelsea, MA and Hillside, NJ, Mary was the daughter of the late Paul and Elsie McClintock. As an adult Mary served the Church for over 40 years as a member of the Religious of Christian Education order, to which she made final vows in 1940. Her service took her to...
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Diana H. (D'Angelo) Moskus

July 7, 2017

Diana H. (D'Angelo) Moskus, 87, of Newington, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 7, 2017. Born in Watertown, MA, she was the daughter of the late Biagio and Anna (D'Amato) D'Angelo. Diana was the beloved wife of the late Raymond J. Moskus and was a longtime Newington resident. She spent her life caring for her family and helping others. Her favorite activity was cooking and spending quality...
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Kathy Lynn Emanuelsen

July 7, 2017

Kathy Lynn Emanuelsen, 69, of Berlin, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 7, 2017 at Hartford Hospital. Born and raised in Staten Island, NY, daughter of the late Henry and Laura (Hauge) Emanuelsen, she was a longtime Berlin resident and a member of the Church of Christ, Congregational, Newington. She honorably served her country in the U.S. Army. Kathy attended the Somerset Hospital School...
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Stanley J. Bedus

July 5, 2017

Stanley J. Bedus, 94, of Newington died on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Florence (Gryzenia) Bedus, for 68 years. Born in Newington he was a lifelong resident and a member of St. Mary's Church. Stanley graduated from Newington High School and served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. He was employed by Atlantic Machine Tool for 40 years and was a member of the Polish...
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Leonard "Lenny" Daigle

August 31, 1931 - July 1, 2017

Leonard "Lenny" Daigle, 85, passed on Saturday, July 1st, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. Born in Madawaska, ME, son of the late Alphonse and Marie (Cyr) Daigle, he served in the United States Army for two years during the Korean War then moved to Newington where he lived for many years. Leonard was a retired member of the Newington Volunteer Fire Department as...
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Ernest C. Bouchard

August 12, 1926 - June 29, 2017

On Thursday, June 29, 2017, Ernest C. Bouchard, 90, passed away peacefully at the Hebrew Home in West Hartford. Born in Fort Kent, ME on August 12, 1926, he was the son of the late Onezime & Azilda (Dubois) Bouchard. As a veteran of WWII, he served our country in the United States Army. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a machinist at Emhart, and was also employed with Sears in West...
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James H. Aitken

March 19, 1928 - June 28, 2017

James H. Aitken of Newington died on June 28, 2017, at Bel Air Manor. He was born on March 19, 1928 in Andes, New York and lived in Newburgh, Brooklyn and Poughkeepsie, NY, before moving to Newington. James proudly served from 1952 through 1954 in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. James is survived by his beloved wife Eileen (Kelley), his daughters, Karen Spotts (Allan) of Cromwell, and...
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Jane (Marino) Duffy

June 27, 2017

Jane M. (Marino) Duffy, 98, of Newington, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Born in Hartford, daughter of the late Angelo and Rocchina (Zito) Marino, she was raised in Hartford and lived in Wethersfield prior to marrying the late Francis J. Duffy in 1961. They then settled in Newington. Jane retired from the Travelers Insurance Company after many years of employment and was a...
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Adeline H. Krompegal

August 19, 1920 - June 24, 2017

Adeline H. Krompegal, 96, lifelong resident of Newington, passed away peacefully on June 24, 2017 at her home surrounded by people that loved her. She was the beloved wife of the late William L. Krompegal. Adeline was born in Hartford on August 19, 1920, daughter of the late Jacob and Mary Karas Hollis. She loved to travel and spend time with her family. Adeline was a member of St. Matthew's...
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Clara M. Bloch

June 20, 1922 - June 20, 2017

Clara M. (Kozyra) Bloch, of Newington, died peacefully on her 95th birthday, June 20, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Bloch for over 54 years. Born and raised in Hartford, daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Ostrowski) Kozyra, she was a Newington resident for most of her life. Mrs. Bloch was a member of St. Mary's Church. She was a compassionate mother, who listened to your...
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Dominique J. Bernard

June 12, 1929 - June 19, 2017

Dominique J. Bernard, 88, longtime resident of Hartford, joined his beloved wife, Lilianne (Roy) in Heaven on Monday, June 19, 2017. Born on June 12, 1929, in St. Ephrem, Quebec, Canada to the late Ovide and Yvonne (Bureau) Bernard, he moved to the U.S. in his 20's to begin a new life where he would meet his soulmate and raise a family. Dominique worked as a welder at Berlin Steel for 45 years...
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Raymond S. Patz

June 12, 1933 - June 18, 2017

On Sunday, June 18, 2017, Raymond S. Patz, 84, passed away peacefully at Newington Rapid Recovery Center. Born in Terryville on June 12, 1933, he was the son of the late John and Jenny K. Patz. He was a 1953 graduate of Newington High School and served our country with pride during the Korean War in the United States Army. As a hardworking and dedicated man, he was employed with Shamut Bank,...
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Heidi A. Voisine

June 16, 2017

Heidi Anna Ursula (Zak) Voisine, 56, of Bristol, formerly of Plainville, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on Friday, June 16, 2017. She was the beloved wife of her "Cakes" Michael P. Voisine for 14 years. Born in New Britain, daughter of the late Zdzislaw "Peter" and Ilse (Sauerhofer) Zak, she was a long time Plainville resident before moving to Bristol and was employed by UConn Health...
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Richard A. Gregory

March 13, 1927 - June 10, 2017

Richard A. Gregory, 90, of Newington entered into eternal rest peacefully, on June 10th. Richard was a devoted, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Jean P. Gregory, who brought love, happiness, humor and warmth to his life. Born in New Britain, he was the son of the late Amedeo and Elizabeth Zielman Gregory. He resided in New...
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Kevin W. Lockery

February 4, 1981 - June 9, 2017

On Friday, June 9, 2017, Kevin W. Lockery, 36, passed away after being involved in a motor vehicle accident in Wethersfield. Born in New Britain on February 4, 1981, he was the son of Donald Lockery & and the late Wanda (Brideau) Costello. He was currently employed with T&T as a truck driver, and was a dedicated young man to his job. He was also an avid motorcyclist, especially all things...
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Nina Seremet

September 18, 1939 - June 8, 2017

Nina E. (McKenna) Seremet, 77, of Newington, died peacefully on Thursday, June 8, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Frederick Seremet. Born in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late James McKenna, Sr. and Margaret Hogan, and was a member of the Church of the Incarnation, Wethersfield. She was a longtime Newington resident and her favorite pastime throughout the years, was playing...
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Della (Violette) Paxi

April 18, 1963 - June 7, 2017

Della (Violette) Paxi, 54, of Newington, died peacefully in the comfort of her home surrounded by family and loved ones after a courageous eight-year fight against cancer. She was born in Van Buren, ME to Fernande (Dubois) and the late Percy Violette. She had a long career with Bank of America and was very involved in all her daughters' activities. Della had an adventurous and playful spirit and...
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Lucretia Ann Kulowski

June 7, 2017

Lucretia "Pat" (Calvi) Kulowski of West Hartford, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Born in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Pasquale and Esther (DiLorenzo) Calvi and had lived in the area all her life. Lucretia was a graduate of Weaver High School and received an Associate Degree from Mitchell College. She worked at G. Fox & Co, CVS Stores, and cherished many fond...
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Kenneth L. Hutchinson, Jr.

June 7, 2017

Kenneth L. Hutchinson, Jr., 62 of Newington, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. For 37 years he was married to his beloved wife and best friend, Marilou (Barbeau) Hutchinson. He was her "everything". Born in Groton, Ken was raised in New Britain before moving to Newington 35 years ago. He was a proud U. S....
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Jon Robin Matthews

January 31, 1935 - June 3, 2017

Jon Robin Matthews, 82, husband of Eileen Matthews, died Saturday, June 3, 2017. Jon was born in Ruston, LA, son of the Rev. Frank and Elsie (Crawford) Matthews, Sr. He grew up in Texas and New Mexico as his father's ministry took him to various churches. Jon was a graduate of SMU, Dallas, Texas. A Navy veteran, he retired after a 26 year career with the US Veterans Administration ending with 14...
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Joan B. (Balinskas) Smith Yackow

December 11, 1931 - June 3, 2017

Joan Barbara (Balinskas) Smith Yackow, 85 (12/11/1931), formerly of Newington, CT and Arlington, VA, died on Saturday, June 3, 2017. She was born in New Britain, attended local schools and graduated from NBHS (Class of 1949). She married her first husband, the late Alvan J. Smith, Jr., a young Air Force officer in 1953 and had many happy years with him until his passing in 1999. Joan was a devout...
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Clement A. Gebo

June 2, 2017

Obituary for Clement Alexander Gebo December 21, 1928 – June 2, 2017 A Life of Hard Work, Practice, Prayer, and Faith Made "Wonderful Music" For Generations During the evening hours of June 2, 2017, Clement A. Gebo died peacefully in the comfort of the Newington, CT home that he and his wife, Mrs. Phyllis A. Bishop, have called home since 1971. Clement was known by any number of monikers...
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George A. Andrews

June 1, 2017

George A. Andrews, 88, of Newington, passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Hartford Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Marie (Vardilos) Andrews for 55 years. Born and raised in Hartford, son of the late Andrew and Polemnia (Georgiou) Andrews, he was a Newington resident for over 40 years. George honorably served his country in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He graduated from Bryant...
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Anne Tishler

May 31, 2017

Anne (Goldsmith) Tishler, 80, formerly of Newington, died May 31, 2017. She was the wife of the late Donald Tishler. Born June 13, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Myer and Rachel (Hoffenberg) Goldsmith. She was a graduate of New Britain High School and Fisher Junior College. She was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey Greenberg. She leaves a daughter, Myra Myers and her husband, Brian, of...
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Robert Michael Spilecki

May 30, 2017

Robert M. Spilecki (Bob), 86, of Newington, beloved husband of the late Jean Spilecki passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. He was born in Newport, Rhode Island the son of the late Frank and Mary (O'Connell) Spilecki. He was an educator for his professional life, first as a teacher at North Stonington Public School System for 4 years and then in the Newington Public School System for 34 years,...
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William E. Knorr

February 15, 1934 - May 30, 2017

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, William E. Knorr, 83, of Berlin, passed on peacefully at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. Born in Hartford on February 15, 1934 he was the son of the late Eugene L. & Anne (Sturgeon) Knorr. He received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Hartford, and had served our country in the US Army during the Korean War. ...
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Marlene A. Lessard

October 13, 1936 - May 30, 2017

Marlene A. (Longley) Lessard, 80, of Newington, passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert C. Williams, Sr. and the late Adelard J. Lessard. Born in Burlington, VT, daughter of the late James Nelson Longley, Sr. and Josephine (Tracey) Longley, she lived in Windsor and Windsor Locks prior to settling in Newington in 1979. She was a member of St. Mary's...
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Claudette C. Cormack

May 23, 2017

Claudette C. Cormack, 86, of Newington, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late George J. Cormack. Born in Wethersfield and raised in Manchester, daughter of the late Richard and Alberta (Foley) Colbert, she was a longtime Newington resident and a member of Holy Spirit Church and the Newington Singing Seniors. She was formerly employed by Travelers...
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Marjorie Guest

May 20, 2017

Marjorie (White) Guest, 84, of Newington, beloved wife of the late Theodore Guest, died Saturday May 20, 2017 at her home. Born February 8, 1933 in Taunton, Mass to Kenneth Baker White and Barbara (Knox) White, she grew up on the family's traditional New England farm in Leominster, Massachusetts producing dairy, eggs and vegetables. Marge graduated from Leominster High School 1950 and then from...
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Donald J. Borkowski

May 20, 2017

Donald J. Borkowski, 81, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on May 20, 2017. Born June 14, 1935 in New Britain, he was the son of the late Eugene P. Borkowski and Elizabeth (Curry) Borkowski. Don graduated from the Berkshire School in Great Barrington, MA and attended the University of Hartford. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and served in Hawaii. Employed in sales throughout his...
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Edward S. Skotnicki

May 21, 1917 - May 20, 2017

Edward S. Skotnicki, 99, of New Britain, died peacefully on May 20, 2017, one day short of his 100th birthday. He was the beloved husband for 73 years, of the late Olga (Cherpak) Skotnicki. Born in New Britain, on May 21, 1917, son of the late Steve and Valeria (Bray) Skotnicki, he was a lifelong City resident and attended Holy Trinity Orthodox Church. Ed retired from Fafnir Bearing Co.,...
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Douglas F. Steponaitis, Sr.

August 12, 1944 - May 19, 2017

On Friday, May 19, 2017, Douglas F. Steponaitis, Sr., 72, departed this life with his beloved wife at his side at Gladeview Healthcare in Old Saybrook. Born in Naugatuck on August 13, 1944, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary (Gotlibowski) Steponaitis. After high school, he enlisted in the US Airforce during the Vietnam War. His devotion to our country led him to affiliate with...
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Lendall F. Cleveland

May 14, 2017

Lendall F. Cleveland, 82, of Newington, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. He was the beloved husband of the late Shirley A. Cleveland. Born in Boston, MA, son of the late Lendall T. Cleveland and Josephine (Balukevich) Cleveland, he was a longtime Newington resident and a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit. Len honorably...
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Claudia F. Clavet

May 13, 2017

Claudia F. (Grala) Clavet, 89, of Port Charlotte, Fl., passed away on May 13, 2017. Born in New Britain, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Bertha (Marchiczyk) Morin. She married Stanley Grala in New Britain on May 12, 1945. After his death in 1991 she was remarried to Robert Calvet who died in 2009. Claudia moved to Florida in 1989, but prior to that she owned restaurant in New...
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Bernadette K. Kennedy

May 12, 2017

Bernadette K. Kennedy, 77, a longtime resident of Newington, passed away on Friday morning, May 12th 2017. Born on July 24, 1939 in New York City, Bernadette was the daughter of the late Patrick and Kathleen (Gibbons) Egan and was a first generation Irish-American, of which she was very proud. She was the beloved wife of 22 years to the late Joseph V. Kennedy. Prior to her retirement, she was...
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Kenneth Robert Murray

June 25, 1946 - May 9, 2017

Kenneth Robert Murray, age 70, born in Hartford, Connecticut, passed away on May 9, 2017, at home surrounded by his family. Ken graduated from Hartford Public High School in 1964. He started his career at Aetna Life Insurance Company and worked there from 1963 to 1993. Ken then was employed by Gene Langan Volkswagen from 1993 to 2005. He also worked at MAFCO Electric, and finally retired for...
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Norman E. Hutt

April 28, 2017

Norman Edward Hutt, 97 passed away peacefully on Friday, April 28th 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Norman was born August 7th 1919 in Hartford and grew up in the Groton Street area. He was the son of Elizabeth F. Murphy and Albert Menter Hutt. He attended Hartford Public Schools before being employed at Colt Manufacturing. In 1942, he enlisted in the US Navy and was trained at the...
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Mary T. Aivaz

June 26, 1952 - April 28, 2017

On Friday, April 28, 2017, Mary T. Aivaz, 64, was called to eternal life from the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. Born on June 26, 1952 in Holyoke, MA, she was the daughter of the late Roman and Zofia (Dijnecko) Kazimierczak. She was raised in Chicopee, MA, and had been a Plainville resident for the past 35 years. Prior to retirement, she was employed with the United States...
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William A. Hinchcliffe

April 27, 2017

William A. Hinchcliffe, 96, of Bluffton, SC, formerly of Newington, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 27, 2017. He was the beloved husband of the late Geraldine (Reilly) Hinchcliffe. Born in Fall River, MA on March 28, 1921, son of the late William and Bridget (Grant) Hinchcliffe, he was a Newington resident since 1939 and was a Bluffton, SC resident since 2016. He served in the U.S....
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Giuseppina Bordonaro

April 27, 2017

Giuseppina "Pina" (Amenta) Bordonaro, 87, of Rocky Hill, CT and Port Charlotte, FL, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, April 27, 2017, joining her beloved husband, Leonardo Bordonaro. She was born in Solarino, Siciliy, on April 15, 1930, the daughter of the late Salvatore Amenta and Serafina (Coco) Amenta. She was proud of her starting career as the town's...
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Teresa L. Namias

December 10, 1928 - April 24, 2017

On Monday, April 24, 2017, Teresa Namias, 88, was called to eternal life at the Bel Air Manor. Born in Campobaso, Italy on December 10, 1928, she came to the United States in 1967. As a longtime Newington resident, she was a communicant of St. Mary's Church. She was predeceased by her husband Lino Namias in 1983 and her siblings in Italy. Left to honor and cherish her memory are her sons...
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Maria Adelaide Seguro

December 14, 1922 - April 24, 2017

Maria Adelaide Seguro, 94, of Newington, transitioned to the afterlife on April 24, 2017, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family. Maria Adelaide was born in Covão do Sabugueiro, Porto de Mós, Portugal on December 14, 1922, to the late Adriano Seguro and Adelaide Pires Jorge. With her husband and children, the family immigrated to the United States in the 1960's seeking a...
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Carolyn (Macri) Olschefski

April 24, 2017

Carolyn (Macri) Olschefski, 74, of Newington, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Hospital of Central CT. She was the beloved wife of Phillip P. Olschefski for 52 years. Born and raised in Meriden, daughter of the late John and Judy Macri, she was a Newington resident for 50 years and a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit. Carolyn was a graduate of UConn and taught English and...
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Angela Sinnott

April 21, 2017

Angela (Rondinone) Sinnott (91) of Newington, wife of the late Walter, Jr., died peacefully at home on Friday, April 21, 2017. Born in Hartford on June 10, 1925, daughter of Rocco and Josephine (DiGiglio) Rondinone. Angela graduated from East Hartford High School, class of 1942. She was raised in East Hartford and later moved to Newington where she raised three sons, Walter III (Terry), James...
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Mary Bottaro

April 21, 2017

Mary Bottaro, 91, a longtime resident of Newington, passed on into eternal life on April 21, 2017 at her home surrounded by family. Born on August 20, 1925 in Hartford, Mary was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Benzer) Partridge and the beloved wife of the late Salvatore Bottaro for 65 years. She was a communicant St. Mary's Church in Newington, as well as an active member of the Ladies...
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Jacquelyn "Jackie" Peterson

January 9, 1957 - April 19, 2017

Jacquelyn (Robidoux) Peterson, 60, of West Hartford, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Born in Hartford, she was raised in Newington and graduated from Newington High School in 1975. Jackie raised her children in Farmington before moving to West Hartford. She was formerly employed for many years by the University of St. Joseph as a job coach for students with disabilities at the...
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Jean Patricia Griffen Roy

February 1, 1934 - April 16, 2017

On Easter Sunday, the Holiest of days, God saw it fitting to bring home his devoted lamb, Jean. Jean, 83, led a life pure of heart and sweetness of soul. She was a devoted wife, mother and Grandmother. Nothing made her happier than being around her family, and her family was blessed with an angel to guide them. She married her knight in shining armor on January 12, 1957. Jean adored her...
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Richard L. Strong

April 14, 2017

Richard L Strong, 70, of Norwalk, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017. Born in Norwalk, he was a longtime resident and was survived by his former Wife, Patricia Strong of Maine, his son, Richard, and his daughter Heather, both of Georgia. Richard was also survived by his sister Christine Ambruso and Niece Toni Lee of Peachtree City, Georgia, his brother James F. Strong and his wife Teresa and...
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Elisabeth "Liane" (Schmitt) Swierzy

April 13, 2017

Elisabeth "Liane" (Schmitt) Swierzy, 82, of Newington, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 13, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Gerard G. Swierzy. Born in Hofheim/Ts. Germany, daughter of Friedrich and Maria (Weller) Schmitt, she came to Hartford in the late 1950's and became a Newington resident 35 years ago. Liane was employed by CT National Bank for many years prior to her...
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Mariusz Podgorniak

April 1, 1968 - April 11, 2017

Mariusz Podgorniak, 49, of Newington, beloved husband of Anna (Blaszczak) Podgorniak, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Poland to Henryka (Warda) and the late Lech Podgorniak, he immigrated with his family to the U.S. in 1984, settling in Hartford where he attended local schools. Discovering a love for the road in his young adult years,...
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Corrado "Charlie" DeFelice

April 10, 2017

Corrado "Charlie" DeFelice, 89, of Newington, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 10, 2017, in Sarasota, FL with his family by his side after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was the beloved husband of the late Giuseppina (Sortino) DeFelice. Born in New Britain, he lived in Newington and was a member of St. Ann Church in New Britain. He was employed for many years at Fafnir Bearing...
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Antoinette J. Cherwinski

April 10, 2017

Antoinette J. (Grieco) Cherwinski, 90, of West Hartford died peacefully at Saint Francis Hospital on Monday, April 10, 2017. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Joseph J. Cherwinski. Antoinette was born in Hartford, on December 16, 1926, the daughter of the late Luca Rocco and Julia (LaCava) Grieco. She loved crocheting, taking walks, reading books, spending time with her family, and...
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Kathleen Pelletier

April 8, 2017

Kathleen (Penchoff) Pelletier, 59, of Newington, the loving wife for 24 years to John Pelletier, passed away on Saturday, April 8th 2017. Kathleen was born in Hartford to the late John and Mary (Jackson) Penchoff. She loved community theatre and reading and was happiest when spending time with family including her 3 constant furry companions Molly, Maverick and Bowzer. Kathleen was a loving...
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Mary-Rose Ingalls

April 5, 2017

Mary-Rose (Touchette) Ingalls, 89, of Rocky Hill, died on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard E. Ingalls. Born in Quebec, Canada, she lived in Newington for many years and was a member of Holy Spirit Church, where she was a Eucharistic Minister and was active in the Ladies Guild. Mary-Rose and her late husband, Richard, were co-founders of Newington Electric...
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Antone J. Gomes

June 11, 1928 - April 3, 2017

Antone "Tony" Gomes, 88, of Newington, died on April 3, 2017, after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of the love of his life, Maria "Alice" (Gouveia) Gomes for 66 years. Born on June 11, 1928, in New Bedford, MA, he was the youngest of six sons to Americo and Genevieve (Caetano) Gomes. Raised during the depression, they had very little material wealth, but strong family values...
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Corrado Alfonso Marotta

April 3, 2017

Corrado "Alfonso" Marotta, 76, of Newington, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 3, 2017, surrounded by his family at Hartford Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Ivana (DiLoreto) Marotta for over 51 years. Born in Sicily, Italy, son of the late Giuseppe and Santa (Sessa) Marotta, he lived in Hartford before becoming a Newington resident over 30 years ago. Alfonso was a member of the...
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Norman V. Snyder

July 18, 1921 - March 31, 2017

On Friday, March 31, 2017, Norman V. Snyder 95, passed away at his residence at Middlewoods of Newington surrounded by his loving family. Born on July 18, 1921, in Harrison, AK, he was the son of the late Garland and Virgie (Gaddy) Snyder. He was a veteran of the United States Army during WWII and served with Headquarters and Service Company 153rd Engineer Combat Battalion both in the U.S. and...
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Ann Marie Tipton-LaChance

April 23, 1934 - March 30, 2017

Ann Marie Tipton-LaChance, 82, entered into rest peacefully at her home on March 30, 2017. Born April 23, 1934 in Hartford, CT, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Adeline (Torza) Rizzuto and the wife of Robert F. Tipton, Sr. and later Roland LaChance, whom predeceased her. A woman of strong faith, Ann Marie was a communicant of the Church of the Holy Spirit and was one of the founding...
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Ann Marie Rizzuto Tipton-LaChance

April 23, 1934 - March 30, 2017

Ann Marie Tipton-LaChance, 82, entered into rest peacefully at her home on March 30, 2017. Born April 23, 1934 in Hartford, CT, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Adeline (Torza) Rizzuto and the wife of Robert F. Tipton, Sr. and later Roland LaChance, whom predeceased her. A woman of strong faith, Ann Marie was a communicant of the Church of the Holy Spirit and was one of the founding...
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William Sweeney

March 30, 2017

William R. Sweeney, Jr., 79, of Newington, beloved husband of the late Marcia (Lietz) Sweeney passed peacefully Thursday, March 30, 2017. He was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, a son of the late William and Leah (Keltz) Sweeney and resided in Newington most of his life. William served in the Air National Guard and was an accountant for Colt Firearms. He was a member of Church of the Holy Spirit,...
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Sonia Kohun

March 30, 2017

Sonia (Furmanchuk) Kohun, 94, of Wethersfield, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at her home. She was the beloved wife of Paul Kohun for 40 years. Born in Ukraine, daughter of the late Joe and Stefania Furmanchuk, she was a Wethersfield resident for 40 years and a member of St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, New Britain. Along with her husband, she leaves her sister and care giver...
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Lorrie Ann Duke

December 10, 1962 - March 29, 2017

On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Lorrie Ann Duke, 54, entered into eternal life at Smilow Cancer Hospital after a brief yet courageous battle with cancer. Born in Middletown on December 10, 1962, she was the daughter of Clifford Grover of Arkport, NY and the late Winifred (Aubin) Grover. Aside from being a loving and devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, Lorrie was always there...
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Amber Rose Lajeunesse

March 27, 2017

Amber Rose Lajeunesse, 19, passed away at her home peacefully on Monday, March 27, 2017. Amber was born October 11th, 1997 and was the oldest daughter of Karen Jacko and David Lajeunesse. She will be dearly missed by parents, maternal grandparents Roger and Betty Jacko of Jensen Beach, FL., paternal grandparents Irene Lajeunesse and Robert Lajeunesse of Vernon, CT., sisters Candace Lajeunesse...
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Esperanza Hope Lavorata

November 24, 1934 - March 26, 2017

Esperanza "Hope" Lavorata, 82, of Newington, formerly of Bronx, NY, passed away on Sunday, March, 26, 2017 with her family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert V. Lavorata, who predeceased her in 1985. Born in NY, daughter of the late Miguel and Juanita (Sosa) Paredes, she was a lifelong resident of the Bronx, until a year and a half ago, when she moved to Newington. She...
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John C. Digertt, Sr.

March 23, 2017

John C. Digertt, Sr., 91, of Newington, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Hartford Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Lucille (DeVito) Digertt for 65 years. Born in Hartford, son of the late Michael and Bronislawa (Makula) Digertt, he was a Newington resident for the past 23 years. John retired as Supervisor of Building and Maintenance with the City of Hartford after 40 years of...
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Florence Redekas

March 21, 2017

Florence was born in the heart of "Little Poland" in Newington Connecticut, on the 9th day of November in 1925, to Magdelina and John Bedus, the 8th of 9 children. She grew up in a time of economic hardship in this country, honing the skills her mother passed on to her, that would serve her well in the post war years. Her father founded the original Polish American Club in town, and was seen as...
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Louise (Kovalevich) Balkun

September 12, 1921 - March 19, 2017

Louise (Kovalevich) Balkun, 95, of Plantsville passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017 surrounded by her family. She resided in New Britain for 93 years before moving to Plantsville 2 years ago. Louise was a devoted lifelong member of the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church as well as serving as President of the Sisterhood for many years. She retired from HL Moore Company after many years of service. ...
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Beth Page

February 27, 1963 - March 18, 2017

Beth Ellen (Preissner) Page, 54, of Waterford, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 18, 2017 with her family by her side. She was a life-long Connecticut resident. Born in Hartford on February 27, 1963, daughter of Victor E. Preissner of Marlborough and the late Jeanne (Quinn) Preissner, she was raised in West Hartford. She attended St. Thomas the Apostle School where she was honored for her...
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Jean E. Davis

October 8, 1937 - March 16, 2017

Jean E. "Jeanie" Davis, 79, of Newington, Connecticut, died on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the Midstate Medical Center in Meriden, surrounded by family members. Born in New Britain on October 8, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Rudolph and Anna (Linik) Dornfried and widow of the late Manley "Dave" Davis. Jean was the youngest of three sisters, themselves the daughters of one of three...
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Mary E. Killawee

July 14, 1931 - March 15, 2017

On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, Mary E. Killawee, 85, was called to eternal life at Hartford Hospital. Born in Canaan, CT, July 14, 1931, she was a longtime Newington resident. She served our country with pride in the United States Army during the Korean War, and pursued a career in the Army Reserves, retiring after 30 years of dedicated service. Left to honor and cherish her memory are her...
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Joseph Richard Murray

March 13, 2017

Joseph Richard Murray, 72, of East Haddam died peacefully on Monday, March 13, 2017. Joe was born on August 10, 1944, in Hartford, CT, son of the late Doris and Joseph Murray. Joe graduated from Hartford Public High School in 1962 and joined the Navy for 4 years. After being discharged from the service, he worked for Manufacturer's Life in Hartford. Eventually he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio,...
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Matilda K. Anderson

December 28, 1919 - March 13, 2017

On Monday, March 13, 2017, Matilda K. Anderson, 97, was called to Eternal Life peacefully at home with her loving family by her side. Born in Derby, CT on December 28, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Joseph & Jadwiga (Mycek) Kras. Aside from being a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister, she was a communicant of S.S. Cyril & Methodius Church in Hartford. She was predeceased by her...
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Carmela Pisani Interligi

March 16, 1924 - March 11, 2017

Carmela Interligi, of Newington, formerly of Hartford passed away peacefully on March 11, 2017, just days before her 93rd birthday. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was passionate about The Brooklyn Dodgers, Coney Island and Frank Sinatra. After moving to Hartford in 1953 with her husband and toddler, the family continued to grow and settled comfortably into their Forster Heights home. She went...
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Joanna Mary Geisler

March 11, 2017

Joanna Mary (Gibson) Geisler, 52, of Newington, CT, died Saturday, March 11, 2017, surrounded by family after an extraordinary 5 year battle with cancer. Born in Hartford, CT on Feb. 14, 1965, to Marick D. and the late Carmela Gibson, Joanna grew up in West Hartford before moving to Newington in 2003. Joanna was a 1983 graduate of Conard High School, and earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees...
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Geraldine Arthur

March 10, 2017

Geraldine "Jerre" F. Arthur, 84, died Friday, March 10, 2017 at her home in Newington. Born in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Catherine (Monahan) Arthur. Jerre graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy. Her working career was in the insurance field with the majority at The Hartford where she was one of the first female officers. Jerre was an exceptional tap dancer,...
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James Rugens

March 8, 2017

James Rugens, 85, of Rocky Hill, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, March 8th. Born in New Britain, he was the son of the late Anthony and Helen (Sarkus) Rugens. Jim attended local schools and was a graduate of the E.C. Goodwin Technical School. He spent most of his life working in the manufacturing industry. He retired from the Prototype Plastic and Mold Company in Middletown twenty...
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Eugene S. Rotatori, M.D.

March 8, 2017

Eugene S. Rotatori, M.D., 84, of Rocky Hill, died peacefully in the comfort of his home, on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in the presence of his loving family. Born in South Bellingham, MA, on July 11, 1932 to Eugenio and Ida (Bacolini) Rotatori, he was raised in Woonsocket, R.I. Gene was a Connecticut resident since 1960, living in West Hartford until 2008 and Rocky Hill thereafter. Gene...
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Joseph Perfido

March 7, 2017

Joseph Perfido, 88, of Newington, beloved husband of Shirley (Naples) Perfido, died Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Born in Turi, Bari Italy, a son of the late Frank and Julia (D'Aprile) Perfido, Joe emigrated to the U.S. at the age of one and settled in New Britain where he lived until 1968 when he moved to Newington. He graduated from New Britain High School in 1948 and married his wife, Shirley August...
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Alice Doolan Kelly

March 6, 2017

Alice Doolan Kelly of Newington, Connecticut, passed peacefully into heaven on March 6, 2017. Her transition was eased by being home and in the presence of her beloved children. She is survived by daughter, Kathleen and her husband Christopher Ballou of Chelsea, MA, her daughter, Cynthia and husband Gene Hall of Block Island, Rhode Island, her son, Peter and his partner Sue Sabella of Coventry...
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Lena Cebrelli

September 4, 1923 - March 6, 2017

Lena (Perasoli) Cebrelli, 93, of New Britain, died peacefully on Monday, March 6, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Emil Cebrelli. Mrs. Cebrelli was a longtime active member of St. John the Evangelist Church in New Britain and was a member of its Ladies Guild. She leaves two daughters, Patricia Cebrelli of Newington, and Carla Cebrelli of Phoenix, AZ, and a son David Cebrelli of...
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Kathleen S. Shutran

March 3, 2017

Kathleen (Spinney) Shutran, 96, of Newington, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 3, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter Shutran. Born in Bangor, ME, daughter of the late Alfred and Mary Spinney, she was a longtime Newington resident and a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit. A loving mother and grandmother, she leaves her two daughters, Marybeth Shutran and Patricia...
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Jose L. Santos

May 25, 1923 - February 28, 2017

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, Jose L. Santos, 93, was called home to Eternal Life at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. Born on May 25, 1923 in Calvaria, Portugal, he was the son of the late Jose dos Santos Pimpao and Ana Loura Pimpao. He came to the United States in 1954 settling in Hartford and had been a West Hartford resident for the past 40 years. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a...
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Nicholas Nick Kounaris

February 28, 2017

Nicholas "Nick" Kounaris, 49, of Newington passed away Monday, February 28, 2017, in the loving company of family and friends after a long illness. Nick was born on June 5, 1967, in New Britain and was a son of the late Demetrius and Polyxeni (Georgikopoulos) Kounaris, of Newington, and beloved big brother to Stamatis "Ike" and Christopher Kounaris. Nick attended New Britain and Newington...
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Joseph J. Hope

April 8, 1930 - February 27, 2017

On Monday, February 27, 2017, Joseph J. Hope, 86, was called to eternal life at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. Born on April 4, 1930, in Hartford, CT, he was the son of the late Raymond W. Hope, Sr. and Helen (Foley) Hope. He served our great nation with pride in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Prior to retirement, he was employed with SNET as a supervisor,...
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Willis J. Schroeder

April 24, 1928 - February 25, 2017

Willis J. Schroeder, 88, of Newington, died peacefully on Saturday, February 25, 2017. He was the beloved husband of the late Jane (Willis) Schroeder, who died in 2008. Born in Wallingford to Bernhardt and Hattie (Johnson) Schroeder, he was a lifelong Newington resident. Will was a proud U. S. Navy Veteran of World War II and was a longtime member of the Church of Christ, Congregational. In 1986...
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Steven Francis Conti

June 28, 1960 - February 24, 2017

Steven Francis Conti passed away on Friday February 24th after a very courageous battle with pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer, one he fought for more than twenty years. He was born in Manchester, Connecticut on June 28, 1960, son of Norma Andisio Conti and the late Francis J. Conti. He was married to Véronique Subrizi for twenty-eight years. They were married in Biarritz, France, where they...
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Sam P. Naples

February 22, 2017

Sam P. Naples, 83, of Newington, passed from this life, on February 22, 2017, surrounded by his wife, Barbara and his loving family. A genuinely committed and selfless family man with a strong faith and a servant's heart has entered into eternal peace. As the patriarch and heart of the family, his heroic spirit will be deeply missed. Born in New Britain to Michael and Rose (Masso) Naples, he...
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William W. McCusker

November 8, 1925 - February 22, 2017

William W. McCusker, 91, of Newington, husband of Clare W. McCusker, passed away peacefully on February 22, 2017. He was born in Hartford on November 8, 1925 to the late Francis E. and May P. McCusker. A resident of Newington since 1954, and a parishioner of Grace Episcopal Church for over 50 years, Bill ministered as Warden, Vestry member, caretaker of the grounds, in particular, the memorial...
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Florence S. Urbanowicz

February 18, 2017

Florence S. (Seremet) Urbanowicz, 90, widow of the late Vincent Urbanowicz, passed away unexpectedly at home, Saturday, February 18, 2017. She grew up in Newington helping with her father's grocery store. She then went to hairdressing school after high school and was a hairdresser in West Hartford. When her children were born she remained at home to raise them and care for her mother. She loved...
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Sandra Lozis

February 15, 2017

Sandra (Dounouk) Lozis, 75 of Kensington passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at home with her loving husband, Frank Lozis by her side. Born on April 14, 1941 in Hartford to Mary and James Dounouk Sr, she graduated from New Britain High School in 1959 and worked for Fafnir Bearing Company as an executive secretary for many years where she was an officer of the Fafnir Girls Club....
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Antonio Occhialini

February 14, 2017

Antonio Occhialini, 97, of Newington, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Mary (Reney) Occhialini for 66 years. Born in 1919, in Montemaggiore al Metauro, Italy, he was the son of the late Arnaldo and Rosa (Conti) Occhialini. Tony left school after the 4th grade to help support his family. He baked bread, made nails, threshed wheat & raised silk worms in his...
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Elizabeth G. Rode

February 13, 2017

Elizabeth (Betty) (Bartkowski) Rode, at the age of 87, embarked on her eternal life with Jesus to be finally free of pain and suffering on February 13, 2017. Words are difficult to fully encapsulate such a wonderful person. However, there were two guiding principles in her life: a strong belief and love for God and unceasing love for her Family. A devout Catholic, who was not only a fixture at...
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Lloyd J Cassista

February 10, 2017

Lloyd J. Cassista, 91, a longtime resident of Newington, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. Born on March 25, 1925 in New Brunswick, Canada, Lloyd was the son of the late Alphe and Yvonne (Poitras) Cassista. Lloyd entered the United States with his family in 1927 and was raised in Caswell and Limestone, ME. He attended Limestone Junior High School and...
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