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Grace Mannion

October 29, 1931 - October 19, 2017

Sister Grace Mannion (Grace Anne) of the Sisters of Mercy died peacefully on Thursday October 19, 2017 after a prolonged illness at St. Mary Home, West Hartford. Born in Danbury on October 29, 1931 of the late James J. and Grace (Cassidy) Mannion and raised in Danbury, Sister Grace entered the Sisters of Mercy on July1, 1949 and professed her vows on June 28, 1952. After receiving her B.A....
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Janice Melcher Lewis

October 18, 2017

Janice Melcher Lewis, loving wife of Stuart Bruch Lewis for 58 years, died on October 18, 2017. She was born in 1936 in Englewood, NJ, daughter of Russell Englis Melcher and Elizabeth Arnold Melcher. Much of her childhood was spent in Miami Beach, FL, long before the area was commercialized. Janice was a graduate of St. Margaret's School in Waterbury, CT and Wells College where she received a B.A...
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Thomas Edwin Bywater

October 14, 2017

Thomas Edwin Bywater, aka "Pop-pop," of West Hartford, entered his Eternal Glory October 14, 2017 at Hartford Hospital. Thomas was a faithful man of quite persistence. He was married for 58 years to his wife Cherrill and worked at the Hartford Insurance Company for over 40 years, having started his career with punch-cards. He was one of a small handful of men who began the West Hartford Youth...
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Rose J. (Ignatowicz) Morey

February 1, 1925 - October 13, 2017

Rose Janice (Ignatowicz) Morey, of West Hartford, CT, passed away at her daughter's home in San Diego on Friday, October 13, 2017, at the age of 92. Rose was predeceased by her parents Joseph Ignatowicz and Francis (Strahan) Ignatowicz, sister Irene (Ignatowicz) Richardson, and husband Albert Morey. Rose is lovingly remembered by her son Mark Morey and his wife Debby of Granby, CT, her...
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Margaret M. (Purtell) Poehnert

October 10, 2017

Margaret Mary (Purtell) Poehnert, 94, formerly of West Hartford, passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. She was the daughter of former US Senator William A Purtell who served the State of Connecticut from 1952-1958, and Katherine (Cassidy) Purtell, a WWI army nurse. Margaret (Peg) grew up in West Hartford and attended Mount St. Joseph Academy, and graduated from Mount Holyoke College. In...
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Ray Bowen Larkin

March 15, 1938 - October 9, 2017

Ray Bowen Larkin, age 79, loving husband of Janet (Moss) Larkin, passed away on October 9, 2017 at his home in Farmington, CT, from complications of leukemia. Ray was born on March 15, 1938 to parents Harry Larkin Jr and Gladys Bowen Larkin of Willimantic, CT. He attended Tufts University and UConn, where he graduated in 1962 with a degree in accounting. Ray entered the field of computer...
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Barbara (Ney) Baine

September 27, 2017

Barbara Ney Baine of Newington was born and raised in West Hartford, CT and left this world on September 27, 2017. She was predeceased by her husband Jack and her parents Arthur W. Ney and Ann B. Ney all of West Hartford. She leaves behind her son, Randall Eric Dumas and his wife Diane of Glastonbury; two brothers, Robert L. Ney and his wife Maureen of West Hartford, their son Brian Ney and his...
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Marilyn Jean (Ahlgren) Stewart

September 17, 2017

Marilyn Jean Ahlgren Stewart, of West Hartford passed peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family and friends on September 17, 2017. Marilyn's life was generous, graceful, brave, and true to her values, and she is remembered well for it. Marilyn was married 55 years to the late Robert C. Stewart, who passed in November 2015. Marilyn was the loving, supportive, encouraging mother to...
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Jean Z. Forden

September 16, 2017

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, the spirit of Jean Z. Forden Morgan McCloy rose gently toward the heaven she so richly deserved. Loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she was generous to family, friends, and strangers alike, leading by example or with kind counsel. She could build a stone wall, tap dance, or host a dinner-all with grace and humility,...
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James A. McMillan

September 14, 2017

James A. McMillan of West Hartford, CT died on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Jim was born in Owego, New York, the son of the late Ralph E. and Helen (Wishinski) McMillan. Jim graduated from Central Connecticut State University and prior to retirement worked in the bond department of both the Aetna and Travelers Insurance Companies. Jim loved to fish and spent many happy evenings fishing the...
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Thomas M. Dworak

September 14, 2017

Thomas M. Dworak, 71, of West Hartford died Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Saint Francis Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Patricia (Murray) Dworak and father of Theodora and Thomas Dworak, Jr. Born and raised in Hartford, the son of the late Frank and Theodora (Demchuk) Dworak, Thomas served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He spent his entire career in the glass business. ...
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Vera (Andersson) Biorklund

September 13, 2017

Vera A. Biorklund, 93, of Bloomfield, widow of Robert R. Biorklund, died Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Born in Hartford the daughter of Hjalmar and Astrid (Persson) Andersson, she graduated from Hall High School in West Hartford, Class of 1941. Vera worked as a secretary and word processor with the Hartford Insurance Group for over 30 years, retiring in 1990. She and Robert made their home...
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Marion Ruth (Taylor) Holly

February 14, 1920 - September 12, 2017

Marion Ruth Holly, 97, of Glastonbury, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at home with her daughter and son-in-law by her side. Her husband, Edward C. Holly, who loved Marion with every ounce of his being, predeceased her 29 years ago. Marion was born in Hartford on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1920, the daughter of Edward and Bertha Taylor. She lived...
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Doris Belle (Pidgeon) Cooke

March 13, 1928 - September 10, 2017

COOKE, Doris Belle (Pidgeon) Cooke, 89, of West Hartford, passed away on September 10, 2017 in Hartford Hospital after a brief illness. Born March 13, 1928, she was the youngest daughter of Sylvia I. (Decker) and Raymond Aloysius Pidgeon. Doris was the beloved wife of Seeley B. Cooke. Together they owned Seeley's Homestead Restaurant and Hotel in Colliersville, New York. Seeley predeceased her...
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Holger Oscar Lundin

September 2, 2017

Reverend Dr. Holger O. Lundin, of Wethersfield, died Saturday, September 02, 2017 at Hartford Hospital. He was the loving husband of Judith Hallden Lundin, father of Karen Lundin and Jennifer Robinson, grandfather to 10 grandchildren, and son of the late Oscar and Astrid Lundin of Hartford. He also leaves behind a sister, Lillian West of Leland, North Carolina, 4 nieces and 4 nephews, and many...
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Ruby D. Vipler

August 29, 2017

Ruby D. Vipler, of West Hartford, beloved wife of Ed Vipler, died Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Hartford Hospital surrounded by her family. Born in Boston, MA, the daughter of Morris and Marion (Beigelman) Duby, she graduated from Boston University. After getting married she and Ed moved to Connecticut to start a family in Windsor Locks and later moved to West Hartford. Throughout her career, Ruby...
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Vallette (Fisk) Benham

November 11, 1932 - August 28, 2017

Vallette Fisk Benham, 84, beloved wife of the late Richard Evans Benham, died August 28, 2017 at Autumn Lake Healthcare of New Britain. She was born in Hartford on November 11, 1932 to the late Leonard D. and Vallette Wright Fisk. She graduated from Howard Seminary and Colby Junior College. Vallette was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend to all those in her life. The...
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Eleanor Perrin Campbell

August 26, 2017

Eleanor Perrin Campbell, died Saturday, August 26, 2017. Eleanor was the daughter of the late Philip and Cecile Perrin of West Hartford and Wellfleet, MA. Eleanor was pre-deceased by her husband, Charles F. Campbell. She is survived by her son, Peter (Mary) Campbell of Windsor Locks, daughter, Cyndee (Rocky) Goodwin of West Hartford, Grandchildren Peter Campbell of Suffield, Christine (Bill)...
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Penelope P. Skenderian

April 23, 1937 - August 22, 2017

Penelope Poppas Skenderian departed this life to continue her spiritual journey on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Born in Richmond, Virginia on April 23,1937, the daughter of Andreas and Panayiota Poppas, Penny spent most of her adult life in West Hartford, CT and recently, winter months in Naples, Florida. Penny's life was filled with fun adventures creating memories with her family and dear friends....
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David Forsyth Ransom

August 13, 1917 - August 21, 2017

David "Dave" Forsyth Ransom, noted Architectural Historian of Hartford, passed away peacefully on August 21, 2017 at the remarkable age of 100. Dave was born on August 13, 1917 in Lockport, NY to Mildred (Weaver) and Harry Lockwood Ransom. He graduated from Williams College in 1939 and then served as a Lieutenant in the US Army during World War II. Dave eventually moved to Scarsdale, NY and...
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Robert Nutting Andrews

August 19, 2017

Robert "Bob" Nutting Andrews, 82, of West Hartford passed away on August 19, 2017 after an extended illness. He leaves his wife Sue and their children, Jeffrey & Jennifer Andrews of NY, Amy & Ted Brennan of Burlington CT and six grandchildren: Jacob, Emma, Jillian, Josh, Teddy, and Jamey. Bob attended Loomis, Dartmouth, and Tuck Business School, graduating in 1958. After the army, he had a long...
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Edward H. Ruestow, Jr.

August 13, 2017

Edward H. Ruestow, Jr., 88, of Bloomfield, formerly of West Hartford, husband of the late Margaret (Poor) Ruestow, died Sunday, August 13, 2017. He was the former longtime owner of Clapp & Treat, Inc. Ed was born in Maplewood, NJ, one of three children of Edward H. and Arline (Spitzer) Ruestow. He graduated from Lehigh University, Class of 1952, where he wrestled and played football. ...
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Herbert D. Ristow

August 8, 2017

Herbert David Ristow, of West Hartford and Bloomfield, died on August 8, 2017 surrounded by family at the distinguished age of 92. Born on Septmeber 3, 1924, Herb would be the first to say he lived a good life. Herb had a lifelong passion for design. Starting at age 19, he worked at G. Fox & Company and then A.J. Skendarian and maintained his own consulting business "H. Ristow Interiors." Herb...
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Robert M. Brandenberger

August 4, 2017

Robert Marx Brandenberger, 77, of Newington, died unexpectedly Friday, August 4, 2017. Born in Hartford, the son of the late Robert K. and Erene (Marx) Brandenberger, Bob graduated from Newington High School, Class of 1957. He went on to Trinity College in Hartford where he played basketball for 3 years and graduated in 1962. Bob worked as a systems engineer with IBM for 36 years, retiring in...
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Anne H. Carroll

February 8, 1926 - July 28, 2017

Anne Carter Harrison Carroll of West Hartford, wife of Robert E. Carroll, Jr, died peacefully on Friday July, 28 at age 91. She was born February 8, 1926 in Plainfield, New Jersey, daughter of Marjorie (Thompson) and E. Randolph Harrison. Anne was proud of her North-South heritage, a blend of New England Thompsons and Virginian Harrisons. She grew up in West Hartford, attended local schools...
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Mark J. Stankoski

July 26, 2017

Mark J. Stankoski, 56, of West Hartford passed away peacefully on July 26, 2017 with his family by his side after complications from lung cancer. Despite his diagnosis he fought bravely to be there with his family, especially his grandchildren, whom he loved above all else. He was born on November 13, 1960 in New Britain, CT. Mark leaves behind his beloved wife of 33 years, Penny (Bussolari),...
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Robert E. Dunn

July 18, 2017

Robert E. Dunn, 89, of West Hartford, Connecticut, passed away peacefully at home on July 18, 2017 from complications associated with Parkinson's disease and related dementia. Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Gladys B. Dunn. Bob was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of George E. and Ruth B. Dunn, and was raised in Watertown, Massachusetts and East Hartford, Connecticut,...
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Vaidievutis A. Mantautas

July 7, 2017

Vaidievutis A. ("Andrew") Mantautas was born at Grauzikai near Kelme, Lithuania on December 7, 1925. He finished secondary school in 1944, while secretly belonging to a Lithuanian National Guard resistance group. In 1944 he escaped Soviet deportation to Siberia, became a "displaced person," and after the war worked as a translator for the Allies. In 1946 he entered Jesuit seminary in...
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David John Kazarian

July 2, 2017

David John Kazarian, age 91 of West Hartford died peacefully on Sunday the 2nd of July 2017. David was born in Hartford Connecticut to the late Lazarus D Kazarian and Victoria (Manougian) in 1926. He married Lillilan Surabian in 1960 in West Hartford and was happily married for 57 years. David attended Hartford High, then, University of Rochester, Trinity College and finally the University of...
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Barbara A. (Kirsche) Scanlon

June 28, 2017

Barbara A. Scanlon, 82, of Windsor and formerly of West Hartford, passed peacefully into the hands of God Wednesday, June 28, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Eugene F. Scanlon. Born in Hartford, one of five children of the late Richard and Marguerite Kirsche. She graduated from Hall High School and raised their family in West Hartford after she and Gene married. ...
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Elna (Abjornson) Thornley

June 22, 2017

Elna Abjornson Thornley passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the age of 90 after 10+ years living with dementia. In her final years Elna resided in St. Mary's Memory Care Unit in West Hartford, CT. Elna was born in Brooklyn, NY to Carl and Laura Abjornson. She was raised in a family rich in traditional Danish customs along with her brothers Carl and Roy. In Brooklyn she met...
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Evelyn (Tiffany) Schaefer

June 22, 2017

Evelyn Tiffany Schaefer, 98, of West Hartford, widow of Casper B. Schaefer, died Thursday, June 22, 2017 at home. Evelyn was born in the home of her parents, Frederick and Laura Gardiner (Vail) Tiffany, in Bridgehampton, Long Island, NY and attended Skidmore College. She married in 1940 and lived on Long Island and in New Jersey before moving to West Hartford in 1950 with Casper and their two...
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Ann (Drennan) Finck

June 19, 2017

Ann Drennan Finck passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, June 19, 2017 after having reached the age of 98 on June 3rd. Prior to her ten year residence at the Seabury Life Care Community in Bloomfield, CT, Ann had lived in West Hartford with her beloved husband George, who passed away in 1992. Ann was an active member of St. James's Episcopal Church and a longtime member of the P.E.O....
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Armen "Amy" Giligian

June 19, 2017

Armen E. "Amy" Giligian, 100, of Hartford, died Monday, June 19, 2017 at Hartford Hospital. Born in Hartford, she was the daughter of the John and Anna (Veznaian) Giligian. Amy retired from the United States Selective Service where she worked as an operations officer. She was a longtime West Hartford resident and member of St. George Armenian Apostolic Church. Amy leaves her beloved sister,...
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Phyllis (Howard) York

June 10, 2017

Phyllis H. York, 91, of West Hartford, CT, widow of William E. York, died Saturday, June 10, 2017 at home. Born and raised in Hiram, ME, the daughter of the late Albert and Beatrice (Rankin) Howard, Phyllis graduated from the Fryeburg Academy. She and William married on August 16, 1946 and moved to the Hartford area in 1950, eventually settling in West Hartford, in 1969. Phyllis dedicated her...
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Patricia (Doyle) Curran

June 9, 2017

Patricia Doyle Curran, 79, of Bloomfield CT, died June 9, 2017 at Hartford Hospital. She is survived by her high-school sweetheart and husband of 57 years, Edmund T. Curran of Bloomfield; daughters Kathleen Curran and Elizabeth Curran; son Edmund and daughter-in-law Lauren Curran; and her beloved grandchildren Liam and Caitlin Curran. Pat leaves behind siblings Sister Colleen Doyle, a Sister of...
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Dorothy (Kennedy) Woodworth

June 5, 2017

Dorothy (Kennedy) Woodworth, 103, of Farmington, widow of Alden G. "Woody" Woodworth, died Monday, June 05, 2017 at Arden Courts. Born in Lynn, MA, the daughter of the late George L. and Anna J. (Heraty) Kennedy, Dorothy graduated from Boston University, Class of 1935. She and Woody married in 1944 and were blessed with three children and 45 years together. Dorothy taught business education...
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Donna Jo Mineo

June 2, 2017

Donna Jo Mineo, 50, of West Hartford, lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on Friday, June 2, 2017. Donna was predeceased by her husband, Paul, the love of her life. Anyone who looked like him received her undivided attention. That included Leonard Cohen and Gabriel Byrne. Donna loved life and knew that "the most wasted of all days is one without laughter." British sitcoms were among her...
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Vartan Manoukian

May 31, 2017

Vartan a resident of West Hartford passed away May 31 2017. Vartan was born in Tripoli Lebanon , the son of Aflaton Manoukian and Sirpouhi Tashjian Manoukian. While in Lebanon his father was his true mentor as they worked tirelessly together at his father's auto repair shop. Due to his father's declining health Vartan took over for his father and maintained the business. When Vartan came to this...
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Donald J. Acker

May 17, 2017

Colonel Don Acker, U.S.A., Ret., of Sun City Center, FL, formerly of West Hartford, CT died on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 while in the company of his loving family. Don leaves his wife, Virginia A. Acker and his children from his first marriage to Virginia R. Acker (deceased), Carl Acker, Ruth Acker Bellemare, Louise Acker Fegy, Kathryn Acker DCamp and Don Acker, Jr. He also leaves five...
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Mary Alice (DiBiasio) Julian

May 17, 2017

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Mary Alice (DiBiasio) Julian, 93, of West Hartford, CT. She died peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her family on May 17, 2017. Mary was born in Unionville, CT and raised in Farmington, CT. She is predeceased by her beloved husband of 49 years, James J. Julian; her parents, Tomasina and Sebastiano DiBiasio; and her brothers, Peter and...
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Isabella (Lanza) Arcell

May 11, 2017

Isabella Arcell, 88, of West Hartford died Thursday, May 11, 2017.  Born in Hartford, the daughter of the late Lorenzo and Maria Luisa (Maiochi) Lanza, She was a resident of West Hartford for over 65 years.  She graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy in West Hartford.  She was married to Andrew J. Arcell who passed away in 1964.    The couple had three boys and made their home in West...
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Stella J. Case

May 3, 2017

Stella J. Case, of West Hartford passed peacefully with her family by her side on May 3, 2017. Stella was born in Hartford and she attended Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School. She was the only child of Polish Immigrants. As a teenager she participated in Hartford Hospital's Blue Bird Program which was like pre-nursing education. She later moved to West Hartford where she attended Plant Jr....
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Elisabeth A. Rydinge

April 29, 2017

Elisabeth A. Rydinge, DDS, DMD, 80, of West Hartford died Saturday, April 29, 2017 at home surrounded by her family. Born and raised in Sunne, Sweden, the daughter of the late Victor and Margareta (Jonsson) Rydinge, Elisabeth earned her Doctor of Dental Science degree from the Royal Dental School of Stockholm, Sweden. She immigrated to the United States in 1974. Once here, she earned her...
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Sylvia (Grant) Wain

April 26, 2017

Sylvia Grant Wain died peacefully on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in West Hartford at the age of 86. Sylvia is survived by her husband, Elbert Wain of Bloomfield; children, Ellyn Behan and her husband, James; Sharon DeNapoli and her husband Anthony, Susan Hayes and her husband Thomas, John Wain and his wife Marina, and Daughter in Law Joan Wain; Grandchildren, Lisa Brody, Jason Brody and his wife...
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Janice (McCone) Hebb

April 25, 2017

HEBB, Janice (McCone) of Bloomfield, formerly of West Hartford and Westerly, Rhode Island, died peacefully on April 25, 2017 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was surrounded by her family. Born on July 24, 1938, Janice was the daughter of the late Henry and Helen McCone of West Hartford and sister of the late Nancy McCone Morse. Janice grew up in West Hartford attending William Hall...
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Kathryn Hudson

April 24, 2017

Kathryn Hudson, 89, longtime Hartford resident, died Monday, April 24, 2017 in West Hartford. Born in Hanover, New Hampshire, she was the daughter of the late Arthur W. and Marjorie (Gaut) Hudson. Kathryn worked in Hartford with State Board of Education and Services for the Blind for 30 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Hartford, The American and...
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Richard Hendewich

April 21, 2017

Richard Hendewich, 87, of West Hartford died peacefully at home on April 21, 2017. He born August 9, 1929 in Bucurest, Romania and was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran church of Romania. At an early age, Richard assumed responsibilities in managing the family business, a textile factory that his father and uncles founded. He married his beloved Stephanie on December 27, 1960...
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John T. Bell

April 15, 2017

John T. (Tad) Bell, 88, died peacefully at his home Saturday night in Farmington surrounded by his family. He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Nancy, his son John and nephew, David A. Kenney of Littleton, NH who were with him at the time of his death. Born in Greenwich, Connecticut and raised in Stamford, Tad was an environmentalist, sailor and Marine. He received a BA in English from the...
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Rae (Cebelius) Ruby-Rein

April 12, 2017

Rae C. Ruby-Rein, 65, of Manchester, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017. She was predeceased by her husband of Bernard L. Rein, co-founder of Rein's Deli, in 2012. Born in Hartford, the daughter of the late J. Frederick and Betty-Rae (Hall) Cebelius, Rae grew up in Wethersfield and graduated from Wethersfield High School, Class of 1969. She worked as a certified fitter with DME and retired in...
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Juris "George" Zars

March 19, 1934 - April 11, 2017

Juris Zars, beloved husband, father and grandfather, known to his friends as 'George', departed this life Monday April 11, following a brief illness. He was born in Anna, Latvia and after arriving in the USA with his family post World War II, he became a naturalized citizen. He was a graduate of Canton High School and Hillyer College, earning his Masters degree in Mathematics from the University...
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Jose M. Guerrero

April 10, 2017

Jose M. Guerrero, 78, of West Hartford, husband of Mary (Ramirez) Guerrero, died April 10, 2017 at home. Born in Lima, Peru, the son of Ildefonso Guerrero and Grimaldima Palomino, he moved to the United States in 1964 and had resided in West Hartford for the past 41 years. He retired after 41 years from Stanley Works in New Britain. Jose was a devout Catholic and an usher at Our Lady of...
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Alice M. Reilly

February 10, 1932 - April 8, 2017

Reilly – Alice M., former resident of Westbury, passed away on Saturday April 8th, 2017 in Avon, Connecticut. She was the daughter of Margaret Reilly (nee Hurley) and since childhood had lived with Jennie Gibbons and her daughters and son, Mary McNally, Catherine Gibbons and Martin Gibbons. She graduated from Dominican Commercial and worked for her entire career for Long Island Lighting...
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Eric David Vanderpool

April 2, 2017

Eric David Crimé Vanderpool, 24, of West Hartford, CT, died at UCONN Medical Center on April 2, 2017. Eric was born May 17, 1992 in Brooklyn, New York. He attended and graduated from Conard High School in 2010, and is a 2016 graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, School of Business. Always adventurous, Eric had a passion for skateboarding and snowboarding. His greatest pastime...
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Sharon R. O'Meara

March 29, 2017

Sharon R O'Meara of Avon, CT, beloved spouse of Cheryl Coutsonikas passed away peacefully on March 29, 2017 after a sudden illness. She was surrounded by family and friends. In addition to her spouse, she is survived by the entire Coutsonikas-Lacey family, her extended family Betsy Bruno, Carol St. Jean, Patricia Lee, Marcia Duval, Jack & Judy Martin, Ruth Anne Wrobel, Richard Chin and the...
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Gary E. Choolgian

March 25, 2017

Gary Edward Choolgian of Farmington, age 74, died at UCONN's John Dempsey Hospital on March 25, 2017 after a long illness. He was born in Hartford, CT on January 22, 1943 and was the son of the late Archie and Sophie (Elnisky) Choolgian. He was a graduate of Wethersfield High School and the University of Hartford. He is survived by his loving wife Kathryn (Boltz) Choolgian, stepdaughter...
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Josephine M. Magnan

March 25, 2017

Josephine Dempsey Magnan passed away peacefully at her home on March 25, 2017. Born in 1929, she graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Revere, MA. Josephine married the love of her life Bob in 1954 and they were married for 60 years. Josephine is survived by her children, Patrice (David) Peterson, Janice (Matthew) Meehan, Denice Graves and Maureen Magnan and her husband...
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Norma S. Bzullak

March 23, 2017

Norma Shirley (Abruzzo) Bzullak died on March 23, 2017 at St. Mary Home in West Hartford after suffering a severe stroke in November. She was the daughter of Anthony Abruzzo and Anna (Rossito) Abruzzo and the wife for 40 years of Michael H. Bzullak. She was born in Hartford and attended Hartford schools. Norma was a renaissances woman. She had experience in the theater, she was student of...
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Ellen May (Child) Kelsey

March 22, 2017

Ellen May (Child) Kelsey, long-time resident of Hartford, CT, passed peacefully on the morning of Wednesday the 22nd of March, 2017 at the Hebrew Center for Health and Rehabilitation in West Hartford, CT. Born the 25th of May, 1928 in Pembroke, NH, Ellen graduated as valedictorian from Pembroke Academy. She went on to graduate from Mount Holyoke College where she received a bachelor's degree...
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Michael A. Herwood

March 19, 2017

Michael Andrew Herwood died at home in West Hartford on March 19th, 2017. Born on June 12, 1955 in New York City, he leaves his beloved wife of 37 years, Constance Reik, their three children, Margot Dayton (Matthew), Julia Breedon (Simon), and Daniel Herwood, and four cherished grandchildren Allison and Grace Dayton and Colton and Emilia Breedon. He also leaves his mother Sonya Herwood, to whom...
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Muriel S. Shreve

March 7, 2017

Muriel S. Shreve, R.N., formerly of Mountain Terrace Rd, West Hartford, died early Tuesday, March 7,2017 at 96 years of age. She was the wife of the late Robert W. Shreve, M.D. Mrs. Shreve was born in Hartford, CT on March 5, 1921. She was a graduate of the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing. In her later years she was a faithful volunteer in the Hartford Hospital Emergency Room where she...
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Robert Elwin Ashcraft

March 7, 2017

Robert Elwin Ashcraft of West Hartford died peacefully on March 7, 2017. He was born on September 23, 1923, to Leva (Frith) and Bernard Alfred Ashcraft in Clearfield, PA. He graduated from high school in 1941 and attended Penn State University until he enlisted in World War II. He served as a communication sergeant for three years with the 304 Infantry of the 76th division, seeing action in...
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Natalie Jane (Burnham) Freitag

March 4, 2017

Natalie Burnham Freitag, 74, beloved wife of Herman for 54 years, reached the embrace of Jesus on March 4, 2017 following an arduous journey with Alzheimer's. A Bloomfield native, she was born May 10,1942 in Hartford to the late Pearl Dunsmoor and Thomas R. Burnham, Sr. Daughters Kirsti, Katie and Jodi and grandchildren Samuel, Elise and Julia, children of Kirsten and Michael Murray of Malvern,...
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Mary (Rustigian) Bagdigian

March 1, 2017

Mary (Rustigian) Bagdigian, 93, of Farmington, loving wife of the late Charles Bagdigian, died Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Born in Lawrence, MA, Mary grew up in West Hartford. She graduated from Hall High School and worked at the Aetna for several years prior to her marriage in 1949. She and Charlie moved to Farmington in 1953 where she lived for over 60 years. Mary was a longtime active...
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Roy Donald Bassette, Jr.

February 25, 2017

Roy Donald Bassette, Jr., 95, died on February 25, 2017 at St. Mary Home in West Hartford, CT with family by his side. A lifelong West Hartford resident, Don (also known as Don Don, Roy, Chief and Captain) was born on December 8, 1921 to the late Roy Donald Bassette, Sr. and the late Elizabeth Hubbard Bassette. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Banks Bassette and his two...
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Eleanor Louise Cook

February 24, 2017

Eleanor Louise Cook, a long-time resident of the West Hartford area, died Friday, February 24, 2017, at Avery Heights. Born in 1930, Eleanor received undergraduate and graduate degrees in early childhood education. She enjoyed a successful career as an educator, teaching first grade in the West Hartford public schools for thirty years. Following that, she served as an early childhood...
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William V. Sassi

August 31, 1923 - February 24, 2017

William V. Sassi, 93 8/31/1923-2/24/2017 of West Hartford, CT. Survived by: his loving wife Maria Picone Sassi, who is a local area Poet & Playwright; his son William C.; and his daughter-in-law Mary Beth. Mr. Sassi was the President of the John Sassi Memorial Fund for Leukemia, which he founded in 1968 in memory of his youngest son John. The Fund donated medical research equipment to...
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Antonie (Murray) Martin

February 19, 2017

Antonie Murray Martin, of West Hartford, died Sunday, February 19, 2017 after a short illness. Born in New York City August 1, 1935, she was raised in New York and New Jersey. She attended Rumson County Day School and graduated from The Foxcroft School. After graduation she lived abroad in Paris and Zermatt, Switzerland. In 1965 she moved to West Hartford. A life-long interest in the arts led her...
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Ingrid J. Hedling

February 14, 2017

Ingrid J. Hedling, of Farmington died Tuesday February 14, 2017 after a courageous battle with Cancer and Alzheimer's. She was the wife of Burton C. Hedling. Born on December 1, 1935 in Hartford, CT, she was the daughter of Ivar and Minnie (Roost) Johnson. She graduated from Hall High School. She worked at CT Mutual, Stop & Shop, Tre Kronor, and Young Scandinavians. She was a long-time and active...
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James E. Bullock

February 10, 2017

Dr. James E Bullock passed away at the age of 94 on February 10, 2017, surrounded by his sons and many, many friends. Jim is survived by his sons, Alan and Charles, along with his much loved daughters-in-law, Robin and Kristen, his four grandchildren, Emily, Eric, Erika and Alexis, and his sisters, Marjorie and Faye, and brothers, Doug and Dean. Jim was preceded in death by his loving wife of...
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George E. Heppner

February 10, 2017

George E. Heppner, 93, of West Hartford, husband of the late Joan (Muldoon) Heppner, died Friday, February 10, 2017 at St. Mary Home. Born in Hartford, the son of the late George and Lillian (Garland) Heppner, he grew up in Hartford and graduated from Hartford High School, Class of 1941. During WW II, George volunteered and served with the U.S. Army. Afterwards, he went on to graduate from...
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Virginia (Vaughan) Maine

February 10, 2017

Virginia Vaughan Maine, 87, of Farmington, passed away peacefully at home on February 10, 2017. Virginia grew up in the Bronx and attended Cornell University, where she majored in chemistry in 1950. She attended graduate school in chemistry at Harvard University and then worked in industrial chemistry laboratories in Springfield, MA and Hartford, CT for several years. She married her husband,...
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Janet Joyce Killeen

February 9, 2017

Janet Joyce Killeen, 88, of West Hartford, died Thursday, February 9, 2017 at St. Mary Home in West Hartford surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Bristol on April 12, 1928. The daughter of the late William J. Killeen and Leona Z. Killeen, Janet grew up in Hartford and worked in the personnel department at Travelers Insurance for more than 40 years. She is survived by her sister Carol...
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Erkki "Erik" Simola

February 6, 2017

Erkki "Erik" Simola of West Hartford passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 6, 2017, two days shy of his 79th birthday. He will be remembered as a kind and generous man, full of life and always thankful for the gifts that God had given him. Erik never took anything for granted. He was always the person one could count on and never made promises he could not keep. Erik's family takes...
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Sally (Failla) Fumiatti

February 5, 2017

Sally Fumiatti, 97, formerly of Wethersfied, the widow of Peter J. Fumiatti, died Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Apple Rehab in Rocky Hill. Born in Hartford, Sally was the daughter of Sabastiano and Salvatrice (Pavone) Failla. She was retired from Telephone Order Department of G. Fox & Co in Hartford. Sally was an avid reader, loved Italian and Spanish music and could make a friend anywhere. ...
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Walter Oscar Ekwall

February 4, 2017

Walter Oscar Ekwall passed away Saturday, February 04, 2017 at Arden Court in Farmington at the age of 94. He was the wonderful husband of Martha Carlson Ekwall for 63 years and the son of the late Oscar and Astrid Ekwall. Walter was born August 10, 1922 in Hartford and lived in West Hartford before moving to Bloomfield 11 years ago. He graduated from Hall High School, Class of 1940, and...
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Josephine (Piazza) Urso

February 1, 2017

Josephine Piazza Urso, 96, passed away on Feb. 1, 2017 at Saint Francis Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Maria (Bosco) and Salvatore Piazza and the wife of the late Paul Urso. She was born in Hartford and resided in Newington for the past forty years. While her husband served in WWII, she joined the women's work force at Pratt and Whitney. Josephine's main focus in life was her...
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Sylvia Anopolsky

May 30, 1928 - January 31, 2017

Sylvia Anopolsky, 88 formerly of Bloomfield passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Samuel Anopolsky. Born on May 30, 1928 in Hartford, CT. Sylvia was the only child of Louis and Florence (Diamond) Levy. She graduated from East Hartford High School in 1946 and retired from Cigna Insurance Company in 1991. Sylvia is survived by her loving sons...
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Richard B. Washburn

November 29, 1929 - January 27, 2017

Richard "Dick" Belden Washburn, 87, of West Hartford and Groton Long Point, CT, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2017 after a recent decline in his health. Born November 29, 1929 in Hartford, CT, he was the beloved husband of the late Barbara Griffith Washburn and son of John and Cornelia Washburn. He attended boarding school at Vermont Academy where he played hockey and football, class of...
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Jane (Compton) Sullivan

February 6, 1921 - January 27, 2017

Jane C. Sullivan, 95, of West Harford died Friday, January 27, 2017 at St. Mary Home. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert H. Sullivan, who passed on March 20, 2007. Born on February 6, 1921 in Harrisburg, PA, the daughter of Elizabeth Brown Compton and Max Roswell Compton, Jane moved from Harrisburg to Bridgeport CT with her parents when she was 12. Her family eventually settled in...
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George C. Hastings

March 30, 1928 - January 27, 2017

George C. Hastings, husband of Laura M. Hastings, died January 27, 2017 after battling a brain tumor. He was born in Rutland, Vermont on March 30, 1928, son of Madeline "Pat" (Cassidy) Hastings and Edward W. Hastings. He lived most of his life in West Hartford. Hastings was a retired partner at the Hartford law firm Robinson & Cole, where he practiced from 1957 to 1995. He was a graduate...
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Dorothy (McAfee) Bloomquist

January 25, 2017

Dorothy (McAfee) Bloomquist, 100, of Farmington, formerly of West Hartford, died January 25, 2017 at the University of Connecticut Medical Center. She was the widow of Lennart Bloomquist. Born in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada on April 20, 1916, Dorothy lived all of her married life in West Hartford. She graduated from the Morse College of Business and devoted all her years of work to Aetna...
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William Robert "Bob" Hawk

January 21, 2017

William Robert "Bob" Hawk of West Hartford, husband of Mary Ann (McCarthy) Hawk, died at 82 on January 21, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Lineville, Iowa, Bob graduated from Lineville High School, Class of 1954. He enlisted with the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Westover Air Force Base. While in the service, he took up ballroom dancing and participated in many dance competitions...
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Sister Marian Slezak

January 20, 2017

Sister Marian Slezak (Mary Anthony) of the Sisters of Mercy died peacefully on January 20, 2017 at St. Mary Home West Hartford. Born in Southington on August 17, 1926 of the late Anthony and Maria (Turek) Slezak, she was raised in Southington and entered the Sisters of Mercy on June28, 1947. Sister professed her vows on January 2, 1950. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from St...
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Lucy Anne Read

January 15, 2017

Lucy Anne Read, daughter of the late Reverend Cannon Ralph D. Read and Helen Nothnagle, passed away January 15, 2017. She was born on November 3, 1938 in New York City and lived most of her life in West Hartford, Connecticut. Lucy graduated from Oxford School in 1956, and Centenary College for Women in 1958. She studied at the University of Madrid in Spain, from 1958 to 1959, and then at Alliance...
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Sally Ann Daly Meredith

January 15, 2017

Sally Ann Daly Meredith passed away peacefully Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 91. Born in Hartford, CT she was the daughter of Kathryn C. Daly and Dr. William P. Daly of Hartford and West Hartford. She attended the Kenwood Academy of the Sacred Heart in Albany, NY and graduated from St. Joseph College in West Hartford going on to teach kindergarten in the Hartford Schools for a brief period of...
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Anthony DiBiasio

January 14, 2017

Anthony DiBiasio of Farmington, CT and Naples, FL passed away peacefully on January 14, 2017 at 90 years of age. Devoted husband of Adele (nee Lenhardt). Beloved father of Alisa (Jaime) Correa and Adele (Dennis) Ruppert and grandfather of Christina, James, and John Correa and Adele and Gwen Ruppert. He leaves behind dear sisters Mary Julian and Theresa (Robert) Seravalli and many cherished...
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Carolyn S. Arvidson

January 12, 2017

ARVIDSON, Carolyn S. Carolyn Arvidson (née Short) died peacefully on January 12, 2017 after a short illness. She is survived by three daughters, Amy Arvidson of Seattle, Rebecca Kelly of Philadelphia, and Cadie Pruss of Kamiah, ID; their husbands Matt Geyman, Chris Kelly and Mike Pruss; and five grandchildren: Lauren, Grant and Cadence Kelly and Ben and Emily Geyman. She is also survived by...
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Henry H. Barton II

January 11, 2017

Henry H. Barton, II, 68, of West Hartford, died Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at his home. Born in Orange, NJ, the son of the late John C. and Irene (Holmes) Barton, Henry graduated from Conard High School, Class of 1966, and served honorably in the Vietnam War with the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division. He was an Eagle Scout in his youth and a member of V.F.W., Hannon-Hatch Post 9929. Henry is...
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Paul A. Melvin

January 9, 2017

Paul A. Melvin, 83, of West Hartford, Connecticut, passed away peacefully late Monday afternoon, January 9, 2017. Born in Holden, Massachusetts, on November 9, 1933, Paul graduated from Worcester North High School and Clark University before entering the US Army in 1956. He graduated with honors from the Army Language School in Monterey, California, and worked for the Army Security Agency,...
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Marion G. Spear

January 8, 2017

Marion G.Spear, 92, lifelong resident of West Hartford, died peacefully on Sunday, January 8, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Stuart and Marcelle Spear of West Hartford and her brother and sister in law, Roger and Mary-Ellen Spear of Saint Louis, MO. Miss Spear was a long-time member of First Church of West Hartford and The Town and County Club of Hartford. She enjoyed many...
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Barbara (Hollister) McDonnell

January 6, 2017

Barbara Hollister McDonnell, of West Hartford, widow of Robert Q McDonnell, Jr passed away Friday January 6, 2017 after a brief illness. Barb was born in Springfield, MA, June 29, 1921 to A. Dwight and Ethel J. Hollister. She grew up in Springfield and attended schools there. Barb was a member of the Girl Scouts of America and earned the Golden Eaglet. Barb graduated from University of North...
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David E. Weaver

January 1, 2017

David E. Weaver, 77, formerly of Porter, Maine, passed away peacefully at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, ME late Sunday evening, January 1, 2017. After his birth in Hartford, Connecticut on August 25, 1939, he returned to the family farm in Bloomfield, Connecticut with his parents, Elizabeth M. and Stanley L. Weaver. He attended Bloomfield Grammar School and graduated from...
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Barend "Bart" van den Brink

January 1, 2017

Barend "Bart" van den Brink beloved husband of Tonnie, the love of his life for 55 years, passed away on January 1, 2017. He was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands on August 16, 1935. Bart was a resident of West Hartford, CT and formerly of Westport, CT. Besides his wife Tonnie, he is survived by his 2 children, their spouses, and his 2 granddaughters: his son Hans and wife Sheri of Georgia, and...
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Fung Ang Chung

December 27, 2016

"Fung Ang (Dea) Chung" 90, of West Hartford, beloved wife of late husband Doo Chew Chung, died peacefully Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Hughes Health and Rehabilitation. Born in Canton, China, she has resided in Hartford area for nearly 68 years. Mrs. Chung was the former owner of the Canton Restaurant in West Hartford, which she operated for 30 years until her retirement in 1989. She was...
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Emilio Donato "Nails" Vincenzo

August 9, 1936 - December 26, 2016

Vincenzo, Emilio Donato "Nails" of West Hartford passed away December 26, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital. Born in New London, CT on August 9, 1936, son of the late Michael and Concetta (Cusanelli) Vincenzo, he lived in the Hartford area since 1945. He was a retired sheet metal mechanic, and a good, kind, loyal and hardworking family man who will be missed. He leaves 5 children: Debbie Vincenzo,...
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Joan Kerr Romeo

December 24, 2016

Joan Kerr Romeo of Farmington died Saturday, December 24, 2016 after a lengthy illness. She was the wife of the late Dominic M. Romeo. Born in Hartford, the daughter of the late John and Winifred (Johnston) Kerr, Joan graduated from Hall High School in West Hartford and attended Central Connecticut State College. She worked her entire career with Chandler Evans in West Hartford and retired as a...
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Elizabeth Meek Stewart

November 23, 1915 - December 23, 2016

Elizabeth Meek Stewart, 101, formerly of Wethersfield, died Friday, December 23, 2016 at Avery Heights in Hartford. Born in St. Clairsville, Ohio on November 23, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Edward D. and Edna (Judkins) Meek. Betty graduated from St. Clairsville High School, Class of 1933, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in 1937 from the College of Wooster, Wooster, OH and a BS...
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Masako "Mike" Brown

December 19, 2016

Masako "Mike" Brown, 86, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother of Bristol, CT, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 19, 2016. Masako was born on December 28, 1929 to the late Toyokichi & Haru Fujita in Nogata, Fukuoka, Japan. As a child, she was very athletic, enjoyed sports and would often take a train by herself to the shore to go swimming at the beach. Her parents owned a local bakery...
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Jo Ann L. Kearns

December 12, 2016

"Be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi. Jo Ann Lassiter Kearns, 55, of West Hartford passed away peacefully Monday, December 12, 2016 surrounded by her beloved family, following a six month illness. Born November 25, 1961, she was the daughter of Albert E. Lassiter and Hazel Braswell Lassiter of Washington, NC. She received a degree in education from the University of...
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