Saturday, December 27, 2008

WILCOX, Thomas Professor

Thomas Wilcox died on Sunday (December 21, 2008). He was 87. Tom was born in Bronxville, NY, where he lived with his parents, Daniel and Katherine Malone Wilcox and his brother Daniel until they moved to Winnetka, IL, where Tom attended New Trier High School. Tom attended Amherst College, MA and graduated with honors in 1942. He enlisted in the Navy and became a pilot serving in Britain. During flight training, Tom met his future wife, Darlene Butcher of Hutchinson, KS; she was his flight simulator trainer. They were married two weeks later. After World War II, Tom did his graduate studies in English at Harvard University, and during that time daughter Patricia was born. Tom started his long teaching career at Bennington College, Vermont, where son, Daniel was born. Tom started and was the editor of Exercise Exchange, a magazine for college English teachers. When Alaska became a State, Tom was honored by being asked to help improve the new University's English Dept. and the family spent two years in Alaska. Thereafter in 1962, Tom accepted a professorship at the University of Connecticut. While at UConn, Tom supervised its Freshman English program. He was often to be seen driving around in his classic Triumph TR3 sports car. He retired as Professor Emeritus from UConn in 1986. Tom was a gourmet cook, loved jazz and classical music, and also enjoyed fishing and power boating - the family had many pleasant times on Long Island Sound on his Boston Whaler, Felix Culpa (Happy Sin). Tom's sense of humor, his way with words and his kindness endeared him to family, friends and caretakers alike. Tom was predeceased by his wife, Darlene Butcher Wilcox. He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Wilcox Nielson of Bristol; his son, Daniel Wilcox of Potomac, MD; his grandson Matthew Wilcox also of Potomac, MD; his brother, Daniel Wilcox of Palm Springs, FL; and his dear friend Corinne Wingard of Agawam, MA. A Memorial Service will be planned in the near future. Memorial donations may be made to Klingberg Family Centers, 370 Linwood St., New Britain, CT 05052. For online memorial guestbook, please visit www. potterfuneralhome.com

REEVES, Mary K. "Helen" (Kaicher)

Mary K. "Helen" (Kaicher) Reeves, 82, of Plainville, formerly of Bristol, widow of William "Red" Reeves, Jr., died Wednesday, (December 24, 2008) in Plainville. She was born March 28, 1926, in Bridgeport and was a daughter of the late John and Frances (Dalton) Kaicher. She was employed at the Avon Howard Johnson's for 32 years and then with the Bristol VNA for 9 1/2 years as a home health aide. She was a parishioner of St. Gregory Church. She swam together with her daughter Fran at the Giamatti Center three nights a week and enjoyed crafting with her daughter at the 1st Congregational Church of Waterbury. She leaves a son Michael E. Reeves of Plainville; a daughter and son-in-law, Frances and Thomas Schinkel of Bristol; four grandchildren, Eric and Troy Schinkel, Chrystal Reeves and Melissa Hutchinson; two great grandchildren, Melissa Adams and Devon Hutchinson; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son William H. Reeves, III; and three brothers, Edward "Bud" Kaicher, Sr., William Kaicher and John Kaicher. The funeral will be held Monday, 9 a.m. from DuPont Funeral Home, 25 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, followed by a mass at 10 a.m. in St. Gregory Church, Bristol. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friend may call at the funeral home Sunday evening, from 6-8 p.m. The Reeves Family invites you to send a condolence message in Mrs. Reeves' Guestbook at www. dupontfuneralhome.com.

Friday, December 26, 2008

TICHANSKI, Angela "Babe" (Coletto)

Angela “Babe” (Coletto) Tichanski, 82, of Bristol, widow of Alex Tichanski, died on Thursday (December 25, 2008) at St Francis Hospital, Hartford. Babe was born on January 12, 1926 in Bristol and was a daughter of the late Mauro and Angela (Scaranno) Coletto. She was a lifelong Bristol resident and had worked at Wallace Barnes and Raphael’s Department Store in Bristol. She was a member of St. Anthony Church, Bristol. Babe leaves her son, Atty. David M. Tichanski of Hampton, VA; and several loving nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday (December 30, 2008) at 9 AM from Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, to St. Ann Church for a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 AM. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, on Monday between 5 and 8 PM. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. On-line guestbook and condolences are available at www.funkfuneralhome.com

DIMATTEO, Pietro

Pietro DiMatteo, 90 of Bristol, beloved husband of Margherita (Morelli) DiMatteo, died peacefully, Tuesday, (December 23, 2008) at Bristol Hospital with his family by his side. Pietro was born December 9, 1918 in Alvignano, Italy, son of the late Nicola and Domenica (Pasquarelli) DiMatteo and was a long time resident of Bristol. Pietro retired from Bristol Springs in Plainville, in 1983. He enjoyed making home-made wine and his favorite hobby was his vegetable and flower garden. He loved to share his vegetables with his family and friends. His garden was admired by many and he was thrilled to have received an award from the Garden Club for the best vegetable garden in Bristol. He was a veteran of the Italian Army, serving during World War II. Pietro received much pleasure from his many visits of family and friends. We will miss the many stories he shared of his life. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas and Linda DiMatteo of Bristol. A daughter and son-in-law, Michelina and her husband Franco Pellino, of Alvignano, Italy. He is also survived by a brother, Paolo DiMattto, also of Italy. Four grandchildren, Pete DiMatteo and his wife Christine and her daughters, Sarah and Hillary and a very special great-grandson, Michael Nicholas DiMatteo, all from Monroe. His granddaughter, Natalie Strahowski and her husband Matthew of Plainville. Granddaughters Rosella and Antonella of Italy. In addition, many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends, along with his extended family, the DiVenere family. He was predeceased by his first wife, Rosina (Aceto) DiMatteo and beloved daughter Domenica DiMatteo. Calling Hours will be held at the Dunn Funeral Home, 191 West Street, Bristol on Saturday, December 27, 9-11 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 11:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Church, School Street in Bristol, Internment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Pietro's name to: Bristol Hospital Hospice, P.O. Box 977, Bristol, CT 06011-0977.

SIMONEAU, Dorilla P. (Page)

Dorilla P. (Page) Simoneau, 95, formerly of 104 West St., Bristol, widow of Emile F. Simoneau, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at Ingraham Manor.Dorilla was born July 26, 1913, in her grandmother’s house in Bristol and was the eldest child of the late Arthur and Alzina (Goulet) Page. She was a lifelong Bristol resident and attended St. Ann Grammar School and the Smith Business School. She was active in local clubs and was a member and past president of the Franco American War Veterans Ladies Auxiliary, the Daughters of Isabella, the Bristol Women’s Club and the Ladies of St. Ann. She was a member of St. Ann Parish, Bristol. Dorilla’s proudest accomplishment was raising three children who all went to college.She is survived by her three children, Lorraine French of Bristol, Richard Simoneau and his wife Kathleen of Sandy Hook and Suzanne Simoneau and her husband Stephen Eaton of Bristol; and two sisters, Blanche Brault and Lorraine Duquette of Bristol. She had nine grandchildren and one great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews.Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. from Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, to St. Ann Church for a Mass of Christian burial celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, today between 4 and 8 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to St. Ann Church, 180 Laurel St., Bristol, CT 06010. Online guest book and condolences are available atfunkfuneralhome.com.

FERRO, John B.

John B. Ferro, 59, of Miami Gardens, Fla., formerly of Bristol, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008. He was born June 17, 1949, in Bristol, son of the late Frank C. Ferro and the late Arline (Mitchell) Ferro Lavery. John was a lifelong resident of Bristol before moving to Florida eight years ago. Before his move, he was self-employed during the late 1980s and early 1990s as owner and operator of Michigan Hots Restaurant. He also was a professional tractor-trailer driver for many years. John had a passion for spectator sports especially baseball and spent his younger years dreaming of becoming a ball player. John is survived by his beloved son, daughter-in-law and grandson, Scott, Dawn and Zachary John Ferro of Terrryville; former wife, Gale Delfino of Canton; former father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alessio and Yolanda Delfino of Burlington; uncle and aunt Robert and Jackie Hart of Bristol; and several cousins and friends. Calling hours are yet to be determined and will be announced shortly, and burial at St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol, will be at the convenience of the family

LaFORGE, Gerard

Gerard LaForge, 82, of Bristol, husband of Gilberte “Jill” LaForge, died on Wednesday (December 24, 2008) at Sheriden Woods Heath Care. Gerard was born in St. Jacques, New Brunswick, Canada on August 8, 1926 and was a son of the late Alex and Josephine (St. Pierre) LaForge. He has resided in Bristol since 1965, and was employed at Amodio Movers in New Britain before retiring. He was a member of St. Ann Church, Bristol. In addition to his wife of 60 years, Gerard is survived by his son and daughter in law, Jean L. and Donna LaForge of Bristol; two grandsons, Jamie and Douglas LaForge; a sister, Lanne Doiron and sister in law, Janinne LaForge, both of Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada; and several nieces and nephews, including Murielle and Denis Lamontagne of Bristol. Funeral services will be held on Monday (December 29, 2008) at 10:30 AM from Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, to St. Ann Church, Bristol, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 AM. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday between 6 and 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 1004, Meriden, CT 06450-1004. On-Line guestbook available atwww.funkfuneralhome.com

MAYNARD, Judge Robert R.

Judge Robert R. Maynard, 83, of Brightwood Rd, Bristol, CT passed away on Tuesday December 23 at home with his wife by his side. He was born in Bristol June, 6, 1925 the son of Montcalm and Emma Maynard. He is survived by his wife Margaret the love of his life of 56 years, his son Christopher of Tucson, AZ, Timothy and Karen Maynard of Bristol and their children, Alyssa, Christina and Thomas, Lisa Attle of Ashland, OH, and her children, Eric, Christine and Camille, Nicole and Richard Megos of Cromwell and their children, Carson and Aiden. He is also survived by a brother, Richard M. Maynard of Bonita Springs, FL and nephews Kenneth, Steve, Paul, Donald, Michael and William, their spouses and children all form the “Maynard Clan” and will carry out his legacy. He was predeceased by his sister Irene Mason and a son-in-law Simon Attle on October 7, 2008. Robert most known to his family and friends as Bob and "Duke" during the World War II years lived his life to the fullest. He dedicated to his family and his community whom he loved so much. A life long Bristol resident, he was a man of many professional accomplishments. A 1943 graduate of Bristol High School, who was sent to the beaches of Normandy, France on D-day +3 for the invasion and liberation of France. During the invasion he was seriously wounded and sent to England for recovery and was later sent back to Pierrefond, France as an interpreter between the American forces and local French Government. After the war ended he came back to Connecticut, married Margaret, attended and graduated from Wesleyan University in 1952 with a BA. He went on to attend and graduate from the University of Virginia law school with a JD in1955. After law school bob and Peggy returned back from Connecticut where he ran his mother's Insurance Agency, Maynard Insurance. He was admitted into the CT Bar Association and soon started his law practice on Laurel St. in Bristol from 1962 until 1990. During this time he was also elected to the position of Probate Judge and served honorably from 1984 until his retirement in 1994. His many accomplishments both civically and politically in the Bristol community were; City of Bristol, Assistant Corporation Counsel 1956-1960, City of Bristol Chief Corporation Counsel 1963-1965, Democratic Town Committee 1947-1953 and 1955-1975 and Served as Chairman from 1964-1965, Register of Voters 1948-1952, Director and Chairman of Bristol Hospital/Greater Bristol Hospital Health Services, Inc., 1981-1983, Director and Chairman of Tunxis Community-Technical College Advisory Counsel where he received on June 4th, 1985 the Board of Trustees Merit Award, Director, of Bristol Savings Bank, Trustee of St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, Bristol, Member of St, Ann Parish Council, St. Ann Finance Committee, Member of the Club Franco-American de Bristol, Franco American War Veterans, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, L'Union des Franco-Americans of Connecticut and the United States Redevelopment Counsel for the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Bristol. As a man dedicated to God, his faith and his Church, he was made a Papal Knight of Saint Gregory the Great and was knighted in a formal ceremony at St. Ann Church by Arch Bishop John Whalen in 1972. As a combat veteran of World War II, he was awarded and received medals including the Combat Infantry Badge, The Bronze Star, The Purple Heart, Two Bronze Battle Stars, the Bronze Arrow for his Normandy Beach assault, and many more distinguished awards both personally, professionally and as a war veteran. He was a member of several war veteran organizations including Second Indian Head Division Association and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He was appointed Agence Consular an Honorary Diplomatic Consul for the French Government from 1989 to 1995. On April 11, 1997, he was made a Knight of the French National Order of Merit by Decree by the President of France Jacques Chirac at a ceremony held at his home. His greatness as a man came through in his love, kindness, generosity, gentleness and tenderness that he shared with his family, and all of the people's lives whom he touched. He was the gentlest man. Visiting hours will be held at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Avenue, Bristol CT on Friday, December 26, 2008 between 4 and 7 P.M. A Mass will be held on Saturday December 27, from Funk Funeral Home to St. Ann Church at 10 a.m. His internment with full military, honors including a Council of Honorary Government Officials from Bristol City Hall, will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol, immediately following his Mass. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Carolyn’s Place (www.carolynsplace.net), 137 Grandview Ave., Waterbury, CT 06708. On-line guest book available at www.funkfuneralhome.com

LEVESQUE, Roland L.

Roland L. Levesque, 82, of Southington, husband of Rita (Cote) Levesque, died Thursday, December 25, 2008 at Southington Care Center. Roland was born in Van Buren, ME on September 15, 1926 and was a son of the late Joseph and Anna (Dumond) Levesque. He resided in Bristol most of his life before moving to Southington 5 years ago. Prior to retiring he was employed at Northeast Utilities. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of St. Ann Church, Bristol. In addition to his loving wife, Roland is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Roland and Pauline Levesque of Myrtle Beach, SC; three daughters and sons-in-law, Gloria and Bruce LeBeau of Green Cove Springs, FL, Linda and Frank Machado of Meriden, and Sandra and Steven Plourde of Bristol; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Gloria Levesque. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 29, 2008, 9 A.M. from Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, to St. Ann Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 4 to 7 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Southing Care Center, 45 Meriden Ave., Southington, CT 06489. On-line guestbook and condolences are available at www.funkfuneralhome.com

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

BURNS, Meta S.

Meta S. Burn, 86, of Wolcott, widow of Theodore Burn, died Friday, Dec. 19,2008, at Subacute Center of Bristol. She was born in Berlin, Germany, May 26, 1922. She moved to Wolcott in 1955 and was a home maker. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Bristol. She leaves two sons, Frank Schimanski of New Britain and Carl Schimanski of California; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and four step grandchildren. Memorial service will be held at a time to be announced. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Dunn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

JACQUES, Laurette F. (Turgeon)

Laurette F. (Turgeon) Jacques, 79, of Bristol, widow of Patrice Jacques, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at Ingraham Manor. Laurette was born in St. Methode, Province of Quebec, Canada and was a daughter of the late Joseph and Marienne (Armand) Turgeon. She was a longtime New Britain resident before recently moving to Bristol. Laurette is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Sharon Jacques of Bristol; two daughters and sons-in-law, Marienne and Griff Andrews of Aurora, Colo. and Nancy and Paul Norman of Cheyenne, Wy.; several brothers and sisters-in-law; sisters and brothers-in-law, both in the United States and Canada; three grandchildren, Stephanie, Nicole and Robert Jacques Jr.; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, between 5 and 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday in St. Methode, Canada and burial will take place in the spring. Online guest book and condolences are available at www.funkfuneralhome.com.

ZACK, Stanley W. Sr.

Stanley W. Zack Sr., 94, of Plainville, widower of the late Jean (Bracha) Zack, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at Bristol Hospital. He was born March 14, 1914, in New Britain, a son of the late John and Mary (Andrzejczyk) Zach and had lived in Plainville since 1946. He retired as a foreman from the Brown Mfg. Co. in Plainville. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy Church, Plainville and active in the church choir. Stan was involved with the Plainville Democratic Party for several years. He was a member of the Plainville Senior Center and loved boating and fishing and was an avid gardener. He leaves two sons and daughters-in-law Stanley and Linda Zack Jr., of Stafford, Va. and Richard and Evelyn Zack of Bristol; a daughter, Geraldine Roberge of Burlington; a sister, Helen Schuckman of West Hartford; 10 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his wife and parents, he was predeceased by a grandson, Ricky Zack. The funeral will be held Saturday, 9 a.m. from DuPont Funeral Home, 25 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, followed by a Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Mercy Church, Plainville. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Plainville. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Saturday, one hour before the funeral. Donations may be made to Holy Family Monastery-Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road, Farmington, CT 06032. The Zack Family invites you to send a condolence message in Mr. Zack’s guest book at www.dupontfuneralhome.com.

KILBOURN, Darryl

Darryl Kilbourn, age 60, of Bristol Street, Southington, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at home. He was the husband of the late Theresa (Milo) Kilbourn. Born June 17, 1948, in Southington to Frances (Johnson) Kilbourn and the late Hunter Kilbourn he had been a longtime Southington resident. Mr. Kilbourn worked for New Britain Candy and served his country in the U.S. Army. In addition to his mother Frances of Southington, he leaves behind his children, Melissa Morin and her husband, Daniel, of Terryville, Eric Kilbourn of Meriden, Kurt Kilbourn and Michael Brown, both of Southington; two brothers, Charles Kilbourne of Bristol, Vt. and Gary Kilbourne of Albany, Ga.; two sisters, Sandra Kelley and Sharon Gaug, both of Plantsville; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at the Plantsville Memorial Funeral Home, 975 S. Main St., Plantsville. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in South End Cemetery. For online condolences and directions please visit www.Legacy.com.

Monday, December 22, 2008

WISHART, Nanette Rose

Nanette Rose Wishart, 78, widow of Thomas John Wishart, Sr. of Bristol, passed away on Thursday, (December 18, 2008) from respiratory complications. She passed peacefully and gracefully from this life to the next surrounded by her loving family. Nanette was born on January 31, 1930 in Bristol a daughter of the late Peter and Lillian (Ehrlich) Barilla. Nan devoted her life to the happiness and success of her many children. She taught tolerance and acceptance, she expected honesty and hard work. She was an excellent cook and a great Scrabble player. Nan was an accomplished artist in many mediums and she passed her natural talents to children and grandchildren. She always placed others needs above her own; she was the ultimate mom to many-including those who had their own mother. Her strength, wit, and love will be missed by all. She is survived by her children, Donna Park of Bristol, Cappy Comparone of Bristol, Mark Comparone of Beaverton, OR, Ellen Hiebert of Keene, NH, Susan Wishart of Bristol, Michael Wishart of Simsbury and Thomas Wishart of Bristol; her brother George Barilla of Dover, DE. She leaves 21 grand children, many nieces and nephews and her 18th great grandchild is due any day. She was predeceased by her daughter Patricia Adams; her brother Peter Barilla and her sister Rosalie Budnick. Nanette will be cremated and a Memorial Service will be 5-7 p.m. on Monday December 29 at O'Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave, Forestville. Donations in Nanette's memory may be made to: BCO, 55 South Street, Bristol, CT 06010. www. obrien-funeralhome.com

REIDY, Jean C.


Jean C. Reidy, 79, of Watertown passed away on Saturday, (December 20, 2008) at Cedar Lane Rehab and Health Center, Waterbury. Jean was born on July 30, 1929 in Oneonta, NY, a daughter of the late Clayton and Gertrude (Busfield) Coats. She graduated from Syracuse Central High School and was a Delta Gamma at Syracuse University. Mrs. Reidy was a former Bristol resident who was active within the Bristol Girls Club, the Bargin Box and the Reading Club. Jean always enjoyed her times with her children, and in her younger years was an avid reader, tennis player and golfer. Although her days of actively participating had passed several years ago, she still enjoyed watching tennis on TV and of course she always loved helping out in the kitchen and adding her words of wisdom. After a long hard struggle she is now at peace. Jean is survived by her sons, David M. Reidy of Bristol, Patrick J. Reidy and his wife Cynthia of Otisco, NY, Thomas E. Reidy and his wife Kathleen and their daughter Haylee of Middlefield, and Robert Reidy of Wilmington, MA; her daughter Sheila J. Reidy and her partner Janet Taylor of Watertown; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sons Stephen and James Reidy and her former husband, James Reidy Jr. Funeral services will be private. O'Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave, Forestville is assisting the family with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jean's memory may be made to: The Family Center Inc. 47 Upson Street, Bristol, CT 06010. www.obrien-funeralhome.com

SIERING, Freddie

Freddie Siering, 68, of Bristol passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. He was the widower of Thelma (Morgan) Siering. Freddie was born in New Britain son of the late Louis and Mabel (Button) Siering. He attended local schools and graduated from New Britain Senior High School. He was retired from The O. C. Getty Company. He lived in New Britain Burlington and Bristol He was a former member of St Matthew Church in Forestville. He is survived by a brother Peter R. Siering and his wife Joan of Kensington and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday Dec. 23, 2008, at 11:30 a.m. at Saint Paul Church, Alling Street Kensington. Private burial will be in Saint Joseph Cemetery Bristol. Friends may call at the Kenney-Luddy Funeral Home 205 South Main Street New Britain, Tuesday morning, Dec. 23, from 10 to 11 a.m.

COUTURE, Nancy A. (Daley)

Nancy A. (Daley) Couture, 68, of Perkins Avenue, Waterbury, died Thursday evening Dec. 18, 2008, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Edward J. Couture. Nancy and Ed recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Nancy was born in Waterbury Feb. 8, 1940, daughter of the late Daniel and Dorothy (Honegger) Daley. She worked for Carby Manufacturing in Watertown for 13 years and then Bozzuto’s of Cheshire for four years retiring in 2004. Nancy’s hobbies included sewing, quilting and going to the casino. She enjoyed watching her children play sports over the years. She coached cheerleading for the Waterville Vikings Midget Football for 10 years. Besides her husband of 50 years she leaves, three sons, Edward J. Couture Jr., John Couture and his wife, Marlo, and Dr. Alan J. Couture, all of Waterbury; a daughter, Susan Morocco and her husband, Edward, of Bristol; a brother, John R. “Jack” Daley and his wife, Linda, of Manchester Center, Vt.; a sister, Kathy Chaivanik and her husband, George, of Waterbury; a granddaughter, Amy Morocco of Bristol; and 34 nieces and nephews. A service will be celebrated Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at 8 p.m. at Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway, Waterbury. Calling hours with her cremains present will be Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, 1075 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708. For more info and online condolences, please visit: www.chaseparkwaymemorial.com.

TURCOTTE, Leo

Leo Turcotte, 85, of Vero Beach, Fla., died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at his home. He was born in St. Guillaume, Province of Quebec, Canada, July 6, 1923, and lived in Bristol, until he retired from the Connecticut State Police Department as sergeant in October 1971, where he headed the Division of Humanistic Studies. He attended Hillyer College from which he earned a degree in business administration. Mr. Turcotte enrolled in the U.S. Navy reserves at the age of 19, illegally, as he was still a citizen of Canada. He served in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters for 39 months. He was a crew member of the destroyer Henry A. Wiley, which was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for exceptional success in destroying kamikaze suicide bombers in the Iwo Jima and Okinawa invasions. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946 and received his citizenship papers at that time. Upon retirement he and his family moved to Cape Cod, Mass., where Leo was associated with Nickerson Lumber Co. He leaves his wife, M. Frances of 56 years; four children, Christopher Turcotte, Martha Lee Handel, Francine Penney and David Turcotte, all of Cape Cod; and a sister, Noella Kendall; and brother, Richard Turcotte of Bristol; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach, Fla. Condolences may be sent through seawindsfh.com/obit.php.

MANOLITSIS, Emmanuel "Mike"

Emmanuel “Mike” Manolitsis, 75, of Bristol, husband of Toula (Demou) Manolitsis, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at Hartford Hospital after a brief illness. He was born Sept. 1, 1933, in Tunis, Tunisia and was a son of the late Zaffiris and Alexandra (Kavouras) Manolitsis. He grew up in Rhodes, Greece. He was the original co-owner of Bristol Pizza for 36 years. He was a member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Bristol, the Pan-Rhodian Society and the Hellenic Club. He was a gentle man and enjoyed spending time with his family and helping his son at Amano’s Pizza. He was an avid sports fan and especially favored UConn basketball. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. “Mike” loved playing cards at the Greek Club in Hartford with all of his friends on Tuesday nights. Besides his wife Toula, he leaves a son and daughter-in-law, Evangelos “Van” and Melissa Manolitsis of Bristol; two daughters, Sandy Dimitratos and her friend, Bruce Maneeley, of Broad Brook and Lynn Valaris of Southbury; a sister, Kaliopi Ventoutsos of Wethersfield; seven grandchildren Cathi, Emmanuel, Nicholas, Alexander, Alexia, Theresa and Christopher; one great-granddaughter, Alexandra; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Astrodia. The funeral will be held Tuesday, 9 a.m. from DuPont Funeral Home, 25 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church for a memorial service at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Peacedale Cemetery, Bristol. Calling hours will be held Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. A Trisayion Service will be held Monday evening at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Donations may be made to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 31 Brightwood Road, Bristol, CT 06010. The Manolitsis Family invites you to send a condolence message in Mr. Manolitsis’ guest book at

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LAURENDEAU, Albert H.

Albert H. Laurendeau, 87, of Terryville, widower of Rita (Proulx) Laurendeau, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at home. He was born Sept. 20, 1921, in Bristol. A longtime resident of Bristol before moving to Terryville, he had served with the U.S. Army during World War II. Al was employed at Superior Electric for 25 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Old Time Fiddlers, the American Legion and the D.A.V. He is survived by his six children, June Laurendeau of Terryville, Gene Laurendeau and his wife, Roxanne, of Trenton, Fla., Donna Thomasen and her husband, Bill, of Plainville, Nancy Madore and her husband, Ron, of Bristol, Eileen Lemelin and her husband, Jim, of Royston, Ga. and Alison Laurendeau and her companion, Louie Marrone of Bristol; his son-in-law, Doug Burns of Bristol; his five grandchildren, Danal, Trisha, Jimmy, Brooke and Lisa; 11 great-grandchildren; his brother, John Laurendeau and his wife, Irene, of Bristol; his sister, Evelyn Palin of Bristol; several nieces and nephews. He was pre deceased by his daughter, Gail Burns. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at 11 a.m at O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. before the service.

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MICHAUD, Rosaire

Rosaire Michaud, 75, of Bristol passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at Bristol Hospital. He was born Dec. 28, 1932, in Ft. Kent, Maine, son of the late Ludger and Elizabeth (Pellette) Michaud. He is survived by his loving wife, Cecilia (Caron) Michaud; his son, Thomas Michaud of Fort McCoy, Fla.; his two daughters, Judith McCormick of Live Oak, Fla., and Lorrie Ann Simpson of Bristol; his brother, Hampy of Saco, Maine; his three sisters, Bernandine of Gardner, Maine and Roland and Annette, both of Fort Kent, Maine; his seven grandchildren, Angela, Sarah, Andy, Susan, Beth, Melissa and Scott; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at 9 a.m. from the funeral home to St. Ann Church for a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville, on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 148 Eastern Blvd., 1st Floor Glastonbury, CT 06033.

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ROGASKY, Genevieve G. (Gyzenski)

Genevieve G. (Gyzenski) Rogasky, 100, of Bristol, widow of Chester J. Rogasky, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law. Genevieve was born Aug. 26, 1908, in Sterling and was a daughter of Marion and Stella (Lewandowski) Gyzenski. A Bristol resident most of her life, she was a member of St. Stanislaus Church. Mrs. Rogasky is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Richard Kallenbach of Bristol; two grandsons, Scott and his wife, JoAnne, of Stafford Springs and Kris Kallenbach of Bristol; four great-grandchildren, Tori, Kristian, Brandon and Marissa Kallenbach; several nieces and nephews; and her very devoted caregiver, Rosemary Anane. She was predeceased by her brother, Steve Guzenski; and three sisters, Mary Szymanski, Sophie Wozenski and Helen Riemer. Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, 10:30 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church, Bristol, for a Mass of Christian burial. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, from 9 to 10 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to St. Stanislaus Church, 510 West St., Bristol, CT 06010. Online guest book and condolences available at FunkFuneralHome.com.

O'REILLY, William Patrick

William Patrick O’Reilly, 76, of Terryville, beloved husband of Sandra (Schultz) O’Reilly, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, at Bristol Hospital. Bill was born April 7, 1932, in the Bronx, N.Y. He was the son of William and Mary (O’Connell) Reilly. Bill was a graduate of Iona College and a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. Before moving to Connecticut, Bill lived in Texas, working in the clock industry for Seth Thomas, Ridgeway and Howard Miller clock companies. More recently, he worked for Whitehall, Harstans and Hannoush Jewelers. Besides his wife, Bill is survived by his sons, Bill O’Reilly and wife, Diane of Arizona, Brian O’Reilly and wife Karla of Texas, Kevin O’Reilly of Texas, Liam O’Reilly, USMC stationed in Iraq and Matthew O’Reilly of Kansas; his daughter, Ann of Texas; his sister, Rose and husband, Frank O’Shea of New Jersey; his brother, Gene and wife, Liz Reilly of New Jersey. He also leaves his grandchildren, Sean, Kelly, Shannon and Ryan and many nieces and nephews, also his mother-in-law, Jennie Schultz of Terryville and family. He was predeceased by son, John, daughter Colleen McCoy and sister, Marie Cirenza. His family and friends will deeply miss his love and laughter. The family wishes to thank Dr. Rahman for all his years of kindness and caring. Family and friends may call at the Scott Funeral Home, 169 Main St., Terryville Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, from 2 to 4 p.m. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 191 Main St., Terryville, CT 06786.

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ASHLEY, Pearl Perreault

Pearl Perreault Ashley, 86, of West Lebanon, N.H., died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at her home. She was born Nov. 23, 1922, in Caribou, Maine, a daughter of Didier and Marie Jane (Pellitier) Perreault. Mrs. Ashley was married to Ernest Ashley in 1949. She lived most of her life in Bristol and moved to New Hampshire 20 years ago. Before the onset of Alzheimer’s, Pearl relished her life as a wife and homemaker. She was and avid reader, baker and sewer. Pearl’s gentle manner endeared her to everyone in her life. Mrs. Ashley was predeceased by her husband; three brothers, Patrick, Roy and Roger Perreault; two sisters, Loretta and Pauline. She is survived by her loving sister, Francis P. Mailhot and beloved by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to a memorial Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Lebanon, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Ashley’s name to the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire, P.O. Box 976, White River Junction, Vermont 05001-0976. Ricker Funeral Homes and Crematory of Lebanon and Enfield assisted with arrangements.

CARUCCI, Thomas


Carucci, Thomas Mr. Thomas Carucci, 61, of Skyview Ter. Bristol passed away peacefully on Tuesday, (December 16, 2008) at St. Francis Hospital. He was the husband of Cheryl (Petosa) Carucci. Mr. Carucci was born in Bristol on December 22, 1947 the son of the late Thomas and Marion (Denehy) Carucci. Tom was a resident of Bristol his entire life and a veteran of the Vietnam War serving four years in the United States Air Force. Tom worked for The Xerox Company in Hartford for more than 30 years, and Tom was the President of the Bristol Military Museum. An avid golfer, Tom was a passionate fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New York Giants and a proud witness to 2 World Series Championships and 3 Super Bowl Championships. He was a member of St. Anthony Church. Beside his wife of 35 years, he is survived by two daughters, Jillian Carucci and Johanna Carucci, a brother John Carucci, sister- in-law Nancy Petosa, a brother-in-law Ronald and his wife Patricia Petosa, all from Bristol. Tom was the proud grandfather of a cherished grandson, Noah Thomas, and a proud uncle to several nieces and nephews, Lori, Kim, Tom, Dara, Eric and Adam. he is also survived by several aunts and uncles and several great nieces and nephews, as well as many friends. Tom was pre-deceased by a sister, Marion Linsley. Military service will be held on Friday, December 19 at 9 a.m. from the Dunn Funeral Home, 191 West St., Bristol, to St. Anthony Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Donations can be made to Multiple Sclerosis Connecticut Chapter, 659 Tower Avenue, First Floor Hartford, CT 06112. www.Dunnfh.com

TAILLON, Robert E.

Robert E. Taillon, 63, of Plymouth, formerly of Bristol and Pequabuck, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, at Waterbury Hospital. Robert was born in Bristol March 23, 1945, and was a son of the late Xavier and Rose Alma (Brousseau) Taillon. He was raised in Bristol and formerly lived in Pequabuck and Plainville. He was a retired automotive technician and former owner of Taillon’s Getty and Taillon’s Automotive. He was a United States Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War and was a member of the Bristol Elks Lodge No. 1010. He leaves four daughters, Ann Marie Taillon of Dayton, Ohio, Lillian Stone of Pequabuck, Deborah J. Taillon of Pensacola, Fla., and Becky Taillon of Bend, Ore.; four grandchildren, Ashley Taillon, Cameron Dick and William and Samantha Stone; his fiancĂ©e, Gretchen Mushorn; four brothers, Marc and Daniel Taillon of Bristol, Ronald Taillon of Half Moon Bay, Calif., and Maurice Taillon of Plainville; six sisters, Alice Testa of Forestville, Elaine Lipton of Bristol, Agnes Fisher of Burlington, Bernadette Polidoro of Terryville, Rosemarie Unwin of Southington and Celeste St. Denis of Fredericksburg, Va.; his former wife, Geraldine Taillon of Dayton, Ohio; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and his beloved dog, Kojak. Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, between 5 and 8 p.m. A memorial service and military honors burial will be held Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Holy Family Mausoleum at St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Online guest book is available at funkfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

WOOLEY, Burton L.

Burton L. Woolley, 67, of Bristol, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at Waterbury Hospital after a brief illness. He worked at New Departure for many years and more recently at Norpaco in New Britain and was known as a happy-go-lucky individual who enjoyed his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Woolley; three sons, David and his wife Diane Woolley, Brian and his wife Chrissy Woolley and James Woolley; five grandchildren, Cyndy, Danny, Meghan, Monica and Cory Woolley. He also leaves many other loving relatives and friends. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church, West Street (Route 69), Bristol. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s cemetery, Bristol. There will be no flowers or calling hours.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

POTZ-EDWARDS-JAKOWENKO, Ruth (Clark)

Ruth (Clark) Potz-Edwards-Jakowenko, 91, formerly of Bristol, Newington and Farmington died Friday, (December 12, 2008) at the Alzheimer's Resource Center in Plantsville. Ruth was born May 20, 1917 in Hartford, daughter of the late Samual and Martina (Martenson) Clark. She moved to Bristol where she owned and operated the Bits and Pieces Antique Shop. Ruth is survived by three sons, David Potz and his wife Penny of Bristol, Bruce Edwards of Burlington, and Keith Edwards of North Carolina; two daughters, Claudia Edwards-Looney and her husband Bill of Maine and Judy Bokun of Farmington; a sister, Laura Spring of Florida; five grandchildren Kelly and David Potz Jr., Jack Edwards and his wife Stefanie, Paul Edwards and Stacey Mangan and her husband Matt; four great grandchildren, Daniel Potz, Luke and Alandra Mangan, and Mia Edwards; two daughters-in-law, Beverley Edwards and Joyce Edwards; three nephews and one niece. Ruth was predeceased by a son, John Edwards, Jr. Funeral services will be held January 10 at 11 a.m. at the O'Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Avenue, Forestville. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Fairview Cemetery in West Hartford. Calling hours are from 10-11 on January 10. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Resource Center, 1261 South Main Street, Plantsville CT, 06049. www. obrien-funeralhome.com

GRELLA, Janice Anne

Janice Anne Grella of Litchfield, died peacefully on Saturday, (December 13, 2008) at John Dempsey Hospital after gracefully and courageously fighting a long battle with cancer. Born on December 29, in Old Forge, PA to Peter and Alice (Kesnoski) Sokoloski, she attended Mount Alvernia Academy, Misericordia University and received her Masters in Education from Boston College. She went on to teach in the Pennsylvania and Washington DC area before moving to Connecticut to teach at Terryville High School. Janice spent the final 22 years of her career at Litchfield High School where she was not simply concerned with making sure her students understood math but cared deeply about them as individuals. After retiring, Janice taught at the UCONN Torrington Branch and was a dedicated volunteer at UCONN Health Center. Janice will be treasured for her kind and loving ways and will be remembered for her beautiful flower beds, love of bluebirds, doing crossword puzzles and her endless baking. Janice leaves behind her husband Michael of Litchfield; and daughter Melissa of Jamaica Plain, MA. She is also survived by her sister, Theresa Skibinski and her husband Richard of Westmont, NJ; her brother, Walter Sokolowski and his wife Barbara; and her sister, Alice Schmidt and her husband Harry, both of Old Forge, PA; as well as several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her sister, Marilyn Barr. Her family extends their deep gratitude to the entire staff at UCONN Health Center, particularly those in the Neag Cancer Center, those on the 6th floor Oncology Unit and Dr. Susan Tannenbaum whose caring and compassion meant the world to Janice. Calling hours will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Rowe Funeral Home, 283 Torrington Road, in Litchfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10, Thursday morning at St. Anthony of Padua Church on South Street in Litchfield. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Bristol. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Litchfield Children's Fund, Box 774, Litchfield, CT 06759 or Americares, 88 Hamilton Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902.

SISSON, Lorraine W.

Lorraine W. Sisson, 77, of Plainville, widow of Earl B. Sisson, passed away at the Hospital of Central Connecticut at New Britain General on Saturday, December 13, 2008.
She was born May 10, 1931 in Bristol, daughter of the late Morris Weiner and Sophie (Kilman) Lane. A resident of Plainville most of her life, Lorraine was employed at the New Britain Post Office for 19 years until her retirement. She was a member of St. Matthew Church in Forestville.
She is survived by her children, David Sisson and his wife, Carol of West Haven, Dianne Hancort and her husband, Brian of Bristol, Douglas Sisson of Plainville, Deborah Guimond and her husband, Gary of Plainville, Donna DiFrancesco and her husband Alan of Bristol, Donald Sisson of Plymouth, and Dori Ann Sisson of Plainville; her grandchildren, Joanna and Charles Sisson, Kirt Coer IV, Sherri Schiavi and her husband Rich, and Morgan, Jacob, and Nicholas Guimond, Tyler DiFrancesco, Katie, Elizabeth, and Amy Sisson; her great grandchildren, Madison, Zachary, and Katelyn Schiavi, and Kirt Coer V; and her dogs, Lucky, Sandy, Zoey, and Rusty.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 17, 2008, at 9:00 am. from the O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville, to St. Matthew Church, Forestville, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Plainville. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Memorial donations may be made to St. Matthew Church, 120 Church Ave., Forestville, CT 06010 or to the George Bray Cancer Center at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, 100 Grand St., New Britain, CT 06050.

SMITH, Mary Elizabeth "Betty"

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Smith, 81, of Bristol, widow of Charles H. Smith, Sr., passed away on Monday, December 15, 2008, at Bristol Hospital after a brief illness.

She was born April 27, 1927 in Norwich, daughter of the late John F. and Anna (McCarthy) McCarthy. Betty had been a resident of Plainville and Bristol for the past 60 years and was a member of St. Matthew Church in Forestville.

She is survived by her children, Patty Patterson and her husband, Donald of Forestville and Charles H. Smith, Jr. and his wife, Tamam of Bedford, NH; her grandchildren, Tricia Patterson, Michael Patterson and his wife, Carrie, Matthew Patterson and his wife, Melissa, Patrick Patterson, Courtney Roberts, and Katina Smith; her great grandchildren, Abigail Patterson, Meaghan Patterson, Kate Patterson, and Michael John Patterson; her sisters-in-law, Eva Smith and Arlene McCarthy; several nieces, nephews, and a large extended Patterson family.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 18, 2008, at 9:00 am. from the O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville, to St. Matthew Church, Forestville, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Matthew School, Welch Dr., Forestville, CT 06010

HABERMAN, Margaret (Sitka)

Margaret (Sitka) Haberman, 65, of Bristol, died on Monday (December 15, 2008) at home. Margaret was born in Bristol on November 14, 1943 and was a daughter of the late Stanley and Mary (Pulkownik) Sitka. A lifelong Bristol resident, her life revolved around music: She received both Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees from Hartt College of Music at the University of Hartford as well as a Masters of Administration from Hartt. A teacher in the Waterbury school system for 35 years, she was an Itinerant Music Teacher having seven schools to visit. She produced many school musicals and concerts, primarily with grades 1 to 5, and she taught both vocal and instrumental music. The music wing at the Rotella Magnet School is named in her honor as: The Margaret Haberman Music Wing. She also taught music privately in Bristol for over 30 years, taught elementary music for a short period at St. Anthony School in Bristol, and was instrumental in getting inner city children scholarships to music schools. She was a Cellist with the Waterbury, New Britain, and Bristol Symphonies, was an original member of the Bristol Symphony from its inception, and she hosted private concerts in her home. She served on the Board of Directors for the Bristol Symphony for over 12 years. She was a lifelong member of St. Stanislaus Church, Bristol, where she was a long time member of the Adult Choirs, was a Sunday School teacher for 12 years, she formed a Children’s Choir and a Children’s Band which played at services, and where she was a member of the Golden Agers senior club and the Tovachitva Women’s Organization. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Stanley “Sonny” and George Sitka. She leaves behind three close friends, the Rev. Edward Przygocki, Despina C. Yalanis, and Theresa Chyra, and two nephews, Robert Sitka, and his wife, Song, David Sitka and his children, Brian and Bethany, and a niece Elizabeth Pereira. Funeral services will be held on Thursday (December 18, 2008) at 9 AM from Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, to St. Stanislaus Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday between 5 and 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Stanislaus Church Music Ministry, 510 West St., Bristol, CT 06010 or to the American Heart Association, 1 Union St. Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691-4183. On line guestbook is available at www.funkfuneralhome.com.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

O'BEIRNE, Sister Irene

Sister Irene O’Beirne, DW, 89, of Terryville died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at Bristol Hospital. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. from Scott Funeral Home, 169 Main St., Terryville, to St. Casimir Church, Terryville, for of Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, in Coram, Long Island, N.Y. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 2 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Daughters of Wisdom, 385 Ocean Ave., Islip, NY 11751. (www.scottfuneralhomeinc.com).

VALAITIS, Joseph V.

Joseph V. Valaitis, 69, of Thomaston, husband of Virginia (Welton) Valaitis, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at his home. Joe was born Feb. 24, 1939, in Waterbury. He was the son of Bernice (Noreikis) Sanzeri of Thomaston and the late Joseph V. Valaitis Sr. He had been a resident of Terryville before moving to Thomaston. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of Vietnam serving as a nuclear reactor operator in submarines. Before his retirement, he worked as a carpenter and site supervisor for Arthur Industries. Joe was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church, Terryville; was a member and 4th Degree Knight with Knights of Columbus; member of the American Legion Plymouth Post No. 20; and former member of the Terryville Lions Club. Joe coached Little League, Babe Ruth and American Legion Baseball in Terryville for 25 years. Joe was an avid fisherman and hunter. Besides his wife and mother, he leaves, his two sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Maryann Valaitis of West Haven, Joseph C. and Julie Valaitis of Barkhamsted; his daughter and son-in-law, Lynn M. and Marc LaPierre of Torrington; his two brothers, Ralph Sanzeri of Thomaston and Vincent Sanzeri of New York; his sister, Barbara Krol of Wolcott; his seven grandchildren, Morgan, Mitch, Katie, Sophia, Periece, Derek and Austin. He also leaves several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. from Scott Funeral Home, 169 Main St., Terryville to the Immaculate Conception Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Military honors will follow. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Plymouth Community Food Pantry, 30 Dewey Ave., Terryville, CT 06786. (www.scottfuneralhomeinc.com).

WEIS, Nancy Lynn (Foote)

Nancy Lynn (Foote) Weis, 46, of 69 North St., Bristol, passed away at Bristol Hospital. Nancy was born Oct. 11, 1962, in Derby, the daughter of Pauline (Waradzin) Foote and the late Norman Foote Sr. She attended school in Derby and later moved to Middletown and attended school there. Beside her mother of West Warwick, R.I., she is survived by a brother, Norman Foote Jr. of Bristol; four sisters, Debra Bellucci of East Greenwich, R.I., Bonnie Petro of Colchester, Christine Ferraro of Bristol and Cynthia Lewis of Bangor, Maine; a life long friend, Wayne Weis; a godchild, Audrey LaGasse of Plymouth; plus several nieces and nephews; and her beloved cat Laney. Memorial service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Dunn Funeral Home, 191 West St., Bristol. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 191 Riverside Ave., Bristol, CT 06010.www.Dunnfh.com

PRISLOE, John

John Prisloe, 86, of Bristol, beloved husband of 56 years to Muriel (Olie) Prisloe, passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at Bristol Hospital.

He was born in Terryville, son of the late Paul and Anastasia (Lihota) Prisloe. A resident of Bristol most of his life, he served as an ensign in the U.S. Navy during World War II. John was employed at the former New Departure-Hyatt division of General Motors and later worked as an engineer at the Torrington Co. for many years until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of St. Gregory Church and a former member of the Bristol Fish and Game Club. He was an avid gardener and outdoorsman who loved to spend time in the Berkshires.

Besides his wife, Muriel, he is survived by his loving children and their spouses, Mark Prisloe of West Hartford, David Prisloe of Bristol, Gregory Prisloe of Southington, Paul Prisloe and his wife Janet of Farmington, Marilyn Boyko and her husband Bruce of Bristol, Susan Underwood and her husband Mitchell of Plainville, and Carol Ferro and her husband Joseph of Farmington; his precious grandchildren, Jeffrey, Nicholas and Anthony Ferro, Allison, Dana and Haley Prisloe, Mitchell Underwood III, Laurel Underwood and Kristin (Boyko) Ruggiero; his brother, Michael Prisloe and his wife Esther of Guilford; his sister, Irene A. Prisloe of Terryville; and a niece and several nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at 9 a.m. from the O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville, to St. Gregory Church, Bristol, for a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. Visit obrien-funeralhome.com.

Friday, December 12, 2008

MATTIG, Dawne J. (Brunet)

Dawne J. (Brunet) Mattig, 46, of Bristol passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at the Hospital of Central of Connecticut in New Britain. She was predeceased by her husband, Kevin Mattig. Born in Southington, she was the daughter of Jeane (MacLennan) and the late Emile Brunet. Besides her mother, Dawne is survived by her son, Kameron Mattig, and her daughter, Kourtney Mattig, both of Bristol. She also leaves behind two brothers, Gary Brunet and his wife, Kathy, of Bristol, Kevin Brunet and his wife, Barbara, of Maryland; a sister, Bonnie Lind and her husband, Gary, of Bristol; two sisters-in-law, Roxanne Brunet, Pam Ramirez and her husband, Frank; and several nieces, nephew, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Mark Steven Brunet. Funeral services are private and at the convenience of the family. Connecticut Direct Burial and Cremation Society has care of arrangements.

THERIAULT, Raymond J.

Raymond J. Theriault Sr., 92, of Terryville passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008. He was the husband of the late Josephine (Dade) Theriault and was also predeceased by his first wife Marion (Lamarre) Theriault. Ray was born in Wallagrass, Maine, Sept. 27, 1916, to the late Ulysses Theriault and Caroline (Marin) Theriault. He came to Connecticut in 1941, made his home in Plainville and began his career at Fafnir Bearing in New Britain from where he retired in 1973. He was also employed at Johnny’s Service Station in Plainville for many, many years as a mechanic. He leaves behind his loving children, Rinthya Vargo and her husband, Steve, of Bethel, Vt., Raymond Theriault Jr. and his wife, Smidge, of Southington, Derald Theriault and his wife, Wendy, of Southington, Wendall Theriault and his wife, Mary Jane, of Bristol, Debra Theriault and her husband, Jack Aaron, of Jacksonville, Vt. and Michael Theriault; a daughter-in-law, Roxanne Cyr of Maryville, Tenn.; and a son-in-law, Bruce Beh and his wife, Laurel, of Hobie Sound Fla. He was predeceased by a daughter, Rowena Beh. “Grampy” will be deeply missed by his 12 grandchildren, Stacy, Alan, and Amanda Theriault, Lisa Murawski, Tony and Gerry Vargo, Amy Clarke, Alison Swain, Michele Hart, Jenifer, Brock and Aaron Beh; along with his great-grandchildren, Devin, Morgan, Aiyanna, Wyatt and Lars Vargo, Ty and Aleah Murawski, Marissa and Michael Theriault, Andie Caswell, Cole and Grace Zommer, Zan, Ian, Lucas, Logan and Regan and Riley Raymond Beh. He also leaves behind several brothers and sisters, Guy Theriault of Claire, New Brunswick, Canada, Euclide and Rella Theriault of Wallagrass, Maine, Lucien and Marie Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, Danford and Theresa Theriault of Southington, Bernice and Edward Desjardin of Fort Kent, Maine, Loraine Wilson of Calais, Maine and Leonette Pelletier of Soldier Pond, Maine. He was predeceased by his brother, Claude Theriault; and his sisters, Bertha Jacques and Bernadine Poole. He also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Ray enjoyed traveling, especially the driving part and spending time at his home on Fall Mountain Lake, cutting and splitting wood for his stove and watching the Celtics, UConn and the Yankees games. He never missed a Theriault family reunion or a chance to spend time with his family and friends. Ray and his wife Jo were very active in the Fafnir Retirees organization, serving as officers and volunteering at events. He was a talented, self-taught mechanic who enjoyed helping anyone and everyone that needed his assistance. He will be dearly missed by all who were lucky enough to have known him. His family wishes to express their extreme gratitude to the staff at the Farmington Care Center for the amazing care they provided for him over this past year. Also, thank you to the caring staff at Bristol Hospital for their comfort and support during his last days with us. Calling hours will be held Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m., with a funeral service at the conclusion of the visitation at 4 p.m., at Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St., Plainville. Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family. For directions and online condolences, please visitwww.bailey-funerahome.com. Kindly remember Ray with contributions to the Farmington Care Center Memorial Park Fund, c/o Rosemary Romanauskas, 20 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032.

CISTULLI, Peter J.

Peter J. Cistulli, 86, of Bristol, beloved husband of Angelina (Venditti) Cistulli, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at Countryside Manor Health Care Center. He was born Sept. 17, 1922, in Bristol, son of the late Pasquale Cistulli and Santina (Pagliarulo) Fiorito. A lifelong resident of Bristol, he had served with the U.S. Army during World War II. Peter was employed at Fafnir Bearing for 23 years until his retirement. He was a member of St. Gregory Church and a former member of the Knights of Columbus in Bristol. Besides his wife, Angelina, he is survived by his two sons, Patrick J. Cistulli Sr. of Bristol and Mark J. Cistulli of Frankfort, Ill.; his daughter, Karen A. Cistulli of Bristol; his grandson, Patrick J. Cistulli Jr. of Plainville; his brother, Philip John Cistulli of Weston, Mass.; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his two sisters, Doris Duperre and Jennie Mola. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, 10:30 a.m. from O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville, to St. Gregory Church, Bristol, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Burial, with military honors, will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 126 Monroe Turnpike, Trumbull, CT 06611. www.obrien-funeralhome.com

DILLON, Nancy A. (Stryeski)

Nancy A. (Stryeski) Dillon, 50, of 76 Woodland St., Bristol passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. She was born in Bristol, the daughter of the Edward Stryeski Sr. and the late Jessie (Strahowski) Stryeski. Mrs. Dillon attended schools in Bristol and was a member of St. Stanislaus Church. She worked at Quality Coil for the past 30 years. She loved animals and she cherished her cats, especially Ralph. Besides her father she is survived by a brother, David Stryeski of Bristol; a sister, Cynthia Cassineri of Farmington; and nieces and nephews, Lisa, Beth, Jake, Alex, Max, Julie, Michael and Michele. She is predeceased by a brother, Edward Stryeski Jr. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington. Dunn Funeral Home, 191 West St., Bristol is in charge of the arrangements.

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DEAR, Howard R. Jr.

Howard R. Dear Jr., 58, of Bristol died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at Amberwood of Farmington. Howard was born March 6, 1950, in Waterbury. He was the son of the late Howard Dear Sr. and Georgia (Roskosky) Rose. He was a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam. Before his illness he was a manager of Pet Supplies Plus of Bristol. Howard is survived by his stepfather, Angelo “Pop” Rose of Plymouth; his son, Howard Dear III of Ohio; his brother, Frank Rose and his wife, Kristi, of Terryville; his two sisters, Toni Puzzo and her husband, Thomas, of Waterbury and Rae Ann Etting and her husband, Jefferson, of Plymouth; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, 10 a.m. at Scott Funeral Home, 169 Main St., Terryville. Burial with military honors will be at the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown at a later date. Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday morning one hour before the service. Memorial donations may be made to the ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) P.O. Box 91, Middlebury, CT 06762. (www.scottfuneralhomeinc.com)

PELLEGRINI, Ann (Monzillo)

Ann (Monzillo) Pellegrini, 88, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at H.C.C New Britain General. She was the wife of the late Ferdinand A. Pellegrini. Born July 14, 192, in New Britain, she was the daughter of the late Matteo and Angelina (Piccariello) Monzillo. She loved to cook for her family. Ann loved the beach and going to Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale and she enjoyed her time at the casino. She is survived by her loving daughters, Carol Selvaggi of Southington and Nancy Madore and her husband, Michael, of Terryville; her cherished grandchildren, Frank Winters and his wife, Renee, Nancy Coffin, Melissa Ann Madore and Michael J. Madore; two great-grandchildren, Sidney Elizabeth and Avery Carol Winters; a sister, Molly Castiola of Plainville; many nieces and nephews including, Alfred Pellegrini; and a special friend, Beverly Kratzke. The funeral will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, 9:15 a.m. from the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington to St. Thomas Church for a Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in New Britain. Calling hours will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. For directions and online condolences visit www.dellavecchiafh.com.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

KERR, Walter P.

Walter P. Kerr, 83, of Forestville, beloved husband of Mary Jane (Deslauriers) Kerr, died on Tuesday (December 9, 2008) at Bristol Hospital surrounded by his family. Walter was born in Bristol on August 2, 1925 and was a son of the late William P. Kerr St. and Victoria (Wojtusik) Kerr. A lifelong Bristol resident, he graduated from New Britain Technical School before joining the family business. He began his career as a wood working mastercraftsman and general contractor with W. P. Kerr and Sons Building Company with his father and brother. Then for 53 years he owned and operated Bristol Cabinet Works in Forestville, a business known for quality woodworking and cabinetry. He was a civic minded person who enjoyed socializing with his many friends from all spectrums of life and he loved his family above all else. He was an active outdoor sportsman who loved to fish and especially to hunt. He was always quick with a joke and a smile and will be missed by many. He was a member of St. Matthew Church, Forestville. In addition to his wife, Walter is survived by a son and daughter in law, Jeffrey M. and Lucille Kerr of Plymouth; a daughter and son in law, Suzan M. and Michael Doolittle of Bristol; three grandchildren, Melissa L. Doolittle, and Christopher R. and Robert S. Kerr; a great grandson, Timothy J. Migliore-Doolittle; one niece and five nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Brian T. Kerr and his brother, William P. Kerr Jr. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday (December 16, 2008) at 9 AM from Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, to St. Matthew Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Monday between 5 and 7 PM. Memorial Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 1004, Meriden, CT 06450-1004. On line guestbook is available at www.funkfuneralhome.com.

DESMARAIS, Claire A. (Lizotte)

Claire A. (Lizotte) Desmarais, 94, of Bristol and formerly of New Bedford, Mass., passed away at her home Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Roland R. Desmarais and the daughter of the late Wilfred and Ester (Bissot) Lizotte. She was a lifelong resident of New Bedford, Mass., until moving to Bristol in 2000 to live near her son. She was formally employed by Elco Dress Co., until her retirement and was a member of the Melville Towers Seniors.Survivors include her son, Richard R. Desmarais and his wife, Domicle of Bristol; two grandchildren, Janet Curran and Robert Desmarais; four great-grandchildren, Timothy Curran and Robbie, Jake and Danny Desmarais; a sister, Juliette Frechette of Dartmouth, Mass.; several nieces and nephews; son-in-law, Timm Curran; and daughter-in-law, Michelle Desmarais. Claire was buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery in New Bedford, Mass., Dec. 9, 2008, after a funeral Mass at St. Lawrence Church in New Bedford, Mass.

MATTIG, Dawne J. (Brunet)

Dawne J. (Brunet) Mattig, 46, of Bristol passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at the Hospital of Central of Connecticut in New Britain. She was predeceased by her husband, Kevin Mattig. Born in Southington, she was the daughter of Jeane (MacLennan) and the late Emile Brunet. Besides her mother, Dawne is survived by her son, Kameron Mattig, and her daughter, Kourtney Mattig, both of Bristol. She also leaves behind two brothers, Gary Brunet and his wife, Kathy, of Bristol, Kevin Brunet and his wife, Barbara, of Maryland; a sister, Bonnie Lind and her husband, Gary, of Bristol; two sisters-in-law, Roxanne Brunet, Pam Ramirez and her husband, Frank; and several nieces, nephew, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Mark Steven Brunet. Funeral services are private and at the convenience of the family. Connecticut Direct Burial and Cremation Society has care of arrangements.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

CHOQUETTE, Henrietta J. (Markowski)

Henrietta J. (Markowski) Choquette, 88, of Bristol, beloved wife of William C. Choquette, Sr., died unexpectedly on Sunday (December 7, 2008) at Bristol Hospital. Henrietta was born in Moodus, on March 27, 1920 and was a daughter of the late Jacob and Pauline (Tabor) Markowski. She was raised in Middletown graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School, and has lived in Bristol for over 60 years. She was a member of St. Matthew Church, Forestville. She was a loving mom and took great joy in spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had a zest for life and a sense of humor that was contagious to all. In addition to her husband, Henrietta is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, William C. Choquette Jr. and Kathleen Choquette of Jensen Beach, FL and James and Doreen Choquette of Middletown; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy C. Domijan Brindle and Gerald E. Brindle of Kennebunkport, ME; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 11, at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew Church, Forestville, by her grandson, the Rev. David P. Choquette. Burial will follow in the State Veteran's Cemetery, Middletown. Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, on Wednesday between 5-7 p.m. and on Thursday between 8:30-9:30 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to St. Matthew Church, 120 Church Ave., Forestville, CT 06010. On-line guestbook and condolences are available at www.funkfuneralhome.com

Baumberger, Estelle B. (Siranni)

Estelle B. (Siranni) Baumberger, 87, of Forestville, died Monday at an area convalescent home. Born and raised in New Britain, the daughter of the late Louis and Santa Sitanni, she moved to Bristol in 1946. She was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Southington. Mrs. Baumberger is survived by her husband John J. Baumberger, two sons James Baumberger and Joseph and his wife Karna Baumberger all of Bristol, two grandsons Matthew and Todd and a great grandson Matthew, Jr. She was predeceased by a son John J. Baumberger, Jr. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Farrell Funeral Home 110 Franklin Sq. New Britain. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. New Britain. Visitation will be Thursday from 11:30-1 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Baptist Church, 1541 West St., Southington. For online condolences or to light candle please visit www. FarrellFuneralHome.com

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

BOUCHARD, Paul R.

Paul R. Bouchard, 81, of Bristol, husband of Yvonne (Martin) Bouchard, died Monday December 8, 2008 at the Bristol Hospital of complications from Alzheimer’s. Paul was born in St Agatha, ME on April 20,1927 and was a son of the late Celest and Lucy (Bourgoin) Bouchard and is a step-son of the late Emile Ouellette. He has resided in Bristol for the past 55 years and was employed at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, Southington for 34 years before retiring in 1987. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, a member of St. Matthew Church, Forestville, Bristol Lodge of Elk’s #1010, and a 50 year member of the St. Jean de Baptiste Society, New Britain. In addition to his loving wife with whom he would have celebrated his 58th wedding anniversary on December 30th, Paul is survived by a daughter, Charlene Berube of Bristol; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ivore and Maizy Bouchard of Unionville and Maurice and Nell Ouellette of Plainville; three sisters, Estelle Bouthiette of NH, Rolande “Ann”  Bonneau of CA, and Bernice Dumais of ME; a brother-in-law, Emil Martin and his wife Georgette of Bristol; four grandchildren, Matthew Berube, Conan Bouchard, Dr. Carrie (Berube) Reddish, and Shannon Bouchard; seven great grandchildren, Hannah and Kaitlyn Berube, James and Dylan Bouchard, and Kathryn, Kyle and James Reddish; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Michael P. Bouchard, a brother, Ademar Bouchard and three sisters, Rose Hardwick, Lucille Cyr, and Cecile Bard. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 12, 2008, 9 A.M. from Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, to St. Matthew Church, Forestville for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at funeral home, on Thursday from 5 to 8 P.M. Memorial donations may be made to St. Matthew Church, 120 Church Ave., Forestville, CT 06010. On-line guestbook and condolences are available at www.funkfuneralhome.com

CHOQUETTE, Henrietta J. (Markowski)


Henrietta J. (Markowski) Choquette, 88, of Bristol, beloved wife of William C. Choquette, Sr., died unexpectedly on Sunday (December 7, 2008) at Bristol Hospital.  Henrietta was born in Moodus, CT on March 27, 1920 and was a daughter of the late Jacob and Pauline (Tabor) Markowski.  She was raised in Middletown graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School, and has lived in Bristol for over 60 years.  She was a member of St. Matthew Church, Forestville. She was a loving mom and took great joy in spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She had a zest for life and a sense of humor that was contagious to all.  In addition to her husband, Henrietta is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, William C. Choquette Jr. and Kathleen Choquette of Jensen Beach, FL and James and Doreen Choquette of Middletown; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy C. Domijan Brindle and Gerald E. Brindle of Kennebunkport, ME; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday (December 11, 2008) at 10 A.M. at St. Matthew Church, Forestville, by her grandson, the Rev. David P. Choquette.  Burial will follow in the State Veteran’s Cemetery, Middletown. Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, on Wednesday between 5 and 7 P.M. and on Thursday between 8:30 and 9:30 A.M.  Memorial donations may be made to St. Matthew Church, 120 Church Ave., Forestville, CT 06010. On-line guestbook and condolences are available at www.funkfuneralhome.com

Monday, December 8, 2008

LaMOTHE, German "Jimmy" F.


Germain “Jimmy” F. Lamothe, 92, of Bristol, husband of the late Lorraine (Roy) Lamothe, died Sunday, December 7, 2008 at the Bristol Hospital. Germain was born in St. Guillaume, P.Q., Canada on August 9, 1916 and was a son of the late Wilfred and Marie Louise (Mansau) Lamothe. He resided in Bristol most of his life and was employed at New Departure-Hyatt Division of General Motors for 40 years before retiring in 1974. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II, a member of St. Ann Church, Bristol, Le Club Franco American de Bristol, and the Franco American War Veterans Post #2. Germain is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, John Lamothe of Pittsfield, MA, James and Laurie Lamothe of Kentwood, MI, and Thomas Lamothe of Camino Island, WA; three daughters and a son-in-law, Susan and Larry Fitzmorris of Portsmouth, RI, Jeanne Dosch of Anchorage, AK, and Marie Lamothe of Bristol; a sister, Gertrude Cote of New Britain; 9 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2008, 9 A.M. from Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Avenue, Bristol, to St. Ann Church, Bristol for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 6 to 8 P.M. Memorial donations in Germain’s name may be made to Le Club Franco American de Bristol, 40 Barlow St., Bristol, CT 06010. On-line guestbook available at www.FunkFuneralHome.com