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As the seasons change, so does life. For over 60 years, Duksa Family Funeral Homes have been privileged to serve families throughout Central Connecticut with caring, personal attention and professional service.
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Our Obituaries

Evelyn Rinaldi

October 2, 1931 - February 24, 2017

Loving Wife, Mother & Grandmother
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Joseph A. Switajewski

November 20, 1923 - February 23, 2017

Joseph Anthony Switajewski, 93, of Kensington, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Marut) Switajewski. Born in New Britain, the son of the late Antoni and Antonina (Kogut) Switajewski, he was a Kensington resident since 1954 and a member of St. Paul Church and the Holy Name Society at Sacred Heart Church in New Britain. He honorably served...
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Sam P. Naples

February 22, 2017

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

November 8, 1925 - February 22, 2017

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Florence S. Urbanowicz

February 18, 2017

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

February 12, 1933 - February 17, 2017

Stefania Zadora, 84, of New Britain, wife of the late Tadeusz Zadora, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017 at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor. Born in Poland, she was the daughter of the late Michal and Anna (Baba) Weglowski. She has lived in New Britain since 1972 and was a member of Sacred Heart Church. She will be dearly missed by her daughter Elzbieta "Ela" Buczek and her husband Andrzej of...
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Genowefa (Chmielewska) Brzostowski

February 16, 2017

Genowefa (Chmielewska) Brzostowski, 88, of Kensington, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Jan Brzostowski. Born in Poland, daughter of the late Boleslaw and Scholastyka (Wisniewska) Chmielewski, she formerly lived in New Britain and was a longtime Kensington resident. Genowefa was a member of Sacred Heart Church and was employed by Emhart for many...
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Sandra Lozis

February 15, 2017

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

February 14, 2017

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

November 11, 1942 - February 14, 2017

Kathryn (Kosinski) Valerio, 74, of New Britain, passed away peacefully early Valentine's Day morning. Kathryn was a lifelong resident of New Britain. She attended local schools and graduated from New Britain High School, Class of 1960. She went on to begin her lifetime career as a Registered Nurse, graduating from New Britain General Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1963 and soon thereafter,...
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Elizabeth G. Rode

February 13, 2017

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

July 22, 1937 - February 12, 2017

Helen Mary Talalaj, 79, died on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor in New Britain. She was born on July 22, 1937 in New Britain, to the late Felix and Stella (Mazanski) Talalaj. She graduated from Mary Immaculate Academy in New Britain in 1955, and from Teachers College of Connecticut (CCSU) in 1959. During the 1960-61 school year, Helen taught at Canton High School, and...
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George H. LeBlanc

February 11, 2017

George H. LeBlanc, 81, of Hartford, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Hartford, son of the late William and Emma LeBlanc, he was a lifelong resident and a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church. He was employed by TRW Trucking for 25 years and by Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford until his retirement in 2000. He was a member of the...
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Lloyd J Cassista

February 10, 2017

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

February 10, 2017

Delbert "Del" N. Cornell, 68, of Newington, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 10, 2017 at his home. He was the beloved husband of Eileen Bloch. Born in Norwich, son of the late Levi B. Cornell, Jr. and Pauline L. (St. Martin) Cornell, he was a longtime Newington resident. Along with his parents he was predeceased by brother, Craig B. Cornell of Mansfield. He is survived by brothers...
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Steve P. Bialkowski

February 9, 2017

Steve P. Bialkowski, 63, of West Hartford, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Salmon Brook Health Care Center. Born in Germany, son of the late Stefan and Maria (Hajduk) Bialkowski, he was a longtime West Hartford resident and a member of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church and the Moose Family Lodge, both in Hartford. Steve loved being outdoors, fishing, camping and he enjoyed...
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Donald J. Pelletier

February 9, 2017

Donald J. Pelletier, "Uncle Don", 76, of Cromwell, CT, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at home, surrounded by loved ones, after a long battle with leukemia. Born in St. John, Maine (St. John Plantation) to the late Adrian Pelletier and Lucy (Marquis) Pelletier, he lived most of his life in Wethersfield and Cromwell, CT. Don proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force...
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Stanley Dombkowski

February 8, 2017

Stanley P. Dombkowski, 83, of Kensington, passed away at home peacefully on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. He was the beloved husband of the late Dolores (Hilinsky) Dombkowski. Born in New Britain, son of the late Francis and Stanley Dombkowski, he was a longtime Kensington resident and a member of St. Andrew's Church, New Britain. Stanley honorably served his country in the U.S. Army and was...
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Jesse B. Jacobs

February 7, 2017

Memorial Visitation Mon. 2/13/17 5-6pm
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Franciszek Lichacz

February 7, 2017

Franciszek Lichacz, 78, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2017 at the HOCC in New Britain with his family by his bedside. Born and raised in Łazy, Poland, he immigrated here to be close to his family. He was the beloved husband of Maria (Łacic) Lichacz for 55 years. Franciszek leaves behind his beloved daughter Grażyna Milczarek and her husband Krzysztof, their three children Marcin and...
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John J. Rogers

October 17, 1940 - February 6, 2017

On Monday, February 6, 2017, John J. Rogers, 76, from Newington, was called to eternal life at the Jefferson House. Born in Constable, NY on October 17, 1940, he was the son of the late Leon and Irene (Coffey) Rogers. He served our country with great pride in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War where he received a Combat Aircrew Insignia with one star. Prior to retirement, he...
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Mary Carlone

February 6, 2017

Mary Bonaiuto Carlone, 91, of Newington, beloved wife of the late Dominick Carlone, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 6, 2017. Mary was born in Hartford on June 27, 1925, a daughter of the late Giuseppe and Sebastiana (Corsino) Bonaiuto and resided in Newington for many years. Mary was a life-long resident of Connecticut and worked for many years at The Hartford Insurance company. For...
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Chien Van Le

July 16, 1946 - February 5, 2017

Chien Van Le, 70 of West Hartford, beloved husband of 50 years to Nhan Thi (Nguyen) Le passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 5th. Born July 16, 1946 in Hai Phong, Viet Nam. He was the son of the late Bich and Hang Le. Chien grew up in Viet Nam and immigrated to Connecticut in Jan. 1982 and had lived in Hartford/West Hartford for 35 years. He was a fisherman in Hai Phong, Viet Nam and...
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Joseph R. Valenta

February 5, 2017

Joseph R. Valenta, 98, husband of the late Sophia (Yeskovich) Valenta of Newington, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 5, 2017. Born in Somers Connecticut in 1918 to the late Joseph and Rose (Walemos) Valenta, Joseph grew up in Somers going to school there before graduating from New Britain High School. Marrying the love of his life Sophia 1943, a very healthy man, (never sick a day in...
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Genowefa Sulewski

February 4, 2017

Genowefa (Makuszewski) Sulewski, 89, of New Britain, loving wife of the late Jan Sulewski, passed away on Saturday, February 4th 2017. Born in Poland, she was the daughter of the late Jan and Mariana (Banachowska) Makuszewski. She grew up in Poland, coming to the United States in 1973. Genowefa settled in New Britain where she raised her family and was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Church. ...
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Anna B Nervegna

October 21, 1921 - February 4, 2017

Anna Nervegna (Bellizzi), 95 of Wethersfield passed away peacefully on Saturday February 4, 2017. Born in San Basile, Italy on Oct 21, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Catherine Bellizzi. Anna grew up in the Parkville section of Hartford, and following her graduation from Hartford High School she worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance for over 35 years. She was predeceased by...
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Richard R. Goulet

February 2, 2017

Richard "Dick" Goulet, 85 of Newington, beloved husband of 59 years to Dolores (Iannetta) Goulet died Friday, Feb. 3rd at Hartford Hospital. Born Sept 20, 1931 in Lewiston, ME he was the son of the late Arthur and Pamela Goulet. Dick grew up in Maine moving to Connecticut in his early twenties and had lived in Newington for 51 years. He was retired from United Centerless Grinding after over 50...
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Barbara B. Lincoln

December 23, 1917 - January 31, 2017

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, Barbara B. Lincoln, 99, passed on peacefully at her home in East Haven. Born in Bridgewater, MA on December 23, 1917, she was the daughter of the late John & Marjorie (Fitch) Waite. She had been a longtime resident of West Hartford, Guilford, and summered in Groton Long Point, CT, retired to Florida for 32 years before resettling to Connecticut. She was...
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Michael Joseph Domingos

January 30, 2017

Michael Joseph Domingos, 36, of Newington, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 30th, 2017 at his home. Born in Hartford, son of Antonio and Julia (Durao) Domingos, he was a Newington resident since 1987. Michael graduated from Newington High School and while there, he enjoyed playing soccer and went on to play at Western CT State University. He loved nature photography, cooking,...
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Ellen D. Kelly

September 24, 1923 - January 28, 2017

On Saturday, January 28, 2017, Ellen Kelly fulfilled the final moments of a 93-year life span. She passed at Avery Heights in Hartford, the same city in which she was born on September 24, 1923, to the late Joseph and Sarah (Higgins) Dolan. Ellen spent her younger years tap dancing and participating in pageantry. Close friends and family knew her as 'Skinny Dolan' and others as Miss Aetna and...
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Jose Giner, Jr.

January 26, 2017

Jose Giner, Jr., 86, of Kensington, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Hospital of Central CT. He was the beloved husband of Amelia (Pont) Giner for 63 years. Born in Spain, son of the late Jose Giner, Sr. and Carmen (Reig) Giner, he grew up in Spain and spent the last 39 years in Kensington. Jose was a member of St. Paul's Church. Along with his wife, he leaves his...
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Ward Emmons "Hop" Wiltse, Jr.

January 24, 2017

Ward Emmons (Hop) Wiltse, Jr., 96, of Southington, faithful and loving husband of Jean B. (Fischer) Wiltse for 67 years, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Hop lived an interesting and full life focused on everyone other than himself. Devotion to family, hard work in his professions, an adventurous spirit and service to others were the cornerstones of his life and made a...
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Alfred Eaton

January 20, 2017

Alfred R. Eaton, 85, of Newington, passed away on January 30, 2017 at Hartford Hospital. Born in Augusta, ME, son of the late Maynard and Evelyn (Burridge) Eaton, he grew up in Maine where he graduated high school before serving his country honorably in the United States Air Force. He then raised his family in East Hartford where he was employed at Pratt and Whitney, moving to Newington 23...
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Michael R. Campo

January 20, 2017

Dr. Michael R. Campo passed away peacefully at Hartford Hospital on January 20, 2017 surrounded by his beloved wife, family, and caregivers after a brief illness. He was 93. Michael Campo, a quintessential man of action and an italianista beyond compare, was born of immigrant parents, John and Elisa Campo, in Waterbury, CT on September 15, 1923. Wanting to fit into the American landscape...
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Lilly J. McComb

January 19, 2017

Lilly (Johnson) McComb, 85, of Newington, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 19, 2017. She was the beloved wife of Richard C. McComb for 64 years. Born in Hartford, daughter of the late Torsten and Anna Hildur (Abrahamson) Johnson, she was a lifelong Newington resident and member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Lilly spent many years as a...
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Zenon B. Piechowicz

January 18, 2017

Zenon B. Piechowicz, born on May 27, 1926, died at age 90 on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at his home in Newington. He leaves behind his former wife, Eugenia Piechowicz of Newington, three children; Paul Piechowicz of Newington and his wife Kelley, grandchildren, Riley, Nathaniel and Erinn, Mark Piechowicz of Bolton and his wife Carol, grandchildren, Michael, Gregory, Michelle and Megan,...
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Wanda V. (Zavorski) Betterini

January 16, 2017

Wanda (Zavorski) Betterini, 83, of Newington, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Hospital of Central CT in New Britain. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond J. Betterini, Sr. Born in Terryville, daughter of the late Stephen and Valeria (Burdelski) Zavorski, she was a longtime Newington resident. Wanda was employed by New Britain Plumbing Supply and Sandelli...
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Ethel "Epsie" Goodwin

June 28, 1928 - January 13, 2017

Ethel "Epsie" (Coons) Goodwin, 88, of Newington, Rocky Hill and New Britain, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 13, 2017. She was born on June 28, 1928 to Wilbert E. Coons and Nellie S. Orvis of Plainville. From the age of 6, she was raised by her late uncle and aunt, William and Ethel Hemingway of Plainville. She worked for Hartford State Technical College and the Connecticut...
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Markos Sofianos

January 13, 2017

Markos Sofianos, 79, of Newington, loving husband of 53 years to Mary (Loukea) Sofianos, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 13th 2017 surrounded by his family after a short illness. He was born in Athens, Greece, and moved to the United States at the age of 43. A devoted and beloved father, husband, grandfather and friend like no other, Markos showed through his whole life and work that...
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Bernard (Bill) Cohen

January 12, 2017

Bill Cohen, 92, formerly of Newington, where he lived with his wife Avis for more than 50 years, died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, January 12. Bill was born in New York City where he made many close friendships which lasted to this day. He enjoyed all sports and was an avid tennis player, a familiar figure at the courts in town. Bill developed a passion for acting, appearing in many...
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Katell Marie Gunning

May 31, 1982 - January 11, 2017

On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, Katell Marie ( Montaufray) Gunning, 34, passed away at home unexpectedly. Born on May 31, 1982 in Hartford, she lived most of her life in Newington where she attended school and received her associate's degree in marketing from Tunxis Community College. Katell worked as an an exceptionally talented dental lab technician at various area labs. She also served...
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Robert W. Stewart

December 9, 1948 - January 8, 2017

Robert W. Stewart, 68, of Newington, passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2017, in New Britain. He was the beloved husband of Jane (Accornero) Stewart. Born on December 9, 1948, Bob was the son of the late Alfred and Ruth (Wadsworth) Stewart. Bob served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve for six years. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Education, as well as his Sixth-Year...
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Danuta Banel

January 8, 2017

Danuta Banel, 80, wife of, Wiktor Banel, of New Britain, passed peacefully, on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Poland to the late Bronislaw Irzyk and Margaret (Szwajnoch) Irzyk. Before retiring, Danuta worked as a machinist at the Reflexite Plastic Company. She lived in New Britain for 39 years after living in Poland. She was a member of Sacred Heart...
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Barbara Radziwon-Szymanowski

January 6, 2017

Barbara "Basia" Radziwon- Szymanowski of Cromwell, CT died Friday January 6, 2017, peacefully at St. Francis Hospital. Daughter of Janina Radziwon and the late Waclaw (Walter) Radziwon. She was born in New Britain and had also lived in Newington and most recently, Cromwell. She graduated from Holy Cross School and Newington High School and then attained her associate's degree. Beginning her...
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Barbara Slysz

January 4, 2017

Lifelong New Britain resident, Barbara Ellyn Schroedel Slysz passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 after a short illness. She leaves behind many family members and friends who are deeply saddened by her passing yet rejoicing that she is reunited with family and friends including her beloved husband Stan. Barb was born on April 4, 1933 to Ellen and William Schroedel. She and her sister,...
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Anna Vernacatola Boissonneault

January 4, 2017

On Wednesday, January 4, 2016, Anna Boissonneault, 95, passed away peacefully at home. Born on June 20, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Fiore and Liberta (Orsini) Vernacatola. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a packer for the Keeney Manufacturing Company in Newington. In her spare time, Anna loved to garden, crochet and crocheted a lifetime of creative doilies for all her girls,...
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Catherine Anne Tully

January 3, 2017

Catherine Anne (Day) Tully, 90, of Newington, CT, formerly of Scranton, PA, passed away on January 3, 2017. "Anne" was born in Scranton to the late John and Katherine Day. She graduated from Central High School and worked for many years at the Bell Telephone Company. She married the love of her life, Joseph Tully of Scranton, in 1960. They traveled extensively as part of Joe's Navy service. ...
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Rosalie C. Small

January 1, 2017

Rosalie C. Small of Newington died on Sunday January 1, 2017, at home. She was predeceased by her mother Katheryn Szobocsan. She leaves her son Jamie David Small Pappalardo and her longtime loving companion Carmen Pappalardo. Rosalie was a retired employee of Union Local #91, East Hartford, where for over 20 years she thoroughly enjoyed working for the members. Rosalie will be forever...
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Helen (Steele) Schaffer

January 1, 2017

Helen (Steele) Schaffer, 87, formerly of Newington, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 1, 2017. Born in Hartford, daughter of the late Weddoll and Antoinette (Pandiscia) Steele, she lived in Newington most of her life. She was employed at Hartford Hospital and the Newington Children's Hospital for many years prior to her retirement. She enjoyed playing the piano with the Newington...
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Alfonsas Zdanys

December 30, 2016

Alfonsas Zdanys died peacefully in his home in Newington on December 30, 2016 cared for by his wife and children. He was born on November 5, 1927, in Kybartai, Lithuania, son of the late Juozas and Stefanija (Skimbirauskas) Zdancevicius. A gifted and enthusiastic storyteller, he talked often about his life in that small town. He talked also about the difficulties he faced after the Russian...
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Cheryl Ann Stevenson

December 30, 2016

Cheryl Ann Stevenson, 46, of Newington, Passed away peacefully at home, Friday December 30, 2016. Cheryl was born in Hartford and was a lifelong Newington resident. She was a graduate of St. Joseph's University and a teacher at Bennett Academy, in Manchester. Cheryl is survived by her brother Brian Stevenson and his wife Shannon and their daughters Amelia, Emma and Grace and several aunts, uncles...
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Henry J. Dawidowicz

December 29, 2016

Henry J. Dawidowicz, 94, of New Britain died on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. He was the beloved husband of the late Lucille T. (Dawnerowicz) Dawidowicz. Born in New Britain, son of the late Albin and Lottie (Kania) Dawidowicz, he was a lifelong city resident. Henry was a Captain in the U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry Div. during WW II and served in the 43rd Div. during the Korean War. He retired from the...
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Alpheus "Bill" Pearce

December 29, 2016

Alpheus William "Bill" Pearce, 94, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 29, 2016. He was born on April 29th, 1922 in Franklin County, North Carolina, to the late John O. Pearce and Blanche (Davis) Pearce. He was a long time resident of New Britain. He served in the US Navy during WWII and retired from Marlin Rockwell after 30+ years. He spent much of his retirement fixing small...
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Jose Evaristo Soares

December 25, 2016

Jose Evaristo Soares, 67, of West Hartford, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2016. He was the beloved husband of Maria Celeste (Freitas) Soares for 44 years. Born in Santa Maria, Azores, he resided in the greater Hartford area for the past 44 years and was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Hartford. Jose served in the Portugese Army and retired from...
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Dorothy Brousseau

August 8, 1932 - December 25, 2016

Dorothy (Krawczyk) Brousseau, 84, died peacefully to join her husband on Christmas Day, December 25, 2016. She was the beloved wife of the late John J. Brousseau. Born in New Britain, daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Murach) Krawczyk, she was a longtime Newington resident and was a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit. Mrs. Brousseau retired from the State of CT Dept. of Alcohol and Drug...
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Richard Terry

December 28, 1933 - December 24, 2016

Richard Terry, 82, of Newington, died at home on December 23, 2016. Richard was the loving and beloved husband of Edythe (Somerville) Terry and the father of one daughter, Jennifer. Born in Mecklenburg County, VA, he was a Newington resident for the past 42 years and a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Newington. Mr. Terry worked as an aircraft machinist in the Research & Development department...
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Leonardo Bordonaro

December 24, 2016

Leonardo "Lenny" Bordonaro, 87, of Rocky Hill, CT and Port Charlotte, FL, passed away peacefully, Saturday December 24, 2016, surrounded by his loving family following a stroke. Born in Canicattini Bagni, Sicily, July 26, 1929, to the late Sebastiano and Lucia (Aiello) Bordonaro, he proudly served in the Carabinieri (State Police), after which he owned his own company Fabro Mechanico. He...
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John Paul McSwiney

October 28, 1928 - December 23, 2016

On Friday, December 23, 2016, John Paul McSwiney, 88, of Newington & Port St. Lucie, FL, was called to eternal life while at home with his family. Born on October 28, 1928 in Columbus, OH, he was the son of the late Daniel J. & Ethel (Morin) McSwiney. He served our country with pride in the United States Navy during the Korean War and received the National Defense, Korean Service, United...
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Laura Lee Cassandra

April 29, 1943 - December 21, 2016

Laura Lee (Bushnell) Cassandra, 73 of Rotonda West, FL and long time resident of Newington, CT; passed away peacefully at home on December 21, 2016. Laurie was born on April 29, 1943 in New York, NY. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edith and Henry Bushnell, her sister Joyce Ann Farmer, her brother Henry Bushnell and her forever missed daughter Lisa Nash Stoddard. Laurie retired as the...
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Mary Jane (Paradis) Allen

December 21, 2016

Mary Jane Allen, of Newington, beloved wife of the late Harry B. Allen, passed away on December 21, 2016. She was born on August 9, 1919 in Wallagrass, ME, daughter of the late Emile and Catherine (Cormier) Paradis, she lived in CT most of her life with the past 44 years in Newington. As of October 2015, she resided at Apple Rehab, Nursing Home in Cromwell. She married Harry B. Allen in 1937,...
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Valerie Ann Pearce

December 18, 2016

Valerie Ann (Veneziano) Pearce, 70, of Newington, passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Hartford Hospital. Born in New Britain, daughter of the late Albert and Ann (Prosperi) Venziano, she was a longtime Newington resident. Valerie was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post #511 and enjoyed reading and crocheting. A loving mother and grandmother, she leaves her two daughters, Trisha...
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Marie Skwiot

April 13, 1918 - December 18, 2016

Early Sunday morning on December 18, 2016, Marie (Sokolowski) Skwiot, 98, of New Britain passed away peacefully and entered into the Kingdom of God. She was born in Middletown and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Rose Sokolowski. Marie was predeceased by her loving husband of 62 years, Joseph W. Skwiot. Marie was employed by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft until her retirement in 1983. She and...
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Joyce L. Pasqurell

September 13, 1930 - December 16, 2016

Joyce L. Pasqurell, 86, of Simsbury, passed away into the arms of the Lord on Friday morning December 16, 2016. .Born Joyce Lucinda Nevers on September 13, 1930 in New Britain, Connecticut, she was the daughter of Mary (Majewski) Nevers and Frederick W. Nevers who predeceased her. Joyce was also predeceased by her husband James Pasqurell, Sr., her daughter Janice (Pasqurell) Santamaria and son...
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Marjorie T. Platt

December 16, 2016

Marjorie T. Platt, 86, of Newington passed away peacefully on December 16, 2016. Marjorie lived most of her adult life in Newington, until recently moving to The Atrium in Rocky Hill. She was born in Hartford, the daughter of Agnes (Hatton) and Shirley Tracy, and spent her childhood on Columbia Street in Hartford. She graduated Class of 1948 from Hartford High School and was a member of the...
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Frances Pauline Ambrose

October 28, 1919 - December 14, 2016

On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, Frances Pauline Ambrose, 97, was called to eternal life from this world. Born on October 28, 1919 in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Anthony & Pauline (Skupas) Zeromskis. She was a 1937 Graduate of Hartford High School, a longtime Communicant of Holy Trinity Church where she held membership with its Blessed Mother Sodality and the Knights of Lithuania...
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Mary S. "Sue" Patrissi McDonald

December 13, 2016

Mary S. "Sue" (Patrissi) McDonald, 98, of Newington, passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. She was the beloved wife of the late James A. McDonald. Born in Hartford, daughter of the late Nicola and Theresa (DeLuco) Patrissi, she was a Newington resident for over 60 years and a member of St. Mary's Church. Mary was a very simple woman, she enjoyed Bingo and getting together with her family...
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Mark Charles Bassell

September 5, 1947 - December 12, 2016

Mark C. Bassell was born on September 5, 1947 to Estelle and Albert Bassell. He had a full life surrounded by his family and interests in; tai chi, music, studying religion, brewing beer, cooking, science and debate. He is remembered as a loving father and husband as well as for his sometimes staunch opinions on his many interests. On September 29, 1975 he married the wonderful Nora A. Brussel...
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Gertrude E. Kusnerczyk

September 3, 1926 - December 10, 2016

Gertrude (Tomaszewski) Kusnerczyk, 90, of Kensington, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, December 10, 2016. She was the beloved wife of the late Francis "Frank" Kusnerczyk until his passing in 2005. Gert grew up in New Britain and attended local schools. She was employed as an administrative assistant at Guida's Dairy for some time and also worked at the New Britain Board of...
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Pauline Lessard

December 9, 2016

Pauline Lessard, 80, of Newington, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016 at Newington Rapid Recovery. Born in Nashua, NH, daughter of the late Elphege and Florence (Davis) Lessard, she was a Newington resident for the past 50 years and graduated from Becker Junior College in MA. Pauline was a member of St. Mary's Church, Newington and was a sports enthusiast, especially enjoying UConn Women's...
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Winton L. Fenderson, Sr.

December 9, 2016

Winton L. Fenderson, Sr., 94, of Hebron, formerly of Newington, family man and humble American Hero, rejoined his beloved wife Irene at midnight on December 9th, 2016. Born in Maine in 1922, he was the son of Verna and Harold Fenderson. Winton leaves behind many friends in CT, his son Winton Fenderson and his wife Kathleen, grandson Brandon Fenderson, Daughter Andrea Tribuiani and her husband...
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Jerzy Chrostowski

December 9, 2016

Jerzy Chrostowski, 88, of Newington, beloved husband of 62 years to Helena (Kaminska) Chrostowski, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016 in Newington. Born on July 4, 1928 in Poland to the late Jan and Leonora Chrostowski, he emigrated with his family from Poland to the United States in 1963. Prior to his retirement he was employed as a machinist for Atlantic Tool and Colt Industries. He was a...
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Santo Caldarella

February 14, 1932 - December 9, 2016

Santo Caldarella, 84, of Plainville, beloved husband of 56 years to Sebastiana (Marturano) Caldarella, passed away on Thursday, December 9, 2016 at Midstate Medical Center in Meriden. Born on February 14, 1932, in Avola, Sicily, Italy, Santo was the son of the late Paolo and Scibilia (Venera) Caldarella. He served in the Italian Navy and prior to his retirement he worked as a Machine Operator for...
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Shirley Post Smigel

December 7, 2016

Shirley (Post) Smigel, 85, passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2016 surrounded by her loving family after a courageous fight with a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Edwin & Mariette (Booth) Post and grew up in East Haven, CT. In 1954, she graduated from UConn with a BS in Nursing where she met her husband, the late Stanley J. Smigel. After graduation they were married and resided...
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Adela P. Kania

December 6, 2016

Adela (Pulek) Kania died on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor in New Britain. Adela was born in New Britain on December 21, 1920 and was the daughter of the late John and Stella (Stankiewicz) Pulek. She was a graduate of New Britain High School, class of 1939 and Bay Path University, Springfield, MA in 1941. Her husband, Dr. Henry S. Kania died on January 2, 1980. She is...
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Elizabeth Centeno-Carrero

March 7, 1959 - December 5, 2016

Angel wings have been granted to Elizabeth Centeno-Carrero, 57, on December 5, 2016. In her final days Elizabeth was surrounded by loving family and friends that she touched in some way throughout her memorable life. She was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico on March 7, 1959 and moved to Hartford in 1972. Elizabeth worked for Bank of America where she gave 33 years of loyal and dedicated work. Elizabeth...
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Mariette P. Adams

December 4, 2016

I was born in October, 1928 in Van Buren, Maine; the place I always loved the best...that and the seashore. My parents Antoine Lavoie and Fabiola Beaulieu, named me Mariette Pauline Esperance. I was the 9th child in a large family of 16 children. We lived on a farm, my father worked on the railroad. As a child I was a tomboy, busy and fun loving. I always remembered my youth with fondness. I...
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Krystyna Andrukiewicz

June 6, 1952 - December 3, 2016

Krystyna (Bagienski) Andrukiewicz, 64, of New Britain, died unexpectedly at her home on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Married for 40 years, she was the beloved wife and loving partner of Waclaw Andrukiewicz. Born in Poland, daughter of Irena Bagienski and the late Jan Bagienski, Krystyna resided in New Britain since 1994. She was a middle school teacher and principal in Poland, and was currently...
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Pasquale P. Forgione

November 10, 1926 - December 2, 2016

On Friday, December 2, 2016, Pasquale P. Forgione, 90, passed on to eternal life at The Landing in Farmington with his loving family at his side. Born in New Britain on November 10, 1926, he was the son of the late Antonio & Anna (Carrozza) Forgione. He was a lifelong resident of New Britain and was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church. He served our country with great pride in the United...
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Mary Louise Giangreco

December 8, 1937 - December 2, 2016

Mary Louise (Latham) Giangreco, 78, of Newington and Rocky Hill, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2016, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Her strength and perseverance through her fight with cancer was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. She was the wife of Richard J. Giangreco for forty years until his death in 1999. Born in Hartford on December 8, 1937 to the late Dorothy...
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Pasquale P. Forgione

November 10, 1926 - December 2, 2016

On Friday, December 2, 2016, Pasquale P. Forgione, 90, passed on to eternal life at The Landing in Farmington with his loving family at his side. Born in New Britain on November 10, 1926, he was the son of the late Antonio & Anna (Carrozza) Forgione. He was a lifelong resident of New Britain and was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church. He served our country with great pride in the United...
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Kazimiera Olender

December 2, 2016

Kazimiera Olender, 87, of New Britain, passed away peacefully, on Friday, December 2, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family, just shy of her 88th birthday. She was the beloved wife of Roman Olender for 63 years. Born in Poland, she came to the U.S. in 1963 and was a New Britain resident since 1967. Kazimiera was a devout catholic and member of Sacred Heart Church. She was employed by...
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Margaret E. Cropper

July 3, 1931 - December 1, 2016

Margaret Elizabeth Cropper, 85, of Newington, dearly loved wife of George Duncan Cropper, died December 1st, 2016 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain. Margaret was born on July 3rd, 1931, to the late Frederick and Villareta Amphlett, in Manchester, England. Before moving to Connecticut in 1969, Margaret attended Manchester Teachers Training College, and taught secondary school...
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Stanley B. Januszewski

November 30, 2016

Stanley Bruno Januszewski, a lifetime resident of New Britain, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. He was married to the love of his life, the late Albina (Dawidowicz) Januszewski, for more than 60 years. Stanley was the son of the late Adam and Rozalia (Sobiech) Januszewski and a parishoner of Holy Cross Church. He was employed as a tool and die maker by the Marlin Rockwell Corporation...
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Mark J. Kaschak

November 30, 2016

Mark J. Kaschak, 62, died unexpectedly after a brief illness on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at the Hospital of Central CT, New Britain. Born in Hartford, son of the late Joseph and Helen (Mihalick) Kaschak, he lived in Newington and West Hartford. He was a dedicated employee and enjoyed his career as an aerospace quality control inspector. He developed close friendships with everyone he...
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Gloria Paradis

November 29, 2016

Gloria (Vaillancourt) Paradis, 84, of Newington, wife of the late Lawrence Paradis died Tuesday, November 29, 2016. She was a Newington resident for over 20 years. Gloria is survived by two daughters, Betty Paradis of NH and Lisa Racavich of PA; two sons-in-law, Richard Kelly of Canton and Matthew Buczacki of Newington; two sisters, Joanne Therrien of Canterbury and Jeannette St. Germain of ME;...
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Joseph N. Guglietta

October 24, 1966 - November 28, 2016

On Monday, November 28, 2016, Joseph N. Guglietta, 50, passed on to eternal life. Born in Hartford, CT on October 24, 1966, he was the son Judith (McGarry) Guglietta of Newington and the late Joseph C. Guglietta. He was raised in West Hartford and was a graduate of Hall High School. Joseph received his bachelor's degree from Boston University and had worked many years as a financial planner. ...
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Jacquelyn "Claire" Carroll

November 28, 2016

Jacquelyn "Claire" (Keenan) Carroll, 85, of Newington, wife of the late Robert G. Carroll, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2016. Born in Hartford, daughter of the late John J. and Mary P. (Gleason) Keenan, she was a Newington resident for nearly 50 years and a parishioner of the Church of the Holy Spirit. After she graduated with her Bachelor's degree from what is now known as the University...
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Karen I. Brodersen

November 27, 2016

Karen I. Brodersen, 74, of Newington, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2016. Born in New York City, daughter of the late Richard and Ellen (Beck) Brodersen, she was first generation American and raised in Queens, NY. She previously lived in Florida, caring for her parents prior to moving to Newington in 1982. She was employed at The Travelers Insurance Co. and various other jobs prior to...
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Elaine (Jackson) Johnson

November 25, 2016

Elaine J. Johnson, 86, a longtime resident of Newington, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016 at her home. Born on September 21, 1930, Elaine was the daughter of the late Wilbur and Bertha (Winston) Jackson and the wife of 43 years to the late Oscar "Ed" Johnson. Elaine was a member of the Wethersfield Evangelical Free Church, where she enjoyed attending services and the fellowship of its...
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Dorothy "Dottie" (Malikowski) Barry

November 24, 2016

Dorothy "Dottie" (Malikowski) Barry of New Britain, went "Home" to her Lord and family this past Thanksgiving morning, November 24, 2016. Dottie was born on July 11, 1923 on a farm in Southington. She was the second of three children born in the United States to the late John and Stefania Malikowski. She was a young child when the family bought their home in New Britain. She graduated from New...
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Louise E. Griffin

November 23, 2016

Louise E. Griffin, 89, of Newington, previously of West Hartford and Farmington, entered eternal rest peacefully on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, surrounded by her family. She was born on July 1, 1927, in Wilkes-Barre, PA, to the late Claude and Esther Walters. The family moved to Hartford and Louise graduated from Hartford High School, continuing her education and graduating from Mercy Hospital...
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Edward J. Bartosewicz

November 23, 2016

Edward J. Bartosewicz, 89, of New Britain died on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain. He was the beloved husband of Phyllis (Schlotterbeck) McLellan Bartosewicz for the last 20 years. Born in New Britain, son of the late Stanley and Anne (Michwiec) Bartosewicz, he was a lifelong city resident and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Ed was...
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Judith A Gorski

November 23, 2016

Judith A. Gorski, 72, of Newington and previously of Hebron, passed away on November 23, 2016 under hospice care. Born on November 17, 1944, in Hartford, Judy was the daughter of the late Burlin and Mary (McKinnon) Goolsby and the wife of the late Chester J. Gorski. Judy graduated from the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing and received her Bachelors in Nursing from the University of St. Joseph...
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Mary G. Marshman

November 21, 2016

Mary (Gionfriddo) Marshman, 88, of Enfield, beloved wife of the late Vernon Marshman, Jr., died Monday, November 21, 2016 at her home. Mary was born in Dysart, PA, a daughter of the late Paul and Concetta (Munson) Gionfriddo and was a 1947 graduate of Cresson High School in PA. Mary resided in Enfield, previously of Newington for many years and was a member of St. Brigid Church, West Hartford....
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Leonard M. Stasky

November 20, 2016

Leonard M. Stasky, 87, of Newington, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at his home. Born in Newington to the late John and Catherine (Jurewicz) Staskiewicz, he was a lifelong town resident and a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit. Leonard served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was a member of the V.F.W. National Post 14000 and American Legion...
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Marian Selander Anderson

August 5, 1928 - November 20, 2016

Marian (Selander) Anderson, 88, of Newington, beloved wife of Robert Anderson, passed away peacefully Sunday November, 20th 2016. She was born in Bristol, daughter of the late Arthur and Alice Selander. Marian grew up in New Britain before moving to Newington in a house that her husband built for her. Before Retiring to help raise her grandkids, Marian worked at American Radio Relay League (ARRL...
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Yolanda "Vi" Kolodziej

May 30, 1929 - November 20, 2016

Yolanda "Vi" (Concatelli) Kolodziej, 87, of Newington, died on Sunday, November 20, 2016 with family by her side. Born in Hartford to the late Joseph and Condita (Loudovici) Concatelli, she grew up in Elmwood and then spent the remainder of her life in Newington with her late husband, Frank Kolodziej. Vi loved to travel and had an extensive collection of magnets from all of the places she visited...
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Vincenzo Cocolla

November 18, 2016

Vincenzo Cocolla, 87, of Hallandale Beach, FL, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 18, 2016 at his home. He was the beloved husband of the late Maria (Tata) Cocolla. Born in Canicattini Bagni, Italy, son of the late Paul and Carmela (Buccheri) Cocolla, he came to America 50 years ago and lived in Hartford prior to moving to Florida 25 years ago. Vincenzo was a proud member of the...
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James E. Marzi

November 15, 2016

James E. Marzi, 78, of Kensington, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, was carried by angels on November 15, 2016, after a courageous battle. He married the love of his life, the late Sheila Bentz Marzi, on October 11, 1958 in Manchester. Born on July 22, 1938 in New Britain to the late Elsie (Lenzi) Marzi and Louis Marzi, he resided in New Britain and Newington for many...
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Jean A. Backiel

June 5, 1933 - November 15, 2016

Jean A. (Wasilewski) Backiel, 83, of Rocky Hill, died peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in the comfort of her home. She was the beloved wife of the late Wenceslaus J. "Vinny" Backiel. A lifelong Rocky Hill resident, Mrs. Backiel was a member of St. James Church. She spent her entire life on the family farm and also enjoyed spending time in her garden, baking for her family, and making sure no...
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