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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

Lynn M. Siedsma

October 14, 1954 - November 18, 2017

Lynn Marie (Ambrogio) Siedsma, 63, of Newington, passed away unexpectedly November 18, 2017 of complications following a courageous battle with lung cancer. Born in Hartford, Lynn was the daughter of the late Joseph and Constance (Sapia) Ambrogio. She was the proud and loving mother of Michael Kostruba, Joseph Siedsma, and Eric Siedsma and survived by husband Jeff Siedsma, and the beloved sister...
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James G. "Jim" Nikola, Sr.

March 12, 1945 - November 16, 2017

James "Jim" G. Nikola, Sr., 72, of New Britain, died peacefully in the comfort of his home on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. He was born in Cornwall, NY to the late Franklin Nikola, Sr. and Edna (Bailey) Wardega and enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1965. Jim was an easy-going guy who had a passion for riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles. He and his wife, Mary Ann would go on long bike rides with their...
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Pauline "Paula" (Rousseau) Schuetz

November 15, 2017

Pauline R. "Paula" (Rousseau) Schuetz, 92, formerly of Newington and Berlin, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Pilgrim Manor in Cromwell, CT due to complications of diabetes. She was the beloved wife and soul mate of the late Calvin Schuetz who she gave loving care to the last seven years of his life. Born in Lowell, MA, daughter of the late Joseph and Marie Louise ...
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David H. Lyons

May 22, 1937 - November 15, 2017

On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, David H. Lyons, 80, passed away peacefully at John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington. Born on May 22, 1937, he was the son of the late Clarence & Angie Lyons. He was a longtime Newington and Farmington resident and prior to retirement was the owner of the Brunette Tool Co. in New Britain. David was a member of the Masons, an avid golfer, and enjoyed playing cards...
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Peter McLean

November 13, 2017

Peter J. McLean, 79, of Haddam Neck, passed away on Monday, November 13, 2017. He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara (Eckert) McLean. Born in Harford, he was the son of late Ronald and Marguerite (Hillman) McLean, and resided in Newington for most of his life. Peter served for four years in the U.S. Air Force as a B-52 mechanic in the 8th Air Force 9th Wing 347th Heavy Bombardment...
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Andrés "Sixto" Ortiz

November 13, 2017

Andrés "Sixto" Ortiz Sr., 87 of Guayama, Puerto Rico, passed away on Monday, November 13th at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain, Connecticut. Andrés was born in Guayama, Puerto Rico, the son of the late Victorio and Amparo (Ortiz) Ortiz. Andrés is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, María Isabel Ortiz-Rodríguez, and his children; Carmen Ortiz, Myrta Bruzas, Andrés...
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Anastazja Baranowski

March 15, 1924 - November 12, 2017

On Sunday, November 12, 2017, Anastazja Baranowski, 93 was called to eternal life at her New Britain residence. Born in Poland on March 15, 1924, she was a longtime resident of New Britain where she was a parishioner at Sacred Heart Church. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a machinist at Atlantic Tool, giving many years of dedicated service. She was predeceased by her husband...
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Marianna (Kopanko) Morgiewicz

April 24, 1932 - November 11, 2017

Marianna (Kopanko) Morgiewicz, 85, of Plainville, passed peacefully in the arms of her daughters on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. She was born in Poland to the late Kazimierz and Eugenia (Sapkowska) Kopanko and immigrated to the U.S. in 1963 with her husband, Boleslaw and three young daughters. With very little formal education, Marianna was used to farm living and now had to adjust to a new way of...
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Carl A. Day

November 9, 2017

Carl A. Day, 92, of Newington passed away on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at Hartford Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Shirley (Ouellette) Day, who preceded him in death by only three weeks. Born in Skowhegan Maine to the late Floyd and Mona (Smith) Day and grew up in Princeton Maine. Carl joined the United States Navy on July 15, 1943 and served in WWII before marrying the love of his...
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Aimee Lynn (Viens) Millett

November 9, 2017

Aimee Lynn (Viens) Millett, 35, of Middletown, beloved wife of Gregory E. Millett Jr., tragically passed away in a car accident Thursday, November 9, 2017. Aimee was born in Hartford, a daughter of Marcel and Claire (Lavoie) Viens, and resided in Middletown for the past 12 years. She graduated from Newington High School, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Albertus Magnus College, and her...
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Irene "Renie" (Legowski) McCarthy

November 7, 2017

Irene "Renie" (Legowski) McCarthy, 89, of Newington, loving wife of the late Dennis J. McCarthy, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Born in Southington, the daughter of the late Walter and Lillian (Pilitowski) Legowski, she was raised in Hartford, before moving to Newington 33 years ago. She was a member of St. Mary's Church, the VFW Women's Auxiliary and enjoyed spending time...
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Shirley Augustine

November 7, 2017

Shirley (Farley) Augustine, 83, of Plainville, passed away on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Hartford Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Andrew Augustine, Jr. Born and raised in New Britain, she was a Plainville resident for 20 years, and a member of the Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church, New Britain. Shirley enjoyed watching game shows, doing puzzles, visiting the casino and...
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Jozef Marcisz

March 19, 1931 - November 6, 2017

Jozef Marcisz, 86, of Forestville, died on Monday, November 6, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Irena (Gromak) Marcisz for 67 years. He was born in Poland to the late Michal and Bronislawa (Grzymkowska) Marcisz and worked on the family farm and later became the manager of his village's farming co-op. In 1966, he and his family immigrated to the U.S. and settled in New Britain. He retired from...
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Gloria Savo Ciarcia

November 6, 2017

Gloria (Savo) Ciarcia, of Newington, passed from this life surrounded by her loving family on Monday, November 6, 2017 at the age of 92. She belonged to St. Mary's Church, Newington, where she was a member of the Ladies Guild for many years. Born on December 1, 1924, in East Haven, she attended St. Agnes School of Nursing and later worked at St. Agnes Home. She later worked for the Newington...
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Ann B. (Pawlicki) Metelsky

January 23, 1920 - November 6, 2017

Ann B. (Pawlicki) Metelsky, 97, of New Britain, died on Monday, November 6, 2017 in the comfort of her home. She was born in New Britain on January 23, 1920 to the late Walter and Frances (Belczak) Pawlicki and attended local schools. She and her family moved to Bristol for 10 years but then returned to her home town. Prior to her retirement, Ann worked in the Dietary Dept. at CCSU for 19 years....
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Evelyn D. DeNote

September 12, 1924 - November 5, 2017

On Sunday, November 5, 2017, Evelyn D. DeNote, 93 was called to eternal life at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Born in Mooers Forks, NY on September 12, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Fred & Della (Root) LaFountain. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Michael P. DeNote, Sr., and seven siblings. Left to honor and cherish her memory are her children Michael P....
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Jaime C. Raposo

July 15, 1946 - November 5, 2017

Jaime C. Raposo, 71, of Newington, died peacefully on Sunday, November 5, 2017 after a long illness. Born in Santa Maria, Azores, Portugal to the late Jose and Balbina (Costa) Raposo, he settled in Connecticut in 1972 with his new bride, Maria (Sousa) Raposo and together they raised their family. Jaime was employed as a machinist at Jacobs Mfg. for many years until his retirement. He was a...
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Michael M. Hofmann, Jr.

November 4, 2017

Michael M. Hofmann, Jr., 73, of Newington, died peacefully on Saturday, November 4, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Diane (Easton) Hofmann for 49 years. Michael was born in Hartford, son of the late Michael Hofmann, Sr. and Mildred L. (Grau) Hofmann, and was a lifelong Newington resident. A loving and devoted dad, he leaves his son James Hofmann and his wife Brenda of Newington. He also...
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Stephanie (Koczera) Kozikowski

November 1, 1919 - November 4, 2017

Stephanie Marion (Koczera) Kozikowski, 98, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Arbor Rose in New Britain. Born in Lowell, MA, Stephanie was a New Britain resident since 1923. Stephanie was a graduate of New Britain High School, Class of 1938, and was employed as an executive secretary at New Britain Machine Company for 41 years, retiring in 1981. She then served as a...
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Alden B. Taplin III

April 9, 1949 - November 4, 2017

Alden B. Taplin, III, 68, of Newington, died peacefully on Saturday, November 4, 2017, in the comfort of his home. He was raised in Meredith, NH, moving to Connecticut 50 years ago. In 2003, Alden retired from the State of Connecticut Dept. of Developmental Services after more than 30 years of employment. His memories of time spent in "God's Country", enjoying Lake Winnipesaukee and the...
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Margaret "Maggie" Popillo

January 9, 1961 - November 4, 2017

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, Margaret "Maggie" Popillo, 56, was called peacefully to eternal life surrounded by her loving family. Born in Poland on January 9, 1961, she was the daughter of Jan Listwan of Poland and the late Halina (Dawidczyk). She was a longtime Newington resident and had a great passion for animals and their rescue. Along with her father, left to honor and cherish her...
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Richard J. Brown

November 14, 1940 - November 2, 2017

Richard Joseph Brown, 76, of Newington, beloved son of the late Rose Mary (Zysk) Brown and Joseph Brown, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 2, 2017. He was a 1958 graduate of New Britain High School. He majored in Engineering at the University of Connecticut, where he graduated in 1967. Following graduation, Richard was employed at Dynage Electronics in Bloomfield, CT. While at the...
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Vincent Joseph Basile

June 30, 2001 - November 2, 2017

Vincent Joseph Basile, 16, of Wethersfield, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. He was the beloved son of Vincent Basile of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and Lorena (Frusciante) Basile of Wethersfield. Born in Hartford, Vincent lived in Wethersfield and was a junior at Wethersfield High School. He loved all kinds of animals. A leftie, he was a brilliant out-of-the box thinker, and always needed to...
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Ann "Nancy" Elizabeth Joy

November 2, 2017

Ann "Nancy" Elizabeth Joy, 90, of Hartford, formerly of Newington, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Avery Heights. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Elizabeth of Waterbury and Newington. Ann attended Waterbury Catholic Schools, the University of Vermont, and the University of Southern CT, and received her Bachelor's Degree in Library Science. She was employed...
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Mary A. Tedesco

November 1, 2017

Mary A. (Galligan) Tedesco, 88, of Newington, passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at her home. She was the beloved wife of the late Daniel Tedesco, Sr. Born in Hartford, daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Cassidy) Galligan, she lived in Hartford prior to becoming a Newington resident in 1956. She was employed by Travelers Insurance Co. for 20 years prior to her retirement in 1992....
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Waldemar L. Block, Jr.

August 29, 1923 - October 31, 2017

Waldemar (Walt) Louis Block, Jr. was born August 29, 1923, in Chatham, N.Y. He died peacefully on October 31, 2017 at age 94 after a long series of illnesses, all of which he fought courageously. He was the oldest child of Waldemar Ludwig Block, Sr. and Rachel Tracy (Griswold) Block. Walt was a teenager during the Great Depression, and this environment forged a character of self-sufficiency...
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Ralph M. Adams

October 27, 2017

Ralph M. Adams, 95, of Hartford, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Avery Heights. He was the beloved husband of Patricia (Finnigan) Adams for 64 years. Born in Collinsville, son of the late Carl and Clara (Ellis) Adams, he was a lifelong Hartford resident. Ralph retired from Traveler's Insurance Company after 22 years of employment and was an avid Red Sox Baseball and UConn...
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Joan Kessell Sabottke

October 26, 2017

Joan Claire (Kessell) Sabottke, 83, of New Britain, beloved wife of the late Roger Sabottke, passed away on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Joan was born in Fall River, MA, on June 22, 1934, the daughter of the late Raymond and Jeanne (D'Arc Villandre) Kessell. She attended St. Mary Elementary School in Fall River, MA, then moved to New Britain, attended Nathan Hale Junior High, and New Britain High...
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Arthur W. Field

September 18, 1945 - October 25, 2017

Arthur William Field, 72, of Newington, beloved husband of Diane (Baczewski) Field, died peacefully on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Born in New Britain on September 18, 1945, he was the loving son of the late Arthur and Jean (Sokolowski) Field. He attended St. Mary School in New Britain, graduated from Newington High School and was an alumnus of Riverside College in California. Art proudly served...
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Robert Francis Freitag

October 24, 2017

Robert Francis Freitag, 78, of Newington, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at his home. He was the beloved husband of Maria (Woodside) Freitag for 46 years. Born and raised in New Haven, son of the late Francis and Kathleen (Prior) Freitag Tempelhof, he lived in Newington for 47 years and retired from Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford after 39 years of service. After his...
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Peter J. Sweeney, Sr.

October 24, 2017

Peter J. Sweeney, Sr., 80, of West Hartford, died peacefully surrounded by his family, on October 24, 2017. Born on June 19, 1937, Pete was the son of the late John and Emma (Carlson) Sweeney and the beloved husband for 44 years to the late Patricia (Petrella) Sweeney. Pete served in the United States Army Reserves and prior to his retirement he was the owner and operator of Tri City Cleaners of...
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Lawrence J. Brennan

December 6, 1934 - October 22, 2017

On Sunday, October 22, 2017, Lawrence J. Brennan, 82, passed away peacefully surrounded by his beloved family. Born in St. Joseph, MO on December 6, 1934, he was the son of the late John & Elizabeth (Doran) Brennan. He was raised by his mother on the family farm in Maryville, MO and loved to share his early year memories. As a young adult, he was a member of the Missouri National Guard where...
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Irene Rosinski

October 26, 1924 - October 22, 2017

Irene (Ryniec) Rosinski, 92, lifelong resident of New Britain, died on Sunday, October 22, 2017. She was one of two daughters born to the late Chester and Rose (Kozlowski) Ryniec. Irene retired from Emhart Corporation where she was employed as a payroll clerk. Being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were the greatest joys of her life. She loved to spend time with her family going on...
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Edward Kurn

September 19, 1919 - October 21, 2017

Edward Kurn, 98, of Newington, died peacefully on Saturday, October 21, 2017 with his loving family at his side. He was born in New Britain to the late Frank and Theresa (Manka) Kusnerczyk and was a longtime Newington resident. Ed entered active service with the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1941 as an airplane maintenance technician with the 65th Bombardment Squadron, 43rd Bombardment Group (H) in the...
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Edmund Bialaski

October 18, 2017

Edmund Bialaski, 87, of Newington, died on October 18, 2017. Ed was born on October 31, 1929 in Wethersfield, son of the late Nicholas and Anna Bialaski. Ed resided in Newington since 1958. He earned his BSEE degree at UConn in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1954. He was employed by North East Utilities for seventeen years; and was employed by United...
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Andrzej "Andy" Nowakowski

January 17, 1964 - October 14, 2017

Andrzej "Andy" Nowakowski, 53, former resident of New Britain, beloved husband of Vivian (Weber) Nowakowski, died unexpectedly on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Andy was a devoted husband, father and grandfather with a kind heart who was involved in many activities throughout his church and community. Even in the worst situations and struggles he faced, his faith, and love for God saw him through to...
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Maria (Cerisoli) Calcinari

December 24, 1923 - October 14, 2017

Maria (Cerisoli) Calcinari, 93, of New Britain, beloved wife of Bruno Calcinari for 70 years, passed away peacefully at her home with her loving family nearby. She was born in Italy to the late Antonio and Elisa (Gaudenzi) Cerisoli and immigrated to the U.S. shortly after she married Bruno. Maria was a skilled seamstress who worked for New Britain Cleaners for many years. She was a parishioner of...
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Shirley Ouellette Day

October 14, 2017

Shirley Day, 83, of Newington, wife of Carl A. Day, passed away on Saturday October 14, 2017. Born in Berlin, New Hampshire to the late Aurel Ouellette and Yvonne (Gagnier) Ouellette, she graduated from The Teachers College now known as CCSU where she got her Master's Degree. Shirley worked as a teacher for the New Britain School System for forty years. She was a member of the Church of the...
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Marie M. Milardo

May 5, 1923 - October 13, 2017

Marie M. (Melluzzo) Milardo, 94, of Newington, CT, peacefully passed away on October 13, 2017. Marie was the beloved wife of the late Michael Milardo for 49 years. Born in Hartford, CT on May 5, 1923, Marie was the daughter of the late Santo and Anna (Rapoli) Melluzzo. She was predeceased by her brothers Joseph and John, and sister Lucy. Marie graduated from Bulkeley High School and Hillyer...
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John Henry Brighenty

March 23, 1948 - October 12, 2017

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, John Henry Brighenty, 69, was called to eternal life at his Newington Residence. Born in New Britain on March 23, 1948, he was the son of the late Arnaldo & Ida (Bergomi) Brighenty and served our country in the United States Airforce during the Vietnam Era. He was employed as an accountant with John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington for most of his working years,...
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Steven J. Hepple

October 12, 2017

Steven J. Hepple (January 31, 1953- October 12, 2017) died peacefully surrounded by loved ones after a long and courageous battle with a rare neurological disease. Steve grew up in Newington; he graduated from Newington High School in 1972 and attended Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. He lived in Storrs, for many years with his family before moving back to Newington. Steve worked as a...
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Alejandrina (Reyes) Jara

October 11, 2017

Alejandrina (Reyes) Jara, 86, of Wethersfield, passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. She was a beloved wife, a loving mother, and a dedicated grandmother. Married to Adulfo M. Jara for 66 years, she was born in Peru, daughter of Florencio and Laura Reyes. She came to the United States nearly 40 years ago and was a passionate member of the Assemblies of God. She dedicated her life to...
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Edwin Serrano

October 10, 2017

Edwin Serrano, 51, passed away on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017. Born the son of Felix and Ursula (Valez) Serrano in Puerto Rico on February 8, 1966. Edwin was an East Hartford resident and worked as a mechanic in the automotive industry. Edwin is survived by his son and daughter Carlos and Priscilla Serrano. Edwin's funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 18th at 12:00 noon at...
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Boleslaw Zak

October 10, 2017

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, Boleslaw Zak, 94, was called to eternal life surrounded by his loving family at their Southington residence. Born in Poland on April 14, 1923, he was the son of the late Pawel & Katarzyna (Hess) Zak. He came to the United States in 1956, settling to New Britain, where he was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. Prior to retirement, he was employed with Fafnir...
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Maria Fantoli

September 1, 1948 - October 7, 2017

Maria Fantoli, 69, wife of Wojciech Fantoli, of Plainville, and formerly of Windsor Locks, passed away peacefully on October 7, 2017, with her family at her side. Born on September 1, 1948, in Poland, she was the daughter of the late Czeslaw and Bronislawa (Mickucka) Obrycki. She attended high school in Brooklyn, NY, and then went on to work as an inspector for Johnson and Johnson. Maria was a...
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Ben P. Wielechowski

October 4, 2017

Ben Wielechowski, 96, of New Britain, passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Born in Dudley, MA, he was the son of the late Frank and Rose Wielechowski. Ben was a graduate of New Britain High School Class of 1939 and later the Morse School of Business in 1942 and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1942-1946. He was employed by the State of CT Department of Labor, Hospital Cost...
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Georgette J. Montaufray

November 18, 1921 - October 3, 2017

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, Georgette J. Montaufray, 95, was called to eternal life from her Newington residence. Born in Brittany, France on November 18, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Louis & Marie (Morvan) Huet. She was a longtime Newington resident where she was a communicant of Church of the Holy Spirit. Prior to retirement, she was employed with Fafnir Bearing Co., giving over...
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Edward J. Laskarzewski

December 18, 1924 - September 30, 2017

Edward J. Laskarzewski, 92, of New Britain, died peacefully on Saturday, September 30, 2017. He was one of six children born in New Britain to the late Francis and Alexandra (Dlugokenski) Laskarzewski. A decorated veteran, Edward proudly served his country in the 245th Engineer Combat Battalion of the U.S. Army during WWII. He was honorably discharged with commendations and was awarded several...
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James M. Quigley, Jr.

September 29, 2017

James M. Quigley, Jr., 80 of Newington, passed on September 29, 2017. Son of James M. and Helen Quigley, Sr. and brother of Madeline Bassell, deceased and Jane Blodgett. Jim grew up in the south end of Hartford and graduated from Buckley H.S., while serving in the US Air Force he married his beloved teenage sweetheart Jane (Hack) Quigley, deceased, of Newington. Jim and Jane settled in Newington,...
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Lorraine Noella Donegan

September 27, 2017

Lorraine Noella (Rouleau) Donegan, 89, beloved wife of the late John E. Landers and John Donegan, died Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Lorraine was born in Hartford on October 28, 1927, the daughter of the late Ernest and Valeda (Desautels) Rouleau. She was a graduate of Mount Saint Joseph Academy in West Hartford, class of 1946. In her yearbook she was noted as "the heart benevolent and kind"....
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Mary R. Paul

September 26, 2017

Mary R. Paul, 95, of Newington, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Leonard C. Paul. "Aunt Mary" as many knew her was born in Hartford, daughter of the late Eugene and Delia (Scully) Francis. She came to Newington in 1964 and most recently moved to Kimberly Hall in Windsor. Mary was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, their Ladies...
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Andrzej "Andy" Buczek

August 29, 1950 - September 26, 2017

Andrzej "Andy" Jan Buczek, 67, of Farmington, heart transplant survivor of 33 years, beloved husband and father, died Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Hartford Hospital. Born in Przemysl, Poland on August 29, 1950, he was the son of the late Stanislaw and Justyna Buczek. Andrzej was the first successful heart transplant recipient at Hartford Hospital and the first successful recipient in the state...
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Mark Wisniewski

September 22, 2017

On Friday, September 22, 2017, Mark Wisniewski, 79, quietly passed while surrounded by his loving family. Born in Poland, he was the son of the late Kazimierz & Jozefa (Chrzanowska) Wisniewski. He came to the United States in 1964 and had been a New Britain resident for 53 years where he was a member of Sacred Heart Church. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a tool maker with Atlantic...
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Salvatore Aliano

September 20, 2017

Salvatore Aliano, 67, of Newington, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 surrounded by his loving family at his home. Born in Floridia, Italy, son of the late Paul and Sebastiana (Amenta) Aliano, he came to United States in 1953. He was an avid Hockey fan and enjoyed trips to the Casino, Cape Cod and traveling with family. His family would like to thank Grace for her...
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Kathleen Kostek

September 19, 2017

Kathleen Ann (Butler) Kostek, 62, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Born in Hartford, on February 11, 1955 to Donald J. and Margaret (Maroney) Butler, Kathy was raised and educated in Newington, and graduated from Newington High School in 1973 with a National Honor Society Certificate of Achievement. She would later attend Tunxis Community College in Farmington. ...
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Henry Ruszczyk

February 11, 1943 - September 19, 2017

Henry Ruszczyk, 74, of Cheshire, formerly of New Britain, died on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. He was born in Poland and served his country as a soldier in the Polish Army. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1966, worked for Pratt & Whitney and retired after many years of employment. Henry enjoyed being outdoors, especially fishing. He is survived by his children: Henry Ruszczyk and his wife, Denise,...
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Richard J. Paretti

September 14, 2017

Richard Paretti, 79, of New Britain, passed away on Thursday, September 14, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Janice (Kukla) Paretti. Born in Hartford, son of the late Andrew and Helen (Battey) Paretti, he grew up in Hartford before residing in Newington for 43 years, and most recently lived in New Britain for 8 years. He was a member of St. Mary's Church in Newington. He was employed at TLC...
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Paul Martin McKone

September 10, 2017

Paul Martin McKone, 57, of Bristol, passed away on September 10, 2017. The beloved son of William P. McKone and Delores (Bechard) McKone, he graduated from Newington High School. Paul studied neon sign making in Rhode Island and worked for many years bending glass, specializing in commercial signage. Paul was a gentle and kind person who enjoyed and valued time with his family. He had a quick...
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Rosalia (Gulino) Cianci

September 7, 2017

Rosalia Cianci, 86, of Newington, passed peacefully on September 7th, 2017. Rosalia was born on March 2nd, 1931, to Emanuela and Santo Gulino in Canicattini Bagni, Sicily. She was married in 1958 to her beloved husband, Giovanni Cianci, also of Canicattini Bagni and immigrated to the US in 1963. Rosalia worked at Royal Typewriter in West Hartford, and Miniature Nut and Screw in Newington. She...
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John J. Manning

September 4, 2017

John J. Manning, 87, of Newington, passed away on September 4, 2017 at his home. He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Barbara Ann (Stoloski) Manning, his son, Stephen and his sister, Theresa Manning Browne. John served in the U.S. Navy as a submariner aboard the U.S.S. Trumpetfish USS 425. John was an avid Red Sox fan and really enjoyed watching the games with his nephew Billy Mitchell....
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Kristin (Brinkman) Piatkowski

June 20, 1970 - September 4, 2017

Kristin (Brinkman) Piatkowski, 47, of Newington, died far too young on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. Born in Hartford to Carol (Richkowski) and the late David R. Brinkman, Sr., she was a longtime Newington resident and graduated from Newington High School Class of 1988. After graduating, Kristin worked as a travel agent, a job she always loved. Her current position was at Legrand North America where...
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Jonathan Thomas Miller

February 24, 1978 - September 3, 2017

Jonathan Thomas Miller, 39, of Berlin, died suddenly on September 3, 2017. He was born in Manchester, CT on February 24, 1978 to Karen (Gesnaldo) and the late James Ronald Miller, Sr. Jonathan grew up in Jupiter, FL and during school years excelled in sports; he loved football, baseball, basketball and soccer. He was kind-hearted, fun-loving and a great story teller! His generous and...
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Wesley E. Webster

September 20, 1934 - August 31, 2017

On Thursday, August 31, 2017, Wesley E. Webster, 82, was called to eternal life peacefully at Hartford Hospital. Born in Diamond Point, NY on September 20, 1934, he was the son of the late Earl & Pearl (Denton) Webster. He served our country in the US Army, and during the Korean War in the US Navy, and was a life member of the American Legion Post 574 in Hudson Falls, NY. In his younger years,...
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Virginia A. (McGrane) Canavan

August 29, 2017

Virginia A. (McGrane) Canavan, 95, of Bloomfield, formerly of Cinnaminson, NJ, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Born in Queens, NY, she was a longtime resident of Cinnaminson, NJ. Virginia loved spending time with her family, traveling, playing bridge, and above all cherished her grandchildren. A loving mother and grandmother, she leaves behind five children, Thomas (Jill)...
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Jozefa Migala

August 19, 1929 - August 29, 2017

Jozefa (Gawelek) Migala, 88, of New Britain, died peacefully with her family beside her on August 29, 2017. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and sister. She is survived by her daughters: Maria Michalski and her husband, Jerzy of New Britain and Halina Szafran of Poland; her four granddaughters and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Wlodzimierz Migala...
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Ralph P. Castellon, Sr.

August 27, 2017

Ralph P. Castellon, Sr., 87, a longtime resident of Newington, passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital. Born on July 1, 1930, Ralph was the son of the late Philip H. and Madeline Anna (DeMaio) Castellon and the cherished husband of Mary (Murano) Castellon for 59 years. He was a graduate of UCONN, Class of 1952. A veteran of the United States Army, Ralph served during the...
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Frances Saul Harrington

April 15, 1924 - August 25, 2017

Frances S. "Fran" Harrington, 93, a longtime resident of Newington, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 25, 2017 with family at her side. Born on April 15, 1924, in Stratford, Fran was the daughter of the late John R. and Hazel (Ruther) Saul. Fran married the (late)Richard A. "Dick" Harrington, Sr. and together they raised seven children. Fran and Dick enjoyed traveling the United States...
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Joseph R. Grudzinski

July 7, 1936 - August 23, 2017

Joseph R. Grudzinski, 81, longtime resident of Kensington, died peacefully in the comfort of his home on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Born in New Britain to the late Joseph and Mary (Flis) Grudzinski, he attended Sacred Heart School and then graduated from NBHS Class of 1954. Joe was employed by the USPS as a letter carrier and was often seen around the South End of New Britain as this was his...
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Eleanor (Eisenbuchner) Spindler

March 26, 1929 - August 20, 2017

Eleanor (Eisenbuchner) Spindler, 88, of Newington, died early Sunday morning, August 20, 2017. She was born in Munich, Germany on March 26, 1929 to the late Josef and Magdelina (Morhard) Eisenbuchner. Eleanor immigrated to the U.S. in 1955 and was a long time Newington resident. Gentle, warm and kind hearted, she was a loving mother who always put her children first and above all else. Left to...
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Anne P. (Woszczyna) Lojewski

June 3, 1921 - August 20, 2017

Anne P. (Woszczyna) Lojewski, 96, of New Britain, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Msgr. Bojnowski Manor. Anne was born on June 3, 1921 in Posen, Michigan to the late John and Eva (Stempien) Woszczyna. She attended schools in Posen and upon completion of her education, she moved to Detroit where she was employed as an industrial diamond setter. Anne enlisted in the U.S. Army (WAC) and...
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Lois A. Murtha

December 2, 1930 - August 19, 2017

Lois A. Murtha, 86, of Newington, died on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Lois was born in Hartford on December 2, 1930 to James A. and Mae M. Murtha. Raised in Hartford, Lois lived in Newington for 60 years. She was predeceased by her two brothers, James A. and Robert F. Murtha, and by her sister, Rita M. Quinn. She is survived by her sister, Marie M. Stover, and her brother-in-law, John F....
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Betty Jane Burke

August 17, 2017

Betty Jane (Stafford) Burke of Hartford, passed away after a short battle with Alzheimer's on August 17, 2017. She was born on March 26, 1928, the daughter of the late Alfred J. and Genevieve Stafford. Betty grew up and lived in Hartford all her life, was a graduate of Bulkeley High School and Connecticut Teachers College. She worked at the Hartford Public Goodwin Library and taught in the...
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Jozef Jan Kubiak

February 21, 1921 - August 15, 2017

Jozef (Jan) Kubiak, 96, of New Britain, passed away peacefully in his home on August 15, 2017. He was born in Poland to the late Jan and Anna (Dolatowska) Kubiak on February 21, 1921. After WWII, he spent time in Germany and France. During his travels to the United States, he found a photo of his future bride who became his soulmate for the past 54 years. Jozef is survived by his wife Krystyna ...
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Dolores (Haddad) Gustin

August 13, 2017

Dolores (Haddad) Gustin, 88, of Newington, died peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, with her husband Joseph by her side. For 68 years, she was married to the love of her life, Joseph J. Gustin. Born in Worcester, MA, on Aug. 25, 1928, daughter of the late William T. and Eva Haddad, she was raised in Springfield, MA, and graduated from Commerce High School. Dolores resided in Newington for the...
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Jose F. Crespo

September 21, 1970 - August 11, 2017

On Friday, August 11, 2017, Jose F. Crespo, 46, was called to eternal life at Hartford Hospital. Born in Hartford on September 21, 1970, he was the son of Francisco Crespo of Hartford and the late Josefa (Candelaria) Roman. He was a lifelong resident of Hartford and will be always remembered for his kindness, warmth, smile, and especially, laughter. Along with the New York Giants & Yankees, he...
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Isaura F. Barreiros

September 3, 1928 - August 11, 2017

Isaura F. (Henriques) Barreiros, 88, of Newington, died peacefully on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Manuel M. Barreiros for more than 25 years. Born in Portugal, Mrs. Barreiros moved to Hartford in 1975, and resided in Newington for 22 years. She retired from the Bloomfield Convalescent Home after many years of employment and was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church...
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Eleanor Marie Rizzo

June 16, 1921 - August 8, 2017

Eleanor Marie Rizzo "Ellie, Gram-ma" died peacefully August 8, 2017, at the age of 96, surrounded by family. She'll be remembered for her love of people, life and conversation, her kind and generous nature and always smiling face. She grew up in Hartford and graduated from Buckley High School. In 1940 she married Raymond Edward Dougherty. Together they had a son Raymond Bernard Dougherty...
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Josephine M. DeMatteo

January 9, 1923 - August 5, 2017

Josephine M. DeMatteo, 94, of Rotonda West, FL and formerly of Newington and Old Lyme, passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017 in Florida. Born on January 9, 1923 in Hartford, she was the beloved wife of the late John A. DeMatteo, Sr. Prior to her retirement; she was employed as an Executive Secretary in the banking industry. Josephine loved the White Sands Beach and was a member of the Church of...
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Michael D. Hill

January 3, 1945 - August 5, 2017

Michael D. Hill, 72, passed away peacefully at his home in Bennington on Saturday August 5, 2017 after a long struggle with glioblastoma. The son of MD and Margaret (Martin) Hill he was born in Rutherfordton, NC on January 3, 1945. A 1963 graduate of Elizabethtown, Kentucky High School, Michael completed technical school and was drafted in to the US Army in 1965. Upon completion of his military...
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John J. Avignone

February 5, 1938 - August 5, 2017

John J. Avignone, 79, former resident of Wethersfield; West Palm Beach, Florida, and most recently West Hartford, passed peacefully on Saturday, August 5, 2017, with his loving family at his side. In the last year he experienced the oppressive symptoms of frontal temporal dementia before a collapsed lung led to his final days. John was born February 5, 1938 in Stamford Connecticut, the second...
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Jadwiga Sadowski

September 19, 1928 - August 4, 2017

Jadwiga Sadowski, 88, of New Britain and formerly of Plainville, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 4, 2017 in New Britain. Born on September 19, 1928, in Warsaw Poland, she was the daughter of the late Stanislaw and Franciska Zielinski. A beloved mother and grandmother, Jadwiga enjoyed spending time with her family and preparing them traditional polish dishes. Her leisure activities were...
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Zofia (Zagrabelna) Szpyt

August 4, 2017

Zofia (Zagrabelna) Szpyt, 70, of Berlin, died on Friday, August 4, 2017, peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of Stanislaw Szpyt for 47 years. She was born in Poland and came to the United States in 1974. Prior to her retirement, Zofia was employed by Hartford Hospital for over 25 years. She was a parishioner of, volunteer and belonged to the rosary group...
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Philip J. Bourque

July 11, 1928 - August 3, 2017

Philip J. Bourque 89, passed away peacefully in the presence of his beloved family. Phil was blessed to be married to his sweetheart, Grace Bourque, for 67 years. They raised two children, Denise Bourque of Weaverville CA (pre-deceased), and Ron Bourque (Barbara Bourque) of Burlington CT. Phil was loved and adored by his two grand-daughters, Lisa Galinski (Seth Galinski), and Pam Delfino (Dan...
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Mieczyslaw Winiarski

June 5, 1948 - August 3, 2017

On Thursday, August 3, 2017, Mieczyslaw Winiarski, 69, was called to eternal life at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. Born in Poland on June 5, 1948, he was the son of the late Ignacy & Juzefa Winiarski. He came to the United States with his family in 1988 and settled to Meriden before relocating to New Britain. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a machinist with 3M Cuno...
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Jadwiga Ciesielski

August 19, 1927 - August 2, 2017

Jadwiga (Guziewicz) Musial-Ciesielski, 89, of New Britain, loving wife of Waldemar Ciesielski, died on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at the Hospital of Central CT in New Britain. Born in Poland, daughter of the late Jozef and Leokadia Guziewicz, growing up, Jadwiga resided in multiple countries around the world seeking amnesty due to the perils of war. She lived in Siberia, Kazakhstan, India,...
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Stanislawa Kolesinska

June 1, 1931 - July 30, 2017

Stanislawa (Gawrylo) Kolesinska, 86, of Berlin, formerly of Evanston, IL, died peacefully with her daughter by her side. Born in Poland to the late Zygmunt and Aleksandra (Malyszko) Gawrylo, she immigrated to the U.S. in 1979 and settled in Illinois. She moved to Connecticut in 2013 to be closer to her daughter with whom she made her home. Stanislawa was a selfless woman who always put her...
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Florence Bedus

July 29, 2017

Florence (Gryzenia) Bedus, 91, of Newington died on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at home. She was the beloved wife of the late Stanley J. Bedus for 68 years. Born in New Britain, she grew up there, moved to Newington 64 years ago and was a member of St. Mary's Church. Florence graduated from New Britain High School and was active in the Holy Cross Drum Corps, where she established lifelong friends...
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Salvatore H. Pitruzzello

December 14, 1932 - July 29, 2017

Salvatore H. Pitruzzello, 84, of Newington, died on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Hospital of Central CT in New Britain from complications of Parkinson's Disease. Born in Middletown, he was the only child of Sebastian and Angelina (Cucia) Pitruzzello. Sal proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War then later went to work in the accounting department at Chandler Evans. A...
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Freida "Pam" (Caplan) Harris

July 28, 2017

Freida "Pam" (Caplan) Harris, went to eternal rest on July 28, 2017. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Bradford Harris and her brother, Edward "Jigger" Caplan. We've come to a place on the road of life where our family must return our beloved mother, grandmother, and friend to a place where she will be whole and hearty again. She shared her good nature, love and wisdom generously with...
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Roy E. Fournier

July 27, 2017

Roy E. Fournier, 91, of Newington, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 27, 2017. He was the beloved husband of the late Marion (Evans) Fournier, and the son of the late Magdalene (Becker) Fournier and Louis Adolf Fournier. His clever yet good-natured demeanor earned him the nickname "Rascal" Roy. After serving honorably in World War II with the U.S. Army 94th Infantry, Roy took a job at...
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Maryanna (Sawicka) Dzienis

September 15, 1924 - July 26, 2017

Maryanna (Sawicka) Dzienis, 92, of Newington, peacefully entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 with her family by her side. Born in New Britain to the late Stanislaw and Rozalia (Baldyga) Sawicki, she attended local schools and was a devoted parishioner of Sacred Heart Church. Maryanna was a loving, generous mother and superb cook of Polish cuisine, who stayed at home to raise her...
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Gwendolyn B. Gionfriddo

November 16, 1940 - July 25, 2017

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

July 25, 2017

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

July 24, 2017

Harold "Hal" Robert Clarke, 89, of Middletown, formerly Rocky Hill, walked on from the Earth plane, July 24, 2017. He was the loving husband of the late Shirley E. Dickinson for 61 years. He crossed over exactly one month before his 90th birthday. He was the son of Harold G. and Amy Doran Clarke of West Hartford. Hal graduated from Hall High School in 1945, enlisted in the U.S. Navy, World War...
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John J. Cullen

July 24, 2017

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

November 18, 1953 - July 17, 2017

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

July 17, 2017

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

September 6, 1933 - July 17, 2017

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

July 15, 2017

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

December 12, 1934 - July 11, 2017

Robert Pawelczyk, 82, of New Britain died at home on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. He was a lifelong resident of New Britain and attended local schools. A dedicated parishioner of St. Mary's Church in New Britain, he served as an usher there for many years. Bob proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired from New Departure as a cutter/grinder after 35 years of...
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