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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

Giuseppina Bordonaro

April 27, 2017

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

December 10, 1928 - April 24, 2017

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

November 26, 1929 - April 24, 2017

Thaddeus J. "Ted" Nowacki, 87, lifelong resident of New Britain, died on Monday, April 24, 2017. Born in New Britain to the late Walter and Lottie (Markowski) Nowacki, he attended local schools, graduated from Catholic Seminary College in Michigan and was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church. Ted was employed by Hartford Provision and then later Murphy Security from which he retired after many...
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Maria Adelaide Seguro

December 14, 1922 - April 24, 2017

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

April 24, 2017

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

October 16, 1932 - April 23, 2017

Stanislaw Pianka, 84, of New Britain, passed away on Sunday, April 23, 2017 after a long illness. He was born in Poland, but immigrated to the U.S. in 1980 to begin a new life for his family. He was employed as a machine operator at Budney Overhaul & Repair up until his retirement in 1998. Stanislaw was an intelligent, generous and kind man, lending a helping hand to anyone in need. He was a...
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Angela Sinnott

April 21, 2017

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

April 21, 2017

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

December 8, 1923 - April 20, 2017

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, Maria Cygan, 93, was called to eternal life at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. Born in Poland on December 8, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Piotr & Karolina Nowak. She was a New Britain resident since 1970 where she was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. Prior to her retirement, she was a machine operator with Stanley Magic Door. ...
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Theresa V. (Nestor) Merritt

April 19, 2017

Theresa V. (Nestor) Merritt, 87, of New Britain, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Autumn Lake Healthcare. She was the beloved wife of Coley Merritt for 55 years. Born in New Britain, daughter of the late Alexander and Nelly (Naples) Nestor, she was a lifelong New Britain resident. She was employed at Landers, Frary and Clark, Kresge Department Store and Woolworths prior to her...
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Jacquelyn "Jackie" Peterson

January 9, 1957 - April 19, 2017

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

April 19, 2017

Krystyna (Baran) Murzyn, 77, of New Britain, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. Born in Poland, daughter of the late Helena (Stelmaszek) and Michal Bieluk, she was a resident of New Britain for 32 years and a parishioner of Holy Cross Church. She enjoyed cooking and gardening but her true passion was time spent with her family, especially her...
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Krystyna Sakowicz

August 22, 1938 - April 17, 2017

Krystyna (Nierodzik) Sakowicz, 78, of Farmington, passed away peacefully on Monday, April, 17, 2017 in the comfort of home surrounded by her family. She was born in Poland and worked as a pathologist there until 1996 when she immigrated to the U.S. She was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church and belonged to their Rosary Society and Chor Mlodych Serc (Choir of Young Hearts). Krystyna had the most...
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Alla Hamisevich

December 30, 1929 - April 17, 2017

Alla (Jazkevich) Hamisevich, widow of the late Eugene Hamisevich passed away peacefully on April 17, 2017. Born in 1929 in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, she was the daughter of the late Nikolaj and Anastasia Jazkevich. At the end of WW II Alla's family left Ukraine and lived in Germany before settling in New Britain, CT where she married Eugene and they started their family. After Alla retired from...
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Jean Patricia Griffen Roy

February 1, 1934 - April 16, 2017

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

April 14, 2017

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

April 13, 2017

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

April 1, 1968 - April 11, 2017

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

April 10, 2017

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

April 10, 2017

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

September 16, 1946 - April 10, 2017

Richard J. Sztaba, 70, of New Britain, died peacefully on Monday, April 10, 2017. Born in New Britain, son of the late John and Alexandra (Yackowski) Sztaba, he was a lifelong City resident. He was a U. S. Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War and retired from the State of Connecticut. His survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Donna Marie and Greg Mazur of Plainville and two nephews, Brett...
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Kathleen Pelletier

April 8, 2017

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

June 13, 1930 - April 7, 2017

On Friday, April 7, 2017, Helen A. Coyle, 86, passed away at her Newington residence. Born in Normandy, France on June 13, 1930 she was the daughter of the late Bartholomy & Serafina Alexandroff. Helen was a longtime area resident and a member of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church. Prior to retirement, she was a sales associate at the former G. Fox & Co. She enjoyed shopping and cooking for...
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Krystyna Zderkiewicz

April 23, 1943 - April 6, 2017

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Burial will be in Poland.
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Mary-Rose Ingalls

April 5, 2017

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

December 20, 1927 - April 5, 2017

Feliks Luczynski, 89, of New Britain, passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 after a long illness. Born in Poland to the late Jan and Marta (Klimkiewicz) Luczynski, he immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1963 to provide a better life for them. Feliks had a strong work ethic which was recognized by a 30 year employee award presented to him by Atlantic Machine Tool for his service and...
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Chester S. Sledzik

June 1, 1927 - April 4, 2017

Atty. Chester Stanley Sledzik, 89, of New Britain, died peacefully in the comfort of his home on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Frances (Potrepka) Sledzik. He was born on June 1, 1927, in Greenfield, MA, to Stanley Sledzik and Mary (Ceberek) Sledzik. He grew up in New Britain, and graduated from Sacred Heart School and New Britain High School. A U.S. Navy Veteran, he served...
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Zdzislaw Blad

August 14, 1963 - April 4, 2017

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:15 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. He will be laid to rest in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
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Jean M. Collin

September 24, 1953 - April 4, 2017

Jean Collin, 63, of West Hartford, partner of George Mucha, peacefully passed on April 3, 2017 at Ledgecrest Healthcare after a very long illness, surrounded by her family. Jean was born September 24, 1953 in Frenchville, ME to Paul Collin and Normande (Ouellette) Collin. The family moved to New Britain, CT in 1955. Jean lived there until she met her partner George and moved to West Hartford. ...
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Antone J. Gomes

June 11, 1928 - April 3, 2017

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

April 3, 2017

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

November 12, 1930 - April 1, 2017

Maria (Troyan) Felter, of New Britain, passed to Eternal Life to join her loving husband Joseph, her son Jimmy and her son-in-law Bryan. She was born in Ukraine in 1930 to Nina (Zapko) and Alexsander Troyan. During WWII, she was in Germany's forced labor camp in Stuttgart. From 1949 she lived in Canada in Victoria, BC. In 1963 she came to New Britain. She was a member of Holy Cross Church in New...
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Kenneth F. Zajko

February 11, 1943 - March 31, 2017

Kenneth F. Zajko passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017, in his home in Florida. He was a long time resident of Central Connecticut. He was born and raised in New Britain, CT. He moved to Southington and there raised his family. Ultimately he was attracted to the warmth of Florida and resided in Fort Myers for the remainder of his life. Kenneth was a meat cutter by trade and managed many Meat...
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Wojciech Wojtak

September 27, 1959 - March 31, 2017

Wojciech Wojtak, 57, of Plainville, died on Friday, March 31, 2017 after a short, unexpected illness. Born in Poland to Helena (Wolicka) and the late Jan Wojtak, Wojciech graduated from the Akademia Gorniczo – Hutnica in Krakow with a Master's degree in Engineering. In 1987, he immigrated to the U.S. to begin preparing for a new life for his family; to provide for them and their future the best...
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Norman V. Snyder

July 18, 1921 - March 31, 2017

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

April 23, 1934 - March 30, 2017

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

April 23, 1934 - March 30, 2017

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

March 30, 2017

Harold A. Bucchi, 87, a longtime resident of New Britain, passed away at his home on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Born on April 16, 1929 in Fossombrone, Italy, Harold was the son of the late Joseph and Lucia (Turchi) Bucchi and the husband of 50 years to the late Lena (Vagni) Bucchi. Prior to his retirement, Harold was employed as a polisher and buffer and later as a Union Supervisor for the...
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Maria Kalczenko

December 13, 1925 - March 30, 2017

Maria Kalczenko, 91, of New Britain, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017 with her family by her side. She was born in Poland to the late Piotr and Sabina (Kawa) Sen and as a young adult, gave up all she had and immigrated to the U.S. to begin a new life. Maria was a hard working woman, she had a strong work ethic which was recognized by a 25 year golden plaque award presented to her by...
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William Sweeney

March 30, 2017

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

March 30, 2017

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

December 10, 1962 - March 29, 2017

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

March 27, 2017

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

September 20, 1924 - March 27, 2017

Stanley E. Dabrowski, 92, passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Saint Mary Home, West Hartford. He was predeceased in 2013 by his wife of sixty-two years, Wanda (Stolarun) Dabrowski. A lifelong resident of New Britain, Stanley was the son of the late Paul and Eleanor (Grzejka) Dabrowski. He was a 1942 graduate of New Britain High School, and received a bachelor's degree from Roosevelt College...
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Esperanza Hope Lavorata

November 24, 1934 - March 26, 2017

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

July 23, 1926 - March 26, 2017

Pauline (Zakrzewski) Baczewski, 90, of New Britain, died peacefully on Sunday, March 26, 2017. A lifelong resident, she was born in New Britain to the late Stanley and Marianna (Wierzbinski) Zakrzewski. Pauline was employed as a hairstylist in various salons around town and loved the socialization and special relationships she had with each of her clients. Some of her favorite pastimes were:...
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John R. O'Hare

March 25, 2017

John R. O'Hare, 89, of Wethersfield, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at his home. He was the beloved husband of Therese (Dauphinais) O'Hare for 64 years. Born December 23, 1927 in Hartford, son of the late James and Mabel (Larson) O'Hare, he was a Wethersfield resident for 58 years and an active member of the Church of the Incarnation. John attended West Hartford public...
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Anne M. Pilewski

June 1, 1923 - March 25, 2017

Anne (Makucin) Pilewski, 93, of New Britain, died quietly in her sleep on Saturday, March 25, at Msgr. Bojnowski Manor. She was born to the late Konstanty and Anna (Greszcyk) Makucin in New Britain and remained a lifelong resident. Anne retired from her clerical position at Fafnir Bearing Co. after many years of service. In her retirement, she enjoyed bus trips, reading and card parties; one of...
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John C. Digertt, Sr.

March 23, 2017

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

March 21, 2017

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

September 12, 1921 - March 19, 2017

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

February 27, 1963 - March 18, 2017

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

November 14, 1924 - March 17, 2017

Stanley J. Puchala, 92, of New Britain died peacefully on March 17, 2017. A lifelong resident of New Britain, he was the son of Juzef and Juzefa (Janik) Puchala. Mr. Puchala was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Force as an Aerial Gunner from 1943 to 1945. A graduate of New Britain High School, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic University in Troy, NY following military...
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Jean E. Davis

October 8, 1937 - March 16, 2017

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

September 27, 1924 - March 16, 2017

Florence Gay, 92, of Bristol and formerly of New Britain, died peacefully on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Born in New Britain to the late Maksimilian and Apolonia (Przetacznik) Gaj, Florence was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church, an active member of its Ladies Guild and served as an officer for the New Britain Council of Catholic Women. She devoted much of her time volunteering at a variety of...
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Mary E. Killawee

July 14, 1931 - March 15, 2017

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

March 13, 2017

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

December 28, 1919 - March 13, 2017

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

June 24, 1918 - March 12, 2017

Genevieve "Jean" (Opalenski) Dobrowolski, 98, of New Britain, died on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. Born in New Britain to the late Wladyslaw and Frances (Prus) Opalenski, she was a lifelong resident and parishioner of Holy Cross Church. Jean was an energetic person who lived independently until her final days. She was always caring and supportive of family...
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Casimer Godlewski

September 9, 1951 - March 12, 2017

Casimer "Kazimierz" Godlewski, 65, of New Britain, beloved husband of Janina (Powojski) Godlewski, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Born in Poland on September 9, 1951, Casimer was the son of Amelia (Kejko) Godlewski of New Britain and the late Bernard Godlewski. He was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church. Prior to his retirement, Casimer worked as a toolmaker for Beacon Manufacturing. He...
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Carmela Pisani Interligi

March 16, 1924 - March 11, 2017

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

March 11, 2017

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

March 10, 2017

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

March 10, 2017

Marianna (Warych) Tanski, 92, of New Britain, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 10, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Stanislaw Tanski. Born in Poland, daughter of the late Frank and Teofila Warych, she was a longtime New Britain resident and a member of Sacred Heart Church. A loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she leaves her three sons and daughters-in-law,...
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Joachim Gola

March 9, 2017

Joachim Gola, 60, of New Britain, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Hospital of Central CT. He was the beloved husband of Eugenia (Surma) Gola for 38 years. Born in Poland, son of the late Artur and Teresa (Witula) Gola, he was a longtime New Britain resident and a member of Sacred Heart Church. He was employed by CT Tool & Manufacturing for many years. Joachim was a handyman and...
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James Rugens

March 8, 2017

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

March 8, 2017

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

October 11, 1919 - March 8, 2017

John M. Hollis, Sr., 97, of New Britain, died peacefully in the comfort of his home on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was one of nine children born in Braznell, PA to the late George and Anna (Koran) Halas. A decorated veteran, John proudly served his country in the 813th Tank Destroyer Battalion Company B of the U.S. Army during WWII, during which he participated in the...
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Joseph Perfido

March 7, 2017

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

March 6, 2017

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

September 4, 1923 - March 6, 2017

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

July 21, 1935 - March 5, 2017

Helen M. (Nowatka) Zielinski, 81, of New Britain, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Sunday March 5, 2017. Born in New Britain to the late Walter and Helena (Milenski) Nowatka, she was a lifelong resident and parishioner of Sacred Heart Church. She had been employed as a secretary for Stanley Tools for several years. Helen enjoyed watching classic movies and the TV gameshows...
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Elizabeth "Betty" Gwiazda

March 4, 2017

Elizabeth "Betty" (Leganza) Gwiazda, 95, of New Britain, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Jerome Home. She was the beloved wife of the late Henry Gwiazda, Sr. Born in New Britain, daughter of the late Eugene and Stella (Bysiewicz) Leganza, she was a lifelong resident. Betty was a member of Holy Cross Church and its Ladies Guild, as well as, a past President of the...
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Adelle Migacz

January 19, 1922 - March 4, 2017

Adelle (Korytkowski) Migacz, 95, of Cromwell, passed away peacefully at Apple Rehab Cromwell on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Born in New Britain to the late Boleslaw and Bronislawa (Kowalczyk) Korytkowski she was a longtime resident and parishioner of Sacred Heart Church. She had been employed as an assembler at Fafnir Bearing for over 30 years and belonged to the Fafnir Seniors Club. Adelle enjoyed...
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Elaine J. Pawlak

March 3, 2017

Elaine J. (Flis) Pawlak, 75, of Newington, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 3, 2017, at her home. She was the beloved wife of Gerald Pawlak for 53 years. Born in New Britain, she was a longtime Newington resident and was employed with the Dept. of Administrative Services for the State of CT prior to her retirement. Elaine was a member of St. Mary's Church and enjoyed gardening. Above...
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Kathleen S. Shutran

March 3, 2017

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

June 4, 1935 - March 1, 2017

Jan M. Stanczykiewicz, 81, of Plainville, CT has died unexpectedly at his residence March 1, 2017. Jan was born in Poland where he completed technical school and worked as a precision tool maker. He then acquired farm land, built a house and moved his family. He turned out to be gifted at projecting and sales. Although the venture was a success, he dreamed of moving to America. He emigrated...
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Jose L. Santos

May 25, 1923 - February 28, 2017

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

February 28, 2017

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

April 8, 1930 - February 27, 2017

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

April 24, 1928 - February 25, 2017

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

June 28, 1960 - February 24, 2017

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

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

February 18, 2017

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