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Our Obituaries

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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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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Henry Kita

September 16, 1926 - July 9, 2017

Henry Kita, 90, of New Britain, died Sunday, July 9, 2017. Born in Hutkow, Poland, son of Andrzej and Bronislawa (Kozlowska) Kita, he was a longtime resident of New Britain. Henry was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church and retired in 1972 from Atlantic Machine Tool after many years of employment. Henry is survived by his sons: Dieter Kita of Peterborough, NH, H-Walter Kita of New Britain and...
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Mary McClintock

July 8, 2017

Mary McClintock, 101, of West Hartford, CT passed away on July 8, 2017 after a brief illness. Born in Roxbury, MA, and raised in Chelsea, MA and Hillside, NJ, Mary was the daughter of the late Paul and Elsie McClintock. As an adult Mary served the Church for over 40 years as a member of the Religious of Christian Education order, to which she made final vows in 1940. Her service took her to...
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Diana H. (D'Angelo) Moskus

July 7, 2017

Diana H. (D'Angelo) Moskus, 87, of Newington, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 7, 2017. Born in Watertown, MA, she was the daughter of the late Biagio and Anna (D'Amato) D'Angelo. Diana was the beloved wife of the late Raymond J. Moskus and was a longtime Newington resident. She spent her life caring for her family and helping others. Her favorite activity was cooking and spending quality...
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Jacqueline "Jackie" Pencz Whalen

July 7, 2017

Jacqueline "Jackie" A. (Adams) Pencz Whalen, 84, of East Hartford, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 7, 2017. She was the beloved wife of David E. Whalen and the late Eugene J. Pencz. Born in Hartford, daughter of the late Charles and Irene (Beaulieu) Adams, she was an East Hartford resident since 1998. She was a member of the VFW Women's Auxiliary, Hannon-Hatch, Post 9929 in West...
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Kathy Lynn Emanuelsen

July 7, 2017

Kathy Lynn Emanuelsen, 69, of Berlin, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 7, 2017 at Hartford Hospital. Born and raised in Staten Island, NY, daughter of the late Henry and Laura (Hauge) Emanuelsen, she was a longtime Berlin resident and a member of the Church of Christ, Congregational, Newington. She honorably served her country in the U.S. Army. Kathy attended the Somerset Hospital School...
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Stanley J. Bedus

July 5, 2017

Stanley J. Bedus, 94, of Newington died on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Florence (Gryzenia) Bedus, for 68 years. Born in Newington he was a lifelong resident and a member of St. Mary's Church. Stanley graduated from Newington High School and served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. He was employed by Atlantic Machine Tool for 40 years and was a member of the Polish...
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Edward Bichun

July 5, 2017

Edward R. Bichun, 75, of Bristol, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 with his beloved wife Marion (Hricus) Bichun by his side. Born in Hartford, son of the late Helena Bichun, he was a New Britain resident until moving to Bristol with his family in 1972. Ed was a member of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church and its Men's Club. He was also a member of the Federated Russian...
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Bronislaw Biel

July 5, 2017

Bronislaw Biel, 78, of New Britain, passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Wanda (Wolak) Biel for 49 years. Born in Poland, son of the late Ludwik and Antonina (Kaszuba) Biel, he immigrated to New Britain with his family in 1981. While in Poland, Bronislaw attended Mechanical School and was a Machine Instructor. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and was...
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Leonard "Lenny" Daigle

August 31, 1931 - July 1, 2017

Leonard "Lenny" Daigle, 85, passed on Saturday, July 1st, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. Born in Madawaska, ME, son of the late Alphonse and Marie (Cyr) Daigle, he served in the United States Army for two years during the Korean War then moved to Newington where he lived for many years. Leonard was a retired member of the Newington Volunteer Fire Department as...
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Mark Fal

June 30, 2017

Mark Fal, 33, of Newington, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017 peacefully in his sleep, at home. Born in New Britain, Mark was the beloved son of the late Stefan Fal. Mark has been a long term resident of Newington, while only moving to Bristol for a brief period of time. After graduating high school, Mark attended New England Technical Institute, and graduated with a certificate in Auto Mechanics...
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Ernest C. Bouchard

August 12, 1926 - June 29, 2017

On Thursday, June 29, 2017, Ernest C. Bouchard, 90, passed away peacefully at the Hebrew Home in West Hartford. Born in Fort Kent, ME on August 12, 1926, he was the son of the late Onezime & Azilda (Dubois) Bouchard. As a veteran of WWII, he served our country in the United States Army. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a machinist at Emhart, and was also employed with Sears in West...
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James H. Aitken

March 19, 1928 - June 28, 2017

James H. Aitken of Newington died on June 28, 2017, at Bel Air Manor. He was born on March 19, 1928 in Andes, New York and lived in Newburgh, Brooklyn and Poughkeepsie, NY, before moving to Newington. James proudly served from 1952 through 1954 in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. James is survived by his beloved wife Eileen (Kelley), his daughters, Karen Spotts (Allan) of Cromwell, and...
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Jane (Marino) Duffy

June 27, 2017

Jane M. (Marino) Duffy, 98, of Newington, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Born in Hartford, daughter of the late Angelo and Rocchina (Zito) Marino, she was raised in Hartford and lived in Wethersfield prior to marrying the late Francis J. Duffy in 1961. They then settled in Newington. Jane retired from the Travelers Insurance Company after many years of employment and was a...
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Adeline H. Krompegal

August 19, 1920 - June 24, 2017

Adeline H. Krompegal, 96, lifelong resident of Newington, passed away peacefully on June 24, 2017 at her home surrounded by people that loved her. She was the beloved wife of the late William L. Krompegal. Adeline was born in Hartford on August 19, 1920, daughter of the late Jacob and Mary Karas Hollis. She loved to travel and spend time with her family. Adeline was a member of St. Matthew's...
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Anthony D. DeNino

April 2, 1922 - June 21, 2017

Anthony D. DeNino, 95, of New Britain, passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at his home. Born in Hartford on April 2, 1922 to the late Frank and Nancy (Lattanzio) DeNino, he was the beloved husband of the late Margaret (Pacinda) DeNino for 65 years. A veteran of the United States Army during WWII, Anthony served as a paratrooper in the OSS. He was an avid reader, was skilled in math, word...
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Clara M. Bloch

June 20, 1922 - June 20, 2017

Clara M. (Kozyra) Bloch, of Newington, died peacefully on her 95th birthday, June 20, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Bloch for over 54 years. Born and raised in Hartford, daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Ostrowski) Kozyra, she was a Newington resident for most of her life. Mrs. Bloch was a member of St. Mary's Church. She was a compassionate mother, who listened to your...
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Dominique J. Bernard

June 12, 1929 - June 19, 2017

Dominique J. Bernard, 88, longtime resident of Hartford, joined his beloved wife, Lilianne (Roy) in Heaven on Monday, June 19, 2017. Born on June 12, 1929, in St. Ephrem, Quebec, Canada to the late Ovide and Yvonne (Bureau) Bernard, he moved to the U.S. in his 20's to begin a new life where he would meet his soulmate and raise a family. Dominique worked as a welder at Berlin Steel for 45 years...
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Henryka Kusznier

May 9, 1939 - June 19, 2017

Henryka Kusznier, 78, of Plainville, died on Monday, June 19, 2017. She was a beautiful woman who had a heart of gold. Her strength and resilience will forever be an inspiration to her family. Her contagious smile and positive attitude could brighten up anyone's mood. Her zest for life was evident in her devotion to God and her family. There was never a moment that love wasn't seen in her eyes....
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Raymond S. Patz

June 12, 1933 - June 18, 2017

On Sunday, June 18, 2017, Raymond S. Patz, 84, passed away peacefully at Newington Rapid Recovery Center. Born in Terryville on June 12, 1933, he was the son of the late John and Jenny K. Patz. He was a 1953 graduate of Newington High School and served our country with pride during the Korean War in the United States Army. As a hardworking and dedicated man, he was employed with Shamut Bank,...
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Heidi A. Voisine

June 16, 2017

Heidi Anna Ursula (Zak) Voisine, 56, of Bristol, formerly of Plainville, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on Friday, June 16, 2017. She was the beloved wife of her "Cakes" Michael P. Voisine for 14 years. Born in New Britain, daughter of the late Zdzislaw "Peter" and Ilse (Sauerhofer) Zak, she was a long time Plainville resident before moving to Bristol and was employed by UConn Health...
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Richard A. Gregory

March 13, 1927 - June 10, 2017

Richard A. Gregory, 90, of Newington entered into eternal rest peacefully, on June 10th. Richard was a devoted, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Jean P. Gregory, who brought love, happiness, humor and warmth to his life. Born in New Britain, he was the son of the late Amedeo and Elizabeth Zielman Gregory. He resided in New...
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Kevin W. Lockery

February 4, 1981 - June 9, 2017

On Friday, June 9, 2017, Kevin W. Lockery, 36, passed away after being involved in a motor vehicle accident in Wethersfield. Born in New Britain on February 4, 1981, he was the son of Donald Lockery & and the late Wanda (Brideau) Costello. He was currently employed with T&T as a truck driver, and was a dedicated young man to his job. He was also an avid motorcyclist, especially all things...
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Nina Seremet

September 18, 1939 - June 8, 2017

Nina E. (McKenna) Seremet, 77, of Newington, died peacefully on Thursday, June 8, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Frederick Seremet. Born in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late James McKenna, Sr. and Margaret Hogan, and was a member of the Church of the Incarnation, Wethersfield. She was a longtime Newington resident and her favorite pastime throughout the years, was playing...
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Virginia "Ginny" Majewski

March 16, 1925 - June 7, 2017

Virginia Theresa (Hnatt) Majewski died Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Affectionately known as "Ginny" to her friends and family, she was born in New Britain on March 16, 1925, daughter of the late Victoria (Kata) and Andrew Hnatt. Ginny was the beloved wife of the late Stefan Majewski, Sr. to whom she was married for 40 years before he died in 1993. She worked at Landers, Frary and Clark in New...
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Della (Violette) Paxi

April 18, 1963 - June 7, 2017

Della (Violette) Paxi, 54, of Newington, died peacefully in the comfort of her home surrounded by family and loved ones after a courageous eight-year fight against cancer. She was born in Van Buren, ME to Fernande (Dubois) and the late Percy Violette. She had a long career with Bank of America and was very involved in all her daughters' activities. Della had an adventurous and playful spirit and...
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Lucretia Ann Kulowski

June 7, 2017

Lucretia "Pat" (Calvi) Kulowski of West Hartford, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Born in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Pasquale and Esther (DiLorenzo) Calvi and had lived in the area all her life. Lucretia was a graduate of Weaver High School and received an Associate Degree from Mitchell College. She worked at G. Fox & Co, CVS Stores, and cherished many fond...
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Kenneth L. Hutchinson, Jr.

June 7, 2017

Kenneth L. Hutchinson, Jr., 62 of Newington, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. For 37 years he was married to his beloved wife and best friend, Marilou (Barbeau) Hutchinson. He was her "everything". Born in Groton, Ken was raised in New Britain before moving to Newington 35 years ago. He was a proud U. S....
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Anna (Jurczyk) Cleveland

June 21, 1966 - June 6, 2017

Anna (Jurczyk) Cleveland, 50, of New Britain, died on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. She was born in New Britain to the late Chester and Wladyslawa (Kozlowski) Jurczyk. She attended and graduated from Sacred Heart School and Mary Immaculate Academy. She was a parishioner and lector at Sacred Heart Church. Anna was a fun-loving, sociable free spirit who enjoyed spending time in the company of family and...
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Ronald F. Piorkowski

January 16, 1933 - June 5, 2017

Ronald F. Piorkowski, beloved husband of Jane (Korza), passed away after a short illness on Monday, June 5, 2017 with his family by his side. Ron was born on January 16, 1933 in New Britain, CT to the late Frank and Clara Piorkowski. He graduated from New Britain High School and was a resident of New Britain for 63 years before moving to Old Saybrook with Jane 21 years ago. While growing up, Ron...
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Jon Robin Matthews

January 31, 1935 - June 3, 2017

Jon Robin Matthews, 82, husband of Eileen Matthews, died Saturday, June 3, 2017. Jon was born in Ruston, LA, son of the Rev. Frank and Elsie (Crawford) Matthews, Sr. He grew up in Texas and New Mexico as his father's ministry took him to various churches. Jon was a graduate of SMU, Dallas, Texas. A Navy veteran, he retired after a 26 year career with the US Veterans Administration ending with 14...
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Joan B. (Balinskas) Smith Yackow

December 11, 1931 - June 3, 2017

Joan Barbara (Balinskas) Smith Yackow, 85 (12/11/1931), formerly of Newington, CT and Arlington, VA, died on Saturday, June 3, 2017. She was born in New Britain, attended local schools and graduated from NBHS (Class of 1949). She married her first husband, the late Alvan J. Smith, Jr., a young Air Force officer in 1953 and had many happy years with him until his passing in 1999. Joan was a devout...
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Clement A. Gebo

June 2, 2017

Obituary for Clement Alexander Gebo December 21, 1928 – June 2, 2017 A Life of Hard Work, Practice, Prayer, and Faith Made "Wonderful Music" For Generations During the evening hours of June 2, 2017, Clement A. Gebo died peacefully in the comfort of the Newington, CT home that he and his wife, Mrs. Phyllis A. Bishop, have called home since 1971. Clement was known by any number of monikers...
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George A. Andrews

June 1, 2017

George A. Andrews, 88, of Newington, passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Hartford Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Marie (Vardilos) Andrews for 55 years. Born and raised in Hartford, son of the late Andrew and Polemnia (Georgiou) Andrews, he was a Newington resident for over 40 years. George honorably served his country in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He graduated from Bryant...
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Anne Tishler

May 31, 2017

Anne (Goldsmith) Tishler, 80, formerly of Newington, died May 31, 2017. She was the wife of the late Donald Tishler. Born June 13, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Myer and Rachel (Hoffenberg) Goldsmith. She was a graduate of New Britain High School and Fisher Junior College. She was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey Greenberg. She leaves a daughter, Myra Myers and her husband, Brian, of...
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Robert Michael Spilecki

May 30, 2017

Robert M. Spilecki (Bob), 86, of Newington, beloved husband of the late Jean Spilecki passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. He was born in Newport, Rhode Island the son of the late Frank and Mary (O'Connell) Spilecki. He was an educator for his professional life, first as a teacher at North Stonington Public School System for 4 years and then in the Newington Public School System for 34 years,...
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William E. Knorr

February 15, 1934 - May 30, 2017

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, William E. Knorr, 83, of Berlin, passed on peacefully at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. Born in Hartford on February 15, 1934 he was the son of the late Eugene L. & Anne (Sturgeon) Knorr. He received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Hartford, and had served our country in the US Army during the Korean War. ...
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Marlene A. Lessard

October 13, 1936 - May 30, 2017

Marlene A. (Longley) Lessard, 80, of Newington, passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert C. Williams, Sr. and the late Adelard J. Lessard. Born in Burlington, VT, daughter of the late James Nelson Longley, Sr. and Josephine (Tracey) Longley, she lived in Windsor and Windsor Locks prior to settling in Newington in 1979. She was a member of St. Mary's...
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Stephen L. Balavender

July 28, 1926 - May 29, 2017

Stephen L. Balavender, 90, of New Britain, passed away peacefully at home on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017. He was the beloved husband of the late Jean (Oehler) Balavender who preceded him in death in October 2016. Born and raised in New Britain, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Koblis) Balavender. Steve was a co-owner of B & J Trucking and later in life was the proud owner and operator...
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Sophie Dzierlatka Skiba

May 29, 2017

Sophie (Dzierlatka) Skiba, 73, of Plainville, died on Monday, May 29, 2017. She was born in Poland to the late Franciszek and Marianna (Gwiazda) Dzierlatka and immigrated to the U.S. in 1967, initially settling with family in New Haven and then eventually moved to New Britain. She was employed as a machine operator at Stanley Works for many years and was a devoted parishioner of Sacred Heart...
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Jan "John" Sowinski

May 29, 2017

John (Jan) Sowinski, 89, of New Britain, passed away to eternal Heaven on Monday, May 29, 2017 at the Hospital of Central CT. He was the beloved husband of Genowefa (Grzeszczyk) Sowinski for 58 years. Jan was born in Poland to the late Wawrzyniec and Helena (Glowinska) Sowinski and at the age of 12 spent time in refugee camps in Siberia as well as in Africa, Persia and India to escape the war....
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Zofia Szymanowski

April 24, 1926 - May 27, 2017

Zofia (Wlodkowski) Szymanowski, 91, of Newington, died in the comfort of her home surrounded by her family on Saturday, May 27, 2017. She was a hard-working woman who was known to always stay busy. Although she retired from her full time job at Black & Decker, she continued to work as a chef's assistant until she was 78 years old. Zofia kept a clean house and was meticulous about making sure...
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Claudette C. Cormack

May 23, 2017

Claudette C. Cormack, 86, of Newington, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late George J. Cormack. Born in Wethersfield and raised in Manchester, daughter of the late Richard and Alberta (Foley) Colbert, she was a longtime Newington resident and a member of Holy Spirit Church and the Newington Singing Seniors. She was formerly employed by Travelers...
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Andrzej Janowski

July 10, 1950 - May 23, 2017

Andrzej Janowski, 66, of New Britain died peacefully on May 23, 2017 with his family by his side. He was born in Ostroleka, Poland and immigrated to the U.S. in 1978. He first worked at Atlantic Tool and then took a position at Caval Industries where he worked as a tool maker for many years. Andrzej enjoyed many trips to Florida with his wife, spending time working on various projects with his...
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Lucille (Karas) Chojnicki

May 22, 2017

Lucille "Lola" (Karas) Chojnicki, 93, of New Britain died on Monday, May 22, 2017. She was the widow of Edward Chojnicki. Born in New Britain on Dec. 18, 1923, daughter of the late Alex and Valerie (Pryzmont) Karas, she was a lifelong city resident. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1946. Lucille worked at Fafnir Bearing for over 40 years, retiring in 1986 and...
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Marjorie Guest

May 20, 2017

Marjorie (White) Guest, 84, of Newington, beloved wife of the late Theodore Guest, died Saturday May 20, 2017 at her home. Born February 8, 1933 in Taunton, Mass to Kenneth Baker White and Barbara (Knox) White, she grew up on the family's traditional New England farm in Leominster, Massachusetts producing dairy, eggs and vegetables. Marge graduated from Leominster High School 1950 and then from...
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Donald J. Borkowski

May 20, 2017

Donald J. Borkowski, 81, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on May 20, 2017. Born June 14, 1935 in New Britain, he was the son of the late Eugene P. Borkowski and Elizabeth (Curry) Borkowski. Don graduated from the Berkshire School in Great Barrington, MA and attended the University of Hartford. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and served in Hawaii. Employed in sales throughout his...
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Richard Popczak

July 18, 1948 - May 20, 2017

Richard Popczak, 68, of New Britain passed away unexpectedly at home on May 20, 2017. He was the son of the late Jozef and Anna Popczak. He leaves behind his brother George Popczak and wife Halina of New Britain, nieces Stephanie Hermann and husband Chris of Bristol and Marybeth Hussey and husband Michael of Oconomowoc, WI. Richard was a very proud great uncle to Eric, Walter, and Jozef...
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Edward S. Skotnicki

May 21, 1917 - May 20, 2017

Edward S. Skotnicki, 99, of New Britain, died peacefully on May 20, 2017, one day short of his 100th birthday. He was the beloved husband for 73 years, of the late Olga (Cherpak) Skotnicki. Born in New Britain, on May 21, 1917, son of the late Steve and Valeria (Bray) Skotnicki, he was a lifelong City resident and attended Holy Trinity Orthodox Church. Ed retired from Fafnir Bearing Co.,...
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Douglas F. Steponaitis, Sr.

August 12, 1944 - May 19, 2017

On Friday, May 19, 2017, Douglas F. Steponaitis, Sr., 72, departed this life with his beloved wife at his side at Gladeview Healthcare in Old Saybrook. Born in Naugatuck on August 13, 1944, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary (Gotlibowski) Steponaitis. After high school, he enlisted in the US Airforce during the Vietnam War. His devotion to our country led him to affiliate with...
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Barbara A. Bylaard

May 17, 2017

Barbara (Sieputowski) Bylaard, beloved wife of William Bylaard, died peacefully on May 17, 2017. A lifelong resident of New Britain, she attended local schools and graduated from New Britain High School in 1968. She was employed by John Hancock and the Aetna. Barbara enjoyed playing bingo, trips to the casino, caring for her dogs, and spending time at her summer home at the Rhode Island shore....
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Elaine Pacinda

June 15, 1950 - May 16, 2017

Elaine Pacinda, 66, lifelong resident of New Britain, died on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at her home with her mother by her side. She attended local schools and was a proud Girl Scout. She attended the CCARC Day Program for many years and was active in the Special Olympics, winning a Gold Medal in the "Jumping" event. She enjoyed making latch-hook pillows, watching the classic shows on TV Land with...
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Lendall F. Cleveland

May 14, 2017

Lendall F. Cleveland, 82, of Newington, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. He was the beloved husband of the late Shirley A. Cleveland. Born in Boston, MA, son of the late Lendall T. Cleveland and Josephine (Balukevich) Cleveland, he was a longtime Newington resident and a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit. Len honorably...
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Claudia F. Clavet

May 13, 2017

Claudia F. (Grala) Clavet, 89, of Port Charlotte, Fl., passed away on May 13, 2017. Born in New Britain, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Bertha (Marchiczyk) Morin. She married Stanley Grala in New Britain on May 12, 1945. After his death in 1991 she was remarried to Robert Calvet who died in 2009. Claudia moved to Florida in 1989, but prior to that she owned restaurant in New...
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Bernadette K. Kennedy

May 12, 2017

Bernadette K. Kennedy, 77, a longtime resident of Newington, passed away on Friday morning, May 12th 2017. Born on July 24, 1939 in New York City, Bernadette was the daughter of the late Patrick and Kathleen (Gibbons) Egan and was a first generation Irish-American, of which she was very proud. She was the beloved wife of 22 years to the late Joseph V. Kennedy. Prior to her retirement, she was...
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Gerald Alan Levesque

May 12, 2017

Gerald Alan Levesque, 66, husband of Judith (Lichwiarz) Levesque, passed away peacefully Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. Born in New Britain, Gerald is the son of Armand Levesque of Southington and Bertha (Fongemie) (Levesque) Reuss of Farmington. He was a graduate of Thomas Aquinas High School Class of 1969. After completing high school Gerald went on to proudly...
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Kenneth Robert Murray

June 25, 1946 - May 9, 2017

Kenneth Robert Murray, age 70, born in Hartford, Connecticut, passed away on May 9, 2017, at home surrounded by his family. Ken graduated from Hartford Public High School in 1964. He started his career at Aetna Life Insurance Company and worked there from 1963 to 1993. Ken then was employed by Gene Langan Volkswagen from 1993 to 2005. He also worked at MAFCO Electric, and finally retired for...
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John J. Koziol

January 11, 1918 - May 6, 2017

John J. Koziol, 99, of Kensington, CT, passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017. He was born in New Britain, CT, on January 11, 1918, son of the late Michael and Josephine (Radaj) Koziol and loving husband of the late Rita (Marcoux) Koziol. John and Rita were married for 61 years until her passing in 2011. They enjoyed their time together, especially cheering on the UConn Women's Basketball team...
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Barbara (Mehan) Kidwell

December 15, 1952 - May 6, 2017

Barbara (Mehan) Kidwell, 64, of Plainville, died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Born in New Britain to the late Joseph L. and Rosalie (Wrobel) Mehan, she attended local schools and graduated from UConn with a Bachelor's degree in English. Barbara worked as a secretary for the Board of Education throughout the Plainville school system for many years. In her leisure time, Barbara enjoyed...
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Wieslaw Glogowski

September 27, 1937 - May 5, 2017

Wieslaw Glogowski, 79, of New Britain, CT died peacefully on May 5, 2017 ending a three year battle with cancer. He was born in Poland and immigrated to the U.S. in 1966 with his wife, Zofia and four children. He first worked at Atlantic Tool and then took a position at Caval Tool & Die where he worked for 33 years. Wieslaw enjoyed many trips with his wife, spending time with his family and...
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Margaret "Peggy" Fijolek

January 24, 1947 - May 4, 2017

Margaret "Peggy" Fijolek, 70, of New Britain, formerly of Simsbury, died on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Born in New Britain to the late Theodore and Anne (Kurnik) Fijolek, she graduated from Simsbury High School Class of 1965. Peggy was employed by Allstate Insurance for many years and then Stop & Shop up until her retirement. She was a parishioner of St. Jerome Church and was a regular Bingo player...
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Marie H. (Hoffman) Sammarco

April 29, 2017

Marie H. (Hoffman) Sammarco, 90, beloved wife of the late Frank Sammarco died Saturday, April 29, 2017. Marie was born in Sharon, daughter of the late Charles and Cecilia (Hanley) Hoffman and resided in Lakeville for many years prior to relocating to Florida, eight years ago. She was employed as a Commercial Artist at various retail businesses followed by several years at the Sharon Hospital. ...
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Kazimiera Kozielec

April 17, 1944 - April 29, 2017

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, Kazimiera Kozielec, 73, was called to eternal life at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain, after a long illness. Born in Jastrzabka Nowa, Poland on April 17, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Franciszek & Tekla (Starzec) Kadzielawa. She was a longtime New Britain resident where she was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. Prior to retirement,...
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Norman E. Hutt

April 28, 2017

Norman Edward Hutt, 97 passed away peacefully on Friday, April 28th 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Norman was born August 7th 1919 in Hartford and grew up in the Groton Street area. He was the son of Elizabeth F. Murphy and Albert Menter Hutt. He attended Hartford Public Schools before being employed at Colt Manufacturing. In 1942, he enlisted in the US Navy and was trained at the...
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Mary T. Aivaz

June 26, 1952 - April 28, 2017

On Friday, April 28, 2017, Mary T. Aivaz, 64, was called to eternal life from the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. Born on June 26, 1952 in Holyoke, MA, she was the daughter of the late Roman and Zofia (Dijnecko) Kazimierczak. She was raised in Chicopee, MA, and had been a Plainville resident for the past 35 years. Prior to retirement, she was employed with the United States...
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Stanislaw Dziemian

February 16, 1937 - April 28, 2017

On Friday, April 28, 2017 at the age of 80, Stanislaw Dziemian of New Britain, was called to eternal life after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Chodorowka Stara Poland on February 16, 1937, came to the U.S. and was employed by Stanley Works for many years. He was an avid fisherman and loved spending time in his garden. Left to honor his memory are his daughters: Barbara Jankowski and...
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William A. Hinchcliffe

April 27, 2017

William A. Hinchcliffe, 96, of Bluffton, SC, formerly of Newington, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 27, 2017. He was the beloved husband of the late Geraldine (Reilly) Hinchcliffe. Born in Fall River, MA on March 28, 1921, son of the late William and Bridget (Grant) Hinchcliffe, he was a Newington resident since 1939 and was a Bluffton, SC resident since 2016. He served in the U.S....
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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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