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1999 Stafford Obituaries from The Hartford Courant


ALLARD, Louis A.

Louis A. Allard, 74, of Old Monson Rd., Stafford Springs, died Wednesday, (December 1, 1999) at St.Francis Hospital, Hartford. He was born in Stafford Springs, son of the late Louis and Elsie (Belcher) Allard, and was a World War II U.S. Navy Veteran serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre & European Theatre as a motor machinist mate second class. He retired after 40 years of service from the Monson Road Garage in Stafford Springs. He was a member of the First Universalist Church of Stafford and Harley Owners Group Association. Louis is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Arlene (Davis) Allard; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary L. and Shirley D. Allard; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen A. and David C. Campbell; four grandchildren, Tyler and Kelsey Campbell; Kristin and Robert Allard; a sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Gilbert Wagner, all of Stafford Springs; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, David Allard. The funeral service will be held Sunday, Dec. 5, 2 p.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in Stafford Springs Cemetery. Calling hours will be Saturday 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 253 E. Center St., Manchester, CT 06040.

Published in The Courant: 12/3/99


ANGUS, Hildegarde K., Lt. Col.

Lt. Col. Hildegarde Kuehdorf Angus, 80, of Sun City, AZ, died Monday (November 1, 1999) at Boswell Memorial Hospital in Sun City. Mrs. Angus was retired from the U.S. Air Force as Lt. Colonel. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kuehdorf, formerly of South Hadley and Hyannis, MA, and a graduate of Holyoke High School, Hartford Hospital School of Nursing, and the University of Vermont. She served for four and a half years with the Yale Medical Unit in the South Pacific Campaign during World War II, and following the war remained as head of Hospital Training Units for the Air Force Western Command, retiring in 1970 with the rank of Lt. Colonel. Lt. Col. Angus and her husband, Wendell R. Angus, moved from California to Sun City, AZ in 1970, where she remained active in community activities. Her only survivors are a sister, Elisabeth K. Prentice of Mystic; and a niece, Lois Eaton of Harwich Port, MA. Interment services at the Village Cemetery in South Hadley Falls, MA are incomplete.

Published in The Courant: 11/21/99


ARMELIN, Allen A.

Allen A. Armelin, 65, of Willington Avenue, Stafford Springs, died Thursday (November 11, 1999) at his home. He was born in Stafford Springs, son of the late Aldo and Elizabeth (Bolieau) Armelin. He was a U. S. Army veteran and was a retired highway maintainer for the State of Conn. Department of Transportation after 23 years of service. Allen was a member of St. Edward Parish, 40 year member of the Stafford Springs Fire Department where he was Secretary and Historian and Author of Torrent Fire Engine Company No. 1 (History of the Stafford Springs Fire Dept.), Stafford Fire Dept. No. 1, West Stafford Fire Dept. and the Fire-Police of all the departments and The Italian Benefit Society. Allen is survived by his loving wife of 42 years of marriage Loretta (Rancourt) Armelin of Stafford Springs; a son and daughter-in-law, William A. and Trisha Armelin of Manchester, NH; two brothers, Raymond Armelin of Stafford Springs; Richard Armelin of Ellington; a sister, Nancy McMullin of Stafford Springs; an Aunt, Uncle and several Nieces, nephews and Cousins. A funeral will be held Monday, 9 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Edward Church, High St., Stafford Springs. Burial will be in St. Edward Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Stafford Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 68, Stafford Springs, CT 06076.

Published in The Courant: 11/12/99


ARMSTRONG, Josephine M.

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Josephine M. Armstrong, 98, of Stafford Springs, was summoned by our Father Wednesday (March 24, 1999) at home. She was born the daughter of Joseph J. and Mary E. (Fischer) Braun, in Glen Falls, NY, in Dec. 1900, and moved to Stafford Springs in 1906. She graduated from Stafford High School, Class of 1918, worked at Stafford Conservatories from 1913-1965, as well as at the Rhode Island Worsted Co. during the late teens, and at Hartford Electric Light during the 20's. She was a member of the American Red Cross Ambulance Unit during World War II, and was also a member of St. Edward's Church and Ladies Guild. While she was president of the Ladies Guild in 1972, she was instrumental in the formation of what is presently the Stafford Community Area Thrift Shop. Josephine was predeceased by her husband, Bernhard M. in 1991, and all of her five brothers and six sisters. She is survived by her daughter, Bernice L. Armstrong, of Stafford Springs; three sons, Herbert E. Armstrong of West Suffield, Bernhard E. Armstrong of Stafford Springs and Glenn F. Armstrong of Syracuse, NY, 10 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Saturday, 10 a.m., at Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 11 a.m., at St. Edward's Church, 57 High St., Stafford Springs. Burial will be at West Stafford Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday, 7-9 p.m., at the funeral home, with recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. Donations may be made to St. Edward's School, 6 Benton St., Stafford Springs; Citizens Scholarship Foundation of Stafford, c/o John Mitchell, P.O. Box 243, Stafford, CT 06075; or to an organization of the donor's choice.

Published in The Courant: 3/25/99


BASTOLLA, Sophie L.

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Sophie L. Bastolla, 81, formerly of Stafford Springs, and SW Lantern Ave., Port Saint Lucie, FL, died Sunday, (March 14, 1999) at Eastbrooke Gardens, Casselberry, FL. She was the widow of the late Edward J. Bastolla who died on April 4, 1978. She was born in Worcester, MA, daughter of the late Alexander and Anna (Kulbacka) Halko. She was a retired assembly worker at the AMF CUNO Corp. Sophie is survived by two daughters, Beverly Ann Hatch of Port St. Lucie, FL; and Jane M. Haum of Winter Springs, FL; four grandchildren, six great grandchildren, three brothers; three sisters, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, March 20, at 12 Noon in St. Edward Church, High St., Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery. The Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 11 East Main St., Stafford Springs, has charge of arrangements.

Published in The Courant: 3/17/99


BEAULIEU, Dorothy

Dorothy Beaulieu, 67, formerly of Furnace Avenue, Stafford Springs, died Friday (April 9) at her daughter's home in Gansevoort, NY. She was born in Vernon and lived in Stafford for many years. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Beaulieu, in 1994. Dorothy is survived by a son, Reno Beaulieu of Iowa; three daughters, Mary Kolher of New York, Lila Mizzelli and Beverly Crockett, both of North Carolina; three brothers, Francis Miner of Enfield, Raymond Miner of Rockville, Donald Miner of Maine; a sister, Charlene Skidgell, also of Maine; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 13, 11 a.m., at Tocchetti Funeral Home, 132 West Main St., Stafford Springs. Burial will follow the service in St. Edward Cemetery. Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home, Monday, 5-8 p.m. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 243 East St., Manchester, CT 06040.

Published in The Courant: 4/11/99


BEVERAGE, Florence E.

STAFFORD SPRINGS AND NORTH HAVEN

Florence E. Beverage, 83, of Park St., Stafford Springs died Thursday (April 8, 1999) at Evergreen Health Care Center, Stafford Springs, with her family by her side. She was born in North Haven, ME, daughter of the late Corydon S. and Florence A. (Dole) Brown. She was a retired burr bench worker at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft after 25 years of service. Florence is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Theodore E. and Jean B. Beverage, Jr. of Stafford Springs; James C. and Carol A. Beverage of Stafford Springs; John W. and Elizabeth K. Beverage of Tolland; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara L. and Robert C. McGill of Enfield; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a brother, John B. Brown of North Haven, ME; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Florence was predeceased by her husband, Theodore E. Beverage, Sr. on May 21, 1965; two grandsons, Mark A. Beverage on January 4, 1972; and Timothy J. Beverage on September 8, 1982. Funeral service will be held Sunday, April 11, 1999, 2 p.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs with the Rev. Sharon Miesel officiating. Burial will be Monday 11:30 a.m. at Brown Cemetery, North Haven, ME. Calling time will be Sunday, at 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Published in The Courant: 4/10/99


BOLDUAN, Otto J.

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Otto J. Bolduan, 69, of Stafford Springs, died Sunday, (July 18,1999) at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs. He was born in Queens, NY, son of the late Erwin and Eva (Hartmann) Bolduan. He was a retired teacher at Somers High School in the Chemistry and Physics department after 31 years of service. Otto was a member of the Second Congregational Church of Stafford at West Stafford, past master and member of both the Wolcott Lodge #60 A.F. and A.M., and Ionic Lodge #110 A.F. and A.M., member of the Orient Chapter #42 R.A.M. and a former assessor for the Town of Stafford. Otto is survived by a life partner of 20 years Paul W. "Butch" Babcock, Jr. of Stafford Springs; two very special friends, Shirley and Peter Jefferson of West Hartford; and a large extended family and friends. There will be a gathering Friday, July 23, 3 p.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, followed by a funeral service at 4 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church of Stafford at West Stafford, 197 West Stafford Rd., Stafford Springs, with the Rev. Joseph Wadsworth officiating. Burial will be in Stafford Springs, Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to the Second Congregational Church of Stafford at West Stafford, 197 West Stafford Road, Stafford Springs, 06076.

Published in The Courant: 7/20/99


BRAUN, Elizabeth G.

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Elizabeth G. Braun, 83, of East Main Street, Stafford Springs, died Monday, (October 4, 1999) at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs. She was the widow of the late Edward C. Braun who died on April 3, 1972. She was born in Stafford Springs, daughter of the late Walter and Eva (Roberts) Greaves. She graduated from Willimantic State Teachers College, taught a brief period of time in the elementary school level, and was a member of St. Edward Parish. Elizabeth is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, William E. and Meredith Braun, two grandchildren, Jeff and Julie Braun, all of Stafford Springs; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Francis Greaves on September 6, 1979. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, October 6, 1999 at 10 a.m. in St. Edward Church, High Street, Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Introvigne Funeral Home Inc., 51 East Main Street, Stafford Springs, has care of arrangements. Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association of Connecticut, 300 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT 06450.

Published in The Courant: 10/5/99


BRUZZI, Mary E.

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Mary E. Bruzzi, 88, of Hopyard Rd., Stafford Springs, died Thursday, (April 22, 1999) at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs. She was born in Stafford Springs, daughter of the late Mario and Dominica (Festi) Sartori. She was a communicant of St. Edward Parish, St. Edward Ladies Guild, Court Isabella # 785 Catholic Daughters of America, The Mission Group and Honorary Life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Italian Benefit Society. Mary is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Louis M. and Carol J. Bruzzi of Stafford Springs; George A. and Alice L Bruzzi of Farmington; 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Bartholomew Joseph (Louie) Bruzzi, who died on March 28, 1973 and a brother, Philip Sartori who died in 1991. The funeral will be held Saturday, 10 a.m., at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, with a Mass of Christian Burial, at 11 a.m. in St. Edward Church, High St., Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday, 5-8 p.m., at the Funeral Home. Memorial Donations may be made to St. Edward School Memorial Fund, 6 Benton St., Stafford Springs, 06076.

Published in The Courant: 4/23/99


CALCHERA, Mildred L.

Mildred L. Calchera 94, formally of Chestnut Hill Rd. Stafford Springs, died Thursday (December 16, 1999) with her family at her side. She was born in West Stafford, daughter of the late Charles and Nettie (Kibbe) Glazier. Mrs. Calchera was a well known professional organist and choir director for over 50 years in many area churches. She was a member of the Second Congregational Church of Stafford at West Stafford where she was the choir director and organist and also was a member of the Women's Council, active member of the American Guild of Organist, Stafford Historical Society and had earned over 1000 hours as a volunteer at Johnson Memorial Hospital. Mildred is survived by her loving husband of 74 years, former State Representative Renato B. ''Bige'' Calchera of Stafford Springs; two daughters Joyce Robinson of Voorhesville, NY; Janice Chynoweth of Marcellus, NY; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a brother Leonard Glazier of FL; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc. 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs. The funeral service will be held Monday 2 p.m., Dec. 20, at the Second Congregational Church of Stafford at West Stafford, 197 West Stafford Rd., (Rte. 190) Stafford Springs, with the Rev. Joseph Wadsworth officiating. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Second Congregational Church of Stafford at West Stafford ''Organ Fund'', 197 West Stafford Rd. Stafford Springs, CT 06076, Home & Community Health Services, Inc., (Hospice Unit) P.O. Box 906, Enfield, CT 06083-0906 or charity of donors choice.

Published in The Courant: 12/18/99


CAMBRIA, Mildred C.

STAFFORD SPRINGS AND WILLINGTON

Mildred C. Cambria, 72, formerly of Willington and Stafford Springs, died Friday (July 30, 1999) at Jupiter Medical Center, Jupiter, FL. She was the widow of the late Armond J. Cambria, who died Feb. 21, 1989. She was born in Englewood, NJ, daughter of the late Aniello and Raphael (Viano) Grasso, and lived in Willington and Stafford Springs for 17 years before moving to Florida five years ago. She was a former member of St. Edward Parish and the Willington Senior Center. Mildred is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas J. and Heidi Cambria of Plimpton, MA; a daughter and son-in-law, Maria and Edward Cronin of Acworth, GA; five grandchildren; a brother, Anthony Grasso of Florida; two sisters, Florence Hanley of Florida, and Caroline D'Anna of New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral will be held Wednesday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m., at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m., in St. Edward Church, High Street, Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to The Armond J. and Mildred C. Cambria Scholarship Fund, c/o The Stafford Lions Club, P.O. Box 143, Stafford Springs, CT 06076.

Published in The Courant: 8/1/99


CAVAR, Janice

Janice A. Cavar, 58, of Highland St., Moosup, died Thursday (November 4, 1999) at University of Mass. Medical Center, Worcester, MA. She was born in Putnam, daughter of Stephanie (Zalona) Andrzejczyk of Manchester, and the late Charles Andrzejczyk and attended the University of Connecticut. Janice is survived by her loving husband of 29 years of marriage, Richard J. Cavar of Moosup; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Richard C. Cavar of New London, Eric and Brenda Cavar of Colchester; a daughter, Cynthia Cavar of Glastonbury; a grandson, Stephen Cavar and several aunts, uncles and cousins. A funeral will be held Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, 10 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Edward Church, High St., Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the donors choice.

Published in The Courant: 11/6/99


COOLEY, Florence Harmon

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Florence Harmon Cooley, 97, of East Street, Stafford Springs, died Sunday (April 25, 1999) at Parkway Pavilion, Enfield. She was born in Holland, MA, daughter of the late Eugene and Orianna (Belcher) Young. She was a retired weaver at the former Cyril Johnson Woolen Co., after 40 years of service and was a member of the Staffordville Congregational Church, Stafford Grange No. 1, Ladies Auxiliary of the Strazza, Tonoli-Emhoff Post No. 26 American Legion. Florence is survived by a son, Russell I. Harmon of Stafford Springs; two step-sons, Michael Cooley of East Longmeadow, MA, Richard Cooley of Eastford; four step-daughters, Doris Sanger of Staffordville, Winifred Reynolds, Jean DuPont and Olive Cooley, all of Stafford Springs, and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service will be Wednesday, 10 a.m., at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, with the Rev. Thomas Darling officiating. Burial will be in Union Center Cemetery, Union. Calling time will be one hour before the service, 9-10 a.m., at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Staffordville Congregational Church, P.O. Box 237 A, Staffordville, CT 06077.

Published in The Courant: 4/27/99


CORBETT, Maggi E.

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Maggi E. Corbett, infant daughter of Robert J. and Beth A. (DaDalt) Corbett, passed onto our father, Friday (October 29, 1999), at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs. Maggi is survived by her sister, Emily M. Corbett of Stafford Springs; paternal grandparents, Paul and Margaret Corbett of Clark Summit, PA; maternal grandparents, Henry and Marjorie DaDalt, of Stafford Springs; maternal great-grandmother, Marjorie Peters of Rockville; three aunts, Donna Corbett of Simsbury, Hope and her husband Gordon Frassinelli, Jr. of Stafford Springs, and Robin and her husband Scott Viets of East Grandy; four cousins, Nathaniel and Jonathan Whetton, Abby and Evan Frassinelli; and several great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hour, Monday,Nov. 1, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc. 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, followed by a Mass of the Angel's at 11 a.m., in St. Edward Church, 55 High St., Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Johnson Memorial Hospital c/o Nirenberg Center for Women & Infants, 201 Chestnut Hill Rd., Stafford Springs, CT 06076.

Published in The Courant: 10/31/99


DAVIS, Myron Carl

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Myron Carl Davis, 86, of Crystal Lake Rd., Stafford Springs, died Tuesday (March 2, 1999) at Evergreen Health Care Center, Stafford Springs. He was born in Stafford Springs, son of the late Myron F. and Edith (Bradway) Davis. He graduated from Stafford High School and attended the University of Mass. in Amherst, MA, where he earned his Masters Degree. During World War II he was a food inspector for the US Government and then retired from Railway Express after 20 years of service. He was a member of the Second Congregational Church of Stafford at West Stafford, Honorary Life Member of the West Stafford Fire Department and the Wolcott Lodge No. 60 A.F. and A.M. of Stafford. Myron is survived by a brother, Emerson Davis of Stafford Springs; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service will be held Friday, March 5, 10 a.m. at the Second Congregational Church of Stafford at West Stafford, (Rt. 190) 197 West Stafford Rd., Stafford Springs, with the Rev. Joseph Wadsworth officiating. Burial will follow in West Cemetery, Somers. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours Thursday 6-8 p.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs. Memorial donations may be made to the Second Congregational Church of Stafford at West Stafford, c/o Rev. Joseph Wadsworth, 197 West Stafford Rd., Stafford Springs, CT. 06076.

Published in The Courant: 3/4/99


DeANDRADE, Sophie

STAFFORD SPRINGS AND WESTPORT, MA

Sophie DeAndrade, 93, formally of Fox Run, Stafford Springs died Thursday, (September 30, 1999) at a local nursing home. She was the widow of the late Manuel DeAndrade who died in 1967. She was born in Westport, MA, daughter of the late John G. and Mary (Cieto) Perry. Sophie is survived by a daughter, Lillian Ferris of Wales, MA; two grandsons, David Andrews of Westport, MA and Anthony Ferris of Stafford Springs; three granddaughters, Judith Csekovsky of Enfield, Christine Bryan of East Hartford and Barbara Schneider of Woodbury, MN; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday, 8:30 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Edward Church, High St., Stafford Springs. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Maple Grove Cemetery in Westport, MA. Calling hours will be Sunday, 2-4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Published in The Courant: 10/2/99


DeCARLI, Frances

STAFFORD SPRINGS AND WEST HARTFORD

Frances DeCarli, 89, of Orcuttville Rd., Stafford Springs, died Tuesday, (October 5, 1999) at Johnson Memorial Hospital. She was born in North Haven, and made her home in West Hartford with her sister, Mary DeCarli, until 1995, when they both came to make their home with their brother. Frances was an avid Red Sox fan, and was looking forward to October this year. Before her retirement, some 25 years ago, she was employed at Aetna Ins. Co., Hartford, and was active in many of their clubs. She was predeceased by her sister, Mary in 1997. Frances is survived by her two brothers, Fred DeCarli of Stafford; and Comelio DeCarli of Manchester; several nieces and nephews; and many friends in the Hartford area. Funeral services wil be TODAY, 11 a.m. at Tocchetti Funeral Home, 132 West Main St., Stafford Springs. Burial will follow at St. Edward Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Published in The Courant: 10/7/99


DELMONICO, Evalyn R.

Evalyn R. Delmonico, 82, of West Hartford, and formerly of Stafford Springs, died Sunday (November 14, 1999), at a local convalescent home. Born in New Haven, the daughter of the late Albert and Rose (Dest) Delmonico, she made her home in West Hartford since 1946. Miss. Delmonico was employed by Gilman's Dress Shop in West Hartford as an assistant buyer and while living in Stafford Springs worked as an assistant pharmacist in her father's drug store. She was a communicant of the Church of St. Timothy. She is survived by her two sisters, Alberta Delmonico of West Hartford, Chocky McGillicuddy of Plantsville; two nieces, Gina Gromak, Robin Wynkoop; and a nephew, Shon McGillicuddy and his wife Angie. The funeral will be Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. from the Molloy Funeral Home, 906 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Timothy. Burial will follow in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 45 Wintonbury Ave., Bloomfield, CT 06002.

Published in The Courant: 11/16/99


DeSANTIS, Mary Josephine

STAFFORD SPRINGS AND WEST HARTFORD

Mary Josephine DeSantis, 88, of Laurel Dr., Stafford Springs, died Saturday, (June 26, 1999) at home. She was the widow of Martin A. DeSantis who died on Oct. 20, 1976. She was born in Campodipietro, Italy, daughter of the late Frank and Rosa (Digirolamo) Lamenta. Mary was a retired seamstress at the former Emly Shop in West Hartford, and was a member of Gospel Hall in Newington. Mary is survived by a son and daughter-in- law, Dr. Louis and Beverly DeSantis of Stafford Springs; a daughter and son- in-law, Dr. Angela and Donald Hill of Virginia Beach, VA; four grandchildren, Dr. David DeSantis of Indiana; Linda DeSantis of Stafford Springs; Robert Hill of Colorado; and Carolyn Bjerke of New York; two sisters, Anna Maria Barile and Bianca Paventi, both of Montreal, Canada; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Thursday, 5-7 p.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs. Burial will be held Friday, 11:30 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery, Pleasent St., West Hartford. Memorial donations may be made to Visiting Nurse & Community Care, Inc., 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, 06066 or Gospel Hall, 345 East Cedar St., Newington, 06111.

Published in The Courant: 6/30/99


ELLIS, John E. "Jackie"

STAFFORD SPRINGS

John E. "Jackie" Ellis, 53, formerly of Upper Road, Stafford Springs, and Lyon Manor in Willington, died Friday (October 15, 1999) at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs. He was born in Stafford Springs, son of the late Herbert and Ruth (Tompkins) Ellis, and was educated in the local schools. He was a member of the Apostle Church of Enfield, an avid fisherman, softball player and Red Sox fan. Jack is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Richard D. and Robin T. Ellis of Stafford Springs; a sister, Elizabeth G. Ellis of Willimantic; an aunt, Helen Snow of Georgetown, MA; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many special friends. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert H. Ellis; and a sister Virginia ''Ginger'' Boyd. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1 p.m., at the Community United Methodist Church, Sandy Beach Road (Rte. 140), Ellington. Burial will be in Stafford Springs Cemetery, at the convenience of the family. The Introvigne Stafford Springs Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, has care of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Stafford Men's Softball League, c/o Don Bergeron, 37 East Main St., Stafford Springs 06076.

Published in The Courant: 10/17/99


FABER, Edward R.

MANCHESTER AND STAFFORD SPRINGS

Edward R. Faber, formerly of Manchester, died Sunday (July 25, 1999) in Stafford Springs. He was born in Glastonbury, and was a 1930 graduate of Glastonbury High School. He was a volunteer fireman at the Glastonbury Station, from which he received a commendation for bravery. He had been a musician with the Ray Henry Polka Band for many years, playing the clarinet and saxophone. He was also retired from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft since 1974. He was a member of St. Edward's Catholic Church in Stafford Springs. He will be deeply missed by his loving family, his wife, Winifred; his brother, William J. Faber and his spouse, Ida; his five children, Jeanne F. Calamore of North Palm Beach, FL, Edward J. Faber and his wife, Connie, Katharine Faber of Friendship, ME, Martin A. Faber and his wife, Therese of Stafford Springs, Ralph A. Faber and his spouse, Tina; and 13 grandchildren and their spouses, Jennifer and Tom Cordier, Jeanne Beth Willett, James P. Calamore, Jean and Jonathan Graham, Thomas E. Calamore, Jane and Robert Larned, Bruce Willett, Peter Calamore, Ralph Faber, Ross Faber, Sarah Faber, Martin Faber and Matthew Faber; two great-grandchildren, Marissa and James Larned. Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 27, 10:15 a.m., from The Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Naubuc Ave., Glastonbury, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 11 a.m., in St. Paul Church, 2755 Main St., Glastonbury. Burial will be in St. Augustine Cemetery, South Glastonbury. Friends may call at the funeral home, TODAY, 4-8 p.m.

Published in The Courant: 7/26/99


FAIN, Anna

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Anna Fain, 96, of East St., Stafford Springs, died Tuesday (June 15, 1999) at Evergreen Health Care Center, Stafford Springs. She was the widow of the late Angelo Fain who died in 1971. She was born in Duquesne, PA, daughter of the late John and Mary (Pakan) Blahusiak. She was a retired nurse-aide at Johnson Memorial Hospital after ten years of service, and she was a member of St. Edward Parish. Anna is survived by a daughter, Delores Gray of Stafford Springs; three grandchildren, Donna Gray of Stafford Springs, Mary Ann Comeau of W. Yarmouth, MA, Gary Gray of Surry, NH; five great grandchildren, Seth Gray, Sarah Gray, Kyle Comeau, Nathan Gray, and Toby Gray; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral will be held Friday 9 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Edward Church, High St., Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery. Calling hours will be TODAY 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to The Stafford Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 68, Stafford Springs, CT 06076.

Published in The Courant: 6/17/99


FIORE, Harriet B.

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Harriet B. Fiore, 61, of Grove Street, Stafford Springs, died Sunday (September 26, 1999) at Hartford Hospital, Hartford. She was born in Stafford Springs, daughter of the late Roy and Sarah (Estell) Bartholomew. Harriet was a loan officer at the Savings Bank of Rockville since 1985, and for many years prior, she was legal secretary for Pigeon & Gnutti Attorneys at Law of Stafford. She was a member of St. Edward Parish, Treasurer of the Stafford Democratic Town Committee, long-time member of the Citizens Scholarship Foundation of Stafford, and former corporator of the Stafford Savings Bank. For many years, she was a member of The Hartford Chorale and Stafford Community Chorus. She was an avid golfer and grandmother who loved to travel. Harriet is survived by her loving husband, Atty. Thomas J. Fiore of Stafford Springs; a son and daughter-in- law, John M. and Kimberly Cheman of South Windsor; two daughters and a son-in-law, Cathy and Thomas Torrisi of Southington; Tammy Cheman of Rocky Hill; three grandchildren, Evan and Timothy Cheman, and Matthew Torrisi; a brother and sister- in-law, Ralph Bartholomew and Regula Keller of Woodacre, CA; a sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Franklin Denning of Tolland; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her first husband, John F. Cheman, who died in August 1975. Funeral will be Wednesday, 9 a.m., at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, with a Mass of Christian Burial, l0 a.m., in St. Edward Church, High Street, Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday, 5-8 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Citizens Scholarship Foundation of Stafford, (Harriet B. Fiore Fund), c/o John B. Mitchell, Stafford Savings Bank, P.0. Box 25, Stafford Springs, CT 06076.

Published in The Courant: 9/27/99


FONTANELLA, Adolph "Duffy"

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Adolph "Duffy" Fontanella, 78, of West Street, Stafford Springs, died Sunday (April 25, 1999) at his home. He was born in Stafford Springs, son of the late Valentine and Elizabeth (Campo) Fontanella. He was in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, and was a retired truck driver for North Penn Trucking Co. He was a member of the Strazza, Tonoli-Emhoff Post No. 26, American Legion, VFW Post No. 9990 of Stafford, and an honorary life member of the Italian Benefit Society. Duffy is survived by his loving wife, Erma (Kilcollins) Fontanella of Stafford Springs; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Dan Duffy and Laura Fontanella of Tolland, Vance Patrick Fontanella of Stafford Springs; two granddaughters, Jessica and Kaylee Fontanella; two brothers, Ateo Fontanella and Aldo (Tracy) Fontanella, both of Stafford Springs; three sisters, Dora Kellner of Palm City, FL, Elda Bruce and Gloria Murray, both of Stafford Springs; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Duffy was predeceased by a son, Randy David Fontanella in 1958; a sister, Lillian Panciera; two brothers, Alfio Fontanella and Alfred Fontanella. Funeral service will be Wednesday, 2 p.m., at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, with the Rev. Sharon Miesel officiating. Burial will follow in Stafford Springs Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday, 5-8 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse and Community Care, Inc., or North Central Hospice, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, CT 06066.

Published in The Courant: 4/26/99


FORD, Grace H.

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Grace H. Ford, 91, of Deepwood Dr., Stafford Springs, died Tuesday, (May 18, 1999) at Evergreen Health Care Center, Stafford Springs. She was born on Feb. 26, 1908, eldest child of Ernest and Lena (Shaw) Hale. Grace lived in Monson, MA until she married Ralph Ford in 1936 and moved to the Orcuttville section of Stafford Springs. She met her husband-to-be through her life-long friend, Julia, who married Ralph's cousin, Alonzo Spellman. They celebrated 54 years of marriage before Ralph predeceased his wife in 1990. She retired from the Warren Woolen Co. where she worked for a number of years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Stafford and belonged to the Climax Chapter No. 98 Order of the Eastern Star. She was an avid bowler, loved crossword puzzles and knitting various items like blankets, gloves, etc., and was loved by everyone who knew her. Grace is survived by two sons, Donald Hale Ford and his wife Gladys of Parker, CO, Charles Ralph Ford of Stafford, and Donna A. Ford of Suffield; six grandchildren, Jana, Charles Jr., Lynda, Matthew, Daniel and Grace; nine great grandchildren; a sister, Lois Brisette of Belchertown, MA, with whom she shared a common birthday, nine years apart; a brother, Charles Hale of Palmer, MA; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Ernest, and three sisters, Ruth, Lillian and Elaine. Funeral service will be held Friday 10 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, with the Rev. Sharon Miesel officiating. Burial will follow in Stafford Springs Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday 5-9 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to The First United Methodist Church, 8 Church St., Stafford Springs, CT 06076.

Published in The Courant: 5/19/99


FOUCHER, Carole M.

STAFFORD SPRING AND MONSON MA

Carole M. Foucher, 65, of Brimfield Rd., Monson, MA and formerly of Stafford Springs, died Saturday (August 28,1999) at Wing Memorial Hospital, Palmer, MA. She was born in Fiskdale, MA daughter of the late George W. and Rose (McCaffrey) Taylor. She retired from Hamilton Standard after 33 years of service as an electronic space systems operator. She was a member of St. Patrick Parish, Monson, MA and a former member of St. Edward Parish, Stafford Springs. Carole is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Joseph F. Foucher of Monson, MA; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Joseph F. Foucher, Jr., George W. and Sheila M. Foucher, both of Monson, MA; three daughters and a son-in-law, Deborah and Terrance D. Rose of Stafford Springs, JoAnn Foucher of Middletown, Karen M. Palmerino of Southbridge, MA; eight grandchildren Melissa and Allison Rose; Gregory, Danielle and Nicolle Foucher; Christina, TJ and Scott Palmerino; a great- grandson, Tyler Ulitsch; a sister-in- law, Shirley Taylor of Sturbridge, MA; and two Nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, George Taylor who died on Dec. 24, 1996. The funeral will be held Tuesday, 9 a.m., at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, l0 a.m., in St. Edward Church, High St., Stafford Springs. Burial will be in St. Edward Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday 5-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Memorial Donations may be made to American Diabetes Association of CT, 300 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT 06450 OR American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr. Wallingford, CT 06492.

Published in The Courant: 8/29/99


FRENCH, Flora V.

Flora V. French, 104, of Sunset Ridge, Stafford Springs, died Tuesday, (November 16, 1999) at Evergreen Health Care Center, Stafford Springs. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward L. French, who died on April 13, 1986, and a son, Joseph E. French, Sr., on May 12, 1981. She was born November 15, 1985, in Moosup, daughter of the late Henry and Fannie (Ducharme) Vine, and came to Stafford 83 years ago. She was a retired spooler at the former Ellis Mills, Monson, MA. Flora is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, William F. French and Adnah A. and Wanda French of Stafford Springs; three daughters and a son-in-law, Ida and Rick Arellano of Pueble, CO, Doris Constantino of Wilbraham, MA, Lillian S. Heck of Stafford Springs; 19 grandchildren; many, many great grandchildren; many many great great grandchildren; many many great great great grandchildren (6 generations); and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, 2 p.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Stafford Springs. Calling hours will be held Friday, 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Published in The Courant: 11/18/99


GARVAIS, Rose E.

Rose E. Garvais, 84, of Westford Road, Stafford Springs died Wednesday, (December 1, 1999) at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs. She was born in Stafford, the daughter of the late Paul J. and Rose D. (Gagne) Garvais. She was educated in the local schools and was a retired button maker at the former B. Schwanda & Sons Button Factory. She was a member of St. Edward Parish. Rose is survived by several cousins and a special couple, Butch and Ilene Clark of Stafford Springs. The funeral service will be Saturday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. at Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main Street, Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery. The calling hour will be Saturday 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to St. Edward School Memorial Fund, 6 Benton Street, Stafford Springs, CT 06076.

Published in The Courant: 12/3/99


GREGORI, Elmo

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Elmo Gregori, 81, of West St., Stafford Springs, died Friday (September 10, 1999) at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs. He was the widower of the late Winifred (Pippin) Gregori who died on Sept. 1, 1994. He was born in Stafford Springs, son of the late Antonio and Celestine (Bruzzi) Gregori and was a World War II U.S. Army Veteran. He was a salesman and manager for Lehigh Gas Co. retiring after 35 years of service. After retiring he drove a school bus for many years and presently was a driver for the Stafford Community Senior Bus. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Strazza, Tonoli-Emhoff Post No. 26 American Legion and the V.F.W. Post #9990 of Stafford and the Stafford Senior Center. Elmo is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, David E. and Francisca Gregori of Prince Edward Island, Canada; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Jeff Aborn of Staffordville; three grandchildren, Christina, Christopher and Christy; two sisters, Edna Cole of California; Gloria Shaw of Groton; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special friend Sophia Swift. He was predeceased by two brothers, Primo and Gildo. Funeral service will be held Monday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, with the Rev. Sharon Miesel officiating. Burial will follow in Stafford Springs Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Sunday 2-5 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to the Stafford Senior Center c/o Laura Panciera, Buckley Highway, Stafford Springs, 06076 or Citizen Scholarship Fundation c/o John B. Mitchell, Stafford Savings Bank, P.O. Box 25, Stafford Springs, 06076.

Published in The Courant: 9/11/99


HEBERT, Jacques H.

STAFFORD

Jacques H. Hebert, beloved husband of Jeannine (St. Pierre) Hebert, Wutala Drive, Charlestown, RI. died Wednesday (April 14, 1999) at his home. He was formerly of Stafford .Born in Woonsocket, R.I. on January 6, 1927 (72) he was the son of the late Albert V. and Marie Ange (Drouin) Heben. Mr. Hebert was a World War II US Navy Veteran serving in the Seabees. He was also a former member of the Stafford Lions Club. Besides his wife he is survived by six daughters, Collene Kology of Wakefield, RI, Donna Schold of Norfolk, MA, Patricia St. Pierre of Westport, MA, Christine Mihaliak of Union, Deborah Armstrong of Stafford, and Beth Ann Drainville of Rockville, RI; two sons, Michael Hebert of Stafford, and Timothy Hebert of Rockville, RI. and two sisters, Lucy Nault of MA, and Midge Boudreau of RI. He was predeceased by three brothers Luke, Bert and Edward Hebert. Funeral services will be held from the SR Avery Funeral Home, Main St., Hope Valley, RI. on Saturday at 8:30 a.m.to a Mass of Christain Burial at St. Mary's Church route 112 Carolina, RI. at 10 a.m. There are no calling hours. Burial in Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flower donations may be made to the VNS Homecare 14 Woodruff Ave., Narragansett, RI or to the National Kidney Foundation of MA. and RI. 105 Eastern Ave. Suite 211 Dedham, MA 02026.

Published in The Courant: 4/16/99


HLOBIK, Verna S.

STAFFORD AND WILLINGTON

Verna S. Hlobik, 90, of River Rd., Willington died Wednesday (March 31, 1999) in Cocoa Beach, FL. She was born in Philpsburg, PA and settled in Willington many years ago. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Hlobik in 1977, and a son, James in 1952. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John and Eilise Hlobik of Willington; two sisters, Mary Benoit or Tolland and Helen Brown of Manchester; six grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and a greatgreat grandchild, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward's Church, with Burial following the Service at St. Edward Cemetery. Friends and relatives may call at Tocchetti Funeral Home, 132 West Main St., from 9 a.m. till the procession leaves to go to church. Memorials may be made to St. Edward School, 6 Benton St., Stafford Springs, CT 06076.

Published in The Courant: 4/3/99


HNATH, Helen R.

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Helen R. Hnath, 85, of Willington Ave., Stafford Springs, died Thursday, (May 13, 1999) at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs. She was born in Stafford Springs, daughter of the late Joseph and Maria Naglack. She was a retired button sorter at the former B. Schwanda and Sons Button Factory after 20 years of service and was a member of St. Edward Parish and The Polish-American Club of Rockville. Helen is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Edward G. and June K. Hnath of Stafford Springs; a daughter and son-in-law, Loretta H. and Robert Case of Tolland; four grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Frank Naglack of Palmer, MA; Andrew and Theresa Naglack of East Longmeadow, MA; and Jennie Naglack of Stafford Springs; a sister and brother-in-law, Sophie and James Tardy of Denver, CO; a brother-in-law, John Hnath of Ashford; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Helen was predeceased by a daughter, Eileen Hnath who died on Sept. 29, 1977. Funeral will be held Monday, 9 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Edward Church, High St., Stafford Springs. Burial will be in St. Edward Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to St. Edward Church, 6 Benton St., Stafford Springs, 06076.

Published in The Courant: 5/15/99


HOPKO, Janet Marie

Janet Marie Hopko, 66, of Leonard Rd., Stafford, died Monday, (December 6, 1999) at Manchester Memorial Hospital, Manchester. She was born in Stafford Springs, daughter of Genevieve "Jen" (Zuraw) Kunhardt and the late William J. Kunhardt, and was educated in the local schools. She was a retired maintenance worker at the University of Conn. in the library department. She was a member of St. Edward Parish, Stafford Senior Center, Stafford Grange No.1 of Stafford, Ashford Senior Center, and past president and member of the V.F.W. Post #9990 of Stafford Ladies Auxiliary. Janet is survived by her husband, Joseph P. Hopko of Stafford; a sister and brother-in-law, Corrine and Richard Passardi of Willington; two nephews, Noah and Abe Passardi; a niece, Amber Passardi; two uncles and an aunt, Sam Zuraw and his wife, Rita of Florida, Ed Zuraw and his wife, Rosalie of Ledyard, Ula Kunhardt of Stafford; several cousins and many dear friends. Funeral will be held Saturday, 9 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., in St. Edward Church, High St., Stafford Springs. Burial will be in St. Edward Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be Friday, 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to John DeQuattro Community Cancer Center, 71 Haynes St., Manchester, CT, 06040 or Ladies Auxiliary of the V.F.W. Post No. 9990 of Stafford, c/o Mrs. Evelyn Furness, 43 Willington Ave., Stafford Springs, CT 06076.

Published in The Courant: 12/8/99


HOWARD, Velia S.

Velia S. Howard, 91, of East St., Stafford Springs, died Tuesday (November 30, 1999), at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs. She was predeceased by her husband Dr. Earl G. Howard, D.M.D. on Feb. 7, 1974 and a daughter Nancy H. Fagan on Jan. 28, 1997. She was born in Stafford Springs, daughter of the late Augusto and Judith (Fontanella) Scussel. She attended local schools and was a member of the Stafford Springs Congregational Church Women's Council. Velia is survived by a daughter, Dorothy H. Mather of Vero Beach, FL; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, George Scussel of Florida; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Friday, Dec. 3, 1999 at 2 p.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs with the Rev. Harrison Putnam officiating. Burial will be in Stafford Springs Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492.

Published in The Courant: 12/1/99


JANIAK, Alice I.

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Our beloved mother, Alice I. Janiak, 83, of Prospect St., Stafford Springs, died Monday, (September 27, 1999) at St. Elizabeth Health Center, East Hartford. Alice was the widow of the late William J. Janiak who died on Dec. 28, 1970. She was born in Ashford, daughter of the late Lewellyn and Bertha (Willis) Wilson, and was a retired nurses aide for 18 years at the former Willington Convalescent Home, Willington. Alice is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Anton and Constance Janiak of Tolland; William Janiak; Thomas and Cara Janiak; and Cheryl Janiak, all of Stafford Springs; three daughters and sons-in-law, Alice and Francis Works of Tolland; Frances and Edwin Raith of Stafford Springs; Nancy and George Arnold of Skowhegan, ME; Benjamin Neff of Tolland; 21 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; a great-great grandchild; five sisters, Gladys Bennett of Willington; Elizabeth Thompson of Rockville; Carolyn Chebro of Ashford; Judy Krapf of Gainsville, FL; and Myrtus Ferry of Norwich; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Mildred Neff; a grandson, Marcus Works; and two sisters, Evelyn Fries and Vera Busse. Funeral service will be held Friday, 10 a.m., at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, with the Rev. Sharon Miesel officiating. Burial will follow in Stafford Springs Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Thursday, 6-9 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse and Community Care, Inc. (Hospice Unit), 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, 06066.

Published in The Courant: 9/28/99


JELLEN, James P.

STAFFORD SPRINGS

James P. Jellen, 44, of East St., Stafford Springs, died Sunday, (May 2, 1999) at Hartford Hospital, Hartford. He was born in Stafford Springs, son of the late Julius P. Jellen, who died on Feb. 6, 1999, and Cornelia R. (Maski) Jellen, who died on Feb. 22, 1970. Jim was the owner of Jellen Builders for 15 years and was a member of St. Edward Parish. Jim is survived by a son, Scott Jellen; and a daughter, Kristina Jellen, both of Brewster, MA; a brother and sister-in- law, Robert E. and Sharon Jellen of Willington; a sister, Leigh J. Gwara of Storrs; two aunts, Mary Wrisley and Helen Jellen, both of Stafford Springs; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and his former wife, Barbara (Knotek) Jellen of Brewster, MA. Funeral will be held Thursday, 10 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Edward Church at 11 a.m., High St., Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Memorial Donations may be made to Scott and Kristina Jellen Educational Fund, C/O Tolland Bank, 34 West Stafford Rd., Stafford Springs, 06076.(Attn: Robert E. Jellen)

Published in The Courant: 5/4/99


KLOPOTOWSKI, Stella P.

STAFFORD

Stella P. Klopotowski, 82, of Patten Rd., Stafford, died Tuesday (May 25, 1999) at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs. She was the widow of the late Frank Klopotowski who died on March 14, 1989. Stella was born in New Haven, daughter of the late Stephen and Minnie (Pawoski) Parinyak, educated in the local school and came to Stafford in 1936. She was a retired machine operator at the former B. Schwanda & Sons Button Factory and was a member of The Stafford Senior Center. Stella is survived by a host of dear friends who will truly miss her loving personality, sense of humor, and heart of gold. A funeral service will be held Friday, 10 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs. Burial will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery, New Haven. Calling hours will be held TODAY 5-7 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to The Stafford Public Library, 5 Springs St., Stafford Springs, 06076.

Published in The Courant: 5/27/99


KOMINSKI, Etty (Hlansy)

ELLINGTON AND STAFFORD SPRINGS

Etty (Hlasny) Kominski, 78, of Stafford Rd., Ellington, died Thursday (April 15, 1999) at Evergreen Health Care Center, Stafford Springs. She was born in Canmore, Alberta Canada, daughter of the late Paul and Etty (Hipsky) Hlasny. She was a resident of Ellington for over 70 years. She attended local schools and graduated from Rockville High School. Prior to her retirenient she was employed by United Aircraft of East Hartford. She was a member of The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Stafford Springs. Etty is survived by her loving husband of 49 years of marriage, John F. Kominski, Jr.; two daughters and sons- in-law, Cheryl and John Ferreira and Karen and Brian Janiga, all of Ellington; five loving grandchildren, Jennifer Ferreira, Jason Ferreira, Andrew Janiga, Matthew Janiga and Neal Janiga; a sister, Wilma Kuzmich of Ellington; a brother, Joseph Hlasny and wife Hazel of Florida; two brothers-in-law and wives, Reuben Kominski and Theresa of Florida; Edward Kominski and Veronica of Ashford; four sisters-in-law, Lois Kominski of Florida; Theresa Kominski of Enfield; Esther Hlasny of Vernon; and Beulah Deodato of Monson, MA; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Paul Hlasny. Funeral will be held Monday, 9 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, with a Funeral Worship Service with Holy Communion at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church West Main St., Stafford Springs, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery, Vernon. Calling hours will be held Sunday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 104 West Main St., Stafford Springs, 06076.

Published in The Courant: 4/16/99


KROUPA, Frances, I.

STAFFORDVILLE AND STAFFORD SPRINGS

Frances I. Kroupa, 90, of East St., Staffordville, died Thursday (September 23, 1999) at St. Francis Hospital, Hartford. She was born in New York City, NY, daughter of the late Emil and Frances (Schwanda) Kroupa of Woodside, NY, and lived in Staffordville for many years. She was a graduate of Cornell University and worked as an executive with B. Schwanda & Sons in New York City, NY. Upon leaving the firm, she moved to Staffordville and retired after working as a secretary at the Mullen Insurance Agency for several years. Frances is survived by a brother, Charles Kroupa of Charlottesville, VA; two nephews, Roger Umbdenstock and his wife, Karen of Napa, CA and Paul Umbdenstock of Tolland; four nieces, Janet Crisfield and her husband, Dennis of Valrico, FL; Ruth Lyman of Charlottesville, VA, Diane Hardos and her husband, John of Merritt Island, FL and Lois Kroupa of Cocoa, FL. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service, Thursday Oct. 7, 1999, 11 a.m., at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, with the Rev. Thomas Darling officiating. Burial will follow in Stafford Springs Cemetery. Memorial donations may he made to the Connecticut State Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, 198 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Published in The Courant: 10/3/99


KULAS, James A.

SOMERS AND STAFFORD

James A. Kulas, 60, of Galbraith Road, Somers, beloved husband of Charlotte (LeBlanc) Kulas of thirty-seven years, passed away Monday, (October 18, 1999) with his family by his side in Manchester Memorial Hospital. Jim was born May 30, 1930 in Stafford Springs, and was a lifelong resident of Somers. He attended Rockville High School, and was an Air Force veteran. He was a welding inspector for the Massachusetts Highway Department. Jim and his wife spent many happy times going polka dancing and fishing and Jim was a member of the Bass Anglers Sportsmen Society. He also enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. Besides his wife he leaves a son and his wife, Kent D. and Debra Kulas of Monson, MA; three daughters, Karen A. and her husband, Richard McQuaid, Laurie B. and Russell Gall of Stafford and Kristen L. Kulas of Hollywood, FL; a brother, Joseph Kulas of Springfield, MA; a sister, Constance Marini of Agawam, MA; and six grandchildren, Jaimie, Courtney and Cameron Kulas, Ashley and Ryan Gall, and Colin McQuaid. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Joseph and Felicia (Sobinski) Kulas, a brother, Theodore Kulas and a sister, Beatrice Simborski. The funeral will be Thursday, at 9 a.m. from the Somers Funeral Home, 354 Main St., with a Mass in All Saint's Church at 10. Burial in St. Bernard's Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Somers Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Published in The Courant: 10/19/99


LADR, Helen T.

STAFFORDVILLE AND WILLINGTON

Helen T. Ladr, 92, of East St., Staffordville, died Monday, (October 23, 1999) at Evergreen Health Care Center, Stafford Springs. She was predeceased by her husband, Rudolph W. Ladr, who died on March 4, 1978 and a son, Edward W. Ladr, who died on Dec. 7, 1993. She was born in Willington, daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa (Safranek) Toberman. She worked at the former Hall Manufacturing Co. in Willington, the former B. Schwanda & Sons Button Factory in Staffordville, and was a cook at Johnson Memorial Hospital for several years. She was a member of the Staffordville Congregational Church and was asst. treasurer, Staffordville Women's Fellowship of the Staffordville Congregational Church, past Chaplin and lecturer of the Stafford Grange No. 1 of Stafford, and a former member of the Corporal Henry Toberman Post No. 938 V.F.W. of Willington. Helen is survived by a daughter, Clara L. Clark of Staffordville; a daughter-in-law, Orianna H. Ladr of Stafford Springs; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Clara T. Beenk of Willington; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, with burial in Willington Hill Cemetery, Willington. Calling hours will be held Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Citizens Scholarship Foundation of Stafford, c/o John B. Mitchell Stafford Savings Bank, P.O. Box 25, Stafford Springs, 06076 or Stafford Fire Dept. No. 1, P.O. Box 147 A, Staffordville, 06077.

Published in The Courant: 10/26/99


LaFLAMME, Timothy M.

VERNON AND STAFFORD SPRINGS

Timothy M. LaFlamme, 25, of Vernon, died Sunday, (Aug. 1, 1999) as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born in Windham, son of Timothy and Linda LaFlamme of Stafford Springs, and was a Vernon resident for many years. Tim was a very caring person who had a lot of love for life and a passion for jeeps and dirtbikes. Besides his parents, he is survived by his children, Victoria and Taylor and their mother, Angela LaFlamme; his sisters, Cheryl LaFlamme of Vernon, Michelle LaFlamme of Stafford Springs; his paternal grandmother, Doris LaFlamme of Willington; his maternal grandparents, Elsie and John Hlobik of Willington; a special niece, Alexis; his girlfriend, Heather and her son Grant; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; and many special friends. Friends may call at the Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect St., Rockville, TODAY, from 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the LaFlamme Children Fund, c/o New England Bank, 71 West Road, Ellington, CT 06029.

Published in The Courant: 8/3/99


LANG, Gary J.

STAFFORD SPRINGS AND NEW YORK

Gary J. Lang, 40, of Boyer Rd., Stafford Springs, died Sunday, (October 17, 1999), at his home. He was born in Rochester, NY and has lived in Stafford Springs, for several years. He was a wood technologist at J.O.B. Industries in Enfield, and was a member of St. Edward Parish. Gary is survived by his wife, Denise (Thibault) Lang, a son, Paul Edward Lang, both of Stafford Springs; his parents, Vincent and Dorothy (Nichols) Lang; two sisters, Mrs. Thomas (Nancy) Miller, and Ms. Deborah White, all of Rochester, NY; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Paul V. Lang. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial in St. Edward Church, High St., Stafford Springs, at a time and date to be announced. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. The Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, has care of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to The Paul Edward Lang Educational Fund c/o First Federal Savings & Loan Harry Desruisseaux, 175 West Rd., Ellington, CT 06029.

Published in The Courant: 10/19/99


LASTUMBO, Mabel (Zamichiei)

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Mabel (Zamichiei) Lastumbo, 88, of West Main St., Stafford Springs died Wednesday (April 14, 1999) at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs. She was born in Willington, daughter of the late Bartolo & Giovanna (Rech) Zamichiei and was educated in the Stafford School System. She was a member of St. Edward Parish. Mabel is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Zamichiei and a brother, George Zamichiei, both of Stafford Springs; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Ralphie Lastumbo Jr.; a sister, Angeline Zamichiei; and a brother, Attilio (Teko) Zamichiei. Funeral will be held Saturday 9 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home lnc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Edward Church, High St., Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Memorial Donations may be made to St. Edward School Memorial Fund, 6 Benton St., Stafford Springs, CT 06076.

Published in The Courant: 4/15/99


LAWSON, Pamela L.

STAFFORD SPRINGS AND MICCO, FL

Pamela L. Lawson, 42, of Heather Lane, Micco, FL and formerly of Stafford Springs, died Saturday (September 25, 1999) at UConn Health Care Center Farmington. She was born in Stafford Springs, educated in the local schools, graduated from Southern Connecticut State College and the University of Connecticut. She worked at Cook International as a hardware and software programmer, West Palm Beach, FL. Pam is survived by her husband, Robert Lawson of Micco, FL; her parents, William and Elaine (Kunhardt) Wochomurka, Jr.; a great-grandmother, Eula Kunhardt; a sister and two brothers-in-law; Kim and Stephen Burnell, and Marty Gallison; two nephews, Tyler A. Burnell and Damon Wochomurka-Burnell, all of Stafford Springs; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by a sister, Sally Gallison, in 1983. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral service, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m., at the Stafffordville Congregational Church, East Street (Rte. 19), Staffordville, with the Rev. Thomas Darling officiating. Burial will be in Union Center Cemetery at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. The Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, has care of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, c/o UConn, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT 06030, or Staffordville Congregational Church, P.0. Box 237, Staffordville, CT 06077.

Published in The Courant: 9/26/99


LONG, James P.

STAFFORD SPRINGS

James P. Long, 79, of Bradenton, FL, formerly of Stafford Springs, husband of Alice P. (Mason) Long, passed away peacefully at his daughter's home in Manchester on Wednesday (Aug. 4, 1999) with his family at his side. Born December 5, 1919 in Stafford Springs, son of the late Alfred and Ada (Pritchard) Long, he had been a resident of Florida since 1976. Mr. Long was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army. He was employed with the AMF Cuno Company of Stafford Springs for over 25 years until his retirement in 1977. He was a member of the Tabernacle Church in Sarasota, FL for many years. Besides his loving wife Alice, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy C. and James McCavanagh of Manchester; a sister, Mae Hill of Clearwater, FL; five grandchildren, Kari, Jamie, and Sean McCavanagh and Melanie and Eric Long; two great grandchildren, Charles Wilson III and Ariel Wilson; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Peter J. Long; and a sister, Lena Wood. A memorial service will be Friday (August 6), 7 p.m. at the Rockville Church of the Nazarene, 47 East Street, Rockville. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Rockville Church of the Nazarene, 47 East St., Rockville 06066. Holmes Funeral Home, Manchester, has care of the arrangements.

Published in The Courant: 8/5/99


MARCONI, Stella Mary

Stella Mary Marconi, 86, of West St., Avery Park, Stafford Springs, died Friday (December 10, 1999) at Evergreen Health Care Center Stafford Springs. She was born in Stafford Springs, daughter of the late John and Angela (Bressan) Marconi. She was a retired packer at the former Home Pride Provisions after 23 years of service. She was a member of St. Edward Parish and the Stafford Fish and Game Club. Stella is survived by a Nephew Robert P. Marconi and his wife Barbara of Stafford Springs; two great Nephews Peter J. Marconi and his wife Cheryl of Hopkinton, MA; Paul J. Marconi of Stafford Springs; a great niece Deborah L. Marconi and her husband Frank Rodriguez of Rocky Hill, and many, many friends. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hour Monday 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc. 51 East Main St. Stafford Springs, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Edward Church High St. Stafford Springs, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in St. Edward Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Edward School Memorial Fund 6 Benton St. Stafford Springs, CT 06076.

Published in The Courant: 12/11/99


MATCHETT, Sadie L.

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Sadie L. Matchett, 93, of Leonard Road, Stafford Springs, died Saturday (March 20, 1999) at her home. She was the widow of the late William E. Matchett, Sr., who died June 19, 1988. She was born in Stafford Springs, daughter of the late Bert and Nettie (Jenks) Lamb. She was educated in the local schools and graduated from Palmer High School, and was a retired bookkeeper at the former Rubinow Clothing Store of Manchester. Sadie is survived by a son, William F. Matchett, Jr. of Stafford Springs; two daughters and a son-in-law, Phyllis Brothers of Wales, MA, Patricia and Lewis Clark of Middlebury; six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, five great great-grandchildren; a sister, Hazel Sibley of Glastonbury, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be Tuesday, 10 a.m., at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, with the Rev. Sharon Miesel officiating. Burial will be in Stafford Springs Cemetery, Stafford Springs. Calling hours will be Monday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Visiting Nurse & Community Care, Inc., 8 Keynote Dr., Vernon, CT 06066.

Published in The Courant: 3/21/99


MILIKOWSKI, William H.

William H. Milikowski, 71, of Chestnut Hill Rd., Stafford Springs, passed on Sunday, (December 5, 1999) at St. Francis Hospital, Hartford. He was born in Manchester, son of the late Charles M. and Teresa (Braun) Milikowski. He was a graduate of St. John's Prep School, Providence College and attended the University of Conn. School of Law. William was a U.S. Army Veteran during the Korean Conflict and was employed at The Stafford Conservatories for 18 years. In 1972 he founded and became president of W. H. Milikowski, Inc. and Chestnut Hill Farms, both of Stafford Springs. He was a member of St. Edward Parish, Rev. Felix J. O'Neil Council No. 1395 Knights of Columbus, corporator of the Johnson Memorial Hospital Corporation, charter member of the Conn. Greenhouse Growers Assoc., Tolland County Farm Bureau, past president of the Stafford Rotary Club, and past president of the North American Horticultural Suppliers Assoc. William is survived by his loving wife of 44 years of marriage, Jeanne (Rice) Milikowski of Stafford Springs; six children, Karen Ann Milikowski of Somers; Krista M. Silva and her husband Anthony of Palmer, MA; Mark W. Milikowski and his wife Robin of Somers; Michael B. Milikowski and his wife Joann of Stafford; Mary E. Ferris and her husband Anthony of Stafford Springs; and Karl J. Milikowski and his wife Traci of Stafford Springs; seven grandchildren, Stephen and Ellen Silva, Nicole and Patrick Milikowski, Katelyn and Jeffrey Ferris and Emma Milikowski; a brother, Robert A. Milikowski of Maine; two sisters, June Pokoski of Maine and Jeanne Wicker of Rhode Island; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Bill was an avid U-Conn Women's Basketball fan attending many home and away games. Funeral will be held Thursday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Edward Church, High St., Stafford Springs, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery Bloomfield. Calling hours will be Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, 300 Research Pkwy., Meriden, CT 06450.

Published in The Courant: 12/7/99


MILLER, Edna P.

Edna P. Miller, 74, of Ash St., Stafford Springs, died Monday, (November 8, 1999) at St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center, Hartford. She was the widow of the late Robert G. Miller who died on Nov. 1, 1983. She was born in New York City, NY, daughter of the late Edmund and Josephine (Gregory) Yery and lived in Stafford Springs for 20 years. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Strazza, Tonoli-Emhoff Post No. 26 American Legion. Edna is survived by two sons, Tom Miller of Watertown, MA, George Miller of Palm Coast, FL; two daughters, Joan Altomonte of Staten Island, NY, Jane Miller of Mt. Morris, IL; three grandchildren, Jennifer, Jared, and Travis; a brother and sister-in-law, Edmund F. and Lucille Yery of Fredericksburg, VA; a special friend, Frank Dougherty of Stafford Springs; and a beloved dog, Harley. A funeral service will be held Thursday, 10 a.m., at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, with burial in St. Edward Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Edna P. Miller to St. Francis Hospital, c/o Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, 140 Woodland Street, Hartford, 06105.

Published in The Courant: 11/9/99


MILLS, Eunice A. "Enes"

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Eunice A. "Enes" Mills, 85, of Benton St., Stafford Springs, died Monday, (June 21, 1999) at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs. She was the widow of the late Roy Mills who died on March 4, 1972. She was born in Blanford, MA, daughter of the late Louis and Virginia (DellaSanta) Orazi. Mrs. Mills was a school crossing guard for 30 years, and was a member of St. Edward Parish and St. Edward Ladies Guild. Eunice is survived by two sons and daughters-in- law, Robert L. and Donna L. Mills of Stafford Springs, James D. and Ann P. Mills of Ellington, a daughter and son-in-law, Carol M. and Burton A. Davis of Stafford Springs; eight grandchildren, Lynn D. Carter, Kimberly J. Davis, Burton R. Davis, Kerry L. Mills, Shannon E. Mills, Lyndsay H. Mills, Joseph W. Mills, Taylor V. Mills; two great grandchildren, Mark A. Carter, Kasey D. Carter; two nephews, James K. Larkin of California, and Rev. Donald L. Larkin of Kingston 6, Jamaica, WI. Family and friends are invited to attend a calling hour on Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Edward Church, High St., Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made to Visiting Nurse & Community Care Inc., 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, CT 06066 or American Lung Association, 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108.

Published in The Courant: 6/23/99


MIRANDA, Joseph

COVENTRY AND STAFFORD SPRINGS

Joseph Miranda, 82, of Swamp Road, Coventry, died Saturday (Aug. 14, 1999) at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford. He was born in New Bedford, MA, son of the late Cesar and Maria (Gouevia) Miranda. He was a retired maintenance worker at Kurtz Bros., Manchester, and was a member of St. Mary Parish, Coventry, and an honorary life member of The Feast of Blessed Sacrament of New Bedford, MA. Joseph is survived by his loving wife of 59 years of marriage, Mabel (Souza) Miranda of Coventry; a daughter and son-in-law, Mabel M. and Peter Armelin of Stafford Springs; four sons and daughters-in- law, Joseph and Barbara Miranda of Westfield, MA, David and Giselle Miranda of Florida, Michael and Martha Miranda of Coventry, Stephen Miranda of Bolton; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Cezar Miranda and James Miranda; four sisters, Alice Miranda, Minnie Jerome, Susie Fernandes and Florence Dini, all of New Bedford, MA; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Corriea and Hilda Bernado. The funeral will be Tuesday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m., at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, with a Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m., in St. Edward Church, High Street, Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery. Calling hours will be TODAY, 7-9 P.M., at the Introvigne Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to St. Edward School Memorial Fund, 6 Benton St., Stafford Springs, CT 06076.

Published in The Courant: 8/16/99


NAGY, Richard S.

MANSFIELD AND STAFFORD SPRINGS

Richard S. Nagy, 60, of Echo Dr., Mansfield, died Saturday, (October 23, 1999) at his home. He was born Jan. 23, 1939 in New York, NY, the son of the late Charles and Florence (Voorhis) Nagy. Mr. Nagy graduated from Eastern Connecticut University in 1961, with a BS in Education. He started his teaching career in October 1961 in the Mansfield school system. He taught in the middle school from 1969 until his retirement three years ago. He taught Social Studies at all grade levels during his career. He received his Masters of Education from Eastern Connecticut University. Dick taught the gifted and talented children at the middle school, he was the curriculm convenor for the Social Studies Curriculm Counsel for many years; he was the team leader for the 5th and 8th grade teams as well. For several years, Mr. Nagy chaperoned and organized student trips to Washington, DC during the April vacation. During his 35 year career, Mr. Nagy taught approximately 3,000 of Mansfield's children. They were the recipients his professional expertise and love for the teaching profession. Dick was highly respected by his co-workers, students and faculty members. He especially enjoyed sharing his love for creative writing and was regularly sought out for his expertise. He was a member of the National Education Association, The Connecticut Teacher Education Association and the Mansfield Education Association. He also participated in many community activities as well as honoring his hertiage as president of the Ashford Hungarian Social Club. Dick was respected and cherished by many friends and students; but his love for animals was always apparent by his affection for his two dogs and three Kitty Angels. He is survived by two brothers, Ronald of Stafford Springs; and Roger of Alfred, ME; and several nieces and nephews. He leaves behind a legacy of love, honor and respect to those who shared his life. He will be forever in the hearts of his family, friends and his lifelong sweetheart, Barbara. His funeral service will be held Wednesday, 11 a.m. at the Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St. (Rte. 195, 1/2 mile south of Rte. 6 bypass), Willimantic, with the Rev. Kenneth Ferguson officiating. Burial will follow in the Mansfield Center Cemetery. His family will receive friends TODAY, 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Flowers will be lovingly accepted or donations may be made in his memory to NECTAR, P.O. Box 362, Storrs, 06268.

Published in The Courant: 10/26/99


NOGAS, Michael

WILLINGTON AND STAFFORD SPRINGS

Michael Nogas, 91, of Latham Road, Willington, husband of the late Dorothy (White) Nogas, died Wednesday, (July 28, 1999) at the Windham Hospital. He was born Jan. 2, 1908 in Poland and was a Willington resident for most of his life. He had been employed as a machinist by Pratt & Whitney in West Hartford and was a member of the Ukrainian National Home, North Windham. He is survived by a son, Michael of Willington; two granddaughters, Barbara Rago of South Windsor; and Kristeen Tracey of Vernon; five great grandchildren; and a nephew, Walter Movchuk of Windsor. His funeral service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St. (Rte. 195, 1/2 mile South of Rte. 6 bypass), Willimantic. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery, Stafford Springs. There are no calling hours.

Published in The Courant: 7/29/99


PERKO, Mary

Mary Perko, 84, formerly of West St. Avery Park, Stafford Springs, passed on peacefully after a lengthy illness Wednesday, (December 29, 1999) at Woodlake at Tolland, Tolland. She was the widow of the late George Perko who died on April 22, 1977. She was born in Willington, daughter of the late John and Amelia (Molych) Janiak. She was a retired inspector at the former Stafford Printers after 15 years of service, and a member of St. Edward Parish and the Stafford Golden Age Club. Mary is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Joyce E. and James R. Kuzemchak of South Windsor; two grandchildren, Kevin M. Kuzemchak and Lynn M. Kuzemchak; and several nieces and nephews. Mary will always be remembered for her many smiles and her love of life. The funeral will be held Monday, Jan. 3, 9 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Edward Church High St., Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in Stafford Springs Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Sunday, 2-5 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Woodlake at Tolland (Recreation Department), 26 Shenipsit Lake Rd., Tolland, CT, 06084.

Published in The Courant: 12/30/99


PICCOLI, Ernaldo Ernesto "Toke"

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Ernaldo Ernesto "Toke" Piccoli, 84, of Sawmill Rd., Stafford Springs, died Friday, (October 8, 1999) at his home. He was the widower of the late Dorothy (Foley) Piccoli, who died on February 25, 1985. He was born in Stafford Springs, son of the late Dominico and Catherina (Bresson) Piccoli, and was a retired foreman in the inspection department at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, East Hartford. After retiring he was employed at B & M Garage and Stafford Motor Speedway as a VIP gate attendant and was an avid race car fan. He was a member of St. Edward Parish, Italian Benefit Society and the Stafford Fish and Game Club. Ernaldo is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Diane Piccoli of Stafford Springs; Ronald and Lou Ann Piccoli of Preston; and Robert and Rhonda Piccoli of Stafford Springs; a daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Jeffrey Ference of Ashford; five grandchildren, Rhonda, Jennifer, Jason, Melissa and Angela; a brother and sister- in-law, Peter and Elaine Piccoli of Stafford Springs; a sister and brother- in-law, Dolores and Almond Upton, Jr. of Ashford; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a daughter, Catherine Piccoli; three brothers, Mario Piccoli, Evo Piccoli and Americo Piccoli; and two sisters, Jennie Piccoli and Clara Janiak. Funeral will be held Monday, 9 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Edward Church, High St., Stafford Springs, 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday, 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to St. Edward School Memorial Fund, 6 Benton St., Stafford Springs, 06076.

Published in The Courant: 10/9/99


PINCINCE, Esther L. "Esta"

Esther L. "Esta" Pincince, 76, of Green St., Stafford Springs, died Friday, (July 30, 1999) at Fox Hill Nursing Home, Rockville. She was born in Stafford Springs, daughter of the late Jack and Louise (Lorenzet) Quarti. She was a member of St. Edward Parish, Court Isabella #785 Catholic Daughters of America, and honorary life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Italian Benefit Society. Esther is survived by her loving husband of 53 years of marriage, Marcellin J. "Marcy" Pincince of Stafford Springs; a son and daughter-in-law, Lary and Carla Pincince of Stafford Springs; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lou-Ann and Thomas Tucker of Vernon, Elaine and Marty Boldi of Stafford Springs; five grandchildren, Kristen and Karen Tucker, Marcie, Corinna, and Kyle Boldi; a sister, Frances Lanati of Windsor Locks; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by three brothers, Joseph, Albert, and Leno. Esta lived a good life and will be remembered by her family and many friends for her "Good-Witt; Good Will, the card Games, Golf and her trips South". Funeral will be held Monday, 9 a.m., at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m., at St. Edward Church, High St., Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Sunday, 5-8 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Stafford Senior Center, C/O Laura Panciera, Buckley Highway, Stafford Springs, 06076.

Published in The Courant: 7/31/99


RACKHAM, Frieda T.

Frieda T. Rackham, 93, formerly of West Main St, Stafford Springs, died Wednesday (November 17, 1999) at Evergreen Health Care Center, Stafford Springs. She was the widow of the late Lloyd H. Rackham, Frieda was born in Stafford Springs, daughter of the late Max H. and Lettie (Schneider) Turschman. She attended local schools, graduate of Stafford High School with Honors, graduate of Teacher Training at Bay Path Institute, Springfield, MA, and was a commercial teacher of over 20 years in the Ansonia High School, Ansonia. She was a member of the Second Congregational Church of Stafford at West Stafford, Stafford Springs, a former member of the Ansonia Congregational Church, Ansonia, a 71 year member of the Grange, Past District Deputy President of Ells-Wood Rebekah Lodge IOOF, State Chaplain of Conn., Rebekah Assembly, served the Conn. Eye Bank for over 10 years, Baker Chapter #74 O.E.S. and the Stafford Golden Age Club. Frieda is survived by a brother Frederick Turschmann of Staffordville and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother George Turschmann; and a sister Lillian Theising. Funeral services will be held Saturday, 10 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, and with the Rev. Joseph Wadsworth officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Ansonia. Calling hour will be Saturday, 9-10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Published in The Courant: 11/19/99


REYNOLDS, Winifred S. "Winnie"

Winifred S. "Winnie" Reynolds, 74, of Furnace Ave., Stafford Springs, died Thursday (August 5, 1999) at Hartford Hospital, Hartford. She was born in Stafford Springs, daughter of the late Omer and Maude (Smith) Cooley, and graduated from Stafford High School. She was a retired secretary for the Emission Department, State of Conn. Department of Motor Vehicles. She was a former member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Stafford Fire Dept. No.1 of Staffordville. Winifred is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth M. and Kathleen H. Reynolds of Townsend, DE; Gary M. Reynolds and Alice E. DeTora of Sterling; two granddaughters, Breanne and Amanda; two brothers, Ralph Cooley of East Longmeadow, MA; and Richard Cooley of Eastford; three sisters, Doris Sanger of Staffordville; and Jean DuPont and Olive Cooley, both of Stafford Springs; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a sister, Marjorie Bren. Funeral service will be held Monday, 11 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, with the Rev. Thomas Darling officiating. Burial will follow in Staffordville Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Sunday, 5-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse and Community Care, Inc., 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, 06066.

Published in The Courant: 8/7/99


RITCHIE, Lawrence W.

STAFFORD SPRINGS AND HOULTON, ME

Lawrence W. Ritchie, 59, of Center St, Stafford Springs, died Wednesday, (May 19, 1999) at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs. He was born in Houlton, ME, son of the late Earl and Florence Ritchie. He was a utility manager for KMART Corp. of Vernon, for nine years. Lawrence is survived by two sons and a daughter- in-law, Mark S. and Karen R. Ritchie of Stafford Springs; Damien J. Ritchie of East Hartford; one daughter, Terri L. Ritchie of Enfield; eight grandchildren; one brother, Frank of New York; three sisters, Alberta and Patricia both of Bangor, ME; Jean of Hamden, ME; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by five brothers and one sister. Funeral service will be held TODAY, May 20, at 2 p.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc, 51 East Main St, Stafford Springs. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Calling time will be one hour before the service, 1-2 p.m.

Published in The Courant: 5/20/99


RUGEN, Richard Longstreet

STAFFORD SPRINGS AND LONGBOAT KEY, FL

Richard Longstreet Rugen, 78, of Longboat Key, FL, and Charlestown, RI, died Friday (April 23, 1999), in Sarasota, FL. He had been a longtime resident of Stafford Springs. The son of the late Louis C. Rugen and Anna (Van der Veer) Rugen, Dick graduated from Plainfield High School, in New Jersey, Worcester Academy, in Worcester, MA., Dartmouth College, class of 1942, Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering, and Lowell Textile Institute, in Massachusetts. An engineer at Curtiss-Wright Aircraft, in St. Louis, MO, Dick designed components for military aircraft during World War II. Following employment with Ernst & Ernst, in Boston, MA, as a manufacturing consultant, he joined The Warren Woolen Company in Stafford Springs. In his 34 years, with the company, 1946-1980, he served successively as assistant superintendent, superintendent, and president. After retirement, he continued as a board member and consultant. Dick served on the boards of Johnson Memorial Hospital, in Stafford Springs, the Connecticut State Hospital Association, the Stafford Savings Bank, the Stafford Springs branch of The Connecticut Bank and Trust Company, and the Stafford Boys Club. Athletically active all his life, Dick particularly enjoyed golf, tennis, and motorcycling. Dick is survived by his wife of 56 years, Peggy (Valentine) Rugen; a son, Sanford L. Rugen of Stafford Springs; a son, James S. Rugen, and daughter-in-law, Nancy B. Rugen, of Windsor; and a daughter, Kate V. Rugen of Stonington. Predeceased by a sister, Alice (Rugen) Howe; and a brother, Carl E. Rugen, he is survived by brothers, David V. Rugen of St. Petersburg, FL; Robert C. Rugen of Chapel Hill, NC; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Services will be private. To honor his memory, the family invites friends to join them on Sunday, June 13, 1999, at any time between, 3-7 p.m., at the Rugen home, 61 Bayview Road, Quonochontaug Central Beach, Charlestown, Rl. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Salvation Army or the American Cancer Society.

Published in The Courant: 4/24/99


SALVADOR, Sophie M.

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Sophie M. Salvador, 78, of Flosita Drive, Daytona Beach, FL, and formerly of Stafford Springs, died Thursday (April 22, 1999) at her home. She was predeceased by her husband, Martin Salvador, who died on Dec. 9, 1980; and a son, Richard M. Salvador, who died on Oct. 9, 1965. She was born in Staffordville, daughter of the late Alexander and Mary (Szpanek) Babiel. She was a member of The Church of the Epiphany, and a very active member of the LaCosta Village Home Owners Association and Retirement Community, and was a former member of St. Edward Parish and the Stafford Golden Age Club. Sophie is survived by a son and daughter-in- law, John A. and Debbie Salvador of Prattville, AL; two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia A. and Robert Deskus of Mystic, Linda M. and Sterling MacPherson of Union; nine grandchildren, Chris, Katy, Mark, Rich, Doug, Jeremy, Matt, Eric and Adam; two great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial, TODAY, 11 a.m., in St. Edward Church, High Street, Stafford Springs. Burial will be in St. Edward Cemetery. The Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, has charge of arrangements. There are no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to Memorial and Honor Program, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38lO5, or St. Edward School Memorial Fund (Library), 6 Benton St., Stafford Springs, CT 06076.

Published in The Courant: 4/26/99


SCHIFFER, Wallace A.

Wallace A. Schiffer, 84, of stafford, husband of Edna (Larson) Schiffer, died Saturday, (December 4, 1999) at Rocky Hill veterans Hospital. He was born in Meriden on February 8, 1915 son of the late Henry and Frieda (Funke) Schiffer and had lived in East Longmeadow, MA and then resided for most of his adult life in Stafford. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in World War II. Prior to his retirement he worked in the Sales Department at Diamond International Corporation for over 40 years. he was a graduate of Baypath Junior College, a member of Elks Lodge #1849 in Chicopee, MA, and a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in East Longmeadow, MA. Besides his wife, Mr. Schiffer is survived by a daughter, Elaine S. Crockett of Manchester; a son, Donald P. Schiffer of North Hinsdale, NY; two grandchildren, Jordan Schiffer of North Hinsdale, NY and Kimberly Crockett and her fiance, Raymond Petraska of Vernon; a brother and sister-in-law, Henry Schiffer Jr. and Carolee Schiffer of Cheshire; a brother-in-law, John Larson and his wife, Henrietta of Deep River; a sister-in-law, Mable Nilson of East Longmeadow, MA; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 181 Elm St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028 or the American Cancer Society, 237 East Center St. Manchester, 06040. Holmes Funeral Home, Manchester, has car of the arangements.

Published in The Courant: 12/5/99


SCHWANDA, Robert B.

Robert B. Schwanda, 82, of Stafford Street, Staffordville, died Saturday (November 6, 1999) at home. He was born in Winfield, Long Island, NY, son of Josephine (Waldmann) Schwanda of Stafford Springs and the late Benedict Schwanda. He was a World War II U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Rob was a retired plant manager at the former B. Schwanda & Sons Button Factory and Schwanda Plastic's, Inc. of Staffordville. He was a member of the Stafford Rotary Club since April of 1952, past president and a Paul Harris Fellow recipient, a former member of the Stafford Fire Dept. No. 1 of Staffordville, and former Boy Scout Leader of Troop No. 50 of Staffordville. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 59 years of marriage, Alfea (Neri) Schwanda of Staffordville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert B. and Fran Schwanda, Jr. of Willington; Brian G. and Nancy Schwanda of Staffordville; two daughters and a son-in- law, Nancy S. Kida of Monson, MA, Judy Schwanda and Ed Berezowski of Canton; four grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; four brothers, Benedict Schwanda and Charles Schwanda, both of Stafford Springs, Theodore Schwanda of New Jersey, Alan Schwanda of Enfield; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Eugenia Finnegan. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Thursday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Stafford Rotary Club, P.O. 277, Stafford Springs, CT 06076.

Published in The Courant: 11/7/99


SPRINGER, Bryan, Jr. and SPRINGER, Ethel

STAFFORD SPRINGS AND MERCER, ME

Bryan Springer, Jr., 59, and Ethel Springer, 51, of Mercer, ME, died Tuesday (July 13, 1999). Bryan was born in Weston, ME, son of Bryan Springer, Sr. and Cora (Muncey) Springer. He is survived by a daughter, Janice of Sidney, ME; and a son, Bryan Springer of Mercer, ME; a granddaughter, Laura; five sisters, Julia Kangas, Daisy Miller and Leona Rollins, all of Stafford Springs; Esther Spencer of Guilford, ME, Rosalind Spurling of Columbus, IN; and a brother, Walter, of Bowdoinham, ME. Ethel was born in Weymouth, MA, daughter of George and Helen (Gardner) Campbell. She is survived by a daughter, Ellen Zartman of Mercer, ME; three sons, Daniel and Gerald Prescott of Skowhegan, ME; and Bryan Springer, III of Mercer, ME; seven grandchildren, Maria, Jessica, Kayla, Raven, Afton, Colby and Bradly; her father, George Campbell and wife Irene of Dixfield, ME; and two sisters, Mardie Campbell of Tucson, AZ; and Polly Barker of Hanson, MA. A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 10 Church St., Stafford Springs, Sept. 19, 2 p.m., with Rev. Sharon Miesel officiating.

Published in The Courant: 9/12/99


TAYLOR, Margaret S.

STAFFORD SPRINGS AND MONSON

Margaret S. Taylor, 83, formerly of Stafford Springs, and Monson, MA died Sunday, (August 1, 1999) at Vernon Manor, Vernon. She was the widow of the late Melvin "Mike" Taylor who died in 1980. She was born in Pittsburg, PA, daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Vavro) Shaffer, attended local schools and graduated from Stafford High School and was a long time secretary at the Stafford Savings Bank. Margaret and Mike owned and operated the Old Carpenter Shop for over 25 years. She was a former treasurer of the Universalist Church in Stafford Hollow and past member of the Pioneer Valley Antique Auto Club. Margaret is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Kuchinsky of Willington; a brother, Richard Shaffer of Stafford Springs; two sister-in-laws, Nora Shaffer of Stafford Springs, Ida Shaffer of Brookfield, MA; a brother-in-law and his wife, Richard and Shirley Taylor of Feeding Hills, MA; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, William, Frederick and Edward Shaffer. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Wednesday, from 5-7 p.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs. Funeral service will be private with burial in Hillcrest Park Cemetery, Springfield, MA. Memorial donations may be made to Visiting Nurse & Community Care, Inc. (Hospice Unit), 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, 06066.

Published in The Courant: 8/3/99


THAYER, Frances C. "Frankie"

Frances C. "Frankie" Thayer, 82, formally of Monson Rd., Stafford Springs, died Saturday (July 10, 1999) at Evergreen Health Care Center, Stafford Springs. She was the widow of the late Ivy N. Thayer, who died on March 5, 1999. She was born in Mars Hill, ME, daughter of the late William and Florence (Elgin) Collins. She was a retired textile worker at Cheney Bros. of Manchester for many years. Frankie is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and John DeVore of Jupiter, FL, Alyce and Charles Ruffini of Bradenton, FL, and Joan and John Boyd of Vernon; a son, Robert E. Thayer of Bradenton, FL; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a great great granddaughter; three sisters, Iva Barker, Carleen Wheeler and Barbara Chase; two Brothers, Parker Collins and Donald Clark; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by three brothers, Thomas "Eugene" Collins, Stephen Collins and James Clark. Funeral service will be private with no calling hours. The Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs has charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Stafford Ambulance Assoc., P.O. Box 68, Stafford Springs, CT 06076.

Published in The Courant: 7/14/99


TROMBLY, Marilyn F.

Marilyn F. Trombly, 73, formerly of Tolland Turnpike, Willington, died Tuesday, (July 13, 1999) at Hartford Hospital, Hartford. She was born in Stafford, daughter of the late Alexander I. and Rose (Daigle) Trombly. She attended local schools retired from G. Fox & Co. and lived in Willington for many years before moving to Evergreen Health Care Center, Stafford Springs, after very physically debilitating strokes. She had a great love for reading, cross word puzzles, needle work and enjoyed television. Marilyn is survived by several cousins and many dear friends at Evergreen, especially Ingrid Hohn, who all gave constant caring, love and support for many years. Funeral will be held Saturday, 10 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Edward Church, High St., Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Evergreen Health Care Center, P.O. Box 540, Stafford Springs, 06076 or the American Cancer Society, 253 E. Center St., Manchester, 06040.

Published in The Courant: 7/15/99


USHER, Leonard

STAFFORD

Leonard Usher, 85, of Old Stafford Rd., died Sunday (March 21, 1999), at Rockville General Hospital. He was born in Stafford and moved to Tolland as a boy. He was employed at LaPointe Industries in Rockville before his retirement in the early 1970s. Lenoard was predeceased by his wife Joyce (Kibbe) Usher, 8-18-1995, and a son Ronald. He was an avid nature lover, especially birds and all natural things. He was a loving father, and grandfather who leaves a daughter, Diane Clifford of Tolland; three sons, Richard Usher of Enfield, David Usher and James Usher both of Tolland; nine grandchildren; several great and great-great grandchildren; a brother, Marshal Usher of Monson, MA.; a sister, Myrtle LaGrange of Enfield; several nieces and nephews. The family would like to express a special thank you to the I.C.U. Unit, of Rockville General Hospital for all their support. Funeral Service will held Wednesday at Tocchetti Funeral Home, 132 West Main St., Stafford Springs at 10 a.m. Burial will follow the service in South Cemetery, Tolland. Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home today from 6-8 p.m. Memorials are asked to be sent to Audubon Society of Northeast Conn., Storrs CT. 06268.

Published in The Courant: 3/23/99


VERLIK, Richard F.

STAFFORD SPRINGS AND HARWICH

Richard F. Verlik, 44, of Harwich, MA, and formerly of Stafford Springs, died on Thursday (July 8, 1999) at Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, MA. Born in Springfield, MA on October 24, 1954, he is the son of Barbara Y. Verlik of Harwichport, MA and the late Robert J. Verlik, Sr. He is survived by his loving companion, Jacqueline Terry; her two sons, Randy Hubert and Zachery Terry; a sister, Jacqueline Doyle of San Francisco, CA; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert Jr. and Jo- Ann Verlik of Stafford Springs; two nieces, Michelle Doyle of Portland, ME and Rachel Verlik of Alexandria, VA; and a nephew, Sean Verlik, USMC of Camp Lejeune, NC. He graduated from Stafford High School and attended American International College, Springfield, MA. Rick was an avid sportsman and enjoyed skiing, cross-country running, field and track, hunting, and fishing. He was an accomplished sports fisherman, and for many years owned and captained the "Seahunter", a commercial fishing vessel out of Harwichport, MA. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Donations in his memory may be sent to Mr. John Mitchell, Citizens Scholarship Foundation of Stafford, c/o Stafford Savings Bank, P.O. Box 25, Stafford Springs, CT 06076.

Published in The Courant: 7/13/99


VOGEL, Shelly A.

STAFFORD SPRINGS

Shelly A. Vogel, 43, of Minor Rd., Stafford Springs, died Saturday (October 2, 1999) at Rockville General Hospital, Rockville. She was born in Stafford Springs, educated in the local schools, and worked at Mansfield State Training School for 13 years, and was a medic for 11 years for the Department of Corrections, State of CT. Shelly was a member of the Executive Board, Union Steward and former secretary of A.F.S.C.M.E. Local No. 391, and member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Italian Benefit Society. Shelly is survived by her loving husband of 18 years, William W. (Billy-Snake) Hoering of Stafford Springs; her parents, Ronald W. and Dorothy M. (Koniar) Vogel of Stafford Springs; paternal grandmother, Louise Vogel of Tolland; a son, Hans Hoering of Stafford Springs; a brother and sister-in-law, Randolph W. and Nancy L. Vogel of Willington; a sister and brother-in-law, Linda M. and Richard E. Baker of Stafford Springs; two nephews, Eric and Sean Vogel of Willington; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and many dear friends. Shelly also leaves her beloved pet dogs, Mandy & Mocha. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, 10 a.m., at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, with the Rev. Mark Larson officiating. Burial will be in Willington Hill Cemetery, Willington. Calling hours will he held Monday, 1-3 and 6-9 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to Stafford Animal Shelter, c/o Michael Hurchala, 1 Main St., Warren Memorial Town Hall, Stafford Springs, 06076 or The Citizen Scholarship Foundation of Stafford (Shelly A. Vogel Fund), c/o John B. Mitchell, Stafford Savings Bank, P.O. Box 25, Stafford Springs, 06076.

Published in The Courant: 10/3/99


WARREN, Alexander

Alexander Warren, 82, of Colburn Road, Staffordville, died Saturday (December 11, 1999) shortly after having entered Woodlake at Tolland. He was born in Springfield, MA, and was a lifelong resident of Stafford. His wife, Dorothy Mae Staples Warren, predeceased him on January 20, 1968. He retired in 1975 from United Technologies, where he was employed for 30 years as a foreman in the Inspection Dept. Al was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps with the rank of Second Lieutenant. He was an avid water skier and enjoyed hunting, fishing and flying. He survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia Joyce and Rudolph Mahdalik of Stafford Springs; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Arthur Staples and Linda Warren of Chesterfield County, VA, and Bruce C. Warren of Staffordville; a sister, Josephine Cambio at Blair Manor, Enfield; a very dear friend, Jane O. Irish of Staffordville; three grandchildren, Alana Mahdalik Pilcher and her husband, Marc of North Stonington, McCullough Lee Warren, Arthur Warren Jr. and his wife, Carissa; and a great-granddaughter, Keeli-Shae Alexis, all of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by three brothers and a sister. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec.15, at 11 a.m. at Tocchetti Funeral Home, 132 West Main St., Stafford Springs. Burial will follow the service at Stafford Springs Cemetery. Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Citizen's Scholarship Foundation of Stafford, c/o John Mitchell Tres., P.O. Box 243, Stafford, CT 06075, or American Cancer Society, 243 East St., Manchester, CT 06040.

Published in The Courant: 12/13/99


WEST, Claire M.

STAFFORDVILLE AND STAFFORD SPRINGS

Claire M. West, 72, of East St. Staffordville, died Monday (August 23, 1999) at Johnson Memorial Hospital Stafford Springs. She was the widow of the late Wilmar Welsh West who died on Aug. 15, 1997. She was born in Stafford Springs, daughter of the late Attilio R. & Mildred (McLagan) Frassinelli. She retired in May of 1985 as Postmaster of the Staffordville Post Office, Staffordville. She was a charter member of the Stafford Historical Society, Past President & Charter member of the Stafford Fire Dept. No. 1 Ladies Auxiliary of Staffordville, Former Girl Scout Leader in Staffordville, Stafford's 250 Bi-Centennial Committee Member, Teachers Aide in the Borough Elementary School and the Staffordville Elementary School. Claire is survived by a son, Jeffrey A. West of Staffordville; Four Daughters and Sons-in-Laws, Donna L. Ference of Stafford Springs; Diane D. West and Barry Greika of Stafford Springs; Wendy C. West and Mark Price of Staffordville; Debra A. and Guy Martorelli of Stafford Springs; seven grandchildren, Alan Ference, Jill Ference, Beth Syphers, Koren Madden, Heather West, Nichole Martorelli , Marissa Martorelli; two Great Grandsons, Joshua and Sean Ference; a Brother, and two Sisters-in-Laws, Gordon J. and Barbara Frassinelli, Sr.; Carole Frassinelli; two sisters and brothers-in-laws, Nancy and Richard Bilyak; Virginia and Richard Pisciotta all of Stafford Springs; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Claire was predeceased by a brother, David Frassinelli on Aug 1, 1970. Funeral service will be Wed., Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc. 51 E Main St. Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in West Cushman Cemetery in Stafford Springs. Calling time will be Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. At the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to The Stafford Fire Dept. No. 1 Ladies Auxiliary P.O. Box 147 Staffordville, OR Citizens Scholarship Foundation of Stafford (Attilio R. Frassinelli Scholarship Fund) C/O John B. Mitchell Stafford Savings Bank P.O. Box 25 Stafford Springs, 06076.

Published in The Courant: 8/24/99


WHITE, Orrin Charles

MANCHESTER AND STAFFORD SPRINGS

Orrin Charles White, 63, of Manchester, devoted husband of Jane MacLagan White for 44 years, entered into eternal rest on Friday (September 3, 1999). He was born on Feb. 23, 1936 in Stafford Springs to Ernest and Grace White. He attended Rockville Schools and Cheney Technical School in Manchester. He resided in Manchester most of his adult life where he was employed at Personalized Floors for 27 years and A. Raymond Zerio & Sons for the past 18 years as a floor and wall covering craftsman. Left to mourn his passing, in addition to his beloved wife, are his loving daughters and sons-in- laws, Kathy and Richard Seaburg of Madison and Cindy and Richard Marr of Stafford Springs. He was a caring and proud ''Poppie'' to his five cherished grandchildren, Matthew, Nathan and Justin Marr and Erik and Kara Seaburg. He also leaves two brothers, Donald F. Denley and Edward R. White, both of Manchester; and many special nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Ruth Sontag and Cora Chase. Orrin was a kind and sincere friend to everyone and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The funeral will he held on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m., at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 11 a.m., in St. Edward Church, 55 High St., Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery. Calling hours will he held Tuesday, 5-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

Published in The Courant: 9/5/99


WITT, Ruth (Gildemeister)

Ruth (Gildemeister) Witt, 95, of Clearview Dr., Stafford Springs, died Tuesday, (August 10, 1999) at her home. Born in Bucklin, KS, she had been a resident of the Stafford Springs community since 1926. She was the widow of the late Earl M. Witt, who died on August 15, 1987. Ruth was a high school graduate and was a two year college graduate. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Stafford Womens Club and past president of the Historical Society of Stafford. She initiated the Stafford Adult Education Program at the Stafford High School in 1940. Ruth is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth E. and M. Kenneth French of Eastford, and Lucille I. and Wallace Goodhall of Union; one son and daughter- in-law, Allen E. and Patricia Witt of Lenoir, NC; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and one great great grandson; a sister, Grace Regal of San Antonio, TX; and several nieces; nephews; and cousins. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 14, at 11 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs. The Rev. Richard Garland will officiate. Burial will follow in the Stafford Springs Cemetery. Calling hours at the Introvigne Funeral Home will be on Friday, from 5-8 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Stafford Citizens Scholarship Foundation for The Earl M. Witt Fund, c/o John B. Mitchell, Stafford Savings Bank, POB 25, Stafford Springs, 06076.

Published in The Courant: 8/12/99


WOTRUBA, Frank M.

STAFFORD SPRINGS AND BRISTOL AND WILLINGTON

Frank M. Wotruba, 86, of Vance Dr. Bristol, died Wednesday (April 7, 1999) at the home of his son in Spring, TX. He was the widower of the late Mary (Becker) Wotruba who died on Jan. 26, 1999. He was born in Lena, WI, son of the late Frank S. and Mary (Oliverus) Wotruba. He was a retired button cutter and foreman at the former Parizek Button Factory in Willington, after 29 years of service and with his wife owned and operated Doralynn Restraunt on Rte. 19 in Stafford, for 12 years. Frank is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Richard A. and Lorraine Wotruba of Spring, TX; a daughter and son-in- law, Ellen and Richard Nelligan of Livingston, TX; two grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hour Friday, April 16, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Edward Church High St., Stafford Springs, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery.

Published in The Courant: 4/14/99


YOST, William

William Yost, 76, of Tucson, AZ, departed this life on Thursday, (October 28, 1999) in Tucson, AZ. He was born in Rockville and was educated in local schools. Bill entered the Army Air Corps in 1942 and was a crew chief on a B-24 Liberator in the European Theater with the 459th Bomber Group. He graduated from Cincinnati College of Arts and Science in 1948. He established the William Yost Funeral Home in Stafford Springs in 1949; he had also owned the G.H. Baker Furniture Store. While in Stafford, Bill was Past President of the Rotary Club, Past President of the Stafford Library Assoc., and Chairman of the Stafford Parks and Recreation Board. He also served as Chairman of the American Red Cross and was District Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America. Bill sold the Funeral Home in 1971 to the now Tocchetti Funeral Home, and moved to Tucson, AZ in 1973. He served on staff at the Pathology Dept. of the University of Arizona Medical Hospital and Pima County Medical Examiner's Office until his retirement in 1987. He worked as a consultant for SCI Funeral Services in Tucson, AZ for the last few years. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Mr. William Yost, Jr. and Mrs. Peggy Yost; a daughter, Ms. Barbara Yost; three grandchildren, Mrs. Jessica Rivera, Mrs. Amy Edberg and Mr. Tom Titus, all of Manchester. Memorial services will be held on Sat., Nov. 13, 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Friends may call one hour prior to the memorial. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery. Tocchetti Funeral Home, 132 West Main St., Stafford Springs has charge of arrangements.

Published in The Courant: 11/11/99


ZELINKA, Lillian

TOLLAND AND STAFFORD SPRINGS

Lillian Zelinka, 87, of Skungamaug Rd., Tolland, formerly of Stafford Springs, died Saturday (August 28,1999) at Hartford Hospital. She was born in Winfield, Long Island, N.Y., daughter of the late William and Rose (Nemec) Phillips. She worked at the former B. Schwanda and Son's Button Factory where she was a machine operator and also worked at Dry Core Felt Co. as a supervisor. She was a member of the United Congregational Church of Tolland, Strazza, Tonoli-Emhoff Post No. 26 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and The American Legion International Ladies Auxiliary. Lillian is survived by her loving husband of 44 years of marriage, Nicholas Zelinka of Tolland; a son and daughter-in-law Robert F. and Wendy Klecak of Staffordville; three grandchildren, Robert M. Klecak, Heidi Klecak-Levy, and Nicholas I. KIecak; two great-grandchildren, Carli and Fallon Klecak; and several nieces and nephews. Lillian was predeceased by her first husband, Frank Klecak in August of 1944 during World War II; a brother, William Phillips; and a Sister, Henrietta Davis. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 1, 10 a.m., at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in Willington Hill Cemetery, Willington. Calling hours will be Tuesday, 6-8 p.m., at the Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to donors choice.

Published in The Courant: 8/30/99


ZELONKA, Helen J.

Helen J. Zelonka, 68, of Patten Rd., Stafford, died Thursday, (December 23, 1999) at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs. She was born in Stafford, daughter of the late Jacob and Anna (Kreydatus) Zelonka. She was a U.S. Air Force Veteran during the Korean Conflict and was a retired secretary at the J.J. Mottes Company in Stafford Springs. She was a member of St. Edward Parish and the V.F.W. No. 9990 of Stafford. Helen is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Brady and Kathy Young; two granddaughters, Susan McKay and Dori Young; two great-granddaughters, Taylor and Jordan McKay; three brothers, John Zelonka, Jacob Zelonka, Andrew Zelonka; two sisters, Anna Hurchala and Elizabeth Martorelli, all of Stafford Springs; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral will be held Monday, Dec. 27, 9 a.m., at the Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, with a Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m., in St. Edward Church, High St., Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Sunday, 5-8 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 237 E. Center St., Manchester, 06040.

Published in The Courant: 12/24/99