Our Obituaries

Concetta R. Johnson

March 15, 1922 - July 20, 2014

WEST HARTLAND – JOHNSON – Concetta R. Johnson, passed away on July 20, 2014 at her home. She was the loving wife of the late Edward T. Johnson. Born March 15, 1922 in Poughkeepsie, NY; the daughter of the late Francesco and Carolina (Decaro) Randazzo. Connie volunteered at the Winsted Thrift Shop for many years and was a member of the Auxiliary for Community Health. She is...
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Helen B. Dolbey

September 3, 1926 - July 16, 2014

BARKHAMSTED – DOLBEY – Helen B. Dolbey, passed away on July 16, 2014. Born September 3, 1926 in Winsted; the daughter of Raymond and Leila (Oakes) Bell. Her family owned and operated a Lumber business in this area. Helen was a Court Stenographer for many years and then become a Realtor. She had a great love for her dogs, cats and horses. She enjoyed making sculptures. She is...
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Dwight H. Sullivan

May 19, 1941 - July 14, 2014

WINSTED – SULLIVAN – Dwight H. Sullivan, passed away on July 14, 2014. He was the loving husband of Rosemarie (Bongiolatti) Sullivan for 47 years. Born May 19, 1941 in Winsted; the son of the late Martin J. Sullivan and Dorothy (Warren) Sullivan. Dwight was a life long resident of Winsted where he worked at Precision Ball in Winsted for 40 years. He enjoyed gardening, taking care...
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Dorothy Jendry

January 6, 1921 - July 11, 2014

FLORIDA - JENDRY – Dorothy Jendry, 93, passed away on July 11, 2014. She was the loving wife of the late Edward Jendry. Born January 6, 1921 in Bristol, CT; the daughter of the late Harvey Cadoret and Rose (Baker) Cadoret. She graduated from New Britain High School. She then graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in Hartford and taught Red Cross Nursing while her husband was...
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Shirley Holt

October 2, 1933 - July 8, 2014

WINSTED – HOLT – Shirley Holt, passed away on July 8, 2014 at home. She was the wife of the late Frank Holt, Jr. Born October 2, 1933 in Winsted; the daughter of the late Lester Pulver and Lila (White) Poirier. She was a lifelong resident of Winsted. Shirley was a Bus Driver for 30 years. She enjoyed crafts, cooking, baking and spending time with her family. She also loved...
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Francis Palma

July 6, 2014

Francis M. Palma Francis (Frank) Palma, age 80, passed away on Sunday, July 6, 2014. Frank, born in Hartford, CT, was the son of the late Michael Palma and Elizabeth Palma Bonovito. He was predeceased by his sisters Marie Bonovito, Rita Stamboni and Rosemary Bonovito and step-father Peter Bonovito. He was a proud Navy veteran of the Korean War era. Before retirement, he worked for the State...
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Mary Ellen Colbert

January 10, 1950 - July 6, 2014

NEW HARTFORD – COLBERT – Mary Ellen Colbert, 64, of Steele Road, died on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at her home. Born January 10, 1950 in Hartford; the daughter of the late Robert and Helen (Shea) Colbert. She graduated from Central CT State Teacher's College. Mary Ellen was a Pre-School Teacher that taught in Australia and California. She later returned home to own and operate with...
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Joanne Karterman Bachman

March 26, 1937 - July 3, 2014

Joanne Karterman Bachman Joanne (Karterman) Bachman, 77, beloved wife of Edward E. Bachman, Pleasant Valley, CT., died peacefully Thursday July 3rd with her loving family beside her at Seabury Skilled Nursing Community, Bloomfield, CT. The dedicated and loving staff at Seabury provided an exceptional level of care and comfort for Joanne's last three years. Born March 26, 1937 in Pottsville, PA...
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Susan Jean Rulon

November 20, 1967 - June 29, 2014

WINSTED – RULON – Susan J. (Graham) Rulon, 46, died on June 29, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital after a battle with cancer. She was the wife of the loving Richard E. Rulon, Jr., of Winsted. Born November 20, 1967; the daughter of the late Harold Graham, Jr., and Madeline (Freire) Graham. She was raised in Terryville then moved to Winsted. Susan was a 26 year employee at Conair...
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Todd M. Wheeler

March 2, 1968 - June 25, 2014

WINSTED – WHEELER – Todd M. Wheeler, 46, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 with his wife by his side after a long struggle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. He was the loving husband of Angela (Curti) Wheeler for 21 years. Born March 2, 1968 in Winsted, CT; the son of Thomas Wheeler and wife Pattie of Berlin and Doreen Beach and husband Jere of Winsted. In...
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Rachel Colgan

June 17, 1954 - June 23, 2014

NEW HARTFORD – COLGAN – Rachel Colgan, passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. She was the loving wife of James Colgan. Born June 17, 1954 in Erie, PA; the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Stafford) Wilson. Rachel's hobbies were knitting, crocheting and gardening. In addition to her husband, she leaves two sons, Dennis Colgan and wife Dawn...
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Tonia Sprance

September 11, 1959 - June 15, 2014


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William F. Hotchkiss, Jr.

July 6, 1934 - June 12, 2014

NEW HARTFORD – HOTCHKISS – William F. Hotchkiss, Jr., passed away on Thursday, June 12, 2014. He was the loving husband of Virginia (Sesko) Hotchkiss for 54 years. Born July 6, 1934 in Winsted; the son of the late William and Dorothy (Ostrander) Hotchkiss. William proudly served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He spent his professional life as an Owner-Operator in...
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Marjorie Faith Barshaw

August 12, 1934 - June 11, 2014

TORRINGTON – BARSHAW- Marjorie Faith Barshaw, passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Born August 12, 1934 in Winsted, CT; she was the daughter of Mildred (Fancher) Barshaw and the late Peter Barshaw. She worked for the Easter Seals. Marjorie loved her family and had a great love affair with Elvis Presley and also visited Graceland. She was a member of the Winsted...
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Howard E. Lautenbach

June 10, 2014

NEW HARTFORD – LAUTENBACH – Howard E. Lautenbach, 79, of Ft. Myers, FL passed away peacefully on June 10, 2014 surrounded by his loved ones at Hope Hospice of Cape Coral, FL. Howard and his wife, Barbara were communicants of the Immaculate Conception Church and were married there 54 years ago and were residents of New Hartford until their move to FL to move near their son and family...
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Daniel Paul Palmer, Jr.

June 10, 2014

NEW MILFORD - Daniel Paul Palmer Jr, 47, of New Milford, CT passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 10, 2014 at Danbury Hospital. He was a loving husband, father and son. He graduated from Kent Center School and Oliver Wolcott Technical School in Torrington, CT. He received a BA degree in Economics and Finance from Western Connecticut State University. He was happily married...
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Frederick R. Vickers

July 24, 1928 - June 9, 2014

WINSTED – VICKERS – Frederick R. Vickers, passed away on Monday, June 9, 2014. He was the loving husband of Diane Vickers and the late Mildred (Labbie) Vickers. He was born on July 24, 1928 in Waterbury; the son of the late Francis Norman Vickers and Dorothy (Fleming) Vickers. Frederick was a resident of New Hartford and later Winsted. He and his brother, Francis, were partners...
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Helene K. Halnon

January 8, 1929 - June 8, 2014

NEW HARTFORD – HALNON – Helene K. Halnon, passed away on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. She was the loving wife of Joseph Halnon for 61 years. Born January 8, 1929 in Germany; the daughter of the late Johan and Rosa Greger. Helene was a lifelong resident of New Hartford and a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church. She was a member of the Catholic...
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Ian Spenser Smith

October 25, 1966 - June 5, 2014

SIMSBURY / NEW HARTFORD – SMITH – Ian Spenser Smith, born in Willimantic, died in Simsbury, made in Alaska, passed away suddenly on June 5, 2014 at his home. Born October 25, 1966; the son of Sheila M. Smith of New Hartford and the late Thomas N. Smith. Ian graduated from Northwestern Regional #7 High School as well as the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School where his...
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Joan L. Ives

January 26, 1932 - May 25, 2014

WINSTED – IVES – Joan L. Ives, passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2014. She was the loving wife of the late Howard F. Ives. Born on January 26, 1932 in Winsted , CT ; the daughter of the late Randall and Mary (Carey) Peck. She leaves her children, Valerie (Scott), Clayton (Lesley), Lisa, Laurie (Rodney) and David (Tina); brother, Randall J. Peck, Jr.; several grandchildren and great...
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James Stewart

May 10, 1926 - May 23, 2014

STEWART - James Stewart died on Friday, May 23, 2014 at his home after a long illness.He was born on May 10, 1926 in Montreal, Canada, the son of the late Rexford and Lily Stewart, and was of Scottish and English descent. Jimmy grew up in Dorval, Canada, near the St. Lawrence River and had a life-long love of the water, swimming, and boating. He married Myra Schoen in 1947, and moved to...
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Esther A. Demonstranti

October 7, 1929 - May 18, 2014

DEMONSTRANTI, ESTHER E. Esther E. Demonstranti, 84, of Winsted, beloved wife of the late Paul Demonstranti and the late Harry E. Coon, passed away surrounded by her family, unexpected on May 18, 2014, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. She was born October 7, 1929, in Easton, PA. She was a graduate from nursing school and received her degree as an LPN. She was a member of the American Legion and...
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Viola Vienot

February 2, 1914 - May 13, 2014

Viola (Luntta) Vienot, age 100, passed peacefully to eternal rest on May 13, 2014. She was born in Canton, Connecticut on February 2, 1914, the daughter of Einar and Elizabeth (Kovanen) Luntta. She resided in New Hartford for 60 years, returned to Canton and completed her life in Torrington. Viola enjoyed her Finnish heritage, gardening, canning, knitting, patchwork quilting, crocheting, and...
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Helen Bescherer

February 15, 1920 - May 13, 2014

WEST HARTFORD – BESCHERER – Helen Bescherer of West Hartford, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. She was the loving wife of the late Henry Bescherer who passed away in 1976. Born February 15, 1920 in Treskow, PA. Helen lived in New Jersey until 1965 when she moved to Connecticut. She worked at G. Fox from 1966 until it's closing and was an R.N. For an infirmary. ...
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Bartholomew J. Bosco

December 23, 1918 - May 12, 2014

WINSTED – BOSCO - Bartholomew J. Bosco passed away on May 12, 2014. He was the loving husband of the late Venice (DiVita) Bosco for 54 years. Born December 23, 1918 in Winsted; the son of the late Sebastion and Josephine (Candell) Bosco. Bart was a lifetime resident of Winsted. He served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during WWII, was honorably discharged receiving the Good...
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Avis R. Shaw

March 9, 1938 - May 9, 2014

BARKHAMSTED – SHAW – Avis R. Shaw, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 9, 2014. Born March 9, 1938 in Sac City Iowa; the daughter of the late Adelmour and Daisy (Pilloud) Shaw. Avis received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Central CT State University and then graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in Hartford. She was an R.N. at Hartford Hospital from 1984 until...
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Albert Paul Yadach

May 31, 1933 - May 9, 2014

YADACH – Albert Paul Yadach, 80, passed away on Friday, May 9, 2014. He was the loving husband of Lorraine (Williams) Yadach for 58 years. Born May 31, 1933 in Winsted, CT; the son of the late Joseph and Frances (Liszi) Yadach. Al served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955, then worked at Pratt & Whitney. He owned and operated Al's Still River Texaco for 40 years, then worked at XtraMart for...
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Gary Tolman, Sr.

May 7, 2014

TORRINGTON – TOLMAN – Gary Tolman, Sr., 55, of Torrington and Bangor, ME, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Gary was employed at RR Corrugated of Bristol for 30 years. He was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather. He leaves behind his wife, Lori of 40 years and three children, Kristy Leavitt and her husband Troy of Hamden, ME, Gary Tolman, Jr., and Kevin...
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Richard Poulton

September 16, 1945 - April 23, 2014

BARKHAMSTED – POULTON – Richard Poulton, passed away on April 23, 2014. He was the husband of Mary Ann (Basarab) Poulton for 43 years. Born September 16, 1945 in Bristol; the son of the late Carl and Rosemary (Slater) Poulton. Richard was a truck driver and avid NASCAR fan. He leaves brother, Carl Poulton and his wife Christine FL; son-in-law, James Starr; grandchildren,...
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Anthony Arnett

June 12, 1925 - April 22, 2014

TORRINGTON / NEW HARTFORD – ARNETT – Anthony Arnett, passed away on April 22, 2014 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Born in Brooklyn, NY on June 12, 1925; the son of the late John and Louise Arnett and predeceased by wife, Jean (Carroll) Arnett. He attended Brooklyn NY schools and graduated from WM. J. Bryan High School in Queens, NY. He was also a graduate of the NYPD Academy...
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Davy Arthur Crossman

March 5, 1945 - April 22, 2014

WINSTED – CROSSMAN – Davy Arthur Crossman, son of the late Harold "Hap" Crossman and the late Catherine "Cae" Crossman, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born March 5, 1945 in Winsted where he lived his entire life. He was the beloved husband of Cheryl Ann (Iwanicki) Crossman for 22 years. He was predeceased by his...
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Willard J. King

July 24, 1927 - April 18, 2014

NEW HARTFORD - Willard "Bill" J. King, passed away on April 18, 2014. He was the loving husband of the Virginia King for 53 years. Born July 24, 1927 in Maine; the son of the late Walter and Alice (Davis) King. Bill was drafted to the U.S. Army in 1947. He graduated in 1949 from Fox-Croft Academy and then attended Radio and TV school. Bill moved to New Hartford in 1960. He retired from...
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Eleanor J. LePine

July 10, 1938 - April 18, 2014

WINSTED - LEPINE – Eleanor J. LePine, passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. Born July 10, 1938 in New Hartford; the daughter of the late Howard and Louise (Yahne) Feley. Eleanor worked as a Deli Manager at Stop & Shop for many years. She enjoyed flowers and crafts. She leaves her daughters, Denise McLellan of Torrington, Kim LePine of Winsted,...
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Marianne Wegscheider

January 9, 1930 - April 11, 2014

PINE MEADOW – WEGSCHEIDER – Marianne Wegscheider, passed away on April 11, 2014. She was the devoted wife of the late Rudolf Wegscheider. Born January 9, 1930 in Germany; the daughter of the late Gerhard and Maria (Bober) Lengsfeld. Marianne loved to travel, enjoyed gardening and was very adventurous. She was also an excellent seamstress. She could create everything from doll...
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Robert Oscar Goodskey

August 8, 1930 - April 9, 2014

NEW HARTFORD – GOODSKEY – Robert Oscar Goodskey, 83, passed into eternal rest on April 9, 2014. He was the loving husband of Patricia (Marek) Goodskey for 56 years. Born August 8, 1930 in Canton; the son of the late Oscar and Emma (Bartleson) Goodskey. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was employed as a Truck Driver for most of his adult life at Kessler...
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Virginia Chatfield

April 8, 2014

WINCHESTER - Virginia "Ginger" Roberta Chatfield, 81, of Winchester, CT, died Tuesday April 8, 2014. She was born to the late Louis Boutin and Mary (Brown) Boutin of Winsted. Virginia graduated from St. Anthony's School. She married Edward George Chatfield in 1950, and they lived together in Winchester. Virginia worked for Litchfield Hills Visiting Nurses, then the Berkshire Pharmacy, until...
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Stanley Walter Dombrowski

January 30, 1968 - April 6, 2014

TORRINGTON - DOMBROWSKI – Stanley Walter Dombrowski, passed away on April 6, 2014. Stan was born on January 30, 1968 in Middletown at Middletown Hospital. He was an Honor student at Gilbert High School and an Artist that worked at Jackson Hewitt Taxes in Danbury were he resided the last 10 years of his life. He was a roofer, played guitar; he was a fisherman who loved camping and...
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Josephine Strano

January 21, 1922 - April 2, 2014

Josephine (Jay) Strano, 92, passed away April 2, 2014. She was born in Winsted, CT on January 21, 1922 to the late Michael and Rose (Sottosanto) Falzone, where she remained a lifelong resident. Jay retired from TRW after 20 years of dedicated employment. She was the kindest and most generous woman who put others before herself. She was a wonderful Mother and the most loving Grandmother anyone...
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Adella Ketchin

December 4, 1924 - April 1, 2014

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Richard Louis

January 4, 1967 - March 29, 2014

WATERBURY – LOUIS – Richard Louis, 47, of Waterbury, passed away on March 29, 2014, due to injuries sustained after an accident. He leaves behind his loving family including Tricia Louis, his children; Josh, Brooke, Melanie and Brian, his mother Barbara Louis of West Hartford, a brother Mark Louis of Maine. He was predeceased by his father George Louis of West Hartford, CT. He also...
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Carol E. Nichols

March 26, 2014

WINSTED – NICHOLS – Carol "Izzy" E. Nichols, 71, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Nell (Snow) and Leo R. Nichols. Carol loved gardening, crafts, Cape Cod and her children and grandchildren. She was a loving and giving person and touched the lives of many. Carol is survived by her three children, Joseph M. (Lynne), Peter A. and Matthew S....
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Eugenia Sullivan

June 17, 1929 - March 24, 2014

WINSTED – SULLIVAN – Eugenia "Gene" Sullivan, 84, passed away on Monday, March 24, 2014. She was born on June 17, 1929 in Torrington, CT to the late Edward and Eugenia Hislop. The loving wife of Warren Sullivan, Sr. for 28 years, Gene worked for many years at Fitzgerald Manufacturing and Lambert Kay. She enjoyed camping trips with her family and was an avid gardener. She was a past...
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Dorothy Varley Marino

February 15, 1929 - March 12, 2014

WINSTED- MARINO - Dorothy Varley Marino, 85, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She was the devoted wife of Concetto Marino for 61 years. Born in Sheffield, England, February 15, 1929 to John and Maryellen (Norton) Varley. Dorothy was the youngest of 13 and known affectionately by her siblings as "Doll". She completed her secondary education with honors...
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Edwin Martin Ortman

January 17, 1934 - March 6, 2014

WINSTED – ORTMAN – Edwin Martin Ortman, died peacefully on Thursday, March 6, 2014 surrounded by his family. He was born on January 17, 1934 in Bristol, CT to the late Martin and Emilie Ortman. He was the husband of Mildred Hamm Ortman for 56 years. Edwin worked for many years for the Gilbert Clock Company as Treasurer and later for Seth Thomas Clock. When he wasn't working or...
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Virginia Isabelle Ellis

November 8, 1929 - March 4, 2014

WINSTED – ELLIS – Virginia Isabelle Ellis, 84, passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at her home surrounded by family. She was the loving wife of the late Raymond H. Ellis. Born November 8, 1929 in Winsted, CT; the daughter of the late Charles and Belle (Decker) Nash. Virginia worked at Waring Products, New England Manufacturing and Rexam Industries. She enjoyed birds and loved...
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Audrey M. Vickers

April 11, 1984 - March 4, 2014

TORRINGTON – VICKERS – Audrey M. Vickers, passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Born April 11, 1984 in Torrington, CT; the loving daughter of Fred and Diane (Puhalski) Vickers. Audrey enjoyed photography, drawing and was an avid reader. She also loved visiting Mystic, CT and Salem, MA. She especially loved her family and they will miss her deeply. In addition to her parents,...
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Margaret A. Keilty

October 16, 1933 - March 1, 2014

WINCHESTER - KEILTY – Margaret A. Keilty, 80, passed away on March 1, 2014. Born October 16, 1933 in Norwalk, CT. She leaves 5 sons, Peter of NH, Michael of FL, Mark of TX, Brian of CT and Christopher of FL; 3 daughters, Martha of FL, Patricia of OH and Margaret of CT; a brother, James Arnold of FL; 2 sisters, Judy Elwood of FL and Robin Ullrich of FL; 12 grandchildren and many great...
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Lawrence Leopold

February 22, 2014

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Agnes English

March 15, 1924 - February 20, 2014

ENGLISH Agnes T. English "Tommie", passed away quietly at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital on Thursday, February 20, 2014. She was the loving wife of the late Angelo S. English who passed away in 1996. Agnes was born March 15, 1924 in Barkhamsted, CT; the daughter of the late Kay and Elna (Jespersen) Thomsen. She leaves her son Neil English and his wife Coleen and their children Matthew and his...
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Virginia Butler

February 19, 2014

WEST HARTLAND - BUTLER - Virginia (Ransom) Butler, passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. She is the wife of the late Kenneth H. Butler for 53 years. She was a member of the Riverton Grange for over 75 years. She was National Treasure of the American Folk Musicians Association and a member of the Second Congregational Church of West Hartland. She...
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Theresa Oswell

April 19, 1914 - February 18, 2014

PINE MEADOW - OSWELL - Theresa (Kramer) Oswell, passed away on February 18, 2014. She was the wife of the late Stephen Oswell, Sr., and the daughter of the late George and Anna Kramer. Born in Unionville on April 19, 1914. She graduated from Farmington Jr. High School and worked at Fitzgerald's Mfg. in Torrington as a Cost Accountant for 7 years and at the Hurley Mfg. Co. in New Hartford...
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Elliot A. Swanson

August 12, 1923 - February 16, 2014

NEW HARTFORD - SWANSON - Elliott A. Swanson, passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at Hartford Hospital. Born August 12, 1923 in New Britain; the son of the late John and Edith (Johnson) Swanson. Elliott formerly resided in Avon, CT then moving to Florida from 1974 – 2006, moving back to CT with his former wife Barbara Shaw. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in...
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Anne Buttrick

February 16, 2014

TORRINGTON - BUTTRICK - Anne (Palmer) Buttrick, died on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Allan "Bud" Buttrick; two sons, Allan "Scott" Buttrick, III and his fiancé Su Moran and Todd Buttrick; a daughter, Leigh Leighton and her husband Bernie; and three grandchildren, Michael, Alyssa and Jenna. There will be no...
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William R. Fox

February 20, 1923 - February 15, 2014

William R Fox, 90 of Winsted passed away on February 15th, 2014 at Cherry Brook Healthcare Facility after a short illness. Born February 20, 1923 in Derby, CT; he was the son of the late William R. Fox, Sr., and Irene (O'Connell) Fox. He moved to Oxford, CT in 1930 after the death of his mother. In November of 1942, he enlisted in the Navy and was aboard the carrier The Princeton when she was...
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Joe Pigg

July 14, 1940 - February 13, 2014

WINSTED – PIGG – Joe Pigg, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2014 at his daughter's home. Born July 14, 1940 in Shelbyville, TN; the son of the late Denham and Lema (Waddy) Pigg. Joe was a coal miner who operated a D11 Caterpillar for Skyline Coal Co. He also worked for Earth Mover in Whitwell, TN and Tilt in Shelbyville, TN. Joe helped construct the tunnel of the Avon...
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Lenore Ehrhardt

October 18, 1928 - February 13, 2014

Lenore Ehrhardt – Collinsville & Pine Meadow, CT Lenore Ehrhardt passed away peacefully on Feb 13, 2014 after a 45 year battle with MS. She was born at home on Huckleberry Hill, Collinsville to Leo and Ruth Bachand October 18, 1928. She leaves her son, Gary, of Pine Meadow and sisters Connie Hackbarth of Cape Cod and Judy (Richard) Schur of Lempster, NH as well as several nieces and...
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Helen McCornick

February 3, 2014

Helen McCornick passed away peacefully on February 3, 2014. Services will be private.
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Joanne Carolyn McConnell

April 28, 1935 - January 31, 2014

AVON - Joanne Carolyn McConnell (Tucker) passed away peacefully in her home, with her family by her side, on January 31, 2013. She was born in Concord, MA on April 28, 1935. She was predeceased by Howard Tucker and Helen Mary Tobin. She graduated from Maynard High School in 1953 before moving on to work for the Raytheon Corporation. Joanne married the love of her life, Allen Warren McConnell in...
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Elizabeth Madonna Roberge

August 4, 1914 - January 31, 2014

NEW HARTFORD – Elizabeth "Betty" Madonna (Hennequin) Roberge, 99, of New Hartford, died peacefully at home on January 31, 2014. She was the wife of the late Joseph A. Roberge, Sr., and the daughter of the late Abel and Elizabeth "Lizzie" (McLaughlin) Hennequin. She was born in Torrington on August 4, 1914, and graduated Torrington High School in 1931. She married in April 1938, and moved...
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Florence Ahlers

March 18, 1927 - January 24, 2014

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John J. Rivers

September 17, 1935 - January 15, 2014

TORRINGTON – RIVERS – John J. Rivers, passed away at home on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was the devoted husband of Gloria (Macchi) Rivers for 59 years. Born September 17, 1935 in Torrington; the son of the late Raymond and Antoinette (Folio) Rivers. He was a Sergeant for the Torrington Police Department retiring in 1990. He also owned and...
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George W. Miller

March 9, 1931 - January 14, 2014

HARTLAND – Miller – George W. Miller, passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. He was the loving husband of Inez (Jeremiah) Miller for 56 years. Born March 9, 1931 in Hartford; the son of the late George F. and Mildred Emily (Rand) Miller. In 1953, he graduated from Trinity College. George then served as a Captain in the Air Force. He was active in Politics and served as the...
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Audrey Anne Scacca

June 13, 1965 - January 11, 2014

TORRINGTON - SCACCA – Audrey Anne Scacca, of Torrington, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. She was born on June 13, 1965; the daughter of Peter and Claire (Hogan) Baker. She was employed by C.H.H. as a Patient Registrar at the Winsted Health Center in Winsted for over 20 years. Audrey was a fun person to be around and she was much loved by...
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Arlene Swift Jones

January 3, 1928 - December 31, 2013

Arlene Swift Jones January 3rd 1928 - December 31st 2013 Arlene Swift Jones, a clairvoyant poet and writer, died at home in Bloomfield, Connecticut, surrounded by her three daughters and granddaughter on the last day of 2013. She died of sepsis after a life of pain from rheumatoid arthritis and complications of late onset peripheral vascular disease. In her last hours she courageously spoke of...
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Juliette J. Aeschlimann

October 20, 1951 - December 25, 2013

WINSTED – AESCHLIMANN – Juliette J. Aeschlimann passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2013. She was born October 20, 1951. There will be no services of any kind except for her bestfriend, grandson and great granddaughter, no one cared to see her when she was alive; thus you sure the hell are not going to give your artificial respect now that she has passed on after 20 years of...
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Louis Edward Nufer, Jr.

December 24, 2013

NEW HARTFORD – Louis "Ed" Edward Nufer Jr, 73, beloved father of four precious children, Andi, Lou, Blake, and Brooke; was reunited with God on December 24, 2013 in Spring, TX. He was born in Long Island, NY to Eileen and Louis of New Hartford on September 13, 1940 with his siblings Lorraine, Kenneth, Nora, and Virginia. Ed left a wake of love. His Mass of Christian burial will be...
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Warren R. Koss, Jr.

December 23, 2013

Warren R. Koss, Jr., 48, of East Hartford, formerly of Barkhamsted, died unexpectedly on December 23, in East Hartford. He was the son of Warren R. Koss, Sr. of North Carolina, and the late Patricia S. Fenn. He was employed by Daley Moving & Storage and DuCotey Brothers Lawn Service. Survivors include his father and step-mother, Patricia A. Koss, sister Lauren Koss of Idaho, step-sister,...
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Clark Slate

December 6, 1940 - December 16, 2013

NEW HARTFORD – SLATE – Clark Slate, died peacefully at his home on Monday, December 16, 2013 after a short illness. He was the loving husband of Christine (King) Slate for 49 years. Born December 6, 1940 in Torrington; the son of the late Curtis and Jean (Hall) Slate. Clark grew up in Harwinton, graduated from Oliver Wolcott Technical School in Carpentry and served in the U.S.A...
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Raymond J. Thiery, Sr.

February 14, 1926 - December 15, 2013

WINSTED – THIERY – Raymond J. Thiery, Sr., passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2013. He was the loving husband of Norma (Maxwell) Thiery for 60 years. He was born February 14, 1926; the son of the late Howard and Marion (Cadoret) Thiery. Ray enjoyed music, loved reading, weight lifting and martial arts. He was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church. In addition to his wife, He...
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Granville Decker

October 26, 1943 - December 14, 2013

WINSTED – DECKER – Granville Decker, passed away on December 14, 2013. He was the husband of the late Janice (Boucher) Decker. He leaves two daughters, Robin (Christopher) Dzurnak of Torrington and Tina Martin of Waterbury; grandchildren, Courtney, Alec, Taylor and Joseph; and several brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Friends may call on Monday, December 23, 2013 at Montano...
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Walter E. Britton, Jr.

January 4, 1945 - December 11, 2013

WINSTED – BRITTON – Walter E. Britton Jr., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 4, 1945 in Winsted, CT; the son of the late Walter Britton, Sr., and Emily (Crossley) Britton. Walter retired from the Torrington Company after 42 years of employment as a Tool & Die Maker. He also volunteered as an E.M.T., for...
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Edith Kinsey

December 9, 2013

CANTERBURY – Edith (Banks) Kinsey, 95, was born and grew up in Bethlehem, Connecticut. After high school she worked in the office of the Waterbury Corrugated Container Co., where she met her future husband, John P. Kinsey. John and Edith were married in 1941 and moved to New Hartford, Connecticut, where they raised their three children, Mary Ann, Clarice, and Silas. At the at of 41,...
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Frances Hassig Chirico

February 15, 1929 - November 30, 2013

BARKHAMSTED – CHIRICO – Frances "Fran" Hassig Chirico, 84, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, November 30, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Gerald Chirico. Born February 15, 1929 in Winsted, CT; the daughter of the late Fred and Caroline (Morvidelli) Bedore. Fran co-owned with William Hassig the Hassig Service Station. She also...
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George Winegar, Jr.

December 10, 1938 - November 27, 2013

Winegar: George Winegar, Jr, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at his home. He was the loving husband of Joan (Crunden) Winegar for 58 years, they danced the years away. Born December 10, 1938 in Torrington; the son of the late George and Beatrice (Neri)Winegar. George lived in West Hartland most of his life. He worked at Dalene Flooring for over 50 years. He always...
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Robin Lee Bazzano

April 16, 1960 - November 26, 2013

TORRINGTON – BAZZANO - Robin Lee Bazzano, 53, of Torrington, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Hartford Hospital surrounded by his friends and family. Born April 16, 1960; the son of Pasquale Bazzano of Norfolk and Ferne Bazzano of Winsted. Robin was an avid fisherman, hunter and motorcyclist enthusiast. He is survived by his two sisters, Fernie-Anne "Kitten"...
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Madeleine R. Ahrens

August 30, 1923 - November 26, 2013

NEW HARTFORD - AHRENS – Madeleine R. Ahrens, passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2013. She was the loving wife of the late Rodman Ahrens. Born August 30, 1923 in Taunton, MA; the daughter of the late Thomas and Bernadette (Mador) Copeland. She grew up in Taunton, MA and attended St. Jacques Grammar School. She was also a Majorette at St. Jacques Church. After graduating Taunton High...
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James R. Poole

April 10, 1947 - November 26, 2013

WINSTED – POOLE - James R. Poole, 66, of Winsted, died peacefully on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Jim was born April 10, 1947; the son of George and the late Mary (Cronnelly) Poole. Jim was a graduate of the Gilbert School and served in the U.S. Army. He leaves his father, George O. Poole of Winsted; sisters, Jeanne DiVita and her husband James of Winsted...
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Thomas N. Smith

February 19, 1937 - November 21, 2013

New Hartford- SMITH- Thomas N. Smith passed away on November 21, 2013. Tom was born in Hartford in 1937. He was the son of the late Alton Norris and Harriett (Coburn) Smith. He was proudly raised in Manchester. He was an active and popular fellow all through his school years. Though he was an only child, he had many first cousins. Tom was a top student. In high school, Class of 1955, at...
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Charles Engelke

February 16, 1953 - November 13, 2013

WINSTED – ENGELKE – Charles "Skip" Engelke, Jr., passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. He was the loving husband of Sandra Alvarez. Born February 16, 1953 in Hartford; the son of the late Charles and Evelyn (Geer) Engelke. Skip grew up in Avon then later moved to Winsted. He was employed as a Quality Control Manager at Inertia Dynamics for 38 years. He loved fishing. In...
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Joseph A. Thibault, Sr.

February 2, 1929 - November 6, 2013

WINSTED – THIBAULT – Joseph A. "Paulie" Thibault, Sr., passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. He was the loving husband of Jackqueline (Frank) Thibault for 60 years. Born October 2, 1929 in Winsted; the son of the late Alfred and Auria (Isabell) Thibault. Paulie served in the U. S. Army during the Korea War. He was a lifelong resident of Winsted and helped rebuild Main...
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Roland Matzko, Jr.

November 13, 1956 - November 1, 2013

BARKHAMSTED – MATZKO – Roland Matzko, Jr., 56, passed away on November 1, 2013. He was the husband of Constance (Gray) Matzko. Born November 13, 1956 in Winsted; the son of the late Roland and Edith Matzko. Roland had a big heart and loved helping others. He enjoyed gardening and loved animals. In addition to his wife, Connie, he leaves step-children, Al Fuller, Mike Goodwin and...
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Kenneth Brychcy

August 22, 1955 - October 28, 2013


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William Henry Ahlers

May 11, 1926 - October 27, 2013

NEW HARTFORD - William Henry Ahlers, born May 11th, 1926 in Bronx, New York passed peacefully early Sunday morning October 27th, 2013 at the Avon Nursing home in Avon Connecticut. He provided a lifetime of love and support to his family and friends, before retiring to North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains for 12 happy years, where he and his wife busied themselves making and painting wooden...
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Heros Hans-Joachim Wegscheider

August 28, 1954 - October 22, 2013

Heros Hans-Joachim Wegscheider of West Hartland, CT, died on Tuesday, October 22, at the age of 59. Born on August 28, 1954 in Munich, Germany, Heros was the son and oldest child of Marianne and Rudolph Wegscheider. He leaves behind his loving wife, Eva Wegscheider. Heros grew up in Pine Meadow and graduated from Northwestern Regional #7 in 1972. After high school he took classes in computer...
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Charlotte Luella Phillips Ryan

June 10, 1929 - October 16, 2013

TORRINGTON - Charlotte Luella Phillips Ryan passed away on October 16, 2013 at the age of 84. Charlotte was born in Winsted, Connecticut on June 10th, 1929, the daughter of Evelyn and Arthur Phillips. Charlotte graduated from The Gilbert School in 1947 and traveled with her beloved uncle Frank Hewitt to Istanbul, Turkey where she studied at Robert College and the American College for Girls...
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Inez Ocain

August 11, 1925 - October 12, 2013

NEW HARTFORD – OCAIN – Inez (Spino) Ocain, 88, passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2013. She was the wife of the late Elwin Ocain for 65 years. Born August 11, 1925 in Torrington, CT; the daughter of the late Nicholas and Rose (Andria) Spino. Inez and Ed lived in Norfolk from 1948 - 1980 and then moved to New Hartford. She enjoyed cooking and baking. Together with her husband,...
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Mary Ellen Stacy

September 7, 1958 - October 10, 2013

THOMASTON / WINSTED – STACY – Mary Ellen Stacy, passed away unexpectedly on October 10, 2013. She was the loving wife of Richard Stacy for 10 years. Born September 7, 1958 in Waterbury; the daughter of Donald Norton of Thomaston and the late Patricia (Keeney) Norton. She spent most of her life living in Thomaston. She enjoyed going to fairs, visiting Cape Cod and spending time...
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Clorindo Joe Barella

June 6, 1937 - October 9, 2013

Clorindo Joe Barella Joe passed away unexpectedly on October 9, 2013 at the age of 76 while doing what he loved so much, riding his tandem bike with his wife Pat. He was born June 6, 1937 to Clorindo Sr. and Frances (Guillion) Barella. He grew up in the Bakerville hamlet of New Hartford, Ct., literally down the street from where he lived at the time of his death. Joe was an avid worker,...
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Bernard Passini

May 16, 1920 - October 4, 2013

WINSTED PASSINI Bernard "Bernie" Passini, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of Mildred, "Minna" (Raydenbow) Passini for 72 wonderful years. Born May 16, 1920 in South Canaan; the son of the late Antonio and Margaret (Quinlan) Passini. In 1926, Bernie moved here attending Elementary school and later The Gilbert School. ...
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Marlene K. Gouthier

November 19, 1942 - September 25, 2013

WINSTED – GOUTHIER – Marlene K. Gouthier, passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 surrounded by her family. She was the loving wife of Harold Gouthier for 33 years. Born November 19, 1942 in Hartford; the daughter of the late Edward and Irene (Adler) Katz. Marlene graduated from Weaver High School in Hartford. She was a Home Health Aide for Foothills VNA in Winsted for over...
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Virginia Joyce Smith Bohn

June 24, 1930 - September 20, 2013

BARKHAMSTED – BOHN – Virginia Joyce Smith Bohn, passed away on Friday, September 20, 2013. She was the loving wife of Gerald Bohn for 63 years. Born June 24, 1930 in Forty Fort, PA; the daughter of the late Reginald and Elizabeth (Phillips) Smith. She worked at J.M. Ney as a Secretary and also Secretary to the Chief of Police in Canton, CT. She was also a good foster Mom to...
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Mary C. Thompson

April 29, 1920 - September 19, 2013


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Julia Esposito

September 19, 2013


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Felix Joseph Youmatz

September 17, 2013

WINSTED YOUMATZ – Felix Joseph Youmatz, passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. He was a long-time resident of Winsted and was well-known in the area as an accomplished upholsterer. His favorite pastimes were listening to music and meeting new people. Beloved son of the late Pauline and Joseph Youmatz; devoted father to daughter, Julie Keddie and husband Richard; and son, Ronald...
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Doris June Fritz

June 27, 1925 - September 16, 2013

WINSTED FRITZ – Doris June Fritz, 88, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 16, 2013. She was the loving wife of the late Charles Robert Fritz, Sr. Born June 27, 1925 in Chicago, IL; the daughter of the late Frederick and Louise (Sander) Krabbenhoft. Doris was a devoted Licensed Practical Nurse for over 60 years. She enjoyed cooking, reading, antiquing, love of learning and...
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Lillian Elizabeth Mitchell

April 23, 1923 - September 13, 2013

NEW HARTFORD MITCHELL- Lillian Elizabeth Mitchell, RN (née Dunne) died September 13 surrounded by her family at home in New Hartford from metastatic bladder cancer after a life full of kindness, humor, and service. She was born April 23, 1923 in Unionville Connecticut to Catherine (Kraik) and Edward Dunne. She graduated from Torrington High School in 1940 before working for a year at...
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Barbara A. Winn

May 24, 1924 - September 9, 2013

WINSTED – WINN – Barbara A. Winn, 89, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 9, 2013. She was the loving wife of the late Thomas Winn who passed away in 2000. Born May 24, 1924; the daughter of the late Leroy and Mattie Mackinnon. Graduated from Gilbert School in Winsted and worked at Boston Store and Gilbert School Cafeteria. She was a member of St. Joseph Church, loved...
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Helen Ahles

April 17, 1927 - September 8, 2013

SIMSBURY/RIVERTON - Helen Ahles Helen Ahles of 1 West St., Simsbury died peacefully at Arden Court in Avon on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. She leaves her husband of 52 years, Dick Ahles, and two sons, Mark of West Hartland and Charlie and his wife Brenna and their daughter, Rose, of Riverton. One of Helen's last smiles, a few days ago, was for not quite two-year-old Rose. Helen was born in...
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Charles W. Donovan

December 20, 1951 - September 6, 2013

WINSTED – DONOVAN – Charles W. (Rusty) Donovan, passed away on Friday, September 6, 2013. He was the husband of Elizabeth H. Donovan for 35 years. Born December 20, 1951 in Torrington; the son of the late Charles J. Donovan and Norma Bassett. In addition to his wife, he leaves his son, Charles R. Donovan and his wife Jennifer of Torrington; his daughter, Bridget Marie Donovan of...
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John Potpolak

June 29, 1921 - August 29, 2013

WINSTED- Mr. John Potpolak (Pappa John), 92 left us to meet Pat and Tracy on August 29, 2013 at Geer Nursing Home in Canaan CT. He was the widower of Patricia (Duval) Potpolak. John was born June 29, 1921 in Thomaston CT. He moved to Winsted and the Gilbert Home when he was 8. He lived there until he was 18. He entered the Army in 1942. He joined the 11th Airborne, 511th Division and he had...
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