Charles P. Gabalis

Charles P. Gabalis, 85, of East Hartford, beloved husband of Betty (DeMerchant) Gabalis, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Monday (September 30, 2013). Born in Glastonbury on April 5, 1928, he was the son of the late Cashmere and Eva (Jakes) Gabalis. Charles was a proud World War II veteran, serving in both the Army Air Corps and the Marines. He worked as an electrician and was a member of the Masons and Shriners. In addition to his loving wife Betty, he will be dearly missed by his son, William Gabalis and his wife Janice of Manchester; his daughter, Linda Cousineau of East Hartford; stepson, Edward Gibbs and his wife Martiza of Meriden; stepdaughter, Cathy Hobbs and her fiancé Christopher Kidd of East Hartford, as well as six adored grandchildren and two cherished great-granddaughters.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the D’Esopo-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter St., East Hartford. The burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Family and friends may visit the funeral chapel on Saturday, prior to the service, from 10-11 a.m. Donations in Charles’ memory may be made to the Sphinx Shriners, 3066 Berlin Tnpke., P.O. Box 310157, Newington, CT 06131-0157. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit

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Dorothy M. Hart

Dorothy M. (Moard) Hart, 92, of Rocky Hill and formerly Wethersfield, beloved wife of the late Gilbert Parker Hart, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, (October 1, 2013) with her family by her side at Hartford Hospital. Born in Hartford on April 17, 1921, she was the daughter of the late David and Emma (Johnson) Moard. A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she will be dearly missed by her devoted children: three sons, David S. Hart and his wife Ann, Gregory J. Hart and Jeffrey M. Hart and his wife Koreen; her daughter, Susan Davis and her husband Dow; six adored grandchildren and seven cherished great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the First Church of Christ, 250 Main St., Wethersfield. Burial will follow in Village Cemetery, Wethersfield. There are no calling hours. Donations in Dorothy’s memory may be made to Hartford Hospital Fund Development, 80 Seymour St., P.O. Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06102-5037. The D’Esopo Funeral Chapel of Wethersfield is handling the arrangements. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit

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Mildred Jones

Mildred S. Jones, 76, of Manchester, formerly of Ellington, beloved wife of the late Robert W. Jones, passed away on Monday, September 30, 2013. She was predeceased by her long time partner, Frank Bujaucius in March 2012. She was born May 17, 1937 in Westerly, RI, daughter of the late Reginald and Olive Louise (Jackson) Spellman. She loved to travel, and loved helping others; she enjoyed gardening and dining out. Mildred was a member of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation. She is survived by her children Gary D. Zwingelstein and his wife Kim, Linda G. Joudrey and her husband Paul, Robin L. Hill and her husband Greg, and Jerry M. Zwingelstein; her grandchildren Jason, Brian, Michelle, Sarah, Joshua, Rachel, and Krystena; great grandchildren Conor, Noah, and Carter, as well as the children and grandchildren of Frank Bujaucius and her many close friends. Relatives and friends may join the family on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 9-11 am at the Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect Street, Rockville, CT 06066. A memorial service will follow at 11am. Burial will be private. For online condolences, please visit

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Julia Kleczkowski

Julia J. Kleczkowski, 88, of Windsor Locks, beloved widow of William Kleczkowski, entered into eternal peace Tuesday Oct. 1, 2013 at her home. The daughter of the late Romuald and Antonina (Karp) Kuczynski, Julia was born July 3, 1925 in Windsor Locks and was a lifelong resident of the community. She was a graduate of Windsor Locks High School, and the CT Institute of Hairdressing. She owned and operated a beauty studio for many years in town where she made many friends. During her later years in life, Julia enjoyed tending to her yard and visiting with her family on holidays and special occasions. She is survived by a sister Josephine Klaus and her husband Fred, nephews Brian and Marvin Klaus all of Windsor Locks; a niece Candace Foran and her husband Tom of Simsbury, a niece Melissa Klaus and her children Aaron and Alexa Szotka of Windsor; a niece Deborah Barberi and her husband Jay of Simsbury; nephew Gene Barberi and his wife Ann of Suffield and their children Sandra and Gene, Jr.; a nephew Fred Barberi of Stanford and his son Mathew; two sisters-in-law, Laura of FL, and Theresa of Enfield. Besides her husband, Julia was predeceased by two brothers, Staff Sergeant William Kuczynski and Mathew Kuczynski, and two sisters, Stella Barberi and Helen Kuczynski; and two beloved nieces. She also leaves many other nieces and nephews. Julia, who loved her family, will be remembered for her thoughtful and generous spirit. She will be dearly missed by all. Family and friends will gather at 10:30 a.m. Friday Oct. 4th, 2013 at the Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring St., Windsor Locks, for a procession to St. Robert Bellarmine Church, for an 11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Committal will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday morning at Windsor Locks Funeral Home prior to the procession from 9:00 -10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Windsor Locks Ambulance Fund, PO Box 105, Windsor Locks, CT 06096, and/or St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 52 South Elm St., PO Box 315, Windsor Locks, CT 06096. To leave an online message of sympathy, please visit

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Jane Morin

Jane E. Morin, 82, of Enfield, beloved wife of the late Richard Morin (2003), passed onto eternal life Wednesday Oct 2, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital In Hartford. She was born May 10, 1931 in Springfield, MA, daughter of the late Francis and Ameila (Irene) Manning. Jane was a resident of the Enfield community since 1957. Her special time was spent at her cottage in Wales, MA. She also enjoyed quilting and sewing. She is survived by a daughter Deborah Turcotte and her husband Thomas of Wales, MA, and a son William Morin and his partner Deborah Mazza of Windsor Locks; she also leaves her grandchildren, Tim and Alicia Turcotte, and Justin Mazza; one great granddaughter Taylor Turcotte; and many extended family and friends. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Francis Manning. Family and friends will gather at 9:00 a.m. Monday Oct. 7, 2013 at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Rd., Enfield for a procession to Holy Family Church, 23 Simon Rd., Enfield for a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Committal will folllow at St. Patrick’s King St. Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday Oct. 6th at Leete-Stevens. Donation in Jane’s memory may be made to Special Olympics CT, 2666 State St., Suite 1, Hamden, CT 06517. To leave an online message of sympathy, please visit

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Joseph Drenga

Joseph J. Drenga, 81, of Vernon, beloved husband of Judith (Mosca) Drenga, passed away, Tuesday, October 1, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 19, 1932 in Middletown, the son of the late John and Caroline (Spiwak) Drenga. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was an active member of St. Joseph Church. His ministries included: lector, extraordinary Eucharistic Minister and scripture study teacher. He was a Secular Franciscan and an active member of the Knights of Columbus. Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Joseph Drenga, Christina Drenga, Rita Smith and her husband Everett, Maria Drenga and John Drenga and his wife Jill; his brother, George Drenga; and his grandchildren, Gabrielle, Christopher, Rachael, Jessica, Katelyn, Alyssa, Andrew, Melany and Catie. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family from 2 to 5 PM on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at the Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect St. Rockville, CT 06066. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM on Monday, October 7, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Church, 33 West St. Rockville, CT 06066. Burial will follow at St. Bernard’s Cemetery, Rockville. For online condolences please visit:

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Ms. Louise Bianchini Giordano [06/21/1928 - 10/02/2013]

Ms. Louise Bianchini Giordano Louise Bianchini Giordano of Branford, CT passed away, at the Madison House of CHF on Tuesday, October 2, 2013. Louise was born in Stony Creek on June 21, 1928, she was proud to say: (The First Day of Summer, Longest Day of the Year), daughter of the late Galliano and Teresa Bianchini and sister of the late Tina Sonzoni. She leaves three daughters, Pam Giordano of Branford, CT, Camille Ackerman of Madison and Tamara Giordano of Boca Raton, FL, along with two grandchildren, Samantha and Nikolas Ackerman, who referred to her fondly as “Lulu”
Louise spent 1st grade living in Italy, upon returning to Stony Creek, she became a good student, winning a full scholarship to Boston Univ. in 1946. She returned to Stony Creek and began working for SNET, Co as an engineer’s assistant and continued taking courses. In 1953 she got married and moved to Washington, DC , where she started a family and became very involved in politics with her husband and volunteered in many clubs; The Lawyers Wives was one. In 1971, she moved to Guilford, CT with her three daughters, joined the Newcomers club and began volunteering again – St. George Church, where she taught CCD, was a chaperone on many trips, and she taught Girl Scouts. In 1975 at age 47 she returned to college, (University of New Haven) to finish her education. In 1975 she completed her A.S. in Journalism. In 1977 she received a B.A. in English and History and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Being one of the oldest students, her classmates looked up to her for advice and guidance. In 1978, she received her Master’s degree in History, she began substitute teaching and in the Fall of 1985 began teaching English at Branford High School. She was called Mrs. G, all the students loved her and till this day walk up to Mrs. G on the street. In Dec. 1995, she moved to Del Ray Beach, Florida and became the Editor of her Condo Newspaper. She belonged to Book Worms, Bridge Clubs, Women’s Club and had an extensive social life at her condominium complex. In the Summer of 2006, she returned to CT.
We would like to thank the staff at Madison House and the Meigs Unit for all the great care and love they provided Louise this past four years and Physiotherapy Associates, Kevin and Maryanne.
Memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Therese Church, 109 Leetes Island Rd, Branford, CT on Saturday, October 5 at 10am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, St. Therese Church, 109 Leetes Island Rd, Branford, CT 06405 or CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd, Branford, CT 06405. Arrangements in care of the Guilford Funeral Home, 15 Church St, Guilford, CT. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit:

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Arthur E. Smith Worked at AMF Bowling, Harley-Davidson

GOSHEN — Arthur Earl Smith, 85, passed away on Sept. 29, 2013 at home in Goshen. He was the loving husband of Sally (Sittinger) Smith.
Arthur was born on May 21, 1928 in Detroit, Mich., son of the late Arthur and Marjorie (Graham) Smith. Arthur attended St. Paul High School, Grosse Pointe, in Michigan, and Electronic School in Detroit. He worked for AMF Bowling as operations manager from 1955 to 1978.
He then became vice president of technical services for Harley-Davidson International from 1978 to 1990. He was an avid member of Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree, Retread Motorcycle Club and the Holiday Rambler RV Club.

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Beatrice White

Beatrice Catharine (Bolduc) White of Vernon passed away at Fox Hill Center in Vernon, CT on October 2, 2013. She was the wife of Kenneth Cogswell White of Vernon. Bea (“Joy”) (“Memere”) (“BB”) was born on December 18, 1929 in Penacook, NH, the daughter of the late Alfred Leon Bolduc and Beatrice (Vigue) Bolduc. Her father was so delighted with the birth of his daughter (after three boys) that he exclaimed that there was “Joy in my life!” From that day on, she was known as Joy to family and friends. She graduated from Penacook High School and attended St. Petersburg College. After college, Joy was a microbiologist/bacteriologist at Cornell Medical Center in New York City working with live TB samples. A testament to her attention to detail was that she never contracted TB, even after working with the live cultures in the conditions that they had at the time. Soon after leaving New York, she met and married Kenneth White. They stayed in Moodus, Fairfield, and Rockville for a few years, before finally setting in Tolland. While her children were in school, she worked as a Paraprofessional in the Tolland Middle School Library. After they graduated, she then returned to her profession of microbiologist at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT in the Animal Husbandry Department and continued to work there until her retirement. Her work included working with cow mastitis samples and for a time, testing eggs when the big egg scare hit Connecticut. Joy was a very involved in the Tolland community Boy Scouts and was an active member of St. Matthew’s Church for many years. Reading was a passion of hers and she was involved with the Tolland Public Library Association as well as the Tolland Volunteer Ambulance Association. Joy was also an accomplished artist creating many reverse glass and velvet paintings, and eyeglass pins. Her skills as an expert seamstress, were spectacular and family members enjoyed receiving the items that she created out of cloth and yarn. Opera was Joy’s music genre and she enjoyed listening to her favorite, LaTraviata, over and over again as well as attending concerts. Memere doted on her grandchildren and many delightful hours were spent reading, playing, and gardening with them. When the grandchildren were older, countless hours were spent going to school plays and concerts. She rejoiced in all of their accomplishments and achievements. Besides her husband, she also leaves a son, Christopher White and his wife Laurie of Tolland, CT a daughter, Beatrice L. White-Ramirez and her husband Peter Ramirez, of Tolland, CT and a son, Timothy and his wife Deborah, of Orono, ME. Also mourning the loss of their Memere are her grandchildren Nicholas White and his wife Jennifer Willis of Vernon, CT, Nathaniel White and his wife Hope of Ayer, MA, Beatrice R. and Kylee White-Ramirez of Tolland, CT, and Carl and Elizabeth White of Orono, ME. She also leaves her brothers Ronald Bolduc of Concord, NH, and Raymond Bolduc and his wife Yolanda of North Fort Meyers, FL as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and many dear friends. A brother Richard Bolduc predeceased her. The family would like to thank Father Carini and the many members of St Matthew Community who provided her with prayer, communion, and fellowship all these years. The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated Fox Hill Nursing Home Staff for their tireless efforts in providing Joy the best possible care for the past thirteen years. Some of the Staff remembered Joy from when she would visit her parents, Freddie and Bea Bolduc who were also taken care of superbly by the Staff. You were her second family and we know you will greatly miss her, Thank You. A special thank you to her physician Dr. Orris and his staff for their many years of support. Friends and relatives may gather with Joy’s family during calling hours on Friday, October 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tolland Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Merrow Road (Route 195), Tolland, CT. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held at St. Matthew’s Church in Tolland, CT Saturday, October 5 at 10:00 am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tolland Volunteer Ambulance Association PO Box 827, Tolland, CT 06084 and the Tolland Library Association 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084. For online condolences visit

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