Harold Brainard

Harold S. Brainard, 78 of Manchester, beloved husband of Susan (Smith) Brainard passed away at home on Sunday, December 8, 2013. Harold was born July 16, 1935 in Manchester, son of the late William H. and Minnie (Freeman) Brainard and was a lifelong resident. He served his country in the U.S. Army. Prior to retiring, Harold was a foreman, working for the former White Oak Construction Co. of Plainville for 35 years, and was also a Steward for Teamsters Local 559. He was a member of the Zipser Club and Army & Navy Club of Manchester. He loved fishing and will be known for his sense of humor. In addition to his wife, Harold is survived by two daughters, Debbie Brainard and spouse, Debbie Albert of Manchester, Tracy Brainard of Manchester, a son, Manny Brainard and spouse, Candy Brainard of Andover, three grandchildren, Stephanie Brainard, Eric Brainard and Madison Brainard, five sisters, Minnie DeBarros, Emma Camby and Maryann Euell all of Norwich, Roxanne Baker of East Hartford and Driscilla Williams of Bloomfield, two brothers, Edgar Brainard of East Hartford and Arthur Brainard of Norwich, numerous nieces and nephews, a step-son, John McHugh of Manchedster, a step-daughter, Heidi Morse and her husband, Jim Morse and their son, Beckett of Vernon, also his sidekick, Bailey. He was predeceased by two brothers and a sister, William Brainard, John Brainard and Martha Storey. Calling hours will be Friday, December 13, 2013 from 4-6 pm at Holmes Funeral Home 400 Main St. Manchester, with a funeral service immediately following at 6 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society 825 Brook St. I91 Tech Ctr. Rocky Hill, CT 06067-3045. To sign the online guestbook please visit

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Helen S. Farrell

Helen S. (Saplikoski) Farrell, 93, of Colchester, died Monday (Dec. 9, 2013) at the Middlesex Hopsital. Born and raised in New Britain, daughter of the late Bogumil and Stella (Chrzanowski) Saplikoski, she was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Harry J. Farrell.
She retired as Administrative Aide from the City of New Britain after 24 years in the Park and Recreation Department. She held the office of Secretary-Treasurer for New Britain City Employees (CSA) Community Service Association for many years, retiring in 1978 when she moved to Sharon, CT and was employed at the Sharon Hospital for almost 10 years. Her co-workers nominated her as “Care-Giver for the Month”. She was a member of Holy Cross Church for over 67 years, a member of the Holy Cross Ladies Guild and held office of Treasurer, a member of the former Mother’s Club, and served as secretary. In Colchester, she joined St. Andrews Parish. During her leisure time, she knitted and crocheted afghans which she donated to churches and convalescent homes. She crocheted over 250 blankets for the Holy Cross Ladies Guild where they were then donated to Hospitals for pre natal babies.
Mrs. Farrell leaves two sons Timothy J. Farrell of Colchester and LTC (Ret) U.S. Army Thomas D. Farrell and his wife Pamela of Colorado and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three sisters Hedwig McLaughlin, Florence Hobart and Mary J. Saplikoski and two brothers L. Steve Saplikoski and Joseph Saplikoski.
Funeral services will be held Friday with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM at Holy Cross Church. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Britain. Visitation will be Friday from 9:00 AM until the time of the Mass at the Farrell Funeral Home 110 Franklin Sq. New Britain. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Cross Church 31 Biruta St. New Britain, CT 06053.

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Ada Groppo

Ada (Togni) Groppo, 98, of Woodside Circle, Simsbury, wife of the late Leo Groppo, died Monday, December 9, 2013 at Countryside Manor in Bristol, with her family by her side. She was born August 25, 1915 in Avon, daughter of the late Andrea and Margaret (Simonelli) Togni and had lived in Avon for many years prior to moving to Simsbury. Mrs. Groppo was an Office Administrator with Travelers Insurance for 30 years prior to her retirement. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Simsbury and for 50 years, a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of Prince Thomas of Savoy in Avon. Ada enjoyed cooking, traveling, ballroom dancing, and being with her family. She is survived by her son, Robert Groppo and his wife Terry Wight of Sunnyvale, CA; her daughter, Michel Beaupre of Sunnyvale, CA; three grandchildren, Eli and his wife Katherine, Micah and Leah, and two great grandchildren, Madeline and Sullivan. Friends may call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury on Thursday, December 12th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, December 13th, 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s Church, 942 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. Burial will follow in St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Tariffville. Memorial donations may be made to Make a Wish Foundation, P.O. Box 6062, Albert Lea, MN 56007 or at ( Please visit Ada’s “Book of Memories” at for online condolences.

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Helene Welch

Helene S. Welch, 76, of the Hazardville section of Enfield, beloved widow of Robert W. Welch Jr., entered into eternal rest Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Helene was born Nov. 12, 1937 in Springfield, MA, daughter of the late Joseph and Sarah (Szoka) Skowronski, and was raised in Suffield. Helene was married to her beloved husband, Bob on Oct. 29, 1960 and lived in Hazardville since her marriage. She was employed by the town of Enfield as a secretary for several years and was a devoted communicant of Holy Family Church. Helene enjoyed traveling the Caribbean with her husband Bob, especially the Dominican Republic. Helene is survived by her two sons, Robert W. Welch III and his wife Joann of Ellington and James P. Welch of Enfield, her cherished grandchildren, Abby M. and Alyssa M. Welch, her brother, Joseph Skowronski and his wife Elsie of Tucson, AZ, her special friend, Michelle Wright and her children, René and Charlene and her extended family and friends. A funeral procession will form Friday Dec. 13, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at the Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Church. Burial will be in St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Hazardville. Visiting hours at the Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels will be Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Helene’s memory may be made to Holy Family Church, 23 Simon Road, Enfield, CT 06082.

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John Adams

Mr. John W. Adams, 73, of Naugatuck, passed away on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 5, 2013.

Mr. Smith was born in East Lyme, June 9, 1940, a son of the late Charles and Olive Mae (Smith) Adams, and was a borough resident for the past 25 years. He had formerly been a resident of the lower Naugatuck valley. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and had been a truck driver prior to his retirement.

He leaves his children, John A. Adams of Shelton, and John Walter Adams of Seymour, Lisa D’Agostino of Trumbull, and Jodi Cochrane of Greenville, S.C.; his siblings, Louis Smith of New Fairfield, and Lois Donfrio of Stratford and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Mary Magini.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday Dec. 11, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Alderson Funeral Homes of Naugatuck, 201 Meadow St.. Burial will be at a later date. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until the time of the funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the John Adams Memorial Fund, c/o Fraternal Order of Eagles, Arie # 640, 388 High St., Naugatuck, CT 06770-4233.

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Slater, Maxine Hartline

Maxine Hartline Slater, formerly of Farmington, passed away Saturday, December 7th at the Avon Health Center. She was the beloved wife of Andrew (Pete) E. Slater, Jr., for 60 years. They had met at a dance at the Bond Hotel the night before he was shipped out to the Pacific during World War II. They communicated while he was in the service and married six months after his return from duty. She was born July 3, 1921 in Hartford, the daughter of the late Jack and Mary Manion Hartline. She was also predeceased by her sister Geraldine Manion. Maxine was a graduate of Buckeley High School, Class of 1939. She spent most of her career working for the John Hancock Insurance Company. In retirement, she loved to shop, read her Harlequin Romances, and cruise around with her friend Jean Dibiasio. She never met a restaurant she didn’t love. She is survived by her many nieces and nephews- Barbara, Renie, Bill, Suzanne, Andrew, Bob, Bud and her “baby” Hank. The family would like to thank all of those involved in Maxine’s care, most especially the staff at Avon Health Center. Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in Maxine’s name the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032.

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Linda Briggs

WATERBURY — Linda K. (Stokes) Briggs, 66, passed away on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Saint Mary’s Hospital VITAS Hospice Unit with her husband by her side and surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Ronald T. Briggs Sr.

Linda was born in Waterbury on March 9, 1947, and was the daughter of Susanna Stokes and the late Frank J. Stokes. She was the daughter-in-law of Anastasia Briguglio and the late Leo Briguglio. Linda was a graduate of Croft High School in 1965. She worked as a registered nurse for various convalescent homes and most recently Utopia Health Care until her retirement. Linda was an Avon representative for almost 40 years.

Family, friends and animals were Linda’s passion and delight. Linda never missed a Christmas morning, first day of school, weekend sleepover or sporting event for her three grandchildren. She instilled hard work, the importance of family and compassion for all things into her children and grandchildren.

Besides her husband, Ron, and her mother, Susanna, Linda leaves a daughter, Lisa DeTulio and her husband, Mark, of Prospect; and a son, Ronald T. Briggs Jr. and his wife, Libby, also of Prospect; two sisters, Tyna Lindsay of Cartaret, N.J., and Deborah Venters and her husband, Thomas, of Warwick, R.I. She also leaves three adoring grandchildren, Nicholas, Julianna and Ava.

The family would like to send a special thanks to the staff at Saint Mary’s VITAS Hospice Care for all of the care and support of Linda and her family.

Funeral services for Linda will be held on Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, 625 Baldwin St., Waterbury. Friends and relatives are asked to meet at church. Calling hours will be Monday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home, 26 Waterbury Road (Route 69), Prospect. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Companion Pet Rescue of West Tennessee (CPR), c/o Lisa DeTulio, 19 Ivy Terrace, Prospect, CT 06712.

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