Mary Ann Cast|Devoted wife, mother and grandmother

DANBURY — Mary Ann Cast, formerly of Ridgefield and Brookfield, born June 9, 1928 to Paul J. and Mary (Bible) Sanders in Maplewood, N.J., died peacefully on Nov. 6, 2013 with her family by her side at Danbury Health Care Center.
She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Cast and her brother Paul Sanders. She is survived by her son, Bruce Cast and Lisamay Cleary-Cast, of Southbury, Conn.; her daughter, Linda Reddington and Jeff Strang, of Brookfield, Conn.; her grandchildren, Justin and Alyssa Cast and Joshua, Justin and Hannah Cleary, of Southbury and Kimberly and Brian Reddington, of Brookfield, Conn.

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Leona “Pie” (Paradis) Chapdelaine

Leona “Pie” (Paradis) Chapdelaine, 82, of Bristol, widow of Yvon “Louie” Chapdelaine who predeceased her in August, died on Saturday (Nov. 9, 2013) at Countryside Manor. Leona was born on Aug. 4, 1931, in Eagle Lake, Maine, and was a daughter of the late Placid and Leona (Perrow) Paradis. She has resided in Bristol since 1958 and was a member of St. Matthew Church in Forestville. Mom was a wonderful woman and will be especially remembered for her loving and generous ways. Pie is survived by her sons: Leo Chapdelaine, Michael Chapdelaine and wife, Carmen, and Gary Chapdelaine, and daughter, Patricia Gilson, and husband, Robert; nine grandchildren: Shannon, Rob, Jim, Val, Stefanie, Jamie, Brandon, Amanda, and Eric; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Kenneth Paradis of Houlton, Maine, and Placid and Donald Paradis of Southington; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Brenda Hill, two daughters-in-law, Jane and Pat Chapdelaine, a brother, Robert Paradis, and three sisters, Margaret Aportia, Juliette Perreault, Nellie Garrity, and Priscilla Wilson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday (Nov. 12, 2013) at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew Church, 120 Church Ave., Bristol. Entombment will follow in the Holy Family Mausoleum, Bristol. The family will greet friends and relatives on Tuesday at the church between 9 and 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, is in care of the arrangements. Please visit Leona’s memorial website at

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Brenda Beaudoin|Housekeeper

EAST HARTFORD — Brenda Beaudoin, 50, of East Hartford and formerly of Waterbury, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at her home.
Brenda was born in Waterbury on Dec. 23, 1962, and graduated from Wamogo Technical School in Litchfield. She had worked as a housekeeper in Litchfield and enjoyed using eBay and collecting comic books.
Brenda is survived by her parents, Charles and Jacqueline (Frappier) Beaudoin of Edgewater, Fla.; two brothers, Charles J. Beaudoin of Northfield and James S. Beaudoin of Waterbury; a sister, Diane Newth of Winchester; a daughter, Christine Holden of Rhode Island; and a son, Steven Newth of Winchester.

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John Ward

John T. Ward, age 59, of West Haven entered into rest unexpectedly November 9, 2013. He was the husband of Deborah A. Ward. Father of Julie Ward (Mike Blum) and Jonathan (Katherine) Ward. Brother of Katherine (Mike Zisek) DeSanti and Howard (Christie) Ward. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and friends all who meant the world to him. He was born in New Haven, August 23, 1954, son of the late James W. and Patricia Roche Ward. For the past 40 years John was the owner of Award Appraisal Service and was a certified general appraiser (SRA). He was the recording secretary for City Point Yacht Club, mentor for Big Brother/Big Sister and volunteer for W.H.E.A.T. An active communicant of St. Lawrence Church, he was a Eucharistic Minister and editor of the church bulletin. He was a coach for West Haven Youth Soccer and held a black belt in Tae-Kwan-Do. On a typical weekend John could be found fishing, golfing or in his hot tub enjoying a cigar.
The hours for visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 8pm at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. His funeral procession will leave the funeral home Wednesday morning at 9:30. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in in St. Lawrence Church at 10:00. Interment will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to St. Lawrence Church, 207 Main Street, or St. Lawrence School, 231 Main Street, West Haven, CT. 06516.

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Arthur Benson

Arthur W. Benson Jr., 70, lifelong resident of Manchester, loving husband for twenty-five years to Heidi (Cole) Benson, died Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Manchester Memorial Hospital. Art was born in Manchester on October 27, 1943, son of the late Arthur W. and Katherine (Schuetz) Benson. He graduated Manchester High School, Class of 1962, and attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Prior to retiring in 2012 he owned and operated Dynamic Percussion on Main Street since 1989. Art loved scuba diving in the Caribbean and Australia, and was an avid drummer, skier, and photographer. He received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Assoc. of Music Merchants for twenty-five years of service, and was passionate about taking care of his nineteen fish that lived in his freshwater and saltwater tanks at home. With his wife, he is survived by his daughter Amy, his step-children Franz and Shelley, his grandson Alex, his sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Rudy Capello of Manchester, and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Art was predeceased by a sister, Carol. Visiting hours for family and friends will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main Street, Manchester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, CT Chapter, 300 Research Pkwy, Suite 310, Meriden, CT 06450 or to the Ray Beller Music Scholarship, Inc., 101 Murielle Drive, South Windsor, CT 06074.

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Helen (Benusis) Dudzinski

Helen (Benusis) Dudzinski, 90, of Newington passed away on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Hartford Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Eugene Dudzinski. Helen was born in New Britain, daughter of the late John and Anna Benusis, she lived in Newington for more than 50 years. She was employed for many years as a waitress, most recently at Shuttle Meadow Country Club. Helen loved her family especially her granddaughters. She enjoyed her summer home, overlooking the ocean, in Nova Scotia and spending time at the beach. Helen is survived by her son Gene Dudzinski of Denver and his wife, Jill, of New Britain; her three granddaughters, Brooke Denver, Jacqueline Denver and Celina Marquis; her two sisters Eva Dyckman of New Britain, Amelia Higgins of Avon and her son-in-law Ivan Marquis of New Britain. Helen was predeceased by her son Eugene Dudzinski and daughter Helen J. Marquis. Helen’s family would like to thank the staff at the Hartford Hospital, 10th floor Cardiac, Hospice unit for all their care and compassion. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday at the Burritt Hill Funeral Home, 332 Burritt St., New Britain, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Maurice Church, 100 Wightman Road, New Britain, CT 06052. She will be laid to rest, next to her husband, in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Maurice Church. To share a memory with her family, please visit us at

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