Leslie Mancuso, 65, of Coventry, beloved wife of the late Anthony Joseph Mancuso, passed away with her family by her side on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. She was born on September 16, 1948, daughter of the late Francis and Gloria (Dandurand) Futoma. Leslie was a graduate of East Catholic High School, class of ’66. Leslie enjoyed the finer things in life and loved to tell a good story. Her sense of humor and kind heart will be missed. She is survived by her daughter, Gina Mancuso; her brother, Scott Futoma; her nephew, Cole Futoma; her niece, Carly Futoma; and her step-daughters, Lisa Hamm and Betsy Farina. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family from 11AM to 12PM on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Coventry-Pietras Funeral, 2665 Boston Tpke. (Rte 44), Coventry with a memorial service following at 12 noon. Burial will be private. For online condolences please visit: www.pietrasfuneralhomes.com
Blankfard, Patricia A. “Patty” (Leddy) Patty was born in Hartford, CT on December 9, 1954, the daughter of Paul E. Leddy and Elizabeth McGuire Leddy Ellis. Patty was the 4th of the five Leddy children. Patty was the wife of Patrick (Francis) Blankfard of Rochester, New York. Patty passed away at Unity Hospital in Rochester, NY on February 25, 2014 surrounded by and with the love and comfort of her husband, children, mother and sisters. Patty has fought a long and hard battle with her illness for many years. It knocked her down and kept her down and then she would somehow find it in her to stand up and start the battle again. This was so evident the week¬end of February 21st, during her hospital stay, she was engaging, funny, exasperated with everyone but the same old Patty and her personality again surfaced. When she took a major turn for the worse, she started to fight once again, and she fought until all of her family and children could arrive from out of state and spend time with her. Patty was known as Patty Patricia to her loving husband Patrick and as Pretty Pat to the Leddy clan, a name coined by her Dad. To her children Justin Thomas Caruso and Brett Joseph Caruso (her boys) she was sim¬ply Mom. Patty loved her children and during their younger years if the boys could not sleep she would drive them around Windsor Locks to get them to fall asleep. Patty loved to cook and her egg plant was everyone’s favorite. Patty made a mean salsa which she devoured with her sisters and a cocktail sauce that would make your nose run. One of her favor¬ite meals was Lobster Pie that Patrick made for her on a regular basis. Her children meant the world to her and as Patrick’s jobs changed they moved to Chicago, IL, Syracuse, NY and Rochester, NY. Patty made many friends during her travels and hosted many get together’s no mat¬ter where she lived. Connecticut was home and Patty, Patrick and the boys would make the holiday trek to CT in many of the USS Blankfard’s and the travel tales were legendary. The anecdotes from the trips were hysterical and they became known as the Griswold (Blankfard) family vacations. Patty loved nothing more than the beach and some of her happiest times were spent on the shores of Misquamicut, RI and Ocean City Maryland. Patty enjoyed watching the boys in the water, getting a tan and having a beverage. Many of the homes Patty and Pat purchased included a pool and that is where you would find Patty on a summer day “sitting by the pool” her favorite spot. Patty loved Halloween and would for many years dress up with her children and then continued do so after they were grown; Patty was a kid at heart. Patty loved St Patrick’s Day and she and Pat were married 18 years ago in Illinois on St Patrick’s Day. Patty was beautiful, kind, funny and a prankster. She loved to shop, cook and always needed to know what was going on. Some would call this nosey, it was simply Patty. Patty always wanted to know what was up with Justin and Brett and of course that means lots of cell phone calls to get the scoop! Patty is survived by her loving husband, Patrick Blankfard, her sons she so loved, Justin and Brett. Her mother, Elizabeth, (Betty Ellis) her siblings, Maureen Lee Leddy, Steven Leddy, James Leddy, and Sharon Leddy, a special adopted sister Gail Monat and a niece and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Paul E. Leddy. Patty, we will all miss your love, kindness, humor and simply YOU. Your battle with this illness has taken so much from you and we know that you are now in a place that will bring you peace, comfort and joy. We love you. Her family will receive friends on Sunday, March 1 from 2-5 p.m. at Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring St., Windsor Locks. Interment is private. Contri¬butions in Patty’s name can be directed to Camp Good Days and Special Times, 1332 Pittsford-Mendon Road, Mendon, NY 14506.
OAKVILLE — Benjamin Franklin Cash Jr., 79, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in VITAS Innovative Hospice Care at Saint Mary’s Hospital. He was the husband of Virginia Mary (Latino) Cash. Ben was born Nov. 22, 1934, in Sharon, a son of the late Benjamin Franklin and Pearl (Kilmer) Cash Sr. and lived in Oakville for more than 60 years. He was educated in Watertown schools. Prior to his retirement in 1996, he was employed as a truck driver for Teamsters Local 677 where he worked for many years. Ben proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He enjoyed building furniture and was an avid automobile enthusiast. He was a member of Saint Mary Magdalen Church.
Pamela (Grinnell) Breen, 69, of Enfield, CT loving wife of Stephen Breen passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital. Pam was born in Providence, RI the daughter of the late Charles and Nancy (Chandler) Grinnell. She was a graduate of Wellesley High School, Westbrook Junior College in Maine and the John Robert Powers Modeling School in Boston. Pamela and Stephen were married on July 31, 1965 and have lived in Enfield for the past 30 years. In addition to her husband, Stephen she is also survived by their children, Deborah Breen of Newburyport, MA, Karen (Breen) Deblois and her husband, David of Sabttus, ME and Alan Breen of Enfield; a brother, Chandler Grinnell and his wife, Debbie; three nephews, Todd and Taylor Grinnell and Craig Dagenhart. Pam was predeceased by a sister, Anne Dagenhart. Relatives and friends can join the family on Sunday, March 2, 2014, from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Rd., Enfield, CT. Funeral services and burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Mt. Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital 490 Blue Hills Ave, Hartford, CT 06112
SOUTHINGTON — The Rev. James B. Gunnoud, 81, formerly of Naugatuck and Cheshire, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at the Southington Care Center after an extended illness. Father Gunnoud was born Nov. 7, 1932, in Waterbury, the son of the late Thomas and Hazel (Gallagher) Gunnoud. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School, Providence College and Christ the King Seminary in St. Bonaventure, N.Y. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 7, 1959, by the Most Reverend John F. Hackett.
James M. Gauvin, age 64, of Conway, S.C., died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at Emeritus at Conway Place.
Mary Margaret (Tucciacarone) Hames Labieniec of Berlin died Tuesday night, Feb. 25, 2014, at an area convalescent home four days short of her 106th birthday. Born in New Britain, the daughter of the late Philip and Angelina (Elliot) Tucciacarone, she was the widow of David Hames and John Labieniec. She worked 25 years at Landers, Frary & Clark and retired after nine years from General Electric in Plainville. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church and will be remembered as a frequent customer at McDonald’s in Berlin. She lived in the house that her second husband, John built in 1948 and drove her car until the age of 102. Mary was recognized on her 100th birthday by President George Bush, Governor Jodi Rell, Berlin Mayor Adam Salina, New Britain Mayor Timothy Stewart, Today Show’s Willard Scott and Scot Haney.
Sandra P. (James) Schmelling, 68, beloved wife of David H. Schmelling of Enfield, died Tuesday (February 25, 2014) at Hartford Hospital. Born in Westfield, MA on June 29, 1945 daughter of the late Wilford M. James and Arilla M. (Wood) James, she had lived in Enfield for most of her life. Before retiring she was a manager for 23 years at the Harley Hotel in Enfield. Sandy enjoyed traveling the beach and her adoring grandchildren. In addition to her husband of 49 years, David, she leaves three children, Dawn D. Maheu and her husband, Kreg of Englewood, FL, Daniel D. Schmelling and his wife, Kimberly of Randolph, VT and Dana E. James of Westfield, MA; five grandchildren, Melissa and Lauren Maheu and Gabrielle, Tiffnay and Joseph D. Schmelling and several nieces and nephews. Her funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 1 at 12:30 p.m. at Leete-Stevens Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield. Burial will follow at Hazardville Cemetery, Enfield. Her family will receive friends on Friday, Feb. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the chapels. Memorial donations may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111.