Barbara Minnefield

Barbara J. (Calhoun) Minnefield, 1937-2013, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, wife of the late Horace Minnefield, died at her home in South Windsor, CT on Sunday, October 27, 2013. She retired from Westside Multicare in Manchester, and at her request her body was donated to Yale University Medical School for study and research. She is survived by five children, Clyde Minnefield, Wayne Minnefield, Gale V. Knowles, Max R. Minnefield, and Joann M. Ryan; two grandchildren and a great-grandchild; two sisters and three brothers, Bennie Mae Gray, Alreatha Calhoun, Edward Calhoun, Willie Calhoun, and Ben Calhoun; numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her husband she was predeceased by a son, Darrell Minnefield, four sisters and a brother. In memory of Barbara a Memorial Service will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 239 Graham Road in South Windsor on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 11:30 AM, with a reception to follow. Her family will receive relatives and friends from 11:00 AM until the time of the service. Her family requests that memorial donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, (for research of amyloidosis), 321 Research Pkwy, Suite 212, Meriden, CT 06450. The Holmes Funeral Home in Manchester is assisting with arrangements.

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Candide C. Desrosiers

Candide C. Desrosiers, 93, passed away peacefully Oct. 23, 2013, surrounded by her family. She was born in St. Agatha, Maine, Dec. 9, 1919, the daughter of Paul and Anna “Michaud” Chamberland. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 145 of Frenchville, Sinclair Citizen Club lifetime member, member of ACAP Board for four years, 10 years on the area of Aging Board, four years A.P.A.C of ACAP, and 2½ years as chairperson of the Central Committee of Sinclair, was a correspondent for St. John Valley Times for Sinclair, Maine, “Candy” Corner.

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Patricia A. Lacombe|Heart of gold

BRISTOL — Patricia A. Lacombe, 51, passed away on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at her home.
Patricia was born Sept. 23, 1962, in Waterbury, daughter of Charles G. and Carolyn A. (Moran) Lacombe. She had been employed for several years at Anco Tool and Manufacturing. Patricia was an avid reader and enjoyed listening to music. Her penmanship was impeccable and she loved writing. She enjoyed visits at the family’s lake house.
Besides her parents of Bristol, she leaves her daughters, Meghan Lacombe and Hannah Ouellette, both of Bristol; her brother, Charles J. Lacombe of Wolcott; and her niece, Elizabeth Lacombe of Wolcott.

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Nancy Wasserman

Nancy (Stevens) Wasserman, 52, of Bolton passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on October 27 following a courageous, two-year battle with brain cancer. Born in Hartford on December 19, 1960, she grew up in Newington, the loving daughter of Robert and the late Doris Stevens. Nancy was an outstanding athlete at Newington High School and earned her undergraduate degree from Southern Connecticut State University. Before starting her family, Nancy worked for many years as the fitness director at CourtHouse Plus in Vernon and later as a personal trainer where her warmth and vibrant personality touched the lives of many and rewarded her with a lifetime of lasting friendships. Among other hobbies, she had a love and talent for designing beaded jewelry which remain treasured gifts to her family and dear friends. But beyond all, Nancy’s family and friends will remember her for her love and devotion to her family and the lasting impact she had on the lives of everyone she touched. Nancy will be missed deeply by her two loving children, Ryan and Lindsay, her husband of 24 years, Neal, father Robert, sister Beverly Bedini and her husband Ken, sister Laurie Paetzold and her husband William, nephew Rob Bedini and his wife Sarah, nephews Kyle Bedini and Will Paetzold, niece Haley Paetzold, father- and mother-in-law, Walter and Sylvia Wasserman, brother-in-law Brian Wasserman and cherished friend Lynn Desiderato and her family. Nancy’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Amber and Sonja from Vitas Hospice Care and to Evelyn from A Caring Hand for their care and compassion during her battle. Family and friends are invited to join in a celebration of Nancy’s life on Saturday, November 2nd at 11:00 am at the Bolton Congregational Church, 228 Bolton Center Road, Bolton. Calling hours will be held on Friday, November 1st from 4-7 pm at the Mulryan Funeral Home, 725 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Nancy’s memory to the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance, P.O. Box 370514, West Hartford, CT 06137 or the Bolton Congregational Church.

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Margarita Morales

Margarita Morales, age 47, currently of Bridgeport passed away into the Peaceful Rest of the Lord on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 in her Bridgeport residence. Margarita was born in Mayaquez, Puerto Rico before relocating to the Bridgeport area many years ago. She is survived by her husband Eli Martinez; her sons George Torres, Abraham Torres, and Wilfredo Torres; her four siblings, her three grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends who will dearly miss her. Friends are invited to attend calling hours on Thursday, October 31, 2013 from 7 P.M. – 9 P.M. at the Funeraria Luz de Paz (Peaceful Light Funeral Home) 426 E. Washington Ave., Bridgeport, CT. Final Disposition will be held at the convinience of the family. Please sign our online book of memories where you may share your thoughts, memories, prayers, pictures and so much more and is found EXCLUSIVELY at

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Lillian Carboni

Lillian Carboni, 85, of West Haven passed away Monday October 28, 2013. Devoted wife of the late Larry “Babe” Carboni. Loving mother of Debbie Saranitzky of Meriden, Larry Carboni Jr. of Middletown and Laura (Robert) Bertolini of West Haven. Cherished grandmother of Melissa (Joe), Elisa, Christopher (Lauren), Jennifer, Nicholas (Tiffany), Danielle, Kristin and Bobby and great grandmother of Colten, Dominic, Jordan, Nathan and Lia Rose. Sister of Sarah Cerilli and Bridget Mathews of East Haven, Pat Nastri Jr. of Florida and the late Marie Holland.
The hours for visitation will be FRIDAY from 4 to 7 pm at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. Her funeral procession will leave the funeral home Saturday morning at 8:30. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Paul’s Church at 9:00. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. Donations may be made in Lillian’s name to The Strike 3 Foundation PO Box 191 Monroe, CT 06468.

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Charles Genovese

Charles Edward Genovese , lifelong resident of Manchester, CT passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on October 28, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Carol (Muir). He was predeceased by his parents, Elmo and Muriel (Moorehouse) Genovese and his stepmother Lucille (Spieker) Genovese. Charles was born May 30, 1937, at the family home on Deming Street, Manchester, CT. He graduated from Manchester High School Class of 1955. He was employed for 36 years by the Town of Manchester Fire Department, as a Firefighter/Paramedic and was one of the original EMT-IV’s when they started the program and also worked for over 20 years for S & H Greens Stamps Redemption store. He was past president of Buckland Elementary School PTA, The Connecticut Firemen’s Historical Society and IAFF Local 1579 and was also a charter member. He was very involved with Local 1579’s MDA Fill the Boot Campaign and their running of The Soap Box Derby. He was instrumental from the beginning in the preservation/reconstruction of the original Keeney Street School now located at the Cheney Homestead. He also was a member of Hartford Evergreen #88 Masonic Lodge, being a Master Mason. He is also survived by his daughters, Robin (Rhodes) Makuch and her husband, David of Windham, Lori Piacentini and her husband, Craig of South Windsor and his precious grandchildren, Caitlynn, Correy and David. His siblings, Elizabeth Lambert of Stoughton, MA, Theresa and her husband Roderick Frechette of Rio Rancho, NM, Alida VanWagner of Willow, NY, Linda and her husband Nick Convertino of South Windsor, Robert and his wife Jackie Genovese of Manchester, Diane Roberts of Phoenix, AZ and his mother-in-law Lorene (Carroll) Muir of East Windsor, and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his brothers Arthur and Elmo, father-in-law Leroy Muir and son-in-law Richard E. Rhodes, Jr. The family wants to thank Masonicare Partners Home Health and Hospice for their loving and supportive care they gave Charlie. Funeral services will be held Friday November 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester. Burial will be in the Wapping Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the funeral home with a Masonic service at 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations may be made to the Town of Manchester Fire/Rescue, 75 Center Street, Manchester, CT 06040 or Masonicare Partners Home Health and Hospice, 111 Founders Plaza, East Hartford, CT. 06108. To sign the online register book go to

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Norma Stairs

Norma Josephine Stairs, 87, of Topsmead Farm, Litchfield, passed away on October 28, 2013. She was the wife of the late Bernard H. Stairs. She was born on November 17, 1925 in Eldorado, Ontario Canada. She was the daughter of the late William and Estella Boyle of Eldorado, Ontario Canada.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Litchfield, serving on the Board of Deacons and member and President of the Daytime Guild. She was a former member and a founder of the Litchfield Woman’s Club and a Red Cross Volunteer.

She is survived by three sons; John D. Stairs of Wallingford, CT, William H. Stairs of Inman, SC and Larry B. Stairs of Litchfield, CT, two daughters; Elaine Howe of Landrum, SC and Brenda Keller of Bantam, CT, 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and one sister, Betty Dewey of Ontario, Canada.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, October 31, from 5-7pm at Rowe Funeral Home, 283 Torrington Road, Litchfield. Burial will be private in East Cemetery, Litchfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Preservation Fund of the First Congregational Church, Litchfield, CT.

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Laurie Castellano

Laurie (Flaherty) Castellano age 56 of Lovely Drive died October 29, 2013 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford after a courageous eight year battle with cancer. She was the widow of Nicholas Castellano, her husband of 27 years before his passing in 2011.

Laurie was born August 8, 1957 in Waterbury, a daughter of the late Jack and Teresa (Santoro) Flaherty and lived in Watertown for the past seven years. She was a graduate of Kennedy High School in Waterbury and Sacred Heart University in Fairfield where she earned her Masters Degree in History. Prior to her retirement, Laurie was the head of the Social Studies Department at Trumbull High School. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Loreto Church.

She leaves her brother Robert Flaherty and his wife Patty of Bristol, her sister Lynn Flaherty and her husband Ben Magista of Seattle, WA., two nephews Ryan Flaherty, Michael Magista, two nieces Nicole Monserud, Sarah Hertzler and her husband Barry, two great nieces Emerson and Lauryn Hertzler and many, many dear friends and neighbors and relatives of her extended Castellano family. She was predeceased by a sister Shirley Flaherty.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday November 2, 2013 at 12 p.m. at Our Lady of Loreto Church in Waterbury. Burial will be private and at the convenience of her family. There are no calling hours. The O’Neill Funeral Home, 742 Main St. Oakville has been entrusted to assist her family with arrangements. To extend online expressions of sympathy to her family or for additional information, kindly visit the funeral home website at

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Noreen C. Hine

Noreen C. (Dunn) Hine, 84, of Rocky Hill, CT, formerly of Wethersfield, CT, beloved wife for 57 years of the late Francis C. Hine and devoted mother and grandmother, died Wednesday (October 23, 2013) at a local assisted living facility. Born on July 27, 1929 in Palmer, MA, she was the daughter of the late William Dunn and Alice (McDonald) Dunn. After graduating from Palmer High School, Noreen graduated from Bridgewater Teachers’ College in Bridgewater, MA class of 1951. She taught elementary school in Lewiston, ME and Stafford Springs, CT before joining her husband on the west coast during his service in the U.S. Navy. Returning to the east coast in 1958, the family settled in Connecticut and grew to include their three children; David, Priscilla and Steven. Noreen devoted herself to caring for her family and keeping the household for the remainder of her life. She also worked in the Wethersfield and Windsor Locks school systems as a librarian, substitute teacher and in the special education department. Noreen was a history buff and an avid reader, particularly intrigued with New England history. Noreen and her husband made yearly treks to historical sites up and down the east coast during their retirement years. She also loved live theater, concerts, symphonies, and was a talented pianist. Noreen will be dearly missed by her two sons, David F. Hine of Enfield and Steven C. Hine of Wethersfield; her daughter, Priscilla C. Hine of Manchester, CT; her granddaughter, Rebecca Hine of Wethersfield as well as many nieces, nephews and dear friends. In addition to her cherished husband, Noreen was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Patricia Hine and her son-in-law, Efrain Soto.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday (November 2) from 12-2 p.m. at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield, CT 06109. The funeral will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Burial will be private in Oak Knoll Cemetery, Palmer, MA at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2075 Silas Deane Hwy., Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. For on-line expressions of sympathy, please visit

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