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Jeannette L. Piche, 92, of Hartford, beloved wife of Arthur J. Piche, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 20th at Apple Rehab in Colchester after a long illness. Born June 25th, 1921, in Fall River, MA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph A. and Josephine (Dubreuil) Poirier. Jeanette was a graduate of Durfee High School, Class of 1940 and married Arthur on July 7, 1942. She was employed by Royal Typewriter in Hartford for many years and with the State of Connecticut Labor Department until her retirement in 1983. Jeanette enjoyed ball room dancing, bowling, was an excellent seamstress and was involved in great detail with family genealogy. Besides her husband, she is survived by her son, Raymond L. Piche of Framingham, MA, her daughter, Louise Caisse of Hebron, five grandchildren, Raymond L. Piche Jr., and his wife Marlene of Portland, Marianne Piche of Westborough, MA, Suzanne Brogie and her husband Martin of Madison, Michele Francoeur and her husband Jeffrey of Colchester and Darrin Bourret and his wife Jennifer of Middletown, five great grandchildren, Simon, Magnolia and Gavin Brogie and Leo and Simone Francoeur and many other very special family members. She was predeceased by her sister, Irene Bousquet and her brother, Edward Poirier. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Sunday (Nov. 24) from 2:00-4:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (Nov. 25) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Anne –Immaculate Conception Church, 820 Park St., Hartford at 10:00am. Burial will be in Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill. Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Flowers may be sent directly to the funeral home. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.Read more →
Adam R. Rimscha, 67, of Hartford, passed away peacefully Thursday, November 7th at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Born in Deinzen, Germany, January 23rd, 1946, beloved son of the late Peter and Bronislava (Abromaitis) Rimscha, he resided in the Hartford area for many years. Prior to retiring, Adam was associated with Windsor Office Machine and was a noted musician in the Hartford area. He was a United States Air Force veteran stationed in Spain during the Vietnam Era. Adam is survived by his two sons, Adam J. Rimscha and his wife LeeAnn, and Christopher Rimscha and his wife Sarah all of Cape Coral, FL, his beloved brother, John R. Rimscha of Hartford, his two grandsons, Gage Adam Rimscha and Hayden James Rimscha, and his former wife, Shirley Rimscha. He was predeceased by his three brothers, Peter Vytas Rimscha, Joseph Rimsa and Edward A. Rimscha. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (Nov. 13) at 10:00am in Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 53 Capitol Ave., Hartford followed by burial in the family plot at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 53 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106.Read more →
Donald C. Crowley of Pompano Beach, Florida died unexpectedly on October 16th. Born in Waterbury, on November 1, 1946 to his loving parents John D. Crowley and Bridget Hussey Crowley, he is survived by his sister Peggy O’Connor and her husband John of Westerly, Rhode Island, his brother John D. Crowley of Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida, his sister Laney Dolan and her husband Jim of Jupiter, Florida, and Joan F. Crowley of Waterbury. He was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier School, Croft High School, Danbury State College and earned a Master’s from the University of Bridgeport. He was employed as a religious coordinator at Southbury Training School, and the Town of Wilton Public Schools dividing his career as a math and science teacher between Cider Mill Elementary and Middlebrook Middle School. He lived for many years in Norwalk with a home in Westerly. He also leaves several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and devoted cousins, as well as many friends. The wake will be held on Monday, October 28th in St. Francis Xavier Church from 5:30p.m. until 7p.m., followed by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered by his nephew Fr. Michael J. Dolan. The church is located at 625 Baldwin St, Waterbury. Burial will occur the following afternoon at New St. Joseph Cemetery in the family plot. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 34 Willow Street, P. O. Box 1612, Waterbury 06721or St. Francis Xavier Church, Waterbury, CT 06706.Read more →
Eleanor M. Cappa, 62, of East Hartford, beloved wife of Robert A. Cappa, passed away Sunday, August 25th. Born in Hartford, September 24, 1950, daughter of the late Jeremiah Joseph and Arline (Duhaime) Collins Jr. Eleanor was employed by the City of Hartford in the Health Department for over 40 years. Besides her husband, she is survived by her two daughters, Lori-Ann Nisyrios and her husband Peter of South Windsor and Robbin Cappa of East Hartford, two sisters, Geri Caron and her husband Chris of Vernon and Carolyn Langer of Vernon, and three granddaughters, Taylor, Alexis and Gabriella. She was predeceased by her sister, Kathleen Marie Collins. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Wednesday (Aug. 28) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday (Aug. 29) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford at 10:00am. Burial will be in the family plot at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.Read more →
Delia Sarmiento (Migoyo) was born in Sta.Isabel de las Lajas, Cuba on June 6, 1916 and started her final journey home on August 20, 2013 in Windsor, at the home of her daughter Martha, surrounded by her family and loved ones. She immigrated to the United States, leading her family to freedom, in 1968. With great courage and an unparalleled zest for life, she embraced her new country, and served her community as an active member of the Foster Grandparents Program in Hartford for many years. She was predeceased by her husband Esteban and is survived by her three daughters and their husbands: Juanita and Ignacio Gonzalez of Pembroke Pines, FL; Maria and Omelio Figueredo of Cromwell; and Martha and John Mingel of Windsor, with whom she lived for the last 4 years of her life. She is also survived by her sister Lucia Egusquiza of Florida, and many nieces and nephews. While she treasured and reveled in the company of friends, there were few she loved more than her seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren- with two more expected this year. The family would like to express their gratitude to CCCI and Family Home Services as well as Masonic Care Hospice for their invaluable assistance through her long illness. We would especially like to thank her nurse Kathy Ostrowski, and her aids (Maria, Amary,Virgimina,Yahaira and Awilda) for their love, support and compassion. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave, Hartford on Friday (Aug. 23) from 6:00-9:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Aug. 24) at 9:45am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford at 10:30am. Burial will be in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.Read more →
Dawn Westhelle, beloved wife of Henry Furneaux and devoted mother of Julia, Henry and William Furneaux, passed away on Tuesday, August 20. Dawn, the daughter of Joanne Cestaro Turner of Pipersville, PA and Kent Westhelle of Savannah, GA, was born in Jersey City and graduated from Syracuse University. Her career in lighting design included innovative work in Europe, advanced training in New York and facilitating design at the Metropolitan Art Museum. She then joined the family company, where her pioneering design skills generated novel marketing niches in the distribution of fine paper. Of all her many achievements, Dawn was most proud of being an outstanding mother who always put her family first. At the age of 49, she was the victim of inflammatory breast cancer, an unrelenting and cruel disease that she battled with extraordinary courage and grace. There will be a viewing at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Thursday (Aug. 22) from 4-8 PM. On Friday August 23, a service will be held at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford at 11:00 AM followed by the burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford.Read more →
John L. (Lewis) Taylor, 74, of Enfield, CT passed away peacefully on Monday, August 5, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. John was born February 5, 1939, son of Lewis D. and Adele (Carini) Taylor. John grew up in South Glastonbury and lived most of his life in Windsor Locks and Enfield. John served in the United States Navy and worked many years at the Travelers Insurance as a Technical Computer Programmer. After retiring John enjoyed working at Woodland Farms, bringing him back to his roots. He was passionate about computers, gardening, wrestling and NASCAR. John is survived by Elaine Taylor, his children; Hope Martin, Lisa E. Taylor, Dawn E. Taylor and Robin E. Taylor; 5 grandchildren; Dante, Dominic and Johnathan Rossi, Jordan and Leanora Frechette; his brother and sisters, Bruce Taylor, Arden Teveris, Mary Lata and Elizabeth Taylor and many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his sisters, Holly Mott, Joyce Ethier and his brother Mark Taylor. Friends may call at St. Augustine Church, 55 Hopewell Road, South Glastonbury, CT on Friday, August 9, 2013, from 9–10:45 a.m. The Funeral Liturgy will follow in St. Augustine Church at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Enfield, CT. Memorial donations may be made to The American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.Read more →
Frances Blackall Blanchfield, 90 of West Hartford, CT. beloved wife of the late William E. Blanchfield passed away peacefully on July 31, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. She was born November 17, 1922 in Waterbury, Ct. She was the daughter of the late State Senator and Insurance Commissioner John C. Blackall and Mae Kelly Blackall. She graduated from the Cathedral of St. Joseph Elementary School, Mount St. Joseph Academy, Class of 1939, and the University of St. Joseph, West Hartford, Class of 1943. She then followed her lifelong passion for helping others when she became a social worker for the Department of Child and Family Services. She spent over 30 years volunteering at the House of Bread in Hartford. She also volunteered for Meals on Wheels, St. Francis Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, St. Thomas Seminary Women’s Guild, St. Thomas Apostle School PTO, and the Women’s Club of St. Thomas The Apostle Church. For many years she was a member of the Distinguished Alumni Committee at the University of St. Joseph. She was very well read on political, social and world issues. She was also a world traveler. She is survived by her children Stephen Blanchfield, Randall Blanchfield, Barbara Blanchfield Carpenter and husband Kenneth of West Hartford and Mary Lee Geary and husband Steven of Storrs, CT, her brother Rev. L. Randall Blackall and sister Joan Mackas and husband Joseph of West Hartford, her grandchildren Jill Carpenter Devor and Kelly Carpenter Habif of West Hartford, Christopher Geary and Meghan Geary of Storrs, Ct, her great grandchildren Leah Devor, Sarahjane Devor and Grayson Geary and several nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her brother Rev. John C. Blackall and uncle Rev. Charles Kelly. She will be dearly missed by her family for sharing her gifts of faith, optimism and wisdom. She would like to thank the staff and students at the University of Connecticut, School of Law Library for all their kindness. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Monday (Aug. 5) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Tuesday (Aug. 6) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford at 10:00am. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. Her donation requests are a reflection of her commitment to urban Hartford and West Hartford. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the House of Bread, 27 Chestnut Street, Hartford, Ct. 06120 or Unite for Light (Lights for the Hall and Conard Athletic Fields) 6 Burnham Drive, West Hartford Ct. 06110.Read more →
Robert E. “Bob” Arel, died of cardiac arrest on July 25, 2013. Born on September 17, 1926, in Fitchburg, MA, he spent his youth in Montreal, P.Q., Canada. He and his bride settled in Connecticut in 1947, where they began their family and he began his career in the HVAC field, working for supermarket chains until retirement from Grand Union Co. in 1981. Such venerable Greater Hartford institutions as Aetna Diner, D& D Market, and Lorraine Pastry Shop also benefited from his expertise. A proud veteran of the U.S. Army, he had been a diligent donor to the American Red Cross for decades. In recent years, he could be found delivering Hartford’s West End newsletter, puttering in his garden, or pitching in at Roggi’s Auto Service. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary; daughter, Kathleen A. Lyons; son, John R. Arel; two sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his four siblings. The family is grateful to the conscientious, caring staff at Newington Health Care Center for making his final days as comfortable and dignified as possible; he particularly thrived on Margaret’s “tough love.”
There will be no memorial service, per his wishes, but he will be remembered as a generous soul, for whom “for better or worse” laughter was the best medicine. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to VA Connecticut Healthcare System, 555 Willard Ave. Newington CT, Attention : Voluntary Service, Memo: account 8002.
Timothy L. Dove, son of Roger M. Dove and Betty C. Dove, age 55, passed away at St. Francis Hospital on July 23, 2013 after battling a chronic illness for many years. Born in Hartford, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from George Washington U. and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the U. of Southern California, and worked for many years in the field of public relations in San Francisco and Washington D.C. He is survived by his mother Betty C. Dove of Haddam, his partner Louisa Barton Duguay of Hartford, his brother Michael R. Dove and niece Margaret Rose Carpenter-Dove of Killingworth, his sister Jennifer McFerron of Greenville South Carolina, and many wonderful cousins and friends. A gentle man and lover of history and literature, he will be missed.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church at 11 on Aug. 2. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 120 Sigourney St., Hartford, CT 06105.
Arline Duhaime Collins, of Vernon, born in Harford April 7th, 1926, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, July 19th at Rockville General Hospital. She is survived by her three daughters, Eleanor Cappa and husband Robert of East Hartford, Jeri Caron and husband Chris of Vernon and Carolyn Langer of Vernon, three granddaughters, Lori-Ann Nisyrios and husband Peter of South Windsor, Robbin Ann Cappa of Coventry, and Leighann Bui and husband Shawn of Fayetteville, North Carolina, two grandsons, Gregory Caron and wife Erin of Tolland and Jeremiah Joseph Langer of Vernon, and four great-grandchildren, Taylor Catherine Nisyrios, Alexis Mae Nisyrios, Gabriella Anastasia Nisyrios all of South Windsor and Madisyn Lorraine Bui. Arline was predeceased by her husband Jeremiah Joseph Collins, Jr., and her daughter, Kathleen Marie Collins. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., on Monday (July 22) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Tuesday (July 23) at 9:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Bartholomew Church, 736 Middle Turnpike, Manchester at 10:00am. Burial will be in the family plot at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.Read more →
Ida (Hattie) Lemay passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on June 27th in the home of her daughter, Joanne in CA. Ida was born in 1919 to the Dumond family of Grand Isle, Maine. She was a longtime resident (until 2008) of Hartford where she and her late husband raised their four children. Ida retired from the Aetna Life Insurance Co after many years of service and was a parishioner at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. “Me’Me’,” as she was affectionately known by her grandchildren and their friends, enjoyed playing the piano by ear, kicking up her heels & dancing, gleefully beating friends & family at gin rummy, holding warm hands, and savoring a good hot dog. Ida enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, family, and friends. Ida is survived by her sister, Rena Morneault, her children Joanne and husband Chuck Horvath of Tustin, CA, Raymond Lemay of Montreal, and Priscilla and husband Tom Baggott of Bothell, WA, her grandchildren Mark, Heidi, John, Kelley, Laurie, Matthew, Elizabeth and David, and her 6 great-grandchildren. Ida was predeceased by her husband Alcide and son Armand Lemay, her parents and 6 siblings. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Thursday, July 11th from 5-7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford on Friday, July 12th at 10am.Read more →
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