Robinson, Wright & Weymer

Family owned and operated, the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home has been serving the Shore and River communities of Middlesex County since 1894. Today, we continue the tradition of compassion, personal attention, detail, and professional services that was started more than 100 years ago.

From the moment you enter our facility it is evident that we are dedicated and focused on meeting the needs of the family, through delivering our core values:
Respect Integrity Service Excellence

We know that our success depends on our ability to provide our families with a positive and meaningful experience while helping them honor and celebrate the life of their loved one.


Our Obituaries

Gloria (Weihe) Pytlik

April 29, 1926 - September 15, 2016

Gloria (Weihe) Pytlik, age 90, of Westbrook, CT, went to her home in heaven on September 15, 2016. She was the beloved wife of the late George Pytlik. She was born in Brooklyn on April 29, 1926, the daughter of Henry and Vellea Weihe. She grew up in the Bronx and Tarrytown, NY, as well as Ivoryton, CT. Gloria was a loving mother to her three children and was a partner to her husband George in...
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Charles Rowe Fenger

July 6, 1952 - September 14, 2016

Charles Rowe Fenger, 64, of Moodus, passed away peacefully on September 14, 2016. Known as 'Chazz' to his childhood friends, and 'Charlie' to newer friends and coworkers, he was born on July 6, 1952 in Glastonbury, the son of Christian Fenger of Old Lyme and the late Joan C. Fenger. He was predeceased by his brother, Frederick Fenger of Boston MA. He is survived and dearly missed by his wife,...
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Richard Thiel

December 22, 1945 - September 13, 2016

Richard Thiel, 70, of Chester, passed away peacefully after suffering a stroke on September 7th. Son of the late Ava and Lloyd Thiel, Richard was born on December 22nd, 1945. He and his wife, Christine Darnell, were married seven years. Richard was born in Highland Park, Michigan, but lived a good part of his life in San Diego, California. He attended San Diego University, and played football for...
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Bibbiani "Bib" Duiglio

April 18, 1923 - September 12, 2016

Duiglio E. "Bib" Bibbiani, 93 passed away unexpectedly on Monday September 12, 2016. He was born April 18, 1923 in Deep River. He was a 1942 graduate of the Chester High School and went on to serve as a proud member of the United States Army during campaigns in Arno, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Ardennes. He was an active member of St. Joseph's Church and the Knights of Colombus. He...
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Shirley Bernice Baker

December 6, 1919 - September 10, 2016

Shirley Bernice Baker, 96, passed away peacefully at Essex Meadows in Essex on September 10, 2016. Shirley was born on December 6, 1919, in Unionville, Ontario to Arthur and Mabel (Wagg) Brown. She was loved dearly by her three children, Alan Robert Baker, Donald Morgan Baker, and Elizabeth Jane (Baker) Smith, 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grand-children, her two sisters, Gwendolyn Brown and Beth...
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Joan Kelly Spitzschuh

April 13, 1938 - September 8, 2016

Joan Kelly Spitzschuh, 78, passed away Thursday, September 8, 2016. She was born in New Haven on April 13, 1938 and raised in Hamden as the oldest of six girls. Joan graduated from Hamden High School and subsequently Southern CT State University. She was a much loved kindergarten teacher for many years at Deep River Elementary School and also worked at Whelen Engineering. Joan was known for her...
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Joseph R. Todaro

October 6, 1929 - September 7, 2016

Joseph R. Todaro, beloved husband of Marguerite Ann (Stielau) Todaro, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, September 7, 2016 at Middlesex Hospital at the age of 86. Joe was born October 6, 1929, in Jamestown, NY to Salvatore and Maria Todaro where he lived during his early childhood. On August 19, 1951 he married Marguerite. They had two sons, Dave and Jim and have resided in Ivoryton for...
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Frances W. Barnett

July 7, 1926 - September 6, 2016

Frances (Wernicke) Barnett, 90, longtime resident of Westbrook, died at her home on September 6, 2016 after a long illness. Beloved wife of the late Frank C. Barnett who passed away in 2006. Frances was born in Chester and raised in Westbrook, daughter of the late Steven & Sophie (Rudewicz) Wernicke. She graduated from Morgan High School in Clinton and went on to work at SNET for 33 years...
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Paula Albrecht

March 29, 1929 - September 5, 2016

Paula Albrecht, 87, passed away peacefully on September 5, 2016 surrounded by family at her Old Saybrook home. She was born on March 2, 1929 in San Antonio, TX. Her family then moved north when she was young, making their home in Mount Pleasant, MI where they farmed and had a trucking business with their many children. She was predeceased by her parents Jose and Carmen Rodriguez, and husband Carl...
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Delores "Dee" Howard

November 9, 1928 - September 3, 2016

Delores "Dee" J. Howard, age 87, of Killingworth passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at the Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. She was the beloved wife of Carl J. Lund. Dee was born in Bristol, Connecticut on November 9, 1928 the daughter of James and Wanda (Dembowski) Blodgett. Dee was a longtime resident of Killingworth and was a devoted communicant of Saint Lawrence Church where she...
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Sally Crook Bibbiani

November 17, 1923 - September 3, 2016

Sally Crook Bibbiani passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2016 to join her beloved husband Gino on what would have been his 99th birthday. She was fortunate enough to have traveled the world with him during their almost 65 years of marriage. Sally enjoyed gardening, was a great cook, interior decorator, and a beautiful woman. Born on November 17, 1923, Sally was predeceased by her parents, Dr. J...
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Marie Ann Daudt

November 28, 1921 - September 2, 2016

Marie Ann Myers Daudt, 94, passed away peacefully on September 2, 2016 surrounded by her family at Essex Meadows in Essex, CT. She was the beloved wife of the late Captain Charles H. Daudt. She leaves behind and will be dearly missed by her son Charles H. Daudt Jr. of Bethel; daughter Diane M. Daudt of Old Saybrook; two grandchildren Deidre of Coral Gables, FL and Calin of Old Saybrook; sisters...
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Clara Coley Roos

September 1, 2016

Clara Coley Roos, wife of the late Harold "Bump" Roos, died September first at Gladeview Health Care in Old Saybrook, CT. Born in 1919 in Weston, she was the eldest daughter of David Sherwood Coley and Anna (Jayne) Coley, the second of their six children. Clara was raised in Weston, primarily at the Coley homestead on River Road, until her marriage to Bump in 1939 when they moved to East Norwalk...
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Mildred "Millie" Anna (Zuppe) Blair

May 27, 1925 - September 1, 2016

Mildred "Millie" Anna (Zuppe) Blair of Chester, CT passed away at age 91 on September 1, 2016 due to complications from longtime heart disease. She was born on May 27, 1925 in Branford, CT, to the late Charles and Lillian (Johnson) Zuppe. She attended Elementary School in Ivoryton and graduated from Pratt High School in Essex in 1943. Millie worked at various factories including the old Pratt...
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Marilynn Mitchell Rinek

August 4, 1920 - August 29, 2016

Marilynn Mitchell Rinek of Essex, CT died at Essex Meadows on August 29, 2016. Marilynn was born on August 4, 1920 in New York City to James and Emelia (Scheidecker) Mitchell. She attended the Kent Place School and graduated with a degree in Horticulture from the Ambler part of Temple University. Marilynn was married on April 21, 1943 in New York City to Lorenz W. Rinek. After World War II,...
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Harriet Elizabeth (Wood) "Betty" Wind

October 22, 1919 - August 26, 2016

Harriet Elizabeth "Betty" (Wood) Wind, age 96, of Old Saybrook and formerly of Essex passed away on Friday, afternoon, August 26, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Betty was predeceased by her first husband of twenty-seven years, Benjamin S. Curry and her second husband of twenty-five years, Thomas E. Wind. She was born in Brookfield on October 22, 1919 the daughter of William...
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Elisabeth "Liz" Louise (Looby) Esty

April 29, 1921 - August 23, 2016

Elisabeth "Liz" Louise (Looby) Esty passed away peacefully at age 95 on August 23, 2016. She was born on April 29, 1921 in Centerbrook, Connecticut to the late Archibald and Katherine Looby. She graduated from Pratt High School in Essex in 1939 as class valedictorian; she then attended Springfield Library School. She married Howard Earl Esty on May 9, 1942 at the Centerbrook Congregational Church...
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"Otto" Macrino Bonaparte

June 1, 1926 - August 23, 2016

Ettore Macrino Bonaparte was born June 1, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York, to Immacolata Piscioneri Bonaparte and Macrino Bonaparte, both expert tailors from Placanica, Italy, in the Region of Calabria. He grew up with three older brothers, Joseph (Joe), Napoleon (Nick), and Mario, and a younger sister Gilda. He was also close to his mother's sister, Aunt Mary, her husband Bruno Niutta, and their...
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Sally Woodbury Handy

January 31, 1930 - August 21, 2016

Sally Woodbury Handy 86, of Essex, CT, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on August 21, 2016. Sally was born in Mineola, New York on January 31, 1930, to Roliston Gibson and Eleanor (Russell) Woodbury. Sally graduated from The Greenwood School and Colby-Sawyer College. In 1949, she met her future husband, Parker Douglas Handy III, during a transatlantic crossing on the Queen...
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Francis C. "Hawky" Davis

May 9, 1932 - August 20, 2016

On Saturday the twentieth of August, in a room on the sixth floor of Yale New Haven Hospital, Francis Charles Davis died peacefully in the presence of many loved ones. In recent months it was clear that Francis began battling with the inescapable complications that come with living a full and worthwhile life. Francis Charles Davis, better known as Hawky to those who knew him, was born May 9, 1932...
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Anita Louise Sause

October 19, 1943 - August 20, 2016

Anita L. Sause, age 72, passed away on Saturday morning, August 20, 2016 at Middlesex Hospital, with her beloved family at her side. Anita was born on October 19, 1943 in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of Thomas C. Warner, Jr. and Louise C. (Flannigan). She leaves behind her husband, Edward J. Sause, (married 1966) three children, Edward, Brian, and Daniel, and two grandchildren, Nathaniel and Nora....
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Stephen Stanislaus Markesky

November 13, 1939 - August 20, 2016

Stephen Stanislaus Markesky, age 76, of Essex passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at his residence on Saturday morning, August 20, 2016. Steve was the beloved husband of Sarah (Gray) Markesky. Besides his beloved wife Sally he leaves his children, Jacqueline (Duncan) Tate, of the UK, Christopher (Eugenie) Markesky, of Palo Alto, CA, Sarah Alexandra Markesky, of Berkley, CA,...
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Anders A.W. Krall

December 20, 1925 - August 19, 2016

Anders A.W. Krall passed away in Essex, CT on Friday, August 19, 2016. Andy was born on December 20, 1925 in Brooklyn, NY to Maximilian and Emma (Larson) Krall. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Olive Imogene Rollins Krall. Besides his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his two brothers, Phillip and Frances Krall. He leaves behind his daughter Lisa Krall of Vernon, CT and son...
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Anna L. Cothran Broadus (Ann)

March 1, 1924 - August 8, 2016

Anna L. Cothran Broadus (Ann), age 92, beloved wife of the late B. Jay Broadus, died peacefully on August 8, 2016 at Beechwood Nursing Home in New London, CT. Ann spent most of her life in the Moodus section of East Haddam, CT. Ann was born on March 1, 1924 in Newport, TN. She grew up on a farm and quickly learned the benefits of hard work. She married (Biser) Jay Broadus on October 6, 1944 at...
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Timothy Croker

August 12, 1945 - August 7, 2016

Timothy J. Croker, age 70, of Chester, CT passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at the Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven, CT. Tim was the beloved husband of Lynne (Sovetts) Croker. He was born in Glens Falls, NY on August 12, 1945 the son of George W. And Louise (McCall) Croker. Tim graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Glens Falls and received his bachelor's degree from Saint Anselm's...
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Harry L. Walden Jr.

October 23, 1921 - August 6, 2016

Harry L. Walden, Jr. age 94 a lifelong resident of Essex passed away peacefully on Saturday evening August 6th at Apple Rehabilitation in Old Saybrook. He was the beloved husband of Frances Veronica (Larner) Walden. They were married in May of 1945 and they spent 54 years together. She predeceased him on January 8, 1999. Harry was born in Essex on October 23, 1921 the son of Harry L. and...
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James E. Everitt, Jr.

August 22, 1942 - August 4, 2016

James E. Everitt, Jr., age 74, of Killingworth passed away at his home on August 4, 2016. He is survived by his wife Peggy (Monroe) Everitt, and his children, James E. Everitt III, Penny Gfeller, and Tammy Haring, eight grandchildren, a great grandson, and his sister, Virginia Allen. After serving in the USMC as a proud veteran, he worked as a pressman for Uraco for 30 years. He loved being...
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Irene M. Raymond

May 9, 1948 - July 31, 2016

Irene Raymond, 68, beloved wife of Robert Raymond of Deep River CT passed away at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford Connecticut on July 31st 2016. Born and raised in New Britain CT, she was the daughter of the late Loretta (Degnan) and Stanley Rudolewicz. Irene moved to Deep River in 1979 where she an active member of her community and 23 year employee of Whelen Engineering. She enjoyed many...
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Stephen Donald Milton

August 26, 1946 - July 31, 2016

Stephen D. Milton, age 69, passed away on July 31, 2016 at his home in Deep River, surrounded by loved ones. Born in Nantucket, MA, Steve moved to CT when he was 9, soon thereafter making Deep River the home where he would spend his next 60 years. Steve believed in hard work, honesty and integrity. These traits defined his life from childhood, as a veteran of the U.S. Army, through his early...
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Elizabeth Grimes Schellens

February 8, 1923 - July 29, 2016

Elizabeth Grimes Schellens, 93, of South Cove Farm, Essex, CT died peacefully on Friday, July 29th, 2016 at Middlesex Hospice in Middletown, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. Betty was born on February 8, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan, the eldest of four children and the daughter of Edwin and Bernice Grimes. She was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan and attended the University of Michigan...
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William F. Stebbins

March 25, 1915 - July 26, 2016

William Stebbins, age 101, passed away following a brief illness July 26, 2016, at Chesterfields Health Care Center in Chester. He was predeceased by his loving wife Barbara (Parmelee) Stebbins, who he was married to for 77 years. Born on March 25, 1915 in Old Saybrook, he resided most of his life in Ivoryton, and was the son of the late Arthur and Edith (Newton) Stebbins. William leaves his...
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Parker Douglas Handy III

March 17, 1926 - July 24, 2016

Parker Douglas Handy III, 90, of Essex, CT, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on July 24, 2016. Parker was born in New York City on March 17, 1926, the son of Truman P. and Charlotte (Chalmers) Handy. While attending Berkshire School, MA, he enrolled in flying school and then joined the Army Air Corps where he served as a radar operator in the Pacific at the war's end. Upon...
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Elizabeth Ann Glendinning

January 10, 1922 - July 23, 2016

Elizabeth Ann Glendinning, age 94, died Saturday, July 23 in Essex, Connecticut. A graduate of the Oak Grove School in Maine, Betty received her nursing certificate through the St. Barnabas Hospital School of Nursing, Livingston, New Jersey. While in training, she served as a cadet nurse at the US Army Hospital, Schenectady, NY caring for returning WWII wounded. She earned a B.S. in nursing,...
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Eleanor Emery Harper

July 11, 1919 - July 19, 2016

Eleanor Emery Harper, born on July 11, 1919, passed away peacefully on July 19, 2016 with her loving family around her. Raised in Denver with her four siblings, Eleanor graduated from the Kent School for Girls where she developed a strong interest in the arts, specifically drama, singing and literature. She went on to Bryn Mawr College and earned a BA in English. Following graduation, she studied...
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Raymond C. Northrop "fafa"

June 7, 1934 - July 17, 2016

Raymond C. Northrop "fafa", 82, of Old Lyme passed away at his home on July 17, 2016. Raymond was predeceased by his wife Illa-Lee (Baldwin) Northrop in 1993, his parents, Raymond Clinton Sr. and Marion (Ruff) Northrop, and his brother Douglas Northrop. He is survived by two sisters, Ann Zarifis and her husband Frank of Iowa and Ursala Vachon and her husband Gerald of FL, two brothers, Ronald...
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VIola Ellen (Stevens) " Vi " Gerber

February 17, 1920 - July 11, 2016

Surrounded by family members, Viola Ellen (Stevens) Gerber passed away peacefully on the morning of July 11th, 2016. Born on February 17, 1920, in Rutland, Massachusetts, daughter of William F. Stevens and Nellie (Hurd) Stevens, in the year that women got the vote, she challenged the status quo by studying printing at the Fanning Trade School for Girls in Worcester, Massachusetts, and was...
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Alan M. Graber

January 15, 1929 - July 8, 2016

Alan M. Graber of Old Lyme, beloved husband of Patricia (O'Brien), passed away after a long illness on July 8 with his family by his side. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, to the late Harry and Rose (Besunder) Graber and moved to Connecticut with his family as a small boy. He attended local schools in Hartford and Middletown, graduated from Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia and...
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Elizabeth I. "Betty" Yatzook

March 5, 1934 - July 7, 2016

Elizabeth I. "Betty" Yatzook, age 82, a longtime resident of Essex passed away at the Middlesex Hospital in Middletown on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Betty was the beloved wife of Alexander Yatzook. Alex predeceased her on August 10, 2004. She was born in Deep River the daughter of John and Ruth (Beebe) Kurze. Raised in Deep River she attended Pratt High School in Essex and was a member of the first...
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Henri Robert Coppes

November 3, 1927 - July 7, 2016

Henri Robert Coppes, age 88 years, of Westbrook, Connecticut died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on July 7, 2016. Dr. Coppes was born on November 3, 1927 to Dr. A.H.J. and Elizabeth (Hommen) Coppes in Enschede, Netherlands, where he was one of ten children. During World War II, he endured the occupation of the Netherlands growing up under many hardships. He immigrated to the United Sates...
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Hilda Field

October 7, 1920 - July 7, 2016

Hilda Field, née Codd, of Essex passed peacefully on the morning of July 7, 2016, at the age of 95. Hilda was born on October 7, 1920 in Cardiff, Wales. She was the youngest of nine children born to Alfred Codd and Ella Hine. She is predeceased by her parents and her siblings Ella, Thomas, Frank, Arthur, George, Alfred, Gwen, and Stanley, as well as her husband Robert Lewis Field. She is...
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Barbara Ann Lord

November 14, 1950 - July 6, 2016

Barbara Ann (Habrukovich) Lord, 65, died July 6, 2016 at Westside Care Center in Manchester after a long illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul M. Lord who died in 2004. Barbara was born in Waterbury, daughter of the late William A. and Julia (Shkimba) Habrukovich. She loved to travel staying in Bed & Breakfasts, she also loved her parrots. Barbara received her Bachelors degree from...
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Gerald C. Stevenson

December 27, 1942 - July 5, 2016

Gerald C. Stevenson, 73 of Old Saybrook passed away on Tuesday July 5, 2016. Jerry was born on December 27, 1942: the son of the late Clarence and Agnes (Zuppe) Stevenson. Jerry grew up in Ivoryton and is predeceased by his first wife, Marsha (McConville) Stevenson and survived by his wife Judith Stevenson. Jerry is also survived by his children and their families: daughter Carlene Lange and...
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Edward P. "Ted" Sullivan

April 13, 1940 - July 1, 2016

Edward P. "Ted" Sullivan, age 76, of Essex passed away on Friday evening, July 1, 2016 at the Shoreline Medical Center in Westbrook. Ted was the beloved husband of Kathleen "Kathy" (Rogerson) Sullivan. Ted was born on April 13, 1940 in Norwood, Massachusetts the son of Edward P. and Gertrude (Foran) Sullivan. He was raised in Norwood and was a graduate of Norwood High School and went on to the...
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George W. Lynch III

June 8, 1941 - July 1, 2016

George W. Lynch III of Deep River, 75, died peacefully at home Friday, July 1st surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marion (Nash) Lynch; his siblings Dr. Peter K. Lynch (Barbara), Richard D. Lynch (Cheryl), Christopher J. Lynch (Dawn) and Norina C. McCarthy(Mike). His four devoted children; Deirdre Lynch (Blaise)of Floral Park, NY, Deborah Simms (Matthew)...
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Margaret C. (Peggi) Davies

March 16, 1946 - June 30, 2016

Margaret C. (Peggi) Davies, loving wife of Arthur Davies, passed away Thursday evening, June 30, 2016 at Yale-New Haven Hospital after a long struggle with cancer. She lived in Deep River and Chester all of her life. She was predeceased by her parents, Eric Carlson and Agnes (Santti) Carlson. She leaves her twin daughters, Kim Lee and her husband Tim, and Kerry Davies and her partner Jeremy Knox....
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Mary (Kopera) Faircloth

May 19, 1931 - June 26, 2016

Mary (Kopera) Faircloth, 85, of Chester, died June 26, 2016 at Middlesex Hospital. Beloved wife of the late Merrill N. Faircloth who passed away in 2011. Mary was born in Moodus, daughter of the John and Anna (Pilat) Kopera. She resided in Chester since 1956 and worked at C.J.Bates as well as Pratt Read and Monsanto for many years. Loving mother of Merrill J. Faircloth of Moodus and Mary F....
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Joan North

September 1, 1926 - June 24, 2016

Joan E. North, 89, a longtime resident of the Knollwood Beach Section of Old Saybrook passed away peacefully on June 24, 2016 at Apple Rehabilitation in Old Saybrook. Beloved wife of the late John J."Jack" North who predeceased her in 2011. Joan was born on Sept.1, 1926 in North Conway, NH, the daughter of Ronald & Frances (Stuart) Abbott. She received her Bachelor degree from Colby College and...
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Rhonda Leigh Carter

December 11, 1960 - June 17, 2016

Rhonda Leigh Carter, of Deep River, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2016. The daughter of Donald and Shirley Malcarne, Rhonda was born on December 11, 1960, and lived most of her life in Essex. She attended Essex Elementary School, John Winthrop Junior High School, and Valley Regional High School, completing her secondary education at Northfield Mount Hermon in Mount Hermon, Massachusetts. ...
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Rita Fleming Rosano

September 29, 1931 - June 16, 2016

Rita Fleming Rosano, age 84, of Ivoryton, CT passed away peacefully on June 16, 2016. Rita was the beloved wife of the late Louis E. Rosano. Loving mother of Michael J. Rosano of Ivoryton, CT, Mary K. Rosano of White Plains, NY, and Elizabeth Rosano Francis and her husband Stephen C. of Frisco, CO. Rita also leaves her grandchildren, Thomas L. Francis and Elena K. Francis of Frisco, CO, as...
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Father Thomas W. Ahern

November 23, 1923 - June 16, 2016

The Reverend Thomas W. Ahern, retired priest of the Diocese of Norwich, died Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. He was 92. Father Ahern is fondly remembered as a caring, generous, prayerful and joyful priest. Father Ahern was born in Middletown, on November 23, 1923, son of the late Thomas and Mary Ellen (Cahill) Ahern. He prepared for the priesthood at St. Thomas...
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ELizabeth Kyle (Galbraith) Brown

November 5, 1927 - June 12, 2016

Elizabeth Kyle (Galbraith) Brown passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 12, 2016 with her daughters at her side. She leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and memories of a life well lived. She also leaves behind a family who will miss her dearly; daughters Noelle Flamand of Guilford, Connecticut; Hazel Kerr of Iowa City, Iowa; Carol Kerr of Niantic, Connecticut and Heather Kerr McNeil of...
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Clarence S. Lovelace

July 4, 1921 - June 11, 2016

LOVELACE--C.S. "Butsy" Lovelace, 94, died peacefully Saturday, June 11, 2016. Born in Baltimore, MD on July 4, 1921, son of Olivia Brengle Shriver and Dr. Benjamin F. Lovelace, Chemistry Professor at Johns Hopkins University, he attended Calvert School, Gilman School and Princeton University (Class of '44). He was married to Mary Jean Campbell of Baltimore. C. S. Lovelace, a retired magazine...
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Sean Michael Burns

December 20, 1980 - May 31, 2016

Sean M. Burns, age 35, of Deep River passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, May 31, 2016. He was born in New Haven, son of Joan and Michael Burns and grew up in Deep River. He graduated from Valley Regional High School as a member of the Class of 1999 and earned a degree in Liberal Arts from Green Mountain College in Vermont. Sean was employed by Amtrak as a machine operator for six years...
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Albert W. Redway II

March 6, 1936 - May 27, 2016

Albert Watts Redway II, age 80 of Westbrook CT passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016 on his 55th wedding anniversary. He was born in Hartford, March 3, 1936 to the late Albert and Idell (Godard) Redway. Al grew up in Warehouse Point and summered on the beach in Westbrook. Al graduated from Suffield Academy & Nichols College and served his country in the Army for two years. In 1961 Al married the...
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Luella Augusta Lyman

May 26, 2016

Luella A. Lyman, 91, of Suffield CT, beloved wife of Emmett J. Lyman Jr., passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Chesterfield Healthcare in Chester CT. She was born October 10th, 1924 in West Springfield, MA to Alda (Weisner) Gould and Frank Gould Sr. She graduated from West Springfield High School. An accomplished artist she retired as President and co-owner of Elm Tex Inc.,...
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James Franklin McMahon

January 17, 1927 - May 26, 2016

James Franklin McMahon, a computer sales executive from the early days of electronic data processing, died May 26 after a short illness, he was 89 years old. A resident of Essex he had formerly resided in Old Lyme and Darien. Jim was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was a graduate of the Poly Prep Country Day School and Colgate University, where he was active in the Theta Chi fraternity. While in...
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Alfred J. Spencer, Jr.

December 31, 1928 - May 20, 2016

Alfred J. Spencer, Jr., age 87, of Ivoryton passed away on Friday evening, May 20, 2016 at Chesterfields Health Care Center in Chester. He was the beloved husband of Jeanette "Jean" (Buckridge) Spencer who predeceased him on March 5, 2015. Alfred was born in Essex on December 31, 1928 the son of Alfred J. and Emma (Looby) Spencer. He was raised in Centerbrook and had been a resident of Ivoryton...
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Marilyn A. Maynard

March 9, 1934 - May 18, 2016

Marilyn A. Maynard, age 82, a lifetime resident of Westbrook passed away Wednesday morning, May 18, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family, with special gratitude given to her granddaughter Kathleen in her final weeks. Marilyn was the beloved wife of David W. Maynard III for 62 years. She was born in Hartford the daughter of Sidney F. and Frances (Knopp) Holbrook. She was a graduate of...
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David Kintzler

November 15, 1939 - May 10, 2016

David Kintzler, 76, of Essex, CT, died peacefully at home on May 10th with his family by his side after complications from a stroke. Born on November 15, 1939, in Cleveland, OH, to the late Lewis and Evelyn Kintzler, he received his BFA in Sculpture and MA in Painting from Kent State University, and a MFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and...
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Eleanor Hofmann Bishop

November 11, 1923 - April 30, 2016

Eleanor H. Bishop of Old Saybrook passed away peacefully at home on April 30 surrounded by her family. Born on November 11, 1923 in West New York, New Jersey Eleanor, or El as she was known to many, graduated from Memorial High School in 1941. She graduated in 1945 from the New Jersey College for Women which later became Douglass College and is a part of Rutgers University. She then pursued her...
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Rolf G. Kasper

June 11, 1942 - April 30, 2016

Old Lyme - Rolf G. Kasper, 73, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford after a long illness. Born in Wilhelmshaven, Germany on June 11, 1942, he immigrated to the United States at the age of twelve, becoming a standout athlete in soccer, basketball and baseball in Stratford, CT. Attending Union College on athletic scholarships, he earned a BS in...
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Richard Apgar

March 17, 1943 - April 29, 2016

Richard Apgar, 73, of Deep River Passed away peacefully on April 29, 2016, after a brief illness surrounded by his loving family. Richard was born in Middletown, son of the late Henry & Ruby (Caine) Apgar lifelong residents of Deep River before retiring to Hobe Sound, FL. He is survived by his daughter Denise A. Doolittle and her husband Dwight of Deep River, his son James R. Apgar and his...
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Donald E. Wustrack

June 4, 1931 - April 27, 2016

Donald E. Wustrack, 84, of Centerbrook passed away on April 27, 2016 at Yale New Haven Hospital. An Army veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Wustrack received the Bronze Star for his exemplary service. He was a longtime resident of Centerbrook and was a machinist at the E.E. Dick1nson Company in Essex. Don is survived by his longtime companion, Edith (Dean) Pelletier, his children, Jeffrey Skinner,...
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Elberta S. Buerger

April 4, 1910 - April 23, 2016

Elberta Schwartz Buerger died on Saturday, April 23rd at the Essex Meadows Health Center in Essex, CT. Mrs. Buerger was born in Farmingdale, NY. on April 4, 1910, the daughter of Mabel Chandler Schwartz and John Phillip Schwartz. She is a graduate of Barnard College and received her Masters Degree in Education from SUNY, Albany. Before marriage, Mrs. Buerger taught English at the Graham Middle...
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Vincent Nevins, Jr.

December 28, 1944 - April 18, 2016

Vincent Nevins Jr., 71, long time resident of Chester died suddenly at home on April 18, 2016. Vincent was born in Abington, PA, son of the late Vincent Sr. and Edna (Lyttle) Nevins and was raised in Rhode Island. He was the beloved husband of the late Pauline D. (Malz) Nevins, whom he married in 1971. He is survived by his only loving daughter Gretchen Nevins of Chester. He graduated from...
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John Wallace Henry

August 21, 1948 - April 16, 2016

John Wallace Henry, 67, passed away Saturday April 16, 2016 unexpectedly at his home in Essex, CT. He was the beloved husband of Susan (Perrin) Henry. Mr. Henry was born August 21, 1948 in New London, CT. He is the son of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Blair) Henry. He was born and raised in Essex, married and settled with his family in Cheshire, CT where he lived for many years. Mr. Henry...
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Susanne Preble

September 27, 1950 - April 12, 2016

Susanne Preble, 65, of Ivoryton passed away peacefully at Yale-New Haven Hospital on April 12th after a long and arduous battle with illness. Susanne leaves behind her loving husband of 38 years, Randy Preble and her three loving children Marianne, Edward, Kimberly, and husband Jesse. She also leaves behind her beautiful granddaughters Abby, Hailey, Madison, and Lily. She is survived by her...
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Robert Haskell Post

January 7, 1924 - April 9, 2016

Robert Haskell Post, age 92, a life long resident of Westbrook passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, April 9, 2016 at The Hearth at Tunxis Pond in Madison. He was the beloved husband of the late Vivian (Burk) Post. Born in Centerbrook he was the son of Raymond E. and Delphine (Haskell) Post. Bob was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corp serving as a Flight Officer during World War II....
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Laura L. Smith

February 24, 1936 - April 9, 2016

Laura L. Smith, 80, passed away at Midstate Hospital in Meriden, CT on April 9, 2016 with her beloved family by her side. Born on February 24, 1936 in New London, CT. to Jeannette R. Bougie and Leslie J. Payne. Laura lived in Essex where she was a parishioner of Our Lady of Sorrows RC Church. Laura worked for 35 years for Chesebrough - Ponds and Unilever in Clinton. She retired in 1993 and moved...
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Linnea "Lynn" Sikora

July 29, 1944 - April 8, 2016

Linnea (Lynn) Abbott Sikora, 71, of Old Saybrook, passed into the arms of Jesus while surrounded by her family and friends in her beloved Texas Hill Country on April 8, 2016. Lynn is survived by her husband Jack, daughter Beth Labriola and her husband Bob, daughter, Tempe Sikora, granddaughter Caroline Labriola, her sister Martha and brother-in-law Dale, her brother Rick, and her nieces, nephew,...
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John Clair Thompson

February 27, 1933 - April 5, 2016

Dr. John Clair Thompson, 83, passed away on April 5, 2016 at Aaron Manor in Chester, Connecticut. Born in Decatur, Illinois on February 27, 1933, he was the son of Joseph Joy Thompson and Dorothy Filson Thompson. He survived his wife of 53 years, Barbara Ann Beckman, who passed away in 2009. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Illinois in 1954, graduating with...
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Donald Doane

May 17, 1924 - April 5, 2016

Donald L. Doane, 91, of Westbrook, peacefully passed away at Middlesex Hospice in Middletown on April 5th 2016. He was born in Westbrook, May 17, 1924, the son of the late John W. and Clara (Pendelton) Doane, and resided in Westbrook with his late wife Madeleine (Schure) Doane who passed away last March. He is survived by his daughter Linda Doane Bisogno and her husband Marco of Jupiter, FL,...
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Richard H. "Smitty" Smith

January 3, 1951 - March 25, 2016

Richard H. "Smitty" Smith, 65, died suddenly at home on Friday, March 25, 2016. Son of the late Howard and Florence (Kaiser) Smith. He was the loving father of Christine Alio and her husband James and Richard Smith all of Deep River, devoted grandfather of Madison, Mia, Samantha, Michael John, Mathew and the late Carter. Smitty is also survived by his siblings Lois Romano of Dallas, TX,...
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Janet "Jan" Jette

May 15, 1935 - March 24, 2016

Jan Jette, 80 years old passed away on March 24, 2016. Born Janet Helen Lobdell on July 15, 1935 in Big Bend, Wisconsin. Her parents were Forrest Albert Lobdell and Helen Elizabeth Nilson. Jan had a brother Thomas F. Lobdell. She was Mom to William T. Jette of Killingworth, CT, Douglass F. Jette of Dallas, Texas and Rhonda Tyler of Old Saybrook, CT. Jan was a very special "Nana" to Heather J....
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Priscilla McCaffrey Constable

February 4, 1919 - March 22, 2016

Priscilla McCaffrey Constable, an elegant hostess, former fashion designer and avid gardener, died March 22 at the Essex Meadows community in Essex, Ct., where she had lived for many years with her husband, the late James Cheston Constable. She was 97, and even as she grew frail and her memory faded, she bestowed her twinkling smile and cheerful wave on all who passed by. Born and raised in...
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Anna Emma Ziobron

October 7, 1914 - March 21, 2016

Anna Emma Ziobron, age 101, a lifelong resident of Deep River passed away on Monday afternoon, March 21, 2016 at her residence. Anna was the wife of the late John Walter Ziobron. John predeceased her on December 11, 1979. She was born in Hoboken, New Jersey on October 7, 1914 the daughter of Anton and Mary (Polnicky) Senfluk. Anna worked for many years at Whelen Engineering and retired in 1984....
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Mary T. Ludwig

January 15, 1923 - March 15, 2016

Mary T. Ludwig, 93 of Essex passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Middlesex Health Care in Middletown. Mary was the beloved wife of the late Charles Ludwig. She was born in Simsbury on January 15, 1923 the daughter of Domenic and Ann (Plukus) Mikalusky. Mary was a longtime resident of Essex and was a devoted communicant at Our Lady of Sorrows Church where she served as a member of the...
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Frances Apell

May 11, 1949 - March 15, 2016

Frances C. Apell, 66, passed away at Yale - New Haven Hospital on March 15, 2016. She was the beloved wife of Richard J. Apell. She was born in Patrick County, Virginia on May 11, 1949. Frances had been a resident of Killingworth since 1970 and a Production Coordinator at Whelen Engineering in Chester where she had been employed for 42 years. She loved the beach, the water, and was an avid...
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George W. Palmer

August 4, 1920 - March 14, 2016

Dr. George W. Palmer, 95, died Monday morning, following a brief illness. He is survived by his son, State Supreme Court Justice Richard Palmer, of West Hartford, daughter Peggy Palmer and son in-law Rick Hornung, of Haddam, and two grandchildren, Sarah Hornung, of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Gabriel Hornung, of Cambridge, Ma. The loving and devoted husband of Dorothy "Sis" Palmer – who predeceased him...
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Anna H. Schoch

April 8, 1925 - March 13, 2016

Anna Hall Schoch (Annie) died peacefully on March 13, 2016, at Apple Rehab Saybrook. She was the beloved wife of Charles H. Schoch (predeceased) for over sixty-five years. Born Apr. 8, 1925, Anna was a longtime resident of Essex, CT. At the annual Essex Shad Bake, Anna met Charles who was visiting relatives. That moment changed her life forever. She was the love of his life and they were wed...
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Charles Schreiber

April 3, 1927 - March 11, 2016

Charles Schreiber, 88, of Indiantown, FL, formally of Westbrook passed away peacefully with his family by his side on March 11, 2016 at VNA Hospice House of Vero Beach. He was preceded in death by his wife Carol (Goodhue) of 45 years. He was born in Westbrook on April 3, 1927 to Charles Sr. and Johanna Schreiber. He is survived by his daughters Karen (Edward) Stachura of Vero Beach, FL and Sharon...
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Louis F. Heft

July 20, 1930 - March 11, 2016

Louis F. Heft, 85, husband of MarieAnne (Parodi) Heft for 55 years, passed away on March 11, 2016 peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Killingworth to John A. Heft and Edith Sypher Heft, he was a Marine serving in the Korean War. Louis owned and operated The General Store in the heart of Chester while working for Brunalli Construction, he then retired in 1992. Louie's...
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Elvera Ann "The Queen" Sopkiw

November 30, 1928 - March 11, 2016

Elvera Ann Sopkiw, "The Queen" age 87 of Essex, passed away on Friday evening, March 11, 2016 at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter Sopkiw. Elvera was born on Staten Island, New York on November 30, 1928 the daughter of Frank and Alice (Evrard) Ceruli. She had been a resident of Essex since 1951. She and Walter were married in 1950 and he predeceased her...
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Robert C. Brown, PE.

March 11, 2016

Robert C. Brown, PE, age 89, born in St. Louis, MO in 1926. Mr. Brown served four years in the Navy during WWII, and graduated from Washington University, St. Louis, MO with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He married Janet M. King in 1955 and they resided in CT where they raised their family. Mr. Brown was Senior Vice President of the William L. Crow Construction Company located in New York City...
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Frances S. Pearson

July 9, 1919 - March 10, 2016

Frances Elizabeth (Smith) Pearson passed peacefully in her home in Deep River at the age of 96. Frances was born in Chester on July 9, 1919, the daughter of the late Jasper and Lilliebelle Smith. She was predeceased by her husband William and siblings, Constance, Louisa, Florabelle, Jarvis and Philip. Frances is survived by her son Philip and his wife Sandy of Florida, Sharon, her daughter and...
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Charles Ruhe

July 17, 1930 - March 8, 2016

Charles Augustus Ruhe of River Road, Essex, passed away in his sleep on Monday, March 8, following a long illness. He was 85 years old. Mr. Ruhe was born in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1930. His parents were Charles Edward Ruhe, an architect, and Alice Hamilton Dodge. As an infant, he lived in Pasadena, California, with his parents and two half-brothers, David and Erwin, from his mother's previous...
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Dorothy Jane Heughins

September 4, 1939 - March 7, 2016

Dorothy Jane Heughins, age 76, of Deep River passed away on Monday morning, March 7, 2016 at Hartford Hospital. Dorothy was the beloved wife of William T. Heughins, Sr. She was born in Middletown on September 4, 1939 the daughter of Milton LeRoy and Clara Louise (Gilbert) Spencer. A resident of Deep River since 1966, she and William were married there on July 30, 1966. Dorothy had worked for over...
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Cecil Stanley Card

April 29, 1924 - March 5, 2016

Cecil Stanley Card, 91, of Westbrook, passed away peacefully on Saturday March 5th at Middlesex Health Care Center joining his beloved wife Janet, who passed away five months ago. Cecil was born in Searsport, Maine on April 29, 1924, the son of Cecil and Etta Card. He attended local schools and Bowdoin College until called to serve in the Army during WWII. As a paratrooper in the 507th regimen,...
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Willard Lawence Ford

July 17, 1931 - February 17, 2016

Willard Lawrence Ford died peacefully on February 17, 2016 surrounded by his wife and three children. Born July 17, 1931 in Hartford, CT, he was the oldest child of Norris and Millicent (Tate) Ford. Along with his brother Bud and sister Alyce, he grew up in West Hartford, attending schools there and graduating from Hall High School in 1949. His love of science led him to a BS degree in Electrical...
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Amy Denise Giroux

August 21, 1962 - February 14, 2016

Amy Denise Giroux, 53, of Chester, passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2016 after a brief struggle with ovarian cancer. She was the beloved wife of James Pelati. Born in New Britain, Amy was the daughter of Wanda (Chotkowski) Giroux and the late Leo Giroux. She grew up in Newington and was a graduate of Newington High School and University of Connecticut. Amy was a freelance graphic designer for...
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Eliane Koeves

October 14, 1913 - February 13, 2016

Eliane Koeves passed away peacefully in Chester, Connecticut on February 13, 2016 at the age of 102. Her life was lived with courage and appetite, as well as a deep understanding and love for art, poetry and nature. Her favorite description of her multi-faceted story was "Things just happened to me". Laughter and a positive attitude allowed Eliane to face calamitous or life-threatening situations...
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Gillian "Jill" Ryland Farrell

April 2, 1931 - February 11, 2016

Mrs. Gillian "Jill" Ryland Farrell of Essex, CT peacefully passed away on February 11, 2016 with the comfort of her immediate family. A "Celebration of Life" service will be held on Saturday, February 20th, at 2:00 pm at St. John's Episcopal Church in Essex with a reception immediately following at Essex Meadows. Jill was born in Kingston upon Thames, London, England and went to Canada in a...
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Nancy Lee (McCauley) Lombardi

May 16, 1936 - February 7, 2016

Nancy Lee (McCauley) Lombardi from Ivoryton, CT, passed away in comfort Sunday, February 7, 2016, surrounded by those she loved. She was born on May 16, 1936 in Deep River, CT. Along with her four siblings, Mary Jane, Joseph, James and Robert and her parents, Marie and James McCauley, Sr., Nancy grew up surrounded by the beauty of the Connecticut shoreline. Nancy lived in Old Saybrook until she...
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Kevin Scott Rankin

March 1, 1966 - February 6, 2016

Kevin Scott Rankin, courageously living with Multiple Sclerosis for 14 years, ended his battle listening to his favorite rock music surrounded by loving friends and family. He was born on March 1, 1966 and spent his life working hard and playing hard until his diagnosis. He excelled at all sports and loved photography, skiing, hiking, and the weather. He had an infectious loud laugh and everyone...
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Sandra Johnson Szymanski

November 15, 1927 - February 2, 2016

Sandra Johnson Szymanski, age 88, passed away peacefully in the presence of her loving sons at her home in Ivoryton, early Tuesday morning, February 2, 2016. Sandra was the daughter of Axel R. Johnson and Mabel Burdick Johnson, and the wife of the late Edward T. Szymanski. Sandra was predeceased by her brothers; Murwin Johnson and Hanford Johnson, both of Ivoryton. She is survived by her two...
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Albina H. Stopa

March 1, 1925 - February 1, 2016

Albina (Bina) Hmielewski Stopa, passed on to her eternal peace on February 1, 2016. Born March 1, 1925, she was the only daughter of Gladys (Gutowski) and Paul Hmielewski, and was pre-deceased by her three brothers, Michael, Marion, and Charles. Albina lost her loving husband Stanley in 2004 after 58 years of marriage. She is survived by her children, Stanley Jr., who was her main caregiver,...
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Joyce F. Olson

March 20, 1926 - February 1, 2016

Joyce Dorothy Fontaine Olson of Chester Village West, Chester, Connecticut died peacefully in her sleep on February 1, 2016. She was a Madison, Connecticut resident for 46 years, and was raised in Hamden, Connecticut. She was born to Gladys Bruns Fontaine & Raymond Alexander Fontaine in New Haven, CT. A 1943 graduate of Hamden High School, she showed early academic prowess by graduating as one of...
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George M. Catrambone

January 30, 1951 - January 29, 2016

On January 29, 2016, the spirit of George Michael Catrambone was returned to the creator. George's 64 year journey began in Newark, New Jersey, on January 30, 1951. George was the first child of George and Josephine Catrambone. George may have been known by his vocation as an architect and developer, however the scope of his vision, gifts, and abilities were boundless. George loved the sea and...
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Estelle P. Stypa

April 6, 1920 - January 24, 2016

Estelle Stypa of Westbrook and Chester peacefully returned to her God at the age of 95 and 7 months on Sunday January 24th, 2016 lovingly surrounded by her only child, Daniel, her son-in-law, David and dear friend, Sr. Theresa Carlow, SND. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 31 years, Andrew. Estelle was born in Summit, Illinois on April 6, 1920. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter,...
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Reginald LeRoy "Butch" Rutty, Jr.

December 22, 1941 - January 20, 2016

Reginald LeRoy Rutty Jr., "Butch" to his friends and family was welcomed home by his loving wife, father, and sister on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. Butch was born on December 22, 1941 to Edith Cutler and Reginald LeRoy Rutty. He was a long-time resident of Old Saybrook. He worked for the Town of Old Saybrook during the 1960's before becoming a self-employed commercial fisherman for the...
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