Helen Mary Boyer Claing, 90, of Farmington, returned home to God on Monday (June 29, 2009) at the Suffield House in Suffield, where she had been a resident for six years. Beloved wife of the late Lt. Col. Gerard J. Claing, Helen was born in Hartford on December 10, 1918 to Wilfred and Junietta (Meyers) Boyer. She continued living in Hartford and graduated from Hartford High School after winning a difficult battle with polio. After WWII she lived abroad with her husband, a career Army officer, in Germany and Japan and loved sharing stories of their time there right up until her passing. During her 30 years in Farmington, Helen was a member of St. Patrick’s Church; served as an officer in Adah Chapter #30 of the Order of Eastern Star in Unionville; a proud “survivor”, volunteered in the Breast Cancer support services program; was an enthusiastic participant in the Tunxis Senior Center; and served as a volunteer for many years at the Masonic Home in Wallingford. She was an avid Bingo player and enjoyed music, card and board games, animals and birds. Helen had two younger brothers, Daniel Boyer of New Britain, by whom she was predeceased, and Richard J. Boyer Sr., of Huntington. Besides her brother, she leaves behind her son Richard Claing and his wife Karen of Manchester, her daughter June (Fretz) Blanchard and her husband Mike of Ocala, FL, her daughter Bernadette Bolton and her husband Bill of Ellington, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Helen’s family would like to extend a warm thanks to the wonderful staff of the Suffield House who created, not only a safe, but fun environment and whose loving attention was so comforting in her final days. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (July 2) from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (July 3) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, Main St., Farmington at 10:00am. Burial will be at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in Helen’s name by visiting www.cancer.org.
Harriet Lang Carpenter, died at Avon Health Center on June 25th, in the ninety-first year of her life. She was born in New York on August 15th, 1917, the only daughter of Erna and Harry Lang. She was devoted to her family and is survived by her son and his wife, Robin and Teresa Carpenter of Hanover, NH, and her daughter and her husband, Carol and Donald Ketcham of Unionville. She also leaves eight grandchildren: Abigail Carpenter, Susannah Ketcham Kinsella, Robin Ketcham, Wren Ketcham Rex, Emily Ketcham Fox, Brian Cook, Christopher Cook, and Rachel Cook Tkachuk, as well as twelve great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her former husband, Murray Carpenter, her daughter, Nancy Carpenter Cook, and her infant grandson, Gregory Cook. Harriet was a lover of classical music, good books, the outdoors and, especially, the beach. She was a talented artist and an avid birdwatcher. She met the challenges of her active life, as well as the indignities of old age, with courage and grace. Her family is grateful for the loving care she received at Avon Health Center. A family service of remembrance will be held at The Chapel of Jesus the Carpenter at Avon Old Farms School and she will be interred in the Lang family plot in Queens, New York. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
Eleanor T. (Gosselin) Boulanger, 69, of Unionville, widow of Richard T. Boulanger, died Thursday, June 25th. Born in Sharon, October 16th, 1939, daughter of the late Lionel and Amabalis (Fortier) Gosselin, she resided in Unionville for many years. Eleanor was an avid bowler and her grandchildren were the loves of her life. She is survived by her daughter Carol A. (Evon) Boulanger of Winsted, her son, Thomas A. Boulanger of Bristol, and her daughter Dawn M. Cervantes and her husband Juan Alex of Bristol, her beloved and adored grandchildren, Christopher T. Boulanger, Michelle A. Boulanger, Michael A. Webb, Carrie Roussis, Jason J. Webb, Richard A. Webb, Gabriella G. Cervantes and Makayla T. Cervantes, four great-grandchildren, Natalya and Gaige Webb and Jayden and Christopher Stewart, her sister, Mary J. Mikulske of Bristol and her brothers, Norman Gosselin of Coventry, Peter Gosselin of Waterbury and Richard Gosselin of California. She was predeceased by her sister, Lorraine Banks and her brothers, David and Gerald Gosselin. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (June 28) from 2:00-4:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (June 29) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Gregory, Bristol at 10:00am. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Ave., Meriden, CT 06450.
Nancy Bulkeley Crocker, 59, of West Simsbury and Norfolk, June 30, 1949 to June 19, 2009. The ever-lovely Mrs. Crocker was dearly adored by her husband Co Crocker and her children Sarah Horner, Rebecca Crocker and Ted Crocker. Nancy was also loved by her parents Fran Bulkeley and Ed and Suzanne Bulkeley; her brother Ted Bulkeley and his family Paivi, Marci and Austin; and her brother Tom Bulkeley and his family Nancy, Isabella and Henry. Nancy loved gardening, birds, games and walks with her dogs, Jeopardy, Hammer and Cooper. Most of all, Nancy loved to entertain with beautiful parties and wonderful food. All of her family and friends will miss Nancy dearly as it was her beautiful spirit that held so many of us together and for which we will always be thankful. A Memorial Celebration will be held Saturday (July 18) at 4:00pm in the Church of Christ, Congregational, 12 Village Green, Norfolk, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Rebecca Crocker Scholarship Fund, The Cobb School Montessori, 112 Sand Hill Road, Simsbury, CT 06070. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
Leonard C. McDonald, 84, of Bristol, formerly of Unionville, husband of the late Catherine (Bowman) McDonald, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 17th. Born in Burlington, VT, March 19th, 1925, son of the late Leonard and Albina (LaFont) McDonald. Prior to retiring, Leonard was a member of the Local Union as an Iron Worker until his retirement. He was a United States Air Force veteran of World War II. He is survived by his three children, Mark McDonald and his wife Cynthia of Florida, Nancy McDonald of Plainville and Robert McDonald of Plainville, his brothers, William McDonald and his wife Margaret of Florida and Richard McDonald of Florida, his sisters, Georgette Kiggins of CA and Ada Proy of PA, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Armand McDonald. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (June 22) from 5:00-7:00pm. Funeral services will be held Tuesday (June 23) at 10:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home followed by burial with military honors in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon.