Michael Paul Glanovsky, 87, of Hartford, formerly of Unionville and Bristol, died Monday (May 31, 2010) peacefully at Avery Heights Retirement Community. He was born in Unionville, December 18 1922, son of the late Sophie (Muszynski) Glanovsky and Michael Paul Glanovsky. He had lived in Unionville all his life before moving to Bristol and then Hartford. Michael attended Oak Hill School for the Blind and worked for many years at the Hartford Element Company. Michael was an active member of the AYH Hostlers enjoying tandem bike riding and hiking with his group. He was an active member of the Avery Heights Men’s Club and enjoyed being on many committees. Michael was an active Red Sox’s & UCONN fan, he enjoyed listening to all the games on WTIC radio. Michael also listened daily to CRIS radio which kept him up to date on current events. He was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Unionville. Michael leave his sister, Teresa Gilbert and her husband Benedict, of Oakville, his brother Frederick Glanovsky and his wife Anne, of Farmington and his sister-in-law Marilyn Glenn of Avon. He also leaves a special niece and her family, Barbara and Philip Cohen and their children Elliott and Hannah of Bristol and his faithful companion Vera Roccosalva, from Avery Heights. Michael was predeceased by his sisters Anna Glanovsky, Mary Reichler, Elizabeth Neske, Brothers Andrew Glanovsky, Albert Glenn, Edward Glanovsky and many nieces and nephews. Michael’s family would like to give special thanks to the entire staff at Avery Heights who made the last nine years of his life at Avery a very happy one. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville TODAY from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday (June 3) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. Memorial contributions may be made to CRIS Radio, 315 Windsor Ave. Windsor CT 06095 or CHI dba Avery Heights, Development Office, 705 New Britain Ave, Hartford CT 06106.
Marguerite Catherine Ritchie, formerly of Bristol, 88, was called to the Lord on May 27th 2010. Born in Halifax Nova Scotia November 20, 1921 to Hugh John Scott and Mary Jane Power, she came to the Bristol area in July of 1924, where she lived the rest of her life. She was the oldest living daughter of a family of thirteen children. She was predeceased by her brothers Jack Scott, Patrick Scott, and Eugene Scott and her sisters Doris Scott, Rachel Scott, Mary Pons, Ruth Palmisano, Margaret Spinelli and Norma Gagner. She is survived by brothers, Michael Scott, and Joseph Scott and a sister Anna Bachman. She attended local schools and worked at Sage Allen and Davidson and Leventhal woman’s departments, the Card Gallery and Ingraham’s before her retirement several years ago. She was a former member of Our Lady of Mercy Church in Plainville. She was predeceased by her husband Francis J. Ritchie on August 10th 1979 and is survived by her seven children, Joseph and his wife Palmer, of Florida, Robert of New Britain, Michael and his wife Jean, of Virginia, Gregory of New Jersey and daughters Marguerite Rompre and her husband Bert, of Farmington, Patricia DeSanto and her husband Jim, of Plymouth, Kathleen Egan and her husband Larry, of Plainville. She is also survived by 10 granddaughters, Kristen Saranteas, Lauren Ritchie, Megan Rompre, Jennifer Rompre, Leslie Burby, Shannon Yother, Noel Devine, Natalie Bianca, Christy Egan and Amanda Perzel, and five grandsons, John Ritchie, Matt DeSanto, Kevin Ritchie, Scott Ritchie, John Egan and two great grandsons Taylor Dennis, and Dylan Yother, and four great granddaughters Zoe Perzel, Mary Grace Burby, Anastasia Burby and Charlotte Perzel. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (May 31) from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Tuesday (June 1) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial will be in Saint Joseph Cemetery in Bristol. In lieu of flowers please donate to Alex’s Lemonade Stand 333 East Lancaster Avenue, # 414, Wynnewood, PA 19096 or to a charity of choice.
Grace [nee Krusche] Paulsen, of Unionville, passed away Monday, (May 24, 2010) at the age of 84. She was born February 3, 1926, in North Bergen, New Jersey, to the late Edward and Anna (Hilpmann) Krusche. She lived most of her adult life in Unionville. In 1948, she married Svend Joseph Paulsen of Hartford, CT. They were devoted to each other until his death in January of 1995. Grace was a loving and devoted mother to her four children and worked in a variety of jobs in the Greater Hartford area, principally at State Tile Company. She most enjoyed spending time with her family – her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Grace is survived by three of her children, Pam Fleming and her husband Ron Fleming of Avon, CT, Bonny Morlock and her husband Bill of San Diego, CA and Jeff Paulsen and is wife Candy of Burlington, CT; she was predeceased by her daughter Dale Dufresne of Burlington, CT (whose husband Ron Dufresne now lives in Springfield, VT with his wife Becky). She is also survived by her grandchildren, Ross Dufresne and his wife Erin of Canton, CT, Erin Giguiere and her husband Ryan of Canton, CT, Nathan Fleming and his wife Bibrama of Beverly, MA, Colin Fleming of Arlington, MA, Jeffrey Paulsen of Burlington, CT, Cosmo Paulsen of Murrietta, CA and Ryba Paulsen of Lake Elsinore, CA. Grace also leaves her loving great-grandchildren: Tyler and Madison Dufresne, Michelle Paulsen, Jason Paulsen, Caleb Paulsen, Hayden Paulsen, and Mira Fleming. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday, June 4, 2010 from 6:00 8:00 p.m. Saturday June 5, 2010 at 11:00 AM there will be a funeral service at Avon United Methodist Church on West Avon Road, Avon, CT with Pastor Florence Eddins officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Susan G. Komen for the Cure 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244 or Connecticut Chapter of the National MS Society, 659 Tower Avenue, Hartford, CT 06112.
Marjory Miller Bloomfield of Farmington, Connecticut, passed away on May 21, 2010. She was born on September 21, 1923 in Duluth, Minnesota, and was the daughter of Ellen and Thomas Miller. Marjory’s family traveled around a lot in her younger years as her Father was a top salesman for a national firm, Package Machinery, and her Mother, of German heritage, was a concert violinist. Eventually, the family settled in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, where she and her sister, Edith, graduated from Classical High School.
Marjory then moved on to Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut, where she came to be known as “Mardi”, majored in economics, and graduated in 1945. Her real love was drama, but at the time, they offered no major in this area of the arts. Mardi headed the Drama Club, where she gained useful knowledge of all facets of the drama world, and played the lead roles in most of their major productions. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City, where she quickly became a successful professional actress, performing in Broadway plays like “A Young Man’s Fancy” and “Suds in Your Eyes”. She also toured actively with regional, Summer Stock Theater, earning lead roles in “The Gentleman Who Came to Dinner” and other hits. Additionally, she worked actively as a model for the prestigious Harry Conover agency. Several years later, she met David Dwight Bloomfield, a Yale College 1938 graduate, who had also attended Harvard Law School, and was specializing in spare parts sales at Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford, Connecticut. They were married in 1948, and Mardi moved to West Hartford to become his wife. While there, she still maintained her interest in drama, and appeared in the well-known, annual Masquers series in town. She also became a volunteer on the Welcoming Committee at the Hartford Hospital, which so well suited her enthusiastic, positive and sympathetic personality. Mardi became a member of the Hartford Junior League, where she again volunteered her talents in a number of areas. Additionally, she chaired local drives (e.g. United Way and Red Cross), and donated her time at The Children’s Home on Bloomfield Avenue. She was a gifted creative and non-fiction writer, and over the years her works (poetry, op-eds and essays) were published in “The New York Times” and “The Hartford Courant.” She received a scholarship to attend a writer’s workshop at Wesleyan College to further hone her talents in this area which she loved. She was also a devout member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartford since she moved to town. Mardi enjoyed her charter membership at the Hartford Golf Club for more than fifty years.
Mardi and her husband, Dave, avidly attended and supported the arts in Hartford from their beginning days here. They both loved theater and became subscribers of the Hartford Stage Company from its inception, attending productions through their final years. They were also subscribers of several series at the Hartford Symphony, and were generous supporters of these as well. They were patrons of the arts and often visited The Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hill-Stead Museum (where Dave served on the Board), Goodspeed Opera House and the New Britain Museum of Art. Throughout much of her life, Mardi was an exceptional entertainer. She was a great cook, and enjoyed getting diverse friends together for fine food, conversation and fun. Hobbies she enjoyed with her husband included gardening at their home, sailing with friends, tennis, swimming, skiing and walking. Ebullient and sensitive, Mardi had a great sense of humor and intellect, abounding creativity and insight, and was a very loving and understanding wife, mother and friend. People often commented that “she was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the out”. Throughout her life, she was a very devoted wife to her husband Dave. In her final years, as Dave’s health was deteriorating, she dedicated herself to him as a loving companion and friend, and truly became his inspiration for life. He adored her and she adored him until the very end. She leaves behind her daughter, Lindsay Hayes, of Avon, Connecticut, and son, Brooks Collier, of Park City, Utah, who have cherished her as an exceptional Mother and irreplaceable friend. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 27, at 11AM at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney St, Hartford, CT. There will be a reception following the service, held at The Hartford Golf Club, 134 Norwood Rd., West Hartford, CT 06117 (860) 523-5229. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Marjory M. Bloomfield and sent to Connecticut College, Becker House, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT 06320, or sent to Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney St., Hartford, CT 06105. Arrangements are being held by Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
Jean (Griffin) Willard, 77, of Farmington, widow of Palmer S. Willard, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 20th at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. Born September 17th, 1932, daughter of the late Charles B. and Katherine A. (Wilcox) Griffin. Jean is survived by her two daughters, Linda Gallant and her husband Ray of Plainville and Gail Willard of South Windsor, her son, Palmer S. “Chip” Willard Jr., and his wife Eileen of Bristol, four grandsons, and one great grandson. She was predeceased by her two sons, John and Robert Willard. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (May 24) from 10:00-11:00am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (May 24) at 11:00am followed by Funeral Services in St. James Episcopal Church, Mountain Rd., Farmington at 11:30am with Rev. Hope Eakins officiating. Burial will follow immediately after the service in Cedar Hill Cemetery, 453 Fairfield Ave., Hartford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Farmington Valley VNA, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury, CT 06070.
Dorothy (House) Johnson, of Farmington, widow of Carl L. Johnson, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 20th, four days following her 97th birthday. Born May 16th, 1913 in Hartford, daughter of the late Edward R. and Ann (Shea) House, Dot was a graduate of Weaver High School, Class of 1931. Prior to retiring, she worked many years with the City of Hartford Board of Education at Rawson School where she was the Secretary to the Principal. Dot and Carl commuted together for forty plus years from their cherished home in Avon to their workplaces in Hartford. Upon retiring from Rawson School, Dot spent many years as the Executive Assistant to Headmaster Charles Todd at the Watkinson School. Dot and Carl greatly enjoyed the outdoors and their frequent weekend getaways to Manchester, Vermont to see their longtime friends Frank and Maige Harrigan where they would snowshoe and sit and enjoy their fires and also spent many of their summer vacations up at the Cape in Orleans. She was always glad to see her many nieces and nephews as well as her grand nieces and nephews, and served as second parents to them all. She lived her long life with a wonderful and positive outlook which was enjoyed by everyone! Dot is survived by her sister Marie H. Wertheim and her husband Mel of Bloomfield, her sister-in-law Ruth Johnson Jester of Big Fork, MT and will be greatly missed by her many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her two sisters Ann House and Lucille House. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to The Gables in Farmington, The McLean Visiting Nurses and Hospice Staff in Simsbury, and the staff at Valerie Manor in Torrington for the wonderful and compassionate care given to Dot. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (May 25) from 9:30-10:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Tuesday (May 25) at 10:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 11:00am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Sharon Corbidge Wice, of Southington, beloved wife of Richard “Joe” Wice, passed away Saturday, May 15th at her home. Born in Hartford, June 22nd, 1947, youngest daughter of the late Kenneth and Anna (Parrot) Corbidge, she resided in Southington for many years. Sherry especially loved spending time with her husband Joe, the love of her life, it never mattered what they were doing, but fishing with him was her all time favorite and she had many great fish stories. Family was very important to Sherry and she loved spending time with them. She was very talented and made beautiful floral arrangements that she gave to family and friends. She loved going to tag sales and especially going shopping with her friends. Whenever Sherry was with you, you could count on having fun and lots of laughs. Her great wit and wonderful sense of humor will be missed by all who knew her. Besides her husband, Sharon is survived by her sisters, Lois Pease, Georgia “Pepper” Wojciechowski and Frances “Corky” Devevo all of Unionville, Carolyn “KiKi” McGuinn of Clarks, NE, Justine “Tina” Pratt and her husband Frank and Joanie Bizier and her husband Leo of Bristol, her brothers, Robert “Butch” Corbidge and his wife Deanna of Florida, and Louis Corbidge and his wife Mary of West Hartford, her dearest friend Denise “DeeDee” Parlow of Unionville and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (May 19) from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral Services will be held Thursday (May 20) at 12:00 pm in The Ahern Funeral Home with Rev. Wendall Taylor officiating, followed by burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Avon. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Central Connecticut, c/o Visiting Nurse Association of Central Connecticut, Inc., 205 West Main St., New Britain, CT 06052.
Ruth H. Variest, 91, of West Hartford, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 11th. Born in Greenfield, MA, October 24th, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Amelia Herzig. Ruth retired from Phoenix Mutual Insurance Co., and was also associated with Royal Typewriter. She is survived by her daughter Beverly V. Blette of Plainville, four grandchildren, David A. Blette Jr., and his wife Stacy of Taunton, MA, Michael J. Blette of Plainville, Danielle Caputo and her husband Joseph of Hamden, and Adrienne Urpin and her husband Eric of Hamden, four great-grandchildren, Jean-Luc Blette of North Carolina, Tucker Blette and Samantha Blette both of Taunton, MA and Christina Caputo of Hamden. She was predeceased by her son; Jack Variest Jr. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (May 15) from 9:30-10:30am followed by a Prayer Service in The Ahern Funeral Home at 10:30am. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. Memorial contributions may be made to UCONN Health Center Office of Development, 10 Talcott Notch Rd., Suite 100, Farmington, CT 06032.
John D. McGovern, 82, of Bristol, beloved husband of Margaret A. (Reinsant) McGovern, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 9th. Born in Waterbury, September 25th, 1927, son of the late George E. and Laura J. (Hartnett) McGovern, he lived most of his life in the Prospect Waterbury area. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Providence College, Class of 1951. Prior to retiring in 1990, John was a Sales Manager at Century Brass Company for 36 years. He was a communicant at the Church of St. Gregory in Bristol. Besides his wife, John is survived by his five children, John D. McGovern Jr., and his fiancée Gina of Shelton, David M. McGovern of Oro Valley, AZ, George E. McGovern and his wife Jo-Ann of Unionville, Kathleen E. Coyne and her husband Jerry of Bristol and Laura J. Phillips of Atascadero, CA, twelve grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, George E. McGovern. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and gratitude to the medical and nursing staff at the UCONN Health Center for the extraordinary and compassionate care given to dad. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (May 13) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (May 14) at 9:45am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Gregory, Maltby St., Bristol at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, c/o University of Connecticut Foundation, UCONN Health Center Development Office, 10 Talcott Notch Road, Suite 100, Farmington, CT 06032.
Charles Clark Peckham, 83, of Farmington, beloved husband of Barbara Jean (Grace) Peckham, passed away Saturday, May 8th. Born in Hartford, November 21st, 1926, son of the late Samuel E. and Catherine Margaret Peckham. He was a United States Army veteran stationed in Germany during the Korean War. Prior to retiring, Charles was the Owner and Operator of Peckham Construction which he ran for 30 years. Besides his wife, he is survived by his son Bruce C. Peckham and his wife Lori of Central New Jersey, his daughter Beverly of Alabama, his son Brian L. Peckham of Bristol, six grandchildren, Carly, Cody, Peter, Kyle, Gary and Robin, a great-granddaughter Brooklyn, his four brothers, Roger Peckham of Newington, Russell Peckham of Avon, Clayton Peckham of Newington and Elbert Peckham of Arizona, and his three sisters, Virginia Rauhauser of West Hartford, Eleanor Loveland of Bristol and Caroline Kendall of Upstate New York and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Wesley Peckham. Graveside funeral services with full military honors will be held Saturday (May 22) at 11:00am in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Emergency Response Team at Tunxis Hose Co. #1, P.O. Box 215, Unionville, CT 06085. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.