Kathleen M. May, passed away at her home in Burlington. Born on October 30, 1942 in New Britain, she was the daughter of Francis and Olga (Labas) Daley. She was raised and educated In New Britain where she was a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Central Connecticut State College. Kathleen taught in New Britain elementary schools for more than 35 years. She was an officer in the New Britain Federation of Teachers and an initiator and coordinator of the Stepping Stones after school program. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Francis M. Daley. She is survived by her sister-in-law Patricia (Woody) Daley of Day, NY; her God Daughter Shelly Dolan of Meriden; special friends, the Schrader Family of New Britain; many cousins, friends and hundreds of young students whose lives she touched in a very special way. Family and friends may attend a Memorial Service at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday July 10 at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Children’s Endowment Fund, NBFT PO BOX 1521, New Britain, CT 06050-1521.
Albert W. “Uncle Al” Sala, 92, of Farmington, beloved husband of the late Anne (Lauretti) Sala, passed away peacefully Monday, June 28th at home after a short battle with stomach cancer. Born in Hartford, June 13th, 1918, son of the late Pietro “Peter” and Ida (Bombadieri) Sala. Al handled his illness with courage and grace. Al was a master die maker and the foreman of the model shop at Veeder Root, where he was employed for 43 years. He was a legend there and in the business for his incredible talents, creativity, and especially his common sense. He worked on many jobs for many companies and inventors in his cellar shop. These included jobs for the Fletcher Terry Co., Pratt and Whitney being among them. He also made parts for the original phone for the deaf. For all his many friends and relatives, if it was broken, you took it to Uncle Al. He was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington where he was an usher and collector and a member of St. Patrick’s Men’s Club and took great pride in being the force behind the annual corned beef and cabbage dinner. He enjoyed telling people about his hole in one, especially a couple of serious golfers. His other long term joke was that he was the only guy in step when he marched with his brother firemen in many parades. Maybe more than anything else he enjoyed serving with the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department for over 50 years. One of the longest serving men ever, he loved being with the guys and working hard on all of the events over the years. To generations of firemen he was simply, “Uncle Al”. He was a gentleman who was liked by all that met him. He was a great man to his family, friends and community and will be greatly missed. He is survived by many nephews and nieces as well as many good friends, especially Tom Leone, Bassi Antigiovanni, Alex Mastrobattista and Roger Plourde, and his closest friends and family Timothy and Joyce Orvis, their children and grandchildren were also very special to him. Tim also cared for Al in his final days. He was predeceased by his three brothers, Bruno, Raymond, Joseph and his sister Jean “Jenny” Casparini. A special thank you to Dr. Edward Clerkin III and the nurses and people of the Farmington Valley VNA. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday (June 30) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, Farmington followed by burial in the family plot at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Donations may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place, West 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226 or to the Farmington Valley VNA, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury, CT 06070. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
Bernard K. Carlson, 84, of Unionville, passed away Monday (June 28, 2010) at Apple Rehab Center in Avon. A native of New Britain, Bernard is a graduate of EC Goodwin High School, Class of 1944. He served as a Corporal for the 43rd Infantry Division of the U.S. National Guard and was a Sergeant for the 10th Battalion Military Police in the Connecticut State Guard. Bernard was employed as a toolmaker at Macristy Industries, New Britain, and was a proud member of the Tunxis Hose Company #1 in Unionville where he served with distinction for over 43 years. Bernard received several awards for his commitments to his country, state and community, including a Public Service Award presented by the Secretary of the State of CT in 2001. Bernard enjoyed drinking, complaining, fishing, firearms, and was, much to his family’s dismay, a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees. He was predeceased by his parents Margaret (Kane) and C. Robert Carlson, his sister and brothers, Mary Emma, Norman and Robert Carlson and his nephew Richard Carlson of New Britain. He is survived by his nephew and long term caregiver Bruce Carlson of Unionville, several nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (July 1) from 5:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (July 2) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tunxis Hose Company # 1, P.O. Box 215, Unionville, CT 06085. Please share a memory or note of sympathy at www.ahernfuneralhome.com
Joyce (Kusy) Rusin, 79, of Avon, widow of Andrew J. Rusin, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 27th. Born in East Hartford, July 17, 1930, daughter of the late J. Joseph and Eunice Kusy, she was a lifetime resident of Avon. Joyce is survived by her six children and their families who were the love and joy of her life, Jean Lamothe and her husband Robert, Ed Rusin and his dear companion Susan Arnold, Cynthia Lundgren and her husband Nils, Wendell Rusin and his wife Julie, Janet LeGeyt and her companion Chris Fields and Barbara Jordan and her fiancée Ken Tessman, six grandchildren, Andrew Lamothe, Jessica Robinson and her husband Scott, Jenny Lynn and Alison Jarvis, Joe LeGeyt and Christopher Rusin, Keana Marie Graves and her husband Nick, six great-grandchildren, Camden, Roselyn, Mason, Jacob, Ashley and Kindly, her special niece, Geraldine McCuin and her husband Pete and their family of Bristol, and two nephews, Albert Rusin and Joe Rusin. She was predeceased by her dear grandson, Zachary LeGeyt and sister-in-law Marion Rusin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday (June 30) at 1:30pm in the Church of St. Patrick, Collinsville followed by burial in St. Ann Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation, 282 Washington St., Hartford, CT 06106. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
Fred K. Fuchs, 76, of Summerfield, FL, beloved husband of Marian K. (Kelley) Fuchs, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 27th. Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, July 25th, 1933, son of the late Fred Emil and Grace (Keever) Fuchs. Prior to retiring, Fred was the Director of Sales for Honeywell-Bull. He was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, a member of North Lake Presbyterian Church, member of Col. Philip C. Delong Detachment #1267 Marine Corps League, Inc.; Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity; Deacon at Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Hartford. Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Suzanne Ettie and her husband Derek of Wilton, his son, David Fuchs and his wife Karen of Orange, CA, and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Frederick K. Fuchs, Jr. Graveside services with full military honors will be held Saturday (July 3) at 11:00am in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington with Rev. Gretchen N. Sausville officiating. In lieu of flowers, Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
Ralph L. Geist, 74, of Avon, beloved husband of Katherine (Glanovsky) Geist, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 26th. Born February 1st, 1936 in Pittsburgh, PA, son of the late Ralph J. and Anna (Zwiener) Geist, he resided in Avon for 45 years. He was a United States Air Force veteran, having served from 1955-1958. Prior to retiring in 2000, Ralph was an Inspector for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft/ UTC at the East Hartford Plant for 20 years. Besides his wife, he is survived by his three children, Stephanie A. Durkin and her husband Daniel of Avon, John D. Geist and his wife Stacy of Mansfield Center and Mark D. Geist of New Haven, five grandchildren, three brothers, Robert Geist of Pittsburgh, PA, Paul Geist and his wife Catherine of Gibsonia, PA, and Arthur Geist and his wife Nancy of Norcross, GA, his two sisters, Ruth Klinvex of Pittsburgh, PA and Carol McFadden and her husband Skip of Pittsburgh, PA, his mother-in-law, Mrs. Stephen (Anna) Glanovsky of Unionville, his brothers-in-law and their wives, Stephen and Barbara Glanovsky of North Carolina, John Paul and Susan Glanovsky of New York, Richard and Mary Glanovsky of Avon, Thomas and Yu-Mei Glanovsky of Farmington, his sister-in-law, MaryAnna Knieriemen and her husband Howard of New Jersey and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (June 30) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral services will be held Thursday (July 1) at 11:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, 279 New Britain Road, Suite 5, Kensington, CT 06037.
Sharon A. Hanrahan, 62, of West Hartford, died Monday June, 21st at Avery Heights. She was born October 16th, 1947 in Hartford along with her twin sister, to John K. Hanrahan of Farmington, and the late Sara Alyce (Lyon) Hanrahan. She grew up in Farmington, graduating from Farmington High School, Class of 1965. Sharon worked at Hartford Hospital for more than 35 years, retiring secondary to health issues. She loved traveling, especially to Germany, after her two nephews were born, and also liked roller coasters. Besides her father, she is survived by her step mother Lillian D. Hanrahan, her sister, Sally Hanrahan of Newington, two brothers, John I. Hanrahan of Maryland and David W. Hanrahan, his wife Victoria and two nephews John and Michael Hanrahan all of Germany, two step brothers, Ned and Greg and four step sisters, Melanie, Gayle, Priscilla, and Lauren. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville TODAY from 4:00-6:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday (June 24) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Brigid, 1088 New Britain Ave., West Hartford followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, Sharon would want you to perform an act of kindness or to The ALS Association Connecticut Chapter, 4 Oxford Dr., Unit D4, Milford, CT 06460.
Rosemary (Anderson) Borawski, 81, born January 20th, 1929, and a life long resident of Unionville, widow of John Edward Borawski, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 17th at home after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. She was a graduate of Farmington High School, Class of 1947, a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville and held various jobs through the years. Rosemary enjoyed reading, loved to play the card game “31” with The Gang and going to the movies. She is survived by her children, John A. Borawski of Unionville, Roseann Togninalli and her husband David of Burlington, Raymond M. Borawski of Unionville, Karen Spring and her husband Dave of Burlington, Amy Borawski and her fiancé Steve Rogowski of Unionville and her beloved grandson Ryan Togninalli. She is also survived by her sister, Barbara Prange of Newington and her brother, David Anderson and his wife Billie of Plainville, her brother-in-law, Harold Hein and his wife Peggy of Farmington, her brother-in-law, Pete Salvatore of Avon, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews as well as “The Gang” with whom she shared many special times. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Farmington Valley VNA for the wonderful care given to Rosemary. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (June 20) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (June 21) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Farmington Valley VNA, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury, CT 06070.
Julian “Ted” Burr Eddy Jr., of Farmington, died at Hartford Hospital on Monday, June 14th. He was married for 56 devoted years to the love of his life Claire Gworek Eddy. Born October 8, 1930, he was the son of Julian and Edith Eddy of West Hartford, graduated from Hall High School in West Hartford in 1948, and the University of Connecticut School of Agriculture in 1952. Ted operated Tow Path Gardens, a family-owned nursery business that was known for its exhibits in the New York, Boston, and Hartford flower shows, winning numerous awards. Beginning as a teenager, he had a lifelong passion for car racing and was part of the organization that ran Cherry Park Speedway in Avon. Ted was a fanatical Red Sox, UConn basketball and football fan. He also had a great love for the ocean. Over the years, he has been an active member and officer in the Farmington Jaycees, the Farmington Exchange Club, and most recently the West Hartford Squires. He is survived by his son Paul Eddy and wife Elizabeth Normen of West Hartford and their daughters Avery and Julia, son Alan Eddy of Madison and his sons Christopher and Michael, son John Eddy and wife Lynn Uzzo of Orinda, California and their daughters Elizabeth and Courtney. He also leaves his sisters Phyllis and her husband Edward Beach of Pleasant View, Tennessee; and Grace and her husband Roger Castle of Tariffville; and his aunt Martha O’Brien of Hermosa Beach, California. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (June 17) from 4:00-7:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday (June 18) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St, Springfield, MA 01104.
Benjamin M. Pereslugoff, 83, of Avon, beloved husband of Mary (Williams) Pereslugoff, passed away peacefully Saturday, (June, 12). Born in Hartford, April 25, 1927, son of the late Michael J. and Helen K. Pereslugoff. He received his degree in Forestry from the UCONN Agricultural School and served with the U.S. Forestry Service. Ben was a lifelong self-employed furniture restorer specializing in antique restoration. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II; a former member of the 1st Company Governor’s Horse Guards and was past commander of the Gildo Consolini VFW Post #3272 in Avon. He was a member of Evening Star Lodge #101 AF&AM in Unionville for over 45 years and was Past Master of the lodge, a member of Columbia Chapter #31, Lee Council, RAM, Washington Commandary, Knights Templar, and member of the ADAH Chapter # 30 O.E.S. Ben was a founding member of the Metacon Gun Club in Simsbury/Avon and also was a school bus driver in Avon for many years. Besides his wife, he is survived by his three sons, B. Michael “Mike” Pereslugoff of Simsbury and his sons Nicholas and Alexander, John R. Pereslugoff and Laura Carter of New Hartford and their daughter Victoria and Robert J. Pereslugoff and his wife Susan V. of Avon and their sons Ryan and Kyle, and his special friends Josie Cannella and Ellie Card. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (June 15) from 5-8 p.m. with the Masonic Service at 7:45 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund at Evening Star Lodge, 22 Main St., Unionville, CT 06085.