Beatrice (Vail) Stansfield, 82, of Farmington, passed away on July 31, 2010 at St. Francis Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Beatrice leaves behind her devoted husband of 56 years, Raymond Earl Stansfield, daughter Judith Ellen Stansfield, son Mark Alan Stansfield and daughter in-law Carol Servadio Stansfield, daughter Linda Marie Harrington and son in-law Frederick J. Harrington, daughter Susan Elizabeth Stansfield-Rogers and son in-law Scott Rogers, and daughter Karen Vail Myers and son in-law Robert Myers; four granddaughters, Melissa Harrington, Krista Harrington, Hadley Myers, and Heather Myers; two grandsons, Jonathan R. Stansfield and Zachary Myers; brother Morgan Vail and sister in-law Marjorie Vail; as well as several cousins, nieces, and nephews. She is predeceased by her son, Jonathan Lee Stansfield, her sisters Vivian Bates and Thelma Kovensky, and brother Ralph Vail. Beatrice was born September 21, 1927 in Woodstock, Vermont. Despite Bea’s petite stature she was Captain and starting center on her high school basketball team in Woodstock, VT, Class of 1945. Beatrice earned a Business Degree at North Hampton Commercial College, in 1946. In her later years, she was an avid and competitive tennis player and enjoyed many matches and lunches with her “Tennis Ladies”. Beatrice’s most meaningful accomplishments were being a loving mother and grandmother to her six children and six grandchildren, as well as a loyal and loving spouse to her adoring husband Raymond. Her family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday (Aug. 5) from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (Aug. 6) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, Main St., Farmington at 10:00am. Burial will be in the family plot at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., 94 South Road, Farmington, CT 06032.
Robert Frank Edmunds, 94, of Avon, passed away peacefully at home on July 29, 2010, after a 15 year battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy St. Germain Edmunds. Born in Loudon, NH in 1916, to the late John S. and Mary (Brown) Edmunds, Bob graduated from Keene State College in 1937 with highest honors. After a career as a high school teacher, he founded Edmunds Manufacturing Company in 1950. With his guidance, the company, now called Edmunds Gages, became internationally recognized as a leader in the field of precision dimensional measurement for the metal working industries. It is now in its third generation of family management. After family and business, Bob enjoyed golf and became an accomplished player at West Hartford’s Rockledge Golf Club, The Wethersfield Country Club (where he was club president), The Country Club of Farmington, and Turtle Creek Club in Tequesta, FL. Power boating was another avocation of Bob’s and he enjoyed many years at Groton Long Point pursuing this passion. He was an avid card play (bridge & gin rummy) and enjoyed these games particularly later in life. A Red Sox fan to the end and he favored the Golf Channel if the Sox were not playing! He is survived by his four children, Elizabeth Kalliney and her husband Sami of Chatham, NJ; Robert Jr. and his wife Mary Lou of West Hartford; Susan Staecker and her husband Peter of Lexington, MA; and Judith Edmunds of Burlington, CT. He leaves his sister Janet Turcotte of Bath, Maine, twelve grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. The family extends its heartfelt thanks to his caregivers: Jovia, Evana and Liz, who were exceptional in their loving care and is particularly grateful to Dr. Richard Abraham and the VNA Hospice team for their professional and thoughtful attention. The family will receive visitors at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Aug. 2) from 4:00-7:00p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday (Aug. 3) in the Church of St. Patrick, Farmington at 10:30a.m. with burial following at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bob’s name to The ARC of the Farmington Valley (FAVARH), P.O. Box 1099, Canton, CT 06019-1099.
Mary K. (Landry) Dunham, 52, of Bristol, passed from this world on Monday, July 26th after a long struggle with cancer. Born in Hartford, April 4, 1958, beloved daughter of Carrie (Wellman) Landry of New Britain and the late Albert R. Landry, she attended Bulkeley High School and worked at various Connecticut retail establishments throughout her life. Mary’s favorite pastimes included music, art, going to the beach, and gathering with friends. She was a self-taught gifted artist and particularly liked painting many varieties of beautiful flowers. Mary was considered loving and nonjudgmental by both friends and family. Mary leaves behind her boyfriend and partner of 10 years, Jean Beaulieu of Bristol, her son Christopher Parrott and his girlfriend Jessica Palmer of Newington, a granddaughter Jordan Stafford, two sisters, Rose Ann Landry, and Ann Mangene and her partner Dominic Vaccaro of West Hartford, a brother Mark Landry and his partner Beverly Cohen of Cromwell, two nieces, Cherie Hammond and her husband Tom Hammond and Lisa Frazier-Bellow and her partner Fred Colon, four nephews, Louis Mangene, Marc Mangene, Justin Willette and Danny Willette, a grandniece, Aliza Colon, and two grandnephews, Johnny and Eddie Bellow. Mary also leaves behind a lifelong true and loyal friend, Christine Pallotti. She was predeceased by a brother William Landry, a sister, Carrie Willette and a grandniece, Alissa Bellow. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday (July 30) at 10:30am in St. Patrick –St. Anthony Church, 285 Church St., Hartford. The family requests those wishing to send flowers for Mary’s funeral on Friday, be sent directly to the church. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
Melanie A. Syrene, 82, of Winsted, formerly of Hartford, passed away peacefully Saturday, (July 24, 2010) at her home. Born in Strzemieszyce, Poland, March 8, 1928, daughter of the late Franciszek and Stanislawa (Wrobel) Bubel, she resided in Hartford for many years and in Winsted for the last 14 years. Prior to retiring, she was employed at Aetna Insurance Company in Hartford for ten years. Melanie is survived by her two children, Diana Tierinni of East Hartford and David G. Syrene, and fiancée, Lorren Stewart, of Winsted; a sister, Wanda Baltramonaitis of Hainaut, Belgium; one grandson Tyler G. Syrene; one niece and 12 nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, July 28, at 10:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure , Attn: Donor Services, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
Robert Carlton Anderson, 84, formerly of Tariffville, husband of the late Grace F. Anderson, died on Friday, (July 23, 2010). He was born in New York City on April 22, 1926. After living in Brooklyn, his family moved to New Jersey, eventually settling in Roselle Park. He graduated from high school in 1944 and immediately joined the Army, serving in Japan during World War II. He reached the level of Staff Sergeant and received a number of medals. He was also qualified as a sharpshooter. Upon returning to the States, he met his future wife Grace at the church in which they would later be married in 1950. Bob graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s degree in architecture. He practiced architecture his entire career and was a longtime member of the American Institute of Architects. He was twice elected to the Board of Education. After their four children were born, the family moved to Avon and both he and Grace became very active in the Memorial United Methodist Church. Bob sang in the choir, was a layperson, served as a Trustee during the construction of the new Avon church, designed large banners for the sanctuary and gave his time whenever called upon. He also volunteered as an English tutor and acted in numerous plays with the Avon Music Makers. Bob’s dedication to his family, his sense of humor and his kindness will be remembered by all those who had the privilege to know him. He is survived by his three children, Paul Anderson of Brookline, NH, Linda Anderson of Frederick, MD and Barbara Ritchie of Kensington, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Lawrence D. Anderson. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville Monday (July 26) from 5-8 PM. Funeral services will be held Tuesday (July 27) at 11 AM in Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Rd., Avon, with Rev. Florence Eddins officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Road, Avon, CT 06001.
John Lyon Hanrahan, 64, of Frederick, Maryland, formerly of Farmington, passed away peacefully Monday, July 20th. Born in Philadelphia, PA, January 15th, 1946, son of Atty. John K. Hanrahan of Farmington and the late Sarah (Lyon) Hanrahan. He grew up in Farmington graduating from Kingswood School in 1964. From there he went to Georgetown University completing his studies there in 1968. John moved to Frederick, Maryland where he had his own printing business until just recently when health issues precluded further work. John’s great love was doing triathlons which he did all over the U.S. and in his favorite hideaway, Jamaica. Besides his father, he is survived by his step mother Lillian D. Hanrahan, his sister, Sally Hanrahan of Newington, his brother 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. He was recently predeceased by his sister, Sharon A. Hanrahan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday (July 24) in the Church of St. Patrick, Main St., Farmington at 10:00am followed by private burial. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032.
Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
Helen D. Nawrocki, 84, of Unionville, widow of William J. Nawrocki, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 18th. Born in Hartford, May 14th, 1926, daughter of the late Frank and Amelia (Speranza) Guglietta. During her career, Helen was associated in the clothing fashion industry. She loved her stylish fashions and her bling. She and Bill travelled the world extensively and she loved being a snowbird. Helen is survived by her four children, Deborah Geneau and her husband Richard of Bristol, William Nawrocki and his wife Melissa of Unionville, Karen Nawrocki and Nancy N. Dudley both of Kissimmee, FL, two sisters, Philamina “Minnie” Migliore and Cynthia Pressmaritta both of Glastonbury, her sister-in-law, Carol Morin of Saybrook, seven grandchildren and one great grandson. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Aug. 14) from 2:00-4:00pm followed by Funeral Services in the Funeral Home at 4:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VITAS Hospice, 628 Hebron Ave., Suite 300, Glastonbury, CT 06033.
Kelly Ann (Davis) Hahn, 53, of Canton, devoted mother & wife passed away Sunday July 18, 2010 after her battle with cancer. Born at Loring Air Force Base in Maine to the late Edith (Pomaski) Davis and late Alan W. Davis on Feb. 4, 1957. Kelly was married to her loving husband David Hahn for the last 20 years. Kelly grew up in Avon, graduated from UCONN and found her life’s passion in teaching. As a para-professional at Roaring Brook School, Kelly touched the lives of her students and colleagues with her gentle, kind and patient manner. Kelly was loved by all who knew her. Kelly was formerly associated with the Stonewell Restaurant in Farmington for 12 years and more recently was with the Carmen Anthony Restaurant Group at the Fishhouse in Avon for the last nine years. She had a wonderful sense of humor, infectious laugh, gorgeous smile and beautiful spirit. Kelly loved her family foremost, whether spending time at their cottage on the Connecticut shore or just walking & playing with her loyal and lovable dog “Buddy.” Kelly is survived by her two beautiful children, grateful for the love and devotion she gave them everyday, Samantha Lynn and William Alan Hahn. She is also survived by her sister Leslie Nylin and husband David Nylin of Avon, brothers in law Bob Hahn of Canton, Jim Hahn of Florida, Bill Hahn and wife Annabel Mackelroy of Massachusetts, sister in law Janet Mittelmark of Florida and in-laws Nancy & Bill Hahn of Canton and Florida, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (July 25) from 1:00-3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Kelly Hahn Children’s Education Fund c/o Collinsville Savings Bank P.O. Box 350 Canton, CT 06019.
Anna Veronica Stockwell, 88, of Avon, passed away after a long, brave battle with Alzheimer’s disease, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Robert Caleb Stockwell, Sr. (deceased) and devoted Mother to Robert Stockwell, Jr., Dana Stockwell, Brian Stockwell and Ellen Stockwell. Anna also leaves her daughter-in-laws, Kathleen and Karen Stockwell and grandchildren, Derek, Jessica, Jackie, Matthew, Jonathon, Adam, Stephen, Todd, Christian and Alana as well as her 4 great-grandchildren, JJ, Devon, Ariyana, and Javian. Anna was born on July 3, 1922 and raised in Hartford, CT by her Mother, Mary Temple, along with her sisters, Marion Clarke and Lillian Jacobsen. She was an accomplished athlete, competing in high school swimming, speed skating and women’s softball. She was awarded merit for achieving perfect attendance in high school. After graduation, she was employed by The Aetna Life Insurance Company in Hartford, where she met her future husband. She made “Bub” and her children the center of her life and was a pillar of strength and love. They built a wonderful life together, enjoying family and friends, weathering good and bad times. Their love was admirable spanning over 60 years. True soul mates, Anna never did quite recover from his passing, devotion to the end. Anna was a role model for us all. Birthday parties and Christmas were her times to shine and we all laughed when at Christmas there was always that “one” missing Christmas present she would find upstairs in the wrapping room. She loved the times she could sneak away from family and would get lost for hours marathon shopping. She never interfered or offered unsolicited advice, yet could be fierce in her loyalty towards family and friends and admitted to being a “tough, old bird”. To say Anna was a kind, patient and understanding person would be an understatement. Always the first to lend a helping hand, the perfect hostess making everyone feel at home, self-sacrificing to a fault, she always put others and their needs ahead of her own. Proud of her Irish, Roman-Catholic heritage, she never missed a Mass. Always a lady, she especially enjoyed joining Dad cruising up and down the Connecticut River on their boat, “The Lady Anna.” She enjoyed working many years at the Petroleum Pump Corporation in Avon, Connecticut and retired from that company in 2000. Their kindness and the friends she made there were unparalleled and truly appreciated. Anna was also an active member of St. Ann’s Church in Avon as well as The Women’s American Legion Chapter in Collinsville, CT until recent years. Alzheimer’s took from her many things, but it never did take away her kind heart, loving spirit and strength. Anna was loved by her family and many friends and will be greatly missed by us all. We want to thank Nadia, her main caregiver, as well as Annie and the Farmington Valley Nurse Association for the kindness and wonderful care they were able to provide our Mom. It was that care that allowed her to remain in her home throughout her illness and were are so grateful for that. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville, on Thursday, July 15, from 9:00 to 10:00 am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday at 10 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at The Church of St. Ann, 270 West Avon Road, Avon, CT at 10:30 am. Burial will follow in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Avon, CT. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 279 New Britain Road, Suite 5, Kensington, CT 06037 or The Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury, CT 06070.
Serafina(Sarah) Cesare, 97 years of age, of Avon, CT, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2010. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Anthony, and her son, Victor; her brothers, Joseph, Jack and Rudolph Pisciotta and her sister, Jean Romano. Born in New York City on May 11, 1913, to Frank and Victoria Pisciotta, she was raised on Staten Island, NY and lived in Deer Park, NY , Brewster, NY and Avon , CT.She attended Curtis High School in Staten Island and Manhattan Trade School in New York City, and worked as a sample dressmaker in New York City. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Volunteer Fire Department in Deer Park, NY , a volunteer for the Salvation Army and Office of the Aging in Putnam County in Brewster,NY, a member of the Farmington Woods Woman’s Club and the Avon Senior Center in Avon, CT. She crocheted many baby sweater sets, which she generously gave to family, friends and charities. She was an avid bridge player and will be remembered by her friends at Farmington Woods and the Avon Senior Center. She was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Unionville, CT. Serafina is survived by her son, Julius Cesare and his wife, Carolyn; her daughter, Frances Meyer and her husband, Robert; her grandchildren, Robert Meyer, Mark and Jennifer Cesare, Dawn and Danny Wilkins, Michael and Marina Cesare, Glenn and Nancy Meyer, and Matthew and Patsy Cesare; her great grandchildren, Nicolette, Steven, Christiana, Dan Dan , Jordan, Andrew , Angelina, Stavrohs, Faith, Clea and Nijah. She will always be remembered for her love and devotion to her entire family. The family would like to thank the staff at the Avon Health Center for the excellent care they gave to Serafina. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (July 12) from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession will Tuesday (July 13) at 9:15am from The Ahern Funeral Home followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St.Mary Star of the Sea Church at 10:00am. Burial will be in St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, Long Island. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Bidwell Square, Unionville CT 06085 ; Gifts of Love, 35 East Main St, Avon, CT 06001; and Humanitri, 1120 South Sixth St., Suite 120, St. Louis , MO 63104.