Helen. F. Preira, 92, of Burlington, widow of Dominic J. Preira, passed away peacefully Saturday, August 21st. Born in Burlington May 22, 1918, daughter of the late Michael and Rose (Procan) Szegda, she resided in town her entire life. She is survived by her three children, Joseph A. Preira of Farmington, Wayne J. Preira of Torrington and Lori Jean Bereza of Burlington, two grandsons David J. Bereza and Daniel P. Bereza both of Burlington and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Henry Szegda and two sisters Mary Ann Gillette and Patranella “Nellie” Pavlik. 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 (Aug. 26) 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 Calvary Cemetery, Collinsville.
Angeline (Cresenzi) Frink, 88, of Farmington, wife of John A. Frink, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 19th. Besides her husband, she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Charles F. and Barbara L. Frink of Palm Coast, FL, her sister Mary Newmarker and her husband Don of Georgia, her brother John Cresenzi and his wife Frances of Farmington, her granddaughter Leia Frink and her niece Elena Cresenzi of Farmington. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
Maureen “Monnie” Hayes Connors passed away peacefully from this life on Tuesday, August 17, 2010. She was born on July 28, 1933, to Edmond J. and Ellen (Landers) Hayes and was raised in the Frog Hollow section of Hartford, CT. She was a proud 1951 graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy, a 1954 graduate of St. Francis School of Nursing and a 1988 graduate of Post University. She began her nursing career, which became a lifelong passion, at St. Francis Hospital that spanned more than 44 years. Monnie loved being a nurse and felt she truly made a difference in the lives of her patients. She worked as a delivery room nurse, supervisor, and Assistant Director of Nursing Service OB/GYN, NICU, and Pediatrics. She later changed specialties to Gastroenterology and became board certified. After retirement in 1998, she volunteered at St. Francis Hospital in the Cancer Center’s Butterfly Boutique. She was a long term member and recent board member of the St. Francis Hospital Women’s Auxiliary. Monnie was a voracious reader and was always surrounded by her books. She had a great sense of humor, a quick wit and loved all things Irish. She was a fun loving, supportive and selfless mother who was the cornerstone of our family. She was a loyal and honest friend. Monnie may best be remembered for her bright green eyes and warm, friendly smile. As we grieve that she is gone from our world, we rejoice that we have had her for so long, for the extraordinary life that she led, and for her kind heart and spirit which will live on in her children and grandchildren for generations to come. She is survived by her four children and their spouses, William T. Connors, III and his wife, Lori, of West Hartford, Daniel H. Connors of Farmington, Kathleen C. O’Brien and her husband, Robert, of Avon and Anne C. Catillo and her husband, Vito of Farmington. Monnie was the adored “Nana” to seven grandchildren, who were the light of her life, Ryan, Haley, Moira, Katie, Mia, Patrick and Sarah. She also leaves her former husband and friend, William T. Connors, Jr. of West Hartford, her sister, Kathleen H. McGuinness of Farmington, her brother and sister in law, Edmond J. and Katherine Hayes of Mystic, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends. The family wishes to express its sincere gratitude to the staff of Masonicare Partners and River Ridge of Avon as well as to her many caregivers during the past year. Monnie’s family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday (Aug. 22) from 3-7 p.m. at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (Aug. 23) at 9:15am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial will follow at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, 1 Cottage Grove Road in Bloomfield. In lieu of “posies”, our Mother requested that any offerings in her memory be made to the St. Francis Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, c/o St. Francis Foundation, FBO/NICU, 95 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105.
Janice E. (Amstutz) Dolfi, a loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away on Wednesday, August 11th following a courageous battle against invasive bladder cancer. A resident of Naples, FL and former resident of Farmington, Avon and Easton, CT, Jan was born in Celina, OH on December 31, 1935, the only child of the late Reuben and Roseann Amstutz. She graduated from Celina High School, attended Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1957 with a B.S. Degree in Education, specializing in Speech and Hearing Therapy. She was a member of the Phi Mu sorority and Sigma Alpha Eta, an honorary professional organization in Special Education. Music was a very important part of her life in church, school and other activities. She had voice training at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and was proficient in piano, organ, and several other musical instruments. She taught hearing deficient students in the Cincinnati, OH public school system following her graduation from OSU. After her marriage to Sam Dolfi, her husband of over 53 years, who she met at Ohio State, she became a homemaker and volunteer in the several communities they lived because of their many job transfers until her husband’s retirement from General Electric in 1990. Among the activities were the Women’s Auxiliary committee of the St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport, the Women’s committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, and the Garden Club’s of Farmington and Glendale, OH. “She loved and lived for her husband, children and grandchildren.” In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, a daughter Lisa Dolfi Bell of Simsbury, a son, Jeffrey Dolfi of Fishkill, NY, a son, Scott Dolfi and his wife Betsey of Fairfield, CT seven grandchildren, Scott Bell of West Chester, PA, Katherine Bell Eves and her husband Ryan of Raleigh, NC, Kelsey and Emmalee Dolfi of Pleasant Valley, NY, Elizabeth Dolfi and her husband Jay Ackley of Brooklyn, NY, and Rebecca and John Dolfi of Fairfield, her sister-in-law, Rose Kasal of Dillonvale, OH and a brother-in-law, Nello Dolfi and his wife Wanda of Bloomingdale, OH. Private Graveside Funeral Services will be held in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, Collier County Unit, 5020 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 108, Naples, FL 34103 or to The Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center Fund at Hartford Hospital, 80 Seymour St., Hartford, CT 06102. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
Robert E. Ashley, 83, of Unionville, beloved husband of Evelyn (Trocchi) Ashley, passed away Tuesday, August 10th. Born in Meriden, May 5th, 1927, son of the late Albert and Bertha (Tetro) Ashley. Prior to retiring, Bob was employed in the Shipping Department at Scovill Manufacturing in Watertown. He was a decorated United States Army veteran of the Korean War where he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for being wounded twice in battle and also earned the Combat Infantryman Badge for his service in action. He was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville, was a lifetime member of VFW Post #10361 in Farmington, member of the Tunxis Senior Citizens Association, member of the Tunxis Bowling League, member of the AMFA Country Western Club in Torrington and loved his trips to Mohegan Sun Casino. Besides his wife, he is survived by his four children, Linda Fagan of Plainville, Joseph Roy of Warwick, RI, David Roy of Farmington and Wayne Miner of Little Elm, TX, his sister Gladys Makara of Newport, NC, his brother Walter Ashley of Deland, FL, eight grandchildren and two great grandsons. He was predeceased by his cherished granddaughter Alyssa Roy. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Aug. 13) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Aug. 14) 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 West Cemetery, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 306 Industrial Park Road, Suite 105, Middletown, CT 06457.
Chrysostom E. Blanchard, age 94, of Sunset Terrace, Unionville, husband of the late Genevieve (Dillon) Blanchard, died Tuesday, August 3rd. He was born in the Codroy Valley, Newfoundland, the son of Charles and Bridget Ann (Tompkins) Blanchard, on April 29, 1916, and moved with the family to the Farmington Valley in 1924, where he lived a long and happy life. He was a devoted family man: a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. Chris was a friend to all, young and old, and generous with his time, talent, and treasure. He was a life-long Catholic, active at St. Mary’s parish for many years, especially with young people. During his 42 years at Pratt & Whitney Machine Tool Company, he was active in metrology, the study and application of accurate measurements, at the national level and held high level security clearance during the Cold War. Chris had abundant knowledge and love of nature, which he shared with his family in adventurous and creative ways. An accomplished writer and an entertaining storyteller, he had an inventive mind. He was also a pioneer organic gardener and a skillful baseball and tennis player. He leaves a daughter, Elaine, and husband Stephen Cullinan of Coventry; daughter Karen and husband David Demers of Upton, MA; daughter Kathleen Blanchard and husband Kenneth Hoffman of Lexington, MA; son Alan and wife Kim Blanchard of West Simsbury; seven grandchildren: Sean, Amy, Daniel, Kathryn, Matthew, Kelley and Travis; and a loving sister, Hellen Sullivan of Nashua, NH. He was predeceased by 10 siblings: Sr. Mary Celestine, Louise, John, Katherine, Genevieve, Fr. Michael Blanchard, Bernard, Ena, Cecilia, and Teresa. The family wishes to extend appreciation for the love and care Dad received from the staff at Avon Health Center. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville, on Saturday (Aug. 7) from 9:00 – 10:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:30 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 11:00am. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Avon Health Center, Resident Council, 652 West Avon Road, Avon, CT 06001.
Frank Stephen Kantz went to soccer heaven at sunrise on August 4, 2010 in Farmington, Connecticut. Frank was predeceased by Joyce, his wife of fifty five years and is survived by his daughters Livia Jacobs and Faye Kantz, his son-in-law George Jacobs and grand-pets Busby, Eli and Jesús. Frank was born on November 13, 1928 in Mor, Hungary. He came to the U.S. in August 1951 and was extremely proud of being a U.S. citizen. Frank was passionate about the sport of soccer for his entire life as a player, coach, referee and fan. He became a certified soccer referee in 1957 and officiated games well into his 81st year. Frank was also a Referee Assessor and helped to found Farmington Youth Soccer. Frank played for Hartford Scandia, the New York Hungarians, the New York German-American League, and the New Britain Falcons. He was a charter member of the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame (1999) and a member of the New England Soccer Hall of Fame (2005). The Town of Farmington declared September 8, 2008 as Frank Kantz Day in recognition of his fifty plus years of dedication to the sport of soccer. Our most sincere thanks go to Frank’s caregiver Rhonda Schmonda for being our angel during such a difficult time. A tribute to Frank’s life will take place on Wednesday, August 11 at the Ahern Funeral Home, Unionville, CT. Calling hours are from 4-7, with a short presentation at 5:30. It was Frank’s wish to be cremated and for his ashes to be scattered around the globe in his favorite places. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., 94 South Road, Farmington, CT 06032. Frank was a great dad and was dedicated to his family. He also enjoyed a long and wonderful camaraderie with his Connecticut soccer family. There are many that will remember Frank when they step onto a soccer field. Our dear father will be greatly missed.
Eugene M. Kupchik, 75, of Unionville, beloved husband of Barbara (Florkowski) Kupchik, passed away suddenly Wednesday, August 4th. Born in New Britain, November 15th, 1934, son of the late Michael and Victoria (Chmohowski) Kupchik. Gene was the former owner and operator of Bidway Atlantic Service Station in Farmington and was also employed by Gems Sensors in Plainville for over 30 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Uncas Council #3675 in Kensington. Gene was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville, was an avid golfer and an accomplished duckpin bowler. Besides his wife, he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Brian M. and Diane P. Kupchik of Canton, his daughter and son-in-law, Laurie A. and Michael J. Lindsey of Colchester, his sister, Carol Michaud of Yarmouth, MA, six grandchildren, Addison Kupchik, Jill Kupchik, Stephanie Kupchik, Elissa Kupchik, Joseph Lindsey and Alison Lindsey and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas Kupchik. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville TODAY from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (Aug. 9) 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. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to National Kidney Foundation, Serving Connecticut, 2139 Silas Deane Hwy Ste 208 -Regional Office
Rocky Hill, CT 06067-2339.