Moureen Zauche Stegun, 97, of Farmington, widow of Michael Stegun, passed way peacefully Monday, September 27th. Moureen was born in Windsor, and was employed at The Hartford Insurance Company for many years. She lived on Cape Cod before moving to Avon and Farmington. Moureen was a resident at The Gables in Farmington for three years and most recently resided at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor in New Britain. She was a caring homemaker and enjoyed floral arranging. Moureen leaves three loving nieces, Gloria, Janet, and Carol Killeen all of West Hartford, three nephews, Rollin Smith of Vermont, Jac Smith of Unionville and Noel Brown of Florida, her sister-in-law, Helen Stegun of Danbury and many great nieces and great nephews. She was predeceased by her three sisters, Mildred Smith, Leona Killeen and Hazel Brown, her nephew William Killeen and her niece Barbara Kelleher. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday (Sept. 3) at 11:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice
Raymond Carl Josephson, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, friend, veteran, environmentalist, bird lover, fisherman, weather forecaster, list maker, file keeper, animal lover, athlete and sports fan, patriot – died September 25th at John Dempsey Hospital after a massive stroke in the early morning hours of his 92nd birthday. Raymond was born September 14, 1918 in Farmington, CT to Agnes (Nelson) and Carl Josephson. He graduated from Farmington High School in 1937. After a few years of employment with the Aetna Insurance Company, his life took a dramatic change with the Pearl Harbor attack and his country’s entry into WWII. His interest in skiing and outdoor living directed his choice of military enrollment to the ski troops, but a temporary suspension in recruitment caused Raymond to have to begin his active duty in the Air Force. On August 14, 1942, Ray joined the 340th Fighter Squadron in Rhode Island. Finally with the resuming of ski troop recruitment, and with his three letters of recommendation, a transfer was made effective to the 87th Mountain Regiment at Camp Hale, Colorado. Thus began his lifelong commitment and devotion to one of the most profound and meaningful associations of Ray’s long life. The 87th Mountain Regiment was transported to the Aleutians and made an attack landing on Kiska Island which had been occupied by the Japanese. Tragically, the US troops were unaware that the Japanese had left in the quiet of the night so the attack was made on allies who had landed on the opposite side of the island. Ray always shared this story with an extremely heavy heart. After a return to the US base, the Mountain troops were on their way to Italy. Ray was acting operations sergeant in battalion plans through the North Apennine and Po Valley Campaigns and was reconnaissance sergeant for the group out of company headquarters. The 10th pushed through to Mount Belvedere and Riva Ridge and continued on to victory, albeit with huge losses along the way. Ray returned to the US and separated from active service on November 8, 1945. On return to civilian life, Ray attended the University of CT on the G.I. Bill. He had gotten a taste of the beauty of Alaska on the Kiska campaign and had a dream of returning to Alaska for environmental work enhanced by majoring in wildlife management. However, his plans changed when he met Eleanor (Korki) Strom on campus and married her on October 4, 1952. He then changed his focus by attending the Hartford Technical School and studying surveying and civil engineering, and qualifying himself for a State Merit Exam. He secured a position with the CT State Department of Transportation working at various times in District 1 plans and surveys, traffic control, fatal accident investigation and more. In April 1957, Ray began the longest and biggest project of his life – construction of his house on an acre of land on Valley View Drive. A large female tiger cat moved into the house under construction and in May, 1960 gave birth to five kittens, all of whom Ray kept as wonderful pets. One by one they passed away – the last disappearing in June 1977 at 17 years of age. Since then there have been many important animals in Ray’s life including – dogs, cats, chickens, gerbils, guinea pigs, and rabbits. The most recent is a large black cat named Sollie whom Ray has carefully guarded on his visits outdoors. Ray’s own family grew in 1963 with one daughter, followed by a second daughter in 1966. Ray was incredibly active and involved with his daughters’ lives and activities, and it was a huge source of pleasure for him. Over the years he has also been extremely active in a number of service organizations including the American Legion, where he was an avid supporter of the baseball team among other things, the VFW, where he was a service officer who dutifully flagged graves of veterans, placed flags for town parades and performed many other supportive duties. Ray also loved birds and diligently worked on blue bird, wood duck, and purple martin houses for Winding Trails. Another of his greatest associations was with his beloved Grace Congregational Church. He has been a trustee and an active member for many years and oversaw the maintenance of the church property with great care. One of his greatest concerns was about the grading and landscaping around the building which he was finally able to see corrected to allow for appropriate water run-off, much to his satisfaction.
Ray also loved his weekly “meetings” at Apricot’s Pub in Farmington and the friends he made there. With an ever rotating cast of buddies, many of whom passed away over the years, there was always a warm spot at the bar for Raymond. Ray was pre-deceased by his beloved sister Beatrice (Josephson) Person, and his brothers-in-law Bernard Person and John Edwin Strom. He is survived by his wife, (Korki) Eleanor, his daughter Ruth Norrby of California and her husband Patrik, and his other daughter Carla Josephson of NYC and her husband and daughter David and Alden Powers. Also surviving are his sister-in-law Elizabeth Strom, his niece, Laura Wearne and her husband Bruce, all of New Hartford, his nephew Jeffrey Strom and his wife Sharon, of Avon, and his nephew Dennis Person of Farmington.
Friends and family may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Sept. 30) from 4-7pm. Funeral services will be Friday (Oct. 1) at 10:30am in Grace Congregational Church, Farmington with Rev. Dr. Karen L. Roy officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Congregational Church, 110 South Road, Farmington, CT 06032.
Rosa Monteleone, 90, of Bristol, widow of Giovanni Monteleone, passed away peacefully Thursday, September 23rd at her home. Born in Turi, Province of Bari, Italy, daughter of the late Filippo and Isabella (Daddabba) Calderazzi, she has resided in Bristol for 47 years. Prior to retiring, Rosa was a Seamstress at G. Fox & Company in Hartford. She was a communicant at St. Anthony Church in Bristol for many years. Rosa is survived by her three sons, Liugi “Gino” Monteleone of Farmington, Philip Monteleone of Wolcott, Guiseppe “Joe” N. Monteleone of Bristol, and her daughter Nancy Hardy and her husband Paul of Prior Lake, Minnesota and eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Isabella Monteleone, her son Vito Monteleone and her daughter-in-law Diane M. Monteleone. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Sept. 26) from 4:00-6:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (Sept. 27) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Anthony Church, 111 School St., Bristol at 10:00am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony Church, 111 School St., Bristol, CT 06010.
William J. Waas, 44, of Unionville, passed away Monday, September 20th at his home. Born in Hartford, April 10th, 1966 son of Shirley (Fitzgibbon) Hatfield of Farmington and Joseph Waas of Granby. He was a graduate of Farmington High School, Class of 1984 and spent 22 years with Northeast Utilities. Besides his parents, he is survived by his step-father, Frederick R. Hatfield of Farmington, step-mother, Jeannette Waas of Granby, two sons William II and Brendan, his grandmother Edna Fitzgibbon of Windsor, his loving brother Dana Waas and his wife Teresa and their daughter Milla of Mesa, AZ, his uncle Bob Fitzgibbon and his wife Ileana of Bristol, step-sister Margaret Marais and her husband Kevin of Senoia, GA, step brothers, Thomas Hatfield of WA, son Luke of Farmington, Frederick Hatfield and his wife Laralynn and their son William of Arizona. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, 20 Batterson Park Rd., 3rd Floor, Farmington, CT 06032. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
Robert G.L. “Sarge” Abalan, 83, of Burlington, beloved husband of Rinette (Roy) Abalan, died peacefully on Thursday, September 16th. Born in Hartford, December 31st, 1926, beloved son of the late Hazel (Pierce) Abalan-Stark. Sarge was a United States Navy veteran of the World War II and served with distinction in the Army in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, retiring after 26 years of exemplary service. An Electrician by trade, he worked for Hartford Specialty and for many years at the Old Towne Bar & Grille, the center of Unionville which he loved so much. Besides his loving wife of 39 years, he is survived by his three sisters, Aneysa Bristol, Gloria Brodeur and Louise Pollard, his children, Jerry Jones and Cindy Kieth of North Carolina, Cindy Sekulski of New Hartford, Sandra Merlin of North Carolina, Rick Abalan of East Granby, Jeff Niksa of Bristol, Robert G.L. Abalan Jr., of Winsted, Rudy Niksa of Burlington, Wes Niksa of Bristol, Tina Abalan of New Hartford, and Douglas Abalan of Burlington and his grandchildren, Amanda and Beth, Jaime Lynn, Sarah, Karen and Kaleb, Vicky and Nicky, Stephanie and Jennifer and Joshua and Robbie. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Oct. 2) from 11:00-2:00pm followed by a prayer service in the funeral home at 2:00pm. Burial with full military honors will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the World War II Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 305, Calverton, NY 11933.
John L. Wolk, 78, of Unionville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 15th. Born in Unionville, July 30th, 1932, son of the late Luke and Anna (Kolosky) Wolk, he was a lifelong resident of town. Prior to retiring, John was an Engineer at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft for over 30 years. He was a United States Navy veteran of the Korean War and an avid golfer and bowler. John is survived by his three sisters, Anna M. Blejewski of Farmington, Margaret Malentacchi of Canton and Mary W. Jones and her husband John P. Jones, Jr., of Bristol and many, many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his two sisters, Helen MacDonald and Agnes Roy. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Sept. 18) from 10:00-11:00am followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 11:00am. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Bidwell Square, Unionville, CT 06085.
Donald Lorenz Banta, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Son, Brother, Uncle, Friend, Veteran, Business Man, Community Leader, Politician, Cancer Survivor, Stroke Survivor, I-84-from-Farmington-to Hartford Survivor, Shoe Thrower, Dirty Joke Teller, Fisherman, Captain, Scotch Drinker and Buffy Rescuer, died Tuesday morning at the age of 83 after a short illness at the UCONN Health Center. Born in New Jersey, he moved to West Hartford and graduated from Hall High. At the age of 17, he volunteered for Naval duty in World War II and served as a medic on a hospital ship in the final days of the war. After attending Colgate University he was drafted into the Army during the Korean Conflict where he served valiantly in Germany behind the controls of a M26 tank and on the slopes of the Swiss Alps keeping the local hofbrauhaus safe from Communism. After his discharge he fell in love with, and married, the incredibly patient and loving Elizabeth Ann Sayers. They were married for 50 wonderful years and raised 5 devoted children and 12 grandchildren. He spent 40 hard-fought years working for the Travelers Insurance Company where he retired a full Vice President. He served the Town of Farmington faithfully as a member of the Republican Town Committee, Town Council, High School Building Committee and Board of Zoning. He is survived by his children Lynn, Nancy, Donald Jr., John and David and his other children Nicole, Katie, Ashley, TJ, Meg, Erin, Jillian, Matt, Kirsten, Sean, Nicholas and Parker. The family would like to thank the staff of the Gables and the nurses of the UCONN Health Center for their love and kindness these past years and days. Calling hours will be Friday (Sept. 10) from 4-7 at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Sept. 11) 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, donations can be sent to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. Online condolences can be left at ahernfuneralhome.com
Thomas Connors, 84, of Unionville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 8th. Born in Unionville, May 26th, 1926 son of the late Joseph M. and Catherine (McCue) Connors, he resided in town all his life. Prior to retiring, he was employed by the Town of Farmington in the Parks Department for 18 years. He was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. Tom was an avid deep sea fisherman, enjoyed shuffleboard, loved the town of Unionville and its people and he especially enjoyed strolling through his neighborhood and talking with the Policemen and Firemen. He is survived by his sister Mary E. Connors of Simsbury, his brother, Joseph L. Connors and his wife Mary D. Connors of Vernon, and many nieces and nephews, including his devoted nephew Mark Connors who took good care of Tom. He was predeceased by his sister Ann M. Connors, his brother James F. Connors and two infant sisters, Bernadette and Theresa Connors. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Sept. 13) from 10:00-11:00am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 11:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 11:30am. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Bidwell Sq., Unionville, CT 06085.
James Sidney Riendeau was born July 12, 1923 in Maniwaki, Quebec, Canada and passed away on September 6, 2010 into the loving arms of his heavenly father, surrounded by his beloved wife of 61 years, Paulette, and his cherished family. Born to Cyrille and Catherine Riendeau, Sid guided many years at the Bras Coupe Hunting and Fishing Club in Quebec. During World War II, he served proudly in the Toronto Scottish Regiment of the Canadian Army, which courageously helped to liberate Holland. Sid came to Connecticut on November 25, 1952 to begin a respected 40-year career at Avon Old Farms School, starting in the forestry department and working his way up to becoming the school’s Plant Director, and a recipient of the honorary Order of Old Farms School. Paulette and their three oldest children joined him on January 30, 1953. Sid was a member of the Color Guard, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien Assembly #2002, Past Grand Knight of the Uncas Council #32 K of C in Unionville, and a member of the Unionville Lions Club. He was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. Sid leaves behind to mourn his beloved and devoted wife Paulette, and his loving children, sons Garry S. and wife Becky, Keith A. and wife Joanne, and Kenneth J., daughters Gail Campochiaro and husband Bob, and Shelley Hains and husband Guy. He also leaves his brother Clarence and his wife Irene from Maniwaki, Quebec and their family. He was predeceased by his brother Hebert Riendeau, his sister Shirley Riendeau, and great grandson David Lugo. Sid also leaves behind many grandchildren, Nicole Pugliese and husband Chris, Erin Caruso and husband Joe, Scott Hains and wife Eileen, Greg Hains and fiancée Maria Susaya, Timothy and Jeffery Hains, Melinda Plourde and husband Mark, and Kevin S. Riendeau. His great-grandchildren Devin, Shane and Isabella Pugliese, Caillah, Ryan and Ben Hains, Elijah, Anthony, Pasquale, Adriana and Francesca Caruso, Mark and Sean Plourde, Caileigh Ellsworth and Lily, Annie and Kelsey Vincent. Sid also leaves behind “The Gang”, his and Paulette’s very special friends of many years. The family would like to thank Sid’s doctors, Dr. Edwin Spath and Dr. John W. Rodgers of Saint Francis Hospital, who cared for their father for many years, and the gentle, caring and excellent staff of the UConn John Dempsey Hospital ICU unit on the second floor. Friends may gather with Sid’s family during calling hours TODAY from 4:00-8:00pm at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday (Sept. 9) at 9:45am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:30am. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Bidwell Sq., Unionville, CT 06085, the Knights of Columbus Uncas Council 32, 301 New Britain Ave., Unionville, CT 06085, Lions Club of Unionville, 97 West Avon Rd., Unionville, CT 06085 or to the Sid Riendeau scholarship fund of Avon Old Farms School, 500 Old Farms Rd., Avon, CT 06001.
Michael Halpin, 85, of Farmington, beloved husband of Jean (Flynn) Halpin, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, September 2nd. Michael was born in County Cavan, Ireland on December 7th, 1924 son of the late Patrick and Mary (Boyle) Halpin and moved with his family to New Haven in 1930. He served as a pharmacist’s mate in the United States Navy and was stationed in Scotland during World War II. Upon his return, he graduated from Central Connecticut State University and also earned a sixth year degree from the University of Connecticut. Michael lived in West Haven for most of his adult life and worked in the West Haven School System for more than 33 years, serving as history teacher and then as Principal of Gianotti Middle School, Bailey Middle School and Stiles Elementary School. While living in West Haven, Michael would frequently come across former students and remember personal anecdotes about their time in his school. He was a longtime communicant at Our Lady of Victory Church in West Haven. Michael was an entertaining storyteller who enjoyed golfing and following UCONN basketball and football. Besides his loving wife of 59 years, he is survived by his children and their spouses, Howard and Carole Halpin of South Windsor and Donna and Jerry Daly of Farmington, and his four grandchildren who were his pride and joy, Ashley and Kevin Halpin and Gregg and Jillian Daly. He was predeceased by his brothers Jack Halpin, Patrick Halpin and Peter Halpin and his sisters Mary Cleary, Bernice Halpin and Rose Marie Sullivan. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Sept. 5) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (Sept. 6) at 9:45am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, Farmington at 10:30am. Burial will be Tuesday (Sept. 7) at 11:00am in the family plot at St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.