Pauline (Petersen) Gamber, 72, of Burlington, widow of Frederick O. Gamber, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 31st at her home. Born in Winsted, February 16th, 1938, daughter of the late Richard and Lillian (Parsons) Petersen. She is survived by her four sons, Frederick C. Gamber and his wife Sheila of Westfield, MA, Brian L., David B. and Mark T. Gamber all of Burlington, three brothers, Carl Petersen of Arizona, Ernest Petersen of New Britain, Arthur Petersen of Washington, four sisters, Lois Monroe of Arizona, Ann McDonald of Florida, Betty Nogiec of Plainville and Diane Royko of Burlington, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two special nieces, Kim Royko and Jean Benett. She was predeceased by her beloved son Thomas and sisters Dorothy Hillgrove and Ruth Lizotte. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Nov. 3) from 6:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday (Nov. 4) 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.
Dr. Charles C. Sasso, Jr. D.D.S. passed away peacefully on October 31, 2010.
Charles was born November 20, 1927, in Waterbury, CT., to Charles C. Sasso and Madeline (Vecchione) Sasso. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Victoria (Petrucci) Sasso of Farmington; his daughters, Mary Beth Sasso-Harvey, and son-in-law Thomas Harvey of Farmington, Patricia Merkle and son-in-law Erik Merkle of New Britain, his beloved grandchildren, Brian, Beth and Kevin Merkle. He is also survived by his brothers Raymond Sasso of Waterbury CT and Robert Sasso of Watertown CT, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Charles graduated from Crosby High School Waterbury CT upon graduation from Crosby he joined the US Marine Corps. He was a graduate of Fairfield University and Georgetown University Dental School in Washington D.C. He was captain in the Army stationed in Fort Hamilton for 3 years. In 1957 he opened his practice in Wolcott CT until his retirement in 2002. Dr. Sasso was a member of the Waterbury Dental Society, Connecticut State Dental Association and the American Dental Association. Memorial services will be held Thursday, November 4, at 11:30am, in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. To leave on-line condolences please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.
James Joseph Dario, 68, of Avon, died Saturday, October 30, 2010 at home. Born August 7, 1942 in Waterbury, James was the son of the late Virgilio and Mary (Bartholomew) Dario. He was a proud veteran who served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era from 1964-1966. Prior to retiring, James worked as a materials expediter at Pratt & Whitney for over 20 years. He is survived by his two daughters; Julie Zehren and her husband John of Simsbury and Jodie Kazlauskas and her husband Paul of Burlington, his two grandchildren Emily and Brody, his sister Phyllis Kline and her husband Donald of Unionville, and his nephew Thomas Kline and his family of Avon. Jim was predeceased by his brother Michael. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Nov. 3) from 11:00am -1:00pm followed by Funeral Services in The Ahern Funeral Home at 1:00pm with Rev. Florence Eddins officiating. Burial with full military honors will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 306 Industrial Park Road #105, Middletown, CT 06457 or the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook Street, I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.
Dr. Philip Rolf Steinmetz passed away on October 27 after a long illness in The Woodlands, Texas. He was 83. Philip was born in De Bilt, The Netherlands and studied medicine at the University of Leiden. He came to the United States in 1955 with his wife Micheline and began a long and brilliant career in academic medicine. From 1981 – 1992, he was Chairman of the Division of Nephrology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, and from 1973 – 1982, at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Prior to that he was on the medical faculties of Harvard University and New York University. Dr. Steinmetz devoted more than thirty years to research on kidney physiology and cellular mechanisms, and published numerous scientific papers. He received many prestigious awards, including the Homer Smith Award in 1985 for distinguished and original contribution to the knowledge of kidney function. He also served our country as an advisor to the National Institute of Health and as a Captain in the United States Army. Dr. Philip R. Steinmetz lived the life of the mind and saw beauty in the complex structures of nature. He is preceded in death by his wife Micheline and his younger brother Rob. He is survived by his son, Jan, and his daughter-in-law Susan, of The Woodlands, Texas and their two children, Laura and Christine; and by his son, Mark, of Athens, Georgia. He will be missed. Memorial Services will be held at the Riverside Cemetery in Farmington at 11 AM on Friday, November 12. Please contact Ahern Funeral Home in Unionville for Service information.
Edward C. Oleskewicz, age 80, of Leesburg, FL, formerly of Bloomfield, passed away on Monday, October 18, 2010. He was born September 16, 1930 in Hartford, CT and moved to Leesburg in 2005 from Bloomfield, CT. He was a retired insurance appraiser and a veteran of the US Air Force. He loved polka music, was an avid golfer and loved to go bowling. He also built and owned stock cars. He is survived by his wife of 27 years , Joyce Reeve Oleskewicz of Leesburg, FL; son, Edward R. Oleskewicz of Coventry, CT; daughters, Patricia (Tracy) Lincoln of Burlington, CT, Teresa (John) Matuza of Suffield, CT; step-son, Frank Verhagen of Bloomfield, CT; step-daughter, Kim Witkoski of Avon, CT; sister, Jean Burtness of Wethersfield, CT; grandchildren, Jessica, Alexis, Ashley, Rebecca, LCPL Tellar Justin, Jordan, Ryan, and Eddie; sisters-in-law, Shirley Oleskewicz of Enfield, CT, Laura Lynch of Ormond Beach, FL, Judi (Paul) Field of Leesburg, FL, Alice (Tom) Orie of Orlando, FL; brothers-in-law, James Reeve of Orange City, FL and George (Bonnie) Reeve of Wolcott, CT; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Frank, Henry and Fred; and his beloved Pomeranians, Muffin and Mishka. Friends may call at Sacred Heart Church, 46 Wintonbury Ave., Bloomfield on Friday (Oct. 22) from 4:00-7:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (Oct. 23) at 10:00am in Sacred Heart Church, Bloomfield followed by burial in the family plot at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
Mary Riordan, 30, died surrounded by her mother and dearest family and friends on Monday (October 18th, 2010). She is survived by her mother Kathleen Riordan, grandmother Frances Poirot Reardon, and extended family which included an abundance of friends. Mary was passionate about history and politics and was proud to be hand picked out of many applicants for an internship at the Connecticut Legislative Office Building. Mary was known as an old soul and was always told she was wise beyond her years. She was beautifully clumsy and never on time. Mary was always willing to lend an ear to a friend in need even when she herself was experiencing tough times. She loved fashion and had a passion for style. Her peaceful retreat was the beach in Branford, CT where the sounds of ice cubes clinking and the screen door slamming truly felt like home to her. She will be remembered as Auntie Mary to Cailey, Noelle, Olivia, Ella, Jacob, Andrea, Logan, Maxime, Laney and Zora. Mary’s infectious laughter will forever echo in our hearts. Calling hours for family and friends will be Friday, October 22nd from 5pm-8pm at The Noah Webster House, 227 South Main St., West Hartford. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday, October 23rd in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ryan Scholarship Fund, PO Box 301, Unionville, CT 06085 to be distributed to organizations close to Mary’s heart. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
Kevin F. Broderick, 61, of Unionville, beloved husband and best friend of Kathleen (Kachele) Broderick, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 17th. Born in Hartford, July 1st, 1949, son of the late David J. and Kathryn (Cummings) Broderick. Kevin was a Cardiac Technician at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and was also an Emergency Medical Technician. Kevin was a proud member of the National Rifle Association and a marksman at the Metacon Gun Club. He was a staunch supporter of America’s military and had a caring heart for Disabled Veterans. He expressed his love for his country as a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 128 Niantic. Kevin was dearly loved and will be missed by his extended family, many friends, co-workers, patients, and all those whose lives he touched every day. Besides his wife, he is survived by his two sisters, Joan Delaney of West Hartford and Denise Adamczyk of Meriden and his brother, David J. Broderick of Westfield, MA. He was predeceased by his two sisters Patty and Kathryn. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Oct. 21) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral Services will be held Friday (Oct. 22) at 12:00pm in The Ahern Funeral Home with Rev. Michael C. DeVito officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Connecticut Health Center Endowment Fund, 10 Talcott Notch Rd., Suite 100, Farmington, CT 06032 or to the St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center Foundation, 95 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105.
Wiener “Nene” Samson, of West Hartford, beloved husband of Andrelie (Remy) Samson, died Sunday October 17, 2010 at UConn Health Center after a long battle with prostate cancer. Wiener was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, May 11th, 1941, son of the late Leo Samson and Odette Laforest and immigrated from Haiti in 1970. His wife subsequently followed him in 1973. They raised their family in Brooklyn, NY. He retired from Sodexo in 2002 after surviving both bombings at the World Trade Center. He and his wife retired to CT where they enjoyed spending time with their children and grandchildren. Besides his wife he is survived by his children Wilner Samson, MD, Mary Samson APRN, Wilford Samson DDS, Wordy Samson MA (JD candidate ’12), grandchildren Ella, Kate, and Weston, daughter in law Michelle Smedley MD, Carla Gunn MD, siblings Jean Wiener Laforest, Jean Claude Laforest, Marie Gretta Adams, Vir-Hugo Samson, Marie Huguesse Samson. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Friday (Oct. 22) from 6:00-9:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (Oct. 23) at 10:00am in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford.
Italo Tarca, 89, of Sondrio, Italy, passed away on Sunday, October 17th at the E. Morelli Hospital in Sondalo, Italy. He was born in Mello, Italy, Prov. of Sondrio on December 1, 1920, son of the late Felice and Orsola Tarca. He grew up in Mello and Delebio, Italy before joining the Italian Navy. He served with the Italian Navy during World War II, as a dedicated submariner. He was highly decorated and very proud of his naval career. After the war, he married and moved to the United States, settling in Avon. Italo was employed by the Ensign-Bickford Company in Avon as a licensed plumber and electrician for over 20 years. He also worked for various construction companies before retiring and moving back to Italy. Italo enjoyed gardening, carpentry and also supported many submarine related organizations both in the U.S. and in Italy. He is survived by his daughters, Carmen Bonetti and her husband John of Unionville; Gloria Mullaney and her husband Rick of Bristol; four grandchildren, Kristine Mullaney Mason, Rick Mullaney, John Michael and Jason Bonetti; four great-grandchildren, Gage and Kayden Mullaney; Olivia Mason; Elsa Burman-Bonetti, as well as his longtime companion, Nunzia Mottini of Sondrio, Italy. He is also survived by two sisters, Margherita Scapellini and Disolina Brigatti of Lugano, Switzerland; and three brothers, Arnaldo Tarca of Delebio, Italy, Arturo and Giovanni Tarca of Australia, along with many nieces and nephews. Italo was buried in Fusine, Italy on Wednesday, October 20th. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday (Nov. 6) at 10:00 am in the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Rd., Avon. Memorial donations in Italo’s name may be made to The Boston Rescue Mission, Attn: Jason Bonetti, P.O. Box 120069, Boston, MA 02112-0069 (please designate “Rebuilding Homes Program”).
Joseph R. Smolen, 86, of St. Augustine, FL, passed away Friday, October 15th. Born in Unionville, December 20th, 1924, son of the late Joseph K. and Katrina Mary (Mikolajcik) Smolen. Prior to retiring Joe was a Nuclear Physicist for the Oakridge Power Plant, Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in Middletown and finally for the EPA with the State of Connecticut. He was a United States Air Force veteran of World War II and the Korean War retiring with the rank of Major after 20 years of service. He is survived by his five children, Faye E. Smolen of Middletown, Joseph W. Smolen of Manhattan Beach, CA, James B. Smolen of Chester, Jeffrey D. Smolen of Torrington and Sara A. Holmes of Belmont, ME, two brothers, Francis E. Smolen of Sebastian, FL and Andrew R. Smolen and his wife Mary R. of Unionville, his sister, Anne S. Kovall of Harwinton and his former wife, Elizabeth (Fay) Smolen of Crystal River, FL. He was predeceased by four sisters, Elizabeth Shearer, Sophie “Sue” Richardson, Catherine Ayers and Julia M. Smolen. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Oct. 23) from 8:30-10:00am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Oct. 23) at 10:00am 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, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Bidwell Sq., Unionville, CT 06085.