Anthony Wayne Steere “Tony” 5/14/1927-1/31/2011, of Simsbury, CT.
With heavy hearts, our loving Tony has passed away unexpectedly playing tennis, his favorite sport. He was the son of the late Edith Bowen and Samuel A. Steere of Bath, OH. He was predeceased by two of his brothers Samuel Steere and Joseph Steere, and has 2 surviving brothers Kenneth and Richard Steere. He leaves behind his surviving beloved wife Alice G. (Popielarczyk) Steere of 19 years, and is predeceased by his first wife and mother of his five children, Martha Cappers Steere of 34 years. Tony graduated from Phillips/Andover, MA and joined the U.S. Navy in 1945. After being Honorably Discharged from the US Navy, he attended Yale University for 2 years, transferred and graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Bowling Green State University, and received his MBA from Case Western Reserve of OH. He was hired by Alcoa, as an Industrial Engineer; later worked for Wyman-Gordon in MA, in transportation, and retired from The Torrington Company (CT) as Director of International Transportation. For a short period after retirement, he worked for The Hartford as an accountant, and went on to start his own business in Home Repair. Tony held a real estate license as well as taught Senior Drivers Safety Classes for AARP. Tony loved his children and was very active in their lives as their Cub Scout/Boy Scout Leader; a member of the Lion’s Club, and worked with the Junior Achievement Youth Group. Always was very giving of himself, was an active member of West Avon Congregational Church for many years; served as a Deacon, Choir Member, involved in Pastoral Partners and lead Prayer Services at Avon Health Center. The Arts always interested Tony. He volunteered at Hartford Stage and The Bushnell and was a season ticket holder for The Goodspeed Opera House; He also taught caning at The Highland Museum in Truro, MA and recently took classes in threshing chairs. Tony was also a master craftsman working with wood, enjoyed antiquing; entertaining friends and family at his lovely homes. He had a great sense of humor, was very competitive in sports, cards, and chess, and loved his sweets, “Dessert First!” The adventure never ended travelling worldwide, yet he was perfectly happy in Simsbury, Florida getting away from the cold and summers at “Windy Dunes”, Truro MA. Dadjo will be greatly missed by his loving children Abbey “Debbie” and Gary Koutnik, Rebecca “Becky” and Andy Kurt Palmisano, “Pam”ela Schubert-Bob, Anthony “Andy” and Leigh Steere, David and Jody Steere, Jay Popielarczyk, David and Marie Popielarczyk, Kevin and Jennifer Popielarczyk, and Amy Popielarczyk. “Peepaw we love you”, your grandchildren: Garrett and Elizabeth Schubert, Peter and Carrie Schubert, Heidi Schubert, Keith and Erica Palmisano, Sarah, Gracie, Patrick and Christine Palmisano, Randall, and Whitsun Koutnik, Sami, Alex, Cole, Isaac, Anna, and Elliott Steere, and Nathan, Joshua, Alicia, Sean, Sara, and Madison Popielarczyk. Alice and Family will receive friends and relatives Sunday (Feb. 6) at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville CT 06085 from 3-5 pm. The memorial service will be Monday (Feb. 7) at 10 am in West Avon Congregational Church, 280 Country Club Road, Avon, CT 06001. Memorial Contributions can be made in Tony’s name to West Avon Congregational Church, 280 Country Club Rd., Avon, CT 06001 or The American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr. PO Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492.
Anthony Wayne Steere “Tony” 5/14/1927-1/31/2011, of Simsbury, CT.
Alida Robotham Jewett, widow of James Jewett, died on January 29, 2011. Her warm heart, incomparable strength of character, deep commitment to service, and sense of wit and mischief made her a source of inspiration to her family and countless friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Born to the late Francis Allen Robotham and Lucy Miller Robotham on August 7, 1910, Alida attended Unionville Schools and Hartford High School. In September 20, 1930 she and James Jewett married and were together over 50 years. They had two children, Sarah Wadsworth Jewett and James Robotham Jewett, both of whom predeceased her. Also predeceasing her were her sister, Elsie Robotham Schmalz, and her brother, Emory Robotham. Surviving are two grandchildren, Dr. Karen Jewett and her husband Barry Ramus of New York, NY, and Frederick Elliott Jewett and his wife Miriam of Plainville; two great grandchildren, Ashlea and Taylor Jewett; Mrs. Nancy Alderman Jewett, widow of James Robotham Jewett; niece Frances Steele; and nephews Raymond Schmalz and Emory Robotham. Alida played an active role in the community around her all of her life. She was a devoted member of the Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford for over 65 years and served as a Deaconess many years ago. She was a steadfast member of a number of civic organizations, including the Sarah Whitman Hooker Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution in West Hartford in which she was very active for over 60 years. She also belonged to the State of Connecticut Daughters of the American Colonists; Connecticut Society Daughters of 1812; Daughters of Colonial Wars, State of Connecticut; and the State Officers and Regents Club of CT. A Memorial service will take place at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., Hartford on Thursday, February 10 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Gary Miller and the Rev. Peter Grandy officiating. The burial will be in the Cider Brook Cemetery, Avon. If anyone wishes, memorial gifts may be made to the Seabury Charitable Fund, 200 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002-2673; or to the Asylum Hill Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105-2892. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
Henrietta A. (Adamski) Klinkerch, 89, of Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, wife of deceased Edmund J. Klinkerch, completed her earthly journey on January 29, 2011 at Clover Health Care in Auburn, ME. She was born on February 17, 1921, in Terryville, daughter of the late Joseph and Felixa (Napierkowska) Adamski. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Stephen Adamski of Terryville and Frank Adamski of Hartford and her sisters, Agnes Kupa of Narragansett, RI and Sophie Tamosaitis of Bristol. Prior to retiring, she worked as an inspector at General Motors Company in Bristol. She was a long-time communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington, the city where she lived for more than 60 years. One of her favorite pastimes, which gave her great joy, was watching the UCONN Men and Women Basketball Teams as well as cheering on the Celtics. Many will have memories of her gracious hospitality in hosting family birthdays, picnics, holidays, and fun-filled get-togethers. She is survived by her son, Edmund J. Klinkerch, Jr., and his wife, Dacia (Higgins) Klinkerch, two grandchildren, Anna Mabel and Victor all of Raymond, ME; her sister, Sister Melanie Adamski, SSJ-TOSF, of Bristol; her brother Joseph Adamski of Murfreesboro, TN, her sister-in-law, Anna Wanda Klinkevich of Wethersfield; her brother-in-law, Bronis Tamosaitis of Bristol; and many nieces and nephews. Prior to her transfer to the nursing care center in Maine, she was a patient at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor in New Britain, where she received compassionate care from the staff, including physical therapy, nutrition, counseling and spiritual comfort. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the personnel at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor and Clover Health Care for their outstanding services rendered. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Feb. 5) from 9:30-10:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:30am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington at 11:00am. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol (services conducted in the mausoleum). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Monsignor Bojnowski Manor, 50 Pulaski Street, New Britain, CT 06053, to the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032 and to Clover Health Care, 440 Minot Avenue, Auburn, ME, 04210.
Howard “Howie” Dennis Newton, 80, of Farmington, passed away peacefully at home, with his family by his side, on Friday, January 28, 2011. He was born October 16, 1930 in Hartford; the son of the late Elmer Newton and Barbara (Malmberg) Newton. He was predeceased by the love of his life, wife of 55 years, Shirl. They were inseparable and shared in each other’s interests and love for family and friends. They restored an old farmhouse in southern Vermont, where they enjoyed years with friends, Derrel and Bette, and extended family visits. More recently, he looked forward to visits from long-time neighbors, Scott and Audrey. His interests and talents were many. He loved inventing, designing, and writing, as well as restoring and showing antique autos, and possessed a deep appreciation of classical music. He proudly served his country as a radio operator in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He had a life-long passion and talent for working with machinery. This led him to a successful career as a machinist for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, where his inventions led to several patents. He is survived by three daughters, Robin Newton and partner Timothy Lee of Burlington, LeeAnn Hartman of Burlington, and Wendy Madigan and husband David of Canton; three grandchildren: Rebecca and Colin Madigan, and Alissa Hartman; three sisters: Clare Newton, Helen (Newton) Beatty and Andrea (Newton) Portnoy and husband Kenneth; one sister-in-law: Charlotte (Gilchrist) Zubik and husband Daniel; nieces: Kim, Nance, Linda, Irene, and Elizabeth; and nephews: Daniel and James. He was predeceased by his son-in-law Thomas Hartman. The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all who helped so much this past year: Doctors Clerkin and Maresh and their wonderful staff, Dr. Schauer and staff, everyone at Apple Rehab Center in Avon, and Amy’s Angel’s. His warmth and unique sense of humor will be deeply missed by everyone. There will be no calling hours and services will be private. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
Irene (Josefiak) Jacowitz, 88, of New Britain, widow of Joseph J. Jacowitz, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 25th, 2011. Born in New Britain, April 5th, 1922, daughter of the late William and Josephina (Golembieska) Josefiak, she was a lifelong town resident. Prior to retiring, Irene was the Manager of Cousins Bakery in New Britain and was a longtime communicant at St. Francis of Assisi Church in New Britain. She is survived by her daughter Janet E. Ring of New Britain and her two grandsons, Jeremy J. Simms of New Britain and Joshua T. Simms of Hamden. She was predeceased by her daughter Susan Jacowitz Simms. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (Mar. 5) at 9:30am in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1755 Stanley St., New Britain. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1755 Stanley St., New Britain, CT 06053. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
Mary Isabel (Schorer) Cake, 97, of Farmington, passed away at her home after a brief illness on Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 in the presence of family and friends. Known simply as “MI” to her family and friends, she was born in 1913 to Arno Robert Schorer and Vera Lay Schorer, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was the elder sister of Susan and Peggy. MI is survived by her son Stephen, grandson Carlos Miguel Cake, by her daughter Deborah, her sister Susan, nephews Jeffrey Barry, Charles Toll, and Shanti Toll, niece Barbara Hallion, many, many grand nieces, nephews, friends, her caregiver Wes and by her cat “Grandchild”. MI graduated from Swarthmore College in 1935 with a Bachelor of Arts with honors in history. She married Walter Cake in 1938 and after WWII moved to Farmington to be close to Walter’s work as an aeronautical engineer at Pratt & Whitney. They had three children, Stephen, Deborah, and Henry Edward. MI spent summers at Yelping Hill, in West Cornwall. It is a simple woodland retreat and was a playground for her young children. It continued to offer opportunity for friendly intellectual and natural exploration throughout her life. The spirit of intellectual inquiry permeated many of MI’s pursuits: she was a member of the League of Women Voters, a docent at the Wadsworth Atheneum, a subscriber to the symphony and theater, a member of a spirituality group, two book groups, the Farmington Garden Club, the Friends of the Farmington Library, and various organizations concerned the welfare of children, justice and peace. However, she was never just a passive supporter of these concerns. One of the great themes of MI’s life was advocacy for children and families. When her children were grown she got a Masters Degree in Marital and Family Therapy and practiced at the Sheldon Child Guidance Clinic in New Britain for more than twenty years. She was a member of the Advisory Council to the State Board of Mental Health and its steering committee. She was also a member of the Task Force on Financing Non-Institutional Care. Additionally, for many years MI was the liaison between her church and the Christian Activities Council of Hartford where she championed “Adventures in the City”, a summer camp for Hartford inner-city youth. As a member of Third Age, a senior task force, she helped to design a student-to-student reading program. MI loved art. For many years she and her mother would rendezvous in New York City to go to museums and the theater. In the late 1960’s she even designed short art appreciation presentations that she took to Farmington elementary schools. Among other activities she trained to become a docent at Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum in 1972. (She also liked word play and was amused at being called a “decent docent”.) Significantly, at the age of 72 MI began study at the Hartford Art School. Through her study she became interested in making photo collages, a process of merging disconnected images into a new compelling whole. She had numerous group and solo exhibitions and continued to make and show collages throughout her life. One of her greatest works of art was her flower garden: an exuberant collage of color, shape and texture. She brought this same compassionate intensity to all those who knew her well. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, January 30th, 2011 at 2:00pm in the Porter Memorial immediately adjacent to the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032, 860-677-2601. A social gathering will take place immediately following the service. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
Beverly A. Harrigan , 76, of Farmington, died Friday, January 21, 2011 in Farmington. She was born in Torrington, on November 20, 1934, daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Strobak) Sweykoski. Beverly was predeceased by her husband, the love of her life, Edward J. Harrigan. Beverly grew up in Torrington and graduated from Torrington High School, Class of 1952. She was previously employed for 33 years as a waitress at the Fernwood Restaurant in Elmwood. While living in Brookline, MA Beverly volunteered at Boston’s Children Hospital. She also was a volunteer, along with Ed, at the Wolcott Hall in Torrington. In addition to her husband, Beverly was also predeceased by 2 brothers, William and Raymond Sweykoski and a sister Dorothy (Sweykoski) Trafidlo. She is survived by brother-in-law Frank Trafidlo of Torrington, sister-in-law Barbara Wleklinski of Chicago, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many great friends. A Remembrance Mass will be held Saturday, February 5 at 11:00 am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Main St., Unionville. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
Nancy A. Goslee, 73, of Hartford, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 19, 2011. Born in Hartford May 14, 1937, daughter of the late Stephan Seiler and Evelyn (Larson) McCann. She is survived by her five children, Kathleen Goslee, Richard Goslee, Suzanne Johns, Patricia Goslee, and Michael Goslee, her brother Donald Seiler, her two sisters Joan Eckel and Mary Pinto, 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday (Jan. 31) at 9:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook Street Rocky Hill, CT 06067.
Dorothy (McMahon) Bauer, of Unionville, widow of Ralph Bauer, passed away peacefully Tuesday (January 18, 2011). Born in New Britain, June 1st, 1923, daughter of the late Frank and Emily (Cookson) McMahon. She is survived by her three daughters, Jean Marston, Carol Martus and Phyllis Berger, her son John Bauer and four grandchildren. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tunxis Hose Co. #1, P.O. Box 215, Unionville, CT 06085 or the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
Bernice Marie Grossi, 85, of Farmington, wife of Frank L. Grossi, passed away peacefully Monday, (January 17, 2011). Born in York, PA, June 6, 1925, daughter of the late Ruben and Ursula (Golden) Forman. The Forman family moved from York, PA to Farmington in 1941 where Bernice attended and graduated from the Farmington school system, she and her husband resided in Farmington and raised their children there. Besides her husband of 66 years, she is survived by her daughter Pamela Landry and her husband Robert of Athol, MA, her son Michael Grossi and his wife Carol of Plainville, her brother Edmund Forman of West Hartford, two grandsons Michael Grossi Jr., and Stephen Grossi and four great-granddaughters Isabella and Angelina and Sydney and Remi. She was recently predeceased by her sister Ruth E. Johansen. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Jan. 22) from 12-1 p.m. followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 1 p.m.