H. Ernie Hein, 80, of Farmington, husband of the late Barbara (Neske) Hein, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 27th. Born in Farmington, July 12th, 1930, son of the late Adolf and Augusta (Weber) Hein, he resided in town all his life. Prior to retiring, Ernie was employed by The Town of Farmington in the Highway Department for 25 years and was the owner and proprietor of the Hein Farm on Meadow Road in Farmington. Ernie had a great love and sincere appreciation for his family and “the farm.” He is survived by his three children and their spouses; David E. and Martha K. Hein of Unionville, Sally A. and William J. White of Farmington, Timothy J. and Julie B. Hein of Farmington, his brother Harold Hein and his wife Peggy of Farmington, two sisters, Edna Wacker of Burlington and Alice Strong and her husband Jim of Farmington, and his six beloved grandchildren, Jessica and Bethany Hein, Amanda and Heather White, and Robin and James Hein. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville TODAY from 3:00-7:00pm. Funeral services will be held Wednesday (Mar. 2) at 10:30am in The Ahern Funeral Home followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492 or to the Farmington River Watershed Association, 749 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT 06070.
Myra (Wilson) Jones, just shy of her 93rd birthday, died peacefully at home at River Ridge in Avon, Connecticut on Sunday February 27th. She leaves her loving and devoted husband, E. Paul Jones, of 68 years, her brother Thomas Wilson and his wife Allie, her children Donald, Janice, and Thomas, daughter-in-law Leslie, ex-daughter-in law Suzanne, her grandchildren, Michael, Wendy, Daniel, Gregory and Carrie (spread out all over the country), as well as nieces and nephews and their ever growing families. Myra was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated as a music major from Temple University in 1940. She pursued her two passions of music and flower gardening throughout her life. She always had a lovely flower garden where ever she lived: from Bayside, Queens to Livingston, New Jersey to Monroe, Connecticut. She taught piano privately for over fifty years! She sang in the Livingston Community Chorus, was an active member/occasional director of the Monroe Congregational Church choir, and in her sixties took up the violin to play in the Sacred Heart University Community Orchestra in Fairfield, Connecticut. Myra was a founding member of the Monroe, Connecticut Arts Council. With Paul as her partner, she enjoyed square dancing for many, many years as well as her weekly bridge games with friends in Monroe. Myra enjoyed travel, both in the U.S. and abroad. Driving in Great Britain was especially exciting. We will always remember Myra for her optimistic approach to life. She has said many times, “I had a good life”. A Memorial Service will be held Friday (Mar. 4) at 12:00pm in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville. Burial was private for the family. Donations may be made in honor of Myra to the Temple University Esther Boyer College of Music. (Tara Webb-Duey, Assistant Director of Development, TASB, 1852 N. 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Robert Peacock, of Dunedin FL, died peacefully on February 25, 2011. He was born on October 7, 1921 to George and Eileen (Stead) Peacock in Green River, WY. His family moved many times for his father’s ministry assignments, but Robert considered Vernon and Tolland, CT to be home. Robert leaves his loving wife Florence (Grant), also of Dunedin, their daughter and son-in-law Susan and Allen Mitchell of Burlington, CT, and a niece, Margaret Corey, and her family, of Earlville, NY. He was predeceased by his sister Eileen Trafton. Robert and Florence met and married while working in civilian roles at Westover Air Force Base (MA) during WWII. They helped to build, and worked at, Limestone (later Loring) Air Force Base in Maine. A 33-year employee of Pratt & Whitney, Robert began as an experimental sheet metal worker, before joining the fuel cell division that supported the Apollo program. Robert and Florence enjoyed camping and square dancing, especially during their retirement years in Florida. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday (May. 7) at 10:30am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Main St., Unionville. The family is grateful to the staff of Manor Care at Dunedin for the outstanding care provided to Robert, and for the thoughtfulness they afforded each of us. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.
William Brian Lindau, 55, of Unionville, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family Wednesday, February 23, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer. Bill was born on August 21, 1955, son of the late Bror A. Lindau Jr., and Patricia A. (O’Brien) Lindau. Bill spent most of his life in Unionville. He will be sadly missed by his siblings, brother Bror Lindau III and wife Pam of Riverton, sister Kristine Cosgrove and husband Mike of Burlington, and sister Tricia Benney and husband Chris of East Longmeadow, MA, as well as nephews and a niece and a special aunt, Jackie Lindau of Florida. A private memorial will be held at the Ahern Funeral Home in Unionville. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Amberwoods nursing home in Farmington for their wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Bill’s name to: Fish Inc., 332 South Main St., Torrington, CT 06790.
Karen Lee Fetzer-Donahue, 33, of Burlington and Bristol, beloved daughter of George Fetzer and Terese France, passed away suddenly Sunday, February 20, 2011. Karen graduated from Lewis S. Mills High School and attended Tunxis Community College and Lyndon State College. Karen was an active member of the Congregational Church of Burlington where she proudly taught Sunday School. She had a great love for children and animals and a lifelong dream of running an animal rescue. Karen brought love and joy to all who knew her. She is survived by her husband John Donahue, his mother Dawn, her brother-in-law Paul and family. She also leaves her father George Fetzer and his friend Paulette Evans, her mother and stepfather Terese and Daniel France, her brother and sister-in-law Chris and Dawn Fetzer and their children whom she loved dearly, her sisters Amanda and Taylor Fetzer and their mother Diana and her grandmother Ethel Norton of Bristol. She also leaves her cousins, many friends and extended family who will miss her dearly. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Feb. 24) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral Services will be held Friday (Feb. 25) at 12:00pm in the Congregational Church of Burlington, 268 Spielman Highway, Burlington with Rev. Wendell Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Center Cemetery, Burlington. In honor of Karen’s great love for animals, contributions in her memory may be made to an organization dedicated to the well-being of animals.
Joseph Gary Cappuccio, a lifelong resident of Farmington, died on February 11, 2011 following an extended illness. We, his family, are certain that when he left this world, he was greeted and embraced by his mother, Jacquelyn Strever Warner and step-father, Robert Warner and we hope that they continue to watch over us on earth and comfort us with our memories during our time of sadness. While working at The Gables in Farmington, Joe met and fell in love with Martha Kozaryn and they were married. During their years together, Joe and Martha shared many happy times vacationing and visiting Misquamicut beach in Rhode Island. It is because of those special memories that he requested to return there at the end of his life’s journey. He was immensely proud of his children and granddaughters. He is survived by Kari Corridori and her husband Matt and their daughters Makaila, Sydney and Jillian of Millbury, MA; Tiffani Demeusy and her husband David and their daughter Jordan of Tolland; and Ryan Cappuccio and his dog Hank (which gave great joy to Joe) of Farmington. Joe is also survived by his brothers and sister, Guy and Bonnie Cappuccio of Avon Park, FL; David and Mona Cappuccio of Newington; Samantha and Glenn Miller of North Hampton, NH; Robert and Janice Warner of Estero, FL; Seth and Shirley Warner of Tolland, MA, Joseph M. Cappuccio of Sarasota, FL and Ginny Cappuccio, along with several nieces and nephews and his stepchildren Raymond Kozaryn; Todd Kozaryn and his wife Jamie; and Kelli Kozaryn. He will be remembered for his quick wit and practical jokes that he played on all of us. Joe was an avid sports enthusiast. He shared his love for his favorite teams the NY Giants, Yankees, Notre Dame, UConn Basketball and the Boston Celtics. Joe shared the weekly stats with his brother David and close family friend, Jim Migliore, where they met every Sunday at the Main Street Diner in Plainville for the past fifteen years. Joe proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and will be honored with military honors at his Memorial Service on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 between the hours of 3-6pm at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff and doctors of John Dempsey Hospital and Connecticut Hospice Incorporated for their care and support during these past few months.
Dolores L. Saavedra, 67, of Canton, passed away Wednesday, February 9th, 2011. Born in Middletown, July 30th, 1943, daughter of M. Lorraine (Vaine) Douglass of Farmington and the late William H. Douglass. Besides her mother, Dolores is survived by her two children, Mary G. Reed and Rodney Frey of New Britain, and Adam D. Reed and Kimberley Hensley of Leslie, MI, her two grandchildren, Arianna Hope Frey and Annaston Jo Reed, her sisters Mary D. Lloyd of Hackettstown, NJ, Claire D’Appollonio and her husband William of Scotland, CT, and Ann Wambolt and her husband Michael of Enfield, her niece Stacy D’Appollonio of Plainville, her nephew Jason D’Appollonio of Scotland, CT and several cousins. She was predeceased by an infant son, Richard Anthony Reed. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Feb. 14) from 10:00am – 12:00pm followed by Funeral Services in the funeral home at 12:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The House of Bread, Inc., 1453 Main Street Hartford, CT 06120.
Frank J. Lipski, 92, of Farmington, husband of the late Annabelle (Simon) Lipski, passed away peacefully Wed., Feb. 9th. Born in New Britain, March 17th, 1918, son of the late John and Catherine (Bysiewicz) Lipski, he resided in Farmington for 70 years. Prior to retiring, he was an Engineer at Pratt and Whitney /UTC for over 35 years. Frank was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington, a United States Navy veteran of World War II and was a member of the K of C Uncas Council #32 in Unionville. He is survived by two sons, Peter Lipski of Farmington, James Lipski of Bristol and his daughter Marie Lipski and her husband Ken Barillaro of Kensington. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Feb. 13) from 5:00-6:00pm followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 6:00pm. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Farmington Food Pantry, 75 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032.
Dana E. Warren, of Vero Beach, FL and Avon, CT, died peacefully Sunday morning, February 6th. Born July 24, 1929, in Portland, ME, son of the late Carroll R. and Ida (Ingerson) Warren. Dana was predeceased by his loving wife of 48 years, Beth Elaine (Chick) Warren, as well as his brother Richard Warren and his sister Beverly (Warren) Burke. Dana is survived by his devoted children, Marc Warren and his partner, Ms. Karie Parker, Dana E. Warren Jr., Christopher Warren and his wife Linette Branham, and Alison (Abby) Warren. He will be greatly missed by his five grandchildren, Melissa Warren, Samantha Redlund, Andrew Redlund, Dana E. Warren III (Trip), and Katherine Warren. He also leaves behind his wife, Jean Armstrong Warren of Vero Beach who enriched his life for the past five years. Dana was a 1952 graduate of the University of Maine at Orono, served two years in the Army during the Korean Conflict, and maintained a long and productive career as a financial and estate planner in the insurance industry retiring from Travelers Insurance Company in 1989. He was an enthusiastic and accomplished skier, tennis player and golfer, and enjoyed the company of his many friends at the Gorham Country Club, the Golf Club of Avon, and the Grand Harbor Club in Vero Beach. Dana also maintained close ties with his childhood home and family at Sebago Lake, Maine. The family is thankful to the staff at Brookdale Place in West Hartford and especially his personal companions Frances, Felicia, Mass, Kerryann, and Musa. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Feb. 11) from 3:00-5:00pm followed by a Memorial Prayer Service in the funeral home at 5:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central CT Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 (www.alz.org/ct).
Lois Fincke Pardue, 80, former organist at West Avon Congregational Church, died Saturday morning, February 5th. Mrs. Pardue served as organist from 1995-2010, when her illness (cancer) forced her to resign. Mrs. Pardue graduated from Eastman School of Music in 1953 with a dual degree in organ and piano, and studied in France under legendary organist André Marchal. She was Assistant to the University Organist at Harvard University (1958-1964), and organist at First Baptist Church, Bloomington, Indiana (1973-1995). She worked at the Indiana University School of Music where she accompanied or collaborated with such talents as Sylvia McNair, Joshua Bell, Marilyn Keiser, and Peter Richard Conte. In the last few years, Mrs. Pardue restarted her long-dormant concert organ career, including a well-received concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal, Willimantic where she reprised works she had played fifty years before at Harvard. She returned to Harvard in December 2008 to perform a prelude for the memorial service of conductor John Ferris. Mrs. Pardue was a resident of Farmington Woods in Avon. She is survived by her son David, her daughter Laura, and her sisters Gail and Irma. There are no services, and Mrs. Pardue will be interred with her husband Peter Pardue in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.