John J. O’Toole, 83, of Rocky Hill and formerly of Hartford and Wethersfield, died Friday, December 30, 2011 at Apple Rehab, Rocky Hill. Born in Hartford on August 28, 1928, John was the youngest son of the late James and Mary (Kelly) O’Toole. John worked for many years for Finast Supermarkets. John was married to Mary (Whalen) O’Toole for 42 years, who predeceased him in 1997. He is survived by his sister-in-law Alice (Wade) O’Toole; two nephews, Michael J. O’Toole and Martin L. O’Toole; five nieces, Mary Beth Brown, Kathleen Jones, Joan Ferwerda, Peggy Filloramo and Carole O’Toole-Zitelman. He also leave his devoted friend Julie Kozlowski, and many cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his two brothers, James (Jay) O’Toole and Martin (Marty) O’Toole. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Tuesday (Jan. 3) from 8:30-9:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 9:30am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, 140 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, where John was baptized and married at 10:00am. Burial will be in the family plot at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111 in John’s memory.
Robert W. Benevich, 53, of Waterbury, passed away Monday, December 26th at his home. Born in New Haven, April 21, 1958, son of the late Robert and Anita (Ragozzino) Benevich. He is survived by his three sons, Robert L. Benevich, Anthony W. Benevich and Michael J. Benevich all of East Haven and his sister, Lisa Benevich Iaquessa of New Haven. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (Dec. 31) at 10:00am in St. Clare Parish, 234 Coe Ave., East Haven.
Chun Fang He, 103, of Unionville, husband of the late Ting-Jun Huang, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 28th. Born in Lixian, Hebei, China, son of the late Rui Lin He and Huan Zhan, he resided in the United States since 1991. Prior to retiring Chun was a Civil Engineer. He is survived by his three children, Thomas He of Unionville, Christa He of California, Ken He of California, four grandchildren, Daniel, Fred, Tina and Ming and five great grandchildren, Jeremiah, Jonathan, Katie, Anne and Noah. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Dec. 31) from 2:00-3:00pm followed by a Prayer Service in The Ahern Funeral Home at 3:00pm.
William J. Jadovich, 68, of New Hartford, passed away Tuesday, (December 27). Born in Avon, May 31, 1943, son of the late John and Katherine (Babic) Jadovich. William was a Heavy Equipment Operator for Atlantic Pipe Company, a division of White Oak Corporation and a member of Operating Engineers Local #611. He was a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War. William is survived by his daughter Kimberly A. MacDonald of Torrington, his son Jeffrey W. Jadovich and his wife Tammy of Nevada, IA; and two grandchildren, Katherine MacDonald and Justin Jadovich. He was predeceased by his brother, Edward Jadovich and his sister, Barbara J. Bombara.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville TODAY from 6-8 p.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (Dec. 30) at 9:15 a.m. followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Ann, Avon at 10 a.m. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon.
Miss Ethel May Austin, age 96, died Tuesday, December 27th. A resident of Hartford since 1943 she was the only child of Stephen Francis Austin, Jr. and Anna Charlotte Kathmeyer Austin. Born in New York City, March 11, 1915, she was a resident of Armsmear, 70 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford since 1999. Most currently, she resided at Valerie Manor in Torrington. Originally trained as a Dental Hygienist she changed careers several times. Employed as a Catalog Order Store Manager for Montgomery Ward during the early part of World War II, she returned to the New York area and joined W.T. Grant Co. as a personnel supervisor in Bridgeport. She was transferred to the Hartford store in 1943 when they were having difficulty getting employees during the war. She left there to become an assistant buyer in G. Fox and Co. While there she became a retail teacher for the state, teaching retail employees basic retail subjects in evening classes. In time she moved over to Albert Steiger and Co. as a buyer and later went into business for herself in Meriden. It became a time when retailers were moving out of towns to malls and downtown Meriden suffered severe retail depression, chain stores closed and moved and International Silver with 400 employees moved up to a new factory. A few months later a ten story rabbit warren of offices and service businesses burned down. Miss Austin returned to Hartford and changed careers to insurance. She retired from Travelers in 1979. With rising rentals she sought a part-time position for two days a week, and then moved to Salvation Army Senior Center where she became their Benefits Advocate for four days a week. She retired from there in 2000 after 17 years. Ethel has always been active in community and civic affairs as an active member of committees, and boards, using her knowledge of seniors’ needs to further city and state benefits. She served several years on the Hartford Commission on Aging and was appointed to the State Commission on Aging by Governor Lowell Weicker. When her first term was up she was reappointed by Governor John G. Rowland. Under the commission’s rules a member can only serve two terms and so she was retired in 2001. Miss Austin received many awards for her work with seniors and the community and for twenty five years had written a weekly column, Senior Scene, for the Hartford News (originally Southside News). During the 1990’s at the request of the Hartford Courant she also wrote a column for seniors on the Neighborhoods Page until the page was discontinued in January 2002. She has hosted a TV show, also called Senior Scene, on Hartford Access Channel V for several years. She was a founder in 1974 of Farmington Valley Chapter, Sweet Adelines and a member until May 2002. Miss Austin is survived by her first cousin Priscilla G. Cobb of Natick, MA; by her first cousin once removed David Austin Sayre and his wife Karen of Leesburg, FL, and her Godchild, Sharon L. Cann. She also leaves very close friends Barbara and Philip West and their family of Simsbury and Old Lyme, as well as the Ebner family of Harwinton. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Her ashes will be interred in Trinity’s Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06105 where she was a member or to the Colt Circle at Armsmear, 80 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford, CT 06114, to be used to keep flowers blooming in the gardens.
Anne “Nancy” Coffey, 88, of Hartford, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 21st. Born September 12th, 1923 in Hartford, daughter of the late Frank T. and Mary (Loughnane) Coffey, she resided in Hartford all of her life. Nancy was a graduate of the American School of Banking. Prior to retiring she served as Vice President and Treasurer at Connecticut Bank and Trust in Hartford for over 40 years. Nancy was a longtime active communicant at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford where she served the Cathedral in many capacities, including the parish council, CCD instructor, was a lector and served on the parish prayer shawl ministry. Nancy also volunteered for over 17 years at St. Mary Home in West Hartford. Nancy traveled extensively, was an avid reader and her large family was the love of her life. Nancy is survived by her two sisters, Sr. Marie Coffey RSM of West Hartford and Jean C. Gronda and her husband John of Manchester, her brother-in-law John J. Joy Sr., of Vernon, her sister-in-law Kathleen Coffey of Simsbury, her beloved nieces and nephews, Kathleen, Thomas, Bernard, James, Mary, Margaret and Dan Coffey; Marie, Jack, Tim, Michael, and Elizabeth Casey; John, Michael, Dennis, Terri and Edward Joy; Elizabeth, Stephen, Richard, Teresa, Patricia and Robert Gronda. She was predeceased by her three sisters, Marjorie C. Joy, Eileen Coffey and Elizabeth Casey, her two brothers, Frank Coffey and Edward Coffey and her nephew David Casey. Relatives and friends may call at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Tuesday (Dec. 27) from 9:00-10:30am. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Tuesday at 10:30am in the Cathedral of St. Joseph followed by burial in the family plot at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105 or to the Sisters of Mercy Retirement Fund, 55 East Cedar Street, Newington, CT 06111.
Eleanor Slimmon Gadd of Bloomfield, and Chilmark, MA, died Friday, December 16 at Duncaster Retirement Community in Bloomfield, at the age of 90. She was born at home on Elizabeth St., Hartford, on August 4, 1921 to Beatrice Dunham and James Barnett Slimmon. She and her two brothers Bob and Jim enjoyed a magical upbringing on ‘the block’ (now the site of St. Francis Hospital) in Hartford where they were surrounded by aunts, uncles, and cousins. She attended Oxford School in Hartford from preschool through 12th grade where she made many life long friends. She attended Wellesley College and was a graduate of Connecticut College for Women in 1943. Eleanor taught nursery school before marrying Frank Willis Gadd, also of Hartford, in 1948. They raised three daughters in West Hartford, and summered in Chilmark starting in 1954. Eleanor loved the simple pleasures of the Vineyard summer and especially loved fishing off the Up-Island north and south shore beaches, clamming in Menemsha pond, playing tennis, joining her pals on the Abel’s Hill beach, and tending the vegetables, flowers, and cantaloupes in her garden. The Vineyard was her special and most favorite place to be. Eleanor was predeceased by her parents, her brother Robert, and her husband Frank. She is survived by her daughters; Emily B. Gadd of Bozeman, MT and Chilmark, Carol P. Gadd of Newington, and Chilmark, and Frances G. Demers, her son-in-law Philip J. and her two grandsons, Daniel G. and John W., all of Chilmark. Her brother James B. Slimmon of Bloomfield also survives as well as numerous nieces and nephews. There will be a reception at 10:00 Thursday December 29 in the meeting room at Duncaster and a graveside service at Abel’s Hill Cemetery at the end of June (date to be determined). Donations may be made to the Vineyard Conservation Society, PO Box 2189 Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or a Hospice of your choice.
Mary D. (Cartonio) Amato, 88, of Burlington, beloved widow of the late Philip Anthony Amato, passed away peacefully Friday December 16th surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born in Portland, ME on October 10, 1923 daughter of the late Raphael Cartonio and Felicia (Pasquarelli) Cartonio. Mary is survived by her cherished family, her five children: Vincent Amato and his fiancé Cynthia of Vernon, Philip Amato and his wife Aleta of Farmington, Felicia Farnham and her husband Joseph of Unionville, Mariann Amato Emam and her husband Manny of Farmington, and Neal Amato and girlfriend Gloria Grant of Burlington, her special nephew Fred Russo and his wife Donna of Forestville, one sister, Anna Russo of Portland, ME, as well as 8 dear grandchildren David, Michelle, Philip Anthony, Stephanie, Jennifer, PJ, Neal’s two daughters, Gabrielle and Emily with whom she resided, 9 great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Phyllis Russo and her daughter-in-law Lese Grant Amato. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Unionville on Wednesday (Dec 21) from 4-8pm. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:30am in The Ahern Funeral Home. Burial will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers memorial, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Robert E. Randall, 74, of West Hartford, beloved husband of Blanche (Dinsmore) Randall, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, December 15th. Born in Eddington, ME, March 6, 1937, son of the late Leo E. Randall and Phyllis (Hamilton) Randall. Prior to retiring, he was a CNC machinist for Windsor Manufacturing for 20 years and previously worked at Arrow Tool Co. in Newington for 20 years. He was a communicant at the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle in West Hartford, member of the West Hartford Squires Club, a United States Air Force Veteran, a member of the Knights of Columbus council #3600, and a 4th degree member of Assembly #3000. He loved spending summers at Pushaw Lake, especially with his brother Wendall and was an avid fan of the Patriots, the Red Sox, and UCONN Girls Basketball. Besides his beloved wife, he is survived by seven children: Catherine J. Welch and her husband James of West Hartford, Laurie J. Fearon and her husband Brian V. of Manchester, Arlene J. Reardon (recently widowed by Edward Reardon) of Bloomfield, Theresa M. Hooper of Simsbury, Christopher R. Randall and his wife Lynne C. of West Hartford, Cynthia J. Campbell and her husband Steven L. of Windsor Locks, Dawn M. Thalman and her husband Gene of Hartford, two brothers: Wendall H. Randall and his wife Charlene and Donald Randall and his wife Betty, all of Bangor, ME, three sisters: Marilyn Hill of Corinth, ME, Virginia Bragdon of Hallowell, ME, and Carol Munson and her husband Carroll of Brewer, ME as well as 19 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Monday (Dec. 19) from 4-8pm. A funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Tuesday (Dec. 20) at 9:15 followed by a funeral liturgy at the Church of St. Thomas of the Apostle in West Hartford at 10am. Burial will follow at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Contributions may be made to the Church of St. Thomas of the Apostle, 872 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, 06119
Rita (Kelly) Grimes of Perry Street, Unionville, died peacefully on December 14, 2011, after a long illness. She was 89 years old. Born October 5, 1922 to Mary V. Diskin and Michael J. Kelly, in Cumberland RI, Rita was raised in Pawtucket, RI and vacationed summers with her family on Block Island. It was there she met her husband George Grimes and there they started their family. They moved to Unionville in 1954. A loving mother, she leaves her children Michael Grimes and his wife Debbie Fay, Jane Kelly Grimes, James Grimes, Rita Marie Grimes, Mary Grimes and her partner Dawn McGowan, and John Grimes, grandchildren Jennifer Twible, Moustapha Amer, Abdo and Tina Amer, Laela Portal, Jesse and Julian Grimes, Jacqueline, Mackenzie, and Charles Fay, and great grandchildren Gavin, Grace, Michael and Sarah Amer, John, Ashley Marie and Daniel Portal, and their father John, and loving family in RI. Rita was dearly loved by friends she made throughout her life. In addition to raising 6 children, Rita held many interesting jobs. She retired from the Farmington Police Department in 1986, after working there for 15 years. Rita was predeceased by her seven brothers and sisters, husband George Grimes and son Gregory. Funeral services and burial will be private on Block Island.