Robinson, Wright & Weymer

Family owned and operated, the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home has been serving the Shore and River communities of Middlesex County since 1894. Today, we continue the tradition of compassion, personal attention, detail, and professional services that was started more than 100 years ago.

From the moment you enter our facility it is evident that we are dedicated and focused on meeting the needs of the family, through delivering our core values:
Respect Integrity Service Excellence

We know that our success depends on our ability to provide our families with a positive and meaningful experience while helping them honor and celebrate the life of their loved one.


Our Obituaries

Janet M. Hess (McDonald) "Jan" Crozier

January 27, 1944 - June 26, 2017

Janet M. Hess Crozier (McDonald), 73 of Old Saybrook, former Acton Public Library Director, passed away at Middlesex Hospice on June 26, 2017. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 27, 1944, daughter of the late John J. and Ruth E. (Loring) McDonald. Jan was employed at the Acton Public Library for over 34 years. She served as director from 1992-2010. She served the Old Saybrook...
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Susan Ellen Greenberg

January 10, 1961 - June 25, 2017

Susan Ellen Greenberg, 55, beloved mother of Sydney and Rylan, passed away at Hartford Hospital on June 25th from medical complications while battling breast cancer. She was born in Castro Valley, CA and grew up in Manchester, CT where she graduated from Manchester High School. She later moved to Brooklyn, N.Y. to attend college, then to Manhattan, and presently resided in Rocky Hill, CT. She...
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Robert W. Pratt, IV

March 11, 1931 - June 12, 2017

Robert W. Pratt, IV of Essex, Connecticut passed away peacefully on June 12. He was 86. Bob, son of the late Robert W. Pratt, III and Caroline R. White was raised in Warwick Neck, Rhode Island where he acquired a lifelong love of sailing. He attended the Moses Brown School until he moved with his family to San Antonio, Texas following his junior year in high school. He graduated from the...
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Alan D. Spargo

July 22, 1933 - June 8, 2017

Alan David Spargo, 83, longtime resident of Old Saybrook, died June 8, 2017 at Apple Rehabilitation in Old Saybrook. Loving husband of Barbara (Belgrade) Spargo. Al was born in New Haven son of the late William J. & Elizabeth (Dugan) Spargo. Al graduated from West Haven High School, received his BA degree from the University of New Haven, his MBA from Rensselaer Institute and his JD from...
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Ronald R. Baldi

April 5, 1938 - June 8, 2017

Ronald R. Baldi 79, of Old Saybrook passed away after a brief illness at Yale- New Haven Hospital on June 8, 2017 He was born in Hartford, April 5, 1938, son of the late Raymond J. Baldi and Yolanda (Gabianelli) Baldi ,he leaves behind several cousins, family and many friends. Ron graduated Old Saybrook High School in 1956, he worked as a union mason for several years before becoming Highway...
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John H. McNally

April 1, 1928 - June 4, 2017

John H. McNally, age 89, a longtime resident of Chester passed away on Sunday evening, June 4, 2017 at The Connecticut Hospice in Branford. John was the beloved husband of Lorraine (Hall) McNally. He was born in Ellington, Connecticut on April 1, 1928 the son of the late Francis E. and Rose (Hellandbrand) McNally. John had been a resident of Chester for the last 60 years and prior to that he had...
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William Kent "Bill" Healy

July 5, 1930 - May 31, 2017

William Kent "Bill" Healy, 86, died on May 31, 2017 in Essex, Connecticut. Born and raised in New Haven, CT, he was the son of Ruth Allen Healy and Kent Tenney Healy. Bill lived in Connecticut for most of his life, as well as on Block Island, Rhode Island. He was educated at the Foote School, the Loomis School and Cheshire Academy, before earning his BA from Yale in 1952; and served in the US...
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Stanley Van Vliet "Van" Lyman

August 21, 1925 - May 27, 2017

Stanley Van Vliet Lyman, 91, of Essex, formerly a resident of Old Lyme and Basking Ridge, NJ, passed away on May 27th at Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, CT. of complications from a fall. "Van", to all who knew him, was born on August 21, 1925 in Westfield, NJ, the son of the late Guy Stevens Lyman and Janet Cornwall Van Vliet. He was a direct descendent of Richard Lyman, one of the first settlers...
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E. Peter Schellens

May 9, 1922 - May 26, 2017

E. Peter Schellens passed away peacefully on May 26th at his home, South Cove Farm, in Essex, CT. He had celebrated his 95th birthday on May 9th. Born in 1922 in Montreal, Canada to Eugene Levering and Dorothy MacClenathan Schellens, Pete grew up in Ridgewood, NJ and attended Riverdale Country Day School in New York. He received his B.S. degree in Naval Architecture from the University of...
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John C. Aronson

September 18, 1963 - May 26, 2017

John C. Aronson, 53 , of Higganum died unexpectedly May 26, 2017 at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. Beloved husband of Lisa (Allan) Aronson and devoted and loving father to both Reagan & Delaney Aronson. John was born in Middletown, son of the late Walter R. & Sara (White) Aronson. John is also survived by his sister Karen van der Horst (Robert) of Old Saybrook, his brother Robert (Yasmin)...
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Christopher Scott Winkler

May 25, 2017

Christopher S. Winkler, age 49, passed away on May 25, 2017 at home after a brief illness. Chris was a graduate of Saint Johnsbury Academy, followed by attending Wentworth Institute. He then joined the U.S. Marine Corp and studied Aircraft Flight Mechanics. Chris was a combat veteran of Iraq and Somalia military actions. He was a proud Marine and served with distinction, receiving a special...
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Delores E. "Dodie" Holland

May 24, 2017

Delores E. "Dodie" Holland, formerly of Torrington and Essex, died peacefully at Aaron Manor in Chester of natural causes on May 24, 2017. Delores graduated from Torrington High School and was an avid tennis player earning many trophies. As a young women she worked at Veribest, a well known ice cream parlor owned by her father, located at 1 Main Street, Torrington, until it was swept away by the...
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John C. Greene

December 22, 1919 - May 23, 2017

John C. Greene, age 97, passed away at The Saybrook at Haddam on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 where he had been a resident for the past three years. John was the beloved husband of Elizabeth A. "Betty" (Morley) Greene, they were married at Westover Field on October 21, 1944. Betty predeceased John on December 16, 2010. He was born on December 22, 1919 in Fall River, Massachusetts the son of John S. and...
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Harvey Edward Redak

October 3, 1938 - May 22, 2017

Harvey Edward Redak, 78, of Vero Beach, FL and Chester, CT, formerly of West Hartford, CT, died after a long courageous battle with cancer on Monday (May 22, 2017) at his home in Chester. He leaves to mourn his death and treasure the many loving memories his wife, Justine Tobis, his brother Daniel G. Redak of Old Saybrook, his nieces and nephews and his many cousins around the world. He was...
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Frederick V. Carnevale

July 29, 1932 - May 18, 2017

Frederick Victor Carnevale, age 84, passed away peacefully at Essex Meadows on May 18, 2017 following a short illness. Fred was born July 29, 1932 to Vito and Carmela (Traverso) Carnevale of Methuen, Massachusetts. Fred attended Edward F. Searles High School where he met his beloved wife Jane (Lavin), whom he married in 1953. Fred was extremely proud of having served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to...
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George Lawrence Moore Rambeau

June 19, 1937 - May 16, 2017

George Lawrence Moore Rambeau, loving husband of Nancy McCarthy Rambeau, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 19th, 1937, the first son and second child of Lawrence Decatur Rambeau and Elizabeth Spencer Sheetz Rambeau. He died at home on 16 May 2017 after an illness of some length in Ivoryton, Connecticut where he had lived for many years. Mr. Rambeau attended the public schools in...
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Estelle L. Leitner

August 11, 1922 - May 16, 2017

Estelle I. Leitner, age 94, of Westbrook passed away on Tuesday morning May 16, 2017 at The Water's Edge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Middletown. She was the beloved wife of the late John Leitner who predeceased her on March 14, 2009. Estelle was born in Deep River on August 11, 1922 the daughter of Fred and Sybil (Jones) Lebert. She had been a resident of Westbrook since 1953 and was a...
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George Carey Matthiessen

August 15, 1928 - May 15, 2017

George Carey Matthiessen, a longtime Connecticut resident, died May 15 at his home in Chester. Born August 15, 1928 on Fishers Island, N.Y., Carey was the son of Erard A. and Elizabeth Carey Matthiessen. He graduated from Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, received his bachelor's degree in English from Princeton, and his PhD in marine biology from Harvard University. Carey served as a naval officer...
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Sheryl M. Gross

May 4, 1950 - May 15, 2017

Sheryl M. Gross, known to most as Sherri, 67, of Ivoryton, CT passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017 in New Haven surrounded by family after a long illness. She was born May 4, 1950 in New Haven, CT to Robert and Virginia Ketchale. She grew up in Guilford, graduated from Guilford High School and married her husband, Brad. They settled in Ivoryton where she raised her daughter and son, which would...
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James "Jim" Holbink

August 28, 1951 - May 11, 2017

James "Jim" Holbink, age 65, of Chester, passed away on Thursday evening, May 11, 2017 at the Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. Jim was the beloved husband of Barbara (Maldonado) Holbink. He was born in Ansonia on August 28, 1951 the son of George and Sally (Bodiak) Holbink. Jim had been a resident of Chester since 1982. He was a Civil Engineer who worked at the State of Connecticut Department of...
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Charles Allan Borchert

December 15, 1923 - May 5, 2017

Charles Allan Borchert, a longtime Connecticut resident, died May 5, 2017, at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Born December 15, 1923, he was the son of the Late Reverend Walter F. Borchert and Madeline Andrews Borchert. Allan graduated from the Loomis School in Widsor and received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University. He was proud to have served in the Navy in World...
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Catherine W. Wind

April 9, 1917 - April 28, 2017

Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man," said the poet Samuel Walter Foss. These words describe the life of Catherine Wineski Wind who left us on April 28, 2017 just 19 days after celebrating her 100th birthday. Friends and family gathered with Nanny Wind at Essex Meadows on April 9th to celebrate the life of this amazing lady. Her home at 76 Main Street in Ivoryton...
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Olin W. Murphy, III

November 1, 1953 - April 23, 2017

Olin W. Murphy,III, 63, of 9 Saunders Drive, Niantic, CT, husband of Kathleen (Brunoli) Murphy, died peacefully at home on Sunday, April 23, 2017. He was born in Winsted, CT. on November 1, 1953, son of the late Olin W. and Edith (Cartmell) Murphy. He is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Heather Murphy of Paso Robles, California, and Brendan and Tara Murphy of Torrington,...
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Robert C. "Big Bob" Crimm

January 28, 1951 - April 14, 2017

Robert C. "Big Bob" Crimm, 66, of Old Saybrook passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Middlesex Medical Center, Shoreline in Westbrook. Bob was the beloved husband of Denise ( Lavallee) Crimm. They were married in West Hartford on July 25, 1970. Bob was born in Bristol on January 28, 1951 the son of Jeanette (LeBelle) Valley of Southington, and the late Charles Alvin Crimm. He was raised in...
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Ronald J. Raecek

October 31, 1941 - April 12, 2017

Ronald J. Raecek, 75, of Old Saybrook, beloved husband of Toni (Bonetti) Raecek, died Wednesday April 12, 2017 at his home with family at his side. He was born October 31, 1941 in Middletown, the son of the late Joseph and Lucy ( Soklowski ) Raecek and had lived in New Britain prior to moving to Old Saybrook 20 years ago. Ron was a Cum Laude graduate of Porter & Chester School of Design. He...
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Joye Larson King

June 9, 1934 - April 10, 2017

Joye Larson King, 82, passed away on April 10, 2017 at the Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation Center in Wilton Connecticut. Joye was born and raised on a farm near Green, Kansas. Her elementary and middle school education all occurred in the same one- room schoolhouse near the farm. Joye then jumped into adulthood quickly, as she and her cousin lived in a rented apartment in Clay Center, Kansas in...
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Murray H. Zack

December 16, 1934 - April 6, 2017

Murray H. Zack passed Thursday, April 6th after a three year battle with numerous significant health issues. Murray H (Hosea) Zack was born the third child of Harry J Zack and Bessie R Eisenstein on December 16th, 1934. He is predeceased by both of his parents and his two brothers Mattias C Zack and David F Zack. Murray grew up in the house next to the Nursery business his father opened on South...
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Philip Burzin

March 24, 1926 - April 5, 2017

Philip Burzin, 91 of Madison, formerly of Brooklyn, New York passed away on April 5, 2017 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was born in Manhattan, NY on March 24, 1926, Philip was a proud Husband, Father, Grandfather, Uncle and World War II Veteran. He was predeceased by his wife Sondra as well as his treasured daughter, Carol Burzin. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Jeffrey and Karen...
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Jennifer Jean Homan

April 23, 1983 - April 1, 2017

Jenn Homan, 33, of Deep River, passed away as a result of an automobile accident on Saturday, April 1st 2017. She was born in River Grove, IL. April 23, 1983. She was the daughter of Brian Homan, Deep River and Donna Hallmann, Cumberland, MD. Other than her parents, Jenn leaves behind three children; Ny'La, Brysen, and Skylar Hill, Middletown; grandfather, Carl Hallmann Sr., South Pasadena FL...
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Marcia Reifenheiser

March 21, 1938 - March 30, 2017

Marcia Reifenheiser, age 79, of East Haddam, Connecticut passed away in her home on March 30, 2017. She was born in Flushing, New York on March 21, 1938, the daughter of the late Thomas and Anna Reifenheiser. She grew up in New Hyde Park, Long Island, New York graduating from Sewanhaka High School in 1956. A longtime resident of East Haddam, Marcia commuted between East Haddam and Brookfield CT....
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John Haydu

June 24, 1971 - March 29, 2017

John Haydu, 45, of Essex, passed away on March 29, 2017 in his home. He was born on June 24, 1971 in Budapest, Hungary, son of the late John Halidis, survived by his mother Maria Halidis and his three children Aryanah, Alexander, and Isabella. He was beloved as a veteran of the Army and later the owner of Deep River Pizza from which he provided charitable donations whenever possible. John never...
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Edward Petzoldt

October 5, 1928 - March 26, 2017

Edward Merrill Petzoldt, 88, of Old Saybrook passed away peacefully on March 26, 2017. He was born October 5, 1928 in Watertown, New York. His childhood was spent on a dairy farm in Beaver Falls, New York. Ed was the loving husband of Helen Hofer Petzoldt for 66 years. He was a kind and gentle man of integrity. Ed loved woodworking and spending time with his family. He worked for General...
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Genevieve "Gen" Laskowski

November 1, 1924 - March 25, 2017

Genevieve Laskowski, 92, of Chester, CT passed away on Saturday morning March 25, 2017 with her granddaughter by her side. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Gen was born on November 1, 1924 in Staten Island, NY to Vincent and Anna Miezejeski. The family moved to Deep River, CT where Gen was raised with her nine brothers Charles (Mike), Thomas, Paul, Peter, John, Edward, Vincent, Joseph...
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Robert Grillo

August 9, 1958 - March 24, 2017

Robert P. Grillo, of Chester passed away Friday March 24th, at the age of 58. He passed peacefully that morning surrounded by his family at his residence in Chester. He was born on August 9th in Amityville, NY. Bob was the beloved husband of Amy Grillo. He was the son of Lino A. and Joan Grillo of Essex. He is also survived by his two sons; Timothy Todd of Ivoryton, and Shawn Todd of...
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Richard Apell Jr.

May 19, 1952 - March 23, 2017

Richard J. "Rick" Apell, Jr., age 64, of Killingworth, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven surrounded by his loving family and friends. Rick was the beloved husband of Frances C. (Pipes) Apell. She predeceased him on March 15, 2016. Rick was born in New Haven on May 19, 1952, the son of; Dorothy H. (Olsen) Apell of Chester and the late...
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Mary F. "Frannie" Stopa

March 17, 1921 - March 22, 2017

Mary F. "Frannie" Stopa, 96, a lifelong resident of Deep River passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday morning March 22nd. Frannie was born in Deep River the daughter of John and Antonina (Baron) Stopa. She retired from Turbo Products in 1983 and spent her retirement working in her vegetable garden and cooking her crops. She also liked to bake goodies to share with...
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Elfriede Linek

July 2, 1927 - March 21, 2017

Elfriede (Frieda) Linek, age 89 formally of Chester passed away March 21st, 2017 at the Tidewell Hospice House of Ellenton in Palmetto, Florida with family and a caring staff by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Karel Linek. Frieda was born in the Czech Republic of July 2, 1927 the 10th child of Franz & Mary Sattler. Frieda was a seamstress by trade in her native country, made...
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Jean Knight Phillips McLeod

January 28, 1922 - March 19, 2017

Jean Knight Phillips McLeod died peacefully in Essex, CT on March 19, 2017. Born Jean Knight Phillips on January 28, 1922 in Waterbury, CT to Rowley Wilhelm Phillips and Harriette Wheeler Phillips, Jean enjoyed a warm and loving childhood with her three sisters, Harriette Redington, Elizabeth ("Beebee") Howland and Barbara Shove. Jean attended St. Margaret's School in Waterbury and graduated from...
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Grace M. Pettinato

March 16, 2017

Grace M. (Cervini) Pettinato, age 95, of Chester passed away March 16, 2017 at Aaron Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation in Chester. She was the beloved wife of the late Victor J. Pettinato, Sr. Grace was born in Bronx, New York in 1921, the daughter of the late Joseph Louis and Virginia (Casella) Cervini. Grace and Victor settled in Chester in 1951, building their home and raising their children...
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John Mazur

September 14, 1928 - March 15, 2017

John Mazur, age 88, of Haddam passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Hartford Hospital in Hartford. John was the beloved husband of Patricia "Penny" (White) Mazur. He was born in East Haddam on September 14, 1928 the son of John and Anna (Vavrica) Mazur and lived most of his life in Haddam. He was a veteran of World War II serving his country in the United States Army. John was employed at...
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James "Jim" Hunter Danks

April 8, 1947 - March 15, 2017

James (Jim) Hunter Danks, 69, of Essex, CT died Wednesday, March 15, 2017. He was born in Passaic, NJ. He is survived by his wife Judy Ann; daughter Jill Egan and husband Michael; daughter Pam McNeil and husband Joe; daughter Nancy Anselmo and husband Bill; and sister Margaret (Peg) Smith and husband Jim. He has seven grandchildren: Nolan and Carter Egan; Joseph and Morgan McNeil; and Sophie,...
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Carol Ann Mahoney Suits

January 31, 1935 - March 15, 2017

Carol Ann Mahoney Suits, 82, of Old Saybrook, CT died on March 15, 2017, of natural causes at Aaron Manor in Chester. She was the loving wife of Bill Suits Sr. for 54 years. Carol was born January 31, 1935 and raised in East Orange, New Jersey. She graduated from Clifford Scott High in 1953 where she was a phenomenal athlete and very involved in a variety of school activities and student...
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Paul R. Budney

August 17, 1961 - March 14, 2017

Paul Richard Budney, 55, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 after a brave fight with pancreatic cancer, with his mother and father by his side. He was born August 17, 1961 to Richard and Dolores Budney. He attended Valley Regional High School in Deep River and Eastern Connecticut State College in Willimantic and earned a degree in Business Administration. He was a district sales...
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Joseph Paul Miezejeski

March 1, 1926 - March 13, 2017

Joseph Paul Miezejeski, former Deep River First Selectman and World War II Veteran, passed away peacefully at his home, Joe's Christmas Tree Farm, on March 13, 2017 at the age of 91. Joseph was born in the caring community of Deep River to Vincent Miezejeski and Anna Ryzner Miezejeski. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Evelyn Dix Miezejeski and by his eldest son, Daniel Joseph...
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Elizabeth H. Wallace

August 1, 1922 - March 13, 2017

Elizabeth "Liz" Wallace, 94, of Westbrook passed away peacefully on March 13, 2017. Born on August 1, 1922 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Frederick and Wilhelmina Hecht, she lived in Connecticut since 1950 and resided in Westbrook for the past 20 years. Liz worked as a floral designer for most of her life beginning in Pennsylvania and continuing for many years in Connecticut. During her...
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Helen A. (Peterson) Carrier

November 22, 1926 - March 13, 2017

Helen A. (Peterson) Carrier, age 90, of Chester passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017 at Aaron Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation in Chester surrounded by her loving family. Helen was the wife of the late Laurent P. Carrier who pre-deceased her on May 26, 2007. She is survived by her daughter, Paula A. DeLorenze and her husband Richard of Deep River and their daughter, Maryann (Messina) Mackin and...
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Ann Pratt

October 12, 1933 - March 8, 2017

Ann Prosswimmer Pratt, 83, of Essex, Connecticut passed away on March 8th after a valiant struggle with Alzheimers Disease. Ann, daughter of the late Rudolph and Emma Prosswimmer, is survived by her loving husband Robert, sister, Nancy Conroy, brother, R. Alan Prosswimmer, Daughters, Cynthia and Carrie, grandchildren, Kwena and Tumi, and several nieces and nephews. Ann was raised in Rockville...
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Charles Young

January 11, 1940 - March 5, 2017

Charles G. Young, 77, of Guilford formerly of Deep River died on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at The Gables in Guilford. Charlie had been an airline pilot for 35 years retiring from Northwest Airlines. He is survived by his daughter Patricia (husband John) Bell of Spanish Fort, AL, his granddaughter Lily Bell and his sister Anzie (husband Harlan) Billings of Palm City, FL. At Charlie's request there...
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Gladyce Irma (Colodny) Lawrence

April 21, 1929 - March 3, 2017

Gladyce Irma (Colodny) Lawrence, 87, passed away March 3, 2017 after a short and unexpected illness. She was born on April 21, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY to Marie and Alexander Colodny. After graduation from Upsala College, she worked as a social worker before starting her family. As her children grew, she opened a health food store, The Jolly Sprout. She sold newspaper advertising for more than 20...
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Jennie Ann Tomlinson

September 25, 1929 - March 3, 2017

Jennie Ann Saglio Tomlinson, 87, of Deep River, Connecticut, died Friday, March 3, 2017. She was born in Killingworth, Connecticut, the daughter of John B. and Clara Calcamuggi Saglio. Jennie was a graduate of Hand High School in Madison, Connecticut. She was employeed by Saglio Gas Station, LC Doane and a caregiver/nanny to several families. Jennie is predeceased by her husband, of 50 years,...
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Jeannette Rand

May 28, 1931 - March 3, 2017

5/28/1931 – 3/3/2017 Jeannette (Chapman) Rand passed away peacefully on Friday, March 3, 2017 surrounded by her family. She had been courageously battling an illness for about 5 years. Jeannette was a devoted and loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She touched so many lives and could always be found caring for a friend or family member. She was a single parent and raised 2...
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Joseph Bergonzi

April 20, 1934 - February 25, 2017

Joseph F. "Joe" Bergonzi, 82, of Chester, passed away peacefully at Bayview Health Care Center on Febraury 25, 2017, in Waterford surrounded by the care and comfort of his loving family. Joe fought a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease with the utmost grace and dignity. He was born in Middletown on April 20, 1934, beloved son of the late Joseph and Mildred (Spencer) Bergonzi. Joe learned...
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Kathleen J. Starkey

January 7, 1923 - February 24, 2017

Kathleen J. Starkey, 94, died Friday, February 24, 2017 at her West Hartford residence. She was born in Turners Falls, Massachusetts on January 6, 1923, the daughter of Francis E. Sr. and Johanna (Riley) Dolan. After being graduated from Turners Falls High School, she attended Emerson College in Boston and later received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Connecticut....
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Katrina Merrill

January 31, 1941 - February 23, 2017

Katrina Merrill, 76, passed away on February 23, 2017. She was born in South Paris, Maine, and a long time resident of Connecticut. She was one of twelve children, affectionately known as "Tink." Being a devoted Mom and loving Gram, she was the shining light of our family. Katrina was a vivacious woman who enjoyed life every chance she had. She treasured time with her family and friends, and...
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Laura B. Hesslein

April 26, 1947 - February 23, 2017

Laura B. Hesslein, 70, died this week after a much longer-than-expected experience of multiple myeloma. For many years she made significant contributions to the lives of others through her work and her personal life. Born in New Jersey, raised in NJ., Michigan and Illinois, Laura settled in Connecticut in 1969. She received her undergraduate degree from Stony Brook University, and Master's...
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Elynor "Ellie" Fay Wiggers Snow

June 30, 1927 - February 21, 2017

Elynor (Ellie) Fay Wiggers Snow, of Old Saybrook, died on February 21, 2017, at Gladeview Health Care in Old Saybrook surrounded by her loving family. She was born on June 30, 1927, in Salem. Ohio, the daughter of Albert & Maria Teresa (Piccariella) Wiggers. Ellie moved to East Hartford in 1929 and graduated from Hartford Public High School in 1945. After graduation, Ellie and her friend Lillian...
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Allene Ely Esposti

October 28, 1919 - February 21, 2017

Allene Mabel Ely Esposti, 97, of Cadillac, Michigan, and a former lifelong resident of Essex ,Connecticut passed away on February 21, 2017 at the Curry House and Hospice of Michigan in Cadillac. She was born on October 28, 1919, the daughter of Lawrence and Katherine Anna (Schweitzer) Ely Finnegan. Allene worked at the former Pratt,&Read Company in Ivoryton, manufacturers of Ivory piano keys and...
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Mary Katherine "Maryann" Faircloth

February 17, 2017

Mary Katherine "Maryann" Faircloth, late of Old Lyme, CT, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017. She was devoted to her family, caring for her grandmother, aunt, and mother as well as her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-nephews. She was a friend, confidante, "child whisperer" and animal lover. She also loved bird watching and feeding wildlife. Maryann was predeceased by her...
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Roy L. Gregory III

January 10, 1943 - February 13, 2017

We sadly announce the passing of Roy L. Gregory III, on February 13, 2017. Roy was raised in Canton, CT with his brother and sister, Gary and Patricia, where he found his passion for golf, he became a member of the USGA and PGA. After his long tenure as the Pro at Old Lyme CC he changed careers to become a successful investment broker. Roy is survived by the loves of his life, his wife Diane, his...
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Mark Michael Konarski

December 11, 1954 - February 9, 2017


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Robert Pieter Klomp

June 7, 1945 - February 9, 2017

Robert P. Klomp, 71, a longtime resident of Chester and practicing Attorney, died at Apple Rehabilitation in Old Saybrook on February 9th after a long illness. He is survived by his siblings, Nancy and her husband Harry Greaves, and Rebecca and her husband Gary Riggio, three nieces and five grandnieces and nephews; Betsy Rumplik, Johanna and James Coburn and their two children, Jan and Joanne...
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Philip Edward Currie

September 2, 1964 - February 7, 2017

Philip Edward Currie, 52, died February 7, 2017 surrounded by his family. Phil was a graduate of Perrysburg High School class of 1983 in Perrysburg, Ohio and earned a Bachelor's degree in Product Design from Bowling Green State University. A man of many talents he had a broad career in product development, operations, and maintenance. Phil complimented all this work with numerous home...
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Eugene G. Stevens

October 2, 1943 - January 28, 2017

Eugene "Gene" Stevens, 73, beloved husband of late Loretta (Sonnichsen) Stevens. He was born October 2, 1943. He was raised in Portland, CT and resided in Deep River for over 40 years. He was the son of the late Millicent (Potter) Stevens and late Frederick Stevens. Gene passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 28, 2017. He was employed by Uarco in Deep River in 1971 for over 26 years as...
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Marjorie Janet Green

February 12, 1924 - January 27, 2017

Marjorie Janet Green passed away at her home in Old Lyme on January 27, 2017. Two weeks shy of her 93rd birthday. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she was a resident of Old Lyme for over 30 years. She was the former loving wife and companion for 66 years of Leonard Green who predeceased her in 2015. She is survived by her son, Dr. Thomas Green of East Greenwich, RI; her three lovely granddaughters,...
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Thomas F. Keogh

November 28, 1932 - January 27, 2017

Thomas F. Keogh of Old Lyme, CT and formerly of Larchmont, NY died on January 27, 2017 at the age of 84. His devoted wife, Cissie (Gano) was at his side. Tom is also survived by three sons Tom, Bill (Andrea), John and daughter Katie Weidner (Doug); ten loving grandchildren and his sister Katherine Anne Gulden. Tom was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Katherine (Devlin) and his sister Mary...
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Kathleen G. Brookson

January 6, 1952 - January 19, 2017

Kathleen (Griffin) Brookson of Old Saybrook, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family on January 19, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Kathy was born on January 6, 1952, the only daughter of the late Thomas & Frances (Carey) Griffin of Meriden & Old Saybrook. Kathy attended Mercy High School in Middletown and graduated from Stonehill College in North Easton, MA with a degree in...
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Charles "POPS" Greeney

July 23, 1924 - January 16, 2017

Charles F. Greeney, 92, of Chester died peacefully on January 16, 2017 after a brief illness. Beloved husband of the late Lena (Zaraschi) Greeney, he was predeceased by his son Paul. He grew up in Deep River and moved to Chester in the 1940's after he served his country during World War II to raise his family. Charles was a postman for many years in town and was a member and lifetime engineer for...
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Pamela Macrae Bermingham

September 19, 1927 - January 15, 2017

Pamela Macrae Bermingham (née Pamela Anne Macrae) died peacefully January 15th, in Essex, CT. Pam was 89 years old; she was born on September 19th, 1927 in New York City, NY to Anne McCrory Hinton and John Macrae, Jr. She is survived by five children, Eldredge Jr., Stephen, Douglass, Ned and Jill, and 14 grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother John Macrae III and 14 nieces and nephews...
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Charlotte Cox Westerfield

September 19, 1927 - January 13, 2017

Charlotte Cox Westerfield died peacefully on January 13 on what she would have referred to as "a blue sky day." She grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, graduated from Bradford Junior College and attended Parson's School of Design in New York City. In 1950, she married her childhood sweetheart John Westerfield. After living in many different places, they settled in Avon CT with their children Jack...
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Deborah Ann "Deb" Groth

June 9, 1954 - January 12, 2017

Deborah Groth, age 62. Our beloved Deb passed away on January 12th after a long and heroic battle with cancer. Her feisty spirit and love of decorating and cooking will always be remembered by her many friends and relatives. But her love of children, especially those with special needs were the driving force of the many twists and turns of her life. It was this fondness for kids that led her to...
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Mary V. Aery

January 27, 1934 - January 10, 2017

Mary V.(Martocci) Aery, 82, of Old Saybrook, beloved wife of the late Arthur G. Aery Sr., passed away on January 10, 2017 at Middlesex Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born in the Bronx, NY, daughter of the late George F. & Marie (O'Malley) Martocci. She and her husband moved with their family to Park Ridge, NJ in 1960 and full time to Old Saybrook in 1983. Mary taught in both...
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Elizabeth Gage Ellis Watkins

May 17, 1929 - January 5, 2017

Elizabeth Gage Ellis Watkins, 87, of Chester, Connecticut, daughter of Elizabeth and Gage Ellis, died at her home in Chester on January 5 after a long illness. She is survived by her daughter Willoughby Adams and son-in-law Brian Adams of Richmond, Virginia and daughter Alexandra Matthiessen and son-in-law John Matthiessen of Ivoryton, Connecticut; her grandchildren Elizabeth and Charlotte Adams...
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Shawn M. Kleczkowski

July 30, 1978 - December 31, 2016

Shawn M. Kleczkowski, 38, of Clinton died peacefully with his sister and brother in law by his side at Yale New Haven Hospital on December 31. Shawn was born in Middletown, son of the late Thomas Kleczkowski and Susan (Sypher) Harris. Shawn is survived by his sons, Josh Williams and Mathew Kleczkowski of Kentucky, a sister Kristina Miers and her husband Ron Miers of Deep River, nephews, Anthony...
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Jane Ingalls Davison

July 23, 1926 - December 26, 2016

Jane Ingalls Davison, an avid supporter of High Hopes Therapeutic Riding and devoted educator and community volunteer, died at her home in Lyme, CT, surrounded by her family on December 26, 2016. She was 90 years old. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1926, the second of five children to parents Louise H. and David S. Ingalls. Her father was the nation's first and only Naval Ace from World...
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Margery "Marge" Florence Olmsted

January 26, 1929 - December 23, 2016

With a sparkle in her eye, Marge Olmsted was reunited with her husband on Friday, December 23, 2016. Born January 26, 1929 in Englewood, New Jersey, she was the daughter of Peter V. Lanzavecchia and Gertrude R. Wilson. She was predeceased by her husband, William Clague Olmsted, brother, Peter Lanzavecchia, and son-in-law, Leo Sulinski, Jr. Marge grew up in New Jersey, and worked in New York...
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Geoffrey A. Sypher

April 1, 1982 - December 23, 2016

On Friday December 23, 2016, we said goodbye to a beautiful soul, Geoffrey A. Sypher, 34, of Essex. Geoffrey was born April 1, 1982 to Raymond Sypher and Karen Cook Sypher. In addition to his parents, he leaves a sister, Kelly Sypher Burton, brother-in-law, Justin, and their children, Natalie, Tessa, and Mason, of Chester. He also leaves an aunt, many uncles and cousins, and tons and tons of...
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Claudia M. Nielsen

October 15, 1919 - December 23, 2016

Claudia Marion Poulnot Nielsen was born October 15, 1919 in Jacksonville, FL and died on December 23, 2016 in Essex, CT. Born to Claude and Sara Poulnot, she was the youngest of their three daughters. She came from a family which had settled in Charlestown, SC in the late 1600's and was proud to share the stories that her grandfather told her of his participation in the Battle of Gettysburg and...
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Herbert Sawyer Frisbie

April 6, 1925 - December 22, 2016

Herbert Sawyer Frisbie died on December 22, 2016, at Essex Meadows Health Center. He was 91 years old. Herbert was born April 6, 1925 in New Britain, CT to Dorothy Pease and Robert Taylor Frisbie. He was predeceased by his sister Barbara in 1980 and brother Robert in 1999. He is survived by his son David Charles Frisbie and his wife Earla of Old Saybrook, CT, his daughter Sarah Robbins (Robin)...
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Harry B. (Doug) Soper

November 30, 1924 - December 22, 2016

Harry B. (Doug) Soper passed away December 22, 2016, of complications from a bout with pneumonia. He had celebrated his 92nd birthday just weeks before with his friends and family at The Saybrook at Haddam. He managed to live 363 days without the love of his life, his wife Pat, who predeceased him in December of 2015 after 67 years together.Born in NY, the son of Dudley and Carol (Chubb) Soper,...
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Theresa A. Wigg

January 16, 1932 - December 21, 2016

Theresa A. Wigg, age 84, of Deep River, CT since 1974 passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday morning, December 21, 2016. She was the beloved wife of the late U.S. Army SFC John A. Wigg for 60 years. Theresa was born in New Haven on January 16, 1932 the daughter of the late Leonel and Gabrielle (Girard) Paulhus. Theresa was a devoted member of Saint Joseph Church in Chester. Theresa's...
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Jacqueline (Adler) Michael

November 4, 1933 - December 20, 2016

MICHAEL – Jacqueline (Adler), 83, died surrounded by her family on December 20th, 2016. Beloved wife of Jack Michael (predeceased). Cherished mother of daughters Lisa and Sally and sons in law Mark and Eric. Devoted grandmother to Elia, Meira and Asher, Elana, Shira, Ezra, and Eitan and great-grandmother to Hadar. Loving sister to brothers Len and Lee and sister Eleanor (predeceased). Adored by...
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Mary Mucha

February 24, 1921 - December 16, 2016

Mary Mucha, age 95, of Deep River, passed away on Friday, December 16, 2016 at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. Mary was the beloved wife of Philip J. Mucha who predeceased her on April 5, 2008. She was born in Rockfall, Connecticut on February 24, 1921, the daughter of Louis and Katie (Hajec) Kokoszka. Following her graduation from high school, Mary participated in a Middletown Recreational...
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William Francis Spitzschuh

October 12, 1936 - December 13, 2016

William Francis Spitzschuh, 80, of Deep River passed suddenly Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 as a result of an automobile accident. He was born October 12, 1936 in New Haven, CT, to the late Otto and Grace (Chubby) Spitzschuh. Bill resided in Deep River for 56 years with the love of his life and soul mate, Joan who recently passed a few months ago. Bill will be remembered as a kind and loving man...
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Joyce Annette Aley

November 25, 1940 - December 12, 2016

Joyce Annette (Gaskin) Aley, wife of the late Michael J. Aley awoke to glory and peace on Monday, December 12, 2016. She was born in New Haven, to John and Mary (DeLuca) Gaskin. She moved to East Haven in 1950. Joyce graduated Sacred Heart Academy, Hamden, in 1958 and married October 5, 1963, Joyce was very active in the Town of Chester for many years. Starting in the 1970's she was involved...
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Peter Elliott Huckel

November 1, 1939 - December 11, 2016

Peter Elliott Huckel, 77, of Deep River, CT, formerly of Riverside, CT died suddenly on Sunday, December 11, 2016 doing what he loved best: splitting and stacking firewood. Peter was born on November 1, 1939 in New York City to the late Oliver Wentworth and Mary Elizabeth (Brown) Huckel. He grew up in Riverside, CT going to Riverside School and graduated from Greenwich High School. He attended...
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Everett "Cy" Wright Jones

October 19, 1925 - December 3, 2016

Everett W. Jones, 91, a lifelong resident of Deep River, CT, husband of the late Jane (Marvin) Jones, died peacefully Saturday, December 3, 2016 after a brief illness. Cy, as he was known by many, was the son of the late Cecil and Marion (Wright) Jones. He was a Navy veteran having served during WWII as an airplane mechanic in Virginia. Early in his career he owned a Mobil gas station and was...
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Shirley Ann Gilmore Zinn

March 1, 1928 - November 29, 2016

Shirley Ann Gilmore Zinn, a 42-year resident of Ivoryton and Essex, died peacefully on November 29 in Chester, CT at the age of 88, with her sister Linda at her side. Born in Summit, New Jersey on March 1, 1928 to the late Robert C. Gilmore Jr. and Laura Thomas Gilmore, she grew up in Nichols, and spent the majority of her life living in Connecticut, relishing almost every corner of the state....
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Michael William Ackerman

November 18, 1947 - November 28, 2016

Michael William Ackerman, age 69, of Deep River passed away peacefully on November 28, 2016 at Middlesex Hospital after battling a long illness. Mike was born in Middletown on November 18, 1947 the son of William J. and Theresa (Sarazin) Ackerman. He was raised in Centerbrook and later moved to Deep River where he lived for the past 40 years. Mike is survived by his wife, Susan (Ziobron) Ackerman...
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Elizabeth Liz Becker

December 15, 1949 - November 28, 2016

Elizabeth Adams Becker (December 15, 1949 – November 28, 2016) Liz Becker of Charlestown, Rhode Island, passed away peacefully at home Monday evening November 28, 2016 after a brief battle with cancer. Born in Brooklyn, New York, the eldest daughter of Lester and Sarah Adams, she was raised and lived much of her life in Deep River, Connecticut. In 1970, she married William Becker of Deep...
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Dorothy C. Shook

June 26, 1922 - November 27, 2016

Dorothy C. Shook, 94, of Essex passed from this life on November 27, 2016, at Essex Meadows. Dorothy lived most of her life in Westport, CT. She was the beloved wife of the late Wayland R Shook and dear mother of Wayland Jr. (Carolyn) and Gregory (Nancy). She leaves behind her grandchildren, Anneli Franklin (Joe), Brent Shook (Silvia), Rachel Antle (Jared), Ryan Shook (Chris), Julia Shook and...
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Ashley Marie Stebbins

September 20, 1984 - November 22, 2016

Ashley Marie Stebbins, 32 , of Essex, CT passed away unexpectedly on November 22, 2016. She was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She attended Mercy High School for three years and then graduate from Westbrook High School. Ashley was a member of the National Honor Society. She went on to undergraduate studies at UCONN where she majored in theater, which came as no surprise, as Ashley loved...
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Susan A. Harris

September 17, 1956 - November 22, 2016

Susan A. Harris, 60, longtime resident of Deep River, died peacefully with her family by her side at Middlesex Hospital on November 22, 2016. Susan was born in Middletown, daughter of the late Raymond A. & Patricia A. (Risley) Sypher. She worked for many years at the Lee Company, was an avid Yankee fan and was a very loving and involved grandmother who will be deeply missed. Susan is survived by...
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Dorothy Hyett Butler

March 23, 1924 - November 20, 2016

Dorothy Hyett Butler, of Pawcatuck, CT, age 92, died peacefully on November 20, 2016 at Royal Westerly Nursing Home after a brief illness. Dorothy was born on March 23, 1924 in Richmond Hill, NY and grew up in Sea Cliff, NY. She was the eldest of three daughters born to Alfred Hyett and Ellen Reardon. Dorothy grew up by the seaside, and thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors, especially boating,...
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Peter Bradley Vincent

July 9, 1939 - November 18, 2016

Peter Bradley Vincent, 77, of Westbrook passed away Friday, November 18, 2016, at Yale-New Haven Hospital due to heart complications. To all who knew and loved him he was "Pete" or "Chief," a devoted and loving husband for 39 years to Margaret Rausch Vincent and father to Christopher Vincent (Tovah) of Westbrook, Matthew Vincent of Westbrook, David Vincent (Tatiana) of Newport Beach, California,...
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Edward W. Varney Jr.

May 17, 1932 - November 17, 2016

Edward W. Varney, Jr., 84, of Centerbrook, beloved husband of Lorraine (Murphy) Varney, passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Born in Centerbrook on May 17, 1932, he was the son of the late Edward W. Varney, Sr. and Edith (Sheagren) Varney. Ed was a graduate of Pratt High School (1950) and Wentworth Institute (1952). He was a switch-hitting shortstop and pitcher, and held the highest career...
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John Thomas Attridge

June 17, 1933 - November 15, 2016

John Thomas Attridge, 83, of Deep River passed away suddenly on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at his residence in Deep River. He was the beloved husband of Patricia (McGovern) Attridge. John was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on June 17, 1933 the son of George Edwin and Mildred (Leary) Attridge. He attended Classical High School in Worcester and was a member of the ROTC at Holy Cross College where...
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Mary Therese (Teeda) Ummarino

August 21, 1924 - November 12, 2016

Mary Therese (Teeda) Ummarino, 92 years old of Essex Meadows, Essex, CT. passed away peacefully on November 12, 2016. A long-time resident of Hasting-on-Hudson, NY, she was born on August 21, 1924 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Leonard and Mary (Tessie) Kuehnle. Teeda was a graduate of Mt. Notre Dame Academy and the University of Cincinnati where she was an active member of Theta Phi Alpha...
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Linnea Ingraham De Merell

July 1, 1937 - November 12, 2016

Linnea Ingraham DeMerell, 79 of Ivoryton, passed away on November 12, 2016 after a long illness. Lovingly cared for by her husband Nick DeMerell, "Nay-Nay" as she was fondly known by her family, is survived by her husband Nick, daughter Bethany Gates Parks, son-in-law Timothy Parks, grandson Patrick Stout, and twin granddaughters, Kennedy and Bailey Parks. "Nay-Nay" is also survived by two...
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Gloria T. Clark

September 27, 1932 - November 10, 2016

Gloria T. Clark, 84, of Ivoryton, CT, peacefully passed away on November 10, 2016. Gloria was born on September 27, 1932 in New Britain, CT to Etta (Elton) and Ernest Theberge. She grew up in Kensington, the eldest of three girls. While working at New Britain Machine, she met and married her husband, Bruce Clark. They moved to Ivoryton, CT where their three children grew up. Gloria joined the...
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Thomas G. Bombaci, Sr.

December 26, 1926 - November 4, 2016

Thomas G. Bombaci, Sr., born December 26, 1926, died in Chelan, Washington November 4, 2016. Sixth of seven children, he was born and raised in Essex to Giovanni "John" Bombaci and Lavinia DeStefano Bombaci. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 57 years, Martha Page Bombaci, his six siblings; Giovanna Louise "Jennie" Bombaci Cutone, Giuseppe Francis "Joseph" Bombaci, Antonio Jerome "Tony"...
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