Our Obituaries

Francelle Dawn Bourgault

August 6, 1968 - January 19, 2018

Niantic- Francelle Dawn Bourgault, 49 passed away Friday January 19, 2018 at her residence. She was born August 6, 1968 in New London the daughter of Gerard Bourgault and the late Marilyn Fraser Bourgault. Francelle graduated from East Lyme High school in 1986 and received a BA from FT Lewis College, Durango, CO. Besides her father she is survived by her step mother Janet&...
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Eugenia B. Hartley

November 18, 1928 - December 24, 2017

Eugenia Bossart Hartley, of Niantic, CT, peacefully left this world surrounded by her devoted, loving family on December 24th 2017. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Robert Hartley, and her four children, R. Corydon Hartley of Merrimack, NH (Linda), E. Cheryl Wisnewski of East Lyme, CT (Michael), Kris Hartley Wohlgemuth, of Niantic, CT...
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Patricia Anne Dansereau

October 30, 1931 - December 13, 2017

East Lyme. Patricia Anne Dansereau, 86, of East Lyme, died Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London. She was born in Providence, RI October 30, 1931, the daughter of Leo and Gertrude LaPointe LeGendre. She was the widow of Richard Dansereau, her beloved husband, who pre-deceased her in 1981. She is survived...
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Frances Catherine Sottile

July 30, 1932 - December 1, 2017

Waterford - Frances Catherine Raffo Sottile, 85, of Waterford, daughter of Victor and Mary Raffo, of Mystic, CT, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 1, 2017. Frances was born on July 30, 1932, in Mount Vernon, NY. She graduated from Stonington High School in 1950. Frances received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut...
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Hugh E. Herbert

September 9, 1927 - November 29, 2017

Hugh E. Herbert, of 17 Forest Road, Niantic Connecticut, passed away on November 29, 2017 after a long illness. He was born in Oxford, Massachusetts on June 9, 1927, the son of Rosalia Harr and John Newman Herbert and was one of eight children. Raised in West Mystic, Connecticut, he graduated from Fitch High School and subsequently spent two years in the U.S....
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Michele D. Jezierski

February 17, 1949 - November 17, 2017

JEZIERSKI, MICHELE, 68 Michele D. Jezierski, 68, of East Lyme, passed away on December 17, 2017 peacefully in her sleep at home. Michele was born in New London on February 17, 1949, one of four daughters to the late Michael R. Lazuk and Grace A. Lazuk. Michele grew up on a small family farm in Waterford, where she graduated Waterford High School in 1967. She...
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Clair Burman

April 29, 1958 - November 4, 2017

East Lyme - Clair Burman, 59, of East Lyme, died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at her home, having lost her brave battle with breast cancer. She was born in Chiswick, West London, England, on April 29, 1958, the daughter of John and Myra McKinnon Dennis of Hillingdon, UK. She qualified as a nurse in 1979, and worked in various UK hospitals where...
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George T. Trakas

July 13, 1926 - November 4, 2017

George Trakas, of Niantic, passed away peacefully at home on November 4, 2017 with his wife Alice and family by his side. George was born in New London on July 13, 1926, the son of the late Theodore and Victoria (Stefanski) Trakas. The family moved to Niantic in 1927 and in 1931 started the Trakas Sunoco Gas Station on Pennsylvania Ave. George was a graduate of Bulkeley...
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Doris Irene Smallidge

September 29, 1934 - June 26, 2017

Mrs. Smallidge's video tribute will be available shortly. Please check back later. East Lyme - Doris Irene Smallidge, or Dorie as she preferred to be called, passed away in her sleep in the early hours of Monday, June 26, 2017, after a prolonged illness. Born to Dr. Angelo and Constance Scarvalone in New York, N.Y., in 1934, she grew-up along with her sisters in Riverdale, N.Y. She attended...
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William K. Konrad

December 15, 1921 - June 21, 2017

William L. Konrad 95 passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 21st 2017. He was born Dec. 15, 1921 in Pittsburgh Pa; the son of the late William A. Konrad and Catherine M. (Lawrence) Konrad. He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy Weyman Konrad his wife of 57 years whom he married November 27, 1948 in Pittsburgh. He leaves his children William W. Konrad of Dunedin Fl. and Barabara J. Wheeler...
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Ryan Eugene Dube

February 24, 1983 - June 12, 2017

East Lyme- Ryan Eugene Dube, 34, of East Lyme, passed away June 12, 2017 at his home. Ryan was born February 24, 1983 in Exeter, NH, the son of Eugene Paul Dube and Karen Ann Beidelman Dube. He attended East Lyme High Scholl and was employed as a landscaper and a structural steel fabricator. Ryan is survived by his son, Lucas Dube; his parents Eugene Paul Dube and Karen Ann Beidelman Dube; ...
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Peter Avery Rose

November 12, 1945 - May 31, 2017

Waterford - Peter Avery Rose, 71, passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Peter was the son of the late Isham Chappell and Miriam Esther (Mills) Rose. He was retired from the Knights of Columbus. The family will receive relatives and friends from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic, with a celebration of life service at 4:30 p.m.
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Madelleine M. Anglim

September 30, 1931 - May 15, 2017

Niantic-Madeleine (Martyn) Anglim, 85, of Niantic CT, formerly of Stamford died peacefully May 15, 2017. She was born September 30, 1931 and the youngest daughter of the late Patrick and Margaret Mongan Martyn of The Bronx and County Mayo, Ireland. Madeleine was born and raised in Bronx, NY and was proud to be a 1948 graduate of Academy of Mount St. Ursula where she received the Gold Cross for...
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John Fredrick Burdick

October 21, 1952 - April 7, 2017

John Burdick Waterford- John Fredrick Burdick, 64, of Waterford, CT. died Friday morning at home after a long illness. He was born in Providence, RI October 22, 1952, the son of Claude and Helen Regan Burdick. He was a graduate of Central High School in Providence, and had been employed as a supervisor of shipping and receiving for Applied Energy in Warwick. John had volunteered as a coach for...
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Marjorie Wilson Aubrey

June 18, 1927 - March 31, 2017

Marjorie Wilson Aubrey Niantic- Marjorie Wilson Aubrey, 89, of Niantic passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 31, 2017. Marjorie was born on Father's Day in June, 1927. She was the third of four children to Mary Ellen O'Connell Cremins and Charles Francis Cremins, of New London. She attended Harbor School and graduated in 1945 from the Williams Memorial Institute. She...
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Michael A. Wilson

January 2, 1952 - March 21, 2017

Niantic- Michael A. Wilson, 65, of Niantic passed away peacefully at his home on March 21, 2017. Michael was born January 2, 1952 in Dexter, Maine, son of the late Arol and Velma (Perkins) Wilson. Michael was an avid fisherman and was retired from Ring's End in Niantic where he worked for 13 years as a warehouse manager. He is survived by his son, Matthew Wilson of Milford, CT; daughter, Andrea...
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Thomas P. Banks, Sr.

April 12, 1936 - March 11, 2017

East Lyme- Thomas P. Banks, Sr., husband of Arlene Banks passed away on Saturday March 11, 2017 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was born in Mystic on April 12, 1936 the son of the late Amos L. Banks, Sr. and Ethel Ferguson Banks. Tom attended Stonington High School and lived in East Lyme since 1962. He married Arlene and they began their life together for the next 60 years. Tom...
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J. Richard Christman

October 30, 1936 - February 20, 2017

John Richard Christman of Niantic, Connecticut died Monday, February 20, 2017 from injuries sustained during a fall. Richard (or Dick), as he was known, was born October 30, 1936 in Reading, PA to John Daniel Christman and Mary Filbert Christman. He grew up in Drexel Hill, PA and graduated from Upper Darby High School, where he won numerous honors in math and science and was a standout in...
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Susan H. Perkins

April 23, 1944 - February 18, 2017

Niantic – Susan H. Perkins, 72, longtime resident of Niantic, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, New London, surrounded by her loving family. Susan was born on April 23, 1944, in New London, the daughter of the late Howard B. Cary and Olivia E. (Olsen) Cary of Niantic. Susan is survived by her husband Joseph T. Perkins, whom she married 52+ years ago,...
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Gail S. Foley

May 4, 1946 - February 14, 2017

Mrs. Foley's video tribute will be available for viewing starting Monday, Feb. 27th Gail Foley Waterford- Gail S. Foley, age 70, of Waterford, died peacefully Tuesday February 14th at her home surrounded by family and friends. She filled our hearts as a loving Daughter, Sister, Mom, Nana, Aunt and Friend. Gail will forever be our Valentine. She was born in White Plains, NY May 24, 1946, the...
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Florence Robinson

December 17, 1928 - February 12, 2017

Florence Robinson Niantic- Florence Robinson, 88, passed away Feb. 12, 2017. She was born in Hartford Dec. 17, 1928. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Florence (Cheever) Fountain. Upon graduating from East Haven High School, she then attended the University of Connecticut and graduated in 1950. While at UConn she met her husband, Stanley Robinson and they were married June 30, 1951....
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Russell A. Vallerie

March 30, 1945 - February 10, 2017

Waterford-Russell A. Vallerie, 71, passed away February 10, 2017 at his home. Russ was born March 30, 1945 in Brockton, Massachusetts, the son of the late Arthur A. and Dorothy (Bishop) Valliere. He is survived by his daughter, Marcy Kukich and her husband Ted and five grandchildren and one great grandchild. The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday from 2-3:30 pm at the Thomas L...
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Daniel Mark Majchrzak

July 17, 1992 - February 3, 2017

East Lyme. Daniel Mark Majchrzak, 24, of Chesterfield Road ended his courageous 6 year battle with opiate addiction on February 3 at his home in Coral Springs Florida. On July 17, 1992, our world was blessed with a beautiful boy full of light and love and with a heart of gold. Dan grew up in East Lyme with a passion for sports. He graduated ELHS in 2010. He was a gifted athlete who...
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Thomas P. Phelps

August 24, 1936 - February 1, 2017

THOMAS PATTISON PHELPS. 1936 -2017 Thomas P. Phelps, 80, of Waterford passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2017 in New London, CT. Born in Pittsburgh PA. he was the son of Dr. Harold Augustus and Beth Ashenden Phelps. A graduate of North Hills High School in Pittsburgh, he attended the University of Maryland. A Korean War veteran, Tom served ten years in the United States Air Force, where he met...
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Brenda Carol Rein

July 14, 1955 - January 27, 2017

East Lyme- Brenda Carol Rein, 61, passed away peace fully Friday night, January 27, 2017 in her home surrounded by her close family. Brenda Carol Sistare was born on July 14th 1955 as the first of seven children to Brenda (Farmer) Powell and Peter Sistare. Brenda grew up in Saunders point with her childhood friends and siblings. In 1973 Brenda graduated from East Lyme high school and soon...
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Stefany C. Zabik

February 10, 1924 - January 24, 2017

Stefany C. Zabik, 92, formerly of Indian Orchard, MA died at her home in Breezy Point Niantic, on January 24, 2017. She was born in Indian Orchard, MA February 11, 1924, the daughter of Stanislaw and Zofia Skowron Irla. Stefany was the widow of Edward Zabik who predeceased her April 9, 1993. A sister Mary Iwaniec predeceased her in 1996. She had been employed during WWII manufacturing aircraft...
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Carl Martin Floyd

January 23, 1942 - January 10, 2017

Carl Floyd East Lyme- Carl Martin Floyd, 74, of East Lyme, died Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London. He was born in Boston, MA January 23, 1942, the son of Dr. Paul and Emily Frizzell Floyd, and was raised in Farmington, ME. Carl served in the U. S. Army immediately following high school. He received a BA in Physics from Colby College (1966) and a MA in...
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Thomas Robert Cunningham

January 28, 1946 - January 9, 2017

Thomas Robert Cunningham, 70, of Niantic, CT, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 at his home in Niantic, CT. He was born Jan. 28, 1946, in Hartford, CT to Robert and Margaret Cunningham. He grew up in Elmwood, CT and was a graduate of Marianapolis Prep School in Thompson, CT. He spent a good part of his life as a carpenter, and enjoyed his life doing carpentry work on Nantucket for...
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John Francis Leslie, Jr.

November 30, 1927 - January 6, 2017

Waterford-John Francis Leslie, Jr., 89, passed peacefully on January 6, 2017 at the Manchester Manor Nursing Home in Manchester, CT., in the comfort of his loving family. John was born on November 30, 1927 in Wakefield, RI, the son of John F. and Margaret (Smith) Leslie Sr. He was a 1945 graduate of South Kingstown High School in Wakefield, RI and earned a BSME from the University of Rhode...
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Geraldine Doris Kaplan

June 7, 1932 - December 28, 2016

New London - Gerry Kaplan passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. She was born June 7, 1932, in New London, the daughter of Aaron H. Sharaf and Bessie (Finn) Sharaf. She was brought up and attended New London schools, graduating from W.M.I., what is now The Williams School. She married the love of her life, Bob Kaplan, on Oct. 25, 1953, at Beth El Synagogue in New London. Gerry first...
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Eileen Ann Butterfield

May 11, 1938 - December 28, 2016

Niantic-Eileen Ann Butterfield, 78, passed peacefully on December 28, 2016 at the Connecticut Hospice facility in Branford in the comfort of her loving family. Eileen was born on May 11, 1938 in College Point, Queens, N.Y., the daughter of Werner and Charlotte Lammers (Herbst). She was an honor student at Flushing High School and earned a B.S. at Queens College. She also graduated Magna Cum...
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Stephanie Lynn Turowski

March 2, 1992 - December 26, 2016


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John R. Soda

June 24, 1959 - December 14, 2016

John R. Soda East Lyme- John R. Soda, 57, of East Lyme, passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at his home. John was born in New London, CT. on June 24, 1959, the son of the late John and Betty (Warg) Soda. A 1977 graduate of East Lyme High School, he was employed for many years as a custodian for the Waterford Board of Education. John coached little league baseball in East Lyme; he enjoyed...
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Francis Barrila

December 21, 1929 - December 9, 2016

Francis L. Barrila, 87, entered eternal life peacefully on Friday evening surrounded by his loving family. The son of Italian immigrants, Frank also known as "Sonny" by his parents, grew up in Thompsonville CT and was a lifetime resident of East Lyme. As a youth he picked tobacco in Enfield and helped his father who was an electrician and owned his own electrical business. He was the first...
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Joan Bennett Murphy

January 26, 1927 - November 29, 2016

Niantic - Joan Bennett Murphy, a longtime resident of Oak Grove Beach, passed peacefully on November 29, 2016. Born January 26, 1927, in Steubenville, Ohio, she was the daughter of Roland and Eloise (Bailey) Bennett of Norwich, Connecticut. Joan graduated from Norwich Free Academy in 1944. She attended the University of Connecticut, graduating in 1948 as one of few women at the time to major in...
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Daniel Patrick Murphy

January 8, 1985 - November 26, 2016

Oakdale-Daniel Patrick Murphy, 31, of Oakdale, died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, November 26, 2016. He was born January 8, 1985, in New London, Connecticut, the son of Michael J. and Debra K. (LaSala) Murphy. Dan was a 2003 graduate of Montville High School, where he was an accomplished athlete. He was a four-year starter in goal for the soccer team, lettered in track, and excelled as a...
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Rocco P. Silvestri

December 3, 1918 - November 22, 2016

Rocco P. Silvestri, 97, of Niantic, formerly of West Hartford and Lake Worth, FL, passed away peacefully on Nov. 22, 2016 with his loving daughters by his side. He was a devoted husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a friend to many. While thoughtful and loving, he was also known for his unique sense of humor. Born on Dec. 3, 1918 in Corleto Perticara, Province of...
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Willamina Quarry

February 25, 1919 - November 9, 2016

Willamina (Minnie) B Quarry, 97, of East Lyme died Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital. Minnie was born in Boskoop, Holland on February 25, 1919, daughter of Elzinus J. and Dirkje K. Brouwer. They immigrated to America in 1923, settling in New London. She graduated with honors from W.M.I. in 1937 and became the first female employee at the former New London Federal...
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Helen Cole Wildermuth

November 9, 2016

Lyme - Helen (Cole) Wildermuth, 91, passed away Oct. 29, 2016, with family, at the home she shared with her daughter, Polly Richter, in Lyme. Helen was born in Gary, Ind. to Amos Newton and Lillian (McAdoo) Cole. She attended Horace Mann School in Gary from grades one through 12, graduating in 1943. She then worked for a year for U.S. Steel's Plant Transportation Advisory Committee, which issued...
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Betty Lee Valentini

October 1, 2000 - October 30, 2016

East Lyme- Betty Lee Valentini, passed away into the grace of God peacefully at her home in East Lyme on October 30, 2016. She was 89 years old. She was predeceased by her husband Richard Valentini, Jr. The two met in Washington, D.C. and Maryland shortly after WWII when he was in the navy. Betty was born and raised on a farm in Perryville, MD, the last and youngest of eight children in the Boyd...
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Alice M. Gerber

April 15, 1918 - October 25, 2016

Niantic- Alice Miriam Gerber, 98 formerly of Niantic and one of the original residents of Laurel Hill Acres passed away on Tuesday October 25, 2016 at Greentree Manor & Rehabilitation Center, Waterford. Alice was born in Queens, NY on April 15, 1918 the daughter of Arthur and Adelaide Sedlack Goebel. She was the wife of the late Clifford F. Gerber. The made there home in New Hyde Park, NY for 12...
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Francis J. Buckley, Jr.

August 7, 1935 - October 21, 2016

Francis J. Buckley, Jr., 81, of Old Lyme, loving husband of 57 years of Irene (Micewicz) Buckley, died peacefully at their home along Rogers Lake on October 21, 2016. Born August 7, 1935 in Norwich, he was the son of the late Francis J. and Catherine (Driscoll) Buckley. Growing up in Norwich, he was an active Boy Scout, an avid hunter and fisherman. He graduated from Norwich Free Academy in 1953...
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Charles B. Rando

May 6, 1922 - October 20, 2016

Niantic, CT – Charles Bruno Rando, 94, of Bush Hill Drive, died peacefully at home in the loving embrace of his family on Thursday, October 20, 2016. He was born on May 6, 1922 in Niantic to William and Josephine (Fazio) Rando. He attended Chapman Technical High School in New London, graduating in 1940. Charles worked in the shipyard at Electric Boat for over 40 years as the foreman, and...
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Pearl Mileski

December 7, 1942 - October 18, 2016

Pearl Mileski Waterford- Pearl A. Mileski, 73, of Waterford, died Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London. She was born in Torrington on December 7, 1942, the daughter of John and Eunice Hudson Erbacher. She was the widow of Robert Mileski. She had worked in the family owned business of Captain Bill's Restaurant in Waterford, and was also an employee at...
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Wayne L. Hughes

October 21, 1958 - September 29, 2016

Wayne Hughes Niantic- Wayne L. Hughes, 57, of Niantic, passed away unexpectedly on September 29, 2016, at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was born in New London October 21, 1958, the son of Annie Seaberg Hughes of Niantic and the late Robert D. Hughes, Sr. of Florida. Wayne was a jack of all trades. He owned a roofing business for many years while residing in Waterford. He was a handyman who had...
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Betty W. Lincoln

April 25, 1928 - September 28, 2016

Betty W. Lincoln, 88, of Niantic, wife of the late David Lincoln, died Wednesday September 28, 2016 at Bayview Healthcare Center in Waterford. She was born on April 25, 1928 in the Bronx, N.Y., the daughter of George John and Margaret Weissflug Willenbucher. She married David Lincoln on Jan. 19, 1957, in Christ Church in Bronxville, N.Y. She was a graduate of Walton High School in the...
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Ralph S. Thissell

September 22, 2016 - September 22, 2016

Niantic- Ralph S. Thissell, beloved husband and best friend of Karen, passed away peacefully Sunday evening, Sept. 18, 2016, at his home in Niantic after a hard fought battle with cancer. Bom at home in Hamden, CT on Jan. 27, 1933 to Arthur and Laura Thissell, Ralph studied music education at Danbury State Teachers College. For many years he was employed in industry in quality control and...
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Kathleen Kelly Walker

November 8, 1936 - September 15, 2016

Kathleen Kelly Walker, 79, of East Lyme passed away Thursday, September 15, 2016 at the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. Born in Norwich, CT she was the daughter of the late John Patrick and Evelyn (Burton) Kelly. She was raised and educated in Norwich attending Saint Mary's School and graduating from the Norwich Free Academy in 1954. She went on to Saint Francis School of Nursing in Hartford, CT,...
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James Ryan Besade

December 26, 1972 - September 6, 2016

James Ryan Besade was born on December 26, 1985 in Waterford, Connecticut to Stephen and Susan (Sullivan) Besade. James was Stephen and Susan's third, cherished son, instantly adored by his older brothers, Justin and Jason. The saying "boys will be boys" rang true for the Besade boys. They spent their childhood boating on the Niantic River in their family boat, My Three Sons, enjoying summers on...
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Barbara Pagano

November 4, 1964 - August 29, 2016

Barbara Pagano Franklin- Barbara L. Pagano, 51, of Franklin, formerly of East Lyme, died unexpectedly at her home on August 29, 2016. Barbara was born in Sandusky, Ohio, the daughter of Robert and Judy Davis of East Lyme. She was a graduate of East Lyme High School. She had her own business breeding hypo-allergenic cats- Splendid Siberians and dogs- Caton De Tuler. She said, "I'm extremely...
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David P. Gray

August 29, 2016 - August 29, 2016

Niantic-David P. Gray, 79 of Niantic passed away Friday, August 26, 2016 at Bridebrook in Niantic. He was born in New London to the late Diana and Lewis Gray. He leaves his beloved wife of 52 years, Diane Domijan Gray. He grew up in Waterford and graduated from New London High School. Shortly after high school he joined the Navy. He was assigned to a destroyer and visited ports in Central America...
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Catherine A. McKiernan

August 31, 1919 - August 15, 2016

Catherine McKiernan East Lyme- Catherine A. McKiernan, 96, of West Hartford and Niantic, died August 15, 2016, at her home in West Hartford. She was born in Yonkers, NY on August 31, 1919, the daughter of John J, and Catherine Davis Ryan. She was the wife of John McKiernan who predeceased her in 1995. Mrs. McKiernen was a graduate of New Rochelle College where she earned a Bachelor's Degree....
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Benita C. McCormick

July 16, 1923 - August 10, 2016

East Lyme- Benita C. Dipollina McCormick, 93 passed away peacefully on Wednesday August 10, 2016 at Bayview Healthcare Center surround by her loving family. She was born July 16, 1923 in New London, one of seven children to Charles and Anna Barossa Dipollina. Bonita graduated from Williams Memorial Institute in 1941. She married Earl McCormick on September 30, 1944. As an Army wife she and her...
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James Michael Condon, Sr.

August 6, 1924 - August 4, 2016

JAMES MICHAEL CONDON, SR. 1924 – 2016 James Michael Condon, Sr., a retired attorney, died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes with his children present on August 4, 2016, at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, CT. He was 92. Mr. Condon was born in New Rochelle, NY, in 1924. He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II in the South Pacific. He graduated...
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Patricia Palmer

July 9, 1941 - August 1, 2016

Oakdale: Patricia B. Palmer, age 75, of Oakdale, died Monday morning, August 1, 2016, at Yale New Haven Hospital. Patricia was born in New London July 9, 1941, the daughter of Stephen and Alice (Turski) Boska. Her grandparents & other ancestors originated from the Ukraine. Mrs. Palmer had been employed as a barmaid in the Niantic area, she was known by many and her customers loved her dearly. She...
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Jack Lathrop

November 27, 1940 - July 19, 2016

John "Jack" Lathrop Waterford- John Clifford Lathrop, 75, of Waterford, CT died unexpectedly on July 19, 2016 after a battle with lung disease. He was born in New London, CT on November 22, 1940, the son of John Milton Lathrop and Elna Drury Lathrop. He was a graduate of New London High School Class of 1958. He married Carol Houghton Lathrop on April 9, 1960 at The First Baptist Church in Norwich...
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Lucille Sadie Riley

September 19, 1917 - July 15, 2016

Lucille (Sadie) Littlefield Riley of Waterford Connecticut passed away peacefully, on July 15, 2016, at the age of 98, after a short illness, while a resident of Bay view Health Care, in Waterford. Born September 19, 1917, in New London Connecticut Lucille was married to Charles Edward Riley Jr., on January 19, 1942. Lucille was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who loved to knit, Pleasure...
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Patricia Ann Tomaino

April 1, 1940 - July 13, 2016

Niantic- Patricia Ann Tomaino, 76 wife of the late Sam Tomaino passed away on Wednesday July 13, 2016 due to ovarian cancer which she endured with grace, patience and a positive attitude. Pat was born April 1, 1940 in Hartford the daughter of John and Mary Buszta Alekson. She made her home at Black Point Beach and was very active in her community. She was a Eucharist minister at St. Agnes Church...
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Richard Arthur McCormack

September 17, 1942 - June 30, 2016

East Lyme - Richard Arthur McCormack, 73, of Niantic, passed peacefully on June 30, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his daughters, Linda M. McCormack of Somers and Tiffany M. Massey of Niantic, who was his caregiver; and granddaughter, Livia Martha Nosal of Somers and two grandsons, Hayden Richard Kniep of Niantic and Kaleb Thomas MacFeat of Niantic, who he adored. He is...
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Christine Michele Ashburn

June 29, 1966 - June 23, 2016

East Lyme - Christine Michele Ashburn, 49, of Chadwick Place and formerly of Rocky Hill, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at her home surrounded by her friends and family. She was born June 29, 1966, in New London, the daughter of Eleanor (Quinn) Ashburn and the late Charles P. Ashburn Jr. of Niantic. Chris graduated from East Lyme High School in 1984 and earned her bachelor's degree from...
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Capt. Ira Livingston

December 15, 1938 - June 6, 2016

Captain Ira Eugene Livingston, USN, 77 Salem – Capt. Ira E. "Gene" Livingston, USN, 77, beloved husband of Elaine Mary (Smeds), was called back to God Monday, June 6, 2016, after suffering complications from Alzheimer's Disease. Born on a farm in Farragut, Iowa, he was a son of the late Lora Edgar "Lew" & Daisy Dean (Lowry) Livingston. He was a Salem resident for the past 25 years. In...
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Terry Daniel Ryan, M.D.

November 1, 1933 - May 21, 2016

Niantic- Terry Daniel Ryan, M.D., 82, of Bonita Springs, Florida and Niantic, CT., passed away May 21, 2016 at the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London. Dr. Ryan was born on November 1, 1933 in Springfield, MA, the son of the late Dr. Terence C. and Clare (McGoldrick) Ryan. A graduate of Holy Cross College, he received a medical degree from Tufts University and a Science Degree from...
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Mary Elizabeth Sunega

August 30, 1928 - March 30, 2016

Mary Elizabeth (Nye) Sunega, 87, wife of the late Ernest M. Sunega, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2016. Born on August 30, 1928, Mary was the daughter of Hiram Hale Nye and Margaret (Bruce) Nye, and spent her youth on the family farm in Georgia Plains, Vermont. She attended high school at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, Vermont, and spoke fondly of her time there and the lifelong...
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Julia S. Mostowy

March 30, 1925 - March 22, 2016

Julia Mostowy East Lyme- Julia S. Mostowy, age 90, of East Lyme, died March 22, 2016, at Mystic Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. She was born in East Lyme on March 30, 1925, the daughter of Harry and Mary Makar Sawicky. She was the widow of William Mitchell Mostowy who predeceased her on April 17, 2002. Mrs. Mostowy was a graduate of the former Williams Memorial Institute, and had worked at the...
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Marie Marcucci

November 18, 1939 - March 18, 2016

Montville - Marie Marcucci, former owner of Vinny's Pizza Haven in Niantic for over 30 years, died unexpectedly Friday, March 18, 2016, at Lawrence+ Memorial Hospital after being stricken at home. The wife of John C. Peterson of Oakdale, she was 76 years old. Mrs. Marcucci and her late husband, Vincent D. Marcucci, built and operated Vinny's Pizza Haven, a popular Italian restaurant in Niantic...
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Yvette Grace Gibbs

September 14, 1942 - March 18, 2016

Yvette Grace Gibbs, 73, of Niantic, passed away March 18, 2016 surrounded by her family and friends after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. She was born on September 14, 1942 in Hartford, CT., the daughter of the late Napoleon and Concorde (Gervais) Gagnon. Yvette was employed at L+M Hospital for over 25 years as a Health Unit Coordinator. She was very active in her union, AFT5123,...
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Priscilla White

February 13, 1946 - March 12, 2016

Sebastian, Fla. - Priscilla E "Dolly" White, 70, of Sebastian, passed away Saturday, March 12, 2016. Dolly was born Feb. 13, 1946, to Priscilla Eva (Bancroff) and Simplicio L. Cuarto Sr., in New London. Dolly and her brother, Sam, grew up in New London and she was a member of the New London Whalers high school graduating Class of 1964. Dolly raised four daughters and worked for several years at...
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Janice V. Brentlinger

December 13, 1928 - March 12, 2016

Beloved mother, grandmother, wife, partner, friend and nurturer. Janice Verne Brentlinger passed away on March 12, 2016. Janice was born on Dec. 13, 1928, to George and Verne Bradshaw in Washington, D.C., growing up in Silver Spring, MD. Janice attended University of Maryland, where she met James Brentlinger. The two married June 14, 1950 and located to Niantic, CT, in 1970. James passed away on...
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Norma Decker Whiton

August 5, 1925 - March 3, 2016

Waterford - Norma (Decker) Whiton, 90, of Waterford, died Thursday, March 3, 2016, at Sava Healthcare at Bridebrook in Niantic. She was born in New London, Aug. 5, 1925, the daughter of Ernest and Emma (Beebe) Decker. She married T. Robert Whiton, in the First Congregational Church, New London, on Nov. 20, 1948; he survives her. A graduate of the former Williams Memorial Institute, Class of...
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Ernest Matthias Sunega

February 24, 1926 - March 2, 2016

Niantic- Ernest Matthias Sunega, 90, of Niantic, passed away March 2, 2016 at his home. Ernie was born February 24, 1926 in Broad Brook, CT., the son of the late Matthew and Mildred (Grigel) Sunega. Ernest is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth (Nye) Sunega; a son, Stephen Sunega of Schenectady, NY; three daughters, Anne Staebner and her husband, Craig of Franklin, CT; Margaret Varga and her...
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Alvin Jay Colby

January 9, 1930 - February 3, 2016

East Lyme- Alvin Jay Colby passed away peacefully at home on Feb 3, 2016. Born on Jan 9, 1930 to Alvin J. and Josephine M. Baker Colby, he was raised on the family farm in Cameron, MO. A graduate of Cameron High School, he excelled in sports and theatre. Al enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, serving stateside. During his New London tour, he met the love of his life, Eleanor...
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Douglas Gerard Weidl

January 7, 1935 - January 20, 2016

Douglas Weidl January 20, 2016: Douglas Gerard Weidl of Niantic, Connectcut, passed peacefully from his paradise on earth into eternal paradise surrounded by his family at home. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut on January 7, 1935 to Florence St. Jean and Joseph Weidl. Doug often shared his fond memories of growing up in the South End of Hartford, where he was a survivor of the 1944 Circus...
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Erich Karl Hasemann

August 12, 1933 - January 10, 2016

Waterford - Erich Karl Walter Hasemann, 82, of Waterford, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at Bayview Healthcare in Waterford. He was born in Heilbronn, Germany, on Aug. 12, 1933, the son of Walter Erich Hasemann and Katerina (Fass) Hasemann. He was the husband of Wanda (Kaika) Hasemann, who survives him. Mr. Hasemann was retired from Electric Boat in Groton, where he had been employed as a...
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Theresa Malleck Dittman

February 4, 1930 - December 15, 2015

Theresa Dittman Waterford-Theresa Malleck Dittman 85, of Wood Street passed away Tuesday December 15th 2015 at Beechwood Manor in New London. She was born in New London February 4, 1930, the daughter of George and Elizabeth Malleck. She married Edward Dittman at St. Agnes Church, Niantic January 12 1952. Theresa was predeceased by Edward in 2011. Theresa was a graduate of the former Chapman Tech...
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Rose Angiolina DelPozzo

February 2, 1919 - December 6, 2015


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Robert A. Marino

October 6, 1932 - December 3, 2015

Robert Allen Marino Niantic- Robert A. Marino, 83 years old, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, December 3, 2015 surrounded by his family. He is predeceased by his wife of 60 years, the love of his life, Joan F. Marino. He was born in Hartford, CT on October 6, 1932, the son of Antonio Marino and Grace M. Marino. He grew up in Rocky Hill, CT, raised his family in Glastonbury, CT and...
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Daniel E. Adams

March 16, 1965 - December 3, 2015

Daniel Adams Niantic- Daniel E. Adams, age 50, of Niantic, died unexpectedly December 3, 2015 at home. He was born in New London on March 16, 1965, the son of Sandra Hart Adams. He graduated from East Lyme High School, and was the Parts Department Manager at Boats Incorporated for the past several years. He is survived by his mother Sandra Hart Adams of Quaker Hill, two sons, John Adams and...
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Lorraine J. Burruano

June 18, 1932 - November 21, 2015

Lorraine Jean Burruano Waterford - Lorraine Burruano of 82 Longview St., Unit 63, died Nov. 21, 2015, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital. She was born in Kulpmont, Pa., on June 18, 1932, the daughter of Frank and Mary Savitski. She retired from Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and also from Federal Civil Service working in the Seawolf office of Supervisor of Shipbuilding (Supships) in Groton, and the...
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George Arthur Hayden

August 8, 1929 - November 10, 2015

Niantic- George Arthur Hayden, 86 of Niantic died peacefully after a long illness in his home surrounded by his loving family and his faithful Yellow Labrador Retriever Mack McGillicuddy on Tuesday November 10, 2015. He was born to John and Margaret McElroy Hayden on August 8, 1929 and spent the first 12 years of his life in the Washington Heights area of New York City. This is where he learned...
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Maria Joyce Gallagher

July 18, 1937 - November 5, 2015

Maria Joyce (Trupia) Gallagher, 78, of Niantic, Connecticut, entered eternal life on November 5th 2015. Maria died at home, surrounded by her loving family. Maria was born July 18, 1937 at Manhattan Hospital in New York City to Anthony and Carmela Trupia. She graduated from Immaculata Catholic High School, Class of 1955. Maria married her teenage sweetheart, Daniel John Gallagher on...
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Michael E. Rix

May 12, 1953 - November 1, 2015

Michael E. Rix passed away peacefully Sunday November 1st after a long battle with lung cancer holding his children's hands and listening to the reassuring words of his soul mate, He was born on May 12, 1953 to the late Dorothy Paczowski and William Rix As a solider in the United States Army, Mike served honorably from 1971-1974. For more than 20 years he was employed with City of New London...
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John Williams

September 6, 1938 - October 6, 2015

Jack's tribute video will be available shortly... Niantic – John "Jack" F. Williams, 77, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. Born September 6, 1938 in Providence, RI to John F. Williams and Eileen O'Neill Williams. He was a graduate of Providence College and received advanced degrees in education from RI College and Southern CT State University. Jack spent 35...
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Betty Jean Doucette

May 5, 1949 - October 5, 2015

Betty Jean Doucette Ledyard- Betty Jean Doucette, age 66, of Ledyard, passed away Monday, October 5, 2015, at her home after a courageous battle with leukemia. She was born in Westerly, RI on May 5, 1949, the daughter of Charles and Betty McGowan/ Campo. She is survived by her husband David Doucette, her son Norman Hilbert of Harpers Ferry , WV; three daughters, Michelle MacCracken of...
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Warren L. Murphy

April 6, 1924 - October 4, 2015

Waterford – Warren L. "Bud" Murphy, 91, formerly of 12 Glenvale Street, passed away quietly and peacefully late on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. He was born in West Mystic, April 6, 1924, the son of Loren H. and Mary (Kenyon) Murphy. Bud married Kathleen Daly on May 20, 1947, in St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church. They remained devoted companions and best friends for the next 62 years. She passed...
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Eunice Rothe Fitzell

May 19, 1929 - September 28, 2015

Eunice Rothe Fitzell passed away peacefully on Monday morning, September 28, 2015 at Crescent Point, Niantic, attended by her daughters. Eunice was born May 19, 1929 in Granite City, Illinois to Rev. Otto Rothe and Hulda (Schaefer) Rothe. Her life and faith were shaped by a staunch family of Lutheran ministers, including her father, brother, and several uncles and cousins. She generously donated...
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Pia Faulise

March 3, 1963 - September 25, 2015

Old Lyme- Pia Faulise, 52 of Wychwood Rd passed away suddenly on Friday September 26, 2015 at her residence. She was born March 3, 1963 in New York, New York the daughter of Paul and Nira Suarez Steffensen. She married Robert Faulise Jr. on October 14, 2007 in Old Saybrook. Pia worked for the State of Connecticut as a social worker for over 15 years, retiring in 2004. Besides her parents and...
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John P. Delaney

April 28, 1939 - September 12, 2015

East Lyme - John P. Delaney, 76, of Corey Lane, Niantic, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer. John was born April 28, 1939, in Baldwinsville, N.Y., the son of Clarence and Elizabeth Delaney. He married Margaret Abbiati on June 22, 1963, in New London. John graduated from Baldwinsville High School and then joined the U.S....
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Roland Chandler Thayer, Jr.

March 3, 1941 - September 7, 2015

Roland Thayer Norwich- Roland Chandler Thayer, age 74, of Norwich, died Monday, Seeptember 7, 2015, at Sava Healthcare at Bridebrook in Niantic. He was born in Springfield, MA March 3, 1941, the son of Roland C. and Anna Ogozalek Thayer. He attended Western New England College, and served in the National Guard. He retired from the Frito-Lay Company where he had been employed as a salesman. He...
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Arthur Francis Ross

October 26, 1924 - March 23, 2015

East Lyme – Arthur Francis Ross, 90, died peacefully on March 23, 2015, at Bridebrook Nursing Home in Niantic after a brief illness, surrounded by family. Arthur was born on Oct 26, 1924, in New London, to Arthur Sterling and Gertrude Delap Ross. He grew up in New London, graduating from Bulkeley High School in 1944. Art is predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Edna (Farrell) and his...
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Norton Goss

October 18, 1920 - February 16, 2015

Niantic- Norton Goss, 94, passed away on Monday February 16, 2015 at Bridebrook Health and Rehabilitation Center, Niantic. He was born October 8, 1920 in New London, the son of Gilbert and Ethel Chappell Goss. He married Lois Kappeler in East Haven on September 11, 1948. Norton graduated from the former Chapman Tech in 1939. He was an Army veteran of World War II serving in the 10th Mountain...
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Janet Silvestri

June 11, 1930 - January 31, 2015

Janet Silvestri Waterford- Janet C. Silvestri, 84, of Waterford, died Saturday, January 31st, 2015, at Bayview Healthcare Center. She was born in New London, June 11, 1930, the daughter of Clifford and Catherine Lewis Shields. She married Frank Silvestri on September 18th, 1948 at St. Mary's Church in New London, CT; he survives her. Mrs. Silvestri was a graduate of the former Chapman Technical...
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John A. Richards

January 2, 1927 - January 26, 2015

Waterford-John A. Richards passed away Monday morning at the age 88, following a brief illness. John was born on January 12, 1927 in New London, CT. He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Dee Richards, who passed just 12 weeks prior. John was a graduate of the 1944 class of Chapman Tech High School in New London. Shortly after his graduation, on June 6th, 1944, John enlisted the Navy and...
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Constance Smith

June 27, 1949 - January 22, 2015

Constance "Connie" May Smith, 65, loving wife, mother, aunt and grandmother, entered eternal life on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at her Waterford home in the loving presence of her devoted husband, Chris. Born in New London on June 27, 1949, Connie was the daughter of Dominic and Marguerite (Short) May. She graduated from St. Bernard High School in 1967and earned an associate's degree from...
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Clyde Gilbert

January 14, 2015

Clyde " Skip" L. Gilbert, 71 of East Lyme, went home to be with the Lord, January 14, 2015. He died while at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital after a 14 year-long battle of Cancer. He was the beloved husband of Sherrel (Richards) Gilbert for 50 years. Skip was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the late Clyde H. and Evelyn (Horner) Gilbert. The family moved to Crawfordsville, Indiana at...
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Edgar Harold Jensen

March 17, 1919 - January 13, 2015

Niantic-Edgar Harold Jensen, born on March 17, 1919 in New London to Niels Christian and Marie Jensen, Ed Jensen spent a few of his younger years in Long Island before his family moved back to Connecticut, this time to Niantic. During World War II he worked for Electric Boat as a welder and welding instructor on submarines before joining the army where he served with the 99th Infantry Division...
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John Joseph Douton

July 11, 1928 - January 10, 2015

John (Jack) Joseph Douton, Jr., 86, of Attawan Beach, Niantic passed away peacefully on January 10, 2015, at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. Jack was born in New London on July 11, 1928, the son of the late John Sr. and Ethel Hurlburt Douton. He grew up in Pleasure Beach, attended Waterford schools and was a 1946 graduate of the former Chapman Tech in New London. Jack enlisted in the Navy and...
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Donald Richard Dowd, D.D.S.

December 15, 1921 - January 7, 2015


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Ralph M. Clark

February 18, 1943 - December 27, 2014

Ralph Clark, 71, of Old Saybrook passed away on December 27, 2014. He is survived by his wife Carolyn, his two children, Allyson and Dennis, as well as their spouses David and Kristen. He is also survived by his granddaughter Haylee, brother John and his wife Sheila. His parents, Ralph and Doris, predeceased him. Ralph earned degrees from Mitchell College, Southern Connecticut University, and...
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Janice Smith Simpson

September 21, 1929 - December 25, 2014

Janice Simpson Waterford- Janice Smith Simpson, 85, of Waterford, died Thursday, December 25, 2014, at Atria Crossroads Place in Waterford. She was born in Providence, R.I. September 21, 1929, the daughter of George and Amy Morgan Smith. She married Albert Simpson in Providence on March 18, 1950. Together they raised four boys, moving from Rhode Island to the home they built in Waterford in...
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Jane E. Sodergren

August 23, 1930 - December 1, 2014

Niantic-Jane Enstam Sodergren, of Kendall Lane East Lyme, passed away on Monday December 1, 2014. The daughter of RADM Albin R. Sodergren, USN and Mildred Enstam Sodergren, Jane was born in New Britain, CT on August 23, 1930. As a "Navy brat," Jane spent her early childhood in China and the Philippines. The family then moved to Portsmouth, NH, where she started school. ...
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