Burritt Hill Funeral Home

As the seasons change, so does life. For over 60 years, Duksa Family Funeral Homes have been privileged to serve families throughout Central Connecticut with caring, personal attention and professional service.
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Our Obituaries

Jozef Jan Kubiak

February 21, 1921 - August 15, 2017

Jozef (Jan) Kubiak, 96, of New Britain, passed away peacefully in his home on August 15, 2017. He was born in Poland to the late Jan and Anna (Dolatowska) Kubiak on February 21, 1921. After WWII, he spent time in Germany and France. During his travels to the United States, he found a photo of his future bride who became his soulmate for the past 54 years. Jozef is survived by his wife Krystyna ...
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Jadwiga Sadowski

September 19, 1928 - August 4, 2017

Jadwiga Sadowski, 88, of New Britain and formerly of Plainville, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 4, 2017 in New Britain. Born on September 19, 1928, in Warsaw Poland, she was the daughter of the late Stanislaw and Franciska Zielinski. A beloved mother and grandmother, Jadwiga enjoyed spending time with her family and preparing them traditional polish dishes. Her leisure activities were...
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Zofia (Zagrabelna) Szpyt

August 4, 2017

Zofia (Zagrabelna) Szpyt, 70, of Berlin, died on Friday, August 4, 2017, peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of Stanislaw Szpyt for 47 years. She was born in Poland and came to the United States in 1974. Prior to her retirement, Zofia was employed by Hartford Hospital for over 25 years. She was a parishioner of, volunteer and belonged to the rosary group...
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Mieczyslaw Winiarski

June 5, 1948 - August 3, 2017

On Thursday, August 3, 2017, Mieczyslaw Winiarski, 69, was called to eternal life at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. Born in Poland on June 5, 1948, he was the son of the late Ignacy & Juzefa Winiarski. He came to the United States with his family in 1988 and settled to Meriden before relocating to New Britain. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a machinist with 3M Cuno...
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Jadwiga Ciesielski

August 19, 1927 - August 2, 2017

Jadwiga (Guziewicz) Musial-Ciesielski, 89, of New Britain, loving wife of Waldemar Ciesielski, died on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at the Hospital of Central CT in New Britain. Born in Poland, daughter of the late Jozef and Leokadia Guziewicz, growing up, Jadwiga resided in multiple countries around the world seeking amnesty due to the perils of war. She lived in Siberia, Kazakhstan, India,...
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Stanislawa Kolesinska

June 1, 1931 - July 30, 2017

Stanislawa (Gawrylo) Kolesinska, 86, of Berlin, formerly of Evanston, IL, died peacefully with her daughter by her side. Born in Poland to the late Zygmunt and Aleksandra (Malyszko) Gawrylo, she immigrated to the U.S. in 1979 and settled in Illinois. She moved to Connecticut in 2013 to be closer to her daughter with whom she made her home. Stanislawa was a selfless woman who always put her...
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Maryanna (Sawicka) Dzienis

September 15, 1924 - July 26, 2017

Maryanna (Sawicka) Dzienis, 92, of Newington, peacefully entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 with her family by her side. Born in New Britain to the late Stanislaw and Rozalia (Baldyga) Sawicki, she attended local schools and was a devoted parishioner of Sacred Heart Church. Maryanna was a loving, generous mother and superb cook of Polish cuisine, who stayed at home to raise her...
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Robert Pawelczyk

December 12, 1934 - July 11, 2017

Robert Pawelczyk, 82, of New Britain died at home on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. He was a lifelong resident of New Britain and attended local schools. A dedicated parishioner of St. Mary's Church in New Britain, he served as an usher there for many years. Bob proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired from New Departure as a cutter/grinder after 35 years of...
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Henry Kita

September 16, 1926 - July 9, 2017

Henry Kita, 90, of New Britain, died Sunday, July 9, 2017. Born in Hutkow, Poland, son of Andrzej and Bronislawa (Kozlowska) Kita, he was a longtime resident of New Britain. Henry was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church and retired in 1972 from Atlantic Machine Tool after many years of employment. Henry is survived by his sons: Dieter Kita of Peterborough, NH, H-Walter Kita of New Britain and...
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Edward Bichun

July 5, 2017

Edward R. Bichun, 75, of Bristol, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 with his beloved wife Marion (Hricus) Bichun by his side. Born in Hartford, son of the late Helena Bichun, he was a New Britain resident until moving to Bristol with his family in 1972. Ed was a member of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church and its Men's Club. He was also a member of the Federated Russian...
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Bronislaw Biel

July 5, 2017

Bronislaw Biel, 78, of New Britain, passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Wanda (Wolak) Biel for 49 years. Born in Poland, son of the late Ludwik and Antonina (Kaszuba) Biel, he immigrated to New Britain with his family in 1981. While in Poland, Bronislaw attended Mechanical School and was a Machine Instructor. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and was...
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Mark Fal

June 30, 2017

Mark Fal, 33, of Newington, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017 peacefully in his sleep, at home. Born in New Britain, Mark was the beloved son of the late Stefan Fal. Mark has been a long term resident of Newington, while only moving to Bristol for a brief period of time. After graduating high school, Mark attended New England Technical Institute, and graduated with a certificate in Auto Mechanics...
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Anthony D. DeNino

April 2, 1922 - June 21, 2017

Anthony D. DeNino, 95, of New Britain, passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at his home. Born in Hartford on April 2, 1922 to the late Frank and Nancy (Lattanzio) DeNino, he was the beloved husband of the late Margaret (Pacinda) DeNino for 65 years. A veteran of the United States Army during WWII, Anthony served as a paratrooper in the OSS. He was an avid reader, was skilled in math, word...
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Henryka Kusznier

May 9, 1939 - June 19, 2017

Henryka Kusznier, 78, of Plainville, died on Monday, June 19, 2017. She was a beautiful woman who had a heart of gold. Her strength and resilience will forever be an inspiration to her family. Her contagious smile and positive attitude could brighten up anyone's mood. Her zest for life was evident in her devotion to God and her family. There was never a moment that love wasn't seen in her eyes....
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Virginia "Ginny" Majewski

March 16, 1925 - June 7, 2017

Virginia Theresa (Hnatt) Majewski died Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Affectionately known as "Ginny" to her friends and family, she was born in New Britain on March 16, 1925, daughter of the late Victoria (Kata) and Andrew Hnatt. Ginny was the beloved wife of the late Stefan Majewski, Sr. to whom she was married for 40 years before he died in 1993. She worked at Landers, Frary and Clark in New...
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Anna (Jurczyk) Cleveland

June 21, 1966 - June 6, 2017

Anna (Jurczyk) Cleveland, 50, of New Britain, died on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. She was born in New Britain to the late Chester and Wladyslawa (Kozlowski) Jurczyk. She attended and graduated from Sacred Heart School and Mary Immaculate Academy. She was a parishioner and lector at Sacred Heart Church. Anna was a fun-loving, sociable free spirit who enjoyed spending time in the company of family and...
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Ronald F. Piorkowski

January 16, 1933 - June 5, 2017

Ronald F. Piorkowski, beloved husband of Jane (Korza), passed away after a short illness on Monday, June 5, 2017 with his family by his side. Ron was born on January 16, 1933 in New Britain, CT to the late Frank and Clara Piorkowski. He graduated from New Britain High School and was a resident of New Britain for 63 years before moving to Old Saybrook with Jane 21 years ago. While growing up, Ron...
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Stephen L. Balavender

July 28, 1926 - May 29, 2017

Stephen L. Balavender, 90, of New Britain, passed away peacefully at home on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017. He was the beloved husband of the late Jean (Oehler) Balavender who preceded him in death in October 2016. Born and raised in New Britain, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Koblis) Balavender. Steve was a co-owner of B & J Trucking and later in life was the proud owner and operator...
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Sophie Dzierlatka Skiba

May 29, 2017

Sophie (Dzierlatka) Skiba, 73, of Plainville, died on Monday, May 29, 2017. She was born in Poland to the late Franciszek and Marianna (Gwiazda) Dzierlatka and immigrated to the U.S. in 1967, initially settling with family in New Haven and then eventually moved to New Britain. She was employed as a machine operator at Stanley Works for many years and was a devoted parishioner of Sacred Heart...
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Jan "John" Sowinski

May 29, 2017

John (Jan) Sowinski, 89, of New Britain, passed away to eternal Heaven on Monday, May 29, 2017 at the Hospital of Central CT. He was the beloved husband of Genowefa (Grzeszczyk) Sowinski for 58 years. Jan was born in Poland to the late Wawrzyniec and Helena (Glowinska) Sowinski and at the age of 12 spent time in refugee camps in Siberia as well as in Africa, Persia and India to escape the war....
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Zofia Szymanowski

April 24, 1926 - May 27, 2017

Zofia (Wlodkowski) Szymanowski, 91, of Newington, died in the comfort of her home surrounded by her family on Saturday, May 27, 2017. She was a hard-working woman who was known to always stay busy. Although she retired from her full time job at Black & Decker, she continued to work as a chef's assistant until she was 78 years old. Zofia kept a clean house and was meticulous about making sure...
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Andrzej Janowski

July 10, 1950 - May 23, 2017

Andrzej Janowski, 66, of New Britain died peacefully on May 23, 2017 with his family by his side. He was born in Ostroleka, Poland and immigrated to the U.S. in 1978. He first worked at Atlantic Tool and then took a position at Caval Industries where he worked as a tool maker for many years. Andrzej enjoyed many trips to Florida with his wife, spending time working on various projects with his...
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Lucille (Karas) Chojnicki

May 22, 2017

Lucille "Lola" (Karas) Chojnicki, 93, of New Britain died on Monday, May 22, 2017. She was the widow of Edward Chojnicki. Born in New Britain on Dec. 18, 1923, daughter of the late Alex and Valerie (Pryzmont) Karas, she was a lifelong city resident. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1946. Lucille worked at Fafnir Bearing for over 40 years, retiring in 1986 and...
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Richard Popczak

July 18, 1948 - May 20, 2017

Richard Popczak, 68, of New Britain passed away unexpectedly at home on May 20, 2017. He was the son of the late Jozef and Anna Popczak. He leaves behind his brother George Popczak and wife Halina of New Britain, nieces Stephanie Hermann and husband Chris of Bristol and Marybeth Hussey and husband Michael of Oconomowoc, WI. Richard was a very proud great uncle to Eric, Walter, and Jozef...
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Barbara A. Bylaard

May 17, 2017

Barbara (Sieputowski) Bylaard, beloved wife of William Bylaard, died peacefully on May 17, 2017. A lifelong resident of New Britain, she attended local schools and graduated from New Britain High School in 1968. She was employed by John Hancock and the Aetna. Barbara enjoyed playing bingo, trips to the casino, caring for her dogs, and spending time at her summer home at the Rhode Island shore....
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Elaine Pacinda

June 15, 1950 - May 16, 2017

Elaine Pacinda, 66, lifelong resident of New Britain, died on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at her home with her mother by her side. She attended local schools and was a proud Girl Scout. She attended the CCARC Day Program for many years and was active in the Special Olympics, winning a Gold Medal in the "Jumping" event. She enjoyed making latch-hook pillows, watching the classic shows on TV Land with...
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Gerald Alan Levesque

May 12, 2017

Gerald Alan Levesque, 66, husband of Judith (Lichwiarz) Levesque, passed away peacefully Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. Born in New Britain, Gerald is the son of Armand Levesque of Southington and Bertha (Fongemie) (Levesque) Reuss of Farmington. He was a graduate of Thomas Aquinas High School Class of 1969. After completing high school Gerald went on to proudly...
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John J. Koziol

January 11, 1918 - May 6, 2017

John J. Koziol, 99, of Kensington, CT, passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017. He was born in New Britain, CT, on January 11, 1918, son of the late Michael and Josephine (Radaj) Koziol and loving husband of the late Rita (Marcoux) Koziol. John and Rita were married for 61 years until her passing in 2011. They enjoyed their time together, especially cheering on the UConn Women's Basketball team...
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Barbara (Mehan) Kidwell

December 15, 1952 - May 6, 2017

Barbara (Mehan) Kidwell, 64, of Plainville, died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Born in New Britain to the late Joseph L. and Rosalie (Wrobel) Mehan, she attended local schools and graduated from UConn with a Bachelor's degree in English. Barbara worked as a secretary for the Board of Education throughout the Plainville school system for many years. In her leisure time, Barbara enjoyed...
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Wieslaw Glogowski

September 27, 1937 - May 5, 2017

Wieslaw Glogowski, 79, of New Britain, CT died peacefully on May 5, 2017 ending a three year battle with cancer. He was born in Poland and immigrated to the U.S. in 1966 with his wife, Zofia and four children. He first worked at Atlantic Tool and then took a position at Caval Tool & Die where he worked for 33 years. Wieslaw enjoyed many trips with his wife, spending time with his family and...
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Margaret "Peggy" Fijolek

January 24, 1947 - May 4, 2017

Margaret "Peggy" Fijolek, 70, of New Britain, formerly of Simsbury, died on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Born in New Britain to the late Theodore and Anne (Kurnik) Fijolek, she graduated from Simsbury High School Class of 1965. Peggy was employed by Allstate Insurance for many years and then Stop & Shop up until her retirement. She was a parishioner of St. Jerome Church and was a regular Bingo player...
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Kazimiera Kozielec

April 17, 1944 - April 29, 2017

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, Kazimiera Kozielec, 73, was called to eternal life at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain, after a long illness. Born in Jastrzabka Nowa, Poland on April 17, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Franciszek & Tekla (Starzec) Kadzielawa. She was a longtime New Britain resident where she was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. Prior to retirement,...
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Stanislaw Dziemian

February 16, 1937 - April 28, 2017

On Friday, April 28, 2017 at the age of 80, Stanislaw Dziemian of New Britain, was called to eternal life after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Chodorowka Stara Poland on February 16, 1937, came to the U.S. and was employed by Stanley Works for many years. He was an avid fisherman and loved spending time in his garden. Left to honor his memory are his daughters: Barbara Jankowski and...
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Thaddeus J. "Uncle Ted" Nowacki

November 26, 1929 - April 24, 2017

Thaddeus J. "Ted" Nowacki, 87, lifelong resident of New Britain, died on Monday, April 24, 2017. Born in New Britain to the late Walter and Lottie (Markowski) Nowacki, he attended local schools, graduated from Catholic Seminary College in Michigan and was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church. Ted was employed by Hartford Provision and then later Murphy Security from which he retired after many...
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Stanislaw Pianka

October 16, 1932 - April 23, 2017

Stanislaw Pianka, 84, of New Britain, passed away on Sunday, April 23, 2017 after a long illness. He was born in Poland, but immigrated to the U.S. in 1980 to begin a new life for his family. He was employed as a machine operator at Budney Overhaul & Repair up until his retirement in 1998. Stanislaw was an intelligent, generous and kind man, lending a helping hand to anyone in need. He was a...
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Maria Cygan

December 8, 1923 - April 20, 2017

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, Maria Cygan, 93, was called to eternal life at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. Born in Poland on December 8, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Piotr & Karolina Nowak. She was a New Britain resident since 1970 where she was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. Prior to her retirement, she was a machine operator with Stanley Magic Door. ...
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Theresa V. (Nestor) Merritt

April 19, 2017

Theresa V. (Nestor) Merritt, 87, of New Britain, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Autumn Lake Healthcare. She was the beloved wife of Coley Merritt for 55 years. Born in New Britain, daughter of the late Alexander and Nelly (Naples) Nestor, she was a lifelong New Britain resident. She was employed at Landers, Frary and Clark, Kresge Department Store and Woolworths prior to her...
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Krystyna Murzyn

April 19, 2017

Krystyna (Baran) Murzyn, 77, of New Britain, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. Born in Poland, daughter of the late Helena (Stelmaszek) and Michal Bieluk, she was a resident of New Britain for 32 years and a parishioner of Holy Cross Church. She enjoyed cooking and gardening but her true passion was time spent with her family, especially her...
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Krystyna Sakowicz

August 22, 1938 - April 17, 2017

Krystyna (Nierodzik) Sakowicz, 78, of Farmington, passed away peacefully on Monday, April, 17, 2017 in the comfort of home surrounded by her family. She was born in Poland and worked as a pathologist there until 1996 when she immigrated to the U.S. She was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church and belonged to their Rosary Society and Chor Mlodych Serc (Choir of Young Hearts). Krystyna had the most...
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Alla Hamisevich

December 30, 1929 - April 17, 2017

Alla (Jazkevich) Hamisevich, widow of the late Eugene Hamisevich passed away peacefully on April 17, 2017. Born in 1929 in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, she was the daughter of the late Nikolaj and Anastasia Jazkevich. At the end of WW II Alla's family left Ukraine and lived in Germany before settling in New Britain, CT where she married Eugene and they started their family. After Alla retired from...
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Richard J. Sztaba

September 16, 1946 - April 10, 2017

Richard J. Sztaba, 70, of New Britain, died peacefully on Monday, April 10, 2017. Born in New Britain, son of the late John and Alexandra (Yackowski) Sztaba, he was a lifelong City resident. He was a U. S. Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War and retired from the State of Connecticut. His survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Donna Marie and Greg Mazur of Plainville and two nephews, Brett...
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Helen A. Coyle

June 13, 1930 - April 7, 2017

On Friday, April 7, 2017, Helen A. Coyle, 86, passed away at her Newington residence. Born in Normandy, France on June 13, 1930 she was the daughter of the late Bartholomy & Serafina Alexandroff. Helen was a longtime area resident and a member of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church. Prior to retirement, she was a sales associate at the former G. Fox & Co. She enjoyed shopping and cooking for...
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Krystyna Zderkiewicz

April 23, 1943 - April 6, 2017

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Burial will be in Poland.
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Feliks Luczynski

December 20, 1927 - April 5, 2017

Feliks Luczynski, 89, of New Britain, passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 after a long illness. Born in Poland to the late Jan and Marta (Klimkiewicz) Luczynski, he immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1963 to provide a better life for them. Feliks had a strong work ethic which was recognized by a 30 year employee award presented to him by Atlantic Machine Tool for his service and...
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Chester S. Sledzik

June 1, 1927 - April 4, 2017

Atty. Chester Stanley Sledzik, 89, of New Britain, died peacefully in the comfort of his home on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Frances (Potrepka) Sledzik. He was born on June 1, 1927, in Greenfield, MA, to Stanley Sledzik and Mary (Ceberek) Sledzik. He grew up in New Britain, and graduated from Sacred Heart School and New Britain High School. A U.S. Navy Veteran, he served...
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Zdzislaw Blad

August 14, 1963 - April 4, 2017

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:15 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. He will be laid to rest in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
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Jean M. Collin

September 24, 1953 - April 4, 2017

Jean Collin, 63, of West Hartford, partner of George Mucha, peacefully passed on April 3, 2017 at Ledgecrest Healthcare after a very long illness, surrounded by her family. Jean was born September 24, 1953 in Frenchville, ME to Paul Collin and Normande (Ouellette) Collin. The family moved to New Britain, CT in 1955. Jean lived there until she met her partner George and moved to West Hartford. ...
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Maria Troyan Felter

November 12, 1930 - April 1, 2017

Maria (Troyan) Felter, of New Britain, passed to Eternal Life to join her loving husband Joseph, her son Jimmy and her son-in-law Bryan. She was born in Ukraine in 1930 to Nina (Zapko) and Alexsander Troyan. During WWII, she was in Germany's forced labor camp in Stuttgart. From 1949 she lived in Canada in Victoria, BC. In 1963 she came to New Britain. She was a member of Holy Cross Church in New...
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Kenneth F. Zajko

February 11, 1943 - March 31, 2017

Kenneth F. Zajko passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017, in his home in Florida. He was a long time resident of Central Connecticut. He was born and raised in New Britain, CT. He moved to Southington and there raised his family. Ultimately he was attracted to the warmth of Florida and resided in Fort Myers for the remainder of his life. Kenneth was a meat cutter by trade and managed many Meat...
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Wojciech Wojtak

September 27, 1959 - March 31, 2017

Wojciech Wojtak, 57, of Plainville, died on Friday, March 31, 2017 after a short, unexpected illness. Born in Poland to Helena (Wolicka) and the late Jan Wojtak, Wojciech graduated from the Akademia Gorniczo – Hutnica in Krakow with a Master's degree in Engineering. In 1987, he immigrated to the U.S. to begin preparing for a new life for his family; to provide for them and their future the best...
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Harold A. Bucchi

March 30, 2017

Harold A. Bucchi, 87, a longtime resident of New Britain, passed away at his home on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Born on April 16, 1929 in Fossombrone, Italy, Harold was the son of the late Joseph and Lucia (Turchi) Bucchi and the husband of 50 years to the late Lena (Vagni) Bucchi. Prior to his retirement, Harold was employed as a polisher and buffer and later as a Union Supervisor for the...
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Maria Kalczenko

December 13, 1925 - March 30, 2017

Maria Kalczenko, 91, of New Britain, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017 with her family by her side. She was born in Poland to the late Piotr and Sabina (Kawa) Sen and as a young adult, gave up all she had and immigrated to the U.S. to begin a new life. Maria was a hard working woman, she had a strong work ethic which was recognized by a 25 year golden plaque award presented to her by...
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Stanley E. Dabrowski

September 20, 1924 - March 27, 2017

Stanley E. Dabrowski, 92, passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Saint Mary Home, West Hartford. He was predeceased in 2013 by his wife of sixty-two years, Wanda (Stolarun) Dabrowski. A lifelong resident of New Britain, Stanley was the son of the late Paul and Eleanor (Grzejka) Dabrowski. He was a 1942 graduate of New Britain High School, and received a bachelor's degree from Roosevelt College...
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Pauline (Zakrzewski) Baczewski

July 23, 1926 - March 26, 2017

Pauline (Zakrzewski) Baczewski, 90, of New Britain, died peacefully on Sunday, March 26, 2017. A lifelong resident, she was born in New Britain to the late Stanley and Marianna (Wierzbinski) Zakrzewski. Pauline was employed as a hairstylist in various salons around town and loved the socialization and special relationships she had with each of her clients. Some of her favorite pastimes were:...
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Anne M. Pilewski

June 1, 1923 - March 25, 2017

Anne (Makucin) Pilewski, 93, of New Britain, died quietly in her sleep on Saturday, March 25, at Msgr. Bojnowski Manor. She was born to the late Konstanty and Anna (Greszcyk) Makucin in New Britain and remained a lifelong resident. Anne retired from her clerical position at Fafnir Bearing Co. after many years of service. In her retirement, she enjoyed bus trips, reading and card parties; one of...
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Stanley J. Puchala

November 14, 1924 - March 17, 2017

Stanley J. Puchala, 92, of New Britain died peacefully on March 17, 2017. A lifelong resident of New Britain, he was the son of Juzef and Juzefa (Janik) Puchala. Mr. Puchala was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Force as an Aerial Gunner from 1943 to 1945. A graduate of New Britain High School, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic University in Troy, NY following military...
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Florence Gay

September 27, 1924 - March 16, 2017

Florence Gay, 92, of Bristol and formerly of New Britain, died peacefully on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Born in New Britain to the late Maksimilian and Apolonia (Przetacznik) Gaj, Florence was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church, an active member of its Ladies Guild and served as an officer for the New Britain Council of Catholic Women. She devoted much of her time volunteering at a variety of...
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Genevieve "Jean" Dobrowolski

June 24, 1918 - March 12, 2017

Genevieve "Jean" (Opalenski) Dobrowolski, 98, of New Britain, died on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. Born in New Britain to the late Wladyslaw and Frances (Prus) Opalenski, she was a lifelong resident and parishioner of Holy Cross Church. Jean was an energetic person who lived independently until her final days. She was always caring and supportive of family...
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Casimer Godlewski

September 9, 1951 - March 12, 2017

Casimer "Kazimierz" Godlewski, 65, of New Britain, beloved husband of Janina (Powojski) Godlewski, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Born in Poland on September 9, 1951, Casimer was the son of Amelia (Kejko) Godlewski of New Britain and the late Bernard Godlewski. He was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church. Prior to his retirement, Casimer worked as a toolmaker for Beacon Manufacturing. He...
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Marianna Tanski

March 10, 2017

Marianna (Warych) Tanski, 92, of New Britain, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 10, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Stanislaw Tanski. Born in Poland, daughter of the late Frank and Teofila Warych, she was a longtime New Britain resident and a member of Sacred Heart Church. A loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she leaves her three sons and daughters-in-law,...
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Joachim Gola

March 9, 2017

Joachim Gola, 60, of New Britain, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Hospital of Central CT. He was the beloved husband of Eugenia (Surma) Gola for 38 years. Born in Poland, son of the late Artur and Teresa (Witula) Gola, he was a longtime New Britain resident and a member of Sacred Heart Church. He was employed by CT Tool & Manufacturing for many years. Joachim was a handyman and...
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John M. Hollis, Sr.

October 11, 1919 - March 8, 2017

John M. Hollis, Sr., 97, of New Britain, died peacefully in the comfort of his home on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was one of nine children born in Braznell, PA to the late George and Anna (Koran) Halas. A decorated veteran, John proudly served his country in the 813th Tank Destroyer Battalion Company B of the U.S. Army during WWII, during which he participated in the...
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Helen M. Zielinski

July 21, 1935 - March 5, 2017

Helen M. (Nowatka) Zielinski, 81, of New Britain, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Sunday March 5, 2017. Born in New Britain to the late Walter and Helena (Milenski) Nowatka, she was a lifelong resident and parishioner of Sacred Heart Church. She had been employed as a secretary for Stanley Tools for several years. Helen enjoyed watching classic movies and the TV gameshows...
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Elizabeth "Betty" Gwiazda

March 4, 2017

Elizabeth "Betty" (Leganza) Gwiazda, 95, of New Britain, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Jerome Home. She was the beloved wife of the late Henry Gwiazda, Sr. Born in New Britain, daughter of the late Eugene and Stella (Bysiewicz) Leganza, she was a lifelong resident. Betty was a member of Holy Cross Church and its Ladies Guild, as well as, a past President of the...
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Adelle Migacz

January 19, 1922 - March 4, 2017

Adelle (Korytkowski) Migacz, 95, of Cromwell, passed away peacefully at Apple Rehab Cromwell on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Born in New Britain to the late Boleslaw and Bronislawa (Kowalczyk) Korytkowski she was a longtime resident and parishioner of Sacred Heart Church. She had been employed as an assembler at Fafnir Bearing for over 30 years and belonged to the Fafnir Seniors Club. Adelle enjoyed...
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Elaine J. Pawlak

March 3, 2017

Elaine J. (Flis) Pawlak, 75, of Newington, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 3, 2017, at her home. She was the beloved wife of Gerald Pawlak for 53 years. Born in New Britain, she was a longtime Newington resident and was employed with the Dept. of Administrative Services for the State of CT prior to her retirement. Elaine was a member of St. Mary's Church and enjoyed gardening. Above...
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Jan Stanczykiewicz

June 4, 1935 - March 1, 2017

Jan M. Stanczykiewicz, 81, of Plainville, CT has died unexpectedly at his residence March 1, 2017. Jan was born in Poland where he completed technical school and worked as a precision tool maker. He then acquired farm land, built a house and moved his family. He turned out to be gifted at projecting and sales. Although the venture was a success, he dreamed of moving to America. He emigrated...
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Evelyn Rinaldi

October 2, 1931 - February 24, 2017

Loving Wife, Mother & Grandmother
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Joseph A. Switajewski

November 20, 1923 - February 23, 2017

Joseph Anthony Switajewski, 93, of Kensington, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Marut) Switajewski. Born in New Britain, the son of the late Antoni and Antonina (Kogut) Switajewski, he was a Kensington resident since 1954 and a member of St. Paul Church and the Holy Name Society at Sacred Heart Church in New Britain. He honorably served...
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Stefania Zadora

February 12, 1933 - February 17, 2017

Stefania Zadora, 84, of New Britain, wife of the late Tadeusz Zadora, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017 at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor. Born in Poland, she was the daughter of the late Michal and Anna (Baba) Weglowski. She has lived in New Britain since 1972 and was a member of Sacred Heart Church. She will be dearly missed by her daughter Elzbieta "Ela" Buczek and her husband Andrzej of...
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Genowefa (Chmielewska) Brzostowski

February 16, 2017

Genowefa (Chmielewska) Brzostowski, 88, of Kensington, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Jan Brzostowski. Born in Poland, daughter of the late Boleslaw and Scholastyka (Wisniewska) Chmielewski, she formerly lived in New Britain and was a longtime Kensington resident. Genowefa was a member of Sacred Heart Church and was employed by Emhart for many...
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Kathryn K. Valerio

November 11, 1942 - February 14, 2017

Kathryn (Kosinski) Valerio, 74, of New Britain, passed away peacefully early Valentine's Day morning. Kathryn was a lifelong resident of New Britain. She attended local schools and graduated from New Britain High School, Class of 1960. She went on to begin her lifetime career as a Registered Nurse, graduating from New Britain General Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1963 and soon thereafter,...
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Helen M. Talalaj

July 22, 1937 - February 12, 2017

Helen Mary Talalaj, 79, died on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor in New Britain. She was born on July 22, 1937 in New Britain, to the late Felix and Stella (Mazanski) Talalaj. She graduated from Mary Immaculate Academy in New Britain in 1955, and from Teachers College of Connecticut (CCSU) in 1959. During the 1960-61 school year, Helen taught at Canton High School, and...
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Stanley Dombkowski

February 8, 2017

Stanley P. Dombkowski, 83, of Kensington, passed away at home peacefully on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. He was the beloved husband of the late Dolores (Hilinsky) Dombkowski. Born in New Britain, son of the late Francis and Stanley Dombkowski, he was a longtime Kensington resident and a member of St. Andrew's Church, New Britain. Stanley honorably served his country in the U.S. Army and was...
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Jesse B. Jacobs

February 7, 2017

Memorial Visitation Mon. 2/13/17 5-6pm
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Genowefa Sulewski

February 4, 2017

Genowefa (Makuszewski) Sulewski, 89, of New Britain, loving wife of the late Jan Sulewski, passed away on Saturday, February 4th 2017. Born in Poland, she was the daughter of the late Jan and Mariana (Banachowska) Makuszewski. She grew up in Poland, coming to the United States in 1973. Genowefa settled in New Britain where she raised her family and was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Church. ...
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Alfred Eaton

January 20, 2017

Alfred R. Eaton, 85, of Newington, passed away on January 30, 2017 at Hartford Hospital. Born in Augusta, ME, son of the late Maynard and Evelyn (Burridge) Eaton, he grew up in Maine where he graduated high school before serving his country honorably in the United States Air Force. He then raised his family in East Hartford where he was employed at Pratt and Whitney, moving to Newington 23...
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Danuta Banel

January 8, 2017

Danuta Banel, 80, wife of, Wiktor Banel, of New Britain, passed peacefully, on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Poland to the late Bronislaw Irzyk and Margaret (Szwajnoch) Irzyk. Before retiring, Danuta worked as a machinist at the Reflexite Plastic Company. She lived in New Britain for 39 years after living in Poland. She was a member of Sacred Heart...
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Barbara Radziwon-Szymanowski

January 6, 2017

Barbara "Basia" Radziwon- Szymanowski of Cromwell, CT died Friday January 6, 2017, peacefully at St. Francis Hospital. Daughter of Janina Radziwon and the late Waclaw (Walter) Radziwon. She was born in New Britain and had also lived in Newington and most recently, Cromwell. She graduated from Holy Cross School and Newington High School and then attained her associate's degree. Beginning her...
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Barbara Slysz

January 4, 2017

Lifelong New Britain resident, Barbara Ellyn Schroedel Slysz passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 after a short illness. She leaves behind many family members and friends who are deeply saddened by her passing yet rejoicing that she is reunited with family and friends including her beloved husband Stan. Barb was born on April 4, 1933 to Ellen and William Schroedel. She and her sister,...
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Catherine Anne Tully

January 3, 2017

Catherine Anne (Day) Tully, 90, of Newington, CT, formerly of Scranton, PA, passed away on January 3, 2017. "Anne" was born in Scranton to the late John and Katherine Day. She graduated from Central High School and worked for many years at the Bell Telephone Company. She married the love of her life, Joseph Tully of Scranton, in 1960. They traveled extensively as part of Joe's Navy service. ...
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Henry J. Dawidowicz

December 29, 2016

Henry J. Dawidowicz, 94, of New Britain died on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. He was the beloved husband of the late Lucille T. (Dawnerowicz) Dawidowicz. Born in New Britain, son of the late Albin and Lottie (Kania) Dawidowicz, he was a lifelong city resident. Henry was a Captain in the U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry Div. during WW II and served in the 43rd Div. during the Korean War. He retired from the...
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Marie Skwiot

April 13, 1918 - December 18, 2016

Early Sunday morning on December 18, 2016, Marie (Sokolowski) Skwiot, 98, of New Britain passed away peacefully and entered into the Kingdom of God. She was born in Middletown and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Rose Sokolowski. Marie was predeceased by her loving husband of 62 years, Joseph W. Skwiot. Marie was employed by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft until her retirement in 1983. She and...
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Gertrude E. Kusnerczyk

September 3, 1926 - December 10, 2016

Gertrude (Tomaszewski) Kusnerczyk, 90, of Kensington, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, December 10, 2016. She was the beloved wife of the late Francis "Frank" Kusnerczyk until his passing in 2005. Gert grew up in New Britain and attended local schools. She was employed as an administrative assistant at Guida's Dairy for some time and also worked at the New Britain Board of...
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Adela P. Kania

December 6, 2016

Adela (Pulek) Kania died on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor in New Britain. Adela was born in New Britain on December 21, 1920 and was the daughter of the late John and Stella (Stankiewicz) Pulek. She was a graduate of New Britain High School, class of 1939 and Bay Path University, Springfield, MA in 1941. Her husband, Dr. Henry S. Kania died on January 2, 1980. She is...
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Krystyna Andrukiewicz

June 6, 1952 - December 3, 2016

Krystyna (Bagienski) Andrukiewicz, 64, of New Britain, died unexpectedly at her home on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Married for 40 years, she was the beloved wife and loving partner of Waclaw Andrukiewicz. Born in Poland, daughter of Irena Bagienski and the late Jan Bagienski, Krystyna resided in New Britain since 1994. She was a middle school teacher and principal in Poland, and was currently...
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Pasquale P. Forgione

November 10, 1926 - December 2, 2016

On Friday, December 2, 2016, Pasquale P. Forgione, 90, passed on to eternal life at The Landing in Farmington with his loving family at his side. Born in New Britain on November 10, 1926, he was the son of the late Antonio & Anna (Carrozza) Forgione. He was a lifelong resident of New Britain and was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church. He served our country with great pride in the United...
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Pasquale P. Forgione

November 10, 1926 - December 2, 2016

On Friday, December 2, 2016, Pasquale P. Forgione, 90, passed on to eternal life at The Landing in Farmington with his loving family at his side. Born in New Britain on November 10, 1926, he was the son of the late Antonio & Anna (Carrozza) Forgione. He was a lifelong resident of New Britain and was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church. He served our country with great pride in the United...
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Kazimiera Olender

December 2, 2016

Kazimiera Olender, 87, of New Britain, passed away peacefully, on Friday, December 2, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family, just shy of her 88th birthday. She was the beloved wife of Roman Olender for 63 years. Born in Poland, she came to the U.S. in 1963 and was a New Britain resident since 1967. Kazimiera was a devout catholic and member of Sacred Heart Church. She was employed by...
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Stanley B. Januszewski

November 30, 2016

Stanley Bruno Januszewski, a lifetime resident of New Britain, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. He was married to the love of his life, the late Albina (Dawidowicz) Januszewski, for more than 60 years. Stanley was the son of the late Adam and Rozalia (Sobiech) Januszewski and a parishoner of Holy Cross Church. He was employed as a tool and die maker by the Marlin Rockwell Corporation...
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Karen I. Brodersen

November 27, 2016

Karen I. Brodersen, 74, of Newington, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2016. Born in New York City, daughter of the late Richard and Ellen (Beck) Brodersen, she was first generation American and raised in Queens, NY. She previously lived in Florida, caring for her parents prior to moving to Newington in 1982. She was employed at The Travelers Insurance Co. and various other jobs prior to...
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Elaine (Jackson) Johnson

November 25, 2016

Elaine J. Johnson, 86, a longtime resident of Newington, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016 at her home. Born on September 21, 1930, Elaine was the daughter of the late Wilbur and Bertha (Winston) Jackson and the wife of 43 years to the late Oscar "Ed" Johnson. Elaine was a member of the Wethersfield Evangelical Free Church, where she enjoyed attending services and the fellowship of its...
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Dorothy "Dottie" (Malikowski) Barry

November 24, 2016

Dorothy "Dottie" (Malikowski) Barry of New Britain, went "Home" to her Lord and family this past Thanksgiving morning, November 24, 2016. Dottie was born on July 11, 1923 on a farm in Southington. She was the second of three children born in the United States to the late John and Stefania Malikowski. She was a young child when the family bought their home in New Britain. She graduated from New...
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Edward J. Bartosewicz

November 23, 2016

Edward J. Bartosewicz, 89, of New Britain died on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain. He was the beloved husband of Phyllis (Schlotterbeck) McLellan Bartosewicz for the last 20 years. Born in New Britain, son of the late Stanley and Anne (Michwiec) Bartosewicz, he was a lifelong city resident and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Ed was...
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Henrietta (Kozlowski) Henclewski

November 15, 2016

Henrietta (Kozlowski) Henclewski, 74, of New Britain, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the Hospital of Central CT. She was the beloved wife of the late Kazimierz Henclewski. Born in a small village in Bialystok, Poland, daughter of the late Henryk and Weronika (Nierodzik) Kozlowski, she was a New Britain resident since 1957 and a member of Sacred Heart Church and its...
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Sophie P. Witz

November 10, 2016

Sophie (Urbanowicz) Witz, 93, of Plainville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at home, surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of the late Henry Witz with whom she shared 62 wonderful years of marriage. Born in New Britain, daughter of the late John and Rose Urbanowicz, she attended Sacred Heart School and graduated from New Britain High School. She was employed...
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George Bartholomew Varhol

June 13, 1925 - November 8, 2016

George B. Varhol, 91, of New Hartford, died on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 peacefully at home. He was the beloved husband of the late Venegia "Gia" Varhol. Born and raised in New Britain, son of the late John P. and Mary M. (Chesanek) Varhol, he lived here most of his life and moved to Las Vegas, NV, where he enjoyed the lifestyle. He and his wife were "extras" in Hollywood movies for 10 years. ...
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Henry J. Turek

November 6, 2016

Henry J. Turek, 95, of New Britain, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 6, 2016. He was the beloved husband of Genevieve (Urbanowitz) Turek for 71 years. Born in New Britain, son of the late Joseph and Mary (Uchalik) Turek, he was a lifelong New Britain resident and member of Sacred Heart Church. Henry honorably served his country in the U. S. Army Air Forces during World War II. He...
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Roman Jan Dobrocki

January 30, 1927 - November 2, 2016

Roman Jan Dobrocki, born January 30, 1927 in Trzemeszno, Poland, passed away after a short illness on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. As a youth living in Poland during WWII, he was put into forced labor for 6 years on German farms by the Nazis. Roman was rescued by the British Army at the end of the war and worked for them until 1956 at which time he, his beloved, predeceased wife, Edeltraut, and...
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Susan M. Jaksina

October 30, 2016

Susan M. (Bocompagni) Jaksina, 90, of Berlin, formerly of New Britain, died peacefully on Sunday, October 30, 2016, surrounded by her loving family, after a long and debilitating illness. Born in New Britain to the late Frank and Mary (Ricci) Bocompagni, she was a longtime resident up until her health warranted more care and she moved into her daughter Debra's home in Berlin. Susan was a very...
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