MERIDEN -- Margaret "Peggy" (McCann) Acabchuk, 85, of Cricket Drive,
wife of the late John F. Acabchuk Sr., died on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, at
Westfield Care and Rehabilitation Center in Meriden after a brief illness.
Born in Middletown on Aug. 6, 1915, a daughter of the late Francis
and Anna (Hawkins) McCann, Acabchuk graduated from Middletown schools and
had lived in Meriden for the past 65 years. Mrs. Acabchuk was employed
by New Departure, the Hyatt-Bearing Division of General Motors, for more
than 40 years, retiring 19 years ago. She was a parishioner of St. Rose
of Lima Church.
Mrs. Acabchuk is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and
Carl Statchen Sr. of Meriden; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Audrey
Acabchuk of Meriden; seven grandchildren, Carl Statchen Jr., Catherine
Statchen, Jonathan Scott Statchen, Keith Acabchuk, Dean Acabchuk, William
and Francine Siegel; five great-grandchildren, Sierra Irwin, Carly Statchen,
Ashleigh and Dennis Goyette; and Leigh Acabchuk; a sister, Anna McCann
of Middletown; a brother and sister-in-law, James and Lorraine McCann of
West Hartford; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two
brothers, John McCann of Berlin and Francis McCann of Middletown; and by
a nephew, David McCann of Middletown.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 10:45 a.m. from the John J.
Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden, and at 11:30 a.m.
in St. Rose of Lima Church. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox
Cemetery, Meriden. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday (TODAY)
from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may
be made to the St. Jude Children's Hospital, Memorial/Honor Program, P.O.
Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929.
John J. Filippone
MERIDEN -- John J. Filippone, 73, husband of Lucille Neves Filippone,
died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, in the MidState Medical Center.
Born in Meriden, June 14, 1927, a son of the late Leonardo and Maria
Fuca Filippone, he was a lifelong resident. He was a U.S. Army veteran
of World War II. Mr. Filippone operated his own gas and auto service station
on Springdale Avenue for many years. He had been a real estate broker,
and for several years drove a Meriden Yellow Cab. He had been a member
of the Sons of Italy Club. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Besides his wife, is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Karen
Borgnine of Wallingford and Lynne and Skip LaPorte of Higganum; four grandchildren,
Robert Borgnine, Thomas Borgnine, Ria Borgnine and Shannon Fahey; a sister
and a brother-in-law, Joan and Henry Papale of Meriden; and several nieces
and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Mary Fordiani.
All are invited to attend his funeral service Thursday, Jan. 18, at
11 a.m. in the Smith-Ruzzo Funeral Home, 226 W. Main St., Meriden. He will
be interred in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at
the funeral home, Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Louis P. Florentino
NEW HAVEN -- Louis P. Florentino, 86, of 24 Gerard Ave., New Haven,
died at the Connecticut Hospice, on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001. He was the
husband of the late Rose M. Gogliettino Florentino. He was the son of the
late Joseph and Marcello Florentino.
Mr. Florentino is survived by a daughter, Rosemarie Thomas of Wallingford;
a brother, Dominic Florentino; a sister, Gemma Dowling, both of Hamden;
also survived by six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was
predeceased by a son, Stephen L. Florentino; a brother, Harry Florentino;
and two sisters, Josephine Florentino and Elizabeth Migliaro.
Funeral will leave the East Haven Memorial, 425 Main St., East Haven,
Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. for a Mass of Christian burial at 9 a.m. in St.
Bernadette Church. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery. Friends may call
Tuesday (TODAY) from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to
Connecticut Hospice, 61 Burban Drive, Branford, CT 06405.
Robert A. Gerace Sr.
WALLINGFORD -- Robert A. Gerace Sr., 61, of Forest Road, Wallingford,
died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in the Masonic Geriatric Healthcare Center.
He was the beloved husband of 35 years of Patricia Ryan Gerace. He was
a loving and devoted husband and father.
Born in Wallingford, Sept. 22, 1939, a son of Florence Zyrkowski Gerace
of Wallingford and the late Anthony Gerace, he was a lifelong Wallingford
resident. He was a graduate of Lyman Hall High School and had been a member
of the golf team. He remained an avid golfer and had been a former member
of the Wallingford Country Club. He had been active in the Wallingford
Youth Soccer League, coaching for several years. He had been employed by
the Wallingford Department of Public Works for 22 years, until his retirement
in 1995, and also had worked as a self-employed landscaper. He had enlisted
and served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a parishioner of Our Lady of
Besides his wife and mother, Mr. Gerace is survived by his son and
daughter-in-law, Robert A. Gerace Jr. and Melissa Gerace of Manchester;
his two sisters and brothers-in-law, Elizabeth and Richard Schultz of Wallingford
and Lois and John Garvin of Southington; his two brothers and sisters-in-law,
Thomas and Susan Gerace of Meriden and David and Tracey Gerace of Wallingford;
and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Phillip
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial
Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Fatima Church, 382 Hope Hill Road,
Yalesville section of Wallingford. Interment will be private in St. Lawrence
Cemetery, West Haven. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are under
the direction of the Yalesville Funeral Home, 386 Main St., Yalesville.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent to the Alzheimer's
Association, South Central Connecticut Chapter, 2911 Dixwell Ave., Hamden,
CT 06518 or the Masonic Geriatric Healthcare Center, P. O. Box 70, Wallingford,
BRISTOL -- Theresa (Plourde) Michaud, 73, of 52 Sheila Court, formerly
of Southington, died Saturday Jan. 13, 2001, at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown.
She was the wife of the late Louis Michaud.
Born in Ft. Kent, Maine, a daughter of the late Aime and Leontine Plourde.
She had been a resident of Bristol for the past 12 years and previously
was a Southington resident for 30 years.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Stanford White
of Higganum; a son and daughter-in-law, Clayton and Robye Michaud of Phoenix,
Ariz.; two grandchildren, Michelle Michaud of Tempe, Ariz., and Bethany
White of Higganum; six brothers, Ernie, Sylvio and Roy Plourde all of Maine,
Gilton Plourde of Norwich, Elson Plourde of Bristol and Wallace Plourde
of Columbia; six sisters, Phyllis Dominicus of Maine, Bernice Roy of Torrington,
Lillian Caron of Bozrah, Carol Pelletier of Bristol, Glenda Plourde of
Maine and Lucy Martin of South Windsor; many nieces and nephews. She was
predeceased by a grandson, Derek White; and a sister, Sylvia Levesque.
The funeral will be held Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. from Della Vecchia
Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St. Southington to St. Thomas Church at 10 a.m.,
99 Bristol St., Southington. Burial will be at St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling
hours will be Tuesday (TODAY) from 5 to 8 p.m.
Edith H. Moriarty
MERIDEN -- Edith Helen Lofgren Moriarty, 92, formerly of New Hanover
Avenue, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, at Avery Heights Nursing Home in Hartford.
She was the wife of the late William G. Moriarty.
Mrs. Moriarty was born in Middletown on Oct. 2, 1908, a daughter of
the late Malcolm J. and Josephine B. Nilson Lofgren. She was a graduate
of Middletown High School and the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing,
class of 1930. She worked as a registered nurse at Hartford Hospital and
as a nurse at the former International Silver Company until her retirement
in 1974. Mrs. Moriarty was a member of the South Meriden Trinity United
Methodist Church, Order of Eastern Star, Rachel Rebekah Lodge No. 2, Noble
Grands, Westwood Court No. 5 Order of Amaranth, Oddfellows, Hartford Hospital
Alumnae Association, AARP National and Castle Craig Chapter of Meriden,
Meriden Senior Citizens Center, Meriden Women's Club, Half Century Club,
Norden Lodge and VASA of American.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Lizabeth M. and Bertram
J. Schmitz Jr. of Clinton; a son and daughter-in-law, William L. and Irene
Moriarty of South Meriden. She was predeceased by a sister, Margaret Lofgren
A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Beecher &
Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. Burial will be in Walnut
Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday
(TODAY) from 4 to 8 p.m. If desired, contributions in Mrs. Moriarty's memory
may be made to a charity of one's choice. See email@example.com
MERIDEN -- Esther Muravnick, 84, of 369 Coe Ave., wife of Max Muravnick,
died on Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, at Coccomo Memorial Heath Care Center.
Born in Manitoba, Canada on Feb. 17, 1916, she was the daughter of
the late Rivka and Jacob Slutchuk. She attended schools in Canada and had
lived in Meriden for the past 58 years. Mrs. Muravnick was employed by
A.G.C. Corp., retiring in 1981. She was a member of Congregation B'nai
Abraham and was an active member of Hadassah.
Besides her husband, Max, she is survived by four sisters, Rose Goltzman,
Lorraine Bass, Lillian Slutchuk and Marion Solomon all of Canada; a brother,
Luis Slutchuk, also of Canada; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday (TODAY) at 1 p.m. at Temple
B'nai Abraham, with Rabbi Gloria Rubin officiating. Burial will be in B'nai
Abraham Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may
be made to Temple B'nai Abraham, 127 East Main St., Meriden, CT 06450.
Arrangements are under the direction of the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral
Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden.
Clarence J. Simmons
OCALA, Fla. -- Clarence J. Simmons, 54, a retired truck driver for
the city of Meriden, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2000.
A native of Meriden, he moved to Ocala from Connecticut eight years
ago. Mr. Simmons was Catholic and a member of Blessed Trinity Catholic
Church. He was also a member of the Meriden Rod and Gun Club.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Susan L. Simmons of Ocala,
Fla.; sons Jason Simmons of Ocala, Fla. and Lance Simmons of Bristol; a
daughter, Suzzane Williams of Middletown; a brother, Henry Simmons of Southington;
and two grandchildren, Nicole and Christopher.
The funeral was held in Florida on Dec. 12, however there will be a
memorial service on Friday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox
Church, 54 Park Ave., Meriden, CT.
SOUTHINGTON -- Lorraine LaFontaine Lexton, 69, of Garden Gate Road,
died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, at home surrounded by her loving family after
a long courageous battle with cancer. She was the wife of the late William
Born July 6, 1931, in Meriden, the daughter of the late Evelyn Vecchitto,
Lorraine had been a resident of Southington for the past 40 years.
She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Merton
Taylor of Plantsville, Marilyn and Frank Martorelli of Meriden, and Lisa
and John Korcak of Middletown; three brothers, Richard and William LaFontaine,
both of Nevada and Robert LaFontaine of Meriden; two sisters, Lois Mierzejewski
of Cheshire and Patty Macri of Wolcott; two grandchildren, Colleen Carmody
and Kyle Taylor; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday (tomorrow), Jan. 16, at 10 a.m.
at the Plantsville Memorial Funeral Home, 975 S. Main St., Plantsville.
Burial will follow in South End Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday
(TODAY) from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Donations in memory of Lorraine
may be made to the Franciscan Home Care Program, P.O. Box 4001, Meriden,
MERIDEN -- Graciniano Parrilla, 85, of 318 Broad St., husband of Margarita
Hernandez, died Jan. 13, 2001, in the Meriden Center after a long illness.
Born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, June 1, 1915, son of the late Martin
and Adela Pagan Parrilla, Mr. Parrilla called Meriden his home since 1947.
He spent his early years in Juncos and Caguas, Puerto Rico, married on
Jan. 6, 1940, in Las Piedras, moved to Comerio, Puerto Rico and then on
to Meriden. Mr. Parrilla, who was known to friends as "Chelo," was employed
by International Silver, New Departure Division of General Motors, and
the Meriden Boys Club from which he retired in 1977. In 1980 Mr. Parrilla
was honored with the John D. Altobello Jr. Memorial Service Award for outstanding
support on behalf of the Joseph T. Coffey Meriden Boys Club.
Besides his wife, he is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law,
Margarita and Wayne L. Ogorzalek of Haddam, Magali and Charles Kupfer and
Magda and Ernest Rizza, both of Meriden; seven grandchildren, Dawn Willette,
Kim Cardona, Karen McLean, Keith Kupfer, Wayne and Wesley Orgorzalek; and
11 great-grandchildren; two sister, Honoria Miranda of Meriden and Ana
Luisa Morales of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Parrilla
was predeceased by his first grandchild, Tony Antolini; and three brothers,
Antonio, Efrain and Arturo.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. from the John J.
Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., and at 10 a.m. in St. Rose
of Lima Church. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Friends may
call at the funeral home Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions
in his name can be made to the Joseph T. Coffey Meriden Boys Club, 15 Lincoln
St., Meriden, CT 06451.
The family wishes to acknowledge the kindness of Dr. Harold Kaplan
and the many health care professionals whose dedication and assistance
facilitated the care of our father at home. We are also most grateful to
Dr. Joseph Tomanelli and the staff of the Meriden Center who took care
of him during his final days.
BRANFORD -- Janice Augur Bartholomew Yeager, 89, of Leetes Island Road,
wife of the late Harold Yeager, died Jan. 13, 2001, in Wallingford. She
was the wife of the late Harold Yeager
She was the mother of Dolores Libby of Wallingford, Eugene Bartholomew
of Clinton, Bruce Bartholomew of Cromwell and William Yeager of Branford;
sister of Beatrice Lindquist of North Haven; also survived by 10 grandchildren;
16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased
by a brother, Newell Augur; and sisters, Eunice Brockett, Myrtle Nettleton
and Arvenese Augur.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Clancy Funeral
Home, 43 Kirkham Ave., East Haven. Calling hours are Tuesday from 4 to
8 p.m. Contributions may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 61 Burban Drive,
Branford, CT 06405.
Myrtle B. Gelo
NORTH BRANFORD -- Myrtle B. Wanamaker Gelo, 83, of Twin Lakes Road,
died peacefully at home, Jan. 12, 2001, surrounded by her family. She was
the beloved wife of the late Carl S. Gelo.
Born Sept. 13, 1917, a daughter of the late William and Hope Potter
Wanamaker, she was employed for over 18 years by Yale-New Haven Hospital
as a department head in medical records and was also the cafeteria manager
at East Haven High School for many years. She was a member of the North
Branford Congregational Church, and the Mr. and Mrs. Club and Women's Sewing
Circle at the church. She was also a member of the Hamden Promenaders Square
Dancing Club and the Daughters of the Nile, Pyremus Temple No. 82. Myrtle
enjoyed square dancing, shopping, crafts and reading, but most of all she
loved spending time with her family.
She was the mother and mother-in-law of Lawrence and Maureen Gelo of
Guilford, Donald and Barbara Gelo of East Haven and David and Rosanne Gelo
of Wallingford; sister of Ernest Wanamaker of Rehoboth, Mass. and Doris
Thompson of Warwick, R.I.; also eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her siblings, William Wanamaker, Mae Wanamaker and
A memorial service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in the North Branford
Congregational Church. Burial will be private. Contributions may be made
to the CT Hospice, 61 Burban Drive Branford, or the North Branford Congregational
Church, 1680 Foxon Road, North Branford, CT. Arrangements are with the
Clancy Funeral Home, 43 Kirkham Ave., East Haven.
Thelma M. Graham
MERIDEN -- Thelma M. Graham, 78, of 435 Bradley Ave., died Friday,
Jan. 12, 2001, at MidState Medical Center.
She was born in Cumberland, R.I., Jan. 3, 1923, a daughter of the late
Peregrine and Lillian Mowry Horman. She was retired from the International
Silver Company and did volunteer work for the Senior Center as a senior
companion, providing comfort and assistance to housebound seniors.
She is survived by two sons, Dale Graham of New Haven and Wayne Graham
Sr. of Meriden; five grandchildren, Eva Graham of Newington, Elizabeth
Cheung of Barrington Hills, Ill., Wayne Graham Jr. of Wallingford, Jennifer
Graham of Atlanta, Ga., and Jason Graham of Atlanta, Ga.; and seven great-grandchildren,
Zackery Graham of Newington, Sebastian Graham, Brett Graham, Aaron Graham,
all of Wallingford, Erin Graham of Atlanta, Ga., Cameron Cheung and Justin
Cheung, both of Barrington Hills, Ill.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at 7 p.m. at
the Beecher & Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. The
Rev. Eric Henderson will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of
the family. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home one hour
prior to the service. If desired, contributions in Mrs. Graham's memory
may be made to the Senior Citizens Center, 22 West Main St., Meriden, CT
06451. See firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael J. Owens
WEST SPRINGFIELD -- Michael J. Owens, 55, of 169 Main St., died Thursday
in Springfield's Baystate Medical Center.
Born in Lincoln, Neb., he lived in Hartford most of his life before
moving to West Springfield in 1994. He was a computer programmer for Cigna
Insurance Company in South Windsor. He served in the United States Navy.
He leaves his father, Harold J. Owens of Anaheim, Calif.; his step-mother,
Marie Owens of Anaheim, Calif.; two sisters, Linda Moses of Thornton, Colo.
and Vicki Jensen of South Meriden; beloved uncle of six nieces and nephews,
Kelly L'Heureux and Leonard Smallacombe, both of Meriden, David Smallacombe
of Wallingford, John Moses of Boca Raton, Fla., Mathew Moses of Davidson,
N.C., Mary Moses of Loveland, Colo.; and five great-nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at the West Springfield Curran-Jones Funeral
Home, 109 Main St., West Springfield, Mass., Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.
with burial at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may
be made to the Save the Manatee Club, 500 North Maitland Ave., Maitland,
Arthur C. Roberts Jr.
MERIDEN -- Arthur C. Roberts Jr., 76, of Glenn Hills Road, died Friday,
Jan. 12, 2001, at the MidState Medical Center. He was the beloved husband
of Anna L. Lajoie Roberts.
Born in Hartford, Dec. 28, 1924, he was a son of the late Arthur C.
Roberts Sr. and Mary C. Rae Roberts and had been a Meriden resident for
many years. Mr. Roberts was employed by the General Electric Company in
Plainville for 42 years until his retirement 14 years ago. He was a member
and past president of the Silver Squares Square Dance Club of Wallingford
and was an instructor in Round Dancing. He was a parishioner of Holy Angels
Church in South Meriden and had been a Eucharistic Minister of the church.
Besides his beloved wife, Anna, he is survived by his five daughters
and three sons-in-law, Mary Anne and Tom Jones of Cottage Grove, Ore.,
Carolyn Pontolillo of Meriden, Ruth E. and Vito Dalangauskas of North Port,
Fla., Kathleen M. and Fred Mason of Victor, N.Y., and Anna R. L. Roberts
of Meriden; his seven sons and six daughters-in-law, Arthur J. and Lynne
Roberts of Berlin, Paul T. and Vivian Roberts of Torrington, George M.
and Carole Roberts, and Stephen A. and Jody Roberts, all of Meriden, Joseph
M. Roberts of Southington, James P. and Judy Roberts and Thomas F. and
April Roberts, all of Meriden; 41 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren;
his sister, Marian Sulima of Meriden; his brother and two sisters-in-law,
Wilbur and Nancy Roberts of Ocala, Fla. and Catherine Roberts of Daytona
Beach, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister,
Ruth Roberts; and a brother, Thomas F. Roberts.
His family will receive relatives and friends at the Yalesville Funeral
Home, 386 Main St., Yalesville section of Wallingford, Monday from 4 to
8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the Yalesville
Funeral Home, when the funeral cortege will proceed to Holy Angels Church
for a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Sacred Heart
Cemetery in Meriden. Gifts in his memory may be sent to Holy Angels Church,
915 Main St., South Meriden, CT 06451.
Alma T. Davis
MERIDEN -- Alma T. Davis, 95, of 360 Broad St., wife of the late Harold
B. Davis for 64 years, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at the Miller Memorial
Born in Meriden, March 30, 1906, she was the daughter of the late William
and Virginia Conreaux Treiber. Mrs. Davis was a lifelong Meriden resident
and was a parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Church. She was a member of the
Meriden Women's Club and was past president of the Spanish American War
Mrs. Davis is survived by five nieces and one nephew.
The funeral will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. from the John J. Ferry
& Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St. and at 11 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima
Church. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the
funeral home Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., prior to Mass. If friends
desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Miller Memorial Community,
360 Broad St., Meriden, CT 06450.
Pasquale M. DeFrancesco
WALLINGFORD -- Pasquale M. DeFrancesco, formerly of Branford, died
April 1, 2001, in New Haven.
He was born Jan. 23, 1916, in New Haven, son of the late Anthony and
Philomena Vuolo DeFrancesco. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S.
Army, serving in the South Pacific. He retired from the International Silver
Co. where he worked for 37 years. He was a former member of the Italian-American
Club of Branford and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 10186, in Branford,
and the Wallingford Senior Citizens Club.
He was the loving husband of Nellie Tomko DeFrancesco; father and father-in-law
of Anthony and Linda DeFrancesco of Wethersfield; grandfather of Cara Michele
of Norwalk, and Cristin Lynn of Wethersfield. He is also survived by a
stepson and his wife, Joseph and Jessie Tomko of Wallingford; a stepdaughter
and her husband, Mary and Michael Kurylo of Montgomery Village, Md.; brother
of Anthony, Andrew, Alice DellaCamera, Mary DellaCamera, and Rose Del Monaco.
He was predeceased by his wife, Fannie Marinelli DeFrancesco; brothers,
Ralph, Lawrence and Joseph; and sister, Pasqualina Saturno.
Funeral services will be held in W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home,
504 Main St., Branford, Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian
burial in St. Mary Church at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery.
Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. See obit at www.wsclancy.com.
WALLINGFORD -- Helen Birracree (McGuire) Madigan, 86, a 20-year resident
of Wallingford, died at her home on Saturday, March 31, 2001, surrounded
by her children, after a valiant battle to overcome complications following
Helen Madigan devoted her life to her family. She was born on Sept.
3, 1914, in Baltic, the second of five children of Helen Birracree McGuire
and James McGuire. The economic turmoil of the depression era resulted
in frequent moves for the McGuire family throughout New England and the
mid-Atlantic region. Helen began school in Connecticut at age four, and
in 1931 she graduated with top honors from high school in New Jersey. The
family then returned to East Hampton, living beside St. Patrick's Catholic
Church, and Helen went to work for a bank and then a law firm in Hartford.
In East Hampton, she met Thomas Richard Madigan, who became a special agent
with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They were married at St. Patrick's
in 1941 and when Mrs. Madigan became pregnant with her first child two
years later, she retired from the workforce. After being assigned to FBI
offices in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Detroit, and Buffalo, N.Y.,
the family returned to New Haven where Mr. Madigan, as a senior agent,
handled a variety of federal cases ranging from drug smuggling to bank
fraud. Along the way, the Madigan family had increased to six children.
Two more sons were added to the family in New Haven. In the blizzard of
January 1964, Mr. Madigan suffered a fatal heart attack, leaving Helen
Madigan a widow at age 49. She single-handedly raised and educated eight
children, then ages five through nineteen, returning to the workforce full-time
to support her young family. She was employed for 14 years as an executive
secretary at Sigma XI, a scientific honor society affiliated with Yale
University from 1964 until her retirement in 1978. In addition to her full-time
job outside of the home, she attended innumerable school conferences, baseball
and basketball practices, ballet lessons and recitals. She also was an
expert seamstress and co-led a 4-H cooking and sewing club. Mrs. Madigan
was a devout member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in West Haven, and later
Most Holy Trinity Church in Wallingford. After her retirement from Sigma
XI, Mrs. Madigan moved to Wallingford where she was an active participant
in a seniors "dance team" and other activities at the Senior Center. She
also played the piano and violin, taking up music lessons at age 75. She
also traveled extensively with her sisters and family, including a trip
to Ireland five years ago. For the last few years, Mrs. Madigan spent the
winters in Naples, Fla., where she enjoyed walks and card games with friends
and visits from her children and grandchildren. Mrs. Madigan remained completely
self-sufficient and active until the day she suffered a stroke, Dec. 22,
2000. In May 2000, she was selected as the Hartford Courant regional "Mother
of the Year."
She is survived by her eight devoted and loving children, Michael James
Madigan of Washington, D.C., Ann Madigan Sandagata of Wallingford, Thomas
Richard Madigan Jr. of Brookline, Mass., Mary Madigan-Cassidy of Oakton,
Va., Barbara Madigan O'Leary of Deep River, Maureen Madigan Anderson of
Wallingford, James Patrick Madigan of Somerville, Mass., Timothy Joseph
Madigan of Falls Church, Va.; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Mrs. Madigan is predeceased by her parents, Helen Birracree McGuire and
James McGuire; three sisters, Agnes McGuire Rogers, Roberta McGuire Christiansen,
and Ann McGuire Blake; one brother, James McGuire; and her husband, Thomas
Her family will receive relatives and friends at the Wallingford Funeral
Home, 809 North Main St. Ext., Wallingford, Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. when the funeral cortege
will proceed to Most Holy Trinity Church, Wallingford, where a Mass of
Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will be in St.
Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven. Gifts in her memory may be sent to Most
Holy Trinity Church Preservation Project, 68 North Colony St., Wallingford,