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Alfred C. Lee II 

MERIDEN -- Funeral services for Alfred C. Lee II, 71, of Fourth St., beloved husband of Kathleen Graham Lee, will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at 7 p.m. at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday prior to the service from 4 until 7 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Connecticut Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405. 

Joseph W. Matty 

MERIDEN -- Joseph W. Matty, 64, of 120 Linsley Ave., died on Monday, March 25, 2002, at MidState Medical Center. 

Born in Meriden on Jan. 3, 1939, the son of the late Wilfred and Mary (Moskel) Matty, he had resided in Meriden all his life and had attended Meriden schools. Mr. Matty was employed by Rex Forge in Plantsville, retiring in Jan. 2002. 

He is survived by a sister, Rosemarie Matty of Meriden; a brother, Richard Matty of Bristol; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. 

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a graveside service to be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at 11 a.m. in St. Laurent Cemetery, South Meriden. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden. 

Edward A. Brys 

WALLINGFORD -- Edward A. Brys, 77, formerly of Sunrise Circle, Wallingford, died Saturday, March 30, 2002 in the Liberty Specialty Care Center in Colchester. He was the husband of the late Marian Westermeyer Brys. 

Born in Meriden, Jan. 24, 1925, a son of the late George and Nellie Brys, he was a Meriden resident before moving to Wallingford in 1957. He had been employed by the International Silver Co., for many years until his retirement. He was a parishioner of SS. Peter and Paul Church and was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy. 

Mrs. Brys is survived by his daughter, Ellen R. Brys of Brooklyn, N.Y.; his son, George E. Brys and his wife, Melissa Ryan of Colchester; his grandsons, David G. Brys and James D. Brys of Cheshire; his brother, Andrew Brys of Middletown; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Sr. Mary Agnese. 

His family will receive relatives and friends in the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main St. Ext., Wallingford, Thursday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., when the funeral cortege will proceed to SS. Peter and Paul Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Meriden. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent to the Wallingford Animal Shelter Trust Fund, c/o Wallingford Animal Shelter, 5 Pent Road, Wallingford, CT 06492. 

Helen Gumkowski 

MERIDEN -- Helen Gumkowski, 87, of 292 Thorpe Ave., wife of the late Edward Gumkowski, died on Sunday, March 31, 2002 at Masonic Geriatric Healthcare. 

Born in Clymer, Pa., on May 14, 1914, the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine Kania, she had resided in Meriden since 1940 and at one time, in Florida. Mrs. Gumkowski was a parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church. 

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Walter and Kathy Gumkowski of Meriden, Dick and Mary Gumkowski of Raleigh, N.C., and Fred and Jeanne Gumkowski of Alna, Maine; seven grandchildren, Gayle Carbone, Beth Carabetta, Lynn Galasso, Jon Gumkowski, Tim Gumkowski, Jill Vanderpot and Collin Dalton; eight great-grandchildren, Nicole Carbone, Olivia Carbone, Patrick Carbone, Grace Carabetta, Alexis Carabetta, Nicholas Galasso, Kevin Galasso and Jared Vanderpot; one sister, Mary Budzyn of Waterbury; and several nieces and nephews. 

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial on Wednesday, April 3, at 9:30 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Church. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Stanislaus Church, 80 Akron St., Meriden, CT 06450. Arrangements are under the direction of the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden. 

Russell H. Hocking 

WALLINGFORD -- Russell H. Hocking, 81, of Surrey Drive, Wallingford, died Saturday, March 30, 2002 in the Skyview Center in Wallingford. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy M. Loos Hocking. 

Born in East Haven, a son of the late Hobart F. and Elizabeth Anderson Hocking, he was a Wallingford resident for over 50 years. Mr. Hocking had been employed by Revere Corp., in Wallingford, for many years and later the Sterling Davis Corp., in Wallingford until his retirement. Mr. Hocking was a veteran of World War II, having served as a Sergeant in the infantry of the U.S. Army, had fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and was the recipient of the Bronze Star. He was a member of the Corinthian Lodge No. 103 AF and AM. 

Besides his wife, Mr. Hocking is survived by his sister, Marion Gooch of Safety Harbor, Fla.; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Howard R. and Katherine L. Loos of Meriden; and several nieces and nephews. 

His family will receive relatives and friends in the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main St. Ext., Wallingford, Wednesday from 9:45 to 10:45 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dean O. Warburton, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Wallingford, officiating. Interment with military honors, will be in the In Memoriam Cemetery. Gifts in his memory may be sent to the Masonic Charity Foundation, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492. 

Irene Karpa 

MERIDEN -- Irene Karpa, 68, of 198 Gale Ave., wife of Stephen Karpa, died with her family gathered around her on Monday, April 1, 2002, at MidState Medical Center after a brief illness. 

Born in Scranton, Pa., on Dec. 19, 1933, she had resided in Meriden for the past 46 years. Mrs. Karpa retired from Napier Company and was a parishioner of SS Peter and Paul Orthodox Church. 

Besides her husband, Stephen, she is survived by her daughter, Nancy Swistak; and son-in-law, John of Meriden; three sons, Ronald of Clermont, Fla., Stephen and daughter-in-law, Karen of E. Hampton and Richard and daughter-in-law, Heather of Newington; three brothers, Steve Paulick of Niagara, N.Y., Mike Paulick of Trenton, N.J., and John Paulick Scranton, Pa.; one sister, Helen Zemleduch of Toms River, N.J.; sister-in-law, Betty Paulick of Trenton, N.J.; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. 

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 3, at 9:15 a.m. at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden and at 10 a.m. in SS Peter and Paul Orthodox Church. Burial will be in the CT Veterans' Cemetery, Bowe Lane, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to SS Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, P.O. Box 334, Meriden, CT 06450. 

Leo G. Kaska 

MERIDEN -- Leo G. Kaska, 95, of Meriden, husband of Sally Salenga Kaska, peacefully entered eternal life on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2002 surrounded by his loving family at the MidState Medical Center. For the past 14 months, Leo resided at Meriden Center, where the caring staff and residents became his second family. 

Born March 21, 1907 in Meriden, he was the son of the Andrew and Agatha Chudy Kaska. Leo was a lifelong resident of Meriden and was educated in local schools. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army. He was employed by the Connecticut Light and Power for 25 years retiring in 1972. Leo was a parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church a member of its Holy Name Society, Polish Falcons Nest 68, Polish Knights of the Blessed Virgin and the Disabled American Veterans. 

Besides his wife, Sally, he leaves a son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Kathleen Kaska of Meriden; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Beth and Robert Najarian of Meriden, Andrea and Enrico Buccilli of Meriden; three sisters, Mary, Stella and Vera Kaska, all of Meriden; five grandchildren, Robert and Laura Najarian, Kristina and Michael Buccilli and Jaime Reyes, all of Meriden; a great-grandson, Lorenzo Reyes. He was predeceased by four brothers, Edward, Stanley, Joseph and Theodore Kaska. 

A military funeral will be conducted Wednesday, April 3, at 11 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Church; burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Relatives and friends may gather at the Stempien Funeral Home, 450 Broad St., Meriden Wednesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. His family respectfully request donations in Leo's memory be made in the form of contributions to St. Stanislaus Church, 82 Akron St., Meriden, CT 06450. 

Anthony Persano 

ORANGE -- Anthony "Tony" Persano, husband of the late Filomena (Faye) Colavolpe Persano of Karen Drive, Orange, passed away, Sunday, March 31, 2002 at home. 

He was a member of the Elks Club and the Exchange Club, both in West Haven. 

He was the father of Peter A. Persano of Orange, Vincent J. Persano of Georgia, Elizabeth P. Cobb of Wallingford; brother of Antoinette Savanelli, Helen Proto and Dolores Gamelin, all of West Haven and Alfred Persano of Georgia; also survived by eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by brothers, John and Louis Persano. 

Funeral services from the West Haven Funeral Home at the green Wednesday, at 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 10 a.m. The hours of visitation will be Tuesday (TODAY) from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Donations may be made to American Heart Assoc., 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492. 

Catherine H. Brosnan 

WALLINGFORD -- Catherine Hazel Bridgett Brosnan, 95, of Wallingford, wife of the late Robert J. Brosnan, died Tuesday, April 2, 2002 at Connecticut Baptist Home in Meriden. 

Mrs. Brosnan was born in Wallingford, Jan. 17, 1907, a daughter of the late John J. and Susan Rogers Bridgett and was a lifelong resident here. She was a parishioner of The Church of The Resurrection, and was a member of the Ladies Guild of the parish. 

She is survived by her daughter, Susan H. Brosnan of Wallingford; her sister, Mildred (Mrs. Peter) McLaughlin of Wallingford; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters, Marie Niland and Helen Griffin. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial Thursday at 11 a.m. in The Church of The Resurrection. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Gifts in her memory may be sent to The Church of The Resurrection, 115 Pond Hill Road, Wallingford, CT 06492. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main St. Ext., Wallingford. 

Honoria Miranda 

MERIDEN -- Honoria Miranda, 85, wife of the late Abel Miranda, died on Tuesday, April 2, 2002 at MidState Medical Center. 

Born in Juncos, Puerto Rico on Sept. 30, 1916, the daughter of the late Ramon and Adela Perez Parrilla, she had resided in Meriden most of her life. Mrs. Miranda was employed at one time by New Departure in Meriden and retired from Eyelet Specialty Company. 

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Anna and Robert Kaulig of Crystal Lake, Ill.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Orlando A. and Eleanor Miranda of Plainville and Ramon and Patricia Miranda of Mililani, Hawaii; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Louisa Morales of Orlando, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Judith Miranda of Bethlehem, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Miranda will be fondly loved and remembered by her sister-in-law, Margo Parrilla, who provided great comfort during her last days. She was predeceased b a son, Abel Miranda Jr. 

The funeral will be held on Friday, April 5, at 11 a.m. in the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to American Parkinson's Disease Association for Research, 27 Allendale Drive, North Haven, CT 06472. 

John S. Monahan 

SOUTHINGTON -- John S. Monahan, 70, of 16 Hickory Hill, died Tuesday, April 2, 2002 at Hartford Hospital. 

He is survived by his wife, Patricia H. Monahan; seven children; and 13 grandchildren. 

A memorial Mass will be held on Friday, April 5, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dominic Church, 1050 Flanders Road. Friends may call at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr. Wallingford, CT 06492 or a charity of the donors choice. 

Jean E. Olean 

SOUTHINGTON -- Jean E. Douglas Olean, 58, of Russell Road, in the Milldale section of Southington, died unexpectedly Monday, April 1, 2002 at Bradley Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of Stephen Olean. 

Born in Wagga Wagga, Australia, Aug. 16, 1943, daughter of the late Walter and Gwen Douglas, she had been a Southington resident since 1973. Mrs. Olean was born and raised in Australia. She was employed as a legal secretary for Solomon, Krupnikoff and Wyskiel in Meriden, had been an organizer to the YMCA Indian Guides for the Mother/Daughter Program and was involved in various parent organizations at St. Paul's Catholic High School. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Southington. 

In addition to her husband, Stephen, she is survived by a son, Kevin Olean of Southington; a daughter, Kylie Olean of Meriden; two sisters, Dianne Lukes and Layne Piepers of Australia; one granddaughter, Alexandra Spencer; and several nieces and nephews. 

A memorial services will be held Saturday, April 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 145 St., Southington. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden at the church. Calling hours are Thursday, April 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Plantsville Memorial Funeral Home, 975 South Main St., Plantsville. Donations in memory of Jean may be made to the American Cancer Society, 583 Preston St., P.O. Box 1004, Meriden, CT 06450-1004. 

Eileen R. Riordan 

WALLINGFORD -- Eileen R. Riordan, 80, of 2220 Ashlar Village, formerly of New Haven died Monday, April 1, 2002 at the Masonic Geriatric Healthcare Center. She was the wife of the late Dr. William Riordan. 

She was born in New Haven, Dec. 13, 1921, a daughter of the late William and Anna Galvin Rigby. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Hamden. 

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, William Riordan of Wallingford and Frank and Maxine Riordan of Seattle, Wash.; two daughters and a son-in-law, Elaine and David Wilkinson of Cheshire and Kathleen Tyrrell of Somers, N.Y.; two brothers, Robert Rigby of Wallingford and William Rigby of Texas; a sister, Dorothy Columbe of Phoenix, Ariz.; and four grandchildren, Kevin Tyrrell, Daniel Tyrrell, Jocelyn Riordan and Marshall Riordan. 

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial on Friday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 2819 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Burial will be at Centerville Cemetery, Hamden. There are no calling hours. If friends so desire, gifts in her memory may be made to the Hospital of St. Raphael Foundation Inc., 1450 Chapel St., New Haven 06511. The B.C. Bailey Funeral Home, 273 South Elm St., Wallinford is in charge of arrangements. See obituary @ www.BCBailey.com. 

Julius E. Smith 

MERIDEN -- Julius E. Smith, 78, of Meriden, died Monday, April 1, 2002 at the home of his nephew, Donald. 

Julius was born April 12, 1923, in Valdoston, Ga., the son of the late Frank and Petrola (Harris) Smith. He was U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a bus driver for Connecticut Transit in Bridgeport. He was a very active member of AME Zion Church of Bridgeport and the local chapter of the NAACP. 

He is survived by many close friends and family through out Connecticut and Georgia. 

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m. in Hillside Cemetery in Valdoston, Ga. The Szymaszek-Taylor Funeral Home, 189 E. Main St., Meriden has been entrusted with the arrangements. 

Sarah Brown 

MERIDEN -- Sarah Nicholas Brown, died Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at Hartford Hospital. She was the wife of the late Raymond Brown. 

Born May 15, 1925 in Cheshire, daughter of the late Simon and Stella (Juszkiewicz) Nicholas. She had retired from Carabetta Enterprise of Meriden. Mrs. Brown was a member of the South Meriden Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. 

She is survived by a sister, Ann Jankovich and her husband, Steven of Hollywood, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Nick (Lois) Nicholas of Plantsville. She was predeceased by two brothers, Nick J. Nicholas and James Nicholas Sr.; and a sister, Elizabeth Carbone. 

A Memorial Talk will be given by John Cassatta, Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at South Meriden Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, 410 Main St., Meriden. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Wallingford Road in Cheshire. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Newburgh Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Newburgh, N.Y. DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington, CT 06489 is in charge of arrangements. 

Matthew E. DeBaise 

WALLINGFORD -- Matthew E. DeBaise, 80, of Pilgrim Harbor, Wallingford died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002 at the Meriden Center. 

He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Loretta and Ford Arp of Wallingford; his very special niece and her husband, Sheila and Dr. Joseph Pechinski of Bangor, Maine; his nephews, Nicholas Walker; a grandniece; and three grandnephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Marie D. Walker. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass of Christian burial, Saturday, April 6, at 11 a.m. in Most Holy Trinity Church, 68 No. Colony St., Wallingford. There will be no calling hours. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent to Holy Trinity School, Fund for Needy Students, 11 No. Whittlesey Ave., Wallingford, CT 06492. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main St. Ext., Wallingford. 

Francis L. Gagne 

WESTERLY, R.I. -- A memorial service will be held for Francis Lionel Gagne, 72, who passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002. 

Born in Meriden to Henry J and Lillian (Gagnon) Gagne, he was know to some as country western performer Jackie Russell. 

He will be honored by his children in April 6, at 11 a.m. at The Quaker Meeting House, 57 Elm St., Westerly, R.I. Call Dinotos Funeral Home, in Mystic or family at 207-282-4241 for information. 

William A. LeHerissier 

MERIDEN -- William A. LeHerissier, 83, husband of the late Arlene E. LeHerissier, died Tuesday, April 2, 2002 surrounded by his loving family. 

Bill was born in Meriden on Aug. 18, 1918, the son of the late Albert and Sally Guest LeHerissier and was a lifelong resident of Meriden and South Meriden. He was employed as a machinist/quality control inspector at International Silver Company until his retirement, and served with the U.S. Army during World War II. 

He is survived by his four loving daughters, Carole Williams and her husband, Bill, Evelyn St. Onge, Patricia Singh and Brenda Shettleworth, with whom he resided at the time of his death; a sister, Shirley Boland; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren complete the family. Bill will be remembered by his family and friends for his sense of humor and joy be brought to each day of his life. He was predeceased by three brothers, Walter, Albert and Robert LeHerissier; and two sisters, Gertrude LeHerissier and Elaine LaPointe. 

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Beecher & Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. the Rev. Anne Jensen of St. Andrew Episcopal Church will officiate. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call Thursday (TODAY) from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. If desired, contributions in Mr. LeHerissier's memory may be made to MidState VNA & Hospice, 658 Broad St., Meriden, CT 06450. See obituary @ www.beecherandbennett.com. 

Jeanne E. McAnneny 

WALLINGFORD -- Jeanne E. St. Hilaire McAnneny, 80, of East Center St., Wallingford, died Monday, April 1, 2002 at the MidState Medical Center in Meriden, after a brief illness. 

Born in Meriden, Nov. 18, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Bradford and Elizabeth Fitzgerald St. Hilaire and had been a Wallingford resident for many years. She had been employed by the Wallace Silversmiths in Wallingford for many years until her retirement. 

She is survived by her two daughters, Lisa LeGates and her husband, David of Meriden and Lori Cunningham of Wallingford; four grandchildren, Paul Cunningham of Wallingford, Tracy Jackson and her husband, Scott of Chester, Vt., and Christopher and Brian Freeman of Meriden; and her two great-grandchildren, Jared and Autumn Jackson of Chester, Vt. She was predeceased by her sister, Helen St. Hilaire; and her son-in-law, James Cunningham. 

Funeral services and interment will be private. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the Yalesville Funeral Home, 386 Main St., Yalesville section of Wallingford. 

Robert A. Panciera 

MERIDEN -- Robert "Bob" A. Panciera, 53, of 111 New Hanover Ave., died unexpectedly Monday, April 1, 2002 in Hartford Hospital. 

He was born in Meriden, Aug. 12, 1948, a son of Elizabeth Baumberger Panciera of Meriden and the late Enver Panciera. He was a 1966 graduate of Wilcox Technical High School. He had been self-employed as a truck driver for many years. He enjoyed sports especially drag racing. He was also a motorcycle enthusiast and he very much loved music. He was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. 

Besides his mother he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Scott B. and Christina Panciera of Middletown; three grandchildren, Ryan, Jordan and Olivia Panciera; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Ann Panciera of Guilford, Maine, also Thomas and Jean Panciera of Killingworth; one aunt; two uncles, several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

All are invited to his memorial service Saturday, April 6, in the Hubbard Memorial Chapel of Walnut Grove Cemetery, beginning at 10 a.m. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-Ruzzo Funeral Home, 450 Broad St., Meriden. 

Lorraine Smart 

SOUTHINGTON -- Lorraine (LeDuc) Smart, 87, of 55 Briar Lane died, Wednesday, April 3, 2002 at Bradley Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of the late Charles Smart. 

Born March 23, 1915 in Marlboro, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Philias and Berthe (Vaillancourt) LeDuc. 

She is survived by her son, Charles Smart of Elmwood; a daughter, Linda Doolittle and her husband, Robert and their son, Christopher of Plainville; a sister, Yvonne Hinckley of Merrimack, N.H.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters; and one brother. 

Calling hours will be Thursday (TODAY) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington. Internment will be in Woodman Cemetery in East Wakefield, N.H. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the charity of one's choice. 

Carmela R. Sperlazza 

SPRING HILL, Fla. -- Carmela Rose Sperlazza, 82, of Spring Hill, Fla., passed away, Monday, April 1, 2002 at Spring Hill Regional Hospital. 

She moved to Florida 16 years ago from Meriden. She was a parishioner of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Spring Hill, Fla. She retired from International Silver Company in Meriden in 1980. She enjoyed gardening, yard work, decorating her home, watching "All My Children," and later in life, she enjoyed watching Tiger Woods play golf, was an avid Tampa Buccaneers fan. Her greatest joy was being with family and friends, and she opened her home to everyone. 

She was the wife of the late Jerry Sperlazza; and is survived by sons, Sal Sperlazza of Clearwater, Fla., Frank Sperlazza of Spring Hill, Fla.; godson and nephew, Michael Carbone of Southington; and brother, Victor Marcantonio of Las Vegas, Nev. She was predeceased by a brother, E.J.Marcantonio; and sister, Laura Carbone; and is survived by her grandchildren, Mary, Matthew, Shelley, Susan, Christine; her best friend and great-grandchild, Jasmine; and several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday (TODAY) at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, Fla. 

Warren H. Becker 

MURRELLS INLET, S.C. -- Warren Henry Becker, 70, of Murrells Inlet, S.C., died Monday, April 1, 2002 at his home. 

Mr. Becker was a Wallingford resident for more than 40 years, where he was employed with The Pond Lily Co., had then opened an accounting and tax business: Becker Assoc. Inc., before retiring to South Carolina in 1994. 

Surviving are his wife, Martha L. Becker; daughter, Diana Becker Query and husband, Richard of Sandy Hook; a son, George E. Becker and wife, Denise of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; granddaughter, Veronica A. Dale and husband, Scott; a grandson, Shawn E. Becker; great-granddaughter, Madison A. Dale. 

Memorial gifts may be sent to the First Baptist Church, 146 Church St., Wallingford, CT 06492. 

Scott C. Carey 

WALLINGFORD -- Scott C. Carey, 38, of Gianotti Court, Wallingford, died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 3, 2002. He was the beloved husband of Holly B. Johnson Carey. 

Born in Meriden, March 27, 1964, a loving son of Jayne Gianotti Carey of Wallingford and the late John J. Carey, he was a lifelong Wallingford resident. Mr. Carey was employed by the State of Connecticut, Department of Addiction Services in Middletown, as a Mental Health Worker, for the past 18 years. He was the Past-President and current 2nd Vice President of Trout Unlimited, Hammonassett Chapter No. 446 and had received the Silver Trout Award for Distinguished Service to Conservation. He also was a member of the Conn/RI Coastal Fly Fisherman Association and was a parishioner of Most Holy Trinity Church. 

Besides his wife and mother, Mr. Carey is survived by his two month old daughter, Alyssa Brook Carey; his two year old son, Hunter John Carey; his brother and sister-in-law, Mark R. and Jodi E. Carey of Wolcott and their children, Carissa Lea Carey, Ryan Mark Carey and Layne Julia Carey; his mother-in-law, Barbara R. Johnson of Cheshire; his sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law, Karen E. Wild and Herbert T. Wild and their children, Herbie T. and Travis J. Wild of Cheshire and Gary J. and Geralyn Johnson and their son, Tyler of Wolcott. Besides his father, John, he was predeceased by his father-in-law, John Johnson. 

His family will receive relatives and friends in the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main St. Ext., Wallingford Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. from the Wallingford Funeral Home when the funeral cortege will proceed to Most Holy Trinity Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery in Wallingford. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent to the Carey Children's Education Fund, c/o Fleet Bank, 100 Center St., Wallingford, CT 06492. 

Leon J. Halepas 

MERIDEN -- Leon J. Halepas of 412 West Main St., Meriden, died peacefully at home on April 4, 2002. He was the husband of the late Ilaritsa Xanthakos. 

He was born on April 24, 1925 in Meriden, a son of the late Peter and Stella (Barkas) Halepas. He was self-employed in the Floral Industry for many years. Mr. Halepas served in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of World War II. 

A son, Peter and wife, Juanita Halepas of Meriden survive Mr. Halepas; two daughters, Stephanie and Mara Halepas, both of Meriden; two sisters, Georgia Alexander of Chevy Chase, Md.; and Jenny Markis of Florida; two grandchildren, Haritsa and Sofia; and many nieces and nephews. 

Calling hours will take place at West Haven Funeral Home, 662 Savin Ave., West Haven from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday (TODAY). Funeral services will be held at St. George's Greek Orthodox Church in New Britain, Saturday, April 6, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Meriden. The Szymaszek-Taylor Funeral Home, 189 E. Main St., Meriden. 

Dorothea Ives 

MILFORD -- Mrs. Dorothea "Dotti" Whalen Ives, 83, of West Main St., Milford, beloved wife of Charles H. Ives, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002 at Connecticut Hospice, Branford. 

Daughter of the late Clifford F. and Helen Malone Whalen, she was born Oct. 10, 1918, in New Haven, and was a resident of Milford for more than 50 years. Mrs. Ives worked for the Southern New England Telephone Company. She was an active volunteer for the Milford Chapter-American Red Cross and the Milford Audubon Society. An avid camper and traveler, Mrs. Ives was a good friend of the "Old Woodmont Kids" and a member of the Milford Garden Club and the West Haven Square Dance Club. 

In addition to her husband, she is survived by five children, Charles M. Ives and his wife, Susan of Woodford, Va., Susan P. Ives of Milford, Thomas C. Ives and his wife, Audrey of Tyngsboro, Mass., Kathleen Hunter and her husband, Gilbert of Wallingford and Richard P. Ives of East Haven; nine grandchildren, Ken Ives, Aaron Ives, Deirdre Brigman, Doug Ives, Jamie Ann Rose, Brian J. Rose, Hilary E. Ives, Kathleen P. Hunter and James G. Hunter; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Funeral from the Cody-white Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., on the Green, Milford, Saturday, April 6, at 9:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary Church, Milford. Interment in St. Mary Cemetery, Milford. Friends may call Friday (TODAY) from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405. 

Marie F. Serrano 

MERIDEN -- Marie F. Serrano, 69, of Hanover Tower, Meriden, wife of the late Jesus Serrano, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2002 at home. 

She was born Dec. 21, 1932 in Lancaster, Pa., the daughter of the late Edwin and Pauline (DiFresco) Fetter. She was very loving and personable, and had many friends that she met through the city bus system. She also had a special place in her heart for animals. 

Mrs. Serrano is survived by two sons, David and his wife, Mary Serrano of Portland, Maine and Manuel Serrano of Mt. Holly, N.J.; and two daughters, Eloise and husband, Andrew Hudd of Wallingford and Donna (Serrano) and her husband, Mike Herman of Allentown, Pa.; a brother, George Fetter; and a sister, Lydia Reed predeceased her; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren, also survive her. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m. at Saint Peter and Paul Church, 139 N. Orchard, Wallingford. Burial will take place at a later date in Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to SS. Peter and Paul Church in Wallingford. The Szymaszek-Taylor Funeral Home, 189 E. Main St., Meriden is handling arrangements. 

Dorothy A. Miller 

MERIDEN -- Dorothy A. Miller, 84, wife of the late Lawrence Miller, died on Thursday, April 4, 2002, at the Meriden Center after a brief illness. Born in New Haven on Jan. 19, 1918, daughter of the late Valentine and Eva Brown Buttner, she had resided in Meriden most of her life. Mrs. Miller had attended Wallingford schools and was retired from Meriden-Wallingford Anesthesiology Group. She was a parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Church. 

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Sandra and Peter Dudzinski, of Meriden; seven grandchildren: Kristina Freedman, Lawrence R. Miller Jr., Alexandra Miller, and Geoffrey Miller; eight great-grandchildren, much loved by Kathleen Dudzinski, PHD. and her husband, John Anderson, Stephanie and Jeffrey Dubuc, and Rebecca Dudzinski and her husband, Eric Henry; and their children: Benjamin, Samuel, Camille, and Eli. She was predeceased by a son, Lawrence R. Miller. 

The funeral will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2002, at 9 a.m. from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima Church. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday (TODAY) from 8 to 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please perform an act of kindness for someone living, in Dorothy's name. 

Irene M. Van Deun 

HAMDEN -- Irene M. Van Deun, 75, of Putnam Avenue, Hamden, died Thursday, April 4, 2002 in her home. She was predeceased by her first husband John J. Van Deun and her second husband Gero Alberino. 

Born in Atlanta, GA, April 14, 1926, a daughter of the late Frank and Mary Hemma McGee, she was a Wallingford resident for many years before moving to Hamden 10 years ago. She had been employed by the Stonegate School in Durham until her retirement, and was a parishioner of the Church of the Resurrection. 

Mrs. Van Deun is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Bryan J. and Karin Van Deun of Waukesha, WI., and John R. and Mary Van Deun of Wallingford; her three daughters and two sons-in-law, Jeanne M. Thibodeau and Vincent Thibodeau of Northford, Elisa E. Canterella and Louis F. Canterella of Norwalk, and Mary I. Van Deun of Oakdale, CT.; her step-son and step-daughter-in-law Robert and Liz Alberino of Cheshire; and her cherished grandchildren Bryan, Andrew, Kristin, Johanna, Emma, Jayson, and John. Besides her two late husbands, John J. Van Deun and Gero Alberino, Mrs. Van Deun was predeceased by her son Scott A. Van Deun, her brother John R. Eccleston, her step-father Raymond Eccleston, and her granddog Scarlett. 

Her family will receive relatives and friends in The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main St. Ext., Wallingford, Sunday from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. from The Wallingford Funeral Home when the funeral cortege will proceed to the Church of the Resurrection where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:45 a.m. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Irene Van Deun's memory may be sent to Bethphage, 606 Congdon Street West, Middletown, CT, 06457. (For the benefit of Mary Van Deun at Turner Group Home) 

Roy Otto Winkel 

MERIDEN -- Roy Otto Winkel, 86, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at Meiden Nursing and Rehab Center. 

Born in Meriden on May 4, 1915, he was the son of the late Ernest and Clara MacCracken Winkel. He was employed in the office of the International Silver Company until his retirement and served with the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church. 

He is survived by a brother, Robert Winkel, of Storrs, CT and four nephews, John Rule of Middletown, James Rule of Parkland, FL, Gary Winkel of Stratford and Rev. Randy Winkel of Venice, FL. He was predeceased by two sisters, Ruth Winkel and Dorothy Rule. 

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, April 9, at 10 a.m. in Miner Cemetery in Middletown. The Rev. Wallace Merdinyan will officiate. If desired, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Ave., P.O. Box 1004, Meriden, CT 06450. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beecher and Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. 

Margaret K. Hamerski 

NORTHFORD -- Margaret Kovacs Hamerski, 58, of 16 Lakeview Drive, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at the MidState Medical Center, Meriden, 

Born in Bridgeport on Sept. 1, 1943, daughter of Ruth M. Keenan Kovacs of Milford and the late John W. Kovacs, she was a graduate of Milford High School and had worked as a switchboard operator for St. Raphael's Hospital and later for Blue Cross & Blue Shield until her retirement. Her interests were nature and gardening. 

She was the mother of Theresa A. and Jennifer L. Hamerski of Meriden; sister of Maria Kovacs Converse of Milford and Diane Kovacs of Sorrento, Maine; aunt of Jonathan, Amy, Reid, Brook and the late Austin and Jordan. 

Relatives and friends may call at the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Ave., North Haven, Monday, from 4 to 8 p.m. and attend a memorial gathering on Tuesday, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Monticello's Restaurant, 577 South Broad St. (Rt. 5), Meriden, celebrating the life of Margaret K. Hamerski. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., 300 Research Pkwy, Meriden, CT 06450. 

Louis J. Sakelarakis 

MERIDEN -- Louis J. Sakelarakis, 86, formerly of 65 Holly Lane, husband of Kalli Mentavlos Sakelarakis, died on Friday, April 5, 2002, at the Meriden Center after a lengthy illness. 

Born in Greece, June 19, 1915, he was the son of the late James and Helen Kokotas Sakelarakis, and he had resided in Meriden for over 60 years. He owned and operated the Main St. Diner in Plainville until his retirement. Mr. Sakelarakis at one time operated the former 1711 Inn and was employed at the former Johnny's Grill. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army. He was a member of AHEPA and the Meriden Elks Lodge. He was a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in New Britain. 

Besides his wife, Kalli, he is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine and Richard Thibodeau of Southington and Penny and Joseph Aileo of Waterbury; three grandchildren, Christopher Gianacopolos, Janet Rogers and Louis James Gianacopolos, all of Southington; four great-grandchildren, Samantha Rogers, Gary Rogers, Louis James Gianacopolos Jr. and Kalli Alexandra Gianacopolos, all of Southington; and a sister, Georgia Procopiou of Meriden. Mr. Salelarakis is also survived by several nieces and nephews. 

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at 9 a.m. from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, and at 10 a.m. in St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 301 W. Main St., New Britain. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, April 8, 2002, from 5 to 8 p.m. A Tisagion service will be held at 6:30 p.m. 

Helen B. Godson 

MERIDEN -- Helen B. Godson, 89, wife of the late R. Howard Godson, died on Saturday, April 6, 2002, at MidState Medical Center. 

Born in Nurnberg, Germany on Oct. 28, 1912, the daughter of the late Lampert and Katherine (Amling) Binder. She had resided in the Meriden-Wallingford area for the last 50 years. Mrs. Godson retired from Fay & Lunt Attorneys of Wallingford. She was a parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Church. She was a member of the Friends of the Library, loved gardening and birds. She also was an avid reader and enjoyed travel. 

She is survived by a niece, Maureen Binder of Meriden; a nephew, Frank Binder of Shrewsbury, Mass.,; and a sister-in-law, Bert Binder of Wallingford. She is also survived by cousins, Helen Rosenbeck of Middlebury, Franz and Joseph Amling and Rudy Liebergeld of Germany; along with additional family in Connecticut and Germany. She was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph J. and Frank J. Binder. 

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 10, at 10:30 a.m. from the John J. Ferry & sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main St. and at 11 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima Church. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to St. Rose of Lima Church, 35 Center St., Meriden, CT 06450, or the Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller St., Meriden, CT 06450. 

Rena A. Siligato 

HAMDEN -- Rena Santina Angelotti Siligato, 89, of 2199 State Street, Hamden, died April 7, 2002. She was the wife of the late Charles Siligato. 

She was born in New Haven, Dec. 11, 1912, the daughter of the late Ezio and Ida Tiezzi Angelotti. 

She is survived by a daughter Mrs. Tom (Barbara) Knight of Wallingford, sons David Siligato of Hamden; and James Siligato of Narragansett, R.I.; sisters, Beatrice LaPaglia of Hamden and Josephine Smith of Wallingford; a brother, Philip Angelotti of Hamden; and eight grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, John A. Silagato; and brothers, Albert Aldo and Armand Angelotti. 

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. from the Peter H. Torello & Son Funeral Home, 1022 Dixwell Ave., Hamden and at St. Stephan Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in State St. Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Partnership for Adult Day Care, 30 Gilles Road, Hamden, CT 06517. 

Diane Carey 

WATRBURY -- Diane (Millette) Carey, 80, of Midfield Drive, died Monday, April 8, 2002 at St. Mary's Hospital. She was the widow of William H. Carey Jr. 

Mrs. Carey was born July 31, 1921 in Waterbury, a daughter of the late Moses and Regina (Vadnas) Millette. She retired from Devon Precision Industries and attended St. Leo the Great Church. 

She is survived by a son, William H. Carey III of Waterbury; two daughters, Jeanne Carey of Southington and Diane Sullivan of North Scituate, R.I.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Florence Walls. 

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 8 a.m. from the Woodtick Memorial, 420 Woodtick Road, Wolcott to St. Leo the Great Church for a funeral Mass at 9 a.m. Burial to follow in All Saints Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home, Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Meriden Road, Waterbury, CT 06705. 

Teddie S. Gawlak 

MERIDEN -- Teddie Soltis Gawlak, 49, of Meriden, passed away into the arms of the Lord Sunday, April 7, 2002 after suffering a heart attack. 

Born in Meriden on Jan. 10, 1953 to Marion Pontolillo Gawlak and the late Teddie C. Gawlak, she attended Maloney High School and worked at Walgreens Pharmacy until her marriage to John Soltis II. 

She had three children, Fawn Soltis, Nicole Soltis and John Soltis III of Meriden; and three grandchildren, Zachary LaRiviere, Cheyanne LaRiviere and Haley Tarnawa; besides her mother, she leaves her sisters, Sandra Zadrick of Meriden, JoAnn Meyer; and brother-in-law, Tom Meyer of Durham; and her brother, James J. Gawlak of Seattle, Wash.; also many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Debbie Joy Gawlak; and brother-in-law, Alan Zadrick, both of Meriden. She will be greatly missed by all. 

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 11, at 11 a.m. at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send gifts to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492. 

Mildred F. Kenealy 

MERIDEN -- Mildred F. Kenealy, 72, of 60 Hanover St., died on Monday, April 8, 2002, at MidState Medical Center. 

Born in Meriden on Aug. 1, 1929, daughter of the late James and Mildred (Dandelski) Kenealy, she had resided in Meriden all her life and graduated from Meriden High School. Miss Kenealy was employed by Spartan Tool Company in Meriden, retiring seven years ago. She was a parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Church. 

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Nicholas Buonanni of Meriden; and her brother and sister-in-law, James and Frances Kenealy of Meriden; also several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Mabel Kenealy; and three brothers, Howard, George and Kenneth. 

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 10, at 9:15 a.m. from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden and at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Cemetery for a graveside service with Rev. Isaac J. Calicchio officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday (TODAY) from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Joseph D. LaBruna 

EAST HARTFORD -- Joseph D. LaBruna, 67, formerly of Meriden, died Sunday, April 7, 2002 at New Britain General Hospital. He was the former husband of Joyce (Carta) LaBruna. 

Born in Hartford, May 23, 1934, a son of the late Salvatore and Elda LaBruna. He had been employed by Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company for many years until his retirement. 

He is survived by his daughter, Jill LaBruna of Meriden; son, Ricky LaBruna and his wife, Melinda of Enfield; his two granddaughters, Heather and Elizabeth LaBruna of Enfield; sisters, Rosemarie Cattanio and her husband, Maurice of Wethersfield; brother, William LaBruna and his wife, April of East Hartford; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Joseph is also survived by his girlfriend, Mary Ellen and her family. 

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 11, at 10:15 a.m. from the Newkirk and Whitney Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Ave., East Hartford, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. at St. Christopher's Catholic Church, 538 Brewer St., East Hartford. Burial will be in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, East Hartford. Calling hours will be Wednesday, April 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home, family and friends are respectfully requested to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jocelyn Diabetes Center, New Britain General Hospital, 100 Grand St., New Britain, CT 06050. 

George A. Olson 

MERIDEN -- George A. Olson, 68, formerly of 75 Carey Ave., died Friday, March 29, 2002 at Uconn Medical Center in Farmington, following a long illness. 

He was born in Meriden, Feb. 18, 1934, a son, of the late Ivar R. and Mildred V. Adam Olson. He was a graduate of Lyman Hall High School, class of 1952. While attending High School, he gained recognition for his artistic abilities primarily in the mediums of charcoal and pen and ink drawings, and was encouraged by his mother, also an artist. Mr. Olson served four years in the Air Force, obtaining the rank of Staff Sergeant during the Korean War. He attended the University of CT, Storrs and the Ward School of Electronics in Hartford. He was employed as an electronics technician at the Meriden-Markham Airport and worked 18 years as a field service technician for Decca Navigation Systems in New York and Maryland. Although Mr. Olson was primarily a self-taught artist, he did study under Carol Williams at Stonehouse in Columbia, Md., from 1978-1981. During this time, his favorite subjects were scenes of fishing boats and small marinas along the Maryland shore. Following the death of his mother in 1982, he sold his home in Maryland and moved to Connecticut to assist his father and to pursue an art career full-time. Over the next 10 years Mr. Olson displayed his artwork in a number of public and private settings including: St. Raphael's Hospital in New Haven, the North Haven Library, the Cheshire Library and the Greene Art Gallery in Guilford. Many of his paintings were selected for juried exhibitions in Kent, Madison, Meriden, Mount Carmel, Branford Guilford, and the John Slade Ely House in New Haven. While he gained recognition as a portrait artist, his favorite subjects were abandoned New England barns and dockside scenes. He once remarked to a reporter, "If you take a barn that's very old which Mother Nature has started to repossess, it's in a state which doesn't belong to mankind any more. It's been given up. I try to capture that transitional state." He was also an avid photographer, creating many of his works from pictures he had taken along the shorelines and throughout New England. He also worked at Art Rich Photography in Southington. George Olson was an associate member of the Kent Art Association, a member of the Arts and Crafts Association of Meriden and the Mount Carmel Art Association. Among the many awards he received for his artwork were: the Union Trust Company Award, Madison Arts Society, 1985 for "Reflections"; Best in Show, Meriden Arts and Crafts Association, 1987 for "Mirror Image" (a self portrait pictured above); and the Grumbacker Silver Award, Meriden Arts and Crafts Association. 

He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Dr. Betty Ann Olson of Fairfax, Va.; two nephews, Dylan Olson and wife, Jennifer of Durham, N.C., and Shane Olson of Fairfax, Va.; two grandnieces, Audrey and Victoria Olson; and two very dear friends, Robert and Marion Gionfriddo of Southington. 

A graveside service will be held on Monday, April 15, at 11 a.m. at St. John's Cemetery, Christian St., Wallingford. There are no calling hours. The B.C. Bailey Funeral Home, 273 South Elm Street is in charge of arrangements. See obituary @ www.BCBailey.com. 

E. Osabell Smith 

HIGHLAND SPRINGS, Va. -- E. Osabell Smith was born on Sept. 14, 1907 to Vass and Lena Winston in Wake County, N.C., and passed away on Friday, April 1, 2002. 

She moved to Meriden in the late 1940's where she met and married her late husband, Harry Smith. They were both members of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Meriden. Five years ago, she retired with her daughter and late son-in-law, to Highland Springs, Va. 

Osabell was the mother of Lena Franks and Keturah Jackson of New Haven. She leaves to be with her siblings, Elvis, Elbert and Freddie Winston; and her granddaughter, Wilhelmina Smith; son-in-law, Simuel Franks. Besides her devoted daughters, she is survived by her sister, Elnora Roberts of Bronx, N.Y.; her devoted granddaughter, Erin-Jo Tompkins of Richmond, Va., and Sherri Covington of Columbia, S.C.; a grandson, Kenneth Covington of New Haven; also 17 great-grands; 16 great-great-grands; one great-great-great-grandchild; three nieces; one nephew; and a host of relatives and friends. 

Funeral services were held April 5, at 11 a.m. at Chiles' Funeral Home, 2100 Fairmount Ave., Richmond, Va. 

Felix Torres 

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Felix Torres passed away Saturday, April 6, 2002. He was the loving husband of Anna Torres. 

Felix was born Dec. 26, 1967 to Juan and Lydia Torres of San Juan, PR; brother to Diamela Belisle and Alan Torres; uncle to Erica, Keith, Kyle, Lino Jr., Alyssia, Maricela and newborn baby, Jasmin; son-in-law to John E. and Magdelena Gonzalez; and brother-in-law to Lino and Helen Perales. 

He was loved by all and he will be greatly missed. Till we meet again in the arms of our Lord. 

Burton G. Tremaine Jr. 

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Burton Gad Tremaine Jr., a business executive and philanthropist, died on Saturday, April 6, in New Orleans. For many years he served as President and Chairman of the Board of The Miller Company, in Meriden, a leader in the production of copper-based alloys. He was 79. 

He resided in Johns Island, Vero Beach, Fla. Mr. Tremaine joined The Miller Company in 1947, advancing to president in 1955, a position he held for 32 years. At the time he joined the company, it was a leading producer of industrial and commercial lighting fixtures and specialty copper alloy strip. Under Mr. Tremaine's guidance, the company sold its lighting division and focused instead on modernizing the rolling mill for specialty metals. By 1985, The Miller Company had become a major producer of copper-based alloys used in electronics, automotive, telecommunication, and other industries. In 1987, Mr. Tremaine became Chairman of the Board, serving for 13 years until the sale of the company in June of 2000. Mr. Tremaine's family had a lifetime interest in the arts. He sat on the Board of Trustees of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, from 1965 to 1985, serving as president from 1978 to 1981. He remained on the board as an honorary member until his death. During his tenure, he presided over the early phases of the $8,000,000 capital campaign to modernize the museum's entire physical plant and reinstall the collection in renovated galleries. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Hartford Stage Company. Other beneficiaries of his interest in art were the Center for the Arts in Vero Beach, and the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, with the establishment of Tremaine Art Gallery. He was also involved in the restoration of the McKee Gardens in Vero Beach. In 1991, he was the founding chairman of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation in Meriden. He guided the fledgling organization as it chose its three grant-making focus areas, learning disabilities, the environment, and the arts. He worked to engage fully other family members in the process of setting guidelines and planning strategy, stressing the importance of unity of purpose and collaborative problem-solving. By 1999, when he retired from the Board, the Foundation had become an effective grant-maker, particularly in the area of learning disabilities. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Meriden Hospital in Meriden. He also served as Chairman of the Board of the Bar T Bar Ranch in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Bar T Bar Ranch operates Meteor Crater, which has been under the management of the Tremaine family since the 1940s, when Mr. Tremaine's grandfather purchased the surrounding land. Mr. Tremaine also had a keen interest in sailing, and had won many regattas. He was Commodore of the Fishers Island Yacht Club and a member of the New York Yacht Club. Graduating from the Hotchkiss School, class of 1940, and from Yale University, class of 1944, Mr. Tremaine earned an A.B. in history. He served with the 65th Infantry Division in Europe, rising to the rank of captain. 

Mr. Tremaine is survived by his wife, Catherine Burns Tremaine; two sons, Burton G. Tremaine III of Essex, and John M. Tremaine of New Canaan; a stepson, Atwood Collins III of Darien; two daughters, Janet Tremaine Stanley of Tacoma, Wash., and Sarah C. Tremaine of Charlottesville, Va.; a sister, Dorothy Tremaine Hildt of Palm Beach, Fla., and Gates Mills of Ohio; and 14 grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m. in the Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford. A reception will follow with the location to be announced at the service. Memorial donations may be made to the Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St. Hartford, CT., 06103, or the Bushnell Memorial, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT., 06106. 

Sandra A. Allen 

MERIDEN -- Sandra A. Allen, 35, wife of Scott Allen of Meriden, died at Hartford Hospital on Sunday, April 7, 2002.

Mrs. Allen was born in Hartford on Dec. 9, 1966, a daughter of Ronald and Edwina Martin of Bristol. 

In addition to her husband and parents, Sandra is survived by two daughters, Olivia Debra Allen and Isabella Susan Allen of Meriden; two sisters, Debra Pelletier of Barkhamsted and Susan DeNote of Bristol; and several nieces and nephews. 

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Gregory Church, Maltby St., Bristol on Friday, April 12, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. 

Family and friends may call at O'Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville on Thursday, April 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, CT Affiliate, P.O. Box 182, New Britain, CT 06050. 

Deborah Brady 

MERIDEN -- Deborah Brady, 45, of 110 Willow St., Meriden, died Thursday, April 4, 2002 at home suddenly. 

She was born Sept. 1, 1956 in Dexter, Maine, daughter of Irving Brady of Maine and Mildred Brady of Meriden. 

Deborah leaves one daughter, Amy Barbosa; two brothers, Norman (Linda) Brady and Irvin Brady, all of Meriden; one sister, Linda LaMothe of Meriden; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; along with many close friends throughout Meriden. 

Calling hours will take place on Friday, April 12, from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery. The Szymaszek-Taylor Funeral Home, 189 E. Main St., Meriden is in charge of arrangements. 

Martha P. Dumin 

SOUTHINGTON -- Martha P. Dumin, 52, of 22 Ivy Drive died Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at Bradley Memorial Hospital. 

Born in New Britain on Jan. 20, 1950 the daughter Frances (Grabelski) Dumin and the late Joseph R. Dumin. She was employed for the past 10 years by Whitman Control Corp. in Bristol. 

Besides her mother, is survived by a son, Paul-Michael Dumin of Southington; a sister, Patricia M. Dumin of New Britain; a great-uncle; three great-aunts; two godsons, Jeremy Gravelle and Eric Hansen; a special friend, Dottie Gravelle; several nephews, many cousins and close friends. She was predeceased by a brother, PFC Paul Michael Dumin, U.S Marine Corps. 

The funeral will be held on Friday at 9:15 a.m. from the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., to Immaculate Conception Church at 10 a.m. for a Mass. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. 

Herbert R. Michaud 

MERIDEN -- Herbert R. Michaud, 52, of Hanover St., Meriden, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002 in his home. 

Born in Grand Isle, Maine, Aug. 17, 1949, a son of Annette Lizotte Michaud of Southington and the late Arthy Michaud, he was a lifelong area resident. He had been employed as a farmer for several years and was a veteran of the Vietnam War having served in the U.S. Army. He also had been a active reservist in the Connecticut National Guard for several years. 

Besides his mother, Annette, Mr. Michaud is survived by his two sisters, Marie Perry of the Milldale section of Southington and Rose Marie Cole of New Haven; his four brothers, Donat Michaud of Meriden, Edmund Michaud of Meriden, Alan Michaud of Wallingford and Patrick Michaud of New Haven; several nieces and nephews. Besides his father, he was predeceased by his two sisters, Pierrette Michaud and Ann Marie Michaud. 

His family will receive relatives and friends in the Yalesville Funeral Home, 386 Main St., Yalesville section of Wallingford, Thursday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Funeral services will then be held at 11 a.m. The Rev. Thomas J. Baylis will officiate. Interment will be private in the Center Street Cemetery. 

Barbara Schumann 

MERIDEN -- Barbara Bunnell Schumann, 86, of 74 Westerly Terrace, died Monday, April 8, 2002, at Bradley Memorial Hospital in Southington. She was the wife of Robert F. Schumann. 

Born in Meriden, Jan. 27, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Amanda Kantack Bunnell. She had worked as a law office secretary and was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church. She had been a member of the Emblem Club and the Women's Bridge Club. 

Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Schumann of Meriden; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Virginia Schumann of New Britain; a sister-in-law, Grace Bunnell of Meriden; a dear friend, Dorothy Steele of Meriden; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Dr. Robert Bunnell. 

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Beecher & Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. The Rev. Perry L. Beaver will officiate. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call one hour prior to the services. If desired, contributions in Mrs. Schumann's memory may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 164 Hanover St., Meriden, CT 06450. See obituary @ www.beecherandbennett.com. 

Julius W. Zembruski 

BETHLEHEM -- Mr. Julius W. Zembruski, 79, of 21 Sanford Lane, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002 at home after a brief illness. He was the husband of Helen (Kobylenski) Zembruski. 

Mr. Zembruski was born in Waterbury on Jan. 12, 1923, son of the late Walter and Pelagia (Ploski) Zembruski. He worked as a machinist at Scovill Manufacturing, Century Brass, and Rostra from where he retired after 47 years. He was a World War II, U.S. Army Veteran machine gunner in Infantry Battalion. His battalion received Presidential citation. Julius was awarded a Bronze Star with three Battle Stars. He was a member of the Oakville Veteran of Foreign War Post 7330. He was also a member of the Corp B. Korowlotny Post in Waterbury. He was a communicant of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. 

Besides his wife, he leaves, a son, Robert Zembruski of Terryville; two daughters, Diane Chaconis of Cheshire and Donna Cashman of Bethlehem; a sister, Jean Needham of Wolcott; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Peter Zembruski; two sisters, Jennie Mertz and Miriam Dubinsky are deceased. 

A military funeral will be held on Friday, April 12, at 9:15 a.m. from Hickcox Funeral Home, 195 Main St., Rt. 63, Watertown to Church of the Nativity, 48 East St., Bethlehem for a Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Waterbury. Calling hours will be held at Hickcox Funeral Home on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Nativity, 48 East St., Bethlehem or to Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 411 Bethlehem, CT 06751. The Fitzgerald-Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main St., Naugatuck is in charge of arrangements. 

Bess Levine 

GRANBY -- Bess Berman Levine, 86, of MeadowBrook of Granby, wife of the late Herman Levine, died Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at MeadowBrook of Granby Nursing Home after a long illness. 

Born in New Haven on July 7, 1915, she was the daughter of Hyman and Jenny Berman. Mrs. Levine had resided in Granby. She had graduated from New Haven public schools and was previously employed by Meriden Auction Rooms, retiring in the 1970s. She was a member of Congregation B'nai Abraham, prior president of Sisterhood, Temple B'nai Abraham, and a member of Hadassah. 

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Susan Levine Weiss and James Weiss of Stratham, N.H.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Arthur W. Levine and Cantor Susan Lang Levine of Simsbury and Gerald D. Levine and Sarah L. Pokempner of Washington, D.C.; six grandchildren, David Levine, Micah Levine, Abigail Pokempner Levine, Zoe Pokempner Levine, Emma Pokempner Levine and Joel Weiss; a niece and several nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Herman, who died in Florida in 1985. 

The funeral will be held on Friday, April 12, at 10 a.m. in Temple B'nai Abraham with Rabbi Gloria S. Rubin officiating. Burial will be in B'nai Abraham Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to either MeadowBrook of Granby Nursing Home, 350 Salmon Brook St., Granby, CT 06035 or Temple B'nai Abraham, 127 E. Main St., Meriden, CT 06450. The John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden, is in charge of arrangements.


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