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Lucian R. Calderoni 

SOUTHINGTON -- Lucian R. Calderoni, 58, 130 Edgewood Circle, died Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at Bradley Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Patricia (Mihalak) Calderoni. 

Born in Bristol on Oct. 13, 1943, the son of Helen (Masci) Calderoni of Bristol and the late Luciano Calderoni. He had been employed by the Aqua Turf Club in Southington for the past 12 years after retiring from New Departure-Hyatt in Bristol after 28 years of service. He was a parishioner of St. Thomas Church. 

Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Dean R. and Elizabeth Calderoni of Marlborough; two grandchildren, Michael and Sarah Calderoni; a brother, Al Calderoni of Bristol; a sister, Frances Sylvester of Bristol; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Michael Calderoni. 

The funeral will be held on Saturday at 9:15 a.m. from the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington to St. Thomas Church at 10 a.m. for a Mass. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday (TODAY) from 4 to 8 p.m. 

Christine S. Dell-Aquila 

WALLINGFORD -- Christine S. Dell-Aquila, 83, of 19 Field Drive, died Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at the Regency House of Wallingford. She was the wife of Nicholas Dell-Aquila. 

She was born in New Haven, Oct. 3, 1918, a daughter of the late Anthony and Winifred Lombardi Salvati. She was a communicant of the Church of the Resurrection in Wallingford. 

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, John Ruocco of Wallingford and Richard Ruocco of Milford; a brother, Anthony Salvati of East Haven; two sisters, Patricia Montefusco of West Haven and Winifred Mead of Fla.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Mary DeMatteo. 

The funeral will leave the B.C. Bailey Funeral Home, 273 South Elm St., Wallingford on Saturday, April 13, at 9:45 a.m. to the Church of the Resurrection, 115 Pond Hill Road, Wallingford for a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at St. John's Cemetery, Wallingford. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday (TODAY) from 4 to 7 p.m. See obituary @ www.BCBailey.com. 

Frank Fonteyn Sr. 

NORTH HAVEN -- Frank Fonteyn Sr., 80, of 17 Trumbull Place, North Haven, died Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at the Alzheimer's Resource Center, Southington. He was the husband of the late Lorraine Russell Fonteyn. 

Born in Manchester, N.H., on Oct. 26, 1922, son of the late Joseph and Leoni Fonteyn. Mr. Fonteyn was a U.S. Army veteran in World War II, with the 100th Infantry Division when they landed at Omaha Beach. He joined the New Haven Police Dept., as a patrolman in 1946 and made his way up to the ranks to Detective assigned to the Special Services Division and later to the Arson Investigation Squad. He retired in 1976 after 29 years of service. He was a member of the Police Legionnaires, the American Legion and a parishioner of St. Barnabas Church for over 50 years. 

Father of Frank E. Fonteyn Jr. of Wallingford, Linda M. Thomas and Deborah A. Miller, both of North Haven; brother of the late Robert Fonteyn and Phyllis Lamey; grandfather of Frank and Heather Fonteyn, Margaret (Meg) and Richard Thomas and Kristyn and Joshua Miller. 

His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Ave., North Haven, Saturday at 10 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Barnabas Church at 10:30 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven. The visiting hours will be Friday (TODAY) from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Resource Center, 1261 So. Main St., Plainville, CT 06479. 

Mae J. Hartig 

PALM HARBOR, Fla. --Mae J. Hartig, 88, formerly of Meriden, died Wednesday, April 10, 2002 in Palm Harbor. Fla. 

Born in Wallingford, she moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1968, and later to Palm Harbor, Fla. In Wallingford, she was a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. 

She is survived by a son, Donald R. Hartig of Palm Harbor; a brother, Ted Kowalski of Wallingford; three grandsons; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. 

Brett Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg, Fla., has charge of arrangements. 

Dudley C. Johnson Jr. 

AKRON, Ohio -- Dudley C. Johnson Jr. of Akron, Ohio, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at Akron City Hospital. 

Born in Meriden on July 2, 1929, he was the son of the late Dudley C. Sr. and Mildred Jaquith Johnson. He attended local schools and graduated from Meriden High School in 1947. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in commerce and economics and University of Southern Connecticut with a master's degree in counseling. He served as Academic Advisor and Director of Counseling and Academic Advisor to Fraternities and Senior Classes at the University of Akron, retiring as an Associate Dean and Director of Counseling and Advising Emeritus. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 83 in Akron and was active in the American Red Cross and other community and church services. 

Besides his wife, Doris, he is survived by two sons, Bruce and Peter; and two daughters, Helen and Sarah, all of Ohio; five grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Dutton of Wallingford and Ruth Roden of Meriden; one uncle, Earl Johnson of Wallingford; and several nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service was held on Monday, April 1, 2002 at the First Congregational Church of Akron with the Rev. Dr. Jay Marshall Groat and Rev. William Rodefer officiating. 

Laura M. Lutz 

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Laura M. Lutz, 83, formerly of Meriden, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002 in Clearwater, Fla. 

Born in Meriden, Laura moved to Largo, Fla., in 1988 after retiring from the Travelers Insurance Company in Hartford, where she worked for many years. A member of the Indian Rocks Baptist Church, Laura served as a volunteer at many of the local hospitals. 

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Chandler of Wallingford; a daughter, Joan Preisner of Durham; two sisters, Doris Balder of Belleair, Fla., and Minnie Lutz of Cheshire; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Moss Feaster Funeral Home of Largo, Fla., has charge of arrangements. 

Arthur Nappi 

SOUTHINGTON -- Mr. Arthur Nappi, 89, of 386 Hart St., died Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at the Bradley Memorial Hospital in Southington. He was the husband of Catherine (Bartoletti) Nappi. 

Mr. Nappi was born in Waterbury on Jan. 12, 1913, son of the late Angelo Charles and Carmela (Nervo) Nappi. He moved to Southington in 1988. He was the warehouse manager of Plainville Wayside Furniture for 40 years, until retiring in 1978. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II. He was a communicant of St. Aloysius Church. 

Besides his wife, he leaves three sons, Charles A. Nappi, Arthur J. Nappi and Mark A. Nappi, all of Southington; and a daughter, Doreen Moffo of Southington; three sisters, Josephine DeNuncio, Clara Daddona and Melvina Scannapieco, all of Waterbury; and nine grandchildren. 

A funeral will be held Friday (TODAY) at 9 a.m. from the Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway, Waterbury to St. Aloysius Church in Plantsville for a Mass at 10 a.m. Entombment will be in Calvary Garden Mausoleum with full military honors. 

COL (Ret) Theodore A. Wojtasik 

WALLINGFORD -- COL (Ret) Theodore A. Wojtasik, 87, of East Main St., Wallingford, died Wednesday, April 10, 2002 in the Masonic Geriatric Healthcare Center in Wallingford. He was the husband of over 60 years of Mary J. Baroni Wojtasik. 

Born in Wallingford, Oct. 6, 1914, a son of the late Anthony and Frances Fabish Wojtasik, he had attended local schools and was a graduate of Lyman Hall High School. He had played semi-pro basketball and football for many area teams. Mr. Wojtasik was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, serving as an officer in the U.S. Army. He had participated in the Normandy Invasion of France, D-Day, with the assault forces at Omaha Beach with Co E. 116th Inf, 29th Infantry Division. He fought in the European Theater, through the hedgerows, the breakthrough at St. Lo, Northern France Rhineland, Central Europe, the Battle of the Bulge, and numerous other actions. He was the recipient of numerous commendations, citations and awards to include the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star for valor and three Purple Hearts. In 1950, as Company Commander of the local National Guard unit, Co K, 1st Bn 102nd Infantry, he was activated with them for duty in the Korean War. Wojtasik held many command and staff positions throughout his military career. He retired from the Connecticut Army National Guard after 28 years of service with the rank of Colonel. 

He had been employed by the International Silver Co., for many years until his retirement and had served on the Board of Tax Review, the Memorial Day Parade Committee, and had been a member of the Wallingford Charter Revision Commission. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Knights of Columbus, the 102nd Infantry Association, and a life member of the National Guard Association of Connecticut. He was a parishioner of SS. Peter and Paul Church. 

Mr. Wojtasik enjoyed working in his yard, mowing lawns with his grandchildren and tinkering in his downstairs workshop making various items out of wood. He always looked forward to his trips to Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Mr. Wojtasik was available to share a friendly cup of coffee at anytime, and was an avid sports fan and had especially enjoyed NFL football and UConn basketball. One of his greatest joys was being with his family and interacting with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. By some, he was affectionately known as "Chief." 

Besides his wife, Mary, he is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Nancy M. and Murray C. Bennett of Wallingford; his sons and daughter-in-law, Colonel Joseph T. and Ruth A. Wojtasik of Wallingford and Theodorae A. Wojtasik Jr., Ph.D., of Lauringburg, N.C.; his sister, Mae (Mrs. Stanley) Woronick of Wallingford; grandchildren, David Bennett, Christy Mitchell and her husband, Brian, Julie Wollen and her husband, Mark, Derek Bennett and his wife, Laurie, Joseph Wojtasik Jr. and his wife, Lisa and Lance Wojtasik; great-grandchildren, Joey Wojtasik III and Mikayla Wollen; he is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Nellie Chic; and his brother, Joseph Wojtasik. 

A special thanks is extended to the outstanding staff of the Masonic Geriatric Healthcare Center for their caring efforts during his short stay. 

His family will receive relatives and friends in the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main St. Ext., Wallingford, Saturday from 8:30 to 10 a.m., when the funeral cortege will proceed to SS. Peter and Paul Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Interment, with military honors will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to the charity of one's choice. 

Munson Barnes 

MERIDEN -- Munson Barnes, 82, husband of Eleanore Carofino Barnes, died on Friday, April 12, 2002 at Meriden Center. 

Born in Meriden on Aug. 18, 1919, son of the late Walter and Mabel Doolittle Barnes, he had resided in the Wallingford-Meriden area all his life. He had graduated from Dean Academy in Franklin, Mass., in 1939 and was employed by New Departure Hyatt Bearing Division of General Motors in Bristol, retiring in 1980. Mr. Barnes was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Navy. He was a lifetime member of the Meriden Grange, the Meriden Senior Center, and Castle Craig A.A.R.P., in addition to being an avid bowler and golfer. 

Besides his wife, Eleanore, he is survived by two daughters, Sandra Perkins and Phyllis Rigoulot, both of Wallingford; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert and Marianne Barnes of Berlin and William Barnes of Wallingford; three step-children, Jacqueline Zdeb of Meriden, Denise and Ronald Russ of Watertown and Anthony and Marilyn Tamburri of Farmington; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his late wife, Dorothy Andrews Barnes. 

The funeral will be held on Monday, April 15, at 10 a.m. at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden with Rev. Eric Henderson of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. 

Marguerite C. Cosgrove 

MERIDEN -- Marguerite C. Cosgrove, 38, of Meriden, daughter of Marguerite O'Hare Cosgrove of Wallingford and the late Thomas M. Cosgrove Sr., died Sunday, April 7, 2002 after a long illness. 

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a date and time to be announced. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main St. Ext., Wallingford. 

Joyce Crawford 

SOUTHINGTON -- Joyce Crawford, 58, of 59 Sunnyridge Drive, Plantsville section, died Friday April 12, 2002, after a courageous battle with cancer, at Bradley Memorial Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Bruce L. Crawford. 

Born in Biddeford, Maine, the daughter of the late Elwood and Dorothy (Little) Brewer. She had worked at Eastern Plastics in Bristol for 11 years and most recently at the former Principal Financial Group in Wallingford. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 

Besides her husband, she is survived by three loving sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Sue Crawford of Southington, Warren and Patty Crawford of Plainville and James and Sally Crawford of Bristol; four brothers, Arthur Brewer of Florida, Kenneth Brewer of Maine and Bernard and Elwood Brewer, both of Bristol; two sisters, Elva Oswald of Southington and Carol Smith of Bristol; six granddaughters and two grandsons, who she cherished dearly; and many nieces and nephews. 

The funeral will be held on Monday at 9 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 145 Main St., Southington. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Calling Hours will be on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington. Donations may be made in her memory to Hospice of Central CT. P.O. Box 1327, New Britain, CT 06050. 

James F. Haney 

STUART, Fla. -- James F. Haney, 86, of 1971 S.E. Jackson St., formerly of Wallingford died Thursday, April 11, 2002 at the Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, Fla. He was the husband of the late Grace Snedeker Haney. 

He was born in Westville, Aug. 24, 1915, a son of the late Frederick L. and Ida Lillian Heath Haney. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War, retiring after 23 years of service as a chief ENC in the submarine service. He was a member of Annawon Lodge No. 115 AF & AM in West Haven and the Scottish Rite in Connecticut. Mr. Haney had worked as a supervisor at the Masonic Home and Hospital until his retirement. 

He is survived by a son, Bertil J. Haney of the Merchant Marine Service; a step-son, Edward A. Crocco of Haddam; a step-daughter, Rosemary Brown of Stuart, Fla.; a brother, Frederick I. Haney of Cheshire; and five grandchildren, Bertil Haney, Jr., Aaron Haney, Mallory Haney, Richard E. Brown III and Charles Everett Crocco. He was predeceased by two brothers, Clarence Haney and Harold Haney. 

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel of the Masonic Geriatric Healthcare Center, Masonic Ave., Wallingford. Burial will be private. There are no calling hours. If friends so desire, gifts in his memory may be made to the Masonic Charity Foundation, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford 06492. The B.C. Bailey Funeral Home, 273 South Elm St., Wallingford is in charge of arrangements. See obituary @ www.BCBailey.com. 

John M. Heckler 

MIDDLEBURG, Va. -- John Maguire Heckler, founder of Boston Institutional Services, died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure recently in his home in Middleburg, Va. He was 74. 

Mr. Heckler was the former husband of Margaret Heckler, former Republican congresswoman from Massachusetts, U.S. secretary of health and human services, and ambassador to Ireland. The couple divorced in 1985 after 31 years of marriage. 

Born in Meriden, he graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. After his 1992 retirement from Boston Institutional Services, a brokerage firm, he moved to Virginia, where he was an avid fox hunter. 

He leaves his wife, Sheryl Bills; two daughters, Belinda Mulliken of Boston and Alison Heckler-Haensler of Salisbury, Md.; a son, John M. Jr. of Arlington, Va.; two brothers, George Jr. and Charles , both of Florida; and three grandchildren. 

Mark R. Korin 

SOUTHINGTON -- Mark R. Korin, 64, of Southington, died Friday, April 12, 2002 at home after a brief cancer illness. He was the husband of Judy Fish Korin. 

Born in Seymour, March 9, 1938, he was the son of the late Peter and Mae Korin. Mark moved to Southington in 1960 after his marriage to Judy. He graduated from Seymour High School in 1956. He spent the next two years in the U.S. Army, followed by two years in the reserves. Mark attended local colleges and got his degree in Industrial Engineering from New Haven University by attending nights. Mark was an avid outdoorsman and gardener. He raised and trained many dogs for field trials, competing throughout the country, having many championships. He retired Pratt and Whitney, Middletown in 2000, after 42 years as an engineer. He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Southington. 

In addition to his wife of 42 years, Judy Korin, Mark is survived by two daughters, Cris Korin of Wolcott and Jill Korin of San Francisco; a brother and sister-in-law, Basil and Marlyn Korin of New Mexico; a brother-in-law, Ted Fish; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Rowley; and several nieces and nephews and their families. 

A funeral service will be held Monday, April 15, at 11 a.m. at the Plantsville Memorial Funeral Home, 975 South Main St., Plantsville. Burial will follow in South End Cemetery. Calling hours are on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, requests that contributions in memory of Mark be made to the Southington YMCA (Camp Scholarship Fund,) 29 High St., Southington, CT 06489. 

John E. Maestrini 

MERIDEN -- John E. Maestrini, 76, of 380 Crown St., died Thursday, April 11, 2002 at St. Elizabeth Center, Curtis Home, after a lengthy illness. 

Born in Meriden on April 5, 1926, he was the son of the late Enrico and Gina Maestrini. Mr. Maestrini had resided in Meriden all of his life and had graduated from Meriden schools. He was employed locally as a painter and was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. 

He is survived by one daughter, Gina Maestrini of Pennsylvania; grandchildren; a niece, Saundra Palumbo; and two nephews, Leonard and David Maestrini. He was predeceased by a brother, Santi Maestrini. 

A private graveside service with military honors will be held in the CT State Veteran's Cemetery, Middletown. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Curtis Home Elderly Program, 380 Crown St., Meriden, CT 06450. The John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden is in charge of arrangements. 

John S. Minicucci 

SOUTHINGTON -- John S. Minicucci, 86, of Meadow Road, Southington, died Friday, April 12, 2002 in New Britain. He was the widower of Dorothy (Lindelof) Minicucci, who died in 1986. 

A New Britain native, he was a former Plainville resident for 20 years, before moving to Southington in 1978. A graduate of New Britain High School, he served with the 351st Infantry with the U.S. Army in World War II and was a purple hear recipient. John worked at Merrow Machine Co. in Hartford for over 15 years, retiring in 1981. He was a life member of the VFW Post in Waterbury and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. 

Surviving is a daughter, Bonnie Theriault and her husband, Ray of Southington; two step-sons, John Mangan and his wife, Leslie of Plainville and Charles Mangan and his wife, Jean of Newington; a step-daughter, Carol Swetz and her husband, Thomas of Yonkers, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Bethany, Ryan and Randy Theriault; four step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Jennie Valluzzi. 

Funeral services are Monday at 10 a.m. in Carlson Funeral Home, 45 Franklin Square, New Britain. Burial with military honors will be in Fairview Cemetery. Calling hours are Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Carlson Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 450 Main St. Hartford, CT 06103. Online guestbook @ www.carlsonfuneralhome.com. 

Estelle Ohmes 

NORTH HAVEN -- Estelle Selbrowich Danick Ohmes, 92, formerly of Temple St., North Haven, died Thursday, April 11, 2002 at the Masonic Home in Wallingford. She was the wife of the late Alfred F. Ohmes Sr. 

Born in Bridgeport on March 26, 1910, daughter of the late John and Rosie Radredick Selbrowich. She was a parishioner of St. Francis Cabrini Church. 

Mother of Alfred F. Ohmes Jr. of Taylors, S.C.; grandmother of Troy Ohmes of Greensboro, N.C., and Todd Ohmes of Baton Rouge, La. She was predeceased by three sisters; and two brothers. 

Her funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Ave., North Haven, Saturday at 12:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Francis Cabrini Church at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in North Haven Center Cemetery. Friends and relatives may call Saturday (TODAY) from 12 to 12:30 p.m. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Cabrini Church Building Fund, Pond Hill Road, North Haven 06473. 

Harold H. Orzech 

MONETA, Va. -- Harold H. Orzech, 74, died Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at his home in Moneta, Va., after a brief illness. 

A resident of Meriden of 70 years, Harold was born in Meriden on Feb. 13, 1928, a son of the late Harold Orzech and Mary Borwiak Orzech. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his three sisters, Kay Kusza, Helen Haberli and Nellie Vumback; and a brother, George Orzech. Harold was the owner and operator of Middlesex Marine, Portland before he retired and made his residence in Virginia. 

He is survived by a former spouse, Jean Orzech; two daughters, Linda Hocott of Southington and Joan Orzech of Meriden; two sons, Harold Orzech Jr. and Stephen Orzech of Meriden; two grandchildren, Julius Hocott of Orlando, Fla., and Shauna Foote; two great-grandchildren, Ashley Foote and Leiana Vasquez, all of Lakeland, Fla.; a sister, Margaret Wotton; and two brothers, Henry Orzech and Stanley Orzech, all of Meriden. 

A memorial service will be held at the Walnut Grove Chapel, Meriden at 10 a.m. Monday, April 15. There will be no calling hours. 

Stanley W. Stegos 

WALLINGFORD -- Stanley W. Stegos, 77, of North Farms Road, Wallingford died Friday, April 12, 2002 in the MidState Medical Center in Meriden after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of the late Marie Simeone Stegos. 

Born in Guilford, Feb. 14, 1925, a son of the late Charles and Beatrice Gregor Stegos, he was a lifelong Wallingford resident. He had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and had returned home to own and operate his farm until he retired several years ago. He was a parishioner of Most Holy Trinity Church, and was a lifetime member of the Silver Squares. 

Mr. Stegos is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Bruce Binnix of Wallingford; his son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Gail Stegos of Wallingford; his grandchildren, David Stegos, Christopher Stegos and his wife, Kelly, Daniel Stegos, Marcella Binnix, Kristen Binnix and Craig Stegos; his sister, Helen Paluconis of Wallingford; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Marunda. 

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. Gifts in his memory may be sent to the Most Holy Trinity Church Preservation Project, 68 North Colony St., Wallingford, CT 06492. 

Col. (Ret.) Theodore A. Wojtasik 

WALLINGFORD -- Funeral services for Col. (Ret.) Theodore A. Wojtasik, were held Saturday at 10 a.m. from the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main St., Ext., Wallingford and at 10:30 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Wallingford. Rev. Daniel J. Karpiey, celebrated the Mass of Christian burial. Interment with military honors, accorded by the Antique Veterans, World Post No. 1, of Meriden, was in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Wallingford. 

The pallbearers were his grandsons, Derek Bennett, David Bennett, Brian Mitchell, Mark Wollen, Joseph Wojtasik Jr., and Lance Wojtasik. 

Mr. Wojtasik, beloved husband of Mary J. Baroni Wojtasik, of East Main St., Wallingford, died Wednesday, April 10, 2002. 

Hope-jane Meyer 

WALLINGFORD - Hope-jane (Gillingham) Meyer, 80, died Saturday, April 13, 2002, at the Middlesex Memorial Hospital in Middletown after a lengthy illness. She was the widow of the late John H. Meyer and had formerly lived at 19 Norman Ave., Wallingford for nearly 50 years. 

She was born in Portland, Maine, July 6, 1921, the eldest of the late Arthur and Janie (Smith) Gillingham. She married John H. Meyer in Portland, Maine, on Sept 13, 1943, and they subsequently moved to Wallingford in 1946. Hope-jane graduated from Portland, Maine High School, class of 1939 and Colby College, class of 1943. She later earned a Mastery in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University. She worked at the Wallingford Public Library and as a substitute teacher for several years. She was passionately committed to promotion of literature and reading, especially with children. In conjunction with her friend and colleague, Alicia Morse, they established library media centers in all Wallingford elementary schools. She was a school librarian media specialist for 30 years in Wallingford. 

She is survived by a son, Douglas William Meyer; a granddaughter, Jessica Bucklin Gillingham Meyer, both of Guilford; a brother, Chester (Chet) A. Gillingham and his wife, Marilyn of West Newfield, Maine; and four nephews and their spouses, Steven and Pam Gillingham, John and Holly Gillingham and Peter G. Gillingham, all of Maine, and David and Wendi Gillingham of Vermont. She was predeceased by a sister, Louise Gillingham Bennett. 

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, April 18, at 2 p.m., at the In Memoriam Cemetery, Wallingford. Friends may call at the B.C. Bailey Funeral Home, 273 South Elm St., Wallingford on Wednesday, April 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. A major portion of Hope-jane's extensive personal library was donated to the Children's Room at the Brainerd Memorial Library in Haddam, CT. In lieu of flowers, friend may care to donate to the library in her name. Brainerd Memorial Library, 920 Saybrook Road, Haddam, CT 06438. See obituary @www.BCBailey.com. 

Geraldine B. Shaw 

WALLINGFORD - Geraldine Johnson Baylow Shaw, 85, of Masonic Avenue, Wallingford, formerly of Linden Ave., Westbrook, died Saturday, April 13, 2002, surrounded by her loving family, at the Masonic Geriatric and Healthcare Center in Wallingford. She was the wife of the late Robert E. Shaw. 

Born in Lincoln, Neb., June 14, 1916, she was a daughter of the late Bertram and Lydia Johnson, and had been a resident of Westbrook for 25 years until moving to Wallingford two years ago. She had been employed as a sales representative at the Young Folks Shop in Madison for over 20 years until her retirement, and was a member of the Westbrook Congregational Church. 

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Anthony H. and Sandra B. Baylow of Wallingford; her six grandchildren, Kimberly A. Kremzar and her husband, Carl, Scott E. Baylow and Troy A. Baylow, all of Wallingford, Christopher Baylow and his wife, Susan, of Marble Head, Mass., Hope E. Baylow of Long Beach, N.Y., and Jill Baylow of Los Angeles, Calif.; and her five great-grandchildren, Carl M. Kremzar, Kara E. Kremzar and Danielle M. Kremzar, all of Wallingford, and Samual A. Baylow and Augustus E. Baylow, both of Marble Head, Mass. She was predeceased by her son, Edward D. Baylow; and her first husband, Albert K. Baylow. Her family would like to extend their thanks to the staff of Masonic Geriatric Healthcare Center for the support and excellent care given during this most difficult time. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service celebrating the life of Geraldine, Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at 7 p.m. in the Masonic Geriatric and Healthcare Center Chapel, Masonic Ave., in Wallingford. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be sent to the Masonic Charity Foundation, P.O. 70, Wallingford, CT 06492, or to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT 06450. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main St. Ext., Wallingford, CT. 

John W. Arther 

MERIDEN -- John W. Arther, 62, fiancée of Dayna Warner, died Sunday, April 14, 2002 at home after a lengthy illness. 

Born in Meriden on May 21, 1939, the son of Iris Tomms Kiss of Wallingford and the late John W. Arther Sr., he resided in Meriden most of his life and had graduated from Meriden schools. Mr. Arthur was retired from Circuit-Wise in North Haven and was once self-employed as the owner of Toys Boats, Baron Enterprises, and MidState cold Castings. He was an avid model railroader and a member of the Central CT Model Railroad Association, NMRA, the Philadelphia Chapter of PRRT and HS and Silver City Quarter Midgets. 

He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, John W. III and Wendy Arther of Meriden, William and Donna Arther of East Haven, Fred and Mary Arther of Milford; 10 grandchildren; a sister, Iris Maturo of Virginia; a brother, Robert Arther of Meriden; also one niece. Dayna's children and grandchildren loved him and welcomed him into their lives. He was predeceased by his step-father, Aaron Kiss. 

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 11 a.m. in 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 funeral home Tuesday (TODAY) from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to MidState VNA and Hospice, 658 Broad St., Meriden, CT 06450. 

Milton "Red" Badgley 

SOUTHINGTON -- Milton "Red" Badgley, 90, formerly of Meriden Ave., in Southington died Monday, April 15, 2002 at Tandem Health Care Center. He was the husband of the late Louise Ripple Badgley, his first wife and the mother of his children and his second wife the late Esther Carle Badgley. 

Born in Southington, June 18, 1911, son of the late Rufus and Lilla Gillim Badgley he was a lifelong resident of Southington. Milton was an active and faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Southington. He was a wonderful father and grandfather, a friend to many and loved by all. His faith and character were an example of the way life should be lived. Milton was well known in the community, as he was Captain of the Volunteer Fire Department Company No. 1 and the first of three generations of firefighters that continues today. He was President of the Exchange Club and a long time member of the Redman. He played semi-pro baseball and was one of the first inductees into the Southington High School Hall of Fame. He was employed by Boyd J. Height Chevrolet and Morton Chevrolet for 45 years and recognized as an outstanding Service Manager. He will be missed by all and remembered in our hearts. 

Milton is survived by two sons and three daughters-in-law, Robert and Roberta Badgley, Roger and Terry Badgley, both of Southington and Shirley Badgley of Vermont; seven grandchildren, Keith Badgley of New Hampshire, Darren Badgley, Rebecca Sartor, all of Vermont, Roxanne Steele, Jon Badgley, Sandra Butch of Southington and Pamela Badgley of Meriden; and nine great-grandchildren, Sarah, Vanessa, Jessica, Caitlin, Kody, MacKenzie, Alexandra, Tessa and Joshua; in addition to his immediate family, he is survived by his step-daughter and sons, Deborah and Scott Lansberry of Hamden, Richard and Anita Carle of Maine and David and Karen Carle of New Hampshire and their families. He was predeceased by his oldest son, Bruce N. Badgley; and his great-granddaughter, Danielle Steele. 

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. from the Plantsville Memorial Funeral Home, 975 South Main St., Plantsville with an 11 a.m. church service at the First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday, April 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Edward S. Gwara 

MIDDLETOWN -- Edward S. "Whitey" Gwara, 76, of rose Circle, Middletown, husband of 56 years of Stasia Lewandowski Gwara, died Sunday evening, April 14, 2002, at Middlesex Memorial Hospital in Middletown after a brief illness. 

Born in Meriden on Nov. 29, 1925, he had resided in Meriden most of his life prior to moving to Middletown some 17 years ago. He attended local schools and was employed by Ted's Restaurant on Broad Street for 41 years, retiring in 2001. He was a parishioner of First United Methodist Church of Wallingford, an avid duckpin bowler and a member of both the Polish Knights Club of Meriden and the Polish Falcons of Middletown. 

Besides his wife, Stasia, he is survived by one daughter, Kathleen Gwara of Middletown; two sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Valerie Gwara of Meriden and Joseph and Angelina Gwara of Kensington; six grandchildren, Jennifer and her husband, Marco DiMauro, Sean and Jeffrey Gwara of Meriden, Tina and her husband, Wayne Spakowski of Deep River, Tammy Savage of Waterford and Edward Savage of Middletown; two great-grandchildren, Stirling Spakowski and Amber Rigdon; three sisters, Mrs. John (Helen) Ticino of Meriden, Mrs. Angela Zawisza of Southington, Mrs. Victoria Slowkawski of Meriden; two brothers, John and his wife, Flavia Gwara of Meriden and Stanley Gwara of Meriden; also several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Benjamin Gwara of Meriden and Anthony Gwara of Florida and a sister, Alice Victor of Southington. 

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Wallingford, 941 Old Rock Hill Road, with Rev. Karen Cook officiating. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden on Tuesday (TODAY) from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 941 old Rock Hill Road, Wallingford, 06492. 

Lorice A. Hamrah 

MERIDEN -- Lorice Alouf Hamrah of Carpenter Ave., Meriden, beloved wife of the late Charles A. Hamrah Sr., died Sunday, April 14, 2002 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. 

Born in Roanoke, Va., a daughter of the late Richard A. and Mabel Debs Alouf, she had been a Meriden resident for 55 years, and was a parishioner of St. Joseph Church in Meriden. 

She is survived by her two sons and daughter-in-law, Charles A. Hamrah Jr. and Jane Hamrah and Michael R. Hamrah, all of Meriden; her four grandchildren, Michael S. Hamrah, Christopher C. Hamrah, Alison E. Hamrah and Leisa J. Hamrah; her three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Edna and A.K. Copty and Pauline and Edmund Damus, all of Roanoke, Va., and Marguerite (Mrs. Joseph) Daher of Dayton, Ohio; her sisters-in-law, Edna (Mrs. Philip) Alouf, Claire Hamrah Falk and Mary Hamrah; her brothers-in-law, George H. Hamrah and Albert S. Hamrah; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, Charles, she is was predeceased by her daughter, Anne L. Hamrah; her sister, Madeline Saloomey; and her two brothers, Philip and Albert Alouf. 

Her family will receive relatives and friends in the Yalesville Funeral Home, 386 Main St., Yalesville section of Wallingford, Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. from the Yalesville Funeral Home, when the funeral cortege will proceed to St. Joseph Church, Meriden, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Meriden. Memorial gifts may be sent to Hoffman Heart Institute, (in memory of Lorice A. Hamrah) c/o St. Francis Hospital, 114 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06015. 

George Langa 

WALLINGFORD -- George Langa, 61, of Wallingford, died on Sunday morning, April 14, 2002 at MidState Medical Center after a lengthy battle with cancer. 

Born in Latvia on Sept. 8, 1940, the son of the late Kris and Anna Bergs Langa, he had resided in Wallingford most of his life. Mr. Langa had attended local schools and was a graduate of Meriden High School. He was employed by Wallace Silversmith Company of Wallingford for some 28 years, and more recently by Guest Company of Meriden. He was a veteran of the Vietnam Era, having served with the U.S. Army. 

He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Karen Dowd of Meriden and Kathryn and Pieter Visser of New Hartford; one son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Justine Langa of Wallingford; eight grandchildren, Jimmy and Christopher Dowd, Danielle, Kaytlyn and Jessica Langa, Mike and Joey Dudley and Pieter Visser; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Velta and George Ciunga of Smithtown, Long Island and Mrs. Lucy Garnelis of Ellington; also by several nieces and nephews. 

The funeral will be held on Thursday, April 18, at 10 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 520 Paddock Ave., Meriden with the Rev. Wallace Merdinyan officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the CT State Veterans' Cemetery, Bow Lane, Middletown. Friends may call at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden on Wednesday, April 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. 

John T. Pernal 

SOUTHINGTON -- John J. Pernal, 85, of Mt. Vernon Road in Southington, died Sunday, April 14, 2002 at home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of 61 years of Frances Ploszay Pernal. 

Born in Southington, March 19, 1917, son of the late Peter and Pauline Asklar Pernal he had been a lifelong Southington resident. Mr. Pernal retired in 1979 from his real estate business, John J. Pernal Real Estate. Prior to his retirement he owned and operated Jay's Machine Shop on Mt. Vernon Road. 

Besides his wife, Frances, he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, John and Linda Pernal Jr. of Florida; a brother and sister-in-law, Alex and Marie Pernal of Bristol; a sister, Genevieve Audet of Bristol; four grandchildren, Dena O'Connor and her husband, Patrick, Jody Labadia, Lori Pernal and John B. Pernal; and one great-grandchildren, Kaylee O'Connor. He was predeceased by his daughter, Janet Labadia; two brothers, Adolph and Edward Pernal; and a sister, Marion Lebedenski. 

There will be a Mass of Christian burial on Wednesday, April 17, at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Plantsville. Burial will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Calling hours will be in Wednesday morning prior to the funeral from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Plantsville Memorial Funeral Home, 975 South Main St., Plantsville. 

Louise M. Sartucci 

MERIDEN -- Louise M. Sartucci, 94, of 355 Prospect Ave., wife of the late Adolph O. Sartucci, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at MidState Medical Center after a brief illness. 

Born in Meriden on March 5, 1908, the daughter of the late Louis and Antoinette Petrucelli Yanelli, she was a lifelong Meriden resident had graduated from Meriden High School. Mrs. Sartucci was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. 

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia P. Skarb and her husband, Walter of Port Orange, Fla.; two sons, Adolph L. Sartucci of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Richard J. Sartucci of Meriden; four grandchildren, Julie Reidy, Linda Budris, Heather Sartucci and Steven Skarb; several great-grandchildren; two sister, Mary Yanelli and Rose DiGiandomenico, both of Meriden; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Constance Scranton; and two brothers, Dominic Yanelli and James J. Yanelli. 

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 10 a.m. from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden and at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 17, from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to the Mass. 

Cecilia M. Wrinn 

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Cecilia M. Wrinn, 86, of Clearwater, Fla., died Sunday, April 14, 2002 at Mariner Health of Clearwater. 

Born in Waterbury, she moved to St. Petersburg in 1983 from Meriden. She was a homemaker and was Catholic. 

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Norbert; two daughters, Patricia Mik of Meriden and Barbara Irace of Southington; one son, Joseph of Winchester, Mass.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Anderson McQueen Funeral Homes and Cremation Tribute Center, Largo Chapel has charge of arrangements. 

John W. Arther 

MERIDEN -- John W. Arther, 62, fiancée of Dayna Warner, died Sunday, April 14, 2002 at home after a lengthy illness. 

Born in Meriden on May 21, 1939, the son of Iris Tomms Kiss of Wallingford and the late John W. Arther Sr., he resided in Meriden most of his life and had graduated from Meriden schools. Mr. Arthur was retired from Circuit-Wise in North Haven and was once self-employed as the owner of Toys Boats, Baron Enterprises, and MidState cold Castings. He was an avid model railroader and a member of the Central CT Model Railroad Association, NMRA, the Philadelphia Chapter of PRRT and HS and Silver City Quarter Midgets. 

He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, John W. III and Wendy Arther of Meriden, William and Donna Arther of East Haven, Fred and Mary Arther of Milford; 10 grandchildren; a sister, Iris Maturo of Virginia; a brother, Robert Arther of Meriden; also one niece. Dayna's children and grandchildren loved him and welcomed him into their lives. He was predeceased by his step-father, Aaron Kiss. 

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 11 a.m. in 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 funeral home Tuesday (TODAY) from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to MidState VNA and Hospice, 658 Broad St., Meriden, CT 06450. 

Milton "Red" Badgley 

SOUTHINGTON -- Milton "Red" Badgley, 90, formerly of Meriden Ave., in Southington died Monday, April 15, 2002 at Tandem Health Care Center. He was the husband of the late Louise Ripple Badgley, his first wife and the mother of his children and his second wife the late Esther Carle Badgley. 

Born in Southington, June 18, 1911, son of the late Rufus and Lilla Gillim Badgley he was a lifelong resident of Southington. Milton was an active and faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Southington. He was a wonderful father and grandfather, a friend to many and loved by all. His faith and character were an example of the way life should be lived. Milton was well known in the community, as he was Captain of the Volunteer Fire Department Company No. 1 and the first of three generations of firefighters that continues today. He was President of the Exchange Club and a long time member of the Redman. He played semi-pro baseball and was one of the first inductees into the Southington High School Hall of Fame. He was employed by Boyd J. Height Chevrolet and Morton Chevrolet for 45 years and recognized as an outstanding Service Manager. He will be missed by all and remembered in our hearts. 

Milton is survived by two sons and three daughters-in-law, Robert and Roberta Badgley, Roger and Terry Badgley, both of Southington and Shirley Badgley of Vermont; seven grandchildren, Keith Badgley of New Hampshire, Darren Badgley, Rebecca Sartor, all of Vermont, Roxanne Steele, Jon Badgley, Sandra Butch of Southington and Pamela Badgley of Meriden; and nine great-grandchildren, Sarah, Vanessa, Jessica, Caitlin, Kody, MacKenzie, Alexandra, Tessa and Joshua; in addition to his immediate family, he is survived by his step-daughter and sons, Deborah and Scott Lansberry of Hamden, Richard and Anita Carle of Maine and David and Karen Carle of New Hampshire and their families. He was predeceased by his oldest son, Bruce N. Badgley; and his great-granddaughter, Danielle Steele. 

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. from the Plantsville Memorial Funeral Home, 975 South Main St., Plantsville with an 11 a.m. church service at the First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday, April 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Edward S. Gwara 

MIDDLETOWN -- Edward S. "Whitey" Gwara, 76, of rose Circle, Middletown, husband of 56 years of Stasia Lewandowski Gwara, died Sunday evening, April 14, 2002, at Middlesex Memorial Hospital in Middletown after a brief illness. 

Born in Meriden on Nov. 29, 1925, he had resided in Meriden most of his life prior to moving to Middletown some 17 years ago. He attended local schools and was employed by Ted's Restaurant on Broad Street for 41 years, retiring in 2001. He was a parishioner of First United Methodist Church of Wallingford, an avid duckpin bowler and a member of both the Polish Knights Club of Meriden and the Polish Falcons of Middletown. 

Besides his wife, Stasia, he is survived by one daughter, Kathleen Gwara of Middletown; two sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Valerie Gwara of Meriden and Joseph and Angelina Gwara of Kensington; six grandchildren, Jennifer and her husband, Marco DiMauro, Sean and Jeffrey Gwara of Meriden, Tina and her husband, Wayne Spakowski of Deep River, Tammy Savage of Waterford and Edward Savage of Middletown; two great-grandchildren, Stirling Spakowski and Amber Rigdon; three sisters, Mrs. John (Helen) Ticino of Meriden, Mrs. Angela Zawisza of Southington, Mrs. Victoria Slowkawski of Meriden; two brothers, John and his wife, Flavia Gwara of Meriden and Stanley Gwara of Meriden; also several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Benjamin Gwara of Meriden and Anthony Gwara of Florida and a sister, Alice Victor of Southington. 

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Wallingford, 941 Old Rock Hill Road, with Rev. Karen Cook officiating. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden on Tuesday (TODAY) from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 941 old Rock Hill Road, Wallingford, 06492. 

Lorice A. Hamrah 

MERIDEN -- Lorice Alouf Hamrah of Carpenter Ave., Meriden, beloved wife of the late Charles A. Hamrah Sr., died Sunday, April 14, 2002 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. 

Born in Roanoke, Va., a daughter of the late Richard A. and Mabel Debs Alouf, she had been a Meriden resident for 55 years, and was a parishioner of St. Joseph Church in Meriden. 

She is survived by her two sons and daughter-in-law, Charles A. Hamrah Jr. and Jane Hamrah and Michael R. Hamrah, all of Meriden; her four grandchildren, Michael S. Hamrah, Christopher C. Hamrah, Alison E. Hamrah and Leisa J. Hamrah; her three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Edna and A.K. Copty and Pauline and Edmund Damus, all of Roanoke, Va., and Marguerite (Mrs. Joseph) Daher of Dayton, Ohio; her sisters-in-law, Edna (Mrs. Philip) Alouf, Claire Hamrah Falk and Mary Hamrah; her brothers-in-law, George H. Hamrah and Albert S. Hamrah; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, Charles, she is was predeceased by her daughter, Anne L. Hamrah; her sister, Madeline Saloomey; and her two brothers, Philip and Albert Alouf. 

Her family will receive relatives and friends in the Yalesville Funeral Home, 386 Main St., Yalesville section of Wallingford, Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. from the Yalesville Funeral Home, when the funeral cortege will proceed to St. Joseph Church, Meriden, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Meriden. Memorial gifts may be sent to Hoffman Heart Institute, (in memory of Lorice A. Hamrah) c/o St. Francis Hospital, 114 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06015. 

George Langa 

WALLINGFORD -- George Langa, 61, of Wallingford, died on Sunday morning, April 14, 2002 at MidState Medical Center after a lengthy battle with cancer. 

Born in Latvia on Sept. 8, 1940, the son of the late Kris and Anna Bergs Langa, he had resided in Wallingford most of his life. Mr. Langa had attended local schools and was a graduate of Meriden High School. He was employed by Wallace Silversmith Company of Wallingford for some 28 years, and more recently by Guest Company of Meriden. He was a veteran of the Vietnam Era, having served with the U.S. Army. 

He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Karen Dowd of Meriden and Kathryn and Pieter Visser of New Hartford; one son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Justine Langa of Wallingford; eight grandchildren, Jimmy and Christopher Dowd, Danielle, Kaytlyn and Jessica Langa, Mike and Joey Dudley and Pieter Visser; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Velta and George Ciunga of Smithtown, Long Island and Mrs. Lucy Garnelis of Ellington; also by several nieces and nephews. 

The funeral will be held on Thursday, April 18, at 10 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 520 Paddock Ave., Meriden with the Rev. Wallace Merdinyan officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the CT State Veterans' Cemetery, Bow Lane, Middletown. Friends may call at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden on Wednesday, April 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. 

John T. Pernal 

SOUTHINGTON -- John J. Pernal, 85, of Mt. Vernon Road in Southington, died Sunday, April 14, 2002 at home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of 61 years of Frances Ploszay Pernal. 

Born in Southington, March 19, 1917, son of the late Peter and Pauline Asklar Pernal he had been a lifelong Southington resident. Mr. Pernal retired in 1979 from his real estate business, John J. Pernal Real Estate. Prior to his retirement he owned and operated Jay's Machine Shop on Mt. Vernon Road. 

Besides his wife, Frances, he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, John and Linda Pernal Jr. of Florida; a brother and sister-in-law, Alex and Marie Pernal of Bristol; a sister, Genevieve Audet of Bristol; four grandchildren, Dena O'Connor and her husband, Patrick, Jody Labadia, Lori Pernal and John B. Pernal; and one great-grandchildren, Kaylee O'Connor. He was predeceased by his daughter, Janet Labadia; two brothers, Adolph and Edward Pernal; and a sister, Marion Lebedenski. 

There will be a Mass of Christian burial on Wednesday, April 17, at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Plantsville. Burial will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Calling hours will be in Wednesday morning prior to the funeral from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Plantsville Memorial Funeral Home, 975 South Main St., Plantsville. 

Louise M. Sartucci 

MERIDEN -- Louise M. Sartucci, 94, of 355 Prospect Ave., wife of the late Adolph O. Sartucci, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at MidState Medical Center after a brief illness. 

Born in Meriden on March 5, 1908, the daughter of the late Louis and Antoinette Petrucelli Yanelli, she was a lifelong Meriden resident had graduated from Meriden High School. Mrs. Sartucci was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. 

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia P. Skarb and her husband, Walter of Port Orange, Fla.; two sons, Adolph L. Sartucci of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Richard J. Sartucci of Meriden; four grandchildren, Julie Reidy, Linda Budris, Heather Sartucci and Steven Skarb; several great-grandchildren; two sister, Mary Yanelli and Rose DiGiandomenico, both of Meriden; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Constance Scranton; and two brothers, Dominic Yanelli and James J. Yanelli. 

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 10 a.m. from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden and at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 17, from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to the Mass. 

Cecilia M. Wrinn 

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Cecilia M. Wrinn, 86, of Clearwater, Fla., died Sunday, April 14, 2002 at Mariner Health of Clearwater. 

Born in Waterbury, she moved to St. Petersburg in 1983 from Meriden. She was a homemaker and was Catholic. 

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Norbert; two daughters, Patricia Mik of Meriden and Barbara Irace of Southington; one son, Joseph of Winchester, Mass.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Anderson McQueen Funeral Homes and Cremation Tribute Center, Largo Chapel has charge of arrangements. 

Joshua L. "Chaps" Chapman 

EAST HADDAM -- Joshua L. "Chaps" Chapman, 21, of 19 Sims Lane, East Haddam, passed away at Providence Hospital in Rhode Island on Saturday, April 13, 2002. 

He was the beloved son of Ronald and Maura (Sandstrom) Chapman of East Haddam. He was born in Meriden on Oct. 9, 1980. Joshua was a 1999 graduate of Nathan Hale High School in Moodus, he worked for Pro Services in Fairfield, where he worked with environmental heating and ventilation. Joshua will be greatly missed by his band of friends also known as "The Buds." Joshua's dream was to go into the Military to pursue a career. 

Besides his parents, he is survived by one brother, Luke Chapman of East Haddam; two uncles, Chris Sandstrom and his wife, Sharon of Beaufort, N.C., and their two sons, Hosea and Joel Sandstrom, also of North Carolina and Peter Sandstrom of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and one aunt, Beverly Zlotowski of Meriden and her two children, Laurie Lynn Zlotowski and Karry McNamee, both of Meriden; and his parental grandmother, Eileen Chapman of Nova Scotia. 

A Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, April 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Andrews Church in Colchester. Family and friends may call at The Swan Funeral Home, 27 W.F. Palmer Road, Moodus Thursday (TODAY) from 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joshua's memory to Janitorial Department for Basketball in c/o Carl Aresco, Nathan Hale High School, P.O. Box 404, Moodus, CT 06469. 

Albert R. Flors 

SOUTHINGTON -- Albert R. Flors, 79, of South Main St., in the Plantsville section of Southington died Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at Bradley Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of 56 years of Susan Klemovich Flors. 

Born in New Britain August 5, 1922, son of the late Charles and Rose Plaga Florkowsky he had been a Southington resident since 1946. Mr. Flors served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II, 178th Engineers Combat Battalion in France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Germany and Luxembourg under General Patton. Before his retirement he was the former president and owner of Rubber Car-Go in Plantsville for many years. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, the Polish Falcons, Nest 307, a Justice of the Peace and a former member of the Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals. 

Besides his wife, Sue, he is survived by his daughter, Susan M. Flors and his son, Mark A. Flors, both of Plantsville; his grandson, Michael Flors of Bristol; his two sisters, Sophie Marcinczyk of New Britain and Helen Sylvester of Southington; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Stanley, Walter and Joseph. 

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, April 19, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Plantsville. Burial will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday (TODAY) from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Plantsville Memorial Funeral Home, 975 S. Main St., Plantsville. Donations in memory of Al may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church, 130 Summer St., Plantsville 06479. 

Marian Grace 

NEW BRITAIN -- Marian (Gaffey) Grace, 87, of Park Place, New Britain, passed away at home Sunday, April 14, 2002. Marian was the widow of Robert M. Grace. 

She was born in Meriden, daughter of the late John W. and Theresa (Gorman) Gaffey. She was a graduate of Central Connecticut State University and received her Masters degree from Southern Connecticut State University. She retired from the New Britain school system after many years of teaching at the State Middle School. She was a charter member of St. Maurice Church. A former board member of the YWCA and a board member of the New Britain Youth Museum. A member of the Boys & Girls Club auxiliary. 

Marian is survived by a son, Robert M. Grace of New Britain; three daughters, Mary Ann Gunning of Plainville, Katherine Tullai and her husband, Gerald of New Britain and Sheila Grace and her husband, Donald McKinney of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; two brothers, John Gaffey of Mexico and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gaffey of Wallingford; a sister, Katherine Dorsey of Meriden; five grandchildren, John Gunning and his wife, Elise of West Granby, Matthew Gunning and his wife, Karen Wright of Ann Harbor, Mich., Elizabeth and Aaron Bennett of DesMoines, Iowa and Benjamin and James McKinney of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. 

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday (TODAY) at 9:30 a.m. at St. Maurice Church, Wightman Road, New Britain. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. Donations may be made to The Boys & Girls Club of New Britain or the New Britain. 

Rose B. Hull 

MIDDLETOWN -- Rose B. Hull, 91, of 60 Hanover St., wife of the late Edward J. Hull passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at Coccomo Memorial. 

Born in Quebec, Canada on April 29, 1910, the daughter of the late Adelard and Delvina Pouliout Dutil, she had resided in Meriden most of her life. Mrs. Hull was employed at one time by the Manning Bowman Division of International Silver Company. She was a parishioner of St. Laurent Church, and a member of the Ladies of St. Anne. 

She is survived by a daughter, Patricia A. Hull of Meriden; a son, Edward L. Hull of Klamath Falls, Ore.; three grandchildren, Corrine Lohan and her husband, Philip of Southington, Greg Hull and his wife, Shandra of Salmon Harbor, Calif., and Steven Kotch of Waterbury; three great-grandchildren, Amber Hull, Loran Hull and Steven Kotch Jr.; a brother-in-law, Henry Hull of Meriden; and several nieces and nephews. 

The funeral will be held on Friday, April 19, at 9:30 a.m. from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden and at 10 a.m. in St. Laurent Church. Burial will be in St. Laurent Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. prior to the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Ave., Meriden, CT 06450-1004. 

Levon H. Kassabian 

GUILFORD -- Levon Harry Kassabian, of 36 High St., Guilford and 11 Meriden Ave., Meriden died Tuesday, April 16, 2002 in Old Saybrook. 

He was born in Meriden on March 31, 1913, the son of Jevon and Leonora (Klatt) Kassabian. He volunteered for the U.S. Army in 1941 and served with the 34th Division in the African campaign and subsequently landing in Italy. He was a longtime owner of Kassabian Furniture and Appliance in Meriden. In 1970 he chose to enter the wholesale pursuit and subsequently traveled extensively in New England and the Caribbean territories. 

He is survived by Larenine Kassabian and their daughter, Christina Schaefer and her husband, Douglas E. Schafer of Burke, Va.; grandchildren, Alice Kay Schafer of Burke, Va., and Eric C. Schafer of Ventura, Calif. 

Services will be held at the Beecher & Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden, Saturday, April 20, with visitation at 10 a.m. followed by a service at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. Memorial donations may be sent to The Guilford Volunteer Fire Dept. Ambulance Fund, 31 Park St., Guilford or to the Lutheran Church of Madison Memorial Fund, 9 Britton Lane, Madison, CT 06443. 

Nicholas F. Kraynack 

WALPOLE, Mass. -- Nicholas F. Kraynack, 69, of East Walpole, Mass., passed away Monday, April 8, 2002. He was the beloved husband of Alena (Czubyk) Kraynack. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. 

He was the loving father of Pamela Stewart of Lawrence and Nicholas Kraynack of Walpole and the late Donna Shine; cherished grandfather of five; and great-grandfather of two; devoted son of Dorothy (Smith) Kraynack; and the late Nicholas E. Kraynack; nephew of Julia and Fred Garlinski and Velma Tubiak of Meriden. 

Funeral services were held in Walpole with interment in St. Francis Cemetery, Walpole. Memorial donations may be made to Westwood Dialysis Center, 90 Glacier Drive, Westwood, Mass 02090. 

Robert J. Morrissey Jr. 

MERIDEN -- Robert J. Morrissey Jr., 77, of 401 Parker Ave., South, beloved husband of Gerda (Bremer) Morrissey, died Tuesday, April 16, 2002 under the loving care of the doctors and nurses at MidState Medical Center. 

A lifelong resident of Meriden, born on Oct. 15, 1924, he was the son of the late Robert J. and Lydia (Oefinger) Morrissey. He graduated from Meriden High School, class of '42. He was a 1944 graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., and served on several vessels during World War II, carrying supplies and troops to all parts of the world. After the war he joined the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier. He was a familiar sight in the downtown area because he was the only mail carrier to use a mail cart. He retired from the Postal Service after 35 years of service. After his retirement, he enjoyed work as a part-time travel agent at Meriden Travel Bureau. He was a parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Church. He was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, at one time serving as President. He was also a member of AARP Chapter 2954. 

Besides his wife of 55 years, he is survived by a daughter, Linda Buganski and Thomas Furgalack; a granddaughter, Sara Buganski and her fiancé, Spencer DeSilva of Mansfield, Mass.; and grandson, Christopher Buganski and his fiancé, Rebbecca LeVangie of Omaha, Neb.; also survived by his sister, Carol (Morrissey) Greiner of Amherst, N.Y., and her husband, Dr. William Greiner; nephews, Kevin, Terrence and Daniel Greiner, niece, Susan (Greiner) Keenan and their spouses. He was predeceased by a daughter, Kathleen (Morrissey) Carabetta; and two grandsons, Ryan and Sean Carabetta. 

The funeral will be held on Friday, April 19, at 9:45 a.m. from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden and at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Church. Burial with military honors will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday (TODAY) from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Ave., Meriden, CT 06450-1004. 

John M. Howe 

MANHATTAN, N.Y. -- John M. Howe, 60, of 137 West 12th St., died suddenly Monday, April 15, 2002 at his home. 

He was born in New Haven, March 25, 1942, a son of John C. and Inez Isaza Howe of Wallingford. Mr. Howe was a graduate of St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vt., and received his Master's degree from Boston College. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Hamden. Until his retirement, he was managing editor of Chemical Engineering Progress Magazine. 

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Marie Laffin of Wallingford and Marilyn Walker of Playa del Rey, Calif.; and two nephews, Thomas and Nicholas Laffin of Wallingford. 

The funeral will leave the B.C. Bailey Funeral Home, 273 South Elm St., Wallingford on Saturday at 9:15 a.m. for a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection, 115 Pond Hill Road, Wallingford. Burial will be at St. John's Cemetery, Wallingford. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday (TODAY) from 5 to 7 p.m. If friends so desire, gifts in his memory may be made to Our Lady of the Angel's Association, Marian House, Niagara University, N.Y., 14109-1916. See obituary @ www.BCBailey.com. 

Garth Minegar 

MERIDEN -- Garth Minegar, 68, a former Valley and assistant county editor at Connecticut Post for five years, died Wednesday, April 17, 2002. 

Minegar attributed death to the ravages of polio and post-polio syndrome. He incurred polio in 1940 and post polio in 1985. "Polio destroyed my life," he said. He was born in Elkhart, Ind., in 1933, the son of Marion and Susan Hartman Minegar. 

His survivors are a son, Nathanael Bayard Minegar; and a daughter, Hadley Baldwin Sporbert, both of Meriden; two grandsons and a granddaughter; as well as three sisters, Patricia Blenner and Jean Thursby of Elkhart and Cara Carman of Burlington, Mich.; and a brother, Gerald Minegar of Punta Gorda, Fla. 

Garth Minegar was a graduate of Elkhart High School and Indiana University. He began his newspaper career at the Elkhart Truth in the late 1950s. He was a reporter for two years before moving to the Erie (Pa.) Times-News, where he was the county government and circuit court reporter for five years. At Erie, he and a fellow reporter, Robert Protzman, won the 1965 Emery. A Brownell award from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, Chicago, for articles and editorials that led to the establishment of the Erie County, Pa., Legal Defenders Office. Minegar became a copy editor briefly, then became city editor for more than 25 years and managing editor at The Evening Sentinel, Ansonia, before its doors were closed by its owners, Thomson Newspapers on Dec. 24, 1991. He retired on doctors' orders in 1996 after five years at the Post and nearly 40 as a journalist. Before moving to Meriden, he had lived 25 years in Seymour. 

Calling hours will be held at Beecher & Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden Saturday from 2 to 5:30 p.m. with service by Rev. Jane White-Hassler at 5:30 p.m. Condolences may be sent to Minegar's daughter, Hadley Sporbert, 64 Griswold St., Meriden, CT 06450. See obituary @ www.beecherandbennett.com. 

Jay N. Underwood 

MERIDEN -- Jay N. Underwood, 68, of Meriden, died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Orange, Calif. He was the son of the late Marjorie and Edward Rybak. 

Born Feb. 22, 1934, in Meriden, Jay lived his life doing what he loved most; machining and playing music. He was a machinist nearly 50 years. 

He is survived by his soulmate, Lucille (Passanisi) Underwood; a son, Layne Underwood; and daughter, Karen Underwood, all residing in California; also, a daughter, Adrian and her husband, John Indorf of Wallingford; Jay also leaves behind a sister, Nancy Semrau of Wallingford; and four grandchildren, Kristin, Karla, and Kevin(K.C.) Conklin of California and Nicholas Indorf of Wallingford; he is also survived by many beloved cousins in Maine. 

Memorial services will be held 1p.m. Monday, April 22, at Waverly Church, 1700 E. Fairhaven Ave. Santa Ana, Calif. 92701. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

William J. Connelly 

CHESHIRE -- William J. (Bill) Connelly of Quarry Village Drive, Cheshire, and Pt. Charlotte, Fla., husband of Mary Morris Connelly passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2002, in Florida. 

Jean Berry Connelly, his first wife, predeceased him; and their five surviving children are Patricia Connelly Bowley of West Haven, Jo-Anne Connelly Frenkel of Shelton, Robert W. of Arizona, William J. Jr. of Bethel and James P. Connelly of Calif.; also survived by nine grandchildren. 

Mr. Connelly, 84, died suddenly in Pt. Charlotte, where he resided in the winter. He was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., son of the late Patricia J. and Blanche W. Connelly. He resided in Fairfield for 28 years and worked for the Arnold Bakers Inc. He later resided in Cheshire for 24 years and operated his own food distributing business before his retirement. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, a member of the American Legion RH Storrs Post 92, the VFW Rochford Post 10052, the DAV Chapter 6, the Knights of St. Patrick, the Hamden Lodge of Elks 2224 and the Sleeping Giant Golf Club. 

Funeral from Sisk Funeral Home, 3105 Whitney Ave., Hamden, Monday at 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial in St. Thomas Becket Church, Cheshire at 10 a.m. Friends may call Sunday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial in St. Bridget Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bridget Church, 435 N. Brooksvale Road, Cheshire 06410. 

Walter J. Dillon Sr. 

SOUTHINGTON -- Walter John Dillon Sr., 89, of 57 Hart Acre Road, died Friday, April 19, 2002, at Bradley Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Margaret (Stewart) Dillon. 

Born on Jan. 3, 1913, the son of the late John and Sarah (Carroll) Dillon. He was a 1932 graduate of Crosby High School. Mr. Dillon was a U.S. Army-Air Force veteran of World War II. He had served on the Southington PZC for 23 years, during which he was Chairman for 15 years. He was a former member of the Democratic Town Committee and a former member of the CT Regional Planning Agency. He was a member of the Southington Elks for over 45 years. A past Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Dillon was a member of the Calendar House and was an avid golfer and bowler. Prior to his retirement in 1978, he was employed by First National Stores. 

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Walter J. and his wife, Maura Dillon Jr. and a daughter, Nancy and her husband, Denis LeBlanc, all of Southington; a sister, Marge McGrath of Waterbury; five grandchildren, Brian and Daniel LeBlanc, Neal, Courtney and Kathleen Dillon; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Carl, Earl and William. 

The funeral will be held on Monday at 9:15 a.m. from the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington to St. Thomas Church at 10 a.m. for a Mass. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. Donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O Box 410, Wallingford, CT 06492. 

Ethel Francesconi 

WALLINGFORD -- Ethel Bundock Pronovost Francesconi, 88, of Christian St., Wallingford, beloved wife of the late Frank J. Francesconi Sr. died Friday, April 19, 2002 surrounded by her loving family at her residence. 

Born in Wallingford, Jan. 20, 1914, daughter of the late Stephen and Helen O'Reilly Bundock and had been a lifelong resident. She had been employed by the Union Trust Company in Wallingford as an Executive Secretary for over 25 years until her retirement. She had also been employed by the Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford as a Switchboard Operator for many years, was the Secretary for the Conservation Commission for the Town of Wallingford and was a parishioner of Most Holy Trinity Church in Wallingford. 

She is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Norine M. and Fred L. Roberson of Meriden and Kathleen M. and James X. Logan of Wallingford; her five grandchildren, Thomas Roberson and his wife, Susan, David Roberson, Debra Treiber and her husband, Scott, Amy Logan and Jeffrey Logan; her stepson, Frank J. Francesconi Jr. and his wife, Virginia of Wallingford; her step-grandsons, Thomas Francesconi and Richard Francesconi; her four great-grandchildren, Leanne Treiber, Megan Treiber, Jessica Francesconi and Thomas Francesconi. 

Her family will receive relatives and friends in the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main St. Ext., Wallingford, Sunday from 3 to 7 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. Gifts in her memory may be sent to the Wallingford Senior Center, DAI Program, 238 Washington St., Wallingford, CT 06492. 

Gertrude A. Klockner 

MERIDEN -- Gertrude A. Klockner, 82, of 52 Button St., died Thursday, April 18, 2002, at Westfield Care and Rehab Center. She was the wife of Herbert Klockner. 

Born in Meriden on May 3, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Fritz and Arlene Mansolf Carlson and was employed as a secretary at MRM Industries. 

Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter and her husband, Sandra and David Stevens of Meriden; two granddaughters, Kimberly Fazzina and her husband, John Fazzina of Meriden and Debra Troiana and her husband, Jason Troiana of Rocky Hill; and two great-grandchildren, Stephen and Rebecca Fazzina. 

Burial will be at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. If desired, contributions in Mrs. Klockner's memory may be made to the Franciscan Home and Hospice Care, 267 Finch Ave., Meriden, CT 06451, or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beecher & Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden, CT. See obituary at www.beecherandbennett.com 

Orie N. LaCroix 

WALLINGFORD -- Orie N. LaCroix, 92, formerly of Church Street, Yalesville section of Wallingford, died Thursday, April 18, 2002, at Miller Memorial Community in Meriden. He was the beloved husband of Helen Pankiewicz Fagan LaCroix. 

Mr. LaCroix was born in Yalesville, Sept. 16, 1909, son of the late Peter and Nellie LaCroix, and had been a lifelong Yalesville resident. He had been employed at the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Corporation in North Haven for many years and later as a custodian at the Yalesville Elementary School for several years. He was a founding member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, and a member of the original Building Committee and the Men's Club of the parish. 

Besides his wife, Helen, he is survived by his daughter, Lorraine A. (Mrs. Laurence) Malone of Wallingford; four grandsons, Michael J. Malone of Massachusetts, Kevin A. Malone of Brookfield, Peter L. Malone of Wallingford and Steven P. Malone of Nebraska; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Lillian (Mrs. Raymond) Custy of Meriden; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Anne Nemeth LaCroix; a brother, Edward LaCroix; and his son-in-law, Laurence W. Malone III. 

His family will receive relatives and friends Tuesday in the Yalesville Funeral Home, 386 Main St., Yalesville section of Wallingford from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., when the funeral cortege will proceed to Our Lady of Fatima Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery in Wallingford. 

Vernice L. Moser 

NESCOPECK, Pa. -- Vernice L. Moser, 72, of Ridge Road, Nescopeck, Pa., died Thursday, April 18, 2002, at the home of her daughter, Sherry. 

Born in Meriden, Oct. 21, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Louise Nagel Rushworth. In 1947, she graduated with distinguished honors from Meriden High School. For 17 years, she had been a day care teacher at Columbia-Montour Day Care Center, Bloomsburg. She enjoyed sewing, craft making and being with her family. 

She is survived by five children, Daniel Moser of Nescopeck, Pa., Bruce Moser of Berwick, Pa., Mrs. Don (Susan) Ruhmel R.D. of Berwick, Mrs. Doyle (Sherry) Henrie R.D., Nescopeck, Pa., and Nancy Travelpiece of Beach Haven, Pa.;10 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald Moser, on Oct. 31, 1985. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday (TODAY) at 2 p.m. from the Heller Funeral Home, Nescopeck with the Rev. Gerald L. Wiggen, pastor of Faith Bible Church, R.R. No. 2, Berwick, Pa., officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick, Pa. Calling hours 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday. 

Stephen C. Weitzel 

MERIDEN -- Stephen C. Weitzel, 94, of 94 Forest Ave., Meriden died Thursday, April 18, 2002, at the Meriden Nursing Home. He was the husband of Olive Swatkins Weitzel. 

He was born in Meriden, June 22, 1908, son of the late William Beatrice Sheldon Weitzel. Mr. Weitzel was the manager of the Home Club of Meriden, prior to his retirement in 1973 after 42 years of service. He was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church, Meriden and the Masonic Lodge No. 77, AF & AM and the U.S. Power Squadron as a Instructor. 

He is survived by a daughter, Charlotte Stabach and her husband, Stephen Stabach Jr. of Wallingford; an "Adopted" daughter, June Kupfer of Meriden; three grandchildren, Stephen Stabach of Wallingford, Susan Vilardo and her husband, Gregory of East Hampton and Gregory Stabach of Medford, Ore.; and one great-grandson, Gregory Vilardo; also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Walter Weitzel and Frederick Weitzel. 

Funeral service will be held Monday, April 22, at 11 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church. Interment will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. In lieu of flowers, contributions made be made to the charity of one's choice. 

Basil A. Farmer 

LUBEC, Maine -- Basil (Base) A. Farmer, 64, formerly of Meriden, died April 18, 2002, at a Bangor Hospital. 

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday (TODAY) at the Christian Temple Church, Lubec. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday from the church, with Pastor Gary Look, officiating. Arrangements are by the Scott-Wilson Funeral Home, Calais, Maine. 

Alida Garoppolo 

MERIDEN -- Alida Garoppolo, 92, peacefully left this world to join her beloved daughter, Dorothy (Garoppolo) Ogle, her beloved son-in-law, Joseph W. Ogle and her grandson, Theodore T. Ogle in eternal rest on Friday, April 19, 2002. 

Alida was born in Ommen, Holland, on Aug. 4, 1909. She was raised by grandparents until she emigrated to New York to live with her parents in 1921. Soon after, she married Teddy Garoppola on May 26, 1926, and they have been happily married for 76 years. Her only daughter, Dorothy, predeceased Alida in 1969, and her son-in-law, Joe, quickly followed in 1970. Alida and Teddy raised their four grandchildren as their own. They will always remember their Grandmother with love and appreciation. 

Alida is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 76 years, Theodore T. Garoppolo; her loving son, John Garoppolo of Manchester; and her sister, Delphina Herzog of Florida. She also left six grandchildren, Donna Laich, Joseph Ogle Jr., Cheryl Morgan, Mark and David Garoppolo and Ruth Spellman. In addition to, ten great-grandchildren, Melanie, Bryan, Stephen, Jacqueline, Valerie, Amy Jeffrey, Gregory, Jason, and Celen; and one great-great-grandchild, survive her. 

Friends may call at Beecher & Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden, Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral will leave Tuesday, April 23rd at 9:30 a.m. Service will be at St. John Lutheran Church at 10 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1004, Meriden, CT 06450. 

Elizabeth A. Talmadge 

NEW HAVEN -- Elizabeth A. Talmadge, formerly of Meriden and Branford, died April 19, 2002. 

Mrs. Talmadge was born in Stony Creek on Feb. 1, 1943, a daughter of the late George and Helen Fisher Thomas. She was a waitress at the 76 Truck Stop in Branford. 

She was the wife of Arthur Talmadge Sr. of New Haven mother of Arthur Talmadge Jr. of Branford, Ilene Cormier of Massachusetts and Troy Talmadge of Meriden; sister of Mary Groncheski of Clinton; grandmother of Heather Ann Nazzaro and Veronica L. Nazzaro; great-grandmother of Michael Burns. 

A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Branford. The W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 504 Main St., Branford, is in care of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The American Lung Association, 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108-3272. See obit at www.wsclancy.com 

Eric J. Zimmer 

SOUTHINGTON -- Eric J. Zimmer, 29, of 455 Meriden Ave., died Friday, April 19, 2002, at Bradley Memorial Hospital. 

He was born May 15, 1972, in Bristol, son of Rodney "Skip" and Carol (Markie) Zimmer. He was employed by Landry Communication in Windsor Locks. Mr. Zimmer was a member of the First Congregational Church and enjoyed fishing and hunting. 

Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister and her husband, Karen and Edward Apicella of Southington; his maternal grandmother, Mabel Markie of Farmington; his paternal grandparents, Rodney and Ethel Zimmer of Meriden; a nephew, Brandon Apicella; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Alcid Markie. 

The funeral will be held Tuesday, at 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church. Burial will be at South End Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday, 5 to 8 p.m. at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 North Main St. 


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