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Katherine D. Bowe
DURHAM -- Katherine Daly Bowe, 95, of Sand Hill Road, Durham, formerly of Wallingford, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in Highview Health Care Center in Middletown.
Born in Wallingford, Oct. 3, 1905, a daughter of the late George M. and Katherine Kelly Daly, she was a lifelong Wallingford resident before moving to Durham 12 years ago. Mrs. Bowe had been employed by the Stanley-Judd Co., formerly of Wallingford for 25 years until her retirement 30 years ago. She had been a parishioner of Most Holy Trinity Church and a member of the Ladies' Guild. She had been a member of the Stanley Drapery Girls Club and the American Association of Retired Persons.
Mrs. Bowe is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Charles Robert Bowe Jr. and Joan Bowe of Durham; her four grandchildren Charles Robert Bowe III, Lori Ann Susi, Brenda Marie Waldner and Kevin Thomas Bowe; her sister, Marion (Mrs. Norman) Hines, of Charlotte, N.C.; a great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her two brothers, James J. Daly and George M. Daly.
Her family will receive relatives and friends at the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St. Ext., Wallingford, Saturday from 9 to 10:15 a.m., when the funeral cortege will proceed to Notre Dame Church, 272 Main St., Durham, for a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery, Wallingford. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be sent to the Notre Dame Church, 272 Main St., Durham, CT 06422, or to the Durham Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 207, Durham, CT 06422.

Rosemary Copeland
SOUTHINGTON -- Rosemary Copeland, 64, of 20 Glenn Drive, beloved wife of George F. Copeland, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, surrounded by her family, after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born in New Britain on Nov. 10, 1936, the daughter of Rose Nolan Kyle and the late James F. Nolan, Rosemary was a lifelong resident of Southington. She graduated from Southington High School in 1954 and attended Post Junior College in Waterbury, where she earned a business degree. She worked for Salka & Sons Movers in Meriden until her retirement in 1997. Rosemary was an active member of Mary Our Queen Church and the Ladies' Guild. She volunteered many hours for the American Cancer Society, setting up collections and participating in many walk-a-thons.
A devoted mother, she is also survived by two daughters, Veronica and Ronald Marek of Southington, Deborah and Robert Winiarski of Bristol; a son, Cliff Copeland of Southington; and a close friend, Cherie Morrison; also five beautiful grandchildren, Jason and Amanda Marek, Alysha and Jonathan Winiarski and Sky Copeland; and an adoring stepfather, Willard Kyle; two brothers-in-law, Ronald and Cornine Copeland of Meriden and Albert and Edna Copeland of Clearwater, Fla. She was predeceased by a brother, Joseph F. Nolan. Rosemary will be remembered for her giving nature with other cancer patients or with others in distress, her sense of humor and love of life. Rosemary loved to travel and spend time with family.
The funeral will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Mary Our Queen Church, 248 Savage St., Plantsville, for a Mass. Burial will be private. Friends may call at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., on Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. Donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Ave., P.O. Box 1004, Meriden, CT 06450-1004.

Anthony P. Della Vecchia
BRISTOL -- Anthony P. Della Vecchia Sr., 78, of 27 Jerome Ave., died Tuesday Jan. 16, 2001, at home. He was the husband of the late Lenore (Thresten) Della Vecchia.
Born Oct. 23, 1922, in Southington, the son of the late Louis and Philomena (Picone) Della Vecchia. Prior to his retirement in 1987 he was employed by Consolidated Industries in Cheshire. Anthony was an active member of St. Gregory's Church.
He is survived by two sons, Terry and his wife, Mary Della Vecchia of Bristol and James and his wife, Jackie Della Vecchia of Pennsylvania; a daughter, Lisa, and her husband, Bill Richards of Kensington; three sisters, Florence Triano, Mary Palazzo and Helen Fietkiewicz, all of Southington; and six grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Anthony P. Della Vecchia Jr.
The funeral will be held on Friday at 9:30 a.m. from the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington, to St. Gregory Church at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Bianca L. Figlioli
MERIDEN -- Bianca L. Figlioli of Meriden died on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001. Miss Figlioli was born and lived in Meriden. She was the daughter of the late Gerald and Filomena (Russillo) Figlioli. Miss Figlioli attended local schools and worked at New Departure, Hyatt-Bearing Division of General Motors, until her retirement.
She is survived by two brothers, Thomas G. Figlioli of Meriden and Aldo F. Russell of Florida; and a sister, Beatrice F. Buccy of Meriden. She was predeceased by five sisters, Sylvia Figlioli, Lena Silvestro, Angelina Milardo, Adeline LaBella and Ida Mellor.
The family invites friends and relatives to attend a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church on Thursday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Rose of Lima Church, 35 Center St., Meriden, CT 06450. Arrangements are under the direction of the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden.

Stanley J. Hancock Jr.
MERIDEN -- Stanley J. Hancock Jr., 70, of 86 Sandy Lane, husband of Lorraine (Pisarz) Hancock, died suddenly on Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, at MidState Medical Center.
Born in Meriden on Aug. 31, 1930, he was the son of the late Stanley J. Hancock Sr. and Julia (Fijol) Hancock. He was a lifelong resident of Meriden, a graduate of Meriden High School and of the University of Connecticut College of Pharmacy. In 1959, Mr. Hancock established and operated Hancock's Pharmacy in Meriden. In 1984, his son, Greg, joined him in the business. He was a peacetime veteran in the U.S. Army and was a parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church. Stanley was a former member of the Meriden Rotary Club, the American Association of Consultant Pharmacists, the Connecticut Pharmaceutical Association, the National Association Retail Pharmacists, a recipient of the Community Service Award for Independent Pharmacists and the 1989 Greater Meriden Chamber of Commerce Award. Mr. Hancock was a contributor to Mercy-Xavier programs, a platinum sponsor of Xavier's Alumni Golf Tournament, donated his business location for community car washes and plant sales for various events; received numerous pharmacists' awards, donated to the Meriden PBA annual fishing derby and sponsored girls and boys baseball and softball teams in Meriden. Mayor Marinan officially proclaimed July 22, 1995, as "Stanley and Lorraine Hancock Day" in the city of Meriden in tribute to the fine contributions given our community by Mr. and Mrs. Hancock. Mr. Hancock truly devoted his life to his family, business and community and was always generous to others in a quiet way.
Besides his wife, Lorraine, he is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Allison and Anthony Wiernasz of Meriden, Claudia and Paul Jones of Fishers, Ind. and Sarah and Jason Klees of Orlando, Fla.; a son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Kathleen Hancock of Meriden; 11 grandchildren, Erika, Jillian, Brittany, Adam, Melyssa, Matthew, Meredith, Anneka, Paulette, Nicholas and future baby Klees; a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Vern Hunter of Ft. Myers, Fla. and Clinton; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Robert Breininger; several nieces and nephews; and many other family and friends. He was predeceased by a sister, Marie Hancock.
The funeral will be held on Friday, Jan. 19, at 9:15 a.m. from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden, and at 10 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Church. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Stanislaus Church and School, 82 Akron St., Meriden, CT 06450, or to St. Joseph Church and School, 22 Goodwill Ave., Meriden, CT 06451.

Paul Levine
MERIDEN -- Paul Levine, 81, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, at MidState Medical Center, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy (DeSarno) Levine.
Born in Meriden on July 11, 1919, he was the son of the late Anna and Nathan Levine. Mr. Levine was the proprietor of Colony Hardware for 45 years and the proprietor of Curtis Corp. He was an active member of Temple B'nai Abraham. He was also an active member of the Probus Club and a master mason. Mr. Levine was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in World War II, receiving the Distinguished Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Medal and several honorary ribbons.
Besides his wife, Dorothy, he is survived by his daughter, Naomi Marinaro of Watertown; his granddaughter, Rebecca Shaw of Providence, R.I.; and his son-in-law and dear friend, John M. Marinaro of Watertown.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday (TODAY) at 1 p.m. in Temple B'nai Abraham, with Rabbi Gloria Rubin officiating. Burial will be in B'nai Abraham Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Paul Levine Memorial Fund, c/o Temple B'nai Abraham, 127 E. Main St., Meriden, CT 06450. Arrangements are under the direction of the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden.

John F. Schmitt Jr.
HATFIELD, Mass. -- John F. Schmitt Jr., 44, of 7 Straights Road, died suddenly at his home Jan. 14, 2001.
Born Dec. 12, 1956, in New Haven, the son of Carol (Griesing) Kromer and late John F. Sr. He graduated from Sheehan High School in Wallingford and attended the University of Connecticut. He worked as a sales manager for Temp Pro in North Hampton for the last six years.
He leaves Brenda Brida, with whom he lived; two sons, Paul of East Hampton, Mass., and Michael of Granby, Mass.; a daughter, Jamie Schmitt of Granby, Mass.; a brother, Richard of New Haven; a sister, Debbie Papale of Wallingford; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; and a grandmother, Lillian Schmitt of West Haven.
There will be an In-house service at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Czelusniak Funeral Home, North Hampton, Mass. Burial will follow at the Spring Grove Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday (TODAY) from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association, 1111 Elm St., Suite 9a, West Springfield, MA 01089-1540.

Edward R. Delorge
CLAYTON, N.C. -- Edward Roland Delorge, 63, of 119 River Bend Drive, Clayton, N.C., died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center, Goldsboro, N.C.
Born on Jan. 28, 1937, in Biddeford, Maine, he was the son of the late Roland and Jeanne Loranger Delorge. He was a member of the Catholic faith and enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Until his retirement, he was employed by C&K/Unimax for over 30 years.
He is survived by his wife, Josephine E. Delorge; a son, Jaimie Delorge of Wallingford; a daughter, Michelle Proto of Meriden; three sisters, Dorothy Beane of Farmington, Maine, Patricia Kirk of Meriden and Joanne Trautner of Middletown. He was predeceased by a grandson, Zachary Adam.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. in St. Andrews Church, Meriden. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Gordon Garrett Jr. 
WALLINGFORD -- Gordon Garrett Jr., 75, formerly of McKenna Court, Wallingford, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, in the Hospital of St. Raphael. He was the husband of the late Barbara A. Gahan Garrett.
Born in Athens, Ga., March 8, 1925, a son of the late Gordon Garrett Sr. and Cora Beck Garrett, he had been a Wallingford resident for many years. He had been employed by the Wallingford Board of Education for several years until his retirement in 1975. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy and had been a member of AMVETS. He was a parishioner of the Church of the Resurrection.
Mr. Garrett is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, William G. and Laurel A. Garrett of Hamden and Timothy J. and Sheila M. Garrett of Leominster, Mass.; his grandchildren, Brett, Nicole, William Jr., Timothy Jr., Scott and Catherine; his great-grandson, James; his three sisters, Emmabelle, Claudine and Rosetta; his brother, Jessy, all of Georgia; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Allen Garrett.
His family will receive relatives and friends in the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St. Ext., Wallingford, Thursday (TODAY) from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday at 9 a.m. from the Wallingford Funeral Home, when the funeral cortege will proceed to the Church of the Resurrection for a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Interment with military honors will be in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven.

Merle H. Lamb
WEST HAVEN -- Merle H. Lamb, 95, of 43 Wallace St., West Haven, husband of Harriet Meadows Lamb, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, in Wallingford.
He was born May 20, 1905, in Baldwinville, Mass., son of the late Cecil and Ora Jewett Lamb. He retired in 1988 from the Austin Organ Inc., of Hartford, as a pipe organ technician. He was a 50-year member of Annawon Lodge No. 115 AF & AM of West Haven.
He was the father of Alice L. Graves and her husband, Charles Graves of Wallingford; grandfather of Wayne Hamilton of West Haven, Roy Hamilton of Hamden, Larry Graves of Plainville, Charles Graves, U.S. Army and Linda Barnes, both of Wallingford; also survived by 10 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Louise L. Hamilton; a sister, Stella Blackden; and a grandson, Mark Hamilton.
Friends may call at the Masonic Home, Wallingford, Thursday (TODAY) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be at the Beecher and Bennett Taylor Funeral Home, 410 Campbell Ave., at Court Street, West Haven, Friday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 308 Center St., West Haven, CT 06516 or Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611-1676. Note contributions payable to Research only. See obituary at www.beecherandbennett.com

Lorraine P. Shiffer
MERIDEN -- Lorraine Price Shiffer, 89, of 292 Thorpe Ave., died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at the Connecticut Baptist Home in Meriden. She was the wife of the late Rev. Dr. Fred L. Shiffer.
Born in Plains, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Alfred and Carolyn (Gregor) Price. She lived in Plymouth and Lancaster, Pa., before coming to Meriden in 1948. Her husband was the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Meriden until his retirement in 1978. Upon her husband's death, Mrs. Shiffer resided in Concordia, Kan., and Brookfield, Wis., before returning to Meriden in 1999. Mrs. Shiffer was very active as a volunteer with the American Red Cross and the Meriden-Wallingford Hospital Auxiliary.
Mrs. Shiffer is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Ann and George E. Daniels of Tucson, Ariz.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Fred and Michele Shiffer of Middletown, David and Adele Shiffer of Middlebury; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The burial will be at the discretion of the family with a memorial service held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Connecticut Baptist Home, 292 Thorpe Ave., Meriden. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Red Cross or MidState Hospital Auxiliary. Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Meriden. Arrangements are under the direction of the Anderson-Winfield Funeral Home in Greenville, R.I.

Elizabeth A. Camarata
SOUTHINGTON -- Elizabeth A. "Betty" (Gilbert) Camarata, 69, of Southington, died peacefully at home with her family by her side Jan. 17, 2001. Betty was the widow of Vincent Camarata and the daughter of Annie Gilbert (Bisbee) of Newington.
Betty was retired from Food Mart/Waldbaums where she was a deli manager for many years. she grew up mostly in Newington and had lived in Southington for more than 40 years. 
She leaves behind a son, Michael Camarata of Wallingford and his wife, Carol Zipke; two daughters, Laura Serafino and her husband, Fred Serafino of Southington, Monica Bouyea and her husband, Paul Bouyea also of Southington; also four adoring grandchildren, Heather Camarata, Joshua Serafino and Christopher and Victoria Bouyea; two sisters, Marguerite "Bonnie" Morin and Jeanette O'Neill, both of Fla.; two brothers, Theodore "Ted" Seitz and Roy Gilbert of Florida; along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother and a sister, Germaine Ross and Alexander Seitz Jr.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at the Plantsville Memorial Funeral Home, 975 S. Main St., Plantsville. Burial will follow in South End Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday (TODAY) from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The Camarata family would like to thank the caring staff of the VNA Hospice of Central Connecticut and the St. Francis Cancer Center for the support, treatment and concern for Betty and all of us in recent months. People wishing to make donations should consider these organizations.

Alexandra M. Hyde
CHESHIRE -- Alexandra Meredith Hyde, 22 months old, of 807 South Meriden Road, Cheshire, joined the angels in heaven on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001.
Born in Meriden on March 15, 1999, she was the daughter of David J. and Mary Margaret (Okolotkiewicz) Hyde.
Besides her parents, she is survived by a brother, Zachary Weston Hyde; her maternal grandparents, Joseph and Maryann Okolotkiewicz of Meriden; her paternal grandparents, John and Judith Hyde of South Meriden; her great-grandparents, Josephine McBride of South Meriden and Eva Hyde of Meriden; also several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The funeral will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 9:15 a.m. from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden, and at 10 a.m. at Holy Angels Church for a Mass of the Angels. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday (TODAY) from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to a college fund for her brother, Zachary Weston Hyde, c/o Southington Savings Bank, 92 Meriden-Waterbury Road, Southington, CT 06479.

Harry F. Klausner
WALLINGFORD -- Harry F. Klausner, 83, of Wallingford, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at the MidState Medical Center in Meriden.
Born in New Haven, Oct. 6, 1917, he was a son of the late George and Louise Steubler Klausner and had been a Wallingford resident for many years. He was a graduate of New Haven High School, class of 1935, attended the University of Miami and was a graduate of Quinnipiac College. He was employed as an office manager by Sealtest in Hartford for many years until his retirement. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his two nephews, Mark G. Klausner and his wife, Linda of Hampton, N.H., and Peter O. Klausner of South Easton, Mass. He was predeceased by his brother, George M. Klausner.
Funeral services and interment in St. John Cemetery in Wallingford will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St., Ext., Wallingford.

Louis P. Latino
SOUTHINGTON -- Louis P. Latino, 71, passed into the Lord's hands Jan. 18, 2001, with his beloved family beside him.
Louis is survived by his loving and devoted wife Angelina (Rock) Latino; his loving daughter and son-in-law, Rosemarie (Latino) Barr and Edward Barr; his cherished grandsons, Michael and Christopher Barr; and several nieces and nephews.
He was born Jan. 11, 1930, in Southington, the son of the late Pasquale and Rosina (Scricco) Latino. He was the owner of Lou's Grocery Store. and Rosie's Chili Dogs prior to his retirement 21 years ago. He was a parishioner of St. Thomas Church. Mr. Latino was predeceased by a brother, Joseph Latino; two sisters, Theresa Palmieri and Florence Palmieri.
The funeral will be held on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. from the Della Vecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., to St. Thomas Church at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery Calling hours will be Friday (TODAY) from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made in his memory to Yale University Cancer Center, School of Medicine, P.O. Box 208028, New Haven, CT 06520.

Marie D. Walker
WALLINGFORD -- Marie DeBaise Walker, 81, of Wallingford, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford. She was the wife of the late John Walker.
Mrs. Walker was born in Wallingford, Sept. 9, 1919, and was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Jennie Dighello DeBaise.
She is survived by her son, Nicholas Walker; her sister and brother-in-law, Loretta and Ford Arp; and her brother, Matthew DeBaise, all of Wallingford; a very special niece, Sheila Pechinski and her husband, Dr. Joseph Pechinski of Bangor, Maine; and a special grand-niece and grand-nephews.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend a memorial Mass of Christian burial, Saturday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. at Most Holy Trinity Church, 81 N. Colony St., Wallingford. Interment in St. John Cemetery in Wallingford will be private. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, gifts in he memory may be sent to the Holy Trinity School, 11 N. Whittlesey Ave., Wallingford, CT 06492. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St. Ext., Wallingford.

Rose M. Francolini
MERIDEN -- Rose M. Francolini, 97, of 320 Colony St., formerly of 167 Franklin St., wife of the late Prosper Francolini, died on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at the Bradley Home in Meriden after a brief illness.
Born in Meriden, on March 22, 1903, she was the daughter of the late Nickolas and Maria (Pignato) Marchetti, and had resided in Meriden for most of her life. Mrs. Francolini and her husband moved to Florida after their marriage and after her husband's death she returned to Meriden. She was a graduate of St. Rose Parochial School and was a parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Church.
She is survived by four nieces, Margaret Zimmerman of Meriden, Eleanor Riccio of East Hartford, Maria Tangarone and Janis Sunderland both of Narragansett, R.I.; two nephews, Nickolas Marchetti of Southington and Peter Zimmerman of Wethersfield; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters.
The funeral will be held on Monday, Jan. 22, at 9:15 a.m. from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden, and at 10 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima Church. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Rose of Lima Church, 35 Center St., Meriden, CT 06450.

Rita A. Hacku
WALLINGFORD -- Rita A. Fanfesti Hacku, 85, of Cheshire Road, Wallingford, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2001. She was the beloved wife of John F. Hacku.
Born in Hoboken, N.J., Sept. 23, 1915, she was a daughter of the late Fanfello and Teodolinda Varese Fanfesti and had been a lifelong Wallingford resident. She was a member of the Wallingford Senior Citizens Center and had been a volunteer at the Masonic Geriatric and Healthcare Center in Wallingford. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Yalesville and a member of the Ladies Guild of the church for many years, and more recently, she was a parishioner of Most Holy Trinity Church in Wallingford.
Besides her beloved husband, John, she is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Darlene and John Otto of Guilford, Rita and Walter Pacheco of Wallingford and Jeanette and Jack Schuster of Killingworth; three sons and two daughters-in-law, John and Mary Ann Hacku of Windsor, Calif., Ronald and Kathleen Hacku of Guilford and Robert Hacku of Meriden; nine grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; two sisters, Ann Caswell of Rye, N.H., and Harriet Crocco of Fairfield; and a brother, Edward Fanfesti of Portland; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Louise Carroll; and a brother, Edo Fanfesti.
Her family will receive relatives and friends at the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St. Ext., Wallingford, Monday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. from the Wallingford Funeral Home, when the funeral cortege will proceed to Most Holy Trinity Church for a Mass of Christian burial 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 Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust, P.O. Box 362, Wallingford, CT 06492.

James R. O'Brien
MERIDEN -- James R. O'Brien, of Stoddard Drive, died on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at Palm Beach Gardens Hospital, Palm Beach, Fla., after a brief illness.
Born in Meriden, he was a lifelong resident and had attended Meriden schools. Mr. O'Brien was employed by Suzio Construction for 22 years, retiring in 1988. After his retirement he was self-employed as a painter. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Navy as a Seabee and with the Merchant Marines. He was a parishioner of St. Joseph Church, a member of the Meriden Chapter of the VFW and of the VFW Post No. 9965. He was also a member of the American Legion Post. No. 45, the A.O.H. and was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
Mr. O'Brien is survived by a sister, Mrs. Barbara Nowaset of Meriden; two nieces, Brenda Trumpold of Westfield and Kathy Couture of Hardwick, Vt.; a grandniece, Jennifer; and three grandnephews, Eric, Matthew and Ernest.
The funeral will be held on Monday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. in 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 in Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Alma M. Porter
MERIDEN -- Alma M. Porter, 92, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at Bradley Memorial Hospital in Southington. She was the wife of the late Kenneth W. Porter.
A lifelong resident of Meriden, she was born Aug. 27, 1908, a daughter of the later Herman M. and Augusta L. Pisall Mielke. She attended local schools and graduated from the Pequod Business School. Mrs. Porter was retired as a secretary at the Meriden Child Guidance Center. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, where she was active in the Ladies Aid Society and the Lutheran Women's Missionary League Guild.
She is survived by a son, Warren W. Porter and his wife, Betty of Southington; two grandsons, David K. Porter and his wife, Cherrie of Southington and Randall J. Porter and his wife, Jamie of South Meriden; two great-grandchildren, Nicholas J. Porter of Southington and Jason R. Alia of South Meriden; and two nephews, Robert Mielke and David Mielke, both of Meriden.
The funeral will be held Monday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 520 Paddock Ave., Meriden. The Rev. Robert Mikulastik will officiate. Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beecher & Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. See obituary at www.beecherandbennett.com

Robert E. Reney
SOUTHINGTON -- Robert E. Reney, 60, of Port Charlotte, Fla., formerly of Plantsville died Jan. 17, 2001, in Port Charlotte. He was the husband of Carolyn L. (Wallace) Reney.
Born on July 31, 1940, in New Britain, a son of the late Eugene and Agnes (Campbell) Reney. He was formerly employed by the Torrington Co.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Richard Reney of Plantsville; a daughter, Donna Reney and her fiancé, Michael Burns of Port Charlotte, Fla.; a brother, Michael Reney of Southington; a sister, Jean Dorman of Englewood, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Monday at 9:45 a.m. from the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., to St. Thomas Church at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery Calling hours will be on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Joseph W. Dumais
MERIDEN -- Joseph W. Dumais, 45, of 41 New Cheshire Rd., South Meriden, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, Jan. 19, 2001.
He was born Aug. 25, 1955, in Meriden, a son of the late Wilfred and Amy (Jocelyn) Dumais. He was a parishioner of Holy Angels Church.
Joseph is survived by six brothers, William Murdy, Rev. Edward (Dumais) Sherman, both of Meriden, Leo and Robert Dumais, both of South Meriden, Joseph Murdy of Anchorage, Alaska and John Murdy of Atlanta, Ga.; and three sisters, Roseanna Sobol of Meriden, Sylvia Benson of Brattleboro, Vt. and Mary Avery of East Lakes, Ohio; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. A service will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the funeral home, officiated by the Rev. Roland LaPlante of Holy Angels Church. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joseph's memory can be made to the Church of Restoration, P.O. Box 650, Meriden, CT 06451. The Szymaszek-Taylor Funeral Home, 189 East Main St., Meriden has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Nellie E. Ferguson
NORTHFORD -- Nellie E. Boyce Ferguson, 91, of Middletown Ave., died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, at the Talmadge Park Nursing Home, East Haven. She was the wife of the late Earle C. Ferguson.
She was born in High Park, Mass. on June 2, 1909, daughter of the late Ivan and Eva May Skinner Boyce. She had worked for International Silver Co. for many years until her retirement. She was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and its Ladies Guild for many years.
She leaves daughters, Joyce Cecarelli of Northford and Betty A. Aceto of Branford; a foster daughter, Audrey Langella of Hamden; sister of Dorothy Kirkby of Green, N.Y., Frances Brown of Charlotte, N.C. and the late Florence Brooks, Russell, Edward and Newton Boyce. She is also survived by eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services on Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Northford. Interment will follow in the Northford Cemetery. The visiting hours will be Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North Haven funeral Home, 36 Washington Ave. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Middletown Ave., Northford, CT 06472.

Gerald V. Kennedy
CHESHIRE -- Gerald V. Kennedy, 79, of 1720 Old Waterbury Road, husband of Mildred (Mann) Kennedy, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at Bradley Memorial Hospital in Southington.
Besides his wife, he leaves one son, Roger V. Kennedy of Cheshire; two daughters, Diane Graves of Plantsville and Eileen Kennedy of Cheshire; one sister, Mary Veronica Wooding of Port Orange, Fla.; one grandson, Thomas Graves; and one granddaughter, Elizabeth Kennedy; and one son-in-law, Donald Graves.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the Murphy Funeral Home, 115 Willow St., Waterbury to the Church of the Epiphany for a Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will be in New Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterbury. Calling hours are Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Lung Assoc., 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108.


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