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GENARO GROCCIA

Genaro "John" Groccia, 86, formerly of Marion Street, Westerly, died Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, at the Westerly Health Center. He was the beloved husband of Anna (Greco) Groccia, who died Jan. 28, 2001. 
Born in Westerly, April 9, 1914, he was the son of the late Carmine and Lizzie (Ritacca) Groccia. At the age of 12, he moved to Acri, Italy, and returned to Westerly in 1960. While in Italy, he served with the Italian Army. 
He was employed at American Velvet in Stonington and then worked for the Town of Westerly Public Works Department, retiring in 1979. 
Surviving are two sons, Charlie Groccia of Westerly and Tony Groccia of Luzzi, Italy; three daughters, Maria Piluso, Adelina DeSantis and Elvira Sposato, all of Westerly; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a daughter, Antonietta Scarpelli in 1974; and a sister, Louise Guido. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 111 High St., Westerly. Burial will follow in St. Sebastian Cemetery. There is no procession from the funeral home. Visiting hours in the Rushlow-Iacoi Funeral Home, 64 Friendship St., are today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

ANNA COLLINGS

Anna Jean (Shaw) Greer Collings, 77, of 66 East Ave., Westerly, wife of the late Thomas H. Collings and the late Raymond Greer, died Thursday, April 19, 2001, at The Westerly Hospital. 
Born April 23, 1923, in Stonington, she was a daughter of the late James W. Sr. and Eva (Ricker) Shaw. 
Mrs. Collings was part owner of the former Yankee Settler Realty Co. of Westerly. 
She enjoyed golfing and was a founding member of the El Conquistador Country Club in Bradenton, Fla., where she and her husband enjoyed many winters. 
Mrs. Collings was a former member of the Westerly Yacht Club and also enjoyed traveling and swimming. 
She will be sadly missed by a daughter, Pamela Greer of Pawcatuck; two stepdaughters, Patricia Nelson of Riverview, Fla., and Nancy Turrisi of Pawcatuck; a brother, James W. Shaw Jr. of Charlestown; a granddaughter, Melissa Servidio; and a great-granddaughter, Rebecca Schick, both of Pawcatuck; five step-grandchildren, Ken Collings of Williston, Fla., Thomas Midgett of Grover, Vt., Kristi Gavitt of Westerly, Ronald Allen of North Stonington, Lori Midgett of New York State; and several nieces and nephews. 
In addition to her first and second husbands, Mrs. Collings was predeceased by a brother, David Shaw. 
The funeral will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St., Westerly. Interment will be private in the First Hopkinton Cemetery, Ashaway. There are no calling hours. 
Donations may be made in her memory to the American Lung Association, 10 Abbott Park Place, Providence, RI 02903. 

GEORGE H. CONKLIN

George H. Conklin, 81, of 6 High Meadow Drive, Westerly, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 24, 2001, at his residence. He was the beloved husband of 52 years of Josephine (Servidio) Conklin.
Born March 2, 1920, in Mystic, the son of the late Russell L. and Anna T. Conklin, he was a graduate of the Robert E. Fitch High School. 
Mr. Conklin was the former owner and operator of Rollinson's Market in Mystic. In his younger years, he became an Eagle Scout with the Boys Scouts of America, and he remained active in their organization. He served in the United States Armed Forces overseas, during World War II for three years. He was a communicant of St. Pius X Church, Westerly. 
Surviving besides his wife is a daughter, Anne C. Thomas of Hendersonville, N.C.; a son, William K. Conklin of Benson, Texas; and four grandchildren. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Pius X Church, 45 Elm St. There is no procession from the funeral home. Visiting hours will be in The Rushlow-Iacoi Funeral Home, 64 Friendship St., on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Pius X Parish Endowment Fund, c/o St. Pius X Church, 45 Elm St., Westerly, RI 02891. 

GLORIA FIDRYCH

Gloria Helen (Reid) Fidrych, 78, of Stonington died Thursday morning, April 19, 2001, at The Westerly Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the wife of Edward Fidrych, whom she married in Mystic on April 24, 1943. 
Born in Westerly, March 28, 1923, a daughter of the late Walter and Amelia (Lawrence) Reid, she graduated from Stonington High School in 1942. 
Mrs. Fidrych had been employed as a teacher's aide in the Stonington school system. 
She loved cooking, gardening, and at one time was a talented seamstress. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and the traveling they did together. She will be remembered for her kind, thoughtful and quiet nature and for her sense of humor. 
In addition to her husband, she leaves a daughter, Karen Tozier of Waterville, Maine; two sons and daughters-in-law, John "Jack" and Leda Stanley Fidrych of North Stonington and Karl and Laurie Gendron Fidrych of Providence; five grandchildren, Jonathan, Kristopher and Joshua Tozier of Waterville and Tia and Will Fidrych of North Stonington; and a brother and sister-in-law William and Angie Reid of Leominster, Mass. 
She was predeceased by three brothers, Donald, Jack and Walter Reid; and her stepfather, John Rix. 
Graveside services will be held in the Stonington Cemetery, North Main Street, Stonington, Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends may call at the Mystic Funeral Home, Route 1, Mystic, from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Contributions in her memory may be made to The Westerly Hospital Foundation, 26 Wells St., Westerly, RI 02891. 

MARY OLCOWICK

Mary (Patti) Olcowick, 87, formerly of Spring Street, Westerly, died Friday, March 2, 2001, at the Westerly Health Center. She was the wife of the late Peter Olcowick. 
Born Feb. 4, 1914, in Pawcatuck, she was a daughter of the late Angelo and Concetta (Nania) Patti. 
Mrs. Olcowick had been a floor person at the George C. Moore Co. before retiring in the mid 1960s. 
She was an accomplished organ player, loved flowers and country music and enjoyed opera. 
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, W. Nelson and Bonnie Durham of Charlestown; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Tina and Billie Bane of Mystic, Linda Patton of Exeter and Adrienne and Jim Barrus of Westerly; a sister, Elizabeth Ferraro of Westerly; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
She was predeceased by six brothers and one sister. 
Funeral services will be held in Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Monday at 10 a.m. Visiting hours are Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. Burial will be in River Bend Cemetery. 

FLORENCE PHILLIPS

(Pub. Nov. 18, 2001)
Florence Phillips, 83, of the Golden Years Retirement Home, 118 High St., Westerly, died Wednesday at The Westerly Hospital.
She was the wife of the late John J. Phillips. She was born in Westerly on March 4, 1918, the daughter of the late Carlo and Ida (Mazzola) Realini. 
She was employed as a nurse for various institutions, retiring in 1990. She was a Lieutenant Commander on a troop ship with the U.S. Navy in California. While in California, she resided in Costa Mesa.
Mrs. Phillips is survived by a brother, Frank Realini of Westerly; a sister-in-law, Lucia Realini of Westerly, and two nephews, Frank G. Realini and Charles Realini, both of Westerly.
There are no calling hours. A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Sebastian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Immaculate Conception Church, 111 High St., Westerly, RI 02891. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly is in charge of arrangements.

DAVID E. MEYER

David E. "Cowboy" Meyer, 64, of 10 Clark St., Westerly, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, at Kent County Hospital, Warwick.
Born in Manchester, Conn., Oct. 9, 1937, he was a son of the late Lester and Gertrude Meyer.
Mr. Meyer had been employed as a machinist at General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division, Groton, where he was also a union steward. He was also employed with the State of Connecticut in the emissions department.
He is survived by a stepson, Kenneth Upton of Westerly; a stepdaughter, Jane Hulsopple of New York; a brother, William Meyer of Connecticut; and an aunt, Fran Gribbs of California.
The funeral service and interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. There are no visiting hours. The Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly, is in charge of arrangements.

BRENDA B.TEXTER

Brenda B. (Bliven) Clark Texter of 6 Sunnyside Drive, Westerly, beloved wife of Eugene C. Texter, Jr., died June 4, 2002, in Westerly She was also the wife of the late Louis E. Clark.
Born in Westerly on Jan. 4, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Russell. P. and Edna K. (Kissick) Bliven. She married Eugene Texter Jr. in Westerly on May 8, 1993.
She will be remembered by her many friends and family for her infectious smile, kind spirit and loyal friendship.
She worked as a Certified Professional, Insurance Agent, retiring in 1997 from Starkweather & Shepley Inc. in Westerly.
She was a member of the New London County Association of Insurance Women. She was Past Worthy Advisor of Westerly Assembly, Order of Rainbow for Girls; a member of Deborah Chapter No. 9 Order of Eastern Star, Past Matron in 1968; member of the Westerly Alumnae, Grand Cross of Color Order of Rainbow for Girls, and Napatree Business & Professional Women.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a brother Lance R. Bliven of California; a stepdaughter Tracey Boatman of Turbotville, Pa.; two stepsons, Mark Texter of Westerly and Eugene Texter of Providence; and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly. Funeral service will be Friday at noon at Christ Episcopal Church, 7 Elm St., Westerly. Burial will be in River Bend Cemetery, Westerly.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in her memory be made to Hospice Care of RI, South County Office, 143 Main St., Wakefield, RI 02880 or to Christ Episcopal Church, 7 Elm St., Westerly, RI 02891 or to Pawcatuck Masonic Temple A.F. & A.M., 22 Pequot Trail, Pawcatuck, CT 06379.

DAVID I. MITCHELL

David Innes Mitchell, 84, beloved father of Marjorie Misovich, of North Stonington, died Monday evening, Jan. 4, 2002, at the Mystic Manor in Mystic.
Mr. Mitchell was born in New London on Feb. 27, 1917, a son of the late David Innes Mitchell and Mary (Gordon) Mitchell. He was a 1935 graduate of the Bulkley School in New London. 
During the years of World War II, Mr. Mitchell worked as a toolmaker at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics and then, for 18 years, at the Gammons-Hoaglund Company in Manchester, Conn. In 1948, Mr. Mitchell and his wife moved to Andover, Conn., where they brought up their family. Mr. Mitchell took a position in 1959 in the inspection department at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, where he worked until his retirement in 1982. 
On Sept. 27, 1941, Mr. Mitchell married the former Marjorie Martin. Mrs. Mitchell died in 1981. Mr. Mitchell was then fortunate to find a companion in Marjorie Allen Gray, who along with her then-deceased husband, John Shapley Gray, had been friends with the Mitchells since the 1930s. Mr. Mitchell and Mrs. Gray shared their homes in Waterford and Fort Myers, Fla., and traveled the world over until Mrs. Gray's death in 1999.
In addition to his daughter, Marjorie, and her husband Steve, of North Stonington, with whom he most recently made his home, Mr. Mitchell leaves two other daughters and their spouses, Mary Jean Mitchell and Michael Askenazer of Hayward, Calif., and Peg and Bill Klungle of Grand Haven, Mich.; five grandchildren and their spouses, Stephen and Kelly Misovich of Coventry, Conn., Karen M. and Chris Bobonich of Stanford, Calif., Jennie and David Perrelli of Hamden, Conn., Carla and Tom Clark of Grand Haven, Mich., and Nikki and Matt Cushman of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and two great-grandchildren, Lauren and Julia Perrelli.
The Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St., Westerly, is in charge of the arrangements. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, Feb. 8, from 3 to 6 p.m. The funeral and burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute to the American Cancer Society, 400 Main St., Pawtucket, RI 02860.

ELIOT HALE PORTER II

Eliot Hale Porter II, 78, of Stonington and Fishers Island, N.Y., formerly of Southington and New Britain, Conn., died on March 20, 2002.
Relatives and friends are invited to join his family at a memorial service celebrating his life on Saturday, June 15, at 11:30 a.m. at Union Chapel, Fishers Island.
A ferry to the island departs New London at 10 a.m. For the on-line guest book for the family, please visit www.portersfuneral.com. Those who wish may make donations in his memory to The Boys and Girls Club of New Britain, 150 Washington St., New Britain, CT 06051 or to The Ferguson Museum, The Island Health Project, or Sea-Stretcher Fund, all at Fishers Island, NY 06390.
Porter's Funeral Service in Kensington, Conn., is in charge of the arrangements.

Corinne L. (Morrow) Gallo 

Corinne L. (Morrow) Gallo beloved wife of Frank V. Gallo, of 24 Milrose Ave., Westerly, died this morning, May 21, 2003, at The Westerly Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are being completed by Gaffney-Dolan Funeral 59 Spruce St., Westerly.

Pamela J. (Saunders) Lastes 

Pamela J. (Saunders) Lastes, 61, beloved wife of Thomas J. Lastes of 24 Longview Ave., Westerly, died May 20, 2003, at the Watch Hill Manor, Westerly.
She was born in Middletown, Conn., daughter of Mrs. Pauline Saunders of Westerly and the late Robert L. Saunders.
In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by three sons, Bernard R. Lastes of Ashaway, Thomas J. Lastes Jr., of Westerly, and Michael E. Lastes of Fredricksburg, Va.; a daughter, Darlene F. Crudden of Westerly; two brothers, Brad Saunders of Harleysville, Pa., and Lindsay Saunders of Westerly; a sister, Rosemary Jones of Southington, Conn.; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59, Spruce St., Westerly, Friday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in First Hopkinton Cemetery, Hopkinton.

Beatrice (Thibdeau) Dufour

Beatrice (Thibdeau) Dufour, 87, of Brownsburg, Ind., formerly of Maple Court, Ashaway, died Sunday, May 18, 2003, at the Roland Club Manor in Brownsburg. She was the beloved wife of the late George A. "Fred" Dufour. 
Born in Stonington on March 7, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Ambrose and Jane (Babcock) Thibdeau. 
Mrs. Dufour was employed at Charbert Textile Inc. for 20 years, and prior to that she worked for Ashaway Line and Twine for 10 years. 
Mrs. Dufour is survived by her son Fred W. Dufour of Brownsburg; her sister, Jane Discuillo of Pawcatuck; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 
A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 23, at 11 a.m. in Stonington Cemetery, Stonington. Calling hours are respectfully omitted. 
Arrangements are by the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St., Westerly.

Frank L. Struzik 

Frank L. Struzik, 95, formerly of Weekapaug, husband of the late Mary (Medynski) Struzik, died May 28, 2003, at the Westerly Health Center. 
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Julia C. Struzik. 
He had been employed at Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics as a pipe fitter before retiring in the early 1970s. 
He was member of the Westerly Masons, an honorary member of the Quonochontaug Grange, a member of RIMS, and an avid fisherman. 
He had a great love for his great-grandchildren and for his dogs. 
He is survived by a son, Lawrence Struzik of Shady Harbor; a daughter and son-in-law, Eleanor and Ed Fuller of Weekapaug; a brother, Ted Piekos of White Plains, N.Y.; a sister, Joan Giard of Bellingham, Wash.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 
Calling hours will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. in Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Clare, St. Clare Way, Misquamicut. There will be no procession from the funeral home. Interment will be in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Westerly.


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