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
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 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.
She enjoyed golfing and was a founding member of the El Conquistador
Country Club in Bradenton, Fla., where she and her husband enjoyed many
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 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
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 (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.
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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
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. (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
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
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,
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
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,
Porter's Funeral Service in Kensington, Conn., is in charge of the
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,
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.,
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.
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.