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Vonnie Cianciulli

January 25, 1948 - September 8, 2017

Yvonne “Vonnie” Cianciulli, 69, beloved wife of Nicholas J. Cianciulli of Granby, passed away at her home on Friday, September 8, 2017. Vonnie was born in Bristol on January 25, 1948, daughter of the late Roger LeBlond and Mary (Burlock) LeBlond, and resided in Granby for the past 17 years. She graduated from Torrington High School and Waterbury State...
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Russell George St. John

September 14, 1928 - June 17, 2017

Russell George St. John, beloved husband of Anne (Camp) St. John, passed away on June 17, 2017. He had lived in Granby since 1960. He was born in Hartford to the late Russell G. St. John and Isabel (Magee) St. John on September 14, 1928. After graduating from Weaver High School in 1947, he joined the Connecticut National Guard and was called to serve in Germany as part of NATO. He reached the...
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Brandon James Barry

February 10, 1993 - June 12, 2017

Brandon James Barry, 24, of Granby, passed away unexpectedly while on vacation in West Palm Beach, FL on Monday, June 12, 2017. Born in Holyoke, MA on February 10, 1993, son of Annemarie (Shattuck) Barry of Granby and James Richard Barry of Southwick, MA, Brandon lived in Southwick, MA until the age of 13. He attended East Granby High School and had lived in Granby in recent years. Brandon had...
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Christopher Stephen Litchfield

June 19, 1979 - June 10, 2017

Christopher Stephen Litchfield, 37, of Granby, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017, as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Born in Hartford on June 19, 1979, son of David and Sheri (Schmid) Litchfield of North Granby, he was raised in Granby and was a graduate of Granby Memorial High School, Class of 1998. Chris was a co-owner of a locally owned family business, The...
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Patricia V. Joy

May 22, 1940 - June 4, 2017

Written by Family Patricia 'Pat" Joy, 77, of East Hartland, CT passed away peacefully on June 4, 2017 Mom was born on May 22, 1940 to Katherine "Kay" and Emile Voiland. Mom was the youngest of 4 children and is predeceased by her parents and 3 brothers Eugene, Lewis "Sonny" and Norman. Mom married Dad (Brig Gen USAFR Ret Donald E Joy, Jr.) on August 14, 1959. They moved to East Hartland, CT in...
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Sally J. Kotowski

May 23, 1939 - June 2, 2017

Sally J. Kotowski, 78, of Windsor, beloved wife for 57 years of Frederick T. Kotowski, passed away peacefully Friday, June 2, 2017, surrounded by her family at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Orange, CT on May 23, 1939, daughter of the late Vernon and Margaret (Jessup) Garrity, she was raised in Granby and was a graduate of Granby Memorial High School, Class of 1958. After her wedding, Sally and...
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Mary R. Dunning

December 6, 1933 - May 29, 2017

Mary Wallace Russell Dunning, of Granby, CT, passed away on Monday, May 29, 2017, at the age of 83. The daughter of John Russell and Ruth Wallace Russell of Rochester, New York, Mary graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1954 and she moved to Granby as a young wife and mother in 1959; Granby has been her home ever since. She loved nature and reveled in gardening and watching the wild...
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Irene Helen Long

September 28, 1922 - May 23, 2017

Irene Helen Long passed away on May 23, 2017, at the MeadowBrook of Granby Nursing Home in Granby, CT after a series of illnesses. Born in West Brattleboro VT, in 1922, she was the third child of Ray Osborne Sprague and Amy Bird Newcomb. Irene married Wesley John Long in 1941 and settled on Cornwall Street in Hartford, CT where they raised their four children: Robert W. of Port Charlotte, FL;...
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Dr. Phillip O. Schnell

December 28, 1933 - May 23, 2017

Reverend Dr. Phillip O. Schnell, 83, of West Simsbury, retired Pastor of the NY Conference of the United Methodist Church, beloved husband of Anne (Johnson) Schnell for 62 years, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Born in Peekskill, NY, son of the late Marion E. (Osborn) Schnell, he was raised there and received his BA, MA, and DMin from Drew University in Madison, NJ. Dr. Schnell started his...
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Alice Newbery

May 19, 1934 - May 14, 2017

Alice (Bouchard) Newbery, 82, of Simsbury, beloved wife for 59 years of Robert D. Newbery, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017, surrounded by her family in Simsbury. Born in Connor, ME on May 19, 1934, daughter of the late Ernest and Josephine (Paradise) Bouchard, she moved to Hartford with her family as a young girl. Alice attended Hartford schools and was a graduate of Hartford Public High...
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Janet W. Prevost

April 27, 1945 - April 4, 2017

Janet W. Prevost, 71, of West Suffield, beloved wife of over 50 years of Ronald Prevost, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Hartford to the late Robert and Estella (Edwards) Warner, she was a Windsor High School graduate and lived most of her life in Windsor before settling in West Suffield with her husband in 1971. Janet was a member of the Copper...
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Roger A. Wickman

March 31, 1930 - April 2, 2017

Roger Albert Wickman, 87, died peacefully at his home on April 2, 2017. Born March 31, 1930 in Gardner, MA, Roger was a Granby, Conn. resident for 56 years. He attended Gardner High School where he was a standout four-sport athlete. He developed his lifelong love of baseball in these years. After HS he enlisted in the Air Force and served 4 years during the Korean War. Returning stateside,...
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Lucille R. Weisse

April 20, 1937 - March 25, 2017

Lucille R. Weisse, 79, of Tolland, MA formerly of Winsted, CT, beloved wife of Carl F. Weisse passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Charlotte-Hungerford Hospital, Torrington, CT. Born April 20, 1937 in Winsted, daughter of the late Alphonse and Vivian (Sencal) Roy she lived in Winsted many years before moving to Tolland, MA in 1982. She was employed with Kaman Aerospace Co. for 24 years...
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William Calvin Morey

February 19, 1922 - March 14, 2017

William "Bill" Calvin Morey passed away peacefully on March 14, 2017 at MeadowBrook of Granby. He was born on February 19, 1922 in Cummington, MA. He lived the first 9 years of his life without electricity, rode a horse-drawn sleigh to school, and lived through the Great Depression. He joined the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1942 where he was a pilot flying B17's and B24's, and earned the rank of...
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Stephen Wilson Hopkins

April 6, 1927 - March 8, 2017

Stephen Wilson Hopkins, 89, of East Granby, beloved husband of Beverly (Hall) Hopkins, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Born in Westfield, son of the late Stephen and Ethel (Squires) Hopkins, he lived in East Granby for 38 years. Raised in MA, he served in the in the US Navy, Pacific Theatre during W.W. II. He did construction work all his life. He co-owned the S & H. Construction Co for...
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Cindy Ann Caplan

November 11, 1953 - March 2, 2017

Cindy Ann (Martinez) Caplan, 63, of North Granby, beloved wife for 40 years of William Caplan, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 2, 2017, surrounded by her family at her home. Born in Altoona, PA on November 11, 1953, daughter of W. William Martinez of Rutland, VT and the late Jane (Ghaner) Martinez, she was raised in Pennsylvania before moving to Montpelier and then Proctor, VT. After...
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Pauline J. Guarco

December 30, 1922 - February 20, 2017

Pauline J. Guarco, 94, of Granby, beloved wife of the late Carl D. Guarco, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 20, 2017. Born in Hartford to the late Angelo and Mary (Bighinatti) Pedemonti, she was raised in Hartford, graduating from Weaver High School, and lived most of her life in Bloomfield before settling in Granby over 43 years ago. Pauline was a member of St. Therese Church in Granby...
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Patricia Chatey

February 2, 1932 - February 20, 2017

Patricia (Cannon) Chatey, 85, of East Granby, beloved wife for 64 years of Charles W. Chatey, passed away peacefully at home Monday, February 20, 2017, surrounded by her family. Born in Hartford on February 2, 1932, daughter of the late Edward and Ida Cannon, she was a lifelong resident of East Granby and a graduate of Simsbury High School, Class of 1950. After staying home to raise her five...
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Stuart James Whittle

March 23, 1963 - February 14, 2017

Stuart J. Whittle, 53, of Suffield, CT, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family, on February 14, 2017. Born in Gardner, MA, and raised in Templeton, MA he was the beloved son of Glenn and Gail (Landry) Whittle. He met his true love, Karen Marie (Lajoie) Whittle, as a young teenager and together they enjoyed many wonderful years and memories and enjoyed his days hanging...
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Jeannette B. Lescarbeau

July 10, 1919 - February 9, 2017

Jeannette B. Lescarbeau, 97, of Granby, beloved wife of the late Roland Lescarbeau, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Born in Lawrence, MA to the late Josephat and Eugenie Lebel LaPlume, she has been a Granby resident for over 57 years and was a member of St. Therese Church in Granby. Jeannette was a member of the St. Therese Women's Guild and the Third Order at St. Joseph...
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Fernand Marcel Ducharme

August 23, 1942 - February 8, 2017

Fernand Marcel Ducharme, 74 of East Hartland passed away with his beloved wife by his side on Wednesday February 8, 2017. Fernand was husband of Veronica (Hamel) Ducharme for over 54 years. He was born in Wotton Quebec, Canada on August 23, 1942 and was the son of late Cyprien and Marie Jeanne (Derochers) Ducharme. He has been an East Hartland resident for over 40 years. Fernand worked as a...
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Ronald John Begansky

August 16, 1949 - January 31, 2017

Ronald John Begansky, 67, of Simsbury and formerly of Granby, beloved husband of Wendy (Hayes) Begansky, passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 after a brief illness. Born in Hartford on August 16, 1949, son of the late Constantine and Josephine (Marshall) Begansky, he was raised in Hartford before moving to Cromwell with his family as a young boy. Ron attended Cromwell Public Schools and was...
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Elizabeth Faye

November 28, 1932 - January 24, 2017

Elizabeth (DeWolfe) Faye, 84, of East Hartland, beloved wife for 61 years of David L. Faye, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, in Avon. Born in Portland, ME on November 28, 1932, daughter of the late James C. and Doris (Greenlaw) DeWolfe, she was raised in Westbrook, ME and graduated as the Valedictorian of her class from Westbrook High School in 1951. After high school...
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John Daniel Meany

May 10, 1958 - January 11, 2017

John Daniel Meany, 58, of Granby, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Born in Oconomowoc, WI, son of Veronica (Markey) Meany the late Edward Meany of Orleans, MA, he was raised in West Hartford and graduated from Hall High School in 1977. He was employed by the City of Hartford as a radio technician for the Hartford Police Department for many years and for the past year by the Hartford Fire...
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Elaine H. Holcomb

August 7, 1931 - January 7, 2017

Elaine (Hopkins) Holcomb, 85, of East Hartland, beloved wife of James Holcomb, passed away, Saturday, January 7, 2017, at her home. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, daughter of the late William and Freda (Blocker) Hopkins, she lived in Granby many years moving to East Hartland 17 years ago. She had been employed by the former Connecticut General Life Insurance Company in Bloomfield for several years....
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Juliette Grant Connally

February 27, 1966 - December 26, 2016

Juliette Grant Connally, 50, of Tucson, AZ, beloved wife of Chris Connally, went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 26, 2016, as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident. Born in Boonton, NJ on February 27, 1966, daughter of Peter Grant and Kristine (Hacon) Sullivan, she was raised in Boonton, NJ and Newtown, CT and had lived in Tucson, AZ for over 20 years. Juliette was a graduate...
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Alfred James Therkelsen

March 26, 1926 - December 24, 2016

Alfred James Therkelsen, 90, of Barkhamsted and formerly of Granby, beloved husband for 66 years of Patricia Anne (O'Connor) Therkelsen, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 24, 2016, in Avon. Born in Hartford on March 23, 1926, son of the late Alfred J. Therkelsen and Florence (Baker) Therkelsen, he was raised in Hartford, was a graduate of Weaver High School, Class of 1943, and he...
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Miles E. Godard

October 7, 1953 - December 18, 2016

Miles E. Godard, 63, of East Hartford, passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2016, at his home. Born in Hartford on October 7, 1953, son of the late Oliver E. and Gladys (Ingvertsen) Godard, he was raised in Granby and had lived in New London and Bloomfield before moving to East Hartford one year ago. Miles served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam and after his discharge, he returned to Connecticut...
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Christian Richard Dahmke

March 15, 1955 - December 18, 2016

Christian Richard Dahmke, Jr., 61, of North Granby, beloved husband for 28 years of Karen (Hotzelt) Dahmke, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 18, 2016, surrounded by his family at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Yonkers, NY on March 15, 1955, son of the late Christian Richard and Eleanor (Dooley) Dahmke, he was raised in Yonkers, NY and had lived in PA, NJ and Hamden, CT before moving to...
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Judith Callahan Hart

August 27, 1939 - December 17, 2016

If you ever needed any help with your garden, Judith Callahan Hart (born August 27, 1939) was the one to call! You knew her as Judy and her green thumb was well known about the town of Granby, where she grew up and lived for most of her life. She passed over to a new garden on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at the age of 77 and will be a blessing to those who need weeding done, this was her ...
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Bruce S. Bailey

October 20, 1934 - November 30, 2016

Bruce S. Bailey, 82, of East Hartland, beloved husband of Ruth (Aucoin) Bailey, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Born in Springfield, MA, son of the late Charles and Pearl (Matthews) Bailey, he was raised in Agawam, MA and lived in East Hartland for 54 years. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He had been employed by Kaman Corp and retired from their Kamatics Division in...
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L. Alger Pelletier

March 25, 1926 - November 30, 2016

L. Alger "Al" Pelletier, 90, of East Granby, beloved husband of 63 years to Mary (Doyle) Pelletier passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Al was born March 25, 1926 in St. Francis, ME, son of the late Trefflie and Odile (Daigle) Pelletier. He served in the US Navy during WWII from 1944-1946. Upon his discharge he went to school in Lewiston, ME and in 1951 came to Hartford where he was...
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Elizabeth Gilbert Shaw

August 31, 1922 - November 20, 2016

Elizabeth Gilbert (Stickles) Shaw, 94, of Simsbury, beloved wife for 65 years of the late Donald Horton Shaw, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 20, 2016 in Simsbury. Born in Windsor on August 31, 1922, daughter of the late Howard E. and Gladys (Gilbert) Stickles, she was raised in Simsbury and was a graduate of Simsbury High School, Class of 1940. After staying home to raise her family...
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David C. Sterling

June 12, 1940 - November 20, 2016

David C. Sterling passed away on November 20, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. Dave was passionate about everything he did and gave so much of himself to others, especially his family. Dave was born on June 12, 1940 in Schenectady, NY and grew up in Pittsfield, MA. He graduated from Bryant University with a degree in business and then joined The Hartford after serving two years with...
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Dolores Alba Wundt

June 14, 1929 - November 6, 2016

Dolores Alba Wundt, 87, of Granby, beloved wife for 22 years of the late Robert James Wundt, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 6, 2016, at her home. Born in Bronx, NY on June 14, 1929, daughter of the late Salvatore and Eule (Moscatelli) Lasco, she was raised in Bronx, NY, attended New York City Public Schools, and had lived in Copiague, Long Island, NY, before moving to Granby with...
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Daniel R. Gilbert

March 20, 1954 - November 3, 2016

Daniel R. Gilbert, 62, of West Granby, beloved husband of Rhonda (Bevilacqua) Gilbert, passed away Thursday, November 3, 2016. Born in Lewiston, ME, son of the late Ovila and Lorraine (Gaudette ) Gilbert, he was raised in Granby and graduated from the Suffield High School VOAG program in 1972. He traveled the world in his career in electronic technology with Combustion Engineering, now ABB,...
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John Gilchrist Carl

September 15, 1952 - October 17, 2016

John Gilchrist Carl, 64, Tolland, MA, passed away on Monday October 17 surrounded by loved ones. John was born September 15, 1952 in Middletown, CT to John H. and E. Norene (Adams) Carl. John grew up in Madison, CT on the shore where he developed a passion for fishing, boats and a deep love of nature. John was an artist, transforming beaten-up wooden boats into beautiful and functional vessels....
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Vera Juliette French

May 8, 1923 - October 8, 2016

Vera "Gaby" Juliette (Gabert) French, 93, of East Granby, beloved wife of the late Peter Edward French, passed away on Saturday, October 8, 2016, in Suffield. Born in Brixton, London, England on May 8, 1923, daughter of the late Louis Michel and Ernestine May (Herlitschka) Gabert, she was raised in England and had lived in Milton, Ontario, Canada for 10 years before immigrating to the United...
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Gerald Greene

January 21, 1934 - October 8, 2016

Gerald Greene, 82, formerly of Granby, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2016, at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life in North Wales, Pennsylvania. Born on January 21, 1934 in New Haven, son of the late Jack and Rose Greene, Gerry was a Connecticut resident for 80 years, 23 of which were spent in Granby. Gerry relocated to Pennsylvania in 2014 to be closer to his daughter following the death...
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Mary E. Schoepflin

October 19, 1924 - September 21, 2016

Mary E. "Betty" Schoepflin, 91, of Granby, beloved wife of the late Richard H. Schoepflin, for 45 years, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2016, surrounded by her family. Born in Hull, MA on October 19, 1924 to Richard and Ethel (Trapp) Jenkins, she was raised in Scituate, MA and graduated from Scituate High School where she also worked for several years. In 1952, she and her husband Richard...
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Joseph F. Rudzik, Jr.

October 17, 1926 - September 13, 2016

Joseph F. Rudzik, Jr., 89, of East Granby, CT, husband of the late Carol Tonya (Griffin) Rudzik, died on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. Born in Holyoke, MA on October 17, 1926, son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Partyka) Rudzik, he was raised in Holyoke, MA and was a graduate of Holyoke High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy...
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Hollis R. Harlow III

September 1, 1955 - September 8, 2016

Hollis R. Harlow, III (Lee), of Granby, passed away on September 8, 2016, from injuries suffered in an accident. Lee was born September 1, 1955, in Hartford, Connecticut, the youngest son of Hollis R. Harlow Jr and Jessamine Welles Harlow. Lee lived in Granby all his life, attending Granby schools and later working at Kelly Lane school, where he was known as Mr. Lee! Lee leaves his partner,...
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Faye Ella Coiro

June 30, 1945 - August 31, 2016

Faye Ella (Flynn) Coiro, 71, of East Hartland, beloved wife for 45 years of Francis Peter Coiro, III, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Bristol on June 30, 1945, daughter of the late Patrick and Bessie (Culberson) Flynn, she was raised in Bristol and had lived in East Hartland since 1977. After staying home to raise her son, Patrick, Faye took a...
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Nancy F. Bibeau

March 5, 1945 - August 28, 2016

Nancy F. Bibeau, 71, of East Hartland, beloved wife for 26 years of the late Stephen W. Bibeau, passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital surrounded by her family. Born in Meriden on March 5, 1945, daughter of the late Frank and Alice (Scherrer) Mack, she was raised in Meriden and was a graduate of Francis T. Maloney High School, Class of 1963. After high school, Nancy...
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Bruce Howard Boehm

February 23, 1946 - August 3, 2016

Bruce Howard Boehm of Granby, CT, beloved husband of Lorna Rae (Zapata) Boehm, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at the age of 70. Bruce was born in Bergen County, NJ to the late Gerhard and Lillian (Bursian) Boehm. He was raised in New Jersey and has been a Connecticut resident for over 35 years. He found his passion for flying as a young man and was a demonstration pilot, a...
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Brian Scott Saunders

August 2, 1961 - July 30, 2016

Brian Scott Saunders, 54, of North Granby, passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2016, surrounded by his family at his home. Born in Hartford on August 2, 1961, son of Richard Thomas and Beverly (Stevenson) Saunders, he was a lifelong resident of Granby and was a graduate Granby Memorial High School, Class of 1979. Brian was a great athlete and during high school he played soccer and baseball and...
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Stanley J. Swart

July 27, 2016

Stanley J. Swart, 58, of Granby, passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Born in Hartford, son of the late Stanley and Mae (DeFronzo) Swart, he lived most all his life in the Granby area. He was a stone mason for many years with Blue Stone Masonry. Stanley had a heart of gold and was always the life of the party. It came easy to him making everyone around him laugh with his powerful sense of humor,...
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Arvid Thomas Torgersen

February 15, 1932 - July 12, 2016

Arvid Thomas Torgersen, 84, of Little River, SC, formerly of Granby, beloved husband of the late Greta (Kittelsen) Torgersen, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Klepp Egersound, Norway to the late Anna (Salthe) and Thomas Torgersen, he was raised in Brooklyn, NY and lived most of his life in Granby and Little River, SC. Tom served his country proudly...
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Marie Cote Kirschbaum

June 1, 1960 - July 10, 2016

Marie Cote Kirschbaum, 56, of North Granby, beloved wife of Richard S. Kirschbaum, passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Stafford Springs on June 1, 1960, daughter of the late Arthur Cote Jr. and Anna (Marocchini) Cote, she was raised in Enfield and was a graduate of Fermi High School, Class of 1978. After high school, Marie continued her education at St. Francis...
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Marjorie Spence

April 5, 1933 - July 8, 2016

Marjorie (Merrill) Spence, 83, of East Windsor and formerly of Granby, beloved wife for 63 years of Alan Spence, passed away on Friday, July 8, 2016 in Granby. Born in Ludlow, VT on April 5, 1933, daughter of the late Eben and Clara (Smith) Merrill, she was raised in Ludlow, VT and made Granby her home in 1971. Besides her husband, she leaves a son, Jeffrey Spence, his wife Tricia and two...
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LeRoy B. Seaton

August 16, 1922 - July 7, 2016

LeRoy B. Seaton, 93, of Granby, beloved husband for 74 years of Audrey (Hollis) Seaton, passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2016 in Simsbury. Born in Wethersfield on August 16, 1922, son of the late Benjamin and Ethel (Burnham) Seaton, he was raised in Wethersfield and had lived in the Elmwood section of West Hartford before moving to Granby almost 60 years ago. Roy served in the U.S. Air Force...
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Ned Howard Kendall

May 30, 1943 - July 4, 2016

Ned H. Kendall, 73, a resident of Granby and Simsbury most of his life, passed away on Monday, July 4, 2016, at his home. Born in Hartford on May 30, 1943, he was the son of the late Marion (Maknur) Kendall and Howard R. Kendall. He was predeceased by his wife Pat in 2011, a loving and devoted wife for 47 years, and a son, Edward J. Kendall in 2012, whom he missed more than words can say. Ned...
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Anna Psutka

September 8, 1929 - June 27, 2016

Anna "Nusia" Psutka, 86, of Granby, CT and formerly of Southington, CT, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 27, 2016 at MeadowBrook of Granby. She was born in Maleniska, Poland on September 8, 1929, daughter of the late Jozef and Karolina (Szwarc) Psutka. As a young girl, uprooted from her home by World War II and after crossing Poland and Czechoslovakia as a refugee, she found herself in the...
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James C. Manzi

September 9, 1937 - June 25, 2016

James C. Manzi, 78, of East Hartland passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Saturday, June 25, 2016 with his family at his side. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Carol (Samuelsen) Manzi for 51 loving and happy years. They were blessed with two amazing daughters, Jennifer Shelansky and Allison Driver. James was born in Ware, MA, the son of the late Caroline (Tarckini)...
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Shurley O. Lund

March 31, 1921 - June 21, 2016

Shurley O. Lund, 95, of Russell, MA and formerly of East Granby, beloved husband of the late Hattie (Hayes) Long Lund, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in Westfield, MA. Born in Gilsum, NH on March 31, 1921, son of the late Selden B. and Mamie E. (Keith) Lund, he was raised in Westmoreland, NH and had lived in East Granby since 1965, before moving to West Chesterfield, NH in 2004...
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James P. Dunne

July 21, 1938 - June 18, 2016

James P. Dunne, 77, of North Granby, beloved husband for 48 years of Louise (Dubiel) Dunne, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital surrounded by his family. Born in Hartford on July 21, 1938, son of the late George and Ellen (Morgan) Dunne, he was raised in Hartford and had lived in Avon and Bloomfield before building his home in North Granby 43 years ago. ...
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Rita M. Bergh

June 25, 1921 - June 6, 2016

Rita M. Bergh, 94, of East Granby, beloved wife for 55 years of the late Marshall O. Bergh, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 6, 2016, with her two daughters at her bedside. Born in Worcester, MA on June 25, 1921, daughter of the late Joseph and Marie (LeFebvre) Blanchard, she was raised in Worcester, MA and East Hartford and had lived in Windsor and Suffield for many years before retiring...
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Grace Holihan

October 3, 1928 - June 3, 2016

Grace (Prowe) Holihan, 87, of Falmouth, MA and formerly of Granby and Simsbury, beloved wife for 50 years of the late Henry T. Holihan, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 3, 2016, at Falmouth Hospital. Born in Hartford on October 3, 1928, daughter of the late Edward T. and Mildred (Enko) Prowe, she was raised in Avon and had lived in Simsbury for 20 years and Granby for 18 years before...
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Stephen James McCormack

November 22, 1943 - June 3, 2016

Stephen James McCormack, 72, of Falmouth, MA and formerly of Barre, MA and Granby, CT, beloved husband for 40 years of Mary (Lynch) McCormack, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 3, 2016 at the McCarthy Care Center, Hope Hospice in Sandwich, MA. Born in Hartford on November 22, 1943, son of the late Frederick and Jean (Goodwin) McCormack, he was raised in Granby, CT and was a graduate of...
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John P. Scully, Jr.

September 4, 1919 - May 30, 2016

John Patrick "Jack" Scully Jr., 96, of Westfield MA passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Monday, May 30, 2016. He was born on September 4, 1919 in Hartford, CT the son of John and Anne(Benny) Scully, was raised in Hartford, lived in Simsbury 30 years, and lived in Westfield since 1985. He earned academic degrees at Washington and Lee University, Georgetown School of Foreign...
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William Lawrence Pomponi II

July 21, 1948 - May 24, 2016

William "Bill" Lawrence Pomponi, II, 67, of North Granby, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at his home. Born in Bronxville, NY on July 21, 1948, son of the late William Lawrence and Agnes Frances (Johnson) Pomponi, he was raised in Brewster, NY and attended Brewster Public Schools. After high school, Bill continued his education at Norwich University and graduated with a...
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John Joseph Latonie, Sr.

October 14, 1946 - May 14, 2016

John Joseph Latonie, Sr., 69, of East Granby, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Hartford Hospital. Born in Hartford on October 14, 1946, son of the late Vittie and Jean (Zawistowski) Latonie, he had spent most of his life in East Granby before moving to Windsor Locks six years ago. A veteran of the Vietnam War, John served in the US Navy on the USS Saratoga until his honorable discharge...
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Virginia Dalzell

June 8, 1934 - May 11, 2016

Virginia (Peck) "Ginny" Dalzell, 81, of Farmington, beloved wife of Robert A. Dalzell, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. She was born June 8, 1934, the daughter of the late Shirley and Myrtle (Wright) Peck, grew up in Horseheads, NY and graduated from Syracuse University in 1956. While working during the summer between her sophomore and junior years in Wolfboro, NH, she met her...
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Anthony Biskupic

October 28, 1928 - May 6, 2016

Anthony Biskupic, 87, of Granby, CT, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2016 surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of 40 years to the late Elizabeth "Mona" Biskupic. Son of the late Matthew Biskupic and Rosalia (Carsky) Biskupic, Tony was born on October 28, 1928 and defected from Communist Czechoslovakia in 1948 to join family members already living in the United States. He...
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Henry V. Holcomb, Jr.

June 28, 1925 - April 30, 2016

Henry V. Holcomb, Jr., 90, of Granby, husband of the late Alma (Cummings) Holcomb, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Born in Granby to the late Henry Sr. and Hilda "Jennette" (Whipple) Holcomb, he has been a Granby resident all of his life. Henry owned and operated Granby Construction and H & M Septic as well as his own farms in Granby which he was awarded a trip around the...
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Kathleen Spring

August 11, 1950 - April 21, 2016

Kathleen (Werth) Spring, 65, of Granby, beloved wife for 46 years of Donald Powers Spring, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 21, 2016 surrounded by her family at Hartford Hospital. Born in Hartford on August 11, 1950, daughter of the late Leo John and Hazel (Whitcom) Werth, she was raised in North Granby and lived with her family above the North Granby General Store which her parents...
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Aldo S. Morelli, Jr.

July 14, 1943 - April 7, 2016

MORELLI. Aldo S. Morelli, Jr., of West Granby, beloved husband of Karen (Ling) Morelli passed away Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Meadow Brook of Granby after a long illness. He was born July 14, 1943 in Hartford son of the late Aldo S. Morelli, Sr. and Dora (Gherlone) Morelli. He grew up in Avon before getting married and moving to West Granby where he built their home over 40 years ago. Aldo...
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Kurt F. Wagner

March 15, 1962 - March 29, 2016

Kurt F. Wagner, 54, of Granby, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at his home. He was born March 15, 1962 in Hartford to the late Arno G. and Lisa (Fiel) Wagner. A graduate of Granby High School, Kurt was a printing press operator, most recently with Federal Direct. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan, a collector of sports and military memorabilia, vinyl records, old toys and photos of cars...
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Peter S. Avery

July 13, 1931 - March 20, 2016

Peter S. Avery, 84, of Granby, beloved husband of Joan (Bourgeois) Avery, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Hartford to the late Paul and Carolyn (Colton) Avery, he lived in Granby most of his life and was a member of the Westfield Evangelical Free Church. Peter served his country proudly with the US Army during the Korean War. He was a 1949...
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Donald R. Naples

June 16, 1944 - February 25, 2016

Donald R. Naples, 71, of Granby, beloved husband of Kathleen (Villiers) Naples, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Hartford Hospital. Born in New Britain to the late Joseph and Anna Mary (Warzocha) Naples, he was raised in New Britain and lived in Bristol before settling in Granby over 25 years ago. Donald served his country proudly with the US Army National Guard during the...
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Howard R. Baird

January 7, 1937 - February 24, 2016

Howard R. Baird, 79, of North Granby, beloved husband of Beverly (Roberts) Baird for 56 years, passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was raised there and served in the US Army during the Korean War. He graduated from the RCA Institute in NYC and trained in Holland for his work as a field service engineer for the Phillips Medical Systems. He worked on cardio pulmonary...
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John Paul Avery

March 25, 1935 - February 17, 2016

John Paul Avery, 80, of Granby, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at his home. Born in Westfield, MA to the late W. Kenneth and Hazel (Helm) Avery he was a lifelong resident of Granby. John graduated Simsbury High School in 1954 and attended Nichols College. He ran the family store, Avery's General Store in Granby from 1970-1986 and was a past member of the Lost Acres...
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Roy E. Cook

April 24, 1939 - February 15, 2016

Roy E. Cook, 76, of East Granby, beloved husband of Marion (Miller) Cook, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 15, 2016 at UCONN Medical Center. It should be noted that if he were in charge of his obituary, rather than his family, it would have been published in a timely fashion. Born in Center, NE to the late Joseph and Dena (Helmhout) Cook, he was raised in Nebraska and has been an East...
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Ralph Nathan Hammond, Jr.

December 3, 1926 - February 6, 2016

Ralph Nathan Hammond, Jr., 89, of Granby, beloved husband of the late Dorothy (Jackman) Hammond, passed away, Saturday, February 6, 2016. Born in Peterborough, NH, son of the late Ralph and Katherine (Barker) Hammond, Sr., he lived in Granby since 1964. Ralph served in the US Army as a B-29 Bomber mechanic in Okinawa, during W.W. II and had been employed by Kaman Aerospace for 45 years before...
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Bonnie Lynn Pothier

March 14, 1968 - January 22, 2016

Bonnie Lynn Pothier, 47, of East Hartland died peacefully on Friday, January 22, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital, Hartford surrounded by the loving and caring staff of the Oak Hill Mountain Road group home. Born at St. Francis Hospital on March 14, 1968, Bonnie attended Oak Hill School in Hartford, and the Oak Hill Torrington Day Program. Bonnie so enjoyed interactions and contact with people she...
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Holly-Sue Davis

December 13, 1946 - January 14, 2016

Holly-Sue (Griffin) Davis, 69, of East Granby, passed away at a local nursing home after a long illness on Thursday, January 14, 2016. Born on December 13, 1946, daughter of the late B. Beman and Elizabeth L. Griffin, Holly lived most of her life in East Granby and was a part of the 1964 first graduating class of East Granby High School. She was a member of the Hartford County 4-H Fair...
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Trude W. Sparks

May 8, 1918 - January 8, 2016

Trude Wilhelmina (Kraus) Sparks, 97, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2016 at Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, Massachusetts. Born on May 8, 1918 in Duisburg, Germany, Trude immigrated to the United States in 1927 with her parents, Julius and Wilhelmine Kraus and her brother Guenther (Marty) Kraus. The family settled in West Hartford, Connecticut, and Trude worked at the Phoenix Insurance...
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Nickolas Kotula

May 24, 1931 - January 6, 2016

Nickolas Kotula, age 84, passed away on January 6, 2016 after a long, brave fight with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS). An antique furniture scholar and conservator based in Bloomfield, CT, Nick's life was characterized by professional excellence, personal growth and intellectual inquiry. Though he was not inclined to suffer fools gladly, Nick had an enormous capacity to empathize with the authentic...
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Lucy Eaton Holcombe

January 6, 2016

Lucy Eaton Holcombe, 91, wife of the late Seth Pomeroy Holcombe, beloved aunt, mentor and friend passed away peacefully at home in North Granby on January 6, 2016 surrounded by her family and close friends. She was the daughter of the late Julia Allen and William Spalding Eaton of Hartford, CT. Lucy, who grew up in Hartford, was a graduate of the Oxford School and Connecticut College. She worked...
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Patricia Ann Jennings

June 13, 1930 - December 30, 2015

Patricia (Holland) Jennings, age 85, of Simsbury, CT, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her children. Born in Montpelier, VT to James Carroll and Mary (Conlin) Holland, Patty attended Saint Michael's Catholic School for 12 years and graduated with the Class of 1948. She married her classmate, James Jennings, who she met in second grade, and they raised five children together in...
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Marjorie Adeline Nielsen

March 11, 1928 - December 24, 2015

Marjorie "Mardy" Adeline (Clark) Nielsen, 87, of Granby, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 24, 2015 in Granby. Born in Brockton, MA on March 11, 1928, daughter of the late Milton Bradley and Helen (Mildred) Pope Clark, she was raised in Hull, MA and had spent most of her life in Dexter, ME. Mardy was a graduate of Hingham High School in Hingham, MA and after high school she continued...
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Philippe Aurele DesCoteaux

January 12, 1957 - December 6, 2015

Philippe "Phil"Aurele DesCoteaux, 58, of Simsbury, CT passed away on Sunday, December 6, 2015, after a long battle with an autoimmune disease called Scleroderma and lung cancer. Born and raised in the great north woods area in New Hampshire in the City of Berlin, Phil attended local French Catholic schools along with public schools and was extremely proud of his French Canadian heritage. He was...
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Kymberly Sue Cotton

November 30, 1961 - December 4, 2015

Kymberly Sue Cotton, 54, of Granby, beloved wife for 33 years of Stephen Sumner Cotton, Sr., passed away peacefully on Friday, December 4, 2015 surrounded by her family at her daughter's home in Coventry. Born in Hartford on November 30, 1961, daughter of Susan (Taylor) Heller of Granby and the late John Heller, Sr., she was a lifelong resident of Granby and a graduate of Granby Memorial High...
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Edith Marie Kugler

July 5, 1922 - November 30, 2015

Edith Marie Kugler, 93, of Granby, beloved wife of the late Oren "Frank" Kugler, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, November 30, 2015. Born in Brooklyn, NY to the late Walter and Mignon (Huffman) Large, she has been a Granby resident for over 40 years. Edith was an active member of Simsbury United Methodist Church where she served as a past Director of Education for the Sunday school and...
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Jeannette A. Millette

March 7, 1924 - November 27, 2015

Jeannette A. Millette, 91, of Westfield, MA and formerly of Granby, beloved wife of the late Joseph Eugene Millette, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 27, 2015 in Westfield, MA. Born in Berlin, NH on March 7, 1924, daughter of the late Homer and Alice (Fournier) Moreau, she was raised in New Hampshire and Hartford and had spent most of her life in Granby before moving to Westfield, MA in...
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Elizabeth Ann Staudt

May 10, 1928 - November 13, 2015

Elizabeth Ann (Johnson) Staudt, 87, of Aiken, SC, formerly of East Granby, CT, and Hartford, VT passed away peacefully at home on Friday, November 13, 2015. She was a beloved wife of the late William C. Staudt for 57 years. Betty leaves her son Lawrence D. Staudt of Drogheda, Ireland, daughter Ruth E. Staudt (formerly Chris) of Fort Meyers, FL formerly of West Hartford, VT, and brother Daniel...
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Mildred A. Rinaldi

September 3, 1921 - November 1, 2015

Mildred A. Rinaldi, 94, of Goffstown, NH, formerly of East Granby, beloved wife of the late Joseph A. Rinaldi, passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH. She was born September 3, 1921 in Windsor Locks to the late Joseph and Anne Ridel. She loved to read and watch her birds. She was a lady who had a lot of spunk, who made us all laugh and she loved her...
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Joyce Muriel Drescher

May 23, 1930 - October 23, 2015

Joyce Muriel Drescher, 85, of Granby, beloved wife for 60 years of the late Walter Leon Drescher, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 23, 2015 in West Hartford. Born in Hartford on May 23, 1930, daughter of the late John and Alice (Gilbert) Wheatley, she was raised in Hartford and attended Our Lady of Sorrows School and was a graduate of Hartford Public High School. Joyce started her...
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Merrill J. Beman

November 18, 1922 - October 8, 2015

Merrill J. Beman, a lifelong resident of Granby, CT, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2015, rejoining his beloved wife Ruth (Jackson) Beman, who predeceased him. He was born in Granby, CT on November 18, 1922, the son of Joseph H. Beman and Alida J. (Griffin) Beman. He grew up on his parent's farm. He graduated Simsbury High School and attended Hartford State Technical School. He joined...
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John Gladney King

October 1, 2015

John Gladney King of Granby, formerly of Simsbury, died peacefully on October 1, 2015 at the age of 80, following an extended illness. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kathryn, his son, Stephen King of New Britain, his daughter Glynis King Powers and her husband, Art Powers of New Hartford, as well as by his beloved granddaughter Katie Powers. He also leaves his brother in-law & sister in...
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Dorothy Baldis

September 10, 1926 - September 29, 2015

Dorothy (Lauriguet) Baldis, 89, of Granby, formerly of Simsbury, beloved wife of Charles Baldis, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at her home. She was born September 10, 1926 in Berwick, PA to the late Gustave and Ethel (Peterman) Lauriguet. Charles and Dorothy moved to Simsbury in 1962 where they raised their family. She had loved golfing, bowling and once their kids had...
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Juanita A. Hinson Percival

December 21, 1924 - September 29, 2015

Juanita Ann Hinson Percival, of Granby, born on December 21, 1924, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Juanita (Nita) loved her life. When she reminisced about her youth, she'd frequently tell two stories: that when she first discovered books she decided it was her job to read as many of the good ones as possible, and that in college she made a conscious decision to be a happy person....
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John C. Cosgrove

March 14, 1940 - September 22, 2015

John C. Cosgrove, 75, of Granby, formerly of West Hartford, beloved husband of 47 years of Judith (Anderson) Cosgrove, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Brooklyn, NY to the late John N. and Ann (Frederickson) Cosgrove, he served his country proudly with the US Marine Corps and was a graduate of Pace University in New York....
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Barbara W. Pare

December 23, 1929 - September 22, 2015

Barbara W. Pare, 85, of Hampden, ME, formerly of Granby, CT, beloved wife of the late Raymond Pare Sr., entered into eternal peace, on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Barbara was born in Hartford CT on December 23, 1929, the daughter of the late Arthur and Myrtle (Gray) Thompson, she was a member of Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford and lived in Granby for over 49 years. She was a member of the...
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John Joseph Liska

January 14, 1922 - September 22, 2015

John Joseph Liska, 93, of Granby, beloved husband of 67 years of Mary Ann (Ursini) Liska, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Born in East Deer, PA to the late Paul and Mary (Lehosky) Liska, he served his country proudly with the US Marine Corps during WWII and worked for the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company for over 40 years. John was...
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Richard Kramer

December 28, 1937 - September 15, 2015

Richard "Dick" Kramer, 77, of Granby, passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital. He was born in Dubuque, Iowa on December 28, 1937, son of the late Henry Otto Kramer and Ethel Geraldine (Smith) Kramer. One of 11 children, Dick spent his childhood in Iowa and after high school graduation enlisted in the US Air Force. He was stationed in Alaska, Virginia and Vermont,...
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Michael Saul Brunelle

May 29, 1961 - September 15, 2015

Michael Saul Brunelle, 54, of East Windsor, passed away Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Born in Hartford, son of the late Joseph and Eileen (Majeska) Brunelle, Jr., he was raised in East Granby where he graduated from East Granby High School in 1979, He lived in Granby most of his life. He had been employed by The Overhead Door Company of Hartford for over 20 years. Mike enjoyed sports and was as...
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Betty Lou Arnold

November 25, 1922 - September 12, 2015

Mrs. Betty Lou Arnold of Granby, CT, formerly of Westbrook, CT and Irvington, NY, died peacefully at home on Saturday, September 12, 2015. She is survived by her four children, Dane (Nina), Erin Kelly, Scott (Margot) and Lisa Brower, as well as eight grandchildren, Viki, Lisa, Madeleine, Mackenzie, Stefan, Logan, Eric and John. Born on November 25, 1922 to Forrest and Gladys Brown, Lou lived...
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David Earl Peters

July 30, 1930 - August 31, 2015

David Earl Peters, 85, of Simsbury and formerly of Granby, beloved husband for 64 years of Thetis Lorraine (Wells) Peters, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 31, 2015 at Hartford Hospital. Born in Williamsport, PA on July 30, 1930, son of the late Earl Bastian and Jeannette Sawyer (Guild) Peters, he was raised in Sunbury, PA and was a graduate of Sunbury High School, Class of 1948. After...
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Lorraine Chagnon Taylor

November 27, 1934 - August 27, 2015

Lorraine (Chagnon) Taylor, 80, of Southwick, MA and formerly of East Hartland, beloved wife for 45 years of the late Allan L. Taylor, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 27, 2015 in Agawam, MA. Born in Westfield, MA on November 27, 1934, daughter of the late Hector and Sadie (Barber) Chagnon, she was raised in West Granby and Simsbury. After graduating from Simsbury High School, Lorraine...
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