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James H. Benton, 88 of Manchester, beloved, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015. James was born in Hartford, July 11, 1926, son of the late Charles and Mary M. (Monohan) Benton and resided in Manchester for most of his life. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps serving during WW II in Iwo Jima and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was employed for 30 years at Phoenix Insurance Company, Hartford retiring as a printing supervisor. Mr. Benton is survived by his loving family, two daughters, Karen Troy and husband John from Manchester, Susan Donovan and husband Michael from Tolland, five grandchildren, Colin Troy, Timothy Troy, Haley Troy, Matthew Donovan and wife Hillary, Erin Donovan, brother Robert Benton and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, James was predeceased by his brother, Charles Benton. The family would like to thank Hughes Health and Rehabilitation for their loving care during his last months. A special thank you to Stephanie and Deborah for all their support during this difficult time. Funeral services and burial with military honors will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans 35 Cold Springs Road Suite 315 Rocky Hill, CT 06067. Holmes Funeral Home Manchester is in care of arrangements. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.holmes-watkinsfuneralhomes.com



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"With deepest sympathy during your time of mourning." Holmes Funeral Home - Manchester , CT
Jennie (Nik) Bieu, 93, of Manchester, beloved wife of the late Kenneth R. Bieu, died peacefully Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Manchester Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Oct. 25, 1921, in Bridgeport, daughter of the late Alexander and Tessie Nik. Jennie was a graduate of Windham High School. Prior to her retirement she was employed by the state of Connecticut as a director working at the former Mansfield Training School. She was a communicant of St. Bartholomew Church in Manchester. Jennie was a member of the Manchester Senior Center where she enjoyed taking ceramic classes.

She is survived by her five grandchildren, Jennie Shea and husband, Patrick, David Dyment and wife, Becky, Timothy Dyment and fiancée, Kristen McCartney, Christian Bieu, and Richard Bieu and partner, Kevin Knapp; her 10 loving and special great-grandchildren, Kailyn, Leah, Aiden, Ryan, Ava, Justin, Jake, Devin, Karley, and William and one on the way; her son-in-law, Edward Dyment; her daughter-in-law, Sheryl Bieu; her sister-in-law, Ruth Nik; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her three children, Donald Bieu, Richard Bieu, and Denise Bieu Dyment; her granddaughter, Laura Ann Bieu; her brother, Frank Nik; and two sisters, Helen Horvath and Margaret Williams.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, May 20, 2015, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main St. Manchester.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 10 a.m. at St. Bartholomew Church, 45 Ludlow Road, Manchester. Everyone is asked to go directly to the church. Burial will follow in St. Philip Cemetery, Route 44, Ashford.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Manchester Senior Center, 549 East Middle Tpke., Manchester, CT 06042, or to the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut, 386 Main St., Middletown, CT 06457.

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Continue to obituary Published in Journal Inquirer from May 18 to May 22, 2015.
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"With deepest sympathy during your time of mourning." Holmes Funeral Home - Manchester , CT
Warren A. DeMartin, 85, of Bolton, loving husband of 62 years to Elizabeth (Hannay) DeMartin, peacefully passed away at home Saturday, May 16, 2015.

He was born Jan. 6, 1930, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, son of the late Richard and Grace DeMartin and had been a resident of Bolton for over 60 years. Warren was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy serving his country during the Korean War. He began his 37-year career as an electrician working for HELCO and later CL&P before retiring in 1990 from Northeast Utilities as its field analyst. In retirement, Warren served as chairman of Water's Edge Resort & Spa, Time Share Owner's Association for several years, and served as an advisor afterward. Water's Edge was always Warren's home away from home and the people there gave him much joy. Warren was an active member and deacon emeritus of the Presbyterian Church of Coventry. He was also a trustee, treasurer, and former member of the United Methodist Church of Bolton. He was an avid photographer and golfer and was a former member of Manchester Country Club. and Tallwood Country Club.

In addition to his wife, Elizabeth, he is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Denise and William Volkert, of Coventry; his two granddaughters, Laura Volkert, of Manchester, and Mary Wilson and her husband, Brian, and their daughter, Brooke, all of Lexington, Kentucky; and his nephew, Daniel DeMartin and his wife, Maureen, and their family, of South Windsor. In addition to his parents, Warren was predeceased by his daughter, Laura Louise DeMartin.

Calling hours will be held Friday, May 22, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester.

Funeral services will be celebrated Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Coventry, 55 Trowbridge Road, Coventry. Burial with military honors will follow in Quarryville Cemetery, Route 44, Bolton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Continue to obituary Published in Journal Inquirer from May 19 to May 23, 2015.
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"Warren had such a warm smile and made everyone feel loved and welcome. And he was by far..." Jim and Christy Hilliard, AZ
Judith (Judi) "Little One" Sommers Hems, 67 of Vernon, formerly of Manchester, wife of the late Ronald Hems, passed away from ALS on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Rockville Hospital with her close friends by her side.

Judi was born in Manchester on May 20, 1947, daughter of the late Carl and Helen (Orlowski) Sommers. She was raised in Manchester, graduated from Manchester High School, Class of 1965, and attended Manchester Community College. Her working career included positions with the and Trans General Insurance Companies, and she retired in 2000 from Mass Mutual Insurance Company. Judi volunteered for MACC at Shepherd's Place and the Pantry. Her ultimate experience for volunteering was at The Hawaiian Ironman Competition in which husband, Ron, competed. Her many interests and hobbies were fishing, bowling, cooking, gardening, first snowfall, and especially walking the beaches in Florida and laughing.

Judi is survived by a sister, Patricia Hetzel, of Manchester; a brother, Charles Sommers, of California; numerous nieces and nephews; dear friends Sue Mitchell, Noreen (Southergill) Watson, and Micki Ogren; special cousins Mike Orlowski and Sue (Orlowski) Cesca; and her constant and significant companion, Rick Macaione. In addition to her husband and parents, Judi was predeceased by a brother, James Sommers; and a very special uncle, Walter Orlowski.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to ALS Society of Connecticut, 4 Oxford Road, Unit D4, Milford, CT 06460.

Holmes Funeral Home, Manchester is in care of arrangements.

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Continue to obituary Published in Journal Inquirer from May 18 to May 22, 2015.
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