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Wallace, Marion - East Hampton  
Marion Blais Wallace, 86, of East Hampton and formerly of Manchester, died Thursday May 28th at Middlesex Hospital. Born Feb. 9, 1929 in Bristol she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Marion (Field) Blais. Before her retirement she had worked in a factory in manufacturing. She is survived by her husband Robert H. Wallace of Manchester, her son Robert B. Wallace of Manchester, her daughter Patricia Messerschmidt of Andover and her two granddaughters Ann Marie and Emily. Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donors choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com .
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Published in The Hartford Courant on May 30, 2015
Welch M.D., Edmund Thomas - West Hartford  
Dr. Edmund Thomas Welch, 89, of West Hartford, CT, passed away at home on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Born in North Attleboro, MA, he was the eldest son of Dr. Edmund and Agnes (McManus) Welch, Sr. Ed graduated as valedictorian from North Attleboro High School and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York, NY in 1949 and was elected a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Following a medical internship at Hartford Hospital, Ed served in the US Navy and was honorably discharged as a lieutenant in 1954. He served his residency in anesthesiology at Hartford Hospital, was appointed to the staff there in 1956 and remained at Hartford Hospital until his retirement in 1993. Ed was elected Director of the Anesthesiology Department in 1973 and served in that position until 1982. He was president of the Connecticut State Society of Anesthesiologists in 1970 and was recognized by the Horace Wells Society for outstanding achievement in the field of anesthesiology. He was also an Associate Examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology. Ed leaves behind his beloved Jeannine (Dubois) Welch, his wife of 62 years. He is also survived by four daughters, Jan and her husband, Carl B. Norwood, Leslie and her husband, Walter L. Rogers, Louise Welch and her husband, Michael Daves, and Kelly Welch and her fiancé, Steven Anderson; ten grandchildren, Alison Norwood (Seamus) Hughes, Bradley Norwood, Edmund T. (Molly) Welch IV, Craig (Whitney) Welch, Scott Welch, William, Jeannine, Elizabeth, Meghan Rogers and Elias Rahman; and three great-grandchildren, Ava and Genevieve Welch and Declan Hughes. Ed also leaves behind his brother, Dr. Robert Welch and wife, Patricia, and his sister, Patricia and her husband, Dr. James Moriarty as well as many nieces and nephews. Ed was pre-deceased by his son, Edmund T. Welch III. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, was loved deeply and will be missed dearly. Ed enjoyed boating and fishing for blues in Long Island and Nantucket Sounds in his younger days and fly-fishing in the rivers of Vermont, where he lived in retirement for 16 years. He took great pleasure in stocking his pond in VT with trout and attempting to catch them before the resident blue heron did so. Ed was also an avid tennis player and a keen amateur astronomer. In retirement, he was an active volunteer at the Manchester public library, with the Pre-School Breakfast program in Londonderry and with the Head Start program in Bennington. Ed and his wife, Jeannine, were known for throwing legendary parties in West Hartford and Vermont. He was a voracious reader, possessed a quick wit, and was a loyal friend and a true gentleman. Ed's family would like to thank the staff of The Reservoir nursing facility, especially Angela, Rose and Andrea as well as Terry and Sarah at Hartford Healthcare at Home Hospice Care for their kind and cheerful care of Ed in his last days. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org/fight or to Hartford Hospital at giving.harthosp.org/tributedonations . His family will receive friends and relatives from 4 to 7 pm on Wednesday, June 3 at Molloy Funeral Home, 906 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, CT. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 am on Thursday, June 4 at St. Peter Claver Church, 47 Pleasant St., West Hartford. Burial services will be private in Bellingham, MA. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.molloyfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Hartford Courant from May 30 to May 31, 2015

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Corriveau, Norman Joseph - North Haven  
NORTH ATTLEBORO - Norman Joseph Corriveau, beloved husband of the late Rita Corriveau, father of Richard and his wife Rachel of North Attleboro, daughters Diane of Hartford, CT and Gail Buckmiller and her husband Earl of Hampstead NH, grandson David Corriveau, brother Roger and sisters Bertha, Annette, Claire, and Rita. He was predeceased by his sister, Rhea. Born October 12, 1922 in Pawtucket, R.I. he lived in Central Falls, R.I. for 18 years. He was in the United States Air Force in WWII, participating as a Crew Chief in the Asiatic Pacific Theater campaign, and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands from 1943 to 1945. He retired from the Air Force Reserves as a Senior Master Sergeant in 1982 after having proudly served his country for a total of 41 years and 6 months. Norman lived in North Haven, CT for 35 years prior to moving to Brooksville, FL where he lived for 26 years. He was active in the RSVP Sing-a-Long program at Evergreen Rehab and in church activities as a Choir member and Cantor. In 2006, he moved back to CT, living in South Windsor before settling in North Attleboro. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 6, at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart Church in North Attleboro. Norman's final resting place will be beside his wife Rita at the State Veterans' Cemetery in Middletown, CT. Arrangements provided by Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro. To sign an online guestbook for Norman, please visit www.sperry-mchoul.com .
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Published in The Hartford Courant on May 29, 2015
Costa, Benjamin - Essex  
COSTA, BENNIE Sebastiano "Bennie" Costa, 101, of Centerbrook, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Middlesex Memorial Hospital Hospice on Wed, May 27, 2015 following a long, full and accomplished life. Born April 18, 1914 in New York, NY to Italian immigrants Joseph, a barber, and Carmela (Lombardo) Costa, a seamstress, Bennie spent his first years in Sicily before returning to America in 1918 ultimately settling in Centerbrook, CT in 1926. After graduating from Pratt High School in Essex, Bennie worked full time while attending night school at Fordham University in New York City with aspirations of becoming a dentist. However, due to illness Bennie returned home to Centerbrook, where he turned his focus to farming, a vocation at which he was remarkably successful. In 1935, Bennie and his sister, Caroline Pagano, erected a small farmstand on Rt 154 they named Bennie's Farm Market. Abiding by his favorite adage, "Knowledge is Power," Bennie studied refrigeration science and marketing, which enabled him to grow profits, increase inventory, and broaden the business model to include delivery and innovative cold storage. In the early 1940s, Bennie met Beatrice Pedinelli, of Old Saybrook who was then a student at Willimantic State Teachers College. After they married in 1943, Beatrice left teaching to join Bennie and Caroline running Bennie's Farm Market. Then, during World War II, Bennie was drafted into the Army and was stationed in Fort Knox, Kentucky, as a member of the Tank Corps. After his service, Bennie returned to Connecticut and continued growing Bennie's Farm Market until it became the full-service gourmet grocery, produce, meat and delicatessen business that remained in the family through 2012 and was a shoreline institution. Bennie's strong work ethic took him to great heights. He parlayed his retail success into investing in both real estate and the stock market. As with his previous endeavors, Bennie studied and learned the market, and shrewd investment decisions enabled him to accumulate several pieces of land and many buildings, which he tended to and managed well into his elder years. Bennie was a pillar of the Village of Centerbook and played an integral part in the village's prosperity and growth. In the early 60s, noticing a need for pediatric care on the shoreline, he convinced a pediatrician from Yale to open a practice in Essex and offered a building for the physician to rent. Soon after that, he realized the shoreline was also lacking in the availability of emergency care. He owned the perfect building for a small clinic, and personally persuaded the administration and physicians at Middlesex Hospital to open an emergency facility at 150 Main St. in Centerbrook. This clinic would later move to a larger location on Rte. 153 and become the Middlesex Shoreline Clinic. Bennie spent many of his retirement years with his beloved Beatrice, before she passed away in 2000 suddenly. They split their time between their home in Centerbrook, their cottage in Westbrook, and their winter residence in Clearwater, Florida. He remained active and hard-working well into old age, maintaining robust gardens, growing and tending to his orchard of citrus trees in Florida, and repairing and managing his many rental properties. In his downtime, Bennie was an avid New York Yankee fan, talented ballroom dancer, and enjoyed daily swims in Long Island Sound, often with one or more of his many grandchildren. Many words come to mind when thinking of Bennie Costa: farmer, merchant, entrepreneur, innovator, veteran. He was humble, persistent, frugal, shrewd, tenacious, hard-working and persuasive. Above all he was a devoted father, son, brother, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, companion, and friend. Bennie is survived by his four children and their spouses, David and Susann (Ahearn) Costa of Haddam, Jeanne and Ronald Czikowsky of Old Saybrook, Diane and Albert Motta of Deep River, and Mary Costa Von Deck and Charlie Von Deck of Old Saybrook and Englewood, Florida. In addition, he leaves behind his loving friend and companion in later life, Catherine Wind, as well as 8 grandchildren: Andrew (Kimberly Van Orman) Costa, Maureen Motta, Sheri (Christopher) Pullen, Susanne (Vincent) Martorano, Elisabeth (Timothy Fesenmyer) Costa, Kimberly Motta, Beth MacDonald, Kelly (Justin) Hunt; 10 great-grandchildren; extended family members Lorraine Doss and her family, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to his beloved wife of 57 years, Beatrice, Bennie is predeceased by his sister Caroline Pagano, son-in-law Alfred Grieder, and granddaughter Janet Czikowsky. The family wishes to thank Bennie's devoted caregiver Bee Warboys and longtime friends Jim and Anne Galatro of Clearwater, Florida. Also thanks to Dr. Boutin and all the staff of 4 North and 7 South Hospice Unit at Middlesex Memorial Hospital who appreciated just how special he was. Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 3:00PM to 5:00PM at the Robinson-Wright & Weymer Funeral Home 34 Main Street in Centerbrook. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 1, 2015 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church 14 Prospect Street in Essex at 10:30AM. Burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery in Old Saybrook. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Middlesex Hospital, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457 or to the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantries, PO. Box 804, Essex, CT 06426. To share a memory of Bennie or send a condolence to his family please visit www.rwwfh.com
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Published in The Hartford Courant on May 29, 2015
Daigle, Margaret J. - Manchester  
Margaret Jane Daigle, 96, of Manchester, the wife of the late Ronald J. Daigle, died Thursday May 28th at Middlesex Hospital. She was born in Manchester the daughter of John and Helen (Curran) Sullivan and had been a lifelong resident. A tremendous mom and homemaker, she was especially devoted to family, friends, and the UCONN Women's basketball team. She was very proud of her Irish heritage and was a communicant of St. James Church. Margaret is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Robert and Joyce Daigle of Sarasota, FL, her daughter and son-in-law Denise and Stephen Shurkus of Madison, her grandchildren Peter Daigle and his wife Amy, Meg Garst and her husband Clay, Christopher Shurkus and Andrew Shurkus, her great-grandchildren Maggie, Matthew, Tessa, and Anna, several nieces and nephews, especially her very supportive niece Judy Sullivan. Margaret was also predeceased by her siblings, Joseph, Bernard, and John Sullivan, Helen Ellis, Catherine Hemingway, Frances Kibbe, and Cecilia Miller. Family and friends may call at the John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 West Center St., Manchester, on Sunday May 31st from 2-5. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:30 at St. James Church, Manchester with burial to follow in St. James Cemetery. Family and friends are asked to meet directly at church on Monday morning. Those wishing may make memorial donations to the Middlesex Hospital Hospice and Palliative Care 7th Floor, 28 Crescent St. Middletown, CT 06457. For online condolences please visit www.tierneyfuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Hartford Courant on May 29, 2015
Dowdell, Desiree' Elizabeth - Hartford  
Desiree' Elizabeth (Legg) Dowdell, of Hartford, CT was surrounded by family and friends as she fell asleep in Christ on May 17, 2015 after a relatively short illness. She will be greatly missed as a daughter, sister, husband, friend, aunt, godmother, wife, and warrior for Christ. Her musical talents were well known in the Hartford area as the guest and staff musician at various venues and at the congregations of Faith and Hope SDA, Union Baptist, Good Shepherd Episcopal, and Faith Congregational Churches. She was preceded in death by her parents Claver and Violet Legg. Her memories are cherished by her husband Willie Dowdell Jr., siblings; Lorraine Legg- Coleman, Egerton (Tony) Legg, all of the churches she served, as well as a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, May 31, at 2:00 with visitation from 1:00-2:000 pm at Faith Seventh Day Adventist Church 500 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT. Internment will be conducted on Monday June 1, 2015 from 10:00-10:30 at the Mountain View Cemetery, Bloomfield, CT. Service entrusted to Henry L. Fuqua Funeral Service. www.henrylfuquafuneralservice.com
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Published in The Hartford Courant on May 29, 2015
Emshoff, John D. - Bloomfield  
John D. Emshoff, 60, of Bloomfield, formerly of West Hartford, devoted husband of Joan (Gilbert) Emshoff, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Born in Hartford, son of the late Ervin O. and Louise (Wheeler) Emshoff, he was a longtime resident of West Hartford. John was employed by the Town of West Hartford and had worked at the Wolcott School for over 18 years. He was an avid car enthusiast, especially for his mustang; loved trips to Maine and his dog "Rocky". John was a longtime member of the West Hartford Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. John in his spirit of giving was an organ donor. He is survived by his loving sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Hugh O'Connor of West Hartford; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and many adoring nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be Sunday, (May 31), 7:00 pm at the Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave, West Hartford. Calling hours will be prior to the service from 4-7 pm at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com .
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Published in The Hartford Courant on May 29, 2015
Fortunato, Katherine - Wolcott  
Katherine (Pellegrini) "Kay" Fortunato, 95, of Wolcott, widow of Joseph P. Fortunato, died on Wednesday (May 27, 2015) at her home. Kay was born in Bristol on February 23, 1920 and was the youngest of five children of the late Hamlet and Catherine (Joss) Pellegrini. She was raised in Bristol where she lived before moving to Wolcott in 1951. She worked for the former Wasley Buick-Oldsmobile dealership for 28 years retiring in 1980. Kay loved to remain active and was a member of the Women's Service Organization and a parishioner of St. Maria Goretti Church in Wolcott. She leaves behind her many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, along with her many friends. She was predeceased by her four siblings: Maurice, Albert, and Julius Pellegrini, and Eva Zacek. A Mass of Christian Burial in Kay's memory will be celebrated on Monday (June 1, 2015) at 10 AM at St. Maria Goretti Church, Woodtick Rd, Wolcott. Burial will be private. A gathering of friends and relatives will take place directly at the church from 9:30 AM until the Mass commences at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: the Food for the Poor, Inc., MS # 97737, PO Box 979005, Coconut Creek, FL, 33097-9005. Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, is in care of arrangements. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.FUNKFUNERALHOME.com .
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Published in The Hartford Courant on May 29, 2015
Hall, Mary - Wethersfield  
Mary (Costanzo) Hall, age 89, of Wethersfield, died peacefully at home on May 26, 2015. Born in Spokane Washington, December 8, 1925, she was the wife of the late Herbert Hall and the daughter of the late Angelina and Anthony Saponara. She was predeceased by her husband, Herbert Hall, her son Gregory Hall, and sisters Josephine Denmark of Ithaca, New York, Lucy Rondinone of Hartford, Antoinette Phee of Hartford, and brother Michael Saponara of Stonington. She is survived by her loving sister Rose and her husband Fran Coleman of Simsbury, a sister-in-law, Julie Saponara of Stonington, a foster-son Dennis Sheehan of Wethersfield, and many nieces and nephews. Her zest for life and her wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed by all. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Human Society, 701 Russell Rd Newington, CT 06111. Funeral services are currently being planned and will be private.
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Published in The Hartford Courant on May 29, 2015
Heizman, J. Ruth - Middletown  
J. Ruth Heizman, 92, of Parker, Colorado, formerly of Middletown, Connecticut, went to be with her Lord on May 14, 2015 with family at her side. Loving wife of Bernard Heizman. Mother of Thomas (Janet) Heizman, Janet Heizman, Bernard (Patricia) Heizman, Donald (Patricia) Heizman, Robert (Deborah) Heizman and Joanne (Cliff) Westcott. Grandmother and Great Grandmother. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday MAY 30th at 10 a.m.at St. John's Catholic Church, St. John Square, Middletown. Final Resting Place will be St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Middletown, CT.
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Published in The Hartford Courant on May 29, 2015
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