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Abrahams, Kenneth G. - Enfield  
Kenneth Gordon Abrahams, 85, of Enfield, CT, and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2015, at home, in the presence of his wife of 64 years and his family. The son of immigrants, Ken got his first business experience at his father's corner grocery in Chicopee Falls, MA, and went on to become a leading supermarket executive. Born on June 3, 1929 to the late Alfred and Betsey Abrahams, Ken was always proud of his Chicopee Falls roots, where his was the only Jewish family. He graduated Chicopee High School in 1947 and earned a degree in personnel management from American International College in Springfield in 1951, where he worked his way through college playing the tenor saxophone and the clarinet. An infectiously relentless optimist, he was devoted to his family and friends. He married his childhood sweetheart, Rosalie Saffer-they first met in kindergarten-and together they found their way to San Louis Obispo, CA, where Ken served in the United States Army's Adjutant General's Corps from 1951 to 1953. They then settled down in Springfield, MA. He joined the supermarket in 1954 as Director of Personnel for its two stores. By 1969, he was President of Waldbaum's Food Mart, overseeing its 45 stores throughout Connecticut and western Massachusetts, but he still knew many of his employees-and their families-by name. He served in that role for 27 years before retiring in 1996, and even in his retirement years he consulted to the supermarket industry throughout the East Coast. He enjoyed golf, Pilates and exercising with the JCC Early Birds, and was an ardent fan of the Celtics and Red Sox. He was unfailingly devoted to his friends and family, with his constant smile and optimistic good humor. He was the Connecticut Food Stores Association "Man of the Year" in 1986, and was on the boards of directors of the Massachusetts Retail Grocers Association, Connecticut Food Stores Association, Supermarket Institute, and Topco Associates. But Ken was most proud of his leadership roles in philanthropic, community, and religious life. He was a trustee of American International College, President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Springfield, Vice-Chair of the Jewish Endowment Foundation, Vice President of Heritage Academy, and a board member for Heritage, Kodimoh Synagogue, the Jewish Nursing Home, and the United Cerebral Palsy Association. As President of Food Mart, he established the "Avocado Open," then New England's largest charitable golf tournament, and in more than 30 years raised millions of dollars for a variety of charities, especially cerebral palsy. As an active leader in the region's Jewish community, Ken was honored with including the 1990 National Human Relations Award from The National Conference of Christians and Jews. Heritage Academy honored him in 1994 for his energetic leadership of the school. Recognizing the challenges faced by an Orthodox Jewish community that was dwindling in size, Ken played an active role in negotiating mergers that turned five Orthodox synagogues into two between 2006 to 2009. He served as President of Congregation B'nai Torah from January 2007 to November 2014. Ken is survived by his loving wife, Rosalie; his beloved sister, Janice Reisman; his three devoted children, Beth Abrahams Cyr and her husband Bryan Coombs of Acton, MA, Lynn Abrahams and her husband Rob Bertsche of Needham, MA, and Mark Abrahams and his husband Scott Wechsler of New York City; and three adoring grandchildren, Joshua and Jeremiah Bertsche and Rebecca Cyr. The funeral will be Wednesday April 1st at 1:00 PM at Cong. B'nai Torah with burial in Kodimoh Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Jewish Endowment Foundation/Ken & Rosalie Abrahams Fund, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA 01108, or to Congregation B'nai Torah, 2 Eunice Drive, Longmeadow, MA 01106. The family will sit Shiva with visiting hours from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday and 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Thursday at the family home in Enfield, CT. For further information or directions, please visit ascherzimmerman.com .
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Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 1, 2015
Ash Jr., Albert W. - Cheshire  
CHESHIRE - Albert William Ash, Jr. passed peacefully on Saturday March 21, 2015 at Elim Park Place. He was the husband of Barbara Lillis (Nye) Ash. Besides his wife of 60 years, Mr. Ash is survived by his four children: Albert Warren (1956), Philip Dana (1958), Stephen Gregory (1959), and Catherine Louise (Charette) (1961); and six grandchildren. After serving in the Army, Albert enjoyed a career as a Medical Laboratory Technician at a series of medical institutions including Cook Hospital and ending at the John Dempsey Medical Center working for the State of Connecticut. Albert and Barbara spent most of their years living in Bloomfield, CT and in 2010 moved to Elim Park in Cheshire, CT. Arrangements - A Memorial service with military honors will be held at Nelson Hall, Elim Park 150 Cook Hill Rd., Cheshire on April 4th, 2015 at 1:30 PM. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75231. The Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire is assisting with arrangements. For online condolences, directions or to share a memory, please visit www.fordfh.com .
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Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 1, 2015
Barry, H. Patricia - Enfield  
H. Patricia (Parker) Barry, 86, of Enfield, beloved wife of J. Paul Barry, passed away on March 27, 2015. Born in Providence RI, she was the daughter of the late George Irving Parker and Alice Barnett Parker. During her childhood, she lived and attended school in RI, Peru and CA. After graduation, she worked for the State of RI, Treasurer's office. She moved to CT in the 1950's and resided in Enfield where she raised her family. She worked for several local businesses, retiring from Easco Hand Tools in East Windsor, CT. Pat possessed a wonderful sense of humor and an infectious laugh. She was a formidable card player, a trait acquired from her mother, and a terrific dancer and avid skier. She and her husband spent many years during their retirement traveling throughout the United States exploring historic sites, visiting family members and friends and making new friends along the way. Pat is also survived by her four children and their families: daughter Cathy (Kinnane) Vacchelli and her husband Hon. Robert Vacchelli of CT; daughter Lynda Kinnane and her husband Dr. Thomas Kaluzynski of NC; daughter Patricia (Kinnane) Robinson and Steven Robinson of MA; son Christopher Kinnane and his wife Constance Wannamaker of TX; and six grandchildren: Brandon Vacchelli; Andrew and Clare Kaluzynski; Carly and Lauren Robinson and Benjamin Kinnane. She is also survived by her brother Kenneth Parker and his wife Phyllis of RI; a sister Linda Parker of WA; sister-in-laws Margaret Scagliarini, Marion Caproni and her husband Joseph and brother-in-law James Barry, all of MA; and many nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, William Parker. Special thanks to Pat's extended family, dear friends, members of the Thompsonville Moose Lodge and the entire staff at the Felician Adult Day Center for their compassion and support during her illness. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, April 4th from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (noon) at the Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, 43 Shaker Road, Enfield, CT. A funeral service will follow immediately at the funeral chapel. Relatives and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Felician Adult Day Center, 1333 Enfield Street, Enfield, CT 06082.
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Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 1, 2015
Bonner, Anna - West Hartford  
Anna E. Bonner, 98, of Newington, died Monday, March 30, 2015. Born in New York City, the daughter of the late Herman and Mary (Leyden) Krug, she made her home in NJ, PA and CT for the past 14 years. Anna, "Jersey Girl" as she was fondly known, was an avid photographer and photographed and chronicled the Lincoln Tunnel Project through its many phases. She spent her early years helping to manage her family's hardware business, Krug Hardware Inc. that was in business for over 35 years. She was predeceased by her husband Bernard Bonner. She is survived by her two daughters, Joanne Day and Ann Carpenter; five grandchildren, Gabrielle, Michael, Christopher, Lindsay, and Katherine and three great grandchildren; Mike, Coralea and Sophia. Funeral services are private. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.molloyfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Hartford Courant from Apr. 1 to Apr. 2, 2015
Brown, Todd M. - Hartford  
Todd Michael Brown, 38, of Decatur, GA, formerly of Hartford, CT, peacefully entered the life eternal on Thursday, March 26, 2015. He was born July 13, 1976 to Verona (Stewart) Brown Francis and the late Zephaniah Brown, in Hartford, CT, where he was raised. Todd attended the local public schools and was a 1994 honors graduate of Weaver High School. Upon graduation he attended Quinnipiac University and Southern Connecticut State University. Upon leaving college Todd embarked upon a career in the insurance and finance industry. In his position of an Accountant Specialist Todd lived and worked in Connecticut, North Carolina, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Georgia. Todd appreciated the challenge each new position presented and eagerly sought to master the new tasks. In addition to his mother, Todd is survived by his life partner, Stevia Brown, his brothers, Mark A. Brown of Hartford; Christopher R. Brown and his wife Julia of East Hartford; his sisters, Tiffany Ricketts of Brooklyn, NY; Tasha Brown and her husband of FL; his grandmother, Emeriah Morgan, his uncle, Errol Henry, his aunt, Jacqueline Thomas, nephews, Malon Brown and Christopher Brown, Jr., niece, Jordyn Brown, cousins, Damalia and Ameer Thomas, Janel, Jerel, and Joshua Henry, Laneka Walker, and Valerie Moore. Todd also leaves his mother-in-law, Carolyn Grant, two sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, as well as a host of other relatives and friends. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, April 2, 10:30 a.m. at St. Monica's Episcopal Church, 3575 Main St., Hartford. Interment will follow in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. His family will receive friends from 9-10:30 a.m. prior to the service at the church. For online condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 1, 2015
Crocker, Dale Kenneth - Newington  
Dale K. Crocker, 90, of Newington, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Riverside Healthcare Center in East Hartford. He was the beloved husband of Florence (McGrath) Crocker for 63 years. Born in Rangeley, ME, son of the late Kenneth and Ana (Love) Crocker, he was a longtime resident of Newington. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific at Pearl Harbor. He was employed by Wiremold for 35 years. Along with his wife, he leaves his two sons, Myles Crocker of Newington and Michael Crocker and Charlene of Loudon, NH, and one grandson, Jesse Crocker. He was predeceased by his two sisters, Leith Cameron and Kay Ellis and two brothers Hollis and Colin Crocker. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral service on Tuesday, April 7th at 10:00 a.m. at West Meadow Cemetery Chapel, Newington. Burial immediately to follow in West Meadow Cemetery. Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington is serving the family. To share a memory with his family, please visit us at www.newingtonmemorial.com .
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Published in The Hartford Courant from Mar. 28 to Apr. 5, 2015
Davidson, Muriel J. - Andover  
Muriel J. (MacDonald) Davidson, age 93, of Columbia and formerly of Andover, wife of the late Russell L. Davidson, died Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Windham Community Hospital after a brief illness. She was born in New Brunswick, Canada on October 30, 1921, daughter of James and Hilda (Dowling) MacDonald. Muriel was raised in New Brunswick, moved to Massachusetts in the late 1930's, and came to Manchester in Connecticut in 1941. She and her husband moved to Andover in 1951, retired to Florida in 1992, and moved back to Connecticut in 2006. While living in Andover she was a lioness in the Bolton Lion's Club, a member of the Andover Grange, and a member of the Andover Congregational Church. She was an extremely talented seamstress and enjoyed knitting and cooking. Muriel is survived by her three children, Russell A. Davidson and his wife Edith of Columbia, James C. Davidson and his wife Nancy of North Windham, and Janet Parent and her husband Daniel of Columbia, with whom she made her home; four grandchildren, Scott Davidson and his wife Laura, Jason Davidson and his wife Robin, Nicole Michele and her husband Douglas, and Michelle Parent and her fiancé Trevor Berwick; two great-grandsons, Cole and Chace Davidson; two sisters, Verna Larson of Texas and Jeanette Scott of Florida; many nieces, nephews, extended family and close friends. Also, a special thank you to her care taker of 8 years, Wendy Connolly. She was predeceased by a sister and two brothers, Elizabeth Redding, John MacDonald, and Elmer MacDonald. A funeral service will be held Friday, April 3, at 11:00 AM at the Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main Street, Manchester. A visiting hour will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Burial will be private in the Townsend Cemetery in Andover. To leave a message for her family please visit www.holmes-watkinsfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 1, 2015
DeMarco, Jennie Rose - Manchester  
Jennie Rose DeMarco, 95, of Vernon, the wife of the late Marco DeMarco died Monday, March 30, 2015, at Kimberly Hall North in Windsor. Born in Philadelphia, PA she was the daughter of the late Frank and Catherine Benigno. She retired from Cigna in New York after many years of service. She is survived by her son Anthony DeMarco and his wife Donna of Manchester; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her siblings, Nancy Filloramo of Staten Island, NY and Cesar Benigno of San Diego, CA; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband she was predeceased by her daughter Frances DeMarco-Caputo and her brother Sam Benigno. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 2nd at 9:30 a.m. at the John F. Tierney Funeral Home 219 West Center St. Manchester. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Queens, NY. For online condolences please visit www.tierneyfuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 1, 2015
Enders, March - Waterford  
Dr. March Enders died peacefully in her home in Georgetown the morning of March 26, 2015. She was born in Hartford, CT on March 29, 1929 and spent her childhood years in Avon, CT. She attended the Junior School (now Renbrook School), followed by the Oxford School (Hartford), and The Masters School (Dobbs Ferry, NY). She studied Intellectual History at Oberlin College. Her career in medicine started with Yale University School of Medicine and she eventually became an associate professor in the Department of Medicine, Section of Rehabilitation Medicine at George Washington University. She was board certified in rehabilitation medicine (a physiatrist). She gave birth to her only son at the age of 47 and devoted herself to his development. She was extraordinarily loving and giving with her time and energy to those she was close to. In recent years, she took a particular joy in interacting with her grandchildren. While traveling through Europe on a summer break from college, she visited Switzerland and discovered the joys of hiking and alpine life. She continued to visit the same valleys in the Swiss Alps nearly every year since for more than sixty years. She shared her love of hiking in the mountains with her husband and son. Together they explored the mountains and loved finding and photographing rare alpine plants. The family took their passion for flowers back home, where they travelled thoughout West Virginia searching for rare orchids and plants. She had a deep passion for dogs and horses. There were a series of energetic Springer Spaniels in her Georgetown home. She also had a strong bond with her horse, Wiecor, and nurtured his development into a top level dressage horse. She rode dressage and later enthusiastically encouraged and sponsored young riders. When she could no longer ride, she delighted in carefully choosing the music and designing the choreography for her riders' dressage shows. She was planning for the next decade in her recent purchase of a second dressage horse, named Louboutin. March possessed a powerful intellect and nurtured a lifelong interest in intellectual and European history, and archaeology. She loved watercolor painting, mostly of landscapes. She created hundreds of paintings and showed her work several times. March Enders was the daughter of Alice Talcott Enders and Ostrom Enders, president of Hartford National Bank and Trust Co., great-grand-daughter of Thomas O. Enders, a founder and president of Aetna Life Insurance Co., a niece of John F. Enders, a nobel-prize-winning virologist, a direct descendent of Rev. Thomas Hooker, founder of Hartford, and of John Talcott, a member of the first group of settlers in Connecticut. March will be greatly missed by her husband, Wallace R. Kornack, her son, Dr. Thomas Whitmore Kornack, her daughter-in-law Dr. Elizabeth Foley, grandchildren Wallace Snow and Elias Enders, her brother Anthony Enders of Manhattan, and her many beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Thomas O. Enders. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Waterford, Connecticut, where she spent many happy summers with her extended family on the shores of Long Island Sound. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia.
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Published in The Hartford Courant from Mar. 31 to Apr. 5, 2015
Fink, Joseph William  
You are the wind beneath our wings. Happy Birthday, Daddy. We love and miss you more than ever. Your loving Family
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Published in The Hartford Courant from Apr. 1 to Apr. 6, 2015
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