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Antinerella, Joseph L. - Wethersfield  
Joseph L. "Joe" Antinerella, 67, of Wethersfield, husband to his devoted wife and best friend Louri (Jordan) Antinerella, peacefully passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital. Joe was born and raised in Hartford, son of the late Louis Joseph and Jean (Polce) Antinerella. He attended and graduated from the Hartford School System. He continued his education at technical school where he became certified as a Plumber, which led him to a job with the Joseph Abbate Plumbing Co. After several years Joe decided to change his career path, he was hired by the State of Connecticut as a State Marshal, serving for many years, retiring in 2011. He was a member of the Hartford Whalers' Booster Club, as well as a member of the Democratic Party where he devoted countless hours to fundraising and campaigning. Joe was an amazing man, who was kind to everyone he came in contact with. Despite his illness and pain, he never lost his kindness, nor his sense of humor. Along with his beloved wife Louri, Joe will be dearly missed by his brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Jo-Ann Antinerella of Green Hill Beach, RI; two aunts, Jeanne Donza and Lorraine Pappalardo; a daughter Amy Chantry; two granddaughters; his two devoted friends, David Hubbs and Zak Boykin (who Joe considered a son); many nieces and nephews; and not to be forgotten, his beloved four legged companion Hamlet, who Joe and Louri rescued. In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by a brother, Richard Antinerella. Friends and family may pay their respects to the family Monday, July 5, 2015 from 5-7pm at the Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, 34 Beaver Rd., Wethersfield. A Tribute to Joe's life will be held at the Funeral Home Tuesday July 7th at 10:30am. Interment will follow in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery (Section O), 1 Cottage Grove Rd., Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, Louri suggests that memorial donations be made in Joe's name to one of the following; The Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111, Wethersfield Volunteer Ambulance Assoc., 206 Prospect St., Wethersfield, CT 06109, or St. Francis Hospital (ICU or Hospice Units), 114 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105. To extend condolences, share a memory, and/or light a memorial candle, please visit farleysullivan.com .
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Published in The Hartford Courant from July 3 to July 5, 2015
Attardo, Beverly M. - Hartford  
Beverly M. Brodrib Attardo passed away after a long struggle with Dementia while a resident at Hughes Health and Rehabilitation in West Hartford, on June 12, 2015. She was born on November 13, 1933 in Hartford to Charles E. and Elizabeth Carlson Brodrib. Her brother, John R. Brodrib, predeceased her. Beverly was raised in Hartford and had many happy memories playing in Keney Park as a child. A 1951 graduate of Weaver High School, she enjoyed attending class reunions. Song and singing were second nature to her; she spoke fondly of choir at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Hartford, and singing in the Weaver High Glee Club. Her memory was phenomenal at carrying the old hymns and popular tunes of the decades. Beverly married Albert A. Attardo in June, 1955 and they settled in Bloomfield where she would live the rest of her life. She and Al had four children, Debra, Linda, Alan (deceased) and Pamela. She was co-leader for Pamela's Camp Fire Girls Troop and a long-time member (including past-president) of the Town and Country Garden Club in Bloomfield. She worked as a para-professional in the Bloomfield High School office from 1987 - 1999. She leaves behind her husband, her three daughters, sons-in-law Michael Paczkowski and William Tonidandel , her beloved grandchildren Emma, Sam, Andrew, Michael, Alana and Aidan, her sister-in-law Diana A. Darlington and numerous nieces and nephews. Private graveside services have been held.
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Published in The Hartford Courant from July 1 to July 5, 2015
Beck, Ruth - Wethersfield  
Ruth Hottinger Beck, 92, of Cromwell CT, died Tuesday July 2, 2015. She was a devoted daughter of Henry and Rose Hottinger; a loving wife of Dr. Roger Seaton Beck for 68 years; the cherished mother of Christopher Beck and Holly Clark, who with her husband Joe, lives in Rocky Hill, CT; and was a loving grandmother of Bryan and Andrew Clark. Her son Christopher predeceased her in 2012, her husband Roger predeceased her in 2013 and her brother Ralph predeceased her in 1997. She is survived by her brother-in-law Richard Beck of Fort Pierce, FL and her sister-in-law Edith Stockton of Blacksburg, VA. Roger & Ruth lived in Wethersfield for 53 years before moving to Covenant Village in Cromwell five years ago. Ruth was born in West Hoboken, New Jersey on February 12th, 1923, and grew up in Succasunna, New Jersey. She attended secretarial school for one year and worked as a secretary at an engine manufacturer during WWII. With Roger home from the war she worked as the secretary for the President of the College of Wooster and a secretary at the Board of Education in Philadelphia, supporting them during Roger's medical schooling. She came to Hartford in 1950 when Roger joined Hartford Hospital as an intern. He subsequently completed his residency in general surgery and stayed with Hartford Hospital his entire career, advancing to President of the Medical Staff. Ruth was a Hartford Hospital Corporator. Ruth became a homemaker, raising Chris and Holly in Wethersfield. Roger and Ruth were very active in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, with Chris achieving the rank of Eagle. Throughout their lives Ruth and Roger served in many roles at their church. First in the Presbyterian tradition and later in the Congregational tradition, when they became members of the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield, CT. Ruth loved to travel throughout her life; there were many memorable adventures with the family. Holly would like to thank all the Pilgrim Manor staff and caregivers at Covenant Village of Cromwell. Memorial donations may be sent to Hartford Hospital Fund Development, or a charity of your choice. A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Friday July 10th at the First Church of Christ, 250 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT, with Rev. Thomas Walsh officiating. A reception will follow in the Wells Fellowship Area. Burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family. The James T Pratt Funeral Service has been entrusted with the arrangements. For online expressions of sympathy please visit www.desopo.com .
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Published in The Hartford Courant from July 4 to July 5, 2015
Blanchard, Bradford M. - West Hartford  
Bradford M. Blanchard, M.D. or "DOC", as he was affectionately known by many, beloved husband and soulmate of Lauralyn Watson Blanchard, passed away on June 30, 2015 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Uxbridge, MA, June 14, 1928, son of the late Carlton and Gertrude Martin Blanchard, Doc made his home in West Hartford for the past 55 years. He attended Norwich Free Academy, was a graduate of Deerfield Academy, 1946, Yale University, 1950 and Temple Medical School, 1954. He completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Hartford Hospital and in Neurology at the University of Michigan. He served two years as a Medical Officer in the 31st Infantry Regiment in post-war Korea. He was a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Fellow of the American Certified Physicians, board member of the Connecticut Society of Internal Medicine and practiced medicine for 48 years at Hartford Hospital, where he was a Senior Staff member. He was also in private practice in Hartford and West Hartford where he was recognized as a fine diagnostician and a dedicated and caring friend to his many loyal patients. For years he taught clinical, bedside medicine at Hartford Hospital and was a Clinical Assistant at the University of Connecticut Dempsey Hospital. He had great respect for his patients and always firmly believed that the cornerstone of good care was listening closely to the story of the patient's illness and doing a thorough physical exam. The personal relationship far exceeded the need for fancy laboratory and technological studies. He served as former President and Board Member of the Hartford Medical Society, consistent with his belief that practicing physicians should continue some academic pursuits "to stay sharp". He authored numerous articles for national medical journals including The New England Journal of Medicine and the Annals of Internal Medicine. He served for five years as Medical Examiner for the city of Hartford. He was a member of the American Medical Society and the Connecticut Medical Society. His greatest interest was in the Hartford Medical Society where he twice served as President. This society is concerned with both medical history and education, not political or economic issues. He served as President, Board Member, and coach for many years in the West Hartford Youth Hockey Program. He was also past President, Board Member and long-time (1958-2015) friend of the Hartford Tennis Club, where he was recently named an Honorary Member. He was a New England ranked tennis player in Senior doubles and chaired many USTA tournaments at the Hartford Tennis Club. Sport for him was a metaphor for life: practice, work hard, play fair, respect your opponent, and play to win. He was an active member of The First Church of Christ in West Hartford for many years and was more recently a member of Asylum Hill Congregational Church. His family and close friends will forever miss his curious mind and keen sense of humor, which brought joy to every occasion. Doc touched a tremendous number of lives with his thoughtfulness and laughter. In addition to his wife of 57 years, Lauralyn Watson Blanchard, he leaves to cherish his memory, three marvelous daughters, Susan Blanchard of Springfield, New Hampshire; Lisa Blanchard DeConto and her husband Richard of Essex, MA; Pamela Blanchard Harrington and her husband Anthony of Pacific Palisades, CA; and a wonderful son Jeffrey Russell Blanchard and his wife, Sarah Whitney Blanchard of West Hartford; nine loving grandchildren whom he adored with all of his heart: Will, Annie and Liddy DeConto; Jack, Kate and Natalie Harrington; and Ned, Brad and Chuck Blanchard. He is also survived by his brother Allan Blanchard and his wife Eleanor and 11 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by both of his parents, his brother Douglas Blanchard and his wife Barbara Pressier Blanchard, his sister Mary Blanchard Kirkiles and her husband William Kirkiles, and his sister-in-law Ann Miraldo Blanchard. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 31st at 10:00 AM at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Compassion & Choices- CT, P.O. Box 48, Etna, NH 03750 or The Hartford Tennis Club Trust Fund, 25 Flagg Road, West Hartford, CT 06117. For directions and online condolences, please visit www.taylorandmodeen.com .
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Published in The Hartford Courant from July 4 to July 5, 2015
BURNS, Douglas R. - Bristol  
Douglas R Burns, 66, of Punta Gorda, Fl., formerly of Bristol, Ct., died on Sunday, June 28th at home. He leaves behind his wife Joanne and was predeceased by Gail Laurendeau Burns. He is survived by his parents Richard and Dorothy Burns, sister Debbie and her husband Randy, sister Diana and her husband Jeffrey, and his three children, Kristin Goodwin and her husband John, Colleen Burns and boyfriend Pete Brady, and son Danal Hein. He also leaves three grandchildren, Jessica and Taylor Goodwin, and Jessica Kokiel, a great grandchild Vinnie, niece Sarah and nephews Jacob and Andrew. Doug was employed previously at the Bristol Brass, Pratt and Whitney Machine and Tool, Fanuc, and retired from the Robert E Morris Company in September 2013 after 19 plus years. Doug loved long rides on his Harley, fishing, good food, good music, and was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and Washington Redskins. There will be a memorial service at 11AM on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Punta Gorda, Fl. A celebration of his life will be held in Ct. at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to the Florida Cancer Specialist Foundation, Port Charlotte, Fl.
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Published in The Hartford Courant from July 4 to July 5, 2015
Castellani, Felicia A. - Avon  
Felicia Ann (Kancler) Castellani, 83, of Avon, wife of the late Anthony J. Castellani, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Born in Glastonbury, daughter of the late Peter and Anna (Lankrage) Kancler, she was raised there and graduated from Glastonbury High School. Felicia moved to Avon 60 years ago after her marriage to Anthony J. Castellani and was an avid golfer and member of the 18 Hole Women's League at the Golf Club of Avon. She leaves a son David J. Castellani and his wife Heidi of Cos Cob; a daughter Beth A. Castellani of Efland, NC; three grandchildren Rebecca J., Michael A., and Jack C. Castellani; a brother Daniel Kancler of Glastonbury; and a sister Lillian Rouse of MA. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Church of St. Ann and will be announced at later date. Contributions may be made to the McLean Foundation, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070. For condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Hartford Courant from July 3 to July 5, 2015
Chapulis, Theresa K.  
Dear Mom, Happy Birthday in Heaven. We miss you and love you without end. Love, Jan, Billy & Johnny
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Published in The Hartford Courant on July 4, 2015
Cimino, Joseph F. - Enfield  
Joseph Francis Cimino happily lived his entire life on the Cimino Farm in Enfield, Connecticut. He passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at the age of 85. Joe was the son of the late Dominick Cimino and Angelina (Tammaro) Cimino. Joe attended Enfield High School, where he left his mark as both an outstanding athlete and as class president, a position he held for all four years until he graduated with the Class of 1947. In the years that followed, Joe continued to serve his community, primarily through his involvement with the Lions Club. He earned many distinctions during his 64 years with the Lions, including his election as the youngest District Governor in the state of Connecticut. Joe was also involved with the Knights of Columbus, the Mount Carmel Society, and the Rinaldi-Fede Post #17 American Legion. Starting with his roots as a milkman for his family farm, Enfield Dairy, Joe was a successful business man. He owned several well-known Enfield establishments, including the Enfield Dairy Bar, Village Flower and Gift Shop, the South End Package Store, and the T'Ville Tavern. Joe also maintained his passion for sports through his sponsorships of various local sports teams throughout his life. Joe is survived by his three children: Lynn Seidel and her husband Seth, Joe Cimino and his wife Sandy and Lori Stevens and her husband Dave. He is also survived by three sisters, Eleanor Maniscalchi, Adeline Cusimano and her husband Joseph, Rosemarie Olschafskie, and sister-in-law Mildred Cimino. Along with his seven grandchildren, Ben, Emma, Alex, Joey, Rachel, Hope and Jack Henry. Joe is also survived by countless nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his brother John Cimino, his sister Barbara Stefanik, and David Petursson. The Cimino Family would like to offer their special thanks to Joe's longtime friend and fellow Lion, Jim Hosey. Calling hours will be held from 5-8 p.m. Monday, July 6, 2015 at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Rd., Enfield. Family and friends will gather at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Leete-Stevens for a procession to St. Patrick Church for a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Committal will follow at Old St. Patrick's Cemetery in Thompsonville. Donations in Joe's memory may be made to the Enfield Lions Club, PO Box 241, Enfield, CT 06083. To leave online condolences, please visit www.Leetestevens.com
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Published in The Hartford Courant from July 4 to July 5, 2015
Collins, Cynthia Lee - Vernon  
Cynthia (Benson) Collins, 59, of Manchester, died suddenly in her sleep at home in Manchester. She was born in Hartford to Carl and Carmella (DiLuciano) Benson. Cindy grew up in Vernon before moving to Manchester where she spent over thirty years. Cindy's biggest passions were her love for her family and animals. She leaves her beloved son, John Collins of Vernon; her mother Carmella Benson of Wallingford; her sister Cheryl Miffitt and her daughter Tammy of Newington; her brother Corey Benson and his wife Gina and their children Amanda and Steven of Enfield; and many uncles, aunts, and cousins. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road South Windsor, on Monday, July 13, at 11:00 am with a service at the funeral home at 12:30 pm. Burial will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery in Rockville. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road Newington, CT 06111.
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Published in The Hartford Courant from July 4 to July 8, 2015
Da Costa, Maria Alice - Wethersfield  
Maria Alice do Espirito Santo Lopes Da Costa, 80, of Wethersfield, beloved wife of Dr. José L. Da Costa and mother of Dr. Maria Manuela Da Costa, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Born in Lisbon, Portugal on December 28, 1934, she was the beloved daughter of the late Xysto and Alice Espirito Santo. Mrs. Da Costa attended Colégio Académico and Licéu Dona Felipa de Lancastro and Lisbon Medical School. She met her husband in medical school and moved to the United States in 1957. She was the office manager of her husband's medical practice for 41 years. She was deeply committed to her faith and was a communicant of Corpus Christi Church in Wethersfield. Maria loved cooking elaborate meals and entertaining. Maria also enjoyed travel and many different cultural events. She also loved cats and owned many over the years. She was a kind and compassionate person who always went above and beyond to comfort patients and families. More than anything, however, Maria devoted her life to taking care of her family and friends and she treasured her special times with them. She will be dearly missed by all whose lives she touched. In addition to her loving husband of 58 years and her devoted daughter, she is survived by her sister, Maria Berta Da Silva of Portugal, as well as many other extended family members and friends. She was predeceased by her brother, Luis Carlos do Espirito Santo. Funeral services will begin Monday (July 6) at 9 a.m. at the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at Corpus Christi Church, 601 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield. Entombment will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Family and friends may call on Sunday from 3-6 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Donations in Maria's memory may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104-2396. To share a memory of Maria with the family, please visit www.desopo.com .
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Published in The Hartford Courant from July 3 to July 4, 2015
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