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Antoinette R. Burbank

1931 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Antoinette R. Burbank Obituary

Antoinette R. "Toni" (Ventura) Burbank, 83, a kind and gentle soul, departed this world on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 surrounded by her loving family to join her beloved Bob in Heaven. Toni was born on May 3, 1931 in Mingo Junction, OH, a small town outside of Steubenville, and moved to Hartford as a young child along with her parents, Emelia and Gioacchino "Jack" Ventura and her sister, Susan. Toni met the love of her life, Robert G. "Bob" Burbank at age 18 and they were inseparable until his death in 1996. They were married for 44 years and lived a beautiful life, full of family, faith and friends. They spent summers at Lake Hayward in Colchester for over 30 years, loved their time share in Hilton Head, SC, loved their children unconditionally and loved their God. They were the type of parents everyone dreams of having. We as their children were blessed to have them and will forever remember the lessons they taught us about life and love and how to treat people. Toni resided in Hartford, Wethersfield, Lake Hayward, Boynton Beach, FL and most recently Newington for the last 10 years. She and Dad loved to travel and saw many places in their lifetime. They made a yearly trek to Arizona to spend quality time and maintain a close and loving relationship with Marlene, Rob and Tatiana. Whenever and wherever they were needed for support, they were always there and we will miss that dearly in our lives. Toni was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She leaves three children and their spouses, Mark and Sue Burbank of Southington, Marlene and Rob Doyon, formerly of Arizona and now back in Wethersfield and Scott Burbank and the predeceased Erin Burbank of Wethersfield and five grandchildren, Aimee and Angela Burbank, Tatiana Doyon and Madison and Alex Burbank. This tribute would not be complete without acknowledging her sister/best friend/lifelong companion whom she spoke to daily for her entire life, Susan Bruno along with her husband Merrill of Wethersfield. Toni also leaves several nieces and nephews and their families and many, many friends who loved her dearly. She will be fondly remembered for her loving and caring nature. She loved her family above all else, but also loved to help those in need, especially those in need of a job. She was famously known as "Toni from Manpower" and spent 37 years with that organization working for her great friend and mentor, the late Helen Gay of Colchester. Many of you reading this obituary can thank our Mom for finding your career path after working for Manpower. Toni was very proud of her Italian heritage; she came from humble beginnings on Marsh Court in Hartford, and spoke fondly of the "Old Front Street," belonged to the Young Italians organization and her trip to Italy many years ago was still a true highlight in her life. She had a great talent/passion for cooking and loved to cook for others. She would bake meals or cookies and enjoyed surprising her circle of friends and acquaintances with a basket to enjoy. Her famous Easter Brunch and Sunday dinners were a family tradition that will never be forgotten. She was a beautiful person, both inside and out, and will be missed by many. Rest in Peace our wonderful Mother and big hugs to those who have passed before you. Calling hours are Friday from 4-8 p.m. at D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 280 Brook St., Rocky Hill. Everyone is invited to go directly to the church. Burial will follow in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit

Published in The Hartford Courant on May 15, 2014
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