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Krikorian, Deborah A. "Debbie"  
Deborah A. "Debbie" Krikorian, 61, of East Granby, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at Baystate Medical Center. Debbie was born May 21, 1954, in Hartford, and was the daughter of John Krikorian of Enfield and the late Joanne (Beauregard) Krikorian. Debbie's love of her life was her shih tzu, Molly Girl. She is also survived by her brother, Michael Krikorian and his wife, Monica, of West Hartford; her sister, Donna Armata and her husband, Kevin, of Suffield; and her loving nieces and nephews, Montana, Kyler, Aaron, Danielle and Jared. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family Friday, Feb. 5, for calling hours from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield. A short funeral service in celebration of Debbie's life will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home, and is open to anyone who wishes to attend. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Debbie's name may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For online expressions of sympathy or directions please visit www.leetestevens.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Feb. 3 to Feb. 8, 2016

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Kealey, Sheila A. (Mooney)  
Sheila A. (Mooney) Kealey, 84, of Enfield, loving wife of Thomas Kealey, entered into eternal rest Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital with her family by her side. Sheila was born June 2, 1931, in Stamford, the daughter of the late John and Mary (Minogue) Mooney. Sheila was employed for many years at Hallmark Cards, where she made many lifelong friends. Sheila was very active both in local and state politics. She had an interesting political career, beginning in the mid-1970s when she ran the district office for U.S. Sen. Toby Moffett in Enfield. She had a long career working in the state Legislative Offices as an aide to then-state Reps. Con O'Leary and John Larson. Sheila gave selflessly of herself to help those in need. She volunteered for several years at the Enfield Food Shelf. In addition to her husband, she is survived by their four children, Barbara Kealey, of Weatogue, Diane Zipoli and her husband, Richard, of Suffield, Thomas Kealey and his wife, Eva, of Enfield, and James Kealey and his partner, Chantal Tourville, of Enfield; her beloved grandchildren, Ryan Kealey and fiancé, Meghan Beach, Michelle Symington and husband, Gregg, Kristin O'Connor, John Kealey, and Samantha Zipoli; and two great-grandchildren, Jack and Austin Symington. Sheila was predeceased by a brother, John Mooney. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family Thursday, Feb. 4, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's King Street Cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of Sheila may be made to the Enfield Food Shelf, P.O. Box 699, Enfield, CT 06082. For online expressions of sympathy or directions please visit www.leetestevens.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Feb. 1 to Feb. 5, 2016
Kuehl, Donald Kenneth  
Donald Kenneth Kuehl, 90, of Manchester, beloved husband for 54 years of the late Carol E. (Goodyear) Kuehl, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at home with family at his side. A scientist, engineer, and family man who lived his faith and practiced good citizenship, he was born June 8, 1925, in Melrose, Massachusetts, son of the late Adolph and Ella (Fritzsch) Kuehl. He graduated from Medford (Massachusetts) High School in 1942 and enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1944, war service interrupted his chemistry studies. He graduated from the Army Specialized Training Program at North Carolina College of Agriculture and Engineering with a certificate in electrical engineering and served in the Signal Corps in Alaska. In 1946 he returned to MIT and also joined the Army Reserve. He was a reservist for 22 years, retiring as Inspector General, 76th Division, at the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1948 he graduated from MIT with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He moved to Manchester in 1950 and worked for Cheney Brothers, first as a chemist and then as assistant to the engineering manager. He then worked at the United Aircraft Corporation Research Labs, where he was a member of the team that developed the Lunar Leaper, a propulsion unit for astronauts engaged in extravehicular activity. The Leaper ultimately was used for the space shuttle. While at the Labs, he continued his education, earning master's degrees in industrial psychology from Trinity College and in chemistry from the University of Connecticut. He worked for Hamilton Standard and Alcoa before founding Composite Technology Inc., of Broad Brook. There, he and his team refined and perfected the manufacture of boron filament used in the aerospace industry, sports equipment, and medical technology. He continued his work with boron at Composites Inc. of Manchester, which he founded in 1983. He retired as company president when he turned 90. He enjoyed singing tenor in the choir at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Manchester, where he had taught Sunday school, was a lay reader, and gladly served on many committees. He was devoted to the betterment of Manchester. During his 22 years on the town's Building Committee, he helped accomplish projects including the expansion of Mary Cheney Library, renovation of the police station, construction of the main fire station, and work at many of the town's schools. He was elected to the town's Board of Directors and to the Cheney Hall Foundation, of which he was vice-president and president. He served on the Bicentennial, Sesquicentennial, and World War II committees. A member of the Republican Town Committee since 1952, he served as vice-chairman from 1982 to 1986 and chairman from 1986 to 1988. He was named Manchester Republican of the Year in 2007. He was a charter member of the Exchange Club of Manchester, served several terms as president, and was honored with the Book of Golden Deeds for his community service. He married Carol in 1951. When she died in 2006, she was an organ donor, and he became a member of Life Choice Donor Service's Donor Family Advisory Council. He was dedicated to giving blood and had contributed 31 gallons and 3 pints. He loved to read, solve crossword puzzles, square dance, dine out, feed birds, fix things, and root for the Red Sox, Patriots, and UConn women's basketball team. Besides Carol, he was predeceased by daughters Pamela Judith and Valerie Joanne. He is survived by three children who were inspired by his love of learning, Allison de Kanel and her husband, Paul, of Scotia, New York, Claudia Kuehl, who shared his home, and Wayne Kuehl and his wife, Susan, of Wilmington, Delaware. He also is survived by his favorite - and only - kid sister, Phyllis K. Borns, of Orono, Maine; his sister-in-law, Violet Cocrane, of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina; and three nieces, Jacqueline Bernier, of Murrells Inlet, Beverly Ballard, of Glassboro, New Jersey, and Donna Moore, of Limerick, Pennsylvania. He also leaves his cat, Alexander. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 41 Park St., Manchester. Burial with military honors will be held in East Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester. For the online register, visit www.holmes-watkinsfuneralhomes.com
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