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Banta, Lady Monica (Byrne)  
Lady Monica (Byrne) Banta, 74, of Ellington, loving wife of 43 years to Reynaldo "Rey" Banta, passed away peacefully Monday, July 18, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Whitehall, Dublin, Ireland, the daughter of the late Nicholas and Constance (Ferguson) Byrne. In 1958, at the age of 17, she came to the United States with her mother and three of her siblings to join her father and two sisters who had immigrated before them to Hartford. She made Ellington her home 41 years ago. She was a communicant of St. Luke Church in Ellington and served as the youth director for several years. She was a life member of the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury. She was the founder of P.A.W.A.C. (Philippine American Women's Association of Connecticut) and a member of P.A.A.G.H. As the saying goes, behind every good man is a good woman, and she steadfastly supported her husband in his leadership role within The Order of the Knights of Rizal. She had a sparkling, charismatic personality coupled with loads of quick Irish wit and was the life of the party. A natural born entertainer, she was often appointed the emcee at many Filipino functions over the years. Monica was a loving and devoted wife, a caring mother, grandmother, sister, and friend who cherished spending time with her family and friends and traveling to Ireland and the Philippines. In addition to her husband, Rey, she is survived by her children, Christopher Byrne, of Wethersfield, Deborah Miller and her husband, Daniel, of Tolland, David Kelly and his wife, Jessica, of Berlin, Paul Kelly and his wife, Dayna, of Ellington, Dr. Lisa Banta, and her husband, Dr. Talal Ghazal, of McLean, Virginia, and Brian Banta and Amanda, of Westfield, Massachusetts; six grandchildren, Caitlin Kelly, Zaidan, Declan, and Jordana Ghazal, and Briana and Brooke Banta; two brothers, Nicholas Byrne Jr. and Gerard Byrne, both of Vernon; a sister, Muriel Byam and her husband, Nicholas, of Andover; two brothers-in-law, Billy and Celso; five sisters-in-law, Remy, Elsie, Elena, Louie, and Lina; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, James Kelly; and three sisters, Marie Kilby, Ellen Byrne, and Jeanette Woods. Monica's family would like to thank all of her caregivers over the last few months, especially Candy and Joanne. Her family will receive friends for calling hours Friday, July 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home, 551 Talcottville Road (Route 83), Vernon. Family and friends may gather at the funeral home Saturday, July 23, at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Luke Church, 141 Maple St., Ellington. Burial will follow in Ellington Center Cemetery. For online condolences and guest book, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from July 20 to July 24, 2016
Blackwell, Eugene L.  
Eugene L. Blackwell, 92, of Manchester, beloved husband of the late E. Mary Blackwell, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, July 13, 2016, with his family at his side. "Gene" was born July 14, 1923, in Boston, Massachusetts, son of the late Hugh and Gertrude Blackwell, and resided in Manchester since 1954. He graduated from Boston College, earning his bachelor's degree. His studies were interrupted by the events of World War II, as Gene joined the United States Marine Corps, serving as a 1st lieutenant in the Pacific Islands, Japan, and China. In his earlier years, Gene told of leading a platoon of Marines from an amphibious carrier onto a beach in Okinawa. Later in life, Gene served as the commander of the Manchester Power Squadron. Gene, like his late wife, Mary, was a devout and active parishioner of St. Bridget Church for more than 60 years and was a Eucharistic minister, a member of the St. Bridget Choir; the St. Bridget Small Group Community; and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He and his wife received the St. Joseph Award from Archbishop Henry Mansell. Gene enjoyed his boat, his books, and his family. Gene had a good sense of humor and retained his kind and calm spirit, even in illness. His family is grateful for the compassionate care given to Gene by the staff of Visiting Nurse Health Services and of A Caring Hand, and is especially grateful for his personal caregiver, Nana Kwaku Antwi-Dako, as well as the constant care by his eldest son, Bill. In addition to his parents and his wife, Gene is predeceased by a brother, Robert Blackwell. Gene is survived by his loving family, son William L. Blackwell, of Wareham, Massachusetts, son Geoffrey T. Blackwell and his wife, Judith, of Vernon, daughter Barbara A. McVeigh and her husband, Frederick, of Manchester, son David H. Blackwell and his wife, Kathryn, of South Windsor, and son E. Lawrence Blackwell and his wife, Elizabeth, of Manchester; eight grandchildren, Sarah Blackwell, and her husband, Ian McCracken, James Blackwell and Kelly Whinnem, John Blackwell, and his wife, Tess, Michael Blackwell and his wife, Brianna, Joshua McVeigh; Cody McVeigh, Mary Blackwell, Benjamin Blackwell; and two great-grandchildren, Anne and June; as well as many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, July 16, at 9 a.m. at St. Bridget Church, 80 Main St., Manchester, with burial to follow in St. Bridget Cemetery, Manchester. Family and friends may call at Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester on Friday, July 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. (Rosary to follow). Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bridget Church. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.holmes-watkinsfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from July 14 to July 18, 2016
Blass, Klara S. (Enders)  
Klara S. (Enders) Blass, 91, died peacefully Friday July 15, at St. Francis Hospital. She was born April 22, 1925, in Dieburg, Germany, daughter of the late Georg and Klara Enders. A German war bride, she came to the U.S. in 1947 and lived in East Hartford and Manchester most of her life, residing in Coventry for several years prior to moving to Hebrew Health Care in October. Klara was the consummate mother and housewife and loved cooking, baking, gardening, the New York Yankees, UConn basketball, dogs, the beach, Jeopardy, pinochle, and Yahtzee. She possessed a wonderful sense of humor and was a real trip! She could also talk sports, politics, and current affairs with anyone. She is survived by her four children and their spouses, Linda and Merrill Myers, Pamela Blass, Robert Blass, and Monica and Todd Lessard; five grandchildren and their spouses, Kristin and Matthew Hayes, Jeffrey and Tracey Grote, Jennifer Blass, Brian Blass, and Courtney Lessard; and five great-grandchildren, Taylor, Benjamin, and Lindsay Hayes and Emily and Samantha Grote. She also leaves her special former daughter-in-law, Diane Blass, and several nieces and a nephew in Germany. The family owes much gratitude to the loving care she received by all at Hebrew Health Care with special thanks to Kathy, Marlene, Abida, Joy, Marcia, Valerie, Kate, and Diane. Calling hours will be at John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 W. Center St., Manchester, on Monday July 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. The funeral will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Fresh Place at Chrysalis Center, 255 Homestead Ave., Hartford 06015 or the CT Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington 06111. For online condolences please visit www.tierneyfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from July 16 to July 20, 2016
Blomquist, Donald C.  
Donald C. Blomquist, 81, of Windsor Locks, and loving husband to Frances (Hamill) Blomquist, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Don was born May 23, 1935, in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of the late Samuel and Esther (Scherdell) Blomquist. He was born and raised in Worcester and lived in West Springfield prior to moving to Windsor Locks where he has lived for over 52 years. Don retired in 1993 from Hamilton Standard after 40 years of dedicated service as a technical writer. He was a retired life member of the Windsor Locks Volunteer Fire Department, where he served for over 25 years. He also served as fire commissioner for the Windsor Locks Fire Department and as the fire marshal. Don enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, and spending the summer months at their beach house in Matunuck, Rhode Island. In addition to his wife, Frances to whom he was married 59 years, Don is also survived by their three children, Steven Blomquist and his wife, Pamela, of New Hartford, Karen Rhodes of East Granby, and Alan Blomquist and his wife, Laurie, of East Granby; four grandchildren, Lauren Noujaim and her husband, Nemer, of Canton, Steven Blomquist, of Somerville, Massachusetts, Courtney Blomquist, of New Hartford, and Samuel Rhodes, of East Granby; and a beloved great-granddaughter, Natalie. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family Sunday, July 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring St., Windsor Locks. A funeral service celebrating Donald's life will be held Monday, July 18, at 10 a.m. at the East Granby Congregational Church, 9 Rainbow Road, East Granby. Please meet directly at the church. Burial will follow in Grove Cemetery in Windsor Locks. Contributions in memory of Donald may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489, or to the East Granby Congregational Church, 9 Rainbow Road, East Granby, CT 06026. For online expressions of sympathy or directions please visit www.windsorlocksfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from July 14 to July 18, 2016
Bousquet, Shirley M.  
Shirley M. Bousquet, 81, of Enfield, beloved wife of Delphis "Del" Bousquet for 60 wonderful years, entered into eternal peace Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at Evergreen Healthcare in Stafford. Born Nov. 11, 1934, in Canton, Massachusetts, Shirley was the daughter of the late James and Irene (Wilcox) Tracy. She was raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, and since 1963 had lived in Enfield, where she and Del raised their family. Her life was devoted to her family and faith. She was a charter parishioner of Holy Family Church, where she was a member of the church's women's guild. She was a proud Girl Scout leader for many years and was very generous in devoting her time to her children's interests and activities. A very dedicated employee, Shirley was retired from Sweet Life Foods, where she had worked for 25 years. In her free time she enjoyed traveling with Del. Her most precious time was that spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. Besides her husband, Del, Shirley is survived by three daughters, Sue Reese and her husband, Glenn, Cathy Davidson and her husband, Bruce, and Deb Lombard and her husband, Bob; two sisters, Dorothy Gabree and her husband, Richard, of South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, and Barbara Morton and her husband, Louis, of Douglas, Massachusetts; five grandchildren, Tyler and Spencer Reese, Laurabeth and Brian Davidson, and Kathleen Heiden. Shirley was predeceased by a brother, James Tracy. Visitation hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield. The funeral procession will form Monday at 9 a.m. at Leete-Stevens for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Church, 23 Simon Road, Enfield. Committal will follow at St. Patrick's King Street Cemetery. Donations in Shirley's memory may be made to the Enfield Adult Day Center, 1A Beech Road, Enfield, CT 06082. For online condolences, visit www.Leetestevens.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from July 22 to July 26, 2016
Brown Jr., Elliott M.  
Elliott M. Brown Jr., 80, of Vernon, beloved husband of over 59 years to Lenora (Board) Brown, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 14, 2016, at Rockville General Hospital. Born in Hartford, the son of the late Elliott and Margaret (Laing) Brown, he grew up and lived in Vernon for most of his life. Elliott proudly served his country for 22 years in the armed forces. He retired in 1974 from the U.S. Air Force, and he also served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He enjoyed woodworking and fishing. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, who enjoyed spending time with his family. In addition of his wife, he is survived by his children, Denice Brown, of East Hartford, Robert Brown and his wife, Maureen, of Manchester, Christopher Brown and his wife, Jennifer, of Crestview, Florida, and Emma Rezza and her husband, John, of Thompson Ridge, New York; eight grandchildren, Matthew Favero, Heather, Justin, Jesse, Colin, and Jacob Brown, and Samantha and Ashley Rezza; and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Thomas Brown. Funeral services and burial will be private and at the convenience of his family. Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home in Vernon is caring for the arrangements. For online condolences, visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from July 19 to July 23, 2016
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