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Thomson, Sandra Alice "Sandi" (Malin)  
Sandra "Sandi" Alice (Malin) Thomson, Ph.D., 71, of Churchville, Maryland, and formerly of Manchester, beloved wife of George M. Thomson, Ph.D., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in East Granby. Born in Hartford on May 9, 1944, daughter of the late George J. and Alice (Riskus) Malin, she was raised in Manchester and was a graduate of Manchester High School, Class of 1962. After high school, Sandi continued her education at the University of Connecticut, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry in 1966 and then with her Ph.D. in biochemical nutrition in 1970. Sandi and her husband, George, moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and then to Edgewood, Maryland, before settling in Churchville, Maryland, in 1977. Sandi left the workforce to stay home and raise her two daughters for eight years. At the age of 35, she returned to work and took a position with the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Research, Development & Engineering Center. She quickly rose to the position of chief of toxicology and was a world-recognized authority on chemical weapons. She managed 115 scientists, engineers, and technicians during her 14 years as the chief of toxicology. In her spare time, Sandi enjoyed showing her English Springer Spaniels throughout the Northeast in agility competitions. She and her husband remained close to their alma mater, the University of Connecticut and were avid UConn women's basketball fans. During the spring and summer, she enjoyed spending time with her husband tending to the flower gardens around their home and cutting fresh flowers that she would arrange in vases and baskets. Sandi was a parishioner of Holy Trinity Church in Churchville, Maryland, where she served on the Vestry, the Prayer Shawl Ministry, and on numerous other committees and groups within the life of the church. Besides her husband, George, she leaves two daughters, Allison Gail Thomson-Vicuna, and her husband, Mark, of East Granby and Serena Thomson of Catonsville, Maryland; a brother, George A. Malin of Manchester; a cousin, Dorothy Gledich of Broad Brook; a sister-in-law, Ellie Thomson of Bristol; and her beloved Springer Spaniels, Bodie and Glory. Her family will receive friends TODAY, Saturday, Aug. 29, 3 to 6 p.m., with a prayer service at 5 p.m. at the Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor. A memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Church in Churchville, in September. Sandi's family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Penn Plaza, Suite 1710, New York, NY 10122 or by visiting www.ocrf.org/donate For online condolences visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2, 2015
Tolisano, Joseph  
Joseph Tolisano of Vernon died Aug. 29, 2015, at the age of 86. He was at home surrounded by his loving family. He leaves his wife, Angela (Sowton); and three children, Elizabeth Tolisano, Katherine Tolisano-Ott, and Adam Tolisano; and the joy of his life, his two grandchildren, Jacob J. Ott, and Grace M. Tolisano. Joseph was born in Hartford on Feb. 11,1929, and was the youngest of seven boys born to Antonetta and James Tolisano. Joseph served in the U.S. Army in the fifth corps from 1950 to 1953. Upon his discharge, he apprenticed under the G.I. bill to become a master printer. During his career he was plant manager, then salesman for several companies. He retired at age 76. Joe loved to bowl, and currently holds the fourth-highest score bowled at Holiday Lanes at an impressive 253. Joe was a kind and generous man who will be missed by many. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect St., Rockville. A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. at Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, with reception to follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Visiting Nurse and Health Services of Connecticut, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, or to the Rockville High School Marching Band. For online condolences, visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Sept. 1 to Sept. 5, 2015
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