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Fontaine, Judie A. "Oslund" (Vincent)  
Judie A. (Vincent) "Oslund" Fontaine, 73, of Bolton, and formerly of Manchester, beloved wife of Jules A. Fontaine, died peacefully, Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Hartford Hospital with her family at her side. She was born Aug. 31, 1941, in Manchester, daughter of the late Elmer and Evelyn (Rudin) Vincent, she attended local schools and was a 1959 graduate of Manchester High School. Judie was a member of "Jesus Has Called Me Ministry" for over 10 years. She enjoyed hunting and fishing with her husband, country music, dancing and watching the birds from her front window. Prior to her retirement Judie was a supervisor at Colt Firearms in Hartford for over 25 years. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Barbara Oslund and her companion, Ben Marquis, of New Britain, Deb Palmer and her husband, Fred, of Manchester; she was a loving grandmother of four, James Fiore and his wife, Sheila, of East Hartford, Jesse Oslund, of Ellington, and Chris Sapolis, and Samantha Sapolis, both of Manchester; two great-grandchildren, Dominic Fiore and Kaylee Oslund; and her faithful dog "Snowy." Other survivors include her brother Elmer Vincent, of Alabama; three sisters, Charlotte "Charlie" Haman, of Kensington, Nancy Fells, of Norwich, Donna Gendron, of Alabama; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 18, at 11 a.m. at Watkins Funeral Home, 142 East Center St., Manchester. Burial will be in the East Cemetery in Manchester. Visitation will be held Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Legion Post 102 Building Fund, 20 American Legion Drive, Manchester, CT 06040. For the online register, visit www.holmes-watkinsfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 17 to Apr. 21, 2015
Fragione, Alfred Patrick  
Alfred Patrick Fragione, 89, of Vernon, beloved husband of the late Teresa Marie (Dumas) Fragione, died peacefully Monday, April 13, 2015. He was born Nov. 25, 1925, in Hartford, the son of the late Carmelo and Rose (Scalora) Fragione. Alfred "Freddie" was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a communicant of St. Bernard Church in Rockville. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Paul A. and Joseph S. Fragione; and sister Caroline Marino. He leaves behind his daughters, Angela M. Fragione and her partner of 11 years, Thomas Vella, of Southwick, Massachusetts, Teresa M. Dumas-Carrier and her husband, Roger, of Vernon, and Mary J. Fragione and her husband, E. Thomas Plante III, of Barkhamsted; granddaughter Abby Marie Principato and her fiancé, Robert O. Timms; great-grandson August Patrick Timms; his brothers, Albert V. Fragione of Reno, Nevada, Ignazio Fragione and his wife, Josephine, of Cape Coral, Florida; his sister, Angela Lufkin, of Old Lyme; many nieces and nephews; and good friends. He worked at Pratt & Whitney as a draftsman for 25 years, retiring in May 1991. He was a World War II and Korean War veteran, serving in the Army National Guard for 28 years, retiring with honorable service to his country. He served with the 71st Division in the European Theatre of Operations during World War II, 1945; served with the Army of Occupation, 1947; served in the Connecticut National Guard 143rd Tank Battalion, Reconnaissance Platoon. His service in the Korean Conflict was with the 143d Tank Battalion, 43rd Division 1950-51. He continued and finished his service in the Army Reserve assigned to Co. E 3rd Battalion 385th Regiment 3rd Brigade 76th Division achieving the rank of first sergeant, retiring in 1975. He was also a member of the VFW in East Hartford. Military decorations and awards included: Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with three bronze stars for participation in Central Europe, Rhineland, and Southern France campaigns, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), National Defense Service Medal and State of Connecticut Wartime Medal. He loved playing pool, being a member of the APA of Connecticut, playing cards and woodworking, creating many of his own designs including flag cases for fallen heroes. He had a terrific sense of humor, making friends with anyone he met, and he enjoyed being with family, dancing with his wife, and good times. Our family would also love to thank Kodjo Erasmus for his loving and dedicated care of our Dad "Papa" in his later years, his kindness will always be remembered. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015, at Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect St., Vernon. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 20, at St. Bernard Church, 25 St. Bernard Terrace, Vernon. Burial will be held in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to www.woundedwarriorrproject.org or www.projecthealingwaters.org For online condolences visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 16 to Apr. 20, 2015
Graff, Jean Rose  
Jean Rose Graff slipped quietly into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, April 4, 2015, after a long, courageous battle with lung cancer. Jean was 77 years old. Jean was born in Hartford in 1937 and was married for 29 years to Kenneth Graff, who predeceased her in 1986. She is survived by her five children and their families, Peggy Graff-Perrett, and her husband, Gerry Perrett, Kathy Graff, Wendy Avery, and her husband, Bob Avery, Ken Graff Jr., and his wife, Heidi, Amyjean Silling, and her husband, Greg Silling. Jean is also survived by her 13 grandchildren, Cassandra Perrett-Manly, and her husband, Eric, Christopher Perrett, Meagan Avery, Erin Avery, Taylor Graff, Ally Graff, Ken Graff, Mary Graff, Sara Silling, Sydney Silling, Savannah Silling, Sigourney Silling, and Jack Silling. Also surviving her are her beloved sister, Maureen Nichols, and her brother, James Devine. Jean's family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of both Tidelands Hospice and the Grand Strand Healthcare nursing and hospice facilities in South Carolina. Your care for our Mom, when we were so far away, helped give us peace beyond understanding. Thank you all. Jean will be laid to rest next to her husband in a private ceremony at Rose Hill Memorial Park in Rocky Hill. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 24, at the Church of the Assumption, 29 S. Adams St., Manchester. Mass will begin at 11 a.m. with prelude music beginning at 10:30 a.m. A reception after Mass will be held at First Baptist Church, 240 Hillstown Road, Manchester, CT 06040. Memorial donations may be made in Jean's name to the Tidelands Hospice Center, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440; to Grand Strand Healthcare Center, 4452 Socastee Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29588; or the American Cancer Society.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 18 to Apr. 22, 2015
Griswold, Howard W.  
Howard W. Griswold, 87, a lifelong resident of Somers, passed away peacefully April 10, 2015, at Evergreen Health Care Center in Stafford Springs. Born May 24, 1927, he was the son of the late John E. and Effie (Wiers) Griswold. Howard retired in 1993 after being custodian at Kibbe Fuller School in Somers for 28 years. His love of working with children was apparent; he touched many a young child's life through his caring and humor. He was a member of the Somers Congregational Church for 73 years and was a member of the Backus Society. He served as senior deacon for many years, always helping with the annual Men's Palm Sunday Breakfast, and serving in other capacities as usher, delegate to the Tolland Association and state conference, and as custodian. He was a past president and active member of the Somers Antique Bottle Club with his love of collecting milk bottles and sharing his knowledge of them. He was also a member of the Somers Historical Society and Somers Senior Center, a former member of the Milk Route, a national organization of milk bottle collectors; Knowlton's Rangers, a Revolutionary War re-enactment group; and he volunteered at the Four Town Fair. He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife of 64 years, Marjorie Neelans Griswold; and their daughter, Dr. Sandra Griswold, of Maine; also many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Marge and Sandy especially thank all those who gave him such compassionate care at Evergreen, and all our neighbors and friends who have been so supportive. A memorial service will be held April 18, at 11 a.m. at Somers Congregational Church with interment to follow in the Memorial Garden at the Church. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Somers Congregational Church, P.O. Box 295, Somers, CT 06071, or Somers Fire Department, 400 Main St., Somers, CT 06071. Somers Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. For directions or to leave an online condolence please visit www.somersfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 14 to Apr. 18, 2015
Hayes, Edward F.  
Edward F. Hayes, 91, of South Windsor, beloved husband of the late Ruth (Mandell) Hayes, died peacefully at his home Saturday, April 11, 2015. He was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to the late Edward and Edna (Mason) Hayes. After graduating from St. Joseph High School, Edward proudly served our country in the U.S. Army's Third Division during World War II. He took part in the European Theater Campaign, where he was wounded twice, receiving the Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Cluster. Edward was also awarded three battle stars, the presidential unit citation, good conduct medal, and the French fourragere for distinguished service in France. After returning from the war, he attended and graduated from St. Michael's College in Vermont. Edward made South Windsor his home for 54 years. He was employed by Pratt & Whitney until he retired in 1986. He also enjoyed serving the U.S. Census Bureau in 2000 and 2010. He was a parishioner of St. Margaret Mary Church in South Windsor since 1961. Edward volunteered his time with the South Windsor Meals on Wheels as well as the American Lung Association. An avid golfer, he was a longtime member of Manchester Country Club. Edward was a lifetime member of the VFW in South Windsor. He enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and was a Boston sports team enthusiast, with a special place in his heart for the Red Sox. He leaves his daughter, Kellie Stickles, and her husband, Scott, of South Windsor; and three adored grandchildren, Mitchell Nyser, Brittany Stickles, and Brooke Stickles. He was "Papa" to many others. His family will receive friends Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor, from 11 a.m. to noon, with a service in the funeral home at noon. Burial will follow at Wapping Cemetery, South Windsor. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. For online condolences and guestbook please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 14 to Apr. 18, 2015
Heck, Lillian S. (French)  
Lillian S. (French) Heck, 89, of Stafford Springs, beloved wife of the late Raymond E. Heck, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015, at home surrounded by her loving children. She was born in Stafford, daughter of the late Edward L. and Flora (Vine) French. Lillian worked as a nurse's aid caring for numerous people over the years. She was a member of the Stafford Grange 1, the Red Hat Society, and Stafford Senior Center. Lillian is survived by her four sons, Robert E. Heck and his wife, Audrey, David A. Heck and his wife, Donna, Mark D. Heck and his wife, Diane, and Wayne R. Heck; two daughters, Lynn S. Greene and her husband, Albert, and Laurie J. Hornacek and her husband, Larry; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a grandson, Mark D. Heck Jr.; three brothers; and two sisters. Calling hours will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015, from noon to 2 p.m. with a funeral service to take place at 2 p.m. at Introvigne Funeral Home, 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Stafford Springs. Memorial donations may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Road, Wilton, NH 03086, or to ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090. For online condolence or directions, please visit www.introvignefuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 13 to Apr. 17, 2015
Justice, Marc A.  
Marc A. Justice, of Enfield, passed from his earthly journey at the age of 42 on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield. Marc was born May 10, 1972, in Canton, Ohio, son of Sue (Burke) Justice and the late Danny E. Justice Sr. He had resided in Enfield most of his life and also in Suffield. Marc was recently employed with Caldon Refractories in East Windsor. In his leisure time he enjoyed reading and fishing, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family. Besides his mother, Sue, he is also survived by his two loving daughters, Allison Justice and SteviLyn Justice; his granddaughter Ariel Becker; a sister, Jennifer Jolie and husband, Matthew, of Southwick, Massachusetts; a brother, Dan Justice and wife, Dorie, of Enfield; along with several nieces and nephews that he was very fond of; aunts and uncles; cousins; friends; and companion, Joan Perrone. Relatives and friends may gather with his family during calling hours Thursday, April 16, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a memorial service with Pastor John Morgans officiating at Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, 43 Shaker Road, Enfield. Burial will be private in the Hazardville Cemetery in Enfield. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to www.gofundme.com/mtg4f8 To leave an online condolence message, directions or more info visit www.brownefuneralchapels.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 15 to Apr. 19, 2015
Kaitz, Katherine "Kay" (Kalina)  
Katherine "Kay" (Kalina) Kaitz, 85, of Vernon, beloved wife of the late Alexander Kaitz, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015. She was born Jan. 23, 1930, in Rockville, daughter of the late Stephen and Victoria (Yanek) Kalina. She is survived by her sister, Josephine Burnham and her husband, Horace, of New Port Richey, Florida; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved sisters, Stephie Zavarella, Sally Surdell, Stella Grabowski, and Helen Marsh; and her brother, John Kalina. She had a long and fulfilling career at the Bridgeport Motor Vehicle Department, where she served as manager for many years. Relatives and friends may join the family Friday, April 17, 2015, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect St., Rockville, CT 06066, with a Mass of Christian burial to follow at St. Bernard's Church, Rockville at 2 p.m. Burial will be held at Grove Hill Cemetery, Rockville. For online condolences, visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 15 to Apr. 19, 2015
Kania Sr., Frederick Francis  
Frederick Francis Kania Sr., 89, of Vernon and St. Petersburg, Florida, passed away peacefully in his home with his adoring wife by his side April 14, 2015. Fred was born in Hartford Sept. 18, 1925, son of the late John and Mary (Chudzik) Kania. In his early years, Fred lived in the Frog Hollow area, graduating from Hartford Public High School in 1944. During his entire high school career it was documented that he was "never absent never tardy," and carried that reputation for punctuality throughout his 89 years. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, achieving the rank of Pharmacy Mate 2nd Class, honorably discharged in 1946. Taking advantage of the GI bill, he was accepted at Middlebury College, graduating in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and sciences. Fred spent his next two years with brief stints at The Underwood and Royal Typewriter then finally landing a position for the Connecticut State Labor Department, launching a 35-year career in various management positions. In 1954, he married the love of his life, Marjorie Swain, and began a journey that would span 61 years. He leaves his wife, Marge; daughter Luann (Fred) Dunkerley; sons Fred (Maryellen) and Jim; five grandchildren, Christopher, Patrick, Tyler, Bridget, and Candice; and his brother, Ed Kania. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his son Jeffrey Kania. Fred was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, and will be truly missed. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family for calling hours Friday, April 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect St., Rockville. A funeral Mass will be held at St Joseph Church, 33 West St., Rockville (meet at church) Saturday, April, 18, at 10 a.m. Burial will remain private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Fred's name to the Hockanum Valley Food Bank, 29 Naek Road #4, Vernon, CT 06066. For online condolences visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 16 to Apr. 20, 2015
Kokofsky, Joseph C.  
Joseph C. Kokofsky, 88, of Enfield, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, April 16, 2015, peacefully in the comfort of his home. He was the beloved husband of 55 years to Frances (Elliot) Kokofsky. Joseph was born on March 20, 1927, in Suffield, son of the late Joseph and Mary (Censki) Kokofsky and resided in Enfield for many years and in Suffield before that. Prior to retiring in November 2014, Joseph was employed with the Town of Enfield as a custodian at JFK Middle School for over 25 years. He loved his family and life, was always making people laugh and smile. Joe was huge New York Yankees and New York Giants fan. An avid fisherman, he was always bragging about his catches, his favorite fishing hole was the Scantic River. Besides his wife, Frances, he is survived by his children, Joseph W. Kokofsky of Enfield, David P. Kokofsky of Enfield, and Patricia A. Mitchell and husband, Wayne, of Willington; his two cherished grandchildren, Sarah Mitchell and Wayne Mitchell Jr. Joseph is also survived by his brother, Stanley Kokofsky and wife, Helen, of Enfield; two sisters, Pauline Maskimoski of Windsor and Millie Poirer of Agawam, Massachusetts; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his best friend, Billy Maznicki. He was also predeceased by his siblings, Barney, Eddie, Johnny, Stella, and Helen. Relatives and friends are invited to join with his family during calling hours on Monday, April 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, 43 Shaker Road, Enfield. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 21, with the funeral procession forming at 9 a.m. at the funeral home to St. Adalbert Church for a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Adalbert Cemetery, Enfield. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart/Stroke Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. To leave an online condolence message, directions, or more info visit www.brownefuneralchapels.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 18 to Apr. 22, 2015
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