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Marchuk, Helen Bielonko  
Helen Bielonko Marchuk, 105, of Enfield, passed into eternal peace Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Evergreen Healthcare in Stafford. Born in Tarrifville, Helen was the daughter of the late Frank and Wyktoriya (Radjiewicz) Bielonko. She had resided in the Enfield community for most of her life and was a parishioner at St. Bernard Church. She was retired from Royal Typewriter after 20 years. She was a longtime member of the former Eagles Club and was also very active at the Enfield Senior Center. Throughout her life, Helen enjoyed traveling and spending time at the beach. She is survived by her daughter, Jean Lamont, of Chesapeake, Virginia; a grandson, John Lamont III and his wife, Virginia, of the Outerbanks, North Carolina; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Susan Curtis, of Stafford Springs; and a special cousin, Patricia Privitera. She was predeceased by a son, Harold Curtis; a son-in-law, John Lamont; and a grandson, Todd Curtis. Family and friends may gather at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield, for a procession to St. Bernard Church in Enfield for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Committal will follow at St. Bernard's Cemetery. Donations in Helen's memory may be made to St. Bernard Church, 426 Hazard Ave., Enfield, CT 06082, or to the SPCA, 359 Spring Hill Road, Monroe, CT 06468-2100. For online condolences, visit www.leetestevens.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from June 27 to July 1, 2016
Marte, Marjorie  
Marjorie Marte, 91, of Manchester and Giants Neck Beach, died peacefully Monday, June 20, 2016, at a local convalescent home. She was born June 30, 1924, in Manchester, daughter of the late Louis and Gladys (Rising) Marte. Marjorie attended local schools and was a 1942 graduate of Manchester High School. She then earned her degree from the former Westbrook Junior College. Marjorie was employed for many years as a medical secretary. She was a great traveler, visiting many spots in Europe and the U.S. In her later years, Marjorie especially enjoyed bicycling and walking around Giants Neck and visiting with her many friends and acquaintances there. Marjorie is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Sally Marte, of Block Island, Rhode Island; her two nephews, Paul Marte Jr., of Hartford, and Peter Marte and his wife, Rochelle, and their children, Hannah and Cooper, of College Park, Georgia; and her niece, Susan Marte and her husband, Bryan Sweet, of Coffs Harbour, Australia. The family also wishes to thank the staff at Fenwood/Crestfield for the capable and loving care given to Marjorie over her time there. There are no calling hours. Graveside services will be in East Cemetery, Manchester, at a date and time to be announced. Holmes Funeral Home, Manchester, has care of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. For online condolences, visit www.holmes-watkinsfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from June 23 to June 27, 2016
Melbourne, Pauline M.  
Pauline M. Melbourne of York, Maine, and Somers, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Pauline was born Jan. 20, 1932, in Presque Isle, Maine, a daughter of the late George and Meadie (Cluke) Clark. Pauline, who was also known as Grandma, Ma, Lucy, Grammy, and Mommy, was an avid antique collector and could not drive by a tag sale without stopping and buying something. She was an interior designer extraordinaire, fashionista, and world traveler. She backpacked through Europe and was a cowgirl in Montana. She was a member of the On Way Lake Red Hat Society. She loved to cook and could make a meal out of anything, but her specialties were baked beans and pot roast. She was the world's greatest wife, mother, and grandmother and had a gift of making those around her feel special and loved like no other. She saw the best in people and loved everyone; the balance was that everyone loved her. She leaves her loving husband of 43 years, Allen D. Melbourne; two sons, Darrell J. Garvey and Daniel P. Garvey and his wife, Diane; a daughter, Carline M. Sulewski and her husband, Joseph; stepdaughter, Claudia Melbourne LeFebuve; grandchildren Jessie Garvey, Kimberly Garcia, Michelle Colglazier and her husband, Joseph, McKenzie DiStefano and her husband, Daniel, Alyssa Garvey, Briana Nisbet, Samantha Nisbet, and Lucas Garvey. She also leaves her great-grandchildren, Kayla Pruitt, Danielle Riddle, and Lindsey Garvey, and Katherine and Isabel Garcia. She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Kendall Garvey. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family during visiting hours Sunday, June 26, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Somers Funeral Home, 354 Main St.(Route 190), Somers. A funeral service in celebration of Pauline's life will begin at noon. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Johnson Memorial Cancer Center, 142 Hazard Ave., Enfield. For online condolences, visit www.somersfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from June 22 to June 26, 2016
Mora, Veronica "Ronnie" (Jimenez)  
Veronica "Ronnie" (Jimenez) Mora, 63, of Enfield, loving wife of 46 years to David Mora, passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at Hartford Hospital with her family at her side after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the daughter of Annie (Chavez) Jimenez, of Albuquerque, and the late Arturo Jimenez, she grew up and lived in Albuquerque, Garden Grove, California, and Bull Head City and Hammond, Indiana, before moving to Enfield 43 years ago. She was a graduate of Manzano High School in Albuquerque, Class of 1973. She was employed as a financial advisor at Lindberg & Ripple in West Hartford for over 10 years. Ronnie loved her job and the people whom she worked with. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, especially shopping and going to their sports events. Going to her favorite 99 Restaurant in Enfield with her family was a highlight of any week. Ronnie was a loving and devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, and will be dearly missed. In addition to her mother and her husband, she is survived by her daughters, Monica Mora, of Laughlin, Nevada, and Marlo Mora, of Vernon; four grandchildren, Tyler and Destiny Ferrante, Samantha Kraft, and Kyle Kirby; two brothers, Martin Jimenez, of Sterling, Virginia, and Steven Jimenez, of Albuquerque; two sisters, Sandra Greene and Felicia Jimenez, both of Albuquerque; and several nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her brother, Gabriel Jimenez. Her family would like to thank the physicians and staff who cared for her, Dr. Kamradt, physician's assistant Erin Frank, Dr. Shichman, and her five angel nurses, Nancy, Jill, Darcy, Carolyn, and Sheila. Her family will be forever grateful. Ronnie's family will receive friends for calling hours Friday, July 1, 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 2, at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Bernard Church, 25 St. Bernard Terrace, Rockville. Burial will be private and at the convenience of her family. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For online condolences, visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from June 28 to July 2, 2016
Moriarty, Thomas B.  
Thomas B. Moriarty, 94, of Enfield, beloved husband of 71 years to Gertrude (Anderson) Moriarty, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Suffield House. He was born April 3, 1922, in New York City, a son of the late Thomas F. and Emily (Freeman) Moriarty. Tom was a resident of Enfield since 1963 and was a communicant of St. Bernard Church. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II. Tom was the executive director of Connecticut Marketing Authority, Department of Agriculture, for 25 years, retiring in 1987. After retiring, Tom volunteered for the Bradley Ambassadors for the Connecticut Commission of Tourism at Bradley International Airport. In addition to his loving wife, Gertrude, he is survived by eight children, Jean Moriarty, of Southington, Carol Cinelli and her husband, Edward, of Bayport, New York, Sue Smallidge and her husband, Kirk, of Hebron, Thomas G. Moriarty and his wife, Sara, of Enfield, Kathleen Carbonara and her husband, Gerald, of Halifax, Massachusetts, Janet Starr and her husband, Jeffrey, of Somers, Christine Moriarty and her husband, Howard Oven, of Belmont, Massachusetts, and Mary deVecchis and her husband, John, of Storrs; 23 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Elizabeth Muller, of Spring Hill, Florida. Relatives and friends may join the family for calling hours Sunday, June 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield. A prayer service and remembrances will follow the visitation at 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, June 27, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bernard Church (please meet at church). Burial with military honors will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Connecticut Audobon Society or the charity of the donor's choice. For information or to leave online expressions of sympathy please visit www.leetestevens.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from June 24 to June 28, 2016
Olsen, Judith A.  
Judith A. Olsen, 69, of South Windsor, formerly of Manchester, beloved wife of the late A. Harry W. Olsen Jr., passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016, with her family at her side at Manchester Memorial Hospital. Judith and Harry had been married for 45 years prior to his passing May 6, 2014. Judith was born Dec. 9, 1946, in Manchester, daughter of the late Daniel O. and Helen (Mack) Newcomb. She was raised in Manchester, graduated from Manchester High School, Class of 1964, went on to nursing school and earned her LPN in 1965 with her nurse capping. She was employed for several years at the Village of Buckland Court and previously employed at Manchester Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Second Congregational Church of Coventry, Aisha Temple No. 83, Daughters of The Nile, DAR Orford Parish-Pitkin Chapter, Red Hat Society, and Sphinx Ladies. Judith is survived by her loving family: a son, William D. Olsen and his wife, Aimee, of Coventry; a daughter, Amy Rovegno and her husband, Howard, of Manchester; her precious granddaughter, Brianna Rovegno; and her beloved dog, Daisy. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a brother, John Newcomb. A funeral service will be held Thursday, June 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the Second Congregational Church, 1746 Boston Turnpike (routes 6 and 44), Coventry. Burial will follow in Center Cemetery, Coventry. Calling hours will be Wednesday, June 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester. Memorial contributions may be made to Second Congregational Church of Coventry, Coventry, CT 06238. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.holmes-watkinsfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from June 21 to June 25, 2016
Otterbein, Diane Carey  
Diane Carey Otterbein, loving wife of John W. Otterbein for 65 years, died peacefully at Manchester Manor Nursing Home Thursday, surrounded by family. She was born in Middletown on Oct. 16, 1928, the daughter of Harold and Gertrude (Carey) Santangelo. A graduate of Weylister Junior College in Milford, she went to work with her father at the Santangelo Agency, a longtime insurance and real estate business on Main Street in Middletown. After marriage she devoted her life to being the best wife and mom she could be and if grades were handed out for that, she'd have received all A's. Later in life she was a longtime volunteer at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. Always pleasant and even-keeled, stylish and dignified, she was forever a kind, gentle, and beautiful soul whose husband countless times talked of how lucky he was to have her as his wife. Besides her husband she leaves a son, Jeff and his wife, Becky, of Manchester; her granddaughter, Stacy Firth and her husband, Jason, of Vernon; and her grandson, Michael Otterbein and his wife, Courtney, of Oakville, Canada; four great grandchildren, Ben and Grace Otterbein, and Olivia and Ronan Firth. She also leaves her treasured sister, Nancy (Santangelo) Emond (about as close as sisters could be; they could burn up the phone lines!) and her husband, Norm; her sister-in-law, Phyllis (Otterbein) Sbona; and five nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, John W. Otterbein Jr. and died on what would have been his 65th birthday. The family would like to thank the staff at Manchester Manor for its loving care in her 2½ years there as well as Masonicare Hospice for its compassion and concern in the final days. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 27, 2016, at 10 a.m. directly at the Church of St. Mary, 51 Freestone Ave., Portland. Burial will be in Indian Hill Cemetery, Middletown. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter, 200 Executive Boulevard, Suite 48 Southington, CT 06489. To send an online expression of sympathy, please visit www.portlandmemorialfh.net
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Published in Journal Inquirer from June 24 to June 29, 2016
Pavano, Paul J.  
Paul J. Pavano, 83, of Manchester, beloved husband of Joan (Bellody) Pavano for 64 years, died peacefully Sunday, June 26, 2016, with his loving family by his side after a long, courageous battle with ALS. Born in Hartford on July 25, 1932, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Theresa (Caracciolo) Pavano. Paul was very proud of his Italian heritage, having been raised in the Front Street area of Hartford. He always looked forward to his monthly breakfast with his friends from the old East Side. He was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving during the Korean War. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and also enjoyed watching the UConn men's and women's basketball teams. A loving husband, father, and grandfather, Paul is survived by his devoted wife, Joan; his daughter, Leisa Guiliano and husband, Gary, and his adored grandson, Alexander J. Guiliano, all of Broad Brook. He is also survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Robert and Debby Bellody, of South Windsor, John and Agnes Bellody, of Niantic, Agnes Bellody, of South Windsor, Nila and Al Maulucci, of South Windsor, Beverly Bellody and husband, Chris Gayson, of Tolland, and Nick and Paula Bellody, of Vernon; as well as many nieces and nephews. A special thank-you to Paul's friends and neighbors, Mary and Jeff Metheny and Karen Krijak, as well as Dr. Felice and his ALS team at the Hospital of Special Care in New Britain and the team of doctors and nurses at the West Haven ALS clinic. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, William Bellody. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, June 30, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Luke Church, 66 Bolton Street, Hartford. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church. Entombment with military honors will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Calling hours are Wednesday, June 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. Donations in Paul's memory may be made to the ALS Association, 4 Oxford Road, Unit E4, Milford, CT 06460. To share a memory of Paul with his family, please visit www.desopo.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from June 28 to July 2, 2016
Peterson, James F. "Jimmy"  
James "Jimmy" F. Peterson (Schick), 62, of Enfield, passed from his earthly journey Friday, June 17, 2016. He was the beloved husband of Pamela J. (Walsh) Peterson. Jimmy was born Jan. 31, 1954, in Hartford. Jimmy was the son of Jean A. (Cain) Schick of Enfield and the late Andrew W. Schick Jr. He was a 1973 graduate of Enfield High School and had resided in Enfield most of his life and in Windsor the past 25 years. Jimmy was employed as a technician with Xerox Co. for 28 years. He was an avid golfer and a Red Sox fan, and enjoyed spending time with friends, family, and especially his nieces and nephews. Pam would like to extend many thanks for the support during Jimmy's illness to family and friends, especially to his sisters, Jackie and Michele, for their loving and compassionate care over the past weeks. Besides his wife of 13 years, Pam, and his mother, Jean, Jimmy is also survived by his brother, Bruce Peterson and wife, Robin, of Maumee, Ohio; two sisters, Michele Richards and husband, Edward, of Enfield and Jackie Madore and husband, Phillip, of Manchester; along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Besides his father, Bruce A. Peterson, he was also predeceased by a brother, Brian Peterson. Jimmy's family will receive relatives and friends Monday, June 27, from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by a celebration of life service at Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, 43 Shaker Road, Enfield. Interment will be private in St. Patrick's King Street Cemetery, Enfield. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations in Jimmy's memory be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th floor, New York, NY 10004, or ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929. For online condolences, visit www.brownefuneralchapels.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from June 22 to June 26, 2016
Rookey, Helen P.  
Helen P. Rookey, "Yia Yia," 90, lifelong resident of Suffield, beloved wife of Rockwell E. Rookey, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 25, 2016, at home surrounded by her family. She was born Dec. 5, 1925, in Suffield, a daughter of the late Theodore and Evangeline (Poulopouos) Papafil. Helen was a member of St. Luke's Greek Orthodox Church, the former St. Nicholas Philoptochos, and the Romeo and Juliet of St. Luke's. She was also a member of the Enfield American Legion Post 80 and was the past president of the women's auxiliary. In addition to her husband, Rockwell, she is survived by her four children, Rockwell T. Rookey and his partner, Marcia Hughes, of East Windsor, Ronald J. Rookey and his wife, Marcy D., of Suffield, Rodney A. Rookey, of Suffield, and Evangeline R. Rookey and her partner, Karl Christian, of West Suffield; four grandchildren, Crista, Ralle, Alexandra, and Ryan; and special nephews Theodore Papafil, of Norfolk, Virginia, and Brian Stephenson, of New Orleans. She was predeceased by two brothers, Alexander and Nicholas Papafil. Relatives and friends may join the family for calling hours today, Monday, June 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, June 28, at 10 a.m. at St. Luke's Greek Orthodox Church, 400 Prospect St., East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Please meet at church. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Suffield. Donations in Helen's memory may be made to St. Luke's Greek Orthodox Church, 400 Prospect St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028. For information or to leave online expressions of sympathy please visit www.leetestevens.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from June 27 to July 1, 2016
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