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Dusty, Beth E.  
Beth E. Dusty, 79, of Springfield, wife of the late Robert L. Dusty, entered into eternal peace Sunday, April 26, 2015, at home surrounded by her family. The daughter of the late Frank and Aurelia (Saunders) Morton, Beth was born and raised in Gorham, Maine. She had lived in Springfield, "Crescent Lake" Enfield, and also Somers. Beth enjoyed the outdoors and loved camping. She also enjoyed knitting and, most importantly, spending time with her family. She is survived by four children, Bryan Dusty and his wife, Lydia, of Somers, Gerald Dusty and his girlfriend, Anita Curtis, of Manchester, Debra Clarke and her husband, Craig, of Campton, New Hampshire, and William Dusty of Springfield. She also leaves her long-time companion, Dale Jensen; a sister, Ethel Greene Quattrucci; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Besides her husband, Beth was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Dusty; two brothers, Keith and Donald Morton; and three sisters, Angie Spring, Marie Taylor, and Winifred Robichaud. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Somers Center Cemetery, Battle Street in Somers. In lieu of flowers, donations in Beth's memory may be made to AMVETS, Post 18, P.O. Box 974, Enfield, CT 06083. Leete-Stevens is entrusted with arrangements; to leave online condolences, please visit www.leetestevens.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 2 to May 6, 2015
Dyer, Ronald R.  
Ronald R. Dyer, passed away April 24, 2015. Formerly of Tolland, he was a resident of Plainville, Massachusetts. Ron is survived by his wife, Ursula; four children, Alison and husband, Robert Smith, of Vienna, Virginia, Lori and husband, Bill Cooper, of Prospect, Kentucky, Jim Dyer and wife, Jenny, of Norfolk, Massachusetts, and Kevin Dyer and wife, Gaye, of Washington, D.C.; six grandchildren, Ryan Cooper of Chicago, Illinois, James Smith and wife, Anna, of Sterling, Virginia, Rachel Cooper of Orlando, Florida, Hannah Smith, of Brooklyn, New York, and Maeve and Michael Dyer, of Norfolk; as well as very special friends, the Eisele family. He is preceded in death by his parents; eight sisters; and one brother. A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, May 7, at 11 a.m. at St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church, 3609 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, RI. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made to the Sturdy Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 2963, Attleboro, MA 02703. Interment will be held Sept. 18, 2015, in Valley View Cemetery, Tolland. Complete obituary and online guest book located at www.dyer-lakefuneralhome.com "He lived. He loved. He left."
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 4 to May 8, 2015
Foss, James P.  
James P. Foss, 75, of Vernon, passed away Monday, May 4, 2015. He was born May 1, 1940, in Fort Fairfield, Maine, a son of the late George S. and Georgie (Everett) Foss. He was a member of the Elks Club, Maple Grove, Italian American Friendship Club, TKB Club, and several other organizations, always keeping active. He was an avid golfer. He is survived by his brother, David Foss and his wife, Carol, of Union; and his sisters, Betty Henderson and her husband, Roger, of East Andover, New Hampshire, and Mary Martin and Wilma Jones, both of Vernon. He is also survived by many, many nieces and nephews. His greatest love was his family. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Dawn Barnes, of Caswell, Maine. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect St., Rockville. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 8, at St. Bernard Church, 25 St. Bernard Terrace, Rockville. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family. The family requests memorial donations in James name be made to the organization of their choice. For online condolences, visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 5 to May 9, 2015
Fusco, Michael Richard  
Michael Richard Fusco, 61, of Vernon, husband of Pamela (Koss) Fusco, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Manchester. Born in Hartford on Feb. 21, 1954, son of the late Victor Fusco Sr. and Marie (LaBounty) Fusco, he was raised in Windsor and had lived in Vernon for the last 21 years. Michael was a graduate of St. Gabriel School in Windsor and Windsor High School, Class of 1972. After high school, he continued his education at New England Tractor Trailer Training School. He worked as a truck driver at the Salvation Army in Hartford for many years. Michael was very musically inclined and loved to play the drums. While growing up in Windsor he played with his brother Jim in a band call "The Centures." In his spare time, Michael loved fishing in the local lakes and rivers and spending time with his family. While growing up, he especially enjoyed going to his family's cottage each summer at Point O' Woods Beach in Old Lyme. Besides his wife, he leaves a son, Jeremy Michael Fusco and his fiancée, Kristen Caplin, of Manchester; two daughters, Jessica Nicole Bodman and her husband, Eric, of Bolton and Audrey Marie Fusco of Vernon; two stepsons, Jesse Berman, of Vernon and Tim Eldred, of Fairmont, West Virginia; four brothers, Victor Fusco Jr., of Newport, Rhode Island, James Fusco and his wife, Donna, of Longs, South Carolina, David Fusco, of Preston, and Peter Fusco, of Windsor; and two sisters, Michele Fusco, of Enfield, and Marlene Fusco, of Windsor. His family will receive friends Thursday, April 30, 4 to 6 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 6 p.m. in the chapel of Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2080 Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill, CT 06067, or by visiting www.diabetes.org/donate For online condolences, visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 29 to May 3, 2015
Guarino, Robert "Bob"  
Robert "Bob" Guarino, 60, of South Windsor, began his journey to heaven on April 18, 2015. Robert lived in South Windsor for most of his life before settling in Port Richey, Florida. He retired from owning his own business as a plumbing and heating contractor. He was an incredible husband, father, and grandfather. He had an undying passion for music and loved playing the guitar and singing. He also enjoyed playing cards, fishing, and spending quality time with his family. He is survived by his mother, Brigid Guarino of Sun City, Florida; and was predeceased by his father, Nicholas Guarino. He leaves behind the love of his life, Janet Guarino (Rancourt); three children, Nicole Hayden of Enfield, Richard Guarino and his wife, Meghan, of Palm Harbor, Florida, and Tina Guarino and her significant other, Dimas Gonzalez, of Hartford; and the greatest joys of his life, his nine grandchildren. He also leaves behind his loving sisters and brothers through marriage, Richard and Nancy DelConte, Larry and Diane Manion, and Bill and Carol Akell; and his brothers Paul and Mike Guarino; as well as numerous nieces and nephews whom he adored. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at the Luginbuhl Pond, 76 Lower Butcher Road, Ellington, at 1 p.m. Daddy, you are so dearly loved and you will be missed by all whose lives that you touched. Rest in peace, until we meet again.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 2 to May 6, 2015
Hack, Edith (Kilmer)  
Edith (Kilmer) Hack, 87, of Enfield, entered into eternal rest after a long, courageous battle with cancer with her beloved son at her side, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Johnson Memorial Medical Center in Stafford Springs. She was the loving wife of 49 years to the late Russell T. Hack Sr. Edith was born July 7, 1927, in Poughkeepsie, New York, the daughter of the late Raymond and Mary (Clear) Kilmer. She had resided in Enfield since 1951. She was employed for many years as an operator with the New York Telephone Co. In her leisure time she enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and needlepoint. Edith was a member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) call ID KA1VED and a member of St. Patrick Church, Enfield. She is survived by her loving son, Russell "Rusty" T. Hack Jr., of Enfield; a very dear niece, Kathleen Dufficy, of San Antonio, Texas; along with several other nieces and nephews; a special cousin, Peggy Scannell, of Beacon, New York, and several other cousins. Edith was also predeceased by two sisters, Helen Parnamham and Irene Dufficy. Friends may gather with her family during calling hours Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 1 to 3 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. with Father Michael Dolan officiating at Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, 43 Shaker Road, Enfield. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in St. Patrick's King Street Cemetery, Enfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. To leave an online condolence message, or for directions or more info, visit www.brownefuneralchapels.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 30 to May 4, 2015
Henry, Anna "Jean"  
Anna "Jean" Henry, 85, of South Windsor, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at the Village of Buckland Court, South Windsor. Born Nov. 7, 1929, in Shermansdale, Pennsylvania, she was a daughter of the late John H. and Marie (Stewart) Gibson. Jean graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, and was a registered nurse and Director of Nursing for over 20 years with Vernon Manor. She married Glenn L. Henry, and together they shared 54 years of marriage. A longtime resident of Tolland, Jean was an avid Boston Red Sox fan, and enjoyed bowling, golfing and playing bridge with family and friends. She was also a member of First Lutheran Church in Ellington for many years. She is survived by her children, Stephen Henry, Thomas Henry and his wife, Suellen, David Henry and his wife, Lauren, and Sandra Haines; grandsons Michael, Harrison, Connor, and Payton. She also leaves her brothers, Jack and Dennis Gibson; and several nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her sister, Arlene Smeigh; and brother, Donald Gibson. Calling hours for Jean will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 4, 2015, at Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home, 551 Talcottville Road, Vernon with a funeral service beginning at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Enola, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jean's name to the American Heart Association, 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691. For online condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 2 to May 6, 2015
Herbst, Marie (DeCarlo)  
Marie (DeCarlo) Herbst, 86, of Vernon, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Born May 26, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Rose DeCarlo. Marie was married for 62 years to Paul Edward Herbst, on Aug. 9, 1952, her best friend and lifetime sweetheart. Marie graduated from AB Davis High School, Mt. Vernon, New York, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Albany State Teachers College, her Master of Arts degree from Columbia Teachers College, and her professional educator's degree from the University of Connecticut. Retiring at the age of 80, her teaching career spanned more than 42 years, 38 of which were with the East Windsor public school system, having been a department head for 11 of those years. She initiated a world language program in the middle school, and was voted Student Council Teacher of the Year in 1999 and District Teacher of the Year in 2000. Marie was one of four finalists for State Teacher of the Year in 2001 and was honored as the East Windsor High School Class of 2008 commencement speaker by dedicating their yearbook to her. Marie served for more than 40 years in a plethora of areas as an elected official and civil servant. For the town of Vernon, she passionately served on the Board of Education and Town Council, and was elected the first woman mayor of Vernon, serving for two consecutive terms, running unopposed for the second term. As mayor, she consolidated the Rockville and Vernon fire departments, established the capital improvement program, hired the town's first economic developer, became chairperson of the new public safety building, and revamped the Vernon Senior Center. Town employees fondly referred to her as "Mother Marie." Marie left numerous other legacies, including co-chair of the annual Community Tag Sale and Halloween Happenings and bicentennial book chairperson, and was a member of the Friends of Valley Falls Historical Society, Friends of Rockville Library, and the Connecticut Education Association. For Connecticut, she was a state senator from the 35th congressional district for four years, serving as chair of the Public Safety Committee. She was known as the "Conscience of the Senate." In 2011, Marie received the Ella Grasso Women's Leadership Award from the Democratic State Central Committee. Marie was a member of Sacred Heart Church for over 50 years. During that time, she served as a lector, Eucharistic minister, team leader for Sunday services at Vernon Manor, taught church school, and ran the high school religious program. Marie had a passion and zest for life. She was an avid fan of Yankees baseball and UConn Huskies basketball. She displayed exceptional talents in the kitchen and loved cooking for her large family. After her retirement, she received great joy in shopping with her daughters, watching her grandchildren play sports, and babysitting the family rescue dogs. Hallmark movies were frequently playing on her TV set. She enjoyed traveling with her family on numerous vacations; her favorite destination was visiting her sister and family in the Hamptons. Her favorite motto was "Live a little, laugh a little, love a lot." She was the proud matriarch of her family and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her. Marie also leaves behind four daughters, Debra and husband, Evin Ryan, of Mahopac, New York, Kathryn Herbst, of Vernon, Laura and husband, Dominick Sanzari, of Newington, and Janet and husband, Kyle Mansfield, of Vernon. She was predeceased by her only son, Paul "Herby" Herbst, in 2011. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Stacey and Mackenzy Ryan, Dominick, and Gregory Sanzari, and Courtney, Olivia, and Jake Mansfield. Marie leaves her sister, Mary Ann Gomes, of Hawthorne, New York; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Marie's family is sincerely indebted to the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center, especially Dr. Pazooki, the lab personnel, nursing and administrative staff and all the volunteers. They would also like to thank the staff of Visiting Nurse and Health Services of Connecticut and Manchester Memorial Hospital. Heartfelt thanks to her caregivers, Jeannie and Renee. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Marie's memory may be made to the town of Vernon Ambulance Corps, 280 West St., Vernon, CT 06066, Vernon Fire Department, 280 West St., Vernon, CT 06066, or the Hockanum Valley Food Pantry, 29 Naek Road, Suite 5A, Vernon, CT 06066. The family will receive visitors at Sacred Heart Church, 550 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, Friday, May 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be offered also at Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, May 2, at 11 a.m. Interment will be private. For online condolences, visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 28 to May 2, 2015
Janiec, Mary Cecilia  
Sr. Mary Cecilia Janiec, 99, a member of the Felician Sister Community for 80 years, entered into eternal life on Friday, April 24, 2015, in Our Lady of the Angels Care Center in Enfield. She was born on March 10, 1916, in Hartford, formerly Salome Janiec, daughter of the late Lawrence and Frances Janiec. She was predeceased by her siblings, Stanley, Josephine, Mary and Sophie Janiec and Veronica Novotasky. A wake for Sr. Cecilia will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2015, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Our Lady of the Angels Convent, 1315 Enfield St., Enfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 27, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the convent chapel. Burial will follow in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Enfield. Memorial donations may be made to the Felician Sister's Retirement Fund, C/O the Felician Sisters, 1315 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082. Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels Enfield, has been entrusted with Sister's arrangements.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 25 to Apr. 29, 2015
Kiejna, Thadius John "Ted / "Tex"  
Thadius John "Ted" / "Tex" Kiejna, 95, a lifelong resident of Manchester, the husband of the late Jean (Kose) Kiejna, died Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Manchester Manor. Born in Plymouth, he was the son of the late Marian and Tekla Kiejna. He was a basketball star at Terryville High School, a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, and retired from Hamilton Standard after many years of service, as well as a member of St. James Knights of Columbus and the Polish American Club. An avid golfer accruing many trophies, he loved the New York Yankees (spending many springs at their summer camp), traveling here and abroad as well as cooking and sharing his love of food with his entire family. He is survived by his daughters Barbara Unsworth and her husband, Thomas, of Lee, Massachusetts, and Donna Stack and her husband, William, of Mendham, New Jersey; his grandchildren, Tom Unsworth, Christopher Unsworth, Andrew Unsworth and wife, Marybeth, Emily Manz and husband, Tom, Jason Stack and wife, Josephine, Priscilla Elms and husband, Michael, Meredith Ross and husband, Brian; and 12 adoring great-grandchildren. Besides his wife, he was predeceased by one younger brother and two younger sisters. A special thank-you to the outstanding and caring staff at Manchester Manor, especially Ann Marie, Maria, and Evelyn. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, May 1, at noon at St. James Church, 896 Main St., Manchester, followed by burial in St. James Cemetery. John F. Tierney Funeral Home has care of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. James School Foundation, P.O. Box 254, Manchester, CT 06045-0254. For online condolences visit www.tierneyfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 28 to May 2, 2015
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