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Dionne, Fernande A.  
Fernande A. Dionne, 79, of Vernon passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 7, 2015. Born in Madawaska, Maine, she was predeceased by her parents, Eugene and Anita (Soucy) Dionne. A graduate of St. Francis School of Nursing, she was proud to be a registered nurse. She enjoyed her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and needlepoint. She is survived by her daughter Lise Silverstein and her husband, Philip; her son, Paul Garafolo, all of Glastonbury; her grandchildren, Lindsay Violette and her husband, Brian, Daniel Hannon and his fiancée, Shawna Davis, Jason Acciola, Joseph Garafolo, Kayla Guilbault, and Asheley Pankratz and her husband, Chris; and two great-grandchildren, Rylie Garafolo and Aubrey Violette. She also leaves her brother, Eugene Dionne; sister, Charlotte Corbiel; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St., Plainville. Committal services will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Family and friends may gather one hour before the service, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. For online expressions of sympathy, visit www.bailey-funeralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 11 to May 15, 2015
Gates, Lise D.  
Lise D. Gates, 78, of Manchester died Saturday May 9, 2015, at Westside Care Center. Born in Manchester, the daughter of the late Raymond and Yvonne (Cadieux) Trudeau, she was a lifelong resident of Manchester and a graduate of Manchester High School, Class of 1955. During her lifetime, Lise had worked at many local businesses, including Stop & Shop, Waldbaums, and Shaws. She is survived by her daughter, Lori Gates and her companion, Thomas Stough, of Manchester; her son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Tami Gates of Manchester; four grandchildren, Christina Pinkham, Matthew Pinkham, Ashlyn Gates, and Dean Gates; her great-grandson, Merick Pinkham; her sister, Claire March of East Hartford; her brother, Joseph "Bobby" Trudeau of Manchester; and several nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her siblings, Larry Trudeau and Carmen Hartley. Funeral services will be held of Friday, May 15, at 9:30 a.m. from the John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 W. Center St., Manchester, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of the Assumption, 29 Adams St. South, at 10 a.m., with burial in St. James Cemetery, Manchester. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, May 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in Lise's name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. For online condolences, visit www.tierneyfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 12 to May 16, 2015
Giorgetti, Elizabeth M. (Gallowsky)  
Elizabeth M. (Gallowsky) Giorgetti, 91, of Enfield, widow of Victor Giorgetti, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, May 10, 2015. Born in Hartford on Aug. 11, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Herman and Lydia (Pelletier) Gallowsky. Although Elizabeth had worked for the Traveler's Insurance Co. for 15 years, her life was devoted to the care of her daughter, Gina. Elizabeth was an avid reader and also a crossword puzzle addict. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Deborah Giorgetti, of Bristol; three daughters, Mary Gilmartin and her partner, Fred Wassell, of Enfield, Vicki Ingraham and her partner, Gregory Rioux, of Leland, North Carolina, and Gina Giorgetti, of Enfield; and five grandchildren, Betsy Ingraham, Nathan Ingraham and his wife, Susan Mees, Michael Giorgetti, Sarah Ingraham, and Laura Giorgetti. Elizabeth was predeceased by her son Peter Giorgetti. The family would like to thank cardiologist Dr. Steven Lane for the 26 years of care he gave to their mother. Also, they would like to thank the staff at The Suffield House, especially Chris and Amille, for the care they gave during Elizabeth's stay. A funeral of Christian burial will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at DuPont Funeral Home, 25 Bellevue Ave., Bristol. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. A calling hour will be 9:30 to 10:30 Thursday morning. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road, Enfield, CT 06082. Family and friends are invited to leave a condolence message by visiting www.dupontfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 13 to May 17, 2015
Greski, Malvina K. (Pochron)  
Malvina K. (Pochron) Greski, of Suffield, passed from this life into the loving arms of Christ on Sunday, May 10, 2015, at the age of 96, the widow of Leon Greski (1990). Malvina was born Sept. 17, 1918, in Thompsonville, daughter of the late Albert and Julia (Pluta) Pochron. As a young child she and her family moved to Suffield, where she raised her family and spent the remainder of her life. She was a communicant of St. Adalbert Church in Enfield. Malvina was the loving mother of two daughters, Dorothy and her husband, Larry Quinn, of Suffield, Barbara Greski, of Suffield, with whom she made her home; and her son, Leon "Jay" and his wife, Grace, of Enfield. "Non" leaves her grandchildren, L.D. Quinn and his wife, Wendy, of Oklahoma City, Dan Quinn and his wife, Julie, of Virginia, Debra Quinn and her friend, Mike, of Windsor Locks, and Leonard and Jason Greski and their wives, Barbara and Rebecca, of New York. "Non" also leaves nine great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Megan Quinn, Eric, Emily, and Alex Bursztyn, and Jesse, Elias, Jacob, and Noah Greski. She was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Phillips and Florence Skipper; and a brother, Joseph Pochron. "Non" will be sadly missed by her loving family. She truly was "The wind beneath our wings." Funeral service for Malvina will be private. Burial will be in St. Adalbert's Cemetery. Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave an online condolence message visit www.brownefuneralchapels.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 13 to May 17, 2015
Hunt, Malcolm L.  
Malcolm L. Hunt, M.D., 89, of South Windsor, formerly of Tolland, passed away May 8, 2015, at home surrounded by family. He was born May 11, 1925, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, son of the late Arthur J. and Theresa Laselle Hunt. He married Elizabeth "Betty" McDermott in April 1945, and they celebrated 57 years together before her death in 2002. Malcolm graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1942. He attended Tufts University and suspended his studies to serve his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After his service, he returned to Tufts. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1947 and his M.D. in 1951. He practiced surgery in the Boston, Massachusetts area, Lewistown, Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and Chelmsford, Massachusetts before working at Aetna in Hartford. He retired from Aetna in 1986. Malcolm is survived by his five daughters and their spouses, Carol and Jim Patterson Jr., Marcia and John Baker, Dale and Bob Johnson, Brenda and Steve Basson, and Kim and Tim Shaw. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren and their spouses, James and Shannon, Hope and Jeff, Julie and John, William and Sandi, Jennifer and Donnie, Heather and Chad, Kristen and Dewayne, and Kathy. He leaves 11 great-grandchildren, Bailey, Lauren, Emma, Jacob, Ashlee, Sarah, Aidan, Mackenzie, Alex, Emory, and Nick. He leaves his in-laws, Barbara, Theresa, Pat, Joan, Joe, and Bonnie. The family gathered recently to celebrate his upcoming 90th birthday, and all got to spend time with him before his passing. There are no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at St. Matthew Church in Tolland, with burial to follow in St. Bernard Cemetery in Vernon. The family would like to thank Visiting Nurse and Health Services of CT for their care and compassion, especially Dan, Donna, Janice, Lisa, and Wing. Memorial donations may be made to Visiting Nurse and Health Services of CT, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, CT 06066; or St. Matthew Church, 111 Tolland Green, P.O. Box 100, Tolland, CT 06084. For online condolences, visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 11 to May 15, 2015
Kiernan, Brian  
Brian Kiernan, 79, of Manchester, the husband of Barbara (Holland) Kiernan, died Friday, May 8, 2015, at Crestfield Convalescent Home, Manchester. Born in Ireland, he had lived in Manchester for many years. An avid sportsman and skeet and trap shooter, Brian was a member of the Andover Sportsman's Club, and the Rockville Fish and Game Club. Besides his wife, he is survived by his brother, Leslie Kiernan of Australia; sister-in-law, Joyce Holland of Manchester; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 13, at 11 a.m. at the John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 W. Center St., Manchester, followed by burial in St. James Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. For online condolences. visit www.tierneyfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 11 to May 15, 2015
Killeen, John D.  
John D. Killeen, 71, of Enfield, entered peacefully into eternal rest Monday, May 11, 2015. He was born in Hartford on Dec. 11, 1943, the son of the late John W. Killeen and Frances V. Hero Killeen. He grew up in Uncasville, summered in Groton Long Point, and after making several stops along life's path, he settled in Enfield in 1967. John spent 20 years working for the town of Enfield holding a variety of positions including assessor, town clerk, industrial coordinator, acting town manager and director of planning and development. He was a past president of the Connecticut Association of Assessing Officers. He was grateful to the association for making him a life member in November 2012. John later became a principal in the firm of United Metal Working Industries Inc. until he left in 2004. He went back to his first love and put five years in the Suffield Assessor's Office, before retiring in 2010. When he wore a younger man's clothes he was an avid slow-pitch softball player in and around Enfield. He was a Laker's fan dating to their days in Minneapolis, a long-suffering fan of the Red Sox and loved to watch the UConn women's basketball team. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Ellen (McDermott) Killeen; two sons and their spouses, John P. and Leslie Killeen, of Weymouth, Massachusetts, and Michael and Maryellen Killeen, of Upton, Massachusetts; five grandchildren; John A., Abigail, Madeline, Alexandra, and Lily. He also is survived by his brother, Bill, and a half-brother, Jeffrey. A special thanks to the staff at the Saint Francis Cancer Center for the many kindnesses shown to John during his treatments there. The Killeen family will receive relatives and friends Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. followed by a remembrance service at Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, 43 Shaker Road, Enfield. Interment will be private in the Comstock Cemetery, Uncasville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in John's name may be made to the Mercy Housing and Shelter, 211 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford, CT 06114. 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 May 13 to May 17, 2015
Krajewski, Alexander H.  
Alexander H. Krajewski, 69, of 25 Hemlock Drive in Windsor, Vermont, passed away unexpectedly at home on May 9, 2015, from surgical complications. Alex was born in Rockville on Jan. 27, 1946, the son of Herman and Louise Dreher Krajewski. He grew up in Rockville, graduated from Marianapolis Preparatory School in Thompson, and earned a bachelor degree in finance from Boston College and attended graduate school at the University of Tennessee. Alex will be passionately missed by his companion, Joanne Pollio; his son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Elizabeth Krajewski of Coventry; and his brother and sister-in-law Hugh and Suzanne Krajewski of China, Maine. Alex will also be dearly missed by Joanne's children, Mark Pollio and Christine Cooney and their families; and his nephews Aaron, Levi, Sam, and their families. Alex leaves many beloved friends and his former wife, Marcia Krajewski. Alex was predeceased by his younger son, Daniel Krajewski. Alex had a very outgoing personality and a successful career in office furniture sales, both of which gained him a great number of caring friends throughout New England. Alex loved to ski, bask in the sun, and generally spend time outdoors. He loved his adopted state of Vermont and enjoyed learning about its history and getting to know local residents. Most of all, Alex treasured time spent with family and friends. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 W. Center St., Manchester. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 25 St. Bernard Terrace, Rockville. Burial will follow at St. Bernard Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the World Wildlife Fund or a charity of choice.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 12 to May 16, 2015
Kurylo, Colleen (Hughes)  
Colleen (Hughes) Kurylo, 84, of Ellington, beloved wife of the late Stephen James Kurylo, died peacefully Wednesday, May 6, 2015, surrounded by her family. She was born Dec. 21, 1930, in Paterson, New Jersey, daughter of the late James and Ellen (Watson) Hughes. Colleen was predeceased by her sisters, Maureen Wilson and Sheila Schamach; and brother, Henry Hughes. She is survived by her son Stephen J. Kurylo and his wife, Bonnie, of Weare, New Hampshire; her son Daniel D. Kurylo, of Clifton, New Jersey; her four grandchildren, Jonathan, Brendan, Christopher, and Corey; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. In her early life, Colleen sang professionally and performed regularly at the Penguin Club in Clifton. After attending Fairleigh-Dickinson College, Colleen met her husband at Curtiss-Wright Aircraft in Teaneck, New Jersey, where they both worked. Married Oct. 29, 1955, they bought their first home and started a family in Clifton, living there until relocating to South Windsor, in 1964. Colleen was always an extremely hard worker, serving as administrative assistant for numerous businesses throughout her life. After retirement, Colleen and her husband moved to Jupiter, Florida. They remained very active, and especially enjoyed their many trips to Europe. While in Florida, Colleen focused on her writing, participating in many writing classes, workshops and writer's retreats. Colleen returned to Connecticut soon after the passing of her husband in 1998. Settling into her home in Ellington, she continued with her passion for writing. She received national recognition with numerous writing awards, including the Writer's Foundation America's Best and the GE Pierce Communications October First Page. She ultimately published three collections of short stories, as well as a comprehensive dictionary of homophones and other confusable words, which she had researched for two decades. Music was an important part of Colleen's life. In addition to her singing career, she enjoyed a lifetime of playing the piano, as well as encouraging and teaching others to play. She loved volunteering, traveling, socializing, and playing bridge. Colleen was proud of her Irish heritage, and shared that joy with everyone! She was strong willed, engaging, loving, and supportive, and we were all blessed to have been a part of her life. Her family will receive friends Saturday, May 16, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor, with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Wapping Cemetery, South Windsor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Colleen's memory to the Alzheimer's Association www.als.org/join_the_cause_donte For online condolences and guest book, please visit us at www.carmonfuneralhome.com Our family especially wants to thank the many nurses, aides and staff at Caring Hand in Connecticut and The Arbors of Bedford in New Hampshire. Your care and love allowed Colleen to maintain her independence, dignity and comfort during the precious time we had with her. Please know that, to Colleen, you are all Irish!
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 14 to May 18, 2015
Martorelli, Elizabeth M.  
Elizabeth M. Martorelli, 74, of Stafford Springs passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015, at home surrounded by her family. She was born in Stafford Springs, daughter of the late Jacob and Anna (Kreydatus) Zelonka. Prior to her retirement, Betty had worked at Aetna; Penny, Hanley and Howley; and Mullen & Mahon, and then started her own business, Stafford Insurance. She was a member of St. Edward Church and former president and member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Stafford Springs Fire Department. One of her greatest accomplishments, along with her husband, was starting Santa's Toy Box for the town of Stafford. Betty was awarded Citizen of the Year in 1999 and Citizen of the Month in January of 2002 for her exemplary dedication and service to the town. Betty is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Robert J. Martorelli Sr.; four children, Deborah Bushey and her husband, Mark, Robert J. Martorelli Jr., Marc Martorelli and his wife, Darlene, and Stacey Tilki and her husband, Eric; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brother, Andrew Zelonka and his wife, Joan; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by six siblings, Mary Zelonka, Catherine Duquette, Helen Zelonka, Anna Hurchala, John Zelonka, and Jacob Zelonka Jr. Her funeral will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015, with a procession forming by 9 a.m. at Introvigne Funeral Home Inc., 51 E. Main St., Stafford Springs, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Edward Church, High Street, Stafford Springs. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery, Stafford Springs. Calling hours are on Thursday, May 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to St. Edward Church, 6 Benton St., Stafford Springs, CT 06076; or to Home and Community Health Services, Hospice Program, P.O. Box 1199, Enfield, CT 06083. For online condolences or directions, visit www.introvignefuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 12 to May 16, 2015
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