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Sweatland, Mary Jane (Sniadowski)  
Mary Jane (Sniadowski) Sweatland, 75, of West Suffield, beloved wife of the late Guy Sweatland, died Monday, April 25, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital. She was born in Suffield, daughter of the late Mary (Drenzek) Zabek and Chester Sniadowski. She moved to Ludlow, Massachusetts, and graduated from Ludlow High School before moving back to Suffield. She was retired from Aetna Life & Casualty. Jane was an avid cook and loved gardening and painting, but most of all enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by her devoted children, Timothy Guy Sweatland of West Suffield, Jillian Sweatland of Suffield, and Jodi Dubiel and her husband, Roger, of West Suffield; three granddaughters whom she cherished, Hannah Rae Bruning, Gretchen Bruning, and Alexandra Dubiel; two sisters, Theresa Tokarz and her husband, Stanley, of Suffield and Florence Dos Santos and her husband, Olimpio, of Ludlow; and a stepbrother, Victor Zabek of Boston; along with many nieces and nephews. Jane will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 3, at noon at the Heritage Funeral Home, 1240 Mountain Road, West Suffield. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, May 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Suffield Volunteer Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 642, Suffield, CT 06078; or the Emergency Aid Association of Suffield, 450 South St., Suffield, CT 06078. For online condolences, visit www.suffieldfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 30 to May 4, 2016
Tiziani, Marjorie  
A graveside service for Marjorie Tiziani, formerly of Stafford Springs, will be held Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at 2 p.m. at St. Edward Cemetery, West Stafford Road, Stafford Springs. For online condolences visit www.introvignefuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 27 to May 1, 2016
Usher Sr., Arthur N.  
Arthur N. Usher Sr., 87, beloved husband of Janet (Easter) Usher for 67 years, entered into eternal peace Saturday, April 23, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford surrounded by his loving family. Affectionately known as "Usher," he was born in Enfield, the son of the late John and Mary (Quinn) Usher, and lived in Somersville most of his life before moving to the Scitico section of Enfield. He retired from Pratt & Whitney in 1987 after 36 years with the company. He enjoyed working around the yard and was very handy, always willing to lend his assistance to family and friends. Besides his wife, Janet, Usher is survived by a son, Arthur N. Usher Jr. "Timmy" and his wife, Patricia, of Enfield; a daughter, Gloria Wood, of Bolton; six siblings, Carl Usher, Jeninne Petkis, Geraldine Dawicki, Carol Bigda, Kenneth Usher, and Dennis Usher and his wife, Joanne; three grandchildren, Nichole Fuller and her husband, Doug, Derek Wood, and Steven Usher and his wife, Tammy; six great-grandchildren, Emilee Waterhouse, Craig Wood, Dale and Samantha Fuller, Aubree Usher, and Derek Wood Jr. He also leaves several nieces and nephews along with his loving canine companion, Clementine. He was predeceased by a brother, John Usher. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Francis Hospital and Masonicare for their compassionate care. Visitation hours will be held for Usher Thursday, April 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Somers Funeral Home, 354 Main St., Somers, immediately followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m. Burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Usher's memory may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111, or Masonicare, 111 Founders Plaza-Suite 200, East Hartford, CT 06108. For online condolences, visit www.somersfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 26 to Apr. 30, 2016
Williams, Ethel (Cheeseman)  
Ethel (Cheeseman) Williams, 72, of Vernon, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 25, 2016, at Rockville General Hospital with her family at her side. Born in Alburgh, Vermont, the daughter of the late Herbert and Theresa (Boutah) Cheeseman, she had lived in Vernon for over 50 years. Ethel was a home health aide in the area for several years. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends, going to tag sales, and watching UConn men's basketball. She was a member of the former Tolland VFW Auxiliary Post 241. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by her children, Tina Huntoon, of Vernon, Mark Williams and his wife, Hope, of Vernon, Lita Wnuk and her husband, Andrew, of Willington, and David Williams Jr. and his wife, Jessica, of Vernon; eight grandchildren, Tiffany and her husband, Jason, Danny and his fiancée, Sarah, Christine, Brittany and Matthew, Crystal and her fiancé, Alfred, Andrew, and Hailey; three great-grandchildren, Cecilia, Kaitlyn, and Adriana; a brother, Larry Cheeseman, of Florida; a brother-in-law, Walter Adams, of Vernon; and many nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her brother, Gardner Cheeseman; her sister, Joan Boure; and her husband, David Williams. Her family will receive friends for memorial calling hours Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to noon at Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home, 551 Talcottville Road (Route 83), Vernon, followed by a memorial service at the funeral home beginning at noon. Interment will follow in St. Bernard's Cemetery, Rockville. Ethel's family would like to thank all the Rockville General Hospital hospice staff for the wonderful care they gave to their mother. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ethel's memory may be made to Visiting Nurse and Health Services of Connecticut, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, CT 06066. For online condolences and guest book, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 27 to May 1, 2016
Winkler, Betty Louise  
Betty Louise Winkler, 86, of Danielson, passed away April 21, 2016, at Day Kimball Hospital after a brief illness. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dec. 20, 1929, daughter of the late Emile and Elizabeth (Seethaler) Miller. She was married to Edward C. Winkler on June 11, 1949, married 41 years, until his passing Dec. 6, 1990. Betty worked at Pervel Industries and then went on to recreational director at Norwichtown Convalescent Home and later at Pierce Memorial Baptist Home in Brooklyn until her retirement in 1992. Betty enjoyed playing cards, games, trivia, taking trips to the casino, and anything that involved spending time with her family, which is what she was the happiest doing. She is survived by her beloved sister, Audrey Carnahan, of Pittsburgh. Also surviving are Betty's seven loving children, Michael Winkler and his wife, Phyllis, of Vernon, Edward Winkler and his wife, Kitty, of Oakdale, Kathleen Ferland-Guglielmo and her husband, Mike, of Sterling, Darlene Fuller and her partner, Tom Suedhoff, of Dearly, Idaho, David Winkler and his wife, Patricia, of Norwich, Paul Winkler and his wife, Mary Jane, of Irmo South Carolina, and Christine Winkler and her partner, Jana Norman, of Killingly. Her 13 grandchildren, Melanie (Derek) Winkler, Joanna (Jeff) Shapiro, Tristan Winkler, Caitlin Winkler, Joshua Ferland, Noah (Nancy) Ferland, Michael Guglielmo Jr., Thomas (Heidi) LaFlesh, Adam LaFlesh, Bryan Winkler, Chelsea Winkler, Jason Winkler, and Aaron Winkler; and her two great-grandchildren, Samuel and Lenore LaFlesh. A graveside service will be held Thursday, April 28, at 10 a.m. in All Hallows Cemetery, Moosup, for anyone who wishes to attend. There are no calling hours. For online condolences, visit www.tillinghastfh.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 26 to Apr. 30, 2016

Obituaries from the Past Week

Dziadowicz, Dennis  
Dennis Dziadowicz went to heaven April 19, 2016, following a short illness. Dennis was born in New Britain, on Sept. 19, 1944. He attended St Joseph Parochial School, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, and Central Connecticut State College, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he spent 21 years. He retired as a first class petty officer. Dennis spent the largest part of his naval career as a radar controller on the carriers USS Saratoga, and USS Forrestal. After retiring from the Navy Dennis then worked 21 years as a letter carrier for the U.S. Post Office. Dennis was an amazing individual, who always put the needs of others before his own, particularly when it came to his service to the American Legion. He frequently traveled to veteran's hospitals helping disabled vets get the care and benefits they needed and he mentored youth on responsible citizenship as a faculty member of the Boys State Program every summer for many years. While serving the American Legion, Legion Post 26 in the last several years of his life, Dennis served two terms as the Connecticut Fourth District Commander and for many years served as Service Officer. Dennis also loved his duties in helping to run the bingo every Friday night at the Legion. Dennis is survived by his sister, Patricia Cook of Plainville; his brother, Edward Dziadowicz of New Britain; nephews, Steven Cook of Watertown, Jon Cook of San Francisco, California, and Ronald Goodrich of New Smyrna Beach, Florida; his great-nieces, Cara Cook of Milford, Zoey Goodrich of New Smyrna Beach, Ciara Langley of New Smyrna Beach, Delayna Goodrich of New Smyrna Beach, Cylee Langley of New Smyrna Beach, Willow Goodrich of New Smyrna Beach; and great-nephews, Blaze Cook of Milford and Xander Goodrich of New Smyrna Beach. Dennis was also survived by his fiancée, Jean Bessette and family. There were also some special people in Dennis' life including Michael Jevitts, Jeff Adkison, Pat Carr, John Hurchala, and many more. Dennis was predeceased by his parents, Edward P Dziadowicz and Mary T Dziadowicz of New Britain. Everyone who knew Dennis loved him dearly. A burial for Dennis will be held at the American Legion Memorial at American Legion Strazza Tonoli Post 26 10 Monson Road, Stafford Springs on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. with a military service at noon, followed by a luncheon to celebrate his life. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be sent Post 26 as listed above. Luddy Funeral Home and Crematory are handling the arrangements.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 23 to Apr. 27, 2016
Fortin, Nancy B.  
Nancy B. Fortin, 82, of East Windsor, passed away April 20, 2016. She was born June 17, 1934, in Hartford to the late James Groskritz and Alice Wyse Groskritz Jovino. Nancy was well known in communities far and wide as The Lady in Red and The Bike Lady. She was truly loved, cared for, and watched over by the entire East Windsor and surrounding communities, and she truly loved "her" town and all the wonderful people in it. She will be greatly missed by all those who had befriended her throughout her life in her small, little, wonderful, compassionate town of East Windsor. Nancy loved the outdoors, and often spent sunup to sundown outside riding her bike, gardening, walking, and meeting and talking with everyone she encountered. She is survived by her six children, David Joseph and his wife, Valencia, Danny Joseph and his wife, Cary, Laurie Stanley, Jackie Fortin, Paul Fortin and his wife, Darlene, and Candy Sosnicki and her husband, Joseph; four grandchildren, Emmalee Bloomfield, Carl Joseph, David Nicholson, and Cassandra Callender; and a great-grandchild, Attila Bloomfield. She also leaves her beloved sister, Peggy French, of East Windsor. She was predeceased by her brother, Joseph Jovino. Services will be private among her children and immediate family. In lieu of flowers and cards, please tie a red ribbon on your mailbox, tree, or front door, in memory of our dear mom - The Lady in Red. For online condolences, visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com We would like to mention that East Windsor Parks and Recreation, in partnership with other town departments, will be hosting a Lady in Red bench dedication in honor of Nancy. The bench will honor Nancy and be a place for all to celebrate her life for many years to come. A date and time has yet to be determined.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 25 to Apr. 29, 2016
Grinavich, Patricia  
Patricia Grinavich, 91, of Manchester, the husband of the late Joseph Grinavich, died Thursday, April 21, 2016, at her home. Born in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late John B. and Loretta Falotico. Pat was a 1943 graduate of Weaver High School. She had retired from The Travelers after many years of service. Patricia was a communicant of Church of the Assumption and a honorary member of Legion of Mary. She is survived by her sister, Grace White; her niece, Chris White; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her friend, Faye Ferris, and Pat thanks her for her many years of friendship. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her siblings, Michael, Daniel, and John Grinavich, and Mary Boero and Loretta Fiora. Pat also would like to offer a special thanks to Chris and Walter, who in her later years took her under their wing. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 27, at 10 a.m. from John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 West Center St., Manchester, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at Church of the Assumption, 29 Adams St. South, Manchester, followed by burial in St. James Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday morning from 9 to 10. For online condolences, visit www.tierneyfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 25 to Apr. 29, 2016
Hany, Joyce King  
Joyce King Hany, 78, of Stafford Springs, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, April 20, 2016. After a long courageous battle with leukemia, she went home to be with her lord and savior. Joyce was born July 24, 1937, in Hartford. She was the daughter of the late George and Mary (Sherlock) King of Manchester. Joyce had lived in Ellington for many years before moving to Stafford Springs. Joyce loved the lord and her family. She had a strong faith in God and passed that belief on to her children and grandchildren. Joyce was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Tolland. She enjoyed gardening and feeding the bluebirds. She loved her cat Nicky and all animals. She had made a home for many stray cats over the years. She was the beloved wife of Norman Hany. She leaves her cherished children Mark and his wife, Patricia (Young) Hany, of Coventry, Susan and her husband, Jay Burns, of Tolland, and Dana and her husband, Richard Scott, of Stafford Springs. She leaves six beautiful grandchildren, Ellen, Amy, Carrie, Christopher, Hillary, and Curtis. She also leaves four great-grandchildren, Ava, Emma, Justus, and Jase. She leaves a sister, Nancy Kleinschmidt and her husband, William, of Durham; as well as several wonderful nieces, nephews, and friends. Her family would like to thank her pastor, the Rev. David Lemoine, and church family for all their prayers, Dr. Jeffrey Kamradt and his staff, as well as the ECHN visiting nurses. Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 26, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Tolland, 75 Cider Mill Road, Tolland. Burial will follow at Ellington Center Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Monday, April 25, 5 to 8 p.m. at Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home, 551 Talcottville Road (Route 83), Vernon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Tolland, P.O. Box 184, Tolland, CT 06084. For online condolences and directions please visit www.CarmonFuneralHome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 23 to Apr. 27, 2016
Hart, Erika  
Erika Hart, 77, of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, widow of Richard Dodds, passed away on April 20, 2016, at home after a brief illness, surrounded by her loving family. She came to this country in 1962 from Frankfurt, Germany. She was a resident of Enfield for many years. She will be greatly missed by her family: daughters, Andrea Mashiak and her husband, Peter, of Somers and Michele Nitch of Enfield; and son, Matthew Hart of Enfield; grandchildren, Jaime, Lauren, Rhiannon, Elizabeth, Christopher, and Jacob; great-grandchildren, Nicolas, Koletyn, and Connor. Friends and family are invited to attend a period of visitation on Sunday, April 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Benjamin J. Callahan Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Ave., East Hartford, CT 06108. Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 25, followed immediately by the funeral service at 11 a.m. all at the funeral home. Burial is private and at the convenience of the family. To leave an online condolence, visit www.callahanfuneral.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 22 to Apr. 26, 2016
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