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Santomasso, Theresa  
Theresa Santomasso, 93, a lifelong resident of West Hartford, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at a local nursing home. She was born in West Hartford on Jan. 16, 1922, daughter of the late Louis P. Santomasso and Angela (LaMorte) Santomasso, also of West Hartford. She was one of seven children, and was predeceased by her two sisters, Mary and Mildred, and three brothers, Michael, James, and Tony. She is survived by her brother John Santomasso of Manchester. She was cared for and looked after by her grandniece, Karyn Maviano, for the last eight years. Theresa was a parishioner of Our Lady of Sorrow, Hartford, and an active member of the Catholic Daughters of America since 1950 prior to that she was a member of the Junior Catholic Daughters of America. Her faith was an important part of her life. Terry (to her friends) was a unique lady who was often misunderstood; she was an impeccable dresser, meticulous in her appearance. She began her career working at Colt Manufacturing. From there she went to work for Pratt & Whitney, and while working there she became part of the Pratt & Whitney Theatre Group. She loved to perform. She performed with the CDA, as well as the Girls Brigade group. She was part of Ziegfeld Follies, and during one of her performances, in 1941, she fell in love with a Navy man, TMI Goodwyn M. Wallace (killed in action in 1944 aboard the USS Escolar). She never got over the loss; she never married, and instead she remained close with his family and continued to do volunteer work for the USO and various service-related groups. Later in her work career she worked as a store detective for G. Fox and Sage Allen in downtown Hartford as well as working part time for Lux Bond Green & Stevens of West Hartford. She was also a justice of the peace for town of West Hartford. She was a person who enjoyed her quiet life doing what she loved with those for whom she cared. Funeral and burial will be held privately. Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels has care of arrangements. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit us at www.leetestevens.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1, 2015
Sawtelle, Robert L.  
Robert L. Sawtelle, 80, of Flagler Beach, Florida, passed away on Jan. 7, 2015. Robert was born in Dryden, Maine in 1934. He proudly served in the Korean war as a sergeant in the Marine Corp. Robert worked as a correctional officer for the State of Connecticut for 22 years. He retired to Florida in 1984. Robert was predeceased by his wife Clare. He leaves behind a son, Stephen Sawtelle; and two daughters, Patricia Rabideau and Susan Bourque; as well as six grandchildren; and one great-grandson. A memorial service will be held in the spring, date to be announced.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 17 to Jan. 21, 2015
Schneeberger, Robert J. "Bob"  
Robert J. "Bob" Schneeberger, 77, of Windsor Locks, and loving husband of the late Esther (Sieracki) Schneeberger, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Bob was born March 29, 1937, in New York, was raised in New Jersey and lived in Michigan for 28 years prior to moving to Windsor Locks eight months ago to be closer to family. He proudly served in the United States Air Force as an air traffic controller from Oct. 14, 1955, to Oct. 13, 1959. Before retiring in 1986, he was in retail management for 40 years and he took great pleasure in creating and maintaining his outdoor gardens at his home in Michigan. He was a parishioner of St. Agnes Church in Fowlerville, Michigan, and a parishioner of St. Joseph Church, Poquonock. As a devoted catholic he knew the circle of life and accepted his death. He was a loyal fan and was proud of his New York Yankees and Giants. Bob's vast knowledge of Earth and soil helped him to become a master gardener. He enjoyed reading, especially American history. His life ended far too soon, but his family and friends feel truly blessed to have had him in their lives. He is survived by two sons, Thomas Schneeberger and his wife, Linda, of Windsor Locks, with whom he lived until his passing; Karl Schneeberger and his wife, Nancy, in North Carolina. He was lovingly called "Grandpa" by grandchildren Courtney, Roberta, and Justin, and "PaPa" by Kimberly, Adam, and Brian; and he was lovingly called "Froggy" by great-grandchildren Abigail Rose Turner, Aubree Rose Turner, and Brian Jacob Eugene Schneeberger. Bob is also survived by his sister, Dorothy Mistove, of Martinsville, New Jersey; brothers-in-law Bill Crowell of Middlesex, New Jersey, Tim Sieracki and his wife, Renee, of Fowlerville, Michigan; sisters-in-law Christine Karaba and Camielle Neidhart, and her husband, Phil; and several nieces, nephews, and many dear friends. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Bernard and Julia (Szymanowski) Schneeberger; his stepfather, Celestine Blanchard; and his sister, Jeannette Crowell, on Dec. 3, 2014. His faithful canines Georgie and Banjo also predeceased him. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family today, Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring St., Windsor Locks. A funeral procession will gather Friday, Jan. 23, at 9 a.m. for a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 1747 Poquonock Ave., in the Poquonock section of Windsor. U.S. Air Force will present military honors immediately following the Mass. Burial will be held privately. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. For online expressions of sympathy or directions, visit us at www.windsorlocksfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 21 to Jan. 26, 2015
Seitz, Mary Anne (Young)  
Mary Anne (Young) Seitz, 70, of Windsor Locks passed away on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Hartford Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. Mary Anne was born and raised in Windsor Locks and was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Smalley) Young. She retired from Sun Life Financial in Windsor after 20 years. Mary Anne is survived by her two children, Peter Seitz of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Carol Stoltenberg and her husband, Gary, and her grandson who was her pride and joy, Cole Ely Stoltenberg of Vernon. She is also survived by a brother, Edward L. Young, Jr. of New London; and several nieces and nephews. Mary Anne was predeceased by two sisters, Carol Anne Young and Shirley Y. Stack. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring St., Windsor Locks. Funeral services and burial for Mary Anne will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Windsor Locks Lions Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 105, Windsor Locks, CT 06096. For online expressions of sympathy or directions, visit www.windsorlocksfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 24 to Jan. 28, 2015
Smith, Katherine J.  
Katherine J. Smith, 66, entered into eternal peace Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Saint Francis Hospital, Hartford. Kathy was born in Hartford and resided in Enfield for over 40 years. She was a former resident of East Windsor and attended East Windsor High School. Kathy was employed in the food industry for over 50 years. She enjoyed gardening and going to the beach and the casino, and looked forward to the Big E. Kathy was the beloved wife of 17 years (together for 33 years) to Kevin J. Smith. Besides her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Wendy-Ann Polderman, of Unionville; and her son, Jayson Smith, of Enfield. She also is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Audrey and Thomas Wilson, of South Windsor; and her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Robyn and Bill Scully; also many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Kathy will be missed by many dear friends. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 30, at 11:30 a.m. at Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, 43 Shaker Road, Enfield, with Pastor Michael Coons officiating. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery, East Windsor. Kathy's family will receive relatives and friends Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Browne Chapels. Memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For online condolences or information please visit www.brownefuneralchapels.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1, 2015
Spellman, R. Mark  
R. Mark Spellman, 60, of Manchester, husband of Amy (Girardin) Spellman, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Mark was born on Jan. 10, 1955, in Lake Hurst, New Jersey, son of Raymond M. and Joan (Stevens) Spellman of Wethersfield. He was raised in Wethersfield, and was a 1972 graduate of Wethersfield High School. He served as a Company Engineer for the Wethersfield Volunteer Fire Department Company One from 1974 to 1979. Mark became a Manchester resident in 1980 where he spent the next 15 years driving for RD Clark & Sons. Mark spent his later years employed as a press room operator with the Journal Inquirer newspaper in Manchester for over 12 years until leaving in 2011. Mark was an avid New York Yankees and New York Giants fan and had a tremendous passion for art, music, and gardening. He was a wonderful storyteller and had great comedic charm. In addition to his wife and parents, Mark is survived by his two beloved sons, Michael J. Spellman and James T. Spellman both of Manchester; his brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Darlene Spellman of Sugarland, Texas; his sister, Debi Kelly of Tanzania; a brother-in-law, Steven Girardin; several cherished nieces and nephews who were dear to his heart; and his special friends, Laurie Meyer, Dick and Cindy Birmingham, David Kelly, Chris C. and Debbie Troche. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. at St. Bridget Church, 80 Main St., Manchester. Everyone is asked to go directly to church. Burial will follow in Village Cemetery, Wethersfield. Mark and his family would like to thank the staffs of UConn Health Center and Manchester Memorial Hospital. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I 91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067-3405. To leave an online condolence please visit www.holmes-watkinsfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 17 to Jan. 21, 2015
Swan, Michael Brian  
Michael Brian Swan, 67, of Vernon, beloved husband of 46 years to his devoted wife, Elly (Eleanor) Swan, peacefully ended his life's journey Jan. 15, 2015, at Hartford Hospital Cancer Center surrounded by his loving family and dear family friends. The sole child of Ellis (Ace) and Lucille Swan was born in Mason City, Iowa, and raised in Britt, Iowa. He married his high school sweetheart, cherishing their life together. He enjoyed returning back to his Iowa roots to celebrate the annual Hobo Day festivities and visit his Midwest family and friends. Educated in the Britt, Iowa, school system, they relocated to Mankato, Minnesota, to achieve his undergraduate degree at Mankato State University. Immediately upon graduation, he was employed by The Hartford Insurance Company in Hartford, and then relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, for seven years, returning back to the Hartford home office in 1976. He held various casualty-underwriting roles throughout the years, including specialization in workers' compensation line of business collaborating with various state regulators. He enjoyed traveling to his California and Hawaii offices and was proud of his 34-year contribution to the company. He retired from The Hartford in 2003 and joined InsureViaNet as their workers' compensation expert for two years until totally retiring from his professional insurance career. His life's joy was his daughter, Sara. He was extremely active with her education, endless sports activities and her friends, some becoming his "second daughters." He was so proud when he became a father-in-law to Eduardo Calapiz ("the best son-in-law ever"), and grandfather "Bubba" to their children, Mateo, Antonio and Isabela (whom he called "peanut"). He enjoyed fly fishing, golfing, downhill skiing, kayaking with family and "buddies", reading, exploring his ancestry history back to Scotland, Ireland, and Austria, and relaxing on their deck viewing the backyard gardens, bird watching, and entertaining friends. As a member of the Rockville Fish & Game Club, he enjoyed helping on work parties during his "chemo vacations." His devotion to the First Congregational Church of Vernon church family was rewarding and he enjoyed his role as a deacon volunteer and member of the Teaching Parish Committee, partnering with pastoral students. He was especially proud to be on the Senior Pastoral Search Committee recommending the employment of the current minister, the Rev. Meg Watson, a compassionate and spiritual resource for him especially during his five-plus-year battle with stage 4 cancer. He is survived by his loving wife, Elly; his daughter, Sara, and son-in-law, Eduardo Calapiz, and their three children, Mateo Heinz, Antonio Michael, and Isabela Swan Calapiz; his aunts, Marie Ludeke and Rhoda Ludeke; cousins located throughout the country; sister-in-law Lucille and Ken Carlson and their adult children, Brenda Ford, Julie Sander, and Clarence Carlson, and families. He was predeceased by his parents, Ace and Lucille Swan; grandparents; aunts; uncles and various cousins. The family will receive visitors Friday, Jan. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home, 551 Talcottville Road, Vernon. A celebration of his life service will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m. at First Congregational Church of Vernon, 695 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to First Congregational Church of Vernon, the American Cancer Society, or the American Heart Association. A private interment is scheduled for a later date. For online condolences and guest book, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com A heartfelt thank you to his family, his "buddies," and family friends for all their continued support and love throughout his life's journey, the Rev. Meg Watson and the caring FCCV church family, Dr. Kapoor and the Manchester oncology/infusion team, and in the last few days, the Manchester ICU, Hartford Hospital ICU, and the Hartford Hospital Cancer Center for their compassionate and exemplary services.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 20 to Jan. 25, 2015
Swanson Jr., Victor N. "Skip"  
Victor "Skip" N. Swanson Jr., of Coventry, passed peacefully Jan. 16, 2015, surrounded by his family, after a brief illness. Born Sept. 14, 1947, in New Britain, Skip was self-employed by many area schools, and the U.S. Postal Service until he retired in 2009. He was an avid motorcycle rider and belonged to the Connecticut Motorcycle Riders Association, and lived to ride with his friend Eddy Sczurek. He loved spending time with family and friends, and talking to his cousin/friend Rodney Swanson of Nevada. Skip leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Noreen (Leo) Swanson; stepmother Janet Swanson; sons Victor N. Swanson III, and his wife, Maryann, James Doucette and his wife, Christine, Wayne Doucette and his partner, Kristin (Krit) Dusablon; a daughter, Cindy Swanson; grandchildren Katelyn, Abby, Colon, Mikayla, Megan, and Randy and his wife, Jennifer; one great-granddaughter, Sydney Ann; four sisters, Gwen, Gale, Debra, and Diane; a brother-in-law, Robert Leo; and sister-in-law, Crystal Snow; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and two very close friends, Bob and Ann Upton. Skip was predeceased in death by his mother, Violet (Peterson) Kasey; his father, Victor N. Swanson Sr.; stepfather Enock Kasey; and a brother, Gary Swanson. Calling hours will be Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, from 9 to 10 a.m. with a service at 10 a.m. at Rose Hill Funeral Home, 580 Elm St., Rocky Hill CT 06067. Burial will immediately follow in Rose Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Skip's name to the Coventry Food Pantry, 1712 Main St., Coventry, CT 06238, or to the Windham Region No Freeze Center, P.O. Box 46, Willimantic, CT 06226.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 22 to Jan. 26, 2015
Sweeton, Nancy M. (Munroe)  
Nancy M. (Munroe) Sweeton, 76, of Enfield entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital, Waterbury. She was the widow of William W. Sweeton. Nancy was born on July 15, 1938, in Nashua, New Hampshire, the daughter of the late James C. and Beatrice E. (Smith) Munroe Blaney, and stepdaughter of the late John Blaney. Nancy had resided in Enfield for the past 50 years. Prior to retiring in October 2003, Nancy was employed for 25 years with Finast warehouse, then other jobs for 20 years (Alvin & Co. and G. Fox, etc.). She was a retired member of Teamsters Local 559. In her leisure time she enjoyed reading. Nancy is survived by her two children, Kevin Smith and wife, Katherine, of Enfield and Robyn Scully and husband, Bill, of Enfield; her five beloved grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother Robert Munroe of Austin, Texas; and an aunt Martha Smith of Nashua, New Hampshire; along with many nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by a son, Stephen P. Smith, in 1993 and a sister Ruthann Manghan. Relatives and friends may gather with her family on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, from 2 to 6 p.m. with a memorial service following with Pastor Michael Coons officiating at Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, 43 Shaker Road, Enfield. Interment will take place in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her memory may be made to Enfield EMS, 1296 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082. To leave an online condolence message or for more information, visit www.brownefuneralchapels.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 24 to Jan. 28, 2015
Sypeck, Helen C.  
Helen C. Sypeck, 91, of Enfield, entered into eternal rest Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at the Suffield House. Helen was born Aug. 23, 1923, in the Thompsonville section of Enfield, the daughter of the late Peter and Telka (Szczocha) Sypeck. A lifetime resident of Enfield, Helen was a parishioner of St. Adalbert Church. She was employed with Bigelow-Sanford and the Springfield Armory, and retired from Hallmark Cards in 1988 after 31 years. She is survived by several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great- nephews. Helen was predeceased by six brothers, Joseph, Matthew, Walter, John, Frank and Stanley Sypeck; three sisters, Anne Hoardon, Mary Ann Cetnarowski and Caroline Chrzan; and a niece, Lynn Maccio, who was her caregiver. The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield, with visitation from 10 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the service Wednesday morning. Committal will follow at St. Adalbert's Cemetery. Donations in Helen's memory may be made to the Felician Sisters, 1315 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082. To leave online condolences, please visit www.Leetestevens.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 19 to Jan. 23, 2015
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