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Stetson, John J. "Jack"  
John "Jack" J. Stetson, 79, of Willington, husband of the late Kimberly (LaLiberty) Stetson, passed away peacefully Friday, May 20, 2016. He was born Nov. 9, 1936, in Claremont, New Hampshire, to the late James and Ruth (Fairbanks) Stetson. He retired to Maine, where he enjoyed a peaceful, quiet life. Returning to Connecticut to be with family, Jack is survived by his three children, Candice Tremont and her husband, John, Jamie Stetson-Bacon and her husband, Robert, and Scott Stetson and his partner, Renee; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four siblings, Robert, Richard, Arnold, and June. The family would like to thank the staff from Hartford Healthcare at Home East Region, hospice, caregivers, and family for all their support. A calling hour will be held Friday, May 27, 2016, from 1 to 2 p.m. with a funeral service to take place at 2 p.m. at Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 E. Main St., Stafford Springs. Burial will be held privately in St. Mary Cemetery, Baltic. Memorial donations may be made to Hartford Healthcare at Home East Region, 34 Ledgebrook Drive, Mansfield Center, CT 06250. For online condolences or directions, visit www.introvignefuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 23 to May 27, 2016
Sylvester, Dorothy R.  
Dorothy R. Sylvester of Vernon was called home to our Lord on Monday, May 16, 2016. Dottie was born on Jan. 20, 1930, to the late Ervin and Marian Richardson in Castle Hill, Maine. She studied at New England School of Theology in Boston, Massachusetts. She was married in 1951 to the late Ralph Carlton Sylvester. She was a lifelong member of the Advent Christian Church in Hartford, which is now Faith Community Church in Windsor. In later years she took turns attending New River Community Church, where her daughter and her family belong, and Avery Street Christian Reformed Church, where her son and his family belong. She taught many bible studies through the coffee break ministries at Avery Street Christian Reformed Church, where she was embraced and beloved by all who attended. Dottie is survived by her daughter, Patricia S. Williams, who lovingly provided care for her mom, her grandson, Bradford Williams, granddaughter-in-law, Suzy Williams, and their children, Julia, Jared, and Jacob, her granddaughters, Aeryn Williams and Joy Press, her grandson-in-law, Keith Press; her son, Bradford Sylvester, and daughter-in-law, Lori Sylvester, with whom she made her home for over 25 years, her granddaughter, Emily Murphy, grandson son-in-law, Adam Murphy, and great-grandchildren, Cole and Liam Murphy, and her granddaughter, Julie Sylvester and her fiancé, Jeffrey Schmidt. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and her beloved sisters, Sue and Opal. A celebration of Dottie's life will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Avery Street Christian Reformed Church, 661 Avery St., South Windsor. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Avery Street Christian Reformed Church Benevolent Fund. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing." 2 Timothy 4:7,8 Holmes Funeral Home Manchester is in care of arrangements.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 18 to May 22, 2016
Welesky Sr., Timothy E.  
Timothy E. Welesky Sr., 63, of East Windsor, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016. He was born April 14, 1953, the son of the late Edward and Arline (Cowing) Welesky. He is survived by his children, Kelly Welesky, of New Britain, and Timothy Welesky Jr. and Brianna Welesky, both of East Windsor; his brothers, Steve Welesky, of New Hampshire and Bruce Welesky, of Enfield; and his seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by two brothers. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at Bassinger & Dowd Funeral Home, 37 Gardner St., East Windsor. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at St. Catherine Church, 6 Windsorville Road, Broad Brook. Burial will follow at St. Catherine Cemetery. For online condolences, visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 24 to May 28, 2016
Welz, Edward L.  
Edward L. Welz, 82, of Rockville, passed away at St. Francis Medical Center after a long illness on Dec. 16 2015, Born in Vernon Aug. 21, 1933, the son of late Henry Welz and Lillian Welz, he was raised and educated in Rockville. He honored his country as a Marine, then worked for Pratt and Whitney as a machinist and retired after 30 years of service with many awards for innovative designs Edward is survived by his former wife; Barbara Bouchard Iriarte; children, Sheila W. Edmunds, Kathleen W. Taylor, Kimberlee Edwards, and Craig Allan Welz. He was predeceased by daughter, Denise Lynn Janney. Edward was also predeceased by his wife, Marian Leach; and stepdaughter, Susan Leach; and is survived by stepson, Phillip Leach He is also survived by sisters, Shirley Hyland, Anna Royce, and Eleanor Anderson, and by brother, Albert Welz; and predeceased by brothers, Carl, Henry Jr., William, Walter, Robert; and sisters, Lillian Shea, Dorothy Limberger, and Beatrice Kemble. Honoring my father, he will be laid to rest at Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas. He will be buried with full military honors on June 3, 2016, at 10 a.m.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 21 to May 25, 2016
Wheatley, Robert M.  
Robert M. Wheatley, 49, of Stafford Springs, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2016, at Johnson Memorial Hospital. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, son of Marie Wheatley and the late Myles Wheatley. Bob was an avid New England Patriots and Red Sox fan, and enjoyed playing football on the holidays. Until recently, Bob was employed by DDM Metal Finishing in Tolland. He is survived by his three children, Justin Wheatley and his wife, Crystal, of Chicopee, Massachusetts, Emily DeRosier and her husband, David, of North Carolina, and Alex Wheatley of Chicopee; three grandchildren, Michelle, Justin Jr., and Paige; three siblings, Michael Wheatley and his wife, Jean, of Florida, Richard Wheatley and his wife, Donna, of Tolland, and Michelle Wheatley of Chicopee; his partner, Kelli Zwingelstein, and her family, Margaret Kynoch, Bill and Andrea Hiller, Desi Church, and Casey Church, all of Stafford Springs, and Britney, Shawn, and Aaron Turner of Northfield, Massachusetts; along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Calling hours will be held Thursday, May 19, 2016, from 4 to 6 p.m. with a funeral service to take place at 6 p.m. at Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 E. Main St., Stafford Springs. Burial will be held privately. Memorial donations may be made to the Stafford Ambulance Association, 27 Willington Ave., Stafford Springs, CT 06076. For online condolences or directions, visit www.introvignefuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 18 to May 22, 2016
Wight, Eugene "Gene"  
Eugene "Gene" Wight, 86, of Enfield, beloved husband of 40 years to Mary Lou (Gallant) Wight, passed away peacefully May 19, 2016. Gene was born June 8, 1929, in Claremont, New Hampshire, the son of the late Burt and Irene (Fay) Wight. He grew up in Claremont, graduated from Stevens High School, and still enjoyed reunions with his classmates. Gene owned and operated the popular Green Meadows Restaurant in Claremont for many years. He continued his career in the food service industry, employed by Trico Vendors and later retired from Geissler's Supermarket in East Windsor after many years. He was a communicant of Holy Family Church in Enfield and enjoyed attending daily Mass. Gene was an avid fan of UConn basketball and the Boston Red Sox. Gene most cherished the time spent with his family. He enjoyed being in the outdoors and took pride in his lawn and garden projects, especially Sadie's Falls. A loving husband, father, and grandfather, Gene will be deeply missed. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three daughters, Judith Quimby, of Florida, Gena Yelinek, of Massachusetts, and Vanessa Henry and her husband, Rick, of Massachusetts; his stepchildren, Edward, Timothy, and Mark McGuire and Marie Sciullo. He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren; his brother, Arthur Wight, of Florida; a niece; nephews; and many caring friends. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family Tuesday, May 31, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield. A funeral procession will gather at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church. Burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery. Donations in memory of Gene may be made to the American Heart Association, 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691. For online expressions of sympathy or directions please visit www.leetestevens.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 26 to May 30, 2016
Wojteczko, Evelyn (Cadoret)  
Evelyn (Cadoret) Wojteczko, 91, of Vernon, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 24, 2016. She was born Nov. 25, 1924, in Hartford, daughter of the late Arthur and Permelia (Brockway) Cadoret. She was a communicant and longtime parishioner of St. Bernard Church. She is survived by her sons, Richard, Alan, Michael, and Thomas; her many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great- grandchildren. She is predeceased by her son, Robert; her brothers, Alfred and George Cadoret; and her sister, Aurora Hannifan. Thank-you to her special friends, including those at Court Towers in Rockville, and also to all of the wonderful caretakers at Fox Hill in Vernon. A private graveside service will be held Friday, May 27, at 10 a.m. at St. Bernard's Cemetery, Vernon. For online condolences, visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 25 to May 29, 2016
Wood, Michael Richard  
Michael Richard Wood of South Windsor, died Saturday, May 14, 2016, at age 28. He was born with a genetic disorder, which led to his untimely death. Although too short, his life was filled with many joys and passions. Mike was a delight to spend time with as a child. Although his physical activity was limited, he was bright and engaged, learning to read just by looking over his dad and mom's shoulders as they read to him. He excelled in school, with the support of his tutor, Carolyn Gimbrone, who became a good friend. A skilled writer, he wrote extensively outside of school, including original screenplays and stories. He graduated from South Windsor High School in 2005, as a National Merit Scholarship finalist and a member of the National Honor Society. Mike was witty, creative, and hardworking. He had good friends growing up, first in Manchester and later in South Windsor. He loved being a Cub Scout, with many of his close childhood friends. In later years, he enjoyed playing computer and tabletop games and reading political and economic blogs. He was an astute game player and loved playing Warhammer at The Grid in Manchester, and Games Workshop. He participated in theater, both at CAST Children's Theater and at South Windsor High School. Mike was a lifelong film enthusiast, and enjoyed watching movies and providing videography services to student productions at CAST. Mike attended Vassar College. He was an engaged student in the Vassar community, where he directed a one-act play and filmed several productions for student theater, joined a political student group, and served as the treasurer of the Vassar Filmmakers. Despite interruptions in his studies, he continued his interest in film and economics. Mike leaves his parents, Alex and Elizabeth (Lisa) Wood of South Windsor; and his sister, Laura Wood of Washington, D.C. His loving extended family includes aunts and uncles Betsey Wood, Susan Wood, and Barney Bauer, Martha and Ray Nachreiner, Matthew and Ann Rohr, Sarah Rohr, Margaret Rohr, and Kathryn Finnerty; and first cousins, Casey Ehrlich, Claire Dosenberry, Stephanie, Dan, and Theresa Rohr, and Anna and Emma Schlachter. He was predeceased by his loving uncle Tom Rohr; and by his grandparents, Richard and Ann Rohr of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and Alexander and Evaline Wood, who lived for most of their lives in Moorestown, New Jersey. Calling hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2016, at the Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Center Congregational Church, 11 Center St., Manchester. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to organizations that mattered to Mike, especially: CAST Children's Theatre, 113 Summit St., P.O. Box 1268, Manchester, CT 06045-1268; Doctors Without Borders www.doctorswithoutborders.org or Wikipedia www.wikipedia.org For Wikipedia, click on "English," then on "Donate to Wikipedia." To leave a message for his family, visit www.holmes-watkinsfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 17 to May 22, 2016
Zaccardelli, Bertha I. (Simboli)  
Bertha I. (Simboli) Zaccardelli, 86, of Manchester, loving wife of 63 years of the late Antonio "Tony" Zaccardelli, unexpectedly passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at her home to join her beloved husband in Heaven. Born in Montreal, province of Quebec, Canada on July 7, 1929, a daughter of the late Agapito and Nelda (Fusco) Simboli, she had been a resident of Manchester for the past 51 years. Prior to her retirement, Bertha was a talented local seamstress who worked at Luca's Tailor Shop and DiRosa Cleaners, both in Manchester. Bertha enjoyed her flower gardens, cooking for her family and friends, playing cards, and solving puzzles. Most of all, Bertha was a gentle family woman who was a dedicated and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt who enjoyed spending time with her entire family. Bertha is survived by a son, Peter J. Zaccardelli and his wife, Dorinne, of Coventry; a daughter, Gina Lajoie and her husband, Philip, of Mansfield; two cherished grandchildren, Anthony Zaccardelli and his wife, Jennifer, of Vernon, and Angela Zaccardelli of Coventry; and three adored great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Bradley, and Natalie Zaccardelli, all of Vernon. She also leaves a sister, Sylvia Morrone of Manchester; two sisters-in-law, Maria Zaccardelli and her husband, Vincenzo, of Montreal, Canada, and Sofie Simboli of Montreal, Canada; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. Besides her beloved husband and parents, Bertha was predeceased by two brothers, Giovanni Simboli and Liborio Simboli, both of Montreal, Canada. The funeral service will be Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 10:45 a.m. from the D'Esopo-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter St., East Hartford, with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at noon at St. Bridget Church, 80 Main St., Manchester. Private burial with her husband will be held at a later date in Montreal, Canada. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home chapel on Friday, May 20, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bertha's name may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, visit www.desopo.com
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 18 to May 22, 2016
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