Funeral services for Lucy Tosta, 86, of Fox Glen, Cromwell, wife of the late Sebastian Tosta, will be held from the Cromwell Funeral Home, 506 Main St., Cromwell, Friday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m. and at St. Pius X Church, Middletown, at 10 a.m. where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield. Friends may call at the Cromwell Funeral Home TODAY, 5-8 p.m. Those who prefer may make contributions in her memory to the Weiss Hospice Unit of Middlesex Hospital, c/o the Dept. of Philanthropy, 55 Crescent St., Middletown, CT, 06457. Bearers will be Steve Salka, Michael Slifer, Jeffrey Polke, Scott Tosta, Allan Lindstrom, and Kevin Tosta.
HARRISON, Esther J.
Esther J. Harrison, 70, of Hartford, departed this life Friday, (April 14, 2000) at St. Francis Hospital. The beloved wife of Charles S. Harrison, she was born on July 23, 1929 in Cleveland, OH to the late Lucinda and James Kemp. She was later predeceased by her step-father, George Schott. Mrs. Harrison leaves to cherish her memories five daughters and their spouses, Carol Kemp-DeLisser of Manchester; Donna and William Smith, Jr. of Newington; Katherine Christie, Wendy Harrell, Evelyn and Michael Darby, all of Hartford. She was also predeceased by her daughter, Cherylann Harrison; and leaves two brothers-in-law and their spouses, Chester and Constance Harrison of East Hartford; and James and Anna Harrison of Georgia; 14 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. at The New Welcome Baptist Church, 205 Bellevue Street, Hartford, with a prayer service commencing at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The DeLeon Funeral Home, 104 Main Street, Hartford, has charge of arrangements.
MILLIARD, Kathy Lyn
An Angel has risen unto Heaven, Kathy Lyn Milliard, 28, of Vero Beach, FL, formerly of Manchester, beloved daughter of Peter and Lena Milliard of Fort Lauderdale, FL, died suddenly Saturday, (May 20, 2000) at Indian River Memorial Hospital in Vero Beach, FL. Kathy was a 1989 graduate of Manchester High School and was employed by Piper Aerospace. Kathy was a devoted mother who loved to spend time with her children. She always had a bright smile and a sense of humor that was infectious to those around her. Kathy's cheery personality will be greatly missed by those who knew her. Besides her parents, Kathy is survived by her companion of many years, Carl Cooler; and their two children, Justin, 7, and Nicole, 2; a brother and sister-in-law, Jeffrey and Debra Milliard of Hampton; a brother, Scott of Fort Lauderdale, FL; a sister and brother-in-law, Michelle Milliard and David Delusso of South Windsor; a sister and brother-in-law, Patricia Milliard and Wayne Maffesoli; two nephews, Joel and Matthew; and two nieces, Lindsay and Taylor. Kathy was predeceased by a brother, Peter. The Cox-Gifford Funeral Home of Vero Beach, FL has care of the arrangements.
DESPRES, Adelard J., Jr.
Adelard J. Despres, Jr, 73, of Dowd Avenue, Canton, beloved husband of Valencia (Bernier) Despres died Tuesday, (May 23, 2000) at John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington. He was born January 28, 1927 in Rumford, ME., son of the late Adelard and Sarah (LeBlanc) Despres, Sr. and had lived in West Hartford for 30 years before moving to Lewiston, ME where he resided for seven years prior to moving to Canton one year ago. He was a graduate of St. Peter's High School in Maine. He was a Veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Despres was employed as a Quality Control Manager at M & M Welding prior to his retirement in 1991. He was a member of St. Mark's Parish while living in West Hartford and a member of St. Ann's Church in Avon. He was a Eucharist Minister at Hartford Hospital and St. Mark's in West Hartford. He was a life long member of the Knight's of Columbus, 4th degree and the Past Grand Knight of Council's 3600 and 10267, a current member of UNCAS Council in Unionville, a 30 year member of American Legion Post #22 and Post #96 and the 8-40 club, a lifetime volunteer with the Little League Association. Besides his wife he is survived by his daughter Elaine Moreland and her husband Dale of North Canton; two sons, Daniel Despres and his wife, Elizabeth of Tewksbury, MA, Roger Despres of Concord, MA; three sisters, Terry Spears and her husband Dean of Sunnyvale, CA, Betty McCormick of Hartford, Claudet Guerrette and her husband Robert of Lewiston, ME; and three grandchildren, Jonathan, Jeffrey and Jessica. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May 26, 1 p.m. at St. Ann's Church, 289 Arch Road, Avon. Burial will be in St. Ann's Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike, Canton has charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Attn: Memorials, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
DONAHUE, Richard E.
Richard E. Donahue, 68, of East Hartford, husband of the late Barbara (Royce) Donahue, passed on Tuesday, (October 3, 2000) at Woodlake Health Care Center in Tolland. Born in Concord, NH, a son of the late Patrick H. and Bertha Rose (Plankey) Donahue, he had resided in Phoenix, AZ for 20 years prior to moving back to Connecticut two years ago. He was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of the Korean Conflict where he was awarded the Bonze Star for valor. He was a member of the VFW Post in Concord, NH and of the Vernon Health Club. Mr. Donahue is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin and Janet Donahue of East Windsor, Timothy and Marie Donahue of Bridgewater, MA; a step-daughter, Joy Willis of Yellsville, AR; three brothers, James Donahue in Grove, OK, David Donahue in Henniker, NH, and John Donahue in Florida; three sisters, Helen Hardiman in Jaffrey, NH, Patricia Markey of East Hartford, with whom he made his home, and Kathleen Towle of West Carrollton, OH; two grandchildren, Brock K. and Stephen M. Donahue, both of Somers; and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, October 9, 10 a.m. at St. Christopher Church, 538 Brewer St., East Hartford. Private burial will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Ave., P0 Box 1004, Meriden, CT 06450-1004. The D'Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter St., East Hartford, has care of arrangements.
STALLINGS, Pauline Louise
Pauline Louise Stallings of Stoughton Road, East Windsor entered into rest on Tuesday (October 3, 2000). She was the wife of Harvey Stallings of Waycross, GA. Born February 10, 1919 in Plainville. She was the daughter of the late Walter Simons and the late Esther V. Sherwood. Pauline was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy. Member of East Windsor United Methodist Church and a long time member of The American Legion. She enjoyed painting sea scapes and being a loving wife and mother. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Vernon L. Stallings of Windsor Locks and Quentin D. Stallings of East Windsor; four daughters, Juanita L. Bishop of Lewisburg, PA, Naomi R. Buchiere of Plainville, Irene V. Rychling of East Windsor, and Valencia I. Joseph of Windsor Locks; eight grandchildren, Eric L. Stallings, Lee W. Stallings, Amy L. Baxter, Brian Windwalker, Rachael R. Faizal, Erica Stallings, Ciara Stallings, Shelby Baxter, Zachary Baxter, and Sasha Faizal. Funeral Services will be held at The Shea Funeral Home, 5 Steele Rd., New Hartford, on October 7 at 11 a.m. Friends may call Friday evening, October 6, from 6-8 p.m. in New Hartford. Interment-Village Cemetery.
CORDOVA, Marvin "Mickey"
Marvin "Mickey" Cordova of Prospect Ave., Hartford, died Tuesday (October 3, 2000) at home. Born in Hartford, he was a retired U.S. Postal Service employee and a member of the Hartford Mutual Society and had attended services at Temple Beth Israel. He is survived by a sister, Lillian Brownstein and her husband Milton of Coconut Creek, FL; an uncle, Abe Goldberg; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Sylvia Cordova, Marion Attas, and Eleanor Cordova. He was predeceased by his sister, Helen Moiger, three brothers, Myron Attas, Abraham Cordova, Jack Cordova, and a brother-in-law, Herbert Moiger. Funeral Services will be Friday, 12 Noon, at the Hartford Mutual Society Cemetery, East Granby, Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave,, West Hartford. Weinstein Mortuary has charge of arrangements.
McGLOIN, John J.
John J. McGloin, 41, of Windsor, passed away Tuesday, (April 4, 2000), at St. Vincent's Hospital & Medical Center, Bridgeport. He was the beloved husband of Jana (Fisher) and beloved father of Kegan and Kylee, to which he was a very active part of their lives. He was born in Hartford, the son of P. Joseph McGloin and the late Maureen I. (Pettett) McGloin. He was also predeceased by his stepmother, Mary McGloin. John was raised in Windsor Locks and was a graduate of Windsor Locks High School Class of 1977. He resided in Windsor for the past 15 years. John was employed with White Oak Corp. John was a member of IronWorkers Local 15 for the past 19 years, also a member of the Eastern CT Football Conference and treasurer of the Windsor Giants Football Team, a member of the Irish American Home, and member of St. Joseph's Church, Windsor. John also served two years with the US Air Force. Besides his wife and children, John is survived by his brothers, Rory, Jody and his wife Donna; nephews, Sam, Anthony and his wife Lisa; nieces, Jamie and Megan; sister, Anna and her fiance Abisai. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Betty Fisher; several other beloved in-laws; and many relatives overseas in England and Ireland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, April 8. at 9 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church, Poquonock Section of Windsor (Exit 38 off l-91, North on Rt. 75 for 3 miles). Burial will be at the convenience of the family. John's family will receive relatives and friends on Friday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, 43 Shaker Road, Enfield (Exit 48 off I-91, East on Rt. 220 for 1 1/4 miles). In lieu of flowers, a trust fund has been established for Kegan and Kylee at the Windsor Locks Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 656, Windsor Locks, CT 06096.
Ernest Fortier, 67, of Rocky Hill, died Wednesday (April 5, 2000). Funeral services will be Wednesday, 10 a.m. at the Catholic Chapel of the Rocky Hill Veterans Home. Burial: Col. Gates Cemetery. Providing care to the Fortier family is The Brooklawn Funeral Home, 511 Brook Street, Rocky Hill.
DEVINE, Richard A. "Ricky"
Richard A. "Ricky" Devine, 47, of Rocky Hill, died Friday, (April 7, 2000) at Hartford Hospital. He was born in Hartford, the son of Doris (Taylor) Devine of Cromwell and the late James V. Devine and was employed by H.P. Kopplemann Inc., Hartford. Besides his mother, he leaves a brother, James A. Devine of Lee's Summit, MO. Funeral and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to H.A.R.C., 900 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT. 06105. Rose Hill funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
AIREY, Clariana Estella (Knight)
"I've fought a good fight, I have kept the Faith." Clariana Estella (Knight) Airey was called home on Tuesday, (October 3, 2000). Born in St. Andrew Jamaica, WI, she was the daughter of the late Ritinella Bogle and Hector Knight. Hartford had been her home for over forty years. People come into our lives for many reasons. Clariana came into our lives to bless us with her love, kindness, wisdom, and friendship. In the 1960s, knowing the loneliness and struggle that West Indians encountered in the United States, Clariana organized special dinners and parties so that these immigrants could feel at home. She helped countless West Indians to get settled in the greater Hartford area; her unselfish efforts earned her the love, trust, and respect of the entire community. She was a foundation member of Queen of Sheba #3 under the grand jurisdiction of the New England District Grand Lodge #1 of the Independent United Order of Mechanics W.H. Inc. F.S., one of the first women members of the Caribbean American Society of Hartford, Inc., and an ardent communicant of St. Monica Episcopal Church of Hartford. Those left to cherish her memories are her devoted daughters, Doreen Radway and husband, Neville, The Hon. Veronica Airey-Wilson and John, Phyllis Airey-Hammond and husband, Gerald; her loving son, Albert (Amiri) Airey; three brothers, Joseph, Nathaniel, and Simeon Dickens; a sister, Joyce Raphael; nine grandchildren, Kimberly, Dushauwn, Corey, Kareem, Stephen, Bianca, Zakie, Brittany and Zuri; two great-grandchildren, Paige and Marques; a special nephew, Everton; and cousins, Lorenzo Knight and Alice Satchel; a hosts of nieces, nephews, cousins, a large extended family, and numerous devoted friends. She was predeceased by her son, Carlton Airey. Clariana knew what it was like to make a life-changing impact on a child, so she did not hesitate to give hope to one in Africa though sponsorship. She was very proud of her adoptive son, Sphesihle Sfundo Dladla. Clariana's homegoing has left footprints upon our hearts with memories that will never be forgotten. Calling hours are Friday, October 6, at The Henry L. Fuqua Funeral Home, 94 Granby St., Bloomfield, 6-8 p.m., Mechanics service, 8 p.m. Funeral service will be Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m. at St. Monica Episcopal Church, 31 Mather St., Hartford. Internment immediately following service at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Monicas Building Fund.
BLAIR, Walter S. Jr.
Walter S. Blair, Jr., 74, of Ellington, husband of Helen (Dyber) Blair, died Sunday, (October 1, 2000) the day of their 51st wedding anniversary, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a place he truly loved. He was born in Stafford Springs, son of the late Walter and Mabel (DeCarli) Blair, and lived in Ellington most of his life. He was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 40 since 1951, and was employed by the Town of Ellington Department of Public Works from 1977-1991 retiring as crew chief. He served as fire chief of the Town of Ellington Volunteer Fire Dept. from May 1959-May 1971 and as fire marshall for the Town of Ellington from 1959-1972. He was a Marine Veteran of World War II, and a member of American Legion Post #96. He enjoyed his times at Cape Hatteras, NC, spending time fishing and enjoying his many friends. Besides his wife he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Walter and Debbie Blair of Broad Brook; his daughters and sons-in-laws Barbara and Bob Willis of Ellington, Beverly and Keith Clements of Tolland, Debra Blair of Manchester, Susan Bonan and her friend, Phil of Laconia, NH; his sister Patricia Skinner of Plainfield; and his grandchildren, Kim, Joey, Stacy, Kyle, Cara, Kelly, Hayley. Funeral services will Saturday with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Luke's Church, Ellington. Burial will be in Ellington Center Cemetery. Friends may call at the Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect St., Rockville on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department.
EDMONDS, Norman D.
Norman D. Edmonds, 61, of Glastonbury, former V.P. of Phoenix Home Life, died Tuesday, (May 23, 2000) in his home. Born in Suffield, son of the late James O. and Ethel (Evans) Edmonds, he lived in Glastonbury many years. He was a graduate of Suffield High, and received his BS degree from the University of Connecticut. He was a member of the Phi Signa Delta Fraternity, and twice All New England Soccer Member. He was co-captain of the UConn Soccer Team. Norm was also a member of the Life Officers Managements Association, The Association of Internal Managements, a member of the First Church of Christ in Glastonbury, and was very active in coaching soccer and basketball in the area. Norm joined the Phoenix in 1989 as assistant V.P. and became second V.P. in 1991. He retired in 1994. Norm also served his country in the Connecticut Air National Guard for many years. He was the first black officer in the Insurance Co. He was a founder and former chairman of the board of the Connecticut Savings and Loan Association, served as a former chairman of the Board of Selectman of Tolland and receive the D.S.A. award from the Greater Hartford J.C. Norm is survived by his three daughters, Jeremy Dale Edmonds of Baltimore, MD, Suzanne Katherine and her husband, Roger Grinage of Greenbelt, MD, and Andria Elizabeth Edmonds of Upper Marlboro, MD; five grandchildren, Blair Douglas, and Noah Edward Edmonds of Greenbelt, MD, Asia G. and Brandon and Justin Grinage of Greenbelt, MD. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, May 27, 11 a.m. in the First Church of Christ, Congregational, Glastonbury. A reception will follow in Schultz Hall at the church. Private burial will be at the families convenience in Woodlawn Cemetery, Suffield. Friends may call at the Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London Tpke., Glastonbury, Friday, May 26, 7-9 p.m.
PICHETTE, Lois J.
Lois J. Pichette, 52, of Glastonbury, died Tuesday, (May 23, 2000) at Hartford Hospital. Born in Hartford daughter of the late William and Jean (Read) Buckley. She was a lifelong resident of Glastonbury. She was a loan executive for Mechanic's Bank in Hartford. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Brian Thibodeau of Glastonbury; a brother, Alan Buckley of Orlando, FL; two sisters, Patt Kakavas of Chicago, IL., Kathy Scheffler of Los Angeles, CA.; two grandchildren, Shannon and Collin Thibodeau of Glastonbury; an aunt, Alma Read of London, England, and Michael Read and family of London and Scotland. Funeral service will be Friday, 10:30 a.m. from the Mulryan Funeral Home, 2534 Main St., Glastonbury, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Paul Church, Main St, Glastonbury. Burial will be in Neipsic Cemetery, Glastonbury. Friends may call at the funeral home TODAY from 5-8 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 45 Wintonbury Ave., Bloomfield 06002-2470.
TARASCIO, Ann Marie V. (Drozd)
Ann Marie Victoria Tarascio, 63, dearly beloved wife of Anthony A. Tarascio, Jr., passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Sunday, (October 1, 2000) at their home in Windsor. Born in Holyoke, MA daughter of the late Andrew J. and Victoria (Wojtowicz) Drozd, she moved to Windsor in 1967. Ann Marie earned her undergraduate degree from Fitchburg State College, Burbank Hospital School of Nursing in 1959. Her career in nursing, which spanned more than 37 years before her retirement in 1995, included employment at Blue Hills Hospital, Hartford; Cedarcrest Hospital, Newington; the Veteran's Home and Hospital, Rocky Hill; and Hartford Hospital. In addition to her husband of 37 years, Ann Marie is survived by a son, Anthony A. Tarascio, III of Windsor; a daughter, Lisa M. Kukla; and two grandchildren who were the love of her life, Victoria and Nicholas Kukla. Raised from birth by a wonderful woman, Clara I. Anders, who passed away in 1995, she will also be missed by the surviving members of the Anders family who always embraced Ann Marie and her family as part of their own. Her loss will also be felt by the many extended relatives, personal friends and professional associates who knew her through the years. Ann was a devoted wife and mother as well as a compassionate and caring nurse, and her selfless concern for her family, friends and others was the hallmark of her life. It is impossible to convey the bereavment that is felt by all who knew and loved her. Family and friends may gather Friday, 9:15 a.m., Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor, followed by Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m., St. Gabriel Church, Windsor. Burial in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Her family will receive friends at the funeral home TODAY, 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 or to Shriner Children's Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.
TAUL, William M.
William M. Taul died Sunday, (February 20, 2000) in East Windsor. He leaves his wife of 60 years, Marion G. Taul. He was born in New York City on Sept. 16, 1916, the son of William and Elizabeth (Griffin) Taul. He belonged to the American Society of Tool and Manufacturing Engineers, and had been the sales manager of the Robert E. Morris Co. in Farmington. A long time Windsor resident, he was a former member of the Windsor Gun Club and the Windsor Auxiliary Police. In addition to his wife, he leaves a daughter, Marion Kearney of Windsor; son, Stephen Taul of Phoenix, AZ; six grandchildren, who loved to hear his stories; a sister, Muriel Yacavone of Manchester; many nieces and nephews; and several faithful pets. His sister, Betty Hill of Reston, VA, predeceased him by five days. Services will be announced at a later date. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to an animal charity of the donors' choice.