Christopher J. DeLorme
ROSWELL, Ga. — Christopher J. DeLorme, 27, formerly of Rochester, N.H., died unexpectedly Monday, Oct. 19, 1998, at North Fulton Regional Hospital in Roswell, Ga.
He was the son of Gail Zimmerman of Ansonia, Conn., and Richard DeLorme of New Hampshire. Before moving to Georgia, he was a computer programmer at Opus Communications in Rochester.
He leaves his wife, Gabrielle, and two children, Kaleena and Jonathan DeLorme, all of Rochester; two brothers, Robert Ladd Sr. of Belchertown, Mass., formerly of Meriden, Conn., and Donald Zimmerman of Ansonia; two sisters, Stacey and Vicky Zimmerman, both of Ansonia; two nephews, Bobby and Christopher Ladd; and a niece, Michayla. He was predeceased by his grandmother.
Memorial services will be held on Monday, Dec. 7, at the Baptist Church of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, N.H.
Paula J. Matteau
MERIDEN — Paula Jean (Ratte) Matteau, 45, of Old Colony Road, wife of Michael E. Matteau, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998, at MidState Medical Center after a lengthy illness.
Born Oct. 31, 1953, in Meriden, she was the daughter of Rosaire J. and Jeannette (Gervais) Ratte of Meriden, and had lived in Meriden for most of her life. She was a graduate of Naugatuck High School, class of 1971, and of Southern Connecticut State University in 1975, with a B.S. in elementary education. Mrs. Matteau was employed by Waldbaum Corp. for more than 26 years and was a parishioner of St. Laurent Church.
Besides her husband and parents, she is survived by one sister and a brother-in-law, Nancy and Phil Hodson of Phoenix, Ariz.; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Gary Ratte of Wallingford, and Attorney Kevin and Candice Rattay of Scottsdale, Ariz.,; and by several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
The funeral will be held at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, from the John J. Ferry and Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., and at 10 a.m. at St. Laurent Church. Burial will be in St. Laurent Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at the funeral home. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 188, North Haven, CT 06473.
Walter A. Pluta Sr.
WALLINGFORD — Walter A. Pluta Sr., 86, of North Elm Street, Wallingford, died Monday, Nov. 30, 1998, at Skyview Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was the husband of the late Mary Charewicz Pluta.
Mr. Pluta was born Jan. 28, 1912, in Wallingford, the son of the late Adam and Jadwiga Mihalek Pluta, and was a lifelong resident here. He had been employed by the American Cyanamid Co. in Wallingford for many years, and had later been employed at the International Silver Co. for several years until his retirement. He had also been a supernumerary police officer for the town of Wallingford for many years, and was a parishioner of SS. Peter and Paul Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and was a member of the American Legion, Siedlicki Post No. 187.
He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Dorothy (Mrs. Walter A. Pluta Jr.); and his two granddaughters, Dr. Wendy Pluta and Mimi Novak, all of Los Angeles; five sisters, Valerie (Mrs. Joseph) Wondolowski of Millbury, Mass., Sophie (Mrs. Joseph) Pyskaty of Wallingford, Helen (Mrs. Ernest) LaCroix of Palm Bay, Fla., Lois (Mrs. William) Bossidy of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Elizabeth (Mrs. William) Furness of Arlington, Texas; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Walter A. Pluta Jr., and his sister, Stacia Faust.
His family will receive relatives and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main St. Ext., Wallingford. Funeral services will be held at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, from the Wallingford Funeral Home, when the funeral cortege will proceed to SS. Peter and Paul Church at 9 a.m. for a Mass of Christian burial. Interment with military honors will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Gifts in his memory may be sent to SS. Peter and Paul Church, 139 N. Orchard St., Wallingford, CT 06492.
Dorothy E. Thomas
MERIDEN — Friends and relatives are invited to attend a memorial Mass for Dorothy E. Thomas at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at St. Mary Church. Burial will be in the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown, following the Mass. Mrs. Thomas died Friday, Nov. 27, 1998.
James D. Albert
SOUTHINGTON — James D. Albert, 35, of 35 Victoria Drive, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1998, at Bradley Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Colleen (Flynn) Albert.
Born Dec. 20, 1962, in New Britain, son of Gerald and Lucille (Guerrette) Albert of New Britain. He had been employed at Stanley Works of New Britain. Mr. Albert was an avid train collector and landscaper, and enjoyed helping people. He was a member of the Faith Baptist Church.
Besides his wife and parents, he is survived by a son, Jason Albert of Southington; a brother, Gary Albert of Bristol; and a sister, Carlene Szestakow of Southington; his maternal grandmother, Lillian Guerrette of Maine; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Faith Baptist Church. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St. Donations may be made in his memory to the Jason Albert College Fund, in care of his family.
Romie L. Cantley
WALLINGFORD — Romie L. (Lee) Cantley Sr., 76, of 4 Guernsey Lane, formerly of New Haven, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998, at home after a long illness, surrounded by his loving and caring family. He was the beloved husband of 51 years to Ruth Slater Cantley.
He was born Oct. 15, 1922, in Colcord, W.Va., a son of the late Charles and Annie Browning Cantley. He had worked at the Federal Paperboard Co. for 24 years and retired in 1986 from the Hamden Deep Hole Drilling Co., where he had worked for 10 years. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the 494th Anti-Aircraft Battalion from 1941-45. He was a member of VFW Post 2090 in East Haven. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Wallingford, and had been a president of Local 463 AFL-CIO of the United Paper Workers for several years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Romie L. Cantley Jr.; a daughter, Carol Worcester, both of Wallingford; two brothers, Cleve Cantley of New Haven and John Cantley of Mullens, W.Va.; two sisters, Reba Lamb of New Haven and Grace Cantley of West Virginia; and two grandchildren, Sarah Worcester and Christopher Worcester. He was predeceased by two brothers, Gene Cantley and Buford Cantley, and a sister, Frances Cantley.
Funeral services will be private. Friends may call at from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday the B.C. Bailey Funeral Home, 273 S. Elm St. If friends so desire, gifts in his memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Wallingford, P.O. Box 657, Wallingford, CT 06492.
Muriel D. Hunt
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Muriel Dallas Hubbard Hunt, 101, formerly of Meriden, Conn., died Monday, Nov. 30, 1998, in Charlotte, N.C. She was the wife of the late Floyd W. Hunt.
Mrs. Hunt was born June 3, 1897, in Meriden, the daughter of the late Calvin and Emma Hubbard. She lived the first 90 years of her life in Meriden. She was a lifetime member of the Main Street Baptist Church and was a member of the Meriden Women's Club and the Garden Club.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Buell H. and Sandra D. Hunt of Wallingford, Conn.; a daughter and son-in-law, Dallas H. and Kent Allison of Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter-in-law, Gwendolyn Hunt Colpitts of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren, Drew Allison of Charlotte, Lee Allison Rundquist of Indian Trail, N.C., Mitchell Allison of Matthews, N.C., Frederick Allison of Greenville, S.C., Allison Hunt Lehman of New Haven, Buell H. Hunt Jr. of Plainfield, N.J., and Linda Hunt Van Ekeren of the Netherlands; and several great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Harlan F. Hunt; a brother, Louis R. Hubbard; and two sisters, Grace H. Dorgan and Wilna H. Fuhlbruck.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Beecher & Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. If desired, memorial contributions in Mrs. Hunt's memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Greater Connecticut Chapter, 1155 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, CT 06109, or to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492.
MERIDEN — Margaret Krupa, 95, formerly of Sherman Avenue, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1998, at the Meriden Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Ms. Krupa was born Sept. 16, 1903, in Meriden, and was the daughter of the late Michael and Victoria (Pietras) Krupa. Ms. Krupa was a lifelong resident of Meriden and was educated in local schools. She was also a parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church.
She leaves several cousins and was predeceased by four brothers, John, Joseph, Anthony and Stanley Krupa; two sisters, Anna Krupa and Beatrice Petrosky.
Her funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in St. Stanislaus Church for a Mass of Christian burial. The committal service will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. The Stempien Funeral Home, 450 Broad St., Meriden, is in charge of the arrangements.
The following information has been added to the obituary of Eleanor Mierzejewski, who died on Nov. 25, 1998. She was also survived by a sister, Veronica Beauchamp of North Haven.
SOUTHBURY — Geraldine D. O'Neil, 71, of Heritage Village, beloved wife of 48 years of Bernard F. O'Neil, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998, at Waterbury Hospital after a long illness.
She was born Nov. 21, 1927, in Meriden, a daughter of the late James F. and Maud E. Donahue. She was a graduate of St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing. She was a registered nurse and retired as a head nurse for Bridgeport Hospital in 1990. She was a communicant of St. Thomas the Apostle Church of Oxford. She had lived in Heritage Village of Southbury for six years and previously had resided in Milford for 33 years.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Kevin O'Neil of Milford; five daughters and three sons-in-law, Mary and Walter Kohler of Southbury, Karen and John Kozloski of Oxford, Cindy and Donald Baxter of Seymour, Kathleen O'Neil of Seattle and Joan O'Neil of Tucson, Ariz.; and 15 grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Mary E. Donahue.
A funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the chapel of the Miller-Ward Funeral Home, 260 Bank St., Seymour, with a Mass to follow at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas the Apostle Church of Oxford. Interment will be in Mountain Meadows Cemetery, Seymour. Relatives and friends are invited to visit from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Lung Association or to St. Thomas the Apostle Church Building Fund through the funeral director.
CHESHIRE — Muriel (Judd) Tucker, 89, of 1142 Tucker Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998, at St. Francis Hospital, Hartford, after a short illness. She was the widow of Nelson Harry Tucker.
Mrs. Tucker was born March 4, 1909, in Southington, daughter of the late Clinton Howard and Mabel Lizzie (Cutting) Judd, and lived in Cheshire the past 70 years. She was educated in Southington schools and was an active member of the Cheshire Congregational Church, a former deacon and a member of the Tuesday Circle of the church. Along with her husband of 70 years, they owned and operated Tucker Farm. She was an honorary member and past president of the Cheshire Women's Club; former member of the Jurors' Commission; a member and past Golden Sheaf of the Cheshire Grange; the American Association of Retired Persons and a former trustee of the Cheshire Public Library.
She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Jeanne Klein of Nashua, N.H., and Linda C. Tucker of Cheshire; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the First Congregational Church On-the-Green. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery. There are no calling hours. The Alderson Funeral Home of Cheshire, 615 S. Main St., is in charge of arrangements.
George A. Carter
MERIDEN — George Alden Carter, 91, of Douglas Drive, South Meriden, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1998, at the MidState Medical Center in Meriden.
Born in Malden, Mass., he was a son of the late Alfred G. and Christine Johnson Sweet Carter and was a Meriden resident for 76 years. He was employed by the Fafnir Bearing Company of New Britain for over 35 years until his retirement. He was a parishioner of the former Main Street Baptist Church in Meriden for many years and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, A. Ronald and Joyce L. Carter of South Meriden; two grandchildren, Karey L. Carter and Clinton A. Carter; a brother, Frederick M. Carter of Meriden; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Helen Sweet Dickinson.
His family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main St. Ext., Wallingford. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Meriden with the Rev. Alon White officiating. Interment in Walnut Grove Cemetery
Meriden will be private. Gifts in his memory may be sent to the All Saints Episcopal Church Book of Remembrance, 201 W. Main St., Meriden, CT 06451.