Mildred F. Kenealy
MERIDEN -- Mildred F. Kenealy, 72, of 60 Hanover St., died on Monday, April 8, 2002, at MidState Medical Center.
Born in Meriden on Aug. 1, 1929, daughter of the late James and Mildred (Dandelski) Kenealy, she had resided in Meriden all her life and graduated from Meriden High School. Miss Kenealy was employed by Spartan Tool Company in Meriden, retiring seven years ago. She was a parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Church.
She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Nicholas Buonanni of Meriden; and her brother and sister-in-law, James and Frances Kenealy of Meriden; also several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Mabel Kenealy; and three brothers, Howard, George and Kenneth.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 10, at 9:15 a.m. from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden and at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Cemetery
for a graveside service with Rev. Isaac J. Calicchio officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Joseph D. LaBruna
EAST HARTFORD -- Joseph D. LaBruna, 67, formerly of Meriden, died Sunday, April 7, 2002 at New Britain General Hospital. He was the former husband of Joyce (Carta) LaBruna.
Born in Hartford, May 23, 1934, a son of the late Salvatore and Elda LaBruna. He had been employed by Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company for many years until his retirement.
He is survived by his daughter, Jill LaBruna of Meriden; son, Ricky LaBruna and his wife, Melinda of Enfield; his two granddaughters, Heather and Elizabeth LaBruna of Enfield; sisters, Rosemarie Cattanio and her husband, Maurice of Wethersfield; brother, William LaBruna and his wife, April of East Hartford; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Joseph is also survived by his girlfriend, Mary Ellen and her family.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 11, at 10:15 a.m. from the Newkirk and Whitney Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Ave., East Hartford, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. at St. Christopher's Catholic Church, 538 Brewer St., East Hartford. Burial will be in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, East Hartford. Calling hours will be Wednesday, April 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home, family and friends are respectfully requested to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jocelyn Diabetes Center, New Britain General Hospital, 100 Grand St., New Britain, CT 06050.
George A. Olson
MERIDEN -- George A. Olson, 68, formerly of 75 Carey Ave., died Friday, March 29, 2002 at Uconn Medical Center in Farmington, following a long illness.
He was born in Meriden, Feb. 18, 1934, a son, of the late Ivar R. and Mildred V. Adam Olson. He was a graduate of Lyman Hall High School, class of 1952. While attending High School, he gained recognition for his artistic abilities primarily in the mediums of charcoal and pen and ink drawings, and was encouraged by his mother, also an artist. Mr. Olson served four years in the Air Force, obtaining the rank of Staff Sergeant during the Korean War. He attended the University of CT, Storrs and the Ward School of Electronics in Hartford. He was employed as an electronics technician at the Meriden-Markham Airport and worked 18 years as a field service technician for Decca Navigation Systems in New York and Maryland. Although Mr. Olson was primarily a self-taught artist, he did study under Carol Williams at Stonehouse in Columbia, Md., from 1978-1981. During this time, his favorite subjects were scenes of fishing boats and small marinas along the Maryland shore. Following the death of his mother in 1982, he sold his home in Maryland and moved to Connecticut to assist his father and to pursue an art career full-time. Over the next 10 years Mr. Olson displayed his artwork in a number of public and private settings including: St. Raphael's Hospital in New Haven, the North Haven Library, the Cheshire Library and the Greene Art Gallery in Guilford. Many of his paintings were selected for juried exhibitions in Kent, Madison, Meriden, Mount Carmel, Branford Guilford, and the John Slade Ely House in New Haven. While he gained recognition as a portrait artist, his favorite subjects were abandoned New England barns and dockside scenes. He once remarked to a reporter, "If you take a barn that's very old which Mother Nature has started to repossess, it's in a state which doesn't belong to mankind any more. It's been given up. I try to capture that transitional state." He was also an avid photographer, creating many of his works from pictures he had taken along the shorelines and throughout New England. He also worked at Art Rich Photography in Southington. George Olson was an associate member of the Kent Art Association, a member of the Arts and Crafts Association of Meriden and the Mount Carmel Art Association. Among the many awards he received for his artwork were: the Union Trust Company Award, Madison Arts Society, 1985 for "Reflections"; Best in Show, Meriden Arts and Crafts Association, 1987 for "Mirror Image" (a self portrait pictured above); and the Grumbacker Silver Award, Meriden Arts and Crafts Association.
He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Dr. Betty Ann Olson of Fairfax, Va.; two nephews, Dylan Olson and wife, Jennifer of Durham, N.C., and Shane Olson of Fairfax, Va.; two grandnieces, Audrey and Victoria Olson; and two very dear friends, Robert and Marion Gionfriddo of Southington.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, April 15, at 11 a.m. at St. John's Cemetery, Christian St., Wallingford. There are no calling hours. The B.C. Bailey Funeral Home, 273 South Elm Street is in charge of arrangements.
E. Osabell Smith
HIGHLAND SPRINGS, Va. -- E. Osabell Smith was born on Sept. 14, 1907 to Vass and Lena Winston in Wake County, N.C., and passed away on Friday, April 1, 2002.
She moved to Meriden in the late 1940's where she met and married her late husband, Harry Smith. They were both members of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Meriden. Five years ago, she retired with her daughter and late son-in-law, to Highland Springs, Va.
Osabell was the mother of Lena Franks and Keturah Jackson of New Haven. She leaves to be with her siblings, Elvis, Elbert and Freddie Winston; and her granddaughter, Wilhelmina Smith; son-in-law, Simuel Franks. Besides her devoted daughters, she is survived by her sister, Elnora Roberts of Bronx, N.Y.; her devoted granddaughter, Erin-Jo Tompkins of Richmond, Va., and Sherri Covington of Columbia, S.C.; a grandson, Kenneth Covington of New Haven; also 17 great-grands; 16 great-great-grands; one great-great-great-grandchild; three nieces; one nephew; and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held April 5, at 11 a.m. at Chiles' Funeral Home, 2100 Fairmount Ave., Richmond, Va.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Felix Torres passed away Saturday, April 6, 2002. He was the loving husband of Anna Torres.
Felix was born Dec. 26, 1967 to Juan and Lydia Torres of San Juan, PR; brother to Diamela Belisle and Alan Torres; uncle to Erica, Keith, Kyle, Lino Jr., Alyssia, Maricela and newborn baby, Jasmin; son-in-law to John E. and Magdelena Gonzalez; and brother-in-law to Lino and Helen Perales.
He was loved by all and he will be greatly missed. Till we meet again in the arms of our Lord.
Burton G. Tremaine Jr.
VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Burton Gad Tremaine Jr., a business executive and philanthropist, died on Saturday, April 6, in New Orleans. For many years he served as President and Chairman of the Board of The Miller Company, in Meriden, a leader in the production of copper-based alloys. He was 79.
He resided in Johns Island, Vero Beach, Fla. Mr. Tremaine joined The Miller Company in 1947, advancing to president in 1955, a position he held for 32 years. At the time he joined the company, it was a leading producer of industrial and commercial lighting fixtures and specialty copper alloy strip. Under Mr. Tremaine's guidance, the company sold its lighting division and focused instead on modernizing the rolling mill for specialty metals. By 1985, The Miller Company had become a major producer of copper-based alloys used in electronics, automotive, telecommunication, and other industries. In 1987, Mr. Tremaine became Chairman of the Board, serving for 13 years until the sale of the company in June of 2000. Mr. Tremaine's family had a lifetime interest in the arts. He sat on the Board of Trustees of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, from 1965 to 1985, serving as president from 1978 to 1981. He remained on the board as an honorary member until his death. During his tenure, he presided over the early phases of the $8,000,000 capital campaign to modernize the museum's entire physical plant and reinstall the collection in renovated galleries. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Hartford Stage Company. Other beneficiaries of his interest in art were the Center for the Arts in Vero Beach, and the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, with the establishment of Tremaine Art Gallery. He was also involved in the restoration of the McKee Gardens in Vero Beach. In 1991, he was the founding chairman of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation in Meriden. He guided the fledgling organization as it chose its three grant-making focus areas, learning disabilities, the environment, and the arts. He worked to engage fully other family members in the process of setting guidelines and planning strategy, stressing the importance of unity of purpose and collaborative problem-solving. By 1999, when he retired from the Board, the Foundation had become an effective grant-maker, particularly in the area of learning disabilities. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Meriden Hospital in Meriden. He also served as Chairman of the Board of the Bar T Bar Ranch in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Bar T Bar Ranch operates Meteor Crater, which has been under the management of the Tremaine family since the 1940s, when Mr. Tremaine's grandfather purchased the surrounding land. Mr. Tremaine also had a keen interest in sailing, and had won many regattas. He was Commodore of the Fishers Island Yacht Club and a member of the New York Yacht Club. Graduating from the Hotchkiss School, class of 1940, and from Yale University, class of 1944, Mr. Tremaine earned an A.B. in history. He served with the 65th Infantry Division in Europe, rising to the rank of captain.
Mr. Tremaine is survived by his wife, Catherine Burns Tremaine; two sons, Burton G. Tremaine III of Essex, and John M. Tremaine of New Canaan; a stepson, Atwood Collins III of Darien; two daughters, Janet Tremaine Stanley of Tacoma, Wash., and Sarah C. Tremaine of Charlottesville, Va.; a sister, Dorothy Tremaine Hildt of Palm Beach, Fla., and Gates Mills of Ohio; and 14 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m. in the Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford. A reception will follow with the location to be announced at the service. Memorial donations may be made to the Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St. Hartford, CT., 06103, or the Bushnell Memorial, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT., 06106.
Sandra A. Allen
MERIDEN -- Sandra A. Allen, 35, wife of Scott Allen of Meriden, died at Hartford Hospital on Sunday, April 7, 2002.
Mrs. Allen was born in Hartford on Dec. 9, 1966, a daughter of Ronald and Edwina Martin of Bristol.
In addition to her husband and parents, Sandra is survived by two daughters, Olivia Debra Allen and Isabella Susan Allen of Meriden; two sisters, Debra Pelletier of Barkhamsted and Susan DeNote of Bristol; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Gregory Church, Maltby St., Bristol on Friday, April 12, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol.
Family and friends may call at O'Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville on Thursday, April 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, CT Affiliate, P.O. Box 182, New Britain, CT 06050.
MERIDEN -- Deborah Brady, 45, of 110 Willow St., Meriden, died Thursday, April 4, 2002 at home suddenly.
She was born Sept. 1, 1956 in Dexter, Maine, daughter of Irving Brady of Maine and Mildred Brady of Meriden.
Deborah leaves one daughter, Amy Barbosa; two brothers, Norman (Linda) Brady and Irvin Brady, all of Meriden; one sister, Linda LaMothe of Meriden; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; along with many close friends throughout Meriden.
Calling hours will take place on Friday, April 12, from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery. The Szymaszek-Taylor Funeral Home, 189 E. Main St., Meriden is in charge of arrangements.
Martha P. Dumin
SOUTHINGTON -- Martha P. Dumin, 52, of 22 Ivy Drive died Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at Bradley Memorial Hospital.
Born in New Britain on Jan. 20, 1950 the daughter Frances (Grabelski) Dumin and the late Joseph R. Dumin. She was employed for the past 10 years by Whitman Control Corp. in Bristol.
Besides her mother, is survived by a son, Paul-Michael Dumin of Southington; a sister, Patricia M. Dumin of New Britain; a great-uncle; three great-aunts; two godsons, Jeremy Gravelle and Eric Hansen; a special friend, Dottie Gravelle; several nephews, many cousins and close friends. She was predeceased by a brother, PFC Paul Michael Dumin, U.S Marine Corps.
The funeral will be held on Friday at 9:15 a.m. from the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., to Immaculate Conception Church at 10 a.m. for a Mass. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Herbert R. Michaud
MERIDEN -- Herbert R. Michaud, 52, of Hanover St., Meriden, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002 in his home.
Born in Grand Isle, Maine, Aug. 17, 1949, a son of Annette Lizotte Michaud of Southington and the late Arthy Michaud, he was a lifelong area resident. He had been employed as a farmer for several years and was a veteran of the Vietnam War having served in the U.S. Army. He also had been a active reservist in the Connecticut National Guard for several years.
Besides his mother, Annette, Mr. Michaud is survived by his two sisters, Marie Perry of the Milldale section of Southington and Rose Marie Cole of New Haven; his four brothers, Donat Michaud of Meriden, Edmund Michaud of Meriden, Alan Michaud of Wallingford and Patrick Michaud of New Haven; several nieces and nephews. Besides his father, he was predeceased by his two sisters, Pierrette Michaud and Ann Marie Michaud.
His family will receive relatives and friends in the Yalesville Funeral Home, 386 Main St., Yalesville section of Wallingford, Thursday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Funeral services will then be held at 11 a.m. The Rev. Thomas J. Baylis will officiate. Interment will be private in the Center Street Cemetery.