Evelyn Mier, 77, formerly of Venice, FL and Brooklyn, NY died Friday morning at the West view Nursing Home in Dayville. She was the beloved sister of Madeline Lussier of Putnam and the late Daniel Joseph Graziano. She was born March 17, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY, daughter of the late Joseph and Florence (Muskat) Graziano. She also leaves several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be private. The Smith & Walker Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Isabel U. Franklin
November 14, 1915 - December 15, 2008
Putnam - Isabel U. Franklin, died suddenly Monday, December 15, 2008 in Putnam. She was the daughter of Polish immigrants Stanislaw and Jadwiga (Zygmunt) Ukleja. Isabel attended Putnam Schools, graduating from Putnam High School and Willimantic Normal School. Her first teaching job was in a two room schoolhouse where she was responsible for grades 1-8, as well as for keeping the fire going and the building tidy. She then moved to the former Smith Street School, teaching grades 7 and 8, served as principal during WWII, and taught adult First Aid classes. She completed a long teaching career at the Israel Putnam School in grade 4 and 3. Mrs. Franklin remembered fondly each of her students, and enjoyed receiving notes, cards and personal greetings throughout the years. She would surprise them by recounting pleasant anecdotes of their school years, siblings and parents.
Isabel was married to Stuart W Franklin on July 30 or 31 (it was an ongoing debate between them), 1941. It is interesting to note that Mrs. Franklin was the first married female teacher to be allowed to keep her teaching position in Putnam. Mrs. Franklin retired after 35 years and began her second career as assistant librarian at the Putnam Public Library where she happily worked for the next 30 years, gently and good naturedly reminding patrons of overdue books. Her lifelong passion for the education of the town's young people led her to seek public office on the school board where she served for many years as Secretary and Chairman. Mrs. Franklin spoke eloquently at many Putnam Middle and High School graduations. She particularly enjoyed awarding the Pulaski Achievement Awards to Middle School recipients.
Isabel was the devoted and loving mother of Stanley D (Janice) Franklin of Foster RI and Elisabeth (Robert) Thompson of Putnam. She was a doting grandmother to five grandchildren, Nathan (Jeannette) Thompson of St. Louis, Seth Thompson of Boston, Jessica (Richard) Vergoni of Putnam, Joshua and Lindsey Franklin of Foster. She leaves also four great grandchildren, Hannah and Caleb Thompson, Isabel and Joey Vergoni and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Stuart in June 2007 and her sister Jennie U. Gerardi.
A Memorial Service will be Saturday, December 27th at 11:00 am at the Smith & Walker Funeral Home, 148 Grove Street, Putnam with a calling hour from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Burial following in Grove Street Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to the Memorial Fund of the Putnam Public Library, 225 Kennedy Drive, Putnam or to the Memorial Fund of the Congregational Church of Putnam, PO Box 463, Putnam, CT 06260.
Calvin A. Lester
Calvin A. Lester, 90 of Riverside Drive, North Grosvenordale, formerly of Putnam. passed away peacefully Friday at home after a long battle with emphysema. He was the beloved husband of Christine (Skillman) Lester; they were married October 24, 1944, celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary. He was born October 8, 1918 in Wilson AR, son of the late Calvin and Mary (Simpson) Lester.
He was a maintenance mechanic and welder working for Loos and Company for over 13 years retiring in 1975. He was a veteran of WWII serving with the US Navy. Calvin and his wife enjoyed traveling; in 1985 they spent 24 months on the road, traveling the United States and Canada in their camper. He was an avid bird watcher and had a great passion for reading. Calvin was a former member of the Cornerstone Quinebaug Masonic Lodge AF & AM and was a Past Master. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He leaves in addition to his wife Christine, his children : Lawrence Lester and his wife Kathleen of Jacksonville, FL; Lee Beausoleil of Putnam; Lori Lester of Great Falls, SC; Lyn Lester of Dayville; grandchildren: Amy Beausoleil Ranton and her husband Preston of Branford; Crissy Lester of Clinton, TN. Funeral Services will be private with burial in Putnam Heights Cemetery. Donations may be made in his memory to Hospice of NECT, PO Box 632, Putnam, CT 06260
Jason "Jay" Delaney
Jason "Jay" Delaney, 29, of School Street, Putnam, died Wednesday, December 31 at Hartford Hospital in Hartford surrounded by his loving family. He was born, March 18, 1979 in Fort Hood, TX, son of Dennis G. Delaney and Donna Daly Martel. He made his home in Putnam most of his life, 1997 Graduate of Putnam High School, he played Putnam Youth Soccer and WPTP Football.
He was a sous-chef for the last twelve years, the last three years at 85 Main Street Restaurant in Putnam. He enjoyed sports and music, was an avid Patriot's and Red Sox Fan.
In addition to his parents, Dennis G. Delaney and his companion Patricia Adams of Boston, MA and Mother Donna Daly Martel and her husband Joseph of Woodstock, his loving girl friend Amy Gremo and her son Cole of Putnam, his brother, Scott Delaney and his wife Beth of Carver, MA, maternal grandmother Jean Donoghue and her husband Edward of Hyde Park, MA, nephew Thursten, niece Scarlett, several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The funeral will be Monday at 10:30 am from the Smith & Walker Funeral Home, 148 Grove Street, Putnam, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am at St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence Street, Putnam. Calling Hours will be Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Burial in Quassett Cemetery in Woodstock in the Spring.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Hartford Hospital Organ and Tissue Donation Foundation, PO Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06102.
K. Elois Leveille
K. Elois Leveille, 93, of O'Leary Road, Thompson, died Wednesday at the Day Kimball Hospital. She was the wife of the late G. Stanley Leveille, he died in 1970. Born April 24, 1915 in Thompson, daughter of the late Warren and Catherine (Converse) Logee.
She was a School Teacher; she earned her Master's in Education from Eastern Connecticut State University, teaching elementary school in Thompson for many years. She also taught in the Columbia School System and the Pomfret Community School. She made her home in Thompson all her life, a member of the Thompson Congregational Church. She enjoyed gardening and cross word puzzles. She will be remembered for her love and caring for her six children, her grandchildren, and great grandchildren and the times they spent together.
She leaves her children: Philip Leveille and his wife Susan of Thompson; Timothy Leveille and his wife Julie of Thompson; Bruce Leveille of Woodstock; Katherine Leveille of Thompson; Mary Anne Wexler and her husband Chuck of Thompson; her daughter-in-law; Gail Leveille of Thompson; siblings: Allan Logee of Danielson; Ruth McGuirk of Hingham, MA; 12 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, William E. Leveille, grandson, William R. Leveille; two sisters, Marjorie Carrier; Mildred Foss.
A graveside service will be January 24, 2009 (Saturday) at 11:00 AM at Munyan Cemetery, Munyan Road, Putnam. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to Hospice of NECT, PO Box 632, Putnam, CT 06260. Smith & Walker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Leo J. Rutka, Jr.
Leo J. Rutka, Jr., 57, of Church Street, Putnam, died unexpectedly Friday at his home. He was born February 26, 1951 in Chicago, Ill, son of the late Leo and Mary (Zuhowski) Rutka, Sr.
Leo was a professional Chef, and had worked for several years for many of Chicago's upscale restaurants. He has made his home in Putnam for the last ten years, moving from Chicago. He operated the Woodstock Fares Restaurant in Woodstock for two years. He enjoyed fishing. He was a Veteran of the Vietnam War serving with the US Army.
He leaves his daughter: Marci Noga of Tinley Park, Ill ; his brother: James Rutka of Cary, Ill, his former wife: Joan Rutka.
A memorial service will be Wednesday at 11:00 AM at the Smith & Walker Funeral Home 148 Grove Street, Putnam, CT. No Calling hours.
Robert LaBrec, age 68, of Pendleton, SC, formerly of Putnam, CT died Sunday in Greenville, SC. He was the husband of Grace (Raille) LaBrec for twenty-two years. Born in Putnam on January 31, 1940.
He had made his home in Putnam for over forty-four years and in Port St. Lucie, FL for twenty before retiring to Pendleton, SC four years ago. After serving in the US Air Force he then became a master machinist and retired after a successful career. His hobbies included R/C planes and helicopters, computers, reading, and music.
He leaves his wife Grace, his children Brian LaBrec of North Oxford, MA, Keith LaBrec of Putnam, CT, Milton Luther of Jacksonville, NC, Michelle Mauch of Douglas, MA, Michelle Hummel of Ephrata, PA, Dawn LeClair of Lincoln City, a sister, Jeannette Trudeau of Brooklyn, CT, fourteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be Sunday January 11th at 3:30 PM in the Smith & Walker Funeral Home 148 Grove Street, Putnam. Calling Hours will be Sunday from 2:00 PM until time of service.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 106 Route 32, Franklin, CT, 06254 www.cancer.org
Jeffrey Scott Cloutier
Jeffrey Scott Cloutier, 37 of Brooklyn, CT, died Thursday morning at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center after an eight year battle with muscular dystrophy He was born April 5, 1971, in Putnam, son of Ronald Cloutier of Brooklyn and the late Elizabeth (Brouillette) Cloutier.
Jeff had made his home in Brooklyn all his life, he had a great love for animals and great sense of humor, he could always make you laugh. His favorite past time was riding his trike, exploring his woods with his niece Stacy. He worked in Milking Parlors at several area dairy farms.
He leaves his father Ronald of Brooklyn, sister Renee Rumrill and her husband Kevin of Woodstock, brother, Ronald Cloutier of Brooklyn, two nieces, Stacy and Marissa, several cousins, uncles and aunts.
Funeral services will be private. Smith & Walker Funeral Home, 148 Grove Street, Putnam is in charge of arrangements.
Pomfret - Ryan Smith, 25, died unexpectedly January 8, 2009. Ryan, son of Sherwin and Sharon Smith, was born in Putnam on March 11, 1983. He attended Woodstock Schools and Ellis Technical School. Ryan married Ashley (Webster) Smith on September 29, 2007.
Prior to his death, Ryan had worked for ABC Tree Company. In his free time he enjoyed fishing, hunting, four-wheeling, snowmobiling and many other outdoor activities. He was a passionate, caring person, a great friend, a loving husband and always willing to help anyone with anything they might need. All who knew him are deeply saddened by his loss. Ryan volunteered on Putnam EMS as an ambulance driver.
His wife Ashley Smith of Pomfret survives him, as well as his mother and father, brother and sister in-law Daniel and Kelly Smith of Woodstock, sister Lisa Martel of Dayville. His nephew Mark, niece Alexis, mother in-law Betty Lucier of Putnam, father and mother in-law Ronald and Becky Webster of Woodstock Valley survive him as well.
The memorial service will be 11:00 am, Thursday, January 15, 2009 at Smith and Walker Funeral Home, 148 Grove Street, Putnam. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Ryan Smith Memorial Fund at the Citizens National Bank; PO Box 6002, Putnam, CT 06260.
Doris D. Keach
Doris D. Keach, 92, formerly of Thayer Street, Putnam, died Friday, January 9, 2008 at the Bayberry Commons in Pascoag, RI. She was the wife of the late Herbert Wayland Keach, he died 1970. She was born October 9, 1916 in Worcester, MA, daughter of Leonard and Helen (Lussier) Diamond.
She worked for many years as a secretary at the former Putnam Hertzel Company and their credit union. She was an active long time member of the Putnam United Methodist Church, serving on many boards and committees. She was very active with Community Kitchens. She enjoyed knitting, reading, cooking, sewing, and her dogs. She also was active with the Girl Scouts and served on the troop committee.
She leaves her daughters: Muriel Stewartson of Winter Springs, FL; Patricia Fenner and husband Earnest of Woodstock; Kathleen Ames and husband Leonard of Thompson; Pamela Perry and husband Edwin of Woodstock, sister Helen Woodis and husband Leslie of Putnam; grandchildren: William Aldrich of Plainfield; Paul Aldrich of Woodstock; Herbert Stewartson of Sanford, FL; Michael Fenner of Danielson; Debra Bruce of Putnam; Mark Fenner of Plainfield; Earnest Fenner, Jr. of Woodstock; Rebecca Fenner of Attawaugan; Leonard Martel of Thompson; Melissa Wisnieski of Danielson; Scott and Amy Martel of Thompson; Edwin Perry, Jr. of Oklahoma City, OK; twenty great grandchildren; two great great granddaughters.
A memorial service will be Thursday at 11:00 AM in the Putnam United Methodist Church, 53 Grove Street, Putnam. In lieu of flowers donations to the Music Fund of the Putnam United Methodist Church, 53 Grove Street, Putnam, CT 06260.
Edward J. Doucette, Sr.
Edward J. Doucette, Sr., 59 of Pasay Road, N. Grosvenordale, died Thursday morning at his home. He was the beloved husband of Cathy-Joy (Germain) Doucette. He was born October 5, 1949 in Putnam, son of Virginia (Curran) Doucette of Thompson and the late Robert Doucette.
He made his home in Thompson all his life, worked many years as a truck driver. He was a life member of the East Thompson Volunteer Fire Department, serving the department for 30 years. Ed was an EMT with Community Ambulance for 15 years. He enjoyed Auto Racing, the Thompson Speedway, and NASCAR traveling to NH and North Carolina to watch a race. Deep sea fishing and golf were some of his hobbies. His greatest love was his grandchildren; caring for them and watching them grow.
He leaves his wife Cathy-Joy of 38 years, his children Edward Doucette, Jr. and his wife Michelle of Dayville; Tracy Doucette of N. Grosvenordale; Robert Doucette of Palmer, MA; Victor Doucette and his wife Holly of Putnam; siblings: Carol Nadeau of FL; Linda Mannis and her husband Norman of FL; Doreen Cote and her husband Doug of Putnam; 15 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews; brother-in-law: Kit Carpenter of Bridgeport; sisters-in-law JoNell Cartier and her husband Scott of Brooklyn; Corinne Morin of Danielson.
Calling Hours will be Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM followed by a Memorial Service at 8:00 PM at the Smith & Walker Funeral Home, 148 Grove Street, Putnam. Donations may be made to his family.