It is not length of life, but depth of life.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

COLUMBIA -Albert W. Baran (Al), 91 passed away on October 8, 2017 unexpectedly after a brief illness.
Al was born April 24, 1926 in Lebanon, son of the late Wojciech and Zofia (Olszewski) Baran and was married to Lora Pudlo on February 14, 1959. They were married for many happy years and seldom apart until her passing in December 2000.
Al grew up on a farm in Lebanon before moving to Willimantic as a child. Al served in the Army with the AAF 93rd Bomb Sq stationed in the Philippines in 1945 and 1946. Upon his discharge he continued his career with United Aircraft until 1983 earning 40 years of service. Al was always tinkering around the house and was known to be able to fix anything. After Lora’s passing, he decided to get a pet, March, a little dog that brought a lot of smiles to many. Unfortunately, he was taken before the 2017-2018 UConn Women’s Basketball season that he was looking so forward to.
Al leaves one son, Albert Jr of Columbia, a sister Stella Labelle of Willimantic and a brother Stanley of Lebanon. He was predeceased by his wife Lora, sister Helen Rondeau and brother John.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 11 a.m. at the Belmont Funeral Home, 144S. Main St., Colchester. Burial to follow at the New St. Andrews Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. and an hour prior to the service on Friday. Donations may be made to the ASPCA, 424 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128-6804.

Albert W. Baran

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COLCHESTER- Sandra “Sandy” Lee Perkins, 80, died peacefully on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the W.W. Backus Hospital in Norwich. She was born in Milford CT on Oct. 24, 1936 to the late N. Roland and Maxine (Grove) Thompson.
Sandy was raised in Lebanon and attended Lebanon schools; she retired as a dietary Aide at Genesis Elder Care, now known as Harrington Court. Sandy was a magnanimous woman who would spend her free time selflessly helping others; she would run errands, do laundry, yard and house work for those in need. She volunteered at the Norwich Senior Center and Meals on Wheels and was an avid bowler and former member of the Norwich Ten Pin Bowling Association.
Sandy is survived by her children Desiree Williams of Glasgo, Jacqueline DeLorge of Norwich, Leon DeLorge of Lisbon, Jeffery Delorge of FL and Robin (Perkins) Marrotte of Willimantic; her brother Nathaniel Thompson of Glasgo; sisters Priscilla Shults of FL, Barbara Page of Uncasville and Virginia Attwood of SC; 10 step-children and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents Sandy was predeceased by her daughter Genine DeLorge, her brother Daniel Thompson and sister, Joyce Sterling.
Per Sandy’s wishes a memorial gathering will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 6-8pm at the Belmont Funeral Home, 144 S. Main St., Colchester. In lieu of flowers Sandy would like donations made to Harrington Court. Please visit www.belmontfh to leave condolences.

Sandy L. Perkins

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NORWICH- Richard David James Jr. – After a long battle with cancer, Rich went peacefully to our lord in an intimate setting with his devoted wife, Barbara M. James. He was born in Providence, RI on November 8, 1965 to Barbara (Webster) Holmes and the late Richard D. James.
After graduating high school, Rich went to New England Tractor Trailer School and became a professional truck driver who was known as “Super Freak” by the trucker community. On December 9, 1995, he was united in marriage to Barbara Mae Hartman. Rich’s family meant the world to him. He loved to sit by his tranquility pond, go for rides on his Harley Davidson with his Pastor and take cruises in his ’72 Nova. Rich had a contagious personality and was loved by all those who knew him and will be greatly missed. 
In addition to Barbara M. James, his beloved wife of 22 years, Rich is survived by mother Barbara Holmes of Norwich; his sons Benjemin Tate and wife Magen of Lisbon and Joshua James and wife Emily Wilcox of Norwich; his grandchildren Richard Davis James I, Leila Grace James and step-grandson Ryan Dickey; sisters Marie Bradlaw and husband William Hartman of Norwich, Connie LaMountain and husband James of South Carolina, and Debra James of Massachusetts as well as numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Richard David James and his sister Annette James.
A 1:00pm memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at Seaport Community Church, 28 Great Brook Rd. Groton. The Belmont Funeral Home has been entrusted with Rich’s care.
Richard David James Jr.

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OAKDALE - June M. Dion, 68, died on Thursday, August 31, 2017 surrounded by her family following a brief illness. She was born in Norwich on June 6, 1949 to the late Richard W. and Marie E. (Bradlaw) Blackburn.

June was united in marriage on June 30, 1990 to Francis Dion; she earned her masters degree in education from Eastern Connecticut State University. June taught school for 39 years at Salem School specializing in Math toward the end of her tenure. June loved to travel taking many trips with family and friends and was an avid card player. She was a member of Colchester and Salem Senior Centers.

June is survived by her husband of 27 years, Frank Dion of Oakdale; sons Jeffrey Dion, Stephen Dion and his wife Sarah; daughter Catherine Dion; siblings John, Richard, David (wife Jean), Rose Fratoni (husband Joseph) and Faith Coleman (husband Mark) all from CT Carl (wife Phyllis ), and Jay Blackburn from TN; grandchildren Ethan, Ava and Adrian (AJ); sister-in-law/brother-in-law Jean & Terry Chance; numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews as well as her her best friends Bernie and Brenda.

Funeral services will be held at Belmont Funeral Home, 144 S. Main St. Colchester on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 at 10:30 with calling hours beginning at 9am. Burial will immediately follow at Maplewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in June’s memory may be made to Salem School Math Program. Please visit to leave condolences.

June Marie Dion

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Elsie Tytla Claypool, M.D. died peacefully on June 24, 2017 in Kansas City, KS. Born in 1925 in CT she filled her 91 years with professional growth, civic contributions, and adventure.  
A rare woman for her time, Elsie earned her B.A. at Connecticut College and M.D. with distinction from the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, now a part of Drexel University, in the late 1940's. Her internship and residency at the University of Texas followed. Post graduate work included pediatric training at Harvard Medical School and an Advanced Seminar in Bioethics at Georgetown University. She practiced pediatrics for 18 years in New London, CT which led to hospital and clinical appointments at Lawrence Hospital in New London, Yale Medical School, and later, at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.  
After moving into administration, Elsie held a variety of leadership posts in national offices from the US Public Health Service and Health Education and Welfare to her appointment as the Chief of Staff Veterans Administration Hospital, VA Medical and Regional Office Center in Wichita, KS. After retiring from government service she moved to Washington State and became a medical advisor and consultant to the VA Puget Sound Health Care System.  
Dr. Tytla Claypool served her community wherever she lived. Her civic activities centered around historic preservation, museums, and the professional advancement of women. She was proudest of her leadership role in preserving the upscale Whale Oil Row in New London, CT. The four Neoclassical buildings built by whaling captains in 1834-36 were slated for demolition in 1968. Elsie partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and won the battle to save them. She subsequently was a popular lecturer on historic preservation and early lighting devices. Her lighting collection now is in the Smithsonian Institution and the Mystic Seaport Museum. Many of her efforts were acknowledged through various community awards such as the Historic Preservation Achievement Award, the Kiwanis Civic Service Award, the Zonta Community Service Award, and in 2006, the Steilacoom Town Council Award. 
Elsie's personal life also reflected her intellect and energy. In 1954 she got a restricted radio telephone operator permit and in 1967 earned a private plane pilot's license. In 1983, at age 59, she married William E. Claypool after several years of long distance courtship. Their happy 30 year marriage was marked by mutual joy in sailing, tennis, volunteerism, and extensive worldwide travel.  
Elsie leaves her daughters-in-law, Nancy L. Claypool, Sandra L. Claypool, and Carol J. Claypool with their families; son-in-law the late William E. Claypool, III and family; nephew, John Alan Tytla and family; and niece, Patricia T. Owen and family. Burial will be private. Donations in Elsie Tytla Claypool's memory may be made to the Tacoma Art Museum.  

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COLCHESTER- Mary Steinson 76, died on August 16, 2016 at Middlesex Hospital. She was born in New Britain on January 26, 1941 to the late Cecile (Risigol) and James Steinson.
Mary was part of the Caring Community family and lived  at the duPree House.
There are no calling hours. Please visit to leave condolences.

Mary Steinson

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East Haddam- Jane Timberlake Lewis died peacefully at home on August 13, 2017 at the age of 86.  she was born in Metuchen, New Jersey on January 6, 1931 to the late Charles and Mary Belle (Tribble) Waring. 
Jane lived a full and adventurous life and worked in advertising for cosmetic companies.
Jane is survived by her son Timberlake Lewis of Los Angeles, CA and step-daughter Lindy Ryan of Massachusetts.
There are no calling hours. Please visit to leave condolences.

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COLCHESTER- Florence Mae Dunn, 97, died Wednesday, June 07, 2017 at Harrington Court. She was born on May 7, 1920 to the late William and Velma (Wolosz) Grabowski.
Florence is survived by her daughter, Lois Jean Guidi of Woonsocket, RI; two grandsons, Kevin E. Guidi, and wife Erina of Franklin MA and Jason J. Guidi, and wife Nicole of Goshen, NY; great-grandchildren Katelyn, Tyler, Ashton and Brooklynn. She was predeceased by her husband Louis Dunn.
A 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated  on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at St. Andrew Church 128 Norwich, Ave. Colchester, burial will immediately follow at Linwood Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Please visit to leave condolences.

Florence Mae Dunn

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LEBANON- Joyce Phanette (Taylor) Kelly, 76, passed peacefully on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at W.W. Backus Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Brunswick, Maine on Oct. 15, 1940 to the late Rev. Clifford H. and Dorothy (Covell) Taylor.
As the daughter of a Baptist Reverend, the family left Maine in 1956 and moved to Montville. Joyce graduated from New London High and St. Margaret’s Home & Hospital in Albany, NY as a child technician; she worked at Backus Hospital in 1962. That same year, she married Robert D. Kelly, who predeceased her in 1996. Joyce became a member of the First Baptist church of Lebanon in 1972, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and Deacon. She loved to crochet, and craft as well as play Bingo and cards with the seniors.
Joyce is survived by her son Kevin J. Kelly and his wife Sue, two beautiful granddaughters, Jennifer Lynn and Shannon Rose Kelly, they were the apple of grandma’s eyes, she is also survived by her longtime friend of 16 years, Roger Racicot.  
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Lebanon, 694 Trumble Highway at 11:00 am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations in Joyce’s memory may be made to either the First Baptist Church of Lebanon or of Montville. Please visit to leave condolences. 

Joyce Phanette Taylor Kelly

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COLCHESTER CT- Anna M. Lindsey, 95, died peacefully on May 31, 2017 at Harrington Court in Colchester, CT. She was born in Endicott, New York on March 20, 1922 to the late John and Mary Mochinal.
Ann was married to Jack Lindsey and during WWII she was an electrician at the Baltimore Shipyard and retired from G.E.
Ann is survived by her daughter Deborah Nelson and husband Roy; granddaughter Amie LaBlanc and husband Dan; her best friend and beloved Chihuahua Gabby, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, John and Mary Mochinal, she was predeceased by four brothers, 3 sisters, 2 daughters (Anita and Patty) and a son ( Joey).
Services will be private Donation’s in Ann’s name may be made to a local animal organization of your choice. Belmont funeral Home has been entrusted with Ann’s care. Please visit to leave condolences.

Anna M. Lindsey

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COLCHESTER- Carol K. Guarnaccia, 74, passed away at home with her loving family at her side Monday, May 29, 2017 following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Middletown on Sept. 16, 1942 to the late Michael and Rose (Jackson) Kromish.
Carol graduated from Bacon Academy in 1960; on June 1, 1963 she married Charles V. Guarnaccia at St. Andrew Church, he predeceased her. Carol worked as a mortgage originator at several local banks. Carol was a fan of Elvis and the Red Sox; she was an avid reader who enjoyed the beach, floral arranging, music and crafting with her granddaughter. Her family was the center of her life.
Carol is survived by her loving daughters Rosemary Guarnaccia-Jayaseelan and husband Ebe of Fairfield and Charleen Guarnaccia-Albanese and her husband Matthew of West Bridgewater, MA; brothers, Paul Kromish and his partner Stephen Young of FL and NC and Michael Kromish and wife Barbara of FL; granddaughter Lucia Jayaseelan of Fairfield as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will begin at 9:30AM at Belmont Funeral Home, 144 So. Main St, Colchester followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St Andrew’s Church at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Burial will immediately follow at New St. Andrew’s Cemetery. Donations may be made ‘In memory of Carol K. Guarnaccia’ for the Women’s Cancer Prevention – MB Fund #23125. Please make checks payable to: The UCONN Foundation, Inc. and forward to the following address: 2390, Alumni Drive, Unit 3206, Storrs, CT 06269. Please visit to leave condolences. 

Carol K. Guarnaccia

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COLCHESTER- Diane Hajdun, 64, died on Sunday, May 14, 2017 following a very long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Stafford Springs on January 29, 1953 to the late Steve and Rita (Stewart) Bensey.
Diane graduated from Plainfield High School in 1970; she was united in marriage to Peter L. Hajdun on Oct 3, 1974. Diane was a loving wife, mother and sister who loved to cook and bake for her family, friends and school events; her recipes are cherished by her family. Diane worked as a Paraprofessional in Colchester.
Diane is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Peter L. Hajdun; her son peter Hajdun; and daughter Jennifer Timmons and husband Mark all of Colchester; her sister and brother-in-law Darlene and Stanley “Stan the Man” Hajdun; and mother-in-law Joanna Hajdun all from Florida; her niece Shanna Blair and husband Bryce and nephew Ben Hajdun. In addition to her parents, Diane was predeceased by her granddaughter Harper Elizabeth Timmons.
Visitation with the family will be held from 5-7pm on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Belmont Funeral Home, 144 S. Main St. Colchester. In Lieu of flowers donations in Diane’s memory may be made to St Jude Children's Hospital.  Please visit to leave condolences. 

Diane Hajdun

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NORWICH- Ronald Nicholas Tosti, 60, died suddenly at W.W. Backus Hospital on Friday April 28, 2017. He was born in Kingston, New York on December 07, 1956 to Ronald L. and Charity Tosti.
Ron proudly served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam; he last worked as a petroleum plumber for Service Station Equipment. In his younger years he enjoyed taking his son hunting and fishing. Ron had a big heart and touched many lives; he loved riding his motorcycle and would often ride in children’s charity runs or to Harry’s for a burger. In both life and death Ron unselfishly donated to many causes; his last was in the donation his eyes.
Ron is survived by his father, Ronald Lester Tosti of Wyoming; his son and daughter-in-law Mariano Tosti and Amy J. Walsh of Norwich; brother Andre Tosti of NY; sisters Jody Tosti of NY and Kimberly Tosti of PA. He was predeceased by his mother Charity (Arias) Tosti
A calling hour will be held on Monday, May 8th at 10:00am followed by an 11:00 service with military honors at Belmont Funeral Home, 144 S Main St. Colchester. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family in lieu of flowers donations in Ron’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital. Please visit to leave condolences.

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Obituary for Leo Glemboski

Leo Glemboski

    Leo Glemboski November 8th 1922 – April 8 th 2017

                     Leo Glemboski, 94, of Colchester and Black Point, Connecticut passed away peacefully on April 8th at Harrington Court in Colchester. Leo was born in the Bronx, New York, the son of the late Joseph Glemboski and the late Katherine “Pasternak” Glemboski of Colchester, CT. He is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years - Vera Glemboski, his children – Paul Glemboski and wife Susan of Colchester, Joyce Bilello and husband Joseph of Highland Park, New Jersey, Diane Glemboski of Mystic, and Teri Borodezt of Canterbury, his grandchildren –Christopher, Kelsey, Leslie, Katie, and Noah, his great grandchildren, as well as an extensive extended family and group of friends. Leo is also survived by his siblings – Frank Glemboski of Glastonbury, Eddie Glemboski and wife Bertha of Colchester, Helen Long of Rogers, Arkansas, and Thomas Glemboski of Colchester. He is predeceased by his son in law, Allan Weiner- husband of Diane Glemboski. Leo, a prominent figure in town, graduated from Bacon Academy in 1941. He
served as the Probate Judge for the town of Colchester for 24 years, where some of his favorite memories were of adoptions and bringing families together. Leo was also a very active and dedicated member of the Lions Club – receiving numerous awards such as Lion of the Year, holding perfect attendance for 63 years, and many titles including President. He became a Lifetime Member in
1994. Additionally, he also served as a member of many committees including Board of Trustees for Bacon Academy, Board of Trustees for Norwich Savings Society, Board of Tax Review, Board of Finance, Colchester Historical Society, Elk’s Club, and St. Andrew’s Church. Leo was also a Lifetime Member of the Colchester Fish & Game Club. He was the owner of the former Leo’s Esso Station and Colchester Auto Body. Frequently noted as the town’s “Santa Claus”, one of Leo’s greatest passions was
donating Christmas boxes filled with food for needy families in Colchester through the Lions Club - a project which he began in 1955 and coordinated for 51 years. Leo loved nothing more than spending time with his family and volunteering throughout the community in any way that he could. No matter the situation, Leo always had a way of lighting up a room with his stories and words of wisdom. His charisma, charm, and generosity will be deeply missed by all that knew him. Calling hours will be at the Belmont Funeral Home in Colchester on Tuesday, April 11th from 5 pm – 7 pm. The funeral will be held at St. Andrew’s Church at 10:30 am on Wednesday, April 12th burial to follow at the Linwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a local charity of your choice.

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Obituary for James Allen Januszeiwski

James Allen Januszeiwski

COLCHESTER- James Allen Januszewski, 52, formerly of Salem, died unexpectedly on January 26, 2017. He was born in Bronx, New York on November 2, 1964 to the late Allen and Maryjane (Clark) Januszewski.
Jimmy was a graduate of N.F.A.’s class of 1982; he was a self-employed contractor and his many talents made him marketable in the construction field doing various jobs. He loved the outdoors, he was an avid salt water fisherman who loved the beach and camping but most of all he cherished the time he spent with his granddaughter “Lulu”.
Jimmy is survived by his daughter Stephanie Lynn Januszewski of Bristol; his son Matthew James Januszewski of Salem; grandchildren, Lacy Rose-Marie Januszewski and Jason Jr. Januszewski; his sister, Kim Molcan of Colchester and his best friend and former wife Ann Januszewski of Salem. In addition to his parents, Jimmy was predeceased by his brother Eric Januszewski.
A 10:00 am memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Andrew Church, 128 Norwich Ave., Colchester on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Belmont Funeral Home has been entrusted with Jimmy’s care. Please visit to send condolences to the family.

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Mary Savalle Moon

Mary (Savalle) Moon, 89, affectionately known as "Mom" and “Grandmother” to many, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday (Jan. 28, 2017) after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born Aug. 23, 1927 in Colchester, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Sylvia (Brown) Savalle.
She leaves her loving companion (and high school sweetheart), Richard "Dick" Rankl, with whom she spent the last 30 years with; nine children, John Rutchick, Charlie Rutchick, George Miller, Peggy Perham, Gloria Moon Schweizer, Allyn Miller, Richard Miller, Texas Moon and Parker Moon, Jr.; 23 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; her brother, Charlie "Moe" Savalle; and numerous extended family members and friends. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Parker Moon; daughter, Georgia Smith; two infant children, Vincent and Mary; two grandchildren, Devin Rutchick and Jeannette Perham; sister, Margo Costello; and two brothers, Vincent and John Savalle.
In addition to raising 10 children, she had worked in food service to help support her family. Mary achieved her lifelong dream of owning and operating her own restaurant, "Mary and Aili's" in Amston from 1970 to 1986.
Mary was an avid fan of NASCAR and UCONN Women's Basketball. She loved Yankee Candles, traveling throughout Amish country and always was up for a good flea market. She enjoyed tending to her gardens at home and daily visits over coffee with her brother, Moe. Her greatest joy was found in being "Mom" to all; for which we thank you and will forever love you - for you were a woman who always put others first, giving them your all.
The family would also like to acknowledge and thank her doctors and other health care professionals that cared for their Mom, as well as them, throughout her illness.
Friends may call 4 - 7 PM TODAY (Monday, Jan. 30th) at the Belmont Funeral Home, 144 So. Main St., Colchester. The funeral will assemble at the funeral home starting at 10 AM Tuesday (Jan. 31st) before a Chapel Service at 11 AM. Burial will follow in the New Lebanon Cemetery. For online condolences, please visit 

Martha G. Pearl 

COLCHESTER-Martha G. Pearl, formerly of Lebanon, died on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the age of 82. She was born in Lebanon on November 17, 1934, one of 11 children born to the late George J. and Ruth (Fargo) Miller Sr.
Martha graduated from Lyman Memorial and was employed as a secretary at Electric Boat for 32 years before retiring. Martha was a member of the Goshen Congregational Church, she enjoyed singing and loved her family especially her grandchildren; they meant the world to her.
Martha is survived by her son Christian Pearl and his wife Gail of Lebanon; her daughter Sharon Fox and her Fiancé David Shaw of Columbia; her sister Peggy Turner of Colchester; grandchildren Kyle Fox and his wife Roberta of New Hampshire, Christina Demao and her fiancé Chris Gamache of Columbia; great-grandchildren, Dakota Demao, Vivian Gamache and Haiden Fox as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents George and Ruth, she was predeceased by her son Kevin Pearl and 9 siblings.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 4-7pm at Belmont Funeral Home, 144 So Main St, Colchester. Family and friends will meet at the Goshen Hill Congregational Church, 157 Church Rd, Lebanon; on Thursday, January 19, 2017 for a 10:00 am service; burial will immediately follow at Johnson’s Bozrah Rural Cemetery. Please visit to leave condolences for the family.

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Ann Carol Elizabeth Grillo

SALEM- Ann Carol Elizabeth Grillo, known to family and friends as Acie, 69 died peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, January 9, 2017 at New London Rehabilitation and Care in Waterford following a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born in New London on May 25, 1947 to the late Stanley and Helen (Narkiewicz) Swider.Acie enjoyed sewing, knitting, gardening, had a love for animals, and spending time with her family. She was a customer service representative at the former Tri-Town supermarket in Colchester. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Acie is survived by her daughters Kimberly Grillo and husband Garrett Smith of Salem and Jacqueline Grillo and husband Timothy Tashea of Salem; her sister Eleanor Meyersof Colchester; her grandson Maddox Grillo-Smith and granddaughters, Lily Tashea, Adrienne Grillo-Smith and Harper Grillo-Smith. A wake will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 10:00 am followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am at Belmont Funeral Home, 144 So Main St., Colchester. Burial will immediately follow at Linwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in Acei's memory can be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Please visit to leave condolences to the family.

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William Semkow

COLCHESTER- William Semkow, 79 died peacefully at Middlesex Hospital on December 22, 2016. He was born in Norwich on January 6, 1937 to the late Frank and Mary (Ulchak) Semkow Sr.
William graduated from Bacon Academy and later earned his Master’s Degree in Recreation from the University of Southern Mississippi; he proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was married to Betty Jean Bates, they spent 37 years living abroad in over 7 different countries, and throughout the U.S., working for the U.S. Government as a recreational services director for the military and USO. William was a wonderful husband, father and friend who enjoyed golfing and video graphing.

William is survived by his daughter, Robia Semkow Kruse and his grandsons Tristian and Gabrial Kruse of Colchester. In addition to his parents, Frank Sr. and Mary Semkow, William was predeceased by his loving wife of 45 years, Betty Jean Semkow and his brothers Frank Semkow Jr. and Samuel Semkow.

An 11:00am graveside service and burial for William and his brother Frank, who died on July 11, 2013, will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Amston Rd. in Colchester with military honors for William. A memorial gathering back on the family farm will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers donations in William’s memory may be made to The American Heart Association. Please visit to leave condolences to the family. Belmont Funeral Home has been entrusted with William’s care.

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Julio G, Vivero

COLCHESTER- Julio Gerardo Vivero, 91, died peacefully at home with his family by his side on Sunday, December 11, 2016. He was born in Quito, Ecuador on September 26, 1925 to the late Jose and Maria Diaz de Vivero.
Julio is survived by his wife of 67 years Beatriz Jaramillo. They were wed in Ecuador in 1949. When he was young he lied about his name and age in order to serve in Ecuador’s Army as an Artillery soldier where he fought in the Peru vs Ecuador Border war in 1944. Julio was a great and generous man; he would open up his home to anyone who needed help. He was always happy, especially when he was with his grandchildren. He loved adventure, music, storytelling, puzzles, reading, writing, geography, and making up stories and languages. Julio was a very hard worker who was committed and determined to achieve any goal he set for himself. He was always impeccably dressed from his shined shoes to his perfectly combed hair. At 4’11’’, he may have been short in stature but, was a 10’ giant in spirit. On December 23, 1963 Julio immigrated from Ecuador to the United States to create a better life for his family; with little money and big dreams he worked hard. He was a tailor by trade specializing in custom men’s suits working at a variety of men’s clothing stores. In the 70’s he worked at the Executive Shoppe owned by Meadowlark Lemon. In his early days in the US, he worked for a variety of companies as a machinist and assembler. 

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 After saving enough, he was able to bring his wife Beatriz to the US in 1965 and the children followed in 1966 where they settled in Stamford before moving to Colchester. 
Julio is survived by his loving wife Beatriz Vivero of Colchester, CT; his children Consuelo (Dennis) Usky of New Haven, CT, Hugo (Kimberly) of Colchester, CT, Patrick (Elaine) of Killingworth, CT, Fernando (Denise) of Thousand Oaks, CA, and Lucia (Michael) Hathaway of Lake Bluff, IL; his brother Anibal (Lupe) of Quito Ecuador, Margo Vivero, 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and a large extensive family around the globe. In addition to his parents Jose and Maria Vivero he was preceded by his brothers, Luis, Guillermo and Bolivar Vivero.
There are no calling hours and a private service will be held at the discretion of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Julio’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Middlesex Hospice. The Belmont Funeral Home has been entrusted with Julio’s care. Please visit to leave condolences.

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Kelly M. Green

COLCHESTER- Kelly M. Green, 39, died unexpectedly at home at on Saturday, November 26, 2016. She was born in Waterbury on October 1, 1977 to Edward and Dody (Morris) Sherman.
Kelly married Richard Green on May 25, 2008.
Kelly is survived by her loving husband Richard Green; her daughters Shealyn Wells and Robin Green; sons Dylan Green and Timothy Green; her mother Dody Sherman; sibling Jae Sherman and grandson Lukas Donaldson.
There are no calling hours and services will be held at the convenience of the family. Please visit to leave condolences for the family. Belmont Funeral Home has been entrusted with Kelly’s care.

Dylan P. Fitzgerald

COLCHESTER- Dylan P. Fitzgerald, 24, died unexpectedly at W.W. Backus Hospital in Norwich on Friday, November 25, 2016. He was born in Exton, Pennsylvania on June 26, 1992 to Edward and Chantal (Studer) Fitzgerald.
Dylan graduated from Bacon High School in 2011, and proudly served in the United States Marine Corp until his discharge in April at the rank of Sargent. Dylan was united in marriage on July 30, 2012 in Jacksonville, NC to Jessica Lynn Busher. While in the Corp, Dylan excelled in shooting earning a coveted spot on the Marine Corps 8th Comm Shooting Team in NC, a position he truly loved to be a part of. He was a proud Marine whose greatest joy was the time he spent with his children. Dylan worked as a mechanic at Valvoline in Colchester and enjoyed golf.
Dylan is survived by his wife Jessica Lynn Fitzgerald and their children Liam and Alaina all of Colchester; his parents Edward and Chantal Fitzgerald; sister Jessica Lindsey and soon to be husband William Miller; maternal grandparents Martial and Liliane Studer; paternal grandmother Dorothy Fitzgerald; niece and nephews, Lily, Chris and Zeth; his mother and father-in-law David and Hope Ann Busher; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends.
Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 5-8pm at the Belmont Funeral Home in Colchester, a short service will be held during this time at 7pm. Please visit to leave condolences for the family.

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Luella Gifford Moore

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COLCHESTER- Luella Gifford Moore, 97, died on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Harrington Court. She was the youngest of 9 children born to the late Loren and Mary (Singleton) Gifford on December 13, 1918 in Oil City, Pennsylvania.
On July 25, 1936, Luella was united in marriage to Joseph E. Moore in New York; he predeceased her on December 1, 1986. They moved to Salem in 1947 where they raised seven children. She was a charter member of the Gardner Lake Fire, Co. Auxiliary. In 1989 Luella moved to Port Charlotte, FL where she was a very proud and active volunteer in the Cultural Center; she returned back to Salem in 1999 and was active in the Salem and Colchester Senior Centers.
Luella is survived by her son, Jeffrey E. Moore and wife Cynthia of Salem; her daughters Deborah White and husband Mitch of Westbrook, Kathleen Nixie of Galveston, TX, Karen Sperry of Lafayette, GA, Deanna St. Jean of Salem and Janet Ireland and husband Jerry of FL; 13 grandchildren, 6 great-grandsons, 10 great-granddaughters and 1 great-great-granddaughter as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband Joseph, she was predeceased by her daughter Peggy Moore sons-in-law Virgil Sperry and Gerard St. Jean as well as all her sisters and brother.
Per her wished there are no calling hours and a graveside burial will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 10:00Am at the Salem Green Cemetery on Hartford Road. In lieu of flowers, donations in Luella's memory made be made to the Gardner Lake Fire Co. Please visit to leave condolences to the family. Belmont Funeral Home has been entrusted with Luella’s care.

John W. Marciniak

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BOZRAH- John W. Marciniak, 70, died unexpectedly at home on Sunday, November 13, 2016. He was born in Norwich on February 5, 1946 to the late Henry and Irene (Kornacki) Marciniak.
 John grew up in Norwich and was a graduating member of NFA’s class of 1964. He was the loving husband of almost 51 years to Susan( Cruthers) Marciniak; they were married at the Fitchville Baptist Church on December 11, 1965, she survives him. John proudly served in the U.S. Army; by trade John was a tool and die maker working for Pratt & Whitney, Amtec and Superwinch, he also worked at UNC as a QC examiner. John was a loving grandfather, avid fisherman, knife collector and maker, passions he bestowed upon his grandson.
 In addition to his wife wife Sue Marciniak of Bozrah , John is survived by his adoring grandchildren Killian Laffey of Bozrah, Hunter Laffey of Bozrah and Logan Kauffman of West Virginia and his daughter Jennifer Marciniak of Jewett City and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Henrietta “Penny” Hargreaves and his brother Paul Marciniak.
 Services are private. The Belmont Funeral Home has been entrusted with John’s care. Please visit to send condolences to the family

John Cook

EAST HAMPTON- Ronald Cook, 57, died on August 1, 2016 at home. He was born on September 26, 1958. He is survived by his son Kenneth Cook.
A 10:00 am funeral service will be held on Friday November 18, 2016 at the Colchester Federated Church, 60 Main St. Colchester. Burial will immediately follow at Lakeview Cemetery in East Hampton with his brother Randall who died in 2008. Belmont Funeral Home has been entrusted with Ronald’s care.

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David J. MacFarlane

EAST HADDAM- David “Dave”J. MacFarlane, 77, died at home with his loving wife by his side on Sunday, November 6, 2016 following a courageous battle with brain cancer. Dave was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 3, 1938 to
the late Charles and Janet (Ritchie) MacFarlane.
Dave graduated in 1956 from Berkley High School in Berkley, MI; he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Management from Lawrence Institute of Technology. Dave worked as an engineer for General Motors and later Honeywell were he took an early disability retirement due to M.S. leaving him in a wheel chair in the 1980’s. Dave had battled with M.S. for many years, a battle that left him a quadriplegic; one that may have taken away his mobility but never took away his love of life and will to live. M.S. never stopped Dave; he met Maria while doing his banking. Although he moved back home to Michigan, he and Maria stayed in touch. On July 3, 1993 in Troy, MI, Dave and Maria were united in marriage; he moved back to CT and in 2000 and they built a home in East Haddam. Through his voice recognition computer, Dave stayed connected with many high school friends and enjoyed his time surfing the web.
Dave is survived by his wife Maria MacFarlane; his son, Kent MacFarlane; step-daughters Helen Szegda, Dana Perun and Barbie Zeldis; brother, Douglas MacFarlane; sister, Claudia Ealy and grandchildren Ella, Mae, Tyler, Hannah, Lulu and Billie. In addition to his parents Charles and Janet MacFarlane, he was predeceased by his brother Thomas MacFarlane.
There are no services and in keeping with his love of nature burial in a “Living Urn” will be at the convenience of the family. Belmont Funeral Home has been entrusted with Dave’s care. Donations in Dave’s memory may be made to Nature Conservancy 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203 or at

Joseph Mackus

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WEST HARTFORD- Joseph Mackus, 87, died on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at Branford Hospice. 

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 9-11am at the Belmont Funeral Home, 144 So Main St. Colchester. Procession will lead to an 11:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Andrews Church, 128 Norwich Ave. Colchester Burial will immediately follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Joseph Mackas, “Joe”, 87, passed away peacefully on October 25, 2016, at Connecticut Hospice in Branford, Connecticut. He was born on March 9, 1929 in Colchester, Connecticut to Andrew Davidovich and Nadezhda Zhibrik Mackas.

Joseph grew up in Colchester, Connecticut. He graduated from Bacon Academy in Colchester, Connecticut in 1947. After high school he worked for Coca Cola Co. in East Hartford. Joe’s strong work ethic led him to work at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft as a Test Cell Operator where he worked for 38 years. At retirement from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Joe was the recipient of an award for Outstanding Loyalty and Dedication for his years of employment.

Joseph married Joan Blackall in 1965 at St. Timothy’s Church in West Hartford, Connecticut. They were happily married for 51 years. He was an active member of the West Hartford Senior Center. Joe enjoyed his moped rides, fishing, Polka music, playing the accordion and outdoor concerts. Joe looked forward to annual summer family camping vacations to Lake George, New York, birthday celebrations, and World Series Baseball Games. Joe’s fondest memories were growing up on the family farm in Colchester, “The Country”.  

Joseph is survived by his spouse Joan of West Hartford, Connecticut; his daughters Carolyn (Mackas) Thompson of Huntington Beach, California; Nancy (Mackas) Bonomo of Cheshire, Connecticut; his brother George A. Mackas of Wethersfield, Connecticut; his grandchildren Luke and Shaun Thompson and Joshua and Lily Bonomo; his nieces and nephews, son in laws; David Thompson and David Bonomo, former neighbors, friends and other relatives.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents Andrew and Nadezhda Mackas; his brothers Alexander Mackas: Vladimir Mackas and his sister Olga Mackas Baclawski.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Belmont Funeral Home, 144 South Main Street, Colchester, Connecticut 06415 from 9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m. A funeral service will follow at St. Andrew’s Church, 128 Norwich Avenue, Colchester, Connecticut 06415 at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow the funeral at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to American Heart Association. 

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Kenneth M. Bujnowski

COLCHESTER- Kenneth M. Bujnowski, 74, died unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. He was born in Norwich on October 21, 1941 to the late Zygmunt and Jean (Dombrowski) Bujnowski; he was the husband of Xenia (Varnish) Bujnowski who survives him.
Ken graduated from NFA and continued his education at Silverman College of Arts, AFA; Yale University, school of Fine Arts and University of Hartford, MFA. Ken taught sculpture, design and color theory at several colleges and created and forged his own sculptures that were exhibited throughout New England and New York. His works have made it into private collections throughout the U.S and Denmark. 
Ken was a carpenter for the Connecticut Carpenter’s Union Local #24, member of the Slater Art Museum, Connecticut Commission on the Arts and multiple other organizations. When not sculpting, Ken enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and skiing.
Ken is survived by his wife Xenia Bujnowski of Colchester, his sister Beverly Maurice of Norwich and sister-in-law Mary Bujnowski. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Richard and Donald and sister Dolores. 
Funeral services will be held at a later date. The Belmont Funeral Home in Colchesterhas been entrusted with Ken’s care.

Salem- It is with deep sadness that the family of Robert Grant Schultz, 55, share that Bobby passed away at his parents’ home after a courageous battle with cancer on October 12, 2016. He was surrounded with full time care and the love and support of his family and many friends.
Bobby was born November 3, 1960 in New London, CT and lived most of his life in Salem. He leaves behind his wife of 31 years, Joyce Schultz and their two devoted children, Jason Schultz and Janet Schultz of Salem. He is the son of Evelyn and William Schultz of Salem. He is also survived by his sister Barbara Schultz and brother William Schultz II and wife Debbie. He also leaves behind his sister-in-law Edwina Callaghan and her husband George and his beloved nephews and nieces Aaron Rekas, Ashley Miller, Shawn, Jaime, and Grace Callaghan, Kevin Callaghan and fiancé Meggan Shafer, and William Schultz and Margaret Schultz. He also leaves behind lifelong best friend John Muscarella.
Bobby attended Norwich Free Academy, was a Junior Firefighter at the Gardner Lake Fire Company, and worked as a Union Iron Worker for Local 15. He was an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman. Bobby was a member of the Colchester Fish and Game Club, the Maine Trappers Association, and the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association. He shared his love and knowledge of the outdoors with his wife and children. He loved his German Short Haired Pointers and his hunting and fishing trips to Maine and Montana. Throughout his life, he loved having friends and family in his home which was always filled with laughter, good food, and great memories. He will be sadly missed.
A graveside service will be held Saturday October 22, 2016 at 11.00 a.m. at St. Joseph Cemetery in Colchester, CT. Reception to follow at Colchester Fish and Game Club on Old Amston Road in Colchester, CT. The Belmont Funeral Home has been entrusted with Bobby’s care.

Robert G. "Bobby" Schultz

Margery Anadore

COLCHESTER- Margery C. Anadore, 66, passed away, at home with her family nearby, on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. She was born in New London on April 27, 1950, to the late Thomas Curtin and his wife Margaret “Peg” (Bradshaw) Curtin of Pawcatuck.
Margery was united in marriage to Charles Anadore on June 3, 1972; together they raised 5 wonderful children. She adored her husband, children and grandchildren. She was passionate about time spent with them as well as her love of teaching. As a teacher at Norwich Free Academy for 26 years, Margery, aka Mrs. Anadore, enriched the lives of thousands of students who walked through her door. 
Margery is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Charles F. Anadore of Colchester and their 5 children; Jennifer Lavoie and her husband Edward of Hebron, Charles Anadore Jr. of Colchester, Jacquelyn Jones and her husband Andre of Waynesboro, VA, Margaret Daley and her husband Dalton of East Hartford and Thomas Anadore of Myrtle Beach, SC. Her brother Edward Curtin, sisters; Marilyn Jarvis, Patricia O’Neill and Linda Curtin as well as 13 grandchildren. In addition to her father Thomas Curtin she was predeceased by her brother Thomas “Brad” Curtin.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 4-7 pm at Belmont Funeral Home in Colchester. A Mass will be celebrated on Monday, July 18, 2016 at St. Andrew’s Church in Colchester at 10AM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Margery’s memory may be made to the NFA Student Assistance Fund, 305 Broadway, Norwich, CT 06360.

John J. Benevides

COLUMBIA- John Joseph Benevides, 54 passed away unexpectedly at Hartford Hospital following a brief illness on Thursday, September 29, 2016. He was born in Hartford on April 10, 1962 to the late Charlotte (Kozak) and John T. Benevides. 
 John worked 33 years as a laborer in the Laborers Union Local # 230 serving as both a foreman and steward. He married Kimberly Pezzente in October of 1997, and was a loving father to their two children who he loved very much. John was an avid hunter and history buff.
John is survived by his wife Kimberly Benevides; daughter Alexis Marie Benevides; son John Thomas Benevides, all of Columbia; his sister Lisa Benevides of Pennsylvania; Uncle Joseph Benevides and numerous cousins.
A wake will be held on Friday October 7, 2016 from 6-9pm at the Belmont Funeral Home, 144 S. Main St. Colchester. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

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not touched. but are felt in the heart.

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