Dr. Robert P. Long
BERLIN – Dr. Robert P. Long, 85, of Earl Street, Berlin, husband of Mary “Wren” (Mills) Long, passed away Friday morning (September 26, 2003) at a local convalescent home after a lengthy illness and complications due to Parkinson’s Disease. Born in Forest City, North Carolina, the son of the late Capt. Thomas T. and the late Mildred (Hollifield) Long, he served in the US Army in WWII, received his B.S. degree in science education and his M.A. degree in secondary school administration from Appalachian State University, his PhD in education from the University of Connecticut in 1970, and was a life long educator who gained national reputation as an expert in secondary school administration. Beginning his career teaching, coaching athletics, and serving as a district Principal in North Carolina, he was with the Berlin Public School system for 27 years, serving in two primary capacities, Principal of Berlin High School from 1952 until 1976, and Director of Instruction from 1977 until 1979. He also provided leadership with a number of organizations, serving on President Nixon’s Advisory Council for Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, being President of the Connecticut Association of Secondary School Principals, serving as Chairman of the State Advisory Committee for Title III federal aid for education, and chairing the Connecticut Delegation to the Commission on Secondary Schools, New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. He was cited for outstanding service to secondary education by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and his proudest honor was the dedication of the Berlin High School Auditorium in his name in 1992. Dr. Long lived a full and gathered life, relishing service to his community, and the simple pleasures of craftsmanship. He was a charter member, and past President of the Berlin Kiwanis Club, an incorporator for the New Britain General Hospital, a member of the Berlin Congregational Church for more than 50 years where he served in many capacities, including head Deacon, involved in scouting for most of his life, receiving an “Outstanding Scoutmaster” award in 1948, and loved fishing and cabinet making, filling his own home, and the homes of his children with the beautiful furniture he made. For all of his accomplishments, he was a humble man of deep faith and treasured the time he spent with his family. A loving Grandfather, he could be found on the sidelines of all of his Grandchildren’s sports events, and loved quiet moments fishing with his sons. Most significantly, he will be remembered as a devoted husband who placed his wife first in his life, and valued their time together above all else. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Michael Long and his fiancé Elizabeth Nocera of Middletown, Christopher Long and his wife Amy of East Berlin, and Timothy Long and his wife Kristen of Berlin, a brother, Leonard W. Long of Charlotte, North Carolina, two sisters, Elizabeth Long and Lois Andrews, both of Charlotte, North Carolina, six grandchildren, Joshua, Andrew, Meagan, David, Katelyn, and Zachary Long, and several nieces and nephews and their families. He was predeceased by two brothers, Thomas and James Long, and a sister, Marigold Moss. His family would like to acknowledge the friendship, devotion, and support of two special family members, his brother-in-law Robert Mills, and late sister-in-law Dorothy Mills of Wallingford. A memorial service will be held Wednesday (October 1, 2003) at 11am at Berlin Congregational Church on Worthington Ridge. Burial in Maple Cemetery, Berlin, will be at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Dr. Robert P. Long Scholarship, Berlin High School, 139 Patterson Way, Berlin, CT 06037.
Dorothea Mary (Reiss) Rembisz
KENSINGTON – Dorothea Mary (Reiss) Rembisz, 71, of Marjorie Moore Village, Kensington, the widow of Martin Gregory Rembisz, died peacefully Saturday (September 27, 2003) at New Britain General Hospital with her family at her side after a short illness. Born in New Britain, the daughter of the late Edmund R. and the late Mary (Liss) Reiss, she was a 1949 graduate of Mary Immaculate Academy, attended the Teachers College of Connecticut (now Central Connecticut State University), was a teller for Fleet National Bank until retiring in 1994 after many years of service, and moved to the Berlin-Kensington area in 1995. She is survived by her two beloved sons, Marcin G. Rembisz of Newport, Rhode Island, and Edmund J. Rembisz and his companion Linda Sylvia of Meriden, two daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah (Rembisz) and Richard M. Bjorklund of New Britain, and Kathryn (Rembisz) and Robert M. Ballof Berlin, two grandchildren, Cherie and Michael Ball of Berlin, a brother and sister-in-law Edmund F. and Emily (Jeshonka) Reiss of Newington, and many nieces and nephews. A caring and compassionate person, she will be missed and loved by all who knew her. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday (September 30, 2003) at 10am DIRECTLY at St. Paul’s Church, 485 Alling Street, Kensington. Burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Britain, will be at the convenience of the family. Friends and relatives are invited to call at Porter’s Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway in Kensington on Monday (September 29, 2003) from 5-8pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library Large Print Book Collection, 234 Kensington Road, Berlin 06037.
Armand Pio Bonola
BERLIN – Armand Pio Bonola, 77, of 85 Tree Hill Road, the widower of Carol (Tronsky) Bonola died Thursday night (May 8, 2003) at New Britain General Hospital. Born in Hartford, the son of the late Pio and the late Jennie (Luchina) Bonola, he graduated from Berlin High School and Goodwin Technical School, served in the US Army in Korea, and was employed at Delto Tool Company in New Britain for thirty-five years until his retirement. He was a member of St. Paul Church, and Berlin AARP. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, David and Suzanne Bonola of Westerly, Rhode Island, a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Thomas Retano of Berlin, his mother-in-law, Katherine Tronski of Kensington, a sister-in-law and her husband, Melanie and Salvatore Bonola, four grandchildren, Michael, Kevin, and Nicholas Retano, and Benjamin Bonola, three nieces and a nephew, and a dear friend, Marion Edelson. He was predeceased by a sister, Josephine Bonola. Funeral services will be held Tuesday (May 13, 2003) at 9am from Porter’s Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway in Kensington, with a Funeral Liturgy at 10am at St. Paul’s Church on Alling Street. Burial with full military honors will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Monday (May 12, 2003) from 5-8pm. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations in his memory to New Britain General Hospital, 100 Grand Street, New Britain 06051.
Gary Allen Haugh
KENSINGTON – Gary Allen Haugh, 58, of the Chamberlain Highway in Kensington, husband of Diane (Sinescalco) Haugh, died Monday (September 29, 2003) at New Britain General Hospital. Born in Manchester, the son of Thelma (Cameron) and the late David Haugh, he graduated from Manchester High School, served in the US Navy, and was employed at Southern New England Telephone until his retirement. In addition to his wife and his mother, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Sean and Janell Haugh of Manchester, a daughter, Candice Intino of Farmington, two step-sons and a step-daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Regina Slowik of Cheshire, and Christopher Slowik of Brooklyn, New York, a sister, Gertrude Wright of South Windsor, two grandchildren, Joshua Haugh and Sophia Marie Slowik, and several nieces and nephews. Services will be private. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Regina Slowik, 1314 Cheshire Street, Cheshire, on Thursday (October 2, 2003) from 4-7pm. Donations in his memory may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 1 Evergreen Avenue, Hamden 06518, or to the American Heart Association of Connecticut, P.O. Box 100, Wallingford 06492-0100.
Joseph Felix Zigmont
KENSINGTON – Joseph Felix Zigmont, 86, of Lincoln Street, Kensington, the widower of Dorothy Lucille (Byrnes) Zigmont, died Thursday morning (October 2, 2003) at New Britain General Hospital. Born in New Britain, the son of the late Joseph and the late Eva (Ansavage) Zigmont, he was a member of the first graduating class of Berlin High School in 1936, was a staff-sergeant in the Pacific Theater in the US Army in WWII from 1941 to 1945, lived in Kensington for eighty-three years, and was employed at Pons Bakery until his retirement, after which he owned and operated several local businesses including Zig’s Christmas Trees, Dott and Joe’s Restaurant, and Skating World. For four decades countless customers purchased Christmas trees from Joe at his little lot on Lincoln Street as he puffed on his ever-present cigar. He had a love for gardening, and planted his victory garden for over fifty years on the corner of Lincoln Street and Farmington Avenue. He would smile with pride as people would round the corner, see him working among the vegetables and sun flowers, and slow to give him a thumbs-up and say “nice garden”. He was a member of St. Paul Church, V.F.W. Post 10732, and the Loyal Order of Moose. He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Christine Zigmont of Kensington, and Timothy and Doreen Zigmont of Berlin, a daughter and son-in-law, Dorrie and Raymond Habershon of Kensington, two brothers and a sister-in-law, John and Shirley Zigmont of Southington, and Paul Zigmont of Cromwell, a sister Marian Greene of Newington, thirteen grandchildren, Douglas and Julie Robinson, Robert and Diane Briggs, Michael and Ilia, Jason and Julie, Mark and Melissa, and Joy Zigmont, and Jessica and Vincent Juliano, four great-grandchildren, Robert Briggs Jr. and Bryce Robinson, and Devon and Dante Juliano, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Edward W. Zigmont, and a sister, Ann Tanukas. Funeral services will be Saturday (October 4, 2003) at 9am from Porter's Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway in Kensington, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul's Church in Kensington. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Mary Cemetery in New Britain. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday (October 3, 2003) from 5-8pm.
Clarence William Baker Jr.
NEW BRITAIN – Clarence William Baker Jr., 80, of 55 Spring Street, the widower of Jean (Elmendorlf) Baker, died Saturday (November 8, 2003) at home. Born in Beckley, West Virginia, the son of the late Clarence William Baker Sr. and the late Mary Alice (Johnson) Baker, he was employed at Fafnir Bearing Company until his retirement. He attended Spottswood A.M.E. Zion Church, and was a member of Pride of Connecticut Lodge of Elks in New Britain. He is survived by a son, Clarence G. Baker of Meriden, a daughter, Angelic Israel of New Britain, two brothers, Earl Baker of New Britain, and Alphonso Baker of East Providence, Rhode Island, three sisters, Anna Terry of Beckley, West Virginia, and Juanita Morris and Geraldine Tyson, both of New Britain, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Chester Baker. A funeral service will be held Thursday (November 13, 2003) at 11am at Spottswood A.M.E. Zion Church, 25 Crestwood Lane, New Britain. Committal will be at the convenience of the family. Friends and relatives are invited to call at Porter’s Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway in Kensington on Wednesday (November 12, 2003) from 7-9pm.
Lawrence Joseph Laviana
KENSINGTON – Lawrence Joseph Laviana, of Chamberlain Highway, the husband of Nellie (Viniconis) Laviana, died Saturday (November 15, 2003) at New Britain General Hospital, two days before his 87th birthday. Born in Mount Carmel, Connecticut, the son of the late Joseph and the late Henrietta (VonBaehr) Laviana, he was employed at M. H. Rhodes Company in Avon until his retirement, and with his wife he owned and operated Laviana’s Orchards on Chamberlain Highway. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Ronald Laviana, two daughters and a son-in-law, Barbara and John Grasso, and Arlene Laviana, all of Kensington, two brothers, Earl Laviana of Pompono Beach, Florida, and Joseph Laviana of Kensington, a sister, Sally Zwick of Warren, Maine, and several nieces and nephews. A prayer service will be held Tuesday (November 18, 2003) at 10am at Porter’s Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway in Kensington. Burial will follow in South Burying Ground, Kensington. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Tuesday (November 18, 2003) from 9am until the time of the service.