Weston Earl Dornan
Weston Earl Dornan, 71, of 47 Cottage Place, New Britain, husband of Joan (LeBel) Dornan, died early Friday morning (February 22, 2002) at Manchester Memorial Hospital. Born in New Britain, the son of the late Leslie and the late Anna (Bantle) Dornan, he graduated from New Britain High School, served in the US Army in Korea, was employed at J.C. Penney Company, and was presently employed at Midstate Medical Center in Meriden. He was a member of St. Markís Episcopal Church in New Britain, the Connecticut State Police Auxiliary, and the Blue Knight Motorcycle Club. A memorial service will be held Wednesday (February 27, 2002) at 11am at St. Markís Episcopal Church, 147 West Main Street, New Britain. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations in his memory to the Connecticut State Police Troop H Auxiliary Fund, 100 Washington Street, Hartford 06106.
Julia (Almeda) Dowdell
PLAINVILLE - Julia (Almeda) Dowdell, 75, wife of Andrew Dowdell, of Plainville, died Wednesday (May 30) at New Britain General Hospital. Born in New Britain, she graduated from New Britain High School, and was employed at General Electric in Plainville, and later at K-Mart in Southington until her retirement. She was a member of Redeemerís A.M.E. Zion Church in Plainville. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Leatha Johnson of New Britain, a ste-daughter, Barbara Grandy of Bristol, four brothers and a sister-in-law, Alfred and Kimiko Almada of New Britain, Milton Almeda of New Britain, William Almeda of Hartford, and Steven Almeda in North Carolina, a sister and two brothers-in-law, Florence and Bill Beverley of Bristol, and Elmer Nixon of New Britain, two grandchildren, Tiffany Williams and her husband, Calvin, and Shawna Simmons, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Nixon. A funeral service will be held Monday at 12noon at Porterís Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Kensington, The Rev. Alfred Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, New Britain. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Monday from 11am until the time of the service.
KENSINGTON - Mary Dower, 74, formerly of Kensington, died Monday afternoon (May 13, 2002) at New Britain General Hospital. She was born in Hartford, the daughter of the late William Dower, and the late Mary (Kenney) Dower Donnelly, and was a member of St. Paulís Church. She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, John and Jane Donnelly of Old Saybrook, a sister and brother-in-law, Frances and William Dornfried of Kensington, one niece, one nephew, and two grandnieces. A Funeral Liturgy will be held Friday (May 17, 2002) at 10am at St. Paulís Church on Alling Street in Kensington. Burial will follow in South Burying Ground in Kensington. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations in her memory to United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Hartford, 80 Whitney Street, Hartford 06105.
Elsie (Dixon) Erkson
KENSINGTON Ė Elsie (Dixon) Erkson, 68, of 32 Cider Mill Road, beloved wife of Robert E. Erkson, passed away peacefully Wednesday night (June 20, 2001) at a local convalescent home. Born in New Britain, the daughter of the late Michael and the late Sophie (Boeger) Dixon, she graduated from New Britain High School in 1951, and was employed by the Town of Berlin Board of Education at McGee Middle School Library. She was a member of St. Paulís Church where she was a member of the Ladies Guild and volunteered many hours as a C.C.D. teacher and as an assistant at the Rectory, a member of the Connecticut Model A Restorers Club, a member of the Senior Crafters, a charter member of PROBE in the 1970ís, and in her earlier years participated in St. Johnís Fife and Drum Corp as a fifer. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Brian and Lois Erkson of Bristol, and Thomas and Barbara Erkson of Bozrah, two daughters and a son-in-law, Lori Rusnack of Cheshire, and Cynthia and David Potanka of Berlin, a brother and two sisters-in-law, Edward and Eleanor Dixon of New Britain, and Barbara Dixon of Kensington, two sisters and three brothers-in-law, Frances and Arnold ďDickĒ Nimro of Kensington, Arline and Leo Roberge of Bristol, and Lester Riley of Twin Lakes, Minnesota, six grandchildren, Steven and Sean Rusnack of Cheshire, Sarah, Scott and Stacy Potanka of Berlin, and Melissa Sanders of Bristol, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Donald and Richard Dixon, and two sisters, Elizabeth Dixon and Helen Riley. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her. Funeral services will be Saturday at 9am from Porter's Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Hwy. in Kensington, followed by a Funeral Liturgy at 10am at St. Paul's Church on Alling Street. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 5-8pm. Those who wish may make donations in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association, Northern Connecticut Chapter, 443 Franklin Avenue, Hartford 06114-2517, or to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Research Parkway, Meriden 06450.
Catherine (Gold) Fiske
BERLIN Ė Catherine (Gold) Fiske, 89, of Worthington Ridge, the widow of Samuel Asa Fiske, died Wednesday afternoon (September 19, 2001) at a local convalescent home. Born in New Britain, the daughter of the late Russell and the late Ruth (Terrell) Gold, she moved to Berlin at the age of ten, attended local schools, graduated from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1933, and from The Moody School of Commerce, and was employed as the secretary at Berlin Congregational Church for more than thirty years before her retirement in the early 1980ís. She was a member of Berlin Congregational Church and the Womenís Federation of the church. She is survived by a son, Samuel Asa Fiske III of Seward, Alaska, a daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Wallace Coffey of Ashburn, Virginia, a daughter-in-law, Karen Deborah (Hurd) Fiske of Berlin, a brother and sister-in-law, Russell S. Gold Jr. and Leta of Berlin, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Jonathan Russell Fiske. A memorial service will be held Monday (September 24, 2001) at 2pm at Berlin Congregational Church. Burial in Maple Cemetery, Berlin, will be at the convenience of the family. A reception for friends and family at the church will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Electrical Renovation Fund, Berlin Congregational Church, 878 Worthington Ridge, Berlin 06037.
Mattie Jane Louise (Kearns) Ginns
Mattie Jane Louise (Kearns) Ginns, 90, of 975 Corbin Avenue, New Britain, CT, the widow of James Herbert Ginns, died Tuesday afternoon (May 28, 2002) at New Britain General Hospital. Born in Hampton, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, Canada, the daughter of the late David and the late Estella (Milbury) Kearns, she attended Provincial Normal College in Truro, Nova Scotia, and was awarded licenses to teach at the High School level in 1932 and 1940. She taught school in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia from 1932 to 1948. In June 1948 she married the late James Herbert Ginns, and worked as a substitute teacher in the New Britain school system for many years. She is survived by two step-sons Dr. James Ginns of Penticton, B.C. Canada, and Russell Ginns of San Diego, California, two nieces, Sharon Healy of Toronto, Canada, and Elaine Banks of Berwick, Nova Scotia, Canada, and a nephew, David Kearns of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Funeral services and interment in Fairview Cemetery, New Britain, will be at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Those who wish may make donations in her memory to Jerome Home, 975 Corbin Avenue, New Britain, CT 06052.
Jeffrey Stanley Gable
KENSINGTON - Jeffrey Stanley Gable, 34, loving husband of Deborah (Bobinski) Gable, of Old Farms Place, formerly of Surrey Lane, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning (May 22, 2001). Born in West Hartford, he graduated from Aquinas High School in New Britain, received his Bachelorís degree in marketng from Central Connecticut State University, and was an Assistant Vice President at Webster Bank in Newington. He was a member of St. Paulís Church, The Newington Chamber of Commerce, Young Republicans, and Websterís Best. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Ashley and Alyssa Gable, his mother, Carol Gable of New Britain, a sister, Jennifer Gable of Middletown, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday at 9am from Porter's Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Hwy. in Kensington, followed by a Funeral Liturgy at 10am at St. Paulís Church on Alling Street in Kensington. Burial will follow the Mass. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday from 6-9pm. Those who wish may make donations in his memory to the Gable Childrenís Fund, c/o Webster Bank, 1120 Main Street, Newington 06111.