Mitchell, Robert Lee - January 03, 2005
HARTFORD – Robert “Bosh” Lee Mitchell, 74, of Hartford, formerly of New Britain, the loving husband of Elizabeth (Phillips) Mitchell, died Monday night (January 3, 2005) at New Britain General Hospital. Born in New Britain, the son of the late Willis and the late Queen Esther (Yopp) Mitchell, he graduated from Berlin High School, served in the US Army in Korea, and retired from Pratt and Whitney in Southington. He was a loyal and committed member of Spottswood A.M.E. Zion Church, and the Pride of Connecticut Lodge of Elks. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Troy Mitchell of Hartford, and Gene Mitchell of New Britain, two daughters, Bernadette Mitchell and Cynthia James, both of Hartford, two brothers, Willis Mitchell Jr. and Freddie Mitchell, both of New Britain, ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and host of friends and loved ones. He was predeceased by a son, Robert Lee Mitchell Jr. Funeral services will be held Saturday (January 8, 2005) at 11am at Spottswood A.M.E. Zion Church, 25 Crestwood Lane, New Britain. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, New Britain. Friends and relatives are invited to call at Spottswood A.M.E. Zion Church on Friday (January 7, 2005) from 7-9pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to For the Love of Grandbabies Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 2579, Hartford, CT 06146
Marchant, James Richard - December 15, 2004
BERLIN – James Richard Marchant, 49, of Berlin, the husband of Debra (Sanko) Marchant, passed away Wednesday (December 15, 2004) with his loving family at his side after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Schenectady, New York, the son of late Sylvia (Nelson) and the late James H. Marchant, he graduated from Berlin High School, and was previously employed at The Stanley Works for 24 years and most recently employed at the Mallory Company. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter Melissa Marie Marchant, a son, Jason James Marchant, four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Elizabeth “Betty” Haggerty and Richard of Latham, New York, Carol Von Rogov and Harry of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Jean Petrilak and Robert of Mount Sinai, New York, Mary Lettieri of Niskayuna, New York, one grandchild, and several nieces and nephews Private funeral services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Friends and relatives are invited to call at Porter/’s Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Kensington, on Saturday (December 18, 2004) from 6-8:30pm. A Prayer Service will be held Saturday (December 18, 2004) at 8:30pm, the Reverend David Christensen officiating. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made to the Hospice of Central Connecticut, 40 East Street, Plainville, CT 06062-2309.
Erkson, Thomas R. - November 27, 2004
KENSINGTON – Thomas R. Erkson, 40, formerly of Kensington, died suddenly Saturday (November 27, 2004) in a tragic accident in Montague, New Jersey. The beloved son of Robert E. and the late Elsie (Dixon) Erkson, he was a 1982 Berlin High School graduate, a U.S. Navy veteran who served in the Persian Gulf and in Bosnia, was awarded numerous medals for his service, and at the time of his death he was employed at Industrial Maintenance Services in New Jersey. He served as an elementary school mentor in Montville, was a past member of the Cheshire Jaycees, enjoyed life with his family, camping, traveling, and hunting, and was an avid Harley-Davidson owner and rider who loved to bring his family and friends on a ride. “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” He will be sorely missed by all. He was a loving brother of his sisters and brothers-in-law, Lori Rusnack and David Orsini of Cheshire, Cynthia and David Potanka of Berlin, and brother and sister-in-law, Brian R. and Lois Erkson of East Hampton, a devoted uncle of Steven and Sean Rusnack of Cheshire, Sarah, Scott, and Stacy Potanka of Berlin, and Melissa Sanders of East Hampton, and godfather of Joseph Pahanish in Ohio. He also leaves his family of aunts, uncles, many cousins, and friends from around the United States. His companions in his journeys were his beloved dogs, Captain, Spike, and Sasha. Funeral services will be held Friday (December 3, 2004) at 9am from Porter’s Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Kensington, with a funeral liturgy at 10am at St. Paul Church on Alling Street. Burial will follow in Maple Cemetery, Berlin. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday (December 2, 2004) from 5-8pm. Those who wish may make donations in his memory to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Research Parkway, Meriden 06450.
Dougherty, James C. Jr. - November 24, 2004
BERLIN – James C. Dougherty Jr., 54, of Peter Parley Row, the husband of Ellen “Elly” (DiBattista) Dougherty, died Wednesday morning (November 24, 2004) with his loving family at his side at Hartford Hospital after a long, hard fought battle against brain cancer. Born in New Britain, the son of Mary (Vandrilla) and the late James C. Dougherty Sr., he graduated from Berlin High School, and from Central Connecticut State University, and was an analyst for Northeast Utilities. He was a member of St. Paul Church in Kensington. In addition to his wife of 26 years, and his mother, he is survived by a daughter Kelly Ann, a son, Kevin Michael, who filled his life with much joy and laughter, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Lynn and Bill Blomberg of Berlin, and Beth and Jack Tormay of Canton, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Nick and Roseann DiBattista of Forestville, John and Beverly DiBattista of San Antonio, Texas, and Rose Marie and Peter Gosselin of Waterbury, and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews who brightened his life each day. A beloved and devoted husband, father, son, brother, friend, co-worker, and coach, he coached his son all through little League baseball, and stayed on once Kevin had moved to the next level of play so that he could continue to work with the kids as a pitching coach, which gave him much satisfaction. Jim was enthusiastic this summer to follow along and witness the Berlin Little League 12-year-olds as they competed throughout the sate and won the State Championship Title. When they proceeded to play in Bristol for the next level of competition, he was presented with a signed baseball from the team, and as each player shook his hand and replied “Thanks Coach for supporting us” he took great pride and appreciated being part of this unforgettable season. Jim was an avid tennis player, playing twice a week right up until his second surgery, and made wonderful lifelong friends through his participation in these leagues. He was unable to attend the final year-end banquet for the NU Tennis League where he was honored “Player of the Year” for his efforts to continue playing while undergoing the cancer treatments, and even though not at the top of his game, he continued to compete and make the best of it, and enjoyed the time he so loved to spend with these “friends”. Jim and Elly were blessed with amazing co-workers who served as their “extended family” when they needed help to and from the daily radiation treatments, and with any other needs. They want to thank all of you who so magically touched their lives and celebrated with them the many small victories while fighting the battle. Your love and support made this difficult journey one they can look back on and smile at how “everyone” was there for them when they were most needed. His family wishes to thank the VNA who supported them so wonderfully during Jim’s time at home, and the compassionate nurses, doctors, and supporting staff at Hartford Hospital for treating Jim with respect and dignity, keeping him comfortable during his hospital stay. His family hopes that you can come and celebrate with them Jim’s life. They know that if he could, he would have said “goodbye” to you all….we just ran out of time. Funeral services will be held Saturday (November 27, 2004) at 9am from Porter’s Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Kensington, with a funeral liturgy at 10am at St. Paul Church on Alling Street. Burial will follow in Maple Cemetery, Berlin. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday (November 26, 2004) from 5-8pm. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Suite #146, Desplaines, Illinois 60018, or to the Visiting Nurses Association, 103 Woodland Street, Hartford 06105.
Caldwell, Exelee (Yopp) - November 16, 2004
NEW BRITAIN – Exelee (Yopp) Caldwell, 89, of New Britain, the widow of Moses Caldwell, passed on to glory Tuesday morning (November 16, 2004) at a local convalescent home. Born in Dublin, Georgia, the daughter of the late Carlton and the late Eva (Troupe) Yopp, she lived in Berlin, and later moved to New Britain, graduated from New Britain High School, and was employed at Landers, Frary, and Clark for ten years, and later worked as a professional assistant to Mr. Stanley Cooper, the former president of Fafnir Bearing Co., for twenty five years. She was a member of Bethel F.B.H. Church, and was a special spiritual, creative, loving person who loved literature, art, to oil paint, music, and family. She leaves to cherish her memory three daughters and two sons-in-law, Linda and Gerald Washington of Windsor, Exelee Anderson of Newington, and Vanessa and Ted Jefferys of New Britain, two sons and a daughter-in-law, David and Candee Caldwell of Danbury, and Moses Caldwell Jr. in Massachusetts, a brother, Jacob Yopp of Hebron, three sisters, Mamie Hall, the Rev. Thelma Bell, and Cassie Allen, all of New Britain, six grandchildren, Kenya and Gerald Washington, Rashad Jefferys, Rodrian Johnson, and Devin and Chase Caldwell, one great-granddaughter, Olivia Washington, a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins, and Janice Edwards and her family for whom she had a special place in her heart. She was predeceased by three brothers, Charles, Carlton, and Arthur Yopp, and three sisters, Ruby Mae Hurst Chappel, Eva West, and Mattie Dupree. Homegoing services will be held Saturday (November 20, 2004) at 11am at Porter’s Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway in Kensington. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, New Britain. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Saturday morning (November 20, 2004) from 10am until the time of the funeral.
Cicchetti, Nina M. - November 16, 2004
SOUTHINGTON – Nina M. Cicchetti, 50, of Curtiss Street, died early Tuesday morning (November 16, 2004) at a local convalescent home. Born in Waterbury, the daughter of Mary Assunta (Croce) and the late Guido Cicchetti, she graduated from Wolcott High School, received her B.S. in criminal justice from the University of Buffalo, her Master’s degree from Central Connecticut State University, and was the Director of Residence Life at Central Connecticut State University. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her foster daughter, Colleen Gaffney of Southington, four nieces, Nicole Marie Giuggio of Waterbury, Jaimie Carroll Gaffney and Jillian Michelle Gaffney, both of Southington, and Samantha Carol Simpson of Waterbury, and two nephews, Christopher Charles Giuggio of Wolcott, and Ryan Michael Simpson of Waterbury. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by a sister, Carol Suzanne Barr. A graveside service will be held Friday (November 19, 2004) at 11am in Riverside Cemetery, 496 Riverside Road, Waterbury. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the Porter’s Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Kensington, on Thursday (November 18, 2004) from 5-8pm. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made to the Wolcott Volunteer Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 6066, Wolcott 06716, or to the Visiting Nurse Association, 50 Brookside Road, Waterbury 06708-1231.
Mallia, Sophie Rose (Badolato) - November 15, 2004
BERLIN – Sophie Rose (Badolato) Mallia, 88, formerly of Bluebird Lane, the widow of Paul Mallia, died Monday morning (November 15, 2004) at Avery Heights in Hartford. Born in New Britain, the daughter of the late Nicholas and the late Angeline (Adorno) Badolato, she attended local schools, was employed at Woolworth’s Department Store, and was a member of St. Joseph Church in New Britain. She is survived by two daughters, Paulette Gavitt of New Britain, and Jo Ann Mailhot of Berlin, two brothers, Dominic Badolato of New Britain, and Anthony Badolato of Plainville, a sister, Constance Samuelian of Elmwood, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Catherine Scalora. Funeral services will be held Thursday (November 18, 2004) at 9am from Porter’s Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Kensington, with a funeral liturgy at 10am at St. Joseph Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Wednesday (November 17, 2004) from 5-8pm. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made to Church Homes Inc./Avery Heights, c/o Anna Lukas, Lucy Swift Unit, 705 New Britain Avenue, Hartford 06106, or to St. Joseph Church, 195 South Main Street, New Britain 06051-1403.