Ellison, Eddie Hugh - September 25, 2004
NEW BRITAIN – Eddie Hugh Ellison, 78, of Chestnut Street, died early Saturday morning (September 25, 2004) in New Jersey. Born in Hollywood, Alabama, the son of the late Elijah and the late Eula (Allison) Ellison, he was employed at Howard Cleaners in New Britain for 42 years before his retirement. He was a member of Spottswood A.M.E. Zion Church where he served as a steward for many years, Pride of Connecticut Lodge #1437, and Ionic Lodge #7 Prince Hall, and he was known for lending a helping hand to others. He is survived by two daughters, Edwina Lebby and Felicia Willis, both of New Britain, two brothers, William Ellison of Bristol, and Emmett Ellison of New Britain, four sisters, The Rev. Nannie Lampkin, Jannie Scott, and Anna Edwards, all of New Britain, and Ida Mae Coffey of Hollywood, Alabama, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. A funeral service will be held Thursday (September 30, 2004) at 11am at Spottswood A.M.E. Zion Church. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, New Britain. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the Church on Wednesday (September 29, 2004) from 6-8pm. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations to the Memorial Fund of Spottswood A.M.E. Zion Church, 25 Crestwood Lane, New Britain 06053.
DeVivo, Josephine Marion (Chester) - September 18, 2004
KENSINGTON – Josephine Marion (Chester) DeVivo, 89, of Robindale Road, the widow of Andrew DeVivo, died Saturday at home in her own bed with her family at her side. Born in Tairifville, the daughter of the late Angelo and the late Marion Chester, she was a loving wife and homemaker who always welcomed friends and family into her home, particularly to enjoy her blueberry muffins. In recent years she found great joy in the UCONN Women’s Basketball Team, and waiting for Tom, her mailman. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church where she was a member of The Ladies Guild, and with her husband, was very active in the Democratic Town Committee. She is survived by a daughter, Lucia DeVivo-Catalano with whom she made her home, two grandchildren, Cristina and Jay Catalano, several nieces, nephews, and cousins, including Caroline and Catherine LaMonoco, Louis and Alphonse DeVivo, and Doris Frost. She greatly appreciated the many kindnesses, meals, and visits from truly dedicated family and friends. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 9am from Porter's Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Kensington, followed by a Funeral Liturgy at 10am at St. Paul's Church on Alling Street. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 9am until the departure to church. Those who wish may make donations in her memory to The Memorial Fund of St. Paul’s Church, 479 Alling Street, Kensington 06037.
Heisler, Jean (Wismer) - September 09, 2004
BERLIN – Jean (Wismer) Heisler, 75, of Lower Lane, the wife of Joseph I. Heisler, died Thursday morning (September 9, 2004) at her home. Born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Henry “Lester” and the late Mae Wismer. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Nancy Heisler of Middletown, two brothers, Lester and Henry Wismer in Pennsylvania, two sisters, Marian Whitmore of Mansfield, and Mildred Kirby in Pennsylvania, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Joseph James Heisler. A funeral service will be held Monday (September 13, 2004) a 11am at Porter’s Funeral, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Kensington, The Rev David G.Christensen Jr. of Berlin Congregational Church officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Monday morning (September 13, 2004) from 10am until the time of the service.
Tessman, Albert A. Sr. - September 07, 2004
BERLIN – Albert A. Tessman Sr., 61, of Berlin, the widower of Veronica C. (Bochan) Tessman, died Tuesday (September 7, 2004) at his home. Born in New Britain, the son of Jean (Szymanski) Tessman of Berlin, and the late Alfred Tessman, he graduated from E.C. Goodwin Technical School, served in the US Air Force, and was a retired machinist. He was a member of American Legion Post #68 in Berlin. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Albert A Tessman Jr. and his wife Christine of Berlin, a daughter, Tara Tessman of Newington, a brother, James Tessman of Berlin, a sister, Diane Zanelli of Newington, four grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a brother, Richard Tessman. Funeral Services will be held Friday (September 10, 2004) a 10am at Porter’s Funeral, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Kensington, The Rev. Michael Englert of St. Paul’s Church officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Cemetery, Berlin. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday (September 9, 2004) from 5-8pm, or Friday morning (September 10, 2004) from 9am until the time of the service. Those who wish may make donations in his memory to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 1131, Fairfax, VA 22038-1131.
Fairwood, Frederick J. - September 01, 2004
KENSINGTON – Frederick J. Fairwood, 89, of Kensington, the loving husband of Veronica (Domkowski) Fairwood, died early Wednesday morning (September 1, 2004) at New Britain General Hospital. Born in New Britain, the son of the late Bernard and the late Mary (Boikosz) Fairwood, he was employed at New Britain Machine Company from 1941 until his retirement in 1977. He was a member of St. Paul’s Church. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Bernard and Barbara Fairwood of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and Gary and Barbara Fairwood of Windsor Locks, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Saturday (September 4, 2004) at 9am from Porter's Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Kensington, followed by a Funeral Liturgy at 10am at St. Paul's Church on Alling Street. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Saturday (September 4, 2004) from 9am until the departure to church.
Simpson, Thomas Ronald - August 26, 2004
KENSINGTON - Thomas Ronald Simpson, 77, of Kensington, best friend and beloved husband of Helen (Boettger) Simpson, went home to be with his Lord, on Thursday (August 26, 2004). Born in New Haven, the son of the late Thomas and the late Davina (Brown) Simpson, he served in the US Army in WWII and in Korea, graduated from Bryant College, married his childhood sweetheart, and they built their home in Kensington in 1956. He retired from the Internal Revenue Service after 30 years of service, and ran an income tax and financial business out of his home for 20 years. He loved his home and the community of Berlin, and was a very active and long-term member of the Kensington United Methodist Church, Berlin Lions, Berlin High School Boosters, PIRRAC, V.F.W. Post 10732, and Wooster Lodge #79, A.F.&A.M. He loved to dance, and was active in the square and round dance group, and loved to take any opportunity he could to dance with his beloved wife whether on a restaurant dance floor or in the kitchen. He was an ardent gardener, always growing new plants and planting young saplings, and always had a cutting or new plant to share with anyone stopping by the house. An avid golfer, Tom loved to walk the course so he could enjoy the sights and sounds of the day, and loved to share his love of golf with his friends and children. In addition to his beloved wife, he leaves two children, Linda Lareau and her husband Roland of Canton, and Thomas Karl Simpson and his wife Brenda of Cromwell, four grandchildren, Alaina and Nicole Lareau, and James and Thomas Connor Simpson; two brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Helen Simpson, and Walter and Jenny Simpson, all of Branford, and many friends, neighbors and relatives whose lives he touched in countless ways. A funeral service will be held Tuesday (August 31, 2004) at 10am at Kensington United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in South Burying Ground, Kensington. Friends and relatives are invited to call at Porter’s Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Kensington, on Monday (August 30, 2004) from 5-8pm. The Berlin Lions Club will meet for a service at 6pm. The Masons will meet for a service at 7pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Thomas R. Simpson Memorial Fund, Kensington United Methodist Church, 103 Hotchkiss Street, Kensington 06037. The family would like to thank the staff of The Andrew House for the loving care they provided him.
Muckor, Frank J. - August 16, 2004
BERLIN – Frank J. Muckor, 85, of Middletown Road, the loving husband of Mary (Koley) Muckor, died Monday afternoon (August 16, 2004) at Hartford Hospital. Born in Bloomfield, he served in the US Army in WWII, and was employed at New Britain Machine Company until his retirement. He was a member of St. Paul’s Church, and a past president and presently acting vice president of the Berlin Sportsmans Club. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Dennis Muckor of Newington, two daughters and a son-in-law, Brenda Gallagher of Middletown, and Deborah and Steven Rizzo of East Hampton, two grandsons, Anthony and Michael Rizzo, and several nieces and nephews. A Funeral Liturgy will be held Friday (August 20, 2004) at 11:30am at St. Paul’s Church on Alling Street in Kensington. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Friends and relatives are invited to call at Porter’s Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Kensington, on Thursday (August 19, 2004) from 6-8pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in his name to the Berlin Sportsmans Inc., P.O. Box 172, Kensington 06037.
Lienhard, Ferne C. - July 30, 2004
NEWINGTON – Ferne C. Lienhard, 88, died quietly early Friday morning (July 30). Born in New Haven, she lived most of her life in New Britain and Newington. Happily married for 52 years, she was predeceased by her husband, Robert H. Lienhard, in May of 1999. Throughout all, she remained a fiercely devoted mother. Both a Giver and a Defender, she formed warm and lasting friendships all through her life. Mrs. Lienhard is survived by her son, Henry B. Lienhard of Newington; her brother, Cornelius V. Young and his wife Norma, formerly of Branford, but currently residing at Fowlers in Guilford; several nieces and nephews; many grandnieces and grandnephews; and, as we understand, even a few great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday (August 5, 2004) at 11am at South Congregational – First Baptist Church, New Britain. Private burial will be at the convenience of the family. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to South Congregational – First Baptist Church, 90 Main Street, New Britain 06051, or to the New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington Street, New Britain 06052-1412.