Stephen J. Gerent
Stephen J. Gerent, 58, of Berlin, died April 11, 2006 at home after a long courageous battle with cancer.
Born in New Britain, the son of the late Stephen A. and Mary (Czarny) Gerent, he lived most of his life in New Britain and Berlin. He was employed as a production manager at the Carling Switch Co. in Plainville for 25 years. After retiring, he worked part time for Bruckner Supplies in Middletown. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves and was an MG enthusiast who enjoyed going to car shows. He also enjoyed traveling throughout New England, especially Cape Cod and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
He is survived by his wife Catherine; his daughter Cara Gerent of New Britain; his son Mark Gerent of Kansas City, Kan.; two brothers-in-law John Andrasik of Marlborough and Stephen and his wife Barbara Andrasik of Nags Head, N.C.; two sister-in-law Patricia and her husband James Lewis of Marlborough and Deborah Kosker of Windsor; his mother and father-in-law Joseph and Frances Andrasik or Rocky Hill and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Wake was held April 14, 2006 at the Farrell Funeral Home, New Britain. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Central CT, 205 West Main St., New Britain CT 06052.
Charles R. Fournier
Charles Ronald Fournier, 57, of Savage Hill Road, the son of Nellie (Beauregard) Fournier and the late Henry Joseph Fournier, died on Feb. 5  at home.
Born in Ware, Mass., he graduated from Berlin High School and was employed at Sherri Cup in Berlin, He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, East Berlin.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, Richard Fournier of Bristol, and Michael and Annie Fournier of West Haven; two daughters and a son-in-law, Sandra Fournier of Plainville, and Tammy and Aaron Charpentier of Kensington; two brothers, Clifford Fournier of Coventry and Francis Fournier of Meriden; two sisters, Eloise Plumley of East Berlin and Elizabeth Letentdre of Plainville; four grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Dolores Howard.
Funeral services were held Thursday from Porter's Funeral Home, Kensington, with a funeral liturgy at Sacred Heart Church. Burial followed in Maple Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations in his memory to: East Berlin Volunteer Fire Department, 80 Main St., East Berlin, 06023.
Dorothy (Small) Gullong, 91, of Old Saybrook, a longtime Wethersfield resident and former Berlin resident, the widow of Charles E. Gullong, died on Feb. 5  at her home.
Born in New Hampshire, she received her bachelor's degree from Bates College, and advanced degrees from both Trinity College and Harvard and taught at Berlin High School, Wethersfield High School, Newington High School and Long Lane School. She was a member of Wethersfield United Methodist Church and Kensington United Methodist Church.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, C. Barton and Linda N. Gullong of East Lyme; a daughter, Jane Gullong of New York City; a granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Gullong; a grandson, Christopher Grimaldi; and several nieces and nephews including Margaret Lieberman and David L. Lieberman Jr., both of Chester.
A private funeral service and burial in West Lane Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to a charity of the donor's choice. Porter's Funeral Service, Kensington, was in charge of arrangements.
Grace Garuti Kropf, 82, of Kensington, died on Feb. 7 . She was married for more than 60 years to the late Joseph Henry Kropf.
She is survived by her children, Judith Oviatt of New Britain, Karen Hylen of Carpintria, Calif., Hank Kropf and his wife, Lisa Dyer, of Dayton, Ohio, and Heidi Kropf and her husband, Ken Bergeron, of Kensington; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Gladys Johnson of Farmington, and Laura Cianci of Lake Worth, Fla.
She grew up in New Britain and lived there all but the last several years of her life, which she spent at Marjorie Moore Village and Ledgecrest Health Care Center, Kensington. She retired from state employment in 1981 after working at Cedarcrest Hospital and UConn Health Center as a nurse.
Services were private. Memorial contributions may be made to: Animal Friends of Connecticut Inc., P.O. Box 370306, West Hartford 06137.
The Berlin Memorial Funeral Home, Kensington, was in charge of arrangements.
Vincent Tedeschi Jr.
Vincent Anthony Tedeschi Jr., of Butternut Lane, husband of Elizabeth A. (St. Onge) Tedeschi, died on March 24  at New Britain General Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Cambridge, Mass., he graduated from Harvard University in 1950, and was employed at Pratt and Whitney until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of Kensington Congregational Church, a former Boy Scout troop leader, a member of the Berlin Lions Club and a member and past master of Harmony Lodge #20 A.F. & A.M.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, James V. and Susan Tedeschi of East Schodack, N.Y.; a daughter and son-in-law, Susanne and William Tanski of Rochester, N.Y.; a sister, Virginia Tedeschi of Plymouth, Mass.; two grandsons, Peter A. Tedeschi and William J. Tanski IV; one niece; three nephews; several grandnieces and grandnephews; and one great-grandniece. He was predeceased by a sister, Marie Azzolino.
A memorial service was held on March 26 at Kensington Congregational Church. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations in his memory to: Memorial Fund of Kensington Congregational Church, 312 Percival Ave., Kensington 06037, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Porter's Funeral Service, Kensington, was in charge of arrangements.
Hazel B. Ritchie
Hazel (Bernier) Ritchie, 93, died on March 27  at Ridgeview Convalescent Home, Cromwell.
She was born in Hartford, the daughter of the late Basil and Leah (LeGault) Bernier. A lifelong resident of Kensington, she was the wife of the late Robert J. Ritchie.
Her first employment was with Raymond Engineering where she soldered gold. Later, she worked for Magson Uniforms for 25 years. She was a member of St. Paul's Church and a former member of the Ladies Guild.
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Edward DeVivo of Kensington and Nancijeanne and Conrad Swanson of Berlin; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Tom and Sandra DeVivo of Kensington, Deborah DeVivo of Southington, Laurie and Edward Bemhke of Bristol, Anne and Alex DeMesa of New Jersey, Marc and Susan Swanson of Southbury, Leah and Vincent Carbonell and Lynn and Glenn Anderson of Berlin; and 12 great-grandchildren, Andrew and Michelle DeVivo, Sarah Riskiewicz, Daniel, David and Stephen Bemhke, Isabella DeMesa, Alexandra and Samantha Carbonell and Julia, Rachel and Daniel Zarnowski; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Sheehan of New Britain.
Funeral services were held on March 29 at Farrell Funeral Home, New Britain, with a Mass of Christian burial at St. Paul's Church. Burial followed in St. Mary Cemetery New Britain.
Donations may be made to: St. Jude Children's Hospital, 505 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN.
Richard M. Fields
Richard Michael Fields, 47, of Cheshire, formerly of Berlin, died on March 25  at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Born in New Britain, the son of Santina (Infante) and the late William A. Fields, he graduated from Berlin High School, was employed at The Stanley Works, and was active in the Repertory Theater in New York and Connecticut. He was a member of St. Paul's Church, Kensington, Temple No. 16, A.F. & A.M., in Cheshire and The Scottish Rite.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by two brothers, William Fields of Aermann, Mo., and John J. Fields of Berlin; a niece, Jennifer Fields; and several aunts and uncles, including Eleanor and James Frawley, Martin and Rosemary Infante and Dominic and Molly Infante.
A memorial Mass was held on March 29 at St. Paul's Church. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations in his memory to: American Diabetes Association, 300 Research Parkway, Meriden 06450, or to: Yale-New Haven Hospital, 20 York St., New Haven 06510.
Porter's Funeral Service, Kensington, was in charge of arrangements.