Anna (Danko) Kasiski, 92, of Kensington, died on March 27  at New Britain General Hospital. She was the widow of Charles John Kasiski.
Born in New Britain, she was the daughter of the late George and Catherine (Kohutko) Danko. She was a longtime Kensington resident and was a member of St. Paul's Church. She was active in the Berlin senior citizens and had served as a volunteer at the Berlin voting polls.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Geri Kasiski of Higganum, and Robert and Joy Kasiski of Kensington; three sisters, Mary Zarotney, Agnes McKeon and Katherine Kasiski, all of Kensington; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four brothers, John Danko, Joseph Danko, Michael Danko and George Danko Jr.
Funeral services were held on March 30 at Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home, New Britain, with a Mass of Christian burial at St. Paul's Church. Burial was in West Lane Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to: St. Paul's Church, 485 Alling St., Kensington 06037.
Elsie (Dixon) Erkson, 68, of 32 Cider Mill road, wife of Robert E. Erkson, died on June 20  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. Paul's Church where she was a member of the Ladies Guild and volunteered many hours as a CCD 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 1970s and participated in St. John's Fife and Drum Corp as a fifer in her earlier years.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons and daughters-in-laws, 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 "Dick" Nimro of Kensington, Arline and Leo Roberge of Bristol, and Lester Riley of Twin Lakes, Minn.; 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.
Funeral services were held on Saturday from Porter's Funeral Home, Kensington, followed by a funeral liturgy at St. Paul's Church. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery.
Donations in her memory may be made to: Alzheimer's Association, Northern Connecticut Chapter, 443 Franklin Ave., Hartford 06114-2517, or to: American Diabetes Association, 300 Research Parkway, Meriden 06450.
Etta R. Root
Etta Rose (Mitchell) Root, 84, formerly of Colonial Drive, the widow of Wesley George Root Sr., died on May 25  at Countryside Manor, Bristol.
Born in Berlin, the daughter of the late Henry Charles and Ruth (Bartran) Mitchell, she was a member of Kensington Congregational Church and a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary.
She is survived by five daughters and four sons-in-law, Rose R. Davis of New Britain, Elizabeth M. and Cass Witkowski of Burlington, Eleanor Louise and Richard Dyer of New Hartford, Alfrieda F. and William Bane of Lantana, Fla., and Jacklyn D. Root and Gary Pechout of New Britain; 15 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons, Sherman Charles Root and Wesley George Root Jr.
A funeral service was held on May 29 at Kensington Congregational Church. Burial followed in Wilcox Cemetery, East Berlin. Porter's Funeral Home, Kensington, was in charge of arrangements.
Anna P. Vitkauskas
Anna (Petkavich) Vitkauskas, 86, of Schultz Road, Kensington, died on May 25  at New Britain General Hospital.
She was born in New Britain and was a 1933 graduate of New Britain High School. She moved to Kensington 36 years ago. She was the widow of Vincent Vitkauskas.
She was employed at Honeywell Manufacturing until her retirement and was a member of St. Andrew's Church, the Rosary Society, Lithuanian Senior Citizens and Berlin Senior Citizens.
She is survived by two sons and their wives, John and Marjorie Vitkauskas of Novato, Calif. and Gerald and Patricia Vitkauskas of Wyckoff, N.J.; a daughter, Victoria Carlson of Newington; one sister, Sue, and her husband, Henry Golan of Columbia; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Julia Fiedler.
Funeral services were held on May 30 from the Venskunas Funeral Home, New Britain. A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Andrew's Church, New Britain. Burial followed in St. Mary Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to: Berlin Public Health Nursing Service, Town Hall, 240 Kensington Road, Kensington 06037.
Natalie J. Dyer
Natalie June (Cobey) Dyer, 87, formerly of East Berlin and Clinton, the widow of Edward Robert Dyer, died on May 28  at a local convalescent home.
A native of East Berlin, the daughter of the late Francis P. and the late Frances (Hubbard) Cobey, she lived in East Berlin until moving to Clinton in 1985, graduated from Middletown High School and was employed at New Departure in Meriden until her retirement. She was a member of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, East Berlin, and the Order of the Eastern Star in Cromwell.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Richard Pedemonti of Higganum; eight grandchildren, Craig and Patrick Pedemonti, Amy Fort, Constance Wellman, Stephanie Burgess, Melissa Carraway, Laura Carroll and Kim Campos; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Carraway.
A funeral service was held on May 31 at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church. Burial followed in Wilcox Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations in her memory to: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut, 940 White Plains Road, Trumbull 06611.
Porter's Funeral Home, Kensington, was in charge of arrangements.
Linus C. Gronback
Linus C. "Lee" Gronback died unexpectedly on May 28  at New Britain General Hospital. He was the husband of Jane (Conger) Gronback.
Born in New Britain, he was the son of the late Harry and Emma (Bigge) Gronback. A former Newington resident and graduate of Newington High School, he resided in Berlin for the past 24 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He attended Berlin Congregational Church and was a starter at Timberlin Golf Course for six years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Kevin Gronback of Lansdale, Pa., and his fiancee, Donna; a daughter, Deborah Gronback of Stoneham, Mass.; a step-son, Scott Robinson of Columbus, Ohio; a step-daughter, Beth Murphy of West Simsbury; a sister, Millicent Amberger of Cromwell; three brothers, Richard Gronback of East Haddam, Ronald Gronback of Wethersfield and George Gronback of Meriden; two grandchildren, Brittany Robinson and Megan Brooks; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Harry "Lenny" Gronback.
Funeral services were held May 31 at Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home, New Britain. Burial, with military honors, was in Maple Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to: American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford 06492.
John R. Pac
John Richard Pac, 82, of Glen Street, husband of Anna (Mayer) Pac, died on July 15  at New Britain General Hospital.
A native and lifelong resident of Kensington, the son of the late Joseph and the late Rose (Plocharczyk) Pac, he attended local schools, served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was employed at The Stanley Works until his retirement. He was a member of St. Paul's Church, and was an avid gardener.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Janice Pac of Plainville, Mass; a daughter, Karen Pac of New Britain; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Walter and Mary Jo Pac of Decatur, Texas, and Stanley and Lorraine Pac of Kensington; a sister, Sophie Pac of New Britain; two granddaughters, Rebecca and Jenna Pac; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph and Peter Pac, and four sisters, Mary Hart, Helen Habershon, Rose Pac and Jennie Danko.
Funeral services were held on July 18 from Porter's Funeral Home, Kensington, following a funeral liturgy at St. Paul's Church. Interment followed in Maple Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations in his memory to: Dialysis Unit of New Britain General Hospital, 100 Grand St., New Britain 06050, or to Memorial Fund of St. Paul's Church, 479 Alling St., Kensington 06037.