Lawrence A. Coggins Sr., 60, of Farmington Avenue, died Feb. 5  at New Britain General Hospital. Born in New Britain, the son of the late Arthur and the late Marian (Small) Coggins, He graduated from New Britain High School, served in the U.S. Navy, and was employed at the Metropolitan District Water Department until his retirement. He was a member of South Congregational/First Baptist Church in New Britain, American Legion Post 68 n where he served as historian n and the New Britain Power Squadron. He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Lawrence A. Coggins Jr. of Bristol, and Brian and Celeste Coggins of Burlington, a sister, Virginia Eilertson of Norfolk, Massachusetts, four grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and a close friend, Dorothy Keleher of Newington. A graveside service will be held in Pembroke, Maine, at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Donations in his memory to: The Wheeler Clinic, 91 Northwest Drive, Plainville 06062. Porter's Funeral Home in Kensington was in charge of arrangements.
Henry Louis Pepin, 83, of Kensington, died Sept. 29, 2004.
He was the son of the late Philibert and Alphonsine (Lacasse) Pepin and the husband of Marie (Cote) Pepin. He resided in Hartford most of his life.
He retired from Pratt & Whitney in 1983 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jeanne Clark of Kensington, with whom he resided for the past two years; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Peter Pepin of Willimantic, Ronald and Candy Pepin of East Hartford, Raymond Pepin of East Hartford; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Robert Pepin.
Funeral services were held Oct. 5 at the Berlin Memorial Funeral Home, Kensington followed by a Mass of Christian burial, at St. Pauls Church. Burial with military honors followed at the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown.
Donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of CTVNA, 111 Founders Plaza, 2nd floor, East Hartford 06108.
Irene (Langlois) Brochu, 87, widow of Emile Brochu, died Oct. 5  at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor, New Britain.
Born in St. Raphael, Canada, she came to New Britain in 1939 and moved to Kensington in 1960. Prior to her retirement, she was employed at the New Departure Division of General Motors.
She is survived by three sisters, Marie Anne Brochu of New Britain and Simone Michaud and Rita Ringuet, both of Canada; her sister-in-law, Edith Brochu of New Britain; her brother-in-law, Herve Gosselin of New Britain; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Oct. 9 with a Mass of Christian burial at St. Peter's Church, New Britain. Entombment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery Garden Mausoleum. Farrell Funeral Home, New Britain, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations in her memory may be made to Monsignor Bojnowski Manor, 51 Pulaski St., New Britain, 06037.
Arthur L. Erickson, 75, of Wells, Maine, died on Oct. 5, 2004, after a long illness.
A longtime New Britain resident, he lived in Maine, for the past 24 years. A graduate of New Britain High School, class of 1946, he was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was employed at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft for 40 years, retiring in 1991. He was a former member and deacon of the First Lutheran Church of the Reformation, and was a leader of Boy Scout Troop 17, both of New Britain.
Surviving are his wife, Charlotte (Henry) Erickson of Wells; his son, David Erickson and his wife, Julie of Kensington; his daughter, Debra Caswell and her husband, Walter, of Kensington; his two stepchildren, Robert and Lisa Swartzlander; six grandchildren; and special friends, the Spring family of Wells; two brothers, Carl Erickson of Berlin and Donald Erickson of New Britain; and a sister, Madeline Fazzina of Bristol. He was predeceased by his first wife, Jane C. Erickson, and a daughter, Nancy A. Sharpe.
The funeral and burial in Fairview Cemetery will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to CCARC, 950 Slater Road, New Britain 06053.
Carlson Funeral Home, New Britain was in charge of arrangements.
Mary E. Contois, 84, of Kensington, died Nov. 17, 2004, at her home.
Born in New Britain, she lived there until moving to Kensington in 1965. She attended Hartford College of Women and before her retirement, taught reading in the Plainville public school system. She was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Meriden.
She is survived by three nieces, Marie Olson of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Chris McCann of South Windsor, and Margaret Descovich of Indialantic, Fla.; and seven grand nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Omer Contois Jr.
The funeral was held Nov. 20 at St. Joseph's Church, Meriden. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, New Britain. The Farrell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
James C. Dougherty Jr., 54, of Berlin, the husband of Ellen "Elly" (DiBattista) Dougherty, died Nov. 24, 2004, with his family at his side at Hartford Hospital.
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; 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.
A devoted husband, father, son, brother, friend, co-worker, and coach, he coached his son through Little League baseball, and stayed on once Kevin moved to the next level of play, so 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.
Jim was an avid tennis player, and although he was unable to attend the year-end banquet for the NU Tennis League, he was honored "Player of the Year" for his efforts to continue playing while undergoing cancer treatments.
The funeral was held Nov. 27 at Porter's Funeral Home, Kensington, and at St. Paul Church. Burial was in Maple Cemetery, Berlin. Memorial donations can be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Suite #146, Des Plaines, Illinois 60018, or to the Visiting Nurses Association, 103 Woodland Street, Hartford 06105.
Mary "Bobbi" (Misteri) Soucy, died Nov. 24, 2004.
Born in Berlin, the daughter of the late Oreste and Edith (Carmella) Misteri, she lived in Berlin and New Britain before moving to Bristol in 1982. She worked for many years at the Southern New England Telephone Co. in New Britain and Bristol. She was the first woman from Berlin who served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Leonard Soucy; her daughter, Margo Wright of Berlin; her grandsons Michael Malley, and Edward and his wife Tracy Malley; a great grandson, Michael Malley, Jr.; a brother, Harry Misteri of Berlin; a sister, Theresa Misteri of Berlin; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Steve Misteri; and two sisters, Floa Misteri and Mildred Bulutti.
The funeral held Nov. 29 at the Farrell Funeral Home, New Britain, and at St. Paul's Church, Kensington. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain.