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Stephen E. Allcroft June 17 1960 – Sept 30 2013

October 15, 2013 Local News, Obituaries No Comments
Stephen E. Allcroft, born June 17, 1960, a big, kind-hearted young many known by many has fought a great fight against an ugly and too prevalent disease called cancer – and LOST – September 30, 2013.

Stephen E. Allcroft, born June 17, 1960, a big, kind-hearted young man known by many has fought a great fight against an ugly and too prevalent disease called cancer – and LOST – September 30, 2013.

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Stephen E. Allcroft, born June 17, 1960, a big, kind-hearted young man known by many fought a great fight against an ugly and too prevalent disease called cancer – and LOST – September 30, 2013.

He became ill in the spring of 2012. His tolerance of treatment amazed medical people, family and friends.

Steve grew up in West Hartford, CT though born in Brooklyn, NY where his father studied architecture. Steve got his GED in January 1978 and went into the Marines.

Upon his honorable discharge, he started attending Central Connecticut State University. Earning money appealed more to him in sales of siding and replacement windows.

Later, he worked at the Seafarer and managed restaurants in the area before moving to South Caroline.

Moving back to Connecticut in 2002, he worked in the automotive department at Walmart in North Windham.

He began to excel in photography and as a graphic artist. He was on the board of directors and on the steering committee of the Windham Area Artists Collective. He had a camera in his hand from the age of five years old.

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Kenneth Parzych May 11 2013

Ken Parzych taught at Nicholas College, SUNY Fredonia, and spent 38 years at Eastern Connecticut State University in Windham, CT, ending as professor emeritus.  Photo source: ECSU website

Ken Parzych taught at Nicholas College, SUNY Fredonia, and spent 38 years at Eastern Connecticut State University in Windham, CT, ending as professor emeritus. Photo source: ECSU website

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Kenneth M. Parzych was a great man. He moved into eternal life on May 11, 2013.

Ken was an amazing husband, father, and Jaju (that’s grandfather in Polish). He was a true example of love and compassion to all who knew him. Ken will be deeply missed by his family and friends, but his life will always be celebrated.

Taught a strong, Polish work ethic by his parents, Stanley and Mafalda of Easthampton, Mass., Ken paid for college by working at a dairy farm and by playing drums in a polka band.

He loved his polka music almost as much as he loved his whoopie pies. While spending a summer as a polka DJ with his son, he was known to refer to the “toe-tapping music” as “Happy Music for Happy People.”

In addition to the occasional polka hop with his wife, Mary, Ken’s favorite past times involved his grandkids and his love for the outdoors. Ken could be found visiting the barns at UConn, where he knew most of the cows by name, and would note, “no trip is complete without an ice cream from the Dairy Bar!”

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Philip DesJardins Nov 26 1961 – March 6 2013

March 21, 2013 Obituaries No Comments

funeral-flowersPhilip DesJardins, 51, of Brown Avenue, Jewett City – formerly of Amston (Hebron), CT – died Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Greentree Manor in Waterford, CT.

Mr. DesJardins was born on Nov. 26, 1961 in Willimantic (Windham), CT and was the son of Leonard and Rachel Magnant-DesJardins.

He graduated from E.O. Smith High School in Storrs-Mansfield, CT and served in the Air Force for eight years.

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Anne Jordan Crouse Dec. 11, 1943 – Feb. 2, 2013

February 9, 2013 Obituaries No Comments

CHILDREN READINGAnne Devereaux Wilson Jordan Crouse, 69, of Mansfield Center, Connecticut passed away on the afternoon of Feb. 2, 2013 after battling lung cancer.

She was a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A. and M.A) where in 1968, she received the Avery and Jule Hopwood Awards in poetry and short stories.

She is best known for founding the Children’s Literature Association in 1973; she served as its Executive Secretary/Treasurer, as well as Director of the Annual Conference in Children’s Literature until 1976.

In 1992, she was the first recipient of the “Anne Devereaux Jordan Award,” an award established in her honor and now given annually by The Children’s Literature Association for outstanding contributions to the field of children’s literature.

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Gladys M Freeman Nov 22 1923 – Jan 19 2013

January 26, 2013 Obituaries No Comments

TELEPHONE PIONEERS OF AMERICA eBAY PHOTO 2013Gladys M. Freeman, 89, of Columbia, CT passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at Windham Hospital.

Gladys was born Nov. 22, 1923 in Willimantic, CT – daughter to the late George D. Freeman and Rose M. Freeman.

She is survived by a sister, Elizabeth A. Freeman and predeceased by her sister Frances R. Freeman. … Continue Reading

Peggy Sutterby McNally May 18 1940 – Jan 21 2013

January 26, 2013 Obituaries No Comments
She loved taking her stepchildren, son and eventually, her grandchildren, to her Kansas farm in the summer.  She used this time to show them what life is like growing up on a farm, and loved to watch as they learned to bale hay, milk cows, feed calves, drive tractors and most of all, ride horses.

She loved taking her stepchildren, son and eventually, her grandchildren, to her Kansas farm in the summer. She used this time to show them what life is like growing up on a farm, and loved to watch as they learned to bale hay, milk cows, feed calves, drive tractors and most of all, ride horses.

Peggy Jo (Sutterby) McNally, 72, of Windham CT, beloved wife of Thomas J. McNally Jr., passed away on Jan. 21, 2013 at Douglas Manor Nursing Home.

Born in Iola, KS, on May 18 1940, the daughter of the late Walter and Faye Sutterby, she grew up on a farm in Mapleton KS.

She graduated from Blue Mound High School, and was a member of the Mapleton Methodist Church.

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Barbara (James) McSweeney July 3 1919 – Sept 25 2012

October 8, 2012 Local News, Obituaries No Comments

Sunset over Willimantic, CT. Photo © 2012 by Brenda Sullivan

Barbara (James) McSweeney, of Willimantic, died Tuesday Sept. 25, 2012.  She was born July 3, 1919 in Willimantic (Windham, CT) the daughter of the late Robert F. and Grace (Paton) James.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 46 years, Earl W. McSweeney and a daughter Kathleen Ann.

She is survived by daughter Mary E. Haddad and her husband Edward A. of Orlando, FL, son Robert E. McSweeney and his wife Nancy of Kansas City, MO, daughter Lauren R. Labreche and her husband Dustan of Shrewsbury, MA, five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two sisters, Olive Lehmus of Coventry, CT, Mildred Larkins of Mansfield, CT and a sister-in-law Martha McSweeney of Willimantic, CT.

As a member of the large James family, she leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and their families from all over the United States.

Barbara was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mansfield and previously had been a 75-year member of the First Baptist Church of Willimantic.

Barbara was employed for 57 years as a bookkeeper at the former Hurley’s Clothing Stores in Willimantic.

Over the years she was involved in many charitable and civic organizations.

Her family will receive relatives and friends on Monday, Oct. 15 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St. (Route 195) Willimantic.

Her funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. with interment following in New Willimantic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Mansfield, 945 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06268 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Posted October 8, 2012

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Ruth Kaplan Kaskowitz 1915-2012

September 1, 2012 Obituaries No Comments

Ruth Kaplan Kaskowitz was a buyer for a woman’s specialty shop in Willimantic, CT. She was honored by the State of Connecticut for her many years of volunteerism at the local hospital, library, and Columbia, CT Senior Center. Photo copyright 2012 Brenda Sullivan

Ruth Kaplan Kaskowitz, 97, passed away Friday (Aug. 31, 2012) at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.

She was born in Columbia, CT to the late Lewis and Anna (Weiner) Kaplan.

Ruth graduated from Windham High School in Willimantic, CT and had lived in Columbia, CT before moving to Longmeadow in 2007. She was predeceased by her husband Milton Kaskowitz.

Ruth is survived by her children and their spouses Carole Pagani (married to the late John Pagani) and Elizabeth and Dr. Philip Irving; her grandchildren Robbin Airault and Dwayne LaFogg, Mark and Andrea Wolf, Erin and Rocco Shropshire, Marc Irving (and his girlfriend Corinn Cunningham), Jeffrey Pagani, Lisa and Steven Antonio, and Laura and James Clark; her great grandchildren Brianna Heiser, Brittany and Pablo Britos, Trevor Pagani, Jenna and Hayden Clark, Nina LaFogg, Zachary and Alexandra Wolf, Katherine, Tommy, and Johnny Antonio, and Carolina and Emma Shropshire; her great great grandchild Adrianna Britos; and many dear nieces and nephews.

Ruth was also predeceased by her sister Gertrude Furman Sidman and her brothers Samuel, Hyman, Morris, and Joseph Kaplan.

The family would like to thank the nurses at Baystate Medical Center and the staff at Ruth’s House for their loving care.

Ruth was a buyer for a woman’s specialty shop in Willimantic, CT.

She was honored by the State of Connecticut for her many years of volunteerism at the local hospital, library, and Columbia, CT Senior Center.

Ruth loved reading, bridge and word games, was an excellent baker and knitter, and was an avid fan of the Red Sox.

Her graveside service will be Sunday, 11 a.m. at B’nai Israel Cemetery, 227 Stafford Road, Mansfield (Storrs), CT. Shiva services will be Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the home of Dr. Philip and Elizabeth Irving at 133 Willow Brook Rd. in Longmeadow, MA.

Donations can be made to the Frieda Reisz Chaplancy Fund, c/o Jewish Geriatric Services, 770 Converse St., Longmeadow, MA 01106 or to the National Autism Society, 4340 East-West Highway, Suite 350, Bethesda, MD 20814.

For more information or directions, please visit ascherzimmerman.com

Posted September 1, 2012

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V. Flora Shifrin Sept 16 1931 – Aug 14 2012

August 15, 2012 Local News, Obituaries No Comments

Flo Shifrin of Willimantic, CT – well known for running the Italian Garden Restaurant for many years – died on Aug. 14, 2012.

V. Flora (Flo) Shifrin passed peacefully on to God early the morning of Aug. 14, 2012.

Flo was a resident of Willimantic for nearly her entire life, and is perhaps best remembered for having run the Italian Garden Restaurant.

She is survived by her children, their spouses and grandchildren: Chick and Cheryl Shifrin and their son Sean of Columbia, CT; Sam and Michelle Shifrin and their sons Nick and Joe of Windham, CT; Rick and Mary (Shifrin) Howe and their children Samantha and Tyler of Agawam, Mass.; and Jim and Mary-Grace Shifrin and their children Cooper and Nevaeh of Lebanon, CT.

Flo also leaves behind her loving sisters, Stella (Sandy) Rijs of Windham, CT and Giovanna (Jenny) Abare of Ledyard, CT, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Flo was a devoted mother who taught her children how to love and take care of their families and others.

Her concern and generosity was evident through her willingness to always feed and nurture those in need of food or a home.

As a wife, Flo demonstrated her devotion through her love and consistent care for her husband, Al.

She was also a wonderful Nonni to her eight grandchildren, and enjoyed watching them each grow into beautiful, happy individuals.

She was a devout Catholic and a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Willimantic, and instilled the importance of keeping God in your life in each of her children.

Flo leaves us to join her parents Salvatore and Angelina Todaro, her husband Al Shifrin, her granddaughter Bailey, and numerous other friends and family members to be in final, peaceful communion with God.

Calling hours will be Thursday, Aug. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bacon Funeral Home in Willimantic, CT. http://www.baconfh.com

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, and burial to follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Donations may be made in memory of Flo to Bailey’s Garden/LESPTA, P.O. Box 50, Lebanon, CT 06249.

Posted August 15, 2012

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Aline Ponton Chamberlain Feb. 27 1930 – May 14 2012

May 17, 2012 Obituaries No Comments

Aline Ponton Chamberlin was photographed at the age of 13 by the artist Norman Rockwell and appeared on the Thanksgiving Day cover of The Post in 1943. Image source: www.vanishedamericana.com

Aline Ponton Chamberlain, 82, of Willimantic, CT and St. Petersburg, FL died Monday, May 14, 2012 after a long hard battle with cancer. The cancer limited her physical activities but certainly not her spirit.

She was born in Bedford Quebec, Canada on Feb. 27, 1930, daughter of Raymond and Marion Soulia Ponton. She attended St. Peter’s School and Mount St. Joseph’s High School, Rutland, VT.

Aline, at the age of 13, was photographed by Norman Rockwell and appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post’s Thanksgiving edition of November 27, 1943.

She married Franklin F. Chamberlain on July 10, 1948 at St. Patrick’s Church in Wallingford, VT.

They moved to Willington, CT. and lived there for many years. She was a member of St. Jude’s Church in Willington, CT., and St. Philip’s Church in Ashford, CT where she worked in the rectory and sang in the choir.

Retiring to St. Petersburg, FL in 1989, they became avid bowlers on Mondays and Thursdays with very special friends. They were married 62 years; her husband died April 7, 2011.

She enjoyed being a homemaker, playing the organ, loved needlepoint, and was a very talented and creative seamstress.

She is survived by her sons, Daryll S. Chamberlain of Willimantic, CT and Kevin C. Chamberlain of East Hartford, CT; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren; six brothers and six sisters -  Maurice Ponton, and his wife Marguerite of Shrewsbury, VT; Theresa Elsesser of Ocala, FL; Harold Ponto and his wife Gail of Williston, VT; Richard Ponton of Selbyville, DE; Mildred Buffum and her husband, Thomas of San Antonio, TX; Arnold Ponto and his wife, Mary Ann, of Orange City, FL; Margaret Singleton of  Hemet, CA; Marie Mylott of San Antonia, TX; Robert Ponto and his wife Diane of Rutland, VT; Barbara Lamke and her husband, Richard of New Bern, NC; David Ponto of San Antonio, TX and Mary McDevitt and her husband, Jack of Milton, VT.

She is also survived by a sister-in-law Christina A. Ponton of Rutland, VT and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son Franklin F. “Skipper” Chamberlain, Jr.; her parents, and brothers Raymond Ponto, Jr. and Arthur Ponton.

Her family will receive friends and relatives on Friday, May 18 from 3 to 4 p.m. with funeral services at 4 p.m. at the Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St., Willimantic, CT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Eastern CT, 34 Ledgebrook Drive, Mansfield Center, CT 06250.

Posted May 17, 2012

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The family-friendly Haunted House at Arts at the Capitol Theater, the art magnet school at 896 Main St., is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come in costume and experience the Island of Misfit Toys, color spooky pictures and eat tasty treats.

Windham and Storrs microgrid power projects could get additional funding

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Microgrids provide electricity to critical facilities and town centers on a 24/7, daily basis. They will also include a system of “trips” and “transfers” to isolate the microgrid and provide power within its network even when there is a large-scale outage.

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And between now and Nov. 2, shoppers will receive a 30 percent discount on all in-stock merchandise at the mall location – excluding Lego and Bruder toys.

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