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    Monday, March 04, 2024

    A year later, pandemic deaths leave an unfillable void


    Connecticut reported its first case of COVID-19 on March 8, 2020. In the year since, we’ve lost grandparents, mothers, fathers, siblings and friends.

    They loved to dance, listen to music, garden, socialize and spend time with their families. They were dedicated and accomplished workers, decorated soldiers and talented artists. They were voracious readers, collectors, travelers, cooks and animal lovers. They liked what the Nutmeg State and this coastal area had to offer — from UConn women’s basketball to the tall ships seen from the shores of southeastern Connecticut. Their lives were filled with joy and humor, and sometimes tragedy.

    The 397 people below share at least one thing in common: a deadly pandemic that has taken them from their loved ones. This is by no means a comprehensive list of everyone who has died, but it reflects the majority of New London County residents whose deaths the state has linked to COVID-19.

    To us, they have always been more than numbers. Here’s who they were.

    — Day Staff Writer Julia Bergman

    Leo Accede, Griswold

    Viola L. Allain, Montville

    Edward Allen, 74, Groton

    Angela Alvarado, 78, Norwich. She enjoyed an instrument called the guiro in Spanish. She was the first to be ready for the Puerto Rican tradition called Parranda, Christmas caroling.

    Linda Anderson, 76, Waterford. Kind spirit and boundless compassion. Dedicated to family and friends, incredible sense of humor, loved spontaneous dance parties, and Motown.

    Clinton Anderson Jr., Norwich

    Lauren Anton, 61, Old Lyme. Devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother. Enjoyed gardening at her home, spending time with her grandchildren and was fond of her dogs.

    Laura Jean Arcusa, Norwich

    Josefina D. Argarin, 85, New London. A hard worker who made many sacrifices for her children. Had an active social life being part of both Filipino-American and St. Joseph School and Church communities in New London.

    Walter P. Arnold Sr., 76, Groton. Remembered fondly as “Wally” to many friends with whom he joked and shared years of laughter with. Best known for his amazing clam chowder.

    Marilyn C. Arsenault, 87, Montville. Worked for over 18 years as a telephone operator for United Nuclear Corp. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and loved to knit and roller skate with her husband.

    Richard Albert Arsenualt, 78, Colchester. Earned several distinguished marksmanship awards in his favorite hobby of target shooting, achieving a perfect score of 100 on a few occasions. Designed and constructed his lovely log cabin in the woods.

    Damaen Anthony Askari, Waterford

    Dolores S. Atwood, 84, Groton. A feisty and independent little Portuguese woman who could accomplish anything that she set her mind to.

    Patricia Aubrey, 71, East Lyme. Resident of Norwich for most of her life until she moved to Niantic in January 2020 to be closer to her family. Her favorite job, above all else, was being Mom and Meme.

    Charles T. Baker, 96, Stonington. Army vet. A lifelong woodworker, he also loved history, especially military history and genealogy, sailing, skiing, and the UConn Women’s Basketball Team.

    Robert Eugene Barkman, 90, Salem

    Joyce E. Batchelder, 84, Montville. A loving mother and grandmother who especially loved her grandchildren. She loved square dancing and enjoyed attending the Grace Fellowship Church in North Stonington.

    Virginia G. Bates, 82, East Lyme. Loved working as a labor and delivery nurse at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital before retiring in 1997. Fun fact: She participated in the delivery of five of her grandchildren.

    Alicia T. Bauer, 80, Groton. A beloved and active member of Temple Emanu-El in Waterford, where she was a member and past Co-President of the Sisterhood, provided adult education, assisted with the soup kitchen and lovingly took care of the Memorial Garden.

    Bettye Beard, 81, Groton. Loved butterflies. She enjoyed playing games, particularly cards, with her grandkids and her friends — “the ladies,” as her children called them — whom she would invite over her home on a weekly basis for game nights.

    Joanne T. Beausoleil, 77, Griswold, enjoyed being with her family, vacationing in Cape Cod and adored animals.

    Donald Beck, 92, Ledyard, was an accomplished photographer and fulfilled his dream of obtaining his pilot's license and publishing a novel.

    Deborah Ellen Benoit, 71, of New London, was happiest walking on the pier when the tall ships would be at port, visiting the exhibits at the Hygienic, enjoying the Coast Guard concerts, and supporting all the local businesses and restaurants, especially Scott's in the warmer months.

    Genevieve May Bentley, 85, North Franklin, was an avid gardener and a voracious reader.

    Sidney H. Berson, 95, Niantic, served in WWII, Battle of the Bulge and was awarded a Purple Heart.

    Stanley E. Bielski, 82, Old Lyme, was always curious and a lifelong learner, always keeping up on current events, and never shy about sharing his views.

    Alton G. Bigelow, New London

    Richard A. Black, 83, Preston, was a collector of many things, and loved to putter around.

    Catherine Blacker, 73, North Stonington, was the founder of SCAT (Southern Connecticut Animal Trust) and spent much of her life rescuing and caring for homeless animals.

    Muriel Blair, Stonington

    Thomas W. Bly, Waterford, 87, applied wallpaper so precisely that the seams were invisible.

    David Charles Boardman, Waterford

    Robert P. Boisvert, 80, Montville, was employed for 40 years as a painter at Electric Boat in Groton before retiring.

    Earl Rayne Bond, 86, lived in North Stonington for almost 60 years.

    Theresa Camille Bonita, Montville

    Margaret Lucia Immaculata Booth, 82 of Groton, was a teacher's assistant in the Groton Public Schools for nearly two decades, at Claude Chester Elementary.

    Albert Romelus Bordeleau, 96, Griswold, was an avid UConn women's basketball fan and spent many enjoyable hours watching their games and proudly displayed the Husky flag.

    Dennis Borkman, Groton

    Edward Bostick, 87, of New London, worked for decades for the City of New London Public Works Dept.

    Brian William Boudreau, Montville

    Simone A. Bourdon, 76, of Lisbon, ran the fall tag sale at St. Joseph Church and enjoyed baking, playing Scrabble and traveling with her husband. She almost never missed any of her five grandchildren's activities across the state.

    Jules Boutin, 94, of Bozrah

    John T. Brachas, 82, of Groton, a Coast Guard veteran and auto parts store manager, was part of a traveling diving team that performed at the Ocean Beach Park pool in the 70s. He loved motorcycles, Motown and singing with his daughter.

    Joanne Eck Brennan, of Groton

    Frank Donald Brigham Jr., 87, of Stonington, was a Princeton University rugby player and Navy veteran who went on to become the treasurer and vice president of National Distillers and Chemical Corporation. He loved being around the water and later in life immersed himself in a Princeton mentoring program, working with at risk students.

    Howard F. Brigner, 80, of Norwich

    Paul Vincent Brockett Sr., 79, of East Lyme, was a fishing boat captain with more than a half century on the water. He had just finished spring maintenance on his boat, the Mijoy 747 out of Waterford, and was planning the 2020 fishing season, when he contracted the virus.

    Stamos Cyrus Brockway of Norwich

    Wendy Louise Brodaski, 65, of Norwich, held various administrative clerk and sales associate positions inm the area, enjoyed forests and freshwater lakes. She and her life partner Bobby Greenwood spent 35 years rescuing dogs from local animal shelters.

    Arthur F. Brooks, 87, of Montville, was an Army veteran who served in the Korean War, and later worked for various utility companies. He was a member of the Oakdale Volunteer Fire Department and an avid fisherman, boater, hunter, landscaper, gardener and Boy Scout leader.

    Madolyn May Bryant of Colchester

    Roger Montagu Bryce Heap, 93, of Lyme, served in the Army Air Corp in 1944 during World War II. He had a passion for cars, boats, and flying and often reminded his family that "happiness is a choice". He marveled at his good fortunes and appreciated his family and many friends.

    Elaine Sharon Buhler, 69, of Stonington, worked as a welder, healthcare professional and in security. She had a love for crafts, especially making fans, but was best known for her sense of humor.

    Janet S. Burgess, 95, of Groton, spent most of her almost 72 years of married life on Whalehead Road in Ledyard, where thousands of daffodils and perennials graced her lovely hillside gardens. She also enjoyed spending time with her family golfing, skiing, bowling and camping.

    Roger Burt of Norwich

    Margaret Busha, 89, of Groton, worked as a CNA at Greentree Manor in Waterford for more than 25 years, where she was known to stay awake on the night shift because she didn't want anyone to die alone if other staff members were sneaking off for naps. She loved all animals, especially Hunter, her Doberman, and Otis, her Pug.

    Arthur Albert Cabral Jr., 54, of Waterford was the longtime parts manager at Girard Toyota in New London an a volunteer firefighter for the Oswegatchie Fire Department. A diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, he served on the Ten Pin Bowling Association at the state and local level.

    Lewis Camby Jr., 72, of Norwich, was a Vietnam veteran, who loved the Boston Red Sox and a good game of pool.

    John Stephen Cantwell Sr of Groton

    Anne Carbone, 89, of Waterford, a nurse who worked at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and Utopia Home Health Care in New London, received the Nightingale Award for nursing in 2009. She leaves behind seven children and 18 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    Mildred E. Cardoza, 100, of Norwich was a native of the Cape Verde Islands and was presented with a Congressional proclamation on her 100th birthday by U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney. She loved the music of the many Creole bands that played at the Cape Verdean Santiago Society as well as the music of Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and other Big Band greats.

    Pedro Carrillo, 66, New London, was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and was a beloved husband.

    Carleton Case, 78, Groton, lived his whole life in the New London-Groton area and had five daughters, 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

    Constance Castagna, 88, Groton, worked as a paraprofessional, loved Ridgewood Park and Ocean Beach and had many happy memories of her home and neighbors.

    Juan M. Castro Romero, Norwich

    Edna F. Chapman, 87, Stonington, was a generous caregiver and animal lover who was devoted to her family and brought laughter and memories to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    Leslie Raymond Chappel, 67, Norwich, was a Norwich native.

    Xing Chen, Groton

    Samuel J. Chinigo, 88, Norwich, was a U.S. veteran of the Korean War, with a twinkle in his eye and a sharp wit, who worked for Norwich Public Utilities and always helped others.

    William Sperry Christenson, 78, Colchester, was a U.S. Army veteran who loved taking buses and trains to travel the country.

    Marilyn Christo, 91, Waterford, was a beloved wife who worked in the Supply department of the U.S. Naval Base in Groton and in the showroom of sales department on an exclusive British sportswear brand.

    Joseph J. Clang, 85, Colchester, was a Norwich native.

    Mary Jane Cleare, 90, Stonington, earned doctoral degrees in organizational development and clinical psychology, loved teaching, books and music, and had a zest for life.

    Mamie Cluny, Waterford

    Sharon Gene Coates, Groton

    Betty Jean Colburn, 82, Norwich, brought joy to others.

    Louise E. Colburn, 74, Norwich was kind, loving, honest and caring.

    Beatrice E. Coleman, 78, Preston, raised a family and had children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    Richard T. Connell, 69, Montville, was a gentle soul who loved to talk with everyone and loved his family.

    Charles Ray Corn, 83, Stonington, was a U.S. Navy Veteran who wrote songs, made homemade ice cream to enjoy at summer barbecues, watched New York Yankees, New York Giants and UConn women's basketball games, and worked in many fields from Electric Boat to owning a bike rental and repair shop with his wife.

    June P. Criscuolo, 91, Colchester, was Miss New York State and a storyteller who toured the United States and abroad with the trumpet-playing love of her life and persevered through obstacles.

    Rhonda Curzi

    Doloros Cydylo, 82, was a devout Catholic who drove a box truck for a time as a mail carrier at the University of Connecticut and adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    Joao D’Oliveira Lopes, 81, of Norwich was born in Brave, Cape Verde who worked for many years as a machine operator and is survived by his wife, six children and 15 grandchildren.

    Alice E. Daggett, 94, was a lifelong resident of Colchester, worked for Aetna Insurance for 17 years and was the co-owner and vice president of Colchester Tool & Die.

    Camilla W. Dahl, 89, was a Norwich free Academy graduate who spent much of her teaching career in Norwich, loved her students, had a sweet personality and spent summers at Groton Long Point.

    Origen L. Daniels, 95, of Niantic was a U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean Way, was model enthusiast and businesses owner who also was a violinist who performed with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony.

    Jack Desilva, 76, of Mystic was born in Portugal, served in the Portuguese Army, settled in Stoninton Borough in 1966 and enjoyed fishing, crabbing, home renovations and watching his favorite Portuguese soccer teams.

    Dolores “Dee” Davidsson, 74, was a guitar player and singer who loved kids. In the 1970s Dee was known in her solo act as “Brandy,” and played stunning versions of “Blue Bayou” and “Crazy.”

    Margaret E. “Pinky” DeBarros, 67, of New London, worked for more than 30 years at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in New London, was a member New Life Christian Fellowship Church and enjoyed working in the concession stand for the New London High School Booster Club.

    Marlene Joan Goss DeGray, 85, was known as the greatest stay-at-home mom in history and had a PhD (projects half done) in knitting and enjoyed crafting and bowling.

    Loretta Dejadon, Waterford

    Nancy A. Demarinis, 90, worked for 20 years as a teacher and guidance counselor in the Groton school system, had a private psychotherapy practice, was a founding mother of The Women's Center of Southeastern Connecticut and served four terms as the 40th District State Representative.

    Robert D. Dennis, Norwich.

    Isabel DePina, 86, of Norwich was born and raised in Cape Verde. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

    Ann Louise Blanchard DeRosa, 93, the matriarch of her family, was a former special education teacher at Oxford Academy in Westbrook who enjoyed sailing and traveling the country in a motorhome with her husband.

    Thomas "Tom" DiCandia, 97, of Mystic taught math at Fitch Senior High School in Groton and was a World War II veteran who served under General Patton's Third Army, Yankee Division, and was seriously injured when a mortar hit his fox hole outside of Normandy, France.

    John L. DiFederico, 82, of Waterford, served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, had a long career as a dentist and is survived by his wife of 56 years and three children.

    Ilse Dilon, New London.

    Sofiya Dineralter, 72, a mother of two, was born in Radomyshl, Ukraine, moved to the United States in 1997 and enjoyed painting, sewing, crocheting and spending time with her family.

    Arlene Florence "Sally" Donahue , 91, of North Stonington, was a longtime parishioner of St. Thomas More Church, a constant and loving source of support for her family and an avid Red Sox fan who loved musical theater.

    Rosemarie Driscoll, 87, was a lifelong resident of New London with a deep love for her hometown, was married for 65 years and earned her doctorate from UConn, where she studied the differences between traditional and computer assisted learning.

    Joanne Dupont, 76, Montville, was married for 51 years, loved to shop, clip coupons and watch soap operas.

    Barbara Durand, Colchester

    Edith “Renie” Dyer, 86, Groton was retired from her career as a social worker with the Town of Ledyard and volunteered helping the homeless.

    Judith Ebbinghaus, 69, Groton, worked in Groton Public Schools for 38 years as a second grade teacher and literacy specialist and was honored in the Groton Educators Hall of Fame.

    Vicky Elgin, 49, Griswold, was married for 13 years and had two children and was a lifelong member of the Arkansas City Baptist Church in Arkansas City, Arkansas.

    Anne English, 84, Norwich, was a school nurse who taught nurses at St. Francis Hospital, volunteered at Backus Hospital, loved walking, skiing and fashion, especially spring hats.

    Thomas Evans Jr., 91, Groton, was retired from the United States Navy Submarine Service and from Pfizer, and loved to travel, especially to Bermuda.

    Jason Fabrizio, 48, New London was raised in Bristol and had three children and two grandchildren.

    Doris Fidrych, 95, Norwich, was married 46 years and had two children and five grandchildren.

    Helen Finnance, Groton, 95, often said her grandchildren were her greatest blessing.

    Mary Fisher, Groton

    Marcia Flete de Osorio, New London

    Jean “Jeannie” Fowler, 79, Preston, was married for 50 years and had six children. She was a “prankster princess” and a great storyteller who loved to read.

    James Fowler Jr., 85, Norwich, served 30 years with the U.S. Navy Seabees and worked on submarines at Electric Boat for 19 years. He loved sports and fishing.

    Robert Allen Gale, 77, Montville, attended schools in California and Hawaii, joined the Air Force and worked at Electric Boat as a shipfitter.

    William J. Gannon, 99, Groton, headlined The Billy Gannon Trio and for years played drums with the steamboat Sabino’s Dixieland band.

    Helen Vel Garbati, 76, Montville, was a successful businesswoman and motivational speaker who excelled in real estate sales late in her career.

    Shirley Wallace Gebhard, 91, Groton, resided with her family for more than 40 years in Northport, N.Y., where she enjoyed sailing and camping.

    Richard Thomas Geikie, Lebanon

    Anne Elizabeth Gilbert, Groton

    Charles E. Gilbert, 82, East Lyme, loved writing stories and poems, volunteering at the Little Theater of Manchester and most recently drawing.

    Robert Arnold Girouard, Groton

    James Arthur Glover, Montville

    Lisa Illene Glover, Waterford

    Sybylle Gonyo, 75, East Lyme, loved country music, lobsters, traveling back home to see her four sisters and spending time with her granddaughter.

    Pascual Gonzalez, New London

    Juan Gonzalez Jr., 73, Stonington, was born in Lares, Puerto Rico.

    Isabelle K. Gorman, Ledyard

    Evelyn Graham, 83, New London, was known for being a tell-it-like-it-is woman and her triple-layer coconut cake.

    Elva Graveline, 52, North Stonington, was a certified nursing assistant who treated the patients on her unit like family.

    Ida Mary Grecki, 93, Norwich, met her husband Stanley when she was 16 at a rolling skating rink in New Britain and they married when she was was 21.

    Georgette Florence Grenier, 83, Griswold, was active in Voluntown politics for many years, serving on town boards and as tax collector.

    Richard A. Hall, 77, Norwich, served in the Navy from 1960 to 1964 and was employed at Pfizer for 33 years.

    Alice D. Hammond, Norwich.

    Olympia Hancin, 95, of Griswold, a polio survivor, loved cooking and baking desserts for the annual Grecian Food Festival at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Norwich.

    Theresa Hanson, 69, of Lebanon was an award-winning business entrepreneur who was most proud of her work with animals and was former president of the Protector of Animals.

    Chris Lee Hanssen, 66, of Stonington was an avid golfer and devoted fan of the New York Yankees and New York Giants.

    Donald Frank Hargreaves, 87, of Norwich was long-time moderator and deacon emeritus at the Central Baptist Church in Norwich.

    Dolores Ruth, “Dee,” Harrell, 95, of Groton served for 37 years on the Groton Representative Town Meeting and enjoyed the annual winter polar bear plunge off the Groton coast into her 70s.

    Ethel Harrington of Waterford.

    Carl M. Hassler of Colchester

    William H. “Bill” Haynes of Waterford lived most of his life in New London and for many years ran his own house painting business.

    Gloria Henderson, 71, of Colchester enjoyed bowling and watching sports with her family, especially her beloved Boston Celtics, Major League Soccer and men’s and women’s Team USA soccer teams.

    Carol M. Heron, 94, of Mystic launched and led a successful interior design business in New York and was a long-time hospital volunteer at Westchester Hospital in New York before retiring to Mystic.

    Ann Martha Herrick, 59, grew up in Groton and graduated from Fitch Senior High School.

    David Graham Hersant, 75, of Stonington was a U.S. Marine and Vietnam War veteran and international financial consultant and traveled extensively throughout Europe.

    Theresa Helen Herz, 94, of Stonington loved to dance and performed tap dance in musical programs whenever she could, including performing for the governor.

    Catherine Hill of Stonington.

    Helen Tappan Hine, 99, of Old Lyme, who had “an irrepressible” sense of humor, was a public health nurse and worked in retirement as a hospice nurse.

    Otto Albert Hollstein, 84, of Mystic retired as a Connecticut state trooper and a detective specializing in organized crime investigations and moved to Florida, where he enjoyed working part time as a security officer at Disney World and the Grand Cypress Resort.

    Kenneth Hopkins, Sr., 91, of Groton worked at Arwood Corp. in Groton and kept active in retirement by walking his beloved Norwegian elkhounds at Bluff Point State Park.

    Laura Elizabeth Howard, 80, of New London enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren who she raised, and loved a Kentucky Fried Chicken dinner.

    Sandra Kay Howarth, 76, of Norwich was a member of the Central Baptist Church choir.

    Elizabet Hazel Hurshman-Victoria, 89, of Niantic formerly worked in the classified department at The Day and she owned The Golden Horse Gift Shop in Flanders.

    Norma Jean Hvarre, Stonington

    Anna Marie Irons, Waterford

    Elizabeth Ann James, 97, Stonington, was a Columbia University PhD who drove cancer patients to their appointments for the American Cancer Society.

    Johnnie Lewis James, Norwich

    Beverly J. Jaques, 90, Waterford, a Fitch High School Class of 1948 graduate, was later employed at Dow Chemical in Groton and Winthrop Trust in New London.

    Charles A. Jaskiewicz, 86, Griswold, a U.S. Marine, fly fisherman, land surveyor, amateur mechanic and all-around handyman, was also a founding member of the Oakdale Volunteer Fire Company.

    William Carl Jeckel, 90, Ledyard, was a veteran of the Korean War, the Ledyard Congregational church choir and the “Sea Notes,” a barbershop chorus in New London.

    Stanley Clifford Johnson, Old Lyme

    Helen Johnson, Ledyard

    Irene R. Johnson, 93, Groton, who met the love of her life square dancing in 1945 at the Stonington Grange, always had room in her home for guests.

    John Glenn Johnson, 49, Montville, was a lover, practitioner and collector of reading, writing and music, respectively.

    Ned Johnson, Old Lyme

    Richard Johnson, 94, Groton, watched countless Boston Red Sox games with his wife Maybelle.

    Maybelle Johnson, 94, Groton, watched countless Boston Red Sox games with her husband Richard.

    Kim Elizabeth Jones, 58, Montville, was a NASCAR fan who loved the Earnhardts second only to her daughter and granddaughter.

    Ann Jordan Moore, 70, Waterford, was the photographer for the Black Point Beach Women’s Club in Niantic for many years.

    John Jordan, Groton

    Antoinette Joseph, Norwich

    Duane E. Kallen Jr., 59, Ledyard, was a Harley Davidson mechanic who liked to hike, work with his hands and shoot the breeze.

    Susan Kay Kauffman, 77, Waterford, was a former principal of Granby Memorial Middle School and an educator who enjoyed annual eighth grade trips with students to Washington, D.C.

    Bernard Kaye, NorwichGeorge Otis Lamphere, 77, of North Stonington, was a hardworking and dedicated employee for several companiesin Mystic but most of all, he cared for his son Andrew.

    Vivian Inez Lancaster, 59, of New London, was a graduate of the New London Public School system and worked at TVCCA's Head Start Program and Kids Quest at Mohegan Sun.

    Carmen R. Langello, 92, of Colchester, was a Korean War veteran and a jazz pianist known for his his kindness, wit and optimism.

    Albert Leandri, 74, of Ledyard, grew up in Groton, was a veteran of the U.S. National Guard and worked as a maintenance machinist for Electric Boat.

    Leahdell Lehr Davis, 90, was known as Lea, loved playing cards and bowling with her husband Jerry, spent 40 years as a hairdresser and no matter where she was you could always hear someone say "Lea, do you have your scissors with you?"

    Rita Georgette Lemire of Colchester

    Enid Lesser, 86, of Niantic, was a kindergarten teacher, worked as a people greeter at Walmart after retirement and loved bingo with friends and family gatherings.

    Allan R. Lewis, 74, of Mystic, was an accountant for the hotel industry and had a life-long love of horses.

    William "Billy" B. Lewis, 56, of Waterford, was active in the Special Olympics, had a contagious smile and never shied away from a microphone or an opportunity to dance.

    Mary Georgette Lisee, 92, of Jewett City, was an avid crafter, loved arranging social gatherings and spent much of her 15-year marriage with Joseph Lisee traveling the country and Canada.

    George M. Litwin, 85, of Waterford, was a Little League coach when his boys were young, had a passion for gardening and sports, and enjoyed going to polka dances with his wife and friends.

    Loretta C. Lockowitz of Colchester

    Paul A. Longo of New London

    Migdalia Lopez of Norwich

    Jeanty Louissaint of Norwich

    Robert John Dow Lowenstrom of Stonington

    Arvia I. Loyola of Norwich

    Anna Lukacs, 95, of Old Lyme, was a devoted grandmother, was known as "Momma" and taught family and friends the intricate art of decorating Pysanky Ukrainian eggs.

    Diane MacGregor of Stonington

    Arthur Mackie, 85, of Waterford, was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Army Reserves, advocated for veterans and enjoyed fishing and woodworking projects.

    John Vincent Keating, 92, of New London, was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army and National Guard, was active in VFW Post 189 and worked as a tax officer in New London.

    Angelina Kelleher, 101, of Mystic, enjoyed crocheting and knitting, was known for cooking large Sunday dinners for family, and liked watching the animals around the pond of her Cape Cod home.

    Carlotta Kennedy, 86, of Ledyard

    George Kenyon, 91, of Mystic, worked as a supervisor at Electric Boat for 39 years and enjoyed RV trips across the country with his wife.

    Stella Keresey, 92, of Mystic, was a fan of the Boston Red Sox, James Patterson novels, and baking pies and cookies for friends and family, and worked at Massachusetts Electric Company for more than 20 years.

    Carol Kiem, 83, of Groton, was a loving grandmother and great-grandmother whose favorite place to be was the beach and who walked in all sorts of weather, saying, "You just need to dress for it."

    Learned Kimball of Groton, who went by Matt, was a Navy veteran and a staple of Noank, who taught children how to fish and crab at the Town Dock and was a founding member of the Noank-Mystic Band, playing clarinet.

    Miklos Kiss III, 89, of Norwich

    Mary Lu "Dolly" Knowles, 99, of Mystic, was a machine operator for Lifesavers Inc. and member of the ladies' auxiliary at VFW Post 1265.

    Alexander Kores, 81, of East Lyme, was a Marine veteran, father and grandfather.

    Myrtle Kosiba of New London

    Nancy Kowalczyk of East Lyme

    Richard Krasun, 69, of Preston, followed his passion for motorcycles by starting the business Rich Custom Creations, and had his custom paintwork and motorcycle builds featured in magazines.

    Christine Kutz, 56, of Montville, served the community for more than three decades as an EMT, also volunteering with the ambulance at youth football games in Montville, and loved teaching her granddaughters to bake.

    Donald Kutz, 68, of Montville, spent 52 years in the Montville Fire Company, including as deputy chief, and served in the Army and Air Force, receiving a National Defense Service Medal.

    Maria Laflash of Norwich

    Louis Leon Lake, 93, of Waterford, served in the Navy on the USS Helena, worked as a safety inspector at Pfizer for 37 years, ran Steerhorn Leather in his retirement, and liked woodworking, painting, and making model trains and boats.

    Patricia Margaret Lamagdelaine of Montville

    Doreen Macy, 84, Mystic, was renowned for her realistic bird carvings that were sold in retail stores.

    Frank J. Magennis, 95, Stonington.

    Marilyn Mahlenkamp, 77, Norwich, was the mother to three sons.

    Norma Main, 86, North Stonington.

    James Wilson Maine, 72, North Stonington, was an honored Vietnam veteran.

    Josephine Mary Maloney, 91, Niantic, had been employed as a payroll cashier for the former S. S. Kresge store in New London.

    Paul G. Mankowski, 78, Waterford, loved to talk and joke with people and have a good time.

    Russell L. Marcoux, 46, Norwich, enjoyed space science, fishing, working with computers, and gaming.

    Anne Theresa Martin, Norwich.

    Nelthma Martinez, 56, of New London, lived to the fullest through life's simplest pleasures; listening to music, cooking, shopping; but most of all; spending time and creating memories with her children; grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and her siblings.

    James Phillip McAllister, Waterford.

    Robert Jordan McBrair, 82, Marlborough, left his fingerprint on many local charitable, civic, and educational organizations.

    John McCaffery, East Lyme.

    Margaret P. McCormick, 79, Lebanon, participated in the Women's Movement of the 70's and was active in St. Thomas Acquina's Parish in Storrs.

    Thomas J. McGuire, 79, Voluntown, was a proud first generation American born to Irish immigrants.

    Bradley R. McLain, Waterford.

    William J. McMahon Jr., Waterford.

    Jacqueline J. McNamara, 92, Mystic, the mother of nine, was a homemaker for many years and went to work alongside her husband in their Norwich cafe business in the 1970s.

    Constance Alice McPherson, 90, Waterford, worked as a lab technician in the medical industry.

    David McVeagh, 61, Montville, collector of eclectic hats, loved to sing, dance and draw in his numerous books.

    Annunziata Miceli, 83, Waterford, seamstress for the former Shalett's Cleaners in New London for 30 years.

    Alma Theresa Miclette, 95, Norwich, an avid reader.

    Jon Steven Millenson, 88, East Lyme, worked many years at the Mystic Seaport Museum in the navigational instruments and ship carving exhibits.

    Billie Catheryn Millett, 79, Ledyard, was an avid Miami Dolphins and New York Yankee fan.

    Louise T. Mitchell, 89, Waterford.

    Grace E. Molonson, 65, Bozrah, loved listening to the oldies and singing along in her sweet voice.

    Arline Joyce Montesi, 73, East Lyme, loved spending time with her grandchildren, entertaining during the holidays and cooking everyone favorites meals.

    Kenneth Edward Moorhead, 90, New London, was born in Boston.

    Nancy Moreland, 94, Stonington, found great joy in volunteering at Harkness Memorial State Park and took special pleasure in leading visitors on tours of the mansion.

    Joyce M. Munck, Groton.

    Robert A. Murphy, 60, Lisbon, served as Commander of the Three Rivers Young Marines for over 25 years.

    Japhet Mwizera, 71, Waterford, was profiled with his family in a 1994 New York Times story, "Refuge From Rwanda's Deadly Storm."

    Jacqueline Gertrude Mycock, Lyme.

    Arthur D. Neff Jr., 81, Waterford, spent his career as a Union Carpenter and Millwright working out of Local 30 in New London.

    Norma Jean Nelson, 87, Lisbon, an accomplished homemaker and a successful business owner.

    James Leroy Newman, 75, Griswold, a master of Pitch, Cribbage, Pinochle and Poker games who also excelled in a good game of pool.

    Claire Nicholas, 96, Groton, family was always her dearest priority.

    Edith Anne Nicola, 85, Colchester, enjoyed traveling, cooking and reading mystery novels.

    Robert H. Niedzwicki, Preston.

    Carol A. Ninteau, 78, Montville, a customer service representative at Quintal Insurance Agency before retiring.

    Gerald Lawrence Nolan, 82, Old Lyme, had a four-decade career in education that took him through classrooms in Connecticut and Arizona, ending with a stint in the superintendent's office.

    Kathleen O'Brien, 64, Ledyard, was a special education teacher with a love of reading, fiction and non-fiction.

    Jean B. Odgers , 85, Norwich, retired from a 35-year career as a claims manager in 2011.

    Edward F. Olenkiewicz Jr., 72, Norwich

    Jacqueline "Jackie" Marie Opeka, 76, East Lyme, was a longtime resident of Old Lyme who was very active in clubs and community organizations, an avid traveler and always the first on the dance floor.

    Patricia "Pat" Operhall McBeth, 70, spent a career working as a special education teacher in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, before retiring in Old Lyme where she dazzled family and friends with great cooking skills.

    Wen Pai, Waterford

    Frederick Alban Pampel, 84, Stonington, owned a landscaping business and worked outdoors his whole life and generously gave his time to local causes, including a program he initiated to handle donations of mittens, gloves and scarves for children who needed them.

    Lucille K. Pantelis, 89, Waterford, worked as a registered nurse for 30 years, was an accomplished flutist who played with the Noank Community Band and served as church organist for the St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in New London for 46 years.

    Elinor Louise Parker, Groton

    Ronald W. Passalugo, 88, East Lyme, who served his country in the Korean Conflict was a graduate of Fordham University and made a long career in accounting.

    Nitin D. Patel, Norwich

    Jordon Pecile, 90, Stonington, was a graduate of Cornell University who traveled the world widely while serving in the Navy, before a distinguished teaching career that took him to such schools as the U.S. Naval Academy, Princeton University, the University of Iowa, University d'Aix-Marseillles, France, Mount Holyoke College, Trinity College and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he retired as a professor.

    Arlene Leander Pennella, 81, Waterford, who lost her first husband in 1983 and her second in 2017 is survived by two children, a stepdaughter and numerous grandchildren.

    Tabitha Perkins, Stonington

    Samuel D. Perra, 80, Franklin, a native of Westerly, R.I., worked for 50 years in construction and was known on work sites for his quick wit and great skills.

    Timothy Scott Perreault, 54, Ledyard, an employee at Foxwoods Resort Casino for 20 years, loved country music, county fairs and playing basketball.

    Thelma Perry, 93, New London

    Arthur J. Perry, Jr., 101, Waterford, enlisted in 1942 in the Army Air Corps and served as a radio operator on bombers stationed in Italy in World War II. A 64-year marriage began after a love-at-first-sight moment when he returned stateside from the war and met a public health nurse who had been caring for his ailing mother.

    David Piacenza, 68, Montville, was a graduate of Norwich Free Academy and a veteran of the Army National Guard who was employed before retiring with the U.S. Postal Service.

    Ana Sylvia Pimentel of Ledyard

    Madeline Pinto of East Lyme

    Margaret Luisa Platz, 72, of Waterford was a longtime volunteer at the Waterford Senior Center and loved following the stories of European royalty.

    Mary Katherine Porter, 79, of Stonington was a voracious reader, crafter and engaged community member.

    Marion E. Post of Norwich

    Toni Lorraine Post of Norwich

    Margaret R. Potter of East Lyme

    Marilyn Potvin of Norwich

    Elida Chrystalia Powell of Norwich

    Myrtle Poyerd, 87, of Groton, was a Vermont native who loved animals and long walks through downtown Mystic and Groton.

    Madeline Agnes Previtera of Norwich

    Eve Przekop of Colchester

    Enid Mae Quinn, 97, of East Lyme was a Louisiana native and 75-year resident of Connecticut.

    Mercedes DelCarmen Ramirez of New London

    Montes Maximo Ramirez of New London

    Robert Ravenelle, 90, of Groton worked as a police officer for the town, a chemical operator for Pfizer, and for the U.S. Postal Service.

    Jose Miguel Rentas Diaz of New London

    Mancel J. Rice of East Lyme

    Peter Hamilton Rich of Colchester

    Stephen J. Rich Sr., 77, of Griswold was an "ace mechanic" who worked as a crane operator at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton for 32 years.

    Lawrence M. Richard, 93, of Montville was a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus and a life member of the Montville Fire Co. #1.

    Eleanor Rivard, 93, East Lyme, was an avid seamstress and sewed many dresses,

    Victor M. Rivera, New London

    Rita I. Roberts, 93, Montville, was a Senior Bowler at Norwich Ten Pin.

    Carol A. Robitaille, 81, Groton, she and husband Roland adopted three girls, all sisters, “and a family was born.”

    Antolin Rodriguez, Norwich.

    Jerome “Jerry” Rogers, 89, Norwich, started Rogers Brothers (now Rogers Kitchens) in 1955 with brother John.

    Warren B. Rogers Sr., 88, Montville, loved videotaping family members opening presents on Christmas mornings.

    Mildred Romagna, 98, East Lyme, was known for making holiday eggnog and Italian crescia.

    Donald Schoolcraft, 92, Groton, was a state senator.

    Ella E. Schute, Norwich.

    Henry R. Schwab, 79, Stonington.

    John William Bruce Scott, 84, East Lyme.

    Nicholas Scutese, Stonington.

    Forna Lee Roy Seymour, Stonington.

    Arshad Khan Shakir, 57, New London.

    Carl L. Shepherd, 80, Waterford, after retiring from U.S. Navy, his work included being a tugboat captain and crane operator.

    Thomas Brian Shugrue, Groton.

    June G. Sicilian, 90, Stonington, she and husband Bob were proud to be some of the earliest "Settlers" at StoneRidge Retirement Community in Mystic.

    Reno Silvestri, 80 of Voluntown. employed for 40 years with Flood Ford/Paul Bailey Ford in Warwick.

    Toni A. Silvia, Waterford.

    Carol Lee Singer, 75, Preston, had a state licensed bakery in her home.

    Vann Siri, 68, New London.

    Salvador Sergio Sirios, 79, Groton, served 21 years in the U.S. Navy and was married to his wife, Elizabeth Agaton Siros, for 55 years.

    Alfred Ernest Smith, 89, Groton, served in the Coast Guard, was a devoted Christian, and volunteered as a coach in Mystic Little League and with Mystic PeeWee Football.

    Eleanor M. Smith, 87, Stonington.

    Theresa Helen Smith, 89, Griswold.

    Bernice F. Snow, 83, Groton, enjoyed country music, playing bingo, and spending time with her family.

    Harrilyn M. Sottile, 90, Groton, was a schoolteacher, humanitarian, child advocate, herbalist, crafter, and environmentalist.

    Steven R. Soule, 68, Groton.

    Arthur Anthony Sousa, Waterford.

    Caroline A. Souza-Barnaby, 77, Griswold, was a "people person," and enjoyed traveling and spending time at her lake house.

    Grace Lenore Spencer, Norwich.

    Santo A. Sperazza, 87, Montville, proudly served in the Navy during the Korean War and enjoyed camping trips with family and friends.

    Kenneth E. Sperber, Colchester, was an Air Force veteran who loved hunting and fishing and was a member of the Rockville Fish & Game Club.

    Albert L. Speziali, 86, East Lyme, was an engineer, a schoolteacher, and sports fan who rooted for the New York Yankees and UConn's men's and women's basketball teams.

    Parke Curtis Spicer Sr., 83, Preston, was a submariner, former Preston First Selectman, and longtime owner of the beloved Parke's Place restaurant.

    Neal FJ Squadrito, 85, Stonington, was an avid fisherman and boater, a New York Yankee fan, and enjoyed watching the UConn women's basketball team.

    Donna Rae States, Montville.

    Mildren Stockton, 81, Norwich, was a foster grandmother and enjoyed online slot games and country music.

    Dorothy F. Stroneski, 84, New London, was a enthusiast of crossword puzzles, sudoku, crocheting, gardening and, as an avid baker, was particularly adept at cinnamon/sugar pastry roll ups.

    John J. Sullivan, 72, Groton, was a 31 year veteran of the Groton Town Police Department, a member of the BPOE Groton Lodge of Elks, and an avid fan of New York sports and UConn basketball.

    Theodore Paul Sullivan Jr, Bozrah.

    Sorel Sylvain, Griswold.

    Anthony M. Szlosek, Waterford.

    Frank Talar, 69, Lebanon, was a NASCAR enthusiast and an avid bird watcher.

    Theresa R. Talbot, 92, of Preston enjoyed sewing and cooking, gardening and reading, and she “loved her son and grandchildren with all of her heart.”

    Ralph E. Tashea III, 85, of Norwich had a lifelong passion for sports, from being an outstanding high school athlete and completing marathons to following local schools and taking photos at their athletic events.

    William Robert Tedeschi, 89, of Bozrah was an Air Force veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars who went on to teach graphic communications at the Norwich Technical High School for 20 years.

    Michael Peter Terp, 56, of Norwich dedicated his life to medical service, first in the Navy and, after retiring from the military, as a physician’s assistant at various hospitals and private practices.

    Lorraine B. Tesauro, 88, of Colchester was an amazing baker who always had goodies ready for her grandkids' visits, and enjoyed traveling with friends and family — especially to the casino ("She never met a slot machine she didn't like!").

    Scott A. Tessier, 52, of Voluntown, who had worked as a machine operator at the Rand Whitney Container Board in Montville, left behind a wife and two daughters.

    Canio A. Toglia, 92, of Waterford was a designer for world-renowned fashion brands and iconic figures, including the Duchess of Windsor and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, as well as designing carpets, bed linens and home furnishings.

    Bernadette “Bunny” Toppa, 75, of Stonington was an extremely loving mother, daughter, sister, wife and grandmother and great-grandmother who will be “painfully missed, always” by her family.

    Torres Abraham of Ledyard.

    Candida Torres, 94, of Groton was born in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, and left behind a daughter, three sons and seven grandchildren.

    Gloria Trombley, 78, of Norwich had a beautiful voice, and she loved playing her guitar and singing to her family — "she could light up a room with her presence."

    Edi Marlyn “Bubbie” Turner, 90, of Mystic was "an independent, accepting and meticulously organized woman who loved the library, animals, gardening and laughing with family."

    Gail H. Tyler, 87, of Groton Long Point was a loving matriarch to 10 children, 20 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; she attended their school, religious and other activities with “an astounding consistency” and on their birthdays sent them each “a card and note in the most beautiful handwriting and a dollar bill to mark the passage of another year.”

    Mark Jonathan James Ukraine, 55, of Norwich was an avid sports fan with a big heart, who loved to go to Ocean Beach and have family dinners; his loved ones described him as “kind and funny, a gentle teddy bear.”

    Elizabeth Updegrave, 91, of East Lyme enjoyed countless days by the swimming pool watching the shenanigans of her grandkids, who “will forever remember her saying ‘Keep the water in the pool!’”

    Hallie Halberton Urquhart III, 56, of Waterford was a member of the Bayview Lodge of Masons in Niantic since 1988; he left behind five siblings, six nieces and four nephews.

    Carmen Valenzuela, 84, of New London was born in Peru.

    Garry Lee Van Heest, 67, was a kind, caring man who loved animals, woodworking, vehicles — including WWII army trucks and antique tractors — and to tell stories, and he loved his family and friends deeply.

    Lawrence “Larry” Varney, 76, of Bozrah was a good man who enjoyed life and helping others, loved cars, being outdoors and spending time with loved ones, including his pug, Marty.

    Jose Luis Vasquez of New London

    Kurt K. Vibber, 66, Waterford, also known as "Speedbowl" and "Karaoke Kurt," worked for many years in the radwaste department at Millstone Dominion Power Station and was known for hosting Monday night car shows at Ocean Beach.

    Thomas Vogel, 92, Montville

    John J. Walkiewicz, 98, Stonington, wed in 1946 at a German refugee camp, later becoming an EB pipefitter and a prolific gardener.

    Dorothy Jean Wallace, 82, Waterford, known as "Dot," worked for Sears and Jordan Marsh, but her real passion was cooking; she was known for summer barbecues by the pool and her awesome brownies

    Jane T. Warner, 90, Groton, a devout Catholic known for planting hundreds of flowers at St. Patrick Cathedral in Norwich.

    Nancy H. Warzecha, 92, Preston, worked at Thermos for many years and was proud of her Italian heritage.

    Linda Jane Way, 75, Montville, grew up in Mystic and worked at the former Woolworth's in Groton and as a secretary at the Mystic Lumber Yard.

    Beatrice Weaver, 99, Old Lyme

    Lawrence Allen Weinberg, 92, Old Lyme

    Roland A. Welch Sr., 76, Voluntown, retired from EB as a shipfitter after 40 years and served 30 years as a mechanic at Norwich Ten Pin.

    Hugh Milton Wenzel, 86, Ledyard

    Richard H. Weseman, 77, Lebanon, a Navy veteran, retired from Pratt & Whitney and then worked UCFS in Norwich and at Carriage House Mercedes in New London.

    Sean Cordell White, Norwich

    Geraldine Ann Williams, 92, New London

    Julian M. Williams, 86, Norwich

    Bruce Wilson, Waterford

    Muriel D. Wilson, 74, Colchester

    Doo Heng Wong, 95, Norwich

    Richard Wood, 78, Lisbon, loved NASCAR and UConn women's basketball.

    Gloria May Woods, 76, Groton

    Mary Jane Woods, 67, Colchester, arts and crafts coordinator for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and a direct descendant of Geronimo.

    David Bronson Woolley, 87, Old Lyme, was a kind man always ready to volunteer and served on the Old Lyme Board of Finance and as Democratic town chairman in Old Lyme.

    David A. Wright, 84, Groton

    Cynthia Young, 66, Norwich, was a natural caretaker and CNA for many years in the area with a deep religious faith.

    Donald W. Zapatka, 85, Old Lyme, was an Army veteran with a long-time dental practice in Old Lyme.

    Efstathios I. Zelepos, 91, New London, was born in Greece and apprenticed at age 10 as a tailor before opening his own tailor shop in New London and later owning Crown Pizza in Waterford.

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