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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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Martha Whitney Hooker – Oct 27, 2011

November 16, 2011 Obituaries No Comments

treesMartha Whitney Hooker, 94, of Salt Box Road, Hebron, CT died peacefully at her home on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.

She was the widow of John J. Hooker, with whom she shared 63 years of marriage.

Her son, Thomas Hooker also predeceased her.

She leaves a daughter, Mary Lou Hooker O’Dea and her husband John of Laurel, MD and her son, John (Jack) Hooker and his wife Sandy of Slocum Road, Hebron.

She also leaves her two grandchildren, Jeff Hooker and his wife, Anne of Marlborough, CT and Dr. Karen Hooker of New York City as well as two beloved great grandchildren, Teresa and Trevor of Marlborough.

Martha was born and raised in Salisbury, VT, the daughter of the late Edward and Ida (Thomas) Whitney. She was the youngest of eleven children.

She graduated from Brandon (VT) High School and Bay Path Junior Collage (MA) and moved to Hartford,CT to work in the insurance industry.

She met her future husband, John at a square dance at the Gilead Grange Hall.  After their marriage, they lived in Hartford, CT and then moved to Hebron where they lived for over 60 years.

Martha was a member of the Grange and the Gilead Congregational Church (Hebron).

A service to honor her memory was held on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Gilead Congregational Church in Hebron with the Rev. Dr. Denise Esslinger officiating. Burial followed in the Gilead Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank Ida Njie for her loving care of both Martha and her husband John who predeceased her in April 2011.

Memorial donations may be made to the Gilead Congregational Church Building Fund, 672 Gilead St., Hebron, CT 06248.  The Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester, CT was entrusted with arrangements.

Posted Nov. 16, 2011

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Linda Lee Peddle Jan. 19 1960 – Oct. 29 2011

November 16, 2011 Obituaries No Comments

orange-lilies-photo-copyright2011-brenda-sullivanLinda Lee Peddle, 51, of Amston (Hebron, CT) and formerly of Colchester and Middlefield, CT passed away unexpectedly Saturday (Oct. 29, 2011) from injuries sustained in a fatal automobile accident.

Born Jan. 19, 1960 in Meriden, CT and raised in the Middlefield/Durham area, she was a daughter of William H. Peddle of Enosburg Falls, VT and the late Joyce (Gowing) Peddle.

Linda was a devoted and loving mother, daughter, sister and aunt, who will be deeply missed by so many people.

She will also be mourned by her extended family, both coworkers and customers, from Dunkin’ Donuts in Colchester, where she had worked as Shift Manager.

In addition to her father, she is survived by four sons, Timothy Powell of Key Largo, FL; William Marlow of Bunnell, FL; SPC. Cory Marlow, U.S. Army, of El Paso, TX and Taylor Marlow of Bunnell, FL; five siblings, Doris Hayden of Amston (Hebron, CT), Dora Donahue of Middletown, CT, Darlene Coulombe of Enosburg Falls, VT, William Peddle of Middletown, CT and Dale Peddle of Enosburg Falls, VT; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members and friends.

Arrangements were handled by the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester, CT.  In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the CT Humane Society, 111 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

Posted Nov. 16, 2011

Young woman dies after being struck by two cars on Route 6

November 4, 2011 Local News, Obituaries No Comments
Passengers involved in a car crash at the intersection of Routes 6 and 66 in Columbia, CT on Nov. 3 are treated by emergency personnel from the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department. Photo by Al Malpa

Passengers involved in a car crash at the intersection of Routes 6 and 66 in Columbia, CT on Nov. 3 are treated by emergency personnel from the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department. Photo by Al Malpa

Two separate accidents on Route 6 on Thursday, Nov. 3 claimed the life of a young Dayville, CT woman and sent two other individuals to the hospital.

At about 8 p.m. on Thursday, an accident in Brooklyn claimed the life of 20-year-old Lindsey Pendleton of Dayville, CT.

Pendleton was walking across Route 6 at the intersection of Day Street when she was struck by two motor vehicles.

Police say Sandra Brodeur, 62, of Brooklyn, was driving west on Route 6 in a 2007 Toyota Prius when her vehicle struck Pendleton.

Police say Pendleton was then struck again by a 2006 GMC Envoy, driven by Ashley Dumas, 26, of Putnam, who was driving west on Route 6.

Neither driver was injured, according to police, but Pendleton was taken to Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam where she was pronounced dead due to blunt force trauma.

The Connecticut State Police C.A.R.S. unit responded to the scene to assist Troop D in the investigation. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

And a two-car, collision on Route 6 in Columbia, CT sent two people to Windham Community Memorial Hospital.

Rescue crews from Columbia and Willimantic responded to the car crash at the intersection of Routes 6 and 66 about 10 p.m. Thursday and proceeded to extricate five individuals from the two vehicles.

A 2005 Nissan Altima driven by Joshua Gondek, 18, registered to an owner in Lebanon, was traveling east on Route 66 in Columbia with two passengers.

A 2004, Chevy Malibu, driven by Debora Madru-Mainville, 55, of Tolland, with one passenger, was traveling west on Route 6 when police say she made a left turn onto Route 66 East and cut Gondek off, resulting in the collision.

Gondek and his front-seat passenger, Oliver Dupuis, were taken to Windham Hospital and discharged.

The third passenger in Gondek’s vehicle and the passenger in Madru-Mainville’s vehicle weren’t injured, according to police.

The Altima sustained damage to its front end and was towed from the scene. The Malibu sustained damage to its rear right panel and did not require towing, police said.

Posted Nov. 4, 2011 as edited by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

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Flags to fly half-staff for Connecticut soldier killed in Afghanistan Sunday

November 1, 2011 Areawide, Obituaries No Comments
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (Nov. 1, 2011) ordered U.S. and Connecticut flags to fly at half staff in honor of Connecticut resident Sgt. Ari Cullers, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Sunday.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (Nov. 1, 2011) ordered U.S. and Connecticut flags to fly at half staff in honor of Connecticut resident Sgt. Ari Cullers, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Sunday.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (Nov. 1, 2011) ordered U.S. and Connecticut flags to fly at half staff in honor of Connecticut resident Sgt. Ari Cullers, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Sgt. Cullers, of New London, CT was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade while repairing a bulldozer in Kandahar province.

In a prepared statement, Gov. Malloy said, “It is with tremendous sadness that we mourn the loss of Sgt. Cullers, who gave his life serving our nation… On behalf of all Connecticut residents, I extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and loved ones as we honor his life and remember his service.”

Sgt. Cullers served in the Army Headquarters, Headquarters Company, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team (BCT) and was stationed out of Ft. Drum, NY.

Flags will remain at half staff until burial, the details of which will be forthcoming.

Posted Nov. 1, 2011

This Weekend – Tag Sales, Farmers Markets and more


The thrift shop and kids’ boutique is open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon at the First Congregational Church, 199 Valley St., Willimantic. New items every week. Spring items have arrived. The shops will be closed Saturday, July 2, for the holiday weekend. Info: (860) 423-6827 or visit www.churchw.org.

Canterbury VFW, Route 169, North Canterbury Road, Canterbury, will be holding a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Gerald Park Association will be hosting a neighborhood tag sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Streets include: Avery Shores, Dooley Avenue, Fitzgerald Boulevard, Ross Avenue, Washburn Avenue and adjacent streets. Multiple tag sales within a few blocks.

Canterbury Finnish Hall, Route 169, Canterbury, will be hosting a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors welcome. Info: (860) 564-7432.

Janet Carlson Calvert Library, 5 Tyler Drive, Franklin, will host a summer reading program from 10 a.m. to noon. Visitors can enjoy a piece of cake and see how the library has grown. Sign up for summer reading and meet winners of the circus-theme anniversary quilt children’s contest.

The Babcock Library, 25 Pompey Hollow Road, Ashford will host Susan Peak’s “Stupendously Wonderful Music Show” at 10:30 a.m. in Knowlton Hall. For children ages 3-10.

Hospice of Eastern Connecticut, 34 Ledgebrook Drive, Mansfield will hold its Saturday bereavement group from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Group is appropriate for those who are grieving a year or more. Group is open to the community. Info: (860) 456-7288, ext. 293.

Jillson Square, Willimantic, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5 Admission (children under 12 Free). Food and beverages available for sale. Games, entertain­ment and door prizes.

Tour guides will lead visitors through the birthplace of Samuel Huntington, signer of the Declaration of Independence, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Gov. Samuel Huntington Trust opens the Homestead on the first and third Saturdays of each month through October and is located on Route 14 just west of the Scotland town center. Free admission, donations welcome. Info: (860) 423-1547.

The First Congregational Church of Lebanon will host its annual Strawberry Festival at 7 p.m. Donation $7 adults and $3 children. Take-out available.

New summer hours at the Mansfield Senior Center, 303 Maple Road, Storrs, begin with a June 23 Caribbean dinner at 5:45 p.m. and entertain­ment provided by Bruce John. $5 payable with reservation by June 20. For info:/reservations call (860) 429-0262.


The American Legion Hall, Route 207, Lebanon, will be hosting a Father’s Day breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Adults are $7, seniors $5 and children 12 and under $5.

The Ashford Farmers Market is held at Pompey Hollow Park, off Route 44 across from the town hall. The market will run every Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. Info: Loretta at birdeye123@earth­link.net.

The Legionnaires will be serving a lobster dinner at 1 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 138 Snake Hill Road, Coventry. Cost is $25/person. Reservations suggested. Info:/tickets: Jack Lacek at (860) 742-7017.

The Coventry Farmers Market is held at the Nathan Hale Homestead at 2299 South St. The market will run every Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October. Info: www.coventryfarmersmarket.com.

Posted 6-17-2011

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Donald E. Griffin Sr. – July 17, 1925 – April 17, 2011

April 19, 2011 Obituaries No Comments
Donald Griffin, Sr., former Hebron CT Fire Chief and Fire Marshal, and retired Captain of the UConn Fire Department.

Donald E. Griffin, Sr., former Hebron CT Fire Chief and Fire Marshal, and retired Captain of the UConn Fire Department.

Donald E. Griffin Sr. “Bompa” of Waterford, formerly of Hebron, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, April 17, 2011 with his granddaughter holding his hand.

He was the fourth child of 11, born to William Griffin and Ellen (Olin) Griffin.

He was born July 17, 1925 in Hebron, where he lived for most of his life, moving only to be closer to family and care for his good wife Bessie “Betty” (Hardy) Griffin, who predeceased him.

He was also predeceased by their son Bruce Griffin.

He is survived by his son Donald E. Griffin Jr.; his granddaughter Elizabeth Griffin; and great grandson Donald E. Griffin III of Florida.

He lived with and is survived by his granddaughter Christine (Griffin) Kisling and husband James Kisling Sr.; his great grandsons James Kisling Jr. and Joseph Kisling of Waterford; and by several brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Don had many different jobs throughout his life. He worked for Fuller Brush, Pratt & Whitney, American Screw Company and H.L. Deal.

He was most proud to be a member of the Hebron Volunteer Fire Dept. and of his more than 65 years with them. He was the Fire Chief for 25 years, Hebron Fire Marshal and retired as a Captain in the UConn Fire Department.

He loved everything about fire fighting.

He helped build – and was a lifelong board member and instructor at – the Fire Training School in Willimantic, and served a term as President of the CT Fireman’s Association.

He and Betty owned Griffin Fire Equipment for many years, before he retired to spend his winter days on the golf course in Barefoot Bay.

Don was a member of the Masons in Colchester, and the Grange.

He served in the Merchant Marines in WWII, and was a member of the American Legion.

His family will receive friends and relatives from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at the Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St., Route. 195, Willimantic.

His funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Friday, April 22 at the First Congregational Church of Hebron, 1 Main St. Hebron, CT. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Hebron Volunteer Fire Department.

Posted April 19, 2011

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Olive Warner Burt – Sept. 28, 2010

October 3, 2010 Obituaries No Comments
Olive Warner Burt

Olive Warner Burt

Olive Warner Burt, 94, of North Port, Fla., passed away peacefully on Sept. 28, 2010 at TideWell Hospice House in Port Charlotte, Florida.

She was born in Gilead (Hebron), CT to the late Norman J. and Mabel P. Warner.

She was the widow of Wilfred Burt.

Olive is survived by three sisters, Allene Turner of North Port, FLA.; Charlotte Motyka of Glastonbury, CT and her husband Alec; and Jean Raymond of Gilead (Hebron), CT; a brother, Alden Warner of Tolland, CT and his wife, Anne; and nine nieces and 11 nephews and many great-nephews and -nieces.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Norton P. Warner and William H. Warner, both of Gilead (Hebron), CT.

Olive worked for many years at Connecticut Mutual Insurance in Hartford, CT

She retired to Vermont, later moving to North Port, FLA.

She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church of Venice.

Olive was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed choir singing.

Arrangements are with National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte, FLA.

Graveside services will be held in Gilead, CT on Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Gilead Cemetery, Gilead Street (Route 85).

Everyone is invited afterward to the home of her sister Jean Raymond at 731 Gilead Street, Gilead (Hebron), CT.

Posted Oct. 3, 2010

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John Joseph "Pop" Tarquinio Jan. 9, 1932-March 18, 2010

March 26, 2010 Obituaries No Comments

John Joseph Tarquinio

John Joseph Tarquinio

John  Joseph  Tarquinio,  “Pop”,  78,  of  Hebron,  beloved  husband  of  Nancy,  passed  away  on  Thursday,  March  18,  2010  at  home,  surrounded  by  his  loving  family.

Born  Jan.  9,  1932  in  Hartford,  he  was  the  son  of  Joseph  Tarquinio,  late  of  Hartford  and  Grace  (Puro)  Brendza,  late  of  Rocky  Hill.

He  served  proudly  from  1952  to  1954  as  an  M.P.  with  the  U.S.  Army  during  the  Korean  War  and  was  a  past  member  of  the  American  Legion  in  Hebron.

On  October  25,  1952,  he  wed  the  former  Nancy  Anne  Grano  in  Hartford.

Mr.  Tarquinio  was  a  LNG  Technician  for  CT  Natural  Gas  from  1958  until  his  retirement  in  1988.

The  family  settled  in  Hebron  in  January  of  1968.

Over  the  years,  he  loved  to  work  on  his  farm  with  his  children  and  play  with  his  grandchildren,  who  all  were  the  light  of  his  life  and  to  coach  and  watch  sports,  especially  baseball  and  softball.

He  will  be  remembered  for  his  compassionate  nature,  wonderful  sense  of  humor  and  strong  work  ethic,  but  most  importantly  for  being  a  devoted  provider,  husband,  father,  grandfather,  brother,  uncle  and  friend.  Papa’s  smile  would  melt  your  heart.

In  addition  to  his  loving  wife  of  57  years,  he  is  survived  by  their  three  children  and  their  families,  Gary,  his  wife,  Diane  and  their  children,  Marcus  and  Jacqueline,  all  of  North  Carolina;  John,  his  wife,  Heidi  and  their  children,  Rachael,  Dominic,  Nicole  and  Thomas,  all  of  Hebron;  Karen  Thompson  of  Willington,  her  children,  Clint  and  Natalie,  of  Hebron  and  Karens  fiancé,  John  Burnett  and  their  son,  Joseph,  also  of  Willington;  his  loving  sister,  Marilyn  and  her  husband,  Sebby  Catanzaro  of  Hebron  and  their  children  and  families;  nephews,  Nicholas  Grano  of  Suffield  and  Thomas  Grano  of  Columbia;  and  numerous  other  extended  family  members,  relatives  and  friends.

The funeral was held on Wednesday March 24 at the  Aurora-McCarthy  Funeral  Home,  167  Old  Hartford  Road,  Colchester. Burial  was  private.  In  lieu  of  flowers,  donations  in  his  memory  may  be  made  to  the  Arthritis  Foundation,  P.O.  Box  96280,  Washington,  D.C.  20077-7491.

Posted March 26, 2010

Obituary for Bruce C. Lyon

lyon-bruceCOLUMBIA  –  Bruce  C.  Lyon,  75,  of  Columbia  passed  away  unexpectedly  on  January  19,  2010.  Bruce  was  born  July  8,  1934,  son  of  the  late  Wilfred  and  Rhea  (Phaneuf)  Lyon.  Bruce  graduated  from  Windham  High  School.  He  spent  the  past  48  years  as  owner  of  Lyon’s  Barber  Shop  cutting  hair  in  Coventry,  a  job  he  truly  loved.  He  leaves  behind  to  mourn  him  his  wife  of  34  years  Geraldine  of  Columbia;  his  beloved  daughters  Fayne  Sears  and  her  husband  Fritz  of  Columbia,  Jennifer  Hebert-Hickey  and  her  husband  Rich  of  Plympton,  Mass.,  Aubin  Haestad  and  her  husband  John  of  Middlebury,  and  Katherine  Baldwin  of  Manchester.  He  is  survived  by  his  grandchildren  whom  he  loved  dearly,  Jace,  Bryce,  Jaime,  Lea,  Kevin,  Jessie,  Danielle,  Sara,  and  Trevor.  He  also  leaves  behind  his  brother  David,  and  sisters  Bernice,  Janice,  Joyce,  and  many  nieces  and  nephews.  He  was  predeceased  by  his  brother  Alan  and  his  daughter  Connie.  Bruce  was  a  character  who  spoke  his  mind,  and  lived  his  life  on  his  own  terms.  He  was  quick  to  share  a  story,  or  lend  a  hand  to  anyone  in  need.  Besides  cutting  hair  he  had  a  passion  for  life  that  he  passed  on  to  his  daughters  and  grandchildren,  teaching  them  to  fish,  play  poker,  wield  a  hammer,  and  paint  a  barn.  But  he  was  happiest  spending  time  with  his  family.  Bruce  led  a  remarkable  life  that  he  shared  with  a  remarkable  woman.  He  looked  forward  to  coming  home  every  night  to  his  wife  who  always  had  dinner  on  the  table.  He  was  an  everyday  hero  who  went  to  work  everyday,  took  care  of  his  wife,  and  watched  over  his  daughters.  He  will  be  deeply  missed.  A  Mass  of  Christian  Burial  will  be  held  Saturday,  January  23rd  at  10:00  a.m.  at  St.  Columba  Church  in  Columbia.  Calling  hours  will  be  Friday,  January  22nd  from  5:00-8:00  p.m.  at  Bacon  Funeral  Home,  Willimantic,  CT.  In  lieu  of  flowers  donations  in  Bruce’s  memory  may  be  made  to  St.  Columba  Church,  Columbia,  CT.




Local day camps made a great summer for cancer patients families

CHILDREN RUNNING from Windham Hosp FB page

Working with the hospital’s Cancer Navigation Program, Holiday Hill Day Camp in Mansfield, CT and the Channel 3 Kids Camp in Andover, CT provided full admission to the children – and by doing so, also gave some rest to the adults who are experiencing the physical and emotional stress caused by a cancer diagnosis.

Are you ready for the state’s new insurance program?

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You may have noticed an increase in TV ads urging you to sign up for a company’s insurance plan. You may want to know that unless you are enrolled through Access Health CT, you will NOT be entitled to subsidies (in some cases, 100 percent subsidies).

Gov. Malloy defends new campaign finance law

GOV MALLOY official head shot resized 2011

“The bill I’m signing today requires a level of disclosure that few if any other states require. No bill is perfect. But this bill makes Connecticut a national leader in requiring disclosure and transparency.” – Gov. Malloy

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