Michael Smithwick

Michael Smithwick, 69, of Indian Land, SC, and a longtime former resident of East Hampton, CT, died peacefully at home on October 28, 2014, with Gail, his loving wife by his side. Born in Middletown, he was the son of the late John L. and Helen F. Smithwick. Mike was …

Patricia A. Ziobron

Patricia A. Ziobron died peacefully at her home in Moodus surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, November 22, 2014. Born to the late Edward and Helen Leaird she was raised in Old Saybrook. Pat leaves her husband of 59 years Walter “Skip” Ziobron Jr. along with her children: Skip …

Eleanor K. Csere

Eleanor K. Csere, 72 of Portland wife of the late Richard Csere passed away on Saturday November 22, 2014 at Middlesex Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Edwin and Marion (Kavanaugh) Ericson. Born on April 1, 1942 in Middletown, she was a lifelong resident of Portland and worked …

Allyn F. Sweet

Allyn F. Sweet, 75, of East Hampton, beloved widower of the late Susan W. (Driggs) Sweet, died peacefully Wednesday Nov. 19th at home surrounded by his loving family. Born Sept. 26, 1939 in Englewood, NJ, he was the son of the late George F. and Olive (Kennedy) Sweet. Allyn graduated …

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Michael Smithwick

Michael Smithwick, 69, of Indian Land, SC, and a longtime former resident of East Hampton, CT, died peacefully at home on October 28, 2014, with Gail, his loving wife by his side. Born in Middletown, he was the son of the late John L. and Helen F. Smithwick. Mike was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and mentor. He took much pride in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. Mike was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson HS, Middletown, CT. For several years, he was an owner of the former Nutmeg Glass Corp. in East Hartford, Ct. Following its closure in the early 1990’s, he was able to follow his dream, completing a BA at Charter Oak State College, and MA in Counseling from St. Joseph College, West Hartford. He was a well-known Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in East Hampton for nearly 20 years. He specialized in, and was better known, as a clinical hypnotherapist who took great satisfaction in the successes of his clients. Mike was a long time Boy Scout Leader, serving as a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Explorer Post Advisor, and Commissioner for over 20 years in the former Long Rivers Council, BSA. He held a private pilot’s license, and was an avid model airplane builder. He had a passion for history, ancient to modern and everything in between, and for historic firearms which he loved to shoot and reload. Mike was a member of several professional organizations as well as the Glastonbury Elks Club. Mike is survived by his wife and love of his life Gail (Bruneau) of 48 years, by his cherished daughter Amy Montgomery, son-in-law Joe, and grandson Ian Riddle of Silverdale, PA, by his much-loved son Patrick, daughter-in-law Misha, and grandchildren Tanner, Kyleigh, and Grant of Castle Rock, CO, by his dearest sister Patricia Hill (Tom) of East Hampton, cousin and friend Bill Hodge (Ann), best friend since childhood C. Peter Smith (Laurie and Cody) of Pelham, AL, and special friends Simone, Allen, Michelle, and Martha, all of Indian Land. He is also survived by many other family members in CT and CO, as well as friends, old and new. Special thanks to Recency Hospice, Rock Hill, SC, especially Nikki, Ethel, Steve, and David, to Rev. Bob Faulhaber of Marlborough Congregational Church, and to Rev. David Bender of Faith Church for their loving support during Mike’s illness. A Memorial Service will take place in Indian Land, SC, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Faith Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 7520 Charlotte Hwy, Indian Land, SC 29707.
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Patricia A. Ziobron

Patricia Ziobron Patricia A. Ziobron died peacefully at her home in Moodus surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, November 22, 2014. Born to the late Edward and Helen Leaird she was raised in Old Saybrook.

Pat leaves her husband of 59 years Walter “Skip” Ziobron Jr. along with her children: Skip Ziobron of San Francisco, Cheryl Hurlbut and her husband David of East Haddam, David Ziobron of Moodus, Donald Ziobron and his wife Karen of Moodus, Cynthia Ziobron of Middletown; her grandchildren David and Craig Hurlbut, Shannon Repscher and Keith Ziobron and his wife Krystal, Andrew and Amanda Ziobron, and Victoria Ziobron; great grandchildren Rylyn Repscher, Sofia Hurlbut, and Ryszard Ziobron. She is survived by her brother Edward Leaird of Salem, Ct., a sister-in-law Patricia King and her husband Norbert of Melbourne, Fl, and was predeceased by her sister Snookie Hill. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and friends.

Pat was a wonderful wife and mother who loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Being a selfless woman her heart and her door were always open to anyone who needed kindness, a meal, a place to sleep, or just an ear to listen. She enjoyed going to bingo with her friends and was an avid UCONN basketball and New York Yankee baseball fan. She was known to be one of the loudest fans at the sporting events of her children and grandchildren.

Her family would like to thank her exceptional nurses and caregivers Amy Anderson, Ashley Weaver, Tina Anderson, and Viola Ellis. They would also like to thank Middlesex Hospital Hospice and Palliative Care for their guidance and compassion.

Calling hours will be held at Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver Street, Middletown, CT on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 from 4 to7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday November 26, 2014 at 9 a.m. from Biega Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 am at St. Bridget of Kildare Church, 75 Moodus Leesville Road, Moodus, CT. Burial will follow at St. Bridget Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pat’s memory may be made to East Haddam Food Bank, PO Box 572, Moodus, CT, 06469 or Golden Heart Fund, C/O St. Bridget of Kildare Church, PO Box 422, Moodus, CT, 06469. 

Eleanor K. Csere

Eleanor K. Csere, 72 of Portland wife of the late Richard Csere passed away on Saturday November 22, 2014 at Middlesex Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Edwin and Marion (Kavanaugh) Ericson.
Born on April 1, 1942 in Middletown, she was a lifelong resident of Portland and worked at Portland Care and Rehab for many years.
She leaves her daughters, Karen Hanna and her husband, Robert of Portland and Kristen DelRusso and her husband, Sam of Sterling, sisters, Elaine Ericson of Portland and JoAnne Leary of Barefoot Bay, FL, grandchildren, Samantha and Sammy DelRusso and many nieces and nephews.

Calling Hours

Tuesday November 25, 2014, 4:00 – 7:00PM at Portland Memorial Funeral Home

Burial is Private

Allyn F. Sweet

Allyn F SweetAllyn F. Sweet, 75, of East Hampton, beloved widower of the late Susan W. (Driggs) Sweet, died peacefully Wednesday Nov. 19th at home surrounded by his loving family. Born Sept. 26, 1939 in Englewood, NJ, he was the son of the late George F. and Olive (Kennedy) Sweet. Allyn graduated from Manchester High School and had lived in East Hampton for most of his life. Allyn was the former owner of Sweet Printing of Glastonbury and Sweet- Waverly Printing of Portland. Allyn had a love of flying and enjoyed “The Sweet Life” at his house on the river spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his three sons David Sweet of East Haddam, Donald Sweet and his wife Lyn of CA, Gary Sweet and his wife Carrie of East Hampton, a daughter Pam Richards and her partner Bryan Burns of East Hampton, sister Lois Palmer-Alderson of Norwich, 12 grandchildren Shaun, Justin, Melanie, Allyn, Ashley, Nicole, Alyssa, Michelle, Lisa, William, Suzanne, Jovilyn, and four great grandchildren Addison, Keaton, Skyla, Cassandra and many nieces and nephews and extended Driggs family members. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Susan and his brother Donald C. Sweet. Funeral services will be held Tuesday Nov. 25th at 11AM in Spencer Funeral Home 112 Main St. East Hampton. Burial will follow in Lake View Cemetery. Friends may call at the Spencer Funeral Home on Monday evening from 6PM until 8PM. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneral;homeinc.com.

Lois P. Willerford

Lois P. Willerford,87, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family November 20 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. Lois was born March 15, 1927 in Scranton, PA, the daughter of Dr. Walter Propst and wife Mabel Morrison Propst.  She was the sister of Dr. Harry Propst. Lois spent her childhood and graduated high school in Scranton.

Lois attended Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA, graduating with a BA degree in 1948. She also attended Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA, earning a MA degree in 1950. Previous to her marriage she taught school in Pennsylvania.

Lois met her husband Theodore C. Willerford on a summer trip to Europe. They were married on June 13, 1959.  They resided in East Hampton and later Columbia Connecticut.

Lois thoroughly enjoyed music and was an avid pianist since childhood.  She also enjoyed spending summers on Cape Cod with her family.

Lois’s faith was a very important part of her life. She was a long-time active member of the Columbia Congregational Church. She took part in service music as a choir member and pianist. She also served as a deacon and was a member of the Women’s Guild.

In addition to Ted, her husband of 55 years, Lois is survived by son Tom Willerford of Columbia, daughter Ann Harris and son-in-law Rob Harris of Brewster, Massachusetts.

Funeral services will be held Monday Nov. 24th at 11AM in the Spencer Funeral Home 112 Main St. East Hampton. Burial will follow in Lake View Cemetery. In lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia Congregational Church Route 87 Columbia, CT 06237. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.

Gail (Anderson) Whitten

Gail (Anderson) Whitten, 78, of East Hampton, beloved wife of Raymond Whitten passed away November 21, 2014 at home surrounded by her loving family. Gail, a lifelong resident of East Hampton was born August 15, 1936 in Middletown CT. She was the daughter of the late Harry and Mary (Spencer) Anderson. She was predeceased by her sisters Mary Goff, Alma O’Brien, Norma Fontanelli and her brothers John Anderson, Donald Anderson and Robert Anderson. Besides her husband she is survived by her three daughters and sons-in-law Sandra and Timothy Everett, Lisa and Mark Moon, and Rachel and Jim Ghezzi all of East Hampton. The love of Gail’s life was her seven grandchildren Samantha Klick, Anthony Moon, Kaitlin Everett, Raymond Hall, Phillip Moon, James Ghezzi and Adam Ghezzi. She is also survived by her siblings Harry Anderson, Joyce Ottone, Sue Engel and many nieces and nephews. Gail found fulfillment in being a wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. She was an avid reader, loved her New York Yankees, and making memories on her many trips to Cape Cod with family. Burial will be PRIVATE at the convenience of the family. A celebration of Gail’s life will be held Saturday November 29, 2014. Friends and family may call anytime between 1PM until 5PM at the home of her granddaughter at 35 North Maple St. East Hampton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.

L. Blaine Belz

BELZ, L. BLAINE L. Blaine Belz, 71, of East Hampton, died on November 6, 2014, at Chestelm Health & Rehabilitation Center in East Haddam. Blaine was born in Lewiston, Maine, son of the late Stanley and Katherine (Wright) Belz. He grew up between East Haddam and Maine and graduated from Nathan Hale High School in Moodus in 1961. He went on to work as a mechanic for Pratt & Whitney for many years until his retirement. Blaine was a short track racer, racing at several Connecticut tracks for many years as well as owning and refurbishing antique muscle cars. He will always be remembered for his infectious smile and humor. Blaine is survived by his daughters; Robin Goodspeed of Lyme and Sam Riley and her husband Kevin of Ladson, SC, his brother Keith D. Belz of Windsor, ME, his sister Judith A. Barnett of Ocala, FL, his six grandchildren; Garritt, Todd and Kurtis Goodspeed, and Kyle, Jarrid and Jordan Riley, a great-granddaughter Raelyn Joe and nephews; Kirtland Belz of East Hampton, Steven Belz of Old Lyme, John Belz and Mark Belz both of East Haddam, Erskine Barnett of Florida and his niece Lisa Rich of Florida. Blaine is also survived by a special friend Johan Ouellette of Killingworth. In addition to his parents Blaine was predeceased by his brother Stanley Belz. Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 9th, from 2-4pm at the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, 34 Main St. in Centerbrook. Funeral service and burial will be private. Memorial contributions in Blaine’s name may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Assoc., 27 Allendale Dr. North Haven, CT 06473. To share a memory of Blaine or send a condolence to his family, please visit www.rwwfh.com . – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/middletownpress/obituary.aspx?n=l-blaine-belz&pid=173087714&fhid=24219#sthash.zwYHPXZH.dpuf

Sharon Mary Barrett

Sharon Mary BarrettBARRETT, SHARON MARY Sharon Mary Barrett, 52, of East Hampton, passed away on Sunday, November 9th at Middlesex Hospital. Born in Yonkers, NY, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Helen (Grunge) Barrett. Sharon was employed at Habasit America for fifteen years, worked as a travel agent for King Travelways and at Zorba’s Restaurant. She loved to travel, boating, the beach, motorcycle rides and the Lebanon Valley Raceway in New York. Sharon was a free spirit and the life of any party who was known for being able to make a rock talk! She is survived by two daughters, Ashley E. Gummoe and her husband, Todd of Wallingford and Kirsten R. Cotrona of Middlefield; a grandson, Ethan Gummoe; three brothers, Robert R. Barrett and his wife, Susan of Port St. Lucie, FL, David A. Barrett and his wife, Sara-Jane of Higganum and Jeffrey J. Barrett and his wife, Jo-Anne of Meriden; her boyfriend, Gregory Allen of East Hampton; her fur-child, Dozer and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends. The family would like to say a special thank you to Middlesex Hospital Weiss Hospice Unit and Smilow Cancer Hospital for helping Sharon fight a tremendous fight. Family and friends may call on Thursday, November 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown. There will be no service or burial. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sharon’s memory may be made to Middlesex Hospital Weiss Hospice Unit, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457 or Smilow Cancer Hospital @ Yale-New Haven Hospital, 20 York Street, New Haven, CT 06510. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/middletownpress/obituary.aspx?n=sharon-mary-barrett&pid=173128542&fhid=4121#sthash.5flJahrU.dpuf

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