Steven Frederick Pach

Steven Frederick Pach, 94, of Moodus, beloved husband of Joan (Eisele) Pach, died Wednesday Dec. 17th at Middlesex Hospital. Born January 12, 1920 in his family home in Moodus he was the son of the late Frank J. and Joanna (Durak) Pach. Steve was born and raised at Cave Hill …

John Riordan Shei

John Riordan Sheil, 91 of Portland CT, loving husband, beloved dad, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend passed away on Friday, December 12, 2014. Born in Waterbury Conn on February 7, 1923, John was the eldest son of the late Mary (May) Riordan Sheil and the late James Aloysius Sheil. …

Barbara J Abbott

Barbara J. Abbott, 44, of East Hampton passed away at Middlesex Hospital on Friday Dec. 5th 2014. Born in Middletown Nov. 18, 1970 she was the daughter of Edward Abbott and Beverly Nelson Cochran. Besides her parents she is survived by her grandmother Mabel Abbott, her son David Veazie of …

Yvonne Anne (Boule) (Barrett) Hallberg

Yvonne Anne (Boule) (Barrett) Hallberg, 88, of East Hampton, beloved wife of Roy Hallberg died Wednesday Nov. 26th at her home. Born Oct. 30, 1926 in Middletown she was the daughter of the late Camille and Valentine (Deloye) Boule. Yvonne had retired from North East Utilities where she had worked …

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Steven Frederick Pach

Steven Frederick Pach, 94, of Moodus, beloved husband of Joan (Eisele) Pach, died Wednesday Dec. 17th at Middlesex Hospital. Born January 12, 1920 in his family home in Moodus he was the son of the late Frank J. and Joanna (Durak) Pach. Steve was born and raised at Cave Hill Camp and Ranch in Moodus, CT and was a graduate of Nathan Hale Ray High School. He served in WWII for 3 years and 8 months with the 1st Cavalry Division serving in the pacific Theatre. He returned “Home Alive in ‘45” and operated Cave Hill Stables and Pach Stock Farm. He was still on a tractor and making hay last summer. Steve read the obits every day and was happy he wasn’t listed until today. Happy Trails!

Besides his wife he is survived by his son Frank Pach and his wife Vicki Riley-Pach of East Haddam, two daughters Maureen E. Pach of Moodus, Bridget McLoughlin and her husband Christopher of Weston, four grandchildren Caitlin, Ryan, Damon and Ian. He was predeceased by his eight siblings. A Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday Dec. 20tgh at 10AM in St. Bridget of Kildare Church in Moodus.  Burial will follow in St. Bridget Cemetery in Moodus. Friends may call at the Spencer Funeral Home 112 Main St. East Hampton on Friday Dec. 19th from 4PM until 7PM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Bridget Golden Heart Fund P.O. Box 422 Moodus, CT 06469 or Seminary Education Fund of Norwich Diocese 197 Broadway Norwich, CT 06360 to any Veteran’s Charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.

John Riordan Shei

John RiordanJohn Riordan Sheil, 91 of Portland CT, loving husband, beloved dad, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend passed away on Friday, December 12, 2014.
Born in Waterbury Conn on February 7, 1923, John was the eldest son of the late Mary (May) Riordan Sheil and the late James Aloysius Sheil. He was the devoted husband of the late Beverly Moreland Sheil, whom he lovingly cared for throughout her illness with ALS.
John retired in 1993 from the State of Connecticut where he was a budget analyst with the Office of Policy and Management (OPM). He owned and operated with his two sons, Jed’s Auto Parts and Fine Tunes Car Stereo and Complete Auto Repair in Middletown.
He is survived by his five children: Deirdre Bray and husband Mel, Keavy Peterson and husband Ralph, Maura Sheil-Hughes, Michael Sheil and wife Natalie, and John Patrick (Jay) Sheil and his wife Wendy Jessen Sheil, as well as an adopted daughter Sheila Burke. He also leaves eight grandchildren, Christina Sheil-Kryzanski, Keith Bray and wife Lyra, Evan Peterson and wife Bobbye, Kurt Peterson and wife Ann Marie, Neal Hughes, Ian Hughes, Ryan Sheil and Tyler Sheil, as well 9 great-grandchildren: Keegan Kryzanski, Cecelia Peterson, Evan Knoll, Hayden Brainerd, Noah Riordan Peterson, Areia Bray, Savanna and Alexia Luciuk and adopted great-granddaughter Gabby Forrest. He is also survived by Janet Vogel Sheil, sister-in-law, and many treasured nieces and nephews.
John was the brother of the late James A. Sheil and the late Mary Sheil-Tierney and brother-in-law of the late Ray Tierney.
John was a devoted, loyal and generous person in so many ways. Because he was a child of the Great Depression who lost his father at an early age, he was keenly aware of the struggles of those who lived in poverty. He was a frequent donor to local food banks. His family, and those in need, mattered to him above all else, with his much loved Alma Mater, Providence College running a close second. His greatest joy came from his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and the Providence Friars basketball games. He cherished his yearly trips to Madison Square Garden with his brother Jim, for the Big East Tournament.
His family and friends will always remember him as an extraordinary man, full of Irish wit and grit, who gave all that he could especially his love and kindness to those around him. He leaves a legacy of good will for his family to carry on. We are blessed to have had him as the family patriarch and we will miss him greatly.
The family would like to extend their warmest appreciation to the Middlesex Hospital Visiting Nurses, especially Colleen Hetrick, his home health aide, Jenny, Dr. Stein, Dr. Bortan and the staff at Middlesex Hospital Emergency Department for their exceptional care. We would like to thank his special friends, Janet Cyr, Carol Kryzanski and Sue and Edd Eldridge who spoiled and fussed over him in his later years.
Memorial donations may be made to Providence College, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence RI 02918, Amazing Grace Food Pantry, 617 Main Street, P.O. Box 398, Middletown, CT 06457 or NAMI Connecticut, 576 Farmington Avenue, Hartford 06105.

Calling Hours: Tuesday December 16, 2014, 5:00 – 8:00pm at Portland Memorial Funeral Home
Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday December 17, 2014, 10:00AM at Church of Saint Mary

Barbara J Abbott

BarbaraAbbottBarbara J. Abbott, 44, of East Hampton passed away at Middlesex Hospital on Friday Dec. 5th 2014. Born in Middletown Nov. 18, 1970 she was the daughter of Edward Abbott and Beverly Nelson Cochran. Besides her parents she is survived by her grandmother Mabel Abbott, her son David Veazie of East Hampton, and her daughter Marissa Nowsch of Marlborough. She also leaves her step mother Sheree Abbott, her step father Allen Cochran, her sisters Lisa Abbott of New Fairfield, Laura Abbott of Moodus, Seda Trayes of Brooklyn, Angela Krok of Tolland, two brothers Allen and Daniel Cochran of PA. She is also survived by her very special aunt Kristina Buckland “Auntie Em” and many aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends. Friends may call at the Spencer Funeral Home 112 Main St. East Hampton on Wednesday Dec. 10th  from 10AM until 12 noon. A memorial service will be held at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands of Middlesex Hospital 55 Crescent St. Middletown, CT 06457. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.

Yvonne Anne (Boule) (Barrett) Hallberg

Yvonne Anne (Boule) (Barrett) Hallberg, 88, of East Hampton, beloved wife of Roy Hallberg died Wednesday Nov. 26th at her home. Born Oct. 30, 1926 in Middletown she was the daughter of the late Camille and Valentine (Deloye) Boule. Yvonne had retired from North East Utilities where she had worked as a secretary. Yvonne was a member of Amaranth and a member of the Belltown Antique Car Club. She was a parishioner of St. Patrick Church in East Hampton. She is survived by her husband Roy Hallberg, two sons Rowland Barrett and wife Nancy of Jamestown, RI, Nels Barrett and wife Juliane of Mansfield Center, a daughter Leslie Moore and husband Gerald of East Haven, two step sons Gordon Hallberg of East Hampton, Karl Hallberg of VA, a step daughter Jacqueline Burdick of East Hampton, a sister Helene Kieft of Middletown, 10 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother Henry Boule. Funeral services will be held Monday Dec. 1st at 11AM in Spencer Funeral Home 112 Main St. East Hampton. Burial will follow in Union Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday morning from 9:30 AM until the time of the service at 11AM. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or to Shriner’s Hospital for Children 51 Blossom St.  Boston, MA 02114. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.

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.

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