John J. (Jim) Morris

MORRIS, John Joseph (Jim) Morris Jr., 79, beloved husband of Katie (Walsh) Morris, of East Hampton and formerly of New Canaan and Stamford, died Friday, October 17th, 2014.Born in Stamford, the son of John and Marie Tucker Morris, Jim lived in East Hampton for the last 15 years after spending …

Alex B. Wiezbicki

Alex B. Wiezbicki, 17 of Portland, loving son of Bryan and Suzanne (Phelan) Wiezbicki passed away Thursday October 16, 2014 at home. He was born on October 18, 1996 in Middletown. Alex was a kind and caring person who will be remembered by his many loving family and friends. He …

James (Jim) Sherman

James (Jim) Sherman, 62, of Moodus, died peacefully Wednesday Oct 15th at The Connecticut Hospice in Branford. Born March 6, 1952, he was the son of the late George W. Sherman Sr. and Delia (White) Sherman. Jim had worked as a truck driver for most of his life. He was …

Edward J. Romaneck

Edward J. Romaneck, 87 of Portland, husband of the late Helen (Armstrong) Romaneck passed away Tuesday October 14, 2014 at Hartford Hospital. He was the son of the late Alexander and Jedwiga (Zeniska) Romaneck. Born on February 18, 1927 in Bristol, he lived in Portland for most of his adult …

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John J. (Jim) Morris

MORRIS, John Joseph (Jim) Morris Jr., 79, beloved husband of Katie (Walsh) Morris, of East Hampton and formerly of New Canaan and Stamford, died Friday, October 17th, 2014.Born in Stamford, the son of John and Marie Tucker Morris, Jim lived in East Hampton for the last 15 years after spending 30 years in New Canaan and 34 years in Stamford.He graduated from Fairfield University with a Masters Degree and followed with a 6th Year at NYU.

Jim spent his professional career working in the Stamford Public School System first as a teacher, and later as Assistant Superintendent of Personnel. He served the Stamford Public School System for over 30 happy years.  Jim met his wife while they were both teaching at Rippowam High School.

After the many years with the Public School System, Jim then devoted his time to his passion of running his own General Contracting and Home Services business.  Over the 20 years of applying his passion for building, Jim helped more than 100 families turn their dreams into reality.  Amongst his favorite projects was the Morris family home on the shore of Lake Pocotopaug.  He established countless friendships and enjoyed the satisfaction of helping others.

A devout Catholic, he was a parishioner of St. Patrick Church in East Hampton, CT.  As an active member of the Knights of Columbus, Jim became a Grand Knight of the East Hampton Council.

In East Hampton, Jim served on the Planning and Zoning Board, was President of the East Hampton Volunteer Ambulance Association, and most recently a member of the East Hampton Facilities Evaluation Committee.

Jim and the love of his life, Katie, shared 50 years of marriage.  Together they enjoyed travel and spending time with friends and family.  Jim loved visiting with his grand children and especially enjoyed hosting annual summer visits to Lake Pocotopaug for boating, swimming, and family fun.

In addition to Katie, he is survived by his 3 children and their spouses;  Beth Byers and her husband Mark of Milford, CT;  Mark K Morris and his wife Susie of Manhattan Beach, CA; John J Morris and his wife Christel of Austin, TX;  9 grandchildren: Hayley and Anna Byers;  Charlotte, Caroline, Chloe and Mark Harrison Morris;  Kimberly, Joe and Jackson Morris;  Brother George Morris his wife Jeanie of Seattle, WA;  Sister Eleanor Borgatti and her husband Paul of Mandeville, LA.

Friends may call on Thursday, October 23rd, from 5-8PM at the Spencer Funeral Home 112 Main Street in East Hampton.  The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Friday, October 24th, at 11AM in St Patrick Church on West High Street in East Hampton.

Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to: East Hampton Volunteer Ambulance Association P.O. Box 144 East Hampton, CT 06424, American Heart Association P.O. Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005, or to a charity that is meaningful to you and your family. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.

Alex B. Wiezbicki

Alex B WiezbickiAlex B. Wiezbicki, 17 of Portland, loving son of Bryan and Suzanne (Phelan) Wiezbicki passed away Thursday October 16, 2014 at home. He was born on October 18, 1996 in Middletown. Alex was a kind and caring person who will be remembered by his many loving family and friends. He was a selfless young man who always had a smile on his face and put other’s well-being above his own.
Alex attended Portland Schools for the majority of his life. Despite all the obstacles life threw at him, he always had an optimistic view on life and he tried to spread it to all those around him. He graduated from Portland High School this past June, 2014. Alex played tennis in high school, loved video games, and hanging out with his friends. He will be missed by many people. Besides his parents, he leaves his brother, Christopher Wiezbicki, paternal grandfather, Edward Wiezbicki of Plainfield, maternal grandparents, Barth and Ellen Phelan of Middlebury, aunts, Kathleen Kirschner and her husband, Joseph of Wake Forest, NC and their children, Brittany, Matthew and Andrew, and Tonya Charlwood and her husband, Scott of Moosup and their children, Kayla, Zachary and Lindsay and numerous extended family members. He was predeceased by his grandmother, Joyce Wiezbicki.

Calling Hours: Tuesday October 21, 2014, 3:00 – 7:00pm at Church of Saint Mary
Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday October 22, 2014, 10:00AM at Church of Saint Mary

James (Jim) Sherman

DoveJames (Jim) Sherman, 62, of Moodus, died peacefully Wednesday Oct 15th at The Connecticut Hospice in Branford. Born March 6, 1952, he was the son of the late George W. Sherman Sr. and Delia (White) Sherman. Jim had worked as a truck driver for most of his life. He was also a member of the Deep River Drum Corps for many years. Jim was a beloved family man, proud grandfather, and devoted father, who will be missed by those who knew him. Jim is survived by his sister Laura Goss of Old Lyme, his two sons Anthony Sherman of Waterville, ME, J. Andrew Sherman of East Hampton, his three step-sons, Victor Baber of Bristol, Samuel Baber of Moodus, Darrell Stevens III of East Hampton, his step-daughter Tonya Crowley of East Hampton and five grandchildren, Tai, Austin and Arielle Baber, Devin and Kailyn Crowley. Friends may call at the Spencer Funeral Home 112 Main St. East Hampton on Thursday Oct. 23rd from 9:30AM until 10:30AM. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11AM in Bethlehem Lutheran Church in East Hampton with the Rev. Beth Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Moodus Cemetery in the family plot. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund at www.kidneyfund.org. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.

Edward J. Romaneck

Edward J RomaneckEdward J. Romaneck, 87 of Portland, husband of the late Helen (Armstrong) Romaneck passed away Tuesday October 14, 2014 at Hartford Hospital. He was the son of the late Alexander and Jedwiga (Zeniska) Romaneck.
Born on February 18, 1927 in Bristol, he lived in Portland for most of his adult life. He worked at Standard Knapp for many years as an electrician before his retirement and was also a U. S Navy veteran having served during World War II. He was a member of the Church of St. Mary in Portland, he was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and enjoyed bowling.
He leaves his sons, Bruce Romaneck and his wife, Louanne of Windsor Locks, and David Romaneck and his wife, Eileen of East Hampton, daughters, Carol Reneson and her husband, Tony of East Hampton and Susan Squires and her husband, Barry of Enfield, 8 grandchildren, 4 greatgrandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by several brothers and a sister.

Mass of Christian Burial: Friday October 17, 2014, 10:00AM at Church of Saint Mary

Burial: Friday October 17, 2014 at Swedish Cemetery

Perry Hale

DoveHALE, PERRY Perry Hale died on October 12, 2014 at age 76. He was the much-cherished son of Perry T.W. Hale and Wilhelmina Piekarz Hale. A lifelong resident of Portland, Perry was graduated from PHS in 1956 and served in the U.S. Army in the early 1960’s. He was a talented amateur pianist and watercolorist and an avid fly fisherman and gardener. His remains will be interred in the family plot at Center Cemetery in Portland. He is survived by his sister Marilyn Hale Brooks and nephew Nathan Brooks of Albuquerque, NM. May Perry find in death the peace that eluded him in life. Memorial contributions may be made to NAMI CT, 576 Farmington, Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.

Josephine M. Norton

Josephine M NortonJosephine M. Norton, 94 of Pompano Beach, FL, formerly of Portland passed away Monday October 6, 2014. She was the wife of the late Chief David J. Norton.
Born on September 18, 1920 in Portland, she was the daughter of the late James and Angelina (Lastrina) Ruitto. She lived in Portland for most of her life before moving to Florida a few years ago. She worked for CT. Valley Hospital in Middletown for many years until her retirement.
She leaves her son, Joseph “J.J.” Bials of Portland and his former wife, Olive Bials of Portland, a daughter, Patricia Collins and her husband, James of Pompano Beach, FL, brothers, Joseph Ruitto and his wife, Donna of Englewood, FL, Angelo Ruitto of Port Orange FL, Salvatore Ruitto and his wife, Joan of New London, CT and Dominic Ruitto and his wife, Barbara of Portland, Grandchildren, Diane Law and her husband, Roger, JoAnn Dixon and her husband, Denis , Greatgrandchildren, Brianna Ayers, Thomas Law, Shannon Law, Joseph Lawrence Law, Erin Bials, Katie Bials and Benjamin Bials and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, James, John, Michael and grandchildren, Joseph and Larry Bials.

Funeral Service: Saturday October 18, 2014, 10:30AM at Portland Memorial Funeral Home
Burial: Saturday October 18, 2014 at State Veterans Cemetery
Calling Hours: Saturday October 18, 2014, 9:30 – 10:30AM at Portland Memorial Funeral Home

Memorial donations can be made to: Portland Fire Dept. P. O. Box 71 Portland, CT. 06480 or to FSH Society Inc. 450 Bedford St Lexington, MA. 02420

Richard Harold Olson

Richard Harold OlsonRichard Harold Olson, “Dick”, 84, of Colchester, beloved husband of Dorothy “Dot” (Tittemore) Olson, passed away peacefully Wednesday (Oct. 8, 2014) at the Chestelm HCC in Moodus.

Born Dec. 31, 1929 in Braintree, MA, he was a son of the late Albert C. and Elsie (Bohlin) Olson. Dick had served proudly with the Army Reserves during the 1950’s.

Mr. Olson had worked as a photo engraver his entire working life and was a proud member of the Printers Union, he had served as a Union Steward for a time.

He enjoyed traveling, both for work and pleasure, and his most memorable times were those had while vacationing and camping with his family. An avid gardener, he enjoyed teaching others his skills. Dick was an enthusiastic fan of the Boston Red Sox and UCONN Huskies. He was also a Deacon and Sunday School teacher at Westchester Congregational Church as well as a founding member of their Boy Scout Troop 109 in 1967.

In addition to his loving wife of 61 years, he is survived by five children, Sandra and Bernard Coulombe of East Hampton, Jean Nowak of Colchester and Kurt Nowak of Manchester; Mark and Barbara Olson Bosse, of Colchester; Eric and Melissa Olson of Snohomish, WA, Carol and Robert Bengtson of Monroe, WA; nine grandchildren, Beth, Sarah, Kathryn, Megan, Dorothy, Robin, Rosemary, Heidi and Zachary; eight great

grandchildren; three brothers, Robert, Roger and John Olson; and numerous extended family members and friends, especially his beloved neighbors in the Comstock Bridge area.

A Memorial Service will be held on Nov. 1st at 1 pm directly at the Colchester Federated Church, located at 60 Main St. There are no calling hours and burial will be private. Dot will be traveling to WA in late October to spend time with Dick’s and her family and a private service will be held there as well.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Carter Center, 453 Freedom Pkwy., Atlanta, GA 30307, the Salvation Army, 440 West Nyack Road, West Nyack, NY 10994-1739 or The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Fl., Brookline, MA 02445-7226. Care of arrangements has been entrusted to the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester.

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STUKE, BARBARA DUNN

STUobit1KE, BARBARA DUNN Barbara Dunn Stuke, 77, formerly of Portland, CT, Westerly, RI, and Sebastian, FL passed away on October 3rd, 2014 with her family at her side after a long, brave battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife of Ken Stuke for 56 years and together raised four children; Debbie (Nicholas) Deseno of Ramona, CA, Doug (Kathy) Stuke of Prospect, CT, Paul Stuke of New Kent, VA and Donna (Tom) LaBella of Portland, CT. The center of Barbara’s world was her family. She loved … Continue Reading

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