May 15, 1931 - Feb 05, 2024
Abigail "Gail" Stecewicz, 92, of Canton, CT, passed away on February 5, 2024. She was born on May 15, 1931, in New Milford, CT, to the late Charles W. and Gwendolyn (Todd) Treat. Gail was predeceased by her husband, Raymond Stecewicz. Gail graduated from Bates College in 1953 and went on to receive her Master’s degree in French from Middlebury College. She began her teaching career in Bethel, CT, before moving to Windsor Locks, where she taught French and English for many years at Windsor Locks High School. Later in life, Gail worked for nine years at Education Connection in Litchfield, CT. Gail was an active member and former Deacon of the United Church of Christ Congregational in New Milford. She lived at Bernhardt Meadow in Roxbury, CT before moving to Canton to be closer to her family. In her free time, Gail had a variety of hobbies. She was a member of the National Ski Patrol and, alongside Ray, spent many years as patrollers at Bromley Mountain in VT. Gail had a passion for literature and enjoyed being an avid reader. She also had a deep appreciation for classical music. Gail's talent extended to knitting, and at the time of her passing, she had three knitting projects in progress. Gail is survived by her daughter, Andrea O'Neil (Ozzie Elafyouni) of Canton, CT, and her grandsons Alexander O'Neil (Sam Middlebrook) of New Britain, CT, and Ethan O'Neil of Canton, CT. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews. A private burial service will be held for Gail. The Vincent Funeral Home in Canton, CT, is assisting the family with the arrangements. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew her. May her soul rest in peace.
Julia Iannucci Summa
Jul 12, 1928 - Feb 12, 2024
Julia Iannucci Summa, 95, of Canton, formerly of New Hartford, beloved wife of 57 years of the late Duane J Summa Sr, passed peacefully on February 12, 2024 surrounded by four generations of her loving family. Born July 12, 1928 in Westbury, NY to Alfonso and Julia (Catapano) Iannucci.Prior to her retirement, Julia worked as a legal secretary for law practices in Canton and Farmington. A woman of strong faith, she was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in New Hartford for six decades, a member of the women’s group where she meticulously washed and ironed the alter cloths and other linens used in daily masses.Her proudest accomplishment in life was her family who she loved dearly and catered to on holidays and nearly every Sunday. Julia (aka Jay, Mom, Gramma, Big G, Noni) is survived by her children, Robin Roberts of New Hartford, Duane Jr (Christine) of Estero, FL, Martin (Josepha) of Canton, Alfonse (Betsy) of New Hartford and Ralph (Maria) of Farmington; grandchildren, Jason, Lisa, Martin, Anthony, Alessandra, Natalie, Madeline, Emily, Caroline, Julia and Eliza; great grandchildren, Francesca, Katherine, Andrew and Julian; sisters, Anna Pancotti of Kew Gardens, NY and Gloria Ciardullo of Muttontown, NY.In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brothers Joe and Albert, sister Marie, son-in-law Skook Roberts and grandson Matthew.Calling hours will be held Monday, February 19, 2024 from 10-11am at Montano-Shea Funeral Home, 5 Steele Rd, New Hartford with a funeral mass to follow at 11:30am at Our Lady of Hope Parish, formerly Immaculate Conception Church, New Hartford, CT. Burial will be private.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Julia's name to Our Lady of Hope Parish, 60 Town Hill Rd, New Hartford, CT 06057. Visit an online guestbook at montano-shea.com.
Linda "Linie" Lief Marconi
Mar 04, 1948 - Feb 07, 2024
Linda "Linie" Lief Marconi, 75, of Canton, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was the devoted wife of Don Marconi.Linie was born on March 4, 1948, in Newark NJ, daughter of the late Teddy and Inez Lief. She was also predeceased by her son Derek Tranchida and her brother Barry Lief.Besides her husband Don, Linie is survived by her children Brian (Missy) Tranchida, Jeff (Amanda) Tranchida, both of Charleston SC, and her grandchildren Mason, Quinn, and Tate; her brother, Scott Lief, and his children, Brielle and Jason; her sisters and brothers-in law and all the extended Marconi family.In addition to her immediate family were her many close friends, all of whom she loved dearly and within whom Linie's spirit will forever live on. Her fun-loving charisma, contagious smile, and her generosity positively impacted countless lives.Linda attended high school in Morristown, NJ, and graduated from Bryant College in Smithfield, RI. She worked for Paul Cryan Photography for many years. Throughout her life Linda’s love of children was evident in her volunteer work at Gifts of Love in Avon, and reading with young children in both Hartford and Bloomfield. Aunt Linie was a favorite with her many nieces and nephews, whether having sleepovers or attending Yankee games, or cheering the kids on in whatever game they were playing. In addition, Linda and Don organized various fundraisers to benefit CT Childrens’ Medical Center in honor of the memory of her son Derek, raising over $15,000.Linie’s husband would like to express his deepest thanks to his wonderful neighbors, the Hospice nurses, physical therapists from Crescent Moon Care, and Linie’s caregivers Alicia and Paulette, all of whom provided excellent support and care for Linda.Linie touched many lives. Instead of mourning her loss, her family will be celebrating her life in the near future. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be sent to: Connecticut Children’s Foundation, 282 Washington St, Hartford, CT 06106. Please visit and share memories and online at www.carmonfuneralhome.com
Died : Jan 28, 2024
Russell Lamb, 60, a lifetime resident of Simsbury, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2024 after a brief illness. Russell is survived by his brother Kevin Lamb and his wife, Diane, his sister Cheryl Lamb, daughter Katrina Ingle granddaughter Kiera, and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, David and Shirley Lamb and brother, Butch. Russell established his own successful flooring business, Lamb Flooring, where he worked for many years. In recent years, while working part time at Ocean State Job lot in Canton, he was the Property Manager at Farmington Valley Racket club in Weatogue, where he will be greatly missed. Russell was a long time fan of the New York Yankees and avid collector of baseball cards and M&M memorabilia. Russell’s memory will be cherished by all who knew him. A casual celebration of Russell’s life will be held Saturday, February 3, 2024 at Cracker Barrell Pub, 30 Main Street, Tariffville, CT from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
J. Peter Carbone, Jr.
Jun 17, 1946 - Jan 24, 2024
J. Peter Carbone, Jr., 77, of Canton, CT, formerly of Hebron, CT peacefully passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at Cherry Brook. He was the husband of Judith (Waltos) Carbone for 48 years. Peter was born June 17, 1946, in Torrington, CT, the son of the late Jane (Weigold) and Joseph Carbone, Sr. After serving his country with the U.S. Army, he was employed by the State of Connecticut, Homeland Security. He enjoyed being a Ham Radio Operator and was a member of the American Radio Relay League. In addition to his wife Judith of New Hartford, CT, he is survived by two daughters, Kate Brainard (Rob) of Barkhamsted, CT, Melanie Voelker (Joe) of Girard, PA and two grandchildren, Jacob and Isabella Brainard. He was preceded in death by one sister, Carol Metro of Litchfield, CT. Private funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Cook Funeral Home, Torrington, CT. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Radio Relay League, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111. Condolences may be sent to the Carbone family by visiting www.cookfuneralhomect.com To to the family, please
Jan 23, 1935 - Jan 21, 2024
William Pierce, beloved husband of JoAnne died peacefully in his home on January 21, 2024. He was born in Oakes, North Dakota on January 23, 1935 to George and Cecilia Pierce. Following high school, he served four years in the Coast Guard before beginning his studies at the University of North Dakota. He and JoAnne were married, and moved to Canton in 1960, where they raised their three children. Bill pursued a career in computers as a systems analyst and data processor. Bill loved baseball as a player, coach and enthusiastic fan. He led his high school team to a state championship in 1953, and later coached numerous teams in Canton. He loved all sports, and he was a huge fan of the UConn basketball teams. Bill and JoAnne were avid travelers, going to Europe numerous times as well as traveling to China, Japan, and throughout the United States. He was also very interested in genealogy and had traced the Pierce family prior to the American revolution. Bill loved his family and visiting with his children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter. He will always be remembered as the perfect gentleman who could strike up a conversation with anyone, always made sure everyone’s glass was full, and that everyone was enjoying themselves. In addition to his loving wife of 65 years, he is survived by his daughter Julie of Bloomfield, CT, his son John (Deborah) of New Hartford, CT, and his son Eric (Heather) of Troy, MI. He is also survived by his grandchildren Dillon Pierce (Toni) and their daughter Havana, Seth Pierce and his partner Lara Hunz, Randall Pierce, Amelia Pierce, and step-granddaughter Kay Rodgers. Bill is survived by his sister, Margaret Retzlaff of Oakes, ND, sister-in-law Katherine Pierce of Minneapolis, MN, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother Richard Pierce and granddaughter, Stella Pierce. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Monday, January 29th at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, 50 Church Street in Collinsville, CT. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to St Patrick’s Church, or a charity of the donor’s choice. The Vincent Funeral Home of Canton is caring for the arrangements. Please visit Bill’s “Book of Memories” at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online tributes.
Jan 16, 1941 - Jan 16, 2024
Arlene Greenstein, a beacon of warmth and creativity, gracefully departed this world on January 16, 2024 at the age of 83. Born and raised amid the bustling streets of the Bronx, Arlene’s life was a beautiful tapestry woven with love, knowledge, creativity and a profound connection to nature. Born at the start of WW2, Arlene grew up in the Bronx among 1st and 2nd generation Jewish, Irish and Italian families. It was a time when neighbors all knew each other and would often stop to engage in conversation and gossip, a trait that Arlene would carry on throughout her life. She met her husband, Dr. Robert Greenstein, in 1963 and the two were inseparable from then on. After traveling around the country a bit during Robert’s stint in the Air Force, the two settled in Avon, CT where they lived for close to 50 years. Arlene's calling led her to the world of education, where she became a special education teacher. Her classrooms were built around acceptance where curiosity thrived, and students were not just learners but explorers of their own potential. A dedicated mother, Arlene poured her heart into creating a loving home for her children, Suzanne and Dan. Her nurturing spirit extended beyond her immediate family to include the animal kingdom. Arlene's love for animals was boundless – her home was always filled with cats and dogs and she never missed an opportunity to meet various pets around the neighborhood. Arlene found solace and joy in the simple pleasures of life. Her love for nature manifested in long, contemplative walks, where she could be found exploring the beauty of her surroundings as well as talking to neighbors, a trait she learned during her upbringing. These walks were not just a form of exercise but a mindful practice, a communion with the world around her. In her quiet moments, Arlene's creativity blossomed on canvas. Painting was not just a hobby for her; it was a means of expressing the beauty she saw in the world. Her artwork, filled with vibrant colors and heartfelt emotion, captured the essence of her love for life. Arlene is predeceased by her husband Dr. Robert Greenstein. She is survived by her daughter Suzanne Greenstein, her son and daughter inlaw Dan and Heather Greenstein and two loving grandchildren, Max and Mazie Greenstein. As we bid farewell to Arlene, let us celebrate a life well-lived and a spirit that embraced both the ordinary and the extraordinary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org in Arlene's honor. Calling hours to honor and remember Arlene's life will be held on Tuesday, January 23, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike in Canton, CT. May her memory be a source of inspiration, reminding us to find beauty in every moment and to cherish the connections that make life truly meaningful. Please visit Arlene's Book of Memories at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences.
Jan 03, 1958 - Jan 03, 2024
Neil McKenna, 66, beloved husband of Nancy (Pariante) McKenna and beloved father of Jessica, Gia, and Neil Vincent, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024 after a brief illness. Born in Bethpage, NY, Neil was the fourth of five siblings. A mischievous child, he liked to play pranks on his little sister Jody. As a teen and young adult, he was the cool guy with the pet snake and motorcycle. He met his future wife Nancy at the SUNY Farmingdale campus bar on St Patrick’s Day and they stayed together for the rest of his life. In 1988, he moved his young family from Centereach, NY to Simsbury, CT to work as an engineer. He invented a device that gas stations could use to easily measure the amount left in the underground tanks. Neil was very handy and enjoyed building things like his backyard porch and a trunk for his daughter, tuning up his cars (especially his vintage Mercedes-Benz), and remodeling both his Centereach and Simsbury homes. He was a huge NY Giants fan, and never missed a game if he could help it, always while munching on his favorite snack of potato chips and pistachios. A loving family man, he had a sense of humor that surprised and delighted those who knew him. He took great pride in being a Little League coach with Simsbury youth baseball, eventually becoming a leader in the Babe Ruth League for several years in the ‘00s. Neil had a tireless work ethic, holding down two jobs to put his youngest child through college. During this time, he was Tariffville’s resident mailman, well-known and loved by co-workers and the people on his route. He had to retire when he faced a battle with two types of cancer, a battle he fought valiantly and won, defeating both cancers. He was a fighter, yet he was also a calm and steady presence in people’s lives. Neil will be sorely missed by many. Neil is predeceased by his mother Gloria Gallagher, father Joseph McKenna, and siblings Denis and Sharon. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Nancy McKenna, his sisters Karen McKenna (India) and Jody Wentz (FL) and her husband Ken, his children Jessica McKenna (Simsbury), Gia McKenna (TX), and Neil Vincent McKenna (Simsbury), along with their partners Juan Aguilar, Sammy Sawwan, and Tia Booska, his grandsons Andrew, Alexander, and Aidan Aguilar and Niko, Rocco, and Enzo Sawwan, his niece Kelly Wehrli (FL), her husband Mike and their children Caden and Grace Wehrli, his nephews Seth Warren (Montana), Damien Warren (Alaska), and Kyle McKenna (FL) and niece Calandra McKenna-Lyle (GA). Many extended family members will also miss Neil greatly, including Barbara Ferazi, Nancy and John Simile, Rick and Angela Ferazi, Nancy and Pete Rastetter, Michelle Augello, Tony and Maria Pariante, and their collective children. A service for Neil will not be held, per his request. He did not want people to stand around crying, but instead to remember the happy times they had together. Please leave a memory in the online guestbook for his family. In his memory, Neil would want you to get your children outside and toss a ball around, and never to exclude anyone from a team activity. If desired, donations of dog food, blankets and other supplies can be made in his name to the Hartford Animal Shelter, where his dog Romeo came from by mail to 120 Rescue Lane, Bloomfield, CT 06002, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, an organization that always tugged at his heartstrings by clicking here
Jan 01, 1928 - Dec 27, 2023
Mario Caycedo, father of seven, grandfather of thirteen, great grandfather of four, widower, and talented singer, died on Wednesday, December 27, in Canton. He was 95.Mario was born in Colombia, where he worked as an accountant, mostly in government positions, and taught college-level accounting and English. However, his passions were singing and acting. As a formally trained vocalist with a beautiful baritone voice, he belonged to a prestigious Colombian chorale with which he toured throughout Europe and the United States. He also acted in community theater and volunteered his voice in several radio programs as a commentator as well as in two children’s programs in which he dramatized stories written by the family friend and beloved Colombian writer Luz Stella.Mario first moved from Colombia to the United States when his children were still quite young. With his small salary from a clerical job, working as much overtime as possible, and taking on second and third jobs when available, he not only sent money back home to support his wife, Elena, and their seven children, but managed to save enough money to send for them. He worked in clerical positions the rest of his working life to provide for his large family, and although they were not wealthy, he was meticulous and honest to a fault in his business dealings.He and his wife impressed upon their children the importance of being honest, responsible, hardworking, and trustworthy in all their undertakings. Above all, they instilled a love for learning and the value of a formal education. As his wife would proudly say: “Seven children, all professionals.”He enjoyed performing on stage, or being the life of the party, singing, dancing, and socializing, always with a large smile and a warm hug. Yet, he was shy at times, especially in an English-only environment, where people spoke American English, rather than the British English he had learned and taught. Mario was a passionate man who believed in the sanctity of formal language, teaching his children to always speak either Spanish or English correctly, never Spanglish. It was not unusual to hear him complain about the way people on the subways butchered the English language or the way radio and television broadcasters butchered Spanish.Mario was happiest when surrounded by his family and friends. He is survived by his youngest sister Beatriz Pousada and her husband Juan, his children, Carmen Neale and her husband Charlie, Teresa Cruz and her husband Paul Milton, Martha Caycedo, Mario Caycedo Jr. and his wife Margaret, Cesar Caycedo and his wife Carmen Aguiar, Margarita Nuñez and her husband Fernando, and Luisa Caycedo-Kimura and her husband Aaron, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 7, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Montano-Shea Funeral Home, 5 Steele Rd., New Hartford, CT.A funeral mass will be held in Mario’s honor on Monday, January 8, at 11:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 3 Church St. N, New Hartford, CT.In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to either of the following organizations:Alzheimer's Association http://tinyurl.com/hw3pa3nn or New Hartford Volunteer Ambulance http://tinyurl.com/bdzfystz. Visit an online guestbook at montano-shea.com.Spanish Version:Mario Alberto Caycedo, viudo, padre de siete hijos, abuelo de trece nietos, bisabuelo de cuatro biznietos, y cantante talentoso, murió el Viernes, 27 de diciembre, en Canton. Tenía 95 años.Mario nació en Colombia, donde trabajó mayormente como contador, la mayor parte del tiempo para el gobierno, y enseño inglés y contaduría a nivel universitario. Sus pasiones, sin embargo, fueron el canto y la actuación teatral. Con su hermosa voz de barítono formalmente educada, perteneció a los prestigiosos Coros del Tolima con los cuales realizó giras a través de Europa y los Estados Unidos. Actuó además en teatro comunitario y usó su voz como voluntario en varios programas radiales como comentador y en dos programas para niños en los que dramatizaba cuentos escritos por la amiga de la familia y muy amada escritora colombiana, Luz Stella.Mario viajó de Colombia para establecerse en los Estados Unidos cuando sus hijos estaban bastante jóvenes. Con su reducido salario de oficinista, trabajando tanto tiempo extra como le fuera posible, y tomando un segundo y tercer trabajo cuando se le presentaban, no solo enviaba dinero para sostener a su esposa y a sus siete hijos, sino que logró ahorrar lo suficiente para traerlos a todos. Él trabajó como oficinista todo el resto de su vida laboral, y aunque no eran ricos, él era excesivamente meticuloso y honesto en sus asuntos.Mario y su esposa Elena inculcaron en sus hijos la importancia de ser honestos, responsables, trabajadores y dignos de confianza en todos los aspectos de sus vidas. Sobre todo, les recalcaron el amor por el aprendizaje y el valor de una educación formal. Como Elena decía con orgullo: “Siete hijos, todos profesionales.”Él disfrutaba actuando en el teatro, siendo la vida de las fiestas, cantando, bailando, y socializando, siempre con una enorme sonrisa y un caluroso abrazo. Sin embargo, algunas veces era tímido, especialmente en un ambiente totalmente angloparlante, en el que se hablaba el Inglés Americano en lugar del Inglés de Inglaterra el cual él había aprendido y enseñado originalmente. Mario era un hombre apasionado que creía en lo sacrosanto del lenguaje formal, enseñándole a sus hijos a hablar siempre bien el español o el inglés, pero nunca el Spanglish. No era inusual oírlo quejarse de la forma en que la gente en los trenes de Nueva York destruía el idioma inglés o en la forma como destruían el español en algunas emisoras de radio o televisión.Mario se sentía más feliz cuando estaba rodeado de su familia y amigos. A él lo sobreviven su hermana más joven, Beatriz Pousada, y su esposo Juan; sus hijos Carmen Neale y su esposo Charlie, Teresa Cruz y su esposo Paul Milton, Martha Caycedo, Mario Caycedo Jr. y su esposa Margaret, César Caycedo y su esposa Carmen Aguiar, Margarita Núñez y su esposo Fernando y Luisa Caycedo-Kimura y su esposo Aaron, sus nietos, y sus biznietos.La familia recibirá a sus amistades el domingo, 7 de enero, de 4:00 a 7:00 p.m. en la funeraria Montano-Shea, 5 Steele Rd, New Hartford, CT.Se celebrará una misa fúnebre en honor de Mario el lunes, 8 de enero, a las 11:00 a.m. en la Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción, 3 Church St. N, New Hartford, CT. En lugar de flores, la familia agradecería donaciones a una de las siguientes organizaciones:Alzheimer's Association http://tinyurl.com/hw3pa3nn or New Hartford Volunteer Ambulance http://tinyurl.com/bdzfystz.
Richard J. Vincent, Sr.
Dec 04, 1942 - Dec 29, 2023
Richard J. "Dick" Vincent, Sr., 81, of Canton, beloved husband of Mary E. (O’Keefe) Vincent, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2023. He was born on December 4, 1942, in Hartford, the son of the late Charles W. and Gertrude (Feeley) Vincent. For most of his life, he resided in Simsbury before relocating to Canton many years ago. Dick was a two-time cancer survivor. Growing up, he worked alongside his grandfather and uncles at the Vincent Funeral Home, washing cars and mowing lawns. After graduating from the New England Institute in Boston, he joined the firm in 1969 as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. In 1997, Dick founded the Farmington Valley Crematory within the Canton funeral home. He retired from the funeral home as President in 2008 after over 60 years of service to the community and continued to oversee the crematory until his full retirement in 2018. Dick had a lifelong passion for collecting and restoring antique trucks, which he pursued with the help of many talented individuals. He enjoyed spending time tinkering around in his barn. Additionally, Dick was involved with Indian Motorcycle factory, sponsored by them, and held the title of New England States Scramble champion in the 500 class. He also participated in races with the U.S. team against the Canadians. He was a member of several organizations including St. Catherine of Siena Church in West Simsbury, The Knights of Columbus, Bishop John J. Nilan Council, Prince Thomas of Savoy (where he relished playing Bocci), the Porsche Club of America, Valley Collector Car Club, NRA, Metacon Gun Club, the Model A. Restorers, CFDA, and the NFDA. Surviving him, besides his loving wife of 57 years, are his son, Richard J. Vincent, Jr. of Canton; his daughter, Beth Vincent Webster of Vernon; his brothers, Charles Vincent of Warren, ME, and Glenn Vincent and wife Carole of Hartland; his grandchildren, Richard J. Vincent, III and wife, Dr. Carli Vincent of Canton, Austin T. Vincent of Boston, MA, and Colin W. Vincent of Canton; several nieces, nephews, and his good buddy, Stan Cataldo. He was predeceased by his brother, Gene Vincent, and his infant daughter. Calling hours will be held at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury, on Friday, January 5th, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 6th, at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 265 Stratton Brook Road in West Simsbury. Burial will follow in Simsbury Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canton Land Trust, P.O. Box 41, Canton, CT 06019, or the Canton Emergency Fuel Bank, c/o Michael Langer, P.O. Box 350, Canton, CT 06019. Please visit Dick’s “Book of Memories” at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online tributes.