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Eileen Carvalho

Aug 06, 1965 - Dec 01, 2023

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Hartford, CT

Eileen Martin Carvalho, 58, devoted wife of and best friend to Marcelo Carvalho, and beloved daughter to John Joe and Maureen Sinon Martin (West Springfield, MA), passed away Wednesday, November 29, after a brave, two-year battle with cancer. Eileen was born on August 6, 1965, in Hartford, CT. She graduated from West Springfield High (MA) and earned her nursing degree from St. Joseph College, West Hartford, CT, Class of '87. She started her nursing vocation at Hartford Hospital and devoted her e...Read More

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James J. Amenta

Sep 01, 1953 - Feb 18, 2023

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East Hartford, CT

James J. Amenta, 70, of East Hartford, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 18, 2023. A lifelong resident of the Hartford area, James was born into the loving arms of his late parents, Jim and Anne Amenta, September 1, 1953. James held a long career as a renowned hair stylist, known for his unparalleled skill and creativity. His career allowed him to touch the lives of people across the country with his artistic vision and genuine passion for beauty. He was a brother, a father, and a friend to many. James was passionate about his Catholic faith, impacting many community members with his time as a CCD educator at Saint Mary’s Church in Newington. Honoring James and remembering his love are his daughter, Nicole Amenta; son, James Amenta (Ashleigh Lovelace); grandson, Henryk Lovelace Amenta; sister, Marylou Amenta (Stacey Trichka); and nephew, Isaac Trichka. Calling hours will be Friday, February 23 from 9-10 a.m. at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. at St. Augustine Church, 10 Campfield Avenue, Hartford. James will be entombed next to his parents in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, donations in James’ memory may be made to Catholic Charities, Inc. Archdiocese of Hartford. To share a memory of Jim, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.

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Boleslaw (Bolek) Skwarek

May 04, 1926 - Feb 15, 2024

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Hartford, CT

Boleslaw (Bolek) Skwarek, a resident of Rocky Hill from January, 1979 to January, 2024, died at Hartford Hospital after a brief illness on February 15, 2024. Bolek was predeceased by his parents, Franciszek Skwarek (in 1938) and Stefania (Sularz) Skwarek (in 1972); his wife, Joanna (Jaska) Luberda Skwarek, to whom Bolek was married on September 27, 1957, who died on May 30, 2023; his older brother, Walter Skwarek, who died on February 27, 2007; and his older sister, Wladyslawa Skwarek-Kamrowska. Bolek was born on May 4, 1926 in Sosnowiec, Poland. During World War II Bolek was captured by the Nazis in Rabka Zdroj, Poland during a grocery run for the family and imprisoned in or about 1942 in Berlin. After the execution of the peace treaty, concluding World War II, in 1945, he eventually escaped via horseback to Poland. For the next several years, Bolek, applying his remarkable mechanical talent, worked in Poland variously as a plumber, electrician, cobbler, toolmaker, movie theater projectionist, bridge rod fabricator, and automobile mechanic. There was virtually no item of equipment, article or machine that Bolek could not repair. After postwar life in Poland became increasingly austere, Bolek, Joanna, and their infant daughter, Margaret, immigrated to the United States on December 19, 1962, residing until mid-1970 in various apartments in Hartford, where Bolek used his skills for a variety of companies. Like Neil Diamond’s musical character who was “lost between two shores,” and missing the motherland, they returned to, and resided in, Warsaw, Poland from June, 1970 to September, 1971. Once there, however, the love for his homeland dissipated, and the family re-immigrated, for good, in September, 1971 back to the United States via the classic steamship Stefan Batory. The family thereafter resided in various apartments in Hartford before settling finally in Rocky Hill in 1979. Bolek spent most of his American career, commencing in December, 1972, applying his mechanical talent as a highly skilled master machinist at Atlantic Machine Tool Company, which became Atlantic Aerospace, then Atlantic Textron, Corporation, in Newington, retiring therefrom after many years of dedicated and distinguished service. Upon his retirement he devoted much of his time to cultivating his sprawling vegetable garden, fruit trees and flower beds in his capacious plot of land in Rocky Hill, frequently clambering up ladders, maintaining the dwelling, and pruning his arboreal subjects well into his nineties. Bolek won the gene pool lottery with his longevity, having made it to age ninety-seven, robust health, mechanical aptitude, and signature full head of long, white, flowing locks. He was the quintessential polymath. Bolek is survived by his daughter, Margaret S. Amato, and her husband, Thomas A. Amato, of Manchester; his son, Walter Skwarek, and his wife, Michelle C. Skwarek, of Higganum; his grandchildren, Michael J. Amato, of Washington, D.C., Mark A. Amato, of Washington, D.C., Melanie A. Amato, of Quincy, Massachusetts, Amber Barnett, and her husband, Steven Barnett, of Westbrook, Shawna Skwarek, of Southington, and Aaron Skwarek, of Higganum. Bolek is further survived by his great granddaughter, Olivia Barnett, of Westbrook. Bolek also leaves behind his younger sister, Sabina Skwarek-Swistek, of Poland; his nephew, Andrzej S. Kamrowski, of Santa Monica, California; and his nieces, Malgorzata D. Kamrowska, Elzbieta I. Kamrowska Dybowska, Maria Kamrowska, and Eva Szayner, all of Poland. A time of visitation will be held Friday, February 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield with a 12 p.m. Prayer Service to follow. Burial will be in Village Cemetery, Marsh Street, Wethersfield. For directions or online tributes, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.

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Janet L. Wagner

Nov 21, 1940 - Feb 19, 2024

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Hartford, CT

"Janet L. Wagner, 83, died Monday, February 19, 2024 at Hartford Hospital. Born in Pennsylvania, on November 21, 1940, Janet and her husband of over sixty years, Lewis, moved to Connecticut in 1962 with their daughter Patricia (deceased) and their young son Charles. In 1964 they had their third child, Nancy Dumais. Janet and Lew have lived in Stafford Springs since they arrived in Connecticut. Janet worked for the Department of Motor Vehicles for over two decades where she had many special friends and had a lasting impact on many people. Her greatest joy was the birth of her grandchildren Sarah Black and Danielle Dumais and then later, her great grandchildren Carter and Holden Black who referred to her as their GiGi! Janet loved cooking, shopping, painting and drawing and spending time with her family by the pool or beach. Janet was a very private person and had requested that there be no public services, but donations in Janet\u0027s name can be made to https://www.donatelife.org. To leave a message of sympathy for her family, please visit: www.introvignefuneralhome.com"

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Evangelist Mamie L. Simmons

May 15, 1942 - Feb 13, 2024

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Hartford, CT

Our beloved mother, nana, sister, aunt, and friend, Evangelist Mamie L. (Jones) Simmons, 81, passed away peacefully in her home, in Hartford, CT, with family by her side on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. She was born May 15, 1942 in Dawson, Georgia, to her loving parents Robert Jones, Sr. and Eloise (Humble) Jones.BIOGRAPHYHer family will remember her as a true woman of God and a diligent servantas she loved to spend time in the church singing and preaching God’s Word. Her hands were rarely still as she was always collecting and giving away clothes or making phone calls of encouragement in her free time.In 1965, with encouragement from her siblings, she moved to Connecticut with her four children. At the age of 29, she became saved at Paul’s Temple Church of God in Christ in Hartford, CT, which was under the leadership of Bishop Paul which later transitioned to Bishop Blount.With then five children, she separated from her husband and later met Lincoln (Janet) Williams and had two more daughters. Shifting her focus, she became grounded in the ministry and continued to grow in her purpose. She become an ordained minister, helping build the ministry and continued gaining life long friendships.She answered God’s calling into ministry, starting her own church and later became the Assistant Pastor of Walk in the Light Deliverance Church which was under the leadership of Bishop John E. Caldwell which later transitioned to Bishop Willie H. Walker.For many years, she worked as a certified nursing assistant at Brittany Farms and Riverside Health Care Centers. She was driven by a passion to help people and believed she could always bring inspiration and hope to others in need. Her children often spent time singing Christian songs at Christmas programs and other special events at her jobs.She was known for her financial contributions in the church, never hesitant to set, achieve, and exceed fundraising goals throughout the years. She was also known for sharing her love of food with her children and grandchildren. Whether it was her famous fried chicken, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, or her one of a kind sweet potato pies, she always looked forward to cooking for the ones she loved and gathering frequently for family dinners.Final memories of loved ones recall her in continuous prayer, shamelessly singing church songs at the top of her lungs, and hand clapping along to Rance Allen and Lee Williams videos from her recliner. On Tuesday, February 13, 2024 Evangelist Mother Mamie Lee (Jones) Simmons transitioned peacefully to eternity, gaining her wings and her rightful place in Heaven.THOSE SHE LEAVE BEHINDShe will lovingly be remembered by her children: Dianne Caldwell, Barbara Gardner, Kelvin “Pete” (Irene) Simmons, Cheryl (Demetrious) Carter, Tara Jordan, Linda Simmons, and Kewanda Lanham; grandchildren: Aisha (George) Quarshie, Javen Simmons, Chantea Caldwell, Donnye Jordan, Jaquaya Pinckney, Kevin Anderson, Alajza Simmons, Josiah Gardner, Jamiah Gardner, Michael W. Lanham, and Jacob Lanham; great grandchildren: Georgina Quarshie, Anastaisha Quarshie, Keyari Steele, and Khalil Robinson; siblings: Eddie (Josephine) Jones, Johnny (Leila) Jones, Robert (Rosa) Jones, Jr., O’Neal Jones, Willie Jones, and Jackie Jones; honorary daughters: April (Clifford) Guest and Ruth (Willie) Walker; honorary grandchildren: Kayla Guest, Asa Guest, Tre Guest; goddaughter: Evangelist Gwenath Douglas, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.She was predeceased by her sister, Bertha Story, husband, Jimmie Simmons, stepmother, Cora Lee Jones, stepbrother, Eula C. Johnson, and parents Robert Jones, Sr. and Eloise (Humble) Jones.INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICEAll of those she loved and touched deeply. Please join us at her homegoing on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. Viewing/11:00 a.m. Service at The Lodge, 130 Deerfield Road, Windsor, CT 06095.SPECIAL MESSAGES“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)

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Carmella (Martino) Corraccio

Feb 28, 1930 - Feb 18, 2024

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Hartford, CT

Carmella (Martino) Corraccio, “Carmie”, 93, of Wethersfield, passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024 at Hartford Hospital. Born at home in Hartford on February 28, 1930, she was daughter of the late Lebratto and Jennie (Francoline) Martino; Carmella was affectionately known as the “baby” of the family. After graduating from Bulkeley High School, her family moved to Wethersfield. She worked for the Fuller Brush Company until she married her husband of nearly 50 years, the late Anthony J. Corraccio. Together, they built their first home in Wethersfield, where they raised their four children, Lynn Decker of Rocky Hill, Sheila Gilbert and her husband, David of Rocky Hill, with whom she made her home for the last eight years, John Corraccio and his wife, Gina of Wethersfield, and her late daughter, Gina Fitzsimmons. She is survived by her son-in-law, Michael Fitzsimmons, Sr. of Wethersfield. She so loved her grandchildren, who brought her endless joy; Courtney Decker of Rocky Hill, Anthony "A.J." Gilbert and his wife, Laurie of Springfield, MA, Michael Fitzsimmons, Jr. of Glastonbury, Stephen Fitzsimmons and his fiancée, Isabel of Brooklyn, NY, Camille Carney and her husband, James of Meriden, John Albert Corraccio of West Hartford, Gabriella Fitzsimmons of Brooklyn, NY, and Anthony J. Corraccio, II of Wethersfield; her great grandchildren, David J. Gilbert, II, Sean Sullivan, Laila Duffy and Riana Duffy; and one great-great grandchild, Declan Sullivan, all of Springfield, MA. She also leaves her best friend, her dog, Thurston. In addition to her loving husband and daughter, she was predeceased by her three siblings, Nicholas Martino, Frances D’Onofrio and Andrew Martino. Carmie was a devout Catholic, who instilled strong morals, family bonds and the love of God in those whose lives she touched – always giving selflessly of herself to family and friends alike, as well as anyone in need. A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating her extraordinary, well-lived life will be observed 10 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 24th) directly at the Church of the Incarnation, 544 Prospect St., Wethersfield. There are no calling hours and she will be laid to rest privately. To honor and keep Carmie’s memory alive, all are encouraged to “commit a random act of kindness” when and wherever possible. Care of arrangements has been entrusted to D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, Wethersfield. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.

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Roy G. Keiser

Nov 13, 1962 - Feb 18, 2024

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Hartford, CT

Roy G. Keiser, age 61 of Hartford, formally of Arlington passed away February 18, 2024 at his home. Arrangements are pending with Johnson-Henry Funeral Home of Arlington.

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Michael Wheeler

Apr 07, 1945 - Feb 17, 2024

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West Hartford, CT

Michael was a kind soul, generous with his time, hospitality, and humor. Before dawn on February 17, 2024, and in the company of his beloved daughter, Siobhan, he passed in the same humble, quiet manner in which he lived. And his was a full life well-lived.Born in Hartford on April 7, 1945 to Reynold and Gertrude Wheeler, Michael was the third of five children. He grew up with his family in a modest home on South Road in Farmington located on the land his relatives had farmed for two generations. There, Michael’s doting mother, who according to his sister June considered Michael her favorite child, nurtured his gentle manner. His father, a formidable man who by all accounts could (and did) build or fix anything, set a stern example of how to live to the exacting standards of the master craftsman that he was.As a child, Michael loved baseball. While his inability to hit a curveball ended his playing career too early, Michael’s love of the game never waned. As a devoted coach to his son Brendan’s Little League team, Michael dutifully pitched batting practice until he couldn’t lift his arm. He was a fixture in the stands as Siobhan and Brendan took to the diamond during their high school years. And of course, there was the Red Sox. Whether watching on TV at home or catching a game at Fenway, he reveled in the team’s ups and patiently endured their downs, never losing his sense of wonder in the magic they performed.As a student, Michael exhibited an uncanny agility with numbers. After graduating from Farmington High School in 1963, he attended St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, where in 1967 he earned a bachelor’s in mathematics. Michael found a fit for his talents at The Hartford Insurance Company, where we worked as an actuary for over 20 years. At the outset of his career, he earned a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Connecticut in 1973. As his career progressed, Michael even wrote test questions that appeared in the battery of professional certification exams all actuaries nationwide had to complete.Although he would never say so himself, Michael was an able marksman. In his youth, he won shooting competitions, sometimes bringing home a Thanksgiving turkey as prize. But as a young naval officer in Vietnam, his sharpshooting had a much more serious application. Michael served as the gunnery officer aboard the U.S.S. Westchester County, a flat-bottomed sea-going tank landing ship that could operate in Vietnam’s rivers. On November 1, 1968, he fought through the deadliest attack suffered by the U.S. Navy during the war, when Vietnamese frogmen placed mines below his ship’s waterline that exploded, ripping through the hull, killing 25 men onboard. Michael revered the U.S. Navy, cherished his service at sea, and honored all those who have served in the military.After his honorable discharge in 1970, Michael retuned to the Hartford area, where he met Bridget “Bridie” Ahern, a Kerry woman and nurse at St. Francis Hospital, whom he married in 1973. In February 1975, they welcomed the birth of Siobhan on the same day they closed on their house on Arundel Avenue in West Hartford where Michael lived for nearly 50 years in until his death. And two years later in 1977, Brendan was born, completing the West Hartford Wheeler clan.Michael soon settled into the familiar routine of suburban life -- family, work, school, church, summer weekends at the beach house at Old Lyme Shores with his brothers and sisters, and the kids’ sports and activities. To unwind from it all, he picked at the banjo and savored his long walks and bike rides through West Hartford. But without complaint, he paid the heavy dues familiar to every dedicated hockey parent – countless hours driving through winter weather to games, and countless more standing frozen in frigid ice rinks, offering his kids his warm, heartfelt support no matter the outcome of the contest.Most summers, Michael brought Bridie and the kids to Killorglin in County Kerry, Ireland to visit Bridie’s parents and siblings and their children. He embraced the charms of Irish country life, and won the hearts of the extended Ahern clan with his easy manner, “Yank” humor, and endless curiosity about Irish history and culture. He dreamed of building a house outside Killorglin. And from the first appearance of the Internet at his Arundel Avenue home until his death, Michael was a voracious consumer of Irish news, making him as credible a commentator on Irish affairs as could be found on this side of the Atlantic.Eventually, the seasons of his life changed, the kids graduated into careers on their own, and in 2009 the unthinkable happened: Michael’s bride of 36 years passed. It was at this time, with Brendan married and posted overseas, a father-daughter friendship for the ages grew into its own. Together, Michael and Siobhan traveled the length of New England, attending football games, hiking, picnicking, or just simply seeing the sights. They also traveled overseas to Ireland to attend family weddings or to wherever Brendan was posted at the time, including to Egypt for a thrilling trip up the Nile River and back into the age of the Pharaohs.In recent years, the consequences of Michael’s declining health tested his soul to its core. But instead of breaking him, the adversities he overcame revealed the bottomless depth of his faith, perseverance, and grace. And it is in celebration of his inspiring example of a full life well lived that we, his family, say farewell to Michael – a son, a brother, a father, a grandfather, a veteran, a friend, and now, a gentle soul taken to Heaven by God for blessed eternity.Michael is survived by his daughter, Siobhan Wheeler; his son, Brendan Wheeler and his wife, Gina Reynolds-Wheeler and their daughter, Lucy Wheeler; his brother, David Wheeler and his wife, Linda Wheeler; his sister, June McKeon and her husband, Charles Friedman; his brother, Joseph Wheeler and his wife, Patricia Watras; and his sister, Elizabeth Wheeler.Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Wednesday (Feb 21), from 3 – 7 pm. Funeral procession from the Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday (Feb 22) at 9:15 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Peter Claver, 47 Pleasant Street, West Hartford at 10:00 am. Burial with full Naval Honors will follow at Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford.In remembrance of Michael’s life the family asks that any charitable donations be made to St. Michael’s College. You can make donations directly at https://engage.smcvt.edu/give or by contacting the Office of Institutional Advancement at 888-448-7111 or giving@smcvt.edu.

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Lorraine Long-Olson

Apr 25, 1955 - Feb 14, 2024

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Hartford, CT

Lorraine Long-Olson, 68, passed away peacefully with her sons by her side on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at Hartford Hospital due to lung cancer.  Born in Medford, Massachusetts on April 25, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Richard W. and Florence E. (Theroux) Long.  She lived in Connecticut most of her life and was a graduate of Milford High School. Lorraine was a self-employed day-care provider until her retirement in 2013.  She thoroughly enjoyed traveling when she was younger and was one of the Pool Pals of the YMCA in Meriden. She was an avid Mah-jongg player and an amazing at-home baker hosting many parties and get-togethers, especially with her Coffee Klatch.She is survived by her two sons; Lucas Olson and Bret Olson, three sisters; Eleanor Iannotti, Jacqui Jensen, and Barbara Novak; two brothers, Robert Long and John Long.  She is also survived by several nephews, the Campions and the Bernards. A gathering of friends and family will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at The John. J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main Street, Meriden, CT 06450, from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to St. Joseph’s Indian School at stjo.org/flowers <https://give.stjo.org/site/Donation2?df_id=1740&1740.donation=form1&s_src=memorial-pg&autologin=true>. For online condolences, please visit jferryfh.com.

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Richard Cyr

Feb 09, 1938 - Feb 16, 2024

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Hartford, CT

Richard Cyr, aged 86, a resident of South Windsor, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 16, 2024, at Hartford Hospital, surrounded by his beloved family, including his wife Greta (Gendreau) Cyr and grandchildren. Born on February 9, 1938, in Caribou, Maine, he was the son of the late Willie and Leona (Legasse) Cyr. Richard spent his formative years on the family farm in Lille, Maine.On March 31, 1959, Richard married the love of his life, Greta Gendreau, with whom he shared a life filled with love and nights on the dancefloor. In 1960, they moved to Hartford, Connecticut, and eventually relocated to South Windsor, Connecticut where they established their lifelong home. Richard dedicated 43 years of service to Colt Firearms before retiring in 2005.A devout Catholic, Richard was an active member of St. Margaret Mary Church and the Knights of Columbus. In retirement, he cherished spending time outdoors with his family in St. David, Maine, enjoying activities such as ATV riding and tending to his John Deere tractor. He found solace in the peaceful summer evenings on Long Lake, Maine, surrounded by loved ones. Known for his infectious smile, warm demeanor, and witty jokes, Richard had a talent for bringing joy to those around him.A skilled handyman, Richard took pride in maintaining his yard and providing assistance to his sons whenever needed. He was deeply committed to nurturing love and fostering a strong work ethic within his family, leaving an enduring legacy for future generations.Richard will be fondly remembered as a kind-hearted, gentle, and devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife of over 64 years, Greta, his children Nathan Cyr and wife Suzanne of Manchester, and Gary Cyr and wife Catherine of South Windsor, as well as his grandchildren Samantha Wright of Suffield, Gregory Cyr and wife Sarah of West Hartford, Matthew Cyr and Emily Cyr of South Windsor, and his great-grandchildren Abigail, Jackson, and Annie. He is also survived by his sister Velma Zullo and her husband John of East Hartford, and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Patricia Bourgoin and husband Robert of Bangor, Maine, Joyce Plourde and husband Conrad of St. Agatha, Maine, and Gail Huber of North Carolina. Richard was predeceased by his sisters Angela Bard, Rena Lavoie, and Roberta St. Jean.A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday November 22nd, at 10 a.m., at St. Margaret Mary Church, 80 Hayes Rd., South Windsor. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Glastonbury. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home in South Windsor has care of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com

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Linda Maxwell Kuhnmuench Crowe

Dec 13, 1943 - Feb 13, 2024

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West Hartford, CT

"Whether you were telling her of heartbreak and disappointment or sharing joy and elation, Linda Maxwell Kuhnmuench Crowe always seemed to understand. And she would rejoice or mourn right along with you. She had a special capacity for compassion and empathy and, when needed, she stepped in and acted on it. Just days before Linda died, Jaime Jackson Larsen sent Linda this message: “Everything I have today is because you took me in and guided me through when I needed someone like you the most.\u0026quot; Linda passed away Feb. 13, 2024, in West Hartford, Conn. surrounded by the love of her sister, Suzanne, her sons John, Jeffrey, Zachary and Maxwell as well as dear friends who visited days earlier. She was 80. “Linda was a kind, loyal, generous and loving friend,” said Liz Florio, former neighbor and friend of 38 years. Born to John and Patricia Maxwell on Dec 13, 1943 in West Hartford, she was the oldest daughter among the family’s six children. She attended Putnam Academy and went on to graduate from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. in 1967. She married John Kuhmuench and the couple had two boys, John and Jeffrey. The pair later divorced and Linda went on to marry screenwriter Christopher Crowe and moved to Los Angeles where she would live for more than 45 years. She and Christopher had two boys, Zachary and Maxwell. Linda was a devoted mother, making countless trips to Tar Pits museum, the tide pools at the beach in Tarzana, surf shops, craft stores and spent many an hour helping them with elaborate homework projects. “One thing for certain is that she loved her boys,” said close friend Sanna Stein. She was a consummate caretaker, pampering family and friends with exquisite cooking, insisting on the freshest ingredients, and was known to send one shopper back to the store with vegetables that weren’t up to her standards. She loved hiking in Coldwater and Laurel canyons near her longtime home in North Hollywood, and cherished times walking her beloved dog, Boxer, through the hills. Linda was an avid reader, a quiet intellect and happiest in later years when surrounded by her books — poetry, philosophy, history, spirituality, psychology. “So intelligent and innately wise,” Sanna added. Linda also suffered loss and trauma and struggled with strained relationships. But she was a survivor and most often used her hurt as a blessing to minister to other women in need of healing. Beauty for ashes. She sought solace and wisdom through dream work and wilderness excursions. She was courageous and loved to tell stories about her times sleeping alone in the desert. She took pride and pleasure in tutoring friends’ kids, reading them classic books and opening their hearts to the world in a special way. She loved scarves and all things cashmere, simple and elegant clothes. Sterling silver over gold. Dark chocolate. At 5’2” and never more than 110 pounds, Linda was petite in stature, but filled the space around her with kindness, love and laughter. A unique soul whose presence on earth will be deeply missed. Linda was preceded in death by her daughter Laurie Wade, brothers Robert, Jeffrey, John (Terry) Maxwell and sister Laurie Maxwell. She is survived by sister Suzanne Bailey-Gates, sons John and Jeffrey Kuhnmuench, Zachary and Maxwell Crowe, and grandsons Maxwell and Bodhi Kuhnmuench. A memorial is being planned for spring in Los Angeles. Donations can be made in her honor to the Alzheimer’s Association."

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