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Rev. Jack Mathias Schneider Oct 17 1932 – March 2 2013

Rev. Jack Schneider of Columbia, CT died March 2, 2013 at Hartford Hospital due to a fall at home.

Rev. Jack Schneider of Columbia, CT died March 2, 2013 at Hartford Hospital due to a fall at home.

Rev. Jack Schneider of Columbia, CT died March 2, 2013 at Hartford Hospital due to a fall at home.

Rev. Schneider was the first pastor of Baptist Fellowship of Columbia, CT for 47 years.

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri.  He received Christ as his Savior and received the call to preach in the Euclid Baptist Church of St. Louis.

Rev. Schneider had been a pastor since 1951; he served eight churches – in Missouri, Texas and Connecticut.

He  preached evangelistic crusades in 12 states, from the Midwest to New England.  He also conducted retreats, was camp pastor at summer camps and taught the Bible in many seminars.

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Gladys M Freeman Nov 22 1923 – Jan 19 2013

January 26, 2013 Obituaries No Comments

TELEPHONE PIONEERS OF AMERICA eBAY PHOTO 2013Gladys M. Freeman, 89, of Columbia, CT passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at Windham Hospital.

Gladys was born Nov. 22, 1923 in Willimantic, CT – daughter to the late George D. Freeman and Rose M. Freeman.

She is survived by a sister, Elizabeth A. Freeman and predeceased by her sister Frances R. Freeman.

She also leaves many former co-workers, friends; her Godchild Cindy Chernuk; special friends Deborah and Gary Reynolds and their daughters Amy, Danielle and Kimberly; her cousins … Continue Reading

Ruth Kaplan Kaskowitz 1915-2012

September 1, 2012 Obituaries No Comments

Ruth Kaplan Kaskowitz was a buyer for a woman’s specialty shop in Willimantic, CT. She was honored by the State of Connecticut for her many years of volunteerism at the local hospital, library, and Columbia, CT Senior Center. Photo copyright 2012 Brenda Sullivan

Ruth Kaplan Kaskowitz, 97, passed away Friday (Aug. 31, 2012) at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.

She was born in Columbia, CT to the late Lewis and Anna (Weiner) Kaplan.

Ruth graduated from Windham High School in Willimantic, CT and had lived in Columbia, CT before moving to Longmeadow in 2007. She was predeceased by her husband Milton Kaskowitz.

Ruth is survived by her children and their spouses Carole Pagani (married to the late John Pagani) and Elizabeth and Dr. Philip Irving; her grandchildren Robbin Airault and Dwayne LaFogg, Mark and Andrea Wolf, Erin and Rocco Shropshire, Marc Irving (and his girlfriend Corinn Cunningham), Jeffrey Pagani, Lisa and Steven Antonio, and Laura and James Clark; her great grandchildren Brianna Heiser, Brittany and Pablo Britos, Trevor Pagani, Jenna and Hayden Clark, Nina LaFogg, Zachary and Alexandra Wolf, Katherine, Tommy, and Johnny Antonio, and Carolina and Emma Shropshire; her great great grandchild Adrianna Britos; and many dear nieces and nephews.

Ruth was also predeceased by her sister Gertrude Furman Sidman and her brothers Samuel, Hyman, Morris, and Joseph Kaplan.

The family would like to thank the nurses at Baystate Medical Center and the staff at Ruth’s House for their loving care.

Ruth was a buyer for a woman’s specialty shop in Willimantic, CT.

She was honored by the State of Connecticut for her many years of volunteerism at the local hospital, library, and Columbia, CT Senior Center.

Ruth loved reading, bridge and word games, was an excellent baker and knitter, and was an avid fan of the Red Sox.

Her graveside service will be Sunday, 11 a.m. at B’nai Israel Cemetery, 227 Stafford Road, Mansfield (Storrs), CT. Shiva services will be Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the home of Dr. Philip and Elizabeth Irving at 133 Willow Brook Rd. in Longmeadow, MA.

Donations can be made to the Frieda Reisz Chaplancy Fund, c/o Jewish Geriatric Services, 770 Converse St., Longmeadow, MA 01106 or to the National Autism Society, 4340 East-West Highway, Suite 350, Bethesda, MD 20814.

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Posted September 1, 2012

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Chronicle Publisher Kevin Crosbie struck down by heart attack

Kevin B. Crosbie, 52, publisher of The Chronicle in Willimantic, CT died at his home on April 17, 2012. Photo source: The Chronicle

Local residents and members of the publishing world were stunned to learn on Tuesday (April 17) that Chronicle Publisher Kevin Crosbie, 52, had suffered a heart attack and died at his home.

The Chronicle is one of the last family-owned newspapers in the country, and has been the source of local daily news since 1877.

Kevin was the fifth generation of his family to be Publisher of The Chronicle, the role he took over from his mother, the late Lucie Crosbie, in 1992.

In the aftermath of his untimely death, friends and colleagues remembered him for the person he was behind the title – a family man, a constant in the community, an ally, an athlete and a very good friend.

News of Crosbie’s passing moved quickly through the community.

The Windham Town Council Tuesday honored Crosbie with a moment of silence before its meeting, and expressed shock and disbelief that such a prominent member of the community was gone.

Crosbie was remembered in many ways, not the least of which was for his forthrightness and honesty.

“If he liked something, he’d tell you. If he didn’t like something, he’d tell you that too,” said Windham Mayor Ernie Eldridge.

“Kevin and I didn’t travel in the same circle but I considered him my good friend,” he said.

Condolences also poured into the Chronicle Tuesday from newspaper heads around the state who knew Crosbie professionally and personally.

Michael Schroeder, president of the Bristol Press described Crosbie as “a dedicated journalist” who worked diligently to preserve community newspapers in Connecticut.

“He was committed to doing what was right in every situation and I took away new ideas from each conversation I had with him. The news media will be much weaker in this state with the loss of Kevin,” Schroeder said.

Crosbie was a hands-on publisher and ever present in the newsroom. He operating at times out of nothing more grandiose than a cubicle in the corner.

He was the go- to person for just about everything and would just as soon climb a ladder to change a light bulb as put on a jacket and sit down with the governor — as he did recently when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy paid a visit to the Chronicle.

Former Chronicle features editor Terese Karmel described Crosbie as “a soup-to-nuts guy.”

“At midnight he’d be at the paper, in jeans and a sweatshirt, ironing out some printing problems … and then that night, he’d be in a gray suit and tie hosting a Chamber of Commerce dinner,” she said.

Kevin Crosbie and his mother Lucy Crosbie in January 2002. Lucy May ( Bartlett) Crosbie, president of the Chronicle Printing Co. and former publisher, died at Windham Community Memorial Hospital on Jan. 1, 2012 after a brief illness. She was publisher of the daily newspaper from 1954 until 1992, when Kevin Crosbie took over that role. Chronicle file photo

Chronicle photographer Al Malpa said Crosbie treated everyone fairly. “There was no hierarchy with him,” said Malpa.

Crosbie as a forward thinker, he said, always drumming up innovative ways to make the paper better.

His business savvy ways and his nose for news combined to make him one of a kind, said Gary Farrugia, publisher of The Day. “Kevin was a smart businessman with the soul of a journalist… He was a fine human being,” Farrugia said.

Crosbie held several leadership positions in the greater newspaper community; he served as past president for the Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association and as Chair of the Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association’s legislative committee.

Richard Graziano, publisher of the Hartford Courant recalled, “As president of the association, he was a committed leader. He was a fierce advocate for our industry who successfully fought legislation that stood to negatively affect our business in a significant way.”

Despite trying economic times that continue to take a toll on newspapers around the country, the Crosbies have fought successfully to keep the Chronicle in the family.

“The fact that he was the fifth generation of a family that has led a local media organization since 1877 speaks volumes,” said Graziano.

Mike Killian Sr., vice president for the Record-Journal in Meriden, described Crosbie as a “fellow who loved the industry… He had a passionate commit­ment to journalism, as did Lucy, his mother.”

A graduate of Windham High School, Crosbie went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in English from Skidmore College in Saratoga, N.Y. He joined the Chronicle in 1984 and became publisher in 1992.

George Geers, who was the Chronicle editor when Crosbie made the transition to publisher, called Crosbie, “a class act… The closest I’ve come to George Bailey of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’”

Despite the Chronicle’s status as a smaller daily, Crosbie as its publisher was well respected as an industry leader among his peers.

“He was passionate about, and dedicated to, preserving the independence of the Chronicle,” said Shawn Palmer, publisher of the News Times in Danbury.

Outside of the news business, Crosbie nurtured his longtime friendships and enjoyed some 30 years of ice hockey with old high school buddies. The group began getting together to play pond hockey in the woods of Windham and while they all loved the game, their greatest fondness was for one other.

“They were terrific hockey players, but they were better friends,” said Mike Sypher, Chronicle sports editor, who went to high school with Crosbie and has worked at the Chronicle for 25 years.

Even though described as a hands-on publisher, Sypher said Crosbie was hands-off where it mattered most.

“He let us do our jobs and he trusted our abilities. He was the best boss I ever had and will ever have,” said Sypher.

Norm Miller, a longtime friend and fellow hockey player, said there were countless good times to be remembered with Crosbie, but mostly he was the best kind of friend. “He always seemed to be there when I needed a friend. When I came home from Iraq, he was the guy who picked me up. When I was down, he was there,” said Miller.

Michael Lemanski, Chronicle city editor, has known Crosbie since 1997. As a sports enthusiast, he admired Crosbie for his interests both inside and beyond the newsroom — especially his membership on the Boubere and Buzzard hockey teams.

“Kevin was the only publisher I’ve ever worked for who played ice hockey,” said Lemanski.

Lemanski added, “He cared about his staff, family and community and he represented what newspapers should be.”

That sentiment was shared by many others who knew Crosbie, including Eldridge.

“He was a man that you could trust,” said Eldridge. “There are not many newspaper people you can say that about, but Kevin was one of them.”

Posted April 18, 2012, as edited by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

Charter Communications/Community Access also shares this link to a recent interview with Kevin Crosbie on “On the Homefront.” He was interviewed by Bruce John and John Murphy.

http://ctv14.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=ed987a90c9503e7c6c9983f5ae06dd7e

Kevin Bartlett Crosbie, Feb 22, 1960 – April 17, 2012

Kevin B. Crosbie, 52, of Willimantic, husband of Patrice A. Crosbie (nee Pernaselli), father of Caroline, Meredith, and Arthur, passed away suddenly on April 17, 2012.

Kevin was born in Willimantic, son of the late Arthur and Lucy Crosbie.

Kevin is survived by his wife, his brother Vincent and fiancée Emma Rodriguez Suarez, his cousins Diane Studley, Jennifer and Rob Smith and children, his aunt and uncle Joan and Bob Fraser, cousins Katie, Shawn and Denise, his father and mother in law Joseph and Marianne Pernaselli, brothers and sisters in law, Joseph Pernaselli, Michael and Meg Pernaselli, Mary and Michael Regensburg, and nephews, Christopher, Jeffrey, Brian, Evan and Sean.

Kevin graduated from Windham High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Skidmore College. In 1984 he joined The Chronicle, and has been Publisher since 1992. Kevin was the fifth generation of his family to be Publisher of The Chronicle which was founded in 1877.

Kevin was a past President of the Willimantic Lions Club, the Willimantic Chamber of Commerce and the Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association.

He was an avid hockey fan and member of the Boubere and Buzzard Hockey teams.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 20, 2012, between 4 and 7 p.m. at Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson Street (Rte. 195) Willimantic, CT.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 1 p.m., at St. Joseph Church, 99 Jackson St., Willimantic, with assembly at the church. Burial will follow immediately.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to The Holy Family Home and Shelter, 88 Jackson St., Willimantic, CT. 06226.

Evelyn F. Cafrella March 13 1925 – April 11 2012

April 12, 2012 Obituaries No Comments

First Congregational Church of Columbia - graphic by Brenda Sullivan

Evelyn (Mathewson) Cafrella, 87, of Columbia, CT wife of the late Harry Cafrella, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in Mansfield.

Evelyn was born March 13, 1925 in Newport, RI, the daughter of Clifford and Ida (Graff) Mathewson.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed at the Columbia Post Office for 32 years, and served as Postmaster for the last seven years.

She loved to bow hunt and fish with her husband. In 1968, she was the Connecticut State Archery Champion in the Women’s Division.

Evelyn was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Columbia, and helped in any way she could.

She leaves nephews Donald Scott of Chino Valley, AZ, Arthur Mathewson Jr. of Marietta, GA, nieces, Mary (Mathewson) McCoy of East Windsor, Jean Hayes of Warwick, RI, Joyce Hacket of North Kingstown, RI and other nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son, Harry Robert Cafrella, her brother Arthur Mathewson Sr., her sister Dorothy (Mathewson) Ferry and her nephew Thomas Mathewson.

Her family wishes to thank all the people at her church and her many friends for all the kindnesses shown their aunt during her life in Columbia. Also their warmest thanks to Mary Evans for her friendship of over 50 years.

Her funeral service will be Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Columbia, 325 Rte. 87, Columbia. Burial will follow in the West Street Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Potter Funeral Home in Willimantic is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association or the First Congregational Church of Columbia.

Posted April 12, 2012

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Norman Dennis Schussler Jan 5 1919 – April 5 2012

April 12, 2012 Obituaries No Comments

He moved to Fox Hill Farm in Columbia, CT in 1951, where he farmed, and he later taught woodworking at Manchester High School. He loved the land and he loved walking the farm he carefully preserved.

Norman D. Schussler of Columbia, CT died Thursday, April 5 at the age of 93.

Born in Chase City, Virginia, he was raised in Richmond, Virginia and the Bronx (New York).

After serving with the Thirteenth Air Force in the Solomon Islands and the Philippines during World War II, he was discharged in 1946 with the rank of Major.  That same year he met his future wife, Caroline, at a Passover Seder.

He moved to Fox Hill Farm in Columbia, CT in 1951, where he farmed, and he later taught woodworking at Manchester High School.  He loved the land and he loved walking the farm he carefully preserved.

He was devoted to his wife and children.

After studying pewter smithing with Frances Felton and enameling with Margaret Seeler, he collaborated with them on the Norwich Cross at the Church of the Redeemer, Norwich, CT.

He also served on the Columbia Charter Revision Commission and on the Columbia Wetlands Commission for many years.

He is survived by Caroline, his wife of 65 years, children Susan and Michael of New York City, and sister Ellen Drori of San Francisco, CA.

Arrangements are private and handled by Potter Funeral Home, Willimantic, CT.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you send contributions to the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 26, Columbia, CT. 06237.

Posted April 12, 2012

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Audrey May Stimson Oct 31 1925 – Jan 20 2012

January 23, 2012 Obituaries 1 Comment
Audrey May Stimson, 86, of Columbia, CT, widow of the late Lester W. Stimson, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 at Apple Rehab in Colchester, CT surrounded by her loving family.

Audrey May Stimson, 86, of Columbia, CT, widow of the late Lester W. Stimson, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 at Apple Rehab in Colchester, CT surrounded by her loving family.

Audrey May Stimson, 86, of Columbia, CT, widow of the late Lester W. Stimson, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 at Apple Rehab in Colchester, CT surrounded by her loving family.

Born Oct 31, 1925, in Milwaukee, WI, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Martha (Henning) Mueller.

On May 25, 1946, she and Lester W. Stimson were married and shared 60 years of marriage before he passed away on Nov. 29, 2006.

Mrs. Stimson had worked as a secretary for Brand Rex in Willimantic for many years before her retirement.

She was a member of the Columbia Congregational Church.

Survivors include three children Andrea Ballou of Columbia, Gregory Stimson of Colchester and Tedd Stimson of Glastonbury, CT; several grandchildren; and numerous extended family members and friends.

Care of private arrangements has been entrusted to the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester, www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com

Posted Jan. 23, 2012

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Chronicle publisher Lucy Bartlett Crosbie 1929-2012

January 3, 2012 Local News, Obituaries No Comments
Chronicle Publisher Kevin Crosbie, left, with Chronicle President Lucy Crosbie celebrating the newspaper’s 125th anniversary in January 2002.

Chronicle Publisher Kevin Crosbie, left, with Chronicle President Lucy Crosbie celebrating the newspaper’s 125th anniversary in January 2002.

Lucy May ( Bartlett) Crosbie, president of the Chronicle Printing Co. and former publisher, died at Windham Community Memorial Hospital on Sunday (Jan 1, 2012) after a brief illness.

She was publisher of the daily newspaper from 1954 until 1992, when she was succeeded by her son, Kevin Crosbie.

She remained as president of the Chronicle and kept an active involvement in the operations of the paper, monitoring other publications on a daily basis and offering suggestions for stories.

She also attended weekly meetings of the editorial board, often playing “Devil’s Advocate” on issues under discussion.

“Lucy really cared about issues in Windham and other communities and would often do in-depth research to help provide background information for editors and reporters,” said Charles Ryan, editor of the Chronicle. “She also had an impish sense of humor.”

Morley L. Piper, the former executive director of the New England Newspaper Association, worked with Crosbie.

“Lucy and I were close friends for many years. We served together in the old New England Newspaper Association and she played a major role in developing it as a premiere newspaper force,” Piper said. “She was wonderful … at once Auntie Mame, The Front Page and a Damon Runyon novel. Warmhearted, spirited, a great humorist, an astute observer of life and people, a loyal friend … and one of the best journalists we’ve ever had in New England.”

Former U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd knew Crosbie for many years. “Our families knew and respected each other. Being born in Willimantic was always a source of great pride for me and my family and I have fond memories of being there,” Dodd said. “The Willimantic Chronicle, a staple of our community, was known for asking the tough questions but balanced them with objectivity and fairness.

“As I always looked forward to reading it to learn the news of the day, the Chronicle served as a tremendous resource to me and my staff during my time representing our state.

“Lucy Crosbie and her son, Kevin, have done a wonderful job preserving its rich legacy,” concluded Dodd.

Former U. S. Congressman Sam Gejdenson remembered Crosbie. “For 20 years, I came to Willimantic very often to stop and see Lucy. No one was better informed than Lucy, not the editorial board of the New York Times, not the nightly television news anchors,” Gejdenson said. “The Chronicle was not a normal business for Lucy. She saw her role as a protector and advocate for the people. Her energy and commitment to the readers of the Chronicle never wavered.”

Born in Willimantic on May 24, 1929, the daughter of George Donald Bartlett and Teresa (Shea) Bartlett, she was the widow of Arthur W. Crosbie, who died on Sept. 23, 1976.

Lucy and Arthur worked together at the Chronicle for 24 years, converting the paper to modern production technology and moving the facility from Church Street in downtown Willimantic to One Chronicle Road on the west side of town.

Crosbie was the great-grand­daughter of John A. McDonald, who purchased the fledgling weekly Willimantic Enterprise and published the first issue of the Chronicle on Jan. 4, 1877.

She was the fourth generation of her family to serve as publisher of the Chronicle, having succeeded her father, G. Donald Bartlett, her grandfather, George Bartlett, and her great-grandfather, John A. McDonald.

She is survived by her son, Vincent B. Crosbie and his finance, Emma Rodriguez Suarez of Stamford; her son, Kevin Crosbie and her daughter-in-law Patrice Crosbie of Willimantic, and three grandchildren, Caroline Mary Louise Crosbie, Meredith Ann Marie Crosbie and Arthur Bartlett William Crosbie of Willimantic; a sister, Joan Fraser and her husband Robert of Somers, Mont.; a nephew and three nieces.

A graduate of Natchaug Grammar School in Willimantic, and Dean Academy in Franklin, Mass., she received a B.S. degree from the Boston University School of Management in 1951.

Crosbie had an almost encyclopedic knowledge of local history and events; a clear, concise style of writing; and a sharp and quick sense of humor.

Over the years, she wrote thousands of editorials and articles for the newspaper and was known for her vigorous support of efforts to benefit the civic and economic life of the community.

No worthy cause went unaided if she could be of help. Many of her charitable donations were given anonymously.

Crosbie had a long and distinguished career of service in local and area civic and professional organizations.

She was the first woman to serve as president of each of the following organizations: the New England Daily Newspaper Association, the Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association, the Connecticut Editorial Association, and the United Press Newspapers of Connecticut.

Crosbie was a former chairman of the Eastern Connecticut State University Foundation, past president and a founding member of the Windham Historical Society, and a corporator of Windham Hospital.

She had served as a member of the board of directors of: the Connecticut Tuberculosis and Health Association, the Connecticut Child Welfare Association, Eastern Connecticut Public Television, Mansfield State Training School Foundation, the Eastern Connecticut Foundation for Charitable Giving, the Quiet Corner Visitors and Tourist District, Eastern Connecticut Board of Opera of New England, the Salvation Army, Connecticut Literacy Volunteers, the Willimantic Chapter of the Red Cross, the Eastern Connecticut Visiting Nurse Association and the Eastern Connecticut Advisory Board of The Connecticut Bank and Trust Co.

Crosbie served as a member of the Town of Windham Bicentennial Commission of the American Revolution in 1976 and The Town of Windham Tercentennial Committee in 1992. She was also a member of the Annie Wood Elderkin Chapter of The Daughters of The American Revolution.

Mrs. Crosbie was a member of St. Joseph Church in Willimantic.

A resident of Columbia, CT she also had a summer home at Groton Long Point.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5 at Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St., (Rte. 195), Willimantic.

Her Funeral Mass will be held on Friday at St. Joseph Church, 99 Jackson St., Willimantic, at a time to be announced. Interment in Old Willimantic Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Joseph Church Building Fund, 99 Jackson St., Willimantic, CT 06226

Posted Jan. 3, 2012

Flags to fly half-staff for Connecticut soldier killed in Afghanistan Sunday

November 1, 2011 Areawide, Obituaries No Comments
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (Nov. 1, 2011) ordered U.S. and Connecticut flags to fly at half staff in honor of Connecticut resident Sgt. Ari Cullers, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Sunday.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (Nov. 1, 2011) ordered U.S. and Connecticut flags to fly at half staff in honor of Connecticut resident Sgt. Ari Cullers, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Sunday.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (Nov. 1, 2011) ordered U.S. and Connecticut flags to fly at half staff in honor of Connecticut resident Sgt. Ari Cullers, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Sgt. Cullers, of New London, CT was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade while repairing a bulldozer in Kandahar province.

In a prepared statement, Gov. Malloy said, “It is with tremendous sadness that we mourn the loss of Sgt. Cullers, who gave his life serving our nation… On behalf of all Connecticut residents, I extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and loved ones as we honor his life and remember his service.”

Sgt. Cullers served in the Army Headquarters, Headquarters Company, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team (BCT) and was stationed out of Ft. Drum, NY.

Flags will remain at half staff until burial, the details of which will be forthcoming.

Posted Nov. 1, 2011

Elisabeth C. Millette Nov. 25, 1921 – Dec. 07, 2010

December 10, 2010 Obituaries No Comments

wang_temple_poland-normalElisabeth “Liz” (Niedzwiedz) Millette, 89, of Columbia, wife of the late Louis Millette, Jr. passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born on Nov. 25, 1921 in Niedwiadki, Poland and moved to France at age two.

Liz met and married her husband while he was a soldier stationed in France during World War II.  She moved to the United States following his discharge from the Army and taught herself the English language.

She was retired from the State of CT Department of Mental Retardation. She was a loving and giving person to her family and to the clients she served.

She was an avid fan of the UConn women’s basketball team.

She is survived by her daughter Marie Santa and her husband Bob; her daughter Lillian; her son, Raymond and his wife  Debbie with whom she made her home; and her beloved grandchildren whom she adored, Eric, Stephanie and Catherine Millette and Jen Jaffe and her husband Mike; a great grandson, Mark, and many other relatives in the United States, France and Poland.

The family wishes to express special thanks to Denise and Micki for their devotion, caring and concern.

There will be a service on at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 10 with Fr. Laurence LaPointe officiating, at Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson Street (Rte. 195) Willimantic. www.potterfuneralhome.com Burial will be private following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in her memory may be made to: The Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT. 06067; Hospice of Eastern Connecticut, 34 Ledgebrook Drive, Mansfield Center, CT 06250; or Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.

Posted Dec. 10, 2010

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