Ruth Huber Dery, 94 passed away on Saturday January 18, 2014. The loving wife of the late LeRoy Dery for 57 years, she was born in New Britain, to the late Ellen and Louis Huber on December 7, 1919 and graduated from New Britain High School. She lived in New Britain most of her life, moving to Berlin and then Granby in her later years. She worked in secretarial positions at D & L Advertising, Nathan Hale Junior High and Mooreland Hill School. Besides her parents and husband, Ruth was predeceased by her daughter, Eleanor Lemanski, her sister, Eleanor Carlson, and her brothers, Louis, Joseph, LeRoy and Harold Huber. She leaves to mourn her passing son LeRoy Dery and his wife Theresa, daughter Marge Dery, son-in-law Joseph Lemanski, grandsons Paul Dery, David Lemanski and his wife Molly, and Mark Lemanski, granddaughters Jennifer Granato and husband Aaron and Jessica Santangelo, great – granddaughters, McKenzie and Haylee Granato , and many special relatives and friends. Many thanks to the MeadowBrook of Granby Staff for their compassionate care of Ruth and their comfort and support of the family.
W. Edward Foster, 74, of Colchester, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Born Aug 24, 1939, in Meriden, he was the son of the late L. Stanley and Gail (Erb) Foster. A talented bass trombonist, Ed earned his Master of Music degree in Instrumental Performance from Hartt College at the University of Hartford. He began his 45-year tenure with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in 1961 while teaching trombone to countless students. In his 50′s, he returned to school and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Eastern Connecticut State University. Ed taught Information Processing at Computer Processing Institute and Branford Career Hall while continuing his career in the HSO. He studied and traveled in Italy and had a passion for fine art. Later in life, he developed a love for gardening and bird watching. He was a gentle intellectual and had a quiet but firm personality. He leaves his daughter, Kristin Foster of Colchester, his former spouse, Judith Billingham of Hadlyme and her daughter, Rebecca Risley of Tolland; his longtime friends, Andrew and Feather Spearman of Willington; and numerous other friends and extended family members. A service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra 100 Pearl St., Hartford, CT 06103 - www.hartfordsymphony.org. Care of arrangements has been entrusted to the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester. For online condolences, please visit www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com
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KENSINGTON – Joanne (Michelini) Pigott, 78, of Kensington, died Friday night (September 13, 2013) at Apple Rehab in Plainville. Born on October 17, 1934, to the late Ronald and the late Frances (Fowler) Michelini, she grew up on the campus of the Westminster School in Simsbury, where her father taught Spanish and math and coached football, hockey, and baseball and served as the Director of Athletics. She graduated from the Northfield School for Girls and received her B.A. in English from Smith College in 1956, where she worked on the literary magazine with Sylvia Plath, and began her teaching career at Hamden Hall in Hamden, before teaching English, Latin, and history, and coaching for more than 30 years at the Mooreland Hill School in Kensington. A life-long animal lover, she became very active in Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue, an all-volunteer organization of dogs and handlers who are trained to search for lost and missing persons. Her love and knowledge of nature also led her to write a weekly column for a New Britain newspaper about her observations of the natural world. She was a devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox and cheered them on avidly, particularly during their excellent 2013 season. She is survived by her daughters Patricia Fowler of Gorham, Maine and Martha Donelan of Goleta, California, and her grandchildren Jed and Emily Donelan. A memorial service will be held on Saturday (September 28, 2013) at 2:30pm at the Mooreland Hill School at 166 Lincoln Street, Berlin, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue, PO Box 6, Kensington, CT 06037 or at the website: www.ccsar.org, or to Mooreland Hill School.
Richard (Rick) A. Sanzo, 52, of New Britain, died suddenly on December 28, 2012.
Rick was born in New York, NY. He graduated from Mooreland Hill and Avon Old Farms Schools and received a degree in HVAC from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Rick worked in the family wholesale plumbing business, Commercial Supply Co., Inc. and, more recently, worked on mechanical drawings for HVAC system installations in commercial and industrial construction projects. Rick has an adult son, Richard J. Sanzo, of Wilton, from his first marriage. Rick also has two other children, Nicolette (15) and Ryan (12) Sanzo, with their mother, Pamela Sanzo, of Wethersfield. Rick is survived by his parents, Peter and Adeline Sanzo, of New Britain, his brother, Robert Sanzo, of Kensington, his wife Robin and their children, Joy and Peter J. and his sister, Attorney Judi Sanzo, of San Diego and her husband, US Magistrate Judge Mitchell Dembin