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
Ryan Patrick McLaughlin, 29, of New Britain, Conn., passed away to his eternal reward Monday, July 22, 2013, following a short illness.
Ryan attended the former Holy Cross School, New Britain, Conn., before moving on to Mooreland Hill School in Berlin for grades 5 to 9. At Mooreland Hill, Ryan was an accomplished athlete in basketball and soccer.
He attended both Berlin and Southington High schools, graduating from the latter. Ryan enjoyed traveling with his father and had the opportunity to spend large amounts of time in Florida, Puerto Rico and California.
After graduation, Ryan pursued a career in the field of culinary arts, becoming quite the sous chef. He also worked part-time as an accomplished landscaper.
Ryan achieved a good deal in a life tragically cut short, but will always be remembered for his understanding, respectfulness and a great sense of humor.
Ryan is survived by his father, Daniel P. McLaughlin of New Britain, Conn.; his mother, Irene M. Pierce, formerly of Plainville, Conn.; his fiancée, Amy Phelps of Manchester, Conn.; his maternal grandparents, William and Rachel Pierce of Plainville, Conn.; as well as several maternal aunts, uncles and cousins, his paternal uncle, Dennis J. McLaughlin of New Britain, Conn.; his beloved twin cousins, Stephanie L. McLaughlin of Berlin, Conn., and Dawn M. McLaughlin-Tranter of Southington, Conn., and his aunt, Margaret Banks of Berlin, Conn.
Ryan was predeceased by his loving paternal grandparents, James W. and Hedwig McLaughlin Jr.; his uncle, James W. McLaughlin, III.
He will be sorely missed by a wide variety of friends and associates throughout the central Connecticut area, Memphis, Tenn., and the West Coast.
Funeral rites for Ryan will be held Friday, July 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. from the Paul A. Shaker/Farmingdale Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Ave., New Britain, Conn.
Burial will be private. Relatives and friends may call at the Paul A. Shaker/Farmingdale Funeral Home, Friday, from 9 to 11 a.m. Directions to funeral home: I-84 East or West — Exit 37 (Fienemann Road) right off exit — one mile down on right.
To extend condolences to the McLaughlin family or to share a memory of Ryan, please visit our website @ shakerfuneralhome.com.
The Rev. Mr. Norman Cooley Eddy died peacefully at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York city on Friday, June 21 of old age. Norm was born and brought up in New Britain, Conn. and summered on Martha’s Vineyard from birth as part of the Hart clan in Harthaven and up-Island on Abel’s Hill.
He graduated from Yale University and served in World War II in a volunteer ambulance corps, the American Field Service, and was attached to the British 8th Army for the duration of the war, serving in Egypt, Libya, Italy and Austria. In the summer of 1943 as the AFS ambulances returned from Palmyra (Syrian Desert), Norm had a spiritual experience on the road to Damascus. He was engulfed by the love, truth and beauty of the divine and he experienced the unity of all creation even in the midst of the horrible war. From that experience, Norm’s purpose in life became clear: to live by the Holy Spirit and to uncover Spirit within each and every person. While he believed that God could be experienced through any spiritual tradition, he returned to his religion of origin and became an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.
His choice to study for the ministry at Union Theological Seminary was life-changing. It took him to East Harlem beginning with the East Harlem Protestant Parish, where he met a life-changing woman named the Rev. Dr. Margaret (Peg) Lindsay Ruth who was equally committed to issues of social justice and activating well-being in the community. Peg and Norm married in 1950 and became co-pastors of a little storefront church that they founded in East Harlem (later to merge to become The Church of the Resurrection). They raised their three children in tenements on East 100th street, and later on East 105th, where Reverend Eddy lived until today. They devoted their lives together to spiritual coordination, prayer networks, Biblical storytelling and community activism. They were known for their compassionate action groups, which led to committees on health (drug addiction, mental illness), economics (establishing the first independent inner city Credit Union in New York city), education (on planned pregnancy, solving gang problems, improving local schools, prison reform) and housing. Norm is credited for helping community members establish the East Harlem Narcotics Committee, The Metro North Citizen’s Committee, East Harlem Interfaith, the East Harlem Credit Union and the East Harlem Urban Center. He also was a founder of the Association of Neighborhood Housing Developers. He was a mentor to many and constantly challenged people to live their lives guided by the Holy Spirit.
Reverend Eddy believed that, guided by prayer, any oppressed community could work together with compassionate people and change the social and political landscape. He helped addicts and their parents, siblings, spouses and grandparents to change the New York state law that shifted narcotics use from being a crime to being treated as a medical condition (Metcalf-Volker bill), opening the first rehab unit at the Metropolitan Hospital. He was saddened that we have yet to eradicate poverty on our earth, as he held the firm belief that it was possible to be free from poverty if the people in poverty help as leaders in finding solutions.
In honor of Norman Eddy we ask each person to consider what can be done today to educate, nurture dialogue and move our worldwide communities into economic and socio-emotional health.
A wake and viewing will be held on Friday, June 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Church of the Resurrection, 325 East 101 street, New York, NY 10029. The funeral service will be held Saturday, June 29 at 11 a.m., also at the Church of the Resurrection. A private burial service will be held over Labor Day weekend in Chilmark.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the New York Theological Seminary Margaret and Norman Eddy Program Center for Spiritual Coordination and Community Well-being: 425 Riverside Drive, Suite 500, New York, NY 10115. A portion of the funds will be directed toward a film about Reverend Eddy’s work in East Harlem. A cut of the film, by Jan Albert, can be seen at youtube.com/watch?v=6sX-zjVMWB4