Obits pg 8 9-13-18

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Brad R. Riley
DAYVILLE — Brad R. Riley, 28, of Dayville, died unexpectedly Sept. 4, 2018, in Putnam. He was born July 12, 1990, in Putnam, son of Fred Riley and Jill Erickson.
He graduated from the Masonry Program at H.H. Ellis Technical School in 2008. He had worked for Staples for many years and had just recently started working at Frito Lay. Brad enjoyed playing pool and played with several pool leagues. He enjoyed sports, especially the Boston Red Sox.
Brad was proud of his stay and all his accomplishments at the Hotchkiss House beginning May 22, 2016 in Torrington.
He leaves his father Fred Riley of Dayville; mother Jill Erickson of Danielson; his sisters Heidi Thompson (Timothy) and their daughter Grace of Plainfield, Molly Pelletier (Tom) of Moosup; his twin brother Chad Riley of Dayville; his grandmother Betsy Erickson; his lifelong best friend Dijon Benton; uncles Jeff Erickson (Debbie) and their children Johnny Mullen and Christine Bahosh, Russell Riley (Natalie) and their son Kevin; his cat Moe. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Richard and Linda Riley, and Herb Erickson, his uncle Jay Erickson and a cousin Bryan Erickson.
A Memorial Service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Eastford Baptist Church, 133 Union Road, Eastford. Burial will be private. Donations: McCall Foundation, 58 High St., Torrington, CT  06790. Smith and Walker Funeral Home, 148 Grove St., Putnam.

Mark L. Baker
N. GROSVENORDALE — Mark Lee Baker 51, of Riverside Drive died Sept. 7, 2018, at home after a long illness.  
Born in 1967, he was the son of Linda (Baker) Gauthier and her husband Allen and the late Richard Ballanceau.  
Mark lived most of his life in (Fabyan) Thompson.  He attended Tourtellotte Memorial High School and worked for Webco Chemicals in Dudley, Rinker Materials in Moosup, Pallflex in Putnam, and was a partner in First Rate Chemical in Webster.  Mark enjoyed watching Jeopardy and the Boston Red Sox.  He also collected sports memorabilia and die cast cars.
In addition to his mother and step father, he leaves his sisters, Melinda Kominski (Scott) of Stafford Springs, Valerie Mayze of N. Grosvenordale, Annette Parker and her partner Mike of Colchester, Margaret Morrissette (Matthew) of Danielson, Heather Gauthier-Bourgeois (Scott) of N. Grosvenordale; nieces and nephews ,Amanda, Monique, Jeffrey, Brandon, Codey, Zacheriah, Elizabeth, Alexandria, Charlotte, Julianna, and Levi; his great-niece Skye; great-nephew Robert III; aunts; uncles; and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Richard Ballanceau; his paternal grandparents, May Hetu and her husband Arthur, and Lloyd Baker; and his aunts and uncles, Margaret McCroby, Barry Baker and Rodney Baker.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 in Valade Funeral Home and Crematory, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale.  Burial will be private.  Donations: “Hetu/Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund,” c/o Hometown Bank, 835 Riverside Dr., N. Grosvenordale, CT 06255.

Louise Champney
POMFRET CENTER —  Mrs. Louise (Roy) Champney, 97, of Deerfield Rd., formerly of Woodstock, died Sept. 1, 2018, in Day Kimball Hospital.  Born in 1920 in South Troy, Vt., she was the daughter of the late Philip and Marie Louise (Roy) Roy.
On Sept. 12, 1940, Louise married the love of her life, Harold Champney who died in 1999.
Louise worked as a first cook for Annhurst College, retiring after 20 years of service.  She served as president of the Woodstock Elementary School PTA.  She enjoyed cooking and playing Scrabble.  Louise lived in Seely Brown Village for the last 10 years.
No matter how ill Louise was, she would come alive when her great grandbabies would visit their “Mem” or “Weez,” as some called her.
She leaves her children, Ronald Champney (Mary Ann) of E. Woodstock, Dennis Champney (Beth) of Holland, Mass., and Fran Champney (Larry Bates) of Windham; her grandchildren, Megan, Kelly, Ryan, Nicole, Matthew, Benjamin, Lindsey, Sara and Josh; her great-grandchildren, Jemma, Callie, Conor, Noah and Chloe; her sisters, Rita Cutler of Pomfret, Yvonne Hart of Danielson, and Rosemarie Poulin of Plainfield.  In addition to her husband, Louise was predeceased by a daughter, Georgette Anne Champney in 1949.
The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was Sept. 8 in Most Holy Trinity Church, Pomfret, with burial in St. Mary Cemetery.  Donations: American Cancer Society; the American Heart Association; or to the Alzheimer’s Association.  

Edna D. Cusson
DANIELSON — Edna D. Cusson “Gram”, 90, of Danielson died Aug. 27, 2018, at home.
She was born June 3, 1928.
She was an avid Bingo player, enjoyed listening to Polka Spotlight every Monday night and was active in many of the social events at Maple Courts. 
She leaves two sisters , Rita Lavola and Ella Willard; two brothers Joe Carrier and Francis Carrier; her son Oliver J. Cusson Jr.; her daughter Lousia D. Warrender; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband Oliver J. Cusson; son Ronald P. Cusson, and great-granddaughter Amber F Jodoin.
The family will be having a small gathering. Donations: Smith and Walker Funeral Home, 148 Grove St., Putnam.

Bruce Bodreau,
National Guard vet
QUINEBAUG — Bruce Bodreau, 77, of Quinebaug died Sept. 3, 2018 at UMass Memorial after an illness.
Bruce was born  in Southbridge, son of the late Alexander W and  Irene W (Neulieb) Bodreau.
Bruce lived all his life in Quinebaug was a member of National Guard and Army reserves. He was a member of the QVFD, serving as deputy chief and treasurer for the department, retiring after 39 years of service.
He worked as traffic manager for Greeting Card Co  in Webster, oil delivery man for Kenyon Oil in Fayban. In his retirement he had a  lawn mowing business and was  the sexton at St. Stephen’s Church in Quinebaug .He was a fan of UConn ladies basketball and the Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox. He enjoyed word search puzzles and an avid reader  .Bruce was proud to be the first recipient of cord blood transplant at performed at UMass.
He leaves his wife of 56 years Patricia Menard Bodreau , one daughter: Justine (William) Gendreau; one son: Steven T. Bodreau, all of Quinebaug; one sister: Doris Julian of Thompson; seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Scott A Bodreau.
A Memorial Mass was Sept. 8 at St. Stephen’s Church, Quinebaug, with burial with military honors  in St. Joseph Cemetery, N. Grosvenordale . Donations: Quinebaug Vol. Fire Dept. PO box 144 Quinebaug CT 06262. Bartel Funeral Home, Dudley.

Artelle Curtis
DAYVILLE — Artelle E. (Young) Curtis, 60, died Sept. 9, 2018, at the Day Kimball Hospital, Putnam.
She was born in Putnam, daughter of Henry D. Young and the late Elisabeth (White) Young Bishop and lived in Dayville for the past 1 years prior to that living in Ashford.  She enjoyed crafts, especially making Christmas decorations with greenery from the woods.  She was a wonderful cook.
She leaves her companion of 13 years, Thomas Mottes of Dayville; her son Justin R. Curtis and his companion Debra Boulet of Eastford; two daughters, Amanda S. Curtis of Danielson and Letitia A. Curtis of Dayville; 15 grandchildren; three brothers, Timothy Young (Wendy), Douglas Young (Donna), Curtis Young (Kathy), all of Woodstock; two sisters Ivy Blanchette (Donald) of New Jersey and Alison Meyers (Tom) of Maine; her father Henry D. Young of Woodstock.
Donations: St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home, Webster.