Obits pg 8 11-1-18

Todd M. Ahnberg
N. WINDHAM —  Todd M. Ahnberg, 49, of Fairway Dr., died Oct. 19, 2018, at home. He was the husband of Eileen Ahnberg.  Born in 1969 in Putnam, he was the son of Dennis R. and Helene (Carpenter) Ahnberg of Sterling.
Todd was a graduate of the Plainfield High School Class of 1987, where he was a member of the track and cross-country teams.
On Feb. 25, 2017, at Angles Watch Inn in Westbrook, he was united in marriage to Eileen.
Mr. Ahnberg worked as a laborer for various employers.
Todd was an avid outdoorsman. He was happiest when spending time in the woods on the family property. Todd also enjoyed reading, especially Tom Clancy novels.
He leaves his parents, Dennis and Helene Ahnberg; his wife, Eileen Ahnberg; a son Nicholas R. Ahnberg of Eastford: two daughters, Alicia M. Janicello (John) of Fitchburg, Mass., and Ashley E. Ahnberg of Eastford; a step daughter, Crystal Sweeney of Norwich; a sister Carrie Tetreault (Ronald) of Danielson; nieces, Marissa Lalumiere (Thomas) and their son Jason of Gales Ferry and Melanie Lewis of Danielson.
The Funeral was private. Donations: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), 120 Wall St., 29th floor, New York, NY 10005 or online at : Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam.

Norma Rothwell
Norma Anderson Rothwell, born on Sept. 11, 1926, died Oct. 20, 2018.
“Gigi” was the daughter of Edward W. Anderson and Anna Belle Dodge Anderson.
In her younger years, she was a dedicated employee of Gerardi Insurance for more than 40 years and joined many of their employee events, even in retirement.  She was a tireless volunteer of Day Kimball Hospital, logging over 6,200 hours over the span of 20 years.  She also volunteered regularly for the American Red Cross at local blood banks, as well as the Gertrude Warner Boxcar Museum in Putnam, and became a well-known member of the “Quiet Corner” community, volunteering as much time as she could fit into her busy schedule.  Gigi was an avid New England sports fanatic.
She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Charles E. Rothwell Jr. and her eldest son, Stephan E. Rothwell.  She leaves her son Kevin J. Rothwell of Woodstock; six grandchildren, Sharlene Pugh of Anderson, S.C., Stephan Rothwell (Nora) of Morresville, N.C., Benjamin Rothwell (Christine) of Eastford, Maegen Rothwell Manning of Woodstock, Jill Rothwell of Woodstock and Shannon Rothwell-Spink (William) of Eastford; nine great grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will take place at 10 a.m. Nov. 17 at the Congregational Church of Putnam, downtown. Donations: The National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut, 477 Connecticut Blvd., Suite 217, East Hartford, CT, 06108; or the Chaplaincy Fund of Day Kimball Hospital. Smith & Walker Funeral Home, 148 Grove St., Putnam.

Christopher P. Donais
POMFRET —  Christopher P. Donais, 51, of Wrights Crossing Rd., died Oct. 19, 2018, in Hartford Hospital.  He was the husband of Ellen (Indars) Donais.  Born in 1967 in Hartford, he was the son of Raymond A. Donais of Canterbury and the late Jacqueline (Quintal) Donais.
Mr. Donais worked as a self-employed handyman.
He enjoyed weaponry, martial arts, weight lifting and playing video games.
He leaves his wife; his father; a sister, Andrea Donais of Canterbury; and his cat Luna.
The Funeral Mass was Oct. 30 in St. James Church, Danielson. Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam.
Gary A. Guertin
THOMPSON — Gary A. Guertin, 62, of Quaddick Town Farm Rd., died Oct. 22, 2018, at home. He was the husband of Elaine (Kondash) Guertin.  Born in 1956 in Putnam, he was the son of the late Ernest and Elizabeth (Lamontagne) Guertin.
Mr. Guertin worked as a production control manager for U.S. Button in Putnam.  He was an avid fan of the New England Patriots.
In addition to his wife Elaine, he leaves his sons, Gary Guertin Jr. (Ginger) of Beacon Falls, Justin Guertin of Wichita, Kan., and Ryan Guertin (Kate) of Dudley; brothers, Robert Guertin of Putnam, Michael Guertin (Susan) of Port Charlotte, Fla.; sister in-law Cindy Guertin of Thompson; grandchildren, Gabriella Guertin, Gary Guertin III, and Charlotte Guertin.  He was predeceased by his brother, Paul Guertin.
A Prayer Service was Oct. 26 in the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam. Donations: Smilow Cancer Research @ Yale New Haven Hospital, PO Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508-9979; or to Day Kimball Hospice, P.O. Box 632, Putnam, CT 06260.

Rita B. Larose
N. GROSVENORDALE — Rita B. Larose, 91, formally of Vandall St., died Oct. 28, 2018, at Orchard Grove Nursing Home in Uncasville.  Born in 1926 in N. Grosvenordale, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Virginia (Marcotte) Larose.
Mrs. Larose worked at B&W Shoe and Cluett Peabody.  She enjoyed working in her yard.  
She leaves her sisters, Alice Larose of N. Grosvenordale, Lorraine Pellerin (Roger) of Brooklyn, and Doris Gagne of Niantic; nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brothers, Armand and Leo Larose.
Visitation is at 10 a.m. Nov. 1 in the Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, N. Grosvenordale. Burial is in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Edna Wasilewski
Edna M. (Belair) Wasilewski, 101, died Oct. 27, 2018, at Matulaitis Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Facility in Putnam. She had been there since 2011.
She was the wife of Leo Wasilewski. He died in 1991.
She was born Jan. 20, 1917, in Putnam, daughter of the late Pierre and Dora (Gagnon) Belair.
She graduated from St. Mary School and Putnam High School. A lifelong communicant of St. Mary Church of the Visitation, Edna worked at the Ration Board, Deary Bros. Dairy, Putnam Woolen and retired as a bursar at the Rectory School in Pomfret after 25 years. She held memberships in the Ladies of St. Anne, the St. Mary League of Catholic Women, Putnam Travelers, Friends of Putnam Catholic Academy and volunteered for the American Red Cross. She enjoyed traveling with family and friends in her retirement.
She leaves her daughters, Louise (James) Honiss of Glastonbury, Rochelle (Richard) Cimochowski of Rogers, Mary (David) Vitale of Putnam, Anne (Michael) Portier of Portland; grandchildren James, Robert, Thomas, Stefan, Neal, Andrew, Peter, Lauren; great-grandchildren Siena, Sophie, Ava and Simon. She was predeceased by her brothers John Lawrence and William (Lois) Belair.
Visitation is from 9 to 10 a.m. Oct. 31 at Smith and Walker Funeral Home, 148 Grove St., Putnam. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Church of the Visitation, Putnam with burial in St. Mary Cemetery. Donations: St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St., Putnam; or Matulaitis Family Council, 10 Thurber Rd., Putnam.

Jose M. Herrera
DAYVILLE — Jose M. Herrera, 65, of Barlett Meadow Dr., died Oct. 28, 2018, in Day Kimball Hospital.  He was the husband of Cecilia (Ruiz) Herrera.  Born in 1953 in Manhattan, N.Y., he was the son of the late Miguel Herrera Belpre and Antonia (Negron Hernandez) Herrera.
Mr. Herrera worked as a truck driver for U.N.F.I.  He was a member of La Iglesa Cristiana Casa del Alfarero in Webster.  He was an avid musician and enjoyed playing the saxophone for his church.  
In addition to his wife, he leaves his children, Fannye V. Herrera, Jose M. Herrera, Surheil Luciano, Cuqui Luciano, Jessica Luciano, and Tania D. Herrera; his brothers, Jose Antonio Herrera and Hector Herrera; his grandchildren, Wailer A. Herrera, Edward Westley Herrera, Luis M. Herrera, Luis A. Herrera, Suheidi Rodriguez, Sebasthian Ruiz, Brandon Mead, Gabriel A. Archeval, Brianna Mead, Miguel Jose, Jelliani Gil, and Jeremias J. Archeval; and his son-in-law Derek Mead. He is predeceased by Miguel Herrera Belpre, Antonia Negron Hernandez, and Eduardo J. Herrera.
The Prayer Service was held Oct. 30 in Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, with burial in West Thompson Cemetery.

Lawrence Doyle,
Merchant Marine
DUDLEY — Lawrence (Larry) K. Doyle, 72, died Oct. 22, 2018, at the Lanessa Long Term Care, Webster.
He was born in Everett, Mass., son of the late George Doyle and Mary E. Knox and lived in Dudley for the past 34 years, prior to that living in Everett.
Larry was a Merchant Marine until his retirement traveling the world in the shipping industry.  He was a former chairperson for trapshooting at the Valley Springs Sportsmen Club, Thompson.  Larry was an avid hunter and fishermen and enjoyed reloading shells.  He was a member of the Valley Springs Sportsmen Club and the Singletary Sportsmen Club in Sutton, Mass.  
He leaves two sisters, Mary O’Connor of Everett, Mass., and Martha Amidon of Glen, N.H.
Burial was private in Malden, Mass. Donations: Wildlife preservation.  Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home, Webster.

Albert Fougere Jr.
N. GROSVENORDALE — Albert (Al) F. Fougere Jr, 57, died Oct. 20, 2018, after a five and a half year battle of pancreatic cancer.  
He was born in Putnam, son of the late Albert Fougere Sr. and Eileen (Carpenter) Fougere, living in N. Grosvenordale all his life.  Al was a senior web developer for Hanover Insurance for 16 years and TACO Inc., Cranston, R.I.
Al loved sports, especially the children’s sporting events. He enjoyed the casino, he also was an avid sports fan, especially the Red Sox and Patriots.
He leaves a sister Michelle and her husband Donald Adams of Charlton; his life companion of more than 20 years, Elaine T. Levesque with which he made his home and her children Allan and his wife April, Aimee and her companion Mike; two godchildren his nephew Bryan Adams (Katrina) and granddaughter Calleigh; four grandchildren Eric, Samantha, Lindsey. He was predeceased by granddaughter Kauri.
A graveside service was Oct. 25 in St. Joseph Cemetery, N. Grosvenordale. Donations: American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 for Pancreatic Cancer Research.  Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home, Webster.

Dorothy Kindler
WEBSTER/WILSONVILLE — Dorothy M. (Noack) Kindler, 84, died Oct. 26, 2018, at Day Kimball Hospital Putnam.  
She was the wife of the late Alvin D. Kindler.  
She was born in Webster, daughter of the late George Noack and Catherine (Yanda) Noack and lived in Webster for the past 11 years prior to that living in Wilsonville.  
Dottie enjoyed crocheting.
She leaves her daughter Darlene L. Finamore (Gregory); two grandchildren, Katherine and Madden, nieces and nephews.  Dottie was predeceased by her son Donald Kindler who died in an auto accident with his father.  
She was also predeceased by a brother Frank and sisters Francis and Mildred.
The Mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 30 in St. Louis Church, Webster, with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Webster.  Donations: St. Louis Endowment Fund.  Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home, Webster.


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