Obits pg 8 3-14-19

Theresa Lavallee
PUTNAM — Theresa Lavallee, 91, of Mohegan Street, died March 10, 2019, in Matulaitis Nursing Home. Born in 1928 in Putnam, she was the daughter of the late Emile and Georgianna (Dragon) Lavallee.
Ms. Lavallee worked as a machine operator and mold maker for Colts Plastic. She enjoyed playing bingo with her mother and travelling. She also liked cats, animals, crocheting, knitting and loved to go out to eat.
She leaves her sister, Estelle Yakis of Putnam; her sister-in-law, Jeanne Lavallee of Putnam; her nephews, Kevin Lavallee of Putnam, Ryan Yakis of Eastford, Matthew Yakis of Eastford, Nathan Yakis of Woodstock, Fred Lavallee (Susan) of Port Charlotte, Fla.; and her grandniece, Meredith Messenger of Longmeadow, Mass. She was predeceased by her bother, Frederick “Jimmy” Lavallee.
Visitation is at 9 a.m. March 15 in the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, Putnam. Burial is in St. Mary Cemetery.

Andrew Antonson Jr.,
WWII vet
PUTNAM — Andrew F. Antonson Jr., 95, died March 9, 2019, at Day Kimball Hospital, Putnam.
He was born in Webster, son of the late Andrew F. Antonson Sr. and Irene M. (Guerin) Antonson. 
He was a WWII Air Force veteran.  Andrew lived in N. Grosvenordale, Quinebaug and Putnam through the years. He was employed at Pratt Whitney for 31 years in E. Hartford.
Andrew was a member of the VFW of Putnam, Century Club at Pratt Whitney and St. Stephen’s Church, Quinebaug.
He leaves his wife of 71 years, Lorette D. (Dubeau) Antonson; daughter  Nancy Ledoux (Earl) of Quinebaug;  grandson Brandon Ledoux; godchild Scott Antonson; a brother Donald Antonson (Elaine) of Wilsonville. Andrew was predeceased by three sisters, Edith Lazarowski , Mildred Kuzewski and Dorothy Kelly.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. April 27 with military honors in St. Joseph Cemetery, N. Grosvenordale. Donations: St. Stephen’s Church, Quinebaug. Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home, Webster.

Charlotte Gubber
N. GROSVENORDALE — Charlotte Emma Gubber, 87, died March 9, 2019.
Charlotte was born Jan. 11, 1932, in Oxford, Mass. She worked, for many years, as a receptionist for Guardian Industries.  She was the wife of the late husband George J. Gubber.
She leaves her sisters: Louise Pierce of W. Brookfield, Mass., and Dorothy Steiger of Warren, Mass.; two nephews: David Pierce (Leane) of W. Brookfield, and Edward Caissie (Carole) of Spencer, Mass.; her niece: Sandra Richer of Pennsylvania.
A graveside service was March 13 in the W. Thompson Cemetery. Donations: St. Jude’s Hospital; or to a local dog/animal shelter of your choice. Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home, Webster.

Therese P. Meunier
DAYVILLE — Therese P. Meunier, 70, of Dayville, died unexpectedly March 3, 2019, at home.
She was born on Oct. 10, 1948, in Woonsocket, R.I., the daughter of the late Delores J. (Racette) and Sylvio J. Ratelle.
She loved nothing more than cooking and caring for those that she loved and spending time at her home which she referred to as her little piece of heaven on Earth. She retired from Westview Nursing Home in 2012 and previously worked many years at McDonald’s in Dayville.
She is predeceased by her husband Richard E. Meunier. He died in November 2015 and brother Joseph Ratelle, who died in September 2009. She leaves her daughter Laurie Costa of Dayville; sons Jason and his wife Melissa Costa of Danielson, Michael Meunier of Dayville; stepchildren Bruce Meunier of Urbandale, Iowa, Lisa Carney of Durham, N.C.; grandchildren Richard Meunier, Kristina Meunier, Josh Meunier, Ryan Carney, Robert Carney and Kenzi Costa; siblings, Wes and Linda Ratelle of California, Jessie Ianetti, Richard and Donna Ratelle, Linda and Richard Bowen; sister-in-law Linda Ratelle, all of Danielson.
A Memorial Service was March 9 in Tillinghast Funeral Home, Danielson.

William Hansen,
WWII vet
DANIELSON — William R. Hansen, 97, died Feb. 27, 2019, at home.
Born in 1921 to Sylvia Nilsen and Jul Hansen, he grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., where his father owned Hansen’s Boat Yard.
In 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served on LST 791 in the Pacific theater during WWII. Upon his return from the war, he attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and later became an aerospace engineer. In the 1960s he worked for Grumman Aircraft as one of the design engineers on the Apollo Lunar Module which landed the first men on the moon.
He loved sailing and belonged to the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club where he met the love of his life—Jacqueline Hall. There he raced Star class sailboats and was fleet champion in 1949. He also built a 30-foot cabin cruiser named “Jacky” which he later kept in Wethersfield Cove. He was always known for his sunny disposition.
He leaves his wife of 71 years, Jacqueline Hall Hansen; three children: son Peter C. Hansen (Dianne), son Jon W. Hansen (Jody), and daughter Susan L. LaGrow; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his mother Sylvia Hansen, his father Jul Hansen, sister Lillian Hansen and son-in-law Clayton LaGrow.
Services were private. Donations: US Sailing Foundation, Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home, Webster.

Vercelli service
THOMPSON — Peter J.B. Vercelli, 90, died Feb. 18, 2019 at home.
A memorial gathering will be at noon May 4 in the Pomfret School’s Clark Chapel. Burial in the Leroy Anderson family plot in New North Cemetery, Woodbury, will be private.
Donations: Thompson Historical Society, Peter Vercelli Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 47, Thompson, CT 06277. Gilman and Valade Funeral Homes & Crematory, 104 Church St. Putnam.


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