Laurier "Larry" LaRochelle passed away May 2nd, 2021 at 1:20 p.m. Born in Saint-Prosper, Quebec, Canada, Larry was one of sixteen children. Larry moved to Middletown, CT in 1970 and lived happily with his loving wife Annette LaRochelle. Together they raised three sons. Larry worked in land clearing throughout Connecticut and New York for over thirty years. You can thank him for the highways you now drive on! He is survived by his three sons (Shawn, Ronnie and Andrew) and four granddaughters (Lily, Brianna, Sawyer and Raye). Around town Larry was know as "Frenchie" or the "Can Man". To pass the time during retirement, he loved recycling cans. Dad, thank you for teaching us how to be strong, kind and for showing us what true love is. You will be missed every day. May your memory live on through your children and grandchildren. Although our hearts are broken and we'll miss you terribly, we find comfort knowing you and your girl are finally reunited.
We love you so much Dad "Pepere."
Funeral services and burial will be private. The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown, is in charge of arrangements.
Kent Curtis Cartwright, 72, from Middletown, CT, passed away on May 18, 2021 after battling cancer. Born in New Britain, CT, he was the son of the late James and Lillian Cartwright. He was predeceased by his daughter Laura Cartwright. He leaves behind his long time loving companion Barbara Stewart of Middletown. He also leaves behind his brother Blaine Cartwright of Torrington, his son Kevin Cartwright of Middletown, and his daughter Dr. Jennifer Hernandez of Wethersfield, as well as his grandchildren Nathaniel Cartwright of Naugatuck, Katelyn Cartwright of East Hartford, Jessica Spence of Rocky Hill, Alysa Krajcik of Lebanon, and four amazing great grandchildren.
He was the owner of Down River Sports, Haddam, and US Building Services in Middletown. He was a great teacher of life.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 26th, at 11 a.m. in Miner Cemetery, Middletown. The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown, is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth Marie Scionti, 42, of Boynton Beach, Florida, daughter of Joyce (Scionti) Ferrauilo and the late Vittorio “Tony” Scionti, died unexpectedly of natural causes at her home, on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
Born in Middletown on July 12, 1978, Elizabeth was one of four children of Vittorio “Tony” and Joyce (Niedzwiecki) Scionti. She grew up and lived in Middletown until moving to Boynton Beach, Florida where she raised her daughter, Victoria Scionti Miller. Elizabeth worked in childcare and food services for the school system in Boynton Beach, Florida.
Elizabeth is survived by her daughter, Victoria Scionti Miller, of Boynton Beach, Florida; her mother, Joyce (Scionti) Ferrauilo and stepfather Donald Ferrauilo; her siblings, Angela Labbadia (Anthony) of Middletown, CT, Joseph Scionti (Jennifer) of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Alessandra Corvo (Andrew) of Middletown, CT, and step brothers, Dominic Ferrauilo of Rochester, NY, Mark Ferrauilo of Canada and step sister, Nicole Ferrauilo of North Carolina and many nieces and nephews.
Private services will be held at St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider making a donation to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.
The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown is in charge of arrangements.
Santo S. Lo Giudice, 76, of Middletown, CT, husband of Carmela (Brancati) Lo Giudice died on Thursday, April 15th, at Hartford Hospital. Born on April 1, 1945 in Melilli, Italy, son of the late Giovanni and Sebastiana (Aresco) Lo Giudice. Santo had been a resident of Middletown for 17 years. Besides his wife he is survived by his loving family, three sons Massimo Lo Giudice of Melilli, Italy, Emanuele Lo Giudice of Middletown, and Claudio Lo Giudice of Higganum, two daughters Ivana Lo Giudice of Melilli, Italy and Lucia Lo Giudice of Middletown, three brothers Paolo Lo Giudice of Middletown, Sebastiano Lo Giudice of Middletown, and Emilio Lo Giudice of Melilli Italy, three sisters Filomena Cartelli of Cromwell, Anna Andolina of Middletown, and Cecilia Gaudino of Middletown, seven grandchildren, and also several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held on Tuesday, April 20th at 9 a.m. at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown, followed by a Mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield. A walk-through calling hours will be held on Tuesday, April 20th from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Ann S. Salonia, 98, of Middletown, wife of the late Salvatore Salonia, died on Monday, April 19, at the Middlesex Hospital. Born on January 6, 1923 in Middletown, she was the daughter of the late Vigmond and Catherine Moskal. Ann had been a lifelong resident of Middletown and a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church. She is survived by her loving family; a son and daughter-in-law Craig and Pamela Salonia of Haddam. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, April 22, at 10am in St. Francis of Assisi Church. Burial will be in the family plot in Calvary Cemetery, Middletown. The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St., Middletown is in charge of arrangements.
Michael Donald Parks of Clinton, CT passed away on Friday March 12, 2021 at Middlesex Hospital, joining his beloved wife, the late Joanne Parks, who predeceased him in 2001. Born on August 4, 1961 in Meriden, CT to the late Donald R. Parks and the late Lois L. Parks, Mike graduated from H.C. Wilcox Technical High School in 1979. He was a proud member of the UA Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 777 for more than thirty-five years, retiring in 2017. He was also a member of the Wooster No. 79 A.F. & A.M Masonic Lodge since 1998. An avid angler, Mike was active in the Connecticut and Rhode Island saltwater fishing community for many years. Mike leaves behind his loving son and daughter-in-law, Michael Donald Parks Jr., and Amanda Goodheart Parks, as well as many dear friends. The burial will be private and a celebration of Mike’s life is planned for this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mike’s memory may be made to the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association Foundation, P.O. Box 1465 Coventry, RI 02816.
The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown, is in charge of arrangements.
After a truly extraordinary lifetime of 93 years, Joseph Sebastian Carta, “Joe” to his family and friends, passed away peacefully March 20, 2021, with his beloved family at his side in the Hospice and Palliative Care Unit of Middlesex Hospital due to complications from a severe stroke. Like his parents Frank and Maria “Mary” Carta, Joe’s many passions in life were inspired by some of America’s most classic eras. Born October 13, 1927 in Middletown, CT, Joe grew up par-ticipating in the ethnic and traditional Americana pastimes of the depression-era graduating from Cheshire Academy, CT and later Santa Rosa College, CA. As one of the Nation’s greatest generation, he ﬁrst earned his right to the privileges that later came from the great sacriﬁces of him and his peers. Joe was a decorated war hero of a rare kind – he was both a Navy veteran of World War II, and later an Army veteran of the Korean War, beginning his ﬁrst service tour in 1945, and his second in 1951. Ultimately, Joe was the recipient of 6 military medals and honors from his dual branch tours in those conﬂicts. After the wars, Joe married the love of his life Marie, who after 53 years of marriage pre-deceased him in 2011. A lifelong sportsman and avid golfer who was dedicated to physical ﬁtness and personal discipline Joe played golf regularly, walking and carrying his bag well into his 80’s. The thrill of big time sports was always in Joe’s blood, and he attended many of our greatest sports spectacles: the Kentucky Derby, Superbowls, and World Series games were just a few of many he attended and was able to share with his son Frank. Beside his son Frank and daughter-in-law Amy C. Carta of CT, he is survived by a daughter Donna Carta-Adiletta of CT, and a granddaughter Taylor Adiletta of CT, as well as other extended family and friends. He was predeceased by a son-in-law Thomas Adiletta.Joe’s exceptionalism in life was only matched by his gracious humility and undeniable love for his family and friends. He will be sorely missed by those who knew how bright his love for others always shined.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the Hospice and Palliative Care Unit for their committed compassion. And a special thank you to Joe’s personal caregiver Samuel Nyarko-Ware whose incredible
loyalty and care was an amazing blessing.
Donations may be made in Joe Carta’s memory to Wounded Warrior Project or any charity of your choice. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, March 26 at 11 a.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Middletown. Burial with full military honors will be in the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown. The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown is in charge of arrangements.
Sherry May Sanzaro, 56 of Middletown, Connecticut passed away unexpectedly in her home.
Sherry is survived by her daughter and the center of her life, Bryana Sanzaro of Portland, CT. Her parents, Sebastian P. Sanzaro of Hartford, CT, Dorothy V. Sanzaro of Middletown, CT. Additionally, her brothers Sebastian P. Sanzaro Jr, his wife Maryann Sanzaro of Glastonbury and Michael S. Sanzaro, his wife Kimberly Sanzaro of West Hartford. Her niece, Ashley Sanzaro, and nephews Sebastian P. Sanzaro III, Shane Sanzaro, Nicholas Sanzaro, Nathan Sanzaro and many cousins.
She was very smart, and competitive, and loved growing up with friends and cousins and summers at Black Point, Niantic, loved holidays and much laughter. She enjoyed motorcycles, ornate jewelry, music and dancing. She was once in the Miss CT Pageant, and a well sought after hairdresser. She always had a funny mishap, and if it could happen it did happen. She was the type of person that made you smile, loved friendships and no matter what made “you” feel loved. Inside, she was a lovable, and carefree girl who made you laugh and even if she had nothing would give the shirt off her back. No matter what occurred, family and her daughter where the most important things to her. Life at times were certainly tough, but she always had a twinkle in her eye and would do anything for the ones she loved. She found out most recently she was going to be a grandma and this brought her so much happiness.
Mommy: I am beyond blessed to be able to say this beautiful woman with such a beautiful soul was my mother; it’s always been us against the world. My mom was such a free spirited, social butterfly, she loved to talk to everyone. She could enter a room and walk out knowing everyone’s name. She was full of life and the life of the party. I will miss her silly, goofy snort when she laughed. I will miss your smile and how you loved telling jokes. I am forever your sweetheart and baby girl, you were my best friend, my protector, my rock and now my beautiful guardian angel.
We ask that you remember Sherry for the heart of gold she had the good times and memories that stay alive forever. Her time was cut short; she had a way about her that was so very forgiving and naïve. As her mother called her, good bye “Doll Baby” and may you rest in peace.
A walk through calling hours will be held Monday, March 29thin the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St., Middletown from 5 to 7 p.m. Services will begin at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield.
Robert J. (RJ) Cabelus, 93, of Middlefield passed away Friday, February 5, 2021 after a brief illness. Born in Hartford, RJ was the son of the late Peter and Anna (Teske) Cabelus. Robert was a resident of New Britain before moving to Middlefield in 1959. He attended New Britain High School, Connecticut Teachers' College, and served in the US Army during World War II and the National Guard during the Korean Conflict. He worked for the telephone company as a lineman before joining the Connecticut State Police. He was Middlefield's Resident Trooper for several years and later organized State Police activities during the Powder Ridge Festival in 1970. He was a training instructor at the CT State Police Academy, mentoring many of Connecticut's finest officers, worked in several barracks across the state, and retired as a Sergeant in 1982. RJ was an active member of the Middlefield Lions Club, having organized many community projects, his most cherished being the Trolley Trail at Peckham Park. His love of music and singing was something he shared with others, whether they wanted him to or not. He tinkered with cars, was an avid reader, loved baseball and football, and played golf, though not as well as he would have liked. Nothing made him happier than getting family and friends together, turning strangers into friends and friends into extended family. He was a jack-of-all-trades and a hero to his children and grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years Theresa (Bak) Cabelus in 1996 and his beloved dogs, Jack and Lily. He is survived by his children, Barbara Cabelus, Peter Cabelus, Susan (Bruce) Strickland, all of Middlefield, Laura (Matthew) Valeriano of Frankfort, NY, Michael Cabelus and Teresa (Anthony) Montuori of Meriden, and Roberta (Tom) Stange of Arlington, VT, Robbin Cabelus of Middlefield, grandchildren Michael (Elisa) Cabelus, Megan Cabelus, Justin Strickland, all of Middletown, Annelise Montuori of Meriden and great-granddaughter Eleanor Cabelus(Middletown).
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, February 11th at 9 a.m. in St. Colman Church, Middlefield. Burial will be in the family plot with full military honors in Middlefield Cemetery, Middlefield. A walk-through calling hours will be held on Wednesday, February 10that the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown, from 5-7 p.m.
Memorial donations can be made to the Middlefield Lions Club, PO Box 1, Middlefield, CT 06455.
John A. Moore, 61, of Middletown, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on Monday, February 22nd. Born on April 8, 1959 in Middletown, son of the late Alfred and Antoinette (Perez) Moore. Johnny was predeceased by his beloved son Dimitri, and is survived by daughters Mariah Moore, Rachel “Ricci” Drake and husband Christian, brothers and sister in laws, Al and Deirdre Moore, Jimmy and Linda Moore and several nephews including a dear nephew Michael Marotta. He also leaves behind an Aunt Jane Morello, a cousin Vinnie, and several more cousins. As well as countless good and close friends. John had been a lifelong resident of Middletown and was the owner of Fat City Cycles his whole life where he enjoyed cars and building motorcycles. One of Johnny's enjoyments was sitting with his special crew at Illiano's. He loved spending time with his daughter and going to breakfast with two little girls that had his heart—Jada and Jazzy, as well as going to Florida with good friends throughout the years. During his term of illness our father received much support to get him through his battle, too many to mention. His desire was not for sympathy, but to be celebrated. It is with that spirit of celebration that we ask you not to mourn, but to celebrate and remember him.
A big thank you for everyone's support for our father and through his final journey. A special thank you to the staff at Yale Smilow Care in North Haven and Hartford Healthcare Home Hospice.
Remember, it's not a goodbye, it's "I'll see you later."
Friends may call at Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St., Middletown on Sunday, February 28th from 1 to 4 p.m.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, March 6th at 10 a.m. at Indian Hill Cemetery, Middletown.
Arthur Joseph Salvadori, 86, of Newington, Connecticut, beloved husband of Janice (Naples) Salvadori passed away Saturday, January 30th.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, son of the late Arthur and Rena Salvadori, he grew up in East Hartford before moving to Hartford where he attended Bulkeley High School and graduated in 1953. He later attended the Hartford Institute of Accounting where he received a degree in accounting in 1955. He served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1963 where he trained at Fort Dix in New Jersey and was stationed abroad in France for a majority of his service.
After leaving the service he spent most of his career working as an accountant for the State of Connecticut Department of Labor until he retired in 1997. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his wife of 48 years, his sons, and his loving grandchildren.
He leaves behind his wife Janice, sons and daughters-in-law Arthur and Jaime Salvadori of Newington and Richard and Tara Salvadori of Berlin, a sister and brother-in-law Joyce and Paul Benoit of Wethersfield, as well as many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his four grandchildren James, Jonathan, Alessandra and Liana Salvadori. We will miss his smile.
The family would like to give special thanks to Paola, Grace, and Katelyn who helped take care of Arthur in the last months of his life.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the AIM At Melanoma Foundation at www.aimatmelanoma.org.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, February 5th at 10 a.m. in the Church of the Holy Spirit, 183 Church Street, Newington. Burial will be in the family plot with full military honors in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown, is in charge of arrangements.
Rose C. Daniels, 91, of Luther Ridge, passed away on January 2 at the Middlesex Hospital. Rose was a lifelong resident of Middletown. She was predeceased by her father Dario Cecchini, mother Bettina (Riccuiti) Cecchini and brothers Anthony, Nino, John, Joseph, David and sister Regina Sanders. Rose is survived by son Marc, Dtr-n-Law Laura, Grandson Kristopher, Grandson Bobby and his wife Alyssa and 2 great-granddaughters Aubrey and Amaya Daniels, nephews Ronnie Cecchini, Tom Sanders and niece Irene Paladino also several grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She will be buried at Pine Grove Cemetery Middletown beside her Husband Archer Daniels. The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High Street, Middletown, is in charge of arrangements. There will not be any Graveside Services.
Lucy A. Bettencourt, 89, a lifelong Middletown resident, passed from this life on January 16th at Middlesex Memorial Hospital. She was born in Middletown on October 22, 1931 daughter of Emanuel and Lucy Zimmitti. She is survived by her son John W. Bettencourt and his wife Brenda of Bullhead City, AZ, and her daughter Cheryl B. Melkonian and her husband Michael of Wallingford. She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years John T. Bettencourt, her daughter, Linda Bettencourt, and her sisters Anne Deline and Theresa Houston. Lucy was a dedicated mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her love of athletics was represented in her career at Middletown Recreation Department and her involvement in American Legion baseball. She was a past commander of American Legion Post 75 Auxiliary, and a Director Emeritus of the Middletown Sports Hall of Fame. Lucy and John enjoyed Legion baseball at Palmer Field and traveling to the Legion World Series. Besides her children, she was fiercely dedicated to her grandchildren Aubry, Scott, Ethan, Kate, Alise and Michael, and her great-grandchildren Jackson, Tye, James, Olivia, Ethan Jr, Cora, Paisley, Finn, Eden, Chase, Bella, Mason and Theodore. Lucy cherished her friends and could be seen around town having breakfast or lunch weekly. A celebration of her life will be scheduled at a future time. Donations in Lucy's name may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202, online at diabetes.org or by mail at P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023.
Raymond M. Tremblay of Middletown, passed away on Thursday December 10, 2020 at the age of 98. Raymond was born on December 30th 1921 in Lowell Massachusetts. He is predeceased by his parents, George and Eva Tremblay and his brother Leo Tremblay.
Raymond is survived by his wife of 72 years, Irma Chesanek Tremblay; his sister Bettye Cuper of Middletown and brother Roger Tremblay of Middletown; His three children George Tremblay and his wife Holly of Willington; Raymond W. Tremblay of Middletown; his daughter Carol Roy and her husband Bill of Middletown and his Goddaughter, Dale St. Louis of New Hampshire. He is also survived by six grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Raymond graduated from Middletown High School in 1942 and went on to serve with the US Marine Corp from Nov 6, 1942 to Oct 17, 1945. He served in the Pacific during WWII.
Raymond and Irma where married on May 28th, 1948 and have been lifelong members of St. John Church in Middletown. They enjoyed traveling, camping and square dancing.
Raymond was very active in his community. Raymond served as committee chairman of Boy scouts troop 10 for over 10 years. He was a past post commander of the VFW post 583 and recently served as post Chaplin at a ceremony celebrating the 100th anniversary of the VFW post 583, he was a member of the American Legion Post 75 and held several positions including Sgt. at Arms. He was also a member of the Catholic War Veterans. He was also a past president of the Middlesex AARP chapter 3394. Raymond retired from the State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation after 28 years.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, December 22ndat 10:30 a.m. in St. John’s Church, Middletown. Burial will be in the State Veteran’s Cemetery, Middletown with full military honors. A walk-through calling hours will be held on Monday, December 21st from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St., Middletown.
Concetta Corsino, 81, of Middletown, departed this world peacefully on Saturday, November 7th. She is the wife of the late Antonio Corsino. Born on December 3, 1938 in Melilli, Sicily, she is the daughter of the late Gino and Anna (DiMauro) Caminito. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of St. Sebastian Church and the Anita Garabaldi Society. Concetta is survived by her loving family, a son and daughter-in-law Salvatore and Rosalba Corsino of Portland, and a daughter and son-in-law Josie and Peter Ceulemans of East Haddam. She is survived as well by a sister Elvira Russo of Augusta, Italy, sisters-in-law Concettina Pitruzzello of Middletown, Lucia Pitruzzello of Melilli, Italy, two grandsons Anthony Corsino, and Marco and wife Laura Corsino, great-grandchildren Henry, Lucy, and Olive, and also several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by two sisters, Rosa Maggiore and Lina Cammarata, a sister-in-law Rita Corsino, and also a niece Angela Spada.
Tina immigrated to America in 1971 with her family where they started a new life. Through hard work and perseverance, she and Anthony were able to achieve the American Dream. She was the happiest when she was surrounded by her family. She enjoyed traveling to Italy, the Bahamas, California, and Hawaii. Tina had a heart of gold and will be missed by all who knew her. A special thanks to her caregiver Hermelinda Arroyo and all of the nurses at the Middlesex Hospice Unit for their loving care and comfort.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, November 11th at 10 a.m. in St. Sebastian Church. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield. The Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown, is in charge of arrangements.
Edward J ” EJ” Reynolds of Middlefield passed away recently at Middlesex Hospital from recent health complications after a brief illness. Born in Middletown on Sept. 28, 1955 he lived most of his life in his beloved Middlefield. EJ was a graduate of CRHS class of 1974 (first 4 year class) where he developed many lifelong friends and relationships. EJ was a longtime employee of TET Mfg in Middlefield where he put in 40+ years, retiring just this past September. He enjoyed being with his friends and family and enjoyed a quiet, simple life with his cat Sophie. He is survived by his son Daniel of Middlefield and one granddaughter Kiyah of Middletown and one grandson Kamryn of Rockfall. Also he leaves behind a sister Jean (R) DeVito of Old Saybrook and a brother Gary of Bristol. He also had several nieces, Sarah of Brooklyn NY, and Lisa of Meriden. A walk-through calling hours will be held on Friday, November 20th at the Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home, 491 High St, Middletown, from 12-2 p.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at a later date.