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Kenneth Parzych May 11 2013

July 17, 2013 Local News, Obituaries Comments Off
Ken Parzych taught at Nicholas College, SUNY Fredonia, and spent 38 years at Eastern Connecticut State University in Windham, CT, ending as professor emeritus.  Photo source: ECSU website

Ken Parzych taught at Nicholas College, SUNY Fredonia, and spent 38 years at Eastern Connecticut State University in Windham, CT, ending as professor emeritus. Photo source: ECSU website

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Kenneth M. Parzych was a great man. He moved into eternal life on May 11, 2013.

Ken was an amazing husband, father, and Jaju (that’s grandfather in Polish). He was a true example of love and compassion to all who knew him. Ken will be deeply missed by his family and friends, but his life will always be celebrated.

Taught a strong, Polish work ethic by his parents, Stanley and Mafalda of Easthampton, Mass., Ken paid for college by working at a dairy farm and by playing drums in a polka band.

He loved his polka music almost as much as he loved his whoopie pies. While spending a summer as a polka DJ with his son, he was known to refer to the “toe-tapping music” as “Happy Music for Happy People.”

In addition to the occasional polka hop with his wife, Mary, Ken’s favorite past times involved his grandkids and his love for the outdoors. Ken could be found visiting the barns at UConn, where he knew most of the cows by name, and would note, “no trip is complete without an ice cream from the Dairy Bar!”

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Andy Shinoski Celebration of Life April 13

April 12, 2013 Obituaries Comments Off

SUNRISEAndy Shinoski of Ashford, CT passed away on Monday April 8 at the age of 77.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Shinoski, two sons Bill and Phillip, daughter Marianna, and five grandchildren – Shannon, Kayley, Keegan, Andi and Lauren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Knowlton Memorial Hall, 25 Pompey Hollow Road in Ashford on Saturday, April 13 from 2:30 – 4 p.m., with a brief service at 3 p.m. A private gathering will follow.

In lieu of flowers, tax deductible donations in Memory of Andy Shinoski may be made to the Ashford Volunteer Fire Department Inc., P.O Box 1, Ashford CT 06278.

Posted April 12, 2013

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Philip DesJardins Nov 26 1961 – March 6 2013

March 21, 2013 Obituaries Comments Off

funeral-flowersPhilip DesJardins, 51, of Brown Avenue, Jewett City – formerly of Amston (Hebron), CT – died Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Greentree Manor in Waterford, CT.

Mr. DesJardins was born on Nov. 26, 1961 in Willimantic (Windham), CT and was the son of Leonard and Rachel Magnant-DesJardins.

He graduated from E.O. Smith High School in Storrs-Mansfield, CT and served in the Air Force for eight years.

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Anne Jordan Crouse Dec. 11, 1943 – Feb. 2, 2013

February 9, 2013 Obituaries Comments Off

CHILDREN READINGAnne Devereaux Wilson Jordan Crouse, 69, of Mansfield Center, Connecticut passed away on the afternoon of Feb. 2, 2013 after battling lung cancer.

She was a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A. and M.A) where in 1968, she received the Avery and Jule Hopwood Awards in poetry and short stories.

She is best known for founding the Children’s Literature Association in 1973; she served as its Executive Secretary/Treasurer, as well as Director of the Annual Conference in Children’s Literature until 1976.

In 1992, she was the first recipient of the “Anne Devereaux Jordan Award,” an award established in her honor and now given annually by The Children’s Literature Association for outstanding contributions to the field of children’s literature.

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Peggy Sutterby McNally May 18 1940 – Jan 21 2013

January 26, 2013 Local News, Obituaries Comments Off
She loved taking her stepchildren, son and eventually, her grandchildren, to her Kansas farm in the summer.  She used this time to show them what life is like growing up on a farm, and loved to watch as they learned to bale hay, milk cows, feed calves, drive tractors and most of all, ride horses.

She loved taking her stepchildren, son and eventually, her grandchildren, to her Kansas farm in the summer. She used this time to show them what life is like growing up on a farm, and loved to watch as they learned to bale hay, milk cows, feed calves, drive tractors and most of all, ride horses.

Peggy Jo (Sutterby) McNally, 72, of Windham CT, beloved wife of Thomas J. McNally Jr., passed away on Jan. 21, 2013 at Douglas Manor Nursing Home.

Born in Iola, KS, on May 18 1940, the daughter of the late Walter and Faye Sutterby, she grew up on a farm in Mapleton KS.

She graduated from Blue Mound High School, and was a member of the Mapleton Methodist Church.

She was employed by Key Work Clothes and Braymore Coat Factory, and the Town of Windham.

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Barbara (James) McSweeney July 3 1919 – Sept 25 2012

October 9, 2012 Local News, Obituaries Comments Off

Sunset over Willimantic, CT. Photo © 2012 by Brenda Sullivan

Barbara (James) McSweeney, of Willimantic, died Tuesday Sept. 25, 2012. She was born July 3, 1919 in Willimantic (Windham, CT) the daughter of the late Robert F. and Grace (Paton) James.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 46 years, Earl W. McSweeney and a daughter Kathleen Ann.

She is survived by daughter Mary E. Haddad and her husband Edward A. of Orlando, FL, son Robert E. McSweeney and his wife Nancy of Kansas City, MO, daughter Lauren R. Labreche and her husband Dustan of Shrewsbury, MA, five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two sisters, Olive Lehmus of Coventry, CT, Mildred Larkins of Mansfield, CT and a sister-in-law Martha McSweeney of Willimantic, CT.

As a member of the large James family, she leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and their families from all over the United States.

Barbara was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mansfield and previously had been a 75-year member of the First Baptist Church of Willimantic.

Barbara was employed for 57 years as a bookkeeper at the former Hurley’s Clothing Stores in Willimantic.

Over the years she was involved in many charitable and civic organizations.

Her family will receive relatives and friends on Monday, Oct. 15 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St. (Route 195) Willimantic.

Her funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. with interment following in New Willimantic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Mansfield, 945 Storrs Rd., Storrs, CT 06268 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Posted October 9, 2012

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Xenophon ‘Zenny’ Zorba Oct 29 1940 – Sept 17 2012

October 5, 2012 Business, Local News, Obituaries Comments Off

Xenophon “Zenny” Zorba. Zenny was well known in Mansfield and surrounding towns as owner and operator of the former Zenny’s Restaurant in Storrs-Mansfield, CT, where his friends in the community visited him daily for nearly 30 years until 2010, be it for dinner, a wedding, any one of a number of celebrations, a classical chamber music concert, or simply to watch the Red Sox, UCONN, or Jeopardy together over a drink.

Xenophon “Zenny” Zorba, 71, of Willington, CT, loving husband of Alisonn (Ensell) Zorba, passed away peacefully Sept. 17, 2012 at home.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Storrs Congregational Church, 2 North Eagleville Road, on the Storrs-UConn campus.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Storrs Congregational Church.

Zenny was born on Oct. 29, 1940 in Katerini, Greece to Alexander and Rebecca (Sideropoulos) Zorba.

Zenny was well known in Mansfield and surrounding towns as owner and operator of the former Zenny’s Restaurant in Storrs-Mansfield, CT, where his friends in the community visited him daily for nearly 30 years until 2010, be it for dinner, a wedding, any one of a number of celebrations, a classical chamber music concert, or simply to watch the Red Sox, UCONN, or Jeopardy together over a drink.

The hundreds of employees over the years were like family to Zenny and would stay in touch with him many years after they worked there.

Zenny came to the United States in 1947 and lived in and around Boston up to 1967. As a young man, Zenny worked hard at many different vocations, from driving a taxi, to going up 5 stories to paint buildings, to working at a Coca Cola bottling plant.

In 1967 Zenny moved to Connecticut, where he learned the building trade and ultimately owned and operated his own building and foundation business through the 1970s. During this time, Zenny helped many people become first-time homeowners.

In 1980, Zenny opened Zenny’s Restaurant at Four Corners – the intersection of Routes 44 and 195, and then expanded the business twice throughout the decade.

While it took him 54 years to finally get around to it, one of Zenny’s proudest days was becoming a citizen of the United States in 2001.

Zenny is survived by his wife Alisonn, his four children Laurie Zorba of North Billerica, MA, Christine Ann DeCarolis and her husband James of Nashua, NH, Alexander Zorba and his wife Joanne of Madison, CT and Bethany Zorba of Tolland, CT, his two grandchildren Connor Occhialini and Nicholas Zorba, and his sister Athena Kantartjis and her husband Michael of Athens, Greece.

Zenny’s family would like to thank his many friends – though there is not enough space here to individually thank the countless number of people who were a friend to him.

The family also wishes to thank Storrs Congregational Church for being a welcoming spiritual home for him during his later years and to the caring people of Vitas Hospice Care for helping him stay at home in his final peaceful days.

Potter Funeral Home www.potterfuneralhome.com is handling arrangements.

Posted October 5, 2012

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Flags to fly half staff in honor of U.S. Ambassador Stevens killed in Libya

September 12, 2012 Areawide, Local News, Obituaries Comments Off

U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in an attack on the embassy in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. Image source: screen capture from YouTube video posted by U.S. Government introducing Stevens as new ambassador to Libya.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, following a proclamation by President Barack Obama, today (Sept. 12) ordered U.S. and Connecticut flags to fly at half-staff until sunset on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 in honor of 52-year-old Ambassador John Christopher Stevens and the American personnel who were killed in Benghazi, Libya yesterday.

“Our prayers and deepest sympathies are with the families, friends and colleagues of Ambassador Stevens and the American personnel who were killed in this brutal attack,” said Gov. Malloy.

Some news reports say that the attack on several embassies and consulates were in reaction to a film released about Mohammad in which he is depicted as a liar, homosexual and child abuser.

“We know that the work to build nations and strengthen our global relationships is difficult and dangerous, and we are cognizant of just how many Americans undertake these efforts in embassies and consulates across the world. We stand with the President and the rest of the country in condemning the perpetrators of this attack,” Malloy said.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said, “The attacks in Libya are a terrible reminder of the dangers that American personnel continue to face in some of the more troubled parts of the world.”
“Ambassador Stevens and the rest of the embassy staff served our country with honor and dignity. Our hearts go out to everyone who is grieving their loss today,” Wyman said.

Posted September 12, 2012 – links and YouTube video (US Gov) added by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

Related links:

(obituary) “John Christopher Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya died at 52,” Washington Post, Sept. 12 2102 http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/john-christopher-stevens-us-ambassador-to-libya-dies-at-52/2012/09/12/b1c00cee-fcd0-11e1-8adc-499661afe377_story.html?wprss=rss_homepage

(coverage of the attacks) “U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens killed in consulate attack in Benghazi,” ABC News, Sept. 11, 2012 http://abcnews.go.com/International/US-ambassador-libya-christopher-stevens-killed-consulate-attack-benghazi/story?id=17215154#.UFEcM66Hxj4

“What’s on Mohammad film that sparked Muslim protests?” http://www.interaksyon.com/article/43005/background–whats-on-mohammad-film-that-sparked-muslim-protests

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UConn President responds to accusations school failed to act on sexual assault complaints

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There are circumstances under which the university should notify a student that another student who may have been suspended or expelled from campus will be returning, if they are returning. It is my understanding that this notification did not take place in a case that occurred three years ago and it should have. This process was corrected. – UConn President Susan Herbst

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