Philomena Petruccelli McKinstry, a long-time resident of Portland, CT, died on April 5, 2020 at the age of 93 from the coronavirus (COVID-19). She was born on April 12, 1926, in her childhood home on St. Johns Street in Middletown, CT. Philomena was one of five children born to Michael and Teresa Petruccelli (nee. Lolli), who immigrated from L’Aquila, Italy.
Most remember her as smart and determined, traits that helped her graduate valedictorian from Middletown High School in June, 1944. She graduated from New Britain Teachers College (now Central Connecticut State College) with a Bachelor’s degree in 1948, also as valedictorian. She received her Master’s degree from Central Connecticut in 1970. Philomena was married to Robert “Skip” McKinstry in June, 1951 and had four children together before divorcing.
Philomena primarily taught elementary students, first in West Hartford, CT for 4 years, then after raising her children, returned to teach for the Portland School System for 26 years, primarily as a kindergarten teacher. She educated generations of students who remember her fondly. She believed so strongly in the power of education and delighted in watching children learn colors, shapes and letters. Philomena instituted a love of learning in her own children and her natural curiosity kept her taking classes well into her 90s.
Besides teaching, Philomena enjoyed reading, gardening, debating politics, and spending time with her family and many friends. She adored her children and grandchildren and relished in their many accomplishments.
Philomena is preceded in death by her daughter, Margaret McKinstry Smithwick and survived by her twin sisters Theresa Melo and Mary Fede; her children, Dr. Robert McKinstry (Elizabeth), Elizabeth McMahon (Michael), and Nancy McKinstry Roch (James); her grandchildren, Kate McMahon-Ruddick, Tim McMahon, Robert McKinstry III, George Roch, and Julia Roch.
Philomena will be remembered by her loved ones for her vitality and quick mind, which she carried with her throughout life. She traveled the country and the world, overcoming a fear of flying to visit her family abroad. Besides her home and garden, which she lovingly and meticulously maintained for over 60 years, her favorite place on earth was her daughter’s home in Harpswell, Maine. She spent hours over the years reading and resting on a quiet, sunny bench overlooking the sea.
Philomena’s ashes will be buried next to her daughter Margaret at the Swedish cemetery in Portland and a memorial service will be held in the future at an appropriate time. The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Portland Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland.
Memorial donations may be made in Philomena’s name to the Portland Public Library, 20 Freestone Ave.
The McKinstry Family would like to extend our gratitude to all of the staff at Middlesex Memorial Hospital for their care.
Salvatore Joseph Pitruzzello (Tootie) of Portland, husband of the late Santina (Milardo) Pitruzzello - his childhood sweetheart - passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 with his daughter and granddaughter by his side. Tootie was born in Portland on May 6, 1927, son of the late Vincenzo and Uliana (Emanuele) Pitruzzello. Born to immigrant parents, Tootie learned to speak English when he was in the first grade. He attended local schools. He joined the Navy the day he turned 18, serving in World War II and the Korean Conflict on the USS Burlington, PF-51. He was very proud to be a veteran and always said the “dough boy” should get the most praise as they put their lives on the line. He always told us that if he hadn’t been in the navy he would have never seen the world.
Tootie retired from the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation in 1989. He was a member of the Portland Volunteer Fire Department, Company 2, since 1953. He proudly served as Assistant Chief and department training officer for 20 years and was treasurer for 25 years. Tootie was a member of the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, DC, the Connecticut State Employees Retirees Chapter 406, the American Legion Post #69 of Portland, the Freestone Council #7 Knights of Columbus of Portland, the Middlesex County Fire Chiefs Association, the Connecticut State Fire Chiefs Association, the East of the River Antique Fire Apparatus Club, the Cellar Savers Association, and the Connecticut Chapter of SPAAMFA. He also spent many years lovingly restoring a 1946 Mack fire truck.
Tootie leaves a daughter Rosella Stevenson of Portland, a son John C. Pitruzzello of Glastonbury, C, his grandchildren Rachel and Michael O’Connor of Belmont, MA, Emily Stevenson and her fiancé Nicholas Foley of Portland, and Jonathan and Jordan Pitruzzello, both of West Hartford, CT. Tootie was also blessed with a great-granddaughter, Fiona O’Connor. He leaves his sister Anna Fairbank of Middletown. He also leaves his “beloved cat, “Kitty” and his “lady friend” Margaret Stumbers. He was predeceased by his sister Mary and brother Jimmy. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.
Tootie had many friends, especially his “brothers” - all the firemen that had a chance to get to know him. He was a humble and kind man and a friend to everyone. He used to say, “treat everyone as you would want to be treated”. A friend had said Tootie was a 60-year-old man in a 92-year-old body!
Donations in his name may be made to the Portland Volunteer Fire Department Company 2, PO Box 132, Portland CT 06480 and to St. Mary’s Parish, 51 Freestone Avenue, Portland CT 06480. Tootie will truly be missed. Private graveside services will be held at the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.
Laura (Jordan) Amatore, 88, of 18 Hall Hill Rd, Portland, wife of the late Paul O. Amatore, died Saturday, April 11th.
She was predeceased by her parents Myrtle and Burr Jordan, sisters Alice, Caroline, Grace, and brothers Burr and Wilfred Jordan.
She lived in Portland most of her life. She was a member of the Portland United Methodist Church. She worked 37 plus years in the Payroll Dept. of Middlesex Hospital . After retirement she worked several years at Gildersleeve Elementary School as a cashier. She is survived by her sister Mildred Day, several nieces and nephews , great nieces and nephews, as well as great- great nieces and nephews. Funeral service and burial will be private at Center Cemetery in Portland. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.
Robert O. "Jelly Donut" Anderson
Robert passed away on April 13th at Portland Care Rehabilitation Centre with his daughter by his side.
Born in Middletown on November 3rd, 1937, he was the son Edwin and Evelyn (Josephson) Anderson.
Robert was a lifelong resident of Portland. He attended Portland schools and graduated from Portland High School in 1955.
He served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1963 and then in the Army National Guard from 1963 to 1967.
Robert worked for the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation for 28 years, retiring in 1994. He also worked part-time in the late 60's and early 70's for Valli Construction.
He was a proud member of the Portland Volunteer Fire Department, Company 2, for 66 years and forged many friendships with fellow members. He was also a member of the Freemasons, Warren Lodge #51, for many years.
Robert was a stickler about schedules and time. He was always early for any appointment. He had a routine you could set your watch by. Something was amiss if Jelly didn't show up at his daughter's on Sunday morning at 8:30, not 8:29 or 8:31.
He had a sweet tooth, especially for chocolate. He enjoyed taking his daily walks, his annual Easter and Christmas trips to the casino, visiting and sharing the latest news with family, friends and neighbors (especially Mike A.). He was an early riser, out for his first walk of the day before the sun came up. He was known for giving everyone he met his famous "Jelly Donut" pens. You could find them everywhere. According to him, they'd even traveled as far as Germany.
Robert was a generous and loving father who would do anything for his children.
The challenges he faced in the last two years of life were difficult and took a toll, both physically and cognitively. During these final years we were blessed to be able to spend time reflecting, reminiscing, learning and and laughing.
Robert leaves his son Kevin (Meredith) of Delaware, his daughter Lisa Opuszynski (David) of Portland, his sister-in-law Susanne Anderson-Wornoff (Bruce), his nephew Chad Anderson and his family and his niece Kim Quach and her family. He also leaves his longtime friends Walt, Sonny and Tim as well as special neighbors Kath, Mike, Kristen, Brady, Shirley and J.R.
Robert was predeceased by his parents, his brother Dean Anderson and his nephew and Godson Darren Anderson all of whom he is now reunited with.
We cannot express how grateful we are for the staff (We truly wish that we could list you all here by name) at Portland Care and Rehab for the care that Dad received as well as the kindness, and compassion shown to him and the friendships made over the past two years.
Though this is indeed a sad day, as Dad would always say when he was out and about, "Every day is a good day". It's time to take your rest now Dad. We love you.
The funeral services and burial will be private in Swedish Cemetery, Portland. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.
Jennie Rose (Aletta) Faraci (Portland) – Born December 28, 1923 died April 13, 2020. She was predeceased by her husband Louis Joseph Faraci Sr. (Portland) and her son Louis Faraci, Jr (Middletown). She is also predeceased by her two brothers Frank Aletta (Portland) and Emanuel Aletta (Cromwell). She is survived by her son Richard Faraci and his wife Karen of Portland, and three sisters Ester Kotch of Middletown, Josephine Vonella of Bristol and Natalie Cianci of Portland. Her grandchildren Lisa Dente and her husband Paul of Phenix City, AL, Richard Faraci and his wife Loretta of Portland, Brian Faraci and his wife Carin of South Windsor, Ronald Faraci and his wife Cecila of Middletown, Barbara Faraci of Middletown, Scott Faraci and his wife Erin of Higganum, Elizabeth (Faraci) Frederick and her husband Jason of Meriden, Becky (Grant) Galvez and her husband Christian of Andover, many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She worked at EIS for over 30 years.
She will always be remembered for her Sunday dinners surrounded by her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and wife.
Funeral services and burial will be private in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.
Theodore Newton Hahn, from Middletown, Connecticut, passed away at the age of 60 on April 16, 2020 at Middlesex Memorial Hospital. He was born in Hartford to the late Henry R. and Barbara (Newton) Hahn. Ted grew up in Portland, Connecticut and attended Portland High School. He held a career as a professional painter for commercial and residential properties. He loved baseball and threw a wicked pitch as a right-handed south paw pitcher. He loved listening to rock and roll, going to concerts, and being with his friends and family.
Ted, one of six siblings, leaves behind his twin, Thomas M. Hahn; brother, Henry B. Hahn and wife Barbara Fuller; three sisters, Marilyn N. Hahn, Joan Earle Hahn and husband, Janet N. Lougée and husband Alan as well as a niece, Lauren N. Lougée and two nephews, Paul T. Lougée and Nolan B. Hahn, and many cousins.
Ted will be remembered for his generosity and kindness as a loving brother, fun uncle, and good friend who was deeply loved. He will be dearly missed.
A memorial to celebrate his life will be scheduled at a future date. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.
Roger Alton Stackpole, 84, of Portland, CT, passed away from COVID-19 on April 19, 2020 at the Grandview Nursing and Rehab Center in New Britain, CT. Roger was born in West Ellsworth Maine in 1935. He is predeceased by his wife, Patsy J. Stackpole (Hinton) in 1992, a daughter, Dorothy L. Stackpole in 2001 and a stepdaughter Gretchen D. Lane in 2009. Mr. Stackpole is survived by his wife Christine Stackpole (Mudersbach) of Portland, CT, daughter and son in law Carolyn J. Boutin and David R. Boutin of Middletown and Kathy Richer (Stackpole) of Middletown, CT, and a step daughter and son in law Angel and Heidi Torres of Madison, CT. Roger also had several grandchildren: Melanie Boutin, Kimberly and Phillip Abram, Jessica Boutin, Casey Richer and Collin Richer, all of Middletown, and granddaughter Nina Wawrosz her husband Jeff Wawrosz of Parma OH . Roger also had several great grandchildren: Olivia Rodriguez- Boutin, Ellison and Emmilyn Abram, Caleb Wawrosz and Dannica and Amelia Torres.
Roger led a long, full life including serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and retired from New Departure Hyatt in Bristol CT in 1992. He devoted his life to spending time with family, camping, long road trips to see family, always offering advice and a corny joke. He was the life of many a party and always made everyone feel like they were part of his family. He loved Jerry Springer, Resee’s Peanut Butter Cups, Sunkist orange soda, country music and classic rock.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in Roger’s memory to The Alzheimer’s Association at www.act.alz.org The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.
Amelia “Amy” (Korecki) Murphy, age 94, of Portland, Connecticut, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Amy has entered eternal rest joining her late husband, Robert Murphy.
Amy was born on October 11th, 1925 in Hartford, Connecticut to Benedict and Scholastica (Korzinski) Korecki. She was the sister to the late Francis, Joseph, Mary, Benedict, Charles, Olga, John and Martha Korecki and sister-in-law to their beloved spouses. Amy grew up in Cromwell, Connecticut. In 1950, she married the love of her life, Robert Murphy and moved to Portland, Connecticut. They became parishioners of St. Mary’s Church and raised their three children within its community and school. Amy became an active member of the Altar Society and always helped in the Church’s community events. She looked after her family, friends and neighbors and was always there with a coleslaw or batch of bars. Amy loved to bowl, dance, collect cook books, watch golf and make beautiful flower arrangements. She loved nature, bird watching and often took walks with her grandchildren pointing out the beauty all around us. One of her favorite activities was taking her grandchildren to Lyman Orchards to go apple picking and spoil them after with sweet confections. Amy enjoyed playing cards with the ladies and crocheting items for her family and friends. She also took many trips to places such as the Catskills, the beaches in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and visiting her sister in California. Amy was extremely grateful for all of the blessings in her life.
Amy is survived by her children: David J Murphy and his wife Kathleen, Roberta (late husband Richard) Martyniak, Gail Gardiner and her husband Skip. Five granddaughters: Amy Martyniak, Cindy Martyniak, Katie Martyniak, Amanda Murphy and Shannon Murphy. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Mary (Murphy) McBrien and beloved Godson, John Liseo as well as many nieces and nephews.
Amy’s funeral services will be private for the immediate family. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the many nurses, aids and staff at Portland Care and Rehab Centre for the wonderful care and support provided over the years. If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to the Portland Food Bank, P.O. Box 71, Portland, CT 06480 or https://www.portlandct.org/portland-food-bank
The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.