August 2018

Evalyn Santostefano

Evalyn (Pandolfo) Santostefano, 90, of Portland, died on Monday, August 6, at Middlesex Healthcare Center after a short illness. She was born on November 25, 1927 in Middletown, daughter of the late Alexander and Rose (Campisi) Pandolfo. Evalyn had been a resident of Middletown and attended local schools. She was a member of St Mary’s Church in Portland. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and decorating her home. A great lover of jazz, she spent countless hours listening to her favorite albums. The beach was her favorite place and she cherished her time spent at Hammonasset State Park. She is survived by her loving family, a son Alexander Santostefano of Minneapolis, Minnesota, two daughters, Cynthia Sharr of Portland and Maria Pacholski of Middletown. She is also survived by a granddaughter Juliet Rodriguez and her husband Jay, three grandsons, Christopher Lord, Jonathan Sharr and his wife Mellisa,

and Edward Pacholski, five great grandchildren, Cayden and Callie Rodriguez, Luke, Nicolo and Mattia Sharr and many wonderful nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother Mario Pandolfo of St Louis, Missouri. A memorial mass will be held on Monday, August 20th at 10 a.m. in St Mary’s Church, Portland. Burial will be in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield. There are no calling hours. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of the arrangements. 

Sonia Johnson

Sonia (Fickett) Johnson, 55 of Portland, wife of Arthur Johnson passed away at home on August 7. Born on July 20, 1963 in Middletown, daughter of the late Richard and Elizabeth (Francis) Fickett Sr. Sonia spent many years as a hairdresser at Magic Mirror in Portland and was loved by her clients and co-workers. She was a free spirit who never held back. Besides her husband Sonia is survived by her son Chris Fickett, Sisters Cathy, Kim, and Donna, Brothers Tom and Rick. Sonia also leaves behind the Johnson and Shorey families as well as many friends who are saddened by her sudden death.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday (August 18) at 12 noon in the Swedish Cemetery Portland. A celebration of her life will follow at her favorite place, Portland Fire Department Co 3 picnic grounds on Great Hill Lake. Donations may be made to the PFD Co 3 picnic association. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home 231 Main St. Portland is in charge of arrangements 

William Cady

William "Stuart" Cady 63 of Portland passed away after a short illness on Wednesday (Aug. 15). William was born on March 31, 1955 in Middletown to Thomas H. Cady and Jessie (Franck) Cady. He graduated from Middletown High School and went into the family tool and Die Business. He became an excellent machinist and left the family business and struck out on his own. He is survived by his brothers Thomas Cady and his wife Gini, Stephen Cady, Michael Cady and his wife Wendy and his two sisters Christina Kelley and her husband John " Joe", Kathy Cihocki along with numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services and burial will be private in Pine Grove Cemetery Middletown. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home 231 Main St. Portland is in charge of arrangements. 

Frances Ciaburri Keane

Frances Ciaburri Keane, 99, passed away Tuesday, August 14th, surrounded by her loving family. Frances was born in Middletown, CT but lived in Portland most of her life.
She was an avid reader, loved to knit, quilt, cook, bake, and garden but most of all, being a grandmother and spending time with her family.
She is survived by a daughter, Patrice Baron and fiancee, Paul Borse, a son Shaun Keane and wife, Amy, her beloved sister, Viola Karpe, daughter-in-law, Barbara Ribecki and husband Warren. 10 Grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Daniel G. Keane, a son Edward Keane, a great grandson,
Robert "Bobby" Keane, sisters Anna Bighinatti and Genevieve Slimowicz, brother, John Weglowski and two neices, Janice Deckelman and Marie Cramer.
The family wishes to thank the staff and caregivers at Portland Care and Rehab for the loving, compassionate and outstanding care shown to Frances over the last 5 years.
The funeral will be held Tuesday, August 21st at 8:30 a.m. from the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church, Portland at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the family plot, St. Mary's Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38105 or St. Mary's Church, 51 Freestone Ave, Portland, CT 06480. 

Robert Wagner Jr.

Robert Walter Hans “Skip” Wagner, Jr., 61, of Portland, passed away unexpectedly on August 22, 2018, at Yale New Haven Hospital. Born June 20, 1957 in Middletown, CT, he was the son of the late Robert Wagner, Sr. and the late Mary Jane Helveston. Skip graduated from Portland High School in 1975. Soon after graduating he began his lifelong career at Local 24 as a millwright by trade and was trustee of the Executive Board for 15 years. He was also a delegate of the New England Regional Counsel of Carpenters and was currently working for Local 1121 when he passed. 

Skip was proud to be a lifelong resident of Portland. He was especially proud that both of his daughters chose to raise their families in his beloved town. He was active in the Freemasons and a longtime member of the Elks club. He enjoyed deep sea fishing, motorcycle rides, weekend lunches with friends, and spending time with his grandkids. He had a strong work ethic and cared deeply about the people he worked with. If he wasn’t working, you could find him taking care of his yard or grabbing his cooler and heading out to the garage. If someone needed a helping hand he was always there. Skip spent the last eight months mourning the loss his high school sweetheart and wife of 39 years. Although we will miss him dearly, we know that he is at peace with Mary. 

Skip is survived by his daughter Heather Kissinger and husband Eric of Portland, his daughter Kasie Eason and husband Glenn (PJ) of Portland, and five grandchildren MaryJane, Easton and Evan Kissinger and Aubrey and Alanna Eason. He is also survived by three sisters; Kimberly Fischburg and husband Kenn of Norwich, Gidget Matulis and husband George of Unionville and Jackie Gotta and husband Dickie of Portland, as well as many nieces and nephews. 

Calling hours will be held at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St Portland on August 30th from 4PM until 7PM. A funeral service will be held Friday, August 31st at 10:00AM at Zion Lutheran Church, 183 William St, Portland followed by burial at the Swedish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Club- B.P.O.E Middletown Lodge 771, PO Box 818, Middletown, CT 06457.