December 2019

Donna McGill

 Donna McGill, of Middletown, was born April 20, 1951 and passed away on Tuesday (Dec. 3) at the age of 68. Donna was predeceased by her husband Clarence McGill, parents Frank and Maedell Goodrich, and sister Sandra Brogin. Donna is survived by her daughter Stacy (Joe) Barone. granddaughters Crystal and Emily, step mother Nancy Goodrich, sisters Davona (John) Ellison, Maria (James) Hill. Brothers Wayne (Dorothy) Goodrich, Frank Goodrich 111, her special niece Crystal Hill, and many other nieces and nephews. Donna was a devoted sister, mother, and aunt. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday (Dec. 8) at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland from 5 to 7 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in Swedish Cemetery Portland. 

Daniel Wagner

Daniel G. Wagner, 54 of Middletown, beloved husband of Melissa Ann (Cooney) Wagner passed away unexpectedly on Thursday December 5, 2019. 

Dan was born in Meriden on June 8, 1965. Dan attended East Hampton High School. He leaves behind several siblings’ and brother and sister-in laws’, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins ,nieces and nephews.

Dan worked hard his entire life, giving his all. Dan worked for 19 years as Warehouse Manager for Structural Graphics in Essex Ct.

Dan was a devoted husband to Melissa, and a generous friend to his many neighbors. Over his lifetime Dan enjoyed cheering on his Dallas Cowboys and Boston Red Sox. Dan loved his country music and watching NASCAR.

Dan leaves behind his faithful Chocolate Lab, Dove, who will miss her Pappa forever.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, December 15that the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland from 4 to 6 p.m. Graveside services will be held on Monday, December 16th at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Portland. 

Jane Gustafson

 Jane Christine Hale Gustafson, age 68, passed away peacefully at Middlesex Hospital surrounded by close family and much love on Sunday December 1st. She was laid to rest during a private ceremony on December 7 at Center Cemetery in Portland, CT. Jane bravely spent the last 5+ years fighting a rare form of cancer, with no complaints. Jane is survived by her husband of 48 years, Charlie, children Tara and Eric, and grandchildren Lars, Emma, and Steven as well as brother Jeff Hale and his wife Ginnie, nephews Ken, Jim and Tim and sister-in-laws Carol Hale and Adele Hale, wives of her brothers David and George Hale, previously deceased.  Jane was the daughter of George and Bernice Hale of Portland, previously deceased.

Jane grew up in Portland CT, and met her husband at Portland High School. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1973, magna cum laude. Jane owned and ran a nursery school in Portland when her children were young, and later worked as a special education teacher at Portland Middle School. Many of the people who grew up in Portland in the 1970’s and 1980’s may remember Miss Jane and her kindness to everyone. Jane carried her love of children throughout her life and found great joy in her grandchildren. 

Jane was the glue holding the extended family together, and hosted a large Christmas Eve party for the Hale’s, Gustafson’s, and other friends and neighbors every year since the early 1970’s. Many a family pregnancy, engagement, or promotion was announced during the Christmas Eve toast over the years. Jane also loved to chat on the phone with brothers Jeff, Dave and George, sister in law Nancy Droit, and her lifetime best friend Virginia Cox of Portland. Later in life Jane enjoyed walking and met many people on her long walks near her home in Chester, and at her daughter Tara’s home in Summerwood Condominiums in Old Saybrook. Jane also loved to socialize at the Middlesex Yacht Club in Chester.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family gratefully requests friends to consider donations in Jane’s name to the CT Cancer Foundation, 15 N Main Street, Old Saybrook 06475 which provides financial assistance to CT cancer patients and funds cancer research.

The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements. 

Lucille Baars

 Lucille  (Leland) Baars,  89, of Portland, passed away peacefully  though unexpectedly on December 31 after a brief illness.  She was predeceased by her beloved husband  Ed.  Lu was an amazing woman who loved her family, relished her past, and left her mark on the future. Lu was a teacher for many years in the Portland  School system and was still recognized by former  students who now have families of their own. She was an avid reader and frequented the Portland Library that did its best to keep up with her appetite for books. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and served for many years on the alter guild and funeral committee.  Lu leaves behind her daughter Susan  Detwiler and her husband Don of Pa. , son Paul  Baars  and his wife Lisa, and daughter Kimberly Watrous and her husband John. She leaves her grandchildren Jeffrey  Baars  and his wife Kate of  WA. , Matthew Baars,  and  Michael  Rousseau  as well as 4  great grandchildren  Joey-Lynn, Kaylee, Dakota, and Tara. Lu is predeceased by her sister  Dorothy Engelman and her brother Howard  Leland and leaves behind her niece  and nephew  Jackie and Christopher Leland  and her great niece  Samantha.  Lu will be deeply missed and forever remembered.  The funeral will be held on Monday ( Jan 6 ) at 11 a.m. in the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St. Portland.  Burial will be in the family plot in Swedish Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at  the funeral home on Monday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Portland Library, 20 Freestone Ave. Portland, CT, 06480.