Paula Margaret (Sims) Petzold, lifelong resident of Portland, CT, passed away at her home in St. Maarten, on February 2, 2019. William (Bill), her devoted husband of 56 years was by her side. Paula was born on January 7, 1944, and was predeceased by her parents Thaddeus and Eva Sims. Paula is survived by her husband Bill, sister-in-law Elaine Cote and her husband Richard Cote, as well as her two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Penelope Petzold of Glastonbury, CT and Robert and Mary Petzold of Portland, CT. Her grandchildren, Heather, Connor, Kara, Katie, Lorraine and Dominic were her treasures, and they will forever hold in their hearts the memories of her gentleness, kindness, and unconditional love. Paula graduated from Mount Saint Joseph's Academy in West Hartford, Connecticut. Among her many accomplishments, one of which was a porcelain painter and instructor, she enjoyed traveling, boating, gardening, and gourmet cooking and especially loved her winters spent at her home on the island she loved so dearly, St. Maarten. Most days you could find her and her beloved Yorkie Maarty, reveling in the sound of the gentle waves along the coral reef while reading on her kindle. One of the highlights of Paula's day was her phone calls with her best friend of many years, Joyce Levine. Paula's strong Catholic faith was a cornerstone of her life. Paula's beauty, both inside and out, inspired all around her to be their very best. Paula will certainly be remembered for her strength, courage, perseverance and grace throughout her many health challenges. Those who knew her will always recall her unselfishness; no matter what she faced in her own life, she always asked after the wellbeing of those around her. Calling hours will be held on Friday, February 15th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main Street, Portland. A Mass of Christian burial will be held February 16th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, 51 Freestone Ave., with a burial immediately following in Saint Mary's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to St. Mary's Church, 51 Freestone Ave., Portland, CT.
Kelly Egan Warner, 43, formerly of Portland, passed away on February 8 at her home in Daytona Beach, Florida. She was the daughter of Harry and Shirley Egan of Portland. Besides her parents, Kelly is survived by her brother, Scott Egan and his wife Jennifer, her nephews Kevin and Connor Egan, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral services are private. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland is in charge of arrangements.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT, 06111 or to St. Mary's Church, 51 Freestone Ave., Portland, CT 06480.
Thomas Henry Manning, Jr., 86, of Portland passed away in the early morning of February 21, 2019 after a valiant and lengthy battle with melanoma, oral cancer and heart disease. He was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts on September 7, 1932 to Thomas Henry Manning Sr. and Frances (Clancy) Manning. He, along with his sisters, was raised and educated in Rocky Hill, CT. After high school he proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. After his service he had a varied and interesting career path. From builder to door to door sales for both Fuller Brush and Electrolux he moved on to car sales followed by diner owner/cook/ food service. He then, along with his sons, returned to the building trade forming their company Manning Home Builders. At the time of his passing he was president, remaining active until illness slowed him down in March of 2018.
Always active, he and his wife Eileen were often seen on the sidelines of many sporting, dance or school events supporting their 7 children. After many years supporting his children he happily resumed his place in the stands for many sporting, educational, or cultural activities of his grandchildren. He was a proud member of the Portland community and contributed in many ways. As a businessman he supported many community organizations with donations of goods and services. He served on many boards of youth organizations for his children. He attended many town board and commission meetings delivering insightful commentary after much study and research of the prevailing issues.
He is survived by his second wife Ann Marie Drozd of Portland. His seven children and their spouses, Kim and Bill Hanna, Sheila and Kurt Peterson, Colleen and Don Kimball, Tom and Chris Manning, Kelly and Larry Mainetti, Tim and Penny Manning and Shaun and Teri Manning. His beloved grandchildren Will (Brenda), Kevin and Brian (Ashley) Hanna, Rachel (Erin) Peterson-Lemke and Andrew Peterson, Kerilyn, Matt and Claire Kimball, Taryn (Drew) Schroll, Logan and Hayden Manning, Jessica (Tom) DeBeaumont, Joshua (Vicki) and Casey Mainetti, Luke Manning, and Stephanie (Shawn) Murray. His great-grandchildren Makayla, Ayden, Emma, Theo and Aria. His beloved sister Rachel Wiltsie and brother-in-law Richard Drozd. He is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews and friends including special friends George and Patricia Kalber.
He was predeceased by his beloved first wife Eileen (Coleman) Manning, his sisters and brothers-in law, Virginia and Frank Partridge, Rita and Glen Smith, Marcia and Earl Fisher, Patricia Mannix, Charles Wiltsie and his niece Brenda Mannix.
The funeral will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Portland. Burial with full military honors will be in Middlefield Cemetery, Middlefield at a later date. Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland on Friday, March 1st from 5-7 p.m.
Donations may be made to the Portland Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 71, Portland, CT 06480 or Middlesex Hospice Unit, c/o Development Office, 55 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06457.