February 2020

Maria Lisicki

Robinson Gilbert

Robinson Gilbert

Maria Anna Theresia (Buhl) Lisicki, of Portland, Ct, passed away peacefully on February, 1st at the age of 92.  She was born 11/08/1927, to Ernst and Maria Buhl, in Ergoldsbach, Germany. Maria lost both her parents very young and while raised by family, she grew up a fiercely independent woman and took great pride in doing everything herself.

She married her one true love Karol N. Lisicki on December 30th, 1950 and the two of them migrated to the U.S. on New Year’s Day, 1957, to pursue their American dream. She taught herself to read, write and speak English once they arrived and continued to read and learn daily up to her passing. They succeeded with their Dream through constant hard work, eventually retiring and purchasing a home in 1980.  She and Karol returned to Germany many times over the years to vacation as well as visit friends and her half-sister’s family. After her husband’s passing in 1991, Maria continued to take great care of her home, property, Dachshund Nicky and several stray cats that were blessed by her kindness. 

To those who were not fortunate enough to spend time with this amazing woman; as a child she ate off what the land and forest offered, she lived through World Wars, watched (with unhappiness) what Hitler did (Karol was a survivor of a “working Concentration camp”), survived Cancer in the late 80’s, worked countless jobs often 2 or 3 in a day all over Middletown and Portland, walked everywhere as she never wanted her Driver’s license, was an amazing cook with an insatiable appetite for recipes, could speak intelligently about any topic, was in full control of her life to the very end and loved her husband with all her heart. Maria Anna Theresia Lisicki Lived, Loved, Learned and Succeeded!

I thank you Maria for all the life lessons you have taught and continue to teach me and for allowing me to be a part of your Life. I am FOREVER GREATFUL for our time together………………Your “Bad Penny” AKA Michael.

Funeral services and burial will be private. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements. 

Robinson Gilbert

Robinson Gilbert

Robinson Gilbert

Born January 15, 1926 in Glastonbury, CT to Ruth Tyler Gilbert and Louis Sylvester Gilbert, he was known as 

Robinson, Bob, Bobbie, RT and Buttercup.  He died February 17, 2020.  He was 94.

A detached retina in childhood prevented Bob from enlisting with US forces in WWII, but with characteristic 

determination and as a member of the “greatest generation” he joined up as an ambulance driver for the 

American Field Service of Great Britain, seeing the war mostly in Italy and Holland. In 1968-69 his association 

with AFS brought Laura Gardiner to the family from South Africa as an exchange student and beloved second 

daughter.  

After the war Bob met Arline Hale - “Leeney” to all her friends - at UConn and they married in 1949. They 

enjoyed 59 years of marriage before her passing in 2008, during which time Bob moved from purchasing agent 

to Executive Vice-President, Operations at Fuller Brush Co.  Later, via his own company International 

Products, Bob and Arline traveled to South America, Africa, Europe, Canada and the Middle East.  

Bob was known for his fierce dedication to his principles, which lead him to lifelong involvement in wetlands 

conservation, Ducks Unlimited, and vigorous dinner table conversations. Even into his eighties, Bob could be 

found jogging for miles in a polo shirt, Keds, and khakis and had no use for comforts like “gloves” in winter. 

Though he loved all dogs, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers were his companions, constantly with him as he raised 

pheasant, ducks and built and hung wood-duck boxes.  After retirement, and thanks to the generosity of his 

neighbors, the Goodriches, who lent him almost a half-acre of fertile land, he planted, tended and harvested a 

huge vegetable garden that fed many in Portland for years. 

Bob is survived by his daughter Rebecca Caldwell of Glastonbury; his son Mitchell and wife Susan 

(Montgomery) of Portland; granddaughter Jodie Gilbert and her sons Robinson “Benjy” Hoke and Henry Hoke 

of Louisville, CO; grandson Tyler and his wife Bria and their sons, Archer and Everett Gilbert of Oakland, CA; 

and grandson Matthew Gilbert and wife Dana and their daughter Eleanora of Glastonbury. Bob was 

predeceased by his parents, his wife and his brother Henry Stiles Gilbert of New Jersey.  

NO FLOWERS. If you are inclined, a donation in his memory may be made to The Nature Conservancy of 

Connecticut, 55 Church St, Floor 3, New Haven, CT 06510-3029 or Trinity Church, 345 Main Street, Portland 

CT 06480. Special thanks to Nate and Maxwell from Companions and Homemakers.  And tremendous gratitude

to the staff of South 7 Comfort Care Unit and the Emergency Department, Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, 

CT.  

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 29

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at 10 a.m. in the Trinity Episcopal Church, 345 Main 

St, Portland.  Burial will be private.  The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge 

of arrangements.

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and 

shines down upon us to let us know they are not unhappy.”  ~Eskimo Proverb

Anthony Munson

Robinson Gilbert

Anthony Munson

Anthony “Tony” Robert Munson passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loved ones. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 42 years, Mary Munson, his son Patrick Munson and his love Michelle Richards and his daughter Emily Spearin. Along with his wife and children, he is survived by his 3 “dollies”, Cassandra, Sophia and Morgan, his granddaughters who were the loves of his life. He also leaves behind his mother Jean Munson, his uncle Sal Santacroce, two brothers and their wives Robert & Linda Munson, Steven & Emily Munson, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends, who were all a wonderful support throughout his life. Tony graduated from Saint Paul Catholic High School and went on to pursue a major in finance and marketing at Stonehill College. He spent his career working in construction equipment sales at various companies, most recently, Rapid Prep of Rhode Island. In years past, he served on the Portland Republican Town Committee, as a CYO basketball coach and as a little league coach. Tony enjoyed spending his time with his family and working outside perfecting his landscaping. He also appreciated good cuisine and dining out and was often referred to by those closest to him as “James Beard”. Tony & Mary have spent the past years traveling the country to explore the many wonders of what our country has to offer. The family would like to thank the staff at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, Hospital of Central Connecticut Cancer Center, Masonicare Home Health and Hartford Healthcare at Home for their dedicated, compassionate care.

A memorial celebration will be held on Saturday, February 29that 2 p.m. in the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland. Burial will be private. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday, February 29th from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service. 

Albert Revicki

Albert Revicki

Anthony Munson

Albert  P.  Revicki,  92,  of  Portland and Venice, Fla., husband of  the late Delores (Gade) Revicki,  died on Thursday.  Born on December 15, 1927 in New Britian, son of  the late Paul and Helen (Joscak) Revicki.  He had been retired from Standard Knapp.  A  W.W. II Veteran serving in the U.S. Coast Guard.  A member of St. Mary Church, Portland. Albert is survived by his loving family, four sons, Dennis and daughter-in-law Mary Lou Revicki of Sarasota, Fla., Gary Revicki of  East Windsor, Peter and daughter-in-law Carol Revicki of Portland, Kenny  and daughter-in-law Patty Revicki of  Portland.  Two daughters Debbie and son-in-law Edward Horan  of  Newington, Gail and son-in-law Gene Goldberg of Santa Fe, N.M.   A  brother Robert and sister-in-law  Diane  Revicki  of  Pa.,  11 grandchildren, 8  great-grandchildren, and  also several nieces and nephews.  The funeral will be held on  Monday, February 24th  at  9 a.m. in the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, followed by a mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary Church, Portland  at  10 a.m.  Burial with full military honors will be in  St. Mary Cemetery, New Britian.  Friends may call at  the funeral home on Sunday, Febuary 23rd from 5  to  7 p.m.

 

David Werblow

Albert Revicki

David Werblow

 After 84 wonderful years, David Arthur Werblow, a gentle, easy going, and inquisitive man has departed this plain on February 20, 2020.  He leaves behind his loving wife, Virginia H. Werblow, his two sons, Benjamin and Jacob Werblow (Kristen), grandchildren Jade, Stella, Lillian; step-children Douglas Ewing, Katie Nicolletta, Laura O’Brien; step-grandchildren Meghan, Zachary, Torrey, Emma, Abby, Paige and former wife Anne Cassady.

David spent his formative years on a farm in Shaftsbury, VT before graduating from Westminster School, NYU, and Columbia University.  He first taught in Australia and then spent multiple years teaching in the Connecticut Community College system, first at Norwalk Community and then at Middlesex Community College in Middletown.   Much as he enjoyed teaching, his real pleasure was working with his hands. He built sailboats and restored cars. He was a two-term president of the Connecticut MG Club. David was smitten by wanderlust, having traveled extensively into his eighties.  As David would say, “It’s been a fantastic run.”

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, March 6 in the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main Street, Portland from 10-11:30 AM with a service to follow at the funeral home.  Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in David’s name to any food bank or dog shelter close to one’s heart.