January 2018

Carolyn Personette


Carolyn Personette, 58 of Portland passed away on Sunday, December 24th after a brief illness. Carolyn was the sweetest, kindest person you could ever meet. She loved unconditionally and always put everything before herself. She was predeceased by her parents Glennyce(Brown) Nilsen and Allan Nilsen. She is survived by the light of her life, her son Austin Personette of Portland. She also leaves behind her twin sister Marilyn Nilsen-Jerz of Durham and sister Kathleen Nilsen- Baker of East Hartford, her brothers Robert Nilsen of Hebron and Clinton Nilsen of Guilford. She also leaves many nieces and nephews who will miss their Auntie dearly.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, January 12th at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services and burial will be private.

Samantha Wysocki

Samantha Lynn Wysocki, 25, of Grove St., Portland, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018 in her parent's home, from a fast moving cancer. She was born in Middletown, August 14, 1992, a daughter of Robert E. Wysocki and Cheryl J Wysocki, and was a lifelong resident of Portland. Samantha graduated from Westfield State University in 2014 with a degree in Environmental Science. She worked at All Habitat Services as a Project Ecologist and R Destiny Arabians as a barn hand. She was a volunteer at Cat Tales CT, helping with the feral cat colonies throughout the winters. Besides her parents, Samantha is survived by her younger sister Melissa Wysocki (Bozeman, MT), her grandfather Robert Johnson (Portland), and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Samantha was an outdoor enthusiast loving hikes, horseback riding, fishing, and the beach. She was an avid animal lover and had two cats, rescued squirrels, a hamster, and a lab. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 12th at 11am in the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main Street, Portland. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 4-7pm. Burial will be private. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donation checks could be made to two wonderful organizations that helped Samantha during her time of need. The Carilli Bros Foundation Drive to or House of Hope. Donation checks should be made out to either 'Drive to Survive' or 'House of Hope' can be sent to The Wysocki Family, PO Box 466, Portland, CT 06480 

Karen Welch

Karen  Ann Welch,  74,  of  Portland and wife of  Douglas  A.  Welch,  died on Wednesday at Middlesex Hospital.  Born on January 8, 1944 in Hartford, daughter of the late Edward A. and Dorothy ( Kline) Grant Sr., Karen had been a resident of Portland for 46 years and was a member of St. Mary's church. She had worked at Pratt & Whitney for many years and was employed by the Town of Portland in the Community Development  Dept. for  3 years. She also was employed by the Zion Lutheran Church in Portland as the secretary / sexton for 8 years.  And she volunteered for Meals on Wheels in Portland. Besides her husband of forty-seven years, Karen is survived by a brother Richard and sister in law Selma Grant of  Moosup, and a  niece Phyllis Grant of Ledyard .

The funeral will be held on Monday at 1 pm in the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland. Burial will be in the Swedish Cemetery Portland at a later date. Friends may call at  the funeral home on Monday from 12 noon until the time of the service. In Lieu of flowers memorial donations maybe made to  St. Mary Church 151 Freestone Ave. Portland, CT. 06480.