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.

Donald Williams


Donald K. Williams of Portland departed this earth on January  21st with his grandson Dan by his side.

Don was born in Exeter, N.H on October 4th, 1928 to his John L. Williams and Gladys Mifflin Willams. 

Don grew up with loving and doting aunts and uncles and summers at the family cottage in Hampton NH.

He was a 1952 Graduate of Washington & Lee University in Lexington,VA. He served 2 yrs in the United states Army, almost realized a dream of owning an airport, but was a seasoned single engine airplane pilot. After completing college he worked for the First National Bank, Hartford and then for Traveler’s Insurance Company. In the 70s and early 80s he started two computer companies, CPU and Horizon, respectively. Don took the trip of a lifetime in 1976 with his wife, son, and daughter for a month long trip around the United States. Don lost his beloved wife Nancy (Scott) Williams on Feb. 15th, 2000, while watching their beloved Womens Husky Basketball. Don was also able to see his Boston Red Sox win a pendant. He was also an active member of AL-ANON family member groups for almost 40 years. 

Don is survived by his daughter Alison Wagner (Tom) of Portland, his son Sean Williams (Jean) of Portland, NH, his beautiful grandchildren, Dan Goodrich of Portland, Tracy Goodrich of Portland ,Shane Kvietkus of Southington and the light of his life great granddaughter Taliah Frangione of Portland.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 27th at 10a.m. in the Pilgrim Fellowship Church, 1199 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury. Burial will be at a later date in the State Veteran’s Cemetery, Middletown with full military honors. Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland on Friday evening from 5-7p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Pilgrim Fellowship Church, 1199 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury, CT 06033 or to AL-ANON Family Group Inc., 277 Main St., Hartford, CT 06106. 

Lucille Anderson

Lucille (Lu) Goodrich Anderson, born in Hartford, CT in 1929 to John W. and Hazel Clark Goodrich and a lifelong resident of Portland, CT, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on January 17. Lu was a woman of deep faith and principles who, above all, found strength and meaning in her love of family and farm. She was active in her community which included professional positions at the Riverside Trust Company, Central National Bank, Middletown Savings Bank and Liberty Bank for Savings. In addition, she served as an agent with LaMalfa Real Estate Agency. Lu was also elected and served for two terms on the Portland Board of Education and was an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church, participating in the choir and as a council member. Lu and her husband, Bud, were proud members of the Hemlock Grange and Connecticut Farm Bureau. Together, Bud and Lu worked a dairy and tobacco farm during their 55-year marriage. Life on that farm was indeed their shared passion. Over time, and with great joy, they welcomed seven children including: John, Cathy, Nancy, Jeffrey, Dan, Charles Jr, and Carol. Lu's greatest achievement and lasting legacy was to place their Connecticut River farm, Blaque Dairy, into state land trust to preserve the land as a farm in perpetuity. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles (Bud), daughter Cathy and son Charles, Jr., as well as her siblings William C. Goodrich, Edward J. Goodrich and Marjorie J. Tuttle. She is survived by five children as well as 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 22nd at 11 a.m. in the Zion Lutheran Church, 183 William St., Portland. Friends may call at the Zion Lutheran Church on Monday morning from 10 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be in the Swedish Cemetery, Portland at a later date. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church, 183 Williams St., Portland, CT 06480.