January 2019

William Francesco

William J. Francesco, 95 of Portland, husband of the late wife Faye L. Francesco, passed away peacefully on Saturday, (January 12) at Middlesex Hospital Hospice. He was the son of the late Louis and Agnes (Rockinger) Notarfrancesco. Born on June 10, 1923 in New York, New York, he served in the United States Navy during World War II. Bill was a Portland resident for over 50 years and worked for Raymond Engineering for many years until his retirement. He was a member of the Church of St. Mary.
He leaves a son, Michael Francesco and his wife, Kelley of Portland, a daughter, Linda McGirr and her husband, John of Ivoryton, and grandchildren, Brendan and Cassidy McGirr and Nicholas and Lucas Francesco.
The funeral will be held on Thursday (January 17) at 9 a.m. from 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 will be in the family plot in St. Mary Cemetery, Portland with full Military Honors. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday (January 16) from 5 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Middlesex Hospice Unit, c/o Development Office, 55 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06457 or to the Portland Food Bank, 7 Waverly Ave., Portland, CT 06480. 

Dolores Smithwick

Dolores (Eckersley) Smithwick, 95, wife of the late Arthur T. Smithwick, married 68 years, passed away Saturday (January 5, 2019) at the Portland Care and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Middletown, February 22, 1923, daughter of the late Alfred Eckersley and Hazel (Loretta) Crosley. Dolores was a parishioner of Church of St. Mary. A member of the Mother's Circle and Ladies Guild. A true family Matriarch, she hosted countless holidays and Sunday dinners. She was happiest surrounded by her large and extended family and was always there to help us all. Having a life-long love of music and dance, she studied piano in her later years. She was a fabulous dancer and enjoyed dancing with friends at the Portland Senior Center well into her eighties. She had an impeccable style. Her quick wit, wonderful sly Irish sense of humor and gracious spirit will be missed by all who loved her. The family would like to thank the staff at Portland Convalescent Home for their loving care during her stay. Dolores is survived by daughters: Debra Freitag (Russell) Glastonbury, CT; Christine DiPatre (John) Jacksonville, FL; her sons Thomas Smithwick (Eile) Shippensburg, PA; Gary Smithwick (Phyllis) Portland, CT, Brian Smithwick (Anita) Advance, NC and Philip Smithwick (Katherine) of Wallingford, CT; 16 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren; Step sisters Sally Eckersley, Willa Eckersley of Cromwell, CT and Ellen Ranger of Vermont and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter Janet Smithwick; her brother Herbert Eckersley; sister Genevieve Fowler; nephew Jay Fowler. The funeral will be held on Friday, January 11th at 10 a.m. at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church, Portland at 11 a.m. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday morning from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to St. Mary's Church, 51 Freestone Ave., Portland, CT 06480. 

Lisa Herzy

On Sunday, January 2, Lisa J. Herzy, wife of William R. Herzy and mother of three children, passed away at the age of 56.Lisa was born on August 9th,1962 in Meriden, CT to the late Lorraine and Armand Bolduc. She attended Orville H. Platt high school. On October 29th,1993 she married William R. Herzy. Together they raised a son, Matthew, and two daughters, Jessica and Jennifer.Lisa had a passion for animals, as well as camping. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, as well as her beloved dogs Oscar & McCoyShe is survived by her husband William, mother-in-law Evelyn, her son Matthew, her daughters Jessica and Jennifer, her 9 grandchildren: Ashley, Elizabeth, Ayden, Elliott, Chloe, Nora, Alora, Scarlett & Christian, as well as her sister and best friend Dolores, and brother Robert. A Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 8th at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland from 5-7 pm. Burial will be at a later date in St. Lawrence Cemetery, Meriden. The family suggests sending memorial contributions to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111. 

Ida Stawski


Ida (Chiabrero) Stawski, aged 93, a lifelong resident of Portland, Connecticut, passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 23rd 2019 at the Portland Care & Rehabilitation Center following a brief illness. She was born October 23rd, 1925 to Constantina (Peratto) and Costanzo Chiabrero. She was a 1943 graduate of Portland High School and worked in the office at Standard-Knapp, Inc. until her marriage to Tadeusz Stawski on June 6th, 1953. Thereafter she spent her years as a homemaker and later a tireless mother and grandmother. She was known to all those around her as a woman of great humility, simple pleasures, and seemingly inordinate hospitality and kindness. She enjoyed country music, picking berries in the summertime, a daily word puzzle to keep her mind sharp, reading uplifting books, and long conversations with family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Tadeusz; her daughter, Marie Philopena; grandchildren Christopher Philopena, Kimberly (Philopena) Mensinger and her husband Eric; her younger brother, Joseph; and niece, Janet Long and her husband David Granat. 

Friends and loved ones are invited to celebrate Ida’s life. The funeral will be held on Monday, January 28th at 9 a.m. at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Portland. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, January 27th from 5 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in her memory can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38105.