Zackery Dean Spicer passed away unexpectedly on July 15th, 2022 at the age of 21. He was born in Land O Lakes, Florida, moved to Tennessee and then to Portland, where he attended school. Zackery loved playing sports, especially football, baseball and basketball. He loved to fish and was often the only one who caught anything. He loved teasing his sisters who at times found him more than annoying, but they loved him and he them. He was perhaps the happiest back when he played football for the Portland Panthers with coach Craig Franklin. He was not particularly large but acted large when either tackling or running with the ball. He could be described as being very sweet in nature, except when playing football.
Zackery is predeceased by his mother Ami Lynn Martin who died of cancer in March 2021. He is survived by his father Devlyn Spicer who resides in Florida; his oldest brother David Melton and his companion Krista Clausser of Moodus, CT; Scott Spicer of Middletown; his two younger sisters, Chelsi Johnson and Loee Martin both of Portland. He is also survived by his grandparents Pamela and Lee Nordstrom of Portland, who provided care following his mother’s passing.
The family would like to recognize River Valley Services for the work and care provided to Zackery.
A graveside service will be held on August 18th, 2022 at 11:00 at the Swedish Cemetery on William St. in Portland. Family and friends are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Vincent DePaul, 617 Main Street, Middletown, CT, 06457. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main Street, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.
Joseph R. Organek, age 84 of Avon, formerly of Portland, passed away on August 29th, 2021. He was the son of the late Joseph and Josephine (Jagoda) Organek. Born on October 21, 1936 in Middletown, he lived in Portland for most of his life until moving to Avon. He was a graduate of Bryant College and worked for Northeast Utilities for 35 years until his retirement. He served as an investigator for the military police in the U.S Army from 1958 to 1960 in Korea. He was on the Republican Town Committee of Columbia, CT and the Inlands Wetlands Commission of Portland. He enjoyed fly fishing and was also the owner of Poverty Hill Christmas Tree Farm. He leaves his daughters, Melissa Organek Dupree of South Portland, ME, and Kelly Organek of Naples, FL, brothers, Ronald Organek of Middletown, and William Organek of Fort Mills, SC, sister, Barbara Hetrick of West Hartford, grandchildren, Calvin and Joseph Dupree and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, on Friday, July 29th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, followed by a private burial for family. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 30th starting at noon at the pavilion at the Salmon River State Forest. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the #3 Volunteer Fire Department of Portland.
With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Catherine Ann (Papallo) Barillari, 98, on July 3, 2022. She was born in New Britain, CT, daughter of the late Mary Scalise Papallo and Nicolas Papallo. She was raised in Meriden, CT, and graduated from Meriden High School in 1941.
She was the beloved wife of Michael Barillari for 62 years, whom she met at Arthur Murray's Studio of Dance. Their love was a testimony to many as a match made in heaven. She was a longtime member of the Middletown Women's Elks club and a member of St. Mary's Parish of Portland, CT. She spent many memorable years with her family during the summers at Great Hill Lake in Portland, CT. Catherine and Michael spent their later years in Glastonbury, CT. Catherine was an avid reader, cribbage player, and bowler. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Catherine had an infectious love of life and always encouraged the best in others, whether it was while watching recitals and graduations, or lending a kind ear to her grandchildren.
Catherine's grace and love of life touched everyone she met, and the care she showed to others was second to none. She was a wonderful mother to Michael Barillari of Glastonbury, CT and to Lisa (Tony) Abbazia of Southport, CT. She was a loving grandmother to Rachael and Lauren Barillari, Aiden Edwards, Tony Jr., Sara, Jessica, Maria, Dominic, and Lydia Abbazia; a devoted sister to her predeceased siblings: Eleanor Papallo, Joseph Papallo, Phyllis Papallo, Mary Papallo, Nicholas Papallo, Louis Papallo, and Pearl Papallo, and survived by her brother, Thomas Papallo; and a loving aunt to numerous nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.
Catherine's 4' 11" frame held a spirit larger than life. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, July 11th at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Portland. Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, on Sunday, July 10th from 4-6 p.m. Burial will be private in St. Mary's Cemetery, Portland.
Henrietta (Tokarz) Prickett, 75, of Portland, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 17th. She was born December 9th, 1946 in Middletown to the late Adolph and Tessie (Bajorek) Tokarz. In 1985, she married the love of her life, Gordon Prickett. Henrietta worked as an administrative assistant for Connecticut Underwriters and worked for Wannerstrom’s Appliances in Portland for 30 years and was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Church in Portland. Henrietta was an avid reader, enjoyed doing puzzles, family trips to Hampton Beach and going to the casino with her beloved husband and sister.
Henrietta was predeceased by her husband, Gordon Prickett and her brother, Edward Tokarz. She will be lovingly missed by her sister, Catherine Tokarz of Portland; her son and daughter-in-law Alan and Sheri Prickett of Manchester; her son Scott Prickett of Vernon; 5 grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Diane Tokarz of East Hampton, her nephew and his wife William and Allison Tokarz of East Hampton; her niece and her family, Tracy and Chris Moody, Brooke and Jordan Moody of Virginia.
The funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 23rd, at 10:30 a.m. in the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Mary's Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service.