June 2018

Dean Bordonaro

Dean Bordonaro, 50 of Lake Road, Portland, passed away unexpectedly on Memorial Day Weekend. He is the son of Lorraine (Chandler) Perrotti, his late father Anthony Bordonaro and his step-father Michael Perrotti. Dean is survived by his brother Michael Bordonaro and his wife Nancy, a sister Loretta Faraci and her husband Richard, nieces and nephews Jennifer Chabot and her husband Brandon, Michael and Taylor Bordonaro, Anthony and Nicholas Faraci. Also, great nephew and niece Cameron Oliver and Caysen Jones. His Aunt Elizabeth Bordonaro and Uncle,Ronald Chandler. He also leaves behind his life-long love Rebecca Bordonaro. He was predeceased by his grandparents Sam and Bella Bordonaro and Frank and Helen Chandler and his Uncles Thomas and Daniel Bordonaro. At the age of 18, Dean began his lifelong career as a mason. He was the owner and operator of Portland Masonry, LLC. His masonry is a masterful work of art and his legacy will live on in the beautiful brick and stone work he created. Dean's greatest pleasures were fishing, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, softball dirt bike riding and hanging out with his many friends. Dean loved animals, saving 3 stray cats and his dog Copper that all became his 4-legged family. Dean's favorite 4-legged friend was his first dog Bailey, who was often at Dean's side cruising in his truck or job sites. Dean will be forever remembered by his contagious smile, silly jokes, huge heart, kindness and outgoing personality, which are just a few of his endearing qualities. A memorial mass will be held on Tuesday, June 5th at 10am in St. Mary's Church, Portland. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Mary's Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main Street, Portland on Monday evening from 5-8pm. 

Nancy B. Coman

Nancy B. Coman, 85, of Portland, wife of the late Herbert W. Coman Jr., died peacefully in her home on Saturday June 9th. Nancy was born in Hartford CT to the late Charles and Elizabeth Brink on May 20th 1933.

Nancy is survived by her daughters, Beth Rau (Dennis), Deborah Rooth (Curtis), and sons Mark Coman (IIene), John Coman (Sandy), Matthew Coman; Sisters Maureen Lawlor and MaryEllen Mozdzierz;  8 grandchildren: Dennis Rau Jr, Amanda McKenna, Jennifer, Scooter, and Kelsey Rooth, Thomas and Nick Coman and Luke Coman. 7 Great Grandchildren; David, Claire, Grace, Billy, Katie-Faith, Ellie and Brianna. She is preceded by a son Scott Charles, granddaughter Katie Rau, and sister Betty Jacobucci.  

Nancy was a graduate of St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in 1954. She worked as an RN in a many different fields of nursing. She retired as the Director of Nurses at Elmcrest Psychiatric Institute in the early 1980. Nancy’s passion for nursing was passed on through her family as many are working in the healthcare profession.

After her retirement and raising their children Nancy and Herb spent many wonderful years wintering in Delray Beach Florida with special friends Nate and Elsie. It was there she honed her talent for cooking. She was a great chef and was selfless in providing culinary delights to family, friends and neighbors. 

The family wishes to express our gratitude for all the special people who provided care with love and compassion to our Mom; especially Dolly, from visiting Angels, Julio, grandson Thomas and best friend and sister MaryEllen.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, June 12th from 5-7 at Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, June 13th at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Portland.  Burial will be private in the Coman Cemetery in North Grosvenor Dale, CT. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the CT Veterans Association, 287 West St., Rocky Hill, CT 06067 or online at ct.gov/ctva

Elaine F. Ericson

Elaine F. Ericson,76, of Portland passed away Tuesday (June 12th) at Middlesex Hospital. She was born on April 1st, 1944 to the late Edwin and Marion (Kavanaugh) Ericson. A life long resident of Portland, she attended Portland school and was a member of St. Mary church.  She worked at Graystone Rest Home in Portland for 40 years. She enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, reading, playing bingo, and for many years bowled with the Portland Womens League. 

She is survived by a sister, Jo-Ann Leary of Barefoot Bay, FL, several nieces and nephews including Colleen Briggs (Tom), Michael Leary (Debbie) , Brian Leary (Amie), Karen Hanna (Rob) all of Portland, also Kristen Delrusso (Sam) of Moosup. She also leaves several great nieces and nephews and a very special cousin Carol Kapitzke. Elaine was predeceased by her twin sister Eleanor Csere in 2014. 

A private graveside service will be held at the Swedish Cemetery Portland at the convenience of the family. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland is in charge of arrangements.

George Castelli

 George B. Castelli, 70, passed away unexpectedly on June 19 surrounded by family at Hartford Hospital. He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Alicia (O'Brien) Castelli of Portland, CT. George is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Suzanne (Behm) Castelli of East Hampton. His son Christopher Castelli and his wife Melissa of East Hampton. His daughter Kara Aiello and her husband Matthew of East Hampton. His grandsons, Ian and Nathan Aiello. His brother Peter Castelli and his wife Sandra of Portland, his brother Daniel Castelli and wife Olenka of Portland, and his niece Kate Castelli of Cambridge, MA.
George worked very hard for his family as a pipefitter for Henkels & McCoy for over 30 years. He had a passion for fishing and was an avid outdoorsman. He looked forward to his annual trips to New Hampshire, and was able to come home with a story or two from his trip to Alaska. On the weekends you could find him taking rides with his best friend, Bill Richards or taking his wife Sue down to the shoreline for an early dinner or antique shopping.
George loved nature, the outdoors, and feeding his beloved birds. He loved spoiling his two grandsons and one visit from them would make his whole day. George left an impression on everyone he met; he was graced with the gift of gab, had an incredible sense of humor, and the ability to never forgot a name or face. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends; his great legacy will live on in all of us forever. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Cemetery Portland. Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home 231 Main St., Portland on Friday, June 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Dr, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.

John Cooney

John J. Cooney Jr, of Portland, CT and Plant City, FL, husband of the late Marilyn Behm Cooney passed away peacefully on June 21, 2018. Born in Middletown, CT, the son of the late John and Florence (Cardillo) Cooney, he was a graduate of Portland High School. He attended Providence College and later graduated from Middlesex Community College. He served in the United States Marine Corp Reserve receiving an honorable discharge with the rank of Corporal. He worked for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in Facilities and Services for 37 years before retiring in 1992. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists Lodge #1746, serving as a former officer and negotiator. He also served as past president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division #1 in Portland, and was named Irishman of the Year in 1991.He was a member of American Legion Post #69, and a member of Middletown Elks Lodge #771. John was a parishioner of St. Mary's Church in Portland, CT, and St. Clement's Church in Plant City, FL.  John loved watching sports in his later years. As a young father he took pride in teaching his children basketball and baseball.John is survived by his four sons, Timothy Cooney and his wife Eva of Durham, Michael Cooney and his wife Melissa of Naugatuck, Brian Cooney and his wife Jodi of Middletown, and Patrick Cooney of Portland, and a daughter, Melissa (Cooney) Wagner and her husband Dan of Middletown, as well as eight grandchildren, Timothy Cooney Jr., Zachary Cooney, Taylor Cooney, Brian Cooney JR. and his wife Katelyn, Jordan Cooney, Joseph Cooney, Lauren Cooney and Maci Cooney, and three great grandchildren, Aiden, Connor and Max. He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews and cousins. John leaves behind his faithful and loving companion of 21 years, Helen Sweenie of Plant City, FL.
John was predeceased by his sister, Marilyn (Cooney) Lovejoy
A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, July 7th at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Portland. Burial will be in the family plot with military honors in St. Mary's Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland on Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m .

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