June 2019

Peder Samuelson

Peder A. Samuelson, 78, of Portland passed away peacefully on Tuesday (June 4) at Middlesex Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was a lifelong resident of Portland. Peder is survived by his wife of 56 years, Frances, his son Jason Samuelson and his wife Lorraine and his daughter Cynthia Mazzotta and her husband Sebastian. Two grandchildren, Caden and Ty. He is also survived by his sister Susan Adinolfo and her husband Richard, as well as many nieces and nephews. Peder was predeceased by his daughter Sharon Elizabeth Samuelson, his parents Nels and Audrey Samuelson and a sister, Beverly Johnson.
The funeral will be held on Saturday (June 8) at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Church Portland. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Mary Cemetery Portland at a later date. Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland on Friday (June 7) from 5 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations maybe made to St. Mary Church, 51 Freestone Ave., Portland, CT 06480. 

Rocco J. Marone, Jr.


Rocco “Rock” Marone, 76, of Portland peacefully passed away on Wednesday June 5, 2019.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Mary “Cookie” (Binezewski) Marone.

Rock was born on May 16, 1943, the son of Rocco J. Marone, Sr. and Mary Lou (McClure) Marone.

He was predeceased by his beloved son Jeffrey J. Marone.

Rocco was retired from Pratt & Whitney in Middletown after 40 years of service.

He loved the New York Yankees, Nascar Races and his John Deere Tractor. He also enjoyed spending time with his many nieces and nephews. Rock also had a special relationship with his nephew Paul Binezewski where they created many special memories together.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in his honor in St. Mary’s Church, Portland, 51 Freestone Avenue, at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15th, 2019. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.  

Portland Memorial Funeral home, 231 Main St., Portland, is in charge of arrangements.

Craig Weske


Craig D. Weske, 68, of Portland, CT passed in his sleep with his wife and best friend, Louise Somers Weske, by his side on June 12 at Hartford Hospital. He died of complications from cancer. Craig was raised in Barnum, MN. He was predeceased by his father, Walter, and survived by his mother, Delores. 

Craig, a devoted Catholic, was a Knight of Columbus, parishioner at St. Mary in Portland and, before that, at St. Mary in Meriden. He enjoyed boating and belonging to the Meriden Motor Boat Club. He was a member of the Moose Club, the Elks, and a Special Olympics volunteer. He retired from Eversource, formerly CL&P, in 2014 after 29 years. He previously worked at Amtrak. At both companies, he led the telecommunication and radio groups. He coached countless youth hockey and baseball teams in Meriden and Middletown. He led hockey teams to state and New England titles. He loved the friendships that working, volunteering and coaching allowed. 

In 1969, Craig enlisted in the U.S. Navy, became a submariner, and served for four years as a radioman on the USS Von Steuben - based in Charleston, S.C. and Scotland. While training in Groton, he met the love of his life, Louise. They married in 1972 and lived in Charleston, Enfield, Meriden and Portland during their 47-year marriage.  He is survived by his son, Chris D. Weske, and his wife, Gina of East Haddam; also survived by his son, Paul L. Weske, and his wife, Jessica of Cheshire. His six grandchildren are: Margo and Betty Weske; Andrew and Tyler Warren; and Sean and Lola Weske.  He is survived by three-sisters; Shirley Hughes, Cheryl Sklors and Sharla Weske. He is survived by his brother-in-law, Dr. Paul J. Somers and his wife, Michele. 

The funeral will be held on Friday (June 21st) at 9 a.m. from the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Mary’s Church, Portland at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown, with full military honors. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday (June 20th) from 4-7 p.m.

Ruth Olson


Ruth (Lucey) Olson , 92, of Portland CT began her final journey June 24, 2019. 

She is survived by her loving travel companion and husband of 72 years Walter “Bill” Olson. 

Ruth grew up in Middletown and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1945. She and Bill married in 1947, moved to Portland, raised their two children and were active members of the community.

In retirement they took yearly RV trips, eventually reaching all 48 contiguous states and parts of Canada. Ruth and Bill also flew to Alaska and Hawaii as well as many foreign countries, such as Iceland, Sweden, Great Britain and Ireland where they would usually meet up with daughter Arlene O. Estey, husband Dwight Estey, Dr. Robert Olson and wife Dr. Virginia Nunez Olson.

Ruth adored her grandchildren and spouses, Ethan Estey, fiancé Keri Stebenne, Emily Estey Taylor , husband Matt Taylor, Dr. Ben Olson, wife Dr. Sarah Winzelberg Olson, Tessa Olson and husband John Baker.  Her two great grandchildren are Grace Taylor and Fleet Taylor. Children and grandchildren gave her an excuse to visit Disney World on biannual trips. 

Her surviving sister is Janice Johnson of Portland. She is predeceased by her dear identical twin  Regina Lucey Seiferman, and brothers Joseph Lucey, John Lucey and Joan Lucey Tice.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday (July 2) at 1 p.m. in the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland. Burial will be in the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday (July 1) from 5-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations in Ruth’s memory be made to the National Park Foundation or any cause of the donor’s choice.