Frederick Gross, 88, formerly of Portland, passed away June 5th 2020. He was a graduate of Portland High School, and graduated from UConn University in 1954 with a degree in Engineering. His hobbies included spending time with his children, boating, woodworking, and building model airplanes. He was always intelligent beyond his years, and was a beloved friend, father and grandfather, and husband. Fred was an inspiration to all who knew him. He is preceded in death by Betty Gross, his wife of 60 years. He is survived by his daughter, Sharon France and her husband John, and his son, Frederick and his wife Peggy, and his 3 granddaughters, Heidi Gross, Katie Sanzari and Cindy France. He will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.
Funeral services and burial will be private in Swedish Cemetery, Portland. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland is in charge of arrangements.
Melvin Strickland, age 92, passed away peacefully at Middlesex Hospital on Friday June 6, 2020.
He was born on October 16, 1927 to late Warren Strickland and Anna Strickland. He was a resident of Portland until his retirement when he moved to Englewood Florida with his second wife Judy where he enjoyed working on their house and spending time with Judy and their friends.
He was the proud owner of Strickland Farms and partner of Southern New England Egg Company. Many local people came to the egg farm to buy their fresh eggs.
He was predeceased by his first wife Betty the mother of his five children. They enjoyed vacationing and going out with their friends. They were partners in the business and he always said that he couldn't have accomplished what he did without her
He was also the owner of Strickland Quarry and eventually sold it and a golf course was built on the property.
Melvin is survived by his ex-wife Judy; his daughters Sandy Baines, Carol Winn and her husband John, Susan Ogorzalek and her husband Rick; his sons David Strickland and Robert Strickland and his wife Susan. He has 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister June Goodrich and brother Roger Strickland both of Portland and several nieces. He was also predeceased by his sister Nancy Organek.
Services will be held at a later date. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.
Carol Ann Tetzlaff, 62 of Chaplin, CT passed away Wednesday, June 17th at Hartford Hospital.
Carol was born in Hartford, CT, the daughter of the late Whitey and Ellen Tetzlaff. She grew up in Portland and graduated from Portland High School.
Carol was an active member of The First Church of Christ located in Mansfield, CT. She was strong in her faith and committed to the Lord, generous with her time, her resources and her caring prayers for many years. She served as a Deacon helping to coordinate the communion bread and memorial receptions. Carol also managed the financial investments for the church and took great joy in the Wednesday book club.
Carol will be forever loved and missed by her sister Alice Guilmette and her husband Paul, her brother Tom Tetzlaff and his wife Gail, her sister Sue Johnson and her husband Ross, her sister Sherry Tetzlaff, along with many nieces, nephews, their children, her Goddaughter Skyanne Robitaille and her close friends.
In addition to both of her parents, Carol was predeceased by her sister Nancy Hilton and her husband Huddy.
Funeral services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made in her name to a charity of your choice. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.
Joseph “Joe” P. Chiabrero, 89, of Portland, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Middlesex Hospital after a brief illness. He was born on December 8, 1930 to Costanzo and Costantina (Perrotto) Chiabrero. He was a lifelong resident of Portland. Joe spent many of his early years working on various farms in Portland and Glastonbury, worked for of the Town of Portland before he joined his brother Eddie to started Chiabrero Brothers in which they were loggers, they sold poles for shade tobacco though out the Northeast. In retirement Joe would spend many hours moving and weed whacking his lawn. Joe was known to be local town historian, he enjoyed telling stories about his lifetime experiences to friends and family. Joe enjoyed visits from Janet’s little dogs and he loved to take car rides with his friend Kenny in his 1935 Packard. He is survived by his niece and caretakers Janet Long her husband David Granat, his brother-in-law Tadeusz Stawski, his niece Marie Philopena, grandniece Kimberly Mensinger, grandnephew Christopher Philopena and his dear friend of many years Donna. He was predeceased by his brother Eddie Chiabrero, his sisters: Nina Chiabrero, Ida Stawski and Marie Long and her husband Bill and his special nephew Billy Long. Graveside services will be held on Monday (June 29th) at 10:00 am in St Mary Cemetery in Portland, CT. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home at 231 Main Street Portland is in charge of arrangements.
Surrounded by her loving family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Cecele Lucente Dunn on June 29th, 2020, at the age of 90.
Cele was born in New Haven , CT on January 12, 1930, to the late Frank and Myrtle (Wingate) Lucente. She graduated from Weaver High School in Hartford, and met her future husband John E (Jack) Dunn. Cele and Jack were happily married for 57- years, prior to his death in 2007.
Cele is survived by her (2) two devoted children and their spouses, who blessed her with loving care. Paula Tranchina and husband Frank, of Portland, and Frank W Dunn and wife Susan of Waterford.
She adored her (4) four loving Grand-daughters and their husbands, Kelly & Christopher Cahill, Melissa and Robert Davis, Shana and Jason Proulx, Nicole and Zachery Ragland.
She cherished her (9) Great-Grandchildren, Owen, Emma and Patrick Cahill, Kyle and Alex Davis, Adalyn and Nolan Proulx and Evalyn and Ryder Ragland.
Also surviving are (2) two sisters and a brother-in-law Jean Langan, and Geri and Douglas Turner, and her nieces and nephews David Langan, Mark Langan, Brenda Whitehead, Sarah Turner and Stephanie Bunting who loved her dearly.
While raising her children in Middletown, CT, Cele enjoyed a 35- year career with the City of Middletown, Water and Sewer Department. Cele's family was her life, she loved and was devoted to each of them, was very proud of them all. Cele was blessed to be an integral part of her Grand-daughter's lives, providing guidance, support and encouragement as they pursued their goals.They brought her much joy & happiness always.
In her retirement she enjoyed spending time with her family, attending the Great-grandchildren's activities and events, cooking for them , supporting their goals. Her home was always open to family and friends, and a good meal was on the table. Cele loved Jeopardy, Politics, Current Events, the Casino, Reading, Cooking, Laughing, Joking. She loved life!
All services will be private, at the convenience of the family. Cele will join her husband in Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Middletown, CT.
A Beautiful Life ~ A Wonderful Person , She Will Be Missed ~ She Will Be Remembered
The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.
Jean Csere Newsom of Portland passed away on June 26 with her family at her side. The wife of Peter B. Newsom, Jean was born on September 17, 1932 in Portland, Connecticut to the late Julia (Ronay) and Julius Csere.
Jean is survived by her husband of 68 years Peter, her son John Newsom of Portland, her daughter Judith and son-in-law Jeffrey Smith of Killingworth and her daughter Jacqueline Nantais of Portland. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren Richard and Cristina Mohr, Raymond Peterson, Lauren and Shawn Kerr, Julianna and Craig Whited and Samuel Newsom. She is also survived by 6 great-grandchildren Ava, Holden and Sabrina Mohr, Camilla Whited, Mya Peterson, Madeline Kerr and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Jean was pre-deceased by her siblings Marguerite and Leonard Long of Thornton, IA, James Csere, Grace and Ernest Benoit, Ethel and Salvatore Puglisi, William and Patricia Csere, Catherine and Harold Luckhardt, Helen and J. William Foley, Eleanor and Sebastian Milardo, Dorothy and Robert Parker, and Richard and Eleanor Csere all of Portland, CT.
Arrangements are in the care of the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland. Private services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, a charitable contribution can be made to the giver’s choice in remembrance of Jean.