Peter “Pete” Werhof, age 82, passed away peacefully on
June 19, 2021 at his home in Portland, CT surrounded by his family. He fought a brave, hard, five-year battle with renal cancer.
He was born February 12, 1939 in Romania, son of the late Margarethe and Michael Werhof. Peter grew up in Vienna, Austria immigrating to the U.S. in April of 1959.
He served in the United States Army from 1963-1965. He was stationed in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was very proud of his service.
He lived in Queens, NY for many years before moving to East Hampton, CT in 1978, later residing in Portland, CT.
Peter is survived by his loving wife, Elfriede (Stalzer) of 57 years.
He is also survived by his daughters Michele Koss and her
husband Wayne of Portland, CT and Jennifer Lespier and her husband Steven of Southington, CT.
He was the loving grandfather “Opi” to his four
grandchildren whom he adored: Adam Koss, Sierra Koss, Cole Lespier and Seth Lespier.
He also leaves behind his brother Johann of AZ and his wife
Linda, sisters Anni Boedeker and her husband Heinz of NY and Katharina Zerl and her husband Hans of CT and many nieces and nephews.
Peter was a machinist by trade, owning his own business,
Werhof Machine, in NY and CT.
In his younger years Peter was an avid soccer player and belonged to the German Hungarian Soccer Club in Queens, New York. He enjoyed hunting in upstate New York with his longtime friends, “Moose”, Sylvester and Horst. He also loved boating on the Connecticut River and snowmobiling in Vermont with his buddies, Dave and Freddy. He was always known to enjoy his Schaeffer beer and Johnnie Walker Red on the rocks. He loved to share memories and always had a story to tell.
He had a huge heart and loved his family dearly. He also had a true love for animals and adored the pets he had over the years, especially his German Shepard, King.
He will be greatly missed!
Graveside services with full military honors will be held on Monday, June 28th, at 9 a.m. at the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.
Margaret H. Blodgett, 94, of East Hampton, CT, died peacefully June 19, 2021, with her daughter at her side, at the Cobalt Health Care & Rehab in Cobalt, CT. Born to Andrew and Mary (Griffin) Hetzel on October 20, 1926, and raised in Portland, CT, she was the youngest of five children, and always felt spoiled and much loved by her older siblings. Outgoing and optimistic, she was known for her quiet poise and elegance, her sense of humor and style. Before she lost her sight to macular degeneration, she loved to sew, and as a young girl made most of her own clothes, closely copying the styles of the day. As a high school student during World War II, she was proudly working for Prof. Wilbert Snow (the poet who was a 12-day governor of CT), in the English department at Wesleyan University, when she met her future husband, William M. “Bill” Blodgett, Jr., then stationed with the Army at Avon Old Farms Convalescent Hospital, where he worked as a rehabilitation instructor with blinded soldiers. Bill had led a group of soldiers out for a night of entertainment where “Marg” (hard ‘g’) was playing piano and leading a sing-a-long. After they married, they moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where Bill re-enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, Margaret enrolling as well. After Bill graduated, they had many adventures together and lived in Wisconsin, Montana, New York and Illinois before settling in Connecticut to raise a family. Like all her siblings, Margaret loved music, and was known for her ability to harmonize and carry a pitch. She is predeceased by her beloved husband of 66 years, and her precious son, William M. Blodgett, III, as well as her siblings: Mary (Hetzel) Rau, and Andrew, John and Ray Hetzel. She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Melinda Blodgett and her husband James Turner; and her granddaughter, Margaret Adelaide Turner of Hopkinton, MA; and many much beloved nieces and nephews. The family expresses its deep gratitude to the people at Cobalt Health Care & Rebab for the loving care that was given to Margaret while she made her home there.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian burial on Tuesday, June 29th at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, 47 West High St. (Route 66) East Hampton. Burial will be held later for immediate family. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland, has been entrusted with her arrangements. To send an online expression sympathy please visit www.portlandmemorialfh.net. In lieu of flowers, you are welcome to make donations in Margaret’s memory to St. Patrick Church or to Mercy High School, Middletown, CT, https://bit.ly/3zJRAmx.
Gerald “Lee” Kemler, age 39, passed away on June 22, 2021.
Lee was born in Huntington Beach, California to Patricia on June 22, 1982.
Lee is survived by his mother, Patricia Quintiliani and his beloved daughters, Kaylee Kemler and Avalee Kemler. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Lee is preceded in death by his brother, Sean Quintiliani, his “beaver”.
Lee was an avid sports enthusiast. He was particularly talented on the baseball field and basketball court. His smile, charisma and charm will be forever remembered by all those who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Venmo account
The funeral will held on Wednesay, June 30th at 9:00AM from the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main Street, Portland, followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Sebastian Church, Middletown. Burial will be in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, June 29th from 5-7 p.m.