March 2020

Robert Hale

Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson


Robert A. Hale, 87, of Portland, formerly of Windsor, passed away peacefully February 28, 2020 at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown with his daughter, Kimberly, and beloved beagle, Barney, by his side. Born on June 30, 1932 in Middletown, Connecticut to the late Titus S. and Maryon Hastings Hale, Bob grew up in Portland where he attended Glidersleeves School and Portland High School. He graduated from The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania in 1951 and was a 1955 graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, with a B.A. in Government, Economics and History. Bob began his career as an insurance underwriter with State Mutual Life in Worcester, Massachusetts, where 

he met his wife, Vieanna Charles. In 1960, he joined Connecticut General, which later became CIGNA, where he progressed from underwriter to senior underwriter and ultimately to Assistant Vice President, Head of Underwriting. He was a Board Member of the Institute of Home Office Underwriters (IHOU) and Chair of the IHOU Education Committee. During his years as a Windsor 

resident, Bob was a member of the Civitan Club and a volunteer at the Hartford Bushnell. He was anactive member and generous benefactor of the First Congregational Church of Portland, where he established the Robert A. Hale Memorial Fund and played an instrumental role in the planning, 

funding and completion of the Memorial Garden. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, an enthusiastic supporter of the UCONN women’s basketball team, and an avid golfer. 

Bob was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Vieanna Charles and a son, Christopher Robert. He leaves a son, Jeffrey C. Hale and his wife, Nancy, of Foothill Ranch, CA, two daughters, Cynthia A. Hale and her husband, Piet de Boer, of University Heights, OH and Kimberly M. Hale-Riccio and her 

husband, Michael Riccio of Rocky Hill; five grandchildren, Heather Lynn, Emily Sage, Christopher Charles, Olivia Vieanna-Lynn and Ashley Marie; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved beagle, Barney.  A memorial celebration will be held on Monday, March 9th at 11 a.m. in the First 

Congregational Church, 554 Main St., Portland.  Burial will be private in Center Cemetery, Portland.  The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland is in charge of arrangement.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Congregational Church of Portland, 554 Main Street, Portland, 06480.

Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson


Stephen Reed Johnson, 93 of Portland, CT passed away on Tuesday morning, 3/3/2020 in the care of Portland Care and Rehab after his final bout with pneumonia. Born in Akron, OH on 10/31/26 he was the son of John T. Johnson II and Josephine (Robinson) Johnson. 

His early education was at Western Reserve Academy. Upon graduation he joined the Navy attending college in Iowa and Michigan. After the war ended he completed his education at Yale graduating in the class of 1948 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was drafted into the Army during the Korean conflict. 

 He went on to work as a commercial building estimator. He worked with his friend Cliff Westergren in his commercial construction business. He later worked for Dean Philips Home Inspector. He was always willing to share his knowledge helping his children with their projects and his dear friend, Jim Keser.

He’s pre-deceased by his wife, Mary Barron Johnson. He leaves his daughter, Gail J Landry and her husband, Jim Landry and his son Reed A Johnson and his wife Judy Ulozas Johnson. His grandchildren Patrick M. Landry, Kayla C Landry, Christopher and Rebecca Johnson. 

He was an active member of the Portland community before he moved to Florida where he lived for 15 years. He enjoyed his associations with the Portland Exchange Club, and Warren Lodge #51. He served on the Zoning and Planning Commission, Inland Wetlands and served on various building committee. He was a member of the Republican Town Committee. He was an avid golfer. 

Graveside services will be held at a later date in the Swedish Cemetery, Portland. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements. We would like to thank the wonderful staff at Portland Care and Rehab for their kind and caring care they took of Dad. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice or the Humane Society.   

Grace Lombardo

Stephen Johnson

Edward "Ted" Johnson

Grace E. Lombardo, 85, of Portland, wife of the late Anthony "Lefty" Lombardo, died on Saturday, March 21st.  Born on September 30, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Burr and Myrtle (Barker) Jordan.  Grace had been a lifelong resident of Portland and attended local schools where she was a member of the Portland High School rifle team.  She was an avid Yankees fan and a member of the United Methodist Church of Portland.  Grace is survived by her loving family, a son Tony "Rome" Lombardo of Portland, two sisters Mildred Day of Portland and Laura Amatore of Portland, four grandchildren, Zane, Melanie, Robert, and Kimberly, and also several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a daughter, Debra Lynn.Graveside services will be held on Thursday, March 26th at 11 a.m. in the family plot in Center Cemetery, Portland.  The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.  

Edward "Ted" Johnson

Edward "Ted" Johnson

Edward "Ted" Johnson

Edward Theodore “Ted” Johnson, age 90, died peacefully on Friday March 20, 2020. Ted was a proud resident of Portland for 87 years, with the last three years spent at Luther Ridge and Portland Care and Rehabilitation Center. 

He was born on October 5, 1929 in Middletown, to Arthur and Agnes (Bjorklund) Johnson. He attended Portland Schools, graduating from PHS. He proudly served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was a truck driver, delivering provisions including hay, milk, eggs, and meat. He loved being on the road and meeting people. He could tell you about all the backroads throughout the state. 

He was married to Nancy (Shorey) Johnson for 60 years. Although he loved to joke and push her buttons, he always made up for it when he came home from his weekly grocery shops with the cheapest eggs and most beautiful bouquet of flowers for his bride. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter Beth Keser and her husband Tom, his son Arthur Johnson and his partner Holly, and his son Gary Johnson and his partner Kelly. “Bumpie” is also survived by his grandchildren, Emilie Krutoholow and her husband Pete, Andrew Keser and his wife Nicole, and Erin Keser and her cat Winston. He also leaves two very special great-grandsons, Noah and Owen Krutoholow. Ted is also survived by his very special (second favorite) niece Nancy Godwin and her husband Bob, and his daughter in law Laura Johnson, whom he loved dearly. In addition, Ted is survived by sisters in law Martha Johnson Bilo, Margaret Johnson, and Joan Anderson, and brother in law John Gilbert. He leaves behind many, many nieces and nephews who loved him deeply, and the Clark/Orr family in Vermont, and the Zirwes family in South Carolina. He was predeceased by his siblings Helen, Bob, Dorothy, Walter, Richard, and Phil, his daughter in law Sonia Johnson, and his special friend Marion Anderson, and his nephew Karl Johnson. 

Ted was a man of simple pleasures. He was known for his wicked sense of humor. Although inappropriate at times, he made many people laugh. He loved family gatherings, especially when his family from Sweden visited. He was so proud of his Swedish heritage. He was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Portland, where he always attempted to “borrow” money from the offering plate as it passed by. He enjoyed old time country and bluegrass music, the Boston Red Sox, a good game of horseshoes, all his many cats, and fife and drum corps musters (especially Deep River). He particularly loved when his kids and grandkids were in drum corps. His claim to fame was never missing a Deep River muster for 59 years. He enjoyed relaxing in his lawn chair with a cat (or two or three), a Busch beer, and a ballgame or country music on his portable radio. Trips to Vermont and Provincetown were favorites. 

Although ravaged by dementia these past few years, he never lost his sense of humor. His fun-loving personality always shined through. His days were brightened by visits from Noah and Owen, who always made him smile. His devoted wife cared for him with ardor. 

Funeral services will be held at a later date due to current world events. Donations in his memory can be made to Zion Lutheran Church, PO Box 202, Portland CT 06480, or Cat Tales, PO Box 901, Middletown CT 06457. The family would like to thank the first-floor nurses and aides at Portland Care and Rehab, especially Taylor Breece, for their compassionate care. 

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

Leora Wilson

Edward "Ted" Johnson

Leora Wilson

Leora,”Lee” Wilson, 99, of Portland, CT passed away at Jefferson House in Newington, CT on March 27, 2020. She was born in April, 1922 in New Britain, CT, the eldest daughter of Robert and Agnes (Anderson) Johnson. She attended Portland schools and graduated as valedictorian from Portland High School in 1937.  She attended secretarial school and became the secretary for the First Church Of Christ Congregational Church in Middletown, CT. In 1947 she wed George A Wilson Jr., sharing 62 years of marriage. George passed away in 2009. Together, they had three children.

Lee and George enjoyed traveling and fishing, each one trying to catch the trout limit on opening day. When the children were older she worked as a transcriptionist for the CT Dept. of Health and Human services where she adored seeing child adoptions.

Lee was an accomplished baker, knitter, seamstress and quilter. She was actively involved in Zion Lutheran Church groups and together with George helped with many church maintenance projects. Lee was an extraordinary giving, selfless woman. Whether it was baking for an event or for the mailman she was known for her Swedish braided cardamom coffee bread.  

She was an avid Red Sox and UCONN women’s basketball fan.

Left to honor and remember her love are son, Dr Richard Wilson (Karen) of Gladstone, OR; daughters, Susan Rodden (Tom) of East Hartford, CT and Judith Wilson of Eaton Center, NH; Six grandchildren, Robert Wilson, Alex Wilson, Daniel Wilson, Emily Wilson, Brett Guerringue, Lee Guerringue and seven great granddaughters. She is predeceased by her husband, George; sisters, Hazel Laczak and Ethel Rutledge.

The family expresses gratitude to the staff at Jefferson House for their wonderful comfort and care and a very special thank you to Maria Kulig for being Lee’s exceptional home caregiver and friend over the past several years.

Burial services will be held at 11am, Fri., April 3, 2020 at the Swedish Cemetery on William St. in Portland, CT. Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.