Gilda McKenzie, 87, of Portland, died Friday, March 12, 2021 at
Water’s Edge Center of Health and Rehabilitation in Middletown,
wife of the late Franklin Sylvester McKenzie. She was born in
Winterville, Maine. Daughter of the late Nomie and Odile Berube.
Her love touched so many lives, and she will be missed. May she /y
high with Frank in heaven above. Gilda is survived by her children
Belinda Durinick of Massachusetts, Cindy Zadroga of Higganum,
Mark McKenzie and a friend Mary Olson of Portland, and Gilda
Marotta of Middletown; grandchildren, Angel Cummings and her
husband Christopher Cummings of Massachusetts, Christina
Linebarger of Middletown, Vincent Marotta III of Southington, Ashley
Zadroga of Middletown, and Nina Marotta of California; great
grandchildren, Dylan Joel Linebarger, David Turcotte, spiritually-
adopted daughter Sue Wormsbecher and husband Derek
Wormsbecher; spiritually-adopted grandchildren, Kevin Hansson,
Cody Wormsbecher, and Jordan Wormsbecher; She was
predeceased by her son Frank McKenzie; sons-in-law, George
Durinick, and Anthony Zadroga; grandchild, Starr Marotta; great
grandchildren, Emmit and Grant Cummings. Funeral services and
burial will be private. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home,
231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.
Ronna (Lynch) Kuzminski, 67 of Portland, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 22, 2021 with her husband at her side.
Ronna was born in Lawrence, MA on October 27, 1953. She was the daughter of the late Ernest and Mary (LeMay) Lynch. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School and the Hartford Conservatory.
She married her husband, David T. Kuzminski, and the two of them purchased the CT Valley School of Music & Dance on Main Street, Portland in 1983. Ronna taught dance lessons there to students of all ages for 29 years until she retired to be a grandmother.
In addition to teaching dance, she also taught preschool in Middletown and senior citizen exercise classes for the Towns of Portland, Middletown, and Cromwell for many years.
Despite her long-time battle with Parkinson’s Disease, Ronna continued to take walks, attend swing dancing nights with her husband and be active with her grandson.
She is survived by her husband, David, of 47 years, her daughter Sarah Soboleski and son-in-law John of Glastonbury, her son SSG David C. Kuzminski and wife SFC Adriane of East Hampton, her brother-in-law John Kuzminski and wife Joan of Killingworth and her sister-in-law Carol Lunn and husband Howard of Charlton, MA. She has a beautiful grandson, Bennett Soboleski, and also leaves behind many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The family would like to extend their thanks to the Portland Care & Rehabilitation Center as well as to her faithful caretaker, Melissa Tierney.
Family and friends may attend walk-through calling hours at Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main Street, Portland on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. A 11:00am Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at St. Mary Church, 51 Freestone Avenue, Portland. Burial will immediately follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ronna’s memory to the CT Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association, PO Box 248, Shelton, CT 06484 or to the St. Mary’s Church Re-Building Fund, 51 Freestone Avenue, Portland, CT 06480.
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