May 2018

Charlotte Whitmore

Charlotte Theodora Whitmore, 99, of Wellwyn Drive, Portland, died on Monday at the Portland Care and Rehab Center. She was born on July 31, 1918 in East Hartford and was the daughter of the late Theodore and Tekla (Hagstrom) Isaacson.
Charlotte had been a resident of Portland most of her life and was a very active member of her community. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Portland as well as their Woman's Club, a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post #5095 of East Hampton, the American Legion Post #64 of East Hampton and The Lutheran Church Quilting Club of Portland, a volunteer leader for the sick at Middlesex Hospital, and a member of the Portland High School Band Booster Club. Charlotte attended the Pratt Art Institute in New York City. She also obtained her Senior Life Saving Certificate at the age of 55 as well as receiving her GED at the age of 54. Charlotte was a prolific writer and artist, a seamstress for a dance company, and was an avid Red Sox fan for 91 years.
Charlotte is survived by her loving family: a son, Larry (Earle) and daughter-in-law Busadee Whitmore of Portland; two daughters, Nancy Charlotte Cramer of South Lyme and Shirley Hannan of Kissimmee, FL; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons-in-law: Robert Jonathan Cramer, and Joseph Michael Hannan, Sr.
The funeral will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. in the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main Street, Portland. Pastor Jane Hawken will be officiating services. Burial will be in the family plot in the Swedish Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. 

Eleanor Lawton

Eleanor C. Lawton, 78, of Oakdale (formerly of Portland and Killingworth), wife of the late Henry Lawton died on Thursday ( May 3 ) in Colchester. Born on September 3, 1939 in New Haven  daughter of the late William J. and Helen ( Southmayd ) Colligan Sr.  Eleanor was a long time member of    Trinity Episcopal Church  Portland.   A   former  member  and  President   of the Killingworth Volunteer Fire Dept. Auxiliary.  A 50 year member of the I.O.R.M.  Degree of   Pocahontas  where she held the highest office in the State. 

Eleanor is survived by her loving family:  a daughter and son-in-law  Cheryl  and Robert  Robishaw  of Oakdale, a brother  John Colligan  of TN, a sister Areta Ruotolo  of   Glastonbury.   Also several nieces and nephews. Eleaor was predeceased by a son, William  Lawton. 

Funeral  services will be held on   Monday, May 14  at 11 am in the Trinity Episcopal Church, 345 Main St., Portland. Burial will be in the family plot in Trinity Cemetery Portland. Friends may call at the Trinity Episcopal Church on Monday morning  from  10 am until the time of the service.  The Portland Memorial Funeral Home 231 Main St. Portland is in charge of arrangements.

Luva Mead Hoar

Luva Mead Hoar, 96 of Brimfield, Massachusetts, passed away on April 13, 2018, after a brief illness.  Luva was born in Quinebaug, Connecticut on October 16, 1921, the daughter of Earle Benjamin Mead and Cecelia Ellen Gaboury. Her father was a farmer, millwright, and carpenter. Growing up in the depths of the Great Depression of the 1930s in the Quinebaug section of Thompson, CT, even as a child Luva was determined "to make an impact' with her life. She decided that becoming a teacher would be the way to do it. With a loan of $50 from a family member, she was able to enter Willimantic State Teachers' College (now Eastem Connecticut State University), Class of 1942, and begin a long career as an educator and public servant. Luva began her career in Middle Haddam, CT, teaching fifth and sixth graders in a two-room schoolhouse. She taught there for four years, before taking a short hiatus to marry Marc Baker and have two children, Jonathan and Pamela. During that time she also taught in an adult literacy program. After five or six years she returned to teaching, first in East Hampton and later in Portland, where she began 22 years of teaching children in second grade and kindergarten. She also worked for some time as a speech therapist in the Portland School System. Her first husband passed away in 1969. Luva married Col. John L. Hoar in 1974 and retired from teaching in 1977. During those years Luva also led an active civic life, which she continued after her retirement from teaching. In Portland, she was involved with the Democratic Town Committee, the Historical Society, the Portland Land Trust, and the Long-Range Capital Planning Commission. She served on the Library Building Committee for the new Portland Public Library, served as Chairman of the Library Board, and helped with the Friends of the Library. In 1994 Luva was named Middlesex County Distinguished Citizen of the Year. Her public service extended outside of Portland as well. From 1955 to 1980, she served on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut State University Alumni Association, including two terms as president, from 1966 to 1969 and 1973 to 1975. She had been a member of the Board of Directors of the ECSU Foundation since 1975 and served as president from 1981 to 1983. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1984, the ECSU Presidential Medal for Service to the University in 1989 and the ECSU Foundation Distinguished Donor Award in 2009. At the statewide level, Luva devoted a great deal of her time and energy to the whole Connecticut State University System. On its Board of Trustees from 1975 to 1995, she served on many of its committees and eight search committees for campus presidents and executive officers. Luva also was a member of the Standing Advisory Committee of the Board of Governors for Higher Education. In 1985, the Hartford Courant recognized Luva as the driving force behind volunteer efforts to help more of Connecticut's students afford a college education. The next year, she established the Luva Mead Hoar Endowed Scholarship at Eastern. It is presented to a junior or senior who has demonstrated commitment to the community as well as to the University. In 2001, the University recognized and thanked Luva for her years of service and unstinting support of Eastern and education in Connecticut by naming one of the then newest residence halls on campus Luva Mead Hall. Luva's service in all of these areas arose from her belief in the ordinary citizen as the foundation of society. She worked to maximize the opportunities for individual citizens to learn, to act, and to participate fully in a public life and society in which she never lost faith. Her legacy is those many students, readers, and citizens who benefited from her commitment to public service and her belief in the "common man." She would want you all to know that in her last days, her confidence in you and in the world you help to build remained unshaken.
Luva was predeceased by husband Marc Baker (1969), her son Jonathan (2002). and husband General John L. Hoar, as well as seven brothers and sisters. She is survived by her sisters Phyllis Tarullo and Cynthia Champion, her daughter Pamela Engberg and son-in-law Jim Engberg, her stepchildren Jackie and husband Joseph Lovett, Paul and wife Kathy Hoar, Elizabeth Doherty, Margaret and husband Mike Eck, Ann Adams, and Marilyn and husband Keith Emery, as well as many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Luva Mead Hoar Endowed Scholarship at Eastern (see htto// or call Joe McGann at 18601465-4514) with the checks made out to the ECSU Foundation, or to the Portland Public Library (htto://portlandlibrarvctorg/Gettinolnvolved/DonationS.aSo or 060) 342-6770).Calling hours will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main Street, Portland, CT, followed by interment at Center cemetery, 55 Fairway Drive, Portland, CT. Guests are invited to a reception at the clubhouse at Quarry Ridge Golf Course 9 Rose Hill Road, Portland, following the burial. 

Mary Labbadia

Mary Labbadia, 93, of Portland, beloved wife of the late Louis F. Labbadia, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on May 11, 2018. She was born on August 28, 1924 and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Julia Marrocco of Lenola, Italy, and Farmington, Connecticut. Mary grew up in Farmington. She graduated as salutatorian of her class from Farmington High School in 1943 and went on to work at Aetna Insurance and as a volunteer WWII plane spotter. In 1946, she married the love of her life, Louis. They made their home in Portland, where together they raised a family and owned and operated Lakeland Restaurant and Superior Concrete Products until his death in 1972. At that time, Mary devoted the rest of her life to her three children and seven grandchildren. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed trips to the casino. Mary was well known for her extraordinary cooking and baking, her independent spirit, and her selfless generosity. Her beautiful life will forever be remembered by her cherished children, Marie Buggie and her husband, William; Joseph Labbadia and his wife, Karen (McAuliffe); and Patricia Woronoff and her husband, Kenneth, all of Portland. She also leaves seven grandchildren, who were the lights of her life: William Buggie (Tara), Shaun Buggie (Erica) Joseph Labbadia (Joey), David Labbadia (Jessica), Kristen Woronoff, Scott Woronoff (Helen), and Michael Woronoff (Ashley); 16 great-grandchildren, who brought her endless joy; and her devoted sister and bestfriend, Dolores Harrington. She also leaves many nieces, nephews, and cousins, who each held a special place in her heart. Mary was predeceased by her brother, Angelo Marrocco, and her sisters, Madge D' Appollonio and Gertrude Serani. The family would like to thank the staff of Middlesex Hospital Hospice for their exceptional care and compassion. Friends may pay their respects at Portland Memorial Funeral Home from 8:30-9:30 A.M. on Tuesday, May 15. A mass of Christian burial will follow at St. Mary Catholic Church at 10 A.M., followed by burial in the family plot at St. Sebastian's Cemetery in Middlefield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children Research P.O. Box 50 Memphis, TN. 38105 and Middlesex Hospice Unit c/o Development Office 55 Crescent St. Middletown, CT. 06457. 

Denise Ucci

Denise Ucci, 62, of West Hartford, has gone to be with her father, John B. Ucci Sr., and her beloved nephew, Bradley Ucci, and all the other friends and family who have passed before her. She passed in her home unexpectedly on May 19, 2018.
She leaves behind her mother, Joan Ucci and her companion Joe Lastrina; twin sister, Donna and her wife Teresa; brother, John Jr. and his companion Cindy Foreman; nephew and niece, Jason and Angeline; great-nephews, Nicholas and Jason Jr.; her partner, Eva Varney; and many other relatives and friends.
Denise adored her dog, Jo Dee, and cat, Cinnamon. She enjoyed playing cards with her many friends, traveling with family, the theater, fishing, and bowling.
She will live forever in our hearts.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland, from 5-7 p.m. Services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. 

Dean Bordonaro

Dean M. Bordonaro, 50, of Lake Rd passed away unexpectedly Memorial Day weekend. He was the son of Lorraine (Chandler) Perrotti and the late Anthony Bordonaro; stepfather Michael Perrotti. 

Dean started his life long career as a mason at the age of 18. His artistic legacy will live on in the beautiful brick and stone work he created. Dean ‘s greatest pleasures were playing with his dog Copper, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, and spending time with his best friends (“The Mooch Gang”).

In lieu of flowers those who wish to make a donation in Dean’s memory may do so to the CT Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111 or online at 

A memorial mass will be held on Tuesday, June 5th at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Portland. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland on Monday, June 4th from 5 to 8 p.m.