April 2017

Earl E. Brown

 Earl E. Brown, 84, of Portland, husband of 52 years to the late Janet (Healy) Brown, was called home by his beloved on Friday, April 7. Born in Middletown, Sept. 15, 1932, he was the son of the late Edward and Pearl (Schmidl) Brown. He spent most of his life in Portland. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Portland since the age of 14, a member of the Portland Fire Department Co. 2, and was superintendent of the Swedish Cemetery in Portland. Earl started working for Dominic Valli in 1945 after school. He was in the PHS class of 51, leaving in September of his senior year to serve in the Army during the Korean War as a combat engineer. In 1953, after returning from the war, Earl went to work for Valli full time. In 1971, Valli passed away, leaving the business to Earl, who acted as corporate president until his death. During his marriage to Janet, they enjoyed many trips to Florida and Hawaii every winter. He enjoyed Monday night poker games with the guys, visiting the Valli crew on job sites, trips to the Casino, and morning coffee with friends at DaLaur's and Sarah's. Earl is survived by his 3 sons and their families: Lawrence and his wife Sue [Daboll] of Middletown, and their children Sarah and Nathaniel; Richard and his wife Mary [Kelly], and their children Caitlin Charest and her husband Kevin and Jordyn; and Michael and his wife Lori [Ghent], and their children Kelly (Kevin), Justin and Jacklyn. He also leaves his great granddaughter, Reagan Hassett (Ronnie to him), and his dear friend of 63 years, Joyce Swokla. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland. Burial with full military honors will be in the family plot in Swedish Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday evening from 5-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Earl's memory to Portland Fire Department Co. 2, PO Box 71, Portland, CT 06480, First Congregational Church of Portland, 554 Main St. Portland, CT 06480 

Mary Brahen

 Mary F. Brahen, 84, of East Hampton, wife of the late Harry W. Brahen, died on Friday at Middlesex Hospital surrounded by her family. Born on August 17, 1932 in Portland, daughter of the late Emanuel and Concertina (Milardo) Fazzino. Mary had lived in East Hampton for 50 years and was a member of St. Mary's Church, Portland. She retired in 1987 from Pratt & Whitney. Mary is survived by her loving family, two sons and daughters-in-law Michael and Jacqueline Brahen of Thompson, Patrick and Teresa of St. Augustine, Fla., and three daughters, Debra Brahen, Mary Leighton, and Connie and son-in-law Robert Mata, all of Portland. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by three brothers, Sebastian Fazzino, Salvatore Fazzino, Frank Fazzino, and three sisters Anna Rossitto, Josephine Mazzotta, and Angeline Grimaldi. The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Mary's Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Mary's Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Those who wish may make memorial donations to the Middlesex Hospice Unit c/o Development Office, 55 Crescent St. Middletown, CT, 06457.