September 2017

Lynne Geres

 Lynne Ann Geres, 52, of Portland, passed away on September 5th, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Lynne was born and raised in East Hartford and graduated from Penney High School in 1982. On her graduation night, she was introduced to the love of her life, John, whom she later married on October 7, 1989. Together, she and John had a son, Andrew, and a daughter, Morgan.   Outside of her immediate family, Lynne is also survived by her older brother and his wife, Glenn and Mary Symkowicz of East Hartford, her older sister, Donna Mikkelson of East Hartford, her mother-in-law, Doris Geres of East Hartford, and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, Edward and Pauline (Kowal) Symkowicz, and her brother, Richard Symkowicz. Through all her actions, it was evident that she placed great importance on her family.   She worked as an administrative assistant for over 25 years, and as of most recent, she was employed by Whittlesey & Hadley in Hartford. She was a hard worker and took much pride in all she did – whether it was for work or for household projects. She was an avid tag sale enthusiast and took great pleasure in fixing up what others’ no longer cared for. Lynne was known for her humor, her thoughtfulness, and for her luminous presence everywhere she went - she will be dearly missed by all. The funeral will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. from the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland. Followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Mary’s Church, Portland at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the family plot at the Swedish Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.   The family would like to thank the caring staff at Hartford Hospital and the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center.  

Jean Flood

Jean Flood, 87, of Portland died on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Middlesex Hospital after a brief illness, surrounded by family. She was the daughter of the late William Flood and Lillian (Greene) Flood. A lifelong resident of Portland, Jean was employed as an Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Psychology Department at Connecticut Valley Hospital for 41 years. She was fiercely independent, living on her own until the end, as her loving and caring nature wouldn't allow her to "be a bother" to anyone. In addition to serving in the St. Mary's Altar Guild, Jean enjoyed traveling, shows at the Goodspeed Opera and TheaterWorks, playing bingo, rooting for the UConn women's basketball team, and dining out with relatives and friends. She is survived by her brother William and his wife Arlene; her nephew Kevin Flood and his partner Diane Willcutts; her niece and godchild Marie Massaro and grandnieces Reia and Jillian Massaro; her nephew Bill Flood; and niece Sheila Fenton and her husband John. She also leaves two special and loving friends Donald and Lynne (Rudolph) Farrell, her beloved cousin Mary, and many other cherished friends and relatives. There are no calling hours. A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, September 16th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Portland. Burial will be at a later date in St. Mary's Cemetery, Portland. Donations may be made to St. Mary's Church annual fund, 51 Freestone Ave, Portland, CT, 06480, or to a charity of the donor's choice

Patricia Blancato

Patricia M. Blancato, 76, of Newington, formerly of Portland, wife of Paul Blancato, died on Saturday (Sept. 9) in Middletown. Born on December 20, 1940 in Middletown, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Evelyn (Davis) Mitchell. Patricia had been a resident of Portland for 54 years before moving to Newington. She was a member of St. Mary Church, Portland, and had retired in 1996 from Rocky Hill Veterans Home and Hospital as a C.N.A. Beside her husband, Patricia is survived by two sons, Paul E. Blancato of Harrisburg, PA, John and daughter-in-law Jacquelyn Blancato of Southington, and daughter Sheila A. Blancato of Newington. She is also survived by her brother, Dennis Mitchell of Middletown, four grandchildren, Laura, Torie, Joshua, and Abigail, and also several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield. There are no calling hours.  

Roberta Adams

Roberta "Bobbe" May (Hubel) Adams, 90, of Portland passed away peacefully on September 12, 2017 at Middlesex Hospital. Born in Middletown, she was the daughter of the late Adolph and Lillian (Morrison) Hubel. A resident of Portland for 67 years, Bobbe was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Portland, and worked at Color Mart in Middletown for over 30 years. In her leisure time, she enjoyed arts and crafts and traveled extensively throughout the world. She also enjoyed spending time with her children at their house in the Florida Keys. Bobbe is survived by her children; W. Carter Adams III, Nancy Volpe, Jeffrey Adams and his wife Lori, and Roberta Inferrera and her husband James, all of Portland, her brother Roy Hubel of Colorado, her grandchildren; Holly, Kristofer, Zachary, Gabe, Ashley, Nicole, Benjamin, four great-grandchildren and her beloved dog Bandit. Besides her parents, Bobbe was predeceased by her husband, Walter C. Adams Jr., and two brothers; Frank Hubel and Bruce Hubel. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 15, 2017 at 10:00am at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, Main St., Portland. Interment will be at Buckland Cemetery in Manchester. Friends and family may call on Thursday, Sept. 14th from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Bobbe to Middlesex Hospice or The Portland Food Bank. 

Margaret E. Halstead

Margaret E.  “Peg” (Haas) Halstead, 98 of Portland passed away peacefully on September 15th at the home of her daughter. Born November 14, 1918, in Middletown, she was daughter of the late John and Catherine (Reagan) Haas.  Peg graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1935. She went to work at Travelers Insurance Co., then Jarvis Co., where she met her husband Lou of 42 years. Peg and Lou enjoyed many happy years together boating on the Conn. River on the “Peggy Lou”, their special spots being Hamburg Cove, Calves Island and South Cove. Peg’s passion for boating and fishing continued well into her 90’s with her daughter Cathy and her husband John. At age 50, while raising her 3 children Peg took a position at Wesleyan University in the Olin Library where she truly loved her job and made many life-long friendships.  Her most treasured time began in 1984 when she retired to take care of her first grandson, as well as two more grandsons in 1989 and 1995. She attended all of her grandsons sporting events throughout their school years, she was their biggest fan. Peg spent 24 years caring for her grandsons by driving them to and from school, never missing a day. She leaves to cherish her memory by her loving family, two daughters, Cathy Graham and her husband John, Carol Revicki and husband Peter, three grandsons, Jesse and his wife Meredith, Travis and Cody Revicki. She was predeceased by her husband Louis, and her son James Halstead and her sister Betty Whalen The family would like to express their sincere appreciation and gratitude to Joyce Gould for her compassionate and gentle manner for the past 8 months as Peg’s caregiver. A special thanks to Emily and Dorothy of Middlesex Hospice for the wonderful care they provided.  In keeping with her wishes, there will be no calling hours and the burial will be private at the family’s convenience.  Charitable contributions can be made in memory of Peg to “Troopons”, a program that enhances the well-being of overseas and domestic military families. Checks can be made out to Carlotta Lord c/o Portland Waverly Senior Center, 7 Waverly Ave., Portland 06480 or to Middlesex Hospice, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457.  

Thomas Brookes

Thomas Brookes, 91, of Portland, husband of Jean (Michelson) Brookes, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 12 in Hartford. Born in Middletown on May 23, 1926, he was the son of the late Whitney and Sybil (May) Brookes. Thomas had been a resident of Higganum most of his life before moving to Portland seven years ago. A veteran of WWII, he served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Higganum Congregational Church, Granite Lodge #119, Middletown Power Squadron, and a Life member of the Middletown Elks Lodge #771.  Besides his wife, he is survived by his loving family: two sons Michael Brookes of Clinton, NJ and Thomas Brookes of Troy, VT; a daughter Susan Barksdale of Portland; a brother Whitney Brookes, of Haddam; two sisters Mary Alice Matulevich of Haddam and Dorothy Anderson of Chandler, AZ; four grandchildren Kevin Brookes, Sara Brookes, Timothy Barksdale, Justin Barksdale; two sons-in-law Maurice Barksdale and Edwin Johnson; a daughter-in-law Elizabeth Brookes; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother William Brookes and a sister Joan Marica. Donations may be made to The First Congregational Church of Portland or the charity of your choice. Funeral services and burial will be private.