Margaret D. Riccardi of Portland, died peacefully on Friday, October 16, 2020, age 98, at Portland Care & Rehab. She was born on April 26, 1922 in Middletown, the city she loved and resided there in the North End the majority of her life. She attended St. John School, and graduated from Middletown High School in 1939. She was proud of her career working as an assistant to the High Sheriff Joseph Walsh for the State of CT Judicial Dept. Margaret loved politics, was a staunch Democrat and volunteered for many years at Democratic Headquarters in Middletown.
Margaret was independent and loved life, whether it was working, playing cards with family and friends, going to the casinos or shopping for a bargain. She liked to wallpaper and paint, and to knit sweaters, scarves, blankets and doll clothes for everyone. Always a loyal diehard Yankees fan, she never missed a game on TV, and enjoyed attending games in New York when she could. She was devoted to her parents and to her sister Ann with whom she lived for many years, her aunts, uncles and cousins, but especially to her brothers and sisters and their families. Margaret was a parishioner of St. John Church in Middletown.
Margaret was predeceased by her parents, Lucy (Parisi) and Michael A. Riccardi of Middletown, her brothers Jesse (Lucy) Riccardi, Anthony (Betty) Riccardi, Patrick (Santina) Riccardi, and her sisters Marie (Woodward) Taylor, Carmelina (James) Pestritto, her twin sister Anita (Frank) Aletta, her sister Ann Riccardi, and infant twin siblings.
She leaves behind many loving nieces, nephews, and their families who will miss her dearly.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, October 24 at 11 a.m. in St. John Cemetery, Spring St., Middletown. The family requests that masks be worn and social distancing be observed. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Ruthanne Leue, 65, of East Hampton, beloved wife of Fritz Leue for 45 years, passed away on Wednesday, October 21st in Middletown surrounded by her family. Born on November 7th, 1954 in Savannah, GA, daughter of the late John and Maryanne (Gibney) Elmstedt. Ruthanne's family moved to Portland at an early age where she was a 1972 graduate of Portland High School. She went on to attend Middlesex Community College where she graduated in 1974. She was a program analyst for two major insurance companies before retiring in 2015. A life member of the Girl Scouts and a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church of Portland, where she was very active as a pledge secretary and reader. She enjoyed handicrafts and was a skilled seamstress, crocheter, knitter, painter, and jewelry maker. She shared the fruits of her talents with many. Besides her husband she is survived by two sons: Rick and David, and grandchildren Erick and Leigha; also many cousins. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 7th at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 345 Main St., Portland at 2 p.m. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Wayne J. Simmons, 76, of Portland, loving father and grandfather, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 at Middlesex Health. Born February 12, 1944 in Rockland, Maine to the late Clinton & Jessie (Incerti) Simmons.
He served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He was employed by Wesleyan University as an electrician, following his retirement from Wesleyan University he opened/operated his own business, Simmons Electric.
Wayne is survived by his 5 children: Douglas Simmons, Sheila (Bob) Archer, Donnie (Cyndi) Hisler, Willam (Cheryl) Zalewski, Pamela (Chuck) Ullrich and his pride and joy, his grandchildren: Danielle DeToro, Madison Archer, Nicole & Dillon Zalewski & Connor Ullrich. He is also survived by his sisters Leonilda Simmons, Alice (Patrick) Taylor and a brother Clinton Simmons, Jr., also several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Wayne enjoyed fishing (his fishing buddies), football, baseball, and basketball, he was an avid New York Giants fan, Boston Red Sox and UConn Womens Basketball fan. He was a proud supporter and the number one fan of his granddaughter's business, It’s a Dog's Life Doggie Daycare. Most of all he loved and enjoyed spending time with his family.
A walk-through calling hours will be held Sunday, November 1st, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St. Portland. Social distancing and and masks are required. A private burial will be at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made in Wayne’s memory to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of beloved husband, father, grandpa, brother and friend Harold Richard Larson (Hal), 85 of Portland, CT. Hal passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 21st at his home while surrounded by his family.
Born on November 4th 1934, Hal was the youngest son of Charles William Larson and Elsie Nelson Larson. Hal grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Portland, CT with his three brothers Charles, Robert and William.
Hal married his high school sweetheart, Susan Porteous Larson and raised three children, Dayna, Peter and Tim.
He earned his Bachelor's degree from UConn, Masters degree from University of Hartford and a seven year degree from Wesleyan University. Our dad was an amazing artist and school teacher. He was the head of the Art department at Bennet Jr. High School in Manchester, CT where he worked for 34 years. He was also a talented set designer and director. During his life, he was credited with designing and directing over 43 productions with the proceeds going to either the school(s) or his church- The First Congregational church in Portland.
Dad loved to sing and was well-known for his gregarious and fun-loving spirit. He enjoyed gardening, singing his favorite show tunes, history, a good laugh and spending time with friends. He liked meeting new people and with his friendly nature, would strike up a conversation everywhere he went. Dad always looked forward to the "Larson" gatherings with our extended family.
He will forever be remembered for his amazing talent, warm hugs, great sense of humor, loyalty to his family and friends, as well as his kind and generous heart.
Hal was predeceased by his wife Susan and is survived by his three loving children and their partners: Dayna Larson-Hurst and husband Cliff, son Peter Larson and grandson Elijah, son Timothy Larson and fiancé Mary Ballard and granddaughter Sarah Larson Silva and husband Carlos and their son Thorin, granddaughter Kirsten Larson and her fiancé Christopher Burdick and an extended family of nieces and nephews.
By everyone he touched, Hal will be forever missed. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland, is in charge of arrangements.