Gary Lee Corliss

GaryCorlissGary Lee Corliss died suddenly at his home on Lake Pocotopaug in East Hampton, CT, on November 30, 2015. Although he lived in Connecticut for the past 50 years, he still thought of himself as a Vermonter. He maintained ties with his hometown of Windsor, VT, where he was born August 14, 1943, the second son of the late Leslie and Hazel Corliss. Gary had one brother, Robert Corliss, who died earlier this year.

As a brand new University of Vermont graduate in 1954, Gary (FSA, MAAA, CSA) moved to Hartford to begin a lifelong career in the insurance industry. Aetna was his first professional home, where, in 1985 he championed the company’s entry into Long Term Care insurance, overseeing the development of individual Long Term Care insurance products that set industry standards and served as the impetus for subsequent NAIC Model Regulations. He subsequently served as President for Group Management Services, Duncanson & Holt Administration Services, AUL Long Term Care Solutions, and ERC LTC Solutions. In 2002 he founded Avon Long Term Care Leaders, through which he built the largest LTC reinsurance facility in the US and globally. He was “mostly retired” for the past 10 years, although kept his hand in the industry as a mentor to previous colleagues, and as founding CEO of Avon Long Term Care Consultants, an underwriting business. Throughout his career, Gary authored numerous articles, and addressed public and private seminars on Long Term Care insurance throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia.  For over 20 years, he chaired the Society of Actuaries Long-Term Care Experience Committee and the Long Term Care Intercompany Study that has published five of the largest (and only) public data sources on insured lives for long term care insurance.

Gary followed the guidance of the Holy Spirit as he pledged to be of service in all areas of his life. He coached youth basketball, swimming, softball and soccer, leading the Girls 1988 Connecticut State Soccer Champions to victory. He served as a soccer referee in Avon, CT for many years, donating all his ref fees to charity. For three decades he made yearly trips to an Appalachian mission of The Sisters of St. Joseph, driving truckloads of clothing, toys and household goods. He was a catalyst in the Social Action Committee at the Church of St. Ann in Avon, CT. He served on the Pro-life Committee at St. Patrick’s Church in East Hampton and devoted innumerable hours to the Knights of Columbus Belltown Council, where he was the Grand Knight for the past 18 months.

Gary was an avid swimmer who, for many years, made a practice of waterskiing once a year on his birthday. He enjoyed ballroom dancing with his wife for the past 14 years. Several years ago he began training for triathlons and running, taking first place in his age category in many of the races he entered. In September, he attained his long-term goal of completing a half-marathon, alongside his two proud daughters. He enjoyed frequent travel to all parts of the world, but was also happy chopping wood and tending to evening fires in the fireplace at home. He was a coupon clipper who took delight in reporting on how much he had saved during any given shopping trip. His “pasta with sauce,” was legendary.

Gary was a man devoted to his family. Carol, his wife of 18 years, will deeply miss being his partner in all the big and little things of life. His children Cindy (Corliss) Godwin, Greg Corliss, and Jaime Corliss are eternally grateful for his love, support, wise guidance, unbending optimism, goofy sense of fun, deep faith, and spirituality.  His stepson Jim McDonnell cherishes the man who helped guide him through his teen years and early adulthood. His grandchildren, Ben and Ella, adored their “Pa” and will always hold him in their hearts.

Gary is also mourned by his first wife, Mary Corliss; his mother- and father-in-law, Velma and Ralph Bodensteiner; his daughters-in-law Beth Corliss and Ashley McDonnell; his son-in-law Kevin Godwin; many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews; several cousins; and countless friends.

Friends may call at the Spencer Funeral Home 112 Main St. East Hampton on Friday Dec. 4th from 5PM until 8PM. A Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday Dec. 5th at 11AM in St. Patrick Church East Hampton. Burial will be in the family plot in Windsor, VT. Memorial contributions may be made to The Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery Development Office, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.

Laura B. Davis

Laura B. Davis, 69, of Grove St. Moodus, wife of Rodney L. Davis, married 53 years, died peacefully Saturday November 14, 2015 at her home with her family by her side. She was born in East Hampton, the daughter of the late John and Dolores Barber. Laura was known for always having her heart and home open for all. She is survived by two sons and three daughters, Rodney C Davis and wife Donna of East Haddam, Jennifer Heil and husband Henry of Jefferson, WI, Shannon Davis-Gates of Moodus, Jarrod Davis and wife Mary Jane of Moodus and Krista Davis-Claussen of Moodus, 11 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren several brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. There will be a gathering at the American Legion Hall in Moodus on Sunday, November 29th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to share our memories of Laura.

Gregory Michael Visinski

Gregory Michael Visinski, passed away peacefully at Cobalt Lodge on Friday, November 27, 2015, where he was being nursed by skilled caregivers and sympathetic friends.  At the end, Gregory was surrounded by family, his loving brother Richard Visinski, Sr., sister-in-law Shelley, niece Jackie and spouse Mark Stahlhammer, along with the dedicated Hospice Nurse Charla.  Born in Middletown, Connecticut, on May 5, 1960, he was the beloved son of the late Joseph and Zenia (Baginski) Visinski and the most affectionate big-hearted brother in a family of six.  Gregory was an Altar Server for 40 years at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in East Hampton, CT and well recognized by the congregation.  Gregory served as Assistant to mentor and good friend Scoutmaster Warren Cyr, as an enthusiastic member of the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America (BSA).  Gregory was a faithful and dedicated employee at Kuhn Employment Opportunities Inc. in Meriden, CT where he was recognized with “Best Employee” honors.  He was a passionate lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox baseball and the Hartford Whalers hockey teams.   Gregory traveled the United States and the World with his compassionate, ever attentive Mother.  Gregory maintained many hobbies as avid Matchbox® toy car and animal habitat card collector.  He leaves behind sisters Barbara Owens and Janice Visinski; brothers Joseph, Jeffrey, and Richard, their spouses and many nieces and nephews.  Gregory’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and caring professional staff members of the Cobalt Lodge Health Care and Rehabilitation Center for their exceptionally dedicated nursing care of Gregory over the last four years.  A Funeral mass will be held on Thursday, December 3, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s RC Church, West High Street, East Hampton 06424 with internment following the service at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.  Donations in Gregory’s memory may be made to Cobalt Lodge, 29 Middle Haddam Road, Cobalt, Connecticut to assist them in their mission of mitigating human suffering.  

Frederick S. Robley Jr

Frederick S. Robley Jr., 82, of East Hampton, beloved husband of Phyllis (Hartig) Robley died Tuesday Nov. 24th at Marlborough Health Care. Born May 4, 1933 in Burlington, VT, he was the son of the late Frederick and Hilda (Giroux) Robley. Fred had retired from Jarvis Airfoil Inc. of Portland where he had worked as a machinist. Fred enjoyed bowling, NASCAR races and the Boston Red Sox. Besides his loving wife of 63 years Phyllis, he is survived by his sons Wallace P. Robley and his wife Brenda of Portland, Richard S. Robley and his fiancé Cheri Duff of East Hampton, a brother James A Robley of CA, sisters Vadia Cangey of CA, Charlotte Ashline of CA, four grandchildren Erin Ortega and husband Robert, Ryan Robley, Lauren Robley and fiancé Jason Owen, Alexander Robley, great grandchildren Briella Ortega, Robert J. “RJ” Ortega, and Kapri Robley, also several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother Wallace Robley and a sister Barbara Umstead. A graveside service will be held Wednesday Dec. 2nd at 10 AM in St. John Cemetery in Middletown. Friends may call at the Spencer Funeral Home 112 Main St. East Hampton on Tuesday Evening from 5PM until 7PM. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.

Irene Olga Ericksen

Irene was born on Staten Island, New York, to Hildur and Edward Abildnes on February 16th, 1936. Her parents were immigrants from Mandal, Norway.  She spent her early life on Staten Island and attended PS30 and Port Richmond High School. She graduated from Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, where she spent her senior year. She worked for Standard Oil in Manhattan until she married in 1956. After her first child, Stephen, was born, she worked for J. C. Penny first as sales lady and then as Advertising Director for the local store. The family moved to Meriden, Connecticut in 1964 and to East Hampton in 1994.  Irene had only one year of piano lessons but advanced in ability to become a talented church pianist for about 15 years. She also accompanied the choir and those providing special music such as solos, duets and trios.  She had three sons; Stephen, Keith and Carl and was married to Allen for over 59 years. She also had three siblings; Edward, Erna and Ruth. She raised her sons to have a strong faith in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. She enjoyed gardening, decorating, good music, cooking and sewing and her 10 grandchildren. Irene taught Sunday School to 5th graders and teenagers and later she taught Adult Bible classes.  Irene was loved and respected by many and her life had a significant impact on the lives of others. Her gift to me (her husband) was herself and our three sons and a lifetime of faithful, loving service to her family and to the Lord.

Jane A. Tozer

JaneTozer Jane A. Tozer, 76, of Portland, born March 1, 1939 in Long Branch, NJ, wife of the late William Tozer, passed away Friday November 20, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Jack and Betty (Kinsel) Erlacher. Jane was a long standing member of the Trinity Church in Portland and a member of its choir. Jane also was a proud participant of the Middlesex Hospital Vocal Chords. Jane worked for over 30 years at Wesleyan University as an executive secretary. Yet the love of Jane’s life was her family. Jane is survived by her 2 daughters, Kim McCaffrey and her husband, Michael and their children, Ryan, Jake and Erin, and Laura Deane and her husband, Edward and their children, Mackenzie, Gavin, Harrison and Brittany and a nephew, Scott Zoldak. She was predeceased by her sister, Lois. Funeral services will be held Tuesday November 24, 2015 at 11AM directly at Trinity Episcopal Church 345 Main St Portland. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trinity Church Book of Remembrance 345 Main St Portland, CT. 06480 or to the Middlesex Hospital Vocal Chords 132 Pepperidge Rd Portland, CT. 06480 To send an online expression of sympathy, please visit www.portlandmemorialfh.net.

Constance “Connie” Frances (Hughes) McBrien

Constance “Connie” Frances (Hughes) McBrien, 95, of Portland, wife of the late William J. McBrien, passed away on Sunday, November 8th at Portland Care and Rehabilitation. Born in Portland, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Maude (Minor) Hughes. Connie had lived in Portland all of her life and was a member of Congregational Church of Portland. She served in Military Welfare Services in the Red Cross stationed in Quantico Naval Hospital in Virginia for six months. Connie was the organist and Choir Director for twenty-five years at Haddam Neck Congregational Church and was also the organist at Doolittle Funeral Home for over fifty years. She was a member of the Hemlock Grange #182 in Portland for seventy years, member of the Portland Historical Society and the Portland River Valley Garden Club where she was President from 1988-1990. Connie is survived by five children, Albert Thomas McBrien, James Emmet McBrien and his wife, Nancy, Joseph William McBrien and his wife, Donna and Jonathan Howard McBrien and Nancy Lynn McBrien, all of Portland; six grandchildren, Edward McBrien, Kelly (McBrien) Walker and her husband, Brad, Matthew McBrien and his wife, Amy, Colleen (McBrien) Richardson and her husband, Ryan, Meghan (McBrien) Reynolds and her husband, Kenneth and Christine (McBrien) Filanda and her husband, Peter, and several great grandchildren. Along with her parents and husband, Connie was predeceased by her brother, Albert M. Hughes who was killed during World War II. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 14th at 10:00 am at Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown. Burial will follow in Center Cemetery in Portland. Family and friends may call on Friday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Doolittle Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations in Connie’s memory may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. To share memories or send condolences to the McBrien family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/middletownpress/obituary.aspx?n=constance-mcbrien-hughes&pid=176420469&fhid=4121#sthash.ZII2TG1g.dpuf

Jean (Roach) Austin

Jean (Roach) Austin, 88, of Portland, wife of the late Millard B. Austin, Jr., passed away on Saturday, November 1st at Cobalt Lodge Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born in England, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Annie Victoria (Trethowan) Roach. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, November 12th at 9:00 a.m. in Cromwell Hillside Cemetery East, 24 Hillside Road, Cromwell. Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jean’s memory may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. To share memories or send condolences, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.

Sophie C. Trela

Sophie C. Trela died Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at Cobalt Lodge in Cobalt, CT.  Born in Poland, Sophie came to the U.S. in 1964, with her first daughter to reunite their young family.  An upbeat woman, Sophie was a loving wife and wonderful mother that truly lived for family.  She is survived by her daughters Patricia and her husband Todd Schmidt of East Hampton, CT, Marie Trela of South Windsor, CT, Arlene and her husband Nigel Belgrave and her grandson Nigel of Auburn, MA.  She also leaves her sister-in-law Jane Gwozdz of Enfield, CT and many nieces and nephews.  Sophie was predeceased by her husband Julian of 45 years.  Sophie was known for her quiet strength, ready smile, and awesome hugs.  She was also an animal lover, enjoyed baking, and being with others.  A graveside service to celebrate Sophie’s life will be held Saturday, November 14th at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, CT (Section 28) at 1:00 PM with Father John Gwozdz officiating.  In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society 659 Tower Ave, Hartford, CT 06112.  To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.

Chapin M. Stickler

Chapin M. Stickler, 33, of East Hampton, beloved son of David Stickler and Marsha (Alward) Reilly died Monday, November 9th.  Born June 5, 1982 in Middletown, he was a lifelong resident of East Hampton. Chapin loved to work on cars. He could take anything apart and put it back together again.  Chapin was an avid gamer and enjoyed riding his quad motorcycle.  Besides his parents he is survived by his step-father David Reilly, his step-mother Claudia Stickler, his brother Mike and wife Constance Stickler, his step-brother Richard Tucker, his step-sisters Tracy Woolley and Wanda Tucker, several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and numerous friends.  He was predeceased by his step-sister Jessica Robinson.  Friends may call at the Spencer Funeral Home 112 Main St. East Hampton on Friday, November 13th from 5PM until 7PM. Service to follow after calling hours at 7PM.  To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.