Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Monday, April 23, 2018

Obituaries

Vivian R. “Auntie” Stephenson, 94, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2018.

Friends and family may call at St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, on Monday (Apr. 9) from 9 to 10 a.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 in the chapel at St. Thomas Seminary. Burial will be private in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Meriden.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas Seminary, Attn: Development, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, CT 06002.

Deacon Arthur J. Dickman, 79, of Somers passed away on Friday, January 5, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on May 16, 1938, in Staten Island, N.Y. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1959 in philosophy from St. Peter's College in Jersey City, N.J., and served in the U.S. Army Reserve, 76th Division, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He worked for many years as a human resource executive at the United Technologies Corp. and later retired from Horton International.

He was ordained as a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Hartford and served at Holy Family Church in Enfield and Assumption Church in Manchester. He and his wife Anne were founding members of Holy Family Parish, where he was active in several ministries. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served on the Board of Directors of Western New England College.

He was predeceased by his wife. He is survived by four children, Kathleen Atler of Tucson, Ariz.; Arthur Dickman of Enfield; Christopher Dickman of Portland; and Peter Dickman of Ellington; a sister, Joan Froehlich of New Jersey; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Church. Burial will follow at St. Patrick's King Street Cemetery in Enfield.

Memorial donations ay be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society, Holy Family Church, 23 Simon Rd, Enfield, CT 06082.

Sister Jean McCusker (Sister Mary John Bosco), 87, a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, passed away peacefully at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor in New Britain on January 7, 2018.

Born in Hartford on December 22, 1930 to the late Charles J. McCusker and Mary Agnes Sweeney McCusker, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on August 22, 1948 and professed her perpetual vows on August 24, 1954.

Sister Jean received a Bachelor of Arts dgree in education from Diocesan Sisters College and a master's degree in theology from Boston College. She taught in the archdiocesan elementary schools and at the former South Catholic High School in Hartford. She also served in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., before becoming a missionary in Stockholm and Norkopping, Sweden, in the late 1970s.

Upon her return to the United States, Sister Jean was an assistant house manager at L’Arche Community in Florida. When she returned to Connecticut, she was the provincial house manager, business office accountant and provincial archivist for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambéry.

Predeceased by her two sisters, Ruth and Mary, Sister Jean is survived by the sisters in her community, two nieces and two nephews.

Calling hours are Wednesday, January 10, 2018, from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Sedgwick Cedars Residence, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m.in Sedgwick Cedars Chapel. The burial will take place at the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford immediately following the Mass.

Donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, c/o Office of Mission Advancement, 650 Willard Avenue, Newington, CT 06111.

Sister Mary Dennis (Madeleine Estelle) Griffin, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on Jan. 8, 2018, at St. Mary Home in West Hartford .

Born in Waterbury on November 17, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Dennis James Griffin and Nora McKenna Griffin. She entered her order on October 15, 1940, and professed her vows on August 24, 1946. She was 96 years of age and had been in religious life for 72 years.

Sister Mary Dennis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Diocesan Sisters College in West Hartford, a master's degree in school administration from Fairfield University and studied at the Pontifical Institute of Regina Mundi in Rome. She spent many years as an elementary school teacher in the Archdioceses of Hartford and Diocese of Bridgeport. She was principal at St. Peter School in New Haven and St. Patrick School in Bridgeport.

Upon her retirement to the provincial house in West Hartford, Sister Mary Dennis volunteered with the sisters in need of health care. She moved to St. Mary Home in 2012.

In addition to her religious community, Sister Mary Dennis is survived by her sister Agnes Caffrey of Waterbury, two nephews, two nieces and many grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her sisters Helen Rossi, Rita Kelly, Mary McLean and Catherine Philbert, and her brothers Dennis, Francis and John Griffin.

Calling hours are Wednesday, January 10, 2018, from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Sedgwick Cedars Residence, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m.in Sedgwick Cedars chapel. The burial will take place at the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford immediately following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, c/o Office of Mission Advancement, 650 Willard Avenue, Newington, CT 06111.

Burns WilliamFather William L. Burns, 83, of Manchester, died Monday, January 1, 2018, at Manchester Memorial Hospital.

Born in Hartford, he was the son of the late James R. and Mary (Lewis) Burns. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a pharmacist for 26 years.

He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop John F. Whealon on February 9, 1985. He served at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Waterbury, St. Thomas Church in Thomaston, St. Gabriel Church in Windsor and St. Francis of Assisi Church in Naugatuck. He resided at St. Lawrence O'Toole in Hartford and St. James Church in Manchester, where he had been the senior priest in residence from November 2009 until his death.

Father Burns is survived by his brother James R. Burns Jr. of West Hartford; his niece and nephews Catherine Robinson and her husband Michael of Manchester, Theodore J. Pastva Jr. and his wife Nancy of Amston, Stephen J. Pastva and his fiancée Pam of Manchester and Thomas P. Pastva of Ellington; and his great-niece and nephew Elizabeth M. Robinson and Matthew D. Hanley.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters Ellen Price and Margaret Pastva; and his niece Margaret P. Hanley.

A Mass of Christian Burial was to be celebrated  on January , at St. James Church, 896 Main St. Manchester, followed by burial in St. James Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Father Burns may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

FLord Robertather Robert J. Lord, 83, of Milford and Singer Island, Fla., died on Dec. 30, 2017, at Masonicare Hospice in Wallingford.

He was born on March 9, 1934, in Waterbury, one of seven children of James A. and Mary F. (Hayes) Lord. He graduated from Crosby High School in 1952 and then attended St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from St. Bonaventure University in 1956 and a master's degree in divinity from Christ the King Seminary at St. Bonaventure in 1960.

He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Hartford on May 26, 1960. He served temporarily as an assistant at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Harwinton, then at St. Augustine Church in North Branford from 1960 to 1962. He assisted at St. Vincent de Paul Church in East Haven for five years, then at St. Paul Church in Kensington.

In December 1973, Father Lord was appointed co-pastor and administrator of St. Rita Church in Hamden, where he ministered eight years. During that time, he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif.

Father Lord also served as temporary assistant pastor at St. Gabriel Church in Milford and St. Francis Church in Torrington. In September of 1982, he was appointed Catholic campus minister at Central Connecticut State University, where he served for 12 years.

He was appointed parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Woodbridge in July of 1996. He retired in May of 2004 and resided at his home in Milford.

In his later years, Father Lord was active on numerous boards including the American Red Cross, Easter Seal Goodwill Industries Rehabilitation Center, United Way, Notre Dame High School, Friedsam Memorial Library and the Seagrape Tower Condo Association. He also served as Chair of the National Catholic Campus Ministry Association.

Father Lord was awarded the Grand Cross of Merit in 2009 from the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta.

Father Lord was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, Jim and George. He is survived by his brother, Dr. Jerome Lord; his sisters, Mary Dooley, Patricia O'Hara and Helen Lord; many nieces and nephews; and countless others.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Sat., Jan. 6, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 81 Center Rd., Woodbridge. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held on Fri., Jan. 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford.

Contributions in Father Lord's memory may be made to Be Like Brit Orphanage, 66 Pullman Street, Worcester, MA 01606; The Rose Hill Center, 5130 Rose Hill Boulevard, Holly, MI 48442; or another charity. 

Raneri CarmineFather Carmine B. Raneri, age 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

He was born on February 1, 1927, in Waterbury, a son of the late Anthony and Concetta C. (Chillemi) Raneri. He attended schools in Waterbury and studied for the priesthood at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and Christ the King Seminary at St. Bonaventure University in New York. He was ordained in 1955 in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford by Archbishop Henry O'Brien.

Father Raneri served throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford, at St. Anthony Parish in Bristol; St. Rose Parish in New Haven; St. Francis Parish in New Britain; Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Meriden; St. Jerome Parish in New Britain; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Waterbury, where he was the pastor for12 years; and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Waterbury, where he was the pastor for 10 years.

Father Raneri retired in 2002 and was in residence at St. Gregory the Great Parish in Bristol for eight years. He also resided at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Waterbury for six years. He had lived at St. Gregory's since 2016.

For a number of years, Father Raneri was Connecticut state chaplain for the Daughters of Isabella. He was also a chaplain for the Knights of Columbus in New Britain and for the Connecticut State Police.

Father Raneri is survived by his two nephews, Joseph P. Raneri of Higganum and John Raneri and San Diego, Calif.; three nieces; six grandnieces and grandnephews; and several cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Joseph D. Raneri and his sister-in-law, Patricia (Mulville) Raneri.

The funeral Mass was celebrated on Dec. 16 at St. Gregory Parish in Bristol. Burial followed in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Watertown.

Contributions in Father Raneri's name may be made to: St. Bonaventure University, P.O. Box 2519, St. Bonaventure, NY 14778; or to St. Gregory Parish, 235 Maltby St., Bristol, CT 06010.

Sister Elizabeth (Mary Charlotte) Travers of the Sisters of Mercy died peacefully on Nov. 2, 2017, at St. Mary Home in West Hartford.

She was born on April 15, 1921, in Berlin, N.H., a daughter of the late John F. and Annie (Murtagh) Travers. She entered the Sisters of Mercy on June 24, 1938, and professed her religious vows on Jan. 2, 1941. For the next three decades, She taught primary-grade children in multiple Catholic elementary schools throughout Connecticut, becoming an expert first-grade teacher.

Sister Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Joseph College, now the University of St. Joseph, in West Hartford and received Master of Arts degrees in religious studies from Boston College and in reading from the University of Bridgeport.

She was the director of religious education at St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in West Hartford for almost a decade before returning to her first love, preschool children, as director of the School for Young Children at the University of St. Joseph.

She then returned to her native Berlin to minister to her sibling Margie until Margie's death, and while there, Sister Elizabeth participated in parish ministry at St. Kieran Church. She returned to West Hartford to enjoy retirement until, in her 79th year as a sister, her own health failed.

Sister Elizabeth was predeceased by her parents and four sisters. She is survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, cousins and the Sisters of Mercy.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Nov. 8 at St. Mary Home Chapel. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery. Donations may be sent to the Sisters of Mercy, 25 Prescott Street West Hartford, CT 06110.

mannionSister Grace Mannion (Grace Anne) of the Sisters of Mercy died peacefully on Thursday October 19, 2017, at St. Mary Home, West Hartford, after a prolonged illness.

Born in Danbury on October 29, 1931, she was the daughter of the late James J. and Grace (Cassidy) Mannion. She was raised in Danbury, and entered entered the Sisters of Mercy on July1, 1949, professing her vows on June 28, 1952. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree, Sister Grace taught for 14 years in several Catholic schools throughout the diocese of Bridgeport and the Hartford Archdiocese before pursuing a Master of Arts degree from St. Joseph College, now the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford.

She taught English in local Catholic high schools prior to her transition to direct the Mercy initiative inviting and involving the laity to participate through voluntary annual covenant and commitment as partner Associates, called Extended Mercy, to forward the spiritual and active ministries of the Sisters of Mercy. She remained as the director from its 1995 origins until her recent retirement, when she volunteered continuing service.

She was predeceased by her parents and only sister, Mary. She is survived by several cousins and her community of the Sisters of Mercy. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at University of St. Joseph Connor Chapel at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 25. Calling hours will begin at 3 p.m. Burial will take place at 9 a.m. Oct. 26 in St. Mary Cemetery. Donations in Sister Grace’s memory may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 25 Prescott St. West Hartford, CT 06110.

Sister Paul Marie Longo, 79, of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Third Order Regular of St Francis, died on June 2, 2017, at Mary Health of the Sick in Newbury Park, Calif..

Born in Waterbury, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Maryanne (Dorais) Longo.

Sister Paul Marie entered the Bernardine Order on August 11, 1955, and was in her 62nd year of religious life. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Villanova University and a Master of Arts in education from Fairfield University. She ministered in California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico in outreach to the poor and as an elementary teacher, principal, superior, preschool director and teacher.

Sister Paul Marie is survived by her brother Paul Longo of Middletown

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 9 at St. Francis of Assisi Church n Fillmore, Calif. Burial followed in the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters' cemetery, Mt. Alvernia, in Reading, Pa.