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Blackburn, Anne Flanagan

CHESHIRE – Anne Flanagan Blackburn, 80, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at MidState Medical Center in Meriden.

Anne was born on December 22, 1933 in Waterbury, Conn. She was raised in Middlebury, attended Waterbury Catholic High, and graduated from The Saint Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Waterbury, class of 1954. She was a Registered Nurse for Saint Mary’s Hospital in the mid-1950s. Living in Cheshire since 1980, Anne was a communicant of St. Bridget Church.

Anne was an avid Connecticut historian and loved the Connecticut shore. She enjoyed gardening, wildlife, and most of all spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Helen (LeClair) Flanagan of Middlebury and her sister, Sister Dorothy Flanagan, CND of Waterbury.

Anne is survived by her sister Jacqueline Lydon of Newport, R.I.; daughter Nancy Blackburn D'Aloia and her husband John of Colts Neck, N.J.; sons David Blackburn and John Blackburn and his wife Terry of Cheshire; and her grandchildren Kathleen, Andrew, Stephanie, and Nicole.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 28, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Waterbury, 270 West Main St. A funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. at St. John of the Cross in Middlebury. Burial will be at Middlebury Cemetery. For online condolences or to share a story or photo, please visit

Costello, Emmett M.

CHESHIRE – Emmett M. Costello, 83, entered into rest on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at MidState Medical Center in Meriden. He was the loving husband of Edna (Brodeur) Costello.

Emmett was born on January 25, 1931 in Meriden, the son of the late William and Irene (Porter) Costello. He was a Korean War veteran and was a loyal communicant of Church of the Epiphany in Cheshire. Emmett worked for Yale Surgical Center for many years and was an avid Red Sox fan. What Mr. Costello truly enjoyed was spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Besides his devoted wife, Emmett is survived by his sons, Kevin Costello of Cheshire, Gary and his wife Paula Costello of South Meriden, and David and his wife Wendy Costello of Colorado; his daughter Patricia and her husband John Dion of Cheshire; and his grandchildren Tyler, Kailey, Connor, Marissa, Rebecca, Gary, Matthew, Michael, Liam and Melanie.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at 9:15 a.m. from the Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire, 615 South Main St., to Church of the Epiphany for Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Laurent Cemetery in Meriden. Calling hours will be held on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. For online condolences, or to share a story or photo, please visit

McPhee, Lloyd "Sonny" III

CHESHIRE – Lloyd “Sonny” McPhee III, 62, passed away on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Hartford Hospital.

Sonny was born on August 30, 1951 in New Haven, the son of the late Lloyd and Viola (Miller) McPhee Jr. He was a lifelong Cheshire resident where he worked at his family’s auto body shop, McPhee Auto Body. After the closing of McPhee Auto Body, Sonny worked at Meriden Auto Body for a number of years. During his early years, Sonny was a member of the Cheshire Fire Department where he held the rank of Lieutenant and was listed as an Honor Roll Member.

Sonny is survived by his son Willy McPhee and his wife Lisa of Cheshire; his daughter Amy McPhee of Jackson Hole, Wyo.; long-time companion Debbie Negralle of Cheshire; his sisters Nancy Kieper and her husband Paul of Beckett, Mass., Carol McPhee of Cheshire, Patricia Malis of Cheshire, and Pookie Kostuk of Cheshire; and his grandchildren Riley, Lloyd and Dakota; as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Sonny was predeceased by his son Lloyd “Mickey” McPhee IV.

A Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Cheshire Hillside Cemetery, Wallingford Rd., Cheshire. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire, 615 South Main St. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Schreitmueller, Helga

CHESHIRE – Helga Schreitmueller, 90, entered into rest on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at The Highlands Healthcare Center in Cheshire. She was the wife of the late John I. Schreitmueller.

Helga was born on April 3, 1924 in Bremerhaven, Germany, to the late Paul and Emily Thiele. In 1930, they relocated to the United States.

Mrs. Schreitmueller worked in Cheshire at the Jack and Jill Nursery School for many years before becoming a chair-side assistant to Dr. Charles Guelakis, also in Cheshire.

Helga leaves her sons, Robert Schreitmueller of Florence, South Carolina and John P. Schreitmueller of Atlanta, Georgia; and two granddaughters, Kristen Reeves of Plano, Texas and Lauren Schreitmueller of Atlanta.

Services for Helga will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in Helga’s name be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. The Alderson-Ford Funeral Home, 615 South Main St., Cheshire CT 06410 is assisting with the arrangements. To view this story online, share a condolence or light a virtual memorial candle, please visit

Smith, Roy A.

CHESHIRE – Roy A. Smith, 79, formerly of Cheshire, Conn. and Effingham, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at CT Hospice in Branford. He was the husband of Sue M. (McArthur) Smith.

Roy was born on April 24, 1935 in Streater, Ill., the son of the late Clyde B. and Gladys L. (Sinkler) Smith. He was a research metallurgist for Ametek-Pfizer in Wallingford, Conn. for 35 years until his retirement in 2004. Prior to this, he worked at Battelle Labs and Kaiser Aluminum. He was well respected in his industry and innovated and patented numerous metallurgical alloys. He also developed a love for minerals and was well known throughout the U.S. as an expert in specimens from the Cave-In-Rock District in Southern Illinois. Roy held a B.A. degree in geology from the University of Missouri and B.S. and M.S. degrees in metallurgical engineering from the Missouri School of Mines. He enjoyed lecturing at mineral clubs throughout New England and teaching kids about crystals. As a young man, Roy worked on his parents’ farm in Watson, Ill. and was an outstanding athlete earning numerous honors, including both athletic and academic scholarships. Roy was a devoted husband, father, and friend to many and will be missed.

Besides his wife of 57 years, Roy is survived by his daughters Andra L. Smith of Torrington (and son-in-law Michael Tomasiewicz), and Shelby S. Smith of Effingham, Ill.; his son Ryan A Smith of Cheshire (and fiancée Marie Paz Acurantes); as well as his grandson Ryan Acurantes Smith Jr. He was predeceased by his brother, Gale B. Smith. He also leaves nephews Scott and Roy V and nieces Denise and Bonnie.

Calling hours will be held on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Alderson-Ford Funeral Home, 615 South Main St., Cheshire. Funeral services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492-5022 or CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405. For online condolences, or to share a story or photo, please visit

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