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Grabar, Leon "Lee"

CHESHIRE – Leon “Lee” Grabar, 94, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Elim Park in Cheshire. He was the husband of Judith (Stone) Grabar.

Lee was born on September 8, 1921, the son of the late Vincent and Genevieve Grabarczyk. He grew up in Maspeth, Queens, New York. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, he left college to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he served four years, two in Europe. After discharge, he received a degree in Journalism from New York University. He worked for newspapers in the Midwest and New York before coming to Connecticut in 1954 to report for The New Haven Register. He became Chief Editorial Writer in 1969. After retirement from the Register in 1986, he wrote regular columns for The Cheshire Herald, Waterbury Republican, and other papers. His column appeared weekly in the Waterbury paper until he retired from writing on his 90th birthday. He appeared on various television shows, including “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report” and “Face the State.”

Lee was a loving husband and father who had a heart for prayer, a passion for gardening, and a love of music. He sang in the St. Thomas Becket Choir and the Cheshire Community Chorus. He played harmonica to the end.

Lee leaves behind four children, Robert in Hamden, John in Cheshire, Kenneth and his wife Julie and step-daughter Samantha in Cheshire, and Wendy and her husband John Fusari in Southington. He leaves several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters and a brother.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Becket Church for a Mass of Christian Burial. Burial with military honors was in St. Bridget Cemetery. Calling hours were held on Friday, January 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire, 615 South Main St. For online condolences, and to share a photo or a story, please visit

Nettleton, Susan K.

WINDSOR, N.H. – Susan K. (O’Toole) Nettleton, 39, of Windsor, N.H., died on December 30, 2015 at her home.

She was born on May 23, 1976 in Southfield, Michigan, to Robert R. and Carol K. (Capskatty) O’Toole.

Susan worked for 18 years at Najib’s in Hillsboro, N.H. In 2013, Susan purchased it, becoming Sue’s Superette.

She is survived by her husband, Douglas M. Nettleton, of Windsor, N.H.; her father, Robert R. O’Toole of Cheshire, Conn.; son, Jeremy R. Nettleton and his fiancée Tiffany Dionne of Windsor, N.H.; sister, Sharon O’Toole, of Boston, Mass.; and her grandson, Derek J. Nettleton, of Windsor, N.H.

A celebration of her life was held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 6 to 11 p.m. in the American Legion Hall in Hillsboro, N.H. The Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation Service assisted.

Torre, Wanda R.

Wanda Rostkowski Torre, 85, of Cheshire, formerly of Hamden was called home to our Lord on February 3, 2016 in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was predeceased by the love of her life, Andrew Torre. Wanda was born March 23, 1930 in New Haven, a daughter of the late Stephen and Sophie Konarzewski Rostkowski. After graduating Commercial High School, Wanda worked for the New Haven Water Company until she married and started a family. She returned to work part-time when her children were grown at Hamden Whitney Answering Service and then AAA retiring in 2000. Wanda enjoyed planting her gardens, spending her summer days at the beach and especially her trips to Cape Cod. Mother to her much adored children Teresa (Edwin) Ammerer, Susan (Claire) Torre, Lisa (Peter) Murray, Andrea (Eric Urtel) Torre and Michael (Silvia) Torre. Proud grandmother to Alexis Ammerer, Aidan and Brendan Murray, Erica and Joseph Urtel. Sister of Carol (Anthony) Fragola and Marcia Horn. Also survived by her sisters-in-law Mary and Louise Torre and Anna Martucci and several loving nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cherished friends. A special thank you to Franciscan Home Hospice and Ever There Care Teams.
Funeral from the LUPINSKI FUNERAL HOME, INC. 821 State Street SATURDAY morning at 9:30. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Stanislaus Church at 10am. Burial in All Saints Cemetery. Visiting hours will be SATURDAY morning from 8:30 to 9:30. Memorial contributions may be made to Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, 267 Finch Avenue, Meriden, CT 06451-2715. Sign the guest book for Wanda online at

Whalen, Patrick J. Jr.

CHESHIRE – Patrick J. Whalen Jr., 84, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2016 in the VITAS unit of Saint Mary’s Hospital. He was the loving husband of Shirley (Templeton) Whalen to whom he was married 59 years.

Mr. Whalen was born on March 13, 1931 in Derby, Conn., son of the late Patrick J. Sr. and Regina (Morris) Whalen.

Patrick attended and graduated from St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees, along with a sixth year certificate, in Education from SCSU (New Haven State Teachers College). Mr. Whalen was an educator at various institutions during his early career before becoming a teacher at Hamden High School where he taught for 17 years. He culminated his professional career by working for the United States Department of Defense for 20 years, whereupon he retired in 2007.

Besides his loving wife, he is survived by his son Christopher Whalen and daughter-in-law Gigi Whalen of Littleton, Colo.; daughter Pamela (Whalen) Zelazny and her husband Keith Zelazny of Castle Rock, Colo.; daughter Cynthia Braun and her husband Paul Braun of Littleton, Colo.; daughter Kelley Whalen of Aurora, Colo.; and daughter Kateri Whalen and her husband Dante Fedeli of White Plains, N.Y.; his sister Mary Jane Simoniello of Tucson, Ariz.; and two grandchildren, Erin Zelazny and Luke Whalen. Patrick was predeceased by his brother, Francis J. Whalen.

Mr. Whalen’s funeral will be begin at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at The Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire, 615 South Main St., and proceed to St. Thomas Becket Church, 435 North Brooksvale Rd., Cheshire, Conn. for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Bridget Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Donations can be made in his honor to a charity of one’s choice. To view these arrangements, and to share a photo or an online condolence, please visit

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