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Foster, Jack R.

Jack R. Foster, 85, of Portland, Conn. and Naples, Fla., husband of Elizabeth (Amicone) Foster, ran his last race and passed away on November 17, 2014. He was the son of the late Richard and Myrtle (Stark) Foster.

Born on August 2, 1929 in Buffalo, NewYork, Jack graduated from Hamburg High School in Hamburg, N.Y. He served in the United States Army in Germany. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY-Buffalo. Jack went on to earn his doctorate degree at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. In 1967, he became a Professor of History at Southern Connecticut State University, where he was an educator until 1992. While at Southern, Jack successfully coached Women's Cross Country and assisted Women's Track and Field. Jack was known as 'Doc' to his runners. He received the Coach of the Year Award numerous times throughout his coaching career.

Jack was an avid runner and completed several Boston Marathons. He was inducted into the SUNY-Buffalo Athletic Hall of Fame and the Hamburg High School Wall of Fame in Hamburg, New York. In Cheshire, Conn., Jack was elected and served as a Democratic Councilman for many years. He resided at Cape Cod in the summer and in Naples, Florida in the winter where he was able to golf, bowl and play bocce. Jack and Liz moved to Portland in 2004. Jack was a fan of the Red Sox, Patriots, and Buffalo Bills.

Besides his devoted wife, Elizabeth, of 58 years, he leaves his daughters, Karen Foster (Gene Wilson), and Nancy Roy (James), and son Jay (Jenn). He was grandfather to Ryan and Margaret Hughes, and Alyssa, Haley and Abigail Foster. He also leaves his sister Lynn Muldoon (Danny) of N. Tonawanda, N.Y.

Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, November 20, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland. Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 with a Mass at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Mary on Freestone Ave., Portland, with a reception to follow in the Church Hall. Burial will be private. The family gives a special thanks to the staff at Portland Care and Rehabilitation Center. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Southern Connecticut State University-Athletics at www.southernct.edu/athletics. To send an online expression of sympathy, please visit www.portlandmemorialfh.net.

King, Florenz (Maloney)

CHESHIRE- Florenz (Maloney) King, beloved wife of the late Christopher A. King for 60 years, entered eternal rest peacefully at her home on Sunday, November 16, surrounded by family.

Florenz lived in Cheshire for over 50 years and worked at Whitney Blake of Hamden for 25 years, leaving as Purchasing Manager. Florenz was a member of St. Thomas Becket Church and taught CCD classes for over 25 years. She belonged to the Red Hatters, which she enjoyed very much. Florenz and her late husband loved to travel and did so to Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, Bermuda, Hawaii, California, and Florida.

Florenz is survived by her grandsons, William Thomas and Pedro Mendia; daughter Brenda Connor; niece Shelley Barraco; and sisters in-law Teresa King of Hamden and Dyann King of Ellington. She was predeceased by her daughter Sharon King Thomas; grandson Shawn Thomas; and sister Olive Calderone.

Funeral services for Florenz will be on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from the Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire, 615 South Main St., and will proceed to St. Thomas Becket Church, 435 North Brooksvale Rd., Cheshire, for a 10 a.m. Mass. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Whitney Ave., Hamden. Calling hours will take place from 5 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions may be made in memory of Florenz to St. Thomas Becket Building Fund, 435 North Brooksvale Rd., Cheshire, CT 06410. To view these details online, and share a story or condolence, please visit; www.fordfh.com.

Turner, Nancy P.

Nancy P. Turner, 88, passed away on Wednesday November 12, 2014 at her home. She was the wife of the late Marvin A. Turner, who passed away in 2008.

Mrs. Turner was born on December 18, 1925 in New Milford, the daughter of the late Richard and Lillian (Anderson) Parker. She was a longtime Cheshire resident and was employed by Marshalls of Cheshire for many years. She was a 50-year member of the First Congregational Church of Cheshire. She was a big UConn sports fan and an avid bowler.

She is survived by her son Fred Turner and his wife Pat of Cheshire; her two daughters, Marsha Wheeler of Cheshire and Donna Aston and her husband Peter of Wisc.; her six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at noon at the Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire, 615 South Main St. Burial was in Cheshire Hillside Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Cheshire, 111 Church Dr., Cheshire, CT 06410. For online condolences, and to share a story or photo, please visit www.fordfh.com.

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