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Hekeler, Loretta “Lori” Hobbes

Loretta “Lori” Hobbes Hekeler was raised into the loving arms of our heavenly father on Sunday, May 24, 2015 after living with Alzheimer’s for many years. She was predeceased by her husband, Philip Karl Hekeler, Jr., and her parents, Oscar and Roberta (Monis) Hobbes. Lori will be remembered by her sons, Keith and wife Barbara Hekeler of Cheshire and Kurt and wife Lisa Hekeler of Waterbury, Vt.; daughter, M’Liss D’Angelo of Cheshire; and grandchildren, Bryan D’Angelo, Philip, Madeline Jane, Samantha Ann, and Kyle Marie Hekeler.

Lori was born on August 15, 1936 in Newport, R.I., where she also graduated from Rogers High School before attending hairdressing school. After getting married, she moved to Cheshire in 1960 where she built a home and raised her family. Lori lived her life with a deep love and compassion for others, having given generously to her family and friends throughout her life. Her dinner table was always open to those living in solitude or away from family, and there was never a Sunday dinner or holiday that someone did not enter her home as a stranger and leave as a friend. Lori was a devoted daughter and was best friends with her mother, with whom she enjoyed traveling on their many weekend and extended vacations together. She was a tour guide and agent for AAA for over 20 years where she developed her love for traveling. She was a Girl Scout leader for many years; enjoyed camping with family; was an avid baker and loved to cook; loved to dance to the old standards and swing music; cruising in her open convertible; visiting family and friends in Newport, R.I.; and she enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Lori shared a love of bulldogs with her parents, and loved all kinds of animals. Lori was a loving mother and devoted grandmother, affectionately known as Grammy, and cherished her time with her grandchildren. Lori will be deeply missed by all.

Friends may visit with her family on Friday, May 29, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Beecher & Bennett, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. Bridget Church, Cheshire. Burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hamden. To send a condolence, please see obituary at www.beecherandbennett.com.

Perlot, Alan G.

CHESHIRE – Alan G. Perlot, 63, of Cheshire, loving husband of 42 years to Mona Smith Perlot, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford.

Alan was born in Meriden on November 7, 1951, a son of Aldo Perlot and the late Anna Marie Valente Perlot. He grew up in Wallingford and had been a Cheshire resident for 36 years. Alan was employed by Bryant Electric and Hubbell Inc. from 1973 until 2009 and was currently employed by Lex Products in Shelton as a Product Manager. He was an accomplished accordion player and a member of The CT Accordion Association. Alan enjoyed gardening, working in his yard, and was a classic car enthusiast. He was the proud owner of a 1951 Studebaker Champion. Alan was also an avid fan of the New York Giants.

In addition to his wife and father, he is survived by his two sons, Matthew Perlot and his wife Julia of Quincy, Mass. and Andrew Perlot of Austin, Texas; and his brother Joseph Perlot of Phoenix, Ariz.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. in St. Bridget Church in Cheshire. There were no calling hours. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105. Arrangements are under the direction of The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main St. Ext., www.wallingfordfh.com.

Priest, James C.

James C. Priest, age 64, of Cheshire, entered into rest peacefully on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the West Haven VA Hospital after a long illness. Jim was born on April 8, 1951 in New Haven, son of Mary Agnes (Beausoleil) Priest and the late Raymond Francis Priest.

Jim served his country with pride and honor in the U.S. Marine Corps during Vietnam, and was awarded the Purple Heart among other medals. He was a member of the Prospect VFW, Post 8075, and enjoyed riding his 1972 Harley Super Glide, which he took cross-country several times. Jim lived his life to the fullest and loved his family and work; he was renowned and deeply respected for his work and construction of bridges in CT with several leading construction companies.

In addition to his mother, Jim is survived by his son, Seth A. Priest of Meriden; his wife and trusted friend, Regina Rossi Priest; and step-son, Anthony J. Zurowski, III of Cheshire. He is the loving grandfather of Colby, Madison and Ethan. Jim is also survived by his brothers, John Priest and his wife Patricia of Cheshire, Raymond Priest of Branford, and Matthew Priest and his wife Jeanette of Florida; his sisters, Frances Smith and her husband Michael of Florida, Kathlyn Johnson and her husband Robert of Florida, Maureen Rigney of Danbury, Laura Brennan and her husband Rick of Cheshire, Susan Tabor and her husband Jim of Cheshire, and Mary Vosburg and her husband Jeff of Florida; 12 nieces, eight nephews, seven great-nieces and seven great-nephews.He was predeceased by his son, Tanner J. Priest, and his step-daughter, Angela Rossi Andersen.

All services for Jim will be private and at the convenience of his family. The Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire has been entrusted with his arrangements. At the request of his family, memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or through their website, www.woundedwarriorproject.org. To leave condolences for Jim’s family or to share a memory, visit www.fordfh.com.

Shay, William H. Jr.

CHESHIRE – William H. Shay Jr., member and former Junior Warden of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, past President of Cheshire Exchange Club, longtime member of Cheshire Community Chorus, alumni of Cheshire High School Class of 1957 and UConn School of Insurance, United States Air force serviceman, died Sunday at Smilow Cancer Center. He was 75.

Mr. Shay was born in New Haven September 15, 1939, to William H. and Elizabeth (Bristol) Shay. He had resided in Cheshire since 1946 and retired as President of the Bristol Insurance Agency Inc., an enterprise founded by his great grandfather in 1875.

He leaves a son William H. Shay III; a daughter Hilary DiMauro and her husband Rick; as well as a beloved granddaughter Liliana Shay DiMauro.

In addition to his brothers, Paul and Rick; three sisters Sally Johnson, Ellen McKenzie and Kathy Sitar, he will be missed by Jean Baldwin and loving step-daughter Pamela Guglielmino.

The family will be receiving visitors at the Alderson-Ford Funeral Home this Saturday afternoon from 4 to 7. A funeral service will be held on Sunday afternoon at 2 in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 59 Main St., Cheshire with the Rev. Sandra Stayer officiating. Burial will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield at 11 Monday morning. Contributions to St. Peter’s Church would be preferred over flowers by request of Mr. Shay. For online condolences, to share a story or a photo, please visit www.fordfh.com.

Specht, Wilmer George

Wilmer George Specht, age 93, of Ripon, Wisc., passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at his home with family by his side.
Wilmer was born on July 23, 1921, in Manitowoc, Wisc., to George and Erna (Rohrbach) Specht Sr. He graduated from Manitowoc Lincoln High School in 1937 and afterwards attended one year at Manitowoc Vocational School. He then went on to a four-year apprenticeship at the Manitowoc Shipyard Company and graduated as a journeyman machinist. On September 5, 1942, Wilmer and Violet (Mertz) Specht were married in Sheboygan, Wisc. Wilmer served in two wars in the U.S. Navy, WWII from 1944 to 1946 and the Korean War from 1951 to 1952.

He was employed for 16 years at the JS Richardson Company in Sheboygan Falls, Wisc. in the building of special woodworking machinery. From 1964–1966, Wilmer worked as the Superintendent of Maintenance at Armour Leather Company in Sheboygan, Wisc. In 1966, the Specht’s moved to Cheshire, Conn., where he worked as a Manufacturing Engineer for Winchester Repeating Arms Company in the wood department. He retired from Winchester in 1984. Afterwards, he worked until 1989 for Machinery Sales Corporation of Wallingford, Conn.

The Spechts moved to Freeport, Ill. in 1989, where Wilmer was active in the Park Hills Evangelical Church Ambassador Sunday School Class and the Church Friendship Circle, served on the Finance Committee and was on the board of Malcom Eaton Enterprises and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. Wilmer was a member of the Freeport Pilot’s Association. In 2003, they moved to Ripon, Wisc. where he was a member of Trinity Evangelical Free Church. Wilmer’s hobbies and enjoyments were gardening and yard tending, family, woodworking, making home furniture, two violins and general “tinkering.”

Survivors include one daughter, Janet (Chet) Rawson of Markesan, Wisc.; two sons, Jerry (Judy) Specht of Markesan, Wisc. and John Specht of Ripon, Wisc.; granddaughter, Michelle (Kelley) Drake of Chicago, Ill.; grandson, Max (Kelly) Rawson of Verona, Wisc.; four great-grandchildren, Olivia Rawson of Verona, Wisc., and Brody, Bennett and Nathan Drake all of Chicago, Ill.; two sisters, Marion Hume of Holt, Mich. and Lorraine Selle of Valders, Wisc.; and one brother, George (Geri) Specht, Jr. of Elkhart Lake, Wisc. Wilmer was preceded in death by his parents, wife Violet M. Specht, brother Clarence Specht and sister Henrietta Specht.

Visitation for Wilmer will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Butzin-Marchant Funeral Home, 515 Mayparty Dr., Ripon, WI 54971.Memorial Service for Wilmer will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Butzin-Marchant Funeral Home in Ripon. Pastor Paul Ethington and Art Volkmann will officiate. Memorials may be given to Trinity Evangelical Free Church, 777 Harvey St., Ripon, WI 54971. Please visit www.butzinmarchant.com to send online condolences.

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