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Depel, Dorothy R.

Dorothy R. Depel, 91, of Cheshire, passed away peacefully at Southington Care Center on July 20, 2016. She was born Dorothy Annette Roland on August 5, 1924 in Newport, Vermont to John and Doris Roland. Dorothy was predeceased by her first husband, John Riordan, in 1979 and her second husband, John Depel, in 2002.

Dorothy worked as a telephone switchboard operator for SNET during WW II and retired from a job she adored at Gaylord Hospital after 17 years of joyful service there. After that she divided her time between Cheshire and Florida for many years.

Dorothy lived life to the fullest, had a great sense of humor, and loved her large family with all of her heart. Besides her devoted passion to her family, Dorothy loved feeding and watching “her” birds, reading books, doing crossword puzzles, playing Scrabble and bridge, and time at the beach.

Dorothy is survived by her four children, Sandra (James) Kovach, Jack Riordan, Martha (James) Shay, and Elizabeth Prince; nine grandchildren, James (Jenni) Kovach, Julia Kovach, Jason (Nancy) Prince, Sarah (Carl) Robinson, James (Lindsay) Shay IV, Michael (Leah) Kovach, Jessica (Ian) Bucholz, Daniel Prince IV, and Justin Prince; as well as 10 great-grandchildren. She was “Grandma Dot” to numerous others who loved her also.

The family would like to thank Dr. Bogdanski and Southington Care Center for their compassionate care in her final days.

Visitation will be held at Oasis Church, 176 Sandbank Rd., Cheshire, Conn. from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, immediately followed by a Memorial Service. All are invited to stay for refreshments immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Children’s Craniofacial Association or Big Fluffy Dog Rescue of Tennessee.

Massa, Mary F.

MERIDEN – Mary F. Massa, 63, passed away on July 22, 2016, at the Meriden Center, after a brief illness.

Ms. Massa was born on September 18, 1952 in Washington D.C., the daughter of the late Richard and Helen (Chonko) Slusarz Sr.

Mary is survived by her daughter Melissa Hass and her husband Arthur of Meriden, their son Dakota and daughter Caley; and her brothers, Richard T. Slusarz Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Prospect and Mark S. Slusarz and his partner Joseph Romano of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. She will also be missed by her niece Brianna and her great-granddaughter Scarlett, and most especially by her partner, Alexander Lopez of Meriden.

A private graveside ceremony will be held at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at The Alderson-Ford Funeral Home, 615 South Main St., Cheshire, on Thursday evening, from 6 until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mary’s name may be made to The Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111. To view these arrangements online, and to share a condolence or an online photo, please visit

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