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Dockendorff, Patricia Bettcher

Patricia Bettcher Dockendorff of Orange, formerly of Cheshire, passed away peacefully on December 12, 2014 at her home. Pat was born on June 28, 1922. She was the wife of the late John Edwin Dockendorff and daughter of the late Carl W. Bettcher and Natalie Gates Bettcher. Her brother Carl W. Bettcher, Jr. predeceased her. Pat graduated from The Day Prospect Hill School in New Haven and then went on to graduate from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. Upon graduation, she worked at Grace New Haven Hospital as a lab technician. After raising her family, Pat was employed by Orange Research as a Production Technician and for many years as a Service Writer and Advisor at Sears Automotive. The occupation she truly loved was volunteering for many organizations including the American Red Cross assisting with blood drives, The Gaylord Rehabilitation Center working in the gift shop, The Cheshire Public Library and the North Haven Congregational Church assisting with the Women’s Fellowship on numerous campaigns and activities.

Pat was the loving mother of three sons, John W. Dockendorff (Donna) of Orange, Robert C. Dockendorff (Jennifer) of Greenville, S.C., and James B. Dockendorff (Leslie) of North Haven. She also leaves behind five grandchildren, Susanna Lee LoVerme (Joseph), Christopher Gates Dockendorff, Jessica Lynn Dockendorff, Lisa Nillson Dockendorff, and John Trevor Dockendorff; and one great-grandson, Marcello John LoVerme.

The family would like to acknowledge all of the support, prayers and loving care from so many she touched in her life. In particular, the nurses and staff of Maplewood at Orange, Seasons Hospice, Diane of Excella Home Care and also her dedicated caregivers, Carol and Lezette.

Funeral services have been entrusted to Hawley Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, New Haven. A private family burial service will take place in Cheshire. A memorial service will be held in her honor at North Haven Congregational Church on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross Association at https://redcross.org/donate or to Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care at www.seasonsfoundation.org. To sign the online guestbook, please visit hawleylincolnmemorial.com.

Gozzo, Isabella Susanne

CHESHIRE - Isabella Susanne Gozzo, 19, passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Hartford Hospital, Hartford. She was the daughter of Mike and Yeisid (Figueredo) Gozzo.

“Izzy,” as she was known by her friends, or “Bella,” as she was affectionately called by her family, was born on October 24, 1995 in Swansboro, N.C. She was a longtime Cheshire resident where she attended local schools and graduated from Cheshire High School, Class of 2014. While at Cheshire High School, she was a member of the Lacrosse, Field Hockey and Powder Puff Girls’ Football Teams. Bella was a passionate sports fan, but her greatest love was football. Her favorite place on earth besides her home was Gillette Stadium where she glowed with excitement cheering on the Patriots with her family. She was enrolled as a freshman at Suffolk University where she was majoring in Communications and Sports Broadcasting.

Besides her parents, Bella is survived by her brothers, Michael and Anthony Gozzo of Cheshire; her maternal grandparents, Omelio and Maria Figueredo; and her uncle and aunt, Garret and Susanne Figueredo Cook. She was predeceased by her paternal grandmother, Violet Gozzo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bridget Church, 175 Main St., Cheshire. Friends are asked to meet directly at church. The family encourages all to celebrate Bella’s life and traditional funeral attire is not necessary. Instead, we ask for light colors, no jackets and ties, or to wear sports related memorabilia to celebrate her life. Burial will follow in Cheshire Hillside Cemetery. Calling hours will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Tom Brady’s Best Buddies, an organization creating opportunities and friendships for people with disabilities; 28 Washington Ave., Second Floor, North Haven, CT 06473. The Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire is assisting with arrangements. For online condolences, and to share a photo or a story, please visit www.fordfh.com.

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