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Arpin, Michele Annette

CHESHIRE – Michele Annette Arpin, 61, entered into eternal rest on July 20, 2015. She was born on May 24, 1954, in New Haven, daughter of the late Arthur and MaryAnn (Tiskus) Arpin. She is survived by her sister, Lisa Arpin of Branford; her brother, Russell (Vicki) Arpin of Cheshire; her niece and goddaughter, Nicole (Michael) Petersen of Meriden; her nephew, Tyler Arpin (Stephanie Miller) of Rocky Hill; and several cousins.

Michele grew up in Hamden and was a graduate of Russell Sage College, Troy, N.Y., where she earned her B.S. in Nursing, cum laude with departmental honors. She was also elected to Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and Sigma Theta Tau national honor society of nursing.

For many years, Michele applied her registered nurse skills providing home care, skilled surgical nursing at Hospital of St. Raphael and Yale-New Haven Hospital, followed by staff nurse responsibilities, nurse recruitment, and weekend supervisor and special project coordinator positions at CT Hospice. Later in her career, she worked at JoAnn Fabrics, drawn to the work due to her passion for the “needle arts.” She had an amazing talent for sewing, knitting, quilting, and counted cross-stitch. Many of her show-worthy pieces were crafted while cheering on the UConn women’s basketball team. When she wasn’t at the sewing machine or doing needlework, Michele loved to travel on cruise ships, cook (butternut squash casserole and taco salad were family favorites), do crossword puzzles with ease to completion, and, in the fall, join in on the pumpkin carving tradition with the family.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 27, 2015, at 9:15 a.m. from the Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire, 615 South Main St., to St. Bridget Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Burial was in St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven. Calling hours were held on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Ball & Socket Arts, P.O. Box 128, Cheshire, CT 06410. For online condolences, and to share a story or a photo, please visit www.fordfh.com.

Diamond, John “Jack” P.

CHESHIRE – Mr. John “Jack” P. Diamond, 82, husband of the late Ann Marie Diamond, lost his courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

He leaves four children, Kelly P. Diamond of Boston, Kerrin Diamond Cole (husband Bob Cole) of Norwalk, Bruce W. Diamond of Waterbury, and John P. Diamond (wife Margot Diamond) of Hamden, as well as sister, Gerry Crowley of San Francisco, and brother, Bob Diamond of Eugene, Oregon. He also leaves six grandchildren, Matt, Evan, and Meghan Diamond, Juliana Cole, John Diamond, and Mariah Massari, and nieces Anne Marie Fresenius, Joanna Martel Marvin, and Marie Martel.

Funeral services were held on Friday, July 24, 2015, at 9:15 a.m. from the Alderson-Ford Funeral home of Cheshire, 615 South Main St., to St. Bridget Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Burial was in St. Bridget Cemetery. Calling hours were held on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Assoc. CT Chapter, P.O. Box 718, Old Mystic, CT. 06372. For online condolences, and to share a story or a photo, please visit www.fordfh.com.

Lenz, Christopher H.

Christopher H. Lenz of Kalkaska, Michigan, formerly of Cheshire, died suddenly of a heart attack on July 22, 2015. He was 48 years old.

He was a graduate of Cheshire High school and was employed by the J.B. Hunt Trucking Company.

He is survived by his wife, Christine Morrill Lenz of Kalkaska; and four stepsons. He was the son of Ann E. Christmann of Woodbridge and the late Philip C. Lenz Sr. of Freeport, Maine. He is also survived by a sister, Cynthia Lenz Coy of Kalkaska; and two brothers, Jon P. Lenz of Norfolk, Virginia, and Philip C. Lenz of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

A memorial service in Kalkaska is planned for early August. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Cheshire Animal Shelter, 500 Highland Ave., Cheshire, CT 06410.

Morse, Barbara Ann

Barbara Ann (Huntenburg) Morse, age 78, of Saylorsburg, formerly of Clinton, N.J. and Cheshire, Conn., passed away on July 26 at Brookmont Health Care Center in Effort, Pa.

Barbara was the loving wife of David O. Morse. They celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on November 13, 2014.

She was born in Irvington, N.J. on September 23, 1936, daughter of the late Henry and Anna (Williams) Huntenburg.
She graduated from the North Hunterdon Regional High School in Annandale, N.J.

Barbara had worked as a bus driver for Cheshire Public Schools in Conn. for many years, before becoming an operator at Connie’s Answering Service, also of Cheshire.

We have been blessed with the presence of Barbara in our lives. She will be deeply missed by her loving husband David; her children Cindy Alborn and husband Skip of Northfield, Conn., Clifford Morse and wife Donna of Monroe, Conn., Ann Morse of Middletown, Conn., and Ellen Morse-Morris and husband Timothy of Kensington, Conn. She was the loving and gentle grandma to her five grandchildren, Christy, Jeffrey, Jessica, Patrick and Bryan, and her three great-grandchildren, Emaleigh, Jeffrey and Aiden.
She is also survived by a brother, Henry Huntenburg of Factoryville, Pa.; three sisters, Joan Fairchild of Clinton, N.J., Beverly Schneider of Factoryville, Pa., and Patricia Morse and husband Daniel of Asbury, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Maryann Duffy.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, at Mount Eaton Church in Saylorsburg, Pa., with Rev. Douglas Hayes officiating. Family and friends are welcome to offer their condolences from 10:30 a.m. on Saturday until time of service at the church. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society (Monroe Unit), 2158 West Main St., Stroudsburg, PA 18360 or The American Heart Association, 71 North Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18017. Gower Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Gilbert, Pa., is in charge of arrangements (www.gowerfuneralhome.com).

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