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Obituaries From The December 22 Edition Of The INDEPENDENT

Leon Holman Pratt: 02/19/1925 – 12/15/2012

Leon Holman Pratt, passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at his home. He was the loving husband of Winifred (Caffelle) Pratt for 48 years.

Born February 19, 1925 in Wethersfield; the son of the late Leon and Lucy (Taylor) Pratt. Leon served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a Land Surveyor his entire career including places overseas such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Greenland and Alaska. He enjoyed stamp collecting, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and travelling.

In addition to his wife, he leaves cousins, Jeanne and Norman Roscoe and family, Charles and Carole Taylor and family, Berle and Richard Lombardi and family; sister-in-laws, Edith Johnson, Helen Caffelle, Ruth Caffelle and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Joyce Pratt and a cousin, Betty Withee.

Friends may called on December 21, 2012 at Montano-Shea Funeral Home, 5 Steele Road, New Hartford. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Pine Meadow at 11:30 AM.

Visit an online guestbook at Memorial donations may be made to: St. John’s Episcopal Church, PO BoxHerbert F. Sheffield


Herbert F. Sheffield: 11/20/1926 – 12/10/2012

Herbert F. Sheffield, 86, passed away on December 10, 2012 in Houston, Texas.

He was born on November 20, 1926 in New Hartford, CT to John W. Sheffield, Sr. and Mable Lewis.

Mr. Sheffield was a self-employed painter and wallpaperer. He served in the U.S. Army.

He was predeceased by 2 brothers, Edward and John Jr. and 3 sisters, Isabel, Charlotte and Eleanor. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, December 15, 2012 in the Hunters Creek Chapel at Earthman Funeral Directors, 8303 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made in his name to the Salvation Army or your favorite charity.


Barbara (Lynch) Zuraw: 12/16/2012

Barbara (Lynch) Zuraw, 80, of Newington, died peacefully on Sunday (December 16, 2012). She was the beloved wife of John A. Zuraw for 61 years.

Born in New Hartford, she resided in Hartford before moving to Newington over 50 years ago. She was a child care provider in her home for many years and was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Newington.

A loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she leaves her two daughters, Pamela Williams and Janice DiBattista and her husband Jeffrey all of Newington; her son-in-law, Jeffrey Sachs of Berlin; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. She also leaves her brother Joseph Lynch and his wife Marianne of Agawam, MA; her brother-in-law Ronald Champagne of South Windsor; sister-in-law Barbara Wollman of Burlington; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter Victoria Sachs, her sister Geraldine Champagne, and her brother John Lynch.

Her funeral service was held on December 20, 2012 at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Church, Newington. She will be laid to rest in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.

Memorial donations may be made in Barbara’s name to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main St., Newtown, CT 06470. To share a memory or condolence with her family, please visit


Ralph T. DeGregorio: 11/27/1960 – 12/14/2012

Ralph T. DeGregorio, 52, of Yarmoshuk Road, Barkhamsted, beloved husband of Leslie A. (Low) DeGregorio, died Friday (December 14, 2012) at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington.

He was born Nov. 27, 1960 in Hartford; the son of Ralph A. DeGregorio and Barbara (Landau) DeGregorio of Canton. He graduated from Canton High School, Class of 1978 and began a 34 year career at Cape Cod Fence Co. in Canton. Ralph was an avid car show enthusiast with a passion for hot rods. He is remembered fondly for working with his two boys under the hood of his 1963 Chevy truck. He spent summers in Cape Cod, New Jersey, and Misquamicut, catching the finest fish while enjoying family vacations. Ralph would offer his hard-working hand to anyone and we will forever remember his kind heart. He was a selfless family man, with generosity that had no bounds. Ralph’s legacy will continue with the gift of life through tissue donation.

Besides his parents and his loving wife of 28 years, his is survived by his children, Anthony Francis, Page Marie and Darien Angelo; his sisters, Felicia and Terri; his brothers, Raymond and Gregory; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister, Veronica DeGregorio.

Friends called at the Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike, Canton on December 17. Graveside service were on December 18 at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Avon.
Please visit Ralph’s “Book of Memories” at for online condolences.


John R. Wesolowski: 10/21/1922 – 12/19/2012

John R. Wesolowski, Sr., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. He was the loving husband of the late Ella (Weingart) Wesolowski.

Born October 21, 1922 in Harwinton; the son of the late Frank and Josephine (Dudek) Wesolowski. John served in the United States Navy during World War II. He retired from the Torrington Company as a Tool and Die Maker. John was also a member of the South End Volunteer Fire Department and an active member in the New Hartford community. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed gardening and above all loved his family.

He is survived by his son, John Wesolowski, Jr., and wife Sally of Torrington; two daughters, Joyce Hinman and husband Richard and Donna MacDonald and husband Patrick, all of New Hartford; grandchildren, Scott and Alyssa Hinman and Gavin and Caleb MacDonald; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by siblings, Stella Abraham, Emma Durstin and Chester Wesolowski, Sr.

Friends may call on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Montano-Shea Funeral Home, 5 Steele Road, New Hartford from 9 AM – 11 AM. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at Immaculate Conception Church, New Hartford at 11:30 AM. Burial will be private at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Torrington with full Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: New Hartford Ambulance and/or Immaculate Conception Church. Visit an online guestbook at


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