October 27, 2020

Death of Tyler Carnese of Old Lyme, 26, Announced; Son of Atty. Greg Carnese of Old Lyme and Atty. Dawn Hellier

OLD LYME, CT. — With the deepest sorrow, we announce that our beloved son, brother, family member, friend and bright spirit, Tyler Paul Carnese died suddenly in the early morning hours of Sunday, October 18, 2020 while at Yale New Haven Hospital from an extremely aggressive and undiagnosed form of leukemia with family by his side. Tyler was born on March 22, 1994 in New London, the son of Gregory P. Carnese and Dawn Hellier and younger brother of Christopher Ryan Carnese. He attended Old Lyme schools and was a graduate of Roger Williams University (“RWU”) in Bristol …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published today, Oct. 20, on DignityMemorial.com


Death of Katharine “Katie” Chelsea Barrila, 27, Announced; Granddaughter of Bob and Barbara Doyen of Old Lyme

NEW LONDON — Katharine “Katie” Chelsea Barrila, 27, of New London, died unexpectedly at her home Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Born Nov. 22, 1992, in Norwich, she was the daughter of Mark Barrila of Niantic and Michele Quinn of East Lyme …

… Katie is survived by her mother and her partner, Michele Quinn and Eric DeFronzo of East Lyme; father and stepmother Mark Barrila and Noelle Fox of Niantic; grandparents, Robert and Barbara Doyen of Old Lyme; …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Oct. 11 in The Day.


Death of Peter F. Mletschnig of Old Lyme Announced; Owner/Operator of Shore & Country Real Estate for 50+ Years, Army Colonel

OLD LYME – Peter Frederick Mletschnig, 79, of Old Lyme passed away Oct. 4 at home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born May 20, 1941, in Springfield, Mass., son of the late Frederick and Dorothy Mletschnig. He was the beloved husband of Joyce (Prior) Mletschnig.

Peter grew up at Hawk’s Nest Beach in Old Lyme. After graduating from Lyme-Old Lyme High School, he graduated from Mitchell College and New York University with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He continued business studies at Babson College.

Peter owned and operated the White Sands Beach Store in Old Lyme for several years and then opened Shore & Country Real Estate. He owned and operated Shore & Country for over 50 years specializing in the summer rental business. He entered the Army National Guard in the late 1960s and continued to serve in the Army Reserve for over 30 years, retiring as a colonel.

Peter was happiest on his sailboat, Salty, and cruised and raced her for 40 years. He and his family cruised Long Island Sound, Block Island Sound, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and up to Bar Harbor, Maine, and down to the Florida Keys. He raced with North Cove Yacht Club in Old Saybrook and the Off Soundings Club. Skiing was his other passion.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son and his wife, Kevin and Michele Simonds of Horsham, PA.; his daughter and her husband, Diane and Brian Wilson of Farmington; his son, John Mletschnig of Salt Lake City; and four grandchildren, Courtney, Ryan, Christopher and Ethan.

Graveside services were private at the Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme. Memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 98018, Washington, D. C. 20090-8018 or on the web at lls.org


Death of David Boyd Ward Jr. Announced; Brother of Hunter Ward Sr., Penny Smyth, Both of Lyme

ESSEX — David Boyd Ward Jr. of Essex, passed away at his home on Friday, September 4, 2020, the day after his 73rd birthday. David was born in Middletown, CT, on September 3, 1947, and was raised in Little Silver, NJ, through age 9, settling in Westbrook, CT, shortly after his father died in 1956 …

… A dedicated student of Impressionism, stirred especially by the work of the artists from the Old Lyme art colony, David began his journey en plein air oil painting, later working with the Lyme Art Association curating and hanging shows …

… He is survived by his son Justin Brant Ward and two grandsons, Race and Marston Ward of Alameda, CA; his brother Hunter Ward Sr. and his wife Cheryl Weaver Ward of Lyme; sister J. Penelope Ward Smyth and her husband Paul J. Smyth of Lyme; and brother Richard H. Lee Jr. and his wife Heidi Booth Lee of Deep River. David is also survived by his niece Kim Ward of Cornelius, NC; and nephews Hunter Ward Jr. (Christina) of Old Lyme; Austin Ward Dienst (Meghan) of Seattle; Richard Newton Lee (Samantha) of Dudley, MA; Seth Joseph Lee (Kimberlee) of Lyme; …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Oct. 11 in the Hartford Courant.


Death of Martin V. Finneran Sr. of Old Lyme Announced; Despite ‘Serious Medical Issues,’ He ‘Came Out a Hero, Stayed Strong Until the End’

OLD LYME – Martin V. Finneran Sr., 76, of Old Lyme passed away Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, at his home.

Martin “Butchie” was born Sept. 12, 1944, in New York City to Martin V. and Mary Catherine Finneran. He was the beloved husband of Anne Marie (Sullivan) Finneran for 57 years.

Martin spent most of his life in Manhattan and then retired to Old Lyme …

Martin is survived by his wife, Anne Marie Finneran of Old Lyme; children, Martin V. Finneran III and wife Sheila of New York, Commander Matthew J. Finneran and wife Margaret of Virginia, Annie Creagan and husband Tim of Old Lyme; …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Oct. 7 in The Day.


Death of Beverly M. Nickerson of Old Lyme Announced, Worked as Cook for LOL Schools for More Than 30 Years

Beverly M. Nickerson

OLD LYME – On Tuesday, September 29, 2020, loving wife, Mother, Nana and Great Nana, Beverly M. Nickerson, peacefully passed away while surrounded by family at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London.

Our beloved Beverly was born on October 10, 1935, in Old Lyme, CT. She was married to Harold J. Nickerson, with whom she had four sons, David, John, Peter and Paul. She would go on to have nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Amongst Beverly’s greatest joys were her family, the beach, sunshine and sand between her toes. She was a devoted mother, nana and great nana. A true matriarch of her family that brought laughter, smiles, quick wit and a listening ear wherever she went. You were guaranteed to find her set up at White Sands Beach or Hammonasset Beach during the summer. She was also very active in the Old Lyme community, having worked in the school system for over thirty years. She loved serving the children of the Lyme-Old Lyme School District, and took such pride in their achievements. She was known for her spirited personality, and joy of life. She was also known to wrangle a cow, her pony, or her grandkids when needed.

Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Nickerson, father William Mathiason and mother, Bessie King, brothers: William and Christian Mathiason, sisters: Elizabeth Dimock and Barbara Simmons. She is survived by her brother, Howard Mathiason, her four children: David and Robin Nickerson of Summerville, SC, John and Katherine Nickerson of Old Lyme, Peter and Kelly Nickerson of East Haddam, Paul and Amy Nickerson of Old Lyme, her grandchildren; Matthew Nickerson, Colleen Nickerson, Kourtney Nickerson-Flavahan, Jaymie Nickerson-Buckmaster, Samantha Nickerson-Linderman, Bailey Nickerson, Jessica Nickerson, Logan Nickerson, Emily Nickerson and two great-granddaughters, Claire Juniper Flavahan and June Beverly Buckmaster. She will be dearly missed.

Calling hours are Saturday, October 3, 2020 5-7pm at Fulton-Theroux in Old Lyme. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2020 at the Duck River Cemetery, by the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, at 2 o’clock p.m. When attending either service please wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. In honor of her wonderful life, flowers may be sent to 13 Beckwith Ln, Old Lyme, CT 06371 or please consider giving a donation in her honor to the Old Lyme Ambulance or the Old Lyme Fire Department.


Death Announced of Nancy MacVane Roche; Registrar of Voters for Lyme Democrats, Lyme Cemetery Commission Chair

LYME — Nancy MacVane Roche, 86, of Lyme, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at Essex Meadows Health Center  …

They moved back East to Old Lyme, and settled on Tantumorantum Road, where they lived for the last 54 years; a wonderful town and beautiful location to live and raise a family. They had three daughters, Lesley Allene Lowe, Lynn Ellen Roche (deceased) and Suzanne Elizabeth Morelli. They had no grandchildren, but lots of grand-doggies and kitties …

Nancy served as registrar of voters for the Democratic Party. Nancy was a longstanding member of the Lyme Garden Club. She was also the chairman of the Lyme Cemetery Commission for many years …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Sept. 27 on The Day.com.


Death of Virginia E. Card of Old Lyme Announced, ‘a Woman with a Compassionate, Soft, and Genuine Spirit’

OLD LYME – Virginia E. Card (Paul), 86, passed away Sept. 4, 2020, at her home in Old Lyme. She was born March 14, 1934, to Watson and Jennie Paul in Norwich. Virginia married Richard H. Card Oct. 12, 1957. They were together 60 years and had two daughters, Susan and Amee.

Virginia received her nursing degree from …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Sept. 23 on TheDay.com


Death of Patricia Bugbee of Old Lyme Announced; Lifelong Resident, ‘Beloved Fixture at LOL High School’ for 21 Years (Neviaser)

Patricia Ann Bugbee, 1953-2020.

OLD LYME — UPDATED 5:30pm: It is with deep sadness that we share news of the passing of Patricia Ann Bugbee.

“Ms. Bugbee,” as she was known to generations of Lyme-Old Lyme High Schoolers, will be deeply missed.

Asked his reaction to the news of Ms. Bugbee’s passing, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser responded to LymeLine.com, “Ms. Bugbee was a beloved fixture at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Her cheerful demeanor and great sense of humor were recognized by many in the 21 years she served our district. We extend our deepest condolences to her family.”

In our experience, Pat was a wonderful person, always going out of her way to help and comfort those in need. With her bright personality and sharp sense of humor, she brightened everyone’s day at the high school.

We at LymeLine.com also extend our deepest sympathies to all Pat’s family.

Her full obituary reads:

Patricia Ann Bugbee, 67, of Old Lyme passed away Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, at Shoreline Clinic.

Patricia was born at L+M Hospital March 10, 1953. She grew up in Old Lyme attending Elementary, Middle and High School. Upon graduation, she worked for Chesebrough-Ponds for over two decades. She took an early retirement from there, and after a few other careers, became the Administration Assistant to the Vice Principal at the Lyme-Old Lyme High School for over 21 years.

She will be sadly missed by her father Donald S. Bugbee Sr; brother Donald S. Bugbee Jr; son John Duddy and his wife Melinda; and son-in-law Edward Wysocki. Patricia’s grandchildren were the light of her life, Eric J. Wysocki, Alexandra M. Duddy, Kelly A. Wysocki and Elizabeth M. Duddy. She loved being their Nana. Patricia was surrounded by a very large family of cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles, and amazing lifelong friends and coworkers that were all loved by her. Patricia is predeceased by her mother Dorothy K. Bugbee; sister Deborah Rutty and daughter Heather Ann (Duddy) Wysocki.

She was a lifelong resident of Old Lyme and loved being a part of her community. She was seen out at band and chorus concerts, years of theatrical productions, many years of supporting the districts sporting events but especially volleyball and softball games and soccer matches in East Haven. She was known for her kindness, laugh, work ethic and her desire to help. Family and friends have reached out to her for recipes for all types of foods. She was called upon, for decades, to help many with her seamstress abilities. There are many quilts, blankets, prom and wedding dresses, dolls and needlepoint pieces with her heart sewn in each piece.

There will be a private viewing for family held Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Fulton Theroux Funeral Home at 13 Beckwith Lane, Old Lyme. There will a public burial service at 11 a.m. the same day, Sept. 26, at the Laysville Cemetery in Old Lyme, at the Intersection of Grassy Hill and Boston Post Road. Social distancing and Masks will be required. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a celebration of her life at some point in the future.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Heart Association or the Old Lyme Fire Department in her name.


Death Announced of Mary M. McGarry Cowan Announced, Sister of Tom McGarry of Old Lyme

COHASSET, MA —  Mary “Marmar” McGarry Cowan, age 85, longtime Cohasset resident, and beloved and devoted wife of over 64 years to Tom Cowan Sr.; loving mother of Tom (Carmel), the late Chris (El), and Kate McCormick (Dan); doting grandmother to Cara Bennett (Tim), Thomas (Alyssa), Connor, Julia (Mac Dolan), Luke Cowan, and Cowan, Zach and Maggie McCormick; loving sister to the late Jack McGarry of Waterford, CT and Tom McGarry of Old Lyme, CT; and loved by all her McGarry nieces. Mary was thrilled to become …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Sept. 18, in the Boston Globe.


Death Announced of Thomas W. Bump of Old Lyme; Lifelong Resident, Member of Last Class to Complete All 12 Grades in Center School

Thomas W. Bump, 1939-2020.

OLD LYME —Thomas W. Bump, 81, of Old Lyme passed away Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, at his home in Old Lyme. Mr. Bump was born Jan. 29, 1939, in Old Lyme to his late parents Francis and Anne Faherty Bump. He was the beloved husband of Elsie Bump, who passed away in January of this year.

Thomas is survived by his children: Robert Thompson, Cherie LeClaire and her husband Lee, Laura Zaks and her husband Billy, Heather Colli and her husband Mark, Bonnie Thompson, Elizabeth Rubitski and her husband David; as well as seven grandchildren: Robert Thompson and his wife Wendy, William Thompson, Nicole and Amber LeClair, Danielle Impelliterri, Tabatha and Sadie Rubitski; as well as seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brothers, John and Fred Bump.

Thomas was a lifelong resident of Old Lyme, having graduated in 1957, as part of the last class to complete all twelve grades from Center School. After serving on the U.S. naval aircraft carrier, USS Ranger, during the Vietnam War, Thomas returned home and worked as a mechanic for Saunders Garage. He met Elsie, the love of his life, at the Nautilus restaurant in 1968, and the two raised their six children together. Thomas was a very hard working, supportive and friendly man who will be remembered by many for his sense of humor and kindness. A volunteer with the Old Lyme EMS for over 30 years, Thomas served his community with honor and made many, many friends.

The family would like everyone to know that a celebration of both Thomas and Elsie’s life will be announced at a date in the future, when it is safe to do so and when the lives of these two wonderful people can be celebrated in the manner they so deserve. Fulton Theroux Funeral Service, 13 Beckwith Lane, Old Lyme, is handling arrangements for the family. Please visit www.fultontherouxoldlyme.com for tributes and more information.


Death Announced of Thomas (Tom) W. McConnell of Old Lyme, ‘a Man with an Outsized Personality’

Thomas (Tom) W. McConnell of Old Lyme, CT passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2020, at the age of 74, at his second home in Southport, NC. Tom was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather; a man with an outsized personality who commanded every room he walked into; a great friend who cultivated deep and lasting relationships everywhere he went; an avid sailor with salt water running through his veins; and a brilliant business leader. Tom was born in …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Aug. 21 in the Hartford Courant.


Death of Christine Ann (Thomas) Page Announced, Lived in Old Lyme Most of Her Life

OLD LYME –  Christine Ann (Thomas) Page was born Aug. 17, 1951, and passed away peacefully Sept. 6, 2020, at Harbor Village Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in New London. She lived in Old Lyme for most of her life. Welcoming her home are her two brothers, Mark Radziwon and Steven Thomas; along with her parents Jane and Robert Radziwon. She leaves behind two daughters, Amy Newman and Sarah Page; …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Sept. 13, on TheDay.com


Death of Richard Sagan Announced; Old Lyme’s Citizen of the Year in 1999, Past President of Federation of OL Beaches

RICHARD G. SAGAN, SR. passed away on September 3, 2020. He was 92 years old and the son of the late Charles and Christine Sagan. He was married to Elizabeth (Betty) Ferris Sagan for almost 70 years. With his brothers, he owned and operated the well renowned and popular Sagan Cafeteria in downtown Hartford for twenty years …

… He was a past president of The Federation of Old Lyme Beaches, served as a governor of the Point O’ Woods Association, past Harbor Master when the Harbor Commission was first formed, Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association, Republican Town Committee, Old Lyme Cemetery Association. In 1999, Mr. Sagan was selected and honored as Citizen of the Year in the Town of Old Lyme …

Editor’s Note: We worked with Mr. Sagan on several town projects. He was a kind, compassionate, and caring man full of good ideas and objective thinking. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family.

Visit this link to read Mr. Sagan’s full obituary published Sept. 6 in the Hartford Courant.


Death Announced of Ann Gordon of Old Lyme, She ‘Loved Her Food Hot and Her Jazz Cool’

OLD LYME – Ann Gordon of Old Lyme passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, due to complications from heart surgery. She was born in Los Angeles, Calif. March 6, 1934, to the late William Robert and Selena (Steuben) Jason. She met her husband, Ted Gordon, at a jazz appreciation class and married him at the age of 19. In their 67 years of marriage, they lived in Malibu, Calif., Vero Beach, Fla., Glastonbury, and Old Lyme.

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Sept. 2 on theday.com


Death Announced of Robert ‘Bobby’ Provera, Formerly of Old Lyme; Victim in Last Weekend’s Auto Accident

Robert Victor Enrico Provera, 41, of Glastonbury, formerly of Old Lyme and Newington, died Sunday, August 30, 2020 in Hartford Hospital as the result of an automobile accident. Robert, also known as Bobby, was born on November 6, 1978 in New London, the son of Robert Provera and Susan Biella Fontanella …

Bobby is survived by his son Anthony Robert Provera of New Britain, his daughter Olivia Sky Provera and her mother, his fiancée Silvia of Glastonbury, mother Susan Fontanella of Lyme, father Robert Provera of Florida, sisters Karin Rosen and her partner Keith of Old Lyme …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Sept. 2 on courant.com.


Death Announced of June Marilyn (Caplette) Moynihan, 87; ‘The Old Lyme, CT Shores Filled her Heart with Joy’

June Marilyn (Caplette) Moynihan, 87, of Holyoke, was called to heaven on Tuesday August 18, 2020. She was born in Springfield to Ray and Elizabeth (Stanley) Caplette on February 18, 1933 and was educated in the Springfield public schools. Growing up, she learned to tap dance, enjoyed Saturday horror movies, and fishing with her brothers. The Old Lyme, CT shores filled her heart with joy.  June volunteered at …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Aug. 21 in The Republican.


Death Announced of Kristen Jude (Gerthoffer) Woodmansee, 54, President of Old Lyme-based OHS Sleep Center Partners Since 2007

OLD SAYBROOK/OLD LYME — Kristen Jude (Gerthoffer) Woodmansee, 54, of Old Saybrook, passed away on August 16th after a 3 year battle with cancer. Kristen was born September 11, 1965 in Syracuse, NY, the youngest child of Bernard and Suzanne Gerthoffer. Kristen graduated from Bishop Grimes High School in Syracuse in 1983 …

Kristen worked as the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Old Lyme-based OHS Companies, including serving as President of OHS Sleep Center Partners LLC since 2007 …

Following her cancer diagnosis, her friend and employer Jack Spratt endowed a scholarship in Kristen’s honor in association with the oldest sailing educational program in the country (through the Mystic Seaport and aboard the schooner Brilliant). Fittingly, it was named “KRIS” for Kristen’s traits of Kindness, Respect, Integrity and Sincerity …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Aug. 20 on Courant.com.



Death of Capt. Francis (“Frank”) Laughlin Wadsworth Announced, Proud US Navy Submariner

OLD LYME — Capt. Francis (“Frank”) Laughlin Wadsworth, 90, a resident of Old Lyme, CT and Block Island, RI, passed peacefully in New London, CT on August 13th, 2020. A proud U.S. Navy submariner and a veteran of the Cold War, he was one of the early officers of the U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarine program. He served as an officer on numerous submarines, including the first nuclear powered submarine, USS Nautilus. He was the commander of both the USS Triton and the USS Theodore Roosevelt. He was also the commander of the U.S. Navy’s deep submersible program prior to his retirement. Capt. Wadsworth was a recipient of the Legion of Merit along with numerous other U.S. Navy commendations …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Aug. 20 on Courant.com.


Death of C. Daniel Wright Announced, Father of Catherine Wright of Old Lyme

OLD LYME — C. Daniel Wright, age 86, of Eaton, OH passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020 at Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton, OH. He was born June 1, 1934 in Union City, OH to the late Chet and Pauline Wright. Dan was a graduate of East Side High School in Union City, OH and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, OH …

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Sara Wright of Eaton, OH; daughter Catherine Wright (Debra Corning) of Old Lyme, CT; daughter Dana (Jeff) Baker of Eaton, OH; son Stuart (Janet) Wright of Muncie, IN; …

Visit this link to view the full obituary published Aug. 10, on Legacy.com.