Obituaries


The Rev. Donald R. Steinle

6/13/2017
The Rev. Donald R. Steinle, 77, former Executive Director of the Christian Activities Council in Hartford, passed away on June 13 at home surrounded by his family. The Rev. Steinle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, and earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1965 from Yale University. The next year he earned a Master's Degree in Divinity from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, where, from 1966-1970, he served as the H. Richard ...

The Rev. Vernon Lloyd Phelps

4/26/2017
The Rev. Vernon Lloyd Phelps, age 89, a long-time member of the Connecticut Conference's Public Education Advocacy Team, passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. The Rev. Phelps, of Cromwell, CT, was an integral part of the Connecticut Conference - he and his wife, Mary Phelps, attended many Annual Meetings as delegates and visitors. The Rev. Phelps was born on September 25, 1927, in Stafford Kansas, to the late Cora (Kent) Phelps and Alvin Phelps. At an early age...

The Rev. Russell A. Ayre

4/10/2017
The Rev. A. Russell Ayre, 92, Pastor Emeritus of the First Congregational Church of New Milford, died peacefully April 10, 2017, at his home in Village of Golf, FL. The Rev. Ayre was a 1951 graduate of Yale Divinity School. His first ministry post was at the Congregational Church in Derby, CT, which was followed by a stint in Mansfield, MA, The Rev. Ayre began his ministry in New Milford in 1957, and continued there until his retirement in 1989. During his tenure in New Milford, Rev. Ayre made...

The Rev. Dr. Harold C. Smith

3/21/2017
The Rev. Dr. Harold C. Smith The Rev. Dr. Harold C. Smith, who served as the voluntary senior pastor of the Unity Hill United Church of Christ in Trumbull, Conn. from 1958 to 2000, died in hospice on March 21. Also beginning in 1958, The Rev. Smith he worked with the YMCA Retirement Fund. He rose through the ranks of the organization to become president, CEO, and chief investment officer in 1983. According to an obituary published by the Fund, during his 17 years as president "the fund ...

The Rev. Dr. Evans F. Sealand Jr.

12/29/2016
The Reverend Dr. Evans F. Sealand, Jr., Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Canton Center Church for 35 years, died on Thursday, Dec. 29, at the age of 87.  The Rev. Sealand, of Simsbury, passed away peacefully at the John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington. The Canton Center church was his first and only full-time pastorate. He was ordained there into the United Church of Christ in 1959, and served until his retirement in 1994 when he was designated as Pastor Emeritus. During his ...

The Rev. Dr. Robert B. L. Singer, Jr.

11/25/2016
The Rev. Dr. Robert B. L. Singer Jr. died peacefully at home on November 25, 2016 at the age of 85.  He was surrounded by his family. He is survived by his two daughters, Mariam Elizabeth Singer Mroz of Fairhaven MA, and Deborah L. Singer Brewer of Hanover, MA; a sister, Marian H. Prescott of Exeter, NH; one sister-in-law, Barbara Singer of Avon, CT; two step-sons, John F. Goddard of Orlando, FL, and Stephen H. Goddard of Halifax, MA; a step-daughter, Carol G. Cameron of Mattapoisett, MA; plus ...

The Rev. Robert B. Fichter

11/25/2016
The Rev. Robert B. Fichter, age 95, of Hampton, Connecticut, died Nov. 25, 2016, during his sleep. He served several churches in the Connecticut Conference as pastor: from 1972 to 1976 in South Killingly,from 1976 to 1983 in Burlington, and from 1983 to 1994 in Scotland. He also served as a Pastoral Visitor in Columbia from 1994 - 2010. The Rev. Fichter was the husband of Angela H. Fichter,   He was born April 6, 1921 in Hamilton, Ohio, son of Joseph Fichter and Orveda (Beckett) Fichter.  He ...

The Rev. Dr. Donald H. Westerberg

11/3/2016
The Reverend Dr. Donald Howard Westerberg, of Roxbury, CT, passed away on Tuesday November 1, 2016 with his family by his side. Don was born on March 1, 1948 in Omaha, Nebraska, son of the late Howard A. and Edith C. Westerberg. Donald graduated from Omaha North High School and Hastings College. He received masters degrees from Yale University Divinity School and Iona College. He received a PhD from Union Institute & University. Donald married his high school sweetheart Bonnie Nelson on May 27,...

The Rev. Dr. Harold Field Worthley

10/21/2016
The Rev. Dr. Harold Worthley, 87, of Norton, MA and Cape Porpoise, ME, passed away on Friday, October 21st, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Milton following a few weeks of failing health. Dr. Worthley was director of the Congregational Library in Boston for nearly three decades, and a highly respected authority on the long history of this important American religious tradition. He was also a historian specializing in colonial New England church records. His degrees included BA and MA ...

The Rev. Mr. Newell Hill Curtis, Jr

10/1/2016
This obituary was provided by the Curtis family. The Rev. Newell Hill Curtis, Jr., 88, Pastor Emeritus at Center Congregational Church in Manchester, Connecticut, died October 1, 2016 surrounded by his loving wife Jane and their family. He was born March 21, 1928 in Montpelier, Vermont, the oldest of five children to Newell Hill Curtis, Sr. and Alice Pine Curtis. A beloved husband, father and grandfather, Newell was married for 65 years to Jane (Cook), who survives him. He also leaves behind ...

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