Obituaries


Rev. Betsy Grace Blomfield

11/13/2017
The Rev. Betsy Grace Reed Blomfield, a long-time minister to children and youth, died peacefully at her home  in Westport on Monday, November 13, 2017. She was 76. The Rev. Blomfield served as Youth Minister at Olivet Congregational Church in Bridgeport from 1981 to 1988; Minister of Christian Education at Lordship Community Church in Stratford from 1978 to 1981; Minister of Christian Education at the United Congregational Church in Tolland in 1973 and 1974; and Minister of Christian Education ...

Rev. Hugh B. Penney

11/12/2017
The Rev. Hugh B. Penney, longtime pastor of South Church in New Britain and a pastor to other retired clergy, died Nov. 12, 2017, at his home in Cromwell, CT. He was 91. The Rev. Penney was ordained in 1953 and served churches in West Auburn, Maine; Chicago, Illinois; Andover and Holden, Massachusetts; before coming to New Britain, where he served South Church from 1964 to 1991. He was named Pastor Emeritus of South Church. Following retirement, The Rev. Penney became an Annuitant Visitor for...

Mr. Clyde Work

11/10/2017
The Connecticut Conference has received word of the death of Clyde Work. Mr. Work and his wife, Betsy, have been active lay leaders in the Conference for many years. A full obituary will be published when it is available. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 PM at the First Congregational Church of Guilford.

The Rev. Virginia R. Black

7/22/2017
SOUTH WINDSOR – The Rev. Virginia R. (Roger) Black, 90, of South Windsor, one of the United Church of Christ's first female ordained ministers to serve as an Intentional Interim Minister, died Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Brookdale South Windsor after a long illness. The Rev. Black was born in Waterbury, Sept. 20, 1926, daughter of the late David and Marion (Hill) Roger. She was raised and educated and lived most of her life in the Watertown area. She was a graduate of UConn and received her ...

The Rev. Dewey Frank Fagerburg, Jr.

7/14/2017
The Rev. Dewey Frank Fagerburg, Jr., 88, of Lincolnville, Maine, passed away on July 14, 2017. The Rev. Dewey graduated from Williams College in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and then went on to receive his Masters of Theology from Union Theological Seminary in 1954. He spent the majority of his career as a Pastor in Woodbridge, NJ; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH and Danbury, CT.  During the period from 1975 through 1985, the Rev. Fagerburg was a "tent maker", also doing work beyond parish ...

The Rev. Joseph O. Shaw

6/20/2017
The Rev. Joseph O. Shaw, Jr. 100, who served UCC churches in Stratford and Morris, CT, died on June 20, 2017. He was 100 years old.   Born February 16, 1917, Rev. Shaw grew up in Newark, New Jersey and graduated from Westside High School. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Rutgers University and his Master's degree in Psychology from New York University. He also earned his Bachelor's degree of Divinity from Rochester-Colgate School of Divinity and became an ordained minister at Frenchtown, ...

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 ...

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