Obituaries


The Rev. Dr. Mary Louise Howson

10/13/2019
The Rev. Dr. Mary Louise (MaryLou) Howson passed away on October 13, 2019 at the age of 73 following a stroke. MaryLou is survived by her husband James Howson, her brother Ken Thorn, and her son James Howson, III. She had three grandchildren: Isaac, Elijah and Ava.   MaryLou earned degrees from Mt. Holyoke, Wesleyan, Yale Divinity School and Columbia Theological Seminary, where she earn her Doctor of Ministry. She was ordained in 1983. She served churches in Ridgefield, Bethany, Danbury, and ...

The Rev. Edwin O. Ayala

9/23/2019
The Rev. Edwin O. Ayala, who led Latinx congregations of the United Church of Christ in Connecticut, served on the denomination's national staff, and headed an ecumenical agency in Hartford, died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 23. He was 71. "Edwin was an outstanding leader in the United Church of Christ," said the Rev. Kent Siladi, Conference Minister of the Connecticut Conference. "A fierce advocate for justice, a pastor with a big heart, an engaging and compelling preacher, he left a lasting ...

The Rev. Mr. Jim Rabb

9/17/2019
The Rev. Jim Rabb, who served churches in Hanover and Lisbon, CT, and Wareham, MA, in the 1970s, died on September 17, 2019 after a short hospice stay. A memorial service will be planned for later in the autumn. The Rev. Rabb was active in the Southwest Conference - his obituary can be found on that Conference website.    

The Rev. Dr. Harry L. Peatt

5/17/2019
The Rev. Dr. Harry L. Peatt died peacefully at River Glen Health Care Center in Southbury, CT on May 14, 2019 after losing a battle with cancer. He was 79 years old. After graduating from Stamford High School, The Rev. Peatt attended UConn, Southern Methodist University, Yale University, Andover-Newton Theological School, and the Herbert Holt Institute for Psychotherapy, pursuing a dual vocational career as a minister and as a licensed clinical mental health counselor. The Rev. Peatt served as...

The Rev. John Twiname

3/12/2019
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The Rev. John Twinam, Minister Emeritus of Green's Farms Church in Westport, CT, died with his family by his side on March 12. he was 87. Details will be posted as they become available.   

The Rev. Mr. Edward A. Walker

3/11/2019
The Rev. Mr. Edward A. Walker, died on Monday, March 11, 2019 at his home in Dennis, MA with his caregivers and friends by his side.  He was predeceased by his wife Barbara P. (Wynot) Walker, and is survived by his sister Ethel Leonard of Peabody; several nieces and nephews and many, many friends and colleagues. He graduated from Gordon College and Andover Newton Theological School and was ordained in 1947.  In 1948, he served as Minister of Christian Education at South Congregational Church in...

The Rev. Wallace Anderson Jr.

3/11/2019
Published in The Day on Mar. 21, 2019 The Rev. Wallace W. Anderson Jr., pastor at the Second Congregational Church of New London from 1981 to 1993, died early Monday morning Mar. 11, 2019, of natural causes at the Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson, Maryland. He was 89 and had lived in the Baltimore area since 1997. In his work in New London from 1981 to 1993, the Rev. Anderson showed a deep care for his parishioners, a heartfelt adherence to the values of his faith and a passionate ...

The Rev. Gordon Charles Johnson

2/25/2019
Plainfield, CT - The Rev. Gordon C. Johnson, Pastor Emeritus of the Plainfield Congregational Church and Central Village Congregational Church for 32 years, passed away February 25th, 2019, at the age of 84. The Rev. Johnson was involved in the formation of the Project PIN Food bank in Plainfield, was one of the founding board members of the Westfield Village Elderly Housing in Danielson, and participated as spiritual support for patients in Hospice care. His spiritual leadership, his guidance,...

The Rev. Marjorie Hall Davis

2/24/2019
The Rev. Marjorie Hall Davis, 86, of Granby, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 24, 2019, surrounded by her family at her home. Following a career in neurochemistry, The Rev. Davis attended Hartford Seminary and Yale Divinity School and received her M. Div. from Yale and was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1986. She worked for over 20 years as an Interim Minister in the Hartford area and as a pastoral counselor at the Pastoral Counseling Center of West Hartford. Her love of ...

The Rev. Samuel Nathaniel Slie

2/12/2019
A service celebrating the life of The Rev. Dr. Samuel Nathaniel Slie will be held Saturday, March 23, at 12:30 PM, in Battell Chapel, in New Haven, where for decades he served as Associate Pastor of The Church of Christ in Yale University. A much beloved pastor, a friend to thousands, and a beacon for interfaith cooperative ministry, Sam died peacefully at the age of 93. The son of Annie Brown Slie and Robert E. Slie, Sam grew up in New Haven’s Oak Street neighborhood, which he recalled fondly ...

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