The Rev. Ernest Bengston Jr.

WINCHESTER CENTER – The Rev. Ernest L. Bengston, Jr., Pastor Emeritus of the Winchester Center Congregational Church, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2018 with his family by his side. He was 99. He was the loving husband of the late Charmion P. Bengston. Born July 1, 1918 in Manchester; the son of the late Ernest and E. Gertrude (Bockus) Bengston. Ernie served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict as a Chaplin.  He was a member of the Church of Christ in Norfolk. ...

The Rev. Dr. Gabriel J. Fackre

The Rev. Dr. Gabriel J. Fackre died in Oregon City, OR on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.  His wife Dorothy predeceased him on October 13, 2017.  He is survived by his five children: Bonnie, Gabrielle (and husband Thomas), Judith, Skye (and husband Christopher), and Kirk (and wife Alice); as well as eight grandchildren and their spouses: Ben (and wife Kristin), Gil (and wife Michelle), Acacia (and husband Michael), Cole, Kyr, Charlotte, Campbell, and Casey; and one great grandson Sawyer.   Dr. ...

The Rev. Mason Blair Ellison

The Rev. Mason Blair Ellison, who served in ministry for 50 years, died on Jan. 28, 2018.  He was 94. The Rev. Ellison was ordained on November 20, 1957 after having graduated from the New York Theological Seminary. He served as pastor at the Community Chapel of West Glens Falls, NY, Meriden (NH) Congregational Church, and Broadview Community Church in Hartford, CT.  He wrapped up a 50 year career in the ministry by serving as the Pastoral Care Minister at Immanuel Congregational Church in ...

The Rev. Patricia "Pat" Harwick

SHELBURNE, VT - The Rev. Patricia "Pat" Harwick, who served on the Connecticut Conference staff as Minister of Mission and Stewardship from 1983 to 1990, passed away on Jan. 27. She was 74. The Rev. Harwick began her professional career as a psychology instructor in a law enforcement program at the University of New Haven, but felt a calling to ministry. She completed an MS in Divinity at Yale, and her first calling following ordination was to the Connecticut Conference (her name was the Rev. ...

The Rev. Mr. Ralph Miller Cook, Jr.

The R​ev. Ralph Miller Cook, Jr., who served churches in Connecticut and Massachusetts, passed away on Jan. 25, 2018. He was 91. The Rev. Cook beloved husband of the late Janet E. (Fickinger) Cook, was born May 9, 1926 in Holyoke, MA the was the son of the late Ralph M. Cook, Sr. and Marion M. (Marshall) Cook. The Rev. Cook served his country during WWII with the U.S. Army Air Corps. He graduated from University of Maine, and was a chemical engineer for several years before going into ministry....

The Rev. Herbert O. Kelsey Jr.

The Rev. Herbert Olin Kelsey Jr. of Hartford, an ordained United Church of Christ pastor for 50 years, died on Dec. 10, 2017. He was 91.  The Rev. Kelsey graduated from Hartford Seminary with a Masters of Divinity in June of 1962 and was ordained on June 9, 1962, at the First Church of Hartland, CT.  During his 50 years as an ordained minister he served in churches in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Chingford, England, where he retired. He moved back to the states in 1996 ...

The Rev. Betsy Grace Blomfield

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 ...

The Rev. Hugh B. Penney

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

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

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 ...

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