In 1961, Mrs. Stefon was elected to the position of town clerk in the Town of Sprague, a post she held for 34 years. In addition, she was the town treasurer from 1961 until 1977. She always went above and beyond the call of duty in her job, setting up mock elections for the schoolchildren, bringing home fishing licenses for any fisherman needing one at five a.m. on opening day, opening her office late at night and on Saturdays for those townspeople who could not get in during regular hours and always having a supply of lollipops for the kids who came into the town hall.
Toni had a great sense of humor, which all her children inherited. She spent countless hours laughing till she cried with her three sisters. She loved to travel, and visited Italy, Mexico, the Carribean and the United States. She was an enthusiastic beach goer and loved basking in the sun at Eastern Point Beach with her friends and relatives. She was an avid reader, movie goer and enjoyed crocheting with her friends. She never missed an episode of the TV shows Jeopardy or Perry Mason.
Born Aug. 30, 1922, in New London to Polish immigrants, Anna Melnicki and Stephen Pukas, he was the little boy who spoke only Polish until kindergarten, the teenager who had perfect attendance in high school, and passed shop class with flying colors. He already had first-hand experience on jobs with his dad.
Joe sailed on the Thames River in his homemade sailboat and served with the Seabees in the South Pacific from 1943 to 1946.
He was the shy guy who took two years to kiss Mildred White who he married on July 1, 1950, at St Mary's Catholic Church in New London.
An avid traveler, Wilma's adventures took her throughout Africa, as well as Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Cambodia, Canada, China, Curacao, Denmark, Egypt, England, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Martinique, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scandinavia, South America, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Yugoslavia and throughout the United States.
"From this home, which she loved, pasture in front, creek in back, she guided her family with style and wit. She welcomed good-hearted visitors from all backgrounds, even an occasional politician. She taught generosity and compassion, and made wonderful life long friends. Kathy was fond of all children and babies, and she favored underdogs and long shots."
Her greatest passion was helping children succeed. She was devoted to helping them learn to read with patient coaching. After retiring from teaching, it was her grandchildren who then reaped the benefits of her talents and love. She also made the best tuna fish sandwiches ever!
In addition to all this, he was a trailblazer, engineer, hiker, biker, scholar, facilitator, inventor, Mensan, technician, electrician, plumber, guide, reader, leader, thinker, tinker, computer wizard (questionably), Odyssey of the Mind Judge, early member of the Crusillio movement, environmentalist, and all around really good guy. He also loved his chainsaw.
She managed a few semesters before realizing what a terrible mistake she had made. Miss McGarr quit full time study, but stayed at the seminary to work as a staff member and attend classes part time. This enabled her to remain a part of the seminary community she enjoyed so much while still quitting something. Quitting was an activity she had come to love and would enjoy for the rest of her life.
Here it is. I'm dead, and this is my last post to my blog. In advance, I asked that once my body finally shut down from the punishments of my cancer, then my family and friends publish this prepared message I wrote—the first part of the process of turning this from an active website to an archive.
He really enjoyed writing and published a book, "Right as Reignin 2004." Christopher was a music trivia buff and enjoyed old horror movies. He was a New York sports and Stonington High School football fan. He appreciated nature and the outdoors and took good care of his back yard birds.