Obituaries


The Rev. Dr. Kenneth W. Taylor

8/11/2018
Obituary provided by the family.  Kenneth Warwick Taylor, 88, a leader in advancing LGBTQ rights within the United Church of Christ in Connecticut and nationally, passed away peacefully at Seabury Hospice in Bloomfield on August 11, 2018 with his extended and loving family by his side.  Ken was born on October 15, 1929 at the Women’s Lying-In Hospital in New York City.  By the third grade, he preferred to say he was born at Yankee Stadium.  Son of the late Walter and Ruth Marie (Smith) ...

The Rev. Michael Zeman

7/18/2018
The Rev. Michael Zeman age, 67, the dynamic and beloved Minister Emeritus of Talmadge Hill Community Church in Darien, died on July 18. "Mich" served as Associate Pastor and led for many years the youth ministry at Norfield Church in Weston.  As the Pastor of Talmadge Hill Community Church from 1995 until his retirement in 2018, Mich and his colleagues transformed a very small congregation into a thriving, service-focused community with a mission, "To Know the Love of God and Share It". He is ...

The Rev. Dr. Lynn Wyman Anderson

7/1/2018
The Rev. Dr. Lynn Wymann Anderson, recently of Holyoke, Massachusetts and former interim pastor in Connecticut, pass away on July 1. Lynn was the father of Rev. Eric Anderson, pastor of Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo, HA, and former Associate Conference Minister for Proclamation, Identity, and Communication for the Connecticut Conference.   Lynn is survived by his wife Shirley Anderson, his son Eric, his son Christopher and daughter-in-law Linda Reeder of New Haven, CT; two grandchildren, ...

The Rev. Sidat Balgobin

6/21/2018
The Rev. Sidat Balgobin, a retired pastor from Park Congregational Church in Norwich, passed away on Thursday, June 21. Rev. Balgobin has been a contributing author since the very beginning of the Spirited Wednesday and Starting with Scripture devotionals that are posted on the Connecticut Conference website. His writings can be found here. "He brought an infectious optimism to his writing," said News and Media Editor Drew Page. "His contribution will truly be missed." Funeral arrangements ...

The Rev. Jesse Glick, Jr.

4/29/2018
The Rev. Jesse Glick, Jr. passed away peacefully and unexpectedly at his home on April 29. He had served as sabbatical pastor at First Congregational Church of Portland, where he and his wife, Eloise are members, and at the UCC Church in Chester. The Rev. Glick spent his life working and advocating for peace and justice issues often with non-profit organizations. He was the tri-state regional director of Church World Service, which brought him to Middletown, Connecticut. In his role at CWS, ...

The Rev. Dr. Charles John Duey, Sr.

3/7/2018
The Rev. Dr. Charles John Duey, Sr., who served as pastor of the Covenant Congregational Church of West Hartford for 20 years beginning in 1967, died on March 7, 2018. He was 89. The Rev. Duey, better known as Chuck, is survived by his wife, Eleanor (Johnson) Peterson Duey. They were married for 40 years and lived in West Hartford, Newington, and most recently, among friends and colleagues at Covenant Village of Cromwell, Connecticut. Chuck was previously married to Alice E. Lindquist, from ...

The Rev. Mr. Jeffrey T. Belcher

2/21/2018
The Rev. Jeffrey T. “Jeff” Belcher of Rockland, Maine - who served UCC churches in Connecticut and Massachusetts - died on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. He was 78. The Rev Belcher  worked at United Shoe Company before entering Bangor Theological Seminary where he got his Masters of Divinity. While finishing his work there he held the pulpits at the Orrs and Bailey Islands and United Church of Christ congregations in Maine. In 1969, he took the Associate Pastorate at the First Church of Christ ...

The Rev. Ernest Bengston Jr.

2/10/2018
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

1/31/2018
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

1/28/2018
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 ...

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