Honor Donations

This page outlines the donations made in the honor and/or memory of a love one. On behalf of our families, we assure you that the donation will be used to expand the Habitat mission of affordable home ownership. May God comfort you during this time of loss.

Frances P. Brockett, 88, formerly of Granby died on Friday, August 17, 2018 at the Lutheran Home of Southbury. Born March 22, 1930 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Frances was the daughter of the late Charles and Ida Louise Pearson. After graduating Basset High School in Bridgeport, she did a second senior year in San Diego, California taking business courses and band. Frances earned a Bachelors in Psychology in 1952 and a Masters in Biochemistry in 1955 both from Mount Holyoke College. She studied for a year at UConn, where she met Robert I. Brockett in 1953, who she married a year later. Frances and Robert moved to Granby in 1954. While raising two sons and a daughter, she was an active church and choir member at the First Congregational Church. Frances also was an adult 4-H leader teaching sewing and an active Granby Grange member, holding various offices over the years. She worked five years as an aide to a legally blind student and a year as a classroom aide in the Hartland School. Frances became an active member of the Granville Quilt Guild in the 1990's and served for a time as the treasurer. She enjoyed reading most of her life as well as knitting and doing jigsaw puzzles more recently adding crossword puzzles and coloring to her entertainments. Frances moved to The Hearth of Southbury after 61 years in Granby with the last two years as a widow to be closer to her son in Roxbury. Frances is survived by her sister Florence P. Sharpe of Perry, Georgia; two sons, Robert O. Brockett of Windsor Locks and William E. Brockett and his wife Tina of Roxbury; a daughter Elizabeth (Betsy) Sanders and her husband Jesse of Millersville, PA; and four grandchildren, Abigail Sanders, Thomas Sanders, Charles Brockett and Timothy Brockett. Her husband of 59 years predeceased her in 2013. A funeral service will be held Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the First Congregational Church of Granby at 5:30. Private family interment will be held at the convenience of the family in Oak Hill Cemetery in Sterling, MA.


Richard Elton "Dick," "REB" Brown, 92, of South Windsor, beloved husband of the late Ann (Homer) Brown, died peacefully on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at The Residence at South Windsor Farms, surrounded by his family. Born on January 27, 1926, in St. Petersburg, FL, to the late Elton Shumway Brown and Josephine (Whiteside) Brown, he was raised and deeply rooted in West Virginia. There Richard's late stepmother, Nina Holt (White) Brown, became his much loved and admired mother. Richard served during WWII with the U.S. Navy and returned to study architecture at the University of Cincinnati on the G.I. Bill. As a young father, Richard moved his family to Connecticut, joining the Aetna home office in Hartford in 1960. A resident of South Windsor for over 55 years, Richard was a member of the Wapping Community Church, whose premises still feature fruits of his renowned handyman skills. Upon retirement, Richard was freed to dedicate time to his grandsons, the Hartford Habitat for Humanity, and his myriad projects and interests. An avid runner who became a passionate and observant walker later in life, Richard remained active in recreational volleyball league into his sixties and enjoyed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. His active lifestyle, keen wit, and often esoteric vocabulary inspired and entertained his family and friends, who looked forward to his precise and neatly handwritten correspondence. Richard was the devoted father of Richard Yonezuka-Brown (wife Anastasia) of Bridgewater, NJ, and Nancy Brown Wentzell (husband John) of Westborough, MA; beloved brother of Benjamin Brown and his late wife Margaret of Hollis, NH, and Robert Brown and his wife Jill of Parrish, FL; and adored grandfather of Peter B. Wentzell of Westborough, MA, and Jack E. Wentzell of Oviedo, FL. Richard was predeceased by his sister, Patricia Kortman. He also cherished his relationships with his many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends from each stage of his life. His family will receive friends on Sunday, August 12, 2018, from 3 – 6 p.m., at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Rd., South Windsor. A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 13, 2018, 11 a.m., at the Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Rd., South Windsor. A private burial will take place at Wapping Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1933, Hartford, CT 06144-1933 or Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Road, South Windsor, CT 06074. Please visit us at www.carmonfuneralhome.com for online condolences and guest book.