OBITUARY

Theresa H. Kane

June 4, 1930January 5, 2021

Theresa H. Kane

Niantic- Theresa H. Kane, longtime resident of Fitchville (Bozrah), passed away peacefully at home on January 5, 2021 at the age of 90. She was born and raised in Fitchville, one of eight children of the late Peter Homiski and Anna Brodjek Homiski.

At the early age of 12, she began working in the grocery store in Fitchville after school and continued to work at the store on and off throughout her life for 3 different owners until her retirement. Theresa had a special place in the hearts of the townspeople. She became very well known and customers always appreciated her friendly smile and willingness to assist them.

Theresa was always mindful of the needs of others. She would visit many of the elderly people in town and bring them flowers or vegetables from her garden. Often times when she had a medical appointment, she would bring the staff a dozen donuts or a bouquet of flowers. She will be profoundly missed by her family and friends and will always be remembered for her loving acts of kindness.

On January 3, 1951 Theresa married the love of her life, William A. Kane, Jr. They purchased a home in the Fitchville village where they lived for 65 years until William's death in 2016. Theresa and Bill took great pride in their home and could be found most weekends doing yard work and planting and cultivating gardens. Theresa and Bill also loved to travel and they visited all of the 50 states, each of the Canadian provinces and several countries in Europe.

Theresa was always willing to serve her community in any way she could. She was a longtime member of the Bozrah Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was also a dedicated member of St. John's Rosary Altar Society. For many years she volunteered her time cleaning and ironing the church linens and working at the annual church bazaars. Theresa would always make time to generously donate her blood to the American Red Cross.

Theresa loved to bowl and won many awards for her accomplishments. She participated in several bowling leagues over the years and was a very dedicated league secretary. She recorded all of the stats for the league but she went above and beyond her assigned duties and would give out little prizes each week to team members for their individual achievements.

Theresa is survived by her three children: Kathleen Kane Arpin (Andy) of Niantic, William A. Kane Ill (Susan) of Mystic, and Beverly Anne Braus of Bozrah; 8 grandchildren, 9 great ¬grandchildren, two brothers Joe Homiski and John Homiski, one sister Genevieve Hill, numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends and neighbors in her hometown and church community. She was predeceased by her siblings Frank Chojnicki, Archie Homiski, Stella Stanley, and Ida Newsome.

There will be a Funeral Mass on Saturday January 9, 2021 at 9:00 A.M. in Sacred Heart Church in Norwichtown. Entombment will immediately follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Norwich. Church and Allen Funeral Home of Norwich is entrusted with arrangements. Please visit www.churchandallen.com to leave an online tribute or condolence.

Services

  • A Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, January 9, 2021

  • Entombment

    Saturday, January 9, 2021

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Billy Kane

January 13, 2021

This is definitely a tough one... I’m not sure words can express the type of quality woman my grandmother was. The endless acts of kindness she would do for people and our family speaks volumes on how to live your live the right way... My grandmother always made sure my grandfather was taken care of. Together, they had the ultimate friendship and marriage that we all dream about. From trips around the world to visiting every state in the USA, always together as one. This is the only reason why I’m at peace right now, just knowing she will be reunited with her best friend... I can see the smile on her face when Boppa welcomes her with open arms... Thank you for the endless nights as a kid watching TJ Hooker and for always allowing us to yell at the tv watching the Yankee and Celtics games.. Thank you for always listening, giving wisdom and guidance to me... Thank you for being such a strong woman... Oh and thank you for the spaghetti sauce recipe 😉 that Aunt Kathy is going to give me.... Last, I definitely won’t miss you dunking my head in the bathtub as a kid to make sure I washed my hair and cleaned behind my ears, I still have flashbacks 😮...
I love you so much Gamma, enjoy the next chapter in Heaven with Boppa make sure to tell him we love and miss him..
Love, Billy, Willy, Zachary, and Ashley

Billy Kane

January 10, 2021

I have dreaded this day for a long time.
The world has change so dramatically over the last 10 years. People have regressed in their kindness and willingness to treat others as they would like to be treated. Instead, they are quick to criticize, quick to judge, quick to hate, quick to condemn, quick to forget the sacrifices of those who lived before them. They are quick to tell you what you think or feel and lash out with incredible vitriol should you have a different point of view than they do. It's "give me what I want", "respect me, me, me" and "win at all cost". God and honour are quickly disappearing from the world.
My Mom was not unlike most of your Moms. Selfless and mindful of her family and neighbors, sometimes to a fault. My Mom was also very quick. But she was quick to listen, rather than speak. She was quick to help, quick to love, quick to encourage, quick to show compassion. She was quick to put others ahead of herself. She never complained about growing up poor, instead, she focused on always working to improve our lot in life. She was always quick to push me to do what I didn't necessarily want to do, but what I needed to do in order to become a better version of myself. She led by unpretentious example. She was quick to embrace and support her God, church and community.
I have seen my Mom's selfless soul in my sister Kathe, who put her life on hold for the last 8 years to live and care for both of my parents every single one of their final days on this earth. My Mom's giving spirit and compassion lives on, through Kathe. For that, my love and admiration for my Mom and my sister will continue to grow more and more each day. I could never thank them enough.
Thank you for everyone who came to the limited funeral services we were forced to endure due to the Covid restrictions, as well as everyone else who reached out. God bless you all.

Pete Brigham

January 10, 2021

Jaime

We wanted to pass along our condolences to your family and especially you on the passing of your grandmother.

I do remember from some of the stories you told me about her was that she was a great lady and you loved her very much. It appears that she had a very fulfilling and wonderful life.

Take care,

Pete & Maureen.

Deborah Zglobis

January 8, 2021

As a child living in Fitchville I just remember how beautiful she was and her smile. So sorry for your families loss.

Sarah Avery

January 8, 2021


Dear Gamma,

I have been privileged, as the oldest grandchild, to have you in my life and the honor of creating your nickname 46 years ago. As a baby, I couldn't pronounce "Grandma" but I could say "Gamma" and from that moment the name stayed. You wanted to be called "Gamma" even when the grandkids were old enough to say otherwise . Everyone seemed to call you Gamma… extended family, friends, and neighbors.

You have been a second mother to me teaching life's lessons of love, generosity, and resourcefulness. Over the years "Gamma inventions" was a coined phrase that referred to homemade storage containers out of the most peculiar materials or techniques you used to repair things. "Use what you have!" A motto that helped me while living on the horse farm.

I think the gifts and memories I will treasure the most will be the times we had together while I was growing up. Flashbacks of memories swirl around in my mind such as walking the "horseshoe", tossing pebbles into the river, feeding the backyard birds and hanging laundry, watching you iron the church linens, decorating the Christmas tree with tinsel, cooking in the kitchen, playing in the basement while you were sewing or upstairs watching your "stories", backyard Easter egg hunts (with LEGG pantyhose "eggs" stuffed with surprises) and of course picking yellow flowers. Now, I know you technically meant for me to pick the yellow dandelions but instead I picked ALL of your yellow daffodils when I was very young. I have been giving you bouquets of yellow flowers as an adult over the years to make up for it!

Rest in peace Gamma. I know the angels are bringing you to Boppa in heaven. You have missed him for so long. I know you will be another guardian angel watching over your family and giving us signs showing you are always with us. Forever, both you and Boppa will be in my heart. I love you.

Love, Sarah


Denise Hanner

January 8, 2021

Dearest Bill and Sue,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved mom. I am sure that she was a remarkable lady, after all she raised a remarkable family! I wish you love and peace. May the precious memories you have fulfill you at this very difficult time and carry you through. With love, Denise and Greg Hanner

Rob Lenehan

January 7, 2021

Dear Kathy, Billy and Beverly, my sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom. The Kanes and the Lenehans, what great neighbors and friends! Your parents were certainly at the heart of many good times I enjoyed growing up in Fitchville. It was always great fun to see them whenever I came back as well. Tim and I played a lot of baseball and basketball with your Dad and charged a lot of record albums on Bernie's "account" at Johnson's store, signed off by a wink and a smile from your Mom. They weren't just parents of you guys to us; they were both our friends as well. Theresa was classy, friendly, gracious, and a bit "no-nonsense" as well, but a great friend of our parents and of Tim and me. We will miss her! Know we cared for her very much and we send you our profound sympathy on your loss. Sincerely, Rob Lenehan

Jaime Faison

January 7, 2021

My beautiful lovely grandmother. My heart is broken right now. You were the best grandmother in the world I can’t even think of anything less to say about you !!! You’ve looked out for me and my children tremendously through out the years and I will forever be great full!!!! You are now United with the love of your life which makes this bitter sweet. I love and miss you so much but glad your not in pain no longer. You will forever be my number 1 lady!!!!

Meg Soulas

January 7, 2021

I was very sorry to read of your mother’s passing this morning. She always brought smiles and laughter where ever she went. I will remember her with great fondness. My condolences to all.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY