Eleanor O. Carter
Eleanor O. Carter, born in Akron, Ohio January 27, 1927 passed away peacefully in Birchwood, Minnesota at her daughter Lori’s on May 17, 2020. She was the daughter of Howard Arthur Roberts and Hazel May. She is predeceased by her loving husband Bob in 2003 and her little sister Patricia Ann in 1932. She left Ohio as a teenager and moved to West Haven, Connecticut where she lived most of her life! Six years ago she moved to Massachusetts to a little cottage on a lake to be closer to her family. She is survived by her dear sister Lois Gauruder of Punta Gorda, FL, her son Bob, daughter-in-law Judy and their three daughters Amy, Jennifer & Sarah and their spouses Bobby, Colin and Mike. Also, her daughter Lynn and husband Howard and their two sons James and Jason of Massachusetts. She had 11 great grandchildren! Avery, Emerson, Ian, Caroline, Aaron, Jaydon, Gavin, Mason, Brodie, Beau & Rowan whom she adored!
In the early 1950s Eleanor saw a miniature golf course pictured on the cover of Life magazine and thought it would be a great idea to open one. Along with her husband Bob, they not only opened one but built one by themselves. After that endeavor, they built a trampoline center and eventually opened Carter’s decorative trends (A furniture and decorating business) in 1958 on Campbell Avenue in West Haven. They eventually moved the business as it grew to Orange where they also moved to.
Eleanor truly lived life fully with her husband and family with grace, calmness and an incredible wit. She was truly a beautiful gem! With much love and grateful hearts until we meet again “somewhere over the rainbow!”
Our family would be pleased with any donations to the Fairview Health Services and Hospice, 11725 Stinson Avenue, Chicago, MN 55013.
Keenan Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. To leave an online condolence or tribute, please visit www.keenanfuneralhome.com.
Dennis William Archibald
Dennis William Archibald, 68, a resident of Saint John Paul II Center in Danbury (former resident of Rockland, MA and West Haven), passed peacefully into eternal glory on May 18 ,2020.
He is survived by a sister, Joanne Archibald of Danbury, brother, Bruce Archibald of Brockton, MA; nephew, Daniel Spring of Naugatuck; niece, Heather Spring of Antioch, TN and several cousins in the Boston and New England area.
Dennis was born in Brockton, MA, the son of William S. Archibald and Dorothy M. (Freni) Archibald. At the age of 9, he moved to West Haven, CT with his family, to follow his father’s railroad career in New Haven.
Dennis attended schools in West Haven and graduated from West Haven High School in 1970. He played flute in the West Haven Blue Devils Marching Band and enjoyed playing accordion at home and in concerts. The Boy Scout organization was very important to Dennis and he spent many years earning badges and attending activities at Camp Sequassen in New Hartford, CT. Dennis was confirmed at First Congregational Church in West Haven and went on to become a regular usher at services there. He worked at El Torito in West Haven, CT, doing food preparation, for several years.
In 1977 Dennis moved to Rockland, MA where he was active as an usher at the Congregational Church, enjoyed bowling activities and worked at Stop & Shop until he retired, due to health issues. Dennis was an avid sports fan and could quote statistics for Red Sox, Patriot, Celtic and Bruins players. He enjoyed working outdoors in the yard, whether it be raking leaves or shoveling snow. He always enjoyed a good card game and loved playing board games and watching sporting events. One of the highlights of his last years of life was to visit Gillette Stadium and meet some of the New England Patriots players in person.
In 2017 Dennis moved from Webster Park Rehabilitation Center in Rockland, MA to the Saint John Paul II Center in Danbury, CT to be closer to his sister and her children.
Dennis always had a love for music (especially country music) and would create his own short songs on the spot whenever celebrating birthdays and other occasions with his family. He loved to sing and had a great memory for lyrics. His sweet and caring spirit will be missed by his family.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Dennis’ memory can be made to Heifer International, an organization which provides livestock, agricultural training and food to countries around the world in hopes of ending hunger and poverty.