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Born on June 27, 1923 in Syracuse, New York, she was the daughter of the late Emily I. and George C. Cooke and wife of the late Paul H. Sonleiter.
She graduated from Hillhouse HIgh School in 1942. A dedicated mother and homemaker, she loved cooking, listening to oldies music, and travel.
Most of all, though, from her childhood on, she committed herself to caring for animals.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steven P. Sonleiter and Angela K. Frusciante of Orange, her sister, Beverly Sanford of Melbourne, Florida, as well as a niece and two nephews and their families and, of course, five rescue cats and one dog.
There will be a private burial at Orange Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Milford/Orange Animal Shelter, 664 East Broadway, Milford, CT 06460.
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He was the husband of Mary C. (Dunne) Hart. Born in Hartford, CT he was the son of the late William and Mary (Donahue) Hart of West Hartford. Lou and Mary raised their family in Bristol having lived there for the past 54+ years.
He was a graduate of Hall High School in West Hartford, attended Trinity College before joining the U.S. Navy where he served during the Korean War on the USS Mindoro before earning an honorable discharge.
He was a devout man of faith, an avid sports fan, a great fisherman and a keen observer of life. He loved a good joke and cherished the time he spent with all of his family.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years and his five children, Brian F. Hart and his wife Gail of Overland Park, KS, Kevin J. Hart and his wife Gina of Orange, Gary E. Hart and his wife Gayla of Ft. Worth, TX, Sharon E. (Hart) Saravia and her husband Roger of Bristol, CT, and Sean P. Hart and his wife Wendy of Chester. He was very proud of his grandchildren; Courtney, Connor, Cameron, Chelsea, Michael, Colin, Kathryn, Olivia, Victoria, Marcos, Grace and Sarah. His brother Dr. William E. Hart and a grandson, Brennan Patrick, predeceased him.
He leaves behind his two sisters, Marjorie (Hart) Conley and Elaine (Hart) Burke.
Lou was a member of the CT. Historical Society, American Legion Post 2 and Korean War Veterans Association based in Bristol, CT.
All services will be private per Lou’s simple request.
The family wishes to say a special thank you to the amazing staff of St. Francis Hospital for their exceptional care and comfort, God Bless you all.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lou’s memory may be made to the Korean Veterans Association, c/o Jim Bousqut, 17 Collier Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010.
Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.molloyfuneralhome.com