Ordering through the funeral home helps ensure your order will be placed through a local flower shop with whom the funeral home has a personal and trusting relationship with. Through this service, you will be able to leave a longer message of support to the family via a card with the picture of your selection that will be included with your thoughtful gesture. As well as a photo of your arrangement and message will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender, allowing you the opportunity to choose a different arrangement if you wish.
The price of these selections also include the funeral home caring for the flowers after the funeral and delivering them to the family, or various care facilities where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.
The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.
In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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We are proud to provide this service allowing friends and family to donate to any registered charity throughout North America. You will receive an official tax receipt immediately via email and your thoughtful gesture will remain on this memorial website in perpetuity.
The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.
This memorial currently does not have financial support enabled.
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Umberto “George” Balsamo, 80, of Enfield, died peacefully on Friday, August 23, 2013, at his home after a courageously fought battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), surrounded by his loving family. Umberto was born on November 12, 1932 in Naples, Italy and has been an Enfield resident for nearly 50 years, though he always held Naples, Italy near and dear to his heart. Umberto had worked at Westvaco, formerly U.S. Envelope, for 18 years and was the owner of Agawam Shoe Repair (Mass.) and George’s Shoe Repair (Enfield). A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, Umberto was devoted to his family and his shoe repair business. In addition, his pastimes included the love of his vegetable garden that he looked forward to every year, and walking his little four-legged companion, “Tella.” Umberto is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years Matilde (Barba) Balsamo, who never left his side during his battle with ALS; his children, Anna Balsamo and her fiancé, Kerry Harris of Enfield, Guy Balsamo and his wife, Katherine of Suffield, Ester Balsamo of Enfield, and Frank Balsamo and girlfriend Kelly Champagne of Enfield; three wonderful grandchildren who LOVED "Nonno George" tremendously, Isabella Harris, Johnny Balsamo and Juliana Balsamo; two sisters, Ida Pascucci and her husband, Reno of Italy, and Ida De Lucia of Italy; his brother, Francesco Balsamo and his wife, Anna of Italy; three sisters-in-law, Maria, Flora and Teresa Barba of Canada, along with many nieces and nephews locally and in Canada and Italy. Umberto is predeceased by his sisters, Anna Giobbe and Maria Oligino of Italy. Umberto’s family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, August 30, 2013 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, 43 Shaker Road, Enfield, CT 06082. Family and friends will gather on Saturday, August 31, 2013 by 9:15 a.m. at Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, 43 Shaker Road, Enfield, CT 06082, for a procession to St. Patrick Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Umberto's family would like to extend a special thanks to his doctor, Dr. Kevin Felice and his team at Hospital for Special Care, as well as his personal nurse, Lisa Spencer and her team at Masonicare Partners. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association of Connecticut, 4 Oxford Rd, Milford, CT 06460 or Hospital for Special Care, 2150 Corbin Ave. New Britain, CT 06053.
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