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Alphonse J. Atspins

December 29, 1924 ~ January 10, 2022 (age 97)


Alphonse J. Atspins, “Al”, of Hebron, passed away on January 10, 2022 at Middlesex Hospital after a sudden illness.  He was 97 years old.  Born on December 29, 1924, in Lawrence, MA, he was the son of the late Povylas and Magdalene (Vaitiekunaite) Atstupenas.  Al met the love of his life, Rita Rectenwald at Fort Devens, MA, while they were both serving in the Army during WWII.  They would marry in 1946 and were inseparable for 75 years.  After the war, Al and Rita settled in East Hartford, CT where they raised their family and lived for 35 years.  They retired to Maine, Florida and later Hebron.  Al was a great cook and loved cooking for family and friends.  His talents were put to work in a labor of love as the Chef at Hartford Hospital for many years.  Al was a devoted husband and father as well as a devout member of Saint Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church.  He always enjoyed entertaining friends and family at his lake house in Maine, spending his summers taking his grandkids out on his boat, teaching them how to swim, fish, and play poker.  Known for his generosity, Al was always quick to help out his family, neighbors, and co-workers whenever someone needed a helping hand. He will be sadly missed but always remembered with love by his children, Carol Marchingiano and her partner, Bill Grabek of Colchester, Judith Petrofsky of Lebanon; grandchildren, Kristi Corporan of NC, Aaron Tupper and his wife Suzanne of Hebron, Jason Tupper and his wife Bree of Colchester and Bethany Petrofsky of VA; great grandchildren, Richard, Rebecca, Joshua, Dennis, Justin, Tyler, Zoey, Zachary and Sarah; great great grandchildren, Isabella, Madelyn, and Dillon; and numerous extended family members and friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sons in law, John Petrofsky and Dennis Tupper. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 21st at 11 am directly at St. Andrew Church 128 Norwich Avenue Colchester with full military honors following. In lieu of flowers, donations in Al’s memory may be made to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, at   The Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester has been entrusted with care of arrangements.  For online condolences, please visit 

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Mass of Christian Burial
January 21, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Andrew Church
128 Norwich Ave.
Colchester, CT 06415

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