Obituaries: Irene Ashton

Irene (Tanski) Ashton, 92, lifelong Terryville resident, widow of Henry J. Ashton, passed away Sunday, August 7, 2016 at Bristol Hospital.


Irene was born June 17, 1924, in Bristol, CT, daughter of the late Adam and Ceslawa (Smolinski) Tanski. For many years, Irene and her brother, Frank, were co-owners of Tanski’s Market in Terryville, and she later worked for CCOG Medical Group, retiring in 2008. She was a parishioner of St. Casimir Church in Terryville.


Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family, including her children, Donald Ashton and his wife Rev. Dr. Carol Ashton of West Bridgewater, MA, Paul Ashton and his wife Cindy of Plymouth, Nancy O’Donnell and her husband Jim of Terryville; 11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and her beloved dog Sophie. She was predeceased by her brothers Bill and Frank Tanski and her sister, Helen Chmieleski, and is survived by her sister-in-law, Ginger Krajewski.


Mass will be held Thursday, August 11, at St. Casimir Church at 10 a.m., followed by burial at St. Mary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Scott Funeral Home (, 169 Main St., Terryville, Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital (

Ashton, Irene