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Obituary of Francis Vail – Stafford Springs, CT

VAIL, Francis Francis “Jim” Vail, 88, of Stafford Springs, CT, died Wednesday (February 24, 2010) at Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT. He was born in Stafford Springs, CT, son of the late James M. and Flora (Rabideau) Vail. Jim was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and retired as an architectural draftsman. He was a member of St. Edward Parish, the Italian Benefit Society, Strazza, Tonoli-Emhoff Post No. 26 American Legion and the Stafford Senior Center. Jim was instrumental in the organization of Stafford Little League, where he coached the Owls for ten years. He also coached Stafford Midget Basketball for several years. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Edith (Hatt) Vail of Stafford Springs, CT; four children, Brian Vail and his wife, Cheryl, of Stafford Springs, CT, Kevin Vail of Lake Tahoe, NV, Mark Vail of Denver, CO, and Kurt Vail and Suzanne Spencer of Stafford Springs, CT; son-in-law, Ken Olesen of Putnam, CT; eight grandchildren, Keri Rollins and her husband, Les, Jeremy Vail and Kim Waskiewicz, Matthew Vail and his wife, Jennifer, Kelly Murdock and her husband, Steve, and Kayla, Hannah, Noah and Sarah Vail; eight great-grandchildren, Lauren, Zach, Austin, Jake, Maggie, Cole, Mackenzie and Addison; three sisters, Lucy Hebert of California, Agens Fontanella and her husband, Tracy, of Stafford Springs, CT, and Dorothy Panciera and her husband, Ned, of Stafford Springs, CT; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two children, Keith Vail and Heidi Olesen; and a great-grandson, Brian John Murdock. His funeral will be held on Monday, March 1, 2010, with a procession beginning at 9:00 AM, at Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, CT, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM. , at St. Edward Church, High St., Stafford Springs, CT. Burial will follow in St. Edward Cemetery, Stafford Springs, CT. Calling hours will be on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Francis “Jim” Vail Fund, Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of Stafford, c/o Rose Roszczewski, PO Box 25, Stafford Springs, CT 06076. For online condolences or directions, please visit: www.introvignefuneralhome. com