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“Dear Rey and Family I am just hearing of Monica's passing. I am so very sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you.Denise Millane ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: DENISE millane - Ellington, CT

“Dear Rey & family,I am so sorry to say that I was away and just learned today of Monica's passing. My heartfelt sorrow goes out to you and all of...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Jean & Mike Gagne - Ellington, CT

“Dear Rey & Family,You are in our thoughts and prayers. My all your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time.Russell Niemann,Wendy &...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: - Ellington, CT

“Dear Rey & Family,Please accept my deepest condolences for your family’s loss of your dear wife and mother, Monica. This world...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Pat Bythrow

“I am so sorry for your great loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: CW

“May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Patsy [Dublin] Kovalsky - Agawam, MA

“Rey and Family, very sorry for your loss. Monica was a great friend of our family and I can remember many laughs when you visited my folks. Our...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: John Fernandes - Higganum, CT

“Very sorry to hear about Monica, our sincere sympathies to Rey and all the children. We had lived next door to Monica for years. She always had a...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Norm & Debi Cormier - MA


Lady Monica (Byrne) Banta, 74, of Ellington, loving wife of 43 years to Reynaldo "Rey" Banta, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 18, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Whitehall, Dublin, Ireland, the daughter of the late Nicholas and Constance (Ferguson) Byrne. In 1958 at the age of 17 she came to the United States with her mother and 3 of her siblings to join her father and two sisters who had immigrated before them to Hartford. She made Ellington her home 41 years ago. She was a communicant of St. Luke Church in Ellington and served as the youth director for several years. She was a life member of the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury. She was the founder of P.A.W.A.C. (Philippine American Women's Association of CT) and a member of P.A.A.G.H. As the saying goes, behind every good man is a good woman, she steadfastly supported her husband in his leadership role within The Order of the Knights of Rizal. She had a sparkling charismatic personality coupled with loads of quick Irish wit and was the life of the party. A natural born entertainer she was often appointed the emcee at many Filipino functions over the years. Monica was a loving and devoted wife, a caring mother, grandmother, sister and friend who cherished spending time with her family and friends and traveling to Ireland and the Philippines. In addition to her husband Rey, she is survived by her children, Christopher Byrne of Wethersfield, Deborah Miller and her husband Daniel of Tolland, David Kelly and his wife Jessica of Berlin, Paul Kelly and his wife Dayna of Ellington, Dr. Lisa Banta, and her husband Dr.Talal Ghazal, of McLean, VA, and Brian Banta and Amanda of Westfield, MA; six grandchildren, Caitlin Kelly, Zaidan, Declan and Jordana Ghazal, and Briana and Brooke Banta; two brothers, Nicholas Byrne, Jr. and Gerard Byrne both of Vernon; a sister, Muriel Byam and her husband Nicholas of Andover; two brothers-in-law, Billy and Celso; five sisters-in-law, Remy, Elsie, Elena, Louie and Lina, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, James Kelly, and three sisters, Marie Kilby, Ellen Byrne and Jeanette Woods. Monica's family would like to thank all of her caregivers over the last few months, especially Candy and Joanne. Her family will receive friends for calling hours on Friday, July 22, 2016 from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home, 551 Talcottville Road (Route 83), Vernon. Family and friends may gather at the funeral home on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Luke Church, 141 Maple Street, Ellington. Burial will follow in Ellington Center Cemetery.