Obituaries for Aug. 8

The following obituaries will be published in Friday’s Observer. For further detail, turn to our print or e-editions on Friday. Dolores (Sklenka) Kempton, 76, of Bristol, widow of Willard Kempton, died on Tuesday, July 29 after a battle with leukemia.
Laurie Holcomb, 67, of Plainville died Thursday, July 24 at her home.
Gerald (Jerry) Zale, 72, of New Britain died on Tuesday, July 29 at the Arbor Rose at Jerome Home, New Britain. He was the husband of the late Regina (Clements) Zale.
Paul Gilbert Trafton, 96, died Wednesday, July 30. He was the husband for almost 75 years of Bea (Rushton) Trafton. They were married on Sept. 20, 1939.
Phylis (Wells) Knox, 91, of Bristol, wife of 68 years of the late Kenneth Knox, died Wednesday, July 30.