Obituaries from the May 28, 2020 Issue – Milford-Orange Times – theorangetimes.com

Abramovitz, Jean
Jean M. Abramovitz, age 89, of Milford, died on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. She was the beloved wife of the late Harry B. Abramovitz. Jean was born in New Haven, CT on March 9, 1931 to the late William and Mary Lasher Ford. She worked as a secretary at SNET for over 11 years before becoming a full time Mom. She enjoyed a good laugh, hosting parties, watching a captivating television show, spending time with family and friends, and cherished time she spent with her grandchildren. Jean loved to write and kept in touch with a number of friends through the years. Survivors include her children: Arleen Abramovitz (Edward Scanlon) of Northport, FL, Susan Walnycky (Michael Mercuriano) of Orange, CT and Paula Powell (Charles) of Atlanta, GA, three grandchildren; Natalie and Daniel Walnycky and Garrett Heidorn, three nieces and two nephews. Jean was predeceased by her siblings; William Ford, John “Jack” Ford, Dorothy Vanacore and Marie Klek. Jean grew up in New Haven before moving to West Haven and then Milford in 1968. She also relished the five years she lived in Port Charlotte, FL in the 1990s. At the beginning of a journal recently found, she had written, in her always neat handwriting, “No one is richer than someone whose heart is filled with Happy Memories!” Jean was always positive and often said, ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Services will be private and a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Milford Animal Shelter, 664 East Broadway, Milford, CT 06460. To leave an online condolence, please visit,
www.gregoryfdoylefuneralhome.com.
Acker, Mary Ann
Mary Ann Acker, age 91, of Milford, beloved wife of the late Robert Acker, died on Saturday, May 2, 2020 in Bridgeport Hospital. Mary Ann was born in Perth Amboy, NJ on May 22, 1928 to the late Joseph and Fanny Barko Hoffman. She worked as a welder at Robertshaw Controls for many years. She was a member and chaplain of the VFW in Devon and was a great fan of the New York Yankees. She loved Derek Jeter and always wore a Derek Jeter shirt when she watched every game. She would never miss a Yankees game on TV. Survivors include her daughter, Gale Uberti of Milford; grandchildren, Jason and Jackie Uberti; five great-grandchildren, Anthony, Matthew, Madeline, Joshua and Rachel Uberti; sister-in-law, Rosemarie Welch and several nieces and nephews. Mary Ann was predeceased by her sister Helen. Interment will be private and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Gabriel Church (Saint Raphael Parish) at a later day. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. To leave an online, condolence, please visit, www.gregoryfdoylefuneralhome.com.
Bachman, James T.
James Thomas Bachman, 84, of Milford, CT, beloved husband of 58 years to Jean M. Bachman, passed away peacefully on May 22, 2020. Born on January 15, 1936 in Bridgeport, CT, he was the son of the late Gazzi and Ethel Bachman. He enjoyed the outdoors, classical country music and especially spending time with his family.
Along with his wife, James leaves behind his children, Michele (Richard) Rouse, James T. (Terry) Bachman, Jr., Cheryl (Robert) Hofmiller, and Mark (Kristina) Bachman; seventeen grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his six siblings.
Services will be held at a later date. The family is being compassionately cared for by the staff at the Cody-White Funeral Home 107 Broad Street Milford, CT 06460. To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.
Batterson, Mark David
Mark David Batterson, 59, of Milford, passed away on April 13, 2020. He was born in Milford, CT on May 21, 1960 to Herb Batterson and Marilyn Teeden. Mark proudly served his country in the US Air Force. Mark worked at Sikorsky as a Tool Crib Manager for many years. He was predeceased by his sister, Linda Batterson. To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.
Belden, Betty Ann
Betty Ann Belden, age 88, of Milford, beloved wife of the late Edward Allen Belden, passed away on April 28, 2020 in Lord Chamberlain Health Center, Stratford. Betty Ann, one of eleven children, was born in Ludlow, Massachusetts on February 9, 1932 to the late Howard W. and Charlotte (Talmadge) Bell. She had been a longtime resident of Stratford and Milford and was retired form Paradise Jewelers. Survivors include her devoted daughter, Debra Halvorsen and her husband Mark of Madison; son-in-law Edward Cirella of Oxford; grandchildren Jessica, Eric (Kristine), Kimberly (Kate), and David (Tarah) as well as 4 great-grandchildren, Iris, Alma, Ari and Quinn. Betty is also survived by her beloved sister, Evelyn Prince, many nieces and nephews and her dear neighbor and friend Terry Hoffman. In addition to her husband and parents, Betty was recently predeceased by her loving daughter, Susan Cirella. Betty loved all children and animals. They were drawn to her, and she to them. She had a special ability to relate to them and interact with them, an ability she retained throughout her life. She always gave her grandchildren and great-grandchildren her undivided attention and devotion. Betty was multi-talented and enjoyed gardening, sewing, knitting, crocheting and entertaining. Family and friends were often recipients of her many, perfectly finished projects. At Lord Chamberlain, Betty especially enjoyed attending church services and the many recreation programs. The family would like to thank all the caregivers and staff who took care of her at Lord Chamberlain. In lieu of flower, please make memorial contributions to a charity of your choice. Due to the current pandemic situation the family has elected to have a private family service. The Adzima Funeral Home-Stratford has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. For more information or to make an online condolence, please visit www.adzimafuneralhome.com
Berendt, Amelia “Millie”
Amelia “Millie” Berendt, age 96, of Milford, passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.
She was the daughter of the late Mary & Louis Mickolaychuk.
She is survived by her daughters Beverly Spiller (Zane), Audrey Verrilli and her partner (Vincent Bonomo), Regina LaBrecque (Douglas) all of Milford, Dolores Stevens (Mickey) of Ashford, & a son, George Berendt Jr. (Elaine) also of Milford. She is also survived by 9 Grandchildren, 11 Great-Grandchildren, & 3 Great-Great-Grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, George Sr., & all of her brothers and sisters & their spouses.
She was laid to Rest on Monday, May 18, 2020.
Berni, Silvio A.
On April 12th, God called his son, Silvio A. Berni, home to heaven at the age of 67 after a courageous battle with the COVID-19. Silvio was born in Italy to Bruno and Teresina Berni. He was a dedicated family man and leaves behind his wife, Cathy, and their children; Erin, Michael, Teresina and Faith and is also survived by his son-in-law, Jason, two grandsons, Bradley and Beckett as well as his sister, Maria, and her daughter, Katerina. Silvio had a large family that included many in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins around the world and he loved keeping in contact with and visiting so many of them.
Even though he would tell you that he was “just an accountant”, he was the Vice President of Corporate Development and Controller at GGCP, Inc. in Greenwich. Silvio was known among those who loved him for his generous and compassionate nature. He was always willing to help everyone, however they needed it. He was an active member at Christ the Redeemer Church and the Knights of Columbus. Throughout his life and career, he loved interacting with family, colleagues, friends and strangers. He could have a long conversation with anyone, and often did! He had many lifelong friends he kept in touch with until the very end.
Silvio’s eventual final resting place will be in Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, NY, so he can be with his parents and nephew, Alex. Due to the current climate, a celebration of his life will happen when it is deemed appropriate. A mass was offered for him by the Gabelli Family at Fordham University on April 20th and can be viewed online. In lieu of everything being offered, please consider making a donation in his name to any of the following organizations whose work Silvio admired: The Beth-el Shelter, the Woodruff Family YMCA, the Connecticut Food Bank or the Boys and Girls Village in Milford.
Berrien, Allen Groves
A lifelong Milford resident, Allen Graves Berrien was born on December 27, 1932 to C. Gordon Berrien and Helen G. Berrien and died on April 13, 2020. It is so fitting that he passed on a stormy weather day. Few things brought him more joy than a good storm, it was almost as though he arranged it.
He is survived by his brothers: David N. (Judy) Berrien of Tallahasee, FL and Peter L. (Judy) Berrien of Dennis, MA; by his children: Allen D. Berrien of Falls Village, Nancy (Stephen) Bennett, of Milford, Laurel (William) VanWilgen of Branford, and Leigh Bak of Milford; his grandchildren: Andrew Bodick, Katharine Mix, Stephen Bak, Emily Bak, Kate Briggs, Elizabeth Berrien, Heather Berrien, and Douglas Berrien; and by Florence Berrien, his former wife, mother of his children, high school sweetheart, and lifelong friend.
Allen graduated from Milford High School in 1950 and served in the US Navy from 1951 – 1955. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he worked at Pratt and Whitney while attending Quinnipiac College where he obtained his Associates Degree.
He was the owner and operator of Milford Boat Works which was founded by his father in 1946. Allen may not have been the founder, but he and Flo, together with his longtime business partner Barry Peale, grew the boatyard into the amazing facility it is today. Until the day he died, one of his favorite things to talk about was what was going on at the boatyard. If we were doing something wrong, he’d let us know.
He was a consummate boat handler. At first, it seemed to be just bravado but it turned out he was just so darned confident and skilled. He did scare the you-know-what out of his family many times with said bravado.
His sailing skills earned him many awards throughout Long Island Sound and beyond. Many Berrien dogs got to drink from the abundance of silver-plated trophies that he collected over the years. He got a big kick out of that…dogs drinking out of silver-plate and kids drinking out of jelly jars.
Sea Scout Ship 25 was formed in his living room nearly 60 years ago. From that time until it was disbanded about ten years ago, it provided many young men and women with an education about being on the water, sailing and adventure. Allen remained in touch with many of the original Sea Scouts.
Allen served for many years as a volunteer firefighter in the City of Milford, ultimately serving as Captain of Arctic Engine Company Number 1. Flo and his children all remember the sound of the Plectron going off in the middle of the night, and Dad racing off to a fire. We all super-enjoyed that magnetic blue light he stuck on the roof of the car, especially when he let us go to a fire with him. How he ever had the energy to get up and go to work the next morning still puzzles us.
He was an early board member who volunteered tirelessly for Connecticut Marine Trades Association in its infancy. He was very proud of his work with the marine trades, especially in establishing a boat show and in lobbying for legislation about anything involving the water. He co-founded CHUM (Concerned Harbor Users of Milford) with his dear friends Al Hotchkiss and Ken Neff. Together they brought many issues important to the vitality and environment of Milford Harbor into the eyes of the public.
He served as Harbormaster in Milford, served on the Harbor Commission for many years and worked hard to form Milford’s Harbor Management Plan, the first of its kind in the State of Connecticut. He was instrumental in the planning and building of Milford’s Lisman Landing Marina, the public marina in Milford. When he got frustrated by the slow-moving wheels of planning for the marina, he engaged a local architect and just paid for the plans. Allen just believed in getting things done.
He was an active and devoted member of Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church and served on numerous committees there including the Board of Trustees and was instrumental in forming the Foundation for the church. Ironically, he wasn’t born a Methodist; he was raised a Congregationalist. Every Sunday morning, his Mom would clean him up and send him off to Sunday School at the “Big White Church”. Until he came home with a perfect attendance award from the Methodist church, she was none the wiser. It turned out the Methodist church was a shorter walk. Bingo!
He never met a restaurant that he didn’t feel deserved his utmost devotion and attention. When dementia forced his move to assisted living, we found the Styrofoam packing still in his oven… ten years after it was installed. He struggled with how to leave a proper tip and was generous to a fault. Since Mom always did the math when they were married, Dad just thought it best to round up. If the bill was $21, he’d round it up to $40! Quite a few happy servers out there!
He served on so many committees and boards that it’s really hard to remember them all. I think what we’d like to remember is that if he believed in something, he would work to make it happen. What more to share about Allen? He was a voracious reader, an unbridled sharer of opinions, a devotee of corny jokes, loved gardening and trees, and was as hard a worker as was ever born. He was a tough employer but always fair. He loved all dogs and shared a special bond with his own dogs throughout his lifetime. Additionally, the man just plain loved to drive. Not your typical Sunday afternoon drive mind you. Proof? When he volunteered with the International Executive Service Corps, he drove to Guatemala, not once but twice.
All of these things made Allen an amazing man and a memorable character. It would be wrong to ignore the fact that when you added dementia to his strong personality traits, the outcome was “challenging.” This made his later years difficult for his family, friends, and caregivers (and downright torture for him as his independence slipped away). To that end, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the amazing care provided to him by Shana Hylton, which allowed him to remain in his beautiful home for as long as possible. Special thanks to Dean Swanson of Woodbury, former operator of Hill’s Service Station at the corner of Lafayette and Broad. We lovingly referred to his tenure “visiting” at Dean’s as “adult daycare.” Dean is truly as good a friend as can be had.
Thanks as well to the amazing staff at Wesley Village who provided care and comfort to Dad and finally to Dr. Susan Kashaf of the West Haven VA Hospital. Words cannot describe how special she was to Allen, she “got” him, and that wasn’t always easy.
If you feel the need to honor Allen in some way, please do something nice for someone. If you’re reading this, you probably already do nice things, just do something even nicer.
Cody-White Funeral Home in Milford is assisting the family with arrangements and there will be no services at this time. The family will plan an event in the future where we hope more “colorful” stories about him can be shared. To leave online condolences, please visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.
Betso, Gus A. II
Gus A. Betso II, age 38, of Milford, passed away suddenly on April 18, 2020. Gus was born in Bridgeport on October 12, 1981, beloved son of Gus Sr. and Bertha (Otero) Betso. In addition to his beloved parents he is survived by his cherished son, Jaxon (his mother, Jennifer R. Gonzalez), three sisters, Trina (Betso) Kanuch and her husband Bob (their children, Isabel, Olivia and Mackenzie Kanuch), Ashleigh Betso and her fiancé, Scott Melchionno, and Madelynn Betso, along with several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was a 2000 graduate of Kolbe Cathedral High School and an avid New York Giants fan who spent his spare time with his many friends and family members working on cars, watching movies or listening to music. Gus had been an employee of the city of Bridgeport maintaining the grounds and machines at The Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course and a long-term affiliate with the Vazzy’s restaurant chain working as a chef in several locations. He was a big guy with a huge heart who was loved by all who knew him, he had a fun-loving nature that will be missed by too many people to count. Due to the current pandemic situation the family has elected to have services at a later date and a memorial service to celebrate Gus’s life will be announced at a later time. The Adzima Funeral Home-Stratford has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. For more information or to make an online condolence, please visit www.adzimafuneralhome.com.
Brancato, Pauline Joan
Pauline Joan Brancato, age 87, formerly of Milford Connecticut and Queens Village NY, passed away at the Willows Nursing Home in Woodbridge Connecticut on Sunday, April 19th, 2020. She was born on September 9th, 1932 to the late Salvatore Sapia and Rose Giarrusso Sapia at their home located in Jamaica Queens, NY.
Pauline was one of four children. She Graduated from Jamaica High School and became a Hairdresser. She married Sebastian Thomas Brancato in 1955 and moved to Queens Village NY in 1956. She had two children, Paula and Anthony. Pauline and Sam lived most of their later years in Milford Connecticut.
A devoted Wife, Mother, Grand Mother and Great Grand Mother, she is survived by her Daughter Paula Concetta Brancato, Her Son, Anthony Thomas Brancato and his wife Cynthia Lynn Brancato; Grandchildren Anthony Salvatore Brancato and his Wife Kerri; Steven James Brancato, his fiance Rita Romeo; and Christopher Louis Brancato; Great Grandchildren Hayley Madison Brancato and Cecelia Rose Brancato; Sister Clara Siano; and several nephews and neices. Her beloved Husband Sebastian, Brother Salvatore Sapia and Sister Jean Sapia Rose pre deceased her.
Pauline’s hobbies included crocheting, singing, listening to music, playing guitar and tap dancing. She was an avid member of the Milford Connecticut Senior Center and often performed at hospitals, nursing homes, and local events. She was a volunteer at the Creedmore Instution in Queens Village NY, assisting the severely disabled and mentally challenged.
In Lieu of flowers, contributions in honor of Pauline’s memory can be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Judes Research Children’s Hospital.
Bristol, Gayanne R.
Gayanne R. Bristol, 79, of Milford, beloved wife of the late great Charles Bristol, passed away peacefully on April 20, 2020. Gayanne was born on October 26, 1940 in Atlantic City, NJ. She was the daughter of the late Malcolm and Margaret Riddle.
Gayanne, aka Gayzie, Grandmother, Mama-ma and Sugar was a graduate of Atlantic City High School, NJ. She attended Bridgeport University where she met the love of her life “Charlie”. While raising her family she was the friendly face behind the desk of Dr. Russo’s Dentist office for many years. She then became the well-loved secretary of Live Oaks School in Milford.
Gayanne enjoyed spending time with her “Club” girls, attending Church every Sunday at St. Peter’s Episcopal where she was a member of the Vestry. She was a member of Milford’s Irish Heritage Society, Milford’s Garden Club and the “Red Hatters”
Survived by her eldest daughter, Alison Spears of Milford; Andrew Bristol of Ocean City, NJ; Alexis Casey (Brendan) of Milford, Amy Brownewell (Ralph) of Mt. Pleasant, SC and Paul & Debbie Smith of Palm Coast, FL.
Gayanne had 13 grandchildren including 2-sets of twin boys and 5 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Margaretanne Campbell (Barry) of VA and Diane Tracy of NC.
Besides her parents and husband Charlie, Gayanne is predeceased by her sisters Joanne and Susanne, as well as her dear friends, Judy and Pete Piscitelli.
We will all miss her infectious smile, wonderful sense of humor and unmistakable laugh.
Services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 71 River St., Milford, CT.
Bruno, Louis S. Jr.
Louis S. Bruno Jr., age 88 of Milford, formerly of Derby, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport. He was the longtime loving companion to Lois Sorrentino of 40 years. Born in Bridgeport on December 14, 1931, he was the son of the late Louis and Rose Paterno Bruno. A proud U.S. Army Veteran, he had served honorably during the Korean War and he proudly wore his Korean Veteran hat everywhere he went! Louis later proudly served the City of Bridgeport, where he worked in the Police Department as the Director of Safety and Security at Sikorsky Memorial Airport, before his retirement as a Sergeant with over 25 years of dedicated service. He later worked for United Parcel Service, where he was head of security. He was a longtime member of the American Legion Post 24 in Derby where he built many lasting relationships. He thoroughly enjoyed the thrill that came as an avid “scratch off” lottery ticket enthusiast. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Louis was always happy, kind and did whatever he could to help others, even in his last days. He is survived by his children, Lou Bruno; Claudia Sheketoff and her husband Alan; Cheryl Gay and her husband Timothy; Francine Carbone and her husband Bob; and Jill Krok and her husband Steve; as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren which include James Carbone and Skylar Romsky, who had a close connection to him. He will be reunited with all that have gone before him and will be especially happy to see his dog “Gibby” who he spent 16 faithful years with.
The family would like to extend a very sincere and heartfelt thank you to the community of Carriage Green of Milford, Home Care Plus of Milford as well as the doctors and care givers at St. Vincent’s Medical Center for their exceptional care and compassion.
Due to social concerns at this time surrounding public gatherings, all funeral services and interment will be held privately for the immediate family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, Trumbull and online condolences may be left by visiting us at www.abriola.com.
Budnovich, John IV
John Budnovitch IV “Dubie,” age 24, of Milford, died suddenly on Friday, April 10, 2020. John was born in Derby on February 28, 1996 to John Budnovitch III and the late Lori Rabino. He grew up in Milford and was a talented mechanic. John had a smile that could light up a room. He was always willing to help someone in need and he will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Survivors in addition to his father, include his grandmother, Barbara Budnovitch of Milford; step-sisters, Jessica and Kayla Rabino; several aunts and uncles including, Susan and Alan Jacques of Milford and Alice and Robert Thiel of Scranton, PA and many cousins including, Michael and Kaitlin Jacques. John was predeceased by his grandfather; John Budnovitch Jr. A private interment will occur and a Memorial Service will be celebrated at a later date. To leave an online condolence, please visit, www.gregoryfdoylefuneralhome.com.
Buksar, Elaine Carol
Elaine Carol Buksar, age 69, of Milford, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Elaine was born in Bridgeport on January 8, 1951 to the late George Sr. and Anna Buksar.
Elaine’s career centered in marketing. She worked at Remington Shaver in Bridgeport for 15 years and then at EE Dickinson until the company moved to North Carolina. She worked for Aquarion Water Company for 8 years and also for Moore and Munger. She liked to travel, enjoyed cruises, and made a very special trip to Ireland. She loved to read, knit, and especially play Words with Friends and bingo on her tablet.
She is survived by her sister, Janice Kearney (Michael) of Milford, nephew, Michael R. Kearney Jr. of Milford, niece, Cheryl Katz (Shane) of MA, grandnephew, Kyle, and grandniece, Olivia, of MA. She is also survived by her cherished uncle and aunt, George and Marie Yusko of Bridgeport, her dear cousins Helene, Darlene, and Michele of Milford, John of TX, and Christine Theresa of New Jersey.
Elaine was predeceased by her brother, George Buksar Jr. Private Services will be held at The Gregory F. Doyle Funeral Home, Milford and entombment will follow in Saint Michael Cemetery, Stratford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. To leave an online condolence, please visit, www.gregoryfdoylefuneralhome.com.
Campagna, Joseph Jr.
Joseph S. (Big Joe) Campagna, Jr., age 75 of Milford, beloved husband of Maryann Muzyka-Campagna passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020 in Lord Chamberlain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Stratford. Joe was born on February 10, 1945 to the late Joseph and Corinne (DeCrosta) Campagna and served his country in the U S. Navy until July of 1962. A dedicated member of the community, he was a proud firefighter for the City of Milford for 30 years prior to his retirement in 1998, President of the Milford Retirees Association for 10 years, and a member of the Milford Dinosaurs Association. Very active in the Knights of Columbus, Joe was on the Father Breen Council and Tinto Council #47, awarded the “Knight of the Year” in 2018, served as Building Chairman, was on the Board of Directors, worked weekly at the Bingos and served on Bingo Committees. Joe will be remember for his devotion to his family, love of the Casino, watching old movies, going for a Sunday ride in his Mustang Convertible, and attending Boat Shows. “Joe will be greatly missed.” Beside is wife, Joe is survived by son Joseph Campagna III, stepmother Jeanne Campagna, sisters Mary Lee (Vinnie) O’Connor, Ann Marie Campagna, Susan (Dan) Kearnes and Joan (Gordon) Dalbon and brother Paul Campagna. Joe was predeceased by his first wife Shirley Campagna. Maryann and his family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Lord Chamberlain Nursing and Rehabilitation, Dr. Scott Huntington, Dr. Ethan Kohn, Olga and Denise Carr at the Smilow Cancer Center Hospital and also Vitas (Hospice) Healthcare for the wonderful care they gave Joe in his last days of life. There will be a Graveside Service on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Buckingham Ave., Milford. All social distancing will be enforced. A Memorial Mass will be held in St. Mary Roman Catholic Church (Precious Blood Parish) at a later date. Smith Funeral Home, 135 Broad St., Milford is handling the arrangements. To leave condolences or for directions, please visit our website at www.georgejsmithandson.com.
Capodagli, Geraldine E.
Geraldine E. “Gerry” Capodagli, age 85 of Milford, beloved wife of the late Bernard Capodagli, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 10, 2020 at Cambridge Manor in Fairfield. Born on March 19, 1935 in Bridgeport, CT, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Geraldine Rohlman Hollywood. Gerry retired from Stolt-Nielsen, Inc. after 24 years of service. In retirement she worked for Penguins Best Housekeeping. Gerry enjoyed camping at Hidden Acres Campground in Preston and cherished the lasting friendships made there. Gerry was a member of Port 5, National Association of Naval Vets Ladies Auxiliary where she made many friendships, happy memories and enjoyed being a part of the good done for our beloved veterans. Geraldine is survived by her beloved children, Thomas Capodagli and his wife Sheila of Oxford and MaryAnn Smith and her husband Richard of Milford, her cherished grandchildren, Elizabeth, Katelyn, and Kristy Capodagli, Christina Toohey and her husband Kyle, Rich, Matthew and his fiancé Amber, Christopher, and Kailey Smith, and her adored great-grandson, Bernard “Benny” Toohey, Her sister-in-law Mary Capodagli, her cousin Thomas Stopski, several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brothers, William (Billy) and Harry (Buddy) Hollywood and sisters-in-law Elizabeth (Betty) and Evelyn Hollywood.
Due to the concerns about social gatherings affecting us all at this time, funeral and interment services will be held privately for the immediate family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Rd., Trumbull. To leave an online condolence, please visit our website at www.abriola.com.
Carroll, Samuel Thomas
Samuel Thomas Carroll age 90, a Milford Connecticut resident for over 50 years, died peacefully on May 21st, 2020. He was raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut , the third son of Grace Bryant and John Carroll. Sam served his country as a proud Marine and loved to tell his stories about time spent on the island of Guam assigned to the tele-communications unit. He worked in the printing industry at Kurt H Volk in Milford for 45 years before retiring in 1995.
Other than spending time with his family, one of Sam’s greatest pleasures was spending an hour a day at the local pub to visit with his friends and share stories and life experiences, all the while sipping on his signature Old Grand Dad and soda.
Sam was a loving husband and father, grandfather to four, and great grandfather to six. He was a guy anyone could go to for advice and direction and Sam would give you his honest opinion, whether you liked it or not.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years, Beverley, brother Kenneth (Fran), sons Charles (Janice) and Edward (Nancy), grandchildren Jennifer, Scott, Lisa, and Michael, great-grandchildren Amanda, Adam, Racquelle, Hunter, David-Michael, Sam, Grace, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first son Tommy and three brothers, John, Drew, and Donald Carroll.
The family would like to thank the entire staff at Comfort Keepers, especially Amber, for the intense care and attention they provided to Dad in his later years. They would also like to extend their thanks and gratitude to the staff at All American Assisted Living in Londonderry, New Hampshire for the excellent care they provided.
A private funeral will be held at Peabody Funeral Home in Londonderry, New Hampshire on Wednesday May 27th.
Castaneda, Jonathan A.
Jonathan Anthony Garcia Castaneda, age 28, of Stamford, died on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Jonathan was born in Bridgeport on October 30, 1991 to Leonardo Miranda and Rosario Garcia Castaneda. He grew up in Milford and graduated from Jonathan Law High School where he was a member of the wrestling team and participated in the 2009 State Tournament, where he was selected as the team’s MVP. He graduated from Salve Regina University, earning his Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Most recently, he worked for Ascension Health as an Analyst in Information Technology. He had a passion for sports and enjoyed watching his favorite teams, the NY Giants and NY Yankees. Jonathan truly lived life to the fullest and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was a great cook who would prepare meals for special occasions and the holidays. At family get togethers, he was often found entertaining his nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Most of all, he had a light and spirit within him that truly lit up a room. He had an ability to connect with people and make them feel special and he will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Survivors include his siblings, Jason Castaneda (Lauren) of Fairfield, Mark Castaneda (Peggy) of Voorhees, NJ and Grace Valentin (Luciano) of Milford, maternal grandmother, Nicena Garcia of Stamford and seven nieces and nephews. Jonathan was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Benjamin Garcia and paternal grandparents; Marcelo and Lorenza Castaneda. Private services will be held and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a later date. To leave an online condolence, please visit, www.gregoryfdoylefuneralhome.com.
Catino, Kenneth Peter
Kenneth Peter Catino, age 98, of Milford, CT, formerly a resident of Delaware, Florida, and Maryland, died peacefully on Monday, April 27, 2020 at his home, Carriage Green in Milford. He was born October 6, 1921 in Stamford, CT, son of the late Anna E Perna and Peter Catino.
After graduating from Stamford High School, Ken proudly served in the US Marine Corps. during WWII in the South Pacific. Following the Service, Ken became a printer working for Wilson H. Lee and the Treasury Dept., Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Ken married in 1948 to Marion Sandow and was a devoted husband of 63 years. They raised two children, Carol and Ken.
Ken loved music from his childhood playing the piano and had his own band. He also enjoyed baseball, boating, fishing and bowling. He was an avid puzzler and dog lover.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marion. Ken is survived by his two children Carol Gerehart (Robert) of Millsboro, DE and Kenneth Catino (Linda) of Milford, CT; two grandchildren, Dawn Kernaghan (Kristopher) of Elkridge, MD and Kenneth Catino (Diane) of Milford, CT; and much beloved great-grandchildren, Hailey Kernaghan, Nolan Catino and Carter Catino.
The family would like to thank all of the friends, neighbors, and the wonderful team of caregivers at Carriage Green of Milford for their unwavering support, exemplary care and dedicated associates. Services will be held privately.
Cavalier, Thomas “Chico”
Thomas “Chico” Cavalier, age 88, of Orange, passed away on May 4, 2020. Born on March 1, 1932, in New Haven, a son to the late George & Carrie (Arpino) Cavalier. He was the beloved husband of the late Marilyn (Umlauf) Cavalier. Thomas is survived by his children, George Cavalier, Thomas “Corey” Cavalier, and Lori (John) Aiello, 7 cherished grandchildren, 9 loving great-grandchildren, and his siblings, Phyllis (Matthew) Butler, Delores (Thomas) Capobianco, Carol Cavalier, Theresa (Gregory) Amendola, and Beverly (The late Harry) Antonucci. Thomas was predeceased by his sister Johanna (Ralph) DeMelio. Chico was a mason for over 50 years, he worked for the family business, George Cavalier & Sons and later with A. Secondino & Sons, Inc. when he retired in 2003. He was an active member of the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers. Chico was a talented individual. He was a wonderful woodworker and craftsman. He enjoyed playing his pedal steel guitar. But most of all, Chico cherished his time spent with his beloved family.
Due to the current covid-19 health pandemic, all services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Thomas’ name can be made to Closer to Free, www.closertofree.com. Arrangements are entrusted to West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. To leave a message for the family, please visit our website,
www.westhavenfuneral.com.
Colbert, Evelyn
Evelyn Margaret (Jacques) Colbert, age 84, of Milford, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020. She was the wife of the late Roy Martin Colbert.
Evelyn was born in Bridgeport on September 26, 1935 to the late Ralph and Evelyn (Corris) Carbone. She was a precious soul who embodied kindness, strength, and generosity. She had worked at Remington Arms before she graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a degree in nursing. Throughout her career, she shared her compassion with her patients as an emergency room, traveling, and home healthcare nurse. After her retirement, Evelyn loved to drive all over the country. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Left to cherish her memory are her devoted children, Frank (Patricia) Jacques, Donald Jacques, John Jacques, Michael (Olimpia) Jacques, Lynn Seese, David (Lisa) Jacques; beloved grandchildren, Pamela, Timothy, John, Christopher, Monique, Nicole, Jennifer, Brianna and William Jacques, Kevin and Krystie Seese; great-grandchildren, Naomi, Jacob, and Luna; siblings, Ralph, James, Tom, and Gayle. In addition to her parents and her husband she was predeceased by daughter, Janice, and sister, Bonnie. Evelyn has made a lasting impact on so many lives, she will truly be missed.
Due to the current public health crisis, family and friends that cannot be present can attend the service online at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2020. Interment in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport will be private. For information on how to livestream the service and to express condolences online, visit www.pisteyfuneralhome.com.
Copeland, Holly B.
Holly B. (Green) Copeland, 54, of Wallingford, loving wife of Raymond G. Copeland Jr., passed away peacefully at home, Saturday, May 9, 2020, surrounded by her loving family after a brave battle with metastatic breast cancer.
Holly was a fighter until the very end, refusing to let cancer dictate her life. She shared her courage and laughter even in the darkest of times. It is because of her that we know what strength and perseverance look like. The family would like to thank Dr. Gerard Fumo and his wonderful team at Hartford Healthcare, Dr. Elizabeth Riordan, as well as the many incredible healthcare professionals that fought alongside Holly over the course of her entire journey.
Holly was born in Sanford, Maine, August 20, 1965, a daughter of the late John Green and Evelyn (Porter) Green and had been a Wallingford resident for 30 years, after moving from her hometown of Milford. She was a hard worker and a lifelong learner, continuing her education in her forties to become a dental assistant. Because of her academic success, she was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Holly started as a chairside dental assistant and ended her career in an administrative role at a private dental practice. Holly loved taking trips with her sisters and family, and would make regular visits to Vermont to spend time with her cousin. Anyone who knows Holly knows she loved lighthouses, hot coffee, good chocolate, crafting, and a book of any kind. Holly’s pride and joy were her 2 granddaughters, Penelope and Savannah, they were her only sunshine’s; her sparkly spirit will live on in them every day.
In addition to her beloved husband of 30 years, Raymond, she is survived by her daughter Miranda Peralta and her husband Francis of Meriden; her son Justin Copeland of Wallingford; her brothers and sisters Valerie (Larry) Pelletier of Arizona, Conrad (Deirdre) Green of Milford, Randy Green of Milford, Clifford Green of S. Carolina, Kelly Green of Milford, and Cary (Annie) Green of New Jersey; her two cherished granddaughters Penelope and Savannah; several nieces and nephews; and many dear cousins. She was predeceased by her brother Clay Green.
Funeral services for Holly are private, with a celebration of life to be held at a later date.
Coughlin, John J.
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of John Coughlin (Milford, Connecticut), born in Waterbury, Connecticut, who passed away on April 20, 2020, at the age of 78, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends can light a candle as a loving gesture for their loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of John Coughlin to show support.
He was predeceased by : his parents, Francis T. Coughlin and Sarah “Sally” Coughlin (Lahey); and his siblings, Terrence F. Coughlin, Brian J. Coughlin and Eileen A. Coughlin. He is survived by : his wife Phyllis (Sbalbi); his children, Mary Frances Finnell of Hamden and John J. Coughlin, Jr. of Old Lyme; his step-son Richard; his grandchildren, John H. Finnell, III (Jack), Michael P. Finnell of Milford, Mackenzie Ryan Coughlin of Branford, John J. Coughlin, III and Chadwick Coughlin (Chad) of Old Lyme; and his nieces and nephews, Francis T. Coughlin and Cortney Bedard.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Catholic Relief Services, or one’s favorite charity.
Crespo, Mary R.
Mary Reis Crespo, 97, passed away peacefully on April 20, 2020 at Maplewood at Orange with her beloved niece, Maria Reis-Greim of West Haven, by her side. She was predeceased by the love of her life, Adelino R. (Lee) Crespo. Mary is survived by her loving son David of North Haven; cherished grandchildren William Crespo and Jennifer Crespo, both of Hamden; sister Delores George of Milford, brother and sister-in-law Dominick and Alzira Reis of West Haven, sister-in-law Gerrie Reis of Hamden; and numerous adoring nieces, nephews and godchildren. She was predeceased by her sister Rose Mendes, brother Joseph Reis, Sr. and nephews Michael Reis and Paul George. The oldest daughter of the late Maria Simoes Reis and Dominick Reis, Sr., Mary was born on February 8, 1923 in Aveiro, Portugal, and immigrated to the United States when she was two years old, growing up in New Haven’s Hill neighborhood. At a time when it was uncommon to see women in executive positions, Mary stood out as an accomplished businesswoman, joining Seton Name Plate Corporation in the mid-1950s, shortly after graduating from business school. While there, she helped the Company’s founder grow the business to a multi-million dollar corporation, retiring as Executive Vice President in 1982. Mary carefully balanced her responsibilities at work with her life at home, often spending evenings helping her son, David, with homework after making dinner, leaving time for fun and games that he still fondly remembers. After her retirement, Mary and her husband Lee spent winters at their home in Spring Hill, FL, where she loved hosting her family, especially her grandchildren, who enjoyed extended stays where she happily spoiled them. Mary continued to split her time between Connecticut and Florida after her husband’s passing, until she was no longer able to do so. Mary had a talent for interior design, working with professionals to make her various homes true showplaces. She also enjoyed cooking and baking, gladly sharing the recipes to her favorite culinary creations. Mary loved to travel, particularly to her native Portugal, where she enjoyed spending time with extended family and friends. Above all else, Mary loved her family and took joy from the time she spent with them. Mary’s family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff at Maplewood at Orange for their caring and compassion during her time there.
A funeral Mass and celebration of Mary’s life will be held at a date to be determined. Services and burial will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to the WEST HAVEN FUNERAL HOME, 662 Savin Avenue, West Haven. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to The Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. To leave an online remembrance, please visit www.westhavenfuneral.com.
We are sad to announce that on April 27, 2020 we had to say goodbye to Craig DeLeo (Milford, Connecticut), born in Stamford, Connecticut. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Craig DeLeo.
He was predeceased by : his parents, Caeser DeLeo and Elsie DeLeo (Oscar). He is survived by : his wife Nancy Coddington Kelly-DeLeo; his pets, Gracie and Maggie; his children, Craig Boutin (Cody), Lisa, Tina DeLeo, David Kelly and Kristie McInnis (Christian); his grandchildren, Ryan, Jack and Blake; and his sisters, Eileen “Susie” Romano (Jim) and Patricia Stamiatin. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you keep all veterans, active military, and all heroes on the front line in your prayers.
DeCarli, Albert A.
Albert A. DeCarli, age 96, of Trumbull, widower of Lena Maria (Petrucelli) DeCarli, died suddenly January 7, 2009. Born June 4, 1912 in Atlas, Pa., and raised in Mt. Carmel, Pa., he was the son of the late Frank and the late Mary (Colross) DeCarli. As a youth he was very close to his grandfather, Frank DeCarli Sr. Albert attended on scholarship and graduated from Penn State University and the Bridgeport Engineering Institute, proudly served his country in the Army Air Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater, and worked as an engineer at Avco Lycoming in Stratford until his retirement. In addition to enjoying traveling and the opera, Albert was an avid golfer and bowler; he remained active and completely independent throughout his life, especially holding true to the Wednesday pasta dinner with his grandchildren. Albert was a member of St. Theresa Church in Trumbull and was a founding member and past president of the Tashua Knolls Senior Men’s Golf Club. He is survived by a son, James Joseph DeCarli of Trumbull; a daughter, Denise Maria DeCarli of San Juan Puerto Rico; two grandchildren, Daniel John DeCarli and Elizabeth Ann DeCarli; a brother, Reynold DeCarli and his wife, Elizabeth of Detroit, MI; a brother-in-law Henry Petrucelli and his wife, Jane of Brookfield; a sister-in-law, Dorothy DeCarli of Philadelphia, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews grand nieces and grand nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers; Frank DeCarli and Victor DeCarli, as well as three sisters; Eleanor Crossland and her husband Kermit, Rose Young and her husband George, and Angelina DeCarli. Friends and family may visit with Albert’s family TODAY Friday January 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Spadaccino-Leo P. Gallagher & Son Community Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe. Funeral services will take place on Saturday January 10 at 8:30 from the Spadaccino & Leo P. Gallagher & Son Community Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 9:00 am at St. Theresa’s Parish, 5301 Main Street, Trumbull, CT. Burial with full military honors will follow in St. Michael Cemetery in Stratford.
DeVito, Vito J.
Vito Joseph DeVito, 94, passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2020 in a Bristol nursing home after a brief illness. Vito was born on December 17, 1925 in Stamford, CT, to the late Nicholas and Mary (Nardozza) DeVito. He moved to New Haven upon getting married to Mary Palmieri in 1954, and then to Orange in 1962, where he and Mary resided for the remainder of their lives. Vito was a legendary schoolboy star in baseball and basketball at Stamford High School, where he established baseball records that stood for decades, and where he played alongside his childhood friend and future New York Giants football star and Hall of Famer Andy Robustelli. Vito was signed to a professional contract by the New York Yankees out of high school in 1943, but like most young men his age at that time, service to his country took priority. After spending his rookie season with Binghamton of the Eastern League, he enlisted in the Army, where he proceeded to earn the Purple Heart fighting in the 3rd Army in Europe under General George S. Patton in World War II. Returning stateside after the war, Vito resumed his baseball career with the Yankees minor league affiliate in Amsterdam, NY, and although he was performing well (including once getting four hits off Yankee legend Whitey Ford in a spring training game), he was released in the Spring of 1947 in a cost-cutting move. He then joined the independent Stamford Pioneers for one year and played against some of the best barnstorming talent of his day, including Satchel Paige, Minnie Minoso, and Larry Doby. He went on to play for the Indians and Cubs organizations as well, climbing as high as Triple-A for Cleveland’s San Diego Padres affiliate in the Pacific Coast League in 1948, the year of the last Indians World Series championship. However, the post-war baseball talent glut was just too much to overcome, and after a few more stops on the minor league circuit, Vito decided to end his pursuit of major league glory and leave professional baseball for good in 1952, although he did continue to play semi-pro ball for the West Haven Sailors for four years. Always keenly aware of the whimsical nature of pro ball, Vito continued his education by taking college courses in the off-seasons, eventually earning a Bachelor’s degree from Arnold College in Milford, CT (while also coaching baseball at the school) and a Master’s degree from New York University. Years later, he also received his 6th Year Certificate in Educational Administration from the University of Bridgeport. Vito served as an assistant basketball and baseball coach at Arnold College until the school closed in 1953, whereupon he took a job teaching in the West Haven school system. In 1957 he moved to the Milford system, where he would remain for the next 29 years. After a four-year stint at Milford High, Vito coached football and baseball and taught physical education at Jonathan Law High before moving on to the newly opened Joseph Foran High in 1973 to become Athletic Director and baseball coach, where he remained until his retirement in 1986. The athletic complex at Foran High is named in his honor. In addition to his full-time duties in the Milford school system and raising five children with Mary, Vito somehow found the time to coach part-time at Yale University for almost four decades. He was an assistant basketball coach under longtime friend Joe Vancisin from 1956 to 1973, where their 1969-70 squad shocked the legendary “Pistol” Pete Maravich and LSU in the finals of the Rainbow Classic tournament. Vito then moved over to football, where he served as an assistant freshman and varsity coach under good friend Carm Cozza from 1973 until 1992. Along the way, Vito touched the lives of many future professional athletes, including Calvin Hill, Dick Jauron, Gary Fencik, John Spagnola, Kenny Hill and Rich Diana, and his 36-year stint at Yale is believed to be the longest tenure of any coach in the University’s storied history. In his retirement, Vito served as a Commissioner of the West Haven Twilight Baseball League for almost two decades while also driving a bus for local school systems. He was also a longtime member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Vito and Mary were both devoted parishioners of the Church of the Holy Infant in Orange. Vito received many honors and awards along the way, including the West Haven Twilight League Gold Bat Award, the Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into the Greater New Haven Diamond and Tap-Off Club Hall of Fame. But personal accolades were never important to Vito, as he instead valued and took pride in being a positive influence on the lives of generations of young people. Vito was predeceased by his beloved wife Mary in 2014 and his beautiful granddaughter Nicole in 2015. Vito is survived by his five children: David and his wife Betsy (Dommer) DeVito of Wallingford, Nancy DeVito of Bethany, Michael and his wife Kathy (Park) DeVito of Orange, Robert and his fiancée Lisa Nolt of Hebron, and Susan (DeVito) Justice and her wife Noreen (Hartney) Justice of Burlington. He also leaves behind nine beloved grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
A private Military Service was held on April 30, 2020 in Orange Center Cemetery. Calling hours will be held at a future date to be determined. Arrangements have been entrusted to the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven. Sign Vito’s guest book online at
www.portofuneralhomes.net.
DiStefano, Constantino Andy
Constantino Andy DiStefano, age 77, of Milford, the beloved husband of Barbara McSweeney DiStefano, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 in Yale New Haven Hospital. Born in Bridgeport on February 25, 1943 to the late Domenico and Margaret (Bocchino) DiStefano, he has been a lifelong area resident. Andy was a retired plumber working for himself and with his Uncle Carmen Bocchino and with his good friend Rick Sekelsky. Andy was a dedicated and passionate family man. He was one to always put the needs of others first and was often found helping friends, relatives and neighbors with anything they needed. He gave his time to others selflessly and abundantly. He was a great and devoted husband, a loving brother to all his siblings and their families, a man who adored his two granddaughters and a father any child would be proud to have called Dad. Survivors in addition to his beloved wife of 55 years, Barbara, include his son, Rick DiStefano and his wife Gretchen of Milford; two granddaughters, Kayleigh (Kevin Muniz) and Sydney DiStefano; five brothers, Samuel (Lisa) DiStefano, Thomas DiStefano Kenneth (Diane) DiStefano, Ronald DiStefano, Harold DiStefano and, a special sister, Linda DiStefano; brother-in-law Jack (Brenda) McSweeney; sister-in-law Nancy DiStefano as well as many nieces and nephews. Andy was predeceased by his son Jeff and brothers Gerald, Larry and Dominick DiStefano. Due to the current health situation, the family has elected to have a private family service. A public memorial service to celebrate Andy’s life will be announced at a later time. The Adzima Funeral Home Stratford has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. For more information or to make an online condolence please visit www.adzimafuneralhome.com.
DiTirro, Jennie C.
Jennie Caterina DiTirro (aka Titina), age 90 of Milford, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at St. Raphael’s Hospital after a battle with COVID-19. She was born in Pastorano, Benevento, Italy on June 24, 1929. She was the daughter of the late Luigi Tirino and late Maria Paola-Tirino. She lived in Bridgeport for many years and moved to Milford where she was a member of St. Mary’s Church. She worked for Bryant Electric in Bridgeport and volunteered at the Milford Senior Center for many years. She enjoyed babysitting for her grandchildren and helped raise them all. She was an excellent cook who was well known for her homemade pasta and her legendary Italian cookies that she liked to serve with espresso and Anisette. Sunday dinners were very important to her where she made all of her homemade Italian favorites. She also enjoyed gardening and going for rides to the local farms. She took part in many recreational activities with her friends including Bingo.
She leaves behind her beloved children, daughter Maria E. Bertini and her husband Giuseppe Bertini of Milford, her late daughter Elena M. Auscavitch of Milford, and her son Frank A. DiTirro of Rocky Hill. Her beloved grandchildren, Jennifer Bertini-Cuomo of West Haven, Christina Bertini DeRubeis and her husband Jonathan of Milford, Steven R. Auscavitch and his wife Amaia Apellaniz of Pennsylvania, and Eric J. Auscavitch of West Haven. Her beloved great-grandchildren, Timothy Nicolia, Christian Cuomo, Jeremy Nicolia, and Eneko Apellaniz.
She also leaves behind her beloved brothers and sisters, Joseph Tirino and wife Gilda, Raffaella Oliver and husband Arnold, Gioconda Dimanto and husband Tony, Frank Tirino and his late wife Teresa, and John Tirino and his wife Brigita and Antonetta Recine who recently passed away. The two loving sisters, Antonetta and Jennie, came to the USA in 1950 together and have now passed a few weeks apart so they can now enter the gates of Heaven together as well. Jennie also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews.
Our family would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses at the St. Raphael’s Campus of Yale Hospice. Their kindness, devotion and love that they showed to Jennie in her last days will not be forgotten. Especially for the Angel, Meghan McMann, who assisted us.
Due to the current situation, a celebration of Jennie’s life will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford. To sign an online guest book or to send private condolences, please visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com. In lieu of flowers, and in memory of Jennie, we ask that you plant a flower in her memory.
Edmonds, Georgia
Georgia Edmonds, 75, passed away unexpectedly on May 1, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Helen and George Edmonds. She was a lifelong resident of Orange, CT and worked at Varca in Derby, CT for 28 years. Georgia loved music, Elvis and spending time with her family and friends. She took great pride in her home. She had such a beautiful soul, and she will be remembered for always having a smile on her face. She is survived by her sister, Charlotte Dunn, of Prospect, CT who lovingly cared for her, 2 nieces: Diane Webster and Christine Warren, and 1 nephew: William Dunn. Georgia was predeceased by her brother, Calvin Edmonds, whom she adored. Thank you to the staff of the West Haven Community Center and the many people who spent time with Georgia. Contributions may be made to the Woodland Church of Oxford, CT. A private ceremony will be held by the family. The Edward F. Adzima Funeral Home, 253 Elizabeth St., Derby is entrusted with her arrangements.
Esposito, Louis John
Louis John Esposito, 94, of Orange, beloved husband for forty-nine years of Connie Esposito, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 27, 2020. Born on June 24, 1925 in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late John Louis and Teresa (Piacente) Esposito.
Louis served in the Navy in World War II while stationed in Africa. Upon returning he began his own business, Town and Country TV, which he owned for 40 years. He was a devoted member of the CT Air and Space Center in Stratford, as well as a member of the Stratford VFW and American Legion in Orange. Louis loved boating, water skiing and downhill skiing with friends and family. He also loved traveling with his wife and being with family.
Louis is survived by his children Renee Esposito King (Lucian), Ralph Esposito, Bonni Sprague (Mark), and Richard (Stephanie Anderson) Esposito; his grandchildren David McClarin, Brian (Kendra) McClarin, Paige Woods (Nate), Leah and Emma Esposito, John (Nicole Swanson) Davis, Richard Esposito, Louis Esposito, and Ashley (Myles) Pickering; and his great-grandchildren Morgan, Jack, Abigail, Sean and Amelia. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews who he was very close to. Louis is predeceased by seven siblings.
All services will be private at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CT Air Space Center, 550 Main St., Stratford, CT 06615. To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.
Farace, Phyllis Niro
Phyllis Niro Farace, 82, of Orange, passed away May 21, 2020 at the Hospital of Saint Raphael. She was predeceased by the love of her life, Gerald Farace. Phyllis was born December 7th 1937 in Baranello, Province of Campobasso, Italy, daughter of the late Giuseppe and Anna (Colagiovanni) Niro. She leaves behind her loving sons, David Farace of Boynton Beach FL., Richard (Janice) Farace of Orange, her adoring grandchildren Gerald ll, Mary, Maria of Orange and Michael of San Jose CA. She also leaves her brother Michael Niro of Boca Raton FL and is predeceased by her brothers, Frank Niro, Nicholas Niro and Carl Niro.
Phyllis came to America at the age of 12 from humble beginnings. She married Gerald on May 30, 1959. Together, side-by-side, they owned and operated FARACE’S MARKET in Orange CT. from 1968 to 1984 until Gerald’s passing. Thereafter, Phyllis continued running the store with her sons and family-like employees until her retirement in 2000. To this day, loyal customers share their heart-warming memories of the town grocery store, reminiscing about the traditional holiday staples, the aroma of her baked goods, and the friendly, welcoming greetings they would receive. Customers became more like family and friends than just patrons.
Phyllis will be most remembered by her family for her love, wisdom, generosity and most of all the sharing of her Italian heritage through her cooking and life’s experiences. Nonni, as she was called by her grandchildren, always looked forward to their phone calls, asking for their favorites, whether it be her homemade cavatelli, meat sauce, chicken cutlets, cookies, pies or her chocolate cake which is referred to as her, “Masterpiece.” They were always eager to listen to her life stories as a little girl in Italy, traveling to a new country, marrying her husband, the store and her work ethic.
Phyllis was a devout Catholic and parishioner of Holy Infant Church in Orange where she volunteered, was a member of the Women’s Guild and former member of the Parish Council. She was a former volunteer for the Saint Raphael’s Auxiliary.
Phyllis will also be fondly remembered sitting at her kitchen table with her book full of
prayers that she religiously said every morning before she started her day. If she was unable to attend Sunday Mass due to health, weather or the recent pandemic, She would spend her day finding comfort and spiritual healing, watching up to 3 Masses.. Her family finds comfort through her unconditional love and devotion to her faith.
Due to the current Covid pandemic, all service will be held privately on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Infant Church 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange, CT. 06477. To leave an online message for the family, please visit our website:
www.westhavenfuneral.com.
Farrelly, James (Seamus) Joseph
James (Seamus) Joseph Farrelly, 85, most recently a resident of South Yarmouth, MA, beloved husband of Sheila Farrelly, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 13th. Born on August 1st, 1934 in Potahee, County Cavan, Ireland, he was the son of the late Sean and Rose Ann Farrelly.
Seamus grew up in Cavan, the oldest of nine siblings. He went on to attend St. Columban’s College in Dalgan Park, Co Meath. Seamus excelled on the Gaelic Football pitch, and in the classroom. A brilliant mind and endless capacity to learn, supported by a mantra to give nothing less than 100% effort. Traits that would follow him throughout his career. From there he joined the Columban Missionaries, and he spent several years in Japan as a young missionary, eventually earning a Master degree in Asian Studies from Seton Hall University. He left the Columbans in 1972 and eventually wound up in New York City, where he embarked on a second career in the insurance industry. Jim, as his professional friends and colleagues would come to know him, soon garnered the reputation in his professional field of always conducting business as a true gentleman, marrying his unparalleled work ethic with an unwavering commitment to integrity and respect for all of his colleagues. He was also known as an encyclopedia, of sorts. Whether it involved the interpretation of contract language or remembering the lineup of counterparties from contracts twenty years old…if you had a question, you knew where to turn. The relationships he forged throughout his career, but especially at Odyssey Re (previously Skandia America), would remain with him until his final days.
It was in New York City where Seamus eventually met Sheila, his loving wife of forty-two years. A group dinner at Neary’s on 57th Street, with some undertones of an arranged date, would lead to a marriage filled with love, spirituality, family and even some adventure. Seamus and Sheila grew together through their strong bond with their Catholic faith and a shared level of reverence to the relationships and support provided by their respective families. Seamus was a big fan of the arts, and he introduced Sheila to his love for classical music, particularly the opera. He had a fondness for photography that has been well documented in his treasure trove of photos and Kodachromes, most of which depict the happy times they spent with the friends and family they loved so dear.
After enjoying life together as a couple, including some time in Cincinnati, OH, exploring the local golf courses and midwest sushi houses, Seamus and Sheila moved back and settled in Westchester County, NY, where they welcomed their two sons, Sean and James. Seamus had already cemented his reputation as a loving husband and great friend and colleague, but fatherhood was yet another opportunity for Seamus to impact the lives of his family using the indelible characteristics he held so dear from youth. He loved his family unconditionally, and he showed this love through action and sacrifice. The examples are far too numerous to capture in totality, but the family understood one simple fact…Dad would be there. Whether shuttling the boys to sports or assisting with last-minute proofreading at 6AM, he was always there. No matter how seemingly trivial, he approached every task with passion and complete dedication, giving you the comfort that he was providing undivided attention and guidance. He remained heavily involved in the boys’ lives and worked tirelessly to guide them with the morals instilled in him through his strong faith and past life experiences. But Seamus’ actions will remain the strongest influence on his children, even above his wisdom on the attributes of good sushi and tolerable golf course etiquette. His love of family persisted until his final days, as he met and cherished his four granddaughters.
Seamus fought through a variety of ailments in most recent years with the same determination he exhibited throughout his life. He was cared for compassionately by his family, particularly his wife, Sheila, whose unwavering care allowed Seamus to live out his final years with the utmost dignity and grace, and his son, James.
Seamus will be remembered fondly by many. He will be missed by his loving wife, Sheila, their children, son Sean Farrelly and daughter-in-law Denise Farrelly, son Dr. James Farrelly, MD, and daughter-in-law Laura Farrelly, and four granddaughters, Corinne, Eden, Juliet, and Quinn. He will also be missed by his siblings, Bridget O’Rourke, Padraig Farrelly, Eileen Farrell, Rose Shaughnessy, Frank Farrelly, and Mary Bolderston, in addition to many nieces, nephews and family members. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Sean Farrelly and Ted Farrelly.
In light of the restriction in place due to the current pandemic, the family will not be having funeral services at this time. The family will have a memorial service to honor Seamus with the support of his family and friends once the current travel restrictions are lifted, and we will communicate the details at that time.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the following:
Missionary Society of St Columban https://columban.org/donate
Burke Rehabilitation https://www.burke.org/donate.
Fillmore, Helene
Helene M. Fillmore, 76, of Orange, beloved wife of the late Stuart W. Fillmore, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2020. Born on September 2, 1943 in Derby, she was the daughter of the late William and Helen (Horischak) Susko.
A lifelong resident of Orange, Helene was a graduate of Amity Regional High School and the University of New Haven, where she was employed for over 30 years.
Helene is survived by her children, Douglas (Jay Norris) Fillmore and Amy (David) Dalton; grandchildren, Mackenzie and Morgan Dalton; and extended family and friends. She was predeceased by her brother, William Susko.
Services will be private at this time. The family is being compassionately cared for by the staff at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society at www.lls.org. To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.
Fontana, Helen A.
Helen Alfiere Fontana, 83, of Orange, formerly of West Haven, entered into eternal rest on May 3, 2020. She was the wife of the late Richard P. Fontana, Sr. who was the love of her life. She leaves her daughter Donna Fontana-Bennett, her son Richard P. (Stacy) Fontana, Jr., her granddaughters Brooke (Tom) Caponegro and Erika Fontana, great-grandchildren Layla and T.J., her sister Emily Sarro and many nieces and nephews who she loved very much. In addition to her parents, James and Angelina (Bagnano) Alfiere, Helen was predeceased by her brothers, Ralph and James (Junie) Alfiere. In her earlier years, Helen worked as a waitress for Morrissey Catering and then later as a sales associate for Anderson Little and Zymol. She led an active social life ranging from taking trips to Atlantic City and Mohegan Sun, enjoying Sunday dinners with her family, spending time with her neighbors, and attending girl’s volleyball games at Amity High School cheering on her granddaughter and the rest of the Amity team. Helen was happiest surrounded by her large circle of family and friends, but enjoyed nothing more than being with her grandchildren. She will be deeply missed.
Due to the current pandemic, all services will be private. A celebration of Helen’s life will take place as soon as circumstances permit. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Yale New Haven Hospital (www.givetoynhh.org) To leave an online message for Helen’s family, please visit our website: www.westhavenfuneral.com.
Gahagan, Kathleen
Kathleen (Kathy) Gahagan, age 69, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 10, 2020, after battling acute myeloid leukemia (AML), at St. Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven with her youngest daughter Jackie by her side.
She was born May 23, 1950, in Rochester, NY, to the late Donald and Mary (Brophy) Foley. She was a 1968 graduate of Bishop Kearney High School and a 1972 graduate of the College of White Plains. She resided in Milford, CT for 27 years and was a resident of Sparta and Madison, NJ for the last 10 years of her life. She worked as a clinical trial coordinator for 29 years in the study management department at Bayer Pharmaceuticals and made many friendships during that time.
Kathy truly lived life to the fullest through adventure, travel, new experiences, spending time with her daughters and their families, and with her many friends. Kathy aimed for constant fun in her life. She is survived by her two daughters, Maggie Rylski (Scott) of Clermont, FL and Jackie Haffey (Drew) of Waterford, CT; four grandsons, Cole and Ryan Rylski, Griffin and Spencer Haffey; sister, Eileen Foley of Severna Park, MD; sister, Patricia Foley of Savannah, GA; brother, Mike Foley (Susan) of Lincoln, NE; sister, Teri Sciarabba (Tony) of Rochester, NY; brother, Tom Foley (Rosa) of West Haven, CT; brother, Bob Foley of Concord, NC and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her brother, Daniel Foley of Rochester, NY.
Family, friends, and others whose lives Kathy touched are invited to virtually grieve by visiting the Facebook Group page “Remembering Kathy Gahagan” at this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/224626518858283/?fref=nf. Funeral services will be planned for a date later this year. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/memorial-giving.html or CaringBridge at https://www.caringbridge.org/give?split=1100.
Gall, Joseph Louis
Joseph Louis Gall, 74, of Rocky Hill, passed away on April 12, 2020 at Autumn Lake in Cromwell. Born in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late Joseph and Viola (Geri) Gall.
Joe lived in Milford all of his life and was a beach kid. He worked as a machine operator for Rivet Manufacturing. Joe served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and was a member of the Milford VFW Post #7788.
Joe is survived by two sons, Daryl Gall and Ryan Gall, both of Stratford, a brother, Arland Gall of West Haven and a sister, Schari Gilmore of Milford.
Along with his parents, Joe was predeceased by two brothers, Stephen Gall and Robert Gall.
Joe was known for his great sense of humor and his laugh. He was always so generous in wanting everyone to enjoy their time together. He loved his family and always talked about his sons. He was very proud of them. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, talking walks to the docks. Almost, every summer, as a young man, with his family he would go to Beaverdale, PA to visit. Joe and his brothers would visit at Uncle Eddie’s house, sitting around drinking beers and laughing all night long. Such good memories of time together.
He was a jokester who loved calling his nephews “meatball heads”!
Growing up, he had a great friend Tommy, and my mother would say that he loved to hang out with his friend and drink Pepsi and eat potato chips! A loyal friend. Tommy and Joe joined the Navy together on the buddy system. He was like a second father to his sister. Even with the age difference like best friends. Having breakfast at the Bridgeport Flyer. He loved “Lasses” and their famous roast beef sandwiches.
When Steve and his brother Joe would get together – than would just laugh. A lot of laughter characterized much of his life. The wonderful staff at Rocky Hill VA said they will miss his smile.
We would like to thank everyone at the Rocky Hill State Veterans Home for their love, concern and great care for Joe. Thank you to all of his friends he made there too.
A service and burial with full military honors will be held at a later date due to Covid-19. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.
Gallagher, Michael C.
Michael C. Gallagher, age 53, of Orange, passed away on May 12, 2020. Born in Bridgeport on Christmas Eve, 1966, he was the beloved son of Carol A. Gallagher and the late Richard E. Gallagher. Michael was a graduate of Foran High School in Milford, Class of 1985. Michael was a great businessman and real estate agent who valued hard work, trust, and a person’s word. He began his working career at Santec Corporation of Milford in 1987 working as machinist and shop manager for 10 years. He then began a 23-year long career as a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Frascatore Realty, selling and buying homes for families across Fairfield County and the state of Connecticut. Michael was a devoted son, brother, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He was a loving and caring person who taught the importance of love for your family and most importantly, forgiveness of others. Michael was a loud and fun person with bright and endless humor; the life of the room. His family and friends will remember him for his charming and witty spirit that brought them laughter that will provide endless memories for us all to cherish. In addition to his loving mother, Carol, Mike will leave behind two children, John (Victoria) and Shane; a beloved grandchild, Ryan; brothers John, James (Mary), Tony (Lina), and Rick; sisters Emily and Donna; former wife and friend Karen; many nieces and nephews, and an endless number of friends. He was predeceased by his daughter, Shannon L. Gallagher and paternal father, Richard E. Gallagher. Due to the concerns about social gatherings affecting us all at this time, a private funeral and interment service will be held for the immediate family. Mike will be interred in Mount St. Peter Cemetery in Derby next to his beloved daughter. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, Trumbull and online condolences may be left by visiting us at www.abriola.com.
Gilbert, Emma Nora Lloyd
Emma Nora Lloyd Gilbert, 93, of Milford, entered into eternal rest on May 11, 2020. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond Gilbert. Emma leaves one brother, Franklin Lloyd, of Milford and was predeceased by her siblings Flora May Lloyd Main, Earl, Glenn, and George Lloyd. She was “Everyone’s Favorite Aunt” to many nieces and nephews: Earl Lloyd (Bonnie) of Torrington, Virgil Lloyd (Jean) of Chester, Kathleen Lloyd of NY, Robert Main, Jr. (Darlene) of MD, Judith Doherty (Thomas) of Milford, Merrilee Main (Donald Gerarde) of Milford, Susan Gardiner (Bruce) of Stratford, Linda Main of Derby, Larry Lloyd (Jaime) of FL, Glenn Lloyd (Melody) of MO, Marilyn Wooten of AZ, and Laurie Marshall of NY. Emma will be remembered by a great many friends from Fairfield Grace Methodist Church and by her many co-workers, colleagues, and caregivers.
Emma was an intelligent and hard-working career woman who was one of the first people to work with computers in the 60’s and 70’s. Companies she worked for include IBM, Sikorsky, and Pepperidge Farm. Emma enjoyed travel and was very proud to have visited all 50 U.S. States. Emma was also known for her playfulness and sense of humor, but mostly she will be remembered for her selfless and genuine care and concern for others.
Burial will be private with a memorial service to be planned in the near future in order to fully celebrate Emma’s wonderful life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to: Bridgeport Rescue Mission, 1088 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605 or Fairfield Grace Methodist Church, 1089 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield, CT 06825. West Haven Funeral Home at the Green is entrusted with arrangements. To leave a message for the family, please visit www.westhavenfuneral.com.
Hall, Kimberly Ann (Kimmie)
Kimberly (Kimmie) Ann Hall, 49 years old of Orange, passed away on April 19, 2020. Born October 19, 1970, she was the loving daughter of Ruth Williams (Herman) of Orange and Russell Hall of Coventry. Kim was the beloved girlfriend of Gary Devlin of East Haven. She loved her animals and enjoyed going to concerts at Mohegan Sun. Kim will be missed by family and many friends. She was an inspiration to all who loved her and never let illness break her spirit.
A memorial service will be celebrated at a later date to be announced.
Harrold, Robert J.
Robert J. Harrold, 73, of Naugatuck, CT, beloved husband of Bonny Harrold, passed away peacefully on April 9, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Bridgeport, CT on Christmas Day 1946, raised in Milford, CT on the beach.
Robert was a man who put his heart into his work. He was a floor and carpet installer but would always assist in any way he could with any project. He served in the US Army, stationed in Vietnam. But his absolute truest love was his family, his sisters, his brothers, his sons, and his grandchildren…And, of course, his Minnesota Vikings.
In addition to his wife Bonny, Robert leaves behind his beloved son, Eric (Noreen); his siblings, William (Debbie), Joseph (Maggie), Judy (Richard) Armstrong, Patricia (Carl) Kistner, James (Liz) Sherman, Charlotte (Bill) Sheehan; his beloved grandchildren, Amanda, Aimee (David) Bisher, Michael (Ariel), Ashley, Julia, and Savannah. As well as Spike and Harriet Olszewski. He was predeceased by his son, Michael; his sister, Margaret Sherman; his brothers-in-law, Mark Mashia, David Mashia and Samy Potvin; and his mother, Joan Harrold Sherman. He also leaves behind great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and extended family and friends who will all miss him dearly.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date due to the current global health situation. The family has been compassionately cared for by the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. To leave online condolences and find updates on the services, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralhome.com.
Hassenmayer, Ruth
Ruth Eleanor Miles Hassenmayer, age 90, was entered into eternal rest on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at her home of 61 years in Milford, Connecticut. She was born on April 10, 1930 in Stamford, Connecticut to her loving parents, the late Ralph Sylvester and Marion Mahogany Miles. Ruth was a proud homemaker, loving wife and loving mother to four sons. Ruth is survived by her loving husband Walter (Skip) of 71 years. Ruth and Skip were high school sweethearts, graduating together from Milford High School in the class of 1948. They were married on September 10, 1949 and had four sons, Thomas, James, Douglas and David. She was predeceased by both Doug and Dave. They moved to their current residence in Milford in 1959. Ruth was a twin to her brother, Bob Miles and one of five children, the others being Edward, Mary and Jane. She was predeceased by Edward, Mary and Bob. In addition to her husband Skip, Ruth is survived by her sons Thomas (Morgan) of New Haven, Jim of Orange, her daughters-in-law Kathleen Hassenmayer of Milford and Analida Hassenmayer of Fayetteville North Carolina. Also by grandsons Daniel of Orange, Robert (Tricia) of Orange, Edward of Fayetteville, North Carolina and Gerry (Dana) of Greenville, South Carolina and great-grandchildren Callen and Landyn. Ruth was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend of many. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Services and interment will be private and a memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at a later date to be announced.
Hedman, Robert
Robert Algot Hedman, 72, of Orange, CT, beloved husband of 48 years to Maryanne Hedman, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
Born on January 13, 1948 in Bridgeport, CT, he was the son of the late Algot and Emma Carlson Hedman.
Bob spent over 50 years in the commercial construction industry from designer to owner of a consulting firm. Most recently he was assisting the City of Bridgeport as owner’s representative for Bridgeport Public Schools. Bob with Maryanne, raised their family in Orange; he served as president of Orange Little League and coach; and was involved for many years with Orange Soccer Association as referee and coaching recreational to premier teams. Bob had a passion for UCONN Women’s Basketball, politics, and world history. He served in the Army Reserves and had a great love for his country.
His most memorable and precious times were those spent visiting with his grandchildren in GA.
He will be deeply missed from our family celebrations which he treasured; never to be the same without him. Bob had a devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ Who he has now joined.
Bob beamed with pride watching his children grow into loving, respectful, faithful adults; who he left too soon: Cyndi Brantley (Clayton) of GA, Robert V. Hedman (Anna) of Shelton, and Erik Hedman of Trumbull, his adoring grandchildren Fowler, Larsen, and Carlsen Brantley all of GA, sister Carol Vecchiarelli of Shelton, and extended family.
Interment will be private. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held during a safer time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.
Hmelovsky, Betty Ann
Betty Ann Hmelovsky, 83, of Milford, beloved wife of Francis J. Hmelovsky, passed away peacefully on April 26, 2020. Born on May 7, 1936 in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late Anna Neeley and her grandmother, the late Anna Meade. Betty was a graduate of Harding High School in Bridgeport. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and roller-skating in her spare time. Betty wore many hats throughout her life, working pay roll for the bank, clerical work, and her favorite job of mother. She will be missed dearly. In addition to her husband, Betty is survived by her children, Keith (Allison) Hmelovsky, Joseph Hmelovsky, and Marybeth (Pierre) Quinn; and grandchildren, Olivia and Adam. Services will be private at this time. The family is being compassionately cared for by the staff at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Mary Church (Precious Blood Parish), 70 Gulf St., Milford. To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.
Hope-Ross, Donald
Donald P. Hope-Ross, 81, of Milford, beloved husband of Ellen Hope-Ross, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2020. Born on February 11, 1939 in Trinidad, he was the son of the late Norris and Mayotte Hope-Ross. Along with his loving wife, Donald is survived by his children and their spouses Denis and Laura Hope-Ross, Jane and Jack Cobb, Alice and Robert Beringer, David Hope-Ross, and; six grandchildren, Hali, Connor, Ava, Emily, Douglas and Olive; siblings, Shelia MacSwiney and Malcom Hope-Ross. He was predeceased by siblings Peter and Daniel. Donald attended St. Marys College in Port of Spain, Trinidad then the University College Cork in Ireland, where he earned a PhD in chemistry. After marrying Ellen Hope-Ross, nee Collins and the birth of their first child Denis, the family returned to Trinidad. Three more children followed, Jane, Alice and David. Donald worked for Texaco Trinidad where he was promoted to Chief Chemist before moving with his family to the United States. Don settled in Milford, Connecticut where he became a cherished member of the community. Donald had a great love of the sea and enjoyed sailing, even windsurfing into his 70’s. He nurtured his children’s love of the sea tirelessly with patience and humor. With their friends, Donald and Ellen enjoyed sailing in the Caribbean, while building wonderful memories. Donald was devoted to his family and to his faith. He was thoughtful, generous and humble with a wonderful sense of humor. He was true to his values and lived them every day. He leaves a legacy of love, kindness, and a strong family that he built together with his loving wife. Services will be held at a later date. To leave online condolences, please visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.
Inzitari, Helen Gloria
Helen Gloria (Mancini) Inzitari, 91, passed away peacefully at Masonicare Nursing Home, Wallingford, CT, April 30, 2020, after a brief illness. Helen was known as “Gloria” to all. Helen was born in Stamford, January 15, 1929, to the late Anthony Mancini and Mary (DelPianto) Mancini. Upon getting married in 1950 to Ralph, the couple resided in Stamford. Helen, Ralph and family eventually re-located to Milford, where they became lifelong residents.
Helen was multi-talented musically, enjoying singing, dancing and playing the piano and accordion. She was a member of the St. Mary’s choir and the Senior Center in Milford, where Helen loved performing in the Senior Center Musicals on stage singing and dancing. She also enjoyed playing the piano frequently for the Senior Center. Helen received several awards from the Milford Senior Center for volunteering. Helen also played the piano for the seniors at the Masonicare Nursing Home until becoming ill.
Helen is survived by her children Linda, (Michael) McDaniel of Durham; Robert, (Kathy) Inzitari of Milford; Theresa Inzitari, (Billy Bonnie) of Waterbury, Leonard Inzitari of East Haven and Gloria Bisighini of Milford, CT. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Ralph of 65 years, her son Ralph, Jr., grandson Ralph III, and sisters, Philomena DeMarco and Theresa Mancini. Also surviving are brother, Joseph Mancini, Stamford and sister Nancy Cotellessa, of Wilton. Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arrangements have been entrusted to the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. Interment will be private. Services to be held at a later date. To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.
Jatlow, MD, Peter
Peter I. Jatlow, M.D., 84, passed away at his home peacefully on Monday, May 18, 2020 after a long illness. Dr. Jatlow served as Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Yale School of Medicine from 1984-2006. Most recently, he was Professor Emeritus of, and Senior Research Scientist in, the Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Psychiatry. His clinical interests were focused on clinical chemistry and toxicology. His research activities were primarily concerned with the clinical pharmacology of drugs of abuse, including nicotine and alcohol and he published some of the earliest studies of the clinical pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of cocaine. A fellow of the American Institute for the Advancement of Science, he was the author of more than 100 publications and was recognized with numerous awards and honors. Dr. Jatlow was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey and grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. He received his B.S. from Union College in 1957 and his M.D. in 1961 from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. After a mixed medicine-surgery internship at Montefiore Hospital in Bronx, New York, Dr. Jatlow spent four years as a resident and postdoctoral trainee in pathology and laboratory medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale School of Medicine. From 1966 to 1968, Dr. Jatlow was in the U.S. Public Health Service, where he set up the first pathology department for the Alaskan Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. In 1968 he returned to join the faculty of Yale School of Medicine where he remained for the balance of his career. Dr. Jatlow had a green thumb and enjoyed tennis and travelling with his family. He collected fountainpens and enjoyed wine and a good meal. He loved the outdoors and particularly enjoyed exploring the Four Corners region of the American Southwest and hiking the trails of Acadia National Park. He is survived by his beloved wife, Stephanie, two daughters, Allison Beitler and Julie Guilmette, two sons-in-law, Richard and Keith, and by his three grandsons, Gordon, Brian and Daniel.
A private graveside funeral service was held at the Beth Israel Cemetery, Orange, CT. The Weller Funeral Home, 424 Elm St., New Haven was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Connecticut Food Bank at www.ctfoodbank.org/ways-to-give or send 2 Research Pkwy., Wallingford, CT 06492-1929. To sign a memorial book, please visit: www.wellerfuneralhome.com.
Jones, Steven Edwin
Steven was born on June 30, 1959 to Edwin and Joan Jones of Milford. Steven was a graduate of Joseph A. Foran High School in Milford, where he was Captain of both the soccer and golf teams.
As an adult, Steven enjoyed playing softball, riding his motorcycle and spending time with family and friends. His last employment was providing custodial services for the Fairfield Board of Education.
Steven is predeceased by his mother, Joan Jones and brother-in-law, Robert Gresko. He is survived by his father, Edwin Jones of Milford, his sisters, Susan Gresko and Lisa Jones, also of Milford, and sister Leslie Meng of Orange, as well as 8 nieces and nephews, 3 grandnieces and 1 grandnephew.
Steven passed away on April 9 due to complications from Covid-19. The family would like to thank the incredible staff at Bridgeport Hospital and Vitas Hospice Healthcare for their care, compassion and dedication. We are grateful knowing that in his last days, he was given dignity and comfort.
Kacenski, Barbara M.
Barbara Kacenski, formerly of Branford and East Haven, died Monday, May 4, 2020 at West River Rehabilitation Center in Milford. She was the wife of the late Daniel Kacenski. Barbara was born in New Haven September 14, 1936, daughter of the late Walter and Elsie Herr Meier. She is survived by her daughter Lori Kacenski (John) of Milford. Her sons Donald Kacenski (Eileen) of North Branford, and Kenneth Kacenski (Pam)of Branford.
Her granddaughters Catie Kacenski Brooks (Ken), Karen Kacenski, and Carolyn Marlowe. Great-granddaughter Aela Brooks. Several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter Joan Kacenski, an infant son Daniel Kacenski Jr. and her sister Elinor Nowakowski.
She also leaves behind a second family. Her loving companion of 15 years Robert F. Treat (Bob) who was always by her side. Christine and Joe Castellano, and their children Joey, Mikey, Gianna, and Vinny. They all loved “Barbie Baby”.
Barbara dedicated her life to her family. Her granddaughters were the light of her life. She loved to cook, and tend to her many rose bushes. She enjoyed camping and boating, and would always catch the biggest fish. She loved to go to parades where she would cheer her sons marching by with the Stony Creek Fife and Drum Corps. She would accompany Bob to watch the kids play basketball, soccer, and football. She looked forward to going to the casino with Bob every Friday and stopping for a hotdog on the way home, and every summer they would all take a vacation at the beach.
A special thank you to all the staff at West River rehab for their exceptional care and compassion, and to the volunteers that were always there for her. You all know who you are.
Funeral services are private at this time. A memorial service will be held after the restrictions are lifted. For online memorial and guestbook, see www.wsclancy.com.
Kaoud, Saliba A.
Saliba Abraham Kaoud, 83, of Orange, CT passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020. He was born in Jerusalem, Palestine on September 26, 1936, immigrating in 1966 with his family from Ramallah, Palestine to Long Island, NY, and settling in Orange, CT in 1975. A successful entrepreneur, Saliba worked hard for his family. He impacted those around him with his lively personality, jokes and story-telling. Saliba was especially loving and protective of his family. We will miss him dearly. Saliba was the beloved husband of Julia Kaoud, of Orange. He was predeceased by his beloved daughter Renda Kaoud Margieh, his parents Abraham and Rhameh Kaoud, his brother Hannah and sister Naiemeh. Survived by children Sana Margieh (wife of Mounder Margieh predeceased), Elham Kaoud, Abraham (Maggie) Kaoud, Ayman (Roula) Kaoud, Victoria Kaoud Wilde, his siblings Jamil Kaoud, Jamileh K. Muhaweih, Fadwa K. Baba, fourteen grandchildren, two great-granddaughters and a great-grandson on the way, as well as uncountable family and friends.
Due to the current health crisis, services are private, with memorial services to be held at a later date. West Haven Funeral Home at the Green is entrusted with arrangements. To leave a message for the family, please visit www.westhavenfuneral.com.
Ladra, Marietta
Marietta Ladra, 86, of Milford, beloved wife of the late Frank Ladra, passed away peacefully on April 19, 2020. Born on July 10, 1933, in Libelice, Slovenia, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Helena Vodnik.
She came to New York with her family in 1960 and they settled in Bridgeport five years later. Until the youngest of her four children started school, she was a stay at home mom. Later, she was employed as a cook and housekeeper for Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Stratford. Marietta was a faithful parishioner of both St. Mary and St. Ann Churches in Milford. She was an excellent cook and a very loving, humble and nurturing person. Marietta’s joy was her garden full of fruits, vegetables and her beloved roses.
We all remember our mother as a songbird, forever singing while overcoming all of life’s obstacles. Our mom is now free to fly over her beloved Slovenia once more and then on to heaven where our dearest daddy is waiting for her.
Marietta is survived by her children, Franciska (Lovro) Vodusek, Veronika Nowicki, Maria (Jeffrey) Proud and Joseph Ladra; her grandchildren, Gregory (Mateja) Grcar, Eric (Michelle) Peet, Max Nowicki III, and Alex Ladra; and six great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at West River Rehab Center, especially CNAs Berta and Paul who took such loving care of her and treated her like family.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Mary Church at a future date. The family is being compassionately cared for by the staff at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.
Listorti, Rayomond J. Sr.
In loving memory, of Raymond J Listorti Sr., son of Josephine M Listorti (mother-deceased) and Raymond F Listorti (father-deceased) born on May 10, 1951 passed away on Apirl 15, 2020, due to health complications.
Raymond J Listorti Sr. is survived by spouse Debra A Listorti of 18 years, his 2 daughters, Lisa M Listorti, Kristine A Listorti, and son Raymond J Listorti Jr. He is survived by (sister) JoAnn Shults, (brother in-law) Randy Shults, (sister) Judy Hese, and (brother in-law) Don Hesse.
Ray, loved to spend time with his 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. His grandchildren are Nicole A Listorti, Andrew R Baum, Brianna L Garrison, Raymond J Listorti III and Mark J Petremont jr. Great grandchildren are Laycee-Lynn M White and Anuel A-J Raymundo.
He was also known to the community as, Big Guy, Big Ray, and to all poppy. Ray, was kind to everyone he came in contact with, he was big hearted, compassionate, fun to be around, and always gave good advice.
Ray, served in the Navy during the Vietnam War between 1971 and 1975. After serving, he worked at Connecticut Light and Power for several years, before, becoming a bus driver for Winkle Bus Co. He loved to spend time with his family and friends. He will forever be missed, by not only, his family,and friends, but, to a community that will miss his big heart. Services and a memorial fund will be postponed at this time until further notice.
Mainiero, Vincent America
Vincent America Mainiero, age 89, of Milford, husband of Elizabeth Long Mainiero, died on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. The son of the late Vincent and Grace DelVecchio Mainiero, he was born on March 29, 1931 in Bridgeport. Upon graduating from Tufts University, Medford, MA in 1953, after one year of training, he served as an undercover agent for the Army Counter Intelligence Corps in Hokkaido, Japan for two years. He was one of the three founders of The Trumbull Times newspaper, worked in public relations, and retired at the age of 57 as a Senior Civil Rights Investigator for the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights. He was co-founder of the Cursillo Movement of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport and co-founder and first president of the College Graduates Club of Bridgeport. He belonged to the Milford Yacht Club for 15 years. He was a member of the Bridgeport Area Cultural Italian Organization, the Bridgeport Community Historical Society and the Lifetime Learners of Norwalk and Stratford. Vin and his wife, Beth, the retired director of the Greenwich, CT Library, visited over 80 foreign countries, including a trip to Antarctica where they romped on the land with penguins, and five trips to Italy because he spoke Italian fluently. He visited his Italian ancestral town and house three times. Vin and his wife traveled to Iceland, Robinson Crusoe, Easter and the Galapagos Islands; cruised the Amazon, Rhine, Nile, Danube and France’s Saone, Rhone and Seine Rivers, the fjords of Norway into the Arctic Circle to the Russian border and multiple cruises to the Caribbean. Because of his three photo safaris in Africa (Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Tanzania), he was a supporter of the African Wildlife Foundation, Back to Africa, the World Wildlife Fund and the National Wildlife Federation. In 2009, he and his wife were featured on a CBS network program on civil rights: he as a retired civil rights investigator and she for having desegregated the Martinsville, VA library while she was its director. In October 2011, he and his wife were selected by Pueblo Ingles, an English language immersion program for Spanish business people, to attend an all-expenses-paid 8-daysession in Spain coaching Spaniards in conversational English. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his step-children, their spouses and their children: H. Morrow Long and his wife Amy, and Benjamin, Ethan and Michaela of Hamden, Lisa Hothem Mendis and her husband, David Mendis, and Daniel and Riley Hothem, Katherine and Martha Mendis of Arlington, VA, Bonnie Gorman and her husband Dr. Bryan Gorman, and Liam and Colin of Laurel, MD, Kimmo Long and his wife, Najla Alrawan, and Yasmina of Columbia, MD, four generations of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters; Teodolinda Giordano, Eleanora Rovello, Dolores Pellegrino, Ann Mathews and Angelina Scinto, and brothers, Joseph, Mario and Anthony Mainiero. The youngest of nine children, he was born in St. Vincent Hospital, Bridgeport, (hence his first name) whereas all his siblings were born in Italy because, although his father was a naturalized American citizen. While living in Italy, his father was forcibly drafted into the Italian Army in World War I, was gassed and a prisoner of war. Having served in a foreign army, he lost his American citizenship. It took his father 25 years to get back into the United States with Vin’s siblings. In gratitude, his father added America as Vin’s middle name. A memorial service for Vin may be held at a later date. Burial will be in his wife’s family plot in Druid Ridge Cemetery, Baltimore MD. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Yale Cancer Center, PO BOX 208028, New Haven, CT 06520 for cancer research. To leave an online condolence, please visit, www.gregoryfdoylefuneralhome.com.
Masterson, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Masterson, known to her family and friends as Pebbles, 56 of Orange died on February 12, 2020. She is survived by the love of her life, Kevin Yankee, her son Sean Masterson and daughter in law Julie Masterson, many nieces and nephews, and last but not least her furry companions Daphne, Hazel and Sissy cat.
Predeceased by her; son Jeffery Masterson, sister Anne Masterson-Lebwohl and parents Evelyn Patricia Nolan and Michael Patrick Masterson.
Pebbles was born in Bridgeport, CT on May 10, 1963. She grew up in Stratford and graduated Bunnell High School in 1981. She had strong connections with Ireland and lived several years in Portland Oregon before moving back to Connecticut.
Pebbles was and will always be a loving energy in this world. She worked incredibly hard to raise her son Sean into the man he is today, sacrificing so much to ensure that he had a great life and always knew that he was loved. Pebbles would give you the shirt off her back and the last dollar in her pocket. She cared so much for so many and her legacy of love and happiness lives on in the lives of those she touched. She was a compassionate, loyal friend and a strong advocate for pet adoption. She was happiest in nature with her dogs and her soulmate and her later years were filled with the joy of the love of her family.
Though your light may have dimmed it was never extinguished,
the flicker lives on in the ones that you loved.
Together these flames burn brighter than ever,
They burn for you now to see from above.
McGrath, Joanne K.
Joanne K. McGrath, 92, of Trumbull, beloved wife of George T. McGrath, passed away on April 10, 2020. She was born on March 28, 1928 in Bridgeport, CT to the late Charles and Katherine McGill.
Joanne was a graduate of Stratford High School, and former Junior College of the University of Bridgeport, and Graduate of Saint Vincent’s School of Nursing.
She was very active in her Church (Most Precious Blood) in Trumbull and spent countless hours giving back to her community through many nonprofit organizations such as St. Joseph’s Manor where she served as President of the Ladies Guild for many years. She devoted much of her time to PTA in the Town of Trumbull, along with spending quality time with her family and friends. Joanne also was a loyal customer of Bills Drive In in Monroe where she could be found with her husband George having breakfast. Joanne was always a champion for the needy and the less fortunate folks in her community. Her pride and joy was always her two sons, Kevin and Christopher (Mic) McGrath, but the apple of her eye was her four grandchildren, and the recent addition of her great-granddaughter, Giovanna.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years of marriage, George McGrath; her son, Kevin (Susan) McGrath of Milford; her son, Christopher (Sharon) McGrath of Durango, Colorado; and her grandchildren, Kevin (Jackie) McGrath Jr. of West Haven, Erin (Eric) Morabito of Trumbull, and Finnegan and Grady McGrath of Durango, Colorado. She was predeceased in death by her brothers, Charles (Harry) and John McGill; and her son, Jeffery McGrath.
No services will be held at this time. Memorial contributions in memory of Joanne K. McGrath may be made to: The Abbey of Regina Laudis, 273 Flanders Road, Bethlehem, CT, 06751. The family has been compassionately cared for by the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.
Milewski, Anne
Anne Milewski, 100, of Milford, beloved wife of the late Milton Milewski, passed away peacefully at Milford Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center on May 4, 2020. Born on April 7, 1920 in Bridgeport to the late Joseph and Pauline Pavlosky, Anne was a 1937 graduate of Warren Harding High School.
Anne married Milton, her beloved husband of 62 years in 1941. They settled in Stratford where they raised their four children. Anne was an excellent home-maker; her home was always beautifully maintained along with her flower gardens. For many years, she and Milton hosted all the festive holiday gatherings for their family. It was during these times that her cooking and decorating talents were highlighted. Anne was also a bird and animal lover and for several years she raised miniature poodles.
Anne was a member of Mill River Country Club for 46 years. There, she enjoyed golfing, bowling, and playing bridge and pinochle with “the girls”. She was also an avid fan of the New York Yankees and UCONN Women’s Basketball, but the activity she enjoyed the most was casino gambling. She made weekly bus trips to the casino until she was 90 – always managing to come home with “some of my money”.
In addition to her parents and husband, Anne was predeceased by her sisters, Pauline and Helen Pavlosky, Frances Monsam (Peter), and Bertha Iacurci (Victor); sister-in-law, Regina Adams (John); brother-in-law, Leroy Milewski; and son-in-law, James Sobanski.
Survivors include her daughters, Virginia Sobanski and Paula Grivalsky; sons, Richard Milewski (Kathleen) and Milton Milewski; grandchildren, Jenifer Basroon (Andy), Dana Harre (Jim), Rick Milewski (Adrienne), Kati Piselli (Donato), Christian Grivalsky (Jill), Jaime Aldrich (Ryan), and Jessica Grivalsky; great-grandchildren, Jason and Jessica Basroon, Brennan, Mollie, and Kellie Harre, Jackson and Griffin Milewski, Nicholas, Lucas, and Tessa Piselli, Claire and Paige Grivalsky, and Evan and Olivia Aldrich; and many nieces and nephews.
Special recognition must be given to the staff at Milford Healthcare for the loving care and compassion shown to our mother. The family would especially like to thank nurses, Michelle Olsen and Laurie Mullinex, aides, Claudette and Debbie, and the dedicated staff in the Covid-19 unit.
Burial will be private. Services will be held at a later date. The family is being compassionately cared for by the staff at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter, 2911 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, CT 06518 or at http://alz.org/ct. To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.
Moccia, Mario P.
Mario P. Moccia, 92, of Orange, beloved husband of the late Patrizia (Corapi) Moccia, passed away peacefully in his home on May 15, 2020. Born on June 25, 1927 in Stamford he was the son of the late Carmine and Anna (Storiale) Moccia.
Mario spent his childhood growing up on a family farm in Orange. His family then moved to Derby and he graduated from Derby High School in 1946, delivering a speech at commencement on Atomic Energy. Mario worked at Winchester Arms Company where he met Patty. The two married and settled in Orange, where they lived for 67 years raising their family under his motto “Family First”. Mario always lent a hand to his family and neighbors, often fixing cars, lawn mowers and VCRs, touting the phrase “Waste not want not”. He retired in 1988 from Avco Lycoming (Textron), where he was employed as a Quality Inspector on the turbine engine now housed at the Smithsonian Art & Space Museum. After retiring, Mario was content to spend time and share wisdom with his family and friends; he enjoyed playing cards with family, swimming at the town pool, working tirelessly in his yard and continuing to learn more about the world around him with his wife and family by his side.
Mario is survived by his sister Delores Moore; children, Barbara (Tom) Rhoads, Mario (Edie) Moccia, II, Andrea (the late Tom) Rebollar, and James “Jim” Moccia; grandchildren, Kristyn (Paul), Jaclyn (Brian), Michael (Amanda), Mark (Alexandra), Kaitlyn (James) and Vinny; great-grandchildren, Joey, William, and Claire. He was predeceased by his brother Anthony Moccia and his sister Jennie D’Amico. Mario’s family is especially thankful to his wonderful caregivers Whitney, Marion, Kathy and Christine.
All services will be private at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Masonicare Hospice. The family is being compassionately cared for by the staff at Cody-White Funeral Home 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460. To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.
Rodrigues, John L.
On Friday, April 10, 2020, John L. Rodrigues, loving husband and father of two children, passed away at the age of 63 in Milford, Connecticut were he resided for the last 20 years.
John was born on May 20, 1956 in Pedrario, Portugal to the late Antonio and Gracinda Rodrigues. Prior to his retirement, he spent 30 years in the construction industry as a laborer. On September 12, 1987 he married Maria A. Oliveira. They raised two children, Christopher and Natalie Rodrigues.
John had a passion for soccer and pool. He loved playing and showing off his skills in the many leagues he belonged to over the years. He was known for his personality and contagious smile, which will be missed.
John was preceded in death by his father Antonio and mother Gracinda. He is survived by his wife Maria; his children, Christopher and Natalie; his siblings Maria, Bina, Jamie, Del, and Beth; and his many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Due to the current circumstances we are unable to have a service in his memory. Once restrictions are lifted, the family will conduct a mass in his honor to celebrate his life.
Roy, Richard G.
Richard G. Roy, 75, of Milford, CT, beloved wife of Mary (Marlene) Roy for 56 years, passed away peacefully on April 26, 2020 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Born on April 5, 1945 in Milford, he was the son of the late Roger and Mary Roy.
Richard was an avid walker and fisherman and also greatly enjoyed watching the Yankees, Patriots, and especially UCONN women’s basketball. He loved his daily rides in his navy blue Monte Carlo with coffee and sitting at the Milford beaches while reading his paper. He loved his weekend nights out dining at different restaurants around town, as well as vacationing all around the world with his wife. Richard’s biggest joy was spending time with his daughter and granddaughters.
Richard leaves behind his daughter, Kathleen Sosa and husband Luis Sosa; granddaughters, Madison and Skylar Sosa; sisters and brothers-in-law, Richard and Barb Kullberg, John and Debby Mikienis, Dave and Michaela Jacquelin, Michael and Melissa Wrigglesworth and Marie Roy; several nieces and nephews; and cousins, Richard and Claire Jackson and Lucille Greenhill. He was predeceased by his son, Richard Jr. Roy; mother, Mary Roy; and brother, Joseph Roger Roy.
Due to the current pandemic restrictions, a celebration of Richard’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mesothelioma Research Foundation. The family is being compassionately cared for by the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.
Root, Dorothy Viola
Dorothy Viola Root, 100, of Milford, CT passed away on April 19, 2020 at Milford Health and Rehab.
Born on February 17, 1920 in Milford, she was the daughter of Joseph M and Rose Casella Viola. She was the beloved wife of Edwin Isaac Root for 72 years.
After graduating from Milford High School, she attended Stone School of Business in New Haven, CT.
Dorothy served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1942 to 1944 where she was stationed in Milledgeville, GA and Bronx, NY. After she enlisted, she wrote and asked her fiancé, Ed, who was in the U.S. Army at the time, if he would be ok with her enlisting in the Navy, to which he wrote back, I expect you already have, and of course, she had. During leave, they got married at St Mary’s Church on February 6, 1943. She worked for her brother George as a bookkeeper at Page Motors, then for Eldorado Tool, retiring in 1985.
She is survived by her two children, her son, Robert E. Root and his wife, Joan Root of Milford, and her daughter, Susan R. Cipolla of Hillsborough NC; grandchildren, Victoria Casella and her husband, Erik Casella, Jeffrey Root of San Diego, CA, Patrick and James Root of Milford, Michael Ryan and Kristen R. Jones and her husband, Andrew of Mebane, NC; and great-grandchildren, Arianna, Avery, Anthony, Melanie, Abigail, Harper and Ella.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Ed Root, and her five brothers, Carl, George, Nicholas, Johnny and Art Viola.
There will be no calling hours, a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Milford Health and Rehab 195 Platt St., Milford, CT 06460.
Schuessler, George William
George William Schuessler, age 88, of Shelton entered into rest on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at Bridges by EPOCH at Hingham in Trumbull. He was the devoted husband of 30 years, together for 44 years to Dixie (Lee) Schuessler. George was born in Shelton on May 6, 1931, the son of the late Adam F. and Miriam M. (Zwoyer) Schuessler. Served & Honorably Discharged from the US Marines 1951-1954. He was the Deputy State Entomologist for the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven for many years before his retirement. George loved everything about nature and enjoyed being outside tinkering with his many collections of items. Most of all, he cherished spending time with his family. George was the beloved father of George W. Schuessler, Jr. and his wife Adrienne, Lynn Gerace, Daniel Schuessler and his wife Barbara, Thomas Schuessler and his wife Mona, stepfather to Richard Sherwood IV and his wife Deborah, Debra Fichtel and her husband Harold and Diana Wickman and her husband David, and brother of Lorraine North and uncle to her five children. He was the loving grandfather of Catherine Schuessler, Edward Jeracka, Gianna Gerace, Emily Schuessler, Erik Schuessler, Brandon Schuessler, Amanda Schuessler, Richard Sherwood V and his wife Christina, Michael Sherwood and his girlfriend Amy Patnode, Rachel Serrano and her husband Freddy, Jason Fichtel, Katherine Memolo and her husband Shawn, Kaitlyn Casey and her boyfriend Robert and Paul Casey, Jr. and his fiancé Emily and great grandfather of Avery Sherwood, Nathan Sherwood, Natalie Memolo and Makenzie Memolo. Due to the current pandemic health crisis his memorial service with military honors will be held at a future date to be announced for the public to support George’s Family. The family requests memorial contributions may be made to the Spooner House, 30 Todd Road, Shelton, CT 06484. The Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Rd., Shelton is entrusted with his arrangements. Friends may leave condolences at www.riverviewfh.com.
Silano, Marie
Marie Silano, age 62 entered into rest on Friday, May 22, 2020. Marie was born in Bronx, NY on January 1, 1958 to the late Edward DiBene and Josephine (Previti) Bradley. She resided in Milford with her loving husband Peter Silano of 36 years. Marie’s devotion to her faith, family, and friends will remain in our hearts forever. Marie was the beloved mother to five children, Jessica MacDaniel and her husband Finn of Orange, Angela Wiley and her husband Christopher of West Haven, Elaina Silano of Milford, Felicia Silano and her husband Marcos of Bridgeport, and Peter Silano Jr of West Haven. She was a loving grandmother to 10 grandchildren, Rui, Annabella, Finn, Cassandra, Dylan, Brody, Zoey, Max, Zachery, and Penelope. She was the sister of Theresa Sheilds and her husband Bobby of Sharon Springs, NY, Anna VonGeible and Mario DiBene. Marie was predeceased by her brothers Gaetano DiBene, Edward DiBene, Vito DiBene, and sister LeeAnn Cagna. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Marie dedicated her life to her family, especially her beloved grandchildren. She was known for her hospitality, specifically her cooking. She was the happiest with a house full of friends and family and a pot of sauce on the stove. All were always welcome at her home, no matter the circumstances. She touched the lives of many and was known as a “second mother” to her children’s friends. Marie loved the beach and spent most of her life living on the coast in Milford. You could often find Marie at the beach with her grandchildren, playing in the sand and swimming in Long Island Sound.
The family would also like to extend a huge thank you to all their family and friends for their outpouring of generosity and expressions of sympathy during this difficult time. Due to social distancing, we cannot all be together to celebrate Mom and “Grandma Rie”. The family requests that during this time, take a moment to remember Marie by taking a walk at Walnut Beach or cooking with family. Due to the current pandemic health crisis, her memorial service will be held at a future date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Peter Silano and donations will be made to a charity of his choice. Please visit www.pisteyfuneralhome.com to express condolences.
Slawsky, Halina
Halina Slawsky, 80, of Orange, CT, wife of the late Richard Slawsky, passed away after a brief hospital stay on April 27, 2020. Born on March 26, 1940 in Lvov, Poland, she was the daughter of the late Wladyslaw and Salomea Wilczek. She and her family were displaced from Poland to Austria during World War II, and were refugees in Italy and France before settling outside London, England in 1949.
After graduating from Wall Hall Teachers College in England, Halina became an elementary school teacher in London. She then became a flight attendant for British Airways, traveling the world and eventually meeting her husband, Richard, in New York. Together they moved to Orange, CT in 1976, where she raised two sons. In 1995 she returned to work as a special education aide in the Orange school system, retiring after 20 years.
She was a lifelong lover of theater and music, and was active in the greater Orange community for over 40 years as a member of the Orange Players Theater Group and the New Haven Chorale. She was a devoted parishioner at Holy Infant Church, where she sang in the choir.
She is survived by her children Christopher Slawsky of New York, NY; Gregory Slawsky and his wife Annsley of Pelham, NY; her grandchildren Jared and Susannah Slawsky; and her brother, Boguslaw Wilczek of Reading, England.
All services will be private at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Orange Players, Inc., 605 Saddle Ridge Rd., Orange, CT 06477 (orangeplayers.net). Arrangements are being handled by the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460. To leave online condolences, please visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.
Stevens, Virginia Emily
On May 8, 2020, our Mom, Virginia Emily Stevens, died at the age of 87 due to Coronavirus complications.Born in Milford, CT to Gladys and Frederick Schneider. She married her longtime friend, Robert Leroy Stevens in 1951 at Woodmont Union Chapel. Mom and Dad were long-term residents of Milford. Upon Dad’s passing in 1984, Mom downsized and moved to her Condo in West Haven, CT.
She was a mom, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is survived by her daughters, Gloria M. Stevens of NYC, New York, Janet Cookson of Poland, Maine, Penny Lee Stevens of Woodstock, Georgia and son Robert Leroy Stevens, Jr of Savannah, Georgia. She is also, survived by 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.Survivors also include her sister Marjorie Hinds as well as many nieces, nephews, great -nieces, great nephews, and friends.She is predeceased by her sister Claire Hitchcock, brothers Frederick Schneider (Fritz), John Schneider and Carl Schneider.
Peter H. Viola, 60, of Milford, passed away on May 9, 2020. Born on April 2, 1960 in Milford, he was the son of the late Paul N. and Jane M. Viola.
Peter loved his job at the Schick Cafeteria in Milford where he worked for 31 years up until 2009. There he served as a cashier/catering assistant for luncheons and other food events. Peter was well liked and made many long lasting friendships with his fellow coworkers.

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