Obituary: Ceasar Theodore Anquillare, 88, Beloved Father, Grandfather

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May 252016

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 12.27.20 PMCeasar Theodore Anquillare, 88, husband of the late Louise Cortese Anquillare, passed away at Avery Heights on May 23, 2016 after a long illness.

Born a fourth generation descendant in New Haven on December 29, 1927 to the late Theodore & Antoinette Buonocore Anquillare.

Ceasar will be remembered by his sons, Dr. Joseph Anquillare & his wife Teresa of Newington, Ceasar Nicholas Anquillare JP of Woodbridge; grandchildren, Emma, Luisa, & Joseph Anquillare; dear companion, Ursula Michaelis of Monroe; brother, Louis Anquillare & his wife Rosemary of West Haven; sister-in-law, Isabelle Cortese of Milford. Predeceased by his sister, Marie Apuzzo and sister-in-law, Rina Cortese.

Ceasar grew up in West Haven before moving to Orange where he has resided for the last 61 years. He was a graduate of Bentley University and New York University. He was the founder of his accounting firm located in West Haven. Ceasar was commended by the Connecticut Society of CPA’s as one of the longest practitioners after being licensed for 60 years. In 1965,

Ceasar traveled throughout the United States to assist with the enactment of Medicare then signed by President Lyndon Johnson. He served on various industry boards and committees to promote healthcare for the elderly, regardless of income. In his later years, Ceasar donated much of his professional time to small businesses, churches, and charity organizations in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and the New Haven area.

His family would like to thank the employees of Avery Heights in Hartford for their amazing care during Ceasars time with them.

Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the BEECHER & BENNETT-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave, West Haven.

Funeral from the funeral home on Thursday, May 26th at 9:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 10:00 a.m. followed by entombment in St. Lawrence Mausoleum.

Contributions in Ceasar’s memory be sent to the American Cancer Society, 38 Richards Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854. To send a condolence to the family see obit at www.beecherandbennett.com 

May 252016

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 11.05.47 AMWTNH-8 Reported some very sad news this morning:

Middlebury Police say one person was killed in a car accident there Tuesday morning.

Police got a call at 9:14 a.m. for a car that had hit a tree on the side of the road near the intersection of South Street and Long Meadow Road. 

When police got there they pulled Robert Graham, 45, of Orange from the car. He was unresponsive.  Emergency crews administered CPR. He was taken to Waterbury Hospital and pronounced dead.

A family friend contacted Orange Live this morning requesting help for his wife and children.

The text from a new GO FUND ME page is as follows:

The 8th grade Amity Force travel basketball team is asking for your help.   Rob Graham, Tessa’s dad, passed unexpectedly today.   Our hearts and prayers are with all of them at this time.

As some of you know, and some may not know, they were in the  middle of moving to Pennsylvania where Tara’s family is from.   Their house is on the market and were hoping to make the transition after the school year ended.

Instead of sending flowers or a fruit basket, we thought it would be most helpful if we could help them defray any costs of their move or any expenses that may suddenly arise.

We thank you for any support and help that you may be able to provide.

Obituary: Jane McDonald, 82, Always Ready To Lend A Helping Hand

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May 232016

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 9.39.07 PMJane F. McDonald, 82, of Orange, entered into eternal rest on May 19, 2016 at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford.

She was the devoted wife of the late Daniel McDonald and died on the thirtieth anniversary of his death.

Jane was born in Waterbury on June 16, 1933, daughter of the late Timothy and Kathleen (McGee) Ferris and the favored niece of the late Alice McGee. Jane grew up in Waterbury and graduated from Crosby High School and Katherine Gibbs School.

Jane married Dan on February 16, 1957 and shortly thereafter moved from Middlebury to the Black Rock Section of Bridgeport, where she raised her family. When the children were grown, Jane entered the workforce, first doing tax returns for H&R Block before getting her Connecticut real estate license and working as an agent for numerous agencies in Fairfield.

Jane was the beloved mother of the late Anne K. Ferrari, and her husband, Mark, of Westwood, MA, David J. McDonald, and his wife, Sharon, of Easton, CT, the late Carol M. McDonald, Lynne M. Harding, and her husband, Larry, of Annapolis, MD, and Sheila J. Quickel, of Middletown, DE.

Jane is survived by her brother, Robert Ferris, and his wife, Mary, of Falmouth, MA; her brothers-in-law, Francis McDonald, and his wife, Mary, John McDonald, Paul McDonald, and his wife, Eileen, and Vincent McDonald, all of Middlebury, CT; her sister-in-law, Julie McDonald, of Arlington, MA, seven adoring grandchildren, Daniel and Matthew Ferrari, Emily McDonald, Timothy, Meaghan, and Claire Harding, and Haley Quickel; and by many nieces and nephews.

Jane also loved her many friends and was always ready with a smile and a helping hand. She loved to golf, bowl, play bridge, and to vacation on Cape Cod.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, from 4-8 pm in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, in Fairfield Center.

On Tuesday, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. DIRECTLY at St. Ann’s Church, 481 Brewster Street, Bridgeport.

Interment will follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Stratford.

The family prefers donations to the Anne K. Ferrari Scholarship at Westwood High School, C/O: Mark Ferrari, 53 Westchester Drive, Westwood, MA 02090.

For travel directions or to sign her online register, please visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com 

May 182016

10687029_882465481772430_5111323056979851469_nIn May, 2012, I posted the following message on this website as a way of introducing myself to new readers:

My name is Terri Miles, I’ve been covering the Town of Orange for about 15 years, first with the Amity Observer and then for an online news site. I was moved to start my own site because of a strong desire to give Orange residents what they want and deserve, a 24/7 news site without fillers, regional stories or blogs. Just news and events from YOUR town and your children’s High School. Why? Because I know you and I care. A relative financed the domain name and other little details for me so I wouldn’t go stir crazy after departing from my last job.

Orange Live has been online for four years, offering Orange residents news from their town and Amity High School, which is attended by the majority of Orange students.

Since Orange Live has been up, it’s rare that I’ve wavered from the promise to be your exclusive Orange news site (with news from Amity High School). Of the 6,419 stories published, there have been 10-13 out-of-town stories ONLY because they are high profile and likely affect everyone in some way. (The Maren Sanchez murder, Kevin Brennan suspension, food and product recalls)

Screen-shot-2012-06-26-at-12.42.34-PMOrange Live has stuck to its political policy although some politicians choose to challenge me on it — you will see more of that in the coming months.

Our advertising rates have remained the most reasonable in the area of any medium and those who choose to advertise see results and appreciate the hands-on service, and not having to go through several departments to get what they want.

If someone has a concern I look into it and get answers as fast as possible.

Missing animals are a big draw to Orange Live, for example, Piggy went missing on July 27, 2014 and was home by July 30.

One thing that can’t be disputed is my record for helping people who’ve lost a pet. It always feels good when a family lets me know that their beloved dog or cat is back home. So many residents are aware of my dedication to dogs that when Lacey or Jack runs away their owners send me a personal e-mail and give me the details. I get the word out as soon as possible and stay on it until I know he or she is safely at home again. Orange residents are the best when it comes to rallying around someone who needs help.

After four years, it’s still amazing to me that some people aren’t aware that Orange Live is really a one-person operation. I take the photos, cover the sports, plays, events, meetings, general news, write all the stories, update the site with an average of 5 new stories per day while keeping the Facebook and Twitter pages up-to-date, answering e-mails and phone calls and designing the ads for the page.

On occasion you will see the words “we” and “our” when I refer to Orange Live. So If I am the only one doing the work, then how can “I” be a “we”?

The WE is my brother Ron who legally owns Orange Live. He financed it in order to give me an outlet to give Orange residents the type of news site they deserve. I often discuss things that go on the site with him so, the “I” becomes a “we” and the “my” becomes an “our.”

So on this, our 4 year anniversary, I promise to continue dedicating my time to Orange Live. As many of you know, here is a young lady (my granddaughter) who takes up several hours of my time each week (I’m one of the Lucky Yia Yia’s that gets to spend time with her grandchild) and you will notice a lull in the activity on the site when I’m with her, but it picks up as soon as I leave her house.

In the following year I hope to see continued growth in popularity and to be everyone’s go-to place for news. I have a lot of luck with getting information from teachers at the High School, yet the elementary and middle schools are still depending on other sources for publicity. The Orange Lions, Recycling Committee, Senior Center and other organizations have been awesome, and the Rotary Club began sending press releases after our third anniversary.

You need to know, I am here for you, and if you give me a couple days notice I most likely will be able to come and cover your event and the numbers prove, more people will see it on Orange Live than any other “local” media.

I have some wonderful advertisers who realize that their Ad on Orange Live works, still,  I have yet to make a profit from the site. WHY? for the first year, my brother financed not only the site, but also helped me with my personal bills, mortgage, utilities, etc. and whatever money that comes in goes into a the Live bank account until we are satisfied that I’ve paid him back.

Some of the funds have gone to necessary business items such as, promotional materials, computer equipment, camera lenses etc. but the rest goes to paying back my brother for his generous help.

So, if I’m not getting paid then whey do I stand out in the cold and photograph an entire football game, or in the sweltering heat day after day covering the firemen’s carnival or American Legion Baseball games? — That’s easy, because I made a promise to you when I opened the site, and knowing that I’m staying true to that every day is what drives me.

Click the links above and follow us on Facebook and Twitterbookmark this page and come back every day for current news from the town of Orange.

I would like to thank all of the faithful readers who’ve been with Orange Live since day 1 and to Jim Kaoud from Kaoud Oriental Rugs for his faithful support as an advertiser since we went LIVE. 

 If you need to contact me, call 203-506-1747, e-mail [email protected] or visit our Facebook Page and leave a message.

Obituary: Marion McDonald, 92, Former Orange Resident

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May 132016

led20zeppelin20stairway20to20heavenMarion McDonald, 92, of Ansonia, a longtime Orange resident, entered into rest Thursday at her home after a long illness.

She was the wife of the late Donald McDonald. She was born Feb. 9, 1924 in West New York, N.J., daughter of the late Charles and Frederica Albert. She worked as an executive secretary in Manhattan until 1951 when she married and moved to New Haven.

She and her husband moved to Orange in 1955. Later, she worked as a dental assistant in New Haven.

Marion is survived by her daughter, Patricia Villers and her husband, Ralph Villers of Ansonia; her two cherished grandchildren, Allegra Villers and Cameron Villers; and her longtime companion Robert C. Pollack. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, William Albert.

Marion was truly a caregiver at heart. If anyone she loved didn’t feel well, she would go into high gear to nurse them back to health. Marion always enjoyed working with children. She taught a Sunday School nursery class for more than a dozen years at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Orange, and she was an assistant Brownie and Girl Scout leader.

Marion will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She was smart, stubborn, and full of all good things. Her family will always remember her favorite expression, “There’s always something.” It’s hard to disagree with that.

Friends may call Sunday from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Edward F. Adzima Funeral Home, 253 Elizabeth St., Derby.

Her funeral service will be held Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Orange Center Cemetery.

The family requests contributions in Marion’s memory be made to Seymour Pink, Inc., P.O. Box 333, Seymour, CT., 06483, or the Center for Disability Rights, 369 Highland St., West Haven, CT., 06516.

Friends may leave condolences at www.adzimafh.com.

Obituary: Teresa Sakonchick, 88, Longtime Orange Resident

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May 112016

Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 7.00.08 PMTeresa Sakonchick, 88, passed away on Sunday May 8, 2016 at Mulberry Gardens in Plantsville. She was predeceased by her husband Stephen Sakonchick. They were married 66 years.

Mrs. Sakonchick was born in New Haven, CT on December 12, 1927 to Wallace A. Wills and Margaret (Kelaher) Wills. She was a longtime Orange resident.

She honorably served in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. She was employed as a bookkeeper retiring well into her 70’s. One of her proudest accomplishments was earning an Associate of Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University in 2006.

Mrs. Sakonchick is survived by four sons, Stephen Sakonchick II and his wife Monica of Austin, TX, James and his wife Carolyne of Cheshire, Donald and his wife Beth of Avon, John and his wife Francelia of Glastonbury and daughter Linda (Sakonchick) Kolpak and her husband Harold of Cheshire. She was blessed with grandchildren, whom she loved, Chad, Bryn, Brian, Judy Beth, Kelli, Lindsey, John, Tracy, Odin, Samantha and Jordan, as well as three great-grandchildren Elena, Lorenzo and James.

She was pre-deceased by her granddaughter Victoria; grandson Jared and sister, Dorothy.

There are no calling hours.

A private funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 11 at the Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire, 615 Main St, 06410. Burial will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Vitas Healthcare, Extension Ste 300, 199 Park Rd, Middlebury, CT 06762. To view these arrangements online, share a condolence, or an online photo, visit www.fordfh.com.

Obituary: James G. Carney, 87, Beloved Husband of Carol Carney

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May 092016

Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 12.04.51 AMJames G. Carney, 87, of Orange, passed away peacefully at home on May 5, 2016.

He attended Hillhouse High School and Southern CT State University.

He was stationed in Japan with the Army from 1947-1949. He taught at Seth Haley School and West Haven High School for 35 years. He enjoyed traveling to Spain, Mexico, Greece, Lake George and Gettysburg.

Jim loved history, almost as much as all his “Beagles.”

Jim is survived by his adoring wife of 53 years, Carol Nett Carney; his children, Kathleen (Thomas) Guerrera of Branford and Thomas Carney; and his grandchildren, Rebecca, Justin and Emilee Guerrera.

His family would like to thank Mary Apriah, his caregiver, and Dr. D. Har for the exceptional care they gave him through the years.

Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Milford Animal Shelter, 664 E. Broadway, Milford, CT 06460. At Jim’s request, no services were held.

The family was compassionately cared for by the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT.

Obituary: Andrew H. Testa, 76, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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May 082016

shiva-candleAndrew H. Testa, 76, of Orange, CT and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, formerly of Stamford, CT, passed away Friday, April 22, 2016, the devoted husband of Doreen (Zlotnick) Testa.

Born in Meriden, CT, the dear son of the late Gladys (Kummer) Lubin and the adored son-in-law of the late Louis and Lillian Zlotnick. He was the proud father of Marc and his wife Elizabeth of Lutherville, MD, Alan and his wife Kimberly of Cooper City, FL. He was “Pacca” to his precious grandchildren, Liam, Garrett, Lillian (Lilly) and Louis Joseph (LJ) who were the lights of his life.

Andy is survived by his brothers, Frederick (Susan) Testa of Portland, OR. Daniel (Judith) Testa of Prospect, CT and his sister, Linda (Arthur) Spektor of Hamden, CT.

He was a graduate of Stamford High School and Quinnipiac College and a partner in the accounting firm Apicella Testa and Company, CPA’s of Shelton, CT.

Donations in Andy’s memory can be made to Vitas Healthcare, 199 Park Road Extention, Suite 102, Middlebury, CT 06462 ATTN; Ms. Barlow.

Funeral Services and Interment were held in Connecticut on April 25, 2016 under the care of Robert E. Shure Funeral home, New Haven, CT.

To sign an on-Line Registry book or to Leave a Message of Condolence, Please visit; www.shurefuneralhome.com

Obituary: William “Bill” Pardee, 86, Formerly Of Orange

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May 062016

Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 7.56.38 PMWilliam D. (Bill) Pardee, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 1st, 2016 at his residence at Kendal at Ithaca.

He was 86 years old and born July 7th, 1929 in New Haven, Connecticut to William Durley Pardee, Sr. and Catherine Eames Pardee. He is survived by a younger brother, Scott Edward Pardee of New York City, his loving wife of over 50 years, Barbara Klaer Pardee and his children Sherry Pardee (Iowa City, IA), Scott Pardee ( Ithaca, NY), Ken Pardee (Columbus, OH) and Jo-Ann McCoy (Bracey, VA) He is preceded in death by his other brother Joseph M. Pardee, of Monroe CT.

Bill grew up on the family farm in Orange, CT. He worked on the home farm and several larger cash and dairy farms in the area through high school and on summer “vacations” while in college. These experiences developed his interest in farming and agricultural sciences. He participated in 4-H activities and became interested in Plant Breeding, which became his career.

Bill was a professor Emeritus at Cornell in Plant Breeding. He attended Dartmouth College, graduating in 1951 with a degree in Botany. He then went on to receive his doctorate from Cornell University in Plant Breeding. His first teaching job was at the Ag school at the University of Illinois, Urbana. Within a few years he received an offer to return to Cornell and Ithaca were he spent the rest of his years teaching in the Plant Breeding department.

Over the years he wrote for numerous agricultural publications and also served as department chair for many years. In addition to teaching he regularly traveled New York state meeting with crop and dairy farmers studying production and offering advice. In his later years he worked with third world crop production, foreign graduate students and traveled to Indonesia, Burundi and the Philippines.

Bill was known for his sharp intellect and amazing recall of facts. Before the days of Google, he was often consulted by the family as though he was a human encyclopedia. He was also known for his gentle spirit and kind heart. He never had a bad word to say about anyone and rarely complained, even through difficult health problems. He always wore a smile and shared his uplifting sense of humor. For him, on a rainy day, the sun was always shining.

He enjoyed family, gardening, board games, movies (especially old musicals). He passed peacefully, while listening to one of his favorites songs, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”

Bill and Barbara were active members of the Unitarian Church and he served on numerous committees over the years. In 2003 they moved to Kendal from their longtime residence on Warwick Place. They have greatly enjoyed being part of the community there and have greatly appreciated the support and friendship of the residents and staff.

Bill also volunteered on many committees at Kendal offering his leadership and wisdom. A memorial service will be held on June 18th at 3:00 pm at Kendal of Ithaca, 2230 N. Triphammer Rd. Memorial Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Kendal Rainy Day Fund or the Ithaca Unitarian Church.

Obituary: Jay David Jamron, 57, Beloved Son, Father, Brother, Companion

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May 052016

yahrzeit-candle passed away on Monday, May 2, 2016 with his daughter Hannah and his loving partner, Dawn Calvo, by his side.

Born in New Haven CT, a graduate of the University of New Hampshire.

He dealt with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) with courage and strength.

He leaves his loving parents, Marcia and Marvin Jamron of Orange, his daughter, Hannah Elizabeth Jamron of Orange, his dear sisters, Lisa Jamron Block, M.D. and Susan Jamron Veilleux, his brother-in-law, Eddy Block, his Aunt and Uncle Doris and Richard Jamron of California, his caring nieces and nephews, Zachary and Gregory Reiner, Katie, Madeline, and Erin Block, Adam and Samuel Veilleux, great-aunts Roberta Burrows and Judith Friedler, great-uncle Lewis Borofsky, and cousins Jeffrey, Liz, Joseph, and Kathleen Friedler.

Jay’s great love of life, his music and his band, will be remembered by his many friends with great fondness and shared memories. Jay was an amazing father and son, a hard working senior real estate appraiser for his own company and the IRS.

He was a fantastic musician and a peaceful and extraordinary person. His love of adventure and life will be continued along with all of the beautiful memories we share of him.

There was a private Memorial service on Wednesday, May 4th, at Congregation Or Shalom in Orange and a celebration of Jay’s life, its time and place to be determined.

The family will sit shiva at his parent’s home in Orange on Wednesday and Thursday, May 4th and 5th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The family requests that if any donations are offered please be sent to: ALS Association of Connecticut, 4 Oxford Rd. Milford, CT 06460.