Obituary: Patricia Jean Tupko, 71, Beloved Mother of Joseph Tupko Jr.

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May 272018

Patricia Jean Tupko, 71, of Port Charlotte, Florida, passed away on May 23, 2018, after a long Illness with her lovely family by her side.

She was born October 18, 1946, in New Haven, CT. Patricia was formerly employed by the Knights of Columbus for 17 years. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She leaves behind her son, Joseph (Laura) Tupko Jr. of Orange, CT; daughter, Dawn (Kevin) Martindale of Port Charlotte, FL; four beautiful granddaughters, Alicia, Amanda, Megan and Brittany and one grandson, Joshua; also surviving, her two brothers, Richard and John Bookman and her sister, Cheryl Mekdeci.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph A. Tupko who passed away April 19, 2014 and her mother and father.

Visit the online tribute for Patricia Jean Tupko to sign the guest book and offer condolences to the family at www.kays-ponger.com

Obituary: Jeffrey Layne Johnson, 56, Beloved Father, Former Amity Swim Team Captain

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May 202018

Jeffrey Layne Johnson, 56, beloved father of Blake Lee Johnson, 21, and daughter Devin Christina Johnson, 19, passed away on May 8 at his home in Delray Beach, Florida, where he recently moved to be close to his children. Jeff is the son of Robert and Jean Simmons Johnson of Branford, Connecticut, formerly of Woodbridge and Guilford. Jeff was born on January 18, 1962 in Loveland, Colorado, and in 1969 moved with his family to Woodbridge, Connecticut, where he attended schools in the Woodbridge/Amity school system.

Jeff was senior year swim team captain, swimmer/diver for the Amity High School swim team and swam as well for the Woodbridge Club swim team. He attended Colorado State University, then worked at London Labs Ltd. in Woodbridge.

While married to Moya Waters, together they owned and operated Pickles Deli in Milford, and he later managed the Hilario Deli in Newtown, both reflecting his love of cooking and creating his own signature dishes. Jeff also worked in the banking field with Peoples Bank and Wells Fargo mortgages.

He loved music, cooking, fishing, golf and singing; clamming and handyman projects with his son; and doing impressions and going on ice cream escapades with his daughter. Jeff could build and repair anything, was always so helpful, often cooking a Thanksgiving turkey for his fellow employees.

In his youth, he was known to rescue and care for injured birds and other animals. Jeff is remembered by his family and friends for his incredibly outgoing, charismatic and jokester personality, his gourmet cooking prowess, and his wonderful singing voice, entertaining listeners around a piano or singing karaoke.

In addition to his children and parents, Jeff is survived by his paternal grandmother Mayetta Johnson, his sister Debrajean Overholt and husband Kent and their three children, Lexie, Beau and Jack; his brother Deric Johnson and wife Christina and their three children, Michael, Tyler, and Nicole; his Uncle Don Simmons (Gladys), Aunt Joan Loomis (Kirk), Uncle Don Johnson (Kathy); cousins Sean and Tracy; Jim, Doug and Lisa; Christine; Tina and Darcy; Teresa, Rodney and Kurtis, Chad and Elizabeth; Roland and Renee; and half-sister Tina.

A memorial service of Thanksgiving will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 10 a.m. at The First Church of Christ, 5 Meeting House Lane, Woodbridge.

For the benefit of youth opportunities to learn safe swimming, healthy lifestyle activities, and in remembrance of Jeff’s love for the sport, the family requests that contributions be made in his name to the Woodruff Family YMCA (youth swim program), 631 Orange Avenue, Milford, CT 06461.

For directions and online memorial see www.wsclancy.com.

Obituary: Susan May Neufeld, 66, Beloved Wife, Daughter, Mother, Orange Yoga Instructor

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May 182018

Susan May Neufeld, an Orange yoga teacher who helped others to discover their lives’ purpose, died May 12 of uterine cancer at a Mexican clinic where she had sought treatment. She was 66.

Family and friends were stunned by the rapid physical decline of a kale-eating Reiki master who rose before dawn to meditate and had seemingly boundless energy to care for her elderly mother, two young grandsons and anyone else in need. She said perhaps the sages needed her help.

During nearly 45 years of marriage to attorney Michael Neufeld, Mrs. Neufeld morphed from an elementary school teacher to a party decorator to a yogini. She attended her first yoga teacher training for her 50th birthday because she wanted to share the practice with her mother, Selma Fishkind. Mrs. Fishkind, 91, has lived with her daughter and son-in-law since 2014.

Mrs. Neufeld studied with Rod Stryker, founder of Para Yoga, and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA. For the past decade, she taught The Four Desires, a course Mr. Stryker developed from an ancient yogic text to help people identify their dharma, or purpose, and any self-sabotaging patterns preventing them from living it. She was a devoted student of Sanskrit who often sent distance Reiki, or energy healing, to others.

Mr. Stryker gave Mrs. Neufeld the Sanskrit name Ambika, evoking the complete and perfect embodiment of the Divine Mother. She was extremely close with her own mother and with her two daughters, Sara Neufeld of Astoria, Queens, and Heather Neufeld of Brooklyn. She and Mrs. Fishkind drove to Astoria every Thursday in recent years for a sleepover with grandsons Maceo and Paxton Clemens, now ages 4 and 2. Artistic and creative, Mrs. Neufeld made an elaborate bulldozer Halloween costume for Maceo while undergoing chemotherapy last fall.

She was born in Waterbury as Susan May Potoff on Aug. 11, 1951. She called Stephen Potoff her baby brother even though he was two years her senior, supporting and advising him from a young age in exchange for many laughs. Her father, the late Rubin Potoff, owned Metal Fabrications, a company that made cosmetics containers. Her parents divorced when she was 18, a painful experience that eventually led her and her brother to seek spiritual guidance beyond their native Judaism. (He is a devout Buddhist.) She forgave her father as he grew older and fostered loving connections with her three half-siblings.

Mrs. Neufeld graduated from Wilby High School in Waterbury, where she was voted prom queen, most studious and most likely to succeed, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Simmons College in Boston. She was introduced to Mr. Neufeld after their mothers met playing golf in Westport, and they married on her birthday in 1973. She has supported her husband through his own struggle with prostate cancer since 2010, as he has supported her spiritual journey.

A petite woman often mistaken as her daughters’ sister, Mrs. Neufeld seemed to be a model of health and vitality until last June, when stomach cramping led to the discovery of a large tumor in her uterus. She underwent surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she put handmade OM stickers on all the bags of chemo drugs streaming into her and distributed yoga nidra (guided relaxation) CDs to the nurses.

A scan on Dec. 27 showed her to be cancer free, but by early February, the disease was found to have metastasized. A second round of chemotherapy was ineffective, and she sought alternative treatments this spring at the Sanoviv Medical Institute in Mexico.

She retained her characteristic optimism until her final days, with hopes to attend her daughter Heather’s upcoming wedding and spend a summer on the Milford beach with her grandsons. And yet she was at peace with the prospect of death and asked friends and relatives to send her love and light, not fear. After a week surrounded by family in Mexico, she was scheduled to fly home by air ambulance on May 12 but passed a few hours beforehand, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and with Heather by her side.

One Four Desires exercise requires participants to write their own eulogy, and she did so for herself last month. “I came, I lived, I appreciated, I shined, I loved,” she wrote. “And my blessed ones, I left. Find me in the stars, in the sacred fire, in a giggle or a smile. Find me in your joy and your love.”

In addition to her husband, mother, daughters, grandsons and brother, Mrs. Neufeld is survived by son-in-law Christopher Clemens of Astoria; future son-in-law Adam Muller of Brooklyn; sister-in-law Deborah Potoff of Wellesley, Mass.; half-sister Lynn Potoff of Wells, Maine; half-sister Jayne and brother-in-law Michael Civitello of North Franklin; half-brother Joseph Potoff of Middletown; and brother-in-law Alan and sister-in-law Sylvie Neufeld of North Miami Beach, FL. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by stepfather Seymour Fishkind, mother-in-law Lorna and father-in-law Herbert Neufeld, and brother-in-law Brian and sister-in-law Barbara Neufeld.

A memorial service took place on Wednesday, May 16 at Temple Emanuel, 150 Derby Ave. in Orange. Details for a subsequent memorial at the Himalayan Institute are forthcoming.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Himalayan Institute’s new shrine for peace or to Temple Emanuel’s community action fund and JCARR fund for refugee resettlement.

Obituary: Arline Geane, 92, Beloved Mother Of George Geane, Grandmother, “Amah”

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May 162018

Arline Geane, 92, of East Otis, Massachusetts, formerly of Orange, CT, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

She was born on August 21, 1925, to the late Paul Schutt and Freda Brandt.

Arline was predeceased by her husband George A. Geane, her daughter, Jennifer D. Geane and her sisters, Dorothy Macmillan and Phyllis Peatross.

Arline, better known as “Amah,” was the world to her children and grandchildren; she attended every event and loved sharing holidays and special times with her family. Amah was everything they all needed in life and more. Anybody that she would meet immediately called her Amah and would fall in love. She had a heart of gold and touched every single person she came in contact with.

Arline enjoyed spending her time at the senior center, gardening, learning how to create new recipes in the kitchen, doing jigsaw puzzles, and playing Words With Friends on her iPad and spending time with her best cat, Sasha.

Arline leaves behind her children, Geoffrey (Lynne) Geane of East Otis, MA and George (Linda) Geane II of Orange, CT. She also is survived by her six grandchildren, Jason (Jennifer) Geane, Allison (James) Paturas, Katryn (Tony) Crawford, Elizabeth (James) Lafo, Kimmery (Malcolm) Migel, and Parker (Courtney) Geane and her two great-grandchildren, J. Christopher Geane and Landon Lafo, along with many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, Orange, CT. Entombment will follow at Orange Center Cemetery on Orange Center Road, in Orange.

Because Multiple Sclerosis has impacted the Geane family tremendously, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Arline’s daughter Jennifer’s memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, online at nationalmssociety.org, or mail to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101A First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451

Obituary: Julia Marie DeMennato, 98, Beloved Mother Of Elizabeth Miller

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May 142018

beloved wife of the late Louis DeMennato passed away peacefully on May 11, 2018, at Orange Health Care Center.

She was a 1939 graduate of the Hospital of St. Raphael School of Nursing.

Julia is survived by her three daughters, Elizabeth (James) Miller of Orange, CT, Rosemary Renda of Guilford, CT and Barbara DeMennato of Southbury, CT. Additionally, she leaves behind seven grandchildren, Matthew Renda, Robert (Kathryn) Miller, Sara Renda (Jason) Grauch, Paul (Vanessa) Miller, Scott Miller, Elizabeth Renda and Katherine Renda (Greg) Blinn and seven great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff of Orange Health Care Center for its excellent care and compassion.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange. Interment will be at Orange Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Orange Health Care Center, 225 Boston Post Rd., Orange, CT 06477.

To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com

Obituary: Christopher “Chris” Kaus, 53, Beloved Father, Brother, Grandfather

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May 102018

Christopher “Chris” Kaus, 53, of Orange passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

Chris was born in Milford, on March 31, 1965, son of the late Charles and Shirley Kaus. He will be sadly missed by his love of 30 years Tammy Pehler, daughter Kristi Pascarella (John), and three sisters Shelley Dooling (Thomas), Alice Jeppesen (Gary), and Laurie Kaus (Paul). He also leaves his grandson John Christopher and several nieces and nephews.

A loving partner, father, brother, grandpa, and a friend to many who will always remember him as a fun, hardworking, and generous man.

Chris was a dedicated employee of KX Industries, working as a Maintenance Mechanic, a place he very much enjoyed. He could do anything he set his mind to, a self- taught handyman who would give the shirt off his back to those whom he loved.

He enjoyed tinkering in the garage, working in the yard, fishing, wilderness, and spending time with his friends and family. He will be missed by many, but never forgotten.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, May 14, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 70 Gulf St, Milford, CT. Interment will be private.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, May 13, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Smilow Cancer Hospital in Chris’ honor. To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: William (Bill) Johnson, 87, Beloved Husband and Father, Noted Amity Football Coach

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May 092018

William (Bill) Johnson, 87, of Bethany, the beloved husband of 57 years of Carol Casagrande Johnson, entered into eternal rest peacefully on Monday, May 7, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in New Haven on March 11, 1931, beloved son of the late Elsie and Oscar Stocker. Bill was a 51 year resident of Bethany and a graduate of Hillhouse High School in New Haven.

He proudly served his country in the Korean War as a member of the US Marine Corp. Bill’s life was devoted to teaching and coaching where he impacted many lives. His sense of humor and wit were with him until the end as well as his love and caring for people. Most of all, Bill loved to spend time with his family and many friends. He will be sadly missed by all and will be forever in our hearts.

His family includes a loving daughter Karen Marrone and her husband Al, four caring sons, Bill and his wife Eileen, Scott and his wife Elena, John, and Craig and his wife Joy, twelve cherished grandchildren Al, Jamie, Billy, and Michael Marrone, Ashley, Billy and Brittany Johnson, Andy and Michael Johnson and Owen, Alexa and Ryan Johnson and many loving nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his brothers Herb and Joe Johnson and his sister Valerie Johnson.

Friends and relatives may call at the Miller-Ward Funeral Home, 260 Bank St. (Rt. 67, across from Klarides Village), Seymour on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial in Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. directly at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 81 Center Road (Rt. 114), Woodbridge. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Special Olympics or to the William Johnson Scholarship Fund, both through the funeral home.

Beloved Legendary Amity Football Coach Bill Johnson’s Funeral Service Information

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May 082018

Legendary Amity Football Coach Bill Johnson, Teacher Debbie Davis, Amity Athletic Director Paul Mengold, and honored Seymour timekeeper John Commune in this file photo from Sept. 11, 2013.

As many Amity residents now know, William “Bill” Johnson, the “legendary” Amity Football coach who led the Spartans through an undefeated season and the 1978 CIAC Class “LL” Football State Championship, passed away on Monday, May 7.

He leaves behind his wife, 4 sons and one daughter (all noted Amity athletes in their time (the 80s).

The Coach was honored at the Amity opening game on Sept. 11, 2013 with the naming of the William Johnson Football Field.

He was inducted into the Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame in June 2014.

The wake for Coach Johnson will take place on Thursday, May 10, at Miller-Ward in Seymour from 4-7 p.m.

His funeral service will take place at the Church of the Assumption in Woodbridge on Friday, May 11, at 10 a.m.

Loved by all

Looking back on 2013 when I met coach Johnson and many members of his championship team, I can say with confidence that he was loved and respected.

The Captains of that winning team were Rich Lina, Rick Delbuono, and Joe Margolis. They were undefeated with one tie against Derby.

They have the honor of being a part of the schools only football state championship team.

Young Eddie Choiniere was just a freshman and didn’t get much if any, time on the field. He recalls playing with coach Johnson’s sons Scott and Bill.

He remembers the coach as a great family man and a super person.

”What a great guy,” he said. “We all loved him. You won’t find a better person than him.”

He added that all of the Johnson kids were great athletes: Scott, Bill, Craig, John, and Karen all had been blessed with a wonderful father – a great role model. “He will be sorely missed.”



Obituary: William J. Neidig, 97, Beloved Father, Grandfather

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Apr 262018

William J. Neidig, 97, of Orange, beloved husband of the late Marian P. Shaw, passed away on April 10, 2018.

He was born on March 30, 1921 in Jonestown, Pennsylvania. He was the son of the late Joseph Neidig and Carrie Ney.

As a young boy he received commendations for perfect attendance from Kindergarten through 12th grade. His work ethic continued throughout his life contributing to his long and successful business career as Vice President of Asplundh Tree Expert Company. He successfully expanded the Asplundh market share throughout New England and the US. He and his wife were avid Boston Red Sox fans and upon his retirement visited every baseball stadium in America.

William is survived by his daughter, Marcia (Barry) Zarb; grandchildren, Parker and Jordan White; son-in-law, Phil White. William was predeceased by his daughter, Carol L. White.

All services for William will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, Orange, CT 06477. To leave online condolences please visit the website of www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Andrea Jacobson Grant, 77, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Apr 182018

Andrea Jacobson Grant, 77, of Orange, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Born in Providence on July 6, 1940, Andrea was the eldest child of the late Eric Gunnar Jacobson and Mary Elizabeth (Grieve) Jacobson. The family moved to Westerly in 1950 after purchasing a former physical therapy clinic on the Shore Road and converting it to an inn known as the Winnapaug House (later the Grandview).

She graduated from Westerly High School in 1958. She served as class secretary, editor-in-chief of the Driftwood (yearbook), a member of the Barker staff (school newspaper), and a member of the cheering squad. She was inducted into the Rhode Island and National Honor Societies and received the D. A. R. Award for Good Citizenship. Classmates voted her most likely to succeed, most mature, and most respected.

Andrea attended Pembroke College (now Brown University) and graduated in 1962 with a major in English. Work and family took her to western New York, Florida, Pennsylvania and Maryland before she returned to New England in the early 1980s. For most of her professional life, she worked as a teacher of children with special needs, many of them autistic.

Andrea read voraciously and regularly attended movies. She maintained elaborate flower gardens, and among her culinary skills was her fine-tuning of Rhode Island clam chowder, the “real” kind without milk, cream or tomatoes. Perhaps her greatest love was East Beach, where she spent many an afternoon throughout her life.

Andrea is survived by her brothers, Kent A. Jacobson (Martha Lyon) of Northampton, MA, and Peter L. Jacobson (Terry Lorant) of Oakland, CA; daughters Lisa Hartjen of Honsdale, PA, and Anne Hartjen (Larry Laconi) of New Haven, CT; two grandchildren, James and Elizabeth Laconi; and first husband, Raymond Hartjen of East Hampton, NY. She was predeceased by her second husband, John Grant.

Contributions may be made in memory of Andrea Jacobson Grant to the Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad Street, Westerly, RI, 02891.