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.

Obituary: Evan Thomas Jones, 68, Beloved Father, Brother, Grandfather

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Apr 162018

Evan Thomas Jones, 68, of Orange, formerly of Westport, passed away on April 11, 2018.

Evan was born on January 31, 1950, in New Castle, PA to Betty Ann Bailey Jones and the late Howard W. Jones.

Evan leaves behind his sons, Evan Ross Jones and his girlfriend, Lorrie and Jason William Jones and his wife, Janine; grandchildren, Evan Jones, Ross Jones, Lindsay Jones Bouchard and her husband, Michael and Luke Jones; siblings, Howard A. Jones and his wife Barbara and Barbara B. Jones; and several nieces and nephews and other family members.

Evan will also be missed by his longtime girlfriend, Suzanne O’Leary, and her family, as well as his beloved dog, Lily. He was predeceased by his brother, David R. Jones.

Services will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Evan’s name may be made to the American Motorcycle Association.

The family has been cared for by the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

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Obituary: Robert L. Carpenter, 89, Beloved Father Of Laurie Ann Carpenter

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Apr 112018

Robert “Bob” Lawrence Carpenter passed away peacefully on April 8, 2018 in Venice, FL. He was born on November 23, 1929 to William and Juliet Carpenter in Bridgeport, CT.

Bob was a proud Teamster truck driver for 32 years before moving to Venice from Trumbull, CT. He was a decorated WWII Navy Veteran. He fought in the Asian Conflict and served on the USS Curtis.

He leaves behind his daughters, Barbara Jean Lucas of Trumbull, CT and Laurie Ann Carpenter (Dan Sears) of Orange, CT; sons Lawrence Carpenter of Anaheim, CA, and William Joseph Carpenter of Bridgeport, CT; brothers Kenneth (Donna) Carpenter of Wethersfield, CT and James (Judy) Carpenter of Lake Worth, FL; sister Joan Carpenter of Bridgeport, CT; grandchildren, Robert Joseph Carpenter Jr. of North Port, FL, Amanda Lee Carpenter of Meriden, CT, Jennifer Mary Lucas of Trumbull, CT, Kristina Marie Lucas (Tim Bennett) of Seymour, CT; great grandchildren, Eli Joseph Carpenter and Georgia Ann Carpenter; and many nieces and nephews.

Bob is predeceased by his wife, Mary Barbara Carpenter; son, Robert Joseph Carpenter Sr.; brothers, William and John Carpenter; mother, Juliet Hudak Carpenter; and father, William Carpenter.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 12th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., with a Celebration of Life at 12 p.m., at Farley Funeral Homes and Crematory, Venice Chapel 265 S. Nokomis Avenue Venice, FL.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to gf.me/u/hw9zwh for his grandson who is fighting leukemia.

Obituary: Anita J. Fusco Valente, 93, Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Good Friend

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Mar 122018

Anita J. Fusco Valente, 93, of Orange, CT; beloved wife of the late Louis V. Valente passed away peacefully March 10, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 8, 1924, daughter of the late Sebastian and Anna Sperandeo Fusco and resided in West Haven until her marriage in 1959. She graduated from Putnam Catholic Academy in Putnam, CT in 1941 and Weylister Jr. College in 1943.

Anita was the private secretary to the President of Enthone, Inc. from 1943 to 1949 and then left to join her mother and sisters in their retail lingerie business, Saxon-Kent in Derby. They later opened a second location in Orange. They enjoyed success and loyal patronage for 52 years until the business was sold in 2000. In addition to the lingerie shop, she worked with her husband to establish the Hamden Travel Agency.

She was a former member and officer of the West Haven Jr. Women’s Club and Holy Infant Ladies Guild. Anita was a member of the St. Anne’s Pilgrim Society and with her sisters, led an annual pilgrimage to the shrines of Canada for 72 years.

She leaves behind a legacy of love, strength, and generosity to her family. Anita is survived by her five devoted children, Anita Cassella of Waterbury, Brian Valente of Hamden, Gregory Valente and wife Diana of Greenville, SC, Geralyn Beers and husband Robert of Guilford and Victor Valente and wife Leah of Milford, MA. She is also survived by six loving grandchildren, Christopher Cassella and wife Cheryl of West Hartford, Jason Cassella and wife Dominique of Fairfield, Trevor Beers of NYC, Dylan Beers of Guilford, Eliza and Amelia Valente of Milford, MA, four great-grandchildren Grace, Peyton, George and Luca, her two sisters and best lifelong friends Edna Casolino of Orange and Marion Denegre of Westbrook, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call at MARESCA & SONS FUNERAL HOME 592 Chapel St. New Haven, Wednesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Infant Church 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange at 11:30 a.m.

Burial will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Anita, to Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 11 Race Hill Rd. Guilford, CT 06437 or Vantage Group, Inc., serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 29 North Plains Highway, Wallingford, CT 06492.

Obituary: William J. Bozelko, Jr., 84, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Mar 012018

William J. Bozelko, Jr., 84 of Orange, beloved husband and father, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 surrounded by loved ones, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Lucille A. Bozelko and his adoring children Wendy (Peter Hoffman), Wylie, and Whitney (PJ Shanley). Predeceased by his son, William J. Bozelko III.

Aside from his wife and 4 children, Bill will always be loved and remembered by his 4 grandchildren, Peter Hoffman, Matthew Hoffman, Caitlyn Shanley and Colleen Shanley, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Born in New Haven on October 24, 1933, Bill graduated from West Haven High School and went on to attend the University of Connecticut. He was a successful builder and entrepreneur in West Haven and surrounding towns. In addition, Bill was involved in many organizations, but among his favorite were judging the Pinewood Derby for the Cub Scouts which he did for many years and being an usher and an active parishioner of Holy Infant Church. He also was a staunch supporter of the UCONN Woman’s basketball team.

Throughout his life, he loved to travel and was able to see a vast amount of the world. Most of all, he loved spending time with his friends and family.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the many doctors and nurses that cared for him at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Smilow, Orange Visiting Nurse Association, Visiting Angels and VITAS. The compassion and care of these individuals was truly amazing and his loved ones will forever be grateful to them.

The hours for visitation will take place from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home on Friday, March 2.

On Saturday morning everyone is asked to meet directly at Holy Infant Church at 10 o’clock for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

Bill loved the Orange community and all of its traditions so the family asks that any donations in his memory be made to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department, 625 Orange Center Road, P.O. Box 878, Orange, Ct. 06477. To leave an online remembrance, please visit: www.westhavenfuneral.com

Obituary: Mary Jewell, 93, A Treasure In The Town Of Orange, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Feb 012018

Mary Prata Jewell, 93, of Orange passed away at home on January 28, 2018. She was the wife of the late Donald J. Jewell.

Mary was born in West Haven, daughter of the late Libero and Lucia DiStruco Prata.

She was the mother of Cynthia Romanoff of Orange, Donald Jewell of East Haven and the late Elaine Jewell, grandmother of Michael Demetrio, Jeanna (Matthew) Cascella, Gabriel Martinez and Maria Martinez and great-grandmother of Cameron and Morgan Cascella. Mary was predeceased by her nine siblings.

She was an active member of Holy Infant Church, a communicant, choir member, member and past president of the Women’s Guild, she even served on the Parish Council. She was a member of the Orange Historical Society, Orange Friendlies and a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #127. She was the first member of Orange Unit, where she was awarded Life Membership.

Mary was first runner-up in the Mrs. America Contest in 1961. She ran the chair exercise class at the senior center for more than 30 years. She received the “Living Treasure’ award from the town of

Don and Mary Jewell were honored on Memorial Day in May 2015.

Orange, for her lifetime of outstanding service to the community.

Both she and her husband were members of the Memorial Day Committee for more than 50 years and they received an award for their continuing service.

Prior her retirement, she worked for many local area companies.

The hours for visitation will be Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home on the Green.

Family and friends are asked to go directly to Holy Infant Church on Saturday morning for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m.

Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to either Holy Infant Church 250 Racebrook Rd. Orange, CT. 06477 or to the American Legion Aux. Unit #127 630 Grassy Hill Rd. Orange, CT. 06477.

For online condolences www.westhavenfuneral.com

Obituary: John S. “Jack” Anthony, Beloved Husband, Father, Scout Leader, Coach

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Jan 312018

It is with great sadness that the family of John “Jack” Spencer Anthony, of Orange, announces his passing on Sunday, January 28, 2018 after a brief illness.

Jack will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 41 years, Loretta; his children, Julie (Jered), Peter “Chip” (Amanda), and Adele (Danny), and his dear sister Kathy Anthony Sperry. Jack will also be fondly remembered as “Pop Pop” by his seven grandchildren, Brianna, Jaron, Victoria, Christian, Judson, Thomas, and Jericho. Jack will be forever remembered by many extended family members and friends.

After retirement from Pitney Bowes, he continued to work part-time at Lowe’s in Milford and for the Board of Education in Orange. Jack served in leadership for Boy Scout Troop 921 in Orange, as well as coach and equipment manager for Orange Little League.

He also served as an usher at Trinity Church in Woodbridge for a number of years. Jack loved gardening, tractor rides with his grandchildren, following NASCAR, and spending time with his family.

Calling hours will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, with a Memorial Service to follow at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jack can be made to Calvary Chapel Naugatuck; all proceeds will benefit Teen Challenge New Haven.

Donations can be made online at https://goo.gl/1GCqaG by selecting the “Jack Anthony Memorial Donation” fund from the drop-down menu. Donations may also be made via check to Calvary Chapel Naugatuck, PO Box 1789, Naugatuck, CT 06770. Please note “Jack Anthony Memorial Donation” in the memo line.

To send a condolence to Jack’s family, visit beecherandbennett.com

Obituary: Jeanette P. MacKenzie, 91, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Jan 292018

Jeanette P. MacKenzie of Silverbrook Estates, Orange, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2018.
She was born on January 26, 1926, daughter of Fritz E. and Jennie Nylander Peterson.
She is survived by her son, Carl Dawson, her stepson-in-law, Charles Judd & four step-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Stanley Dawson and her second husband, Roger MacKenzie as well as her companion of many years, Fred Ross, her daughter, Susan Dawson & her stepdaughter, Jane Judd.
Jeanette enjoyed life at Silverbrook for many years. Director Sue, Nurse Michelle and Aid Lisa were all very kind and took great care of her. She felt fortunate to live there and enjoyed many friends and particularly her card games.
She was a member of the Orange Congregational Church for 22 years.
Jeanette worked as a bookkeeper and was employed for 18 years by Echlin Manufacturing. Interestingly, Echlin sold their property on the Branford River to CT Hospice and that is where Jeanette spent her final days. She was comfortable and peaceful with no pain at the time of her death.
Visitation will be Wednesday, January 31, 2018, from 4-6 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. A funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jeanette’s name to Orange Congregational Church 205 Meeting House Lane Orange, CT. 06477.
For online condolences visit www.westhavenfuneral.com

Obituary: Katherine Pawchyk, 94, of Orange

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Jan 292018

Katherine Pawchyk, 94, of Orange was born on May 5, 1923, and passed away on Friday, January 26, 2018.

She was a graduate of Hillhouse High School, New Haven, where she played girls’ basketball, a sport she loved and followed throughout her life.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 2, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. in Three Saints Orthodox Church, 26 Howard Ave., Ansonia. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Ansonia.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Three Saints Church Maintenance Fund or to the Masonic Charity Foundation, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492.

Obituary: John Winchell, 88, Beloved Father, Brother, US Marine, Third Degree Knight

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Jan 222018

John Charles Winchell, 88, of Orange, beloved husband of the late Margaret Kiely Winchell, passed away peacefully on January 19, 2018 at Silver Springs Care Center, Meriden, CT.

The son of Charles and Mary (Healy) Winchell, he was born in New York City on December 9, 1929.

A graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served during the Korean Conflict. A lifelong railroad engineer and proud union member, he began his career with the New York Central Railroad and retired from Metro-North. He was a longtime resident of Bridgeport, CT, where he moved his young family in 1959.

An active member of the community, John was a Boy Scout leader, a Park City Little League coach and president of the St. Ambrose School PTA. He was a founding member of the Holy Infant Church Council of the Knights of Columbus and was a longtime Third Degree Knight. He enjoyed fishing, golf, and travel.

He is survived by his brother, Charles Winchell (Irene); his sons, John S. Winchell (Heidi) and Charles Winchell (Annmarie); his daughter, Margaret Pansa (Vincent); his grandchildren, Lyle Huneke, Stephen and David Winchell, Michael, Lauren and Samantha Pansa and Jonathan and Kyleigh Winchell; his great-grandchildren, Lyle, Gia, Lily and Braylon; and several nieces and nephews. In addition of his wife, he was predeceased by his daughter, Jeanne Huneke, his son-in-law, Mark Huneke, and his granddaughter, Kara Huneke.

Friends and family may call from 4 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23 at CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Fisher House, 653 Terryville Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010.

A mass of Christian burial will take place on Wednesday, January 24 at 11 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, Orange. Interment will follow at Orange Center Cemetery.

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