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Obituary: Lila (Ment) Rudnick, 85, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Jul 312015
 

thLila (Ment) Rudnick, 85, of Orange, and formerly of Woodbridge, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, July 27, 2015.

She was the devoted and beloved wife of the late David Rudnick, the caring daughter of the late Myer Ment and Jennie Ment Bass, the dear sister of Rita Ment Benjamin and the late Roslyn Ment Lesser, the loving mother of Amy (Michael Zeldin), Marla and Maxine Rudnick, and the cherished grandmother of Paul, Spencer and Rachel Ciancola and Rebecca and Alexander Zeldin.

Lila was beautiful inside and out. She was loved by everyone.

Graveside funeral services will be held at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park Memorial, 80 Jewell Street, on Sunday, August 2, at 11:00 am.

A shiva minyan will be held at Maplewood at Orange at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011,Washington, DC 20090-6011 or Jewish Family Services of Greater New Haven, 1440 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT 06515.

Funeral arrangements in care of Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, New Haven.

Obituary: James J. Gesler, 45, Beloved Son, Brother

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Jul 302015
 

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 9.26.31 PMJames J. Gesler, 45, a resident of Hamden, passed away peacefully on July 20, 2015.

He was born on July 9, 1970 to Bradford and Elizabeth (Eaton) Gesler of Orange. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Bradford (Maribeth) Gesler Jr., his nephew, William and his niece, Olivia, all of Cheshire.

James was a graduate of Amity High School and attended Northeastern University, Boston, MA. He will be sadly missed.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 at the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Ln, Orange, CT. Interment will be private.

Arrangements are in the care of the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT. Memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd, Branford, CT 06405.

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Obituary: Robert H. Kelly, 85, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Jul 262015
 

Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 12.57.56 PMRobert H. Kelly, 85, died on July 23, at Yale New Haven Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores, of Orange, her son Rick and wife Susan, and daughters Paige and Brooke of Atlanta, GA.

He is survived by his son, Robert and his wife Frances, and their children Ryan, Kevin and Corinne of Branford, CT; he is survived by his daughter, Barbara “Kelly” and her husband Jeff, and their children Caroline and Ian of Atlanta.

He also is survived by a sister, Bette, of Minneapolis, MN.

Robert was born on November 1, 1929, the son of Herbert and Margaret Kelly of Milford.

He was an avid golfer and lifelong member of Race Brook Country Club, where he was a former board member. He enjoyed his time as an assistant coach in both Pop Warner football and his son’s high school track and field team. He was an original member of the Orange Players’ Theater Group and acted in several productions.

He was president of the New England Oven & Furnace Co, of Orange, CT., where he worked until his retirement in 1995. He also served on the improvement committee for the town of Orange.

He traveled extensively with his wife and especially enjoyed visiting his extended family and friends in Atlanta.

Friends and family may call on Tuesday, July 28, from 4 – 8 p.m. at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 29, 11:00 a.m. at the Orange Congregational Church. Interment to follow at the Orange Center Cemetery. Memorial donations in his name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Mortimore H. Saffran, 91, Beloved Father,Grandfather, WWII Veteran

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Jul 242015
 

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 8.23.57 PMMortimore H. Saffran, 91, of Orange, died on July 21, 2015 at Yale-New Haven Hospital-St. Raphael Campus.

Born in Naugatuck, on December 1, 1923, the son of the late Philip and Eva Saffran. Beloved Father of Mindy Saffran Russo (Peter Sanchez), Jeffrey Saffran, Robert Saffran, and Larry (Linda) Saffran and the late Paul Saffran.

Dear Brother of the late Anita (Jules) Gutterman of Sherman Oaks, CA and Marjorie (Morton) Denker of Encino, CA.

Cherished Grandfather of Scott, Sage, and Saunder.

Mortimore was a 1941 graduate of Naugatuck High School.

Mort was a WWII veteran having served in the U.S. Army-Air Force from 1943-46 as a Gunner Engineer and Mechanic. He earned his collegiate degree from what is now known as Quinnipiac University.

After college Mort helped run the family-owned dry goods store in Naugatuck before moving on to become Financial Controller/GM of H.C. Cook Co. in Ansonia in the early 60’s.

He owned and operated a retail store in Branford CT in the mid 60’s, then went to work for Stelray Plastic Products, Inc. (Shelton, CT.) in the late 1960’s.

By 1974, Mort was named President of Stelray and eventually took over ownership of the business and continued to grow the business over the past several decades, acquiring E.H. Kneen Company (Ansonia, CT) in 1987, and Aero-Med Molding Technologies, Inc. (Orleans, MA) in 1997 before his semi-retirement in 2013.

Mort has served board positions with the Society of Plastics Engineers, and as President of Beth Israel Synagogue in Derby CT, as well numerous other volunteer roles over the years.

The family would also like to recognize Daniel Numberg, and other personal caregivers that took such wonderful care of Mort over the past 16 months.

A Memorial Service was held at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Rd., Orange, Friday at 11:00 a.m.

Shiva will be observed at 89 Bethany Farms Road, Bethany on Saturday from 5–8 p.m.

Memorial Contributions may be sent to Yale-New Haven Hospital, directed to the Saffran Family Fund which serves to help promote the advancement of medical treatment and patient care at the Hospital.

Obituary: Dorothy “Dodie” Gleacher, 79, Beloved Wife, Matriarch, Best Friend

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Jul 172015
 

roseDorothy Ann Mortimer Gleacher, 79, of Merritt Island, FL, formerly of Fairfield, beloved wife of Donald Joseph Gleacher, daughter of Edna Mae (Juckett) Mortimer and Edward James Mortimer, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, after a brief illness on July 7, 2015.

A working Mom before it became the norm, Dodie juggled family and a 39-year career as a proud Pioneer with SNET, before retiring to spend time with her precious grandchildren. She married the love of her life in 1962 and she instantly became a Mom to three of her children and then she was blessed with three additional children.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Donald, 5 children and their spouses: Patricia and Gerald Beckwith of Hampden, ME, Donna and Michael McCormack of Plantation Acres, FL, Jeff and Kristie Gleacher of Merritt Island, FL, Beth and Alan Messerli of Bristol, CT and Holly and Peter Ortoleva of Orange, CT, her brother Richard Hayes, her sister-in-law and best friend Sallyann Gleacher Stanley, 18 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren, as well as her cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, James Mortimer Sr., her daughter, Sandra Stubbs, and her granddaughter, Alisa Beckwith.

No public services will be held at this time, however please feel free to express your condolences to the family and acknowledge Dorothy’s wonderful life by donating to her favorite charity, The Jimmy Fund, or a charity of your choice.

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Obituary: John J. Hackett, III, 33, Beloved Husband, Father To Be, Son, Brother, Friend

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Jul 162015
 

Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 10.39.09 PMJohn J. Hackett, III, 33, of Orange, formerly of West Haven, beloved husband of Sarah Chirico Hackett, and father to be of the beautiful Hannah Hackett, passed away on July 13, 2015 in his home.

Loving son of Donna Stacy Hackett of Orange and the late Edward L. Hackett. Brother of Stacey McCoart of West Haven and Christina and Maria Hackett, both of Orange. Uncle of Liam and Kylee McCoart. Maternal grandson of Jacqueline D’Amato Stacy of West Haven and the late Lawrence J. Stacy. Paternal grandson of John J. Hackett of Meriden. Son-in-law of David Chirico and Leisa Gazdik of Stratford.

At the time of his death John was a Tile Setter for Local 1 and also worked in the accounting field.

John graduated from Albertus Magnus College with a degree in accounting, he is also a lifetime member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity of UCONN.

John was an avid golfer loved the N.Y. Giants and Yankees and was a goalie for West Haven High School.

John will be sorely missed by his loving and extended family.

Friends may call on THURSDAY (TODAY) from 5pm to 8pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hannah Hackett Education Fund c/o Webster Bank, 247 Boston Post Rd., Orange, CT 06477.

His funeral procession will leave the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven FRIDAY morning at 8:30 A.M.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Victory Church at 9:00 A.M.

Entombment will follow in the Garden Mausoleum of St. Lawrence Cemetery.

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Obituary: John J. Serfilippi, 82, Father of Tracy Serfilippi, Retired Postal Worker, Navy Veteran

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Jul 072015
 

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 1.46.02 AMJohn J. Serfilippi, 82, of Orange passed away June 29, 2015 in CT Hospice.

He was the husband of the late Joan Ruggles Serfilippi, father of Tracy Serfilippi of Orange and Sandy Benway of Hamden. Also survived by 8 grandchildren and a great grandchild.

Son of the late John J. and Elizabeth Serfilippi. Brother of the late Madeline Daley.

He was a Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict.

 

Prior to his retirement in 1997 John was a Letter Carrier for the US Postal Service for 38 years and also worked at the Orange Library for many years.

Services will be held in the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven Tuesday morning at 11:00. Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

Friends may call MONDAY from 5:00-8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

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Obituary: Denise Waldron, 65, Beloved Wife and Mother

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Jul 062015
 

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 1.11.14 AMDenise D. Waldron, 65, of Orange, Connecticut, beloved wife of Ted Waldron Sr. passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 after battling cancer.

Born on March 5, 1950 in Queens, New York, she was the daughter of the late Edwin Hirsch and Irene Delvac Hirsch.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 7, at 11:00 am, at White Oak Baptist Church, Stratford, CT. Interment to follow at King’s Highway Cemetery, Milford.

Friends and family may call from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday, July 6 at Cody-White Funeral Home 107 Broad Street Milford, CT 06460.

To leave online condolences and to view a full obituary,visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com

Obituary: Joanne Bulkley, 82, Beloved Mother of Barbra Guiliotis

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Jul 042015
 

Screen Shot 2015-07-04 at 2.49.13 PMJoanne (Bakes) Bulkley, 82, of Worcester, MASS, formerly of Holden passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2015.

Her husband, John M. Bulkley died in 2001. Born in Larchmont, NY, a daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Neofotistos) Bakes, Joanne graduated from Norwalk Hospital School of Nursing. She was a registered nurse for more than 45 years at numerous medical facilities that included the UMASS Medical Center, Providence House, and the Lutheran Day Health Center.

Joanne was a devoted and faithful member of St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral for 45 years. She will be remembered for the positive energy she shared with her family and friends. She was a selfless, loving, and compassionate mother and grandmother, who was devoted to her family.

She leaves two daughters, Barbra A. Guiliotis and her husband, Gregg of Orange, Ct.; and Ann E. Bulkley-Armour and her husband, Michael of Shrewsbury; a son, David M. Bulkley of Westborough; two brothers, George Bakes of Boca Raton, FL, and Nicholas Bakes and his wife, Patricia of Hamden, Ct.; a sister, Patricia Loskant and her husband, Robert of Monroe, Ct.; two granddaughters, Kathryn E. and Grace A. Armour of Shrewsbury. A sister, Helen Zapherson and her husband Dino of Norwalk, Ct. predeceased her.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, July 6, 2015 from 4-7 PM in Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main Street, Holden. Funeral services for Joanne will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 11:00 AM in St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 102 Russell Street, Worcester with the Rev Fr. Dimitrios Moraitis and the Very Rev. Fr. Dean N. Paleologos officiating. Burial will follow in Hope Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please remember Joanne with a contribution to St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 102 Russell Street, Worcester 01609. To share a memory or leave an online condolence, visit: www.milesfuneralhome.com.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Philip G. Haddad, Jr., Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main Street, Holden. Memory Eternal!

Obituary: Ralph Gould, 90, Beloved Uncle of Bruce Goldslager

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Jul 032015
 

shiva-candleRalph Gould, 90, of Woodbridge, died Thursday July 2, 2015, at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford.

He was the loving husband of the late Isabelle Gould.

He was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 2, 1925 and was the son of the late Albert and Bess (Clayman) Goldslager.

Beloved father of Robert ( Lesley) Gould of New York,NY., Betsy (Jim) Roberti of Wellesley, Mass. Cherished Grandfather of Alyssa Roberti. Adoring Uncle of Bruce Goldslager of Orange. Dear Brother of the late Harry and Donald Goldslager.

Funeral Services at B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, 200 Wintergreen Ave. New Haven SUNDAY morning at 10:30 a.m.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 2075 Silas Deane Hwy. Ste. 100, Rocky Hill, CT. 06067 or The Connecticut Hospice 100 Double Beach Rd. Branford, CT.06405.

A private period of mourning will be observed.

Funeral Arrangements in care of Robert E. Shure Funeral Home 543 George St. New Haven, CT.