Sep 172014

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 3.12.44 PMGeorge C. Micklus Sr., age 91, of Milford, entered into eternal rest on September 14, 2014.

The beloved husband of the late Frances Fogler Micklus for 57 years, he was born in Derby CT April 29, 1923 to the late John and Anna Micklus.

He was a Milford resident most of his life.

WWII Navy veteran who was proud to have served his country,

Mr. Micklus worked for Bic Pen Corp. prior to his retirement.

He is survived by his son George C. Micklus Jr. and his wife Denise of Seymour, his daughter Charlene F. Micklus of Milford, and his treasured grandsons Christopher G. Micklus and his wife Amanda and great-granddaughter Adrienne of Orange, and Jeffrey M. Micklus and fiancé Cindy Casuyon of Cromwell, as well as numerous loving nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother John Micklus, and sisters Mary Sedlock, Helen Sedlock, Evelyn McCarthy and Charlotte Sheahan.

The Micklus family wishes to express their thanks to the Milford Health and Rehabilitation Center for the kindness and care George received during his time with them. 

Friends and family may call on Wednesday, September 17th from 4 to 8pm at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street on the Green, Milford, CT 06460.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September 18th at 11am at Christ the Redeemer RC Church, 325 Oronoque Road, Milford CT 06461. Interment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Buckingham Avenue, Milford.

Contributions can be made in George’s name to the Resident Council Recreation Department at Milford Health and Rehabilitation Center, 195 Platt Street, Milford, CT 06460 or a charity of your choice

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

Sep 072014

Screen Shot 2014-09-07 at 2.02.56 PMSunny Riskin, 92, of Orange (formerly Delray Beach, Florida, and New Haven) passed away peacefully on Friday, September 5, 2014 at the Jewish Home of Fairfield, CT.

She was predeceased by her parents, Oscar and Betty Reiser, her husband, Sol and two brothers and one sister.

She is survived by her devoted son, Robert and his wife, Roxann of Orange, and her daughter Tina (Phil) of Granby. She is also survived by her two grandsons who were the light of her life, Robert Jr. (Breana) of Woodbridge, and Ross (Mikayla) of Orange. She was adored by many friends from Florida and Connecticut.

Sunny was an avid card player at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange and Oak Lane Country Club in Woodbridge for many years before moving to Florida. She also had a penchant for crossword puzzles, interior design, fashion (especially belts) and knitting.

The family would like to recognize the Jewish Home of Fairfield, especially Rose, Michael, Theresa, Barbara, Karen, Justine, Sara, Esther, and everyone on the third floor of Bennett Pavilion, who provided loving and compassionate care and respect. In addition, she had a most loving family friend, Ruby, from Florida.

The Spadaccino Funeral Home and Leo P. Gallagher & Son Community Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe is in charge of arrangements. Funeral services will be private. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Wounded Warriors or STARS- Stratford Animal Rescue Society.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.spadaccinofuneralhome.com 

Sep 062014

Screen Shot 2014-09-06 at 2.02.50 PMRichard Jon Jette, Sr., 51, of Orange, beloved husband of Angelina Colon Jette, loving father and grandfather, died suddenly after a long illness.

He was born in New Haven February 7, 1963, son of the late Donald and Evelyn Paecht Jette.

Richard was a self-employed, general contractor for many years.

Besides his wife, Angelina, he is survived by four children, Richard Jon Jette II, of Branford, Kevin Anthony Jette, of New Haven, Joseph Michael Colon, of Orange, and Tina Marie Colon McCauley, of Bloomfield, CT.

He also leaves six adored grandchildren, Victoria Colon, Devon Rodriquez, Jayson Scott Carrington, Vanessa Colon, Kali Ann Jette, and Aria Alexis Jette.

He was predeceased by a grandson, Joseph Michael Colon II.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Keenan Funeral Home, 238 Elm Street, West Haven, Sunday from 3:00 to 7:00 PM.

A service of prayers and shared memories will be held at 6:00.

Burial will be private. Condolences may be shared online at www.keenanfuneralhome.com 

Aug 242014

Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 4.26.12 PMJoan Marie Autuori, 71, of Milford, beloved wife of Joseph Autuori passed away peacefully on August 13, 2014 at Bridgeport Hospital.

Born on July 8, 1943 in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Mary Mills Potsch.

Until her retirement, Joan was a cook at Harding High School for the city of Bridgeport.

Devoted to her family, Joan will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. The family would like to thank all the kind individuals who have been a source of love, care and support for both Joan and her family in recent years.

In addition to her husband Joseph of 50 years, she is survived by her children; Dawn O’Brien of Orange, Kelley Lambert and her husband Richard of Milford and Lisa Dodge and her husband Michael of North Haven; seven grandchildren Danielle, Joseph, Jacob, Thomas, Nicholas, Samantha and Matthew as well as her sister Charlotte Paulson and her husband George and many more loving family members and friends.

Joan is predeceased by her sister Shirley Walsh.

Friends and family may call on Friday, August 29th from 4 to 8 pm with a Prayer Service at 5:30 pm at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT.

Committal will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Joan’s name to the American Heart Association , 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691.

To leave online condolences please visit  www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Aug 132014

Screen shot 2014-08-13 at 5.14.43 PMVirginia Kelley Moran, age 95, of Milford, CT entered into eternal rest on Sunday August 10, 2014 at Milford Hospital Hospice Suite.

Born on November 9, 1918 to the late Edward J. Kelley and Frances (Hallowell) Kelley, Virginia was a Bridgeport resident most of her life before moving to Milford in 1979.

Virginia worked at St. Augustine’s school when her children were young, but then went to work for the Bridgeport City Employees Federal Credit Union for the next 32 years retiring in 2001.

Virginia loved the beach, her Thursday night get togethers with her best friends referred to as “the club” and her jaunts to Broadway as often as she could.

Virginia was predeceased by her husband Bob of 65 years just this past July and her sister Doris Harding of Shelton. She is survived by her three children; Robert Moran and his wife Helen of Trumbull, Chris and his wife Robin of Orange and Sally of Milford, her cherished grandchildren; Christopher, Darren and Scott of whom she was so proud, and her special nieces, Kathy Jacobi of Milford and Virginia Dedad of Shelton.

Her family would like to extend their thanks to VITAS Hospice and Connecticut Hospice for their special care and to the nurses of Milford Hospital. Also to “Vida” her wonderful aide.

Friends may call on Wednesday, August 13 from 4-7 p.m. in The Gregory F Doyle Funeral Home, 291 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford.


Friends and Family are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, August 14 at 10:30 a.m. directly in St Ann Church, 501 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford.

Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VITAS Hospice or to Connecticut Hospice. To leave an online condolence, please visit, www.gregoryfdoylefuneralhome.com – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=virginia-moran&pid=172064056&fhid=7999&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.r9WDGl1d.dpuf

Aug 102014

Screen shot 2014-08-10 at 2.22.11 PMPasquale (Pat) Franco, 80, of Orange entered into rest on August 5, 2014 at his home.
He was the husband of Judith Franco and the father of James Franco. In addition to his wife and son, Pat leaves his sister Phyllis Papagoda.
He was predeceased by his twin sister Regina Franco.
He was born in New Haven October 6, 1933, son of the late James and Mary Adinolfi Franco.
Mr. Franco worked for Edgecomb Metals, Milford for many years as an inventory coordinator and in later years for Saab-Scania.
He served in the US Navy and in the Marine Corp. during the Korean War and was a member of American Legion Post 127.
Visitation will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 12 from 9 until 10:30 a.m.at the West Haven Funeral Home at the green.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 11 o’clock.
Interment, with military honors, will follow in All Saints Cemetery. Donations may be made to Holy Infant Church 450 Racebrook Rd. Orange.
To leave an online remembrance, please visit www.westhavenfuneral.com.

Aug 082014

Orange Police K-9 Major

Orange Police K-9 Major

Here is Video from the first half of the police memorial service held in honor of K-9 Major who was killed in the line of duty on July 19, 2014.

Hear what former K-9 handler Mike Kosh, Chief Robert Gagne said in the first half, then what Officer Chris Brown had to say about this magnificent dog in the second half of the Video.

Read the full story here.


Only 2 media people were at the ceremony. You will read about this in a print publication in 3 weeks. 



Aug 062014

Screen shot 2014-08-06 at 3.27.19 PMBrendan John McGuirk, 63, of Waterford, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Marianna (Gaynor) McGuirk.

He was born Sept. 24, 1950, in New London, the fourth child to John J. and Therese (Sheehan) McGuirk. He graduated from Norwich Tech, where he concentrated in carpentry.

Brendan was very proud to have served in the U.S. Navy during the early 1970s, primarily aboard the diesel electric submarine USS Trumpetfish SS425. He was deployed once around South America, four times to the Caribbean, and to multiple European ports. He received a letter of commendation from Vice Admiral Long for his outstanding performance while serving as topside petty officer during the Unitas XII Deployment. He was honorably discharged as a second class torpedoman (SS) qualified in submarines.

Following his Navy service, Brendan went on to serve in the New London Fire Department for nearly 40 years. Brendan truly loved the job and his fire fighting brothers and his Navy brothers. He was a dedicated member of Local #1522 and the IAFF. Brendan was a mentor to numerous fire fighters, and one of his fondest memories was delivering a baby on the job. He was a life member of three volunteer fire stations, Jordan and Cohanzie in Waterford and Northwest Hose Company #7 in New London. Brendan received numerous fire fighting awards and was a past New London Fire Fighter of the Year. He was awarded the Public Spirited Citizen Award by the New London City Council and the Herbert L. Emanuelson Award by the Department of Connecticut American Legion for his rescue of an unconscious man from a burning building on Bank Street in New London. He used his fire fighting EMT training to work part time at the Millstone and Connecticut Yankee power plants.

For almost 40 years he was a member of Local #1411 of the International Longshoremen Association, working part time as a crane operator and safety officer at State Pier, another job he enjoyed. He was a member of American Legion Post #9 in New London and was a longtime member of the Elks in New London and the recipient of Elks Lodge #360 Public Safety Appreciation Award. For the past 20 years, he served Waterford as a Democratic member of the RTM, serving the first district, and was chosen Waterford’s 2013 Citizen of the Year.

Brendan enjoyed taking trips with Marianna, Gemma, and Johnny to both local areas and places like Lake Champlain, Pennsylvania, and Florida. They also enjoyed camping with their camping club. In recent years, he tremendously enjoyed following the lives and sports careers of his grandchildren, Mia, Jay Jay, and Skylar. He enjoyed reading the daily newspapers and was an avid history buff. Brendan was a regular parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church and was devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Brendan believed strongly in the cause of organ donation. 

The basic theme of Brendan’s life was helping others – his family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and town – and while doing so, was joined by his best friend, wife and love, Marianna.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by children, Gemma Brennan and her fiance,Javier Rosado, and John Brennan and his fiance, Beth Crowley, of Waterford; and the grandchildren he adored, Mia, Jay Jay, Skylar, Michael, and Carmen. He is also survived by brothers, John of Branford and his wife, Cathy, Stephen of Orange and his wife, Mary Sue, Peter of Waterford and his wife, Anna; and sisters, Therese of New London, and Frances of Canterbury and her husband, Steve Pelletier. After marrying the love of his life, Marianna, he gained a new family, Rod and Carole Gaynor of Waterford and Dan and Happy Gaynor of New London. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. 

The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to those who supported them through their many kindnesses over these last two years. Thank you to Dr. Melvin Yoselevsky, his staff, and his wife, Iris, Dr. Richard Hellman and the staff at the Lawrence + Memorial Cancer Center, Dr. Terrence Navin and his staff at the Wound Center, and the team of doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, especially Dr. Tanvir Choudhri, who performed multiple surgeries. The family thanks Dr. Myron Schwartz who gave him a second chance at life in October of 2004, when he performed his liver transplant, allowing him more time with his beloved family. Thank you to the Transplant Living Center (TLC) family who journeyed with Brendan’s family every step of the way. Our motto is “Don’t take your organs to Heaven because Heaven knows we need them here on Earth!”

Also, the family sends a special thank you to Jackie and Sandra from the VNA, the team of hospice, Mayor Finizio and Fire Chief Henry Kydd for their support, and the City of New London employees who donated meaningfully to Brendan during this difficult time. A heartfelt thank you to the brotherhood of firefighters who Brendan loved very much 

His family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave., New London. The funeral will assemble at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and proceed to a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph Church. Interment with military honors will be in St. Mary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brendan McGuirk Educational Fund for his grandchildren through Chelsea Groton Bank, 157 Boston Post Road, Waterford, CT 06385.

Aug 012014


 Loretta Feola

Loretta Feola

Loretta Feola, age 86, of Orange, wife of the late Peter V. Feola, passed away on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Bridgeport Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Bridgeport on June 12, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Dominic and Anna Minnotti DeDonato.

A graduate of Harding High School, she worked in the accounting department at Aquarion Water Company for many years before retiring at the age of 55.

She had previously worked at Columbia Records formerly of Bridgeport for a number of years. Loretta was active in the Madonna Guild of St. Ambrose Church.

She showed her artistic flair through her flower arranging and jewelry making skills. She found great enjoyment in dancing and taking day trips with her husband but her greatest pleasure was found in the time that she spent with her nieces and nephews.

Survivors include her brother, Michael A. DeDonato of Trumbull, and nephew, Donald DeDonato and his wife Susan of IL, and their children, Mark and his wife Sarah, and their daughter Olivia and David DeDonato, her niece, Nancy DeDonato Jones and her children, Robert and Christina Jones. She is also survived by several other nieces and nephews. In addition to her beloved husband Peter of over 50 years, she was also pre-deceased by her sisters-in-law, Mary J. DeDonato, Florence Rago and Mary Dickshinski and a brother-in-law, Benjamin Feola.

Funeral services will take place on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. from the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull and at 10:00 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena Church, Trumbull for a Mass of Christian Burial.

Interment will follow in St. Michael Cemetery, Stratford. Friends may call on Saturday morning from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the  American Diabetes Association, 2080 Silas Deane Highway, 2nd Floor, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

For more information or to leave an online condolence, visit us at www.abriola.com.

Jul 282014

claudia Granata obituaryClaudia (Dinan) Granata MD, age 58, of Orange, beloved wife of Dr. Attilio Granata, MD, died Thursday July 24, 2014 in her residence.

Claudia was born in Bridgeport, the daughter of Althea and the late Vincent Dinan.

She was a 1976 graduate of Smith College, and a 1980 graduate of the Yale School of Medicine. She served her internship and residency from 1980 until 1983 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

She was in private practice with Pulmonary Associates of New Haven and was on the medical staff of both Yale New Haven Hospital and St. Raphael Hospital.

After raising her children she taught middle school Mathamatics at the Foote School in New Haven.

Claudia’s family was the center of her life, she enjoyed knitting, cooking, playing the piano, reading and playing with her beloved dogs.

In addition to her husband she is survived by her children; Vincent M., Christopher J., Timothy D. and Elizabeth C. Granata.

Her mother Althea Dinan and her sister Althea Dinan II and her husband Thomas O’Conner.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral on Wednesday, July 30, at 11:00 am at the St. Thomas More Chapel at Yale, for a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be private.

There will be no calling hours. Larson Funeral Home, 2496 North Ave, Bridgeport is in care of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to either the American Lung Association at www.lung.org or the Breakthrough Collaborative.org