Obituary: Robert Edward Lukasik, 47, AKA Bobby Walter, Uncle of Victoria and Tiffany Walter

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Jul 012015

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 7.31.25 PMRobert Edward Lukasik, affectionately known as Bobby Walter, 47, Bridgeport, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, June 18, 2015.
Bobby was born on December 31, 1967 in Danbury, CT.
At the age of 16 months old Robert was blessed to become the foster son of Ruth and the late Joe Walter.
Bobby was educated in the Bridgeport Public School system from which he received his GED. He was a very smart young man, who at the age of 10 years old had an I.Q. of a sophomore in High School.
Bobby leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted mother, Ruth L. Walter; sister, Shanetta K. Walter both of Bridgeport, CT; 3 nieces, Angelica Walther of Hamden, Victoria Walter and Tiffany Walter both of Orange; 3 cousins, Doreen Peterson, Yvonne Peterson and Kayla Peterson all of West Haven; and a host of relatives and friends.
In addition, a special companion and friend his dog “Shep” who brought joy and meaning to Bobby’s life.
In addition to his father he was predeceased by, brother, Joseph Walter; sister, in-law, Lorna Walter.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Messiah Baptist Church, 210 Congress Street, Bridgeport.
Friends may greet the family from 10:00 AM until time of service.
Interment at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements Entrusted to George J. Peterson Funeral Home, 1041 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport.

Obituary: James P. Daniel, 88, Father of Peter Daniel, Brother of Evelyn McGrath

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Jun 272015

Screen Shot 2015-06-27 at 6.54.16 PMJames P. Daniel, 88, New Haven Firefighter (ret) of Orange, passed away June 25, 2015 at Mary Wade Home.

He was the husband of the late Eugenia (Jean) Pappas Daniel. Born in New Haven Feb. 21, 1927, he was the son of the late Peter and Efthalia Daniel.

He was appointed to the New Haven Fire Dept. in 1951 and retired in 1987 after 36 years of service as a firefighter and fire inspector.

He served in the U.S. Navy in the latter stages of World War II.

The family would like to thank the staff at Mary Wade Home for their loving kindness and care.

Mr. Daniel is survived by one son, Peter G. (Deborah) Daniel of Orange; one daughter, Heidi (Donald) Jensen of Sun City Center, FL.; a sister, Evelyn McGrath of Orange; six grandchildren, Dr. Brian (Christin) Daniel, Jean, Dorothy and Catherine Daniel, James (Jade) and Nicholas Jensen; 3 great-grandchildren and twins on the way.

He was predeceased by two brothers, his twin brother, George and Arthur Daniel; and three sisters, Anna Savakis, Catherine Daniel and Amelia Klarides.

Friends may call at The Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St. (cor. Dwight) New Haven, Sunday from 4 to 7 pm and are invited to attend funeral services in St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, Monday at 12:30 pm.

Interment in Beaverdale Memorial Park.

Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Barbara Church Endowment Fund.

Obituary: Molly Swirsky, 93, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother

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Jun 222015

yarzheitMolly (Levine) Swirsky, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 21st, 2015, at home, with great family support and with her husband by her side.

She was the daughter of Minnie and Jacob Levine, and lived her entire life in the greater Bridgeport/New Haven area.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 68 years, Robert Swirsky, her children, Debby and Tom Swirsky-Sacchetti, and Mindy Swirsky Hart, and her grandchildren Benjamin Sacchetti, Jenna Swirsky-Sacchetti, and Michael Hart, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Molly was a devoted wife, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, and great aunt. She worked alongside her husband for many years in their business, Bob’s Prep Shop, as office manager for the David Masnik Wholesale Liquor Company before her marriage, and as a bookkeeper later in life for Jiffy Printing Company and M.A. Selmon and Company.

Molly was an active, lifelong member of Women’s American ORT, and a member of Congregation Temple Beth Sholom in Stratford, CT until it closed several years ago.

Friends are invited to attend her funeral on Monday, June 22 at 2:00 PM at the Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT, with interment following at the Hebrew Sick Benefit Cemetery, 1400 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield.

Memorial contributions can be made to Fairbridge Merritt Chapter of Women’s American ORT.

Obituary: Rose Marie Guarino, 80, Beloved Wife of Louis T. Guarino

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Jun 222015

Screen Shot 2015-06-21 at 11.36.44 PMRose Marie Guarino, 80, of Orange, passed away on June 19, 2015 in Yale New Haven Hospital surrounded by her family.
She was the loving wife of Louis T. Guarino for 58 beautiful years.
Born in New Haven July 15, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine DelVecchio Guarino.
She was a graduate of Hillhouse High School. She has been an Orange resident since 1963 and was a parishioner of Holy Infant Church. She was a woman of faith who believed with all her heart that one day she would be reunited with all those she loved. She was blessed to have along and happy marriage that was full of laughs and the pure enjoyment of spending time with her husband.
After a 30 year career at Sears & Roebuck Co., she retired in 1994 and dedicated her time as a wonderful mom to her children and an incredibly spirited “Ahma” to her grandchildren. Being a grandma was the best job in the world to her. She was the biggest and most enthusiastic fan of everything they did. She worked hard to keep the Italian family traditions going. Being with family and watching everyone interact brought a smile to her face.
She was an active participant at the Orange Senior Center for many years and had many dear friends there. She loved her yoga class and senior aerobics.
Besides her husband, she is survived by her son, Michael (Susana) Guarino of Hoboken, N.J.; her daughter, Lori Hoffer of Woodbridge; a brother, Vincent Guarino of West Haven; a sister, Carol (Nick) Cusano of Guilford; four grandchildren, Michael (Elizabeth) Guarino Jr., Katie (John) DeLeo, Jennifer and Jessica Hoffer; and great grandchild, Jack DeLeo.
Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange Monday morning at 10:00. Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.
The family will receive visitors at 16 Shady Lane, Woodbridge, on Monday from Noon to 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to The National Kidney Foundation, 1463 Highland Avenue, Cheshire, CT 06410 or www.kidney.org.
Arrangements are in care of The Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St., New Haven. www.celentanofuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Joseph L. DeAngelo, Sr., 91, Father Of Rachel Howard

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Jun 212015

Screen Shot 2015-06-21 at 11.15.09 PMJoseph L. DeAngelo, Sr., 91, formerly of Hamden and West Haven died peacefully on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Hartford Hospital.

He was the beloved husband of the late Vera Gallo DeAngelo. Joe was born in New Haven on September 9, 1923, a son of the late Frank and Florence DeAngelo, and had resided in Hamden for most of his life, and West Haven for the past seven years.

He was a pressman for the New Haven Register for twenty years, retiring in 1988. Joe was a proud WWII Navy Veteran and participated in campaigns in both the Pacific and Atlantic theatres.

He is survived by a daughter, Linda (David) Howard of West Haven, two sons, Joseph (Sally) DeAngelo of Maine, and Robert (Janice) DeAngelo of Northford, a sister, Ann Marie DeAngelo, and a brother Philip DeAngelo of New Haven, seven grandchildren Jonathan (Christine) DeAngelo of Cromwell, Loren (Daniel) Fiasconaro of Hamden, James Barbato, Jr. of Worcester, MA, Joshua Barbato of West Haven, Sheri (David) Roby of Naugatuck, and Rachel and Morgan Howard of Orange, one great granddaughter Paige Marie Roby, and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Rose Bellucci.

The DeAngelo family will receive relatives and friends on Monday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at the Washington Memorial Funeral Home, 4 Washington Ave., North Haven.

The funeral procession will leave from the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at St. Therese Church, 555 Middletown Ave., North Haven.

Burial with military honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery. In honor of Mr. DeAngelo’s granddaughter, memorial contributions may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation of CT, 386 Main St., Middletown, CT 06457 or online at [email protected]

Obituary: Chrissie Eisensmith, 91, WWII Veteran

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Jun 162015

ded7532a-3f48-457f-b8a4-69b744926f47Chrissie Eisensmith, 91, a resident of Maplewood Assisted Living Facility in Orange and formerly of West Haven, CT, passed away on June 4, 2015.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Eisensmith, her sister, Jean Curley and survived by her four children, Terry Eisensmith of Boca Raton, FL and Guilford, CT, Keith Eisensmith of East Haven, Carol Baia of West Haven and James Eisensmith of Madison.

She is also survived by seven grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, three nieces and four nephews.

Chrissie was born on January 26, 1924 in Stanley England, the daughter of Jane and James Pogson.

During World War II she served with the British Royal Air Force and was stationed in Northern England. It was during the War that she met and married Charles Eisensmith who was serving with the medical staff in the U.S. Army Air corps.

After the War they moved to West Haven, CT where they raised their family. They were both active in the VFW, Post 1684 for many years.

A private burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Chrissie’s name to The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

Obituary: Martha Bloom Shapiro, 107, Mother of Joseph Shapiro

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Jun 162015

jewish-funeral-etiquetteMartha Bloom Shapiro, 107, of Newport News passed away peacefully on June 13 at the James River Convalescent Center.

She was the widow of Charles Shapiro, daughter of the late Leba and Joseph Bloom, and is survived by her two loving sons, Joseph Shapiro (Marjorie) of Orange, CT and Robert Shapiro (Larry Hill) of Hampton, VA. Beloved grandmother of Corey Shapiro (Ashlee Bergin) of Chicago, IL, Jordan Shapiro (Ashley Brokaw Shapiro) of Brooklyn, NY, and Greg Shapiro (Johanna) of New York, NY, Martha also leaves great grandchildren Helena, Grey, and Noah, loving family friend, Lee Richardson of Newport News, and many nieces and nephews.

Martha was predeceased by her cherished sister, Lena Sherr.

A lifetime active member of Congregation Adath Jeshurun, Martha was also the long time executive secretary of the Peninsula Jewish Community Center.

Her family thanks the staff of the James River Convalescent Center for the 8 years of love, respect, and kind care that Martha received.

Graveside services will be held at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, June 16 at the Jewish Cemetery, 1817 Kechoughtan Road, Hampton.

Friends may call on Tuesday, June 16 at 7:00 PM at 2225 Chesapeake Ave., Hampton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Adath Jeshurun Synagogue, 401 City Center Blvd., Newport News 23606.

Obituary: Andrew Antalik, 68, Beloved Father of Michael Antalik

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May 312015

Screen Shot 2015-05-31 at 7.50.48 PMAfter a courageous battle with cancer, Andrew Antalik, 68, of Milford, CT peacefully entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 surrounded by the love of his family.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 48 years, Barbara Antalik; his daughter, Eileen Antalik of Milford, CT; his daughter Christine Antalik of West Haven, CT; his son, Michael Edward (Jennifer) Antalik of Orange, CT; and his two dearly loved grandchildren, Elizabeth Joan and Timothy Andrew Antalik.

Born on April 20, 1947 in Bridgeport, CT, he was the son of the late Andrew Leo and Mary Posh Antalik and brother to the late Carol Aliberti. In addition to being survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, and grandpup, he is also survived by his brothers Richard and Ronald Antalik, and numerous nieces and nephews.

“Rusty”, as he was known since childhood by his family and friends, proudly dedicated 22 years of service to the City of Milford in the Public Works Department as a painter. He remained a tireless and dedicated employee throughout the length of his illness and could often be seen painting the landmarks of the city he served so well.

Rusty was a dedicated husband and father. As “Gramps”, he thoroughly loved and enjoyed his grandchildren and taught them to love the wonderful World of Disney as much as he and his wife did. His legacy of hard work and family dedication will live on through his children and grandchildren.

For those wishing to pay their respect, calling hours will be held Sunday, May 31st from 3-7 pm at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT. A Catholic funeral mass will be held Monday, June 1st at 10:30 am at Saint Mary Church, 70 Gulf Street, Milford, CT. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405, which provided a comforting and loving level of care and support for Rusty and his family during the final days of his illness.

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

Obituary: Rosaline Kirby, 95, Former Orange Resident

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May 302015

Screen Shot 2015-05-31 at 2.48.09 PMRosaline C. Kirby, 95, of Hilton Head Island passed away on Saturday, May 24, 2015 in the Preston Healthcare Center.

She was born to Joseph and Angelina Rose Money on September 16, 1919, and raised in Bridgeport, CT. She graduated from Bassick High School in Bridgeport.

She and her husband Donald resided in Orange, Ct before retiring to Hilton Head Island, SC in 1982.

As a homemaker, she enjoyed cooking especially on holidays and other special occasions. She also enjoyed decorating, was an avid reader, and an accomplished bridge player.

Rosaline will be dearly missed but fondly remembered by her nieces and caregivers Mary McIntyre and Teresa Camarro.

She is also survived by several other nieces and nephews as well as grandnieces and grandnephews.

Rosaline was predeceased by her husband Donald Kirby, six brothers and five sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 10:30am in St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church, 45 Beach City Rd, Hilton Head Island. Inurnment will follow in the church Columbarium.

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Obituary: Marion Troy, 85, Beloved Mother of Loretta Pirc

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May 282015

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 1.15.56 PMMary Ellen (“Marion”) Leydon Troy, 85, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, May 24, 2015.

She was the beloved wife of the late Augustine (“Gus”) C. Troy and devoted daughter of Irish immigrants, the late Joseph and Mary Ellen (Cullen) Leydon. Gus first laid eyes on Marion in St. John’s Church, where they both attended daily Lenten mass. Upon learning they had mutual friends, he asked to be introduced to her. Theirs was truly a match made in heaven, and they spent 42 happy years together until Gus died in 1995.

Marion was born in Chicago on January 21, 1930, and was a longtime Stamford resident until moving to Orange in 2012 to live with her daughter, Loretta.

She was a 1948 graduate of Sacred Heart Academy, a faithful communicant at St. Cecilia Church for 58 years, a member of Shorehaven Golf Club for more than 30 years, and a dedicated member of the New Canaan Country School staff for almost 20 years. She was always cheerful, had a nice word for everyone, and made friends easily and everywhere.

Marion and Gus loved life and hosted many Fourth of July, St. Patrick’s Day, and New Year’s Eve parties that always included singing around the piano. She celebrated life right up until the end, when she injured herself dancing at a St. Patrick’s Day party. She never fully recovered, and her Alzheimer’s disease progressed quickly from that point on. She had a wonderful life and she went out dancing!

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her sister Loretta Leydon, brother Joseph Leydon, son-in-law Doug Pirc, and daughter-in-law Sarah Troy.

She is survived by her children Patrick Troy, Mary Ellen Troy, Brian Troy, Loretta Pirc and Ginger Troy; grandchildren Christopher Pirc (Emily), Brian Troy (Sofia), Cameron Pierce (Blair), Jennifer Troy, and Carolyn Pirc; siblings Rita Griffin and Jack Leydon (Barbara); and many nieces and nephews.

She was the loving, caring, kind, smart and funny matriarch of our family. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all.

Friends and family may visit on Friday from 4-8PM at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 2900 Summer St Stamford CT 06905.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday May 30 at 10 AM at the church of St Cecilia in Stamford.

In Lieu of Flowers, Donations may be made to West Haven Adult Day Center 201 Noble St., 2nd Floor West Haven, CT 06516.