Apr 172014

Screen shot 2014-04-17 at 1.27.20 PMGordon “Banty” C. Turner, 93, of Niantic, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Sava Health Care at Bridebrook.

Born on Feb. 22, 1921, Banty was the son of Clinton and Julia (Manwaring) Turner. A graduate of Chapman Tech in 1939, Banty worked at Electric Boat as a welder until he joined the Navy during World War II where he served for three years. Upon discharge from the Navy, he became a dedicated lineman for CL&P until his retirement in 1983.

Banty married the former Julia “Judy” Osowski on Sept. 4, 1948. They were married 51 years. Judy predeceased him on Oct. 12, 1999.

Banty was raised on the Turner Homestead at Black Point Road in Niantic. He was one of ten children and was predeceased by C. Keith, Vernon, Merle, and Mahlon “Red” Turner, Cecelia “Tela” Beebe, Rheba Gunn, Linna Maynard and Camilla Leaf. Eddis (Turner) Jones of Raleigh, N.C. survives.

Surviving Banty are his four children, John “Jack” C. Turner and his wife, Amy, of Orange and Joseph G. Turner of New Britain, Madeline M. Treat and her husband, Charles O. Treat Jr., of Uncasville and Thomas M. Turner and his wife, Susan (Camassar) Turner, of Niantic. Banty was a proud “Papa” of his six grandchildren, Megan (Treat) Feinglass and her husband, Evan; Sarah (Treat) Jakubowski and her husband, Jason; Ryan C. Treat and his wife, Stephanie (Lavin) Treat; Abbe Joann Turner; Kelly Turner and Morgan Turner. He is survived by nine great-grandchildren, Noah and Julia Feinglass; Madeline, Alex, Katherine, Kevin and Elizabeth Jakubowski; and Emily and Jack Treat. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Michael A. Wargo of New London; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Banty loved a good card game and was a founding member of the Niantic Sportsman’s Club; American Legion; VFW; East Lyme, Old Lyme and Montville Senior Citizens, as well as the The East Lyme Historical Society.

He was a true outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing, crabbing, scalloping and clamming. His love of gardening produced tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and dahlias which he loved sharing with family and friends. He loved watching and feeding the birds. He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots as well as a supporter of the UConn Huskies; the alma mater of his children and grandchildren.

Special thanks to Banty’s neighbors – Pete and Janne Peterson, Jeannie and Pete Bergamo and Jamie and Jeff Bruno, without whose support Banty wouldn’t have been able to independently remain in his home as long as he did. Their assistance over the years is sincerely appreciated and will not be forgotten by Banty’s family.

Special thanks also to the staff at Bridebrook who provided exceptional care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), Columbus Avenue, Niantic, CT 06357 and Center for Hospice Care Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360.

His family will greet relatives and friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic. Burial will be private.

Apr 142014

Screen shot 2014-04-14 at 10.09.05 PMDorothy M Piazza, 83, beloved wife of the late Ernest Piazza, joined her husband in eternal peace on Friday, April 11, 2014. Born on April 22, 1930 in Bridgeport, CT, she was the daughter to the late Arthur and Natalie Seymour Tillson.

Dorothy and Ernest resided in Orange, where they raised their 3 children, for 49 years.

As a graduate of Milford high school in 1948, she was actively involved in her reunion committee and always looked forward to reminiscing with old friends. She shared many good times and laughter with family and friends at their summer home on Lake Waramaug.

Not only a devoted mother, but she also had a rewarding career. She worked for many years at Precision Products in Wallingford where she retired in 1987. Dorothy’s retirement years where embraced by her zest for life. She enjoyed the winter months basking on beaches of Southwest Florida where they had a condo. The summers were full of festive BBQ’s poolside at their home or traveling to Frye Island Maine with her children and grandchildren.

Dorothy loved a leisurely afternoon with a great book or just good conversation over hors d’oeuvres and libations. Her hospitality was as warm as her heart. Her passion for gardening put beauty in all of the lives around her. She was the most loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who will be truly missed by all who knew her.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Donna Hartman, Sharon Piazza Thurston (Bob), and Jeffery Piazza (Carrie); grandchildren Heather Klein Albert, Jason and Jarret Guercia, Lindsey and Rob Thurston, and Eric Takacs; great grandchildren Samantha and Collin Albert. In addition to her husband Ernest, Dorothy was predeceased by her sister, Muriel Wyatt.

Friends and family may call prior to the Memorial Service on Tuesday from 10-11 AM. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Cody- White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford CT 06460 at 11 AM. A burial of cremains will be held on Thursday, April 17th 2014 at 11 AM at Orange Center Cemetery in Orange CT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Generation Rescue Hope for Recovery for Autism, 13636 Ventura Blvd. #259 Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 or to http://www.generationrescue.org/.

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Apr 132014

joy1Ann T. Hodges (Dziadzia), 82, formerly of Norwich, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 7, 2014.

She was born on June 22, 1931 in Orange, the daughter of Joseph and Ewa (Wlamowolski) Dziadzia.

In 1955 she married her beloved husband William W. Hodges Sr. who predeceased her in 2003 after 48 years of marriage.

Ann worked for many years in the office of the former Reid & Hughes in Norwich. She was an active member of Central Baptist Church where she volunteered for many activities, especially the joy of helping with the food locker program.

She was kind and faithful, always putting family first. She enjoyed spending time with her friends in the Fireside Extension group.

She also enjoyed sports, especially bowling and golf, had a lifelong appreciation for live music and singing, and was an avid UCONN Huskies fan. Go Huskies!

Ann had a love of cats and always seemed to be feeding strays at the back door of her home.

She is survived by her son, William W. Hodges Jr., and a brother, Louis Dziadzia and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband and 11 brothers and sisters.

Church and Allen Funeral Home was in charge of services.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ann’s memory may be made to either Central Baptist Church or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001.

To leave an online condolence, please visit www.churchandallen.com

Apr 132014

Screen shot 2014-04-13 at 7.31.11 PMAlfred D. Cianciolo, 81, husband of Grace Giacalone Cianciolo, of Orange, passed away April 9, 2014, in the St. Raphael Campus of Yale–New Haven Hospital.

Father of Francesca Gregoriades of West Haven and Anthony Cianciolo of New Haven. Grandfather of Jason (Tara) Gregoriades and Tracie Glick. Great-grandfather of Gianna and J.J. Gregoriades and Logan Glick. Son of the late Antonio and Francesca Mollica Cianciolo.

Prior to his retirement, Al was a Research Chemist for the former Olin Corporation for many years. He was former Chairman of the Society of the Plastics Industry, the International Isocyanate Institute and the American Society for Testing and Materials.

PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven was in charge of services.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Assn., 2075 Silas Deane Hwy., Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Sign Al’s guestbook online at www.portofuneralhomes. 

Apr 122014

Screen shot 2014-04-12 at 7.28.33 PMLola V. Virzi, 87, formerly of Orange, entered into eternal rest on April 10, 2014.

She was the beloved wife of the late Frank P. Virzi. She is survived by four sons, Joseph J. Virzi (Cynthia) of Oxford, Julius F. Virzi of Hamden, Frank D. Virzi and Charles P. Virzi of West Haven, a sister, Marie Sampieri (Robert) of Orange, five grandchildren, Kelly Virzi (fiancé Ross Rubino) of New Haven, Simone Virzi of Ansonia, Jocelyn Virzi of Waterbury, Frank Virzi and Thomas Virzi of West Haven and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a brother, John Volto. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, April 13, from 2-5 pm in the chapel of the SPINELLI-RICCIUTI/BEDNAR-OSIECKI FUNERAL HOME, 62 Beaver Street in Ansonia.

On Monday, friends and relatives are invited to attend her funeral at 9:15 am from the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at Holy Infant Church in Orange.

Entombment will take place in Mt. St. Peter’s Garden Mausoleum in Derby. Contributions in Lola’s memory may be made to the Orange Visiting Nurses Association, 605 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477 or through the funeral home. To send an act of sympathy, please visit www.spinelliricciutifh.com. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=lola-virzi&pid=170591694&fhid=15135&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.MMY1JRJg.dpuf

Apr 122014

Lake Wepawaug as seen from behind the American Legion Hall.

On Saturday, April 12, the Orange Police Department received reports from three young persons of a possible body floating in Lake Wepawaug off of Grassy Hill Road.

The body was seen floating face down about 15 feet from the shore. The area is known to be frequented by fishermen.

Upon arrival officers observed a body, which appeared to have been in the water for a prolonged period.

The Orange Fire Department retrieved the body.

The deceased is an unidentified male of unknown race.

The  Connecticut State Police are assisting Detectives from the Orange Police at the scene. An Investigator from the State’s Attorney’s Office also responded. The Investigator from the Office of the Chief Medical examiner arrived and the deceased was transported to their facility for an autopsy.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mike Morrin at 203-891-2138.

No further information available for release at this time.

Orange Live first heard of this discovery at 2:22 p.m. but it wasn’t until hours later that this police information was released. 

Apr 082014

Linda PacelliLinda Paduano Pacelli, 72, of Port Charlotte, FL, formerly of West Haven, beloved wife of Andrew J. Pacelli, passed away on April 2, 2014, at her home.

Loving mother of Anthony (Heather Frazee) Pacelli of Orange and Andrew L. (Karen) Pacelli of West Haven. Grandmother of Jeremy and Cynthia. Sister of Donald (Linda) Paduano of Northford and Peter (Janice) Paduano of Madison.

Linda was born in New Haven on December 5, 1941, daughter of the late Louis and Rose Cusano Paduano.

Prior to her retirement, Linda worked in the clerical department of the West Haven Veterans Administration.

Friends may call at the Porto Funeral Home, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven, WEDNESDAY from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Relatives and friends are invited to go directly to Our Lady of Victory Church to celebrate A Mass of Christian Burial THURSDAY morning at 9:00 a.m.

Interment will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society , PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123; or the CT Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111.

Sign Linda’s guest book online at: www.portofuneralhomes.net

Apr 082014

Frank ChaddertonFrank J. Chadderton, 96, of Orange, beloved husband of Marion Sullivan Chadderton for 68 years, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014, at Milford Hospital.

He was born July 21, 1917, in New Haven to the late George and Mary Covel Chadderton.

Mr. Chadderton enlisted December 8, 1941, in the United States Marine Corps First Division, serving two tours in the Guadalcanal. He worked as an electrician for Winchester Repeating Arms and was also the former owner of E & F Electric Co.

Frank was a member of the Hamden Elk’s and Meadow Brook Golf Association. He will be remembered for his love of family and passion for playing golf.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Irene (Terry) Richey of Wallingford, Adrienne Kane of Meriden, Brian Chadderton of Orange, Bart (Gerri) Chadderton of West Haven and Gary Chadderton of Hamden; a sister, Irene Meyer of Hamden; grandchildren Ryan, Keith, Garrett, Dylan, Brandon and Douglas; great-grandchildren Tyler, Gavin, Gianna, Allyson; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by a brother, George, and sister, Evelyn Shanley.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Milford Hospital, including Dr. Rudolph and Dr. Nadelmann of The Cardiology Group in Hamden, CT.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Holy Infant Church, Orange. Interment will be private. Affordable Cremations of Milford is in charge of Arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Life Choice Hospice, 4 Oxford Rd., Milford, CT 06460.

Apr 072014

military-funeral-flagRobert A. Mukoda, 79, of Upper Deerfield Township passed away following a brief illness on Monday morning March 31, 2014 at Inspira Medical Center in Elmer.

Born in Los Angeles, CA on September 25, 1934, he had been married for nearly 52 years to Darlene S. (nee Mitsui) Mukoda.

He was predeceased by his parents, Yukiji and Shizuko Ikada Mukoda.

A longtime resident of Seabrook and Upper Deefield Township, he had lived at his current residence since 1973. He was a 1954 graduate of Bridgeton High School and served in the US Army during the Korean War.

As a lithographer, he worked at the former Price Brothers Lithograph in Bridgeton and later at Duro-Lith in Millville and finally at Litho Print in Wilmington, DE before retiring.

A member and former officer of the Seabrook Chapter of the JACL, Mr. Mukoda served on the board of directors. He was also a member of the Deerfield Presbyterian Church and the church’s Worship Committee.

As a real sports enthusiast, he enjoyed watching any and all sporting events and especially loved the time he spent with his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, David M. Mukoda (Tammy) of Wilmington, DE, Tim J. Mukoda (Bobbi) of Colorado Springs, CO, Patricia L. Reyes (John) of Waldwich and Stephanie M. Dragan (Bill) of Orange, CT, ten grandchildren, three sisters, Alice Kazaoka (Mas) of Bridgeton, Kiyomi Miller of Marlton and June Wallace of Albany, NY and one brother, Ray Mukoda (Sue) of Bolivia, SC and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held in New Jersey on Saturday April 5.

Apr 062014

carerJanice Carter, 65, of Orange, beloved wife to David Carter, passed away peacefully at home on April 3, 2014. She was surrounded by loving family and friends.

Jan was born in Des Moines, IA on July 2, 1948, to the late Howard and Jeanette Redfern, and grew up in Wilton, CT.

Jan will be forever remembered for her kind, loving and generous spirit. She had a unique blend of beauty, intelligence, sensitivity and warmth.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Jan was a loyal, hard worker and loved her job as a bookkeeper. She was an exceptional person and everybody loved her.

In addition to her husband David of 24 years, she is survived by her cherished children, Scott Muldoon (Amy), Marc DiBerardino (Heather), Lisa Robinson (Adam) and Eric DiBerardino; grandsons, Benjamin, Matthew, Cooper, Brandon and Miles; stepchildren, David Carter Jr., Debra Magrone, and Carl Gard; and step-grandchildren Jayden, Dakota, Julia and Kaitleigh. She was the loving sister of Karen, Doug, Jeff and Julie, and aunt of Todd, Gregg, Kate, Jeremy, Tim, Keri, Ian and Delia.

Friends and family may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday evening, April 7, at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460.

Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, April 8 at 10:00 a.m. at the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Ln., Orange, CT 06477. Burial to follow at Orange Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in memory of Janice Carter to Connecticut Hospice, Home Care Program of Shelton, 100 Double Beach Rd. Branford, CT 06405.

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

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