Obituary: Robert “Bob” Purcell, 73, Beloved Husband, Father, Friend, Co-Worker

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Jun 242016

440113__helicopters-at-sunset_tRobert “Bob” Purcell, born in Derby, Connecticut on December 16, 1942 died peacefully at home in Clovis, California on June 17th at age of 73.

Bob is survived by his wife of 40 years, Joyce (McDougall), son, David of Chino Hills, CA, daughter, Lisa Purcell Berube of Shelton, CT, sister, Mary Scollin and her husband Dick of Seymour, CT and brother, Jim and wife Pat of Crossville, TN. He is preceded in death by his mother, Joan, his father, Francis, his brother, Brian and his eldest son, Robert Jr. all from Shelton.

He will be missed by his in-laws, Billie McDougall of Shelton, CT, Jim McDougall of Seymour, CT, Bill and Kathy Perkins of Hinsdale, NH and Dan and Sharon Woznicki of Orange, Ct along with many loving nieces and nephews.

Bob was born on December 16, 1942 in Derby, CT to Francis and Joan (Coastin) Purcell. Following graduation from Shelton High School in 1960,

Bob proudly served in the United States Navy where he served during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He then studied engineering at Norwalk Tech and received an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Bob enjoyed an exciting career with Sikorsky Aircraft from 1964-1980. He led the Blade Shop team that developed and implemented composite rotor blade technology that contributed to winning the competitive fly-off for the UH60 program (ie. the Blackhawk Helicopter).

During his tenure at Sikorsky, Bob also worked on Presidential Aircraft and led the composites team at the Bridgeport Plant in developing an all composite helicopter fuselage and airframe. He went on to lead composite operations at Martin Marietta in Baltimore, Rohr Industries in Riverside, California, General Dynamics in Pomona, California and Raytheon in Tuscon, Arizona.

Bob was passionate about his work and his teams were responsible for implementing composites technology in a wide array of military and commercial aerospace products that are in use today.

Bob was a skilled craftsman who enjoyed creating beautiful upgrades in his homes. He enjoyed his homes and made them places to entertain and share with friends and family.

Friends may greet the family at the Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Road, Shelton on Sunday from 3 to 4 PM. His funeral is scheduled for Monday at 11 AM at the Riverview Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors will immediately follow at Riverside Cemetery in Shelton, with a reception to follow.

Offer condolences online at www.riverviewfh.com.

Obituary: Pasquale Ernest Luciano Sr., 84, Beloved Patriarch

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Jun 172016

Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 2.35.19 PMWe are all saddened and searching for appropriate words to describe the loss of our families’ founder Pasquale Ernest Luciano Sr., who passed away peacefully on Thursday June 9, 2016 with his family by his side at his home in Orange.

He is beloved by us all. You would realize that his smile, filled with charisma, was always at the forefront. He made us laugh and wanted us all to enjoy each day we are blessed with. He was a fighter through his illness; he made it clear: “no tears for me, I had a great life, wonderful children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, stay happy for me.” All of us cannot help the sadness of seeing the separation of our dad with his best friend and love of his life, Mary. They were married for 62 years, and set an example of love and loyalty to us all. Pat and Mary will forever dwell in our hearts. May God bless us all.

He leaves behind his twin sister, Rosemarie Bufano and her husband, Joseph, his sister, Carol Stone and her husband, Manas Ronald; three sons, Pasquale, Jr. (Solin), Joseph, and Ronald and his daughter, Gina, “His Girl Friday;” His grandchildren, Jessica, Malina, Kelly, Kristen, Roxanne, Doris, Kevin, Leah and Alaina. Alaina was pinned into a nurse by “Pop Pop,” as we lovingly called him. Pop was so proud of Alaina, as we all are, and he was the reason she is now an Oncology Nurse.

He also leaves his loving daughters-in-law, Cherilyn and Sarah; along with great-grandchildren, Thomas, Natalia, Luciana, Adonis, Julian, Lucia, Destin, Vicente, Jacob and Carson; and so many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Rose Vertucci Luciano; sisters, Theresa Rivellini, Angela DiBiaso, Frances Aiudi; and his brothers, Alfred, Dominic, Anthony and Ralph Luciano, Jr.

His funeral procession left the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Ave., Monday for a Mass of Christian burial in Holy Infant Church at 10 a.m. Interment followed in St. Lawrence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929 or the Closer to Free Fund, PO Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508, which jointly supports Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven and Yale Cancer Center.

Obituary: Linda Beth Ross, 56, Beloved Daughter, Sister, Friend

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Jun 132016

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 11.33.04 PMLinda Beth Ross, 56, of Meriden, passed suddenly in her home Monday, June, 6, 2016.

Born in Orange, Linda was an employee of the USPS for more than 20 years.

She is survived by her mother Lauretta and her brothers Steven & David Cavrudatz, along with extended family and loving friends.

There will be a memorial service in the chapel of the Orange Congregational Church on Saturday June 18 at 10 a.m. followed by interment at the Orange Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her name to a charity of your choice and that you remember to visit your health care professional regularly.

Obituary: Dana J. Fox II, 49, Manager of Shepherd’s Farm

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Jun 132016

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 11.12.42 PMAmity has always been a tight community. Orange residents tend to know a lot of folks from the other two towns through Amity High School or the Orange Country Fair.

So when a “big name” you may know from the Amity community passes away, Orange Live will post their obituary so that you may pay your respects. 

An Orange resident informed us that Dana Fox II, whom many know from Shepherd’s Farm in Woodbridge, had died in a motorcycle accident on Litchfield Turnpike (Rt 69) on Friday, June 10. 

Here is his Obituary:


In Woodbridge, June 10, 2016, Dana J. Fox II, 49, of 1990 Litchfield Turnpike, Woodbridge.

Father of Erik and Benjamin Shepherd. Partner of Sarah Shepherd.

Son of the late Pam Martone and Dana Fox Sr. of NC. Brother of Adam Fox and Adam’s wife, Tracey Fox of North Haven and grandson of Anne Hoff of Florida. A brother, Jaymes Fox, also predeceased him.

He also is survived by his cherished nieces and nephews, Adam and Tracey’s children, Anthony, Christian, Kyle, Peyton and Avery and by his stepfather, Carmen Martone, of East Haven.

Dana was born in Derby, on October 10, 1966 and grew up in Bethany. He attended TCI after finishing high school and held a variety of jobs in the course of his life.

In 2002, he became the operator of Shepherd Farm in Woodbridge. He managed the herd of Jersey cows until 2006. He continued to farm and in March 2015 he started full time work as a landscaper with the Woodbridge Estate Care.

Dana loved the outdoors, farming and had many hobbies, among them motorcycle riding. Dana was gifted at figuring out anything mechanical.

He was a good friend to many people in the community.

Graveside service will be held Thursday morning at 10:30 in Carrington Cemetery, Rainbow Road, Bethany.

Friends may call at Sisk Brothers Funeral Home, 3105 Whitney Ave., Hamden on Wednesday from 4 – 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dana’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Obituary: Samuel Prussin, 91, Beloved Father, Grandfather

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Jun 052016

Screen Shot 2016-06-05 at 7.31.25 PMSamuel Prussin, 91, of Bridgeport, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Jewish Senior Services of Fairfield.

Samuel was born in Bridgeport to the late Alex and Fanny Prussin.

Mr. Prussin served proudly in the U.S. Army during World War II on the hospital ship Algonquin. He later owned Tastee Delicatessen on Madison Avenue in Bridgeport, and was an avid cribbage player and gardener.

Samuel is survived by his devoted children, Beth Pinkussohn and her husband John of Trumbull, CT, Debby Bongiorno of Waltham, MA, Robert Prussin and his wife Liz of Orange, CT, his adored grandchildren: Aron Pinkussohn and his wife Julie of Milford, CT, Jamie Pinkussohn of Trumbull, CT, Lisa Bongiorno of Newton, MA, Mark Prussin, Matthew Prussin, and Steven Prussin of Orange, CT, and cherished great grandchildren, Tyler Pinkussohn and Sarah Pinkussohn of Milford, CT. as well his nieces and nephews.

Mr. Prussin was predeceased by his beloved wife of 67 years, Shirley Prussin.

The family would also like to acknowledge and extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the dedicated, caring and loving staff of the Jewish Senior Services. Services took place on Friday, June 3, 2016. Memorial contributions may be made to Jewish Senior Services of Fairfield, www.jseniors.org.

Obituary: Dr. Ann Capecelatro Levenduski, 91, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Jun 012016

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 1.55.38 AMDr. Ann Capecelatro Levenduski, 91, a lifelong resident of Orange passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Apple Rehab Laurel Woods, East Haven.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph V. Levenduski.  Dr. Ann was born in Orange on January 11, 1925; daughter of the late Gennaro and Frances Cuzzocreo Capecelatro; she received her Optometry Degree from Pennsylvania State College of Optometry and operated her own practice in New Haven for many years and North Haven until her retirement.

Dr. Ann was Past President of the Graduate Club, served on the Board of Governors at the University of New Haven, the Board of Trustees at Cheshire Academy, and the State Board of Examiners for Optometry; Past President of the Community Soup Kitchen and was a member of the Republican Women’s Auxiliary for the Town of Orange.  Dr. Ann was recognized by Who’s Who and American Women.

Loving mother of David J. Levenduski, Kathryn Clarke and her husband Gregg.   Loving and devoted grandmother of Kyle and Tyler Clarke.  Sister-in-law of Elaine and Gloria Capecelatro.  Also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Predeceased by her brothers, former Orange First Selectman Ralph E. Capecelatro and John L. Capecelatro.  The family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to all the nurses and staff at the Apple Rehab Laurel Woods especially nurse Jamey and aide Judy for the excellent comfort and care they provided to our mom and gram over the past years.

Her funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue on Wednesday morning at 9:15.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 10:00 am.  Interment will follow in St.  Lawrence Cemetery.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Soup Kitchen, 84 Broadway, Hamden, CT  06518

Obituary: Alphonse Wilk, 96, Beloved Father Of Geri Tessitore

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May 302016

Screen Shot 2016-05-30 at 9.05.07 PMOn Saturday, May 28, 2016, Alphonse J. Wilk, 96, entered eternal life at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain with his loving family at his side.

Born in New Britain on November 22, 1919, he was the son of the late Joseph & Mary (Barszcz). He served our great country in the United States Army during WWII and held membership with the Catholic War Veterans.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed for many years in various capacities with Stanley Works. His family was one of his greatest passions, from watching his grandsons compete athletically to lending a helping hand to anyone that needed it, he was always there.

His faith was of great importance to him as well, having been a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Church where he actively volunteered and was a member of the Holy Name Society.

Left to cherish and honor his memory are his beloved wife of 72 years, Florence (Dabkowski) Wilk, his daughters, Christine Francalangia and her husband Tony of Kensington, Geri Tessitore and her husband Antonio of Orange, a sister Clara Bighinati of New Britain, his five grandsons, Michael Francalangia and his wife Barbara-Jean, David Francalangia and his wife Janis, James Francalangia, Joseph Tessitore and his wife Dr. Jeanna Auriemma, and Jason Tessitore, and three great grandchildren, Grace, Joseph, & Thomas Francalangia. He was predeceased by his brothers Henry, Zigmund, John & Raymond.

Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday, May 31, from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at Duksa Family Funeral Homes at Burritt Hill, 332 Burritt St., New Britain.Funeral services will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 1, 10:00 AM from Burritt Hill, with an 11:00 AM Liturgy of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church. Rites of Committal will follow the Mass at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

To share a memory or blessing with the Wilk family, visit  www.burritthill.com.

Obituary: Ceasar Theodore Anquillare, 88, Beloved Father, Grandfather

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May 252016

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 12.27.20 PMCeasar Theodore Anquillare, 88, husband of the late Louise Cortese Anquillare, passed away at Avery Heights on May 23, 2016 after a long illness.

Born a fourth generation descendant in New Haven on December 29, 1927 to the late Theodore & Antoinette Buonocore Anquillare.

Ceasar will be remembered by his sons, Dr. Joseph Anquillare & his wife Teresa of Newington, Ceasar Nicholas Anquillare JP of Woodbridge; grandchildren, Emma, Luisa, & Joseph Anquillare; dear companion, Ursula Michaelis of Monroe; brother, Louis Anquillare & his wife Rosemary of West Haven; sister-in-law, Isabelle Cortese of Milford. Predeceased by his sister, Marie Apuzzo and sister-in-law, Rina Cortese.

Ceasar grew up in West Haven before moving to Orange where he has resided for the last 61 years. He was a graduate of Bentley University and New York University. He was the founder of his accounting firm located in West Haven. Ceasar was commended by the Connecticut Society of CPA’s as one of the longest practitioners after being licensed for 60 years. In 1965,

Ceasar traveled throughout the United States to assist with the enactment of Medicare then signed by President Lyndon Johnson. He served on various industry boards and committees to promote healthcare for the elderly, regardless of income. In his later years, Ceasar donated much of his professional time to small businesses, churches, and charity organizations in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and the New Haven area.

His family would like to thank the employees of Avery Heights in Hartford for their amazing care during Ceasars time with them.

Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the BEECHER & BENNETT-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave, West Haven.

Funeral from the funeral home on Thursday, May 26th at 9:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 10:00 a.m. followed by entombment in St. Lawrence Mausoleum.

Contributions in Ceasar’s memory be sent to the American Cancer Society, 38 Richards Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854. To send a condolence to the family see obit at www.beecherandbennett.com 

May 252016

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 11.05.47 AMWTNH-8 Reported some very sad news this morning:

Middlebury Police say one person was killed in a car accident there Tuesday morning.

Police got a call at 9:14 a.m. for a car that had hit a tree on the side of the road near the intersection of South Street and Long Meadow Road. 

When police got there they pulled Robert Graham, 45, of Orange from the car. He was unresponsive.  Emergency crews administered CPR. He was taken to Waterbury Hospital and pronounced dead.

A family friend contacted Orange Live this morning requesting help for his wife and children.

The text from a new GO FUND ME page is as follows:

The 8th grade Amity Force travel basketball team is asking for your help.   Rob Graham, Tessa’s dad, passed unexpectedly today.   Our hearts and prayers are with all of them at this time.

As some of you know, and some may not know, they were in the  middle of moving to Pennsylvania where Tara’s family is from.   Their house is on the market and were hoping to make the transition after the school year ended.

Instead of sending flowers or a fruit basket, we thought it would be most helpful if we could help them defray any costs of their move or any expenses that may suddenly arise.

We thank you for any support and help that you may be able to provide.

Obituary: Jane McDonald, 82, Always Ready To Lend A Helping Hand

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May 232016

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 9.39.07 PMJane F. McDonald, 82, of Orange, entered into eternal rest on May 19, 2016 at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford.

She was the devoted wife of the late Daniel McDonald and died on the thirtieth anniversary of his death.

Jane was born in Waterbury on June 16, 1933, daughter of the late Timothy and Kathleen (McGee) Ferris and the favored niece of the late Alice McGee. Jane grew up in Waterbury and graduated from Crosby High School and Katherine Gibbs School.

Jane married Dan on February 16, 1957 and shortly thereafter moved from Middlebury to the Black Rock Section of Bridgeport, where she raised her family. When the children were grown, Jane entered the workforce, first doing tax returns for H&R Block before getting her Connecticut real estate license and working as an agent for numerous agencies in Fairfield.

Jane was the beloved mother of the late Anne K. Ferrari, and her husband, Mark, of Westwood, MA, David J. McDonald, and his wife, Sharon, of Easton, CT, the late Carol M. McDonald, Lynne M. Harding, and her husband, Larry, of Annapolis, MD, and Sheila J. Quickel, of Middletown, DE.

Jane is survived by her brother, Robert Ferris, and his wife, Mary, of Falmouth, MA; her brothers-in-law, Francis McDonald, and his wife, Mary, John McDonald, Paul McDonald, and his wife, Eileen, and Vincent McDonald, all of Middlebury, CT; her sister-in-law, Julie McDonald, of Arlington, MA, seven adoring grandchildren, Daniel and Matthew Ferrari, Emily McDonald, Timothy, Meaghan, and Claire Harding, and Haley Quickel; and by many nieces and nephews.

Jane also loved her many friends and was always ready with a smile and a helping hand. She loved to golf, bowl, play bridge, and to vacation on Cape Cod.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, from 4-8 pm in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, in Fairfield Center.

On Tuesday, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. DIRECTLY at St. Ann’s Church, 481 Brewster Street, Bridgeport.

Interment will follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Stratford.

The family prefers donations to the Anne K. Ferrari Scholarship at Westwood High School, C/O: Mark Ferrari, 53 Westchester Drive, Westwood, MA 02090.

For travel directions or to sign her online register, please visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com