Nov 302014

gates_of_heavenRose Marie Richitelli Jeffery, 91, of Norwalk. Mother of Cynthia (Cindy) Beres of Stratford, peacefully entered into eternal rest on November 28 at Norwalk Hospital with her family by her side.
She was the wife of Robert T. Jeffery. They were married for 58 years.
The daughter of the late James C. and Louise DiReinzo Richitelli. Rose was born on February 20th 1923 in New Haven and lived in Orange until moving to Norwalk 58 years ago.
She graduated from The New Haven Junior Physical Therapy College. She enjoyed a lengthy career as a Physical Therapist at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, Grace New Haven and St Raphael Hospitals in New Haven and then working for Dr. Frank Serena in Norwalk.
She was a longtime member of the St. Mary’s Women’s Guild. Rose will always be remembered for her strong faith, her devotion to her family, her generosity, and for touching countless hearts with her beautiful smile.
In addition to her daughter and husband, survivors include her granddaughter Marissa Noelle Beres Toth and her husband David of Shelton, Ro’s great grandson Conor David Toth, a sister Dorothy May Richitelli DeMatties of Orange, and many sisters-in-laws and nieces and nephews.
Rose was preceded in death by her brother Pasquale J. Richitelli of Orange.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 2, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 3, at 10:00 AM in St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, 669 West Avenue, Norwalk.
Interment will follow in the Orange Center Cemetery, Orange, Ct. Rose’s family would like to thank the Doctors and Nurses at Norwalk Hospital for the excellent care and compassion that they gave to her.
 Memorial Donations may be made to The Dominican Nuns at The Monastery of Our Lady of Grace; 11 Race Hill Road, North Guilford, CT 06437. www.collins-funeral.com

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Nov 222014

DoveEula Mae Johnson, 94 of Orange formerly of Bridgeport entered into eternal rest Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the CT Hospice in Branford, CT.

Born in Troupe County, GA to the late Levi and Edna Byrd, Jr., Eula had been a resident of Orange for the past twenty-five years; prior to that she was a resident of Bridgeport thirty-six years.

She retired from Hall Brook Hospital Housekeeping Dept.

In addition to her parents, sixteen siblings predeceased her. She leaves to cherish her memory a special niece, Frankie Berry of Hamden, a host of other nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

Friends are invited to the viewing Monday from 10:00 – 11:00 at Morton’s Mortuary, Inc., 25 Margaret E. Morton Lane, Bridgeport.

Funeral services will follow immediately afterward at 11 a.m. with Elder Charles Brewer, III, officiating.

Interment will follow in Park Cemetery, Bridgeport.

See www.mortonsmortuary.com.

Nov 212014

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 1.28.55 PMKeith Brian Norton, Sr., 49, passed away peacefully at Danbury Hospital on November 17th following a lengthy illness.

Keith was born in Danbury, on September 23, 1965. Beloved son of Patricia A. (Durkin) Norton and the late Kevin G. Norton of New Fairfield.

Keith was a graduate of New Fairfield High School, Class of 1984. He received his Associates Degree from Post University in 1986. He was the former owner and President of Hissong & Weyant Tree Experts of Danbury, and was a licensed State Arborist, as well as the former tree warden for the Town of New Fairfield.

Keith was a previous member of the New Fairfield Sparklers, the Connecticut Rebels and the Germantown Ancients, all of which he developed life long friendships. He was so proud of his Irish heritage and became quite proficient with the Gaelic language. His spontaneity and and “unique” sense of humor will be remembered by all he met.

In addition to his mother Patricia, he will be sadly missed by his three cherished children Colleen Norton of New Britain, Rebecca and Keith Brian Norton, Jr. of Orange; his brother Christopher and his wife Karen and daughter Catherine of Wallingford; his close friend and companion Renee Bronte of New Fairfield; and his former wife Lois Rynkiewicz of Orange. He will also be missed by his Aunts, Uncles and a multitude of cousins and friends.

He is predeceased by his maternal grandparents Francis and Helen Durkin; and his paternal grandparents Homer and Luella Norton.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 22nd at 11:00 am at the Congregational Church of New Fairfield, Gillotti Rd, New Fairfield. Burial will follow at Mountainview Cemetery.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Keith’s life at the Congregational Church of New Fairfield Hall following the burial.

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been established for his minor children. Contributions may be made to: Norton Children’s Scholarship Fund, c/o Patricia A. Norton or c/o Savings Bank of Danbury (New Fairfield Branch), 100 & Route 37, New Fairfield, CT 06812, Attn: Josylda S. Kopke.
To light a candle of hope and remembrance, visit www.cornellmemorial.com.

Nov 202014

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 9.13.30 AMEugene J. McHugh, 81, of Milford, Ct. passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 16, 2014 in Bridgeport Hospital.

Born on May 10, 1933, in Peckville, Pa., “Gene” was the son of the late Anthony and Evelyn Gaughan- McHugh.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Florence Verrrilli McHugh, devoted daughters Jeanne McHugh-Broughton of West Haven, Eileen (David) McHugh-Silva, of Brooklyn, NY and Barbara (Michael) Ceneri of Orange. He is additionally survived by a loving sister, Margaret McHugh, of Milford. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, Katherine and Emma Silva of Brooklyn, NY and Nicholas Ceneri of Orange.

He leaves behind many special cousins, nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was pre-deceased by his three brothers: Joseph, Donald and John McHugh as well as his son in law Bruce Broughton.

Gene was employed by Textron/Lycoming for 35 years in the engineering/metrology department. He was a graduate of Olyphant High School and Lackawanna Business School in Scranton, Pa.

He enjoyed life to the fullest and was very active in many groups throughout his life, including the Milford Senior Center, where he enjoyed playing pool, singing in the choir and socializing.

He was an active parishioner at Christ the Redeemer Church and served as an usher there for many years. He will always be remembered for being a compassionate gentleman and caring friend to all who knew him.

Above all, Gene was a devoted brother, husband, father and grandfather, putting his family at the core of everything he did in life.

He will be dearly missed by all who were privileged to know and to love him.

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 10:30 am in Christ the Redeemer Church, Rutland Rd., Milford, CT. Interment will be private.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Bunnell High School, C/O BHS, McHugh Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1 Bulldog Blvd., Stratford, CT 06614.
To leave condolences, or for directions, visit www.georgejsmithandson.com 

Nov 122014

131384_10151231526669707_990393810_oDavid D. Doran, Jr., 62, of Meetinghouse Hill Road, South Sutton, NH, died Thursday, October 30, 2014.

He was born in Summit, NJ on May 5, 1952 the son of David D. and Patricia (Culbertson) Doran, Sr. He graduated from Staples High School, Westport, CT and attended college in Boston. 

Dave was an independent contractor working in the Lake Sunapee Region. He was also a talented bass player with the local band, Night Kitchen. He had resided in Sutton since 1969. 

He was predeceased by his mother, Patricia and a sister, Barbara. Members of his family surviving include his wife of 18 years, Christine (Dunphy) Doran of South Sutton, NH; a son, Jason Doran of Sutton, NH; a granddaughter, Hayle; his father and stepmother, David and Elaine Doran, Sr. of FL; a sister and her husband, Deborah and Mark McCowen of San Diego, CA; a stepdaughter and her husband, Sage and Lee Morton of Orange, CT; a stepson and his wife, Stephen and Christine Makowsky of Anchorage, Alaska; six stepgrandchildren; a niece, Patricia Scala; cousins; a stepsister, Allison Nussbaum McCoy and a stepbrother, Jonathan Nussbaum.

Friends may call at the Chadwick Funeral Home, 235 Main Street, New London, NH on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 P.M.

Memorial contributions may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association, 360 Route 101 Unit 5, Bedford, NH 03110 or to USO, P.O. Box 96860, Washington, DC 20077-7677.

Oct 172014

Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 1.42.53 PMDr. John Adams, 97, of Milford, passed away peacefully Oct. 14 with his family at his side. He was the beloved husband for 24 years to Breta (Manley) Mudrick Adams.

Born on October 12, 1917 in Bridgeport, he was the son of Nikola and Anastasia Adams, and graduated from Central High School in Bridgeport and the University of Connecticut where he played football and baseball.

During WWII, he served in the United States Army Air Corps as a B-17 navigator based in England. His plane was shot down in 1943 and he was sent to Stalag Luft 1 prisoner-of-war camp in Germany for 18 months. After the war he attended St. Louis University School of Dentistry and, after receiving his degree in dentistry, served in England during the Korean War setting up a dental clinic.

John established his private dental practice in 1952 and served the Milford community for more than 40 years. He also served as Past President of the Milford Dental Society and Milford Lions Club.

A member of the alumni associations of the University of Connecticut and St. Louis School of Dentistry, John also was a member of the Milford Yacht Club, Riverview Country Club and Racebrook Country Club. He lived an active life playing golf, tennis, bowling and bridge. John also was an avid sports fan and followed his favorite teams, the New York and San Francisco Giants.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his five devoted children; Denise Kukiel and her husband Peter of Bethany, R. Christopher Adams, D.D.S. and his wife Karen of Orange, Randy Adams and his wife Dana of Hamden, Michael Adams, Ph.D. and his wife Susan of Hudson NH, and Susan Soltis and her husband Thomas of Bethany; his loving stepdaughter Robin Mudrick and 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was predeceased in 1989 by his loving first wife Regina (Milewski) Adams and by his 2 brothers Nicholas and Charles Adams. 

The Adams family appreciates the many expressions of love and support during this difficult time. The family would especially like to thank Mary from Vitas Hospice Care who was so kind and caring to the entire family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Vitas Hospice Care, 99 Hawley Lane, Stratford, CT 06614.

Services are private and will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the care of Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street Milford, CT 06460.

To leave online condolences visit the funeral home website www.codywhitefuneralservices.com

Oct 142014

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 10.28.40 PMMatthew Christopher Rafferty, Ph.D., 44, of Wallingford, peacefully departed this life on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at home surrounded by family, friends, and his loving wife, Sacha O’Connor.

Matthew was born on December 16, 1969 in New Haven, CT, son of John and Margaret Grady Rafferty. He attended Manchester High School in Richmond, VA, where he was a member of the debate, track, football and cross-country teams. He graduated from the College of William & Mary with high honors and continued studies at the University of California, Davis, where he earned a master’s degree and doctoral degree in economics.

He was an accomplished author and sought after consultant. As a passionate educator, he was visiting professor at Union College and then rose to the rank of full professor at Quinnipiac University where he served as the department chair until the time of his death.

In addition to his wife and parents, he will be sadly missed by his brothers — John (Elizabeth) of Orange, Charles (Wendy) of Sandy Hook, Brendan (Deborah) of NJ; father and mother-in-law — Robert and Elaine O’Connor of NY; brothers-in-law — Sheridan (Erin) O’Connor of NC, Sedrick (Kimberly) O’Connor of NY, Warren (Emily) O’Connor of NY; sisters-in-law – Jennifer, Caroline, and Savanna O’Connor of VT, and Britney (Ben) Smith of MD; adoring nieces — Kelli, Callan, Caroline, Chatham, and Julia Rafferty, and Nola O’Connor; and nephews — Brady and Bailey O’Connor, and Jacob Smith; as well as his faithful dog Cooper.

Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, October 16, at B.C. Bailey Funeral Home, 273 S. Elm St., Wallingford, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, October 17, at 10:30 a.m. at Church of the Resurrection, 115 Pond Hill Road, Wallingford. Burial at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Derby will be private.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and The Connecticut Hospice.

To leave a message of hope and remembrance or for directions, please visit www.BCBailey.com 

Oct 132014

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 2.26.07 PM Mary Palmieri DeVito, 87, of Orange, beloved wife of Vito DeVito passed away on October 12, 2014, at her home. Loving mother of David (Betsy) DeVito of Wallingford, Nancy DeVito of Bethany, Michael (Kathleen) DeVito of Orange, Robert DeVito of Newington and Susan (Noreen) Justice of Burlington.

Also survived by 10 grandchildren and 1 great -grandchild. Sister of the late Carmella DeMartino, Julia Ranney, Gloria Monnachio, Madelyn Palmieri and Joseph and Ralph Palmieri. Mary was born in New Haven on February 27, 1927, daughter of the late Michael and Maria Gianelli Palmieri.

Prior to her retirement, Mary was the Registrar of Voters for the town of Orange. Mary was a long time member of the Holy Infant Women’s Guild, a 5 term president of the Orange Wood Women’s Club, a 1994 General Federation of Women’s Club Woman of the Year and a member of the Living Legends of Orange.

Friends may call at the PORTO FUNERAL HOME 830 Jones Hill Rd. West Haven,TUESDAY from 5pm to 8pm.


Her funeral procession will leave the funeral home WEDNESDAY morning at 9:15 A.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 10:00 A.M. Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis,TN. 38105, or the Clelian Adult Day Center 261 Benham St. Hamden, CT. 06514.

Sign Mary’s guest book online at www.portofuneralhomes.net 

Oct 112014

Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 10.12.12 AMDr. Frederick L. Busch, 80, died Thursday, October 9, 2014 in Harrington Memorial Hospital, Southbridge after a brief illness. His wife of 44 years, Patricia Busch, died in 2007.

He leaves a son, Lee F. Busch of San Diego, CA; a daughter, Debra Blakeman of Orange; a sister Rosemarie Dravis of Florida; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Eleanor Wachterhauser.

He was born in Irvington, NJ, the son of Ludwig and Rose (Pfeiffer) Busch. He graduated from Union High School where he was on the varsity wrestling and football teams. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ in 1961 and then was awarded a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, summa cum laude, at the University of Pennsylvania in 1965.

He was an Army veteran of the Korean War

Dr. Busch owned and operated a veterinary clinic in Thompson, CT from 1965 until he retired in 2003.

He and his wife enjoyed wine and food societies. He was a member of the Worcester Tiroleans Society and had been the Grand Senechal of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, an international burgundy wine society, He also had been the president of the Central Mass Chapter of the International Wine and Food Society. He was a longtime member of the Webster-Dudley Rotary Club, serving as its president in 1976. He was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association and the Worcester County Veterinary Medical Association. He had served on the board of directors of the United Way of Webster and Dudley.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, October 13, in Waldron Cemetery, Ramshorn Road. The Webster-Dudley Veterans Council will perform the military honors at the cemetery. Calling hours will be from to 3:00 to 6:00 Sunday, October 12, in Scanlon Funeral Service, 38 East Main St., Webster. Donations in his name may be made to either the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 710 West 168th St., New York, NY 10032 (parkinson.org) or to Rotary International, One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201-3698 (rotary.org).
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Oct 112014

Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 9.47.50 AMDorothy Martin Reiter, 88, of Bedford, NY, daughter of the late Anna Pekar and Stephen Martin, passed away peacefully on October 6, 2014.

Dorothy was born in Bridgeport, CT on September 11, 1926 and was a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School. She and Fred Reiter were married on May 3, 1952 in Bridgeport, CT. They were married for 62 years and were parishioners of St. Patrick’s Church. She was a loving, caring, kind and generous wife and mother. During her working career, Dorothy worked for Nestle, GE, Suburban Tree, Holbrook, Brown, and Waeger, and Pleasantville Cottage School. In her spare time, she enjoyed cooking, shopping, swimming, family outings, and spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her beloved husband, Fred of Bedford, NY, Dorothy leaves behind four children, Karen Eadie (Wayne) of Goldens Bridge, NY; Paul Reiter (Mary) of Natick, MA; Diane Reiter of South Salem, NY; and Greg Reiter (Sylvie) of Oakton, VA.

She also leaves behind five grandchildren, upon which she bestowed a multitude of love and affection: Allison and Caitlin Eadie of NYC; Christopher Dombakly of Norwalk, CT; Stephen and Christian Reiter of Oakton, VA.

She is also survived by two brothers, Frederick Martin of Orange, CT and Robert Martin of Gilbert, AZ; also many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Edward, Stephen, Emil, and two sisters, Irene Ryan and Mary Rusnak.

We are comforted by many cherished memories. She will be forever missed.

Family will receive friends on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 from 10 a.m.-12 noon at Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Rd., Katonah, NY. A service will be held at the funeral home at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Bedford Union Cemetery, Cantitoe St., Bedford, NY.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to 

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