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.

May 272015

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 10.32.08 PMTheodore N. “Bud” DiDonato, 78, of Ansonia, entered into eternal rest on May 25, 2015, at Bridgeport Hospital.

He was the beloved husband of Helene S. Quinn DiDonato.

Ted was born in Ansonia on Oct. 9, 1936, son of the late Theodore and Julia Sabetta DiDonato. A lifelong resident of Ansonia, he was the former owner of Hillcrest Fuel in Ansonia and proudly served the community for more than 60 years, until he turned the reigns over to his son Matthew.

He served in the U.S. National Guard and enjoyed fishing, golfing and traveling to Maine and Cape Cod.

In addition to his wife Helene, he is survived by sons, Theodore N. DiDonato of Ansonia and Matthew DiDonato (Carole) of Orange, cherished grandchildren, Peter J. DiDonato and Sandra J. DiDonato of Orange and Julia D. DiDonato of Ansonia, sisters, Arlene Varsane and Marie Tinari of FL and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may greet the family on Thursday May 28, 2015, from 5-7 pm in the chapel of the SPINELLI-RICCIUTI/BEDNAR-OSIECKI FUNERAL HOME, 62 Beaver Street in Ansonia.

At 7:00 pm, a funeral service in celebration of Bud’s life will take place with Deacon Richard Renker officiating.

Interment will be private in Cape Cod.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 or at www.alz.org/ct/ or through the funeral home.

To send an act of sympathy, visit www.spinelliricciutifh.com.

May 252015

Screen Shot 2015-05-25 at 11.33.21 PMSaundra “Sandie” Gelfand, 81, of Bridgeport, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at her home, after a short and extremely courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Bridgeport on May 3, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Esther Levinson.

Sandie was a retired Licensed Practical Nurse and Behavior Modification instructor.

She was a longtime member of Congregation Beth El in Fairfield and a volunteer at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield.

Sandie enjoyed spending time with her loving family and friends, and was an avid Mahjong and bingo enthusiast as well as a UCONN Women’s basketball fan.

Survivors include her children, Richard Gelfand and his wife, Marybeth, of Shelton; Patti Hollander and her husband, Seth, of Orange; adored grandchildren, Jamie Gelfand of Shelton and her fiancé, Rob Osso, and Jacob and Evan Hollander of Orange; brother-in-law Marvin Gelfand and his wife, Joann, of Easton; and numerous cousins, nieces and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Cy, sister Ann and brother Ory.

Her family would like to offer special thanks to the staff of the VNS of Connecticut. Also special gratitide to Sandie’s great-niece, Elizabeth Brackert, and her live-in aide, Naja Bland. Naja became a member of the family and cared for Sandie above and beyond what everyone could have imagined.

Services will take place on Wednesday at the Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road in Fairfield, with interment following at Hebrew Sick Benefit Association Cemetery in Fairfield.

Shiva will be at the home of Patti and Seth Hollander in Orange on Wednesday and Thursday.

Please visit the funeral home’s website,greensfuneralhome.com for specific date and time information.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or any charity that benefits children.

May 222015

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 10.07.41 AMJerome Schwartz, 82, of Orange, passed away peacefully in his home beside his family on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

Born on June 27, 1932, in Bronx, NY to the late Jack and Frieda Schwartz. He attended City College in NY.

Jerry worked in retail management for many years and finished his career working at Dworkin Chevrolet.

He is survived by his loving wife, Maxine, of sixty years, his daughters, Karen Evangelista and Mindy Schwartz, his son, Larry Schwartz (Deborah Schwartz) and his four loving grandchildren, Steven, Rachel, Alexis and Rebekka.

Funeral Services at Or Shalom Cemetery, 3 Farwell St. West Haven, CT. Friday morning May 22,2015 at 10:00 o’clock.

The Robert E. Shure Funeral Home 543 George St. New Haven, CT is in care of arrangements.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Period of mourning will be held Saturday Thru Wednesday 7pm to 9pm with Minyan Services Monday thru Wednesday evening at 7pm. at Family’s Home 481 Wolcott Ln. Orange, CT.

May 222015

227Josephine Papa, 87, of Hamden, died at CT Hospice, May 14, 2015.

Josephine was born in New Haven, July 29, 1927, the daughter of the late John and Mary Ruggiero Papa, graduated from St. Agnes College in West Hartford and was past Secretary and Treasurer of St. Agnes Alumni Ass’n.

She worked in St. Raphael Hospital Newborn Nursery prior to opening her own day care center in Hamden, retiring after 35 years.

She is survived by two nephews, Richard (Heather) Papa and Michael (Michele) Papa, all from Orange, 4 grandnieces and 1 grandnephew.

She was pre-deceased by her brother, Louis Richard Papa.

Friends are invited to a memorial mass of Christian Burial in Holy Infant Church, Orange, Saturday at 10 o’clock.

Committal service will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

The Peter H. Torello & Son Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

May 192015

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 1.47.19 PMNicole Dannenhoffer DeVito 29, of Bethany beloved daughter of Nancy DeVito of Bethany and Thomas Dannenhoffer of Branford passed away on May 15, 2015 at her home.

Sister of Matthew Dannenhoffer of Bethany. Granddaughter of Vito DeVito of Orange and the late Mary Palmieri DeVito and Andre Dannenhoffer of Milford and the late Carol Pilla Dannenhoffer. Also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Nicole was a 2003 graduate of Amity High School and 2008 graduate of Newbury College and received her master’s degree in 2013 from Northeastern University. At the time of her death Nicole was the owner of Nicole’s Paws and Pets.

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

Relatives and friends are invited to go directly to Holy Infant Church WEDNESDAY morning to celebrate A Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA P.O. Box 96929 Washington, DC. 20090-9629.

May 162015

heavenMary E. Snow of Fayetteville, GA died May 10, 2015. Mary was preceded in death by her husband William H. Snow in 2003.

She is survived by their three daughters Debby Heery and her daughter Corie Jean Heery of Fayetteville, GA, Elizabeth and Frank McClay of Marietta, GA, and Cynthia and Robert Cohn and their three children, Mathew, Emma and Alex Cohn of Orange. She also is survived by a sister & brother-in-law, Jeanne and Jerry Mooney of St. Louis, Mo.

A Memorial Mass will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Peachtree City, on Friday, May 22, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Southwest Christian Hospice, 7225 Lester Rd, Union City, GA 30291.

May 162015

b1eae7a4-e83a-4328-9947-7123a602f91cWilliam A. Steigleder, 54, of Orange passed away unexpectedly on May 14, 2015.
William (Bill) was born April 1, 1961 in New Haven to William and Nancy (Corcoran) Steigleder of Old Saybrook.
He was predeceased by his twin children Michael William and Hannah Elizabeth and survived by his wife Rachel (Shapiro) Steigleder and two daughters Megan Shea and Allison Emma.
He attended and graduated from Haddam Killingworth High School and was employed by UPS for 28 years.
A lifelong resident of Connecticut, Bill married Rachel in 1994 and made their home in Orange. He was a devoted husband and father who worked hard and cherished time spent with family and friends.
A kind man, Bill had a gentle nature, was a devout New York Giants fan and often enjoyed a good laugh.
In addition to his wife and two daughters, Bill is survived by his parents William and Nancy Steigleder, sisters Linda (Ross) DuPuis, Kristin (Frank) Bannon, and Deborah (Jai) Persico; sister-in-law Caren (Richard) Maglio; brother-in-law Scott (Gillian) Shapiro; many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors who will all miss him dearly.
Calling hours will be on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at the Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, followed by the Funeral Liturgy on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in St. John’s Church in Old Saybrook.
Bill’s final interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may also be made to his daughters’ College Scholarship fund: Steigleder College Education Fund, c/o Stephen Carbonella, Webster Bank, 247 Boston Post Road, Orange CT 06477.


May 152015

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 1.54.56 PMJohn Zamachaj, 90, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at St. Vincent Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT.

Born on December 13, 1924, son of the late Antoni and Mary (Bukowski) Zamachaj, he was a lifelong resident of Chicopee, MA until he moved to Milford, CT in 2010.

He was a communicant of St. Stanislaus Basilica where he was a member of the Holy Name Society, the men’s choir and served as an acolyte. He was involved with the St. Hyacinth College and Seminary garden parties as well as with the fundraising committee for the new St. Stanislaus School.

A US Army veteran of World War II he served in the European theater of war with the 557th field artillery battalion and fought in the battles of the Rhineland, Central Europe, Ardennes and Northern France.

John was a foreman in the experimental department of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, retiring in 1987. He also owned and operated Zamac Welding. He was an avid music lover.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Emily (Galica) Zamachaj, son David and his wife Natalia of Milford, CT; son Richard and his wife Melody of Yarmouthport, MA; grandson Alexander and his wife Jessica of Orange, CT; grandson Peter of New Boston, NH; great grandchildren Nathaniel and Madeleine; sister Angela Przybylowicz of Chicopee, MA; and many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased in 1985 by granddaughter Katie Lee. He was also predeceased by brother Stanley, and by sister Clara Zawada.

A wake will be held on Saturday, May 16, at the Kozikowski Funeral Home, 565 Front St., Chicopee, MA from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stanislaus Basilica, at 11:30 a.m. Burial, with military honors, will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either the St. Stanislaus Take and Eat Ministry, 566 Front Street, Chicopee, MA, 01013 or ORTV, 15 Peach Orchard Road, Prospect, CT, 06712. kozikowskifuneralhome.com

May 132015

il_570xN.395049233_i26pRuth (Popiel) Pinkus, 92, of New Haven, devoted wife of more than 67 years to the late Sherwood I. Pinkus, died at her home on May 11, 2015.

Born in New York, March 22, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Charles & Mollie (Schiffman) Popiel. Beloved mother of Lynne Franford of Orange, Susan (Vinni) Abate of Woodbridge, Mindy (Antonio) Cavicchia of Trumbull. Dear sister of Frances (Robert) Godfrey of New Haven and Edith Ferber of N.Y.C. Cherished grandmother of Marisa, Brian & Sarah, Emily & Matthew, Chelsey, Jenna, & Julie. Treasured great-grandmother of Ella.

Funeral Services at Beth Israel Cemetery, 60 Fitch St., New Haven THURSDAY morning at 11:00 o’clock.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Heart Assoc., 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

A Period of Mourning will be observed at 124 Sunrise Hill Circle, Orange, on Thursday following the funeral until 8 p.m. Funeral arrangements in care of Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, New Haven. www.shurefuneralhome.com