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Obituary: Vivian Petz, 89, Beloved Sister, Aunt, Artist

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Oct 182016

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-2-46-48-amVivian Petz, 89, passed away on October 2. She was predeceased by husband Michael Petz, a teacher in the Southington School System and daughter, Cynthia Petz, an attorney in MA.

She is survived by a sister Sandra Dietrich, several nieces and nephews, and many good friends. Vivian was born in Pennsylvania on September 8, 1927, daughter of the late Edward R. Berie and Tamie E. (Walters) Berie. She also was predeceased by her brother, Paul Berie.

Vivian graduated from Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA., and obtained her teaching certificate from Penn State University and her Master’s Degree from New Britain College, New Britain, CT. She also took additional credit courses at Central CT State University, in New Britain, CT.

Her teaching career began in PA, Dalmatia school system and Northumberland High School teaching Life Skills and Social Studies. Then she and her family settled in Southington, CT where she taught Home Economics for 36 years at John F. Kennedy Jr. High School.

A member of ADK, Vivian had many wonderful friends from the Southington School System especially Bette Ann, Carol, Barbara, Dale and Ceil. Other dear friends included Dottie and Tammy and Lou. She had an appreciation for the arts and painted in multiple mediums, with a particular eye for landscapes and portraits. Her portrait of her daughter Cynthia was hung in the law office where she began her career at the special request from her friends and fellow attorneys.

Her art work was displayed along with friend and fellow artist Lenny in the public library in Orange, CT. Vivian had a lifelong love of learning and traveled extensively enjoying many cultures and countries around the world.

She was an avid reader, loved history, old movies, bird watching, flowers especially lilacs, opera and classical music, fried oysters and lobster.

She kept active even after cancer surgery, sharing good times bowling with Captain Bailey, Emily and Erica. She will be remembered for her generosity, resilience, determination to do things on her own terms and sense of humor even in difficult times regarding her own health.

At Vivian’s request there are no calling hours. Burial will be in St Thomas Cemetery in Southington. CT. Visit www.dellavecchia.com for online tributes.

Donations in her memory may be made to Christian Appalachian Project, PO Box 55911, Lexington, KY, 40555.http://www.fbamc-ky.org/index.html.

The DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Obituary: John LaViola Sr., 87, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Philanthropist

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Oct 032016

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-12-42-40-amJohn LaViola Sr., 87, of Orange, entered into rest on September 29, 2016.

He was the husband of Philomena DeMaio LaViola. Father of John (Maria) LaViola, Jr. and proud grandfather of Alexandra and John LaViola, III. Son of Louis LaViola and Rose Delfino LaViola, he was the brother of Isabelle LaViola Nastri and predeceased by Cosmo LaViola.

An active communicant of Holy Infant Parish, John served as a Eucharistic minister. He was well known in the community as the owner of LaViola Landscaping, a member of the Connecticut Historical Automobile Society, and for his display of antique cars at the Orange Country Fair.

He graduated from Quinnipiac University and was a fourth degree and past grand knight of the Hon. W. Patrick Donlin Assembly 2459 of the Knights of Columbus, Orange. Committed to education and numerous charities, John and his wife Philomena established endowed scholarships at Quinnipiac University and the Foote School.

The hours for visitation will take place on Monday, Oct. 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home at the green.

On Tuesday morning, the procession will leave the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 10 o’clock. Entombment will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the LaViola Family Scholarship Fund c/o Foote School, 50 Loomis Place, New Haven, CT. 06511.

To leave an online remembrance, please visit www.westhavenfuneral.com.

Obituary: Donna Pezzullo Petruzziello, 61, Beloved Mother Of Anthony Petruzziello

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Oct 012016

screen-shot-2016-10-01-at-2-44-39-pmDonna Pezzullo Petruzziello, 61, of West Haven, passed away surrounded by her loving family at the Smilow Cancer Center in New Haven on September 25, 2016.

Donna was born in New Haven on June 15, 1955 to the late Anthony and Matilda (Furino) Pezzullo. Donna graduated from the New Haven Academy of Business with an Associate Degree.

For the last ten years, she was a waitress at the Athenia II Diner in North Haven. Donna was a devoted mother and loving grandmother, she will be sadly missed.

She is survived by her three children: Anthony (Samantha) Petruzziello of Orange, David Petruzziello and Tara Gravely, both of West Haven. She is also survived by her sister Gail Pezzullo-Burgs (Robert) of Florida. She had nine grandchildren: Travis and Tyler Stephens, Matteao, Lia, Anthony Jr., Angelo and Amelio Petruzziello, and Jeana and Jason Farqueharson.

Family and friends may visit the Keenan Funeral Home, 238 Elm Street, West Haven, on Tuesday, October 4 from 4-7 p.m. There will be a memorial service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Breast Cancer Awareness, 60 East 56th St., 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022.

To leave an online tribute or condolence, visit www.keenanfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Margaret “Peggy” Scharer-Esposito, 76, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Sep 232016

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-2-46-36-pmMargaret “Peggy” Scharer-Esposito, 76, of Orange, passed away peacefully on Saturday September 17, 2016 at Masonicare after a courageous battle with cancer and ALS.

Peggy was born in Pittsfield, MA to the late Leo and Maryon Comalli.

She is survived by her beloved sons, John (Mary Beth) Scharer and Peter (Shawnee) Scharer; stepsons, Mark Esposito and his partner Tish Jacobson, and David (Sue) Esposito. Peggy is also survived by her grandchildren, Alex Scharer, Katie Esposito, Anthony Esposito and goddaughter Susan Chapman Hayes. She was predeceased by her husbands, Anthony F. Esposito and Thomas Wallace.

Peggy was a homemaker while her sons were growing up. She volunteered in her son’s activities including being a Cub Scout den mother, being active in the PTA and with their local swim team. After her son’s became adults, she worked for Lord and Taylor as a Sales Associate until she retired. She received the “white rose” designation by Lord and Taylor for her customer service and sales skills.

Peggy was an avid reader, enjoyed opera and was a flower and herb gardener. She always recognized loved ones on their birthday as well as wedding anniversaries. She was famous for calling family members on their birthday and singing the Happy Birthday song. She loved planning special dinners for family and friends birthday parties, and was known for her creative stocking stuffers for her family at Christmas.

Upon retirement she enjoyed studying European history and philosophy. When she moved to her senior living apartment at Silverbrook Estates she presided over the weekly rosary and prayer group.

Special thanks go out to Stacey Ricca of the ALS Foundation, Dr. Charles Whitaker of the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain who took great care of Peggy after she was diagnosed with ALS and the entire staff at Masonicare.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Peggy’s funeral service on Saturday September 24, 2016 at 10:30am at BEECHER & BENNETT-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave., West Haven.

Visitation will take place from 9:30am until the time of the service. Entombment will follow in the Garden Mausoleum in St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven.

Memorial donations in Peggy’s name may be made to the ALS Foundation, c/o Stacey Ricca, 4 Oxford Rd., Unit E4, Milford, CT 06460. To share a condolence with Peggy’s family, visit www.beecherandbennett.com.

Obituary: Craig Peter Dedman, 74, Beloved Husband, Former Amity Athlete

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Sep 212016

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-12-46-30-amCraig Peter Dedman, husband of Barbara O’Brien Dedman, died on September 16, 2016, at The Connecticut Hospice in Branford, the culmination of a nine-year battle against cancer.

Born in Middletown, Connecticut on May 6, 1942, son of the late John and Louise Dedman, he grew up in Orange and attended Amity High School, where he excelled at golf, swimming, and football, and developed many lifelong friendships.

He attended the University of Pennsylvania and Southern Connecticut State College, where he was a member of the golf and swimming teams.

He spent most of his advertising career working for SNET Yellow Pages.

Craig was a longtime parishioner of St. Rose of Lima in Meriden, where he served the church and its former school in several capacities, including treasurer and president of the Home and School Association, president of the Parish Council, Eucharistic minister, assistant coach to the CYO basketball team, CCD instructor, and for the last 25 years has been a devoted member of the church choir, the ranks of which comprise many of his and Barbara’s dearest friends. He also gave himself to volunteering on the behalf of individual parishioners and members of the community who were in need.

Craig remained an avid golfer, and loved a good game of cribbage or chess, UConn basketball, Notre Dame football, the writings of Thomas Merton, and all things Irish.

Besides his wife Barbara he is survived by two sons, Peter and his wife Suzanne Sanders of Brooklyn, New York and grand-son Zen; and Timothy and his wife Allison Tuohy of West Orange, New Jersey and grand-daughter Finley. Craig is also survived by his younger brother, Jim and Jim’s wife Laurel Dedman of Waterbury.

In addition, he leaves sisters-in-law Stephania Dedman, Pat (Margaret) O’Brien, Margaret and her husband Robert Gillard, and Linda and her husband Tom Warwick; brothers-in-law and their wives Terry and Pat O’Brien, Jeremiah and Belena O’Brien, Dennis and Kay O’Brien, and Kevin and Judy O’Brien; and more than two dozen nieces and nephews in whom he took great joy and pride. Craig was predeceased by older brothers Jonathan and David, and brother in-law Raymond O’Brien.

Friends may call at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main Street, Meriden on Thursday, September 22, from 4-8 p.m.

The funeral will be held on Friday, September 23 at 9:15 am from the funeral home and at 10am at St. Rose of Lima Church, 35 Center Street, Meriden for a Mass of Christian Burial.

Burial will be at Orange Center Cemetery, Route 152, Orange Center Road, Orange, CT.

Should friends desire, contributions in Craig’s memory may be made to SMILOW Cancer Center, Office of Development, Yale New Haven Hospital, PO Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508-9979.


Obituary: Gail I Smith, 73, Beloved Mother Of Maria Sullivan

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Sep 192016

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-2-01-20-pmGail I. Smith, 73, of New York, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 12, 2016.
She was pre-deceased by her parents, Wilbur (Mable) Harris.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Laramie, daughters, Lisa (Miguel) Jimarez, Phoenix, AZ., Maria ( Tom) Sullivan, Orange, CT., Shannon Smith, Binghamton, NY., grandchildren; Ryan, Jared, and Megan. Also, survived by her sisters and brothers; Richard, Beverly, Shirley, Austin, Lucille, Kenneth, Harold, Carlton, Ken Harris, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Gail was a lifetime member of Countryside Christian Chapel, and a former employee of Broome Community College- retiring after 22 years of service.
The family will receive friends at Countryside Christian Chapel on Saturday September 24, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. until service time at 11:30 a.m.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. from Countryside Christian Chapel, 32 Bull Creek Road, Whitney Point, New York with Reverend Bruce Glazier officiating.
In Lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to: Countryside Christian Chapel, P.O. Box 421, Whitney Point, New York 13862 or a charity of one’s choice . Online condolences can be made at WWW.SUNSETMEMORIALSERVICES.COM. Arrangements are in the care of James Shara.

Obituary: Mary Ellen (Phelan) Raccuia, 57, Formerly of Orange

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Sep 172016

ct0043472-1_20160915Mary Ellen (Phelan) Raccuia, 57, of Woodbridge, beloved wife to John F. Raccuia, passed away on Tuesday, September, 13, 2016.

Mary was born on February 14, 1959 in Concord, New Hampshire, to Joseph and Geraldine (Foran) Phelan, the fourth of eight children.

She grew up in Milford, matriculating to Foran High School as a member of the school’s first freshman class, and graduated in 1977. Mary received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University in 1981, and later obtained a master’s degree in Education from Central Connecticut State University.

Shortly after graduating from Southern, Mary met John F. Raccuia. The couple married in August, 1983, and made their home in Orange, and later in Woodbridge, raising three children: Daniel, 30, of West Hartford; Thomas, 28, and Caroline, 25, both of New York City.

After an early career in the cable broadcasting industry, Mary returned to Foran High to teach Television Production, Video Production, and Photography courses. She also taught at Jonathan Law High School. After fifteen years in the Milford system, she accepted a position as a library media specialist at Trumbull High School, and spent the last three years instilling her lifelong love of reading in students.

Mary’s greatest love was her family. She enjoyed entertaining in her home, especially hosting large family gatherings at holidays. Mary loved traveling, both domestically and in Europe. Her favorite trips were annual summer outings to Cape Cod.

She loved to read; she had a voracious appetite for books, including classic and contemporary literature, and even enjoyed the young adult novels favored by her students. Mary was a longtime parishioner at Holy Infant Church, and later at Our Lady of the Assumption Church.

Mary is predeceased by her father, her sister Julie Hayes, her mother-in-law Dolores (Block) Raccuia, and her brother-in-law, Edward Raccuia.

In addition to her loving husband of 33 years and her three children, she is survived by her mother; her sisters Martha Hayes (David Gawarecki) of New Haven, and Sally Algiere (Michael) of Durham; her brothers Joseph Phelan, Daniel Phelan (Theresa), Timothy Phelan (Cindy), and Matthew Phelan (Stacey), all of Milford.

Her surviving in-laws include Hugo Raccuia of Orange; Nancy Moule of Hamden; Stephen Raccuia (Elizabeth) of Trumbull; Sally Gibbard (Doug) of Nanaimo, B.C.; Lisa Hansen of West Haven; Mark Raccuia (Kirsten) of Penang, Malaysia; and Ken Hayes of Milford. Finally, she is survived by dozens of nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Friends and family may call on Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, September, 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 81 Center Rd., Woodbridge (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH).

Interment to follow at Orange Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital . To leave online condolences,    visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Walter Antonelli, 90, Beloved Brother of Amneris DiReinzo

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Sep 172016

1138818400Walter Antonelli, 90, beloved husband of Georgiana LaVorgna Antonelli, of West Haven, passed away September 15, 2016 in Milford Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Loving father of Alan (Peggy) Antonelli and Diane (Paul) Koval, all of North Haven. Cherished grandfather of John Antonelli and Bradley Koval, both of North Haven.

Born in New Haven, May 23, 1926, son of the late Averardo and Louisa Bologninni Antonelli. Brother of Pierina Antonetti of West Haven and Amneris DiReinzo of Orange.

Prior to his retirement, Walter worked for the former City Printing and Northeast Graphics for many years. He was a member of the West Haven Italian American Club and the Marchegian Club.

His funeral procession will leave the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven, Monday morning at 10:30.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Victory Church at 11:00. Interment will follow in Beaverdale Memorial Park, Hamden.

Friends may call SUNDAY from 4:00-7:00 PM. Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Lung Assn., 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108 or CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd, Branford, CT 06405.

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Obituary: Alfred Giovannini, 92, Beloved Father of Maria Giovannini, Veteran

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Sep 122016

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-11-59-57-amAlfred Giovannini, 92, of Orange and formerly of West Haven and New Haven, passed into eternal rest on September 5, 2016 with his devoted daughter by his side. Alfred was born in New Haven on November 1, 1923 to the late Giuseppe and Maria Sante Giovannini.

Alfred served as a Staff Sergeant with the United States Army Air Force from 1943-1946 with the 464th Fighter Squadron, where he inspected, repaired and maintained P47’s.  He was educated in the military at the Airplane Mechanic School at Roosevelt Field in New York.

Following his discharge he was employed by Sikorsky Aircraft for over 30 years. During this employment he traveled the world repairing and testing the performance of helicopters in extreme weather conditions; most notably, the Black Hawk.  One of his most memorable project locations was Viet Nam, where he completed three assignments during the Viet Nam War.  

Alfred was an enthusiastic golfer and beach lover.  Upon retirement, he spent many winter months in West Palm Beach, Florida.  His favorite vacation spot was Bermuda.

Alfred leaves behind his a daughter, Maria Angela Giovannini of Orange, and grandson, Steven Michael Turbert Jr. of West Haven. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his two sisters, Anne Vinci and Vera Giovannini, and two brothers, Fredrick Giovannini and Donald Gray.

There were no visiting hours

Funeral was at St. Anthony’s Church, 70 Washington Avenue, New Haven on Friday morning, September 9, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. followed by committal services with full military honors immediately following in All Saints Cemetery. The North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue has been entrusted with the

Obituary: Estelle Malone Marren, 87, Former Teacher, BOE Member

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Sep 112016

screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-6-53-11-pmEstelle Malone Marren, 87, beloved wife of the late Mark Thomas Marren, passed peacefully into eternal rest on Thursday, September 8, at St Raphael’s Campus, Yale New Haven Hospital. In New Haven.

Born on July 12, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Susan and Patrick Malone.

Stelle was a graduate of St Francis School, Larson College (now Quinnapiac) and New Haven Teachers’ College (now Southern Connecticut State University). She was a teacher of kindergarten and first grade in the Orange School System for many years  until her retirement.

She served as a member of the Orange Board of Education and was a devoted volunteer for the Orange Democratic Committee. She was a long time member of the Paugussett Club and the Ownego Club.

Friends may call on Wednesday, September 14 from 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at the Cody- White Funeral Home on the Green in Milford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road.

Memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice and Palliative Care, VNA, 680 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484.