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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Sep 242014

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 5.07.51 PMLinda Faye H. Daniels, 71, of Orange, passed away Saturday, August 23, 2014, at her home after succumbing to a battle with cancer.

Linda Faye is preceded in death by her parents, son Troy D. Haynes, six (6) brothers and five ( 5 ) sisters.

She is survived by her husband, E. Paul Daniels, daughter Tracy Schultz, and son Trenton Daniels, all of Orange, CT, son Clinton Daniels of Orange, MA, and brother Paulie Stuard of Lewisburg, TN.

In addition, there are eight grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, August 29, 2014 in the chapel of the Austin and Bell Funeral Home in Springfield, Tennessee.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven Hospital.

A memorial service will be held at the Smith and Sefcik funeral Home, 135 N. Broad St. Milford, CT, on Thursday Sept. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Sep 172014

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 3.12.44 PMGeorge C. Micklus Sr., age 91, of Milford, entered into eternal rest on September 14, 2014.

The beloved husband of the late Frances Fogler Micklus for 57 years, he was born in Derby CT April 29, 1923 to the late John and Anna Micklus.

He was a Milford resident most of his life.

WWII Navy veteran who was proud to have served his country,

Mr. Micklus worked for Bic Pen Corp. prior to his retirement.

He is survived by his son George C. Micklus Jr. and his wife Denise of Seymour, his daughter Charlene F. Micklus of Milford, and his treasured grandsons Christopher G. Micklus and his wife Amanda and great-granddaughter Adrienne of Orange, and Jeffrey M. Micklus and fiancé Cindy Casuyon of Cromwell, as well as numerous loving nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother John Micklus, and sisters Mary Sedlock, Helen Sedlock, Evelyn McCarthy and Charlotte Sheahan.

The Micklus family wishes to express their thanks to the Milford Health and Rehabilitation Center for the kindness and care George received during his time with them. 

Friends and family may call on Wednesday, September 17th from 4 to 8pm at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street on the Green, Milford, CT 06460.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September 18th at 11am at Christ the Redeemer RC Church, 325 Oronoque Road, Milford CT 06461. Interment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Buckingham Avenue, Milford.

Contributions can be made in George’s name to the Resident Council Recreation Department at Milford Health and Rehabilitation Center, 195 Platt Street, Milford, CT 06460 or a charity of your choice

To leave online condolences please visit the website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Sep 072014

Screen Shot 2014-09-07 at 2.02.56 PMSunny Riskin, 92, of Orange (formerly Delray Beach, Florida, and New Haven) passed away peacefully on Friday, September 5, 2014 at the Jewish Home of Fairfield, CT.

She was predeceased by her parents, Oscar and Betty Reiser, her husband, Sol and two brothers and one sister.

She is survived by her devoted son, Robert and his wife, Roxann of Orange, and her daughter Tina (Phil) of Granby. She is also survived by her two grandsons who were the light of her life, Robert Jr. (Breana) of Woodbridge, and Ross (Mikayla) of Orange. She was adored by many friends from Florida and Connecticut.

Sunny was an avid card player at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange and Oak Lane Country Club in Woodbridge for many years before moving to Florida. She also had a penchant for crossword puzzles, interior design, fashion (especially belts) and knitting.

The family would like to recognize the Jewish Home of Fairfield, especially Rose, Michael, Theresa, Barbara, Karen, Justine, Sara, Esther, and everyone on the third floor of Bennett Pavilion, who provided loving and compassionate care and respect. In addition, she had a most loving family friend, Ruby, from Florida.

The Spadaccino Funeral Home and Leo P. Gallagher & Son Community Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe is in charge of arrangements. Funeral services will be private. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Wounded Warriors or STARS- Stratford Animal Rescue Society.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.spadaccinofuneralhome.com 

Sep 062014

Screen Shot 2014-09-06 at 2.02.50 PMRichard Jon Jette, Sr., 51, of Orange, beloved husband of Angelina Colon Jette, loving father and grandfather, died suddenly after a long illness.

He was born in New Haven February 7, 1963, son of the late Donald and Evelyn Paecht Jette.

Richard was a self-employed, general contractor for many years.

Besides his wife, Angelina, he is survived by four children, Richard Jon Jette II, of Branford, Kevin Anthony Jette, of New Haven, Joseph Michael Colon, of Orange, and Tina Marie Colon McCauley, of Bloomfield, CT.

He also leaves six adored grandchildren, Victoria Colon, Devon Rodriquez, Jayson Scott Carrington, Vanessa Colon, Kali Ann Jette, and Aria Alexis Jette.

He was predeceased by a grandson, Joseph Michael Colon II.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Keenan Funeral Home, 238 Elm Street, West Haven, Sunday from 3:00 to 7:00 PM.

A service of prayers and shared memories will be held at 6:00.

Burial will be private. Condolences may be shared online at www.keenanfuneralhome.com 

Aug 242014

Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 4.26.12 PMJoan Marie Autuori, 71, of Milford, beloved wife of Joseph Autuori passed away peacefully on August 13, 2014 at Bridgeport Hospital.

Born on July 8, 1943 in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Mary Mills Potsch.

Until her retirement, Joan was a cook at Harding High School for the city of Bridgeport.

Devoted to her family, Joan will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. The family would like to thank all the kind individuals who have been a source of love, care and support for both Joan and her family in recent years.

In addition to her husband Joseph of 50 years, she is survived by her children; Dawn O’Brien of Orange, Kelley Lambert and her husband Richard of Milford and Lisa Dodge and her husband Michael of North Haven; seven grandchildren Danielle, Joseph, Jacob, Thomas, Nicholas, Samantha and Matthew as well as her sister Charlotte Paulson and her husband George and many more loving family members and friends.

Joan is predeceased by her sister Shirley Walsh.

Friends and family may call on Friday, August 29th from 4 to 8 pm with a Prayer Service at 5:30 pm at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT.

Committal will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Joan’s name to the American Heart Association , 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691.

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