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Obituary: Krystyna Szyszkowska Sikorski, 88, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Aug 282016

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 9.26.18 AMKrystyna Szyszkowska Sikorski, 88, of Orange died August 22, 2016 at home.

She was the wife of the late Dr. Jerzy Sikorski. Mrs. Sikorski was born in Warsaw, Poland, July 16, 1928, a daughter of the late Witold and Helena Szyszkowska and was a floor secretary at Milford Hospital for many years before retiring.

Mother of Ted, Mark and Edward Sikorski and grandmother of Emma and Nick. She is also survived by her sister Maria in Poland.

There will be no visiting hours.

Mass of Christian Burial took place in Holy Infant Church 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, Friday morning Aug. 26, at 10 a.m.

Burial followed in Sacred Heart Cemetery, 662 Burritt Street, New Britain.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Milford Hospital 300 Seaside Avenue Milford, CT 06460 or the Orange Senior Center 525 Orange Center Road Orange, CT 06477. Please make checks payable to Treasurer Town of Orange and use Krystyna’s name in the memo.

The LUPINSKI FUNERAL HOME, INC. was in care of arrangements. Sign Mrs. Sikorski’s guestbook online at www.lupinskifuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Leslie J. Hoffman, 95, Orange Resident, Veteran

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Aug 232016

org cong churchLeslie J. Hoffman, 95, passed away on Friday, August 19, 2016. 

He was born on December 19, 1920.

Leslie was an Orange resident at the time of his passing.

He graduated from Bassick High School in Bridgeport in 1939.

He was a member of the U.S. Navy and trained as a pilot.

He was married to Muriel Hoffman.

A Memorial Service will be held on September 10, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane, Orange, CT.

To leave memorial contributions, donations can be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405 and/or the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington CT 06111.

Obituary: Elizabeth McNulty Kuhn, 63, Sister of Robert McNulty, Jr.

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Aug 222016

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 10.37.34 PMWith her daughter by her side, Elizabeth McNulty Kuhn, 63,  of Pittsburgh, PA, ended her brief battle with pancreatic cancer on July 22, 2016.

Elizabeth, wife of the late Lawrence Greacen Kuhn, Sr. and daughter of the late Robert Timothy McNulty, Sr., is survived by her mother, Gail Keane McNulty (Naples, FL); daughter, Meghan McNulty Kuhn (Pittsburgh, PA); siblings Susan McNulty (Ludlow, VT), Katherine Sullivan (Mark; North Haven, CT), Margaret McNulty, and Robert T. McNulty, Jr. (Debbie; Orange, CT) and their families; and her beloved late husband’s children Elizabeth Kendzor, Keith Kuhn (Wendy), Lawrence G. Kuhn, Jr. (Maureen), Peter Kuhn (Alethea), and Jonathan Kuhn (Jodi) and their families, including Mimi’s “sweetlings,” Zachary and Madeline Kuhn.

No official services were held; Memorial Mass to be held Saturday, December 24, 2016 at 8 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT.

Elizabeth donated her body to science, through the Humanity Gifts Registry in Pennsylvania. Donations can be made to the Easter Seals, 95 Hamilton Street, New Haven, CT, 06511.

Obituary: Andrew Eldredge, 26, Beloved Son, Brother, Amity Grad

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Aug 222016

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 5.52.55 PMIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Amity Grad Andrew Eldredge.

Andrew Eldredge was struck by a motorcycle while walking in New York City on August 29, 2014, just days before he was to begin studies at Harvard Law School.

He was in a coma and hospitalized for a very long time.

Over the past two years, Andrew has touched so many lives. He had such a promising future. Our hearts go out to his family.



Andrew Cady Eldredge, 26, of Woodbridge, beloved son, brother, and friend to many, passed away peacefully on August 19, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

Andrew grew up in Woodbridge, Connecticut, where he attended Amity High School, excelling in academics and participating in varsity sports, theatre, and debate. Andrew attended Colgate University, graduating Magna Cum Laude (’11) with honors in Political Science.

He held leadership positions in both student government and the Colgate Speaking Union. During college, Andrew traveled the world competing in debate and then studied abroad at University of Cape Town in South Africa. While there, he tutored children in shanty towns and received the Lampert Fellowship in Public Affairs to research the political crisis in Zimbabwe.

After graduation, Andrew worked at Orion Consultants, then backpacked with his girlfriend throughout Southeast Asia. Never taking his eye off the goal of quenching his thirst for knowledge, Andrew completed a year at Boston University School of Law before transferring to Harvard Law School.

Andrew was well-known for his zest for life, intellectual curiosity, debating prowess, and humility.

Andrew was fueled by a love of family and friends and a keen sense of wonder and adventure. Cherished time during summer was spent with family in Rockport, MA. Andrew also enjoyed skiing, sailing, listening to music of all genres, and watching the Miami Dolphins (13!).

If he could speak now, Andrew would surely express gratitude for the love and support that he received in the months following his injury and throughout his life. Andrew touched and inspired many people:

A day with Andrew meant a day with a laugh and a sense that he truly cared about each and every one of us.

Andrew is survived and adored by his parents, Stacey and David Eldredge; sisters Lindsay and Madeline; grandparents Sherman and Joyce Cooper, David Eldredge Sr. and Joan Reivich, and Joan Eldredge; uncle Craig Cooper; aunts Robin Cooper (Jimi Lewis), Valerie Cooper and Sharon (Mario) Sanchez; Jenny (Joe) Jones, Karen Reivich (Guy Diamond), and many cousins, extended family and friends.

A Memorial service celebrating Andrew will be held at Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road, Hamden, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2016.

Family members will greet guests at 1 p.m. A reception will be held immediately following the service.

The family will receive guests on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (Aug. 25-27) from 7 – 9 p.m.

A fund has been established in Andrews memory at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to support his love of debate and global affairs. Gifts can be made in Andrew’s name to CFGNH, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510 or online at cfgnh.org

To sign an online registry book, or to leave a message of condolence visit HERE.

Obituary: Pia Ciarlelli DelPiano, 89, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Aug 152016

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 12.10.37 AMPia Ciarlelli DelPiano, 89, passed away peacefully on August 6, 2016. Born in Waterbury, CT she lived there until 1946, when she married.

Pia predeceases her beloved husband of 70 years Joseph. Through their years together they had 2 children, 3 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and travelled extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico in their RV.

Mother of Cheryl DelPiano-Kirk of West Haven, CT and Gary and Beth DelPiano of Orange, CT, she was always supportive and inspiring for them and her grandchildren.

Her parents Amedeo and Giovanna St. John Ciarlelli, who were born in Italy, immigrated to the US and found each other in Waterbury and married.

Pia leaves her 3 grandchildren, Daniel DelPiano of West Haven, Jeremy Kirk of West Haven and Christine DelPiano of Orange who called her Gramma or Lolly and one great-granddaughter, Callie Convery-Kirk. She always encouraged and lauded them unabashedly to anyone who wanted to listen and some who did not. She loved them unconditionally, as she did the rest of her family, and was usually the loudest cheerer at their events! She definitely “loved them More.”

Wanting to be a teacher, after her children were both in school, she attended SCSU, then the New Haven State Teachers College, where she earned her degree in elementary education. Upon graduation in 1962, she started teaching kindergarten at Orange Avenue School in Milford, CT. A few years later, she moved to the Orange, CT school district where she taught for many years at the Mary Tracy School in the 6th grade. Upon its closing, she moved to Peck Place School where she taught 6th and then 3rd grades, demanding much from her students in all subjects.

She also always shared her love for writing and grammar with them. While teaching, she earned a MA and a Sixth Year in Administration from Fairfield University. As a teacher, Pia was a mentor to students and teachers alike. A few years ago, Pia wanted to continue to help students and decided to set up a scholarship at Amity High School in Woodbridge. Because of her love of English, the Pia DelPiano English Award is presented each year to a graduating senior who attended the Orange Elementary Schools. Rather than the highest grade, the qualifications for the award are the recipient’s “hard work, enthusiasm, and the progress” made in English during his/her high school years.

She asked that we publish this poem, which she wanted to share with all who knew her upon her passing; we do not know the author: I’m Free Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free, I’m following the path he laid for me. I took his hand when I heard the call; I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way. I found that place at the close of day. If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss. Ah yes, these things too I will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow: I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full; I’ve savored much, Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all to brief, Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me – He wanted me now; he has set me Free.

We would like to thank all the people, friends, nurses, doctors, and especially her two caretakers, who helped make her life in the last few years more enjoyable. Thank you all so much for taking care of our strength.

Wife, Mom, Lolly, Gramma, Friend, Mentor, Teacher, Pia will be missed as much as she was loved. She has asked that in lieu of flowers, friends donate to the Amity Regional High School Scholarship Fund~Pia DelPiano Award, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525, Attn. Finance Dept.

If you would prefer, a donation may be given in her name to the Hospice Wing at Masonicare in Wallingford, CT. Services will be private.

Obituary: Kathy Jennings, 57, Beloved Daughter of Blanche Cantafio, Sister of Wendy Dulin

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Aug 102016

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 3.16.57 PMKathy Jennings, 57, of Asheville, NC, passed on with a peaceful heart in her home on July 16, 2016, surrounded by her beloved husband, family and friends.

Born on May 29, 1959 in Bridgeport, CT and raised in Milford, Kathy graduated from Jonathan Law High School, attended UMass, and traveled abroad at a young age to pursue her passion in dance.

She was a determined spirit in finding new ways of being and working in the world. Those ways included a Pilates instructor, a Trager Practitioner, a Continuum Movement Facilitator, and an Interfaith Minister.

She was passionate about helping people find joy and new ways of being in their bodies and in relationship with one another, especially when marrying them!

She loved nature, she loved her friends, she loved her family and they all loved her!

They include her husband, Mark Hoch and daughter Ariana of Asheville, NC; her mom, Blanche Cantafio and her husband, Armand of Orange; her dad, Arthur Jennings and his wife, Ellie of West Haven; her brother, Arthur Jennings and his wife, Sara of West Barnett, VT; her two sisters, Wendy Dulin and her husband Gary of Orange and Sherri Buckley of Shelton; her mother-in-law Janet Hoch of Asheville, NC; brother-in-law Dov Hoch of Israel and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles!

Services and burial were held in Asheville and a private service celebrating Kathy’s remarkable journey was held in Connecticut.

Gifts made in memory of Kathy can be directed to the Carolina Memorial Sanctuary at 195 Blessed Way in Mills River, NC 28759 or online at http://carolinamemorialsanctuary.org.

Obituary: Florence V. McHugh, 85, Beloved Mother of Barbara Ceneri

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Aug 082016

Screen Shot 2016-08-07 at 11.39.49 PMFlorence V. McHugh, 85, of Milford passed away peacefully on Friday, August 5, 2016 in Milford Hospital. She was born on November 9, 1930 in Bridgeport, to the late Daniel and Nancy Salerno Verrilli.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her devoted husband of 56 years, Eugene “Gene” McHugh, sister Theresa Verilli Sinanis and son-in-law Bruce Broughton.

Florence is survived by her dedicated daughters: Jeanne McHugh-Broughton of West Haven, Eileen (David) McHugh-Silva of Brooklyn, NY and Barbara (Michael) Ceneri of Orange; cherished grandchildren: Katherine and Emma Silva of Brooklyn, NY and Nicholas Ceneri of Orange; loving sister Nancy Verrilli-Doering; sister-in-law Margaret McHugh; nephew James Sinanis; grandnephew, grandniece, many cousins and friends.

Florence was a graduate of Central High School in Bridgeport. In the 1950s, she was employed by Sikorsky Aircraft, where she met her husband and soul mate Gene.

Beginning in 1973, she was a secretary for the City of Milford Planning and Zoning/Building Department for 20 years. After retirement, she volunteered at Milford Hospital and the Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind.

She was an active parishioner and member of the Lady’s Guild at Christ the Redeemer Church and a longtime member of the Milford Senior Center and their choir.

Florence will be remembered as a loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother and loyal friend.

She was a crossword puzzle enthusiast and avid reader who enjoyed living life to the fullest.

Calling hours are Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, 135 N Broad St., Milford.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 in Christ the Redeemer, Rutland Rd., Milford, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be private.

Donations may be made in her name to Alzheimer’s Association of CT, 200 Executive Blvd, Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489.

To leave condolences or for directions, visit www.georgejsmithandson.com.

Obituary: Mary A. Skuba, 88, Beloved Sister, Aunt

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Aug 072016

Screen Shot 2016-08-07 at 9.58.31 PMMary A. Skuba, 88, of Orange, passed away peacefully on Wednesday August 3, 2016 in CT Hospice. Born in Bridgeport, she was the loving daughter to the late Stacek and Anna (Akey) Skuba.

A resident of Orange, formerly of Bridgeport and Milford, Mary was a retiree of General Electric in Bridgeport and Black & Decker in Shelton. She was a daily communicant of St. Mary Church, Milford, a member of the Legion of Mary and Eucharist Minister.

In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her sisters Anna Skuba, Stella Jakobick, Tess Fohrenbach and Helen Yakubick. She leaves behind her sister Alice Jasmin of Bristol, her niece Susan Brennan, nephews Richard Fohrenbach Sr. and William Fohrenbach, and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

In abiding with Mary’s wishes, calling hours have been omitted.

Friends are invited to go “Directly” to St. Mary Church, 70 Gulf St, Milford where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday August 9, 2016 at 10:30am followed by interment in Milford Cemetery, Milford.

The Commerce Hill Funeral Home, 4798 Main St. Bridgeport has been entrusted with the services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary Church in memory of Mary Skuba. For online condolences, to light a virtual candle and get directions visit commercehillfh.com.

Obituary: Phyllis C. Hickman, 82, Beloved Mother of Marie Rossi

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Aug 072016

Screen Shot 2016-08-07 at 8.28.11 PMPhyllis C. Hickman, 82, wife of the late Norman Hickman, Sr., passed away on July 28, 2016.

Born in New Haven on July 19, 1934 to the late Louis and Marie VanNess Coppola.

Phyllis will be remembered by her daughter, Marie Rossi of Milford. Predeceased by her two children, Kathleen Hickman and Norman Hickman, Jr.

Phyllis was a lifelong resident of Orange and was a devoted parishioner of Holy Infant Church.

She enjoyed being a homemaker and sharing her cooking talents with family and friends.

Private Services are in care of Beecher & Bennett- Taylor Funeral Home, 410 Campbell Ave, West Haven.

To leave a condolence for her family, visit www.beecherandbennett.com.

Obituary: Loretta I. DeVincentis, 86, Beloved Wife, Mother

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Aug 062016

Screen Shot 2016-08-06 at 11.04.38 PMLoretta I. DeVincentis, 86, of Orange, beloved wife of the late Orlando “Pat” DeVincentis, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on August 3, 2016.

She was born on September 2, 1929 in Bridgeport, CT to the late Michael and Mary Riccio. More than anything, Loretta loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and her life revolved around her family.

Loretta is survived by her son, Michael DeVincentis; her grandchildren, Michael DeVincentis and his wife, Corrine, Michael McDevitt and his wife Sarah, and Megan Faith McDevitt; her great-grandchildren, Dominic and Adriana DeVincentis; and several nieces and one nephew.

Loretta was predeceased by her brother, Michael Riccio, Jr., her daughter, Laurene McDevitt, two sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law and several aunts and uncles.

Friends and family may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 378 Spring St., Orange.

Interment will follow at Orange Center Cemetery, Orange Center Rd., Orange.

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