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Obituary: Sofia Smirnow, 96, Beloved Grandmother of Alexander Zamachaj

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Feb 242017
 

Sofia Skirnewski Smirnow, 96, of Milford, beloved wife of the late Simon Skirnewski and the late John Smirnow, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017 in the Westport Health Care Center.

Mrs. Smirnow was born on November 2, 1920 in Golovanevsk, Ukraine. Before settling in CT she lived in Austria and Chile. When she came to the U.S. in 1964, she lived in Bridgeport, Stratford, Charlotte (NC), Northport (FL), and returned to the area in 2007. Sofia was a seamstress who retired from the Levine Coat Factory.

She enjoyed gardening, reading, knitting, crocheting, sewing, traveling, the opera, concerts, classical music, and spending time with family.

Survivors include her daughter Natalia Zamachaj and her husband David of Milford; six grandchildren Ray Rocuant of Cape Nelson, CA, Albert Rocuant and his wife Debbie of Cairo, GA, Richard Rocuant and his wife Sherry of Summerville, MO, Paul Rocuant and his wife Amanda of Fort Myers, FL, Alexander Zamachaj and his wife Jessica of Orange, CT, and Peter Zamachaj and his wife Kelly of Merrimack, NH; her son-in-law Ramiro Rocuant of Santiago, Chile; twenty great grandchildren Tara, Rami, Greg, Tim, Danielle, Andrew, Brian, Nicholas, Michael, Sarah, Samuel, Adam, Hannah, Suzanna, Danielle, Rebecca, Ryan, Raine, Nathaniel, and Madeleine; and three great-great grandchildren, Joslyn, Nina, and Cali. She was predeceased by a daughter Dina Rocuant, her sister Nadia, and her brother Volodia.

Friends may visit with her family on Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. before service time in the William R. McDonald Funeral Home, 2591 Main St., Stratford, CT 06615.

Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Father Thomas Lynch on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Saint James Church, 2070 Main St., Stratford, CT.

Interment will follow in Saint John’s Cemetery, Stratford.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to either Saint James School, 50 Harvey Place, Stratford, CT 06615 or Saint James Church, Care of Our Father’s House, 2110 Main St., Stratford, CT 06615.

For more information or to share a message of condolence, visit www.wrmcdonaldfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Cedric Reid, 56, Beloved Brother of Valzie Peterkin

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Feb 222017
 

Cedric C. Reid, 56 of West Haven entered eternal rest Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

Born in Jamaica, WI to the late Cephas and Lurline Williams Reid, Cedric has been a resident of West Haven for the past five years and prior to that he was a resident of Stamford.

He was a graduate of Kolbe-Cathedral High School, a former counselor at Camp Washington in Lakeside, CT and a former member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

He served in the US Navy and was honorably discharged.

In addition to his parents a sister, Lorna Reid-Walter predeceased him. He leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, Lisa Reid-Sadler of Bridgeport and Lindsey Reid of Stratford; three sisters, Evette Goodwin of FL, Elaine Stewart of Jamaica, WI and Valzie Peterkin of Orange, CT; two granddaughters, Linette and Kendal Sadler; a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10:00 AM at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 768 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport with the Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Hahneman, officiating.

Interment will follow the service in Park Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.

Obituary: Oscar Schwarz, 89, Beloved Father of Monica Slowik

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Feb 222017
 

Oscar Schwarz,  89, a longtime resident of Derby, lost his short but courageous fight against cancer on February 18, at his daughter’s home with his loving family by his side.

Oscar was born on April 11, 1927 to Heinrich and Berta (Schalchli) Schwarz in Altikon, Switzerland. He served in the Swiss Army and was a member of the Swiss Drum Corps.

Oscar was a member of the Bricklayers Union until his retirement.

He is survived by his loving wife Elisabeth (Meier) Schwarz of 64 years, one son Urs (Lori) Schwarz of Naugatuck, CT, three daughters Doris (Daniel) Turner of Naugatuck, CT, Monica (Kenneth) Slowik of Orange, CT, and Sylvia (James) Royston of Longwood, FL, his ten grandchildren Jessica and Heather Schwarz, Melissa and Raymond Turner, Cassandra, Julian and Christian Slowik, and Ashley, Victoria and Joseph Royston, great granddaughter Kayleigh Roberts-Turner, several nieces and nephews and a sister Verena (Schwarz) Hager of Kusnacht, Switzerland. He is predeceased by two brothers, Henry and Karl Schwarz and a sister Berta Monachon.

Oscar loved spending time with his family and friends, gardening, masonry, bricklaying, repairing things, and woodworking. He was an avid fan of UCONN Women’s Basketball and the New York Rangers. He also enjoyed watching the motorcycle racing, Food Network Channel, Wrestling and MMA Boxing.

Friends may call on Friday from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Rd. Shelton, CT with his memorial service at 6:00 pm at the funeral home.

Obituary: Lillian Bartkow Wachuk, 102, Beloved Mother

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Feb 172017
 

Lillian Bartkow Wachuk, the 102 year-old widow of the late Andrew Wachuk, died peacefully at home in Orange on Feb. 11.

Born in Chester, Penn. on Oct. 17, 1914, she was the beloved daughter of Anna and Paul Bartkow.

Lillian married Andrew Wachuk in Sept. 1939 and they were married for 72 years.

Lillian graduated from Pierce Business College in Philadelphia. She was employed at M.B. Electronics and as an Executive Assistant at Armstrong Rubber Co. in New Haven. She lived in Orange for 69 years.

She had a lifelong love of music and entertained her family at the piano her entire life. Lillian was an active member of The Evangelical Baptist Church in Ansonia where she was an organist and pianist. During those years she provided music for numerous weddings, funerals and other celebrations.

Lillian is survived by 2 children, Robert & his wife Nan of Old Saybrook, CT & Kenneth & his wife Nancy of Hamden, CT., her brother Daniel Bartkow of Florida, 2 grandchildren John and Matthew & his wife Jennifer & 2 great grandchildren Will & Ollie.

Friends may call at The Jenkins King & Malerba Funeral Home, 12 Franklin St. Ansonia on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow on Monday, graveside in Pine Grove Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lillian’s memory may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS. 66675.

Obituary: Daniel Dowd, 63, Beloved Brother of Timothy Dowd

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Feb 162017
 

Daniel Dowd, 63, of Greenfield, MA, passed away February 8, 2017. He was born in Holyoke, MA and is the beloved son of the late James J. Dowd, Jr. and Mary Louise Teahan Dowd, and his step-mother Cynthia Clark Dowd Rowell.

Dan graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. He was a disabled veteran who proudly served in the US Navy at Guantanamo Bay Cuba.

Dan was a lover of music, poetry and laughter. Always a musician, his passion for music was at the heart of his band – The Crybabies. www.thecrybabies.com.

He is survived by his three brothers James J. Dowd, III (Dawn Chamberlain) of Conway, MA, David E. Dowd of Westbrook, CT and Timothy W. Dowd (Maggie Sullivan) of Orange, CT and his nieces and nephews James M. Dowd (Sheri) of Santa Monica, CA, Michael D. Dowd of Tampa, FL, Mark A. Nelson of Weare, NH, David J. Dowd (Gwen) of Webster, NY, Mary L. Dowd Stopka (Nicholas), Thomas J. Dowd, and Kathleen S. Dowd all of Orange, CT.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, February 17, 2017, at 10:00 AM in the Chapel of St. Jerome Church, 169 Hampden St, Holyoke, MA.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that a memorial contribution be made to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, P.O. Box 160, 97 N. Hatfield Road, Hatfield, MA 01028 (www.foodbankwma.org), telephone (413)247-9738, ext. #108.

To leave online condolences please visit www.barryjfarrellfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Marilynn Blaisdell, 90, Beloved Mother, Artist

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Feb 122017
 

Marilynn Blaisdell, a longtime resident of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Orange, CT died Wednesday, February 8th after a short illness.

Born in 1927 in St. Petersburg, FL, she received a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University. She taught art in the Detroit, MI Public Schools. Marilynn was a gifted artist and well known for her flower arranging and horticultural designs. She was a Master Flower Show Judge and was very active in a number of local Garden Clubs and the Landscape Design Critics Counsel.

She was a member of the Algonquin Club, Milford Yacht Club and the Navy League. She enjoyed playing bridge and was active in the condo associate.

She is survived by her son James Doyle, daughter Andrea Doyle Baxter, grandchildren Henry and Conan Baxter, brother Richard Beyer and cousins Cathleen Robinson and Gwen Nunes.

She was predeceased by husbands Robert Doyle and Durwood Blaisdell.

Arrangements are being handled by Cody-White Funeral Home 107 Broad St Milford, CT 06460.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society

Obituary: Barbara A. Cronenberg, 82, Beloved Mother, Friend

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Feb 112017
 

Barbara A. Cronenberg, 82, of Orange passed away February 6, 2017 at Milford Hospital. Wife of the late Wliiam E. Cronenberg.

She was born in Brooklyn, NY a daughter of the late Joseph and Katherine Walsh Hennequin and lived in Orange, most of her life.

She previously worked at SNET Co. and Case Memorial Library in Orange.

Barbara is survived by a son, Paul and his wife Patricia o Middletown and a grandson, Michael. She also leaves a brother, Joseph Hennequin and his wife, Jane, in Boise, Idaho as well as a brother, Kenneth Hennequin, in Holyoke, MA.

Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange,Tuesday morning February 14, 2017 at 10 a.m.

Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

There will be NO CALLING HOURS. Memorial Contributions may be made in memory of Barbara Cronenberg to Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange, CT 06477.

Arrangements are in care of the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven, CT 06516.

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

Obituary: Rosemary DeFilippo, Beloved Wife, Mother, Friend

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Feb 072017
 

Rosemary DeFilippo was born on March 30, 1950, daughter of the late Justine M. Horrigan Hampp and the late William H. Hampp in Meriden, CT. She passed away on February 5, 2017.

Rosemary’s beloved family and friends had hoped more time would come to Rose on the wings of prayer: Her last months were spent participating in happy occasions, such as her children’s weddings and taking care of everybody and everything to make life easier for those she left behind; her family, friends and clients. Had she more time, she would have written her memoir, Silver Linings; for she was able to navigate her way through life’s challenges in her uniquely “rose” colored glasses to silver linings with grace and tenacity.

Many referred to Rosemary as a tough cookie; Someone with just the right mix of sweetness and strength; one who doesn’t crumble under pressure; a fighter who’s too busy kicking butt to sit down and cry, but knows it’s okay to do both; a person who doesn’t always ask for support, but has a lot of friends who would do anything to help

She always felt her greatest accomplishment and pleasure was her marriage to Tom, and together, raising their family. She enjoyed excursions to NYC, especially its’ theater, museums, restaurants and sleeping in her car under the Tri-boro bridge for the Avon breast cancer walk and exploring the cobblestone streets and beaches of Nantucket, MA.

She leaves behind her devoted husband of 36 years, Thomas P. DeFilippo, and three children: Diana M. O’Rourke, wife of Timothy G. O’Rourke, Jr. and their four children, Bronagh, Kateri, Josephine and Brogan of New Haven, CT; Dana A. Miller, wife of Joshua T. Miller of Pennsylvania; and Thomas P. DeFilippo, Jr., husband to Caitlin Grunseich DeFilippo of New York, New York.

She also leaves behind sisters Meredith R. Shatas (John), Justine M. Frazier (Clyde) and Madelyn E. Anderson (Robert) and brother Thomas R. Hampp (Margaret) and sister-in-law Rita Hampp. She was predeceased by a brother, William T. Hampp.

She also leaves her nieces and nephews: W. Tobias Hampp (Alissa), John M. Shatas (Rosetta), Richard T. Shatas, Douglas W. Shatas (Sharon), Lance E. Shatas (Jennifer), Jennifer M. Baehr (Peter), Adam T. Hampp (Kelly); and grand nieces and nephews Samantha, Rachel, Lilly, Tessa and Zoe Shatas and Mason and Olivia Baehr.

Rosemary grew up in Meriden, CT and attended St. Rose of Lima School (Meriden, CT), Mercy High School (Middletown, CT); Bay Path College (Longmeadow, MA); George Washington University (Washington, D.C.); Southern CT State University (New Haven, CT) and earned her Juris Doctorate from Franklin Pierce Law Center (Concord, NH).

She was employed by Cummings and Lockwood Law Firm (Stamford, CT) before opening The DeFilippo Law Firm where she practiced for 30 years with offices in Woodbridge, CT and then Bethany, CT.

She taught courses in law, business and history at Southern CT State University; South Central Community College; American Institute of Paralegal Studies and Quinnipiac University’s undergraduate business school.

Rosemary was admitted to practice in the Connecticut Superior Courts; Commonwealth of Massachusetts; State of New York supreme courts; United States District Court of Connecticut and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

She was also a member of the New Haven Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, American Bar Association and the CT Trial Lawyers Association, Elder Law Attorneys of America; American Trial Lawyers Association; American Association of University Professors; College and Business Instructors of Connecticut, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and DICTA (law school newsletter) where she served as Editor.

Rosemary was a parishioner of Our Lady of Assumption Church in Woodbridge where she served as trustee of the parish and was an active member of the Finance Committee and Ladies Guild.

She was also a valued and very active member of the Amity League of Women Voters, CT League of Women Voters (Board of Directors), Town of Bethany Assessment Appeals; Mary care, Inc. (Board of Directors); Amity Teen Center (Advisory Board); Woodbridge Board of Selectmen (Town Ordinance Committee); Community Health Care Plan (Board of Directors); Exceptional Cancer Patients, Inc. (ECaP) Board of Directors, Bylaw Revision Committee (chair); Policy Committee (chair); Town of Woodbridge Board of Selectmen and the Connecticut Trails Girl Scouts of America Board of Directors and troop leader.

Friends and relatives may call at the John J. Ferry & Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 88 East Main Street, Meriden on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 4 to 7 pm.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Saturday February 11th at 10 a.m. Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, 35 Center Street, Meriden, CT with Reverend Emanuel Ihemedu officiating. Everyone is asked to meet directly at the church. Entombment will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, 250 Gypsy Lane, Meriden, CT.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to MARYCARE, Inc., 230 Blue Hills Avenue, Hartford, CT 06112 (marycare.org).

NOTE: Although she had no direct tie to Orange we are running Rosemary’s obituary as a courtesy to her many friends in the Amity area. 

Obituary: Aldo Martin Pulito, 96, Beloved Father, Educator, WWII Veteran

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Feb 032017
 

Aldo Martin Pulito, 96, of Orange, a gentleman and a scholar, passed away on January 28, 2017, surrounded by family.

Born at home in Cromwell to Amelia Treglia and Martin Pulito, he was the husband of the late Pauline Levesque Pulito.

Predeceased by his son, Paul Pulito, he is survived by his daughters, Virginia Miller and her husband Philip Miller of Simpsonville, SC and Marie Pulito and her wife Brenda Caldwell of Bethany, CT.

He also leaves his granddaughters, Carolyn Miller Lavoie and Alani Gandossy and great-grandson, Brandon Lavoie. Other surviving family includes Alan Mendrala of CA and Cynthia Hersey of WA.

He will be missed by his friend of 82 years, Burton Harwood Jr. of South Norwalk.

Aldo attended schools in Glastonbury and graduated from Hartford Public High School, Trinity College and the University of Connecticut with a PhD in chemistry. He served in the army during WWII assigned to the Manhattan project at Columbia University, Virginia Polytechnic College, Oak Ridge TN and Los Alamos NM.

Aldo owned Ames Laboratory in Milford with colleague Irwin Rosenman. He taught at St. Vincent’s School of Nursing and as an associate professor of chemistry at Fairfield University from 1971 until his retirement in 1986. He was proud to have taught students in the pre-med and nursing programs.

Aldo was an active member of the New England Association of Chemistry Teachers and the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. He participated for years with the Legion of Mary and as a communicant at Holy Infant Church in Orange.

Aldo was passionate about studying hydrogen fuel cells and dark matter. He worked on the conservation of dunes and beach grass in Biddeford Pool, Maine where he owned a summer cottage.

He was an avid reader of science and American history and had a particular interest in Abraham Lincoln and Native American culture.

Aldo and his family would like to thank the following people whose care allowed him to stay in his home until his death: Ann Curran, Trish Goetz, Pam Caldwell and Tom Hardin.

A private, family burial service is planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations to support Aldo’s passion for coastal ecology may be made to the Biddeford Pool Land Trust, P.O. Box 306, Biddeford Pool, ME 04006, email: gbrich1@verizon.net or a charity of your choice .

The family is being compassionately cared for by the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford.

Friends may leave memories and messages at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Grace Moore Durkin, 96, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Jan 312017
 

Grace Moore Durkin, 96, of Norwalk, died peacefully on Friday, January 27, 2017 in Norwalk Hospital Hospice Unit.

Grace was born in Central Falls, RI on April 16, 1920, seventh of nine children of the late William and Mary Ellen Moore.

Grace was a career cook for many years at the Me-Tu Restaurant in Norwalk followed by The Village Luncheonette in Wilton. Upon her retirement from the restaurant business, she embarked on a second career in child care at the Norwalk YMCA until the age of 91.

In addition to her husband Denis E. Durkin, Grace was prdeceased by her son William A. Duncan and by four brothers, William, Gordon, Robert and Ralph and by four sisters, Lois, Dorothy, Mary and Ethel.

Grace is survived by her daughter Kitty Durkin Scalisi (Nicholas) of Orange; grandchildren, who were the light of her life and loved their Mamma dearly; Michael T. Scalisi of Stamford, Jonathan D. Scalisi of Norwalk and Megan K. Queiroga and her husband Jeffrey of Milford and great-granddaughters Zoey Grace and Savannah Lola Queiroga and by many loving nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk.

Interment will follow in St. John Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk.
Donations in her memory may be made to:Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County.