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Obituary: Mary Polek Andreucci, 94, Beloved Mother Of Rosemary Leone

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Jan 142018
 

Mary Polek Andreucci 94, of Madison beloved wife of the late Leonard A. Andreucci passed away on January 12, 2018 in CT. Hospice.
Loving mother of Leonard R. (Carolyn) Andreucci of Todd, NC, Janice M. (Peter) Paduano of Madison and Rosemary (Don) Leone of Orange.
Grandmother of Peter Paduano, Gina (Chris) Ralph, Michelle Andreucci, Laurie (Scott) Cochran, Kristen (Sean) Froelich, Lisa Andreucci and Jonathan and Daniel Leone.
Great-grandmother of Nicholas, Mitchel, Justin, Jake, Timothy, Megan, Ethan, Benjamin, Jonah and Avagrace. Sister of the late Jennie Paolillo, Helen Onofrio and Frank, John, Walter, Steven, Louis and Henry Polek.
Mary was born in New Haven on March 28, 1923 daughter of the late Steven and Julia Wronski Polek.
Relatives and friends are invited to A Mass of Christian Burial MONDAY morning in St. Margaret Church 24 Academy St. Madison at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. THERE WILL BE NO CALLING HOURS.
Arrangements in care of the PORTO FUNERAL HOME 234 Foxon Rd. (Rte. 80) East Haven.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN. 38105.
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Obituary: Vera R. Wiberg, 79, Beloved Sister of Maria Scheirer

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Jan 012018
 

Vera R. Wiberg, 79, of Uncasville, CT lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on Dec. 17 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London.

Vera was born in 1938 in the area of Mogilev District of Belarus in the Soviet Union to Leonid and Maria Repnin, who predeceased her. Vera came to the port of New York with her family in 1955 and resettled in New Haven, CT.

She met and married her husband Edward Wiberg whom she was married to for 60 years and who predeceased her this past August.

Vera and Edward settled in Uncasville, CT where they raised and are survived by their three children, Susan Smith, Edward Wiberg Jr. and Lisa Wiberg Farrer.

Vera was a porter at Mohegan Sun casino for 20 years where she received many awards for her customer service, attendance, and dedication to her job. Vera “Meme” was a loving and devoted grandmother who was adored by her grandchildren.

She is survived by Daniel Smith, Joshua Wiberg, Collin Good, Nicholas Wiberg, Jonny Good, Jason Good, Alexandra Farrar, and great-grandson Noah Towpasz Smith. She was predeceased by her grandson Jonathan Smith. Vera is also survived by her two sisters Maria Scheirer of Orange, CT and Catherine Vibbert of Middletown, N.J. and many nieces and nephews.

Vera was loved by all who knew her and will be deeply missed by her family. Her strength and her spirit will long remain within each of us always.

Vera’s funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 7th at 3:00 pm at St. James Episcopal Church, 95 Rte. 2A Poquetanuck, Preston, CT.

There are no visiting hours, just the service. Please visit www.churchandallen.com to leave an online condolence for the Wiberg family.

Obituary: Phyllis M. Grabarek, 84, Beloved Mother

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Dec 232017
 

Phyllis M. (Koltko) Grabarek, 84, widow of Frank Joseph Grabarek, passed away on Thursday December 21, 2017 at Yale New Haven Hospital.

She was born in New Haven, CT on March 31, 1933, daughter of the late Harry and Jennie (Paskee) Koltko. Phyllis lived in Orange for many years with her family and retired from Southern New England Telephone after many years of service.

She is survived by her son James Grabarek of Guilford; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Grabarek was predeceased by her daughter Cindy Grabarek.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday December 28, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 456 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT. Burial will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven.

To send an online condolence, visit www.naugatuckvalleymemorial.com.

The Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald-Zembruski Funeral Home, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Obituary: Ronald T. Chirgwin, 77, Beloved Husband, Father, Dedicated Town Employee

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Dec 212017
 

Ronald T. Chirgwin, 77, peacefully entered into eternal rest on December 17, 2017, at Griffin Hospital.

He was the beloved husband of fifty-two years to Rosalie DeCarli Chirgwin.

Mr. Chirgwin was born in Ansonia on Nov. 9, 1940, son of the late Donald and Gertrude Walsh Chirgwin. He was raised in Ansonia and moved to Derby in 1968. Ron was a dedicated employee of the Town of Orange, Dept. of Public Works for thirty-two years, where he also served as safety officer. He was past president of the AFSCME Union.

Ron loved cars, took great pride in his job and enjoyed gardening, plowing snow, traveling and especially spending time with his loving family including the twenty-year tradition of attending the Big E with his daughter and family, where they shared many great memories.

In addition to his wife Rosalie, he is survived by a son, John W. Chirgwin (Lori Ann Young) of Pompano Beach, FL, a daughter, Susan E. Masella (Louis) of West Haven, a brother, David J. Chirgwin (Laurie) of Seymour, sisters, Joan C. Sweet (Charles) of Ansonia and Lois Brozek (Allan) of Oxford, cherished grandchildren, Pamela, Dominic and Nico Masella and Craig, Samantha, Meghan, Ciara and Catalina Chirgwin, great-grandchildren, Brody, Brie and Brock Chirgwin and Michael Masella and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his twin brother, Donald Chirgwin.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017, from 4:00 to 7:00 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 Ron’s life will take place with Rev. Leonard Kvedas officiating. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Griffin Hospital/CT Hospice, 130 Division St., Derby, CT 06418 or through the funeral home.

The family sends a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses, and staff of Griffin Hospital, especially Dr. Kathleen Chaisson, for their outstanding care. To send an act of sympathy, please visit www.spinelliricciutifh.com.

Obituary: Mildred J. Shay, 87, Beloved Wife, Mother of Lisa Poland, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother

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Dec 112017
 

Mildred J. Shay, age 87 of Milford, beloved wife of Joseph V. Shay, died at St. Vincent’s Medical Center on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

Born in Bridgeport on November 15, 1930, Mildred was the daughter of the late Johan and Esther Gustafson Johnson. She grew up in Stratford and lived in Fairfield for more than 50 years.

She was a graduate of Roger Ludlowe High School and worked as a secretary at Bryant Electric before she became a full-time homemaker and mother to their four children. She later worked at IMSA in Bridgeport, where she made lifelong friends before her retirement.

Millie was an avid Yankees fan. She loved to solve the NY Times crossword puzzle (in ink) and never missed an episode of Jeopardy! She and her family spent more than 40 summer vacations in Misquamicut, Rhode Island. Millie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend who will be truly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to Joseph, her husband of 62 years, Millie is survived by her four children, Coleen (Art) Clark of Milford, Karen (George) Swift of Randolph, New Jersey, Lisa (George) Poland of Orange and Christopher (Annie) Shay of Trumbull; thirteen grandchildren, Michael and Ryan Clark, Karen Anton, Sean, Patrick, and Andrew Swift, Katharine, Elizabeth, and John Poland, Connor, Grace, and Nolan Shay and Emily Kiely; two great grandchildren Layne and Dylan; nieces and nephews, including her cherished niece Patricia Konecny, her best friend. Millie was predeceased by her parents and siblings, Helene LaCroix, Ruth Whitbread, and Carl Johnson.

Friends may greet the family on Tuesday, December 12 from 5-8 PM in the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Millie can be made to a charity of one’s choice.

A funeral home service will take place on Wednesday, December 13 at 10:30 AM in the Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at Lawncroft Cemetery in Fairfield.

To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.abriola.com.

Obituary: Nathan Sokoloff, 100, Hardworking Man of Integrity, Beloved Father of Heidi Saxe

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Nov 132017
 

Nathan Sokoloff, 100, a long time resident of Orange, and most recently of Tower One in New Haven, devoted husband of the late Clara (Tolchinsky) Sokoloff, died at his home on November 10, 2017.

Born in Brooklyn, NY., December 16, 1916, he was the son of the late Irwin & Rachel (Wiener), Sokoloff. He was preceded in death by wife Clara; grandson Jeremy Saxe; son-in-law Gregory Johnson; his brother George and his sister Sophie. Beloved Father of Jill Noel (John) of Hamden, Heidi Saxe (Tracy) of Orange and Michael Sokoloff (Judy) of Cheshire. Cherished Grandfather of Dayna, Jessica, Robert, Ryan, Brian, Thomas and the late Jeremy Saxe.

Nat had a long career working full-time from 13 years old in the Garment District in NYC and was still working one day a week even after his 100th birthday. In addition to his long career in textiles, he had success in other industries as well, including the game industry, banking and, finally, working part-time in legal services. Nat served in the US Army during the Second World War. He was also President of Orange Little League during their championship year.

Nat was an extremely devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Nat and Clara were married for more than 70 years before she passed in 2010. Always the love his life, she inspired in him a passion for songwriting after her death that resulted in him writing over 70 songs in both English and Yiddish, many of them romantic ballads to Clara’s memory. He began to perform live shows at his new home at Tower One in his 90s and was preparing another performance at the time of his death. They both excelled at ballroom dancing and enjoyed traveling.

There was nothing Nat wouldn’t do for his family. Nathan leaves behind a loving family who have always admired him, learned from him, and will deeply miss him. Well educated, and self-taught, he continued his lifelong learning to the very end through extensive reading, research on the internet and kept current with technology using his iPhone for texting and social media to keep abreast of his grandchildren.

A celebration of the life of Nathan Sokoloff will be held at Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, 543 George Street, New Haven on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. with interment services to follow with military honors at B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, 200 Wintergreen Avenue, New Haven.

Nat’s family will be receiving from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be sent to Jeremy Saxe Foundation Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. 35 Nutmeg Drive, Trumbull, CT 06611.

To sign an online registry book or leave a message of condolence, please visit: www.shurefuneralhome.com

Obituary: John Tuttle, 85, Brother of William Tuttle, Korean War Veteran

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Nov 022017
 

John E. Tuttle, 85, beloved husband of Josephine Vastarelli Tuttle of East Haven, passed away October 28, 2017 in CT Hospice.

Loving father of Susan (Gary) Nadeau of North Branford, Jody (Gene) Pfeiffer of Northford, John E. (Tara) Tuttle, Jr. of Madison and the late Eileen (Ken) Boylan. Son of the late Arthur and Katherine Crowe Tuttle. Brother of Elizabeth Ann Perrone of Branford, Janet Martone and Edward Tuttle, both of East Haven, Elaine Sorensen of Hamden, Arthur Tuttle of North Haven, William Tuttle of Orange, and the late Harry and Robert Tuttle.

He also is survived by 13 cherished grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. John worked for the NY, NH and Hartford R.R., Tilcon Tomasso and also worked for Christ Chapel in Madison for many years.

He was a Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Friends may call at the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 234 Foxon Rd. (Rte. 80), East Haven THURSDAY from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and are asked to go directly to Christ Chapel, 1185 Durham Rd., Madison, CT Friday morning for Services at 10:00.

Interment with military honors will follow in the State Veteran Cemetery, Middletown, CT.

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Obituary: Robert Donald Eichman, 93, Beloved Husband, Father, WWII Veteran

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Oct 242017
 

Robert Donald Eichman, 93, passed peacefully on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at Carriage Green of Milford.  He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Margaret Eichman, and his daughter Robin Eichman-Swan of Milford.

Mr. Eichman was born in Jersey City, NJ, and grew up in Red Bank, NJ.  He was a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology and served in the Navy during WWII.  He worked at Robertshaw Controls in Milford from 1965-88.

He was a resident of Orange for many years, but spend the past 4.5 years living in Milford.  He was a proud member of the Orange Congregational Church.  He and his wife traveled throughout the U.S. and to more than 30 countries.  He was an avid athlete and still riding a stationary bicycle until earlier this year.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, November 11, at 4 p.m. at the Orange Congregational Church. Interment with military honors will be private.

The family is being compassionately cared for by the staff at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford. Contributions in his name may be given to the Orange Congregational Church.

Obituary: Frederick J. Cottle, 83, Beloved Husband, Father, Brother

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Oct 212017
 

Frederick J. Cottle, 83, of Orange, beloved husband of Joan Donofrio Cottle, passed away peacefully on October 20, 2017.

Frederick was born on May 24, 1934, in Bridgeport, CT to the late Joseph A. and Sara H. Cottle.
He worked for more than 25 years at Sikorsky as an Aerospace Engineer. He enjoyed attending hockey games and watching the NY Rangers play. He also liked working around the house and up keeping his yard.

Frederick loved being around his family and taking care of his wife and daughters.

In addition to his wife, Joan, he is survived by his daughters, Danette (Christopher) Manzi, Anne Cottle (Emil Balusek, Jr.) and Edith (Edward) Butcher; grandson, Daniel Manzi; siblings, Joseph T. Cottle and Judith Kreuter; and nephew, Clifford Kreuter.

Friends and family are invited to call on Monday, October 23, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. with a Prayer Service at 10 a.m. at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

Burial will follow at St. Michael Cemetery, 2205 Stratford Ave., Stratford, CT.

Memorial contributions may be made to Seasons Hospice Foundation, at   http://seasonsfoundation.org/donate or by mail, 8537 Solution Center, Chicago, IL 60677.

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

Obituary: Patricia Mullenix, 69, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother

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Oct 182017
 

Patricia Giblin Mullenix, 69, of Orange, passed away October 14, 2017, at St. Raphael Hospital, New Haven.

Patricia was the daughter of the late John and Sarah McCormack Giblin.

She graduated from the Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1966 and was a Registered Nurse at Bridgeport Hospital, the former Fairfield Hills Hospital of Newtown, and the VA Hospital of West Haven until her retirement.

A wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, she is survived by her loving husband John Mullenix of Orange, her sons Sean Mullenix of Hamden, David Mullenix and his wife Danielle of Milford, and Patrick Mullenix and his wife Nicole of Downers Grove, IL; her grandchildren Sebastian, Nathan, Courtney, Alicia, Matthew, and Aiden Mullenix; her twin sister Noreen Butkus and her husband David, and her nephews Brendan, Colin, and Darren Butkus.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, October 19 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, 135 N. Broad St., Milford.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, October 20 at 10 a.m. at St. Gabriel Church, 26 Broadway, Milford.

Burial will follow in St. Augustine Cemetery, Seymour. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Patricia’s memory to the American Lung Association, 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108.

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