Obituary: Thomas C. Reynders, 47, Orange Native, Amity Grad

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Mar 252017

Thomas Conrad “Tommy Tsunami” Reynders of Golden, CO, passed suddenly on February 22, 2017. He was 47 years old.
Tommy is survived by his parents, John and Charlotta Reynders of Harwich Port, MA; his three siblings, John L Reynders of Apple-ton, WI, Alison Elliott of Milford, CT, Katharine Lumpkin of Alpharetta, GA and many nieces and nephews. Tommy was born on Feb. 19, 1970 in Orange, CT to John and Charlotta Reynders.
He graduated from Amity Regional High School and attended two years at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, VA. After leaving ODU, Tommy moved to Puerto Rico to teach windsurfing and finally to Colorado where he remained.
Tommy was a beautiful person and artist. He loved music, nature, windsurfing, snowboarding, water sports, and more. His favorite pastime was the many hours spent tubing on Clear Creek with friends.
His talent and artistic eye allowed him to work with local musicians as a lighting and stage technician. He worked as a handy man doing landscaping, tiling, carpentry and home restoration.
Tommy enjoyed life with a youthful enthusiasm. He shared a friendly, authentic smile with all who crossed his path. He was known for his kind words of those who surrounded him and leaves a community grieving his early departure.
He was a fixture in the Golden community and supported musicians, shop owners and the local artists. He will be most remembered for his generous spirit and the many improvements to homes and properties in and around Golden, Colorado.
Loved ones held a memorial service on February 26 for Tommy following his death. His body was cremated and his ashes will be spread in the many places he loved.
Memorial donations in Tommy’s name can be made to Second Wind Fund at (LINK) or mailed to Second Wind Fund, 13701 W. Jewel Ave #251, Lakewood CO 80228 or to Foothills Animal Society at (LINK) or mailed to Foothills Animal Shelter, 580 McIntyre Street, Golden, CO 80401.

Mar 252017

Damon Robinson

The memorial for Damon Robinson will take place at the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane, on Saturday, April 1 at 2 p.m.

There will be a reception following the service.

If you have any questions see contact information in the update on the go fund me page.

Obituary: Patricia A. Torre, 76, Beloved Wife, Mother, Sister, Grandmother

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Mar 162017

Patricia Audrey O’Connell Torre, 76, of Orange and formerly of East Haven died peacefully March 11, 2017.

She passed away at home with her loving family at her side after a long illness.

Patricia was born in New Haven on August 15, 1940 to Timothy F. and Amy Manley O’Connell, Jr. She was employed for 20 years by the U.S. Treasury Department in New Haven prior to retirement.

She is survived by the love of her life and devoted husband, Anthony F. Torre, and sons Anthony F. (Stephanie) Torre Jr. of Short Hills NJ and John D. (Sara) Torre of Woodbury.

She also is survived by her sisters Joan Keil of Branford and Amy Moquet of Orange and her brother Timothy F. (Susan) O’Connell III of East Haven. Patricia was the proud grandmother to 6 loving grandchildren Jim, Kyle, Hannah, Jack, Ella and Eli Torre and was the matriarch to several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her son, David T. Torre and sister Sharon O’Connell Sokolosky McRory.

Patricia’s love of family endures in all of us.The family has requested that interment be private.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405

Obituary: Robert J. Fox, 90, Athlete, Veteran, Postal Worker

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Mar 152017

Robert J. Fox, 90, died March 12, 2017 at Maplewood of Orange.

Bob was born in Greenwich on Oct 7th 1926 to Frank and Anna Schreder’s Fox. He grew up with 9 siblings, (Deceased)Thomas Jr., Grace, (Deceased)Ruth,(Deceased) Raymond (Moaner),(Deceased) Anita (Neet), (Deceased) Edwin, Agnes (Elaine), Elizabeth (Betty Lou) and Virginia (Ginger).

He started out young in life working picking apples at Conyers Farm and then caddying at Milbrook Club in Greenwich plus playing golf there. Growing up he was a very active boy engaging first of all at the Greenwich Boy’s Club with all of his friends and brothers in Basketball and Baseball. He ran wherever he went all the time and loved it.

In high school he played basketball, ran track and Cross Country which was his love and excelled at it. He still holds the cross country record at the Bruce Park course which he set in the States Championship.

After high school he enlisted in the Army air corps even though he had won a scholarship at Fordham University for sports. He was stationed in Casa Blanca.

He married his wife (deceased), Margaret McKnight and had 3 children, Robert J. Jr., Sheila Ann, and Kenneth (deceased). He has 4 grandchildren Sheri Anne Fox, Robert W. Fox, Kristin Barnes Appling and Matthew Barnes. He has 5 great grandchildren Isabella & Emily (Robert W. and Valerie), Caden and Kayli Appling (Kristin & Troy) and Dougie Barnes (Matthew).

He came home to a couple of jobs before starting with the Post Office where he had worked and retired after 38 years of service. He was then asked to come to Cadbury Schweppes from one of his mail customers, Robert Ix where he started and was appointed as a chauffeur to Mr. Ix (president) and to all of the senior management and eventually to the owners of Cadbury, the Cadbury brothers. He was very close with Sir Adrian Cadbury always received Xmas cards and was invited to stay at his Condo in London while vacationing. He retired from there once and was immediately called back after the Cadbury Brothers Sir Adrian and Dominic would not let anyone else drive for them.

His most loved time was when he drove Duchess Fergie around New York for a couple of days.

In 1956, he built his present home on Idar Court in Greenwich with the help of brother Raymond (Moaner), the mason and his best friend Joe Shannon, the Master Carpenter. He has many friends and relatives in Fairfield County, New England and all over the United States plus internationally in Germany and Italy.

He has a tremendous love for children, as his Mother Anna had, especially after she had 35 grandchildren. If anyone ever needed anything, especially rides to the airport he would always be there for them without a question as to time. If anyone needed a hand Uncle Bob or Pop Pop would always be there, on time, if not 45 minutes early. That was just him! ;-).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday March 16, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in St. Mary’s Church, 178 Greenwich Ave. Greenwich, CT Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenwich Boys and Girls in Bob’s name.

You Can Help In A Big Way By Donating To One Big Dog Animal Respite Fund

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Mar 082017

When my mom died last week, my brothers and I named the District Animal Control and American Cancer Society as two charities where friends and family could make donations instead of sending flowers.

My mom loved her little dog, Spooky, who came from the DAC shelter. We credit him with keeping her alive so long as she always expressed her concern about his welfare if anything happened to her. (Spooky now calls my brother, Ron “Dad”).

Some Amity residents knew where to send the DAC donations, but even today, others called asking for an address.

The One Big Dog Animal Respite Fund, Inc, is a non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to prevent and alleviate animal suffering by providing medical care, spay/neuter services, food and placement assistance for stray, abandoned and shelter animals in participating communities in New Haven County.

If you would like to donate to One Big Dog in my mom’s name “Joan Ann Haas,” please send it to One Big Dog, c/o District Animal Shelter, 135 Bradley Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525.

My brothers and I and all the animals that will benefit from it thank you in advance.



Obituary: Joan Ann Haas, 85, Beloved Mother of Terri Miles

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Feb 282017

Joan Ann Haas, 85, beloved wife of the late Richard L. Haas Sr., died on Monday, February 27, 2017 at Maplewood of Orange.

Joan Ann was born in Bridgeport, CT on July 12, 1931 to the late Joseph and Elizabeth Marton Nalewaik.

She worked as a blister packer at Bic Corp for many years.

Her passion was to read and had a beautiful soprano singing voice. She found great joy in watching the holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel especially those involving dogs.

Survivors include her children: Richard L. Haas Jr. and his wife Debra of Bristol, Ronald L. Haas of Milford, Terri Miles of Milford, 10 grandchildren; Ricky, Shauna, David, Christine, Kim, Ronnie, Billy, Melissa, Bobby and Cherilyn, 16 great-grandchildren, sister; Sister Joyce Martin Nalewaik of Buffalo, NY, her cherished dog, Spooky and several nieces and nephews.

Joan Ann is predeceased by her brother, Joseph Nalewaik Jr.

Friends may call on Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in The Gregory F. Doyle Funeral Home, 291 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford.

Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in Saint Ann Church, 501 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford.

Interment will follow in Lawncroft Cemetery, Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the American Cancer Society or to District Animal Control in Woodbridge.  To leave an online condolence, please visit www.gregoryfdoylefuneralhome.com.

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.