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Obituary: Margaret “Peggy” Scharer-Esposito, 76, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Sep 232016

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-2-46-36-pmMargaret “Peggy” Scharer-Esposito, 76, of Orange, passed away peacefully on Saturday September 17, 2016 at Masonicare after a courageous battle with cancer and ALS.

Peggy was born in Pittsfield, MA to the late Leo and Maryon Comalli.

She is survived by her beloved sons, John (Mary Beth) Scharer and Peter (Shawnee) Scharer; stepsons, Mark Esposito and his partner Tish Jacobson, and David (Sue) Esposito. Peggy is also survived by her grandchildren, Alex Scharer, Katie Esposito, Anthony Esposito and goddaughter Susan Chapman Hayes. She was predeceased by her husbands, Anthony F. Esposito and Thomas Wallace.

Peggy was a homemaker while her sons were growing up. She volunteered in her son’s activities including being a Cub Scout den mother, being active in the PTA and with their local swim team. After her son’s became adults, she worked for Lord and Taylor as a Sales Associate until she retired. She received the “white rose” designation by Lord and Taylor for her customer service and sales skills.

Peggy was an avid reader, enjoyed opera and was a flower and herb gardener. She always recognized loved ones on their birthday as well as wedding anniversaries. She was famous for calling family members on their birthday and singing the Happy Birthday song. She loved planning special dinners for family and friends birthday parties, and was known for her creative stocking stuffers for her family at Christmas.

Upon retirement she enjoyed studying European history and philosophy. When she moved to her senior living apartment at Silverbrook Estates she presided over the weekly rosary and prayer group.

Special thanks go out to Stacey Ricca of the ALS Foundation, Dr. Charles Whitaker of the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain who took great care of Peggy after she was diagnosed with ALS and the entire staff at Masonicare.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Peggy’s funeral service on Saturday September 24, 2016 at 10:30am at BEECHER & BENNETT-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave., West Haven.

Visitation will take place from 9:30am until the time of the service. Entombment will follow in the Garden Mausoleum in St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven.

Memorial donations in Peggy’s name may be made to the ALS Foundation, c/o Stacey Ricca, 4 Oxford Rd., Unit E4, Milford, CT 06460. To share a condolence with Peggy’s family, visit www.beecherandbennett.com.

Obituary: Craig Peter Dedman, 74, Beloved Husband, Former Amity Athlete

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Sep 212016

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-12-46-30-amCraig Peter Dedman, husband of Barbara O’Brien Dedman, died on September 16, 2016, at The Connecticut Hospice in Branford, the culmination of a nine-year battle against cancer.

Born in Middletown, Connecticut on May 6, 1942, son of the late John and Louise Dedman, he grew up in Orange and attended Amity High School, where he excelled at golf, swimming, and football, and developed many lifelong friendships.

He attended the University of Pennsylvania and Southern Connecticut State College, where he was a member of the golf and swimming teams.

He spent most of his advertising career working for SNET Yellow Pages.

Craig was a longtime parishioner of St. Rose of Lima in Meriden, where he served the church and its former school in several capacities, including treasurer and president of the Home and School Association, president of the Parish Council, Eucharistic minister, assistant coach to the CYO basketball team, CCD instructor, and for the last 25 years has been a devoted member of the church choir, the ranks of which comprise many of his and Barbara’s dearest friends. He also gave himself to volunteering on the behalf of individual parishioners and members of the community who were in need.

Craig remained an avid golfer, and loved a good game of cribbage or chess, UConn basketball, Notre Dame football, the writings of Thomas Merton, and all things Irish.

Besides his wife Barbara he is survived by two sons, Peter and his wife Suzanne Sanders of Brooklyn, New York and grand-son Zen; and Timothy and his wife Allison Tuohy of West Orange, New Jersey and grand-daughter Finley. Craig is also survived by his younger brother, Jim and Jim’s wife Laurel Dedman of Waterbury.

In addition, he leaves sisters-in-law Stephania Dedman, Pat (Margaret) O’Brien, Margaret and her husband Robert Gillard, and Linda and her husband Tom Warwick; brothers-in-law and their wives Terry and Pat O’Brien, Jeremiah and Belena O’Brien, Dennis and Kay O’Brien, and Kevin and Judy O’Brien; and more than two dozen nieces and nephews in whom he took great joy and pride. Craig was predeceased by older brothers Jonathan and David, and brother in-law Raymond O’Brien.

Friends may call at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main Street, Meriden on Thursday, September 22, from 4-8 p.m.

The funeral will be held on Friday, September 23 at 9:15 am from the funeral home and at 10am at St. Rose of Lima Church, 35 Center Street, Meriden for a Mass of Christian Burial.

Burial will be at Orange Center Cemetery, Route 152, Orange Center Road, Orange, CT.

Should friends desire, contributions in Craig’s memory may be made to SMILOW Cancer Center, Office of Development, Yale New Haven Hospital, PO Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508-9979.


Obituary: Gail I Smith, 73, Beloved Mother Of Maria Sullivan

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Sep 192016

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-2-01-20-pmGail I. Smith, 73, of New York, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 12, 2016.
She was pre-deceased by her parents, Wilbur (Mable) Harris.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Laramie, daughters, Lisa (Miguel) Jimarez, Phoenix, AZ., Maria ( Tom) Sullivan, Orange, CT., Shannon Smith, Binghamton, NY., grandchildren; Ryan, Jared, and Megan. Also, survived by her sisters and brothers; Richard, Beverly, Shirley, Austin, Lucille, Kenneth, Harold, Carlton, Ken Harris, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Gail was a lifetime member of Countryside Christian Chapel, and a former employee of Broome Community College- retiring after 22 years of service.
The family will receive friends at Countryside Christian Chapel on Saturday September 24, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. until service time at 11:30 a.m.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. from Countryside Christian Chapel, 32 Bull Creek Road, Whitney Point, New York with Reverend Bruce Glazier officiating.
In Lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to: Countryside Christian Chapel, P.O. Box 421, Whitney Point, New York 13862 or a charity of one’s choice . Online condolences can be made at WWW.SUNSETMEMORIALSERVICES.COM. Arrangements are in the care of James Shara.

Obituary: Mary Ellen (Phelan) Raccuia, 57, Formerly of Orange

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Sep 172016

ct0043472-1_20160915Mary Ellen (Phelan) Raccuia, 57, of Woodbridge, beloved wife to John F. Raccuia, passed away on Tuesday, September, 13, 2016.

Mary was born on February 14, 1959 in Concord, New Hampshire, to Joseph and Geraldine (Foran) Phelan, the fourth of eight children.

She grew up in Milford, matriculating to Foran High School as a member of the school’s first freshman class, and graduated in 1977. Mary received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University in 1981, and later obtained a master’s degree in Education from Central Connecticut State University.

Shortly after graduating from Southern, Mary met John F. Raccuia. The couple married in August, 1983, and made their home in Orange, and later in Woodbridge, raising three children: Daniel, 30, of West Hartford; Thomas, 28, and Caroline, 25, both of New York City.

After an early career in the cable broadcasting industry, Mary returned to Foran High to teach Television Production, Video Production, and Photography courses. She also taught at Jonathan Law High School. After fifteen years in the Milford system, she accepted a position as a library media specialist at Trumbull High School, and spent the last three years instilling her lifelong love of reading in students.

Mary’s greatest love was her family. She enjoyed entertaining in her home, especially hosting large family gatherings at holidays. Mary loved traveling, both domestically and in Europe. Her favorite trips were annual summer outings to Cape Cod.

She loved to read; she had a voracious appetite for books, including classic and contemporary literature, and even enjoyed the young adult novels favored by her students. Mary was a longtime parishioner at Holy Infant Church, and later at Our Lady of the Assumption Church.

Mary is predeceased by her father, her sister Julie Hayes, her mother-in-law Dolores (Block) Raccuia, and her brother-in-law, Edward Raccuia.

In addition to her loving husband of 33 years and her three children, she is survived by her mother; her sisters Martha Hayes (David Gawarecki) of New Haven, and Sally Algiere (Michael) of Durham; her brothers Joseph Phelan, Daniel Phelan (Theresa), Timothy Phelan (Cindy), and Matthew Phelan (Stacey), all of Milford.

Her surviving in-laws include Hugo Raccuia of Orange; Nancy Moule of Hamden; Stephen Raccuia (Elizabeth) of Trumbull; Sally Gibbard (Doug) of Nanaimo, B.C.; Lisa Hansen of West Haven; Mark Raccuia (Kirsten) of Penang, Malaysia; and Ken Hayes of Milford. Finally, she is survived by dozens of nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Friends and family may call on Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, September, 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 81 Center Rd., Woodbridge (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH).

Interment to follow at Orange Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital . To leave online condolences,    visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Walter Antonelli, 90, Beloved Brother of Amneris DiReinzo

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Sep 172016

1138818400Walter Antonelli, 90, beloved husband of Georgiana LaVorgna Antonelli, of West Haven, passed away September 15, 2016 in Milford Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Loving father of Alan (Peggy) Antonelli and Diane (Paul) Koval, all of North Haven. Cherished grandfather of John Antonelli and Bradley Koval, both of North Haven.

Born in New Haven, May 23, 1926, son of the late Averardo and Louisa Bologninni Antonelli. Brother of Pierina Antonetti of West Haven and Amneris DiReinzo of Orange.

Prior to his retirement, Walter worked for the former City Printing and Northeast Graphics for many years. He was a member of the West Haven Italian American Club and the Marchegian Club.

His funeral procession will leave the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven, Monday morning at 10:30.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Victory Church at 11:00. Interment will follow in Beaverdale Memorial Park, Hamden.

Friends may call SUNDAY from 4:00-7:00 PM. Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Lung Assn., 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108 or CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd, Branford, CT 06405.

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Obituary: Alfred Giovannini, 92, Beloved Father of Maria Giovannini, Veteran

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Sep 122016

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-11-59-57-amAlfred Giovannini, 92, of Orange and formerly of West Haven and New Haven, passed into eternal rest on September 5, 2016 with his devoted daughter by his side. Alfred was born in New Haven on November 1, 1923 to the late Giuseppe and Maria Sante Giovannini.

Alfred served as a Staff Sergeant with the United States Army Air Force from 1943-1946 with the 464th Fighter Squadron, where he inspected, repaired and maintained P47’s.  He was educated in the military at the Airplane Mechanic School at Roosevelt Field in New York.

Following his discharge he was employed by Sikorsky Aircraft for over 30 years. During this employment he traveled the world repairing and testing the performance of helicopters in extreme weather conditions; most notably, the Black Hawk.  One of his most memorable project locations was Viet Nam, where he completed three assignments during the Viet Nam War.  

Alfred was an enthusiastic golfer and beach lover.  Upon retirement, he spent many winter months in West Palm Beach, Florida.  His favorite vacation spot was Bermuda.

Alfred leaves behind his a daughter, Maria Angela Giovannini of Orange, and grandson, Steven Michael Turbert Jr. of West Haven. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his two sisters, Anne Vinci and Vera Giovannini, and two brothers, Fredrick Giovannini and Donald Gray.

There were no visiting hours

Funeral was at St. Anthony’s Church, 70 Washington Avenue, New Haven on Friday morning, September 9, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. followed by committal services with full military honors immediately following in All Saints Cemetery. The North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue has been entrusted with the

Obituary: Estelle Malone Marren, 87, Former Teacher, BOE Member

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Sep 112016

screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-6-53-11-pmEstelle Malone Marren, 87, beloved wife of the late Mark Thomas Marren, passed peacefully into eternal rest on Thursday, September 8, at St Raphael’s Campus, Yale New Haven Hospital. In New Haven.

Born on July 12, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Susan and Patrick Malone.

Stelle was a graduate of St Francis School, Larson College (now Quinnapiac) and New Haven Teachers’ College (now Southern Connecticut State University). She was a teacher of kindergarten and first grade in the Orange School System for many years  until her retirement.

She served as a member of the Orange Board of Education and was a devoted volunteer for the Orange Democratic Committee. She was a long time member of the Paugussett Club and the Ownego Club.

Friends may call on Wednesday, September 14 from 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at the Cody- White Funeral Home on the Green in Milford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road.

Memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice and Palliative Care, VNA, 680 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484.

Obituary: Paul D. Martanis, 51, Beloved Partner, Local Hairdresser

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Sep 112016

screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-3-43-54-pmPaul D. Martanis, 51, of Orange, beloved partner of Takashi “Tak” Yoshikawa, with whom he shared a 20 year marriage commitment, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, September 8, 2016 after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Bridgeport, November 5, 1964, Paul was a graduate of Jonathan Law High School and State Academy of Hairdressing. He was a hairdresser for thirty years and was employed at Picasso Hair Art in Orange.

In addition to Tak, he is survived by his parents Paul “Sonny” and Bridget (Salvaggio) Martanis; brother, Michael Martanis and his wife Dawn of Florida and two sisters, Dallas and Sydney Stephen of Milford. He also leaves behind his faithful dogs, Dudley and Coco.

He is predeceased by his sister, Nicole Stephen; paternal grandparents, John and Sophie Martanis and maternal grandparents, Frank and Mary Jane Salvaggio.

Visitation will be Monday, September 12, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the William R. McDonald Funeral Home, 2591 Main St. Stratford.

Friends are invited to attend his funeral on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. from the funeral home and at 9:00 a.m. in St. James Church, Stratford, CT for a Mass of Christian Burial.

Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery, Orange, CT.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Patty Farnham, Angela Stone, and Season’s Hospice, especially Yolanda, Ashley J., Mary, Erika and Ashley C. for their excellent care of Paul.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paul’s memory to either Smile Train (cleft palate), P.O. Box 96231, Washington, DC 20090-6231, smiletrain.org or Season’s Hospice, 1579 Straits Tnpk., Unit I-E, Middlebury, CT 06762-1835, seasonsfoundation.org.

Obituary: Maria Bullitt Miller, 99, Beloved Mother of Five

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Sep 102016

screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-9-00-59-pmMaria Bullitt Miller, 99, of Orange, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2016.
She is predeceased by her husband of sixty years Henry Forster Miller, her siblings:Dorothy Bullitt Brinley, Mary Bullitt Mueller, Jean Bullitt Reeves, Logan Mcknight Bullitt III, and George Roberts Bullitt.
She was born Maria Stockton Bullitt in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania on November 27, 1916 to Dorothy Roberts and Logan McKnight Bullitt. She grew up in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, where her mother founded and owned the Dorothy R. Bullitt Shops in Chestnut Hill and on the Main Line.
Maria attended Ravenhill Academy and Springside School; The Convent of the Sacred Heart at Noroton in Connecticut; and the Philadelphia School of Art where she studied dress design. She then married Henry Forster Miller of New York City, on April 6, 1942.
In 1948 the couple built their house in Orange, CT where they raised five children. (The house, designed by Henry as his Master of Architecture thesis project at Yale, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places) and spent their summers in Nonquitt, Mass.
She is survived by her children: Maria Stockton Miller, husband Kailash Bahadur of Toronto, ON; Andrew Miller of Norman, OK, wife Elizabeth Shafnacker Miller (deceased); Dorothy Bullitt Miller Heard, husband William of Rockville, MD; Steven Miller, Los Angeles, CA; and Henry Miller, Jr., of Hamden, CT. Also survived by seven grandchildren: Evan Swain Miller (1980), Faye Ann Hatheway Miller (1982), Jay Narain Forster Bahadur (1984), Jessica Hall (1984), William Augustin Heard, IV (1987), Jared Narain Stockton Bahadur (1989), Emily Miller Heard (1992).
For more than 34 years Maria volunteered at New Haven’s Community Soup Kitchen, served as the first non-clergy president, and was honored, in 2014, for her many years of service.
She was an active member of the Garden Club of New Haven, winning numerous awards for her flower arrangements and leadership. She also was a member of the North End Club and Friends of the Lighthouse Park Carousel, Maria was also a founding member of the Citizens Park Council of Greater New Haven.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.
BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden is in care of the arrangements. Memorial contributions in Maria’s name may be sent to the New Haven Garden Club P.O. Box 6197, Hamden, Connecticut 06517.
To send a condolence to her family or to see her obituary on-line, visit: www.beecherandbennett.com

Sept. 10 Memorial Service for Leslie J. Hoffman, 95

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Sep 092016

obitLeslie J. Hoffman, 95, a longtime resident of Orange and beloved husband of the late Muriel Hoffman, passed away peacefully on August 19, 2016. He was born on December 19, 1920 to the late Leslie A. and Ruby Belle Culver 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.

The family has been compassionately cared for by the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

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