Obituary: Lina (Lee) Brookhart, Beloved Grandmother of Allison Johnstone

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Oct 312015

Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 10.58.41 AMLina (Lee) Brookhart passed away after a long illness.

She was married to her husband Robert for 62 years. Lee was employed as a corporate secretary in New Jersey until she and her husband moved to Cape Cod in 1980.

She was the secretary for eleven years at Eastham United Methodist Church. Lee found great enjoyment spending time with her family traveling across the country to visit her children, siblings, nephews and nieces.

Her hobbies included creating works of art with paints and fabrics, making costumes and pursuing creative writing projects. She was fascinated with word play, loved to read her favorite satirists, and breezed through the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzles.

Besides her husband she is survived by three children, Larry Brookhart and his wife Ellen of Harwich, MA, Liane Brookhart of Moss Beach, CA, and Janet Gibbens and her husband Russel of Orleans, MA two brothers Gerald and Emil Calderone in Arizona, a sister Florence Blake of Oregon.

Her grandchildren Derrick Stewart of Orleans, Nashira Glidden and her husband Thomas of Harwich, MA, Elise Tiso and her husband Allessoandro of Trento, Italy, Katherine Eaton of Brewster, MA, Allison Johnstone and her husband Stephen of Orange, CT, Carina, Raina, and Cherissa Woudenberg all of California. Her great grandchildren Elijah Eaton and Paxton Glidden.

Funeral arrangements will be held privately.

For online condolences, visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.

Obituary: Robert “Bob” Marshall, 84, Beloved Husband, Father

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Oct 292015

Robert “Bob” Marshall, 84, of Orange, passed away Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford.

Bob was born May 17, 1931 in Bridgeport where he met his wife Joan (Sabados) Marshall. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and continued to remain close with the friends he made during his service.

He spent most of his life in Fairfield married to the love of his life, Joan. They celebrated their 60th Anniversary on May 28 of this year. Bob enjoyed spending time listening to country western music, going out to lunch with his family, sipping on red wine and drinking Smithwich’s.

Horseshoes were his game of choice, and he was an excellent water-skier in his younger days. He traveled by car with his wife to all but four states, his favorite location being Nashville, TN where he was able to celebrate his 80th birthday.

Bob also enjoyed talking about the birds on the telegraph pole and always let his friends and family know if he thought they deserved a prize for doing something great. Bob was the ultimate practical joker, something he learned from watching his favorite Stooge, Curly, and absolutely never backed down from a challenge.

Bob was especially helpful in the kitchen cutting vegetables into perfect cubes for his wife to make delicious meals with. He was more stubborn than a mule and never asked for help but that didn’t stop him from truly loving his family.

Bob leaves behind his beloved wife Joan of Orange; his only daughter Deborah Weh of Stratford, CT, his three grandchildren: Heather Weh (Stink) of Dallas, TX, Eric Weh (Numbnuts) and his wife Katie of Wauwatosa, WI, and Leah Weh (Lulu) of Stratford, his brother Howie Marshall and wife Joanne, a nephew and two nieces.

There will be no calling hours and services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the USO: www.uso.org/donate or to the Wounded Warrior Project: www.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate The Adzima Funeral Home 50 Paradise Green Place Stratford has been entrusted with arrangements.

To leave an online condolence visit www.adzimafuneralhome.com

Obituary: Rudolph (Rudy) R. Ruotolo 85, Beloved Father Of Ronald Ruotolo, Orange Lion

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Oct 112015

Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 11.06.04 PMRudolph (Rudy) R. Ruotolo 85, of Orange, entered into eternal rest on Oct. 8, 2015.

Rudy was born December 20, 1929 in New Haven, son of Crescenzo and Rose Libero Ruotolo. Beloved husband of 59 years to the late Elizabeth (Betty) Bevilacqua Ruotolo.

Rudy was a member of Local 777 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union and worked for Buckingham Routh Co. He was also owner of Mechanical Service, Inc. for 20 years when he semi-retired. He continued to work with his son until just recently.

Rudy was a member of the Orange Lions Club where he was a past president, treasurer and Lion Tamer. He also was a recipient of the Ambassador of Sight Award and Melvin Jones Fellow; the highest award to be given to a Lion.

Rudy was a member of West Cove Marina where he spent many hours on his boat “Pipe Dream.” Many knew Rudy over the years as Mr. Fix-it.

He was an avid NY Yankees, Giants and Rangers fan. He was deeply loved by many and will be missed.

Loving and cherished father of Ronald (Laurie) Ruotolo of Orange, Roseann (Thomas) Guidone of Hamden, and Regina (Joseph) Archazki of Naples, FL. Grandfather of Nicole and Derek Perigard, Jennifer, Brett and Leah Ciancola, Chelsea (Michael) Castelot, Danielle Ruotolo and Dakota Bouve. Great-grandfather of Kyle Fennelly and Parker Castelot.

Brother of Orlando, Lawrence, Theresa and Renaldo Ruotolo. Predeceased by two brothers; Louis Ruotolo Sr. and Crescenzo Ruotolo. Uncle to many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. Samuel Geller and the staff at Connecticut Hospice for their exceptional care of our loved one.

Friends may call at the Porto Funeral Home, 830 Jones Hill Rd. West Haven, Monday from 5-8 p.m.

His funeral procession will leave the funeral home on Tuesday morning at 9:30.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 10:00. Interment will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd. Branford, CT 06405.

Sign Rudy’s guestbook online at www.portofuneralhomes.net 

Obituary: Anna Mary Caldaroni Lisi, 94, Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Devout Christian

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Aug 202015

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 4.14.55 PMAnna Mary Caldaroni Lisi of Trumbull, 94, died in her sleep on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Daughter of the late Antonio and Dora Corso Caldaroni, she was born on January 20, 1921 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

She retired from Metropolitan Life and also spent many years as a hairdresser. She was a faithful member of Holy Rosary Church in Bridgeport, and held leadership roles in the Holy Rosary Society and the St. Theresa’s Guild.

She was also a longtime member of the Mother Cabrini Council of the Columbiettes. Prayer and mass attendance was a consistent part of Anna’s life, attending mass just about every day, and via EWTN when her health prevented attending in person.

She also volunteered her time generously for many years and for several causes, and received the US Presidential Award for Volunteerism.

She enjoyed lobster, celebrating family events, playing cards and bingo, and vacation cruises with her “man,” Edward A. Lisi, who predeceased her. Together they shared a 63-year marriage.

She leaves her devoted children: Ann and Michael Purr of Stone Mountain, Georgia and their children: Ann Marie and Michael Martin; Edward and Margherita Lisi of Orange, Connecticut and their children: Kate, Marc, Juliana, and her husband, Patrick Carter; Dominic and Robin Lisi of Trumbull, Connecticut and their children: Pamela and Diana, and her husband, Harry Shyket.

She also leaves her 1-year old great grandson, Dylan Dominic Shyket, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by eleven brothers and sisters, including: Josephine Minaudo, Gussie, Dora, Mary, Frank (Sharkey), Thomas (Timmy), Nick (Gee), Joseph (Pepo), Salvatore, Giovanni, and Anthony (Toto) Caldaroni.

Relatives and friends may call on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull.

Funeral services will take place Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. from the funeral home, and at 10:00 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church, 365 East Washington Avenue, Bridgeport for a Mass of Christian Burial.

Interment will follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery, 2205 Stratford Ave., Stratford.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew Academy, 395 Anton Street, Bridgeport, CT 06606 for The Anna and Edward Lisi Scholarship.

To leave an online condolence, visit www.abriola.com 

Obituary: Anthony “Tony” Moccia, 92, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother

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Aug 192015

Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 1.36.01 PMAnthony “Tony” Moccia, 92, husband of 66 years to Pearl Elia Moccia and resident of Orange, entered into eternal rest Aug. 18, 2015.

He was born April 1, 1923 in Derby, son of the late Carmine and Anne Storiale Moccia.

He worked as a tool & die maker for Avco Co. in Stratford and was a parishioner of Holy Infant Church in Orange. Tony also was a member of the Knights of Columbus, as well as the Orange, Milford, Ansonia & Derby Senior Centers.

In addition to his wife, he leaves to cherish his memory, children, Paul Moccia (Gerrie) of Lansdale, PA., Carmine Moccia of Maui, Hawaii, Robert Moccia of Key West, FL., Richard Moccia (Teri) of Bridgeport, Christine Moccia of Orange and John & Paula Moccia, his brother Mario Moccia (Pat) of Orange, sister Delores Moore of Shelton, 7 grandchildren & 1 great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by his son, David Moccia & sister, Jennie D’Amico. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

The Jenkins King & Malerba Funeral Home, 12 Franklin St., Ansonia, has been privileged with the arrangements. (www.jenkinskingfh.com)

In lieu of flowers, donations in Tony’s memory may be made to The Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, 20 York Street, New Haven, CT 06510.

Obituary: Effie Davis, 88, Beloved Grandmother of William Cain, Jr.

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Aug 172015

effie davisEffie Davis, 88 of Bridgeport entered into eternal rest Friday, August 14, 2015 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

Born in Florence, SC to the late Ettiefine Cain, Effie has resided in Bridgeport for the past fifty-eight years.

In addition to her parents, her husband William Davis, and three sons, Dennis Davis, Willie Cain and Phillip Davis predeceased her. She leaves to cherish her memory a cousin, Eddie Joe Jackson of Bridgeport; five grandchildren, William Cain, Jr., of Orange, Tiffany Cain-Edmonds, Brandon Cain and Stacey Cain all of VA and Malisa Bush of Bridgeport; thirteen great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Friends are invited to the viewing Tuesday from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home, 25 Margaret E. Morton Lane, Bridgeport.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 7:00 p.m. at Morton’s Mortuary, Inc., with Pastor Marco Pulumbo, officiating.

Interment will be private.

See www.mortonsmortuary.com

Obituary: Roy M Staehly, 93, Brother of Carolyn Staehly, WWII Veteran

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Aug 162015

19503e65a10cd322a52179ddb1413bafRoy M. Staehly, 93, of East Haddam beloved husband of Jeanne (Kullberg) Staehly died Tuesday August 11, 2015 at Chestelm Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Roy was born in New Haven, the son of the late Emil and Rose (Richards) Staehly. Roy and his brother owned an apple orchard. He enjoyed the outdoors and his vegetable garden.

Roy was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Army at the battle of the Bulge with the 11th Armor Division.

Besides his wife, Jeanne, Roy is survived by two daughters, Joan Durel and her husband Harold of Florida, Linda Staehly of Massachusetts, a son, Paul Staehly and his wife Jennifer of East Haddam, a sister, Carolyn Staehly of Orange, two grandchildren, Shannon Staehly of Cincinnati, OH and Mason Staehly of East Haddam.

He was predeceased by a brother Emil Staehly, two sisters, Doris Shellman and Lorraine Ziman.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St. Middletown.

Friends may gather prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to East Haddam Ambulance Assoc., P.O. Box 17, Moodus, CT 06469.

To share memories or express condolences online visit www.biegafuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Lesley Intriligator Schpero, 71, Former Orange Resident, Teacher

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Aug 142015

shiva candleLesley Intriligator Schpero, 71, currently of Riverdale NY, passed on July 23, 2015, after a two year battle with ovarian cancer.

Previously, she resided in West Hartford CT, Milford CT and Orange CT.

Lesley worked as a public school special education teacher, an elementary school teacher, a paralegal and an editor.

She held a BA degree from Tufts University, specializing in Early Childhood Education, and a M.Ed. degree in Special Education from Southern CT University.

She is survived by her sister Dr. Barbara Intriligator of West Hartford CT, her daughter Dr. Tracy Fitzpatrick of Riverdale NY and her son Michael Schpero of Raleigh NC. Lesley was a loving sister, mother and grandmother who adored her grandchildren: David and Josh Fitzpatrick; and Maya, Chelsea and Brody Schpero.

A remembrance service will be held on September 3 at the Riverdale Temple (4545 Independence Ave, Bronx NY) at 3 pm.

Donations in her name may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund located in New York NY ([email protected]).

To share a memory with her family, visit Lesley’s tribute page on the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s website

Obituary: Margaret (Peggy) McHugh Sullivan, 96, Sister of Kathryn R. Macare

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Aug 112015

Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 3.15.47 AMMargaret Mary McHugh Sullivan, a longtime resident of West Haven and former teacher, passed away on August 6, 2015. Margaret (Peggy) was born in New Haven, June 28, 1919. She was predeceased by her parents, Edward Dinnan and Mary Mullen Reynolds, and her brother Edward James (Rita Kelley and Joan Fonatine Riley) Reynolds, of Norwich.

Peg married Mortimer (Buddy) Sullivan after her husband, Stephen J. McHugh was killed in action in Italy during World War II.

She leaves behind her sister Kathryn R. Macare, of Orange, her son, Stephen J. McHugh, of West Haven, her beloved niece, Gail McHugh Egan, also of West Haven, along with many nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to her longtime caregivers, Laurie Easdon, Calcian Anderson, and Susanne Bocco.

Peg graduated from Hillhouse High School in New Haven, and later from New Haven State Teachers College (now Southern Connecticut State University) in 1940 with a Bachelor of Education Degree.

She reitired in 1980 from the Savin Rock Community School after teaching at the old Noble Street School for many years. Aside from her teaching, Peg was active in civic affairs. She was a lifetime member of the St. Theresa Guild of St. Lawrence Church, a past president of the New Haven Ladies Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles as well as past president of the Columbian Ladies of the West Haven Knights of Columbus, Father Curtin Council.

She belonged to the West Haven Retired Teachers Association and, for many years with her college friend Lorraine Vozzo, served on the Board of Directors of the W. H. Teachers Federal Credit Union.

During the summers she visited Mexico, Canada, and Ireland, as well as a trip to China with another college friend, Pat Herbert. With her Savin Rock colleagues, Cape Cod was a favorite destination.

Peg was an avid reader and also loved to garden. Above all else, she enjoyed her life’s work, teaching her second graders.

The funeral was Monday at St. Lawrence Church at 11:00. Burial in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

Donations in Peggy’s memory may be made to the Office of Radio & Television, 16 Peach Orchard Road, Prospect, CT 06712.

Condolences may be expressed online.

Obituary: Guy Gary Geiger, 83, Beloved Father of Guy Geiger Army Veteran

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Aug 072015

Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 3.19.06 PMGuy Gary Geiger, age 83, of Concordia, KS. Born April 26, 1932, in New Milford, CT. Died on July 7, 2015, at the Mount Joseph Senior Village, Concordia, KS. Death was due to Alzheimer’s and complications from diabetes.

Guy was born to the deceased Mary (Smith) Geiger and deceased John Joseph Geiger, the youngest of five children. He is pre deceased by Jim, Harrison, Gertrude and Peggy.

He is survived by his wife, Javene Marie (Plucar) Geiger and their two children, Guy Gregory Geiger of Orange, CT., and Pamela Marie Dupas of Nanticoke, MD. His grand-children, Justin Geiger and Darcey (Adam Wunker) and one great-grand-child, Asha Wunker.

Guy served in the US Army from 1951 to 1954, he was stationed in Korea for the Korean War where he was a heavy-mortar-man in the 45th Infantry Division, 179th Infantry Regiment. He earned the Combat Infantryman Badge. Upon return to America he was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas where he met his future wife, Javene Plucar. They were married July 17, 1954 in New Milford, CT.

Guy first worked at the Robinson Beachery, then went to work for the A&P Grocery Stores July 1954, where he remained employed until April 26, 1997. With his retirement after 43 years of service he was the Meat Department Manager at the Bridgeport, New Milford and Danbury A&P stores. After retirement he worked part-time at the Northville General Store.

Guy was a Life member of the New Milford VW Post # 1672; a member of Lake Candlewood Power Squadron in the 1970’s and 80’s and enjoyed boating. He was also a certified scuba-diver. Those who knew Guy will remember his great sense of humor and ability to enjoy great practical jokes!

Funeral arrangements will be made with Nutter Funeral Home in Concordia, KS. His remains will be placed in the National Bohemian Cemetery in Cuba, KS.

Donations to Guy’s memory may be made to the http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ or Alzheimer’s Research.