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Obituary: Joann (Ioanna) Stavrides, 71, Beloved Wife, Mother

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Dec 092018
 

Joann (Ioanna) Stavrides fell asleep in the Lord on December 4, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was 71. She was born Giannula Tsakiridou in Polykastro, Kilkis, Greece to Anastasio and Androniki Tsakirides (Maghnisali). At the age of 24, after a brief correspondence, she met and married Steven Stavrides, and immigrated to the United States of America.

Joann had three sons, Angelo, Peter, and Andrew. Never receiving formal education in the United States, she learned the language and became a U.S. Citizen, she was very proud of that accomplishment. She owned and operated, along with her husband, the East Rock Confectionary Store in New Haven for many years. What she loved most was being a Mother and Grandmother. She was strong-minded but made friends quickly. She also loved making her home warm and inviting to all.

Joann loved to have family get-togethers where she would prepare elaborate meals and made sure no one left hungry or without extra food to take home with them. She enjoyed knitting blankets for her family and friends. Keeping people she loved fed and warm was a priority of hers.

She especially enjoyed traveling to Greece. In the last several years of her life, she would spend summers back in her childhood home in Polykastro, making improvements and additions to it. She enjoyed the time there with her family and friends. Joann loved her Greek heritage and was always very proud of it. She let everyone who met her know about this.

Joann was a longtime member of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, and was a member of the Philopticos Society and had also served on the Parish Council. She loved being a part of the community of St. Barbara.

Joann was predeceased by her parents, a granddaughter, Andreana Stavrides, and a nephew, Georgios Georgiades. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Steven Stavrides, of North Haven, CT, sons Angelo (Janet) Stavrides, of Cheshire, CT, Peter Stavrides, of Virginia Beach, VA, and Andrew (Joanna) Stavrides, of Northford, CT. She leaves behind three grandchildren which she loved more than words can explain, Sophia, Nicholas, and Eva Stavrides. Joann also leaves behind a sister-in-law, Helen Piperas of Hamden, CT, a Goddaughter Irina Tsilfoglou of Wallingford, CT, and many nieces and nephews.

In Greece, she leaves behind her brothers Demetrious Tsakerides, and his wife Sophia, Panagoitis Tsakerides and his wife Eleni, and a sister Eleftheria Georgiades. She also leaves behind in Greece many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, along with many other extended family and friends.

Friends may visit at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT on the evening of Sunday, December 9, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A funeral service will take place at the church on Monday, December 10, 2018, beginning at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery, in North Haven. To leave a condolence please visit www.celentanofuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Michael F. Torello, 48, Beloved Son Of Thomas and Elinor Torello

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Dec 022018
 

Michael F. Torello, 48, of Steamboat Springs, CO, formerly of Orange, CT passed away suddenly at home Nov. 29, 2018.

He is survived by his parents Thomas and Elinor, sister Kathryn Torello/Korpi (Andrew) of Utah, former wife Erin and Teddy his pride and joy.

Mike was born in New Haven, CT on July 10, 1970. He graduated Amity High School and Lehigh University. He was an avid skier and passionate and a talented chef in many restaurants in Steamboat. He loved to read, dogs, New York Yankees, and Pittsburgh Steelers, and living in the mountains.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Name Church at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3 in Steamboat.

In lieu of flowers, a gofundme account has been set up in the name Teddy Torello. www.gofundme.com.

Obituary: John Powers McGill, 92, Beloved Father, Grandfather

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Nov 162018
 

John Powers McGill, 92, passed away peacefully at his home in Orange, CT on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Born at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Dorchester, Boston on April 28, 1926, he first resided in the Bronx with his parents Charles and Colette and in later years in Fairfield, CT, joined by his sister, Martha.

After graduating from high school at age 17, John joined the Navy, where he served as a submariner from 1943 to 1946, and then went on to UConn, where he met the love of his life, Marcia McGill. They were married for 57 years until her death in November 2008. After graduating in 1951 as an economics major, John worked at Sikorsky Aircraft where he sold everything but the aircraft itself until he retired in 1989.

In his free time, John followed his love of the sea and was an avid small boat sailor who spent many hours navigating harbors from Maine to the Carolinas with Marcia and their friends.

After he retired from Sikorsky, John was a tireless advocate for mental health care, in particular through his involvement with Bridges Healthcare as a board member who filled many roles. Most of all, John loved to spend time with his family and friends, listening to their stories and telling his own, listening to music, dancing and discussing politics.

He is survived by his three children, David (Peggy), Sarah (James Silberstein) and Paula; his five grandchildren; his four great-grandchildren; his sister, Martha Thornley; and many nieces and nephews.

All services will be private. In lieu of flowers, his family welcomes donations to Bridges Healthcare, 949 Bridgeport Ave., Milford, CT 06460 or at www.bridgesct.org.

The family is being cared for by CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME. To leave online condolences,  visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Anita Pol, 92, Beloved Wife, Mother, Town Treasure

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Nov 142018
 

Anita De Mio Pol, 92, beloved wife of Elfo Pol of Orange passed away November 10, 2018, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Loving mother of Raymond Pol of Orange, Kenneth (Linda) Pol of Meriden, Lawrence Pol of New Haven, Andrew Pol of Milford, Michael (Laura) Pol of Onset, MA and Daniel (Laura Schumann) Pol of Washington, DC.
Anita was born in Caviola, Italy on November 27, 1925, a daughter of the late Augusto and Virginia Fenti De Mio. She is also survived by a brother Dante De Mio of Colorado Springs, CO, 7 cherished grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
Anita emigrated from Italy at the age of 12.  She spoke no English when she immigrated, but by the time she graduated high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society.  Prior to the birth of her children, Anita worked as an electrical engineer at US Motors.
After successfully raising her 6 boys, she returned to the workforce, entering public service for the town of Orange.  She held many posts, most notably as Tax Collector, a position she was elected to several times.  Anita made lifelong friends through her work and many community activities, volunteering at the Orange Fireman’s Carnival and Country Fair, the American Legion Auxiliary, and playing bridge.
Friends may call Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the Porto Funeral Home, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven.
Her funeral procession will leave the Funeral Home on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship Fund, 630 Grassy Hill Road, Orange, CT 06477 or Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT 06477.

Obituary: Sidney Alan Griffith, 94, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Nov 072018
 

Sidney Alan Griffith, 94, died on Thursday, November 1, 2018. He was predeceased by his parents, Mabelle Perkins Griffith and Franklin D. Griffith; brother, Irving Griffith; sister, Charlotte Griffith Bailey; and two brothers who died in infancy. He was born in Wyoming, New York on October 2, 1924.

Sid was a veteran and very proud to have served his country. In 1942, he was drafted for World War II. Following training in Fort Leonard Wood and Fort Breckinridge, he went overseas aboard the Aquitania unescorted and zig-zagging to Scotland. As a member of the 75th Artillery Division, he took part in the Battle of the Budge, serving under Patton. Discharged in 1946, he attended Alfred Tech, graduating in 1949.

On April 8, 1950, he married Jean K. Green from Florida, NY, having met her while she was attending Geneseo State College. Inseparable, he spoke of his wife as the love of his life and referred to her as his bride. With a degree in heating and air-conditioning, Sid moved to Endicott, NY to work for Northrup Supply where he stayed throughout his career. Before retiring he was in the position of President. He received an award from the PHCC (Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors) and the Lion’s Club Melvin Jones Fellow Award for dedicated humanitarian services.

Sid and Jean lived in Binghamton, NY for 66 years prior to moving to Orange, CT in June of 2018. In Binghamton, he was a member of the Broome County Historical Society, Friends of the BC Library, Binghamton Lions Club, and the Roberson and Phelps Mansion Museums. Sid enjoyed traveling, working on home projects and gardening with Jean. He especially enjoyed times spent with his family at their summer cottage on Yankee Lake, NY. Sid and his wife were fond of their church family at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Vestal, NY and have attended Orange Congregational Church since their move in Connecticut.

He is survived by his wife Jean, daughter Karen deFur-Maxwell (William) and son Alan Griffith (Lynn Dunn), grandchildren, Katie deFur Fallon, Nicole deFur Feuerstein (Donald), Leah Griffith and Seth Griffith. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Kristin, Daxton and Makayla Feuerstein and William and Connor Fallon, nieces Joy Griffith Cline (Jim) and Sally Griffith Mariage (Duane), great nieces and nephews and cousins Mary Griffith Weber (Kenneth), Dorothy Doran Zehler and Edward (Natalie) Doran.

A celebration of life service will take place at Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, Orange, CT on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.

The committal service will be held in the Florida, N.Y. cemetery at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be sent to New Hope Presbyterian Church, 1900 Vestal Rd., Vestal, NY 13850. The family has been compassionately cared for by the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

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

Obituary: John E. DeFeo, 59, Orange Native, Beloved Husband, Father, Son, Brother

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Oct 312018
 

John E. DeFeo, 59, of Kinnelon, New Jersey, passed away on October 22, 2018.

John was born and raised in Orange, Connecticut, the son of Robert and Judith DeFeo. John then studied for his law degree while living in New York City, where he met his wife, Margaret and later settled in Kinnelon, where they lived since 2001.

John was a lifelong goofball and loved being the life of the party. Whether joking with old friends, embellishing long stories with new, or telling the same jokes to his family, he could always be counted on to make you laugh.

John also had a lifelong passion for politics. He studied political science in undergrad at Fordham University, attending national conventions, and was later involved in local politics at various times in his life. Later in life he ended up spending most evenings catching up on the day’s events, and could often be found debating good-naturedly with friends and family. 

He was also an avid traveller, and loved exploring new places, visiting all 50 states over the course of his life. He also loved sharing this passion with his family, planning trips all over the U.S. as well as to visit his wife’s family in Ireland most summers.  

John is survived by his devoted family, wife, Margaret and children, Ellen, Paul and Tim; his parents, Robert and Judith DeFeo; his siblings, Robert DeFeo (Dawn), Dave DeFeo, Sue Simone, Mark DeFeo (Aileen) and Steve DeFeo (Pam); his mother in-law, Susan Finnerty; his nieces and nephews, Kevin and Jessica Simone, Brian, Sarah and Daniel DeFeo, Christopher and Robert DeFeo, Will DeFeo, Aoife, Anna, Hugh, and Emily Broderick, Mark, Andrew, and Lucy Finnerty, Catherine and Patrick Finnerty, Hannah and Rosie O’Brien; and his brothers and sisters in-law, Patricia (Tony) Broderick, Enda (Mary) Finnerty, Cormac (Rachael) Finnerty, Susan (J.P.) O’Brien. John was predeceased by his father in-law, Patrick Finnerty and brother-in-law Sandy Simone.

Friends and family visited on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Our Lady of the Magnificat RC Church, Kinnelon. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, Oct. 26, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory can be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Obituary: Wayne Richard Festa, 68, Beloved Brother of Lorraine Roseman

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Oct 302018
 

Wayne Richard Festa, a longtime resident of Branford passed away on Friday, October 26, 2018.

Wayne is the beloved husband of Robin (Dion) Festa. He was born in New Haven, CT on August 28, 1950, son of the late Santo and Mildred (Amato) Festa. Wayne is survived by his daughter Nicole Festa and son-in-law Brian of CO and Wayne S. Festa and daughter-in-law Iris of CT.

Brother of Lois Tortora of Guilford, Lorraine Roseman of Orange and Elaine Pianka of FL and longtime friend Ronnie of CT.

Mr. Festa is a graduate of East Haven High School. Wayne had worked at the family-owned business of C & F Cheese Distributors and served briefly in the Army National Guard. He enjoyed coffee, going to the casinos with his family, coin collecting and anything to do with history

Friends are invited to a Funeral Service at the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St., on Thursday, November 1 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 700 Middletown Ave., North Haven.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, visit www.guilfordfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Dr. William Russell Hunt, 77, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Oct 282018
 

Dr. William Russell Hunt, 77, went home to his Heavenly Father on October 17, 2018, in the comfort of his home, with his family by his side, after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth A. Hunt for 27 years. Dr. Hunt was born in Evansville, Indiana on July 29, 1941, son of the late Harold and Margaret Hunt. Shortly after birth, Dr. Hunt moved to Montana, growing up in Poplar and Wolf Point.

Dr. Hunt received a Bachelor Degree with honors from Harvard University in 1963 and after graduation, he attended Cornell Medical School and received his medical degree with honors in 1967. He then did a residency in Internal Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. Midway through his residency, he was drafted into the Air Force in 1969 where he spent two years fulfilling his military requirements as Medical Director on an Air Force Base. After the military, William returned to Cleveland, Ohio for two years in a Fellowship Program. Once the Fellowship Program ended, he started working at Greenwich Hospital in the Department of Emergency Medicine. William worked at Greenwich Hospital for 32 years, six of them as the Medical Director, before retiring in 2010 due to illness.

William was a voluntary Medical Director of the Greenwich Emergency Medical System for 20 years where he received numerous awards. William was also a volunteer with AmeriCares and spent several weeks on a mission in Kenya, Africa. He cared deeply for the underprivileged and saw everyone as worthy of respect. Upon retirement, his desire was to help the less fortunate by working in the AmeriCares clinics. Unfortunately, his illness kept him from fulfilling that dream.

Dr. Hunt had a heart of gold and always strived to do his best for patients by putting their needs first. Dr. Hunt earned the respect of his Colleagues and Staff at The Greenwich Hospital Emergency Department, but most importantly by the many patients and families he touched and wholeheartedly cared for. Dr. Hunt will forever be remembered for his kind and compassionate spirit. He was a man of great integrity and honor and had a strong work ethic. Dr. Hunt truly lived life to the fullest. He and his wife traveled the world, including a visit to the Holyland twice. He was a prolific reader and loved performing arts. Dr. Hunt was a communicant of Holy Infant Church in Orange for 27 years.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Hunt is survived by his sons, Eric (Heather) and William (Liz) Hunt; stepsons, Daniel (Denise) and Eric (Brandy) D’Ambrosio; two grandchildren, Molly and Tessa, and two step-grandchildren, Brayden and Hadley.  He is also survived by a brother, John Hunt of Plentywood, MT and a sister, Barbara Morris of Yakima, WA.  He was predeceased by a son Mark Hunt and a step-grandchild, Nolan John D’Ambrosio.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Dr. Hunt’s private caregivers, Tiffany and Debbie, his Hospice Aide, Nancy and his Hospice nurse Michelle for the loving and compassionate care given to Dr. Hunt.

His family received friends on Thursday, October 25, at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, October 26, at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange, CT. Interment followed at the Orange Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, 2911 Dixwell Ave., Suite 205, Hamden, CT 06518.

Obituary: Sandra M. Moran, 76, Beloved Wife of Leo Moran

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Oct 272018
 

Sandra M. Moran, 76, of Orange, entered into eternal rest peacefully on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

The daughter of the late Alfred and Ann Gondola Bouteiller, Sandra was born on December 31, 1941, in Derby.

Sandra is survived by her beloved husband Leo T. Moran, her sons Paul (Sue) Moran, Thomas Moran and grandchildren Bailey and Ryan. She also is survived by her twin sister Leela A. Wojczak, nephew Anthony (Mary) Wojczak and niece Wendy Wojczak. Sandra is predeceased by her infant son Leo, Jr. and her brother Alfred Bouteiller.

Upon high school graduation, Sandra became a certified Operation Room Technician and worked at Griffin Hospital for 15 years. Then she worked at the Veteran Hospital in West Palm Beach as a Medical Transcriptionist, which she retired from. She was a huge Red Sox and UCONN Women’s fan. Sandra also loved to travel whenever she could.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, October 28, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. at CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, October 29, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd, Orange, CT. Burial will follow at Orange Center Cemetery, Orange, CT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Orange Volunteer Fire Dept. PO Box 878 Orange, CT 06477, Charter Hose Co. #4 4 Murry St. Ansonia, CT 06401, or Hospice.

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

Obituary: Michael Monroe, 31, Beloved Husband of Caroline Monroe

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Oct 142018
 

Michael William Monroe, 31, was killed in a car accident on September 25, 2018 while on his honeymoon in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Michael made the world a better place with his kindness and sense of humor and will be missed dearly by those who knew him.

Michael leaves behind his beloved wife, Caroline of Orange, parents Charles and Laura Monroe of Akron, OH, sister Caroline Monroe (Nhut Diep) of San Francisco, and his extended Braaksma-McKenna family around the country.

Michael was born and raised in Akron. After graduating from Copley High School in 2005, he earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He trained as a teacher outside Madison and later worked with at-risk students in East Haddam and Hartford, and with autistic adults and youth at Vista Life Innovations in southern Connecticut.

Michael was a kind and loving man, with a witty sense of humor who always had a friendly smile or joke for everyone. In high school, he was very active at Bath United Church of Christ in the youth group and in their Brass Choir. At Copley High School, Michael was on the swim team and played doubles tennis with his lifetime best friend, Nick Hatch. Michael joyfully played trumpet in his high school band and with the University of Wisconsin Marching Band.

Michael was deeply compassionate and with a passion to help those who struggled, which led to his career choices. While in Madison, he volunteered for a community center in Madison and worked at the YMCA as a summer camp counselor and coach. His passions later took him to Connecticut to teach young adults with autism, which is where he met Caroline, the love of his life.

He enjoyed all sports (especially Wisconsin Badger football) and could be found at blockbuster on opening day for every superhero movie. Michael doted on his adopted terrier Monty and lovingly welcomed an Australian Shepherd named Milo when he met Caroline.

After marrying during the summer of 2017 along the shore of Lake Michigan, Michael and Caroline saved for a year for their dream trip to Ireland and loved their time there among its beautiful people and landscapes. The accident occurred in Northern Ireland, and the people there, especially the bereavement group Life After, did everything they could to help Caroline, her mother Aileen McKenna, and brother, Will Braaksma, cope with the tragedy.

For all the support provided by the people of Northern Ireland, our families are very grateful. Michael’s life was enriched and touched by so many amazing people in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Connecticut. We can’t thank them all, but they are in our hearts.

A celebration of life service will be planned for a later date. Those wishing to contribute in his memory are encouraged to make a donation to the Life After Organization of Northern Ireland or choose a favorite charity serving an important need in your local community.