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Obituary: Russell K. Adair, 65, Loving Husband, Father, Friend of Amity Theater Department

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May 052017
 

Russell Kenneth Adair of Bethany, Connecticut, died peacefully in his sleep at home on April 28th. He was 65.

After serving in the United States Air Force as an early Computer Operator, Russ earned an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Memphis before receiving an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University. He was subsequently hired by the University’s Office of Institutional Research where he worked for nearly 30 years providing data analysis, impacting, among other things, the New Haven Promise for which he won the Elm Ivy Award.

Known by his colleagues as “the supreme statistician,” Russ also worked as a consultant for the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges and volunteered for the Bethany Democratic Party for eight years and for the award-winning Amity High School Theater Department for nine.

Russ’s crowning achievement–he would be the first to say–was marrying his soul mate, Laura Guastella, and raising their son and daughter. In marriage and fatherhood, he set the gold standard. He will be sorely missed by his family and a wide circle of friends for his hilarious quips, deep knowledge of all-things-computer, prowess at The New York Times crossword puzzle, and unfailingly good heart. Russ was the first to volunteer to be of service to others–values he instilled in his children. Whether it was digging a stranger’s car out of a ditch or helping a young person who’d lost a parent . . . he was always there–the family’s first responder.

Russ enjoyed golfing, playing the guitar, hiking, watching football (especially the Dallas Cowboys), musical theater, and early morning conversations with his wife, Laura. A transplant from Nashville, Russ brought a Southern flair to entertaining–his Super Bowl and White Trash parties were legendary. He organized a 60th surprise musical birthday party for his wife, which inspired a friend to surprise him the morning of the event by putting 60 pink flamingoes in their yard . . . just for fun.

Russ is survived by his soul mate of 44 years, Laura, and his loving children, Kenneth and Carson–both completing graduate degrees this May. He is also survived by his sister Sherry Adair of Dallas and brothers Lonnie and Curtis Adair of Maryville and Nashville, Tennessee. He will be missed as well by Sherry’s daughter, Leslie Torres, and her children, Renae and Spencer of Dallas and by Lonnie’s children, Tracy and Trevor as well as by his sisters-in-law Rita Guastella (married to Cornelius Forsythe) of Boston and Deborah McQueen (married to Jim Hutchins) of Livermore, California, and his nieces, Zoë Guastella and Erin McQueen.

Russ leaves a spectacularly wide circle of friends and colleagues. His life confirms the truth of an oft-quoted saying from his family’s holiday favorite, “The Muppet Christmas Carol”: . . . If you need to know the measure of a man, you simply count his friends.”

By this and every other measure, Russ was the chief among men.

In lieu of traditional calling hours, a celebration of Russ’s life will be held locally on June 10th. Invitations will be sent later this week. In honor of his memory, donations may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama (www.splcenter.org) or Columbus House Inc. in New Haven (www.columbushouse.org).

Obituary: Josephine Bergantino, 102, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Apr 242017
 

Josephine Bergantino, 102, of Orange passed away at home on April 22, 2017.
Wife of the late Angelo Bergantino. Mother of MaryAnn Imperati and her husband Michael of Branford, William Bergantino and his wife Stacy of Orange, and the late Elaine Dziubinski, grandmother of Michele (Robert Campagnoulo) Amendola, Michael (Barbara) Amendola, Kim (Joe) Dawson, Marisa (Glyn) Faulkner, Richard Dziubinski, Marc (Jennifer) Amendola, Brianna Chairaluce, JoAnn (Michael) Zendan and Laurie (David) Brennan and great grandmother of 8. She was predeceased by her siblings Pietro Iuraduri and Nina Buscio. Josephine was a member of the Holy Infant Ladies Guild.
Visitation will be (today) Monday from 4-8pm at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. Funeral Services will be Tuesday morning at the funeral home at 11:30. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. Donations may be made in Josephine’s name to the Orange Visiting Nurses Association, 605A Orange Center Rd., Orange, CT. 06477. For online condolences visit
She was predeceased by her siblings Pietro Iuraduri and Nina Buscio. Josephine was a member of the Holy Infant Ladies Guild.
Visitation will be Monday from 4-8 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. Funeral Services will be Tuesday morning at the funeral home at 11:30. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.
Donations may be made in Josephine’s name to the Orange Visiting Nurses Association, 605A Orange Center Rd., Orange, CT. 06477. For online condolences visit www.westhavenfuneral.com.

Obituary: Nina D. Judd, 95, Beloved Sister, Mother, Grandmother

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Apr 232017
 

Nina D. Judd, 95, of Orange, beloved wife of the late Burton F. Judd, Jr., passed away on April 21, 2017.

Nina was born on April 17, 1922 to the late Kiril and Elizabeth Dorosko.

While her children were in school, she was a member of the PTA.

She worked for many years for Western Electric as a comptometer clerk. She was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers, which was a community group associated with Western Electric.

Some of her hobbies included sewing and quilting.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to those who have loved and cared for Nina, including her primary caregiver Theo Ocansey, the Somerville family and the VNA of Orange.

Nina leaves behind her children, Robert Judd and his wife, Martha and Sandra DiStefano and her husband Richard; her grandchildren, Christina Judd, Zach DiStefano and Chantal DiStefano and her fiancé, Jon Warner; great-grandson, Avery Warner; her sister, Alice Belsky of North Wilbraham, MA; and a niece and nephew.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Peter and George Dorosko.

All services will be privately conducted.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VNA of Orange, 605 Orange Center Rd., Orange, CT 06477.

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

Obituary: Frederick “Fred” Pucillo, Sr., 91, Beloved Father, Step Father

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Apr 232017
 

Frederick “Fred” Pucillo, Sr., 91 of Orange passed away April 21, 2017 in Yale New Haven Hospital.

Husband of the late Bernice Jacques Pucillo and Helen Ursini Pucillo. Father of Frederick Pucillo, Jr. and his wife Susan of East Greenwich, RI. Stepfather of Geraldine Curulli of Guilford, Bernadette (Ken) Davis of East Haven, Rosalie Hylwa of Orange and John (Delois) Ursini of Bronx, NY. Grandfather of Frederick Pucillo, III of East Greenwich , RI, 9 step grandchildren and many step great grandchildren and step great great grandchildren.

Son of the late Catillo and Virginia Reinzo Pucillo. Brother of Frank (Eleanor) Pucillo of Bethany and the late Anthony “Lee” Pucillo.

Prior to his retirement Fred was a Truck Driver and Rigger with Teamsters Union Local #443 for many years. His funeral procession will leave the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven Monday 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.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice, 56 Franklin St., Waterbury, CT 06706.

Sign Fred’s Guest book online at www.portofuneralhomes.net

Obituary: Elizabeth Pepe Rosselli, 94, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Apr 032017
 

Elizabeth Pepe Rosselli, 94 of Orange, formerly of Hamden, died peacefully on Friday March 31st 2017 with her children by her side.

She was married to the love of her life, the late Ralph Rosselli.

Elizabeth was born on September 27th 1922 in New Haven, CT the daughter of Francesco and Filomena Volpe Pepe. Her father founded the world-famous Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in 1925. After his passing, she and her sister Serafina DeMusis capably took over the family business and lovingly devoted their lives to carrying on its legacy. In 1999,

Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria was named on the James Beard Foundation’s list of America’s Classics and in 2008 they were given “the Salute of Excellence Award” by the Connecticut Restaurant Association.

Elizabeth was a devout Catholic who received all of her sacraments and was married in St. Michael Church and was later a devoted parishioner of Saint Anne Church in Hamden where she attended mass every day. Through the years, she took enormous pleasure in organizing the many family gatherings with loving attention to details.

Elizabeth will live on through her three loving children, Anthony (Allison) and Francis Rosselli and Lisa (Paul) Cusano and her beloved sister Serafina DeMusis. Elizabeth adored and shamelessly spoiled her 5 grandchildren Christian Rosselli, Elise Cusano, Alexandra (Brent) Lamell, Cassandra Rosselli and Isabella Cusano, for whom she would do anything.

Visiting hours will be Monday April 3rd from 4-8 p.m. in the IOVANNE FUNERAL HOME, INC. 11 Wooster Pl.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday morning at 10am in St. Michael Church.

Entombment will follow in St. Lawrence Garden Mausoleum. Share a memory and sign Elizabeth’s guest book online at www.iovanne.com. 

Mar 312017
 

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: 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.

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.