Apr 232014

obitDorothy Goehler Rothman passed, peacefully, surrounded by family and much loved caregivers, on April 20, 2014.

Wife of the late Herman Rothman. Mother of Alpha DaCosta (Antonio DaCosta, retired NHPD) of New Haven. Grandmother of Valentina DaCosta (Timothy Ziegler) of Clinton.

Born in West Haven in 1926, daughter of the late Valentine and Alpha Watkins Goehler of Orange.

She was a lifelong resident of Fair Haven Heights in New Haven.

Mrs. Rothman enjoyed volunteer work including New Haven Public Schools, the CT Association of the Deaf and the New Haven Democratic Town Committee.

An avid gardener until the early 80’s, she enjoyed nature and all of its forms. Mrs. Rothman was active politically, environmentally and worked on behalf of animal rights. She was a member of the Senior Coalition in Washington DC and the Wolf Educational Center of Idaho, Sawtooth Pack.

A private Graveside Service will be held in Alder Brook Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Rothman’s name may be made to The Wolf Education & Research Center, PO Box 12604, Portland, OR 97212.

Arrangements in care of the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St., Guilford.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit: www.GuilfordFuneralHome.com 

Apr 202014

heaven_lake_in_chinaFrancis J. O’Connor, 88, of Sarasota, Florida went to be with the Lord on April 11, 2014.

Born in Toledo, Ohio he moved to Manatee County in 1987 from Stamford, CT. He is survived by his loving wife of over 65 years, Ann (Odoski), originally from Cleveland, OH. Together they were blessed with nine children, four boys and five girls.

Fran was preceded in death by his eldest son, Thomas O’Connor of Louisville, KY and is survived by his three sons, Joseph of Exton, PA (wife Jean), John of Orange, CT (wife Julia), and Martin of Barre, VT (wife Louise); and five daughters, Mary Chamberlin of Sun City Center, FL (husband Marc), Kathleen Creedon of Cross River, NY (husband Larry), Sara Russell of South Windsor, CT (husband Doug), Amy Berdusco of Bradenton, FL (husband Roger), and Jean Gallati of Fairfield, CT (husband Chris).

Fran also took great joy in his role of loving grandfather to 31 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Fran was a true family man who drew much satisfaction from his “one, big, happy family.”

Fran was inquisitive by nature and strongly supported education. After completing high school, he enlisted in the Navy, serving during WWII. He also continued his education, studying mathematics and law, eventually becoming a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Fran worked his entire professional career for the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, a national grocery store chain. He was the Director of Budgets and Controls, when he retired in 1987.

Fran loved the water. He enjoyed swimming in pools, lakes and oceans. He also enjoyed tennis and golf, especially in his retirement years at Palm Aire Country Club. He made lots of good friends there and at his church, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, where he was a founding member of the Knights of Columbus.

A Celebration of Life Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 12:00 noon at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, 833 Magellan Drive (9th Street East), Sarasota, FL, 34243. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel, 5624 26th Street West, Bradenton, FL 342047 are managing the arrangements.

Private condolences can be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Fran’s honor to your choice of charity that supports children.

Apr 172014

Screen shot 2014-04-17 at 1.56.11 PMThe Marcell Family is mourning the loss of our patriarch, Roger Scott Marcell Sr., of Clinton, CT, who passed away the morning of Tuesday, April 15. Roger grew up in West Haven, CT during the heyday of Savin Rock and was a graduate of West Haven High School in 1970.

In 1972 he met his first love, Bonnie Lynn Moller, who would become his wife in 1975 when they were married at Holy Infant Church Orange, CT.

Roger recently retired in 2012 from Metro North Commuter Railroad, where he was a machine operator and instructor for over 35 years.

In his passing, we have lost a Father, a Husband, a Grandfather, a Brother, an Uncle, a Son, a Coach and a Loyal Friend. Roger was many things to many people in this life, but he will be most remembered for his kindness and compassion to friends and family in times of need. Whether he was working with his sons on a home project, getting a friend through a difficult financial time, or helping his brothers, sisters, nieces & nephews, Roger always made himself available.

He truly enjoyed being in a position to help and never turned away an opportunity to contribute to his friends, family & community. To many people, he will always be remembered as Coach Roger, and his love for baseball was shared with hundreds of kids over the years. He pioneered travel baseball in the town of Clinton, taking small teams of 10- & 11-year-olds out of town to challenge older, more experienced teams along the shoreline of Connecticut. Roger had the ability to get the best out of his players while always making the game fun. His lessons in sportsmanship, respect, and ethics transcended the game and continue to shape the lives of the kids he coached.

Roger is preceded in death by his loving wife Bonnie Lynn Marcell, his father Sebastian Marcell, mother Barbara Marcell, and brother Charlie Marcell.

He will forever be loved and remembered by Roger & Sara Marcell Jr. of Beltsville, MD and Ryan J. Marcell & Kim Cyr of Clinton, CT, who called him Father; Sebastian J. Marcell and Scarlett A. Marcell of Beltsville, MD who called him Poppy. Susan Isaac, his wife. Henry Marcell & Tina Tremonte of Branford, CT; Ray & Susan Marcell of East Haven, CT; Steven & Shirley Marcell of West Haven, CT,;John & Cindy Altieri of Orange, CT; Albie & Colleen Gargiulo of West Haven, CT; Anne Marcell of West Haven, CT; Larry & Daryl Esposito of Branford, CT; Rhonda Moller of Chatham, MA; and Troy & Kathleen Moller of New Hampshire, who all called him Brother. Cristalyn Searles, Johnny Flanagan, Michael Marcell, Christopher Marcell, Rachel Marcell, John Altieri, Natalie Altieri, Samantha Altieri, Barbara Congo, Jenna Congo, Ralph Congo, Danielle Suraci, Danielle Senberg, Henry Gargiulo, Jennifer Gargiulo, Albert Gargiulo, Nicholas Esposito, Mathew Esposito, Abby Moller, David Moller and Olivia Moller all loving called him Uncle Rog. His legacy will live on with his family.

Family and friends may visit the Swan Funeral Home, 80E Main St., Clinton, Friday, April 18 from 4 to 8. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 19, at the Swan Funeral Home at 11am. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery. Please visit www.swanfh.com for online tributes and condolences.

Apr 172014

Screen shot 2014-04-17 at 1.27.20 PMGordon “Banty” C. Turner, 93, of Niantic, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Sava Health Care at Bridebrook.

Born on Feb. 22, 1921, Banty was the son of Clinton and Julia (Manwaring) Turner. A graduate of Chapman Tech in 1939, Banty worked at Electric Boat as a welder until he joined the Navy during World War II where he served for three years. Upon discharge from the Navy, he became a dedicated lineman for CL&P until his retirement in 1983.

Banty married the former Julia “Judy” Osowski on Sept. 4, 1948. They were married 51 years. Judy predeceased him on Oct. 12, 1999.

Banty was raised on the Turner Homestead at Black Point Road in Niantic. He was one of ten children and was predeceased by C. Keith, Vernon, Merle, and Mahlon “Red” Turner, Cecelia “Tela” Beebe, Rheba Gunn, Linna Maynard and Camilla Leaf. Eddis (Turner) Jones of Raleigh, N.C. survives.

Surviving Banty are his four children, John “Jack” C. Turner and his wife, Amy, of Orange and Joseph G. Turner of New Britain, Madeline M. Treat and her husband, Charles O. Treat Jr., of Uncasville and Thomas M. Turner and his wife, Susan (Camassar) Turner, of Niantic. Banty was a proud “Papa” of his six grandchildren, Megan (Treat) Feinglass and her husband, Evan; Sarah (Treat) Jakubowski and her husband, Jason; Ryan C. Treat and his wife, Stephanie (Lavin) Treat; Abbe Joann Turner; Kelly Turner and Morgan Turner. He is survived by nine great-grandchildren, Noah and Julia Feinglass; Madeline, Alex, Katherine, Kevin and Elizabeth Jakubowski; and Emily and Jack Treat. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Michael A. Wargo of New London; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Banty loved a good card game and was a founding member of the Niantic Sportsman’s Club; American Legion; VFW; East Lyme, Old Lyme and Montville Senior Citizens, as well as the The East Lyme Historical Society.

He was a true outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing, crabbing, scalloping and clamming. His love of gardening produced tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and dahlias which he loved sharing with family and friends. He loved watching and feeding the birds. He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots as well as a supporter of the UConn Huskies; the alma mater of his children and grandchildren.

Special thanks to Banty’s neighbors – Pete and Janne Peterson, Jeannie and Pete Bergamo and Jamie and Jeff Bruno, without whose support Banty wouldn’t have been able to independently remain in his home as long as he did. Their assistance over the years is sincerely appreciated and will not be forgotten by Banty’s family.

Special thanks also to the staff at Bridebrook who provided exceptional care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), Columbus Avenue, Niantic, CT 06357 and Center for Hospice Care Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360.

His family will greet relatives and friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic. Burial will be private.

Apr 142014

Screen shot 2014-04-14 at 10.09.05 PMDorothy M Piazza, 83, beloved wife of the late Ernest Piazza, joined her husband in eternal peace on Friday, April 11, 2014. Born on April 22, 1930 in Bridgeport, CT, she was the daughter to the late Arthur and Natalie Seymour Tillson.

Dorothy and Ernest resided in Orange, where they raised their 3 children, for 49 years.

As a graduate of Milford high school in 1948, she was actively involved in her reunion committee and always looked forward to reminiscing with old friends. She shared many good times and laughter with family and friends at their summer home on Lake Waramaug.

Not only a devoted mother, but she also had a rewarding career. She worked for many years at Precision Products in Wallingford where she retired in 1987. Dorothy’s retirement years where embraced by her zest for life. She enjoyed the winter months basking on beaches of Southwest Florida where they had a condo. The summers were full of festive BBQ’s poolside at their home or traveling to Frye Island Maine with her children and grandchildren.

Dorothy loved a leisurely afternoon with a great book or just good conversation over hors d’oeuvres and libations. Her hospitality was as warm as her heart. Her passion for gardening put beauty in all of the lives around her. She was the most loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who will be truly missed by all who knew her.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Donna Hartman, Sharon Piazza Thurston (Bob), and Jeffery Piazza (Carrie); grandchildren Heather Klein Albert, Jason and Jarret Guercia, Lindsey and Rob Thurston, and Eric Takacs; great grandchildren Samantha and Collin Albert. In addition to her husband Ernest, Dorothy was predeceased by her sister, Muriel Wyatt.

Friends and family may call prior to the Memorial Service on Tuesday from 10-11 AM. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Cody- White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford CT 06460 at 11 AM. A burial of cremains will be held on Thursday, April 17th 2014 at 11 AM at Orange Center Cemetery in Orange CT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Generation Rescue Hope for Recovery for Autism, 13636 Ventura Blvd. #259 Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 or to http://www.generationrescue.org/.

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

Apr 132014

joy1Ann T. Hodges (Dziadzia), 82, formerly of Norwich, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 7, 2014.

She was born on June 22, 1931 in Orange, the daughter of Joseph and Ewa (Wlamowolski) Dziadzia.

In 1955 she married her beloved husband William W. Hodges Sr. who predeceased her in 2003 after 48 years of marriage.

Ann worked for many years in the office of the former Reid & Hughes in Norwich. She was an active member of Central Baptist Church where she volunteered for many activities, especially the joy of helping with the food locker program.

She was kind and faithful, always putting family first. She enjoyed spending time with her friends in the Fireside Extension group.

She also enjoyed sports, especially bowling and golf, had a lifelong appreciation for live music and singing, and was an avid UCONN Huskies fan. Go Huskies!

Ann had a love of cats and always seemed to be feeding strays at the back door of her home.

She is survived by her son, William W. Hodges Jr., and a brother, Louis Dziadzia and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband and 11 brothers and sisters.

Church and Allen Funeral Home was in charge of services.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ann’s memory may be made to either Central Baptist Church or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001.

To leave an online condolence, please visit www.churchandallen.com

Apr 132014

Screen shot 2014-04-13 at 7.31.11 PMAlfred D. Cianciolo, 81, husband of Grace Giacalone Cianciolo, of Orange, passed away April 9, 2014, in the St. Raphael Campus of Yale–New Haven Hospital.

Father of Francesca Gregoriades of West Haven and Anthony Cianciolo of New Haven. Grandfather of Jason (Tara) Gregoriades and Tracie Glick. Great-grandfather of Gianna and J.J. Gregoriades and Logan Glick. Son of the late Antonio and Francesca Mollica Cianciolo.

Prior to his retirement, Al was a Research Chemist for the former Olin Corporation for many years. He was former Chairman of the Society of the Plastics Industry, the International Isocyanate Institute and the American Society for Testing and Materials.

PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven was in charge of services.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Assn., 2075 Silas Deane Hwy., Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Sign Al’s guestbook online at www.portofuneralhomes. 

Apr 122014

Screen shot 2014-04-12 at 7.28.33 PMLola V. Virzi, 87, formerly of Orange, entered into eternal rest on April 10, 2014.

She was the beloved wife of the late Frank P. Virzi. She is survived by four sons, Joseph J. Virzi (Cynthia) of Oxford, Julius F. Virzi of Hamden, Frank D. Virzi and Charles P. Virzi of West Haven, a sister, Marie Sampieri (Robert) of Orange, five grandchildren, Kelly Virzi (fiancé Ross Rubino) of New Haven, Simone Virzi of Ansonia, Jocelyn Virzi of Waterbury, Frank Virzi and Thomas Virzi of West Haven and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a brother, John Volto. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, April 13, from 2-5 pm in the chapel of the SPINELLI-RICCIUTI/BEDNAR-OSIECKI FUNERAL HOME, 62 Beaver Street in Ansonia.

On Monday, friends and relatives are invited to attend her funeral at 9:15 am from the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at Holy Infant Church in Orange.

Entombment will take place in Mt. St. Peter’s Garden Mausoleum in Derby. Contributions in Lola’s memory may be made to the Orange Visiting Nurses Association, 605 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477 or through the funeral home. To send an act of sympathy, please visit www.spinelliricciutifh.com. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ctpost/obituary.aspx?n=lola-virzi&pid=170591694&fhid=15135&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.MMY1JRJg.dpuf

Apr 122014

Lake Wepawaug as seen from behind the American Legion Hall.

On Saturday, April 12, the Orange Police Department received reports from three young persons of a possible body floating in Lake Wepawaug off of Grassy Hill Road.

The body was seen floating face down about 15 feet from the shore. The area is known to be frequented by fishermen.

Upon arrival officers observed a body, which appeared to have been in the water for a prolonged period.

The Orange Fire Department retrieved the body.

The deceased is an unidentified male of unknown race.

The  Connecticut State Police are assisting Detectives from the Orange Police at the scene. An Investigator from the State’s Attorney’s Office also responded. The Investigator from the Office of the Chief Medical examiner arrived and the deceased was transported to their facility for an autopsy.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mike Morrin at 203-891-2138.

No further information available for release at this time.

Orange Live first heard of this discovery at 2:22 p.m. but it wasn’t until hours later that this police information was released. 

Apr 082014

Linda PacelliLinda Paduano Pacelli, 72, of Port Charlotte, FL, formerly of West Haven, beloved wife of Andrew J. Pacelli, passed away on April 2, 2014, at her home.

Loving mother of Anthony (Heather Frazee) Pacelli of Orange and Andrew L. (Karen) Pacelli of West Haven. Grandmother of Jeremy and Cynthia. Sister of Donald (Linda) Paduano of Northford and Peter (Janice) Paduano of Madison.

Linda was born in New Haven on December 5, 1941, daughter of the late Louis and Rose Cusano Paduano.

Prior to her retirement, Linda worked in the clerical department of the West Haven Veterans Administration.

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

Relatives and friends are invited to go directly to Our Lady of Victory Church to celebrate A Mass of Christian Burial THURSDAY morning at 9:00 a.m.

Interment will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society , PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123; or the CT Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111.

Sign Linda’s guest book online at: www.portofuneralhomes.net

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