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Obituary: Richard Straube Sr., 65, Beloved Husband, Father

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Jul 242016

579117db29700Richard Straube Sr., 65, of Orange, beloved husband and father died peacefully while surrounded by family on July 19th, 2016.

Born in Huntsville, Alabama on February 6, 1951, Rick, as he was known, was the son of the late Harold Strabue and Patricia Sanderson Straube.

He is survived by his devoted son Richard Lee Straube Jr., and his wife Jessica. He is also survived by his brother, Steven Straube.

Rick was a resident of Milford and Orange for more than 40 years. He is remembered as a quiet man of few words but those words made an extraordinary impact on those around him.

Rick worked as the manager of FishCo in Milford, CT and Fish Fish Fish in Palisades Park, NJ, sharing his expansive knowledge of tropical fish. Rick is also remembered for his love of nature, especially spending time on the river while fly fishing.

An avid artist, he designed and tied his own flies while also spending time creating watercolor landscapes and pen/ink drawings.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492.

To share a memory, visit  www.gregoryfdoylefuneralhome.com 

Obituary: Dorothy Sophie Szatkowski, 92, Beloved Mother of Victor Szatkowski Jr.

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Jul 092016

Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 9.33.48 PMDorothy Sophie Szatkowski, 92, of Ansonia, died peacefully on July 5, 2016 at the Hewitt Health and Rehab Center, Shelton.

Born in Shelton on January 30, 1924, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna Sophie Monsam Baranowski.

Mrs. Szatkowski was a lifelong resident of Ansonia and graduate of the New Haven Beauty Academy. She worked as a Dietary Aide for over 25 years for the former Derby Nursing Home where she was a member of the New England Healthcare Workers Union Local 1199, until the time of her retirement in 1997.

Mrs. Szatkowski was a member of TOPS for 40 years and enjoyed crocheting afghans and shawls for many friends and family.

A devout Catholic, she would attend Mass as often as possible. When she lost her mobility, she would then watch the daily TV Mass with her rosary beads always in hand.

She was predeceased by a brother, John C. Baranowski.

Mrs. Szatkowski is survived by her devoted children, Lois A. (Richard, Sr.) Carr of Norwich, Victor A. (Laura) Szatkowski, Jr. of Orange and Karen J. (Jeffrey) DiDonato of KY; cherished grandchildren, Richard Carr, Jr. and Vivian Carr; Ryan and Matthew Szatkowski; and Meredith Higgins; 6 cherished great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services took place from the Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home, 167 Wakelee Ave., Ansonia, on Friday, July 8, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial was Celebrated in the Church of the Assumption, 61 North Cliff Street, Ansonia. Interment followed in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Derby.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ORTV- Office of Radio & Television, Archdiocese of Hartford, 15 Peach Orchard Road, Prospect, CT 06712-1052.

Online condolences may be made at www.wakeleememorial.com 

Obituary: Angelo Alfonso Rolli, 84, Beloved Husband, Father

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Jul 062016

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 10.46.19 PMAngelo Alfonso Rolli, 84, of Orange, entered into eternal life on July 1, 2016 at West Haven VA Hospital.

He leaves his beloved wife Christine Palmieri Rolli of 62 years and two sons, Alfonso Rolli (Diane, deceased dearest love) of Riverhead, NY and Monte (Ava) Rolli of North Haven.

Angelo was born in West Haven on September 17, 1931 son of the late Alfonso and Angelina Monte Rolli. He served his community as Fire Marshal and Deputy Chief of the Allingtown Fire Department, West Haven until his retirement of 25 years.

He also worked for CT Limousine and New Haven Ambulance (AMR) for several years. He honorably served in the US Army National Guard for 32 years.

Angelo was an expert on rifles and hand guns and often fired at the New Haven Gun Club where he was a member for several years.

He and his wife enjoyed traveling with friends and spent winters in Dania Beach, FL.

He loved and enjoyed his five grandchildren; Jenna, Ashley, Angela, Alfonso and Anthony. He also leaves his sister Sylvia (Michael) Santarcangelo of East Haven, a devoted cousin Carmela “Millie” Heckert and several nieces, great nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will take place Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Vertical Church (LWM), 225 Meloy Road, West Haven with viewing from 10:00-11:00 AM at the Church.

Interment with military honors follows service at St. Lawrence Cemetery West Haven.

Please omit flowers. Donations may be given to a favorite charity.

Obituary: Paul J. Sabo Jr., 73, Beloved Father of Jennifer Bowser

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Jul 042016

Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 6.36.31 PMPaul J. Sabo Jr., 73, of Trumbull, passed away June 29, 2016 in his home surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Sabo was born in Bridgeport to the late Paul and Margaret Sabo Sr.

He was a manufacturing engineer having worked for Bullards and Sikorsky Aircraft. Mr. Sabo was a member of the Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Knights of Columbus Council # 11077. He proudly served with the 242nd combat engineers of the National Guard in Stratford.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 50 years, Theresa Telep Sabo of Trumbull; four daughters Christine Roy and her husband Paul of Winsted, Linda Cardichon and her husband Jean-Paul of Hamden, Jennifer Bowser and her husband Bryan of Orange and Elizabeth Sabo of Trumbull; one sister Marie Sabo and dear friend Scott Fabri of Fairfield and four cherished grandchildren Nicholas, Abigail,and Nathaniel Bowser and Gabriel Cardichon; his sister-in-law Dodie Milardo.

He was predeceased by his brother James M. Sabo.

Friends and family are invited to attend his memorial service on Wednesday at 10:15 am at the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Rd. Trumbull and at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Church Anton St. Bridgeport. Friends may call on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Inurnment to follow in Oaklawn Cemetery, Fairfield.

To leave an online condolence please visit www.mullinsfh.com.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and health care professionals at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Masonicare and Lord Chamberlin for their loving concern.

Memorial contributions may be made to Swim Across the Sound c/o St. Vincent’s Medical Center 2800 Main St. Bridgeport, CT 06606.

Obituary: Nancy Elizabeth White, R.N., 68, Beloved Mother of Melissa M. Cox

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Jul 042016

Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 4.10.50 PMNancy Elizabeth White, R.N., following a courageous battle with cancer, died peacefully at the age of 68 surrounded by her five children in the comfort of her own home in Shelton, CT.

Nancy was born on January 15th 1948, in New York, New York. She graduated from St. Vincent’s College in 1994 with a degree in Nursing and graduated with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude. She was honored to receive the Pasquariello Memorial Award for compassion shown to patients, consideration shown to peers and a high quality of job performance.

Her children remember her as a loving, strong, humorous, compassionate, supportive free spirit. Nancy encouraged her children to embrace their individuality and to pursue their passions. Nancy loved being a mother, sister, friend and nurse. She cherished time with her family. Her laughter was easy and her support never ending.

As an accomplished swimmer, Nancy instilled a deep love of the water in both her children and her grandchildren. Time with Nancy always led to great conversations, delicious home cooking and listening to awesome tunes. Nancy approached all people and all things with an open mind and an open heart. She left an indelible impression on all of the people that were fortunate enough to know and feel her grace.

Nancy is survived by her five children: Peter R. Gil (Heidi) of Milford, CT, Melissa M. Cox (Kevin) of Orange, CT., Robbie W. Gil (Abigail) of Fishkill, NY, Andrew B. Gil (Regina) of Stamford, CT and James B. Whiteside (Daniel) of New York City; her grandchildren: Andrew Gil, Kevin & Molly Cox, Elizabeth & Marianne Gil, and McKinley Gil.

Nancy was preceded in death by her mother and father: Cora Jennings White & Robert Stephen White of Riverside, CT.

She also is survived by her brother Bruce J. White (Mary Ann) and nephews Thomas A White (Alison) and Robert A. White.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5 at First Congregational Church of Old Greenwich, CT 06870.

A Reception will follow in the Church garden. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Nancy’s life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Leeway Inc. at 40 Albert St. New Haven, CT 06511.

The family is eternally grateful for the support and love provided to Nancy by: Elsie, Dorothy, Nancy, Donna and Chaplain Kim.

To benefit and support future nurses, Nancy has donated her body to the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University.

Obituary: James William “Jim” Maher, 82, Beloved Father of Betty Sutay

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Jul 032016

Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 11.55.34 PMJames William “Jim” Maher, 82, passed away on June 30, 2016. Husband of the late Betty Lou McCarthy Maher. He was born on March 15, 1934 in New Haven, son of the late Raymond and Therese Guay Maher.

He is survived by his children, James (Tracy) Maher, Jr. of West Haven, Betty (Robert) Sutay of Orange, Susan (Robert) Murphy of Guilford, and Teresa Stewart of West Haven, 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brother Norman Maher and his sister Elizabeth “Betty Ann” Maher.

Jim worked for CHR for many years prior to his retirement.

He loved to play the guitar and sing songs with his wife. One of his greatest passions was playing softball.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on WEDNESDAY at 11 a.m. in St. Lawrence Church, 207 Main St. West Haven, CT. Interment will be private.

West Haven Funeral Home at the Green in care of arrangements.

For online condolences please visit our website at www.westhavenfuneral.com.

Obituary: Louis Gloria, Sr., 71, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Friend

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Jun 292016

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 11.21.30 PMLouis Gloria, Sr., age 71, of Orange, passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.

He was born on July 26, 1944 in Milford to the late Anthony and Grace Marino Gloria, Sr.

Before retiring, he was the dedicated owner of Gloria’s Inc., which included the Garden Center and Farm Market for 55 years.

In the early years he passionately played on his softball team, Gloria’s. Lou was the pitcher, bringing home many championship titles.

He actively enjoyed tennis and playing mixed doubles with his wife Margaret. He developed a passion for the sport and went on to coach his son throughout his career, while continuing to introduce and mentor his grandchildren in the sport.

B, as he was affectionately known, rarely missed any event that his children and grandchildren participated in.

From its humble beginnings as a fruit stand, Gloria’s became an iconic landmark in Milford, CT. This was accomplished by the extraordinary dedication of Lou, his brother and parents who founded the business in 1949. Lou voluntarily retired from the business in 2001 to spend more time with his family.

A devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother, he is survived by his loving high school sweetheart and wife of 52 years Margaret Coppola Gloria, children Louis Gloria, Jr and his wife Anna, daughter Stephanie Sullo and her husband Vincent, all of Orange, grandchildren Chadd Sullo, Taylor Sullo, Brett Gloria and Ava Gloria. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his brothers Anthony, Vincent and Joseph Gloria.

Calling hours are Friday, July 1, 2016 from 4pm to 8pm at the Smith Funeral Home, 135 N Broad St., Milford.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 2nd in Holy Infant Church, 456 Racebrook Rd., Orange at 10:00am.

Entombment will follow in Mt. Saint Peter’s Cemetery in Derby.

Donations may be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. of CT, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southingon, CT 06489.

To leave condolences or for directions, please visit www.georgejsmithandson.com.

Obituary: Robert “Bob” Purcell, 73, Beloved Husband, Father, Friend, Co-Worker

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Jun 242016

440113__helicopters-at-sunset_tRobert “Bob” Purcell, born in Derby, Connecticut on December 16, 1942 died peacefully at home in Clovis, California on June 17th at age of 73.

Bob is survived by his wife of 40 years, Joyce (McDougall), son, David of Chino Hills, CA, daughter, Lisa Purcell Berube of Shelton, CT, sister, Mary Scollin and her husband Dick of Seymour, CT and brother, Jim and wife Pat of Crossville, TN. He is preceded in death by his mother, Joan, his father, Francis, his brother, Brian and his eldest son, Robert Jr. all from Shelton.

He will be missed by his in-laws, Billie McDougall of Shelton, CT, Jim McDougall of Seymour, CT, Bill and Kathy Perkins of Hinsdale, NH and Dan and Sharon Woznicki of Orange, Ct along with many loving nieces and nephews.

Bob was born on December 16, 1942 in Derby, CT to Francis and Joan (Coastin) Purcell. Following graduation from Shelton High School in 1960,

Bob proudly served in the United States Navy where he served during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He then studied engineering at Norwalk Tech and received an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Bob enjoyed an exciting career with Sikorsky Aircraft from 1964-1980. He led the Blade Shop team that developed and implemented composite rotor blade technology that contributed to winning the competitive fly-off for the UH60 program (ie. the Blackhawk Helicopter).

During his tenure at Sikorsky, Bob also worked on Presidential Aircraft and led the composites team at the Bridgeport Plant in developing an all composite helicopter fuselage and airframe. He went on to lead composite operations at Martin Marietta in Baltimore, Rohr Industries in Riverside, California, General Dynamics in Pomona, California and Raytheon in Tuscon, Arizona.

Bob was passionate about his work and his teams were responsible for implementing composites technology in a wide array of military and commercial aerospace products that are in use today.

Bob was a skilled craftsman who enjoyed creating beautiful upgrades in his homes. He enjoyed his homes and made them places to entertain and share with friends and family.

Friends may greet the family at the Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Road, Shelton on Sunday from 3 to 4 PM. His funeral is scheduled for Monday at 11 AM at the Riverview Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors will immediately follow at Riverside Cemetery in Shelton, with a reception to follow.

Offer condolences online at www.riverviewfh.com.

Obituary: Pasquale Ernest Luciano Sr., 84, Beloved Patriarch

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Jun 172016

Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 2.35.19 PMWe are all saddened and searching for appropriate words to describe the loss of our families’ founder Pasquale Ernest Luciano Sr., who passed away peacefully on Thursday June 9, 2016 with his family by his side at his home in Orange.

He is beloved by us all. You would realize that his smile, filled with charisma, was always at the forefront. He made us laugh and wanted us all to enjoy each day we are blessed with. He was a fighter through his illness; he made it clear: “no tears for me, I had a great life, wonderful children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, stay happy for me.” All of us cannot help the sadness of seeing the separation of our dad with his best friend and love of his life, Mary. They were married for 62 years, and set an example of love and loyalty to us all. Pat and Mary will forever dwell in our hearts. May God bless us all.

He leaves behind his twin sister, Rosemarie Bufano and her husband, Joseph, his sister, Carol Stone and her husband, Manas Ronald; three sons, Pasquale, Jr. (Solin), Joseph, and Ronald and his daughter, Gina, “His Girl Friday;” His grandchildren, Jessica, Malina, Kelly, Kristen, Roxanne, Doris, Kevin, Leah and Alaina. Alaina was pinned into a nurse by “Pop Pop,” as we lovingly called him. Pop was so proud of Alaina, as we all are, and he was the reason she is now an Oncology Nurse.

He also leaves his loving daughters-in-law, Cherilyn and Sarah; along with great-grandchildren, Thomas, Natalia, Luciana, Adonis, Julian, Lucia, Destin, Vicente, Jacob and Carson; and so many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Rose Vertucci Luciano; sisters, Theresa Rivellini, Angela DiBiaso, Frances Aiudi; and his brothers, Alfred, Dominic, Anthony and Ralph Luciano, Jr.

His funeral procession left the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Ave., Monday for a Mass of Christian burial in Holy Infant Church at 10 a.m. Interment followed in St. Lawrence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929 or the Closer to Free Fund, PO Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508, which jointly supports Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven and Yale Cancer Center.

Obituary: Linda Beth Ross, 56, Beloved Daughter, Sister, Friend

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Jun 132016

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 11.33.04 PMLinda Beth Ross, 56, of Meriden, passed suddenly in her home Monday, June, 6, 2016.

Born in Orange, Linda was an employee of the USPS for more than 20 years.

She is survived by her mother Lauretta and her brothers Steven & David Cavrudatz, along with extended family and loving friends.

There will be a memorial service in the chapel of the Orange Congregational Church on Saturday June 18 at 10 a.m. followed by interment at the Orange Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her name to a charity of your choice and that you remember to visit your health care professional regularly.