Jul 282014

claudia Granata obituaryClaudia (Dinan) Granata MD, age 58, of Orange, beloved wife of Dr. Attilio Granata, MD, died Thursday July 24, 2014 in her residence.

Claudia was born in Bridgeport, the daughter of Althea and the late Vincent Dinan.

She was a 1976 graduate of Smith College, and a 1980 graduate of the Yale School of Medicine. She served her internship and residency from 1980 until 1983 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

She was in private practice with Pulmonary Associates of New Haven and was on the medical staff of both Yale New Haven Hospital and St. Raphael Hospital.

After raising her children she taught middle school Mathamatics at the Foote School in New Haven.

Claudia’s family was the center of her life, she enjoyed knitting, cooking, playing the piano, reading and playing with her beloved dogs.

In addition to her husband she is survived by her children; Vincent M., Christopher J., Timothy D. and Elizabeth C. Granata.

Her mother Althea Dinan and her sister Althea Dinan II and her husband Thomas O’Conner.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral on Wednesday, July 30, at 11:00 am at the St. Thomas More Chapel at Yale, for a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be private.

There will be no calling hours. Larson Funeral Home, 2496 North Ave, Bridgeport is in care of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to either the American Lung Association at www.lung.org or the Breakthrough Collaborative.org

Jul 182014

jewish_funeralNaomi (Grabow) Singer, 85, of Hamden, CT, & formerly of Waterbury, CT, devoted wife of Harry Singer, died on July 14, 2014.

Born in Waterbury, July 3, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Morris & Rae (Plutzik) Grabow.

Beloved Mother of Robert Singer (Janet) of Orange, CT and Debra Leibovitch of Hamden, CT. Cherished Grandmother of Daniel Leibovitch & Michael Singer. Loving Aunt of Laurie Singer of Waterbury & Sharon Singer of Boston, Ma.

Naomi was a secretary working with the Yale University Alumni Fund and was an active member of Temple Beth Sholom of Hamden, CT & Temple Beth Israel of Deerfield Beach, Fl.

Funeral Services at Temple Beth Sholom, 1809 Whitney Ave., Hamden SUNDAY morning at 11:00 o’clock with Interment Services to follow at Farband L.Z.A. Cemetery, Route 109, East Morris, CT.

Memorial Contributions may be sent to Temple Beth Sholom. A Period of Mourning will be observed thru Tuesday at 832 Donna Dr., Orange.

Funeral Arrangements in care of Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, New Haven. www.shurefuneralhome.com singer&pid=171761893&fhid=4186&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.sAfPD4E1.dpuf

Jul 182014

Screen shot 2014-07-18 at 11.00.26 AMRuth C. Blake, 92, of Orange, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, July 13, 2014.

Born October 31, 1921, in New Haven, she was the daughter of the late Esther (Reilly) Cooney.

After attending local schools, Ruth met her soon to be husband Chester while working at Berger Brothers in New Haven. Following her marriage to Chet in 1942, she followed him to various U.S. Army Air Corps bases as he prepared for his overseas missions. In later years, they enjoyed traveling to many beautiful locations, including Ireland, the home of her ancestors.

As members of Racebrook Country Club, Ruth and Chet enjoyed playing golf and dining with friends. Her husband of 70 years predeceased her in 2012. Ruth was a spunky lady known for her great storytelling, wonderful sense of humor and fantastic style. She took great pride in decorating and maintaining her beautiful home. Ruth loved to discuss world events and politics and faithfully kept up with the news.

More than anything, Ruth took joy in being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Always ready to help anyone in her family, her favorite occupation was chief babysitter.

Left to cherish her memories are her beloved children: Linda & Don DiLauro of Orange; Bonnie Blake of Woodbridge; and Ruthmary Blake & her husband Mark Miller of VA. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Pam & Chris Lyle; Don DiLauro, Andrea DiLauro; Blake & Laura Franchi; Christopher and Hunter Blake; Erin Dempsey; as well as her great-grandchildren: Brendan and Hailey Lyle and Braden Franchi.

Her family of loved ones also includes her amazing caregivers; Tracy, Tonie, Rebecca and Jan.

She is predeceased by her wonderful son, Chester Blake, Jr., sisters; Esther and Mary and brothers; Edward and Eugene.

Friends and family may call Saturday, July 19, from 10:00 am till 12 pm at the Smith & Sefcik Funeral Home, 135 N.Broad St., in Milford. A Memorial Service will follow at 12 pm. Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemeter.

Donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to: The Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KA 66675; Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Rd., Orange, CT 06477; or Autism Services and Resources Connecticut, 101 N. Plains Industrial Rd., Harvest Pk. 1A, Wallingford, CT 06492.

To post a condolence or for directions, please visit our website @ www.georgejsmithandson.com 

Jul 142014

army funeral flagPauline Blaney, 85 of Orange passed away June 26, 2014 at CT Hospice in Branford.

She is the last survivor of her family, a US Army veteran and proud member of the First Congregational Church in Orange.

Funeral services were in the care of Clancy Funeral Home, East Haven.

Graveside service with military honors was held at Beaverdale Memorial Park Cemetery in New Haven on Friday July 11, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

“Till the end of time.” 

Jul 132014

Screen shot 2014-07-13 at 10.29.39 PMDorothy “Dolly” Bruno, 78 of Orange, entered into eternal rest on July 4, 2014 at her home.

Born September 27, 1935 in Bridgeport, CT to Thomas and Dorothy Vastano she was the beloved wife to Americo Bruno for 51 years.

A longtime resident of Stratford and Sandy Hook, she spent 15 years of retirement in Mexico with her husband Ric.

Dolly’s beautiful smile and contagious laugh was her trademark. Her greatest joy in life was her daughter Lynda.

Dolly is survived by her daughter Lynda Pasquarella and husband Wayne of Shelton, and a sister Doris Simmonds of Vero Beach, FL.

Dolly was predeceased by a son Thomas Bruno in 1997, and brothers Vincent and Lawrence Vastano.

Entombment will be in St. Michael cemetery in Stratford, CT. Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Judes Childrens Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Yale-New Haven Hospitals Saint Raphael campus for all their care and support.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.spadaccinofuneralhome.com


Americo “Ric” Bruno, 82 of Orange, entered into eternal rest July 9, 2014 at Yale-New Haven hospital.

Born December 28, 1931 in Bridgeport, CT to Frank and Anna Bruno he was married November 17, 1963 to Dorothy Vastano.

A longtime Sikorsky employee, Ric “The Music Man” would moonlight doing what he loved, playing jazz on his saxophone in nightclubs throughout the greater Bridgeport area.

Ric is survived by sons Richard Bruno and wife Joyce of Jonesboro ME, Ronald Bruno and wife Tess of Torrance, CA, daughter Lynda Pasquarella and husband Wayne of Shelton, CT, grandchild Natasha Bruno of Torrance, CA, sister Vera Chicarelli and husband Thomas of Trumbull, CT., and many nieces and nephews.

Ric was predeceased by his son Thomas Bruno in 1997, sisters Marianne, Fanny, Theresa, Helen, Patty, and Connie. Entombment will be in St. Michael cemetery in Stratford, CT. Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Yale-New Haven Hospitals Saint Raphael and York Street campuses for all their care and support.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.spadaccinofuneralhome.com 

Jul 112014

Screen shot 2014-07-12 at 6.48.12 AMElizabeth “Betty” Bevilacqua Ruotolo, 79, of Orange, beloved wife of Rudolph “Rudy” Ruotolo, passed away on July 8, 2014, in CT Hospice.

Loving mother of Roseann (Thomas) Guidone of Hamden, Regina (Joseph) Archazki of Naples, FL, and Ronald (Laurie Bouve) Ruotolo of Orange. Grandmother of Nicole and Derek Perigard, Jennifer, Leah and Brett Ciancola, Chelsea (Michael) Castelot and Danielle Ruotolo.

Great-grandmother of Kyle Fennelly. Sister of the late Laura Brittingham.

Betty was born in New Haven on December 20, 1934, daughter of the late Tempisto and Emilia Batistti Bevilacqua.

Her funeral procession will leave the PORTO FUNERAL HOME 830 Jones Hill Rd. West Haven, SATURDAY morning at 9:15 A.M.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Anthony’s Church at 10:00 A.M.

Interment will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Friends may call FRIDAY from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

Sign Betty’s guest book online at www.portofuneralhomes.net.

Jul 062014

Screen shot 2014-07-07 at 12.51.16 AMShirley C. Sonleiter, 91, of Orange, peacefully passed away on July 1, 2014.

Born on June 27, 1923 in Syracuse, New York, she was the daughter of the late Emily I. and George C. Cooke and wife of the late Paul H. Sonleiter.

She graduated from Hillhouse HIgh School in 1942. A dedicated mother and homemaker, she loved cooking, listening to oldies music, and travel.

Most of all, though, from her childhood on, she committed herself to caring for animals.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steven P. Sonleiter and Angela K. Frusciante of Orange, her sister, Beverly Sanford of Melbourne, Florida, as well as a niece and two nephews and their families and, of course, five rescue cats and one dog.

There will be a private burial at Orange Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Milford/Orange Animal Shelter, 664 East Broadway, Milford, CT 06460.

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


Jul 022014

Screen shot 2014-07-02 at 7.36.26 PMJohn B. Manfreda, 85, of Orange, devoted husband of 60 years to Marjorie Heinrich Manfreda, passed away suddenly, Monday, June 30.

Father of Dorothy Manfreda of Orange; Susan and her husband Michael Hanlon of Sherborn, MA, Edward Manfreda of Stamford, CT, and Nancy and her husband Jim DeLuca of Mason,OH; brother of Robert Manfreda of North Haven; and loving grandfather of John Villa, Claire and Megan Hanlon, Lauren, Myles and Ava DeLuca.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Mary, Joseph and Ralph Manfreda.

John was born in West Haven, CT, Feb. 2, 1929, son of the late Nicholas and Antoinetta Manfreda.

He was a Sergeant in the US Army from 1950-52.

After he received his B.S. Degree in education from SCSU in 1955, followed by his Master’s Degree in 1959, he taught elementary school in the town of Stratford for 32 years, retiring in 1989.

John was active in Youth Services for the town of Orange. His tireless commitment to his wife, children, and grandchildren leaves an indelible impression on their lives.

His memory will be cherished in their hearts forever.

Memorial service Thursday, July 3 at 10 a.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave., West Haven.

Interment in Orange Center Cemetery.

For information or to send a condolence see obituary at www.beecherandbennett.com 

Jun 252014

Screen shot 2014-06-25 at 12.42.33 PMMarcia Barbara (Marcy) Mills Shaw age 78, of Shelton, passed away on Friday June 20, 2014 in Bridgeport Hospital with her beloved family by her side. Marcy was raised in Bridgeport, the only child of Frank and Marion Mills.

After graduating from Harding High School, she left for New York to become a stewardess for Capital Airlines. She then returned to Trumbull, CT to raise her family.

She retired from Sikorsky Aircraft after many years of service. Marcy was an avid Giants fan and would cheer on her team dressed from head to toe in Giants apparel.

She is survived by her three loving daughters, Amy Haynes and husband Andy, of Seymour; Julie Abate of Milford; Alicia Prete and husband Neil of Orange. Her cherished grandchildren, Nicholas Blade, Hannah and McKenna Haynes, Daniel Abate, Jonathan, Kayla, Zachary and Alecsander Prete. Her Cousins, Jan Sorrentino and Joan DeParla. Her longtime friends; Wanda Therriault, Sandi Noerenberg and Betty Grudetski and many more dear friends. Marcy was preceded in death by her mother-in-law Johanna Crone and childhood best friend Patty Puglia.

Marcy was devoted to her three daughters, grandchildren and her many friends. Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marcy’s name to the friends of YNHCH Fund at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Jun 242014

Screen shot 2014-06-24 at 10.10.24 PMGeorge Wydra, 76, of Milford beloved husband to the late Carol Wydra, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 20, 2014.

Born on April 12, 1938, in Orange, he was the son of the late Adam, Sr. and Elizabeth Balko Wydra.

George was employed at Grassy Hill Country Club as the grounds keeper. He was an avid golfer who loved both playing and watching.

George was a loving son, brother, husband, uncle and friend and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his siblings, Paul Wydra and his wife Beverly of Orange, Evelyn Zalenski of Ansonia, Elizabeth Zalenski and her husband John of Ansonia, Regina DeFrank of Ansonia, Bernard Wydra and his wife Patricia of Florida and Edward Wydra and his wife Susan of Milford, as well as many nieces and nephews. George is predeceased by his two brothers, Adam, Jr. and John Wydra.

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:00 am at Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, 168 South Broad St., Milford, CT.

Interment to follow at Milford Cemetery. Friends and family may call on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 4 to 7 pm at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT 06460.

To send online condolences please visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com

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