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Obituary: Kenneth Leaf, 74, Commander American Legion Post 127, Orange

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Aug 072017
 

Kenneth H. Leaf, age 74, of Orange passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017, in St. Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on December 15, 1942, in Bridgeport to the late Charles and Ellen Swensen Leaf and was a graduate of Bassick High School Class of 1960.
He proudly served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam Era serving as a B-52 Crew Chief and assigned to the organizational maintenance squadron at the March Air Force Base in California and was also stationed in Guam where he was part of 4133rd Bombardment Wing at Anderson Air Force Base.
He worked for Avco Lycoming of Stratford where he was a member of Local 1010, Bullard Company of Bridgeport and was currently employed as a quality assurance specialist for 33 years for the Department of Defense.
An active member of the community, he is the current Commander of the American Legion Post 127 in Orange, where he previously served as the Vice Commander. He previously belonged to the SS Norden Club of Black Rock. He also was a car enthusiast and raced at Dover Raceway and Connecticut Drag Strip.
A devoted husband, father, brother and uncle, he is survived by his loving wife Deborah Barnes Leaf, his children Jacqueline, Derek and Elena Leaf all of Orange, sister Dorothy DeWalt and her husband Al of Trumbull and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his brother Charles Leaf Sr. and nephews Charles Leaf Jr. and Doug DeWalt.
Visitation is Thursday, August 10, 2017,  from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, 135 N Broad St., Milford.
A funeral service will take place at the funeral home on Friday, August 11 at 10 a.m.
Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society or the American Legion Post 127 Scholarship Fund.
The family would like to thank all first responders and health care professionals that helped with Ken’s care.

Obituary: Walter Henry Bretthauer, Jr., 88, Beloved Husband, Father

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Aug 072017
 

of Orange, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 peacefully, surrounded by family.
He was born in Wilmington, DE on March 29, 1929. Walter graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1951, with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and earned an M.S. from the University of Connecticut School of Engineering in 1968.
He was married to Beverly Thrall Beach on May 18, 1957 and both were residents of Orange, CT from 1962-2016, moving to Brookdale Woodbridge in December 2016. Walter was a longtime member of Christ and the Epiphany Church, East Haven and attended the Church of the Good Shepherd, Orange.
He worked for Olin as Chemical Engineer from 1951-1963 and served in the US Army from August 2, 1954-July 27, 1956. Walter worked as an Associate Professor at Norwalk State Technical College from 1963-1991 and was an active member in in the CT Chapter of the American Federation of Teachers.
Walter made friends everywhere he went, and could be found completing a NY Times crossword puzzle, or assembling a jigsaw puzzle in the common room at Brookdale, Woodbridge. He was a longtime member of the CT Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain & Trail Club & and the Tuesday Hikers Club. His favorite place in the world was his lake house, which he designed and built himself in the 1960s.
Walter is survived by wife, Beverly Beach Bretthauer of Woodbridge, sister, Frances Lydia Hecker of Lower Burrell, PA; brother Tom Bretthauer of Fullerton, CA; sons David (Pingsheng Chen) of Worcester, MA, Fred (Colleen Sprague Bretthauer) of Hebron, CT, and Jerry (Holly Bretthauer) of Orange; as well as grandchildren Benjamin Marshall Bretthauer of Hebron, CT, Emily Jane Bretthauer and Grace Beverly Bretthauer of Orange, and step-grandson Dr. Kevin Dong Han (Sara Oles Han) of Boston, MA.
His family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the Clancy-Palumbo Funeral Home (Clancy Funeral Home) 43 Kirkham Ave., East Haven.
All are invited to meet and attend the funeral service on Friday, August 11 at 10 a.m. in Christ and the Epiphany Church, 39 Park Place, East Haven followed by a 12 p.m. (Noon) graveside service at Orange Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations for continued Parkinson’s research at https://www.michaeljfox.org.

Obituary: Karen Johnson Smith, 85, Beloved Mother, Retired School Employee

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Jul 062017
 

Karen Johnson Smith, 85, of Orange, beloved wife of the late Donald Cary Smith, passed away on July 3, 2017.

Karen was born on July 18, 1931, to the late Frederick and Dorothy Johnson.

Karen graduated from Hillhouse High School in New Haven, class of 1949. She married Donald C. Smith in 1949 and had seven children. Karen was an avid swimmer, an accomplished diver, champion badminton player and a competitive bridge player. She had a special love for children and children with special needs. She loved working in the Orange School System for more than 30 years.

On the orthopedic floor of Yale-New Haven Hospital, she was a cherished employee loved by many for her infectious smile and willingness to do her job. Karen recently retired from the hospital after more than 30 years.

Karen leaves behind her children, Deborah Smith of McLean, VA, Tina Bodnar of Chesapeake, VA, Kristin Wall of Mystic, CT, Andrew Smith and Christopher Smith of Orange, CT and Gretchen Smith of Bethany, CT. She also leaves four grandsons, one granddaughter, and one great-grandson. In addition to her parents and husband,

Karen was predeceased by her son, Donald Cary Smith, Jr. and her brother, Harvey Johnson. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at 1 p.m. at Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Ln., Orange, CT. Burial will be private at a later date.

The family is being compassionately cared for by the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Patricia Lee Eagle, 75, Beloved Wife, Mother

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Jul 062017
 

Patricia Lee Eagle (Dimenstein), 75, of Orange, passed away peacefully Monday, July 3 at 4:15 p.m. at Orange Health Care Center in Orange, CT. Patricia was born at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She grew up in New Haven, CT and attended Hillhouse High School where she met her soon to be husband of 53 years.

She was a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University and married Louis Eagle in 1964. She taught Special Education before having a family and becoming a loving housewife and mother of Mathew Eagle and Jennifer Eagle Posavitz.

Patti adored her 3 grandchildren Debbie, Rachel, and Jocelyn. She is survived by her husband Louis, 2 children, 3 grandchildren and her brother Morton Dimenstein of Milford, CT. She will be missed dearly by her family.

Funeral Services will be held at Beth Israel Cemetery, 855 Derby Milford Rd. Orange, CT on Thursday morning July 6 (TODAY), at 10:00 o’clock under the care of Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, New Haven. Period of Mourning will be Private. Memorial Contributions may be sent to, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box. 5014, Hagerstown, MD.21741-5014. To sign an on-line Registry Book or to leave a message of condolence, please visit: www.shurefuneralhome.comPatricia Lee Eagle (Dimenstein), 75, of Orange, CT passed away peacefully

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Obituary: Daniel W. Donnelly, 24, Beloved Son, Friend, Musician

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Jul 052017
 

Daniel W. Donnelly, 24, of Orange, left this world too soon on Monday, July 3, 2017. Born in Bridgeport on Sept. 3, 1992, Danny was the cherished son of Robert and Theresa Durso Donnelly. Growing up in Orange, he played baseball and was an avid Yankees fan.

He graduated from Amity High School, and his dream was to work in the music industry. He will be remembered for his love of guitars and music and for his favorite band, Phish, which he enjoyed following on tour with the love of his life, Emilee Sousa, the late Joey Ciancola and their many friends.

Danny is now reunited with his beloved brother, Robbie, and other family members Tim and Kim Donnelly, John Donnelly and Gerri Marie Durso. Besides his parents, he leaves behind many aunts, uncles, and cousins to cherish his memory, including Patricia Davitt, Kathleen Tillman, Chris, Mary, Paul and Mike Donnelly, Anne Gumersell, Janet Waldman, Mary Ellen and Jack Durso.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. Remembrances and prayers for Danny will take place at the funeral home on Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. Burial will follow in Orange Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations, for the family, will be gratefully accepted at the funeral home.

Obituary: Mary Lou Sewell, 73, Beloved Mother Of Kerry Wetmore

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Jul 042017
 

Mary Lou J. Serritella Sewell, 73, of Milford, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 29, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Bridgeport on May 8, 1944, she was a daughter of the late Leonard and Eleanor Varnelli Serritella. She was a longtime resident of Huntington before moving to Milford.

Mary Lou was a graduate of Lauralton Hall and attended the University of Bridgeport. She was very proud of the work she did at Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport, where she taught computer skills to low-income women for more than ten years. She also enjoyed gardening and spending time at the beach and was a true animal lover.

She adored her grandchildren and was always there for her family and friends, as well as anyone ever in need.

Survivors include her two devoted children, David Sewell and his wife Alexandra of Larchmont, NY and Kerry Wetmore and her husband Christopher of Orange, five beloved grandchildren, Anna and John Sewell, Grace, John and Molly Wetmore, her former spouse, William Sewell of Milford and a cherished nephew, Justin Frazier, his wife Melissa and their children Nathaniel and Jude of Ventura, California, as well her partner, Thomas Crenwick of Shelton.

She was predeceased by her beloved sister, Lenore Daninhirsch.

Relatives and friends may greet the family on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. in the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull.

Funeral services will take place on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the funeral home, and at 10:00 a.m. in St. Lawrence Church, Shelton for a Mass of Christian Burial.

Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Learning Center, 637 Park Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06604.

To leave an online condolence, visit www.abriola.com.

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.

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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