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Obituary: Julia Marie DeMennato, 98, Beloved Mother Of Elizabeth Miller

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May 142018
 

beloved wife of the late Louis DeMennato passed away peacefully on May 11, 2018, at Orange Health Care Center.

She was a 1939 graduate of the Hospital of St. Raphael School of Nursing.

Julia is survived by her three daughters, Elizabeth (James) Miller of Orange, CT, Rosemary Renda of Guilford, CT and Barbara DeMennato of Southbury, CT. Additionally, she leaves behind seven grandchildren, Matthew Renda, Robert (Kathryn) Miller, Sara Renda (Jason) Grauch, Paul (Vanessa) Miller, Scott Miller, Elizabeth Renda and Katherine Renda (Greg) Blinn and seven great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff of Orange Health Care Center for its excellent care and compassion.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange. Interment will be at Orange Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Orange Health Care Center, 225 Boston Post Rd., Orange, CT 06477.

To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com

Obituary: Christopher “Chris” Kaus, 53, Beloved Father, Brother, Grandfather

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May 102018
 

Christopher “Chris” Kaus, 53, of Orange passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

Chris was born in Milford, on March 31, 1965, son of the late Charles and Shirley Kaus. He will be sadly missed by his love of 30 years Tammy Pehler, daughter Kristi Pascarella (John), and three sisters Shelley Dooling (Thomas), Alice Jeppesen (Gary), and Laurie Kaus (Paul). He also leaves his grandson John Christopher and several nieces and nephews.

A loving partner, father, brother, grandpa, and a friend to many who will always remember him as a fun, hardworking, and generous man.

Chris was a dedicated employee of KX Industries, working as a Maintenance Mechanic, a place he very much enjoyed. He could do anything he set his mind to, a self- taught handyman who would give the shirt off his back to those whom he loved.

He enjoyed tinkering in the garage, working in the yard, fishing, wilderness, and spending time with his friends and family. He will be missed by many, but never forgotten.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, May 14, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 70 Gulf St, Milford, CT. Interment will be private.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, May 13, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Smilow Cancer Hospital in Chris’ honor. To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: William (Bill) Johnson, 87, Beloved Husband and Father, Noted Amity Football Coach

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May 092018
 

William (Bill) Johnson, 87, of Bethany, the beloved husband of 57 years of Carol Casagrande Johnson, entered into eternal rest peacefully on Monday, May 7, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in New Haven on March 11, 1931, beloved son of the late Elsie and Oscar Stocker. Bill was a 51 year resident of Bethany and a graduate of Hillhouse High School in New Haven.

He proudly served his country in the Korean War as a member of the US Marine Corp. Bill’s life was devoted to teaching and coaching where he impacted many lives. His sense of humor and wit were with him until the end as well as his love and caring for people. Most of all, Bill loved to spend time with his family and many friends. He will be sadly missed by all and will be forever in our hearts.

His family includes a loving daughter Karen Marrone and her husband Al, four caring sons, Bill and his wife Eileen, Scott and his wife Elena, John, and Craig and his wife Joy, twelve cherished grandchildren Al, Jamie, Billy, and Michael Marrone, Ashley, Billy and Brittany Johnson, Andy and Michael Johnson and Owen, Alexa and Ryan Johnson and many loving nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his brothers Herb and Joe Johnson and his sister Valerie Johnson.

Friends and relatives may call at the Miller-Ward Funeral Home, 260 Bank St. (Rt. 67, across from Klarides Village), Seymour on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial in Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. directly at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 81 Center Road (Rt. 114), Woodbridge. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Special Olympics or to the William Johnson Scholarship Fund, both through the funeral home.

Beloved Legendary Amity Football Coach Bill Johnson’s Funeral Service Information

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May 082018
 

Legendary Amity Football Coach Bill Johnson, Teacher Debbie Davis, Amity Athletic Director Paul Mengold, and honored Seymour timekeeper John Commune in this file photo from Sept. 11, 2013.

As many Amity residents now know, William “Bill” Johnson, the “legendary” Amity Football coach who led the Spartans through an undefeated season and the 1978 CIAC Class “LL” Football State Championship, passed away on Monday, May 7.

He leaves behind his wife, 4 sons and one daughter (all noted Amity athletes in their time (the 80s).

The Coach was honored at the Amity opening game on Sept. 11, 2013 with the naming of the William Johnson Football Field.

He was inducted into the Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame in June 2014.

The wake for Coach Johnson will take place on Thursday, May 10, at Miller-Ward in Seymour from 4-7 p.m.

His funeral service will take place at the Church of the Assumption in Woodbridge on Friday, May 11, at 10 a.m.

Loved by all

Looking back on 2013 when I met coach Johnson and many members of his championship team, I can say with confidence that he was loved and respected.

The Captains of that winning team were Rich Lina, Rick Delbuono, and Joe Margolis. They were undefeated with one tie against Derby.

They have the honor of being a part of the schools only football state championship team.

Young Eddie Choiniere was just a freshman and didn’t get much if any, time on the field. He recalls playing with coach Johnson’s sons Scott and Bill.

He remembers the coach as a great family man and a super person.

”What a great guy,” he said. “We all loved him. You won’t find a better person than him.”

He added that all of the Johnson kids were great athletes: Scott, Bill, Craig, John, and Karen all had been blessed with a wonderful father – a great role model. “He will be sorely missed.”

 

 

Obituary: William J. Neidig, 97, Beloved Father, Grandfather

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Apr 262018
 

William J. Neidig, 97, of Orange, beloved husband of the late Marian P. Shaw, passed away on April 10, 2018.

He was born on March 30, 1921 in Jonestown, Pennsylvania. He was the son of the late Joseph Neidig and Carrie Ney.

As a young boy he received commendations for perfect attendance from Kindergarten through 12th grade. His work ethic continued throughout his life contributing to his long and successful business career as Vice President of Asplundh Tree Expert Company. He successfully expanded the Asplundh market share throughout New England and the US. He and his wife were avid Boston Red Sox fans and upon his retirement visited every baseball stadium in America.

William is survived by his daughter, Marcia (Barry) Zarb; grandchildren, Parker and Jordan White; son-in-law, Phil White. William was predeceased by his daughter, Carol L. White.

All services for William will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, Orange, CT 06477. To leave online condolences please visit the website of www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Andrea Jacobson Grant, 77, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Apr 182018
 

Andrea Jacobson Grant, 77, of Orange, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Born in Providence on July 6, 1940, Andrea was the eldest child of the late Eric Gunnar Jacobson and Mary Elizabeth (Grieve) Jacobson. The family moved to Westerly in 1950 after purchasing a former physical therapy clinic on the Shore Road and converting it to an inn known as the Winnapaug House (later the Grandview).

She graduated from Westerly High School in 1958. She served as class secretary, editor-in-chief of the Driftwood (yearbook), a member of the Barker staff (school newspaper), and a member of the cheering squad. She was inducted into the Rhode Island and National Honor Societies and received the D. A. R. Award for Good Citizenship. Classmates voted her most likely to succeed, most mature, and most respected.

Andrea attended Pembroke College (now Brown University) and graduated in 1962 with a major in English. Work and family took her to western New York, Florida, Pennsylvania and Maryland before she returned to New England in the early 1980s. For most of her professional life, she worked as a teacher of children with special needs, many of them autistic.

Andrea read voraciously and regularly attended movies. She maintained elaborate flower gardens, and among her culinary skills was her fine-tuning of Rhode Island clam chowder, the “real” kind without milk, cream or tomatoes. Perhaps her greatest love was East Beach, where she spent many an afternoon throughout her life.

Andrea is survived by her brothers, Kent A. Jacobson (Martha Lyon) of Northampton, MA, and Peter L. Jacobson (Terry Lorant) of Oakland, CA; daughters Lisa Hartjen of Honsdale, PA, and Anne Hartjen (Larry Laconi) of New Haven, CT; two grandchildren, James and Elizabeth Laconi; and first husband, Raymond Hartjen of East Hampton, NY. She was predeceased by her second husband, John Grant.

Contributions may be made in memory of Andrea Jacobson Grant to the Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad Street, Westerly, RI, 02891.

Obituary: Evan Thomas Jones, 68, Beloved Father, Brother, Grandfather

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Apr 162018
 

Evan Thomas Jones, 68, of Orange, formerly of Westport, passed away on April 11, 2018.

Evan was born on January 31, 1950, in New Castle, PA to Betty Ann Bailey Jones and the late Howard W. Jones.

Evan leaves behind his sons, Evan Ross Jones and his girlfriend, Lorrie and Jason William Jones and his wife, Janine; grandchildren, Evan Jones, Ross Jones, Lindsay Jones Bouchard and her husband, Michael and Luke Jones; siblings, Howard A. Jones and his wife Barbara and Barbara B. Jones; and several nieces and nephews and other family members.

Evan will also be missed by his longtime girlfriend, Suzanne O’Leary, and her family, as well as his beloved dog, Lily. He was predeceased by his brother, David R. Jones.

Services will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Evan’s name may be made to the American Motorcycle Association.

The family has been cared for by the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

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

Obituary: Robert L. Carpenter, 89, Beloved Father Of Laurie Ann Carpenter

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Apr 112018
 

Robert “Bob” Lawrence Carpenter passed away peacefully on April 8, 2018 in Venice, FL. He was born on November 23, 1929 to William and Juliet Carpenter in Bridgeport, CT.

Bob was a proud Teamster truck driver for 32 years before moving to Venice from Trumbull, CT. He was a decorated WWII Navy Veteran. He fought in the Asian Conflict and served on the USS Curtis.

He leaves behind his daughters, Barbara Jean Lucas of Trumbull, CT and Laurie Ann Carpenter (Dan Sears) of Orange, CT; sons Lawrence Carpenter of Anaheim, CA, and William Joseph Carpenter of Bridgeport, CT; brothers Kenneth (Donna) Carpenter of Wethersfield, CT and James (Judy) Carpenter of Lake Worth, FL; sister Joan Carpenter of Bridgeport, CT; grandchildren, Robert Joseph Carpenter Jr. of North Port, FL, Amanda Lee Carpenter of Meriden, CT, Jennifer Mary Lucas of Trumbull, CT, Kristina Marie Lucas (Tim Bennett) of Seymour, CT; great grandchildren, Eli Joseph Carpenter and Georgia Ann Carpenter; and many nieces and nephews.

Bob is predeceased by his wife, Mary Barbara Carpenter; son, Robert Joseph Carpenter Sr.; brothers, William and John Carpenter; mother, Juliet Hudak Carpenter; and father, William Carpenter.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 12th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., with a Celebration of Life at 12 p.m., at Farley Funeral Homes and Crematory, Venice Chapel 265 S. Nokomis Avenue Venice, FL.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to gf.me/u/hw9zwh for his grandson who is fighting leukemia.

Obituary: Anita J. Fusco Valente, 93, Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Good Friend

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Mar 122018
 

Anita J. Fusco Valente, 93, of Orange, CT; beloved wife of the late Louis V. Valente passed away peacefully March 10, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 8, 1924, daughter of the late Sebastian and Anna Sperandeo Fusco and resided in West Haven until her marriage in 1959. She graduated from Putnam Catholic Academy in Putnam, CT in 1941 and Weylister Jr. College in 1943.

Anita was the private secretary to the President of Enthone, Inc. from 1943 to 1949 and then left to join her mother and sisters in their retail lingerie business, Saxon-Kent in Derby. They later opened a second location in Orange. They enjoyed success and loyal patronage for 52 years until the business was sold in 2000. In addition to the lingerie shop, she worked with her husband to establish the Hamden Travel Agency.

She was a former member and officer of the West Haven Jr. Women’s Club and Holy Infant Ladies Guild. Anita was a member of the St. Anne’s Pilgrim Society and with her sisters, led an annual pilgrimage to the shrines of Canada for 72 years.

She leaves behind a legacy of love, strength, and generosity to her family. Anita is survived by her five devoted children, Anita Cassella of Waterbury, Brian Valente of Hamden, Gregory Valente and wife Diana of Greenville, SC, Geralyn Beers and husband Robert of Guilford and Victor Valente and wife Leah of Milford, MA. She is also survived by six loving grandchildren, Christopher Cassella and wife Cheryl of West Hartford, Jason Cassella and wife Dominique of Fairfield, Trevor Beers of NYC, Dylan Beers of Guilford, Eliza and Amelia Valente of Milford, MA, four great-grandchildren Grace, Peyton, George and Luca, her two sisters and best lifelong friends Edna Casolino of Orange and Marion Denegre of Westbrook, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call at MARESCA & SONS FUNERAL HOME 592 Chapel St. New Haven, Wednesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Infant Church 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange at 11:30 a.m.

Burial will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Anita, to Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 11 Race Hill Rd. Guilford, CT 06437 or Vantage Group, Inc., serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 29 North Plains Highway, Wallingford, CT 06492.

Obituary: William J. Bozelko, Jr., 84, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Mar 012018
 

William J. Bozelko, Jr., 84 of Orange, beloved husband and father, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 surrounded by loved ones, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Lucille A. Bozelko and his adoring children Wendy (Peter Hoffman), Wylie, and Whitney (PJ Shanley). Predeceased by his son, William J. Bozelko III.

Aside from his wife and 4 children, Bill will always be loved and remembered by his 4 grandchildren, Peter Hoffman, Matthew Hoffman, Caitlyn Shanley and Colleen Shanley, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Born in New Haven on October 24, 1933, Bill graduated from West Haven High School and went on to attend the University of Connecticut. He was a successful builder and entrepreneur in West Haven and surrounding towns. In addition, Bill was involved in many organizations, but among his favorite were judging the Pinewood Derby for the Cub Scouts which he did for many years and being an usher and an active parishioner of Holy Infant Church. He also was a staunch supporter of the UCONN Woman’s basketball team.

Throughout his life, he loved to travel and was able to see a vast amount of the world. Most of all, he loved spending time with his friends and family.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the many doctors and nurses that cared for him at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Smilow, Orange Visiting Nurse Association, Visiting Angels and VITAS. The compassion and care of these individuals was truly amazing and his loved ones will forever be grateful to them.

The hours for visitation will take place from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home on Friday, March 2.

On Saturday morning everyone is asked to meet directly at Holy Infant Church at 10 o’clock for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

Bill loved the Orange community and all of its traditions so the family asks that any donations in his memory be made to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department, 625 Orange Center Road, P.O. Box 878, Orange, Ct. 06477. To leave an online remembrance, please visit: www.westhavenfuneral.com