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Obituary: Marion George, 82, Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother

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Oct 052018
 

Marion F. George, 82, of Stratford, the beloved wife of the late Anthony George, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

Born in Bridgeport on Feb. 2, 1936, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna Agrella. Marion retired from the City of Bridgeport Fire Department where she worked as an emergency dispatcher.

Marion is survived by her two daughters; Denise (Mittens) George and Lisa (Frank) Mastro, of Stratford, one granddaughter, Melissa (Ralph) Marguy and her great-grandchildren; Stella and Archer of Orange.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Saturday, October 6, 2018 10:00 a.m. DIRECTLY in St. Margaret’s Shrine, 2523 Park Ave. Bridgeport for a Mass of Christian Burial. Entombment will follow in St. Michel Cemetery, Stratford.

There will be no night calling hours. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. 100 Double Beach Rd. Branford CT, 06405, in memory of Marion.

To sign an online guest book or to send private condolences please visit www.parentelauro.com

Obituary: Glenn Pearson, 65, Beloved Husband, Father, Veteran

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Oct 052018
 

Glenn F. Pearson, 65, of Orange died unexpectedly on October 2, 2018 at Yale-St Raphael Campus. He was the husband of Patricia (Trish) Pearson and proud father of Patrick Pearson.

Born in Alexandria, VA to the late Robert and Mary Jane Pearson, Glenn’s early childhood was spent in Europe where his father was stationed. His school years were spent in Vienna, VA where he met, Trish, “the love of his life and his reason for living” at age 16. They were married and moved to Connecticut to finish college, and remained there for the next 45 years.

A graduate of the University of New Haven, after a brief career in the insurance industry, Glenn followed his passion for automobiles and opened his first service station at Derby Avenue and the Boulevard in 1978. He went on to have a successful career as one of the largest Mobil station dealers in the New Haven area. His flagship station was Amity Mobil which he owned and operated for over 30 years.

A true patriot, Glenn served in the National Guard and Coast Guard Reserves for many years. Besides his family, Glenn’s other passion was Rotary International where he served in many positions including club President, Treasurer, chief lobster cooker and at the District Level as the District Managed Grants Chair.

Glenn was the consummate “go to” guy when it came to any community activity. His ability to solve problems from cars to computers to the kitchen was amazing. It will take a village to fill the void he has left in the lives of so many who knew and loved him.

Besides Trish he leaves a son, Patrick, daughter-in-law Jessica, and granddaughter Hannah. He also is survived by his sister, Rochelle Alexander, and brother-in-law, John of Cocoa Beach, FL., several nieces and nephews, all of whom loved to ski with Uncle Glenn.

Glenn’s favorite place was his home in VT where he enjoyed countless hours of fun, food, and family, always proud and happy to entertain family, friends, and friends of friends.

Visiting hours will take place on Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. at the West Haven Funeral Home, 662 Savin Ave., West Haven, CT.

On Monday morning October 8, 2018, all are asked to meet directly at Saint Thomas More, 268 Park St, New Haven, CT where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 o’clock.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Orange Rotary Club Foundation, P.O. Box 894, Orange, CT 06477.
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Obituary: Kenneth Geigle, 73, Former Turkey Hill Principal

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Oct 042018
 

Kenneth H. Geigle, 73, of Wallingford, died on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at his home. He was the beloved husband of 50 years of Joan (Yara) Geigle.

Ken was born September 23, 1945, and was raised by Ann and Roger Minor to whom he was forever deeply indebted.

He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Southern CT State University, his Professional Diploma from the University of Bridgeport, and his Ph.D. from Fordham University.
He was a teacher at Spencer School in Middletown and then went on to become Principal at F.M. Kearns School in Granby, Helen Street School in Hamden and lastly at Turkey Hill School in Orange.
He loved to travel and had visited Europe, New Zealand, Israel and Egypt. He went to London and New York City many times.
Ken was a fan of the N.Y. Jets and the Yankees.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Eric Geigle, M.D., and Tamika Brierley, M.D.; his adored granddaughter, Lena Geigle; and his brother-in-laws, Thomas and Philip Yara.

Funeral service and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent to the North Shore Animal League, www.animalleague.org.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St. Ext. www.wallingfordfh.com

Obituary: Judith (Connolly) Foley, 77, Beloved Mother Of John B. Foley

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Sep 292018
 

Judith (Connolly) Foley, 77, of Chicago, Illinois, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, September 16, 2018.
Judy was born in Worcester, MA, on March 15, 1941 the daughter of Margaret and Nicholas Connolly.
She graduated from North High School and embarked on a life filled with family, laughter, athletics — hers, her children’s and her grandchildren’s — and love.
She lived in Shrewsbury, MA; Claremont, NH and Peterborough; De Pere, WI; The Villages, Florida and finally, Chicago, IL. For many years she spent summers in South Dennis, MA with her family, making Cape Cod a focal point of family gatherings, outings and fun.
Judy was a devoted wife, a loving mother and grandmother, and a loyal friend to many. She provided invaluable support and guidance to her family, instilling the values of hard work, discipline and resilience, while also fostering a sense of service to others. She had a spark and wit that never left her, even in her final days. She never shied away from a lively discussion.
Judy is survived by her beloved husband and best friend John “Jay” M. Foley, her sons: Mark T. Foley (Deborah) of Acton, MA; Michael E. Foley (Elizabeth) of Falmouth, MA; John B. Foley of Orange, CT; and her dear daughter Elizabeth “Beth” Foley Swanson (Brian) of Chicago, IL. She was a proud Grammy to Rebecca, Hannah, Nick, Rachel, Addie, Griffin and Grace Foley; and Maggie, Anna and John Swanson. With Grammy, little went unnoticed and much was enjoyed.
She was a joyous grandmother. Nothing got past Judy and she was always ready to catch the Frisbee, ski the slopes, and hit a tennis ball or the beach. She was competitive, bright-eyed, and younger than her years. She adored music and participated in classical choir. A highlight of her many years with the Monadnock Chorus of Peterborough, was performing in Carnegie Hall.
She was curious and progressive. Judy was a voracious reader, always carting around her New Yorker magazines and a book in her tote bag.
Judy was predeceased by her parents, and sisters Margaret Moynihan and Anne Connolly. Judy leaves behind her sister Mary McLaughlin of Kennebunkport, ME, and their love of recreating their mother’s amazing recipes. She also leaves her brother John Connolly (Ingrid) of Waccabuc, NY, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Judy’s life can be made to jhamtse.com/judy. Jhamste, like Judy, believes “individual lives and the world can be profoundly improved through the active practice of love and compassion.”

Obituary: Anthony L. Olivieri, 80, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Army Veteran

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Sep 022018
 

Anthony L. Olivieri, 80, known by everyone as Tony, went to the Lord on August 17, 2018, while surrounded by his family.

Tony was born Anthony Leonard Olivieri, on January 1, 1938, in San Marco la Catola, Foggia, Italy, to Nicolangelo Olivieri and Michelina Cappelletta. He graduated from Notre Dame High School, in West Haven, and attended Teachers College of Connecticut for 4 years, before being drafted into the U.S. Army.

He completed basic training at Fort Dix Army Base, NJ. He completed his medical training at Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio, TX, and Fort Ord, CA, before being transferred to Fort Bliss, in El Paso, TX, where he would meet, fall in love with, and marry Donna, his wife of 56 years. He also served overseas in Germany and would finish his military service at White Sands Missile Range, NM.

After he was honorably discharged, he moved his growing family back to Orange, CT, to be closer to his parents. He decided that he liked the warmer climate of West Texas better, and moved his family back to El Paso, where he ran a Medical School, and Construction business before finding his true passion for cars. He was the Sales Manager for several automotive dealerships in El Paso, and owned Tony’s Pizza, in Ruidoso, NM, before relocating to Conroe, TX, where he was in Management for several dealerships including Weisner Automotive Group, Smith Honda, and Noble Automotive Group.

Tony has been a Parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Conroe, TX, since 1985. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, in Anderson, and Conroe, TX. He attended Manresa House of Retreats, in Convent, LA, for 17 years.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Nicolangelo and Michelina C. Olivieri. Tony is survived by his wife, Donna K. (Bowling) Olivieri; sons, Deacon Mark N. Olivieri and wife Lisa, Anthony E. Olivieri and wife Cynthia, Joseph M. Olivieri and Matthew L. Olivieri; grandchildren, Nicholas D., Philip J., Ryan C., Julie A., Michelina R., Gabriella M., Cheyenne, and Brooke C. great-granddaughter, Sophie. He is also survived by 7 sisters-in-law and their families who loved him dearly.

Visitation will be held from 05:00 – 07:00 p.m., with a Rosary starting at 06:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 26, 2018, at Cashner Funeral Home, in Conroe, TX. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, August 27, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Plantersville, TX, at 10:30 a.m. with Father Edward C. Kucera, Jr., Father William T. Kelly, and Rev. Philip Wilhite, celebrants.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund, in Conroe, TX.

Obituary: Christopher Gray, 67, Amity Class of ’68

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Aug 302018
 

Christopher Charles Gray, 67, died August 25, 2018, following a long battle with MS.
Gray, a resident of New Haven, was born in Bethpage, New York. He is the son of the late Donald E. Gray and Eileen E. Gray. He lived in North Haven and Orange. He graduated from Amity High School in 1968 and with his interest in art, attended Emerson College in Boston, MA.
Gray was a resident of New Haven most of his adult life and ran unsuccessfully for New Haven mayor under the Green Party in the 1980’s. He was a political activist and champion of the elderly and was a reporter for “The Elder” newspaper in New Haven.
For a time in the 1970’s, he was a talk show host on Yale Radio. He was an employee of the Yale Co-op in the book department for many years. Chris’s love for New Haven and service to his community were a big part of his life.
He leaves behind two brothers, Donald Gray (Maureen) Fredericksburg, VA, Brian Gray (Laurie), of Wallingford, and one sister Eileen LeVine (Martin) North Branford, and his devoted caregiver, Yoboua Kouassi.
Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of The Wallingford Funeral Home 

Aug 272018
 

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Obituary: Julia LaCroix, 72, Beloved Sister of Dorothy Gemmell

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Aug 242018
 

Julia LaCroix, 72, of East Haven died on Monday, August 20 at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

She was the wife of Robert F. LaCroix (NHFD Ret. Captain). She was the daughter of the late Lyman White and Dorothy Keating White. She was the mother of Robert LaCroix Jr. (Christine) of Edgewater, MD, Denise LaCroix (Chris Brown) of East Haven, Carole LaCroix-Latella, NHFD (Peter) of East Haven, and Thomas (Tamra) LaCroix of East Haven.

She was the sister of Dorothy Gemmell of Orange, Regina Beauton of Daytona, FL, Kathryn Taylor (Arnold) of New Haven, and Susan Evans of East Haven. She also was survived by 7 grandchildren.

Julie was born in New Haven on February 3, 1946. She was a unit clerk at the Hospital of St. Raphael. She also worked as a librarian at the Momauguin School in East Haven. She was a member of the Irish American Club in East Haven, and also liked to be at the Branford Elks Club with her husband.

Julie loved listening to music, dancing, and singing with her family and friends. She could often be found watching the sunset towards the lighthouse with Bob on the deck with “the boys”. (Her beloved Shelties.)

Friends may call Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at the W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main St., Branford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 9:00 at St. Mary Church in Branford. Burial will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery in Branford.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, 749 East Main St. Branford, CT 06405 or to the Closer to Free Fund, P.O. Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508. See online memorial @ www.wsclancy.com.

Obituary: Catherine Cleary Gilson, 97, Beloved Aunt, Friend

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Aug 012018
 

Catherine Cleary Gilson, 97, passed away July 29, 2018 at the Arden House in Hamden.

She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Gilson. Catherine was born on August 7, 1920 to the late Thomas and Anne Malone Cleary in Orange, CT.

Kay worked for Yale Medical School. She was a devoted Catholic and an Ecumenical Master for St. Lawrence Church for 25 years.

She is predeceased by her sisters Margaret Gilson, Elizabeth Platt, Eleanor Gilson and brothers John Cleary, Francis Cleary and Thomas Cleary. She is survived by her dear Sister-In-Law Mary Cleary, three generations of Nieces and Nephews and special friend Mary McGovern.

Special thanks to Vitas Caregivers, her roommate Emily and her aide Rosley at Arden House.

Family and Friends may visit the Keenan Funeral Home, 238 Elm St. West Haven Thursday, August 2, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 3 at St. Lawrence Church, 207 Main Street, West Haven. Interment immediately following at St. Lawrence Cemetery, 280 Derby Avenue, West Haven.

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Obituary: Nicholas J. DeBiase, 62, Beloved Brother of Kathryn Bruder

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Jul 262018
 

Nicholas Joseph DeBiase, 62, of Stratford, passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 21, 2018.

He was born in Bridgeport and lived most of his life in the Bridgeport /Stratford area. “Big Nick” was truly larger than life and was a hardworking, well-liked person. He was currently employed by Manafort Bros and had worked in the construction field for most of his life. He was a member of Teamsters Local 191. Nick started out working for his family business, Anthony’s Auto Body, and had also worked for various other auto body shops in the area.

Nick is survived by his sisters; Debra Cormier and Joann Kozel and her husband Andrej of Stratford, Donna Eyrich and husband John of Danbury and Kathryn Bruder and husband Matthew of Orange, his brothers; Christopher DeBiase of Seymour, Jeffrey DeBiase and wife Wendy of Maine and Stephan DeBiase of Stratford, his stepmother, Sonya DeBiase, his sister-in-law, Barbara DeBiase, and many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Anthony DeBiase, Jr., his mother, Barbara DeBiase, his brothers; Anthony “Hotsie” DeBiase, III, Randolph DeBiase, Sr., infant brother, Joseph DeBiase, and brother-in-law, Michael Cormier, Sr.

Friends may call on Friday, July 27, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Parente-Lauro Funeral Home, 559 Washington Ave., Bridgeport. A Service will take place at 5 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Norman Guilbert officiating. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donation be made directly to the family. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. To sign an online guest book or to send private condolences please visit www.parentelauro.com