Obituary: Nathan Sokoloff, 100, Hardworking Man of Integrity, Beloved Father of Heidi Saxe

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Nov 132017

Nathan Sokoloff, 100, a long time resident of Orange, and most recently of Tower One in New Haven, devoted husband of the late Clara (Tolchinsky) Sokoloff, died at his home on November 10, 2017.

Born in Brooklyn, NY., December 16, 1916, he was the son of the late Irwin & Rachel (Wiener), Sokoloff. He was preceded in death by wife Clara; grandson Jeremy Saxe; son-in-law Gregory Johnson; his brother George and his sister Sophie. Beloved Father of Jill Noel (John) of Hamden, Heidi Saxe (Tracy) of Orange and Michael Sokoloff (Judy) of Cheshire. Cherished Grandfather of Dayna, Jessica, Robert, Ryan, Brian, Thomas and the late Jeremy Saxe.

Nat had a long career working full-time from 13 years old in the Garment District in NYC and was still working one day a week even after his 100th birthday. In addition to his long career in textiles, he had success in other industries as well, including the game industry, banking and, finally, working part-time in legal services. Nat served in the US Army during the Second World War. He was also President of Orange Little League during their championship year.

Nat was an extremely devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Nat and Clara were married for more than 70 years before she passed in 2010. Always the love his life, she inspired in him a passion for songwriting after her death that resulted in him writing over 70 songs in both English and Yiddish, many of them romantic ballads to Clara’s memory. He began to perform live shows at his new home at Tower One in his 90s and was preparing another performance at the time of his death. They both excelled at ballroom dancing and enjoyed traveling.

There was nothing Nat wouldn’t do for his family. Nathan leaves behind a loving family who have always admired him, learned from him, and will deeply miss him. Well educated, and self-taught, he continued his lifelong learning to the very end through extensive reading, research on the internet and kept current with technology using his iPhone for texting and social media to keep abreast of his grandchildren.

A celebration of the life of Nathan Sokoloff will be held at Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, 543 George Street, New Haven on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. with interment services to follow with military honors at B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, 200 Wintergreen Avenue, New Haven.

Nat’s family will be receiving from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be sent to Jeremy Saxe Foundation Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. 35 Nutmeg Drive, Trumbull, CT 06611.

To sign an online registry book or leave a message of condolence, please visit: www.shurefuneralhome.com

Obituary: John Tuttle, 85, Brother of William Tuttle, Korean War Veteran

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Nov 022017

John E. Tuttle, 85, beloved husband of Josephine Vastarelli Tuttle of East Haven, passed away October 28, 2017 in CT Hospice.

Loving father of Susan (Gary) Nadeau of North Branford, Jody (Gene) Pfeiffer of Northford, John E. (Tara) Tuttle, Jr. of Madison and the late Eileen (Ken) Boylan. Son of the late Arthur and Katherine Crowe Tuttle. Brother of Elizabeth Ann Perrone of Branford, Janet Martone and Edward Tuttle, both of East Haven, Elaine Sorensen of Hamden, Arthur Tuttle of North Haven, William Tuttle of Orange, and the late Harry and Robert Tuttle.

He also is survived by 13 cherished grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. John worked for the NY, NH and Hartford R.R., Tilcon Tomasso and also worked for Christ Chapel in Madison for many years.

He was a Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Friends may call at the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 234 Foxon Rd. (Rte. 80), East Haven THURSDAY from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and are asked to go directly to Christ Chapel, 1185 Durham Rd., Madison, CT Friday morning for Services at 10:00.

Interment with military honors will follow in the State Veteran Cemetery, Middletown, CT.

Sign John’s guestbook online atwww.portofuneralhomes.net

Obituary: Robert Donald Eichman, 93, Beloved Husband, Father, WWII Veteran

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Oct 242017

Robert Donald Eichman, 93, passed peacefully on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at Carriage Green of Milford.  He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Margaret Eichman, and his daughter Robin Eichman-Swan of Milford.

Mr. Eichman was born in Jersey City, NJ, and grew up in Red Bank, NJ.  He was a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology and served in the Navy during WWII.  He worked at Robertshaw Controls in Milford from 1965-88.

He was a resident of Orange for many years, but spend the past 4.5 years living in Milford.  He was a proud member of the Orange Congregational Church.  He and his wife traveled throughout the U.S. and to more than 30 countries.  He was an avid athlete and still riding a stationary bicycle until earlier this year.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, November 11, at 4 p.m. at the Orange Congregational Church. Interment with military honors will be private.

The family is being compassionately cared for by the staff at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford. Contributions in his name may be given to the Orange Congregational Church.

Obituary: Frederick J. Cottle, 83, Beloved Husband, Father, Brother

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Oct 212017

Frederick J. Cottle, 83, of Orange, beloved husband of Joan Donofrio Cottle, passed away peacefully on October 20, 2017.

Frederick was born on May 24, 1934, in Bridgeport, CT to the late Joseph A. and Sara H. Cottle.
He worked for more than 25 years at Sikorsky as an Aerospace Engineer. He enjoyed attending hockey games and watching the NY Rangers play. He also liked working around the house and up keeping his yard.

Frederick loved being around his family and taking care of his wife and daughters.

In addition to his wife, Joan, he is survived by his daughters, Danette (Christopher) Manzi, Anne Cottle (Emil Balusek, Jr.) and Edith (Edward) Butcher; grandson, Daniel Manzi; siblings, Joseph T. Cottle and Judith Kreuter; and nephew, Clifford Kreuter.

Friends and family are invited to call on Monday, October 23, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. with a Prayer Service at 10 a.m. at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

Burial will follow at St. Michael Cemetery, 2205 Stratford Ave., Stratford, CT.

Memorial contributions may be made to Seasons Hospice Foundation, at   http://seasonsfoundation.org/donate or by mail, 8537 Solution Center, Chicago, IL 60677.

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

Obituary: Patricia Mullenix, 69, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother

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Oct 182017

Patricia Giblin Mullenix, 69, of Orange, passed away October 14, 2017, at St. Raphael Hospital, New Haven.

Patricia was the daughter of the late John and Sarah McCormack Giblin.

She graduated from the Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1966 and was a Registered Nurse at Bridgeport Hospital, the former Fairfield Hills Hospital of Newtown, and the VA Hospital of West Haven until her retirement.

A wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, she is survived by her loving husband John Mullenix of Orange, her sons Sean Mullenix of Hamden, David Mullenix and his wife Danielle of Milford, and Patrick Mullenix and his wife Nicole of Downers Grove, IL; her grandchildren Sebastian, Nathan, Courtney, Alicia, Matthew, and Aiden Mullenix; her twin sister Noreen Butkus and her husband David, and her nephews Brendan, Colin, and Darren Butkus.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, October 19 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, 135 N. Broad St., Milford.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, October 20 at 10 a.m. at St. Gabriel Church, 26 Broadway, Milford.

Burial will follow in St. Augustine Cemetery, Seymour. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Patricia’s memory to the American Lung Association, 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108.

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

Obituary: J Elaine Arena, 91, Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Friend

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Sep 302017

Juliette Elaine Winfield Downes Arena, 91, of Orange passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday September 27, 2017.

She was born in Bridgeport, August 20, 1926, daughter of the late Francis L. Winfield and Julia McQuillan Winfield. She was the loving mother of Audrey Downes Geer and mother in law of Timothy Geer of Orange and cherished grandmother of her beloved grandson, Patrick William Geer.

Elaine also is survived by her brother Francis E. (Anne) Winfield of San Diego, CA. She was preceded in death by her husband of 18 years, William F. Downes in 1974, and her husband of 25 years, Richard F. Arena in 2000. She was also predeceased by her sister Jane Winfield Danaher and her brothers, David V. Winfield, Thomas W. Winfield and Ronald V. Winfield.

Elaine was a graduate Albertus Magnus College, Class of 1949, with a BA Degree in Economics. After graduation, she worked in New York for the Union Labor Life Insurance Company as an actuarial assistant and later was a statistical analyst for the Olin Mathieson Corporation. She was the assistant to Advertising Directors of WNHC-TV (now WTNH) Channel 8 and also the Sound Scriber Corporation. She created many ads for the New York edition of TV Guide.

For 22 years she was Finance Manager for the Town of Orange Visiting Nurse Association. After retirement she was a dedicated volunteer for many years, most notably as an IRS-AARP income tax preparer for the City of West Haven Senior Center. Also she had assisted the Town of Orange VNA at their blood pressure clinics for many years.

Admired by many for sense of style and for her sewing talents, she designed and created wedding veils for her daughter and two nieces. Elaine was a charter member of the Town of Orange Veteran’s War Remembrance Memorial Committee. She was a member of Holy Infant Church Women’s Guild. Elaine’s interests included water color painting, sketching, sewing and compiling the family tree. She will be missed by her loving extended family and many friends.

The hours for visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green.

Her funeral procession will leave the funeral home Monday morning at 9:30 for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 in Holy Infant Church.

Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Macular Degeneration Research, 2512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871, the Office of Radio and Television, 15 Peach Orchard Road, Prospect, CT. 06712-1052 or to the Orange VNA, 605A Orange Center Road, Orange, CT. 06477.

Elaine’s family would like to thank her family and friends who shared concern and prayers for Elaine over the past three years. Also, a heartfelt thank you to her wonderful caregivers, Julia, Mayvis and Linda and her beloved nurse and friend Maria Biondi.

Obituary: Louis L. Ceruzzi Jr., 63, Beloved Son of Lucille Ceruzzi

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Sep 082017

Louis L. Ceruzzi Jr., 63, founder, and president of Ceruzzi Properties, a successful real estate development company involved in a number of large-scale real estate projects in Manhattan, died from a coronary event Thursday, August 31, in New York City.

Mr. Ceruzzi was also a successful restaurateur, owning several restaurants in New York City, Nantucket, Boston, and Connecticut.

The son of Lucille and the late Louis L. Ceruzzi, Mr. Ceruzzi was a resident of Southport. He was born in New Haven and raised in Woodbridge.

He received a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law. He began his career as a tax attorney in New Haven, CT in the 1980s, and practiced law for several years before transitioning into real estate development.

Mr. Ceruzzi is survived by his wife, Terese, of Southport and Nantucket; a daughter, Gabrielle Ceruzzi Healey, and her husband Matthew of Southport; a son, James M. Ceruzzi of New York City; and grandchildren Jackson and Blake.

He is also survived by his mother, Lucille Ceruzzi of Orange; three siblings, Dr. William Ceruzzi of West Hartford, Judith Craig of Greenwich and John Ceruzzi of Southport; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, September 11, 2017, at 12 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield, CT. The mass will be preceded by a wake from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the church devotional chapel. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to families impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, through the American Red Cross.

For more information or to sign an online register, visit SpearMillerFuneralHome.com.

Obituary: Marilyn Ann Marlin, 78, Sister of George Mako Jr.

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Aug 192017

Marilyn Ann (Mako) Marlin, 78, a resident of Harwich, MA, died Wednesday, August 9, 2017, after a yearlong struggle with liver cancer in Bethel Health Care Center in Bethel, CT. Marilyn had been living in Sandy Hook during her illness in the care of her daughters till just before her death.
Marilyn was born on May 31, 1939, in Bridgeport, CT to parents George Mako and Carmella (Savino) Mako (both deceased). The third of four children, her siblings Elizabeth Cowan (deceased), George Mako, Jr. of Orange, CT and Roger Mako of Stratford.
Marilyn graduated from Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport in 1957 and worked as a secretary early in her career. While working for Bridgeport Machines, she met her future husband John C. Marlin at a Memorial Day picnic after being set up by friends. Married August 28, 1965, the couple lived in Monroe before settling in Easton in 1969 where they raised their family.
Marilyn was an amazing wife to John and mother to her two daughters, Jennifer and Jessica, who relished in being a stay at home mom. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and canning. Family was always her first priority.
Marilyn was very active in the Easton Volunteer Fire Departments women’s auxiliary, the Siren Aide, serving in multiple leadership positions during the 70s and 80s. After taking a break to raise children, Marilyn worked in various positions in the Easton public schools until accepting a full-time position at Joel Barlow High School in 1981. Initially working in the guidance department, Marilyn eventually took on the role of data processing for the school. Marilyn loved her job and the people she worked with. She was a dedicated and diligent professional who took considerable pride in her work. Despite her incredible work ethic, she took the time to make her co-workers laugh, cracking jokes and singing down the hall as she picked up the attendance or seeing to the needs of the staff and students.
She created a welcoming atmosphere for anyone who passed through her office door. Students would often come and visit Marilyn knowing she was someone who would just listen with a caring heart.
Marilyn and her family loved vacationing in Cape Cod where she eventually moved with her husband when she retired in 2001. During her retirement, Marilyn was active in the Harwich Cranberry Festival and volunteering at the Harwich Center on Aging where her friendly welcoming personality brought much joy to the elderly of the Harwich community.
In her free time, she spent her afternoons enjoying time with her friends and walking her beloved dog, Oliver, at Red River Beach.
Marilyn is survived by her daughters, Jennifer Marlin of Sandy Hook, CT and Jessica O’Meara with husband Brian O’Meara, of Sandy Hook, CT, brothers George Mako, Jr. of Orange, CT and Roger M. Mako of Stratford, CT, grandchildren Brenden M. Peterson, Devin J. Peterson and Lindsey M. Civitelli, in addition to many loving nieces and nephews.
Marilyn is predeceased by her beloved husband of 38 years, John C. Marlin of Harwich, MA, parents George and Carmella Mako of Stratford, CT, sister Elizabeth Cowan of Harwich, MA and her beloved Boston Terrier, Oliver.
A memorial service with interment is planned for Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 1 p.m. at Trinity (Episcopal) Church, 36 Main Street, Newtown, CT.
Reception is planned immediately following the service in the Glover Community Room of Trinity Church. All are welcomed.
Arrangements were coordinated by Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown, CT. Please contact them at 203-426- 2751 with any questions regarding the memorial arrangements.
In lieu of flower, donations can be made to the Bethel Visiting Nurses Association, 70 Stony Hill Road, Bethel, CT 06801.

Three Amity Grads Under The Age Of 25 (and one 29-year-old) Have Died In The Past Month

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Aug 122017

In the past month, Amity has lost three young men under the age of 25 and one 29-year-old.

Following are their obituaries in order of their passing:


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.


Edward William de Langley Torrence, Eddie and Eggy to his friends and family, age 24, unexpectedly left this realm on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

He grew up in Woodbridge on his family farm.  He was passionate about music, computers, engineering, and driving.  He composed electronic music, produced videos and loved to play the piano.  He and his brother Leland had many adventures together traveling the world and especially loved to ski.

He was most happy when helping his Mother with the family pets, and taking “walk abouts,” driving with his Father.  He was a pure spirit who mentored and cared for all those he encountered.  He found great strength in his relationships with friends and family, and now enjoys the peace he hoped all others would find.

He is survived by his parents Laura M. and Leland R. S. Torrence, his brother Leland Jr. and his grandmother Lorraine Mirando of Woodbridge, CT and his grandmother Nikki Torrence Lindberg of Essex, CT.

Friends may call at the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue on Thursday, August 10 between 3 to 5 p.m.

In honor of his love of animals, donations may be made to One Big Dog, 135 Bradley Road, Woodbridge, CT  06525.

Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family



Akash Prashant Mehta, 21, of Bethany passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017.

He was born in New Haven on September 14, 1995, and was the beloved son of Prashant and Varsha Jariwala Mehta. Brother of Akshay and Shraiya Mehta. Grandson of Manjoo and Hasmukh Jariwala, Dayalal Mehta, and the late Saroj Mehta.

He also is survived by his large loving family.

Akash played lacrosse at Amity High School and is terribly missed and fondly remembered by his former team mates and coach.

Family and friends may come to pay their respects at the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue on Sunday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sharing of memories will take place at 11:30 a.m.


And another Amity Grad who was living in Seymour

Nicholas R. “Nick” Yorkshaitis, 29, of Seymour entered peaceful rest on July 9, 2017.
Mr. Yorkshaitis was born October 5, 1987, in Waterbury, beloved son of Thomas, Sr. and Susan (Samuelson) Yorkshaitis of Bethany.
Nicholas was employed as a Machine Programmer at J.V. Precision Tool. Nick was a communicant of St. Lawrence Church, Huntington, where he also did volunteer work.
He enjoyed riding dirt bikes, and building and fixing trucks, and working out in the gym. Nicholas will be fondly remembered as being a happy person.
In addition to his parents, Nick leaves a brother, Thomas Yorkshaitis, Jr. in New Hampshire, and a sister, Samantha Yorkshaitis and her fiance Norman Best of Naugatuck, and several aunts, uncles, and nieces and nephews.
Calling Hours will be held Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ralph E. Hull Funeral Home, 161 West Church Street, Seymour.
Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Street, Pittsford, VT 05763.



So many people assume that they know what happened to each of these young men, and from what I’ve heard, most are wrong.

Inserting the cause of death, unless it was from a car accident or a long bout with cancer is unnecessary and just adds to the pain that the families already have to bear.

Unless you are personal friends of the family (families) and have first-hand knowledge – and their blessing to share, please keep your conclusions and assumptions to yourselves.

Remember what Felix Unger said about assumptions “When You Assume, you make an A** out of U and Me.”


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.