Obituary: Daniel Dowd, 63, Beloved Brother of Timothy Dowd

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Feb 162017

Daniel Dowd, 63, of Greenfield, MA, passed away February 8, 2017. He was born in Holyoke, MA and is the beloved son of the late James J. Dowd, Jr. and Mary Louise Teahan Dowd, and his step-mother Cynthia Clark Dowd Rowell.

Dan graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. He was a disabled veteran who proudly served in the US Navy at Guantanamo Bay Cuba.

Dan was a lover of music, poetry and laughter. Always a musician, his passion for music was at the heart of his band – The Crybabies. www.thecrybabies.com.

He is survived by his three brothers James J. Dowd, III (Dawn Chamberlain) of Conway, MA, David E. Dowd of Westbrook, CT and Timothy W. Dowd (Maggie Sullivan) of Orange, CT and his nieces and nephews James M. Dowd (Sheri) of Santa Monica, CA, Michael D. Dowd of Tampa, FL, Mark A. Nelson of Weare, NH, David J. Dowd (Gwen) of Webster, NY, Mary L. Dowd Stopka (Nicholas), Thomas J. Dowd, and Kathleen S. Dowd all of Orange, CT.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, February 17, 2017, at 10:00 AM in the Chapel of St. Jerome Church, 169 Hampden St, Holyoke, MA.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that a memorial contribution be made to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, P.O. Box 160, 97 N. Hatfield Road, Hatfield, MA 01028 (www.foodbankwma.org), telephone (413)247-9738, ext. #108.

To leave online condolences please visit www.barryjfarrellfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Marilynn Blaisdell, 90, Beloved Mother, Artist

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Feb 122017

Marilynn Blaisdell, a longtime resident of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Orange, CT died Wednesday, February 8th after a short illness.

Born in 1927 in St. Petersburg, FL, she received a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University. She taught art in the Detroit, MI Public Schools. Marilynn was a gifted artist and well known for her flower arranging and horticultural designs. She was a Master Flower Show Judge and was very active in a number of local Garden Clubs and the Landscape Design Critics Counsel.

She was a member of the Algonquin Club, Milford Yacht Club and the Navy League. She enjoyed playing bridge and was active in the condo associate.

She is survived by her son James Doyle, daughter Andrea Doyle Baxter, grandchildren Henry and Conan Baxter, brother Richard Beyer and cousins Cathleen Robinson and Gwen Nunes.

She was predeceased by husbands Robert Doyle and Durwood Blaisdell.

Arrangements are being handled by Cody-White Funeral Home 107 Broad St Milford, CT 06460.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society

Obituary: Barbara A. Cronenberg, 82, Beloved Mother, Friend

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Feb 112017

Barbara A. Cronenberg, 82, of Orange passed away February 6, 2017 at Milford Hospital. Wife of the late Wliiam E. Cronenberg.

She was born in Brooklyn, NY a daughter of the late Joseph and Katherine Walsh Hennequin and lived in Orange, most of her life.

She previously worked at SNET Co. and Case Memorial Library in Orange.

Barbara is survived by a son, Paul and his wife Patricia o Middletown and a grandson, Michael. She also leaves a brother, Joseph Hennequin and his wife, Jane, in Boise, Idaho as well as a brother, Kenneth Hennequin, in Holyoke, MA.

Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange,Tuesday morning February 14, 2017 at 10 a.m.

Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

There will be NO CALLING HOURS. Memorial Contributions may be made in memory of Barbara Cronenberg to Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange, CT 06477.

Arrangements are in care of the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven, CT 06516.

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Obituary: Rosemary DeFilippo, Beloved Wife, Mother, Friend

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Feb 072017

Rosemary DeFilippo was born on March 30, 1950, daughter of the late Justine M. Horrigan Hampp and the late William H. Hampp in Meriden, CT. She passed away on February 5, 2017.

Rosemary’s beloved family and friends had hoped more time would come to Rose on the wings of prayer: Her last months were spent participating in happy occasions, such as her children’s weddings and taking care of everybody and everything to make life easier for those she left behind; her family, friends and clients. Had she more time, she would have written her memoir, Silver Linings; for she was able to navigate her way through life’s challenges in her uniquely “rose” colored glasses to silver linings with grace and tenacity.

Many referred to Rosemary as a tough cookie; Someone with just the right mix of sweetness and strength; one who doesn’t crumble under pressure; a fighter who’s too busy kicking butt to sit down and cry, but knows it’s okay to do both; a person who doesn’t always ask for support, but has a lot of friends who would do anything to help

She always felt her greatest accomplishment and pleasure was her marriage to Tom, and together, raising their family. She enjoyed excursions to NYC, especially its’ theater, museums, restaurants and sleeping in her car under the Tri-boro bridge for the Avon breast cancer walk and exploring the cobblestone streets and beaches of Nantucket, MA.

She leaves behind her devoted husband of 36 years, Thomas P. DeFilippo, and three children: Diana M. O’Rourke, wife of Timothy G. O’Rourke, Jr. and their four children, Bronagh, Kateri, Josephine and Brogan of New Haven, CT; Dana A. Miller, wife of Joshua T. Miller of Pennsylvania; and Thomas P. DeFilippo, Jr., husband to Caitlin Grunseich DeFilippo of New York, New York.

She also leaves behind sisters Meredith R. Shatas (John), Justine M. Frazier (Clyde) and Madelyn E. Anderson (Robert) and brother Thomas R. Hampp (Margaret) and sister-in-law Rita Hampp. She was predeceased by a brother, William T. Hampp.

She also leaves her nieces and nephews: W. Tobias Hampp (Alissa), John M. Shatas (Rosetta), Richard T. Shatas, Douglas W. Shatas (Sharon), Lance E. Shatas (Jennifer), Jennifer M. Baehr (Peter), Adam T. Hampp (Kelly); and grand nieces and nephews Samantha, Rachel, Lilly, Tessa and Zoe Shatas and Mason and Olivia Baehr.

Rosemary grew up in Meriden, CT and attended St. Rose of Lima School (Meriden, CT), Mercy High School (Middletown, CT); Bay Path College (Longmeadow, MA); George Washington University (Washington, D.C.); Southern CT State University (New Haven, CT) and earned her Juris Doctorate from Franklin Pierce Law Center (Concord, NH).

She was employed by Cummings and Lockwood Law Firm (Stamford, CT) before opening The DeFilippo Law Firm where she practiced for 30 years with offices in Woodbridge, CT and then Bethany, CT.

She taught courses in law, business and history at Southern CT State University; South Central Community College; American Institute of Paralegal Studies and Quinnipiac University’s undergraduate business school.

Rosemary was admitted to practice in the Connecticut Superior Courts; Commonwealth of Massachusetts; State of New York supreme courts; United States District Court of Connecticut and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

She was also a member of the New Haven Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, American Bar Association and the CT Trial Lawyers Association, Elder Law Attorneys of America; American Trial Lawyers Association; American Association of University Professors; College and Business Instructors of Connecticut, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and DICTA (law school newsletter) where she served as Editor.

Rosemary was a parishioner of Our Lady of Assumption Church in Woodbridge where she served as trustee of the parish and was an active member of the Finance Committee and Ladies Guild.

She was also a valued and very active member of the Amity League of Women Voters, CT League of Women Voters (Board of Directors), Town of Bethany Assessment Appeals; Mary care, Inc. (Board of Directors); Amity Teen Center (Advisory Board); Woodbridge Board of Selectmen (Town Ordinance Committee); Community Health Care Plan (Board of Directors); Exceptional Cancer Patients, Inc. (ECaP) Board of Directors, Bylaw Revision Committee (chair); Policy Committee (chair); Town of Woodbridge Board of Selectmen and the Connecticut Trails Girl Scouts of America Board of Directors and troop leader.

Friends and relatives may call at the John J. Ferry & Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 88 East Main Street, Meriden on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 4 to 7 pm.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Saturday February 11th at 10 a.m. Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, 35 Center Street, Meriden, CT with Reverend Emanuel Ihemedu officiating. Everyone is asked to meet directly at the church. Entombment will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, 250 Gypsy Lane, Meriden, CT.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to MARYCARE, Inc., 230 Blue Hills Avenue, Hartford, CT 06112 (marycare.org).

NOTE: Although she had no direct tie to Orange we are running Rosemary’s obituary as a courtesy to her many friends in the Amity area. 

Obituary: Aldo Martin Pulito, 96, Beloved Father, Educator, WWII Veteran

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Feb 032017

Aldo Martin Pulito, 96, of Orange, a gentleman and a scholar, passed away on January 28, 2017, surrounded by family.

Born at home in Cromwell to Amelia Treglia and Martin Pulito, he was the husband of the late Pauline Levesque Pulito.

Predeceased by his son, Paul Pulito, he is survived by his daughters, Virginia Miller and her husband Philip Miller of Simpsonville, SC and Marie Pulito and her wife Brenda Caldwell of Bethany, CT.

He also leaves his granddaughters, Carolyn Miller Lavoie and Alani Gandossy and great-grandson, Brandon Lavoie. Other surviving family includes Alan Mendrala of CA and Cynthia Hersey of WA.

He will be missed by his friend of 82 years, Burton Harwood Jr. of South Norwalk.

Aldo attended schools in Glastonbury and graduated from Hartford Public High School, Trinity College and the University of Connecticut with a PhD in chemistry. He served in the army during WWII assigned to the Manhattan project at Columbia University, Virginia Polytechnic College, Oak Ridge TN and Los Alamos NM.

Aldo owned Ames Laboratory in Milford with colleague Irwin Rosenman. He taught at St. Vincent’s School of Nursing and as an associate professor of chemistry at Fairfield University from 1971 until his retirement in 1986. He was proud to have taught students in the pre-med and nursing programs.

Aldo was an active member of the New England Association of Chemistry Teachers and the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. He participated for years with the Legion of Mary and as a communicant at Holy Infant Church in Orange.

Aldo was passionate about studying hydrogen fuel cells and dark matter. He worked on the conservation of dunes and beach grass in Biddeford Pool, Maine where he owned a summer cottage.

He was an avid reader of science and American history and had a particular interest in Abraham Lincoln and Native American culture.

Aldo and his family would like to thank the following people whose care allowed him to stay in his home until his death: Ann Curran, Trish Goetz, Pam Caldwell and Tom Hardin.

A private, family burial service is planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations to support Aldo’s passion for coastal ecology may be made to the Biddeford Pool Land Trust, P.O. Box 306, Biddeford Pool, ME 04006, email: gbrich1@verizon.net or a charity of your choice .

The family is being compassionately cared for by the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford.

Friends may leave memories and messages at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Grace Moore Durkin, 96, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Jan 312017

Grace Moore Durkin, 96, of Norwalk, died peacefully on Friday, January 27, 2017 in Norwalk Hospital Hospice Unit.

Grace was born in Central Falls, RI on April 16, 1920, seventh of nine children of the late William and Mary Ellen Moore.

Grace was a career cook for many years at the Me-Tu Restaurant in Norwalk followed by The Village Luncheonette in Wilton. Upon her retirement from the restaurant business, she embarked on a second career in child care at the Norwalk YMCA until the age of 91.

In addition to her husband Denis E. Durkin, Grace was prdeceased by her son William A. Duncan and by four brothers, William, Gordon, Robert and Ralph and by four sisters, Lois, Dorothy, Mary and Ethel.

Grace is survived by her daughter Kitty Durkin Scalisi (Nicholas) of Orange; grandchildren, who were the light of her life and loved their Mamma dearly; Michael T. Scalisi of Stamford, Jonathan D. Scalisi of Norwalk and Megan K. Queiroga and her husband Jeffrey of Milford and great-granddaughters Zoey Grace and Savannah Lola Queiroga and by many loving nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk.

Interment will follow in St. John Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk.
Donations in her memory may be made to:Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County.

Obituary: Jeffrey Patrick Havill, 25, Beloved Son of David and Nancy Havill

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Jan 302017

Jeffrey Patrick Havill, 25, of Orange, CT, beloved son of David C. and Nancy Kell Havill, loving brother of Heather L. Havill, passed away on January 26, 2017. He was born on January 11, 1992 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Friends and family are invited to call on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange, CT (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH).

Burial will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery, 280 Derby Ave., West Haven, CT.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jeffrey Havill Memorial Fund, c/o Bank of America, 445 Boston Post Rd., Orange, CT 06477. Please make checks payable to Jeffrey Havill Memorial Fund.

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

Obituary: Rose Carfora, 90, Beloved Mother of Maryanne Hedman and Carol Marini

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Jan 292017

Rose Carfora,90, longtime resident of Bridgeport, Connecticut, beloved wife of 59 years to the late Vincent J. Carfora, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford.

Born in Bridgeport on February 28, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Gioacchino and Maria (Cura) Bruno. She was a communicant at St. Margaret’s Shrine, served on the Woman’s Guild and volunteered in the church community.

Her passions were cooking and entertaining for family and friends. She catered for many parties on the weekends. On Sunday mornings we woke to the aroma of her delicious gravy (sauce). Sundays were devoted to family.

She was employed at Ann’s Home Bakery and Fairfield Prep. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Rose is survived by her loving children; Maryanne Hedman and husband Robert, Carol Marini and husband Pete all of Orange, a son, Carl Carfora of Bridgeport, her grandchildren; Cyndi Brantley and husband Clayton of Georgia, Robert Hedman and wife Anna of Shelton, Erik Hedman of Trumbull, Peter Marini of Trumbull, Alyssa Shields and husband Matthew of Milford and Alexandra Marini of Orange, her great grandchildren; Fowler, Larsen and Carlsen Brantley all of Georgia and Lia Shields of Milford, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Janis Mary Carfora, her brothers; Carmen and Anthony Bruno and a sister, Anne Genova.

Words cannot express our gratitude for the love care and support given to mom and our family by the entire staff at Connecticut Hospice, North Branford. She will be fondly remembered by her kind heart, strength and her dedication and the love for our Lord Jesus.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405, in Rose Carfora’s name.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the Parente-Lauro Funeral Home, 559 Washington Ave., Bridgeport and at 12:00 p.m. in St. Margaret’s Shrine, 2523 Park Ave., Bridgeport with a mass of the Christian Burial. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Trumbull.

Friends may call on Monday Morning from 9:00 a.m. till services. To sign an online guest book or to send private condolences visit www.parentelauro.com

Obituary: Harry Singer, 92, Beloved Husband, Father, Holocaust Survivor

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Jan 292017

Harry Singer, 92, entered into eternal rest on January 28, 2017. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 62 years, Naomi Grabow Singer.

Harry was born in Ostrowiec, Poland on September 7, 1924 to Abraham and Sarah Singer with his two brothers, Paul and David and sister Shirly. Harry, his two brothers and Mother survived the Holocaust and later resided in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Harry and Naomi later relocated to Hamden where they raised their two children Debra and Robert. Harry worked as a watchmaker, operated a laundromat on Legion Avenue in New Haven, and worked for Spectra Strip in Hamden as a Quality Control Inspector.

He was an active member of Temple Beth Sholom in Hamden for forty years and his Jewish faith was very important to him. Harry was an extremely charismatic and loving man and was cherished by all.

He is survived by his two children, Debra Leibovitch of Hamden, Robert Singer and his wife Janet of Orange as well as his two grandsons Daniel Leibovitch and his wife Laura of Wallingford and Michael Singer of Orange.

A Funeral Service will be held in his honor at Temple Beth Sholom, 1809 Whitney Avenue, Hamden at 12pm on Sunday(TODAY), January 29, 2017.

Interment Services will follow at the Farband L.Z.A. Cemetery, Route 109, East Morris, Ct.

A period of mourning will be observed on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday from 6-8pm at 68 Colonial Drive Hamden. Harry would like to thank Katz’s Deli in Woodbridge for all those delicious meals and excellent service they provided and prepared for him.

Funeral Services in care of Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, New Haven. To sign an on-line registry book or to leave a message of condolence at www.shurefuneralhome.com

Obituary: Diane Lemieux Buda, 70, Beloved Mother Of Pauline Mudrick

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Jan 272017

Diane Lemieux Buda, 70, of Stratford,beloved wife of the late Michael J. Buda Sr., passed away peacefully on Friday, January 20, 2017.

Diane was born on April 5, 1946 in Bridgeport, CT and was the daughter of the late Arthur and Mary Milewski Lemieux. Diane married the love of her life on May 27, 1967 and together they created Buda Plumbing & Heating Company for over forty years with Diane overseeing the business operations and Mike performing the plumbing functions.

Diane was a master seamstress who co-owned a dress shop and craft business with her friend Eleanor Burke and taught sewing at Adult Education in Milford, CT for thirty years.

Diane was most recently employed with the U.S. Attorney’s Bridgeport office as a legal assistant prior to her retirement. Diane enjoyed crafting, sewing, politics and helping others.

She was very generous in her efforts of helping others. She selflessly gave of herself in caring for her husband during a lengthy illness. Diane always rushed to assist others in need as was evident in her many compassionate acts of kindness.

A true leader, Diane ran for Councilman at Large in Stratford in 1991 and assisted in creating the Stratford Initiative Party with the goal of lowering Stratford’s property taxes. Although defeated, she would never give up on her cause which continued for many years. She could always be found voicing her opinion at town meetings and never wavered in her beliefs.

A strong woman who stood for what she believed in and instilled this trait in her children. Diane was also steadfast in her religious faith and was a member of many organizations at Holy Name Church.

Diane was a member of the Slovak Catholic Sokols and most recently The Baldwin Center Tap Dancers. We will greatly miss Diane and her feisty spirit!

Diane is survived by her two beloved daughters, Michele Buda Pankowitz and Danielle Buda White both of Stratford, four sisters, Sandra Rhodes of Madison, CT, Barbara Frankel of Fairfield, CT, Pauline Mudrick and husband Warren of Orange, CT, Suzanne Ajder and husband Milorad of Delray Beach, FL, sister-in-law Helen Lemieux of Arizona, along with several nieces, nephews, godchildren, cousins, dear friends, her canine companion Zippie and grand cat Sweetie Pie.

Diane was predeceased by her beloved husband Michael Buda Sr., who together, would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May, her cherished son Michael Buda Jr. who departed this life in 1991 and a treasured brother Arthur Lemieux.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 28, 2017 DIRECTLY at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 1950 Barnum Avenue, Stratford, CT at 9 a.m. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Trumbull, CT. According to Diane’s wishes, calling hours have been omitted.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Galello-Luchansky Funeral Home, 2220 Main Street, Stratford.

In lieu of flowers, those so wishing, may make a memorial donation to the Stratford Animal Rescue Society (S.T.A.R.S.), P.O. Box 1371, Stratford, CT 06615.

The family would like to thank Dr. David Jutkowitz and Deacon Michael Saranich for all their care and compassion throughout the years. To celebrate a life, please visit us at www.galellofuneralhome.com