Obituary: Jon Nowinski, 37, Beloved Son, Brother, Animal Advocate

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Jan 282019

Jonathan “Jon” J. Nowinski passed January 23, 2019, from complications with a long time battle of health issues. Jon was born February 19, 1981, in Greenwich, CT to his mother Shirley Nowinski and his father Paul Nowinski, and has resided in Westport, CT since 1986.

During his time here, he worked in many fields of Research and Study. Earliest was his passion and creation of SGRA (Smoking Gun Research Agency) which he developed to bring education and attention to the paranormal as well as conspiracy theories.

In his early twenties, he created Vote for Freedom, which he used to bring young people and politicians together and educate them on why the right to vote is so important. His thirties were all spent devoting his life and passion to animals and animal care. Through that, he created EARS (Emergency Animal Response Service) where he offered a variety of services both in animal care as well as education of animal needs.

His most recent employment has been with VCA Shoreline Animal Hospital in Shelton, CT and Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine in North Haven, CT. Jon also worked with many Police, Fire and EMT services to provide assistance wherever he was needed.

Along with his mother Shirley and his father Paul, Jon leaves behind his sister Lisa Price, nephews Joshua and Justin Smith, his faithful dog, Coyote, and a countless number of friends along with many four-legged friends.

Friends and family are invited to call Thursday, January 31, 2019, from 3 to 7 pm at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St, Milford, CT.

Obituary: Roger J. Winkel, 91, Beloved Father Of James Winkel

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Dec 302018

Roger J. Winkel, 91, of Manchester, formerly of Storrs, passed away peacefully on December 28, 2018. Born in Lakewood, OH, son of the late Nicholas and Florence (Sheak) Winkel, and husband to the late Patricia (Lombardo) Winkel, his beloved wife of 37 years.   

Roger served in the Army and was part of the Allied Occupation of Germany after World War II.

Roger graduated from the University of Detroit and initially worked for U.S. Steel Corporation in Cleveland Ohio, where he met and married his wife Patricia, the great love of his life.  They moved to Connecticut in 1961 where he worked for 30 years in Marketing at Rogers Corporation until his retirement. A devout Catholic, he was a longtime parishioner at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Storrs where he was an active member of the Round Table and a Eucharistic minister.

Roger was known for being a gentleman and for his dry wit. He enjoyed bicycling and traveling and participated in several biking tours throughout the United States and Europe. He especially enjoyed spending time during the winter with family on Sanibel Island, Florida.

He is survived by his daughters, Julianne Winkel, of Vernon, Susan Winkel and her husband, David Crockett, of Branford, and his son, James Winkel and his wife Marcy, of Orange, and grandsons Christopher and Patrick Winkel. He was predeceased by his sister, Madeline, and his brother, Gordon.

Roger’s family would like to thank the staff and residents at White Oaks in Manchester and Ishmael Gyimah for their assistance, care, and friendship.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday (January 5), with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 am at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 46 N Eagleville Rd, Storrs. Burial will follow at Storrs Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Roger’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Obituary: Helene “Mimi” Skuret Sutfin, 83, Beloved Sister of Daniel Skuret, Mother, Nurse

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Dec 132018

Helene “Mimi” Skuret Sutfin, 83 years old of Hamden passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Helene was born in Derby December 6, 1935 and was the daughter of the late former Ansonia Chief of Police Daniel D. Skuret and the late Helen Kolakowski Skuret.
Helene graduated Ansonia High School in 1952, from Hospital of Saint Raphael School of Nursing in 1955 with her RN degree, and from Southern Connecticut State University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Helene enjoyed a long and fulfilling career as a nurse for 61 years until her retirement in 2016. Throughout her career as an RN she worked as staff nurse, school nurse, camp nurse, private duty nurse, IV nurse and she also taught home nursing at Hamden High School Adult Education.
By far Helene’s greatest joy was raising her three sons, Ronald E. Sutfin (Deb) of Durham, Kenneth D. Sutfin of Wallingford, and John “Jack” S. Sutfin (Alexis) of Hamden. She was also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Daniel R. Sutfin (Alyssa), Megan L. Sutfin, Adrianna J. Sutfin, John “Jake” A. Sutfin, Elizabeth A. Sutfin, Alexandria R. Sutfin.
She also leaves her sister, Barbara Heggestad of Bedford, MA and her brother Attorney Daniel D. Skuret, Jr. (Marcia) of Orange, along with many nieces and nephews.
Helene’s life will be celebrated with a memorial service on Friday, December 14 at Hamden Memorial Funeral Home, 1300 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden from 5-7 p.m.
There will be a funeral mass at St. Rita’s Church, 1620 Whitney Avenue, Hamden on Saturday, December 15 at 8:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. St. Peter’s Cemetery in Derby.
Memorial Donations in memory of Helene S. Sutfin may be made to Saint Rita School, 1620 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06517. Condolences may be expressed at hamdenmemorialfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Joann (Ioanna) Stavrides, 71, Beloved Wife, Mother

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Dec 092018

Joann (Ioanna) Stavrides fell asleep in the Lord on December 4, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was 71. She was born Giannula Tsakiridou in Polykastro, Kilkis, Greece to Anastasio and Androniki Tsakirides (Maghnisali). At the age of 24, after a brief correspondence, she met and married Steven Stavrides, and immigrated to the United States of America.

Joann had three sons, Angelo, Peter, and Andrew. Never receiving formal education in the United States, she learned the language and became a U.S. Citizen, she was very proud of that accomplishment. She owned and operated, along with her husband, the East Rock Confectionary Store in New Haven for many years. What she loved most was being a Mother and Grandmother. She was strong-minded but made friends quickly. She also loved making her home warm and inviting to all.

Joann loved to have family get-togethers where she would prepare elaborate meals and made sure no one left hungry or without extra food to take home with them. She enjoyed knitting blankets for her family and friends. Keeping people she loved fed and warm was a priority of hers.

She especially enjoyed traveling to Greece. In the last several years of her life, she would spend summers back in her childhood home in Polykastro, making improvements and additions to it. She enjoyed the time there with her family and friends. Joann loved her Greek heritage and was always very proud of it. She let everyone who met her know about this.

Joann was a longtime member of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, and was a member of the Philopticos Society and had also served on the Parish Council. She loved being a part of the community of St. Barbara.

Joann was predeceased by her parents, a granddaughter, Andreana Stavrides, and a nephew, Georgios Georgiades. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Steven Stavrides, of North Haven, CT, sons Angelo (Janet) Stavrides, of Cheshire, CT, Peter Stavrides, of Virginia Beach, VA, and Andrew (Joanna) Stavrides, of Northford, CT. She leaves behind three grandchildren which she loved more than words can explain, Sophia, Nicholas, and Eva Stavrides. Joann also leaves behind a sister-in-law, Helen Piperas of Hamden, CT, a Goddaughter Irina Tsilfoglou of Wallingford, CT, and many nieces and nephews.

In Greece, she leaves behind her brothers Demetrious Tsakerides, and his wife Sophia, Panagoitis Tsakerides and his wife Eleni, and a sister Eleftheria Georgiades. She also leaves behind in Greece many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, along with many other extended family and friends.

Friends may visit at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT on the evening of Sunday, December 9, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A funeral service will take place at the church on Monday, December 10, 2018, beginning at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery, in North Haven. To leave a condolence please visit www.celentanofuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Michael F. Torello, 48, Beloved Son Of Thomas and Elinor Torello

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Dec 022018

Michael F. Torello, 48, of Steamboat Springs, CO, formerly of Orange, CT passed away suddenly at home Nov. 29, 2018.

He is survived by his parents Thomas and Elinor, sister Kathryn Torello/Korpi (Andrew) of Utah, former wife Erin and Teddy his pride and joy.

Mike was born in New Haven, CT on July 10, 1970. He graduated Amity High School and Lehigh University. He was an avid skier and passionate and a talented chef in many restaurants in Steamboat. He loved to read, dogs, New York Yankees, and Pittsburgh Steelers, and living in the mountains.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Name Church at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3 in Steamboat.

In lieu of flowers, a gofundme account has been set up in the name Teddy Torello. www.gofundme.com.

Obituary: John Powers McGill, 92, Beloved Father, Grandfather

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Nov 162018

John Powers McGill, 92, passed away peacefully at his home in Orange, CT on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Born at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Dorchester, Boston on April 28, 1926, he first resided in the Bronx with his parents Charles and Colette and in later years in Fairfield, CT, joined by his sister, Martha.

After graduating from high school at age 17, John joined the Navy, where he served as a submariner from 1943 to 1946, and then went on to UConn, where he met the love of his life, Marcia McGill. They were married for 57 years until her death in November 2008. After graduating in 1951 as an economics major, John worked at Sikorsky Aircraft where he sold everything but the aircraft itself until he retired in 1989.

In his free time, John followed his love of the sea and was an avid small boat sailor who spent many hours navigating harbors from Maine to the Carolinas with Marcia and their friends.

After he retired from Sikorsky, John was a tireless advocate for mental health care, in particular through his involvement with Bridges Healthcare as a board member who filled many roles. Most of all, John loved to spend time with his family and friends, listening to their stories and telling his own, listening to music, dancing and discussing politics.

He is survived by his three children, David (Peggy), Sarah (James Silberstein) and Paula; his five grandchildren; his four great-grandchildren; his sister, Martha Thornley; and many nieces and nephews.

All services will be private. In lieu of flowers, his family welcomes donations to Bridges Healthcare, 949 Bridgeport Ave., Milford, CT 06460 or at www.bridgesct.org.

The family is being cared for by CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME. To leave online condolences,  visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Anita Pol, 92, Beloved Wife, Mother, Town Treasure

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Nov 142018

Anita De Mio Pol, 92, beloved wife of Elfo Pol of Orange passed away November 10, 2018, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Loving mother of Raymond Pol of Orange, Kenneth (Linda) Pol of Meriden, Lawrence Pol of New Haven, Andrew Pol of Milford, Michael (Laura) Pol of Onset, MA and Daniel (Laura Schumann) Pol of Washington, DC.
Anita was born in Caviola, Italy on November 27, 1925, a daughter of the late Augusto and Virginia Fenti De Mio. She is also survived by a brother Dante De Mio of Colorado Springs, CO, 7 cherished grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
Anita emigrated from Italy at the age of 12.  She spoke no English when she immigrated, but by the time she graduated high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society.  Prior to the birth of her children, Anita worked as an electrical engineer at US Motors.
After successfully raising her 6 boys, she returned to the workforce, entering public service for the town of Orange.  She held many posts, most notably as Tax Collector, a position she was elected to several times.  Anita made lifelong friends through her work and many community activities, volunteering at the Orange Fireman’s Carnival and Country Fair, the American Legion Auxiliary, and playing bridge.
Friends may call Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the Porto Funeral Home, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven.
Her funeral procession will leave the Funeral Home on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship Fund, 630 Grassy Hill Road, Orange, CT 06477 or Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT 06477.

Obituary: Sidney Alan Griffith, 94, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Nov 072018

Sidney Alan Griffith, 94, died on Thursday, November 1, 2018. He was predeceased by his parents, Mabelle Perkins Griffith and Franklin D. Griffith; brother, Irving Griffith; sister, Charlotte Griffith Bailey; and two brothers who died in infancy. He was born in Wyoming, New York on October 2, 1924.

Sid was a veteran and very proud to have served his country. In 1942, he was drafted for World War II. Following training in Fort Leonard Wood and Fort Breckinridge, he went overseas aboard the Aquitania unescorted and zig-zagging to Scotland. As a member of the 75th Artillery Division, he took part in the Battle of the Budge, serving under Patton. Discharged in 1946, he attended Alfred Tech, graduating in 1949.

On April 8, 1950, he married Jean K. Green from Florida, NY, having met her while she was attending Geneseo State College. Inseparable, he spoke of his wife as the love of his life and referred to her as his bride. With a degree in heating and air-conditioning, Sid moved to Endicott, NY to work for Northrup Supply where he stayed throughout his career. Before retiring he was in the position of President. He received an award from the PHCC (Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors) and the Lion’s Club Melvin Jones Fellow Award for dedicated humanitarian services.

Sid and Jean lived in Binghamton, NY for 66 years prior to moving to Orange, CT in June of 2018. In Binghamton, he was a member of the Broome County Historical Society, Friends of the BC Library, Binghamton Lions Club, and the Roberson and Phelps Mansion Museums. Sid enjoyed traveling, working on home projects and gardening with Jean. He especially enjoyed times spent with his family at their summer cottage on Yankee Lake, NY. Sid and his wife were fond of their church family at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Vestal, NY and have attended Orange Congregational Church since their move in Connecticut.

He is survived by his wife Jean, daughter Karen deFur-Maxwell (William) and son Alan Griffith (Lynn Dunn), grandchildren, Katie deFur Fallon, Nicole deFur Feuerstein (Donald), Leah Griffith and Seth Griffith. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Kristin, Daxton and Makayla Feuerstein and William and Connor Fallon, nieces Joy Griffith Cline (Jim) and Sally Griffith Mariage (Duane), great nieces and nephews and cousins Mary Griffith Weber (Kenneth), Dorothy Doran Zehler and Edward (Natalie) Doran.

A celebration of life service will take place at Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, Orange, CT on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.

The committal service will be held in the Florida, N.Y. cemetery at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be sent to New Hope Presbyterian Church, 1900 Vestal Rd., Vestal, NY 13850. The family has been compassionately cared for by the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

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Obituary: John E. DeFeo, 59, Orange Native, Beloved Husband, Father, Son, Brother

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Oct 312018

John E. DeFeo, 59, of Kinnelon, New Jersey, passed away on October 22, 2018.

John was born and raised in Orange, Connecticut, the son of Robert and Judith DeFeo. John then studied for his law degree while living in New York City, where he met his wife, Margaret and later settled in Kinnelon, where they lived since 2001.

John was a lifelong goofball and loved being the life of the party. Whether joking with old friends, embellishing long stories with new, or telling the same jokes to his family, he could always be counted on to make you laugh.

John also had a lifelong passion for politics. He studied political science in undergrad at Fordham University, attending national conventions, and was later involved in local politics at various times in his life. Later in life he ended up spending most evenings catching up on the day’s events, and could often be found debating good-naturedly with friends and family. 

He was also an avid traveller, and loved exploring new places, visiting all 50 states over the course of his life. He also loved sharing this passion with his family, planning trips all over the U.S. as well as to visit his wife’s family in Ireland most summers.  

John is survived by his devoted family, wife, Margaret and children, Ellen, Paul and Tim; his parents, Robert and Judith DeFeo; his siblings, Robert DeFeo (Dawn), Dave DeFeo, Sue Simone, Mark DeFeo (Aileen) and Steve DeFeo (Pam); his mother in-law, Susan Finnerty; his nieces and nephews, Kevin and Jessica Simone, Brian, Sarah and Daniel DeFeo, Christopher and Robert DeFeo, Will DeFeo, Aoife, Anna, Hugh, and Emily Broderick, Mark, Andrew, and Lucy Finnerty, Catherine and Patrick Finnerty, Hannah and Rosie O’Brien; and his brothers and sisters in-law, Patricia (Tony) Broderick, Enda (Mary) Finnerty, Cormac (Rachael) Finnerty, Susan (J.P.) O’Brien. John was predeceased by his father in-law, Patrick Finnerty and brother-in-law Sandy Simone.

Friends and family visited on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Our Lady of the Magnificat RC Church, Kinnelon. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, Oct. 26, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory can be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Obituary: Wayne Richard Festa, 68, Beloved Brother of Lorraine Roseman

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Oct 302018

Wayne Richard Festa, a longtime resident of Branford passed away on Friday, October 26, 2018.

Wayne is the beloved husband of Robin (Dion) Festa. He was born in New Haven, CT on August 28, 1950, son of the late Santo and Mildred (Amato) Festa. Wayne is survived by his daughter Nicole Festa and son-in-law Brian of CO and Wayne S. Festa and daughter-in-law Iris of CT.

Brother of Lois Tortora of Guilford, Lorraine Roseman of Orange and Elaine Pianka of FL and longtime friend Ronnie of CT.

Mr. Festa is a graduate of East Haven High School. Wayne had worked at the family-owned business of C & F Cheese Distributors and served briefly in the Army National Guard. He enjoyed coffee, going to the casinos with his family, coin collecting and anything to do with history

Friends are invited to a Funeral Service at the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St., on Thursday, November 1 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 700 Middletown Ave., North Haven.

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